Monday, February 8, 2016

Colorful Birthday Card

I discovered a long-forgotten CHF chicken wire background stamp from my collection and stamped it with versamark on a piece of watercolor paper, heat-embossing it with white ep. I sponged on some Ranger Mermaid Lagoon, Citron, and Spun Sugar inks until I liked the look. I die cut some Darice Daisies in black and white along with a few snippets of sponged blue cardstock for the butterfly and flower centers. I added a white die-cut stem to the bottom, along with a SNSS white embossed sentiment, done with a SU! oval punch. The butterfly was done with a Punch a Bunch, and I hand-drew the antennae with a fine marker.

I'll be taking this one over to the Snippets Playground #215 since I used mostly snippets to put it all together.

Thanks for stopping by, and to my friends in the New England portion of the US, stay safe and warm in the snowstorm that's heading your way!


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Holiday Candles

I bought this "Holiday Candles" die by die-namites last year and was never quite sure what to do with it. I loved the silhouette image on the package, but cutting it with colored card stock proved to be challenging without trying to add color to the intricate design. I decided to just add a touch of glitter to the candles and leave it alone, but next time I might add some gems to the poinsettias too. I embossed the background with a SU! softly fallen ef, adding a piece of matching twill from my stash. The green was cut with a MFT circle die from gumball green card, and I gold-embossed a SU! sentiment, cutting it with a small circle punch. There's a MS snowflake punch behind the sentiment just for fun.

This will be going to the Jingle Belles "Bling on the Holidays" challenge, which is to add bling, or pretty much anything sparkly to a holiday/Christmas card.

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday, and thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

PBSC February

I've had this stamped Penny Black image in my stash for a long time, and decided it was time to put it to use with Valentine's day just around the corner. I colored the image with Copics, adding fluorescent pink color to the hearts on the mug. I added a little heart-shaped clip and a punched border with lavender brads, and put it all on a scrap of lavender polka dot cardstock. My DGD loves pink and purple together :)

I'm sharing this with the Penny Black Saturday Challenge for February - which is to use the color red and/or hearts. I haven't used any red, but the hearts are definitely there!

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great weekend!


Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentines for Kids

  I have a couple Valentines for kids today, made with Deedee's digis images and sentiments. I found a very old piece of seam binding in my sewing basket that had little hearts on it, so I decided to use it on some cards. The image was a pre-colored digi and all I did was add the sentiment, a little brad, and a punched MS hearts border. This one was done in red and dark brown for a girl.......

while this one was done in dark brown and baby blue for a boy. Deedee's Digis store is now closed, so this image is sadly no longer available.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day today!


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Have a Heart

Here's another valentine made with navy and white with a tiny pop of red. I used a borrowed SB vines of passion die (thanks M.A.) to cut the heart, and the sentiment was done with a SSS small "love you" die. The tiny hearts are all negatives from previous cuttings and I thought one red one would add just enough interest to this masculine valentine.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - "have a heart."

the Snippets Playground #214 - always use snippets

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is fabulous!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Quilt Card

I pulled out my MFT stitched quilt die and some favorite, hoarded, retired SU! dsp and made another quilt card. These patterns have always reminded me of old pajamas or men's shirts, so I thought they'd be perfect to put into a quilt card. The quilt is on a base of Soft Stone cardstock, and the sentiment was done with Baja Breeze ink. The "button" was done with an IO button die and I tied some Lawn Fawn twine to the center. The inside says "filled with lots of love."

I'm sharing this with the Shopping our Stash Challenge SOS#237 - which has a theme of "dreaming of something warm."

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Always in My Heart

My card today was made for the Cards in Envy "From the Heart Challenge." I was sad to read that the blogging world lost another wonderful card designer who came up with the Cards in Envy idea. You can read all the details about Denise here and perhaps send a card to her family if you have the time.

I used a Unity stamp for the image and colored it with Copics, matting it on a black circle cut with Lil Inker stitched dies. The SB lotus was cut with Melon Mambo and the hearts were done with a SU! mini heart punch. The arrows were done with matching colors using a Momenta arrow die.

I'm also entering this into the Snippets Playground #214.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day whatever you do. As Darnell always says, life is too short.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Birthday Set

(click photo to enlarge)

I made this card and matching tag with Pool Party and Island Indigo colors. The flowers & leaves were done with a HA stamp set, colored with Spectrum Noir markers, and popped up with foam tape for dimension. The centers were dotted with liquid pearls. The embossed panels were done with an Anna Griffin ef set, and separated with Island Indigo satin ribbon. The sentiment was done with SU! punches and stamps in matching colors. The tag was done with a SU! scalloped top punch and I added a die cut panel done with a Lil Inker diagonal stitched die and rounded the lower corners for a softer look. The tag sentiment is by LOTV and the final touch was adding some matching ribbon and silver cording.

I'm sharing this with the Little Red Wagon Challenge #326 which is "they say it's your birthday."

I hope your week is getting off a good start! Thanks so much for stopping by :)


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Woodlands Thank You

I used a borrowed (thanks Mary Anne) SU! Woodlands embossing folder for my card today, smearing white ink on the folder before running a piece of kraft cardstock through it. I love how it makes the trees look like white birches! I added a snippet of red cardstock die-cut with a SNSS bird die, and white embossed the HA sentiment on a snippet of black, and called this one done!

I'll be sharing this over at the Snippets Playground #214.

Wishing you a great Sunday, and thanks so much for stopping by today!


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sparkle & Shine

I wish I had better lighting to capture the sparkle and shine on this card, but unfortunately it's barely visible. There are diamond stickles on the "hills" and the red stars were embossed with red tinsel glitter. I also cut the star from gold mirror cardstock, while I embossed all 3 trees with gold, as well as the sentiment. If you click the photo to enlarge it, you may be able to see the details.

I'm sharing this over at the DRS Designs challenge #211 which is "sparkle and shine." I played along with their challenge for the first time last week and won! Woohoo - I love beginner's luck!! :)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great Saturday!


stamps/dies - SU! Peaceful Pines, Lawn Fawn stitched hillsides, sentiment by SNSS, MB star of wonder
cardstock - gumball green, GP white, mirror gold
other - diamond stickles, gold ep, red tinsel ep