Monday, January 29, 2018

Ellen Hutson Pinsight January Challenge

Hello everyone!! Happy Monday!!

Not really feeling all that well today. My husband went to the doctors and had a flu test today but was negative. They gave him Tami Flu anyways because he is on biologics that inhibit his immune system. I didn't get my flu shot until this past Saturday. I waited two hours in line at a public health bus for it OUTSIDE!! Why is it that I made sure my child had hers this fall and I didn't think I needed it? One woman in my office has been out for a week with the flu so I am so nervous about picking it up.

Anyway, I am posting two cards today. The first card is for Ellen Hutson's January Pinsight Challenge. This is the first time I am playing!!

I have been making a point of digging out products I have that I never used and inking them up. The flower is Altenew Fantasy Floral Dies that I die cut from paper that I did some ink smooshing on using Ranger "Shaded Lilac" Distress Ink. The sentiment is from Essentials by Ellen "Courage" stamp set.

Here is the inspiration board:

I was inspired by the flowers and the purple blue colors of the peas.

I did a bit of misting on the white background panel as well as some embossing with the dies.

I had SO MUCH fun making this card that I created a similar one!!

This second card I used Freshly Made Sketches #321 as my inspiration.

Instead of using "Shaded Lilac", I inked up my paper with Ranger "Dusty Concord" Distress ink.

I embossed the background using an embossing folder and layered the flower a bit differently then it was intended so more of the purple background showed through. I also used "Twisted Citron" and "Bundled Sage" for the ink smooshing on the leaves.

I tried to get it with this photo but when I was done with the flower I covered it with a Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Marker to make it shine.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts "Act of Kindness" set.

I am also entering this into Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge: Layer It Up.

That is all from me tonight. I thank you for stopping by!! Have a FABULOUS night!!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Peace and Comfort

Happy Sunday everyone!! It is my turn over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog.

Today I am sharing a card I created using CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Peace and Comfort set. However, I wanted something more on my card so I used the leaves in a bit of a different way.

Instead of just stamping a single leaf on the flowers, I made some leaf branches.

I stamped both of the solid leaves in the stamp set in green, connecting the two in the middle. Then I took a green marker and created a stalk that kept the leaves together, as well as shaded in some detail.

Next I stamped the flowers in a peach color and used then used the over stamp in a coral color to make the rose. I stamped leaves onto the flowers using a different color green then the leaf branches and used the coordinating outline in a third green color.

I used one of the heart stamps in Love and Coffee  and a purple marker to create some little yellow flowers.

I then splashed the background with yellow, lavender, and gold mist spray. When it was dry, I layered some paper scraps over the front. I used a masking technique to emboss the sentiment from the Peace and Comfort set onto a scrap of white card stock in gold.

I popped the sentiment up from my card using foam adhesive.

I actually had a lot of fun looking at my stamps to see if I could use them in a slightly different way. I hope this card inspires you to take a look at your stamps and see what you can come up with.

The Peace and Comfort set can be found at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. Use my code NORASENTME for an extra 15% off your entire order.

I thank you for taking the time to stop by!! Have a FABULOUS start to your week!!


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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Twofer Challenge Cards

Hello everyone!! Today is a snow day here and I thought I would post a couple cards.

Have you heard about the new Twofer Challenge Blog? My Bloggy friend Darnell started it and I decided to join the challenge this month.

The challenge this month was to use feathers as your inspiration.

This weekend I created some backgrounds using some of my Tonic products with a Hero Arts Peacock Stencil to make some backgrounds.

For my first card I also used CASE this Sketch #254 very LOOSELY for my inspiration.

I used Nuvo Pacific Teal Embellishment Mousse with the Hero Arts Stencil. I used a frame I die cut with an MFT die and then emphasized the feather with Stickles and a sequin.

I used WPlus9 Basic Greeting for the sentiment.

For my second card, I used Nuvo Blue Topaz Glimmer Paste with the stencil.

I know peacocks really don't "fly" but I used the PaperTrey Ink "Feather Finery" stamp set for the sentiment. I layered it over a piece of silver thread and some shiny card stock.

I topped it off with a silver bird die cut and some blue sequins.

I thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are all warm and cozy!!! Have a great night!!

Paper-Neenah Solar White, Bazzill “Black,” Stampin Up!, Die Cuts With a View Mirrored Cardstock
Dies-MFT Stitched Mini Scalloped Squares, WPlus9 Basic Greetings
Other- Nuvo Pacific Teal Embellishment Mousse, Tonic Studios - Nuvo Collection - Glimmer Paste -Blue Topaz, Hero Arts “Peacock Feather” Stencils, Stickles Golden Rod” and Peacock,Glossy Accents,Sizzix Big Shot Machine, Ranger Ink Multi-Matte, Scotch Dot Adhesive, Doodlebug Design Blue Jean sequins

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

This has been day three of posting. I am attempting to post MORE this year, which means taking more time to create. This is a win-win for me!!

I created a card for Paper Smooches January "Anything Goes" challenge. Unfortunately everything on my card was not Paper Smooches but the main focal point-the pineapple-is a Paper Smooches die.

I started off this card by die cutting patterned paper scraps in tan and green using Paper Smooches "Pineapple 2" die. I then paper pieced them together. I added some google eyes and a scrap of red for the smile.

I layered an A2 sized card where I had used Ranger Distress Ink to blend in a background and over a kraft die cut that was literally lying on my desk. I die cut the hello sentiment out of yellow card stock and then added some sequins on the card. Easy Peasy!!

Again, I am linking this up to Paper Smooches January "Anything Goes" challenge.

That is all from me today!! I thank you for stopping by!! Have a FABULOUS day!!

Paper-Paper Scraps, My Colors Cardstock-White, Paper Studio Kraft, Bazzill Basics African Daisy, Bazzill Black Tie
Dies-Paper Smooches Pineapple 2, MFT Mini Stitched Scalloped Square, WPlus9 Basic Greetings
Ink-Ranger Distress Ink "Abandoned Coral" and "Squeezed Lemonade"


Monday, January 15, 2018

Sip Sip Hooray!!

Happy Monday everyone!!

I am popping in quick to show you another card that I created this weekend. I used another Inky Antic stamp set-"Wine Time #2"-for my card. Again, I had colored these images in a while ago and am just using them on a card. Does anyone else do this?

I used the "As You See it Challenge #167" as my inspiration for this card. Instead of using the word balloon on the rectangle, I used it above. I thought is was the perfect way to get my sentiment on the card.

I thought that all these whites matched until I started editing my photo. I have so many different white papers that sometimes I mess up!! I still like the card anyway.

I also created an inside to adhere to the card. I have been trying to do this more. I don't adhere it, though, until I use it.

I thank you for taking the time to stop by!! Have a FABULOUS day!!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Few Challenges with the Mess on my Desk

Happy Sunday everyone!! I hope you are all enjoyed your weekend.

Today I am here with a couple cards I created using the mess on my desk and some scraps.

First I created a card for Freshly Made Sketches #319  using the "Lounging Wine Lady" from Inky Antics. I have to admit, I am kind of obsessed with wine stamps and had to add this one to my collection. The funny thing is that I really DO NOT love wine. I prefer margaritas IF I drink, which is not all that often.

I had previously colored in the wine lady with Copic markers while I was watching TV with my husband. I pulled her out and then layered her over a patterned paper scrap and a piece of MFT Sno Cone card stock that I had cut in half and folded to make a 4 1/4" by 5 1/2" card.

Here is the sketch I used as my inspiration:

When I looked at the sentiments on the stamp set, I decided to use this one because I could use a strip for the last line.

My next card I created a birthday card using the "Spring Chicken" stamp set by Art Impressions. Once again, I had colored in the chickens months ago and did nothing. When I saw the sketch for TGIF Challenge #142, I knew that I had to use this. I am also entering this into Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes.


I decided to flip the sketch so that the white panel would be on the bottom.

I adhered orange patterned paper over the background of the card and used a Lawn Fawn "Stitched Scalloped Border" die to cut the blue, scalloped border.

I then die cut my chicken panel with the Lawn Fawn "Stitched Journaling Card" die and adhered it over the scalloped border to the card front.

My last step was to add the stamped sentiment and then use a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen, as well as some Glossy Accents and glitter glue to spruce some of the little elements up.

Well that is all from me today. I thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a FABULOUS day!!


Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Happy Monday!! It has been brutally cold here in the Northeast and we are coming off a four day weekend due to extreme snow. I am looking forward to spring!!

Today I am on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog. I created the card below using some of the new stamps that were released from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps last week.

I stamped a piece of patterned paper using the previously released "Peace, Love & Coffee" using red and brown dye ink.  I then die cut it and adhered it to the top of an 4" by 5 1/2," top folding card base.

I used "Coffee Cup Fri-dies" to die cut a red coffee cut out of red card stock and stamped a sentiment in brown using "Coffee Talk." I adhered it to the front of the card with the handle hanging off.

I adhered a sentiment that I had die cut 3 times and glued together for some dimension over the sentiment. I covered the beans and the die cut sentiment with a clear glitter pen.

The last step was to tie a piece of red twine at the top.

Since I had stamped a full piece of patterned paper, I created a similar version of the first card, switching up the sentiment and the twine.

That is all for today. If you want to shop at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, use my code NORASENTME to get 15% off your total order.

Thank you for stopping by!! Have a FABULOUS day!!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sympathy Sunday and a Twofer with the Mess on my Desk

Hello everyone!! I hope you are all having a fabulous Sunday.

Since I had a four day weekend due to snow, (I work in a school) I worked on some cards.

During Christmas vacation, I had an opportunity to clean up my craft desk a little bit. One thing that I tend to do is color stamped images with Copic markers in front of the television and then never use them. I have decided in 2018 that I am going to try to create at least one card a week with these images.

Today I created TWO cards using Altenew "Beautiful Day" flowers.

For my first card, I stamped the background and added a lace die cut from Neat and Tangled that I had never used before.

I popped the flower over over the front using foam adhesive. I like how this came out but I do not like the color the Stickles I used on the flower center dried.

(Supplies-Stamps: Altenew "Beautiful Day," My Favorite Things "Clearly Sentimental" and "Bold Diagonal Stripes Background" Dies: Altenew "Beautiful Day Dies," Neat and Tangled "Doily Envelope," My Favorite Things "Blueprints 13" Paper: White Cardstock, Stampin Up! "Gable Green," Bazzill "Pollen," MFT Eggplant, Bazzill Vellum Ink: Memento dye ink "Tuxedo Black," Hero Arts "Soft Purple" OtherSizzix Big Shot Machine, Ranger Ink Multi-Matte, 3L Scrapbook 3D Adhesive Foam Squares, Scotch Dot Adhesive)

For my second card, I used Match this Sketch #209 sketch to create my card.

Instead of stamping my background, I used a piece of gray patterned paper.

The sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink. I used My Favorite Things "Clearly Sentimental" and a flower from the "Beautiful Day" stamp set for inside of the card.

(Supplies-Stamps: Altenew "Beautiful Day," My Favorite Things "Clearly Sentimental" Dies: Altenew "Beautiful Day Dies," " My Favorite Things "Blueprints 13" PaperWhite Cardstock, Stampin Up! "Gable Green," MFT Wild Wisteria  Ink: Memento dye ink "Tuxedo Black," Hero Arts "Soft PurpleOtherSizzix Big Shot Machine, Ranger Ink Multi-Matte, 3L Scrapbook 3D Adhesive Foam Squares, Scotch Dot Adhesive, Copic Markers, Nuvo Crystal Drops “White,”)

That is all from me today. I hope you all have a fabulous week!!