Friday, August 10, 2018

Inspired By Challenge - Cool Treat

Hello, friends!  Just stopping by to share a card I made for the current Inspired By...Cool Treat challenge.

I saw design team member Michele Ferguson's delicious card and knew I had to play along!  This is actually my first time playing along at Inspired By even though I have been a follower for some time now. So glad I was able to join in the fun this week!

On to my card. I decided to play with my Reverse Confetti "Let's Chill" die and I dry embossed it to add some texture.  The sentiment is from an old Hero Arts set called "Stamp Your Own Fruit."  Paired with some patterned paper and a twine bow, this was quick and easy!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Hero Arts (Stamp Your Own Fruit)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), distress ink (Vintage Photo)
Dies: Reverse Confetti (Let's Chill), Lil' Inkers (Stitched Rectangles)
Embossing Folder: Sizzix (Snowfall/Speckles)
Other: patterned paper, twine

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Stay cool!

Happy Birthday Butterfly Tag

Hello, friends!  I'm here today to share a clean and simple card I made for several challenges:

1) Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #304: CAS -- I kept my card clean and simple by maintaining lots of white space and minimal embellishments. My favorite type of card!

2) CAS on Friday: Challenge #139 - Butterflies -- I let my die cut butterfly take center stage on this clean and simple card!

3) Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Distress It -- I used Tim Holtz distress ink for the blue background of my butterfly.  (I'll also be linking this to the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #103 where the theme this week is birthdays!)

I started my card by die cutting a stitched tag and embossing it with a birthday embossing folder.  Next, I die cut the solid butterfly shape, then added blue distress ink to the main card base behind the opening. Then I attached the tag to the card base and insterted the detailed butterfly die cut on top, finishing it off with a matching enamle dot.  I did not stamp a sentiment on the outside because the dry embossed tag is clearly for a birthday!

Supplies Used:
Dies: MFT (Pierced Traditional Tag STAX), Simon Says Stamp (Leanna, Chrissy)
Inks: Tim Holtz distress ink (Tumbled Glass)
Other: embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts "Happy Birthday"), enamel dots

Thank you for stopping by, I do appreciate your visits!
Take care,

Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Paper Players #404

Hello, friends! I was so excited to see the new challenge for the week at The Paper Players #404 where Laurie chose the challenge theme of "humorous." I always appreciate cards with a dry sense of humor and I have several stamp sets in my stash that lend themselves well to this theme, so I couldn't wait to play along!

Some of my favorite stamps that make me laugh (or at least chuckle in a snarky way) are from Art Impressions.  Their line of "golden oldies" are particularly funny!

Check out this funny lady from Art Impressions (Fire Out set) paired with a sentiment from Mama Elephant (Birthday Wishes):

I can think of several people to whom I could send this card, although my older sister is the first to come to mind. She'd get a kick out of it!

Thanks for stopping by...and be sure to check out the design team cards and the entries over at The Paper Players this week for some laughs!

Take good care,

Friday, August 3, 2018

Seize the Birthday & Inkspirational #166

Hello, friends!  I'm here to share a card for the current challenge at Seize the Birthday where the optional topping is "Water."

I happened to use the same layering wave stamp set as Guest Designer Trina Pham, although she made her card so super cute by adding a fun surfing shark image to her card! I kept mine pretty simple, adding a birthday sentiment from The Ton.

I also made this card in less than ten minutes, so I'll be playing along at the current Inkspirational Challenge #166, where the Designer's Choice is to make a card in ten minutes or less.  That's my favorite kind of card to make! ;)

I know it looks involved, but I have to say that the layering stamps in this set make it SO easy to make this card quickly!

I actually make several of the same card (to have in my stash of birthday cards) and I mounted some on light blue cards while others I mounted on dark blue cards.  In each case, I die cut my white panels using a stitched wave die to accent the waves in the image.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: The Ton (Wave, Penned Sentiments)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Hero Arts (Navy), Tim Holtz distress inks (Tumbled Glass, Broken China)
Dies: MFT (Wonky Stitched Rectangles)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Butterfly Wishes Card Set

Hello, friends!  I'm here today to share a set of cards I made during this rainy week!

I'm entering these cards in four current challenges:

(1)  City Crafter Challenge Week #422: Butterflies -- this is my first time playing along at this challenge and I'm so glad I found it!

(2)  The Paper Players #402 - A Clean and Simple Challenge from Nance -- we are challenged to use negative space on our cards.  I used the negative space made by my die-cut butterflies on colored card bases.

(3)  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes!  (I love Anything Goes!)

(4)  Addicted to Stamps and More #302 - Make Your Mark -- I made my mark with a bold sentiment stamped in black!

I wanted to have a variety of birthday cards in my stash, but I really loved this specific design.  I decided to make a set of cards using the same design but in several different colors.

For each card, I die cut a white panel using the WPlus9 "Sunshine Layers" die, then stamped the WPlus9 "Happy Wishes" sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Next, I die cut the Simon Says Stamp "Paulina" butterfly outline on the white die cut panel, then layered it onto a colored card base so the color showed through.  I added a white die cut Simon Says Stamp "Leanna" butterfly die over the open butterfly, attaching it with glue only at the center and finished it with a matching enamel dot.  

Here are the individual cards:

I am really happy with how these turned out!  I'm also happy to have a set of birthday cards on hand in a variety of colors.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Muse #276

Hello, friends!  We are having lots of rainy days this week, so I have some time inside to craft and blog.  Today I'm sharing  some cards for the current Muse #276 challenge using this sweet card from Guest Muse Bharati Nayudu:

I loved the black and white washi down the left side as well as the pretty stenciled background behind the main image and sentiment.  I also love the colors Bharati used! That's what inspired my cards, and I made two versions.

Both of my cards feature a sentiment from Winnie & Walter (The Big, the Bold, and You) and a sweet image from Christina Hor Designs.  My first card used black and white washi down the side and yellow stenciling in the background. I tried to incorporate various colors into the dress, flowers, and sentiment:

My second card used silver sparkly washi down the side border and pink/peach background stenciling:

I appreciate your visit today.
Take good care!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sweet Wonderful You

Hello, friends!  I'm here today to share a card for two current challenges:

(1) Addicted to CAS Challenge #141: Summertime -- I always associate popsicles with summertime!

(2)  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Use a Die and/or Punch -- I used a popsicle die as well as a border die on my card.

For my card, I die cut the popsicle using the Reverse Confetti "Let's Chill" Confetti Cut and paired it with a sentiment from the retired Hero Arts "Sweet Wonderful You" set.  I used two tones of orange card stock for the popsicles to create depth, and I dry embossed them for some texture.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Take good care,