Friday, July 21, 2017

Her color is lilac...

I had a friend ask me to make me a wedding card and a gift certificate for a bed & breakfast.  I always get so nervous when I have to make something specific!  She told me to make anything, but I was still anxious.  So I asked what the wedding colors were, and she just said "Lilac...I think!"

WPlus9's Fresh Cut Florals ALWAYS works and is loved by recipients and stampers alike!  So here is what I came up with...


I embossed a piece of PTI's Linen cardstock with the Woodgrain impression plate, then cut a stitched circle with SSS dies.  I stamped and die cut flowers from Fresh Cut Florals and one teeny one from (the yellow) from More Fresh Cuts.  I layered them over a circle that I sponged with Tumbled Glass Distress ink, and splattered with some aqua and black acryllic paint mixed with water.


I used PTI's envelope die and a scalloped die and sentiments from Gift Card It from Waltzingmouse Stamps to make a coordinating certificate set. It took me forever because I was worried about smudges and mistakes, but luckily my friend loved it all!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Surf's Up!

The Jersey Girl in me had to play along with this week's Fusion Challenge!  Can't wait for our NJ trip to Manahawkin/LBI next month!

I chose to use the car from PTI's "Happy Camper" to make a background...


I added my sentiment with PTI's Headline Alphabet and some surfboards from Free Spirit Boy by Claire Brennan.


I embossed my background with PTI's Woodgrain Impression Plate, then added some twine that I braided for an embellishment.  SUCH fun inspiration this week!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Bright Flower Masking

I really wanted to try Betsy Veldman's fun stenciling and masking seen here for Make It Monday, but feeling a bit "rusty" in my stamping, and couldn't get one that I liked in time!  Here is one of my attempts using the beautiful colors from Color Throwdown...red, blue, yellow, and white!



I made my own stencil using a Deckled Edged Rectangle nestie, the Gran's Garden stamps and dies, and a sentiment from Year of the Flowers:  Violets.


Added some Wink of Stella pen, too, which is hard to see.  Probably should have used my MISTI for lining things up, because I was having trouble getting the stamp to impress fully over the stencil.  But I kind of like this artsy look, and will definitely be trying Betsy's awesome technique (and this fun color scheme) again!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Colorful Camper

Such beautiful summery colors for the Color Throwdown Challenges this week!  
Purple, mint, hot pink, and teal.


Last night we were sitting around the fire pit at my sister's house on Conesus Lake, and the sky was the most amazing pink!  So I got inspired to go with a night time/camp theme...


Used PTI's Petite Places: Happy Camper set and dies, the Scene It: Mountain View dies, and a sentiment from Pedal Pusher.


I blended Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord, then spritzed the whole piece with shimmer spray.  After cutting out the mountains, I embossed them with PTI's Woodgrain Impression plate.  


Added some stickles for the stars that are peeking through the mountains.  I am so glad school is out and summer is finally here!

Monday, May 29, 2017

ABC Apple Sketch

Another really fun sketch by Linda Callahan this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

I chose to make a card for a teacher since school will be out in a few short weeks!

Used PTI's Petite Places: School stamps and dies, as well as the Enclosed:  Apple die.  I cut off the "Thanks" sentiment on the die and used the apple as a frame.  Also from PTI are the letters cut with the Headline Alphabet die set.


The little trees are from Teeny Trees by Claire Brennan.  The background is made with the Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card background called "Screen."  Love their 6x6 cling backgrounds!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Chalkboard Baking Inspiration!

I absolutely love the picture and sketch this week at the Fusion Card Challenge, and the DT had tons of awesome inspiration for us!

I took out an old clear set that I love from Hero Arts called "What's Cooking?" I had to get it when I saw the cute apron and little pot holders!



I made my chalkboard by stamping in Versamark then heat embossing with white powder.  I colored around and inside the images with white and colored pencils. The "YUM" was cut with PTI's Headline Alphabet dies, and the windows with PTI's Trio die.  The sentiments are from Ways to Say:  Birthday.  The tag is cut with Tiny Tags with a sentiment from Mixed Messages. The cup and donut are from Lawn Fawn's "Love You a Latte."



Topped it off with some Baker's Twine, or course :)!


Friday, May 26, 2017

Felt Daffodils

This week for PTI's Make it Monday, Lizzie Jones challenged us to make gorgeous felt flowers and gave us lots of sweet examples!

I created some birthday tags with felt daffodils!


I used a sentiment from Beautiful Berries and felt cut with Beautiful Blooms II dies, set #1.  My centers were made by folding over felt, cutting slits along the folded edge, and rolling them up.


My first recipient of the tags gave Lizzie's flower idea a huge thumbs up :)! (Me, too!)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Gran's Garden Sketch

This weekend I decided to play along with Hannelie's awesome sketch at the 


I just received Dawn McVey's lovely floral set "Gran's Garden" from Papertrey Ink this weekend.  Cards practically make themselves with it, it's so much fun!


I used Impress Fresh Ink in Sugar, Peony, Sicilian Blue, Gypsy Blue, Navy, and Slate for the flowers and leaves.  Added a side panel of Dark Indigo cardstock from PTI embossed with an old Cuttlebug folder, and a sentiment from PTI's Beautiful Berries.


So happy it's spring!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Botanical Butterfly


The Card Concept Challenge had a lovely set of vintage botanical notecards for inspiration, so I had to play along!  (Can you tell that my Mother's Day included some stamping time? :))


I chose to use the butterfly from Nordic Spring by Claire Brennan.  I stamped it on a piece of PTI's Rustic White cardstock then went about "botanicalizing" it (SO much fun)!


I stamped the butterfly in Stazon Black, then watercolored in and around it.  Once dry, I stamped an old Penny Black text background over the top in Frayed Burlap ink.  Splattered some black paint on, then ran it through the Cuttlebug with PTI's Canvas embossing plate.  Stamped a sentiment from PTI's Scripted Sentiment in Stazon Black, too, then cut out the piece with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die.


Last  but not least, a coating of Glossy Accents on the butterfly to give it a little dimension and to make the colors pop.  My husband seemed mildly impressed when I told him this was a blank piece of cardstock when I started :)!!

Smile Background

Melissa Phillips made a fun background using sentiments stamped on a diagonal for PTI's Make it Monday, and then there was this cool sketch by Jen Timko for Freshly Made Sketches!


I used the "Smile" sentiment from Enclosed:  Flower stamp set to make my ombre background for a birthday card...


The balloons are from "Birthday Style" and the small sentiment is from Ways to Say: Birthday set.


And I even used a pink card base instead of white, go me!  :)


Quatrefoil Tulips

A beautiful photo at the Fusion Card Challenge called "Navy Patterns" this week!

I was drawn to the pillows and those beautiful yellow (my favorite color) tulips!

I used PTI's Tulip Time and Beautiful Berries sets, and a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's "Doodle Buds."


The quatrefoil pattern is a DCWV stencil that I used with Wendy Vecchi's white embossing paste.  Added a few Glossy Accent "dew" droplets to my flowers and leaves, too :)

Such gorgeous inspiration cards from the DT members and players this week at Fusion Card Challenge!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Pastel Flower Sketch

A card today for two fun challenges, Reverse Confetti's Sketch For You To Try this month, and Color Throwdown's lovely colors of the week!



I used Reverse Confetti's "Blooms 'N Buds" and "Bitty Banners" stamps and dies.  They are so much fun to play with!



I stamped an old background from Cornish Heritage farms in the background using A Muse Studio's warm gray ink called "Seattle," and used a plaid Cuttlebug embossing folder on vellum  adhered over the bottle half of the card.


The flowers and leaves were stamped in shades of A Muse and Fresh Ink in yellow and aqua, and the leaves in A Muse's Latte and Seattle inks.  Added some white opal Liquid Pearl and stardust Stickles details.  Celebrating spring and Moms everywhere :)!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Watercolor Wash Background

Another Make It Monday for me, since I was so lucky last week ;)!  Plus I couldn't pass up a chance to play along with Laurie Schmidlin's first MIM tutorial!  She showed us how to make two kinds of watercolor wash backgrounds, one with emboss resist and one without.

I chose to make a resist background with shades of aqua that I added some yellow to along the bottom and a classic favorite of mine, Background Basics: Tin Types.


Stamped some more Bitty Bouquets since I had used them earlier, but this time I inked them with Tim Holtz Distress Ink markers to get a softer sketchy colored look to match the background.  So much fun!

Black and White


Having some fun with PTI's new Mix and Mat: Scallops die.   I love how bold and lacy it looks backed with black cardstock!  Added a pop of "lilac" color with Bitty Bouquets dotted with White Opal Liquid Pearls :).  The sentiment is heat embossed with black powder on vellum.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Make It Monday Sunshine


This week's Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink was by Betsy.  She inspired us to use watercolors with a stencil.  I cut a piece of cardstock with my Hexagon Cover Plate and used that as a stencil...


I used shades of yellow and orange to paint.  My hexagon stencil was cut from Scarlet Jewel cardstock, and it ended up reacting with the watercolors a bit, leaving some dark color along the edges.  Added a few clear sequins, and embossed the sentiment with black and diamond embossing powder so it sparkles a bit, too.  The sunshine is made with a medallion from Memory Box.  This card is kind of small for me, a 3x5 :).  Such a fun technique!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Stencils and Spring

Happy Easter!  A light and springy card for this week's Color Throwdown colors which I LOVE...coral, leaf green, yellow, and white.  I also used last week's sketch from CAS(e) this Sketch for ideas when making this card...



Here is my card, using Petite Pots from Papertrey Ink...


I used a Hero Arts stencil in the background with some Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste, as it reminded me of the bowl in the background of the inspiration photo!


The sentiment is stamped on vellum using Milo's Alphabet from Lawn Fawn.  Added the "YOU" with PTI's Headline Alphabet dies.


So inspired by all of the spring flowers popping up around our house and the sunshine we had this weekend!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Flowers for fun!

I haven't had a chance to use Betsy Veldman's new "Bloom & Grow" Make it Market Mini Kit from Papertrey Ink's Anniversary release!  It's such a sweet floral set.  I loved the DT samples on kraft paper, so tried it out with the stencils and stamps in the set and some Distress Inks.



The flower pot is cut from patterned paper.  Like Nichole Heady has shown recently, I added some details with a white pen, and some Glossy Accents, too.  Stamped a sentiment from the set on vellum, and used a lovely plaid embossing folder from Cuttlebug for the background.  No challenges today, just some spring fun!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Easter Challenge

At the Fusion Card Challenge, it's all about Easter and I was really inspired by this gorgeous photo!



I used A Good Egg by Claire Brennan to start my card...


I placed the egg over some white cardstock embossed with PTI's Woodgrain Impression plate, and some lovely Chicken Scratch gingham paper, too!


I have started quite a collection of mini stamped flowers with coordinating dies!  I can't seem to get enough of them!  This card has flowers and leaves from PTI's Bloom & Grow and Petite Pots, WPlus9's Fresh Cut Florals, and Simon Says Stamps' Artsy Flower Parts.

Loving the spring sunshine today here in upstate NY :)!