Sunday, July 19, 2015

Thrilled For You

It's time for a new AAA CARDS Challenge Game #44:

WATERWORLD & DIES

Please come visit our winners from last week- for Starry Night, next Sunday July 26. 

Our game this week is: Fun in the Water! Experiment with watery backgrounds or underwater life, cool pool colors, splashes, and die cut accents.


Here is my take on the challenge:


I hope your summer (in the northern hemisphere anyway) has been fun so far. If it is winter where you are, you can dream of water fun!  Please dive into your stash and make something fun with a water theme.


I am also submitting my card to Paper Smooches SPARKS: July 19-25 Anything Goes (wk3) Challenge.
All of the images I used to make my card are from Paper Smooches Briny Blue and Surf and Turf. I also used the matching dies for those images, the PS Waves dies and sentiment from Simply Said.


Little Red Wagon's theme this week is "Beach Time" so I am linking up there as well.

Thank you for visiting me today. Your comments make me very happy!!!!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Rosie Repeat



Happy Friday! I am home today even though it is gorgeous and I would rather be at the beach, but I did get some time to create and that makes me HAPPY.  The CASology Cue this week is REPEAT. In trying to come with something imaginative, I decided that my take would be about repeated processes in creating it. I repeatedly die cut this gorgeous rose from Winnie & Walter's In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways 5 times in different shades of pink. I repeatedly sponged this wonderful Tim Holtz Doily Layering Stencil four times with four different shades of pink distress ink. I repeated the process of making french knots with gray and white twine in the center of the flower three times. I have to say I am tickled with it!  

One funny aside is that I saw another challenge which may have worked for this card. It is the current As You See It Challenge which is "shades of pink". This card is perfect for that, right? Wrong. I didn't mention the part about it being a speed stamping challenge: 10 minutes. I would be a great big liar if I entered this card in that one! I might try again with a simpler idea.

Anyway, thank you so very much for stopping by. Your comments make my day!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Tag You're It! Thank You






When I saw the inspiration for Tag You're It Challenge #25 today, this wonderful Newsprint Tulip stamp from Hero Arts came to mind, and I knew just what to do. I changed the color scheme, but kept the elements of the script on the flower, the sponging, the thread nest and the sentiment on die cut. I used Cameo Coral and Always Artichoke ink for the flowers and stems, and Ranger Antique Linen to sponge around the edges.  The sentiment is from a very old SU stamp set called Short & Sweet, and it is embossed with Zing Aqua Embossing Powder. I am pleased with the result. The photographing made me very cranky. If anyone has some tips on photographing flat things, please let me know!

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Your comments bring me much joy. Have a great day!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Starry, Starry Celebration


It's time for a new challenge from AAA Cards. Our theme for Game 43 is STARS, and this inspiration photo is such a lovely one to get your creative juices flowing.  As we are celebrating Independence Day here in the US this weekend, I have been in a red, white, and blue mode all week in my creating.

My take on the STARS theme is very much inspired by the Fourth of July holiday, and by all of the luscious stencil and/or paste creations from our last challenge. Our players really outdid themselves! Thanks to all who played our challenge.

For AAA Game 43, I used a smooshed panel left over from another project earlier in the week. I put it together with all of the other inspiration and came up with my creation:


I love this watercolor panel done with smooshed distress inks. Then in the paste mode, I colored white embossing paste with SU Real Red ink and applied to Tim Holtz's Speckles stencil. I wanted a pop of red on the muted background, but when I was finished with it I wondered if it would bring blood spatters to mind when viewed by others...  I think it looks great but I hope it does not look gory and crime scene-esque to you - LOL!!!

Moving on,  my star die cut is from another project earlier this week as well.  I popped it up, and finished the card off with Paper Smooches "celebrate" word die cut from silver glitter paper, and added some enamel stars.

I am also linking my card to:

This week's Seize The Birthday Challenge: Anything Goes Birthday with an optional twist of red, white and blue.

Curtain Call's Month-long Challenge with a theme of "Celebrate".

Addicted to CAS Challenge with a PATRIOTIC theme.

Thank you so much for stopping in today.  Your comments make bring joy to my day. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Nautical Birthday



I am in red, white and blue mode, as it is almost July, and that means almost July 4th - one of my favorite holidays.   I needed a birthday card for a summer birthday for a man who loves boating, so I thought this would work like a charm. It's perfect for the CASology cue this week: Nautical. It's hard to see that the anchor is brushed silver cardstock, but it really looks metallic in real life. I love it. Anchor and sentiment dies are Paper Smooches. Stitched die is Lil Inkers. "Simple but really good", says my teenage son.  Love that endorsement.


Also linking up with Shopping Our Stash where the theme this week is: For The Boys.

Thanks of coming by today.

Let Freedom Ring


This patriotic shaker card is created in honor of our coming Fourth Of July celebration here in the US. This is a holiday that I so love on so many levels.  The watercolor panel is smooshed with red, white and tea stain distress inks. I did a partial die cut on that panel with a star die, then inlaid the shaker star over a star embossed card base. I am loving those enamel stars from Doodlebug Design.  The star EF is from SU, and the sentiment is from a Verve set that I always bring out at this time of year: American Hero.  

I am linking this card to CTD348:


Thanks so much for stopping in today.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Butterfly Effect


This is my Clean and Graphic and rather literal interpretation of this week's Card Concept #37  inspiration.
As defined on the Card Concept Blog, Clean and Graphic design is:
  • clean lines
  • simple treatment of text
  • no frills
  • bare boned
  • message is communicated quickly
I think this card definitely fits the description. Like DT Member Shannon Jaramillo,  I was inspired by the blended colors and the white details in the inspiration photo. 


I love these butterfly images and matching dies from Stampendous.  I just got them, and this challenge was perfect for me to put them to good use. I embossed the butterfly images with white EP. Then using the stencil that comes with the stamps, I sponged them with Hero Arts neon ink, and diecut them. I masked the butterfly images, stamped the antennae for each butterfly on the card base, and embossed them with white EP before adhering the butterfly diecuts to the card.

I love the way this one turned out.  Thanks for the inspiration Card Concept DT, and thank YOU for stopping by today... and CM, this one's for you!