Monday, June 11, 2018

Another Round Card

I needed a card for my granddaughter as she graduated to the 7th grade.  How did that happen? Well, I decided to make it a round card and then I can add it to the challenge at Power and Spark.  This month they are asking us to make it Round and Round.

 I had these round cards and the envelopes for them in my stash, so I thought I would used them up. Just added some embellishments and a sentiment on the front. I used a gingham layer and then a woodgrain layer.  The stars were an experiment with embossing powder. You put layersof embossing powder on Chipboard.  These were the best of the bunch. Then I added sentiments from two different stamps.  Small but Mighty Affirmations and Prairie Cheer.
Eliza did like the card but was probably more interested in the gift inside.  Lol
Thanks for taking the time to come and look.  I love your comments and the way they make my day.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

MSC Challenge - 2 Come to the dark side

What do you do on a dark rainy day in June?  When your work is done and you can't read a book all day?  Right, you go into your craft room and make something.
I am still stuck on the dark side and so I make another card, this time on black cardstock.
                                                                 I'll get right to it.

I saw a picture of a White flower on Instagram and I got an idea.  I remembered an old stamp that I got from a friend a long time ago and have hardly used it.  I pulled out the water lily from GKD Stately Flowers 3 by Melanie Munchinger.  I only have the large water lily from this set.  Remember I said that I got it from a friend we traded extra stamps that we had.  I bet Sharyn remembers. Anyway, I digress.
                                                      Clear Stamps- Stately Flowers 3
I wanted to make a white flower on this black cardstock and tried several mediums to achieve that without success.  I tried white ink, then white pencil, but not of them left a white flower like I wanted.
Finally, I used white embossing powder and heat set it, masking off the center flower.  Then I got out my acrylic white paint and painted the flower.  After it was dry, I used colored pencils to shade it and give it a bit of color.  I left the other two flowers outlined as I didn't want to distract from the center flower. Or, I was too lazy to color them, so that is my story and I am sticking to it.
This is how it looked before I used my colored pencils.  I layer this up on a piece of white and them some fun foam and then on a base of black.
I will be added this to the challenge at the Mod Squad.
Thanks for your comments, I do appreciate them.  I am also having fun with the 30daymarker challenge.  You can do it too.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Mod Squad Challenge - Come to the Dark Side

My good friend Judy Woodland is the host for this Mod Squad Challenge.  It was one that I could not pass up.  She wants us to color an image on dark card stock
Her example was gorgeous and I wanted to join in the fun. 
Here is my entry. 
 Here is what I used to make this card. 
Sending Love stamp kit
Charcoal brown cardstock and ink from Gina K
White embossing powder and my Prismacolor pencils. 
After embossing with white I colored the flowers, but didn't get the contrast that I wanted.  So I went over the images with my white gel pen.  Still not enough, I grabbed my yellow Zig brush and did the flowers and then I was happy. I added dark brown gingham ribbon on the bottom and pulled out a stamp set that I have never used, ( imagine that) to make a border on the inside. It is Petite Borders.
I will be entering this one in the challenge at The Mod Squad 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Seize the Birthday - Beachy Birthday

Yes, it is that time again for another great challenge at Seize the Birthday. 
Our "Toppings" option this time is...
Beachy Birthday

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

The choice is yours!
Here is my example for your inspiration.
 My thoughts went right to the beautiful beaches of Naples Florida.  We are able to spend our winters there.  The sunsets are an experience for sure.  So I made my card a scene of that famous Naples pier and the beach.  I used two of the Stamp sets from Gina K designs, By the Sea 2 and Framescape Tropical Skies.  A little water coloring for the ocean.  Notice my huge sun. How can you not, I think I overdid that.   

Naples Pier

Have fun and let the celebration begin!!!
We have a new Surprise Party Guest for May and June. 
Her name is Sonjak and here is where you can find her gorgeous creations.
Challenge Rules (to keep things fair):
1. You must make a BIRTHDAY PROJECT, however, our topping is always optional.
2. You may link up to 3 projects for each challenge.
3. Please add a direct link to your blog or to an online gallery.
4. Please include one of our graphics and a link back to our blog.
5. You may combine this challenge with up to 4 other challenges. 
6. As always, please have fun! All products are welcome!

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments, they really make my day better.  

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Double D challenge - Color Challenge - Teal & Red

We have a color challenge at Double D this week.  I have to say that this was quite the challenge for me.  I wonder what you will do with it?  I love teal and never thought to put red with it.  I finally decided to tone down one of the colors and that is when inspiration came to me.  Oh, and added neutrals are ok too.
Here is the inspiration board for you.  

And here is my card.
I printed out the digital image from Power Poppy called Hobnail and Tulips. Notice that I used a linen-like card stock.  I have no idea where that is from, but I was cleaning out some drawers and found it.  It added to a rustic look.  The image is colored with my Copic markers ( love them for coloring) and then die cut with my square spellbinder die.  I also cut a border and used my teal marker to color it to match the teal on the image.  When you have no paper that matches, you can simply color it. Lastly, I used some raffia ribbon to add to the bottom. Using the Gimp Program to print my image, I was able to put the sentiment right across the vase.  So much fun to accomplish something that I have been wanting to get better at. Gimp is free and can be complicated, 
but with a friend ( Cheryl Scrivens ) and Youtube, I finally got it.  

Team Diane is sponsoring the challenge this week, but you need to see what Team Darlene has for your inspiration too. Just click HERE

There is a prise too!   Not just one die, two!
Thanks for stopping by to take a closer look.  I sure do appreciate your comments, they really brighten my day.  

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Power and Spark Challenge - Round and Round

      What does Round and Round mean? 

Here is what Stacy wants us to do.  


Round & Round”. Round those corners, use a rounded mat or take it to the extreme and make your entire card round. 
I was going for a totally round card but decided to add a base and then just round the corners. 

 Using the brown family of card stock and envelopes and ink, I stamped the Power Poppy Natural Beauties stamp in Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  I was going to color this up, but just love the vintage look, so I just colored it with my Prismacolor pencils.  I shaded the cast shadows and just left it as is. I also used a cream linen cardstock that added to the vintage look that I got. 

Those jumbo raindrops are from my stash.  Something that I found recently when cleaning up my stuff.  Never know what you have.  I also found the  6X6 brown envelopes that completed this card. 
 I think I may make another one of these round cards.  Lol
Thanks for your comments they really and truly are appreciated.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Seize the Birthday - Pattern Paper

The Challenge over at Seize the Birthday is to have Pattern Paper on your birthday card!
Our "Toppings" option this time is...

If you're not a toppings kinda person, can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!
The choice is yours!
I have a problem with pattern paper, I like it, I just don't know how to use it very well.  Just can't make them seem to go together like some of my other crafty friends do. So I went to YouTube. 
My friend Kristen Warner had several videos on using pattern paper.  
She said to follow these pattern paper rules.  
 Large/Med +  Small+  Solid  = Contrast      
These rules helped me to pick out the papers that I used on my card. 

Here are the papers I picked.  Notice the stamp set in the background.  I used that too as the flower matches the flower in the pattern paper.  I also use some pearls from my stash.  Sorry, I don't know where I got these papers, probably from a friend. 

Here is the card that I made for your inspiration.  
 The stamp set is from Altenew and is called Persian Motif.  The base if gray cardstock and I used some Sweet Melon solid cardstock too. 

I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color the flower.  
I can't wait to see what you all do using your pattern papers. 
If you need more inspiration, please see what my teammates at Seize the Birthday Challenge have done for you. 
We have a new Surprise Party guest for you too. Her name is Sonjak and you can find her blog Here

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Double D Challenge - Bling it Up!

Now it is time for team Darlene and the challenge is Bling it Up!  
Here is the mood board for you.
Check out all of the sparkles and shine!  
Wonderful inspiration and you can just go with it.  
Shine, sequins, crystals and so much more.
Here is how I did my card for you. 

 I took this picture of the background that I made first, as it was a little complicated and I wanted you to see the sparkle.  I used a stencil from Gina K Designs.  I mixed the paste with Faded Jeans Distressed ink and clear glitter.  Better to mix the glitter in the paste as it stays there and does not fall off.  Ask me how I knew that?  My first try was not good.  Enough said, moving on!  Lol

 Here is the finished card.  I added lots of sequins to the swirls and a fun medallion for the sentiment.  Just some circle dies, plain and scalloped.  I added some Azur Glitter Pen to the scallops on the circle. The sentiment is fun too and is from Power Poppy, Small But Mighty Affirmations. 

 I wish you could see the texture and shine.  
Can't wait to see what you will be inspired to do from the mood board. 

REMEMBER:  We have a fun prize to give away to one lucky player,
which will be chosen by
ALL are welcome to enter ... we will ship internationally!
Today's prize is Adhesive gems from Jolee's.  
I am looking forward to seeing your Bling It Up designs! 
Thanks for stopping and please take a look at what the rest of the Double D team has done.  
I do appreciate your comments, they make my day. 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Power and Spark Challenge

"Black and White with a Pop of Color"

It is pretty simple to do a black and white card with just a "pop" of color.  
For me that colors has to be RED.  .
So I will simply get to the card that I did this afternoon 
while enjoying my quiet Mother's Day.
After the kids called and the messages send, I went right to my craft room 
and have been there ever since.  I will take a break and do some other things, 
but first my card for this challenge.
 I used Gina K cardstock in white and black for this card.  I had to make my background paper.  Goodness knows that I have plenty, but not any that are just back and white.  I used the Perfect Plaids stamp set and the new Amalgam ink from Gina K.  The stamp for the image is Power Poppy, Farmers Market.  It leads perfectly to the black and white and red that I wanted to use. 
 A little peek at the inside.

A close up of the red apples and I just had to color the leaves too.  I am using a different set of Copic markers than I usually do for the red.  This time it was R32, R37, R39, and R56.  
I will be entering this in the current Power and Spark challenge at Power Poppy.  
Thanks for stopping by to see my card.  I do very much appreciate that you take time to leave comments.  

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Seize the Birthday - It is Just a Number!

Right!  Your birthday is just a number.  You are as young as you feel and act.  So roll out the crafty supplies and lets make a card for the next challenge at Seize the Birthday.
Just a Number! 

If you're not a toppings kinda person, can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!
Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!
I really feel that age is just a number, so I did not put one on 
my card for your inspiration today. 
Here is what I think of age.
 I knew that I was going to use this stamp from the beginning.  
I think everyone should start their day with Whee!

For this card I used these supplies:
Wrapped Scalloped Rectangle die from Memory Box
MFT - Stamps Start the day with Whee
Computer generated sentiment
Ribbon from my stash and Spectrum Noir markers to color.  
Please come and join us for this challenge.  I would love to see what you think of a birthday number.
   We have a new Surprise Party Guest for May and June. 
Her name is Sonjak and this is where you can find for gorgeous creations. You will not be sorry that you took a look at her blog.



Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Double D Challenge - May Flowers

Yes, it is the beginning of May already and we at Double D  and Team Diane, are celebrating the May flowers.  Here is the mood board for you.

Look at all of the lovely delicate spring flowers that you can choose from.  Beautiful colors too. 
 I chose the Planning for Magnolias from Power Poppy.  Colored them up with my Spectrum Marker and used some masking to get an extra flower in the top left corner. Then I filled in the entire background with a light marker too. 
The sentiment is a die from Memory Box called Big Halo Hello ( love that title).  I has a two-part die that allows you to cut a halo.  I cut that from vellum and colored it on the back.  That way I could match all of the colors.  The word was die cut twice and then I applied versamark and Platinum embossing powder to it.  I have limited supplies right now.  I could have been cut from foil paper too.  An easier step. The front panel was added to some card stock that I colored just the edge with my marker as I didn't have the right colors.  Another cool trick. Then added some Clear droplets from Kat Scrappiness.  
I hope you are inspired to join us for this challenge.  Don't you love doing flowers?  I sure do. 

REMEMBER:  We have a fun prize to give away to one lucky player,
which will be chosen by
ALL are welcome to enter ... we will ship internationally!
Please go and see what the rest of the team has created for your inspiration. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Seize the Birthday - No Toppings

Welcome to another great challenge here at Seize the Birthday!

There are no toppings this week.

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

Here is the card that I did for your inspiration.  I have been having fun coloring flowers and this is just one of the digital stamps that I did.  
It is from Power Poppy and it is called Hellebores.  I am not sure what color they are, but in this case, I just colored them with vibrant reds and orange.  I used my Spectrum Noir markers, now that I have them organized in color groups. The sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink Make it Market, Scene It. I used a die from Die-Namics called stitched round rectangle frame.  
Please take a look at what Seize the Birthday design team members have done for you and also we have a Surprise Party Guest.It's Kim Lackenbach from Kims' Cards and Crafts.  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Double D Challenge - Friendship

This is a very interesting challenge for the Double D this week.  Take a look at the inspiration board.
Friends can mean so many things.  It could be someone from school or a neighbor or your pet.  Just think of all of the friendships that you have had over the years.  Friends can still be made and enjoyed each day and you can be surprised at how you are introduced to them.  I have met a lot of crafty friends.  Seriously, I mean that I have actually met them, after first meeting them on line.  There are friends that I talk to every day that I have not met.....Yet.  So this is where I went when I was inspired to make a card for your inspiration. 

 This angle shows you how I layered up the word and put several coats of 
Platinum embossing powder on it.
 I used parts of the chevron die from the front on the inside. 

Ingredients for this card are:
Lil Inker diagonal die
White card base from Gina K Designs, and Turquoise card stock
Circle Dies from Spellbinder
Gina K Designs stamp You Get Me
PTI Peonies on Parade
DieNamics Friends ( a free die) 
Platinum embossing powder. 
Thanks again for stopping to see more.  I hope that you enjoy and that I have inspired you to join is and make a card to show us what you think of Friendship.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Seize the Birthday - Vibrant Colors

Welcome to another great challenge  at Seize the Birthday!

    Our "Toppings" option this time is...

Vibrant Colors

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

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

The choice is yours!
What a fun theme for this challenge!  Who doesn't love vibrant colors. Here is what I made for you.

 A little peek at the inside.
Don't forget that extra pieces can go inside, like I did here. 
For this card I used these stamps and dies. 
Stampin Up Botanical Builder Dies, and Oh So Succlent stamp set for the sentiment. 
My Favorite Things Chevron stamp, 
Embossing powder in white 
Viva pearl pen 
Don't for got to see what my team has done for your inspiration and we also have a Surprise Party Guest for the months of March abd April.  She is  Kim Lackenbach
Can't wait to see your beautiful cards.  

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Double D Challenge - Twine

Yes, it is April and the first challenge for Double D is Twine.  Check out the mood board for this one. 
All you need to do is use some twine on your card. 
Hemp cord or jewelry cord will work as well.  
I have a perfect stamp set from Gina K Designs for this challenge, but it is not with me here in Florida.... so this was a challenge for me.  Here is my example for you. 
I think that you can see the twine wrapped around the pattern paper.  I went overboard on this card as I did the inside and envelope as well.  Some of the flowers are stamped on the front and some are fussy cut and put onto the pattern paper. 

Here is the prize that you could win.  I think it is a lifetime supply of twine!  
 This is the inside of the card.

Just another view of both the front and inside.  

I used a stamp from Altenew called Adore You.  The flowers are amazing and fun to color.  I used my Spectrum Noir markers for that. The pattern paper is MFT Plaid Patterns 6X6.
The card stock is Ivory from Gina K Designs. 

Don't forget to see what the rest of our design team has done for your inspiration on this TWINE Challenge.