Monday, March 27, 2017

Strong Coffee

Hello!  I so badly wanted to create a card using this weeks sketch challenge at Split Coast Stampers, it took me a few days of pondering to figure out all of the layers in the sketch.  I'm so happy with how this card turned out.


I used this cute, free digital set from Verve Stamps called Rise and Shine.  I touched the open loops on the sentiment with some color, and colored the mug with Copic markers.  After they were colored, I brushed the sun on the mug and the lines on the sentiment with Wink of Stella for some shimmer.

Supplies Used:
Rise and Shine - Verve Stamps
Cardstock - Aqua Mist - Papertrey Ink, Sorbet - Close to My Heart, Solar White - Neenah, Kraft - Stampin' Up!
Sweet Sorbet DSP - Stampin' Up!
Copic Markers
Ribbon - Close to My Heart and Maya Road
Wink of Stella

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pink, Grey, and Purple Mojo Birthday

I loved the idea of the color challenge at "Just Us Girls" this week, it's pink, grey, and purple.


I combined it with this week's Mojo Monday 489 sketch.


I wanted to dress up the Pansy Purple medallion I cut out, so I decided to use my brand new Distress Oxide ink to stamp a background.  After stamping, I spritzed it so it would oxidize, and quickly dried it with my heat gun.  After that, I stamped the butterfly over it with platinum pigment ink.  


The Wednesday challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog is to use more than one die or punch.  I opted to make a pink ombre panel using a loop punch that I layered.  I stamped the sentiment and used the corresponding die to cut the banners, and I cut the purple medallion out with a Spellbinders die.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Itty Bitty Banners, Bliss - Stampin' Up!
Inks:  Smokey Plum - Close to My Heart, Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide - Ranger, Platinum Planet - Brilliance
Cardstock - Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Sweet Blush - Paper Trey Ink, Pansy Purple, Blush, Hollyhock. Petal - Close to My Heart
Embossing Folder and Banner Die:  Honeycomb and Bitty Banners - Stampin' Up!
Ironworks Motifs - Spellbinders

Monday, March 20, 2017

For Baby

I went super clean and simple for this weeks CAS(E) this Sketch #213. I wanted to combine it with this weeks The Paper Players theme, which was a CAS baby card.  When I sat down to create a card for both challenges, I couldn't decide between  boy or girl, since it was such a simple card, I decided to do one of each.  Here they both are:


Please forgive the photo quality, it's time to retire this camera.  I noticed especially with these photos the odd spots, and lack of focus.  My youngest daughter dropped it about 2 weeks ago, and I think its done.  Here is the boy card:


I've been playing with new inks and cardstock from different companies.  I still like my Close to My Heart inks, however, it's been long enough that some of my colors are retired and I can't order matching cardstock for them.  So this card has some new to me brands of ink and cardstock.   Here is the girls:

If you look closely at the cards, I wanted to do some sort of border on the main white cardstock.  I don't have any dies that emboss a border, but I did have a stitching stamp set.  So I played around with the color for stitching and ended up using a second generation stamped in Grey Wool.
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Baby Love, Simple Stitches - Close to My Heart
Inks:  Grey Wool, Sky - Close to My Heart, Tuxedo Black - Memento, Lavender Glaze - Taylored Expressions
Paper - Neenah, Winter Wisteria - Paper Trey Ink
Sequins - Target Dollar section

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Language of Friendship CASE

The newest challenge from Time Out Challenges #79 is a CASE challenge.  I thought the birdhouses hanging from the tree with the sentiment that said "Happy New Home" was adorable.  It reminded me that I had the Language of Friendship stamp set and the corresponding punch.  I stamped the branch on Kraft and Sweet Leaf cardstock, punched them out, cut off the leaves and glued them on the Kraft branch.  I used my Cloudy Day embossing folder on the background card stock and decided to break out my new distressing ink to give the clouds a blue tinge.


Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Language of Friendship - Stampin' Up!
Ink:  Rich Cocoa - Memento, Desert Sand and Garden Green - Close to My Heart, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink - Ranger
Cardstock:  Kraft - Stampin Up!, Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue- Close to My Heart
Cloudy Day embossing folder and bird punch - Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Peace on Earth

I joined two challenges for today's creation.  At Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #239, it was a color challenge.  We were to use gold, copper, and turquoise.  I have to admit, I had to dig deep to find something copper in my craft room.  Gold, no problem.  Copper, ummm let me check.  I did end up buying some copper stickles today at a craft store (which I ended up not using).  I decided that I wanted to emboss the image of the Holy Family with gold embossing powder.  While I was trying to pull this card together, I really wanted to use the star stamp that was in the stamp set.  I remembered that I had a whole collection of Martha Stewart glitter in the bottom of a drawer.  So I pulled that out, and there it was, copper colored glitter.  I stamped the stars with Versamark, added a little heat and stick power, heat it, poured the glitter over, and heat set it.  Viola, copper colored glittery stars.

The second challenge I took was the "Just Us Girls" Challenge # 384.  This week was to use a stencil.  I had one from the glimmer mist that I haven't used in years, so I was excited to pull that out and use it.  I used it with some Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist.  It created a very soft, shimmery background.  I had a hard time photographing it, but in real life it's very pretty.




Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Glory to God - Close to My Heart
Inks:  Versamark, Tuxedo Black - Memento
Cardstock - Lagoon - Close to My Heart
Glitter - Martha Stewart
Glimmer mist and Stencil - Tattered Angels
Gold Cording and Heat and Stick Powder - Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dino-rrific Mojo Monday 488

I really liked this weeks Mojo Monday sketch.  I had envisioned something soft and feminine with washi tape for the long thin panel.  However, that's not how it turned out.  When I went to select a stamp, the No Bones About It from Stampin' Up! jumped out at me.  So I ended up making a kids birthday card instead.


Supplies Used:
Stamps:  No Bones About It - Stampin' Up!
Inks: Grey Wool, Lagoon, Pear, and Sunset - Close to My Heart
Paper:  Hooligans - Close to My Heart

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Baby Baptism

The daughter of some of our closest friends is getting baptized tomorrow.  We were invited to celebrate with them, so I needed to make a baptism card.  I thought this weeks sketch at Freshly Made Sketches was perfect for what I envisioned.


I wanted to use this cross die cut from Spellbinders.  I cut it out in metallic silver, but decided to layer it with some baby pink cardstock behind it so it stood out better.

Supplies Used:
Die cut - Spellbinders
Embossing Folder:  Lacy Brocade - Stampin' Up!
Cardstock - White - Stampin' Up!, Baby Pink - CTMH
Silver Metallic paper - Creative Memories
Lace Tape - Decollections