Thursday, April 25, 2019

Seize the Birthday - Texture!

Are you ready for a new Challenge this month? 

 Here it is. TEXTURE! 

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!

Here is my card for this texture challenge. 

 I started with a Sea Glass Cardstock and a 3D embossing folder from Sizzix called Botanical.  It sure leaves a great impression.  I did the envelope too, as you can see. I ran my silver ink pad over the raised parts of the embossing.  Then I die cut the Memory Box Freida Curve from silver paper and added that to the side of the card. The Altenew Persian Motif is the flower that you see on the silver circle. A bit of silver ribbon across the front and a sentiment embossed on the front, and it was done.

Don't forget the inside of the card too.  It doesn't have to be fancy, 
just a die cut make it better. This one is PTI Mixed and Mat Pretty Brackets.

Check out the Surprise Party Guest and all of the other team designs at 

Creative Confetti - Plant Kindness

This challenge was inspired by a story that Marcella shared this weekend on Facebook.  You need to read it if you have not as yet. Just click above thread. You never know when you spread a little kindness where it will lead you. 

What better way to plant kindness that to use the stamp that has been gone for a year and now is back.  That is the Sage Advice stamp set that I have used many times and I went for it once again. 
I love this set not only because it is fun to color, but I love the sentiments and the meaning of them. 
Here is my take on this challenge.
 With the help of some dies and designer paper, I made this card.  I used the Memory Box Banner Parade and the Spellbinder A2 curved Border one and that stamp set that I mentioned above.  Colored with my copics markers.  I love how you can curve the stamp along the banner die.

Here are a few more views of the card.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I sure appreciate your comments. 
I will be entering this in the Creative Confetti Challenge for this week.  After that, we will be on the road headed back to our summer home and family and friends. 


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Creative Confetti - Think Spring

A quick post today to enter the next challenge at Power Poppy called Think Spring! 
I just looked at my digital stamps from Power Poppy and found one that I had not used yet.  
It was fund to print it out on my new watercolor paper and used my watercolors to paint it up.  

This one is called Sun Set Sway!

 After coloring the front, I placed it on a panel of dark violet and then on to a white card base. 
 Here it looks black. 

Thanks for stopping by to check this out a little closer and I sure do appreciate 
the comments that you take time to leave. 


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Double D Challenge - Black and White ONLY

We are nearing the end of April and soon we will into May.  Time has gone so fast for me, I bet for you as well!  So this time, the challenge is to do a black and white only. It is team Darlene fir this challenge, but check out the blog of all of the inspiration.

Just look at the lower right corner!  Gorgeous, and that was all I needed for my inspiration. 

My card
 This one was easy as I only used two dies and a stamp.  I will list them below.
Altenew Painted Butterfly stamp and die and the sentiment.
Poppy Stamps die Ragged Daisy ( cute three times, and glued together)
Fantastic Stamper Stitched Rectangles

I used the Stitched Rectangle die on the inside too and had some fun with the envelope.  I masked off a rectangle and then used the background dot stamp to cover the front of the envelope.  
I think it works. 

This is the prize that you would win, This is an easy challenge and I am hoping to see lots of entries.

The Prize


You can use this die in several different ways. 

Just go to the Double D challenge to place your entry. 
Thanks for the comments that you take time to leave for me.  
I do appreciate every one of them.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Anything but a Card for Creative Confetti

This week my entry is not a card for Creative Confetti because that is the challenge. I thought of making a lot of things, but I am not really good at anything that is not paper.  I am going to stick with what I know.   

So here is the thing, I have a clear cover on my iPhone on purpose.  I like to make my own covers and change them up for the season or any reason.  When you order a stamp set from Power Poppy, it always comes wrapped in some pretty paper and with it a note from Marcie.  I save the papers and make my phone cover.  Here are some examples.
The one on the bottom was my Christmas cover!  Now it is time to get on to Spring.  I would have continued to make covers from the pretty papers, but this challenge made me think a bit differently.
Why not color up an image and use that!  What a great idea Julie!  I had some stamped images and choose the Ruffled Wild Orchids to color and be my Spring iPhone cover.
 I am so glad that I did and I love how it turned out.  This could be a new thing for me.

Using my Copic markers this was done in a short time or relaxing coloring. 
Thanks, Julie for the Challenge. 
I will be entering this in this weeks, CREATIVE CONFETTI Challenge. 

Thanks for stopping by and I love your comments.  


Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

It is Anything Goes for this Challenge at Seize the Birthday. 

Just be sure that it is a birthday card.  We love to see all of your creations.

I went to my box of many dies and used one that it new for me.  It will remind you of spring when all of the birds return from winter. 
Here is my card. 
Stamps and dies from My Favorite Things. called  A Tweet Hello, Die-Namics Bird Bath die word windows and Grassy dies. Ink for the clouds are GKD Sea Glass, SU Pretty in Pink and So Saffron.

I put one more bird on the inside too. I went with a plain red envelope for this card. 

Please look at what the rest of the team at Seize the Birthday has for your inspiration.  
Our Surprise Party Guest for you.  She is Tenia Nelson, also known as Jazzy Paper Designs.  Just click here

Thanks for stopping by and I love your comments. Thanks!


Friday, April 5, 2019

Creative Confetti - On the Grid

For this challenge, I decided to take it right out of the PARK!  Julie has challenged us to color up an image and cut it up.  She used a grid, but in her description of the challenge, this is what she says.
Try different shapes! Have a little hexagon punch? Or how about a circle die? It's up to you!

I had a die that I wanted to try for this challenge, and I may have knocked this one too far out of the park as it is not a grid. But I had fun anyway and got a great card too.  Here is how I started.  

I just got the new digital stamp Flowering Branches.  I printed that our in Sea Glass card stock. 

I made it big so I could decide what part of the digi I would usefor this.

I used a layering die to cut a 5 1/4 X 4 panel from this digi.

Then I die cut the word die Beautiful from Die Namics from the digi;

I also cut the same die from gray cardstock.

This die has an outline of the letters.  I carefully laid the gray outline back into the spaces like a puzzle and then used the digital image cut-outs to put the letters back in.

Here is how it looks, this may be helpful to see what I am saying.
 I know that it is not a grid, but a good example of cutting up your image.  (Hint)  I placed everything in the card before I colored it.  That way if I didn't like it, I had not spent as much time on it. Surprisingly, it was easy to color after die cutting.

Don't forget to use up all of the digital image.  Here I colored up a bunch of berries and added them to the inside. 

I am entering this in the Creative Confetti Challenge Here
Thanks for stopping by and I do appreciate your thoughts. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Ombre Ink Blending

The new challenge at Gina K Designs is Ombre Ink Blending and since I just got a new set of blending brushes, I got do it.  Here we go. 

This was simple to complete using the Pressed Flowers 2 stamp set and dies. I stamped and colored them up and then added them to my card base with was ink blending with Distressed ink in Fossilized Amber.  Looks like sunshine. I am sadly in need of a lot of encouragement cards so I added the sentiment from the same stamp set. 
Thanks for stopping by, I hope that enjoy!  This is a month long challenge and there is lots of time.
You will find the details HERE

Double D Challenge - Watercolor

It's time for Team Diane to bring you another fun challenge for the next two weeks.  It is fitting for the Spring that we are all hoping to see soon.  Check out the Mood board for inspiration. 

I was inspired by the lower left panel as it reminded me of a field of flowers.  
Here is the card that I made for this challenge and your inspiration.

 For this card, I used a stamp set that was gifted to me from a dear friend.  It is Paper Trey Ink A Year of Flowers. I stamped it in Distressed ink in Old Paper and then did some watercoloring over that.  The lines of the Old Paper disappear when you do that and It gives this look. Stamping the flowers again in the background filled in the picture.  Remember to mask off the flowers in the foreground. To give the flowers an anchor I painted in some grass and ground.  For texture, I pulled out some texture dies that I received from My Favorite Things as a freebie.  They leave texture in the cardstock. I used several across the top and some on the bottom.   I chose a plain green envelope for this card.

On the inside, I stamped the one flower image with the Old Paper ink.  Again I used the dies. 

Here is the prize 

Be sure to visit the Double D Team Challenge for more inspirations.  Team Darlene is awesome. 

Thanks for the comments that you take time to leave for me.  I do appreciate every one of them.