Thursday, May 11, 2017

With Sympathy

This gorgeous set of dies from STAMPlorations (CUTplorations Flutter Zen 1) is so perfect for so many things. Sadly, I am in need of a sympathy card for a friend who lost her son. The colors are inspired by this week's Less Is More Challenge. The gray and the yellow are a wonderful juxtaposition that makes me think of the feelings of sadness and hope. This seems to be very fitting for a situation in which there are just no words...

I'm So Lucky

Challenge #83 is up at Time Out - It's a "CASE with Your Own Twist" challenge. We are CASEing a card created for us by the wonderful and talented Desert Diva - Hannelie. The challenge is to CASE Hannelie's card using your own style, hence the "Your Own Twist". Be inspired and have fun!

The challenge sponsor is Happy Little Stampers. Winner will receive a $15.00 Gift Voucher for the Happy Little Stampers Store.

  Here is Hannelie's gorgeous inspiration piece:

 Susanne from Keep In Touch Cards is Guest Designer for this challenge. She has created a fabulous card for your inspiration. Please check out her wonderful blog. You will be so glad you did!

My take is a Mother's Day card for my sister. I went with Hannelie's colors over a white embossed panel cut with a stitched square die, and split to add part of the sentiment. Inside sentiment: Happy Mother's Day.

Please head on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog and check out the wonderful inspiration from the DT, see where Hannelie's design takes you, link up, and play with us at Time Out.

I am also playing at:

My card is a Mother's Day card for my sister,

My card is a Mother's Day card for my sister,

My card is a Mother's Day card for my sister,

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Masked Poinsettias

The May Christmas Challenge is up at Happy Little Stampers, and this time the "twist" is masking. I did the twist, and here is what I came up with. I masked the panel on the left on Bristol Paper, embossed the (Happy Little Stampers) poinsettia  images with white EP and colored them with Zigs. "Merry" is die cut, stacked and inlaid. I really love the way this one turned out.

Do go over to the Happy Little Stampers May Christmas Challenge, check out the wonderful DT creations for some inspiration. Stay on top of your Christmas card-making by entering your Christmas creation, with or without the twist, in the HLS May Christmas gallery. 

Challenge winner will receive a $15.00 credit for the Happy Little Stampers Store.

I am also playing at:

CAS Watercolor Challenge

The Paper Players Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge
Bottom horizontal row-Pink, Leaves and Flower

Creative With Stamps Challenge #14

Supplies Used
Stamps - Happy Little Stampers Christmas Joy, Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and the Merry
Ink - VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black 
Paper - Strathmore Bristol, Gina K. Pure Luxury Black
Accessories - MISTI. Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and the Merry Dies. Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Zig Watercolor Brush

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Make A Wish

The theme of the current Double D Challenge is SIHLOUETTES. I began to dig though my stash to see what I could find to play with, and I came across Butterfly Kisses from The Craft's Meow. Perfect!

I embossed the fairy image with black EP on Bristol paper. Then I opened up my new Ranger Distress Oxide Inks, watched a few "how to" videos, and created the background. I am so loving these inks!

I'm also playing at:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hello Spring

A little CAS spring-themed card for today. I'm playing at the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamps Work it Wednesday-April Showers bring May Flowers

I took my inspiration from the colors of red, yellow, green and gray/silver in the photo.

Stamps: SSS Spring Seeds.
Paper: Neenah Solar White, PTI Fresh Snow Linen Cardstock.
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black, VersaFine Onyx Black.
Accessories: SSS Spring Seeds Dies, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Zig Watercolor BrusH2O DETAILER, Clear Wink Of Stella Pen, Ranger Distress Designer Mica Spray-Brushed Pewter, Nuvo Autumn Red Crystal Drops.

So Kind

Time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenge #82 is a Theme Challenge - Flowers with an optional twist of "Kissing" - using two stamps for stamping one image. Tutorial HERE.

The challenge is sponsored by Happy Little Stampers with a $15.00 random winner for those who twist.

This is my take:

I used the kissing technique on the flowers and stems on my card. The background is blended with distress inks with water sprayed and water droplets dropped on the background.

Please go over to the Time Out Blog and check out the inspiration created for you by the Design Team. Create a flower-themed card with or without the twist of the kissing technique, and play along with us by linking up to the gallery. 

I am playing at:

CASology - Season

Simon Says Stamps Work it Wednesday-April Showers bring May Flowers

Supplies used:Stamps - SSS Artful Flowers, Impression Obsession Textural Dots, Concord & 9th Kindhearted.
Inks - PTI Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise,Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, Winter Wysteria. various Ranger Distress Inks.
Paper -  Strathmore Bristol, Neeneh Solar White.
Accessories - SSS Artful Flowers Dies, Nuvo Crystal Drops - Black, 3M Foam Tape.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

My GD Gig At MarkerPOP!

MarkerPOP is an online destination for artists looking for inspiration and an outlet to share a common love for markers, especially Copic & Touch markers. The MarkerPOP store carries inkers & mists, papers and pads, stamps & dies, embellishments & accessories. A new weekly challenge is posted every Monday on the MarkerPOP Blog to help keep your creative juices flowing.  

On March 5, 2017, THIS card made it to the Top 3 for the Marker Pop Challenge #114 Be My ValentineI was so thrilled that my card was chosen, and even more thrilled that I was invited to Guest Design for Marker Pop #119 - Watercolor Florals.  What a lovely opportunity! When pondering my design, I ran across this gorgeous Hero Arts wood mounted stamp that has been in my stash for a very long time. It certainly is the perfect image for a Watercolor Floral challenge, so I inked it up with VersaMark ink, embossed it with white EP, and colored it with Zigs and a water brush. It was hard to see what I was coloring at first, and really fun to see it come to "life" as I added color and water. The inlaid sentiment is cut with PTI's Wet Paint dies.

Please head on over to the MarkerPOP Blog and see the gorgeous inspiration by the Design Team and Guest Designers. There are some wonderful prizes to be had. You can see all the details in the challenge post. Grab your watercolors and brushes and play along!

I am also playing at:

Stamps: Hero Arts Marion's Bouquet
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: Strathmore Bristol Paper, PTI Lavender Moon and True Black
Accessories: Filigree White EP, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Zig Detailer Water color Brush, PTI Wet Paint dies