Sunday, February 7, 2016

Papertrey Ink: a Make it Monday installment

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! It is a beautiful one here today the sun is shining and it's warmish.

The boys are watching the Superbowl and I am crafting some cards. Thought I would take the opportunity to join in on the latest Make it Monday challenge over on the Papertrey Ink blog.

This time around it is all about the ombre. I started with the Butterfly Cover Plate and cut it out of white cardstock, then went to town with some Distress Ink blending (Holly Berries, Fresh Picked Raspberry, and Spun Sugar to be precise). I didn't want the background piece to go to waste, so I placed a second piece of white cardstock behind the butterflies and used them like a stencil. Here's the first card that utilizes the positive space of the die cut.



Here is the second card that uses the negative space...



Both cards were then embellished with some glitter, felt die cut hearts, sequins and jewels.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sparkle & Shine Challenge #23

Happy February! It's the first which means that it is time for another challenge over on the Sparkle & Shine challenge blog. With February comes hearts, red, pink, and love. That was the focus of this challenge.

I started this one by dry embossing the hearts onto a sheet of watercolor paper which left me with some impressions to use as a guide for painting in the hearts. I sprinkled the paper with some Brusho watercolor pigment powders and then used a water brush to paint in the hearts.

I used some double sided tape to make some glittery banner strips for each side of the sentiment. Then I die cut and stamped some flowers and leaves to embellish with, making sure to add some little jewels inside of the little red flowers.

We'd love for you to come and play along with us over on Sparkle & Shine blog...just click HERE to be taken there and you can upload your project. The random winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the fabulous Create a Smile online stamp store.

This was the inspiration photo...

Friday, January 15, 2016

Sparkle & Shine Challenge #22

It's the 15th of the month, which means it is time for another challenge on the Sparkle & Shine challenge blog. This time around the inspiration photo is subtle with a pop of color.

I had a stamp set that I hadn't put to use yet and was super excited to use, I had my card almost done and then I saw one of our other team members' card and they were almost identical. I chose to deconstruct my card and change it around a bit. 


The rules have changed a bit for the no longer have to use sequins. Now you can use anything with some sparkle and shine. I used a circle with a pierced edge around it, shaded it with some Distress ink and then covered it with some clear glitter to give it a frosty look.


We also have some new sponsors...this time it's a fairly new stamp company called Right at Home and the lucky random winner of this challenge will win a $15 gift card!!!

Click HERE to be taken to the Sparkle & Shine blog and to play along with us!

Stamps and Dies: Winter Woods (Papertrey Ink) Pierced Cirles (My Favorite Things)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

My Favorite Things color challenge

Happy Sunday everyone! Popping in real quick like to share a card I made for the latest color challenge over on the My Favorite Things blog. This time around we were given the combo of pink, navy, steel, and lime green.

Here's my card...


I used the Pierced Circle STAX dies, Leafy Greenery dies, and the Sweet Safari stamp set and coordinating dies. The giraffe and zebra were colored in with Copic markers. The leafs were die cut out of watercolor paper that was painted with Brusho Pigment Powders.


One more little close up so that you can see those leaves a little better.


It all got topped off with some pretty and sparkly sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Thanks for taking a little peek!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year...New Sparkle & Shine Challenge

Hope you all had a fun time ringing in the new year last night. Today is the first of the month so it is time for a new challenge over on the Sparkle & Shine Challenge blog. There is some fun news too...we've added some new design team members and a new sponsor too! Check it all out HERE!

Now onto the project I created for this challenge...


I started by stamping and masking all of the balloons. Once that was done then I stamped the stars with Versamark ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. Then added a scattering of some Pretty Pink Posh sequins.


For the sentiment I die cut the 'Amazing' out of white yardstick three times and some painted watercolor paper a fourth time and then adhered them all together for the dimension.


Here is the challenge inspiration photo that we used.

We'd love for you to some and play along with us! One entry will be the lucky winner of a $25 gift certificate to Create A Smile stamps!

Happy New Year to you all.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

My Favorite Things Color Challenge

Hey all! Putting some more of my new MFT stamps to use, this time for their latest color challenge!

I pulled out the Sweet Safari stamp set and started by first making a bunch of masks for the animals and leaves. I started by stamping the monkey and then masked him off, next I stamped the lion and then masked him off,  then stamped the elephant and masked him off. Lastly, I stamped the leaves and the sentiment.


Then colored it all in with some Copics and blended some Distress Ink in for the ground and the sky.

Used the colorless Copic blender to add little polka dots to all of the animals. Cute huh?!

Here's the color palette that was used for this challenge...

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek.


Monday, December 21, 2015

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #259

After "oohing" and "ahhing" numerous times over all of the the projects that I have seen using My Favorite Things products I finally broke down and ordered some stamps and dies from them. This meant that I could also finally participate in some of their challenges.

I hopped right on the challenge train and made a card for their current sketch challenge. I followed it pretty closely, changing it only slightly...


I started by stamping and embossing the lined flower from the Tropical Flowers stamp set. Then I colored it in using some Zig Clean Color markers and a water brush.


I really wanted the leaves to have a black outline too so after I stamped them I simply outlined them with a black pen. The sentiment is from the Sweet Safari stamp set.

Here is the sketch that this card was based on...

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!