Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Beautiful Birthday




I came across this new-to-me challenge yesterday, and I was immediately inspired to play. The colors screamed summer flowers to me, so I pulled out a Memory Box Stencil that has been sitting in my stash for a while and inked it. I love the way it came out. But then I decided to tape the stencil down on a fresh piece of watercolor paper, spritz it with lots of water, then blot it with a paper towel. When I lifted the stencil from the paper, this gorgeous panel appeared. The contrast to the first panel is really amazing. The softness of this one is so beautiful. I love it when this kind of wonderful surprise
happens. I used Concord &
 9th's Beautiful Words stamps and Beautiful die for the sentiment. Happy Birthday (from same set) is stamped inside.

I sm also linking my card to :

Anything garden related - flower, fruits, vegetables, trees, garden tools...


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Monday, June 27, 2016

Miss You


I really love the simplicity of CTS #178  When I saw it, this little lobster die popped into my head and out of my stash. I cut him from a scrap from a Distress Ink project and set him on a little bit of stenciling that put me in mind of a fishing net. Lobsters remind me of my dear, lifelong friend who lives far from me in northern Vermont.  Last time we visited, we celebrated with a wonderful dinner on Long Beach Island of lobster and scallops. This is a perfect card for her.


This card was also inspired by the following challenges:

It's been far too long since I played the wonderful Less Is More challenge. This week's recipe is USE A STENCIL.


Thanks so much for  coming by today.

Supplies
Paper~Neenah Solar White.
Stamps~MFT Penguins In Paradise.
Ink~VersaFine Onyx Black, and Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch DI's.
Accessories~Memory Box Lobster Die, TH Burlap Layering Stencil.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Sweet 16

I have twin 16 year old boys. Sweet 16 party invitations are frequent these days. I need a go-to Sweet 16 card (and a Sweet 16 party fund to go along with it - LOL). I looked through a lot of stamp sets to find the word "sweet" and was surprised how hard it was to find.  I would like to have found a bigger one, but this one from MFT's Label Maker Love works just fine. Three shades of pink distress inks, a stencil, some dies, and some bling. Voila!!

I am linking my card to the following challenges:


Paper Players #300 is a celebration of their 300th challenge! The theme is CAS celebration.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Bird Crazy Independence Day


AAA Cards Game #67 is up! This time the theme is "Googley Eyes". Please remember that ALL of our challenges are CAS style.
Our first place winner will receive a gift from our generous sponsor, Stampendous.



I pulled out my Bird Crazy stamps and accessories for this challenge because the birds have such great eyes. I decided on a patriotic theme for the coming Independence Day celebration here in the US. I wanted to give this bird a flag AND a sparkler, so I also used Winnie & Walter's Sparkle stamps to have him hold a sparkler as well as the flag. I embossed the sparkler in silver and the sparkles in gold. So fun!

Please head on over the the AAA Cards Challenge Blog, check out the fabulous DT creations, and create a CAS Googley Eye project of your own. Link up your card, mention us in your post, display our challenge image, leave some comments on some of the other players's blogs and remember to keep your card CAS!

I am also linking this card to:

 Time Out Challenge #59 - Theme With A Twist:


'Masculine with optional twist of mixed media'
Defining 'mixed media' as:
Stamps and ink plus 2 other elements that add texture and/or dimension.
My card was made with stamps and ink, with die cuts, embossing, watercolor and of course, google eyes!

CASOLOGY



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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Something Incredible


I made this graduation card for the daughter of a dear fried of mine. I love this sentiment stamp from Reverse Confetti especially for an occasion where one is starting a new chapter in life. Crazy Bird is dressed in the University of Scranton school colors of purple and gold. This young woman is going on to Grad School in September, and this is just perfect for her. 

I am linking my card to the following challenges:

I used a combination of Stamping, Die-cuts and watercoloring.


Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Dies and Bird Crazy Accessories, Reverse Confetti Star Banner Die.

Thanks for stopping in today!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Because

I hope you enjoyed our big birthday bash at AAA Cards. It was a whole lot of fun. The party's over, but we're still, and always, having fun!  It's time for a new challenge at AAA. Game #66 is up, and the theme is Watercolor.

Our generous sponsor this week is Happy Little Stampers.


The first place winner will receive a $20.00 Gift Certificate for the HLS Store!

We also have the lovely and talented Tracey McNeely joining us as Guest Designer for this challenge.

I used my Brushos for my watercolor project below. This is a mono print using the gorgeous Hibiscus Stencil from Design By Ryn. I LOVE it. The sentiment is from MFT's "Because" stamp set and die.


Please head on over the the AAA Cards Challenge Blog, check out the gorgeous watercolor creations by the Design Team, and then create a watercolor beauty of your own. Don't forget to make it CAS!!! 

PS, don't forget to check the AAA Cards Challenge Blog next Sunday, June 12th to see if you are one of the lucky winners of the many prizes that were offered for participation in our Birthday Celebration!!

I am linking today's card to the following challenges:


CAS Mix Up - My sentiment combines stamping and die cutting and the third element is water color monoprint.


CASology is celebrating their 200th Challenge!

Thanks for coming by. Have a great day!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Look For The Miracles



The AAA Cards Challenge 2nd Big Birthday Bash is still going on until June 4th. If you haven't joined in the fun and festivities, you should go on over. One of the ways to win, is to do the blog hop, comment on each DT blog, and answer the question they pose.  As an AAA DT Member, my question asks what your favorite craft purchase this year has been.  Well, that question surely did end up costing me some money!!!!! LOL. It seems that the top 2 answers are: the MISTI (I have one - it's the bomb), and ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens.  After reading so many rave reviews of these water color pens, I had to have them.  And of course, I needed many other things to go along with them (wink). So here is my first go with my new ZIG watercolor pens and my new SSS Look For The Miracles stamp set. The pens are indeed AMAZING. I'm in love. I hope my Brushos don't get jealous. I will surely get back to them!

I was inspired by the following Challenges:


Time Out Challenge #57 is their 'Inspired by Words' challenge now and our words are:
'May All your weeds be wild flowers'
You can use any of these words to inspire you or perhaps the whole phrase. You might want to go with flowers, wild, weeds or perhaps use the whole phrase looking at how the hard times don't get in the way of the beauty in your life.

I love the sentiment on my card, and it speaks to the fact that even the hardest of times contain gifts.