Friday, March 31, 2017

Dream Then Do

It's funny that as I was going through the process of creating this card, I kept thinking of elements to include that required dies, but there are no dies allowed with this challenge! LOL. I used images from 2 CASual Fridays sets to create this card. It's a bit different than my usual style of late. I wanted to give it a dreamy feel so I muted the stamped leafy images with distress inks and water, added some Glimmer mist, and finished it off with a crisp sentiment and some sequins.

Stamps - CASual Fridays Casual Eegance and Woot Woor
Paper - Water color paper, SU Cameo Coral
Ink - Ranger Distress Inks, VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories - MISTI, Sequins, Glimmer Mist

Thursday, March 30, 2017

You Are Like A Rainbow

Challenge #80 is up at Time Out Challenges, and time the theme is Inspired By Words: 
'When it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars'

Our sponsor is Uniko. Winner will receive a $15.00 gift certificate to use in the Uniko store.

Marilyn is our Guest Designer for the Guest and Reminder posts for this challenge. Marilyn is a extremely talented crafter with awesome design and coloring skills. You are sure to enjoy a visit to her blog!

Here is my take on the challenge:

I just love the simple design of this card juxtaposed with the power of the sentiment.

Please head on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog and see how the wonderful Design Team was inspired by the challenge quote. Leave them some love, see how the quote inspires you, and play along with us. It is so much fun to see all the different interpretations of the same words.

Stamps - MFT Rainbow Of Happiness
Paper - Ranget Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock, Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories - Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Water Brush, Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Elle-Ments Die, Foam Tape, MISTI.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


The current challenge at City Crafter Challenge Blog is to use a window or aperture on your project. When I looked at the gorgeous inspiration photo for the challenge (below), an idea immediately came to mind.

My interpretation is quite literal. Once I had the window and the scene through it finished, I searched through my stash for a fitting sentiment. I found that to be the hardest part with this project. I felt like the woman in the photo is doing some big pondering. When I ran across this one (PTI A Little Inspiration) in my stash, it seemed to be very fitting.

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Stamps - PTI A Little Inspiration
Paper - Tim Holtz Woodgrain Cardstock, SU Soft Sky, SU Early Espresso, PTI Kraft, Neenah Solar White
Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black, Ranger Distress Inks: Wild Honey, Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot, Fossilized Amber
Accessoriies - MISTI, Memory Box Grove Branch Die, Memory Box Small Madison Window Die, Spellbinders Nestabilities Rectangle Dies.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 20, 2017

You Are A Blessing

I've been playing with and enjoying STAMPlorations Bloom Happy Stamp Set. For this card, I used one of the wonderful sentiments from the stamp set, but for the floral image, I used a portion of a downloadable freebie that was available from STAMPlorations when Shery released her Color Blooms Coloring Book For Card Makers. Today is the first day of Spring, and this image and colors are quite fitting for the day.

Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloom Happy Stamps
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Water Color Paper, Gray linen finish card stock
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Ranger Salty Ocean Distress Ink 
Accessories: STAMPlorations Bloom Happy Coordinating Dies, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Foam Tape

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Tag For Today

When I saw Marion Vagg's gorgeous tag that is the inspiration for the Tag You're It Challenge #67, I reached for my snippet box and found some things that would work beautifully for the challenge. All of the elements in my tag, except for the ribbon, are from that box of little treasures. I love making things from it's contents!

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Little Red Wagon Challenge #385 - Tag It!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Happy Birthday

Time for a new game at AAA Cards Clean & Simple Challenge Blog. For Game #86, We'd like to see diecuts as the main focus on your cards.

Our Guest Designer is  Judy from Judy is a wonderful and talented designer and you are sure to be inspired by her work. Treat yourself to a visit to her blog and you will see what I mean.

Our wonderful sponsor is Stamplorations. Check out the AAA Challenge Blog for deatilas.

Here is my take using sponsor stamps and dies:

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Please head on over to the AAA Cards Challenge Blog and see what the design team has create for your inspiration. Then get out your dies and start creating. Link up and play with us at AAA Cards.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Kind Word

Time for a new challenge at Time Out. This time we are CASEing the wonderful and talented Jenny Mullens of Crafting In The Country. Jenny is such an imaginative artist. I have often told her that I wish my mind's eye would see things the way hers does! I strongly suggest that  you take a stroll through her blog. You will see what I mean. I guarantee that you will be WOW'ed, inspired, amused, and so glad you went for a visit. Here is Jenny's card for us to CASE...

 Izzy of Izzyscrap is Guest Designer at Time Out for Challenge #79. Izzy is a regular player at TIME OUT and we are so delighted she is joining us as guest designer! Izzy's cards are always so artistic, yet CAS, and this time is no exception! Ceck out Izzy's card on the Time Out Challenge Blog.

Here is my take.

It's really quite a literal interpretation, but I loved Jenny's hanging birdhouses, and decided to do the same with these wonderful flowers from our sponsor Verve's New Beginnings Stamp Set. Spring is around the corner, though here in the northeastern US, we've gone from 70 degrees last week to a possible 12"+ snowstorm coming through this week!

Please head over to the Time Out Challenge Blog, see how the marvelous Design Team has been inspired by Jenny's card, and leave them some love. Then see how Jenny's card inspires you, link up and play with us at Time Out.

Stamps: Verve-New Beginnings.
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black, VersaFine Onyx Black. Various green Ranger Distress Ink shades
Paper: PTI Limeade Ice, SU Early Espresso, Tim Holtz Distress Wood grain Card stock. Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card stock.
Accessories: MISTI,  Memory Box Grove Branch Die, Paper Smooches Botanicals 3 Icons, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Ranger Yellow Stickles, SU Linen twine, Dimensionals.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Oscar Red Carpet Fashion Inspiration

Challenge #85 is up at AAA Cards Challenge Blog - Create a CAS card inspired by Oscars Red Carpet fashions, male or female, from any year. That's 89 years worth of fashion inspiration! How fun is that??? It's easy to find Oscar fashion inspiration online. Google "Academy Awards Fashion", or do the same on Pinterest. I created a Pinterest Board to which I pinned many fashion pics that I thought would translate well into cards. If you'd like to check out my Oscar Fashion Pinterest Board, I am Stephanie Lanzalotto on Pinterest, and the board is "Oscars".  

Happy Little Stampers is sponsoring the challenge Winner will receive a $15.00 credit to the 

Hazel from hazelspaperdesigns joins the AAA Design Team as Guest Designer. Hazel is a CAS ROCK STAR!!! You can't help but be incredibly inspired when you visit her blog.

Now for my take on the challenge. When I saw Nicole Kidman's awesome gown at this year's Oscars, I knew it was THE one. 
Here it is:

Here is my take:

Those gorgeous medallions immediately made me think of PTI's Mehndi Medallion Mini Stamp Set. I stamped the images with VersaMark on SU Blush Blossom card stock and embossed them in silver. It took me a while to choose a sentiment, but it looks like Nicole is enjoying this moment in her beautiful gown, doesn't it? I die cut the word "enjoy" from SU Early Espresso card stock using PTI Wet Paint Cuts Die Collection and inlaid it on the Blush Panel Blossom. "This moment" is embossed with SSS Rose Gold EP on MFT Die-namics Fishtail Flags STAX and popped up.

I had so much fun with this, and I hope that you do to. Please head on over to the AAA Cards Challenge Blog and see how the Design Team was inspired by Oscar Fashion. Then see how Oscar Fashion inspires you, create a card, and play with us!

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Anything Goes

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Merry Christmas

The March Christmas Challenge is up at Happy Little Stampers, and this month the optional twist is STAR. This is my take:

I love the SSS Mosaic Star Die, and wanted it to be the "star" of my card. I cut it a little over the edge of fantastic dark blue metallic card stock from the December Hero Arts Monthly kit. The sentiment is from Happy Little Stampers Christmas Joy set and is stamped on a tag cut with a MFT Die-namics stitched Fishtail Flag die and popped up on the blue panel, The paper for the tag is a digi. I'm sorry I  don't have a source for it. The blue panel is set on PTI Vintage Cream card stock.

Please head over to the Happy Little Stampers March Christmas Challenge, and see what my wonderful Design Teammates have created for your inspiration, create a Christmas Card and play with us for a chance to win $15.00 to spend in the HLS Store!

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Happy 3rd Birthday To Time Out!!!

I am so excited to be taking part in Time Out Challenges 3rd Birthday Celebration starting Thursday, March 2nd through Wednesday, March15th. I hope you will join in the fun and festivities! All of the wonderful companies in the graphic above are generously sponsoring the Time Out Birthday Bash! 

   Challenge #78 is a THEME challenge of Love and/or Friendship with the Optional Technique Twist of the "Spotlight Stamping" technique in which you add color only to one raised spot on your image. There are many tutorials available online like THIS one from Splitcoast Stampers and THIS one from MFT Challenge and Inspiration Blog.

The following sponsors are celebrating with us on their blogs-click on the links below to check out their parties:

Ardyth of MASKerade is our Guest Designer for both the challenge and reminder posts. Ardyth's work is amazing, and you are sure to be very inspired when you stroll through her blog.

Here is my take:

The main image is an Impression Obsession wood mounted stamp from deep within my stash - Flower Pitchers. I love this image, and it is wonderful for water coloring. I stamped it twice, colored the top section with Zigs, cut out a heart shape with Stampin' Up's Heart To Heart Punch and popped it up. I added a sentiment using Simon Says Stamp YOU, distressed the edges of the top panel, mounted it on purple card stock and adhered it to the card base.

Please head on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration. Take Time Out to create with us, celebrate with us, and link up for a chance to win some wonderful prizes.