Thursday, July 19, 2018

True Directon


Time Out Challenge #114 is up and running. 
This time around, it's a Home Sweet Home Challenge - A photo inspiration challenge with a homey twist! Here is the photo:


For my card, I created a watercolor background with Distress Oxide Inks in 4 shades of blue, die cut it with the Wave and Sea Fancy Die from Hero Arts, and mounted it on Neenah Solar White 110# card stock.  I die cut a Kraft frame and stamped it with a rope image from Clear Arts Stamps Seaside set in Kraft ink to mimic the weave in the seats and coffee table in the photo. The sentiment is Typographia Motivate - True Direction from STAMPlorations stamped in VersaFine Majestic Blue. I LOVE the font on the Typographia stamps!

STAMPlorations is the Challenge Sponsor.

Challenge winner will receive a $15 gift voucher. Plus there will be a random winner  drawn from all entries to receive a goodie bag of stamps and dies from the STAMPlorations store.
See details on the Time Out Challenge Blog.

Guest Designer for this challenge is Heather Mills of Wire Rapture,  She has an ecclectic style that is sure to inspire you. Be sure to treat yourself to a visit to her blog.

Please head over to the Time Out Challenge Blog and see what Heather and the Design Team have created to inspire you. Please join us in the gallery to share your creation, and for a chance to win!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Welcome Baby




Addicted To CAS Challenge #140 is up and running with code word: BABY.

To create my card, I used Simon Says Stamp Baby Party Animals and Pretty Pink Posh Storybook 1 Dies.

Don't forget, as always, Happy Little Stampers is our Sponsor, and Kylie is generously awarding the winner with a $20.00 gift certificate to the store!

The Wonderful and talented Jen Mitchell is Guest Designer for this challenge.  Jen's creativity is so inspiring. Her designs are clean and crisp, and her coloring skills are amazing. In the off chance you haven't met Jen yet, please take a stroll through her blog. You will be so glad you did.

Please head over to the ATCAS Challenge Blog and see what Jen and the Design Team have created to inspire you. Join us in the gallery for a chance to win!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Smiles Are Always In Fashion


Time Out Challenge #113 is up and running. This time around, it's Inspired By Words. Here's the quote:


Guest Designer for this challenge is Amanda of Diamond Laine Designs,  She has an ecclectic style that is sure to inspire you. Treat yourself to a visit to her blog.

Our challenge sponsor is Sarah Gray. Sarah has her own line of fabulous, versatile and unique stencils available for purchase in her Folksy Store - check them out here. You can also see a selection of cards Sarah has made using her stencils on her Instagram account here.

I sell my stencils here

The winner of this challenge will receive their choice of 3 of Sarah's stencils.

To create my card, I went right to the Smile! stamp set from Happy Little Stampers. As I looked at each of the sentiments in the set, the one I used on my card called to me. The silhouette image from Happy Little Stampers Wish You Were Here stamp set immediately came to mind. I stamped it on a panel from my bits box that was made with Distress Oxide Inks and stamped with Full On Floral from CAS-ual Fridays. I thought it had a "mod", "retro" feel and went perfectly with the sentiment. I added a few sequins, and that was it!

Please head over to the Time Out Challenge Blog and see what Amanda and the Design Team have created to inspire you. Join us in the gallery to share your creation, and for a chance to win!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Saw That




It's a new month and that means a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge! The twist for July is SANTA.  To create my card, I stamped Winnie And Walter Mini Scenery: The Peppermint Zone with Versa Mark Ink on a panel of Neenah Solar White. I heat embossed with red embossing powder and die cut the entire panel with a Nestabilities rectangle die. I then used the Santa and sentiment from Ellen Hutson's Tis The Season (retired) by Julie Ebersole to complete the design, along with a strip of Real Red cardstock on the left.

Please head over the to Happy Little Stampers July Christmas Challenge and see what the Design Team Has created for your inspiration. Play with us for a chance to win a $20 coupon to spend at the Happy Little Stampers Shop! Check out all the details HERE. If you use stamps by Happy Little Stampers, and you are chosen as the Random Winner, your prize will be doubled!

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The Merry Christmas Challenge #26 - Anything Christmas





Sunday, July 1, 2018

Happy 4th of July



Creative With Stamps Challenge #28 is up and running with the theme of "FLAG". In thinking about what I would do for the challenge, my mind immediately went to the US Celebration of July 4th, Independence day. I dug deep into the way-back stash, and pulled out PTI Vintage Picnic, which has a variety of baskets and things to fill them for different seasons/occasions. It was perfect for the direction in which I wanted to go, and this is what I came up with.

Please head on over to the Creative With Stamps Blogcheck out what the Design Team has come up with to inspire you, and share your creation in the gallery. Happy crafting! 

Supplies
Stamps: PTI Vintage Picnic.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black, Antique Linen Distress Ink.
Paper: Neenah Solar White, SU Cherry Cobbler and Marina Mist.
Accessories: Nestabilities circle dies, Copic markers, Sizzix embossing folder, foam tape, SU star and laabel punch.


Saturday, June 30, 2018

Have An Awesome Brithday


I made this card for a DT friend who has been so welcoming, friendly, kind, and generous to me as I began a new DT gig and beyond. I heat embossed this awesome mermaid's tail in silver, and colored it with Copics. I placed it on a background that I made with Distress Oxide Inks and plastic wrap, sprayed it with shimmer spray and die cut it with a scalloped rectangle die. 
I adhered a seaweed die cut and the tail, added the sentiment banner, and voila! The background came out beautifully. It looks to me like what you would see under water when the sun is shining above. I love this one!

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Something Incredible


My twin sons just graduated from High School. They both love to receive a handmade card from the mama. This is Greg's card. I so love Tim Holtz's Bird Crazy stamps and dies, and this one reminds me of my brilliant and sometimes kooky son... He is ready to discover the universe. I am trying to get ready for both of them to fly the coop, and it is not an easy task. LOL.

For my creation, I used Distress Oxide inks, acetate and a spritzer to create the background on watercolor paper. I added white spatters with Ecoline White Liquid Watercolor which is fabulous for this purpose. The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti's Shine From Within.

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(Use any animal image as the focus of your project.)

Hats Off To You


My twin boys graduated from High School on Friday. A new chapter begins. They still love and appreciate a hand made card. I used Avery Elle's Hats Off stamps and dies along with Numbered Balloons Elle-Ments to create this card for Jon.

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Focusing on Celebration, lots of color, multiple images on the bottom, sentiment on top.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

You Are Tougher



Addicted To CAS Challenge #139 is up and running with code word: GIRL POWER.

To create my card, I used acetate and three Distress Oxide inks in shades of pink to create my background. After it dried, I stamped the sentiment from SimonSaysStamp Hand Lettered Encouragement set with VersaFine Inyx Black ink, die cut the watercolor panel with Avery Elle Wonky Stitches and adhered it to the card base.

Don't forget, as always, Happy Little Stampers is our Sponsor, and Kylie is generously awarding the winner with a $20.00 gift certificate to the store!

The Wonderful and talented Cindy Chiu of Escape 2 Stamping  is Guest Designer for this challenge.  Cindy's creativity is so inspiring. If you haven't met her yet, please take a stroll through her blog. You will be so glad you did.

Please head over to the ATCAS Challenge Blog and see what Cindy and the Design Team have created to inspire you. Join us in the gallery for a chance to win!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Smokin' Hot



The new challenge is up and running at Time Out. The theme of Time Out Challenge #112 is "Warm". Guest Designer for this challenge is Marieke. Marieke's style is so fun and colorful. She is a rock star with creating scenes, and she has mad coloring skills. Treat yourself to a visit to her blog. You are sure to be inspired!

 CAS-ual Fridays is our Challenge Sponsor. Challenge winner will receive a $25.00 gift card to spend at the CAS-ual Fridays Store.

For my card, I turned the heat up a notch and used the grill from Paper Smooches Alfresco stamp set for my main image. I then die cut a circle on the side of a panel of bandana patterned paper from my stash of Stampin' Up DP of long ago, added a sentiment strip, and that was it.

Please head over to the Time Out Challenge Blog and see what Marieke and the Design Team have created to inspire you. Join us in the gallery to share your creation, and for a chance to win!

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Welcome Baby



It's time for mid-month inspiration for Creative With Stamps Challenge #27 - Cute Animals. This little monkey is so adorable, and I needed a baby card, so this is what happened. Please stop in at the Creative With Stamps Blog and check out the animal cuteness that the rest of the Design Team has created to inspire you. Get out your cute animal stamps and play with us.

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Use any animal image as the focus of your project.

Using Paper Smooches Comforting Hugs Stamp Set - Released September 2015.