Tuesday, April 21, 2015

RIC #82

Hi guys!

How's your week going? Mine? Filled to the brim with toddler insanity. Blue Sharpie on my couch (lots of it), tantrums, no sleep, more tantrums. For real, I am beat! I know, they grow so fast, but honestly, I think I will pass on this stage. Want to see the latest Runway Inspired Challenge? It certainly cheers this momma up! Check it out:


Ohhh, I love that dress! Obviously I was inspired by the black and gold, but did you check out the background too? There are so many possibilities to it!

I started with a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper, and added Black Soot Distress Ink to it with lots of water. I kept layering the color, drying and layering until I got the look I wanted. After I got done with the panel, I moved on to die cutting the fun wreath from Wplus9 called Spring Wreath Die, from Gold cardstock I had gotten in a Simon Says Stamp card kit. I layered two of those together with foam, and adhered it onto the watercolor panel.

I die cut a hello from My Favorite Things Happy Hello die set, from black cardstock. I added Clear Wink of Stella to it, and coated it in Glossy Accents. I adhered it loosely to the panel, and the tucked in a couple of vellum leaves from Wplus9's Folk Art Floral die set.

I adhered the panel to a piece of black cardstock, and added that to a white card base. I hope you enjoyed, and decide to play along! Our fab sponsor is Ellen Hutson, and a generous gift certificate will go to the lucky winner. Check out the other gals cards, always amazing!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello Darling

Hey, hey!

I hope you had a fab weekend. I certainly did! The weather was lovely, and I enjoyed time with my crafty gals. I didn't get much done, but spending the day chatting, and not having to do any housework equals awesome.

So, I didn't make this card over the weekend, but it has been patiently waiting to be shared, so here it is. 

I used Altenew's Striped Floral set to stamp out my design. I colored them in with a variety of Copic Markers, and added detail with a gold gel pen.

The sentiment is from Avery Elle's Fabulous Florals set, stamped in Onyx Black ink. I took a few of the blooms, and created dimension by coloring and cutting out the images and popping them up with foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a good one.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Neon Thank You


It's Runway Inspired time!  Check out this vibrant, colorful outfit!  I tried to incorporate a few things from it on my card today, such as the checkered jacket, and some of the bold colors.

I started by stamping a plaid pattern onto the card base using Hero Arts Shadow Inks. My recommendation is to chose pigment, it doesn't soak into the paper, and creates a nice distinction between colors. But, it was within reach, and so I went with it. I then die cut a circle from a panel, and popped it up over the plaid.

I had to break out my MISTI for these gorgeous blooms by Altenew, and I used Hero Arts Neon inks for added pop! I love how they turned out! I added a banner with a fun sentiment from our awesome sponsor, Bossy Jocie! This stamp is so cute, and she has so many more in her adorable shop. After I white heat embossed it onto fuchsia cardstock, I trimmed it down and adhered it to my card front with foam. I finished it off with a few rhinestones.

I do hope to see you play along with us this week because Miss Joscelyne has a generous prize available to the winner!

Friday, April 3, 2015



Are you as shocked as I that it is April? Whoa. I am certainly thankful for the spring weather coming through and to finally come out of hibernation! This cold was a serious downer for me this year, and after much planning and strategizing, I truly believe I won't have to go through that again. If you live in Texas, near Waco, give me a shout...I believe that is where my husband and I will be relocating later this summer.

So, I know you didn't come here to hear about my moving plans, although I would love to find crafty gals in that area, I have a card to share. The latest Virginia's View Challenge is all about Layers and Dimension. These little elephant stamps from Wplus9 just had to be inked up and colored, so I got super inky for this.

I started by taking a piece of watercolor paper, and adding Ranger Distress Inks and lots of water. I dried it in between layers, and smooshed it onto the color on my craft sheet. I then heat embossed my sentiment and adhered the panel to a card base. I die cut a fun frame by Paper Smooches, and popped it up using foam tape.

For the elephants, I went from top to bottom, and masked off their feet as I went down, stacking them on top of each other. I colored them with Copic Markers, added detail with a white gel pen, and then fussy cut them out, and adhered the stack to the side of the frame.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AEIHeartU Challenge: Watercoloring

Hey all!

How goes it?  Great I hope!

I have a couple of cards, that will hopefully inspire you to play along with the latest AEIHeartU Challenge: Watercoloring!  We all know how I feel about that, lol!  I did two cards because I didn't want to stop, check them out.

I used the fabulous Get Well set, as well as Handwritten Notes.  I dry embossed a diagonal design onto the base of the card front, and added a strip of cardstock, inked with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.  To create the bouquet, I gold heat embossed my image onto Tim Holtz Watercolor paper.  I added my distress Inks to my craft mat, and painted the flowers, leaves, and wrap.

I cut out the bouquet, and popped it up with foam.  I then heat embossed the sentiment from Handwritten Notes in gold powder onto vellum, and attached it under the flower bunch.

How about another?  Alright!

I took a piece of water color paper and stamped the bouquet image so that just the floral part transferred.  I painted them ink with Distress Inks, and added a light blue wash just above the flowers.

I adhered my panel to some Avery Elle patterned papers, and adhered it to a Kraft card base.  To finish it, I added a few yellow enamel dots.

I hope these inspired you to play along with us.  There is always a great prize up for grabs to the lucky winner!  Thanks for joining me today.  Have a great day!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Somebunny Is Thinking of You


I have a little card to share with you, using the adorable Somebunny stamp set from MFT.  Spring is FINALLY here, and I wanted to cheer someone up with this springy card.

This card has a lot to it, die cutting, masking, coloring..but totally worth it.  I started with a white card base, and stamped and masked my clouds and bunny.  I then inked the sky with Tumbled Glass Distress ink, removed the mask, and colored the bunny with Faber-Castel and Inktense Pencils.  I blended the colors out with Gamsol for a smooth look.

I then die cut the grass with an stitched edge die, and added a few carrots that I colored and cut out.  I finished it off with a popped up frame and some Wink of Stella glitter on the clouds and her clothes.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello To You

Hey there!

I hava a little Avery Elle card to share with you today, using the Red and Goldie set.  So cute, and so fun to color!

I started with a frame die cut with the Finished Frames Elle-ments, adhering the panel straight to the white card base.  I used a couple of pieces of patterned paper from the Everyday Collection paper pad, creating little banners from them, and heat embossing my greeting on it.

I colored the little girl image with Copic Markers, and trimmed her out, adhering her with foam tape over the banners.  Super simple!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

RIC #80

Hello, hello!

Spring is on the way!  That makes me so happy!  This outfit does too, seriously...it's so fun.  I immediately thought of watercolor, of course.  Here is the latest Runway Inspired Challenge:

I chose a couple of Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Evergreen Bough, Weathered Wood, Peacock Feathers, and Black Soot to create a background.  I also brought out the fabulous Vintage Roses set from Altenew for that pop of orange!

This past weekend I met up with my crafty gals, and got to use the MISTI stamping tool.  I have to admit to being quite skeptical about its usefulness, as I don't really mass produce many cards.  Well, those roses and leaves didn't stand a chance of being messed up with this tool...so I got on my phone, and one is making its way to me as of now.  HAHA!  Never say never, right?  So, after I was done layering my watercolors, I stamped a sentiment from the Get Well set by Avery Elle, with Versafine Onyx Black, heat embossing it in clear powder.

I stamped the roses using my friend Kirsty's MFT dye ink pads, and trimmed them out, layering the up onto my panel.  I attached it to a black card base, and adhered a few black pearls to complete it.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you play along, I can't wait to see how you are inspired!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Take Two Thursday: Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit

Hi there!

Here we are, well into March already!  I have another installment of Take Two Thursday to share with you.  If you aren't familiar, my good friend Katie and I choose a stamp set, and see what we can do with it, and post the results on our blogs.  It is inspiring and fun, so I encourage you to go see what she has made!  

So, this time, we picked this month's Simon Says Stamp card kit.  It is packed with grays, and yellows, and this pretty stamp set.  

I decided to make a shaker using the fabulous gold shimmer paper that was included.  I used the fun circle border die that came with the kit, to create all of the circles.

After I created my shaker window, I die cut a circle from the lovely black and white striped patterned paper, and added colorful stamped flowers, trimmed out and layered onto the card.  For my sentiment, I die cut a Thanks from an older Paper Smooches die, and adhered it with a bit of Multi Medium Matte.

Thanks so much for stopping in!  I hope you were inspired, and please go check out what Katie did, she's a card genius!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Feel Better Soon

Hi again!

Today, I am stopping by with a card I created for this months Virginia's View Challenge: All Things Embossed.  I love embossing, whether its dry or heat, it really improves a card design!

For this card, I used the fabulous new Avery Elle's Get Well stamp set.  Love!

I started by clear embossing the floral bouquet onto a piece of water color paper, and coloring it in with distress inks.  After it was dry, I used Liquid Platinum embossing powder to heat emboss my sentiment.  

I then adhered the panel to a white card base, and adhered a few white enamel dots.

I hope you liked, and were inspired to do a bit of embossing on your project!  Have a great one!

Monday, March 9, 2015

You Are So Loved


I hope you had a good weekend.  I know they always go way too fast, and I just want them to go on a little longer.  I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to get a few cards made, emphasis on few here friends!  That just doesn't happen round here.  

I snuck a little glimpse of this on instagram the other day, and am finally sharing it in its entirety.  The Pick of the Litter set from Wplus9 is sooo cute.  I stamped her onto a white panel, and colored her in with Copic Markers.  I am slightly disappointed at her hair, but realized I didn't let the colors dry between layers.  Lesson learned.  However, I think I will try the color combination again sometime.

I stamped my sentiment in Pool ink from Hero Arts, to match her dress, and then the rest of the sentiment in Onyx Black.

I added a strip of cardstock to the top, that I dry embossed with an Avery Elle border die, and added some twine to finish it.

I hope you've enjoyed, thanks sooo much for stopping in today!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Empty Inside


I am so glad you stopped by, because I have a fun card to share that uses this weeks sketch from My Favorite Things Challenge blog.  I can't get enough of the donuts from the Donuts and Sprinkles die and stamp sets, and wanted to play with them again.

My card was heavily influenced by Alice.  Hey, everything she does with paper is magic.  So, I rotated the sketch, and curved the bottom panel by die cutting it with an edge die.  I added a fun strip of brown patterned paper, and of course those yummy donuts!

I heat embossed my sentiment onto vellum, and adhered it with tiny dots of liquid glue, before wrapping it around and tucking it in to the panel.  As a finishing touch, I adhered some fun K & Co. enamel hearts.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!