Saturday, July 21, 2018

Bee Mine

Today I have a card made with some snippets of designer paper and a Lawn Fawn Bee Mine stamp set. I stamped the images and colored with Copics, adding Frosty stickles to the bees wings and black Nuvo drops to the flower centers. The circles were all cut with MFT stitched circle dies. I stamped 2 different hearts from the stamp set on the kraft card base with Versamark ink. 

I made this card based on the Freshly Made Sketch FMS346, and I will also enter it into the Cute Card Thursday challenge #539 which is "bugs/butterflies"

Thanks for the visit, and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!


Friday, July 20, 2018

Christmas in July

The Shopping Our Stash SOS #362 is Christmas in July, so I made a Christmas card to play along. The flowers were done with a Sweet'n Sassy Stamp set I've had for years and don't often use, but I dug it out of the cobwebs and made a card with it. I colored the image with Copics and a yellow glaze pen, then covered the entire piece with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with clear detail ep. I fussy cut the image out and placed it on a white piece that was embossed with a Taylored Expressions poinsettia ef and sponged with colored chalks in red and green. The sentiment is by SU! Teeny Tiny Wishes and was heat-embossed with gold ep on a black panel. The final touch was to add a twine bow and some red gemstones before placing it all on a dark green cardbase.

I'm also going to share this with Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge 394 which is anything Christmas with an option of using a die-cut or a punch.

Christmas is going to be here by the time we blink our eyes a few more times, so I figured I'd best get some cards made ahead of schedule. 

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful Friday and a great kick-off to a fun weekend as well.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Field Flowers

I pulled out a retired SU! stamp set called Field Flowers and decided to give it some ink. I inked the flowers with Squeezed Lemonade distress ink and some SU! Tangerine Tango for some 2-step stamping, while the stems were done with Wild Wasabi ink. I pierced the image panel edges with a template, and then used a fine line marker to add faux stitches all around the outside edge. The sentiment is from another retired SU! set. I added 2 wasabi borders done with a MS doily punch, and added 2 black notched border dies done with a MFT die and placed it all on a pumpkin colored cardbase.

I'm going to enter this into the Tuesday Throwdown challenge #401 which is "stitching - faux or real.

Thanks for buzzing by and I hope your day is fantastic!


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Milestone Birthday

I made this card for a friend's mother who recently turned 80. Her favorite color is blue, so I made this one in some pastel soft sky blue colors with white. The doily, ribbon, and dsp are all from SU!, and the numbers were done with an Impression Obsession set of number dies and coated with glossy accents. The birthday sentiment was done with Gina Marie designs dies and some heavy white cardstock. The white stems were done with a die from a "Leaves" set by Fantastic Flowers, and I added 2 different styles of flowers done with 2 different SU! mini punches, adding blue gemstones to the centers and randomly around the card.

I'm sharing this over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is to use a die and/or punch. I used both dies and punches in making this card.

Thanks for stopping by and do have yourself a fantastic day!


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

TMS #462

Hello sketch friends, welcome to another Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge. This time we're working on TMS #462 and this one was designed by Melissa.

For my card today, I dug into some long-adored (and hoarded) SU! Afternoon Tea designer paper along with some Wild Wasabi cardstock and stitched ribbon. The image and sentiment are both from the Penny Black "Bubbly" stamp set and I added a couple of MB Loopy Dies to the mix to represent larger bubbles. I used aqua stickles here and there for some bubbles sparkle along with some orange and yellow glaze pens for the drinky-poo cocktail, and added a piece of soft sky cardstock for the sentiment panel. The image panel was cut with a MFT stitched circle die.

And now it's over to you, but first - check out my DT members creations for a little extra inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a great Tuesday!


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Recycling a Mailing Envelope

Am I the only one who saves those fancy colorful metallic mailing envelopes for card making? Well I do, because they're SO pretty and the bright colors are eye catching to me! This card makes use of one in a brilliant magenta color. I popped the air out of the bubbles on the back and die-cut it with a MTF notched border die (twice) and lined them up in the center of this card. I covered the seam with a piece of silver metallic washi tape from SU! and stamped the sentiment from a MFT Polar Bear Pals stamp set in a soft gray color. The feather was a die-cut I found in my doodad box - sorry I have no idea who makes it, but I thought it looked like a good match to the colors on this card, so I added it. I dabbed a few magenta stickle drops to the card for the final touch.
I wish I could have gotten a better photo, but that metallic panel sent my camera into fits! This was the best of 8 attempts :) It's really pretty IRL.

I'm sharing this with the MFTWSC393

I hope you're having a fabulous weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Pink & Gray Birthday

 A friend of mine recently asked me to make a card for her that had a cat and dog on it, so this is what I came up with. I used a Prisma textured gray cardstock base, along with some SU! powder pink cardstock which was embossed with a CB birthday ef. I added a die-cut border with a SNSS retired ribbon die, and wove some pink & black gingham ribbon through the ovals. The dog was an IO die, while I'm not sure of the cat's manufacturer as a friend die-cut several and shared them with me. The sentiment was die-cut with Gina Marie Designs dies, and the final touch was some black Nuvo drops added just for fun.

I'm sharing this with the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies 16th challenge -   add a critter to your card.

Also sharing with Cute Card Thursday #538 - ribbons and bows

Thanks for spending a few moments of your day with me, and I wish you a wonderful weekend!


Friday, July 13, 2018

Santa's Chillin' at the Beach!

This is not your typical beach scene, but what the heck?! LOL I found this old stamped Santa image in my box of stamped images and I THINK it's by High Hopes, but I'm not sure. If anyone knows, feel free to leave a comment and I'll correct it. I've had it for years! I colored it with Copics. and matted with a snippet of blue cardstock. I added some glossy accents to his sunglasses and some frosty stickles to the fur on his hat. I added a piece of striped dsp across the bottom along with a beach border done with an EK punch, coloring the elements with fluorescent Copics. The sentiment is by SU! and I added some red & white twine for the final touchm placing it on a snippet of watery looking cardstock I've had for eons.

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

Jingle Belles "All Bundled Up" challenge - use 3 layers or more /Christmas

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #393 - Christmas/anything goes with an                                                option to use twine

Have a great Friday and stay cool! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Twofer # 7

Here's my entry for this month's Twofer Card Challenge #7. The keyword this time around is beverage.

I made a 21st birthday card with a mug of beer, but I have no real rhyme or reason why I made a 2nd card and stuck a dog inside of that mug? My mind works in mysterious ways sometimes and I have no real explanation?! LOL

I stamped and colored the Repeat Impressions beer mug image and colored it with Copics, then embossed the whole thing with clear ep, fussy-cutting it and adding a slit at the top of the mug to insert the dog. The dog is one of Tim Holtz's crazy dogs and I fussy cut him and slid him right down into the mug. The embossing was done with a TH sizzix bubble wrap ef, and the card base is Cool Caribbean. The sentiment is by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and was cut with a MFT fishtail flag banner. The twine is by SU!

This birthday card was made for someone turning 21. I used the same Repeat Impressions stamped image, adding the foam at the top with another Repeat Impressions stamp. I added some liquid applique along with some yellow stickles to make the foam on top of the beer. The numbers were cut with Impression Obsession dies from a snippet of Taken with Teal and some black, and layered for a little dimension. The medallions were cut with Daffodil and a MFT stitched circle die, as well as a scalloped circle cut with a SB die and some SU! dsp. I dotted the scallops with a black marker and used another piece of SU! dsp to place under the image. I sorted through my little pill container of negative bits left over from die cutting borders and adhered them randomly on the card.
Here's what the inside looks like...

The image is by Repeat Impressions and what you see is duck behinds. The birthday sentiment is by Tim Holtz, and the Bottoms Up was done with a box of those $1 stick stamps. I added 2 more pieces of SU! dsp to the bottom and called this one done.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer day whatever you're doing. Keep smiling :)

EDIT: As I posted this over on the twofer challenge, I realized the card posted just before mine used the same image! LOL I had not seen her post, so it cracked me up that we both went for the beer mug! Maybe it's just this hot weather? LOL


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Busy Butterfly Birthday

I made this birthday card with lots of elements and wasn't sure if it was overdone or not, but I'm sharing it regardless :) The entire card was built around that pretty white die-cut panel that my sweet blogging friend sent me all the way from Italy! (thanks Alice!) I added a black GMD stitched die-cut circle on top of that along with a pair of Memory Box butterfly dies. I cut the Darla die with black, and the Vivienne with black, yellow, green and blue, inlaying all those little pieces to make a colorful butterfly. The background was done with an IO geometric background die on top of a piece of water colored paper, sponged with 3 different Distress inks in shades of blue and green. I tore a strip of script dsp by DCWV and covered one corner with that, then placed a Mama Elephant Park Avenue Frame die-cut on top (thanks Lynn), and heat-embossed the SU! birthday sentiment with white ep on the bottom portion. The butterflies were done with a Sizzlet die (r) by SU! and for the final touch, I added drops of liquid pearls to the butterflies and alongside the sentiment.

I'm going to enter this into the HLS July Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're having a great Wednesday so far!