Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sunshine Bee!

Hello Sunshine!
Oh my.  This is the busiest 4 day weekend.  Jam packed full of appointments, a Stampin' Up! party - demo'd by my talented friend Kris & hosted by me - and lunches with families.  A great weekend, though.  I'm so blessed!

I did find a little time this afternoon, to create 1 card to play along with the challenge at CASE Study #200.  Yes, it's there 200th Challenge!  Shari Carroll created this wonderful card for our inspiration.
I was inspired by the gold circles scattered across Shari's card.  I took the liberty of using clouds instead of circles, but I did use gold ink.

Yes, I know that it really doesn't appear to be gold ink...more like a bright yellow.  My photo editing lately is not giving me true colors.  So frustrating.

Anyway, I used Delicata golden glitz ink for the outline clouds, the solid clouds and the sun...oh, and that tiny heart.  The clouds outline images are filled in with clear Wink of Stella.  Can you see the tiny bee wings?  I filled those in with a dab of gold Stickles.  The final touch was a dot of black enamel accents on the bee's tiny eye.   Fun stuff!
Thanks so much for taking a look. :)

Supply list ~
Card stock: white linen essentials (Ellen Hutson), white (Recollections)
Stamps: hello sunshine (Lawn Fawn), show & tell (SU)
Ink: delicata golden glitz, onyx black (Tsukineko)
Other: gold stickles,, black enamel accents (Ranger), clear wink of stella (Karetake)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Balloons for Seize The Birthday!

Are you ready for an new challenge at the Seize The Birthday Challenge Blog?  Yes, it's that time already.  Our challenges last for 2 weeks, but the time goes so quickly, doesn't it?

We have a Toppings option of using String and/or Twine.  Of course the Topping is an option, as long as it's a birthday card we would love for you to play along!

Since I love a good challenge, I chose to use the toppings.  This is what I created.

I stamped, then cut out the 3 balloons.  I used embroidery floss to create the bows and strings for my birthday balloons, taping the floss into place under the sentiment banner.  The little red heart is coated with glossy accents, as is the highlight on each balloon.  Using a white gel pen, I created some faux stitching to create a border on the card base.

Okay, now I want to see what you'll create.  Click HERE to  head over to Seize The Birthday and see what my team mates have created to inspire you!

Thanks for stopping by!

>>>Supply List<<<<

Card Stock: sahara sand (SU), white (PTI)
Stamps: party kit (Mama Elephant), handwritten sentiments (SSS)
Ink: raspberry ripple, calypso coral, island indigo (SU), onyx black (Versafine)
Other: white embroidery floss (DMC), white gel pen (Signo), small heart punch (SU), glossy accents (Ranger)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Beautiful things, like you!

Hi!  I found just a bit of time this afternoon, to play along with Seize The Sketch #24.  Check out this versatile sketch.  I could have done so many cards with this one (if I'd had the time, that is!).

This is the direction I went...
Just click on a photo to see a larger view.

I die cut a frame (2 layers of white card stock) then inlaid the other 2 die cut pieces.  Then, layered a pink sentiment panel onto the frame and layered everything onto 2 pieces of colored card stock.  I tried adding a few sequins, but I just couldn't get them to look "right". sequins.

It was fun to finally get a chance to play along with the girls at STS!

Thanks for stopping by!

By the way, if you're reading this post from an can click HERE to go directly to my blog.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Seize The Birthday - Stars and Stripes!

Yes, it's already time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday!  This time we have a Toppings option of Stars and/or Stripes.

The Topping, as always, is optional.  Just as long as it's a birthday card!

My first thought was to use red, white and blue for the 4th of July holiday, but I decided to go in a completely different direction.  I wanted a feminine card with clean lines/stripes.

My stripes are very subtle.  I used a Stripes Cover Plate die, but instead of using the frame portion of the die cut, I used the strips that were cut out of the cover plate.  Then I added some die cut leaves and a few ribbon rosettes.  I'm really pleased with the results.  It was exactly what I had in mind when I started.
YES...once in a while that actually happens!

Anyway, I hope you'll click on over to the Seize The Birthday challenge blog and see what my ever-so-talented team mates have created.  Then...join in.  We love to see what you create!

Supply list ~
Card stock: confetti white, wild wasabi, certainly celery (SU)
Ink: onyx black versafine
Stamps: boutique borders-birthday (PTI)
Dies: cover plate stripes, turning a new leaf (PTI)
Other: vanilla rosettes (SU)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

You bring sunshine!

I'm playing along with a brand new challenge today.  Since I love using dies, I had to find a little time to play along with The Cutting Edge Challenge #1 !

Here's the inspiration, provided by Jackie Rockwell.

I was inspired by those large circle in the background, first of all.  Yes...I did some stenciling, again.
Just had to, since I had so much fun with yesterday's card.  Click HERE to take a look.

I knew that I wanted to use summery colors.  So, after sponging on those green circles I looked for a soft blue to sponge a bit sky to go behind that photo frame.  I added 2 die cut clouds and then tucked in a tiny sun to compliment my sunshine sentiment.  That little sun is swirled with some clear Wink of Stella, just to add a little sparkle.
This was one of those cards that just flowed.  Don't you love when that happens?!?  So fun. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Supply list ~
Card stock: white (PTI), daffodil delight (SU)
Ink: pistachio pudding, soft sky (SU), smokey gray (Versafine)
Stamps: hello sunshine (PTI)
Dies: fabulous frames (PTI), cloud duo (Amuse), small pinking circles (Spellbinders)
Other: mini ink blending tool (Ranger), clear wink of stella (Zig)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hello! A bit of stenciling...and stuff.

Oh my.  This summer is chock full of busy!  I haven't had much time to create lately, but I made sure to carve out a bit of crafty time this afternoon.  Fun stuff!  A little stenciling, die cutting, heat embossing and a few enamel dots.  Yup...I needed that. :)

I'm playing along with 2 fun challenges.

CASE Study #197

CAS(E) this sketch!

And, here's my take on the 2 challenges.

These colors are actually much, much softer in real life.  I don't know if the problem is my camera, my editing software...or me.  Hmmmm.

Anyway, I used a new Simon Says Stamp stencil with a mini ink blending tool to create my background.  Love, love, love blending some inks. :)
I added 2 heat embossed, die cut feathers, a die cut hello and 3 enamel dots to finish my card.

Ahhh.  I thoroughly enjoyed some crafty time today.  Now it's time to get busy again.


Supply list ~
Card stock: white (PTI), strawberry slush (SU)
Ink: calypso coral, strawberry slush, crisp cantaloupe (SU)
Stamps: feather finery (PTI)

Dies: small hello (SSS), feather finery (PTI)
Other: large morracan stencil (SSS), mini ink blending tool and pads (Ranger), enamel dots (MME)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Happy! Seize The Birthday with some cluster stamping!

Yes, it's time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday Guess what?  There is no Toppings option for this challenge.  That means ANYTHING goes.  Well, as long as it's a birthday card, of course!

I used a technique called Cluster Stamped Sentiment.  HERE is the link to the video, if you'd like to try it.

The sentiment was heat embossed first, then lots of stamping.  Finally, wipe the ink residue from the embossing...and your sentiment pops!  It was a fun technique, even though it took me several tries to get it right. :)

Okay...follow the link HERE to see what my team mates have created to inspire you!  I hope you'll play along with us!

Supply list ~
Card stock: white (PTI), wisteria wonder (SU)
Stamps: wet paint, button boutique (PTI)
Other: clear embossing powder (SU), heat tool