Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Well, here were are! Spring! I adore the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop for many reasons. One, it's Spring, FINALLY! Secondly, I love coffee! For my card today, I combined a couple of different stamp sets, and watercolors, and created a sweet little friendship card.

I began with a piece of Canson Bristol Smooth paper, and cut it to a standard size card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2). I then stamped three coffee cups from Neat and Tangled's Perfect Blend stamp set. Using Dark Brown, and Beige Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, I colored in the coffee in the cups. I then added a bit of shading to the side of the cups using watered down Light Gray, and Blue Gray markers. 

I took Ranger Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Broken China, and painted around the cups, and allowed it to dry. I had started using a heat tool, but it was warping quite a bit, so I stopped, and set it aside. I also sandwich it in between a piece of paper, and roll it through my die cut machine, or under a book for a while.

To give it a spring feel, I stamped a couple of flowers from My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms, and cut them out, adhering them to the top corner of the mug. I then added a sentiment from Neat and Tangled's Scandinavian Prints stamp set.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy your day, and the rest of this hop! Happy Spring!

Monday, February 13, 2017

MFT Color Challenge #63

Hello, and happy Monday!

I was able to create a bit this weekend, and made a sweet little birthday card using My Favorite Things color challenge

I started with a panel of white card stock, and ran it through my die cut machine using the Blueprints 25 die to create a border on my panel. Using mint dye ink, I stamped a striped pattern from the Pinstripe Background Stamp onto my panel, barely smoothing it down to get a distressed look.

I stamped my sentiment from the Birthday Wishes and Balloons stamp set, in Onyx Black Versamark Ink, in the center of the panel. I then stamped out, and cut the cute flowers from the Beautiful Blooms set.

As a last touch, I added some white gel pen details to the flowers, and a bit of shimmer with the Wink of Stella Glitter brush pen. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great one!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #318

Hello, and happy Sunday!

I was able to get together with my crafty gals this weekend, and created a little card for the latest MFT sketch!

I just love that hanging cat from the I Knead You stamp set. It's adorable! I decided to have him (or her) hanging from behind the sentiment strip. I began by stamping the cat image, and colored it. I then masked it and blended in Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. 

I removed the mask, and added a piece of black woodgrain paper, that I white heat embossed a portion of the original sentiment onto. I took two strips of striped patterned paper, and adhered those to a white card base. I then adhered the panel to my card with foam tape.

As a last touch, I adhered a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I'm Glad We're Friends

...Well, I am! Even if I disappear for weeks on end. I am so sorry about that! I have a little card to share today, using an older My Favorite Things stamp set called Snuggle Bunnies. I thought it would be fun to do a bit of ink blending, some simple stamping, and Copic Coloring.

I started by stamping the adorable images onto my card front, and masked them off with masking paper. 

I blended in Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberries, Ripe Persimmon, and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink onto the top portion of the card, and added some water flicks to give it a bit of interest.

I colored my images with Copic Markers, and stamped my sentiment below them. Super simple, and fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

MFT Card Challenge #314

Hello my friends!

Thanks for stopping by! I was able to do some crafting this weekend while away with my friends, and managed to make a card for this weeks MFT Sketch challenge. I did a bit of masking, and ink blending, check it out:

I started with a white panel, and stamped each cactus image from the Sweet Succulents. The center image first, as I wanted it to be front and center, then masking it. I then stamped the two others. I then masked those two, and taped off the section of the panel that I didn't want inked, around the images. I brought in my Distress Inks using a foam applicator, in the colors of Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, and Chipped Sapphire.

After I blending on the ink, I removed all of the tape, and the masks that covered the cactus. I colored in each one with a different green color combination, and finished by stamping a simple Happy Birthday sentiment below the scene.

I mounted the panel onto an orange card base using foam tape, and opted for no additional decoration. Hard to resist for me, but I didn't think it needed it.

Thank you, again for stopping by today! Have a great day!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Fusion Card Challenge

Hey friends!

A new year, can you believe it?! Thank you to all of you that left comments on the Seasons Givings Blog Hop post! My winner is Jen W., and I have emailed her. I am going to jump right in sharing my card that I created for the 3rd Anniversary of the Fusion Challenge! Is that inspiration picture not the most lovely scene? I thought so too, so it is the jumping off for my card.

I started with a white card stock panel, and stamped Altenew's Wood Pallet Background in TE's Toffee dye ink. I then ran the panel through my die cut machine with TE's Stitched Circle Stacklets. I created a frame out of wood paper, and adhered it around the open circle.

I die cut a mug from MFT's Hug In A Mug die set, along with a few details. I adhered the panel to the card base, along with the mug, and stamped a sentiment from the coordinating set from MFT.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Seasons Givings Blog Hop

Hello, and Happy New Year!

I am so excited to be among the bloggers participating in this years Seasons Givings Blog Hop! It is a fabulous hop, where we thank YOU, our dear blog readers, with fabulous prizes and lovely card making eye candy! Did I mention fabulous prizes, at every blog?!

I thought I would share a little card with you, using some Memory Box products from last year. 

I started by taking a little die set called, Groovy Symbols, and die cutting the heart multiple times using different colors of card stocks. I then layed them out, and placed a piece of Press and Seal over it, so it wouldn't shift. I then applied foam squares to the back, and placed it onto a piece of white card stock.

I covered a card front with striped patterned paper and placed the panel onto it with strong adhesive.

I then die cut the word love, three times, and applied glossy accents to it. Once it was dry, I adhered them to the card front. As a finishing touch, I applied some shimmer to random hearts on the card!

So, how about a giveaway? I have a collection of Sweet Stamp Shop goodies, as well as a few random Copic Markers (new) that need a good home! All you have to do is leave me a comment. Any comment will do! I will pick by, and notify the winner via email (so make sure your email is connected to your name). You have until Wednesday January 4th, 11:59pm EST. Sadly, I can not ship international at this time, so US residents are the only ones eligible for the prize. Good luck!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy the rest of your hop, and maybe win some crafty goodies! Your next stop is Dana! Have a great day!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hey, hey! 

In all the years of blogging, I have never taken such a long hiatus from posting! I do apologize! I am sharing a wintery card today, for the Winter Coffee Lover's Blog Hop! I missed the last one, so I am super excited to play along today.

Using the Deck the Halls stamp set from Lawn Fawn, I created a branch background using several shades of green. I took a bokeh stencil from Hero Arts, and sponged on Tumbled Glass Distress Ink for some interest in the background.

Stamping out the mugs from Lawn Fawn's Love You A Latte stamp set, using Onyx Black Versafine ink, I colored them in with a Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker. After the dried, I die cut each one out, and placed them onto the front of the card.

To finish it, I used the Hand Lettered Holiday set from My Favorite Things, and gold heat embossed it!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your blog hop!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Virginia's View Challenge #25

Hello lovlies!

I was able to get crafty last evening, and made a card! Virginia has a great challenge this month, over at Virginia's View Challenge, using stripes or plaid, and having just watercolored these gorgeous flowers from Altenew, decided they need to be put with stripes. Yes, indeed!

I colored these up using Derwent Inktense pencils, and if you follow me on Instagram, know that this is part of a great coloring challenge put on by the talented Kathy R.!

I started by stamping two blooms from Altenew's Botanical Garden set, using Versafine Onyx Black ink. It is a waterproof ink once it's dry, and it won't smear when you water color over it. Once that was stamped, I started coloring!

Using Derwent Inktense pencils, which is a vibrant watercolor pigment, I colored in the flowers. Once the color is dry, it can't be reactivated. Which is great if you're a klutz, and drip water on your projects!!  

Once I had cut out my flowers, I stamped my sentiment and adhered a bit of patterned stripe paper, both from MFT, and adhered the flowers with foam tape. I finished it off with a few sequins and drops from Pretty Pink Posh. 

Below is the graphic, in case you might be interested in playing along. Thank you so much for stopping by! 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

MFT Sketch Challenge #303


I am so sorry that I stepped away for so long! Whoa! Life just got a little hectic..I did make some time for the latest MFT Sketch challenge! It has been forever since I played along. I was so inspired by the sketch, and to my shame, had not inked up this adorable unicorn yet! WHA?! 

I don't know why, but when I see that unicorn from the Magical Unicorns set, I think of Fuchsia, and MFT has the perfect shade. So, I started with a panel of Razzle Berry, and stamped the castle image repeatedly using Versamark ink.

I adhered the panel to a white card base, and then die cut a rectangle frame from the same colored card stock. Stamping the clouds with Onyx Black onto white card stock, I clear embossed them, and cut them out, layering them around the frame. 

I stamped my unicorn in MFT's Black Hybrid ink, and colored it with Copic Markers, cutting it out, and mounting it onto my card front. I also white heat embossed my sentiment onto a black banner cut from the Blueprints 25 set. I added Wink of Stella to the clouds, as well as white gel pen on the unicorn.

Here is the sketch:

Thank so much for stopping by! I hope you have a fantastic day!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Viginia's View Challenge #24

Hello, friends!

I was playing around with my Taylored Expressions stamps, and inks, and made a card! This is a big deal, as my creative mojo bit the dust. When that happens, I get on my computer and search for fun challenges to play with. Virginia's View was a perfect solution.

I haven't made many fall cards, so the Fall Florals stamp set, and matching dies helped me made a clean and simple card easily.

Starting with the leaves, I used a couple of green inks, along with the rock-and-roll technique, and stamped out my leaves. I then die cut them, and began layering them onto an open circle die cut.

I used several other images in the stamp set, and using the rock-and-roll technique again, ended up with an assortment of elements to place onto the leaf wreath.

I stamped my sentiment in brown ink, in the center, and adhered the wreath, along with the other pieces. I then added some detail with a white gel pen, and some Wink of Stella.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a great one!