Thursday, May 16, 2024

Color Hues #87

I have the pleasure of being our hostess this fortnight over at the Color Hues challenge blog and I've chosen the summery duo of Coral and Teal.


As you can see, I've added in white, khaki and a bit of gold as neutrals.

And because I got carried away with the die cutting I have not only a bonus card but also a set of tags to share here on my blog.

Let's start with the cards.  I die cut the flowers from colored cardstocks and assembled them in the bottom left corner of a card panel.  In card one the florals were added after the embossing.  I was curious to see how the florals would look embossed so I added this step to card two after adhering the die cuts.  I think I prefer them without the added texture. The sentiments were heat embossed in gold and adhered to a shadow layer of white.  I added a sprinkling of embellishments to finish them off.  

My tags were created with leftover florals and cardstocks.  The scripty sentiments were stamped in black pigment ink.  The banner is an extremely old sticker from American Crafts????  (Don't quote me on that one.)  I really love making tags and sometimes they are just what you need to finish off that special gift.

MFT - Stitched Flower dies
Simon Says Stamp - Crystal Distortion embossing folder
Pinkfresh Studio - Modern Scripted Sentiments and dies
Simply Graphic - English sentiments stamp (tags)

I hope you'll play along with me over at the Color Hues blog.  Take a look-see at my teammies creations and add one of yours to our gallery.  

Thanks so much for visiting!  Your time is greatly appreciated.


Thursday, May 9, 2024

Seize the Birthday #283

I'll let you in on a little secret.  I live in a beach town but rarely go.  I have a pool.  It rarely gets used.  BUT....I do love to make beach themed cards and as luck would have it, that's our Topping for this fortnight's Seize the Birthday challenge.

I die cut and assembled the swimsuit and floppy hat from colored cardstock.  For the background I die cut the bubbles from the center of a panel of white cardstock, stamped the sentiment and then added texture to the panel using a waves embossing folder.  I adhered the panel to a blue card base in order for the color to show through the bubbles and called this one done.

Simply Graphic - Swimsuit die
Ellen Hutson - Pattern Die combo
MFT - Life's a Beach stamp set
Fun Stampers Journey - Wind and Water embossing folder

We would love for you to visit our blog and play along! Remember Toppings are optional however birthday theme is not.  

Thanks so much for visiting!  Your time is greatly appreciated.


Saturday, May 4, 2024

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #250

Happy Saturday Snarky Friends!  A new month is upon us and The Sisterhood is celebrating with a new prompt. My card could fit many catagories but the one we're looking for is Outdoors. 

I want to go where she is!

I chose one of my favorite flamingo images which I colored in with Copic markers.  I added a stamp from a very old Kelly Purkey set as I thought this sentiment would make a great encouragement card.  I die cut an arch using a tag die into a piece of bright coral cardstock, embossed it with a folder and then popped it up over the colored image.  I felt like it needed a bit more sumthin' sumthin' so I added the simple florals at opposite edges adding in some matte enamel dots as centers.  

WPlus 9 - Summer Time stamp set
Kelly Purkey - Hot Mess stamp set
Spellbinders - Blossom Field embossing folder
Lil Inkers - Anytime Tag die set
MFT - Creature Comforts dies

We would love for you to come join us!  Our challenges are now a month long so there's plenty of time to ponder and play.  I invite you to check out our blog for some more Outdoorsy inspiration!

Thanks for spending a part of your day with me.


Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Color Hues #86

When it's the first of the month you can bet we have a new color challenge for you over at the Color Hues challenge blog.  This fornight Julie Beech is our hostess and she's chosen the duo of Lilac and Lime.  You all know my distain for purples but with a suggestion from my daughter I actually made a purple card that I love.  


Knowing her mama as she does, she suggested making a margarita with lilac adornments and that's all I needed to hear.  (For the record, tequila is the one spirit I will not drink however I've found that many bars/restaurants are happy to substitute vodka in their specialty beverages.  You're Welcome.)  

I began with the cocktail and garnishes, cutting them from white cardstock and coloring them with Distress Oxides.  And what's a cocktail without a similarly colored braceleted wrist?  For the background I masked off an oval and ink blended the perimeter.  I stamped the sentiment in crisp black pigment ink and then ran the panel through my die cutter to create the embossed lines.  I adhered the images and added a few clear droplets to finish it off.  

MFT - How to Say Cheers stamp set
MFT - Longstem Barware die set
MFT - In Good Hands die set
MFT - Garnish die set
MFT - Drink Decor die set
Papertrey Ink - cover plate

I invite you to visit our blog for more colorful inspiration.  We would love for you to join us in the gallery!  

Thanks so much for visiting!  Your time is much appreciated.


Thursday, April 25, 2024

Seize the Birthday #282


Hello my dear Crafty Friends!  I'm back today with a card made especially for our latest Seize the Birthday challenge.  The Topping this go 'round is Off the Edge, a prompt that could have several meanings.

I chose to interpret the Topping as an element that 
continues off the edge of the card panel although a snarky card 
about "pushing one over the edge" did enter my mind.

The cute squirrel, nuts and sentiment were stamped onto a white panel.  The images were colored with Copic markers.  The edges of the panel were blended out with ink.  The panel was matted with a narrow border of black cardstock and then positioned on the kraft card base as if the die cut hands were holding a sign.  I think this one turned out very cute and can't wait to play some more with this fabulous sign die set.  So many possibilities!

MFT - Sign of the Times die
MFT - Squirrel! stamp

I invite you all to play along with us at Seize the Birthday!  The Topping is optional but it must be a birthday themed card.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Your time is greatly appreciate.


Thursday, April 18, 2024

Spellbinders - My Favorite Person


Today I'm featuring more Spellbinders products.  These happen to be included when you purchase the Better Press system which I recently purchased for myself.  I've been really pleased with the supply options and amazingly crisp results.

Anticipating my Copic coloring, I pressed the floral plate into white cardstock using a dye ink from my stash. After coloring I added the score lines manually and then used an edge die to create a fun border.  I adhered it to a blue card base and added in some clear droplets.  I think this image would make for a beautiful sympathy card when switching out the sentiment.

Spellbinders - Better Press floral plate (included with machine)
Spellbinders - Small Die of the Month Club Feb 2018

If you're on the fence (like I was) I wholeheartedly recommend this new plate system.  I know I'm going to have lots of fun with this in the future.

Thanks so much for your time!!!  Much appreciated.


Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Spellbinders - Sympathy Cards


Hello again.  Last week was a busy one.  Today I'm featuring another gift from Spellbinders however it isn't from this latest release. I've been seeing these large monograms all over IG so I'm thrilled to be part of the "in" crowd.  Sympathy cards are so hard to make so I'm grateful to be able to add this one to my collection.

The extra large monogram and sentiment are Better Press plates.  I really love this system, especially for sentiments.  The results are just so crisp.  The top card was "stamped" with black pigment ink and colored in with Polychromos.  I added a strip of my favorite embossing folder and a border of black and white striped designer paper.  Card #2 was an experiment with kraft cardstock and white pigment ink.  It's certainly okay but I need to tweak this method a bit.  I trimmed it out in pink cardstock and some gold metallic spray to finish it off.

Spellbinders - Floral W Better Press plate
Spellbinders - Leafy Helix embossing folder
MFT Stamps - b/w striped 6x6 paper pad

Thanks so much for visiting my little corner of the blogosphere!!  Your time is much appreciated.