Friday, July 12, 2019

Creative Confetti - Christmas in July

The new challenge this week was pretty much expected as Power Poppy has a sale on Christmas stamps, some of which are being discontinued.  Better get the ones that you want now. 

Why not start a few Christmas cards now, always a good idea. 

 I have to tell you that this card started out waaaay different than originally planned.  I know that sometimes a project takes off with a mind of its own, but my goodness this was a 360.  The only thing that did make it to the end was keeping its pastel colors. 
Here is the finished card.  It plagued me to the very end as I could not photograph for true colors. The background panel is light green.  So with that explanation, here is my card.

I had an idea to do faux torn edges and after stamping and heat embossing the holly, that is what I started to do on white card stock.  I didn't like the stark contrast of that, so I sponged a lighter shade of blue over the whole darn thing.  Could not decide if I wanted it to remain a rectangle so then die cut a stitched circle. Now it is all or nothing.  This is where the light green panel came in as I wanted to use a blue base for the card.  You know, non-traditional Christmas colors.  Now for the sentiment.  It had to go on a stitched circle as anything else would look misplaced. It just needed something else, that is why you see the bow.  This picture does not show the Crystal Effects that are on the berries.  Quite nice in real life.  Too bad you could not all come to my house to see it, you will have to use your imagination. Well, that is enough of the long wind today.  I only used the Holly Golightly stamp set, one of my favorite Christmas sets, and stitched circle dies, and a die for the bow from MFT, But my craft room looks like a storm hit it.  I must go and clean it.
So thanks for stopping in to see and hear more of how I ended up with this one.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

"Flag! Your're It"

The new monthly mix challenge at Gina K Designs if called "Flag You're it! "
It is easy we are just to use colors of any flag that we pick on our project.  
I decided to pick the Greek flag as we have planned a trip to Greece next year.  Yeah! 

 Just two colors on this flag made it very easy. 
you can find the challenge HERE

I used Blue Denim ink and white card stock for this one. The stamp and die are from Sentimental Summer.  The entire panel was die cut with Spellbinder Venise Lace. I layered that panel on a blue card stock that matched better IRL than in this photo.  I also die cut one flower and the two leaves and pop them up. 
I appreciate your comments and love them all. 

Friday, July 5, 2019

Creative Confetti - Be Inspired!

It is good to be back in my craft room.  I spent part of the day yesterday making a couple of cards.  This one is for the Creative Challenge at Power Poppy.  It is a month long so you have plenty of time to join in.  It changes every week with a new challenge along the way. 
This week we are to be inspired by one of the blogs that showed us sneak peeks for the new release. 
I went right to the fun blog by Therese Calvird.  Here is her card example. 

I love how the flowers drifted over the paper and made the sentiment the main focal image. 
So here is what I was inspired to do. 
 For this card, I stamped just two of the images from the stamp set called Abundant Petals with GKD ink Soft Stone and then colored them with my Copic markers.  I took a lot of time to go back and add the shadows. I think that makes the leaves look real. The Sentiment is from Chrysanthemum XL. 
I used a die to cut my panel down and used a layer of brown to frame it.  Then on to a base of ivory card stock. I am trying to use up all of my ivory as I prefer white.  I am almost there. Inside you can see a thin strip of colored paper.  That was the border that I cut off when resizing my front panel  Never waste anything!  Lol 
Thanks for stopping in today and I so much appreciate your comments, each and every one.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Seize the Birthday #169 - Sunshine!

 The toppings are for this challenge. 


If you're not a toppings kind of  person, can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

Please welcome, Su Mohr our Surprise Party Guest for 
July and August.  
Welcome to the Party Su!
You can find her blog here. 

When I saw this topping "Sunshine"  I thought of bright yellow and daisies!  I recently spent some time making background panels. I remember one that  I had made.  It had large daisies on it done in watercolor and some postage stamps with happy mail stamped.  That is the one that I started with on for my inspiration card this challenge. Then I added one more daisy. 
Here is my card. 

Supplies used are: Simon says A2 curved edge
Simon Says It's your Birthday 
Memory box Ragged Daisy

It will be fun to see what you think of when you see the challenge title for Sunshine.   
If you need more inspiration, please go to the Seize the Birthday blog. This is lots of talent there. 
Thanks for stopping and leaving a comment.  I adore them.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Double D Challenge - Tropical

It is team Diane's turn to Wow you with their inspiration for this challenge. 
Here is the inspiration for you. 

This is the Prize

We have hibiscus flowers in our backyard and they are so beautiful  I need to go no further for my inspiration. 
 Are they not gorgeous? 
 This stamp is Gina K Designs Stately Flowers 4.  The die cut that it is stamped on is called Wrapped Scalloped Rectangles by Memory Box. I have colored them with my Copics, using the masking technique.  Then I drew lines and colored them in with black marker.  The splatters were done with GKD Tiny Textures, after coloring, I like a more controlled splatter. 
Then I used a brush to put some gold watercolor on it.  I wish that you could see it. 

Here you can faintly see the gold. 

I hope to see you as an entry in this challenge. 
Please check out all of the inspirational cards for your motivation at Double D

Happy July 4th!