Thursday, June 22, 2017

Yeah Baby!

Time for a new game at Time Out Challenges! TO #86 is a Theme challenge: Celebrations - with the optional twist of One Layer. Our wonderful sponsor is CASual Fridays Stamps. A random winner of a $25.00 gift voucher will be
selected from those who go for the twist on their creation.

TaeEun of Rainbow In November is Guest Designer for this challenge. Her work is incredible. Treat yourself to a visit to TaeEun's Blog. You can't help but be inspired.

I wanted to twist. As I was looking for some inspiration, I came upon THIS post by Jennifer McGuire. I decided to use her design, but instead of die cutting the sentiment panels, I masked them to achieve the one layer effect. The result was a happy accident. 

I masked the areas where the sentiments would be stamped, inked CAS-ual Friday's Full On Floral background stamp with VersaMark, and heat embossed with white EP. I wanted to cover the entire card front with the floral background, so I stamped again and applied three Brusho colors. I loved the way the color turned out, but I was concerned about the line on the right side that was created when I stamped the second time. Then when I lifted the masking paper, I saw that some of the watercolor had seeped under the mask. At first I was frustrated with these two "mistakes", but after stamping the sentiments (Casual Fridays Woot Woot - retired) and adding the sequins, I ended up being quite pleased with my wonky creation.

Please head on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog, and be inspired by the awesome Design Team creations. See where your creativity takes you, link up and play with us at Time Out!

I am also playing at:

Simply Irresistable Challenge - Emboss Resist Technique


The Flower Challange - Anything Goes

Thursday, June 8, 2017

To The Moon

I am so excited to be posting today as a new member of the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies Design Team. Woot! This is my debut creation. The theme is always "Anything Goes" as long as you use dies.

This card is for my son who, even at 17, still loves a handmade card.

You have until June 30th to play. Challenge winner will receive a $15.00 credit at the Happy Little Stampers Store.

Please head over to Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies June Challenge and check out the wonderful creations by the Design Team and create a project with dies to share in the gallery for a chance to win!

Supplies Used
Stamps: Hero Arts Star Galaxy, SSS Shine On
Ink: Hero Arts Mermaid Ink Pad, VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Gina K Pure Luxury Black
Accessories: Lil Inkers Stitched mat Dies, PTI Double Ended Banners Die (watercolored snippet from stash with stamped sentiment), Simon Says Stamp Shine On Dies.

A Happy Hello

Time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges! This time the theme is "Home Sweet Home" - photo inspiration with a homey twist! 
Here is the inspiration photo for Time Out #85:

There are so many wonderful things focus on in this photo, but that beautiful hummingbird caught my immediate attention. I also incorporated many of the colors in the photo. I love all things tropical.

Ashwini is our Guest Designer for this challenge.

Happy Little Stampers are our sponsors with $15 gift voucher for the winner.

Come play with us! The Design Team has come up with some wonderful inspiration to get you started. Check out their projects, and then create something of your own to link up to the gallery and play for a chance to win.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


What a great idea for a challenge theme! In the language of ice cream, Neapolitan usually refers to a trio of ice cream flavors which is often a combination of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. I did a little research and the story is much more broad. For a little history on Neapolitan Ice Cream's sweet origins, click HERE.

I really had fun with this one! The color in my photograph is off a little. The color on the embossed hydrangea is true, but the butterfly is actually rose-colored, and the sentiment is stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and much more brown than it appears in the photo.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Silent Night

The Happy Little Stampers June Christmas Challenge is now live. The theme is "Anything Goes" with an optional twist of "Tree".  Challenge winner will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the Happy Little Stampers Shop
Check out all the details HERE.

For the twist, I went the route of palm trees in Concord & 9th's Holy Night Dies set against a sky made with distress inks and Mr. Huey's Opaque White Color Mist. The star is cut from white glitter paper and accented with white Sharpie.

The Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge Design Team has created some wonderful projects for your inspiration. Please click HERE to see what they have come up with and leave them some love. Then get your Merry on and  play with us!

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Sending You Sunshine

This card is made with with several die cuts - Paper Smooches Die Quote Tag, SSS Sending and You Dies, SU Triple Heart punch. The tag is popped up with foam tape and mounted on a piece of Patterened Paper fron my snippets box.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Happy 3rd Birthday AAA Cards!

It's birthday time over at AAA Cards! AAA Cards Challenge is celebrating their thrid birthday in a big way with many awesome sponsors, great prizes adn many ways to win. AAA Cards is near and dear to my heart. When it was first started by Victoria L three years ago, she invited me to be on the Design Team. It was a wonderful opportunity, and it really helped me to broaden my cardmaking skills, particularly in the CAS genre. Since then I have met so many amazing crafters all over the world and I am grateful to have started out my Design Team journey there. I wish the current Design Team a wonderful birthday celebration. Please head over to the AAA Cards Challenge Blog and check out the wonderful inspiration the Design Team and the special guests have created for you. 

Find out about all the ways to win the wonderful prizes from the sponsors. Create a Birthday Card, Link up, and join in the celebration by playing AAA Cards Game #91. Happy Birthday AAA Cards! Celebrate good times!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

TO #84 - Inspired by words

There is a new challenge up at Time Out. The theme for Challenge #84 Inspired by Words:  
"Flowers and friends make life a garden"

My take on the inspiration words was created with this gorgeous STAMPlorations image - Framed DahliaIt is embossed in gold, and colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and popped up with foam tape. The sentiment is from STAMPlorations - Bloom Happy

 STAMPlorations is our wonderful Challenge Sponsor. Challenge winner will receive a gift voucher for the STAMPlorations store.

Michele Ferguson of I Card Everyone is Guest Designer. Treat yourself to a stroll through her wonderful blog. You'll be so glad you did. Then head on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog, check out what the Design Team has created for your inspiration, and see where the inspiration words take you. Take some Time Out and play with us!

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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.

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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