Friday, April 18, 2014

Botanical Dreams

Hello Again!

I can't believe I have owned this stamp set, Botanical Dreams, from Gina K Designsforever and have NEVER gotten this image inky before.....WHY???  It is absolutely gorgeous and just so much fun to color!  I wonder what other images I have overlooked in my stamp collection, I may just have to got through them all.....see you in a few weeks!  lol

I used the Sketch from Poppy Sketches, with POPS of color!

The image is colored with Copic Markers and outlined with BG10, Cool Shadow.  Added a little strip of texture with a Swiss Dots Embossing Folder.   The sentiment is stamped onto a cut out 'flag' banner.  A button, Baker's Twine, and a little metal charm that says, Made With Love, were added as accents. 
Orchids are everywhere these days, I just love the style that you water by adding 3-5 ice cubes each week, how simple is that?  The blooms last for such a long time and then they seem to go dormant for just as long.....BUT....if you keep watering them they come back time and time again.  They are so delicate and come in a variety of colors!
This will also be entered into the Mix It Up Monday Challenge, Metal over at Stamp TV.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Just A Note, CAS

Good Morning!

I don't think any card can be any cleaner or any simpler.  (still a struggle for this type of card!!!)

I used the Just A Note Stamp Set, available from Gina K Designs.  Love the musical note flourish from this set.  I added a metal clamp to the stamped sentiment flag.  There is really not much more to say about this particular card making process.  lol

Oh I will point out that when taking photos I throw this piece of folded white poster board on my kitchen counter, in front of a little TV.  It seems to work fine for me.....BUT if you look at the top right portion of the poster board in the background, you'll notice.....what???   That would be a white adhesive pearl.  I'm sure it's missing from some other creation.  HA!  

This will be entered into the  CASology #91 Note Challenge and the Mix It Up Monday Challenge at Stamp TV, Metal.

Keep smiling people!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Floral Celebration

Good Afternoon!

Here's a pretty little card I whipped up for a couple of Challenges.  I just felt like coloring yesterday, so I did.  Life is good like that (knock on wood!)

I used a pretty flower bouquet stamp from Penny Black Stamps, colored with Copic Markers.  The Designer Papers are from American Crafts, Dots And Stripes.  Just a simple layout, lots of pretty Spring colors to brighten your day.  I did add a few colored metal eyelets (does anyone use eyelets anymore?  I have a TON of them!)  lol  The sentiment is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink onto Spellbinders Label Eight die.
This card will be entered into:     
                                               Mod Squad Blog, Spring Color Challenge     

                                          And the Curtain Call Challenge, Confetti Crush.
Wishing you SUNSHINE!

Birds Of A Feather

Good Chilly Morning!  Yup we had Spring in the palm of our hands for 3 whole days....and then *snap* right back to winter.....even with a little snow squall.....oh man!  BUT the sun is shining despite the cooler temperatures.

Today's card is for 2 Challenges, the Mix It Up Monday Challenge over at Stamp TV, hosted by my very good gal pal, Karen Hightower, add any type of metal to your card or project and for the Simon Says Monday Challenge, Winged Things.

I used the Warm Spring Wishes stamp set, available from Gina K Designs. The Designer Papers are from Teresa Collins, World Traveler.  I used my Cameo to create the FREE 'cut files'  also from Gina, click HERE.  I stamped the cuts in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and left them 'natural'.  I added 5 shiny metal brads.  Using a Black Sakura Glaze Pen I added some accents to the bird cages.   Fiskars Border Punch.  Spellbinders/Flourishes Perfectly Pierced Classic Frame die.
Glad I didn't pack up my winter coat.  *sigh*

Monday, April 14, 2014

Peter Cottontail X 3

One last Easter card, remembered just one more person on my list!  ;)


I used the cute little stamp set, Polka Dot Parade #1, from Papertrey Ink.  I really think these bunnies are super cute, just perfect for the season!  I took the 'cottontail' stamp and using white embossing powder made a little panel of my own Designer Paper, adding some texture with a Swiss Dots embossing folder.  The tails of the bunnies have had some white flocking added to them, so soft to the touch!  The bunnies were stamped in Garden Green, More Mustard, and Elegant Eggplant, all inks by Stampin' Up!  A little Happy Easter sentiment and 2 strips of ribbon and the card is complete. 
This card will be entered into the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Easter and/or Sweet Treats and the Mod Squad Blog Challenge, Spring Into Spring, to use 3 bright Springy colors and to use stamps to make your own Designer Paper.
Glad you could come by!

April Showers......

.....Bring May Flowers.  Yay!  LOVE this time of year, so full of life and rebirth after one of the longest winters I can remember.  I am not sure, but the older I become the longer the winters feel.....what's up with that?

Today's card will be entered into the CAS #90 Wet Challenge, and the Mod Squad Blog Spring Into Spring Challenge, to use 3 bright Springy colors AND to use your stamps to make your own Designer Paper. 

I used the umbrella image from the Warm Spring Wishes stamp set from Gina K Designs.  Paper pieced the top using 4 different colored card stocks.  I also added some glitz with the corresponding Sakura Glitter Pens and colored in the dots.   Stamped the sentiment and before adhering the image to the base I flicked light blue and dark blue paint all over it using an old toothbrush, to make the rain.  I then took some Diamond Stickles and dabbed that all over the dried paint.  Traced the outline of the umbrella with more Sakura Glitter Pens and added an adhesive pearl at the top.
Yesterday I finished cleaning out my garden beds, tossed in a ton of seeds I collected last fall like, Marigolds (I NEVER buy these anymore) Black Eyed Susans, Purple Cone Flowers, Cosmos, Cleome, Shasta Daisies, just to name a few.  (praying for a light shower of rain!)
Thanks so much for popping by.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Birthdays Are A Wonderful Journey!

Good Afternoon!

Today's card will be entered into the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge and the Simon Says Monday Challenge, Journey. Nothing says journey more to me than another birthday.  It's a good time to take stock over the past year and to look forward to the next.

I love the sketches that MFT has each week, such great designs!  I am also happy to say that I won the Challenge last week at Simon Says and received a $50 Voucher, YOWZA!  So I am actually going to buy some MFT dies and Simon Says stamps, they offer so many different products, it's CRAZY!!!  (oh and the win is ALL random, luck of the draw!)  But, I'll take it!  lol


I used the Gina K Designs stamp set, Dreams.  The Designer Paper again is from Echo Park, A Perfect Summer.  Spellbinder's Lacy Squares die, Sizzix, Flower, Old Country Bloom die, topped with a fabric brad by Cloud 9.

Okay the sun is shining and my gardens and rake are calling, almost done with the Spring clean-up, which means I can begin to toss some seeds in! Happy Happy Joy Joy!