Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Another Thank You

Happy Wednesday!! It is POURING outside and thundering, and I probably should NOT be posting right now but sometimes you just have to risk it.

Today I am posting a card that I created last night as a thank you for Chris' Aunt and Uncle. I used this weeks Paper Players Challenge #452 as my inspiration.

Here is the sketch:

I used CC Design's "Kitty With Chicks" stamp to honor the kittens we played with over vacation.

I colored in the image with Copic markers and used a Nuvo Shimmer Pen with Glossy Accents over the beaks and the kittens ears. I then used an MFT stamp for the sentiments.

I layered the stamped image over some pattern paper scraps. I didn't use any adhesive foam because I wanted this to go through the mail easily.

I am also going to enter this into this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #232-Anything Goes.

That is all from me today. I thank you for stopping by. Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Rainbow Card Challenge #7

Happy Tuesday!!

Just popping in with a card I created yesterday and today.

The first card was inspired by the photo badge for the Rainbow Card Challenge #7. This is a new to me challenge and I am excited to enter it.

I used the Butterfly Turnabout from Concord and 9th and the Daphne butterfly die from Poppy Stamps.

Here is the inspiration card:

I was mainly inspired by the blue butterfly and some hues of blues.

I did not use the turn about stamp in the way it was supposed to but masked each off and used the different blues on each butterfly.

The thanks is a retired CAS-ual Fridays Stamps die.

I loved how this came out and will be sending this to my cousin.

That is all from me today. Thanks for stopping by and have a FABULOUS night!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Happy Monday and a Few Birthday Cards

Happy Monday everyone!! I had to check my watch to make sure it was a Monday as we just got back from vacation and I don't know what day it is anymore. The summer is flying by, much to my chagrin, and I still haven't done everything I have planned to do. Procrastination and reality is a beautiful thing!

Today I am popping in with a couple cards I created for some challenges this weekend. When I go away on vacation, I so miss my craft room. It does not matter how much fun I have or how busy I am, I cannot wait to get home to create something. Am I the only one that is like this?

Anyway, the first card I created is for Freshly Made Sketches.

I used this weeks Freshly Mades Sketch #398 as the inspiration for my card.

I started off by using two different stencils and two different Distress Inks for the purple background.

I added an image by Clearly Besotted that I had colored in with Copics and then decorated using Stickles, Glossy Accents and some glitter gloss.

The sentiment is from the Ink Blot Shop.

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Paper-Neenah Solar White
Stamps-Clearly Besotted ""Sweet Berries" and Ink Blot Shop "Sentiment Label Blocks"
Dies-Clearly Besotted "Sweet Berries"
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink in "Dusty Concord" and "Shaded Lilac," Hero Arts "Lemon Yellow"
Other-Polka Dot Stencils, Big Shot, Yellow Stickles, Glossy Accents, Nuvo Clear Glitter Gloss Pen, Foam Adhesive, Scotch Adhesive, Lilac Lane Sequins, Ranger Multi Matte Adhesive, Picket Fence Blending Brushes

For my second card, I used CASE this Sketch #332 as my card inspiration. However, I flipped the sketch for my card.

I started off by masking off a circle and blending Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron and Crushed Olive Distress Ink with in the circle.

I then masking off a strip and using a cloud stencil with some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, made some clouds. I then added the grass that I had blended using the same green blend cut using some fringe scissors.

The mouse, butterfly and extra strawberry are from the Hello Bluebird "Field Mice" set and the berries are from Hello Bluebird's "Strawberry Jam" set.

Once again, I used the Ink Blot Shop's "Sentiment Label Blocks" stamp set for the sentiment.

Once again I used a mixture of Glossy Accents, Nuvo Glitter Gloss and Yellow Stickles on the strawberries and the vine.

I had so much fun coloring in these little Hello Bluebird images. It was a delight to finally ink them up!!

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Paper-Neenah Solar White
Ink-Ranger Distress Ink in "Crushed Olive," "Twisted Citron," "Mowed Lawn" and "Tumbled Glass," Memento Tuxedo Black, My Favorite Things Red Hot
Stamps-Hello Bluebird "Strawberry Jam" and "Field Mice," Ink Blot Shop "Sentiment Label Blocks"
Dies-Circle Die, Hello Bluebird "Strawberry Jam" and "Field Mice"
Other-Heffy Doodle Cloud Stencil, Copic Markers, Big ShotYellow SticklesGlossy AccentsNuvo Clear Glitter Gloss PenFoam AdhesiveScotch AdhesiveRanger Multi Matte AdhesivePicket Fence Blending Brushes

For my last card, it is a challenge card that I created for CASE This Sketch #329 but never posted in time.

Here is the card I created:

I had a lot of fun using my stencil and digging out some sticker letters for the heart.

Not a fancy card but I got to use some patterned paper on it, which the sketch cried out for.

I so hate when I create cards for a challenge and then never get to enter them!!

While I am here, I am going to post a few photos from our vacation. We took a road trip to Atlanta to visit my cousins, as well as the Charleston area where my husbands Aunt lives. I am not posting any photos from Atlanta as they are of my cousins kids and I don't like to post kids photos without permission.

We spent one day at Fort Sumter and then went into downtown Charleston.

We then had fun going to the beach at night. I took some photos of the sun set that I liked and Charlotte posed for me.

My husband's Aunt and Uncle with Char.

And the highlight of our stay in Charleston? Kittens!! My husband's Aunt is a cat lady and fosters kittens. They were SO DARN CUTE!!

This is Willow. She was my favorite. She was SO SKINNY!!! My husband's Aunt thought she had Siamese in her because even her tail was skinny and she ate like a pig.

This is Stella. She was adopted by a family the day after we left.

It got to the point that by the end of the vacation, all I had to do was walk into the room they were in and they would start purring. If I wasn't allergic, I would have taken one home! (I lived on Benedryl when I was there!!)

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

Thursday, July 25, 2019

A CAS-ual Fridays Post

Happy Thursday everyone!! I am on vacation right now but I do have a fun post on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog. Hop on over to see how I stretched some of my supplies to create the card below.

I even created a fun sketch for you to use if you want!!

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

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #397 and Seize the Birthday

Hello everyone!!

Today I am posting a couple cards I have created. I apologize for the photos. I took my light box down because it was taking up too much room. However, my lighting has been off ever since so I think I am going to have to re-think this plan. I need to figure out lighting in general for my photos but just don't want to spend a lot of money!!

Anyway, the first card I created using this weeks Freshly Made Sketches #397 as my inspiration.

I actually flipped the sketch for my card, die cutting circle "windows" with MFT "Circle Trio Shaker Window" die.

I used Hello Bluebird "Silly Birds" stamp and matching die set for the birds, and colored them in using Copic markers.

I stamped the sentiment from the same set and use foam adhesive to pop the white panel up.

I added the birds and fun elements and then used Glossy Accents, Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss and Stickles to kick up some elements in the scene. I wanted to use some google eyes on the birds but for the life of me, I couldn't find my stash. I hate when that happens!!

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Paper Trey Ink Limeade Ice
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PaperTrey Ink Smokey Shadow
Stamps: Hello Bluebird "Silly Birds"
Dies: My Favorite Things "Circle Window Shaker Trio," Hello Bluebird "Silly Birds," Paper Trey Ink Bubble Talk

I am also going to enter this into this weeks Seize the Birthday Challenge.

For my second card, I created a Peek a Boo card. This was an experiment in making an interactive card. I watched a TON of videos on different kinds to make and this was the one I chose. I used Jennifer McGuire's directions from this VIDEO for the peek-a-boo part of the card.

I stenciled the balloons on using a Simon Says Stamps stencil. I then drew in strings with a Sakura marker

When you open the card, the little Mama Elephant Monkey pops in on top of a yellow balloon. I stamped a sentiment and added a little bird over the top.

It does not slide as nicely as I would have like but oh well!! It was an experiment and hopefully it will be better next time!!

Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Twisted Citron, Ranger Squeezed Lemonade, MFT Boysenberry
Dies-MFT Pierced Circle and Bitty Bears
Stamps- MFT Bitty Bears, Memory Box Best Life Typewriter Sentiments, Mama Elephant Little Monkey Agenda

Well that is all from me today. I hope you have a FABULOUS day!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Twofer Challenge #18

Happy Wednesday!!

I missed making cards when I was away on vacation and have been itching to do so. I am not sure if it was due to jet lag or what, but I caught something and have been sick for the last week or so. While I was sick, I didn't feel like creating BUT I did a lot of shopping. Shhh...don't tell my husband!! I have had a lot of crafty packages come in the mail over the week and finally felt healthy enough to use them yesterday!!!

I knew when I saw the theme for the Twofer Challenge that I had to participate.

The theme this month was "garden."

I created two cards using NBUS "Sweet Berries" stamp set from Clearly Besotted and my newly acquired "Label Black" from the Ink Blot Shop for my two cards.

Can I tell you how much fun I had coloring these raspberry images? I did a bit of research on what Copic colors to use and took some photos while I was coloring to show you the colors I used.

The first color set was the berries:

Then the flowers:

And the leaves were the last thing I colored in. I actually did a bit of under coloring with a B34 for shadowing and I was amazed at how it came out!!

For my first card, I stamped the raspberry image, colored it in and used the matching die cut to cut it out.

Underneath my berries I used the Geometric Circles stencil from Neat and Tangled with Dusty Concord Distress Ink. I then layered the Fab Frame from Paper Smooches that I had die cut from Neenah Solar White cardstock.

I popped the berries up with foam adhesive and used foam adhesive under the sentiments as well.

My last step for all the cards on my blog took hours. I added Glossy Accents over each part of the berry, doing every other section, letting it dry, then doing another section. I wanted it to feel like a real raspberry when you touched it. It came out REALLY cool!!!

Stamps: Ink Blot Shop "Label Black," Clearly Besotted "Sweet Berries"
Ink: Ranger Dusty Concord Distres Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies: Paper Smooches "Fab Frames," Clearly Besotted "Sweet Berries"
Other: Neat and Tangled "Geometric Circles," Copic Markers, Glossy Accents, Foam Adhesive, Sizzix Big Shot

For my second card, I colored in a white panel of Neenah that I had stamped the berries on.

I was originally going to make one card from this panel but I couldn't figure out how I would put the sentiment on it so I cut it up and made TWO cards out of it. Yup, so I actually made THREE cards but since the third card is also a birthday card, I am considering it a bonus!!!

I used an old Fiskars Scallop punch to add a black scalloped border on the colored panel and adhered it onto a card front that was covered in My Favorite Things patterned paper. 

I added the die cut sentiment, which I die cut out of black three times and layered it together. I then used foam adhesive on the sentiment strip. 

I added a few sequins and then did the Glossy Accent treatment on the berries.

Stamps: Ink Blot Shop "Label Black," Clearly Besotted "Sweet Berries"
Paper: Neenah Solar White, My Favorite Things Black and White Stripes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies: Clearly Besotted "Sweet Berries," My Favorite Things Hugs 
Other: Neat and Tangled "Geometric Circles," Copic Markers, Glossy AccentsSequins, Foam Adhesive, Sizzix Big Shot, Fiskars Scallop Punch

Now for my bonus card!!!

I used the other part of the panel from my second card and laid it over a wine colored card base. 

I used a bit of striped paper at the top for a border. I used foam adhesive for the sentiments and added some sequins.

Again I did the Glossy Accent treatment to the berries. I think you can tell from the photo above how it looks.

Stamps: Ink Blot Shop "Label Black," Clearly Besotted "Sweet Berries"
Paper: Neenah Solar White, My Favorite Things Black and White Stripes, Wine Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies: Clearly Besotted "Sweet Berries," My Favorite Things Hugs 
Other: Neat and Tangled "Geometric Circles," Copic Markers, Glossy AccentsSequins, Foam Adhesive, Sizzix Big Shot

Well, that is all from me today. I had a BLAST with this challenge and so much fun coloring and creating these cards. 

I hope you have a FABULOUS night!!