Monday, April 25, 2016

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge

       This is the inspiration photo.  It caused me to look at more 
deeply for inspiration for my card.  I could have used the 
colors in the photo, but instead I was intrigued how the 
       overlapped colors intensified.  
That was the inspiration that I got for my project.  How to make this happen on my card?  Well, I thought that if I used vellum, that would work and, so I went to a stamp set called Flower Favorites and used the flower and die from that. It is a lupine. 

I also used a die cover from PTI, but I cut it into parts as that I could used the card horizontally.  I just love the variation in color that I got by overlapping the vellum that I colored with copic markers. 
 Here is a closer look at the flowers and the variation of color.  There is so much texture on the card that I simply added a HELLO die, cut three times and I did an ombre shading to it as well.
Here is another look at the texture from another angle. 
I will be entering this card in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop for April you can find it HERE
Thanks for dropping by and I do appreciate your thoughts and comments.  

Saturday, April 23, 2016

April Showers ...... What comes next?

 Today's card was made because I saw one made by Mika.  Her blog is Here. I loved it so much, I wanted to create it too.  It happens to fit the challenge at DD this week, so I am entering it there.

                                                       Here is the card my Mika
                                                                Here is my card

I like how the umbrella in Mika's card was bigger.  She drew that one herself, so I had to try to draw mine. I think I got the idea, but I could have been bigger.  I like her clouds too.  I used my lawn Fawn Spring Showers die for the clouds and the rain drops.  The elephant is MFT Adorable Elephant.  Watercolor from Kuretake for the background. 

 I will enter this card in the challenge at Double D this week.  Thanks for stopping by and I do, as always,appreciated your comments.  Enjoy! 


Friday, April 22, 2016

Papertrey Ink - Make it Monday

What fun is this!  #246 Faux Brush Lettering.  You can see how to do this at Make It Monday

This technique is going to be very useful to make your stamping look like you had scripted it yourself.
For this challenge, I simply made a tag, as we often need one to put on a bottle of wine that we would bring to a friend's house.  Nice to have them on hand and I really like how this turned out and it was pretty quick.
 I used my never before used ( NBUS) stamp set and matching die from Papertrey Ink called Uncorked.
For the tag, I used a die from Pretty Pink Posh and made it longer.  Die cut the bottle from silver foil paper and stamped over with StazOn Black ink. The word Cheer is stamped with Limeade and then I used Stormy Sea, both PTI, to make the shading. This is a smaller stamp and so I used a round #1 brush.
Finished with a twine and lime green ribbon.  That is it.  Clean and simple, and ready to be put on a wine bottle.   

Here is a close up of the word that I faux brushed.  I think I will be doing this more often. 
Thanks again for stopping in and I do appreciate that you do and the comments that you leave.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Seize the Birthday, April 21

              It's Thursday, and time for another Seize the Birthday Challenge
 I would like to welcome our surprise quest for the Months on April and May...... Patti  you can check out her blog here. stationeryStyles blog

 There are no toppings for this challenge. 

As always, the only real requirement for playing along is to have a birthday theme.  All the details for playing along and the rest of the gorgeous design team creations are on the blog.  

Here is my example

I needed a Birthday card for my husband who has an April Birthday.  I have trouble with masculine cards so I got inspiration from Pinterest. 

Here is what I used:
Gina K Design card stock in Kraft
Corrugated neutrals, silver foil and blue and silver glitter paper
DieNamics Stitched Stars die
PaperTrey Ink Give Me a Hand stamp ( sentiment)
Circle die cut 
Ribbon from my stash and splatters for blue watercolor. 

 Hope you have time to join in the challenge.  Check out what the other designers have done at Seize the Birthday

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.  


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Altenew Inspiration Challenge

Altenew has a challenge from places abroad, and I new I had to enter as this challenge is Thailand. 

I was fortunate to have visited Bangkok, seven years ago and remember it well.  What an experience, one that I would not have imagined if our daughter and family were not living there.  There is so much color and gold and everything shines. 
I when back to look at some of my pictures from our visit there.  
There are shrines everywhere

This is the reclining Buddha.
The Royal Palace
 Well, enough reminiscing, I want to show you my card that was inspired by this challenge and my visit to Thailand. 

I was inspired by the colors of the inspiration photo.  
To make this card here is what I used.
Card stock from Gina K Designs, Ocean Mist, Black Onyx and White.
EF , gold Color Shine spray,  Spellbinder die Majestic Elements ( just parts of that)
Frozen Glitter on the blue ornaments.
Altenew stamp Painted butterflies and Wink of Stella on them.
Simon Says die for the Hello.
I am entering this card in the challenge at Altenew here
This card really shines, and I had fun making it.  I hope that you will join in the fun.  Thanks for your your comments as always I do appreciate them. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Create Along With Us: April 2016

PaperTrey Ink is having a release, and as we are viewing the ideas and the creations that the team has done, we are encouraged  to play.   This challenge allows you to select something that the amazing team has created during the release that inspired you, and create your own version.
I was inspired by Melissa Phillips and this inspiration photo.

                                                                  Here is my card.  
                                                      This is the card that Melissa did

For my card I used Vintage Linens, and Swoosh stamps  from PTI
White water colors paper  Tim Holtz 
Hawaiian Shores card stock from PTI
Distress markers, Platinum EP and a die called Distress Windham Collage by Memory Box.

Thanks so very much for stopping by and the comments that you care to leave.  


Monday, April 11, 2016

Power Poppy Only Three Markers.


Christine Okken has really given us a challenge this month.  We are to create something wonderful with only 3 markers.  That's right, just three markers.  If you stop and take a breath, you realize it is not so bad.  With Copic markers, you just have to lay down more layers to make the shades that will work for you. 
The three markers that I used in this card are:
R20, R32, and YG 63
My stamp is Power Poppy Azalea
I also had the help of some dies from Spellbinder, Floral Ovals and Poppy Stamps die, Distress Windham Collage.
The rest is just White card stock and vellum colored with R32.  Ribbon colored with the R32 and pearls from my stash.
                                                        Hope that you like it.  
 I will be entering this in Christine's challenge at Power Poppy

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.  
They are appreciated and I love them.

Friday, April 8, 2016

YELLOW a Happy Place to Be

We have show showers to day, and it is cold.  Lol, That's why we have snow showers.  Sometimes it is coming down so hard, that you can hardly see the house next door.  Lucky nothing has collected on the ground or we would be out shoveling the stuff.  What a great day to make a sunny yellow card.  Double D has the right challenge for this day. 
Here is the inspiration photo.
There is so much in the photo to inspire, but I totally liked the birdhouses and the daises.  I found a stamp set that fit the bill in my Gina K Designs.  they are called Stately Flowers 2, and Snow One Like You, ( never put your winter stamps away)
Here is my inspired card from this photo. 

By masking off the birdhouse, I was able to put in more than one.  I used copic makers to color them and the bird.  I have used this stamp before and it is easy to change that bird to a cardinal or bluebird, but in this case, I wanted him to look like the bird in the photo.  I love how he looks.  The daises may look more like sunflowers, but still sunny and bright.  
Here is a close up of the bird.  

I will be entering this in the Double D challenge, Yellow a Happy Place to Be.  Here 
Thanks  so much for your comments, I do as always appreciate them.  

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Seize the Birthday

It's Thursday, and time for another Seize the Birthday Challenge

As always, the only real requirement for playing along is to have a birthday theme.  All the details for playing along and the rest of the gorgeous design team creations are on the blog.  

My card.


 This week's Seize the Birthday challenge topping is flowers.  
 If you're not a toppings kinda person, can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!

Recipe:  Water color paper
              Altenew stamp set Peony Bouquet
              Spellbinder die, Scalloped Borders Two
              Papertrey Ink sentiment Phrase Play #11
              Platimumn embossing powder

Hope you have time to join in the challenge.  Check out what the other designers have done.  We also have a Surprise Party Guest, Pam, for the month of April and May.  Here is her blog

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Mod Squad Challenge - What's in Your Background

Hello everyone.  Just wanted you to know about the challenge that is starting today with prizes.  Take a look at what Kathy and I have done for examples and join in the fun. 

                                       Check it out here

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

What The Doodle in Gold

It has been awhile since I have made a card and done a post.  I found that when I was away from crafting for awhile, ( 19 days)  I got a little rusty.  I have made three cards and this is the first one that was even close to Challenge worthy.  The others will be used, but not my best.
I started out watching Make it Monday #245 with Ashley to see what she was doing.  She called her challenge Color Isolation, quite interesting as I had not heard of that before. It actually is quite easy once you get an idea.  I'm getting right to it. 

 Here is what I used.
What the Doodle stamp and die from Paper Trey Ink
PTI fine linen and white card stock 
Distress ink in Antique Linen and PTI Hybrid ink in New Canvas
Ranger gold embossing powder
Gold Wink of Stella pen
Simon Says Frames dies
Poppystamps die  Lorelai Leaf Outline

I stamped the small butterfly and flowers with antique linen, but added some interest in one area.  The butterfly under the greeting is stamped twice.  First with New Canvas and then with Antique Linen. I wish I had continued doing that with the rest of the card.  Maybe next time. 

I am also entering this card in these challenges.  
Dies R us Challenge #46 Use Scallops. Here
Simon Says Monday Challenge  Try to Resist Here
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes Here

Thanks so very much for stopping in to say a few words, I do appreciate them.  Stay tuned as tomorrow starts a new Challenge over at the Mod Squad Challenge.  Kathy and I have some more fun for you and prizes too.  And.... Thursday starts a new Challenge at Seize the Birthday.  That's my new Gig. 
Hope to see you all there.