Thursday, January 18, 2018

To Love and Be Loved

Today I'm sharing a Valentine's card I designed with Graciellie's newly released Floral Heart and Banner's Digital Stamp Set.
To create my 3D easel card I printed the heart digi once and then cropped and printed one of the blooms eight times. I colored both with Touch Five markers and added some highlights with a white gel pen. In the center of the eight individual blooms  I glued a pretty pearl before shaping and gluing them over the main image.
I wanted to keep the background fairly plain to showcase the beautiful floral heart, so I added only an embossed piece of cardstock and a wide strip of lace. The sentiment is from the same digital set, I simply re-styled it to fit the label die I wanted to use.
 Supplies and Tools:
Dies: Labels 4 Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Embellishments: Pearls, White Lace
Embossing Folders: Circular Grid (Anna Griffin)
Ink: Touch Five Markers, White Gel Pen
Stamps: Floral Heart and Banner's Digital Stamp Set (Graciellie Design)

This post linked to:
 Tic Tac Toe Challenge - (Light Blue, Heart, Square)
 Allsorts Challenge - No Patterned Papers
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Monocramatic Pines

It's time for our Wednesday challenge over at The House That Stamps Built. This week we have an inspiration board for you. This challenge is a fun cross between a photo challenge and a color challenge. You can choose to be inspired by the colors, the photograph, or both!
I have to be honest -- When I first saw this board I was stumped! I'm not naturally gifted at making monochromatic cards - especially with such a "bland" color scheme!  But that's why it's called a "challenge" -- It makes you think outside the box and get out of your comfort zone! So...after a bit of thinking (and browsing Pinterest!) I came up with this nighttime winter scene as viewed through a lovely conservatory window!
To create my card I:
  • cut a piece of watercolor paper to size and mask off the moon with a large circle punch
  •  using sponge daubers I inked around my moon with Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Ink 
  • sprizted the panel with water and heat set
  • added a bit of Platinum Brilliance ink around the edges
  • Stamped the Large Pine Forest and Large Pine Tree  in Tuxedo Black ink
  • Splattered some white acrylic paint over the panel
  • Added a tiny deer die cut to cover up a paint smudge! (whoops!)
  • Glued my window over the scene and cut around it
  • Added a bit of faux snow to the bottom of my window panes
 Remember to stop by the Repeat Impressions Store and check out all the beautiful stamps -- there's a 10% discount code for my blog readers posted on the sidebar.  Also, come by the The House That Stamps Built and join in the fun of each new weeks challenge! The first Wednesday of every month One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate! You don't have to use RI stamps to play along, but if you do you'll get an extra entry in the random draw! The more you link up, the greater your chances of winning! So what are you waiting for.....come on over and showoff your creativity!

Check out what the other design team members created: 
Supplies and Tools:
Dies: Conservatory Window (Sizzix), Deer (unknown)
Embellishments: Faux snow
Ink/Paint: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Tuxedo Black (Memento), Platinum Brilliance (Tsukinedo), White Acrylic Paint, Black Sharpie Marker
Stamps: 2709-I, Large Pine Forest (Repeat Impressions), 2719-K, Lg Pine Tree (Repeat Impressions)
Tools: Textile Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Paper Crimper (Fiskars), Circle Punch

This post linked to:
4 Crafty Chicks - No Winter Blues
Allsorts - No Patterned Paper
Addicted To Stamping - Baby it's cold outside
Stamping Sensations - Cold and Frosty Colors
Creative With Stamps - Snowflakes



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Warm and Cozy Thoughts

Here's another card I made for Power Poppy's "Grab a Map" challenge this month. I used one of my newly acquired (and long coveted) digital stamp sets - "Get Wool Soon." Here's the sketch I chose to case:
Originally I thought to do this up in pinks, but then it took a different turn and I love how it turned out with the darker hues.
The sentiment inside is from the same set - there are three different selections with this particular image.
Supplies and Tools:
Dies/Punches: Dots Circle (Nellie Snellen), Lace Border Punch, Deep Edge Punch (Martha Stewart)
Inks: Prismacolor Pencils, Watercolor Markers, Walnut Stain Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz) 
Stamps: Get Wool Soon Digital Stamps set (Power Poppy), Hello Friend (Wordsworth)

This post linked to:
Power Poppy - Grab a Map
Paper Players - Color Challenge (I chose brown as my additional color)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes


Monday, January 15, 2018

Winter Wonderland

Today I'm sharing a blue and white winter scene I created using some of my favorite craft supplies! Instead of using just one brand of product, I combined colorburst, paints, and distress inks to get just the look I wanted.
For step by step instructions on creating this snowy card: visit today's post on the Cropstop blog.
Supplies and Tools:
Ultramarine Blue color burst (Ken Oliver), Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), White Acrylic Paint, Sponge Daubers, Tree Punch (Martha Stewart), Evergreen Embossing Folder (Sizzix), Mounting Tape, Faux Snow, Deer Die (Unknown), Lg. Snowflake Punch (Martha Stewart), Sm. Snowflake Punch

This post linked to:
Allsorts Challenge - No Pattern Papers
Inspired by all the little things - Inspiration photo (below) -- inspired by forest/deer

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Dancing with Daffodils

This month the Power and Spark Challenge (over at Power Poppy) is to use a sketch. There are ten great sketches to choose from - the one I picked is below.  I turned the sketch sideways to create my cheery spring card.
My collection of Power Poppy digital stamps has really grown since discovering their store last year. I love when Marcella does her weekend sales.... Perfect time to add to my collection of gorgeous images!!
Seems like everyone is tired of winter already, so I thought maybe some bright and cheery daffodils would lift our spirits and make us think of warmer days just ahead!
Supplies and Tools:
Embossing: Moroccan Screen Embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
Dies/Punches: Labels 10 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Martha Stewart Border Punch
Ink: Prismacolor Pencils, Watercolor Markers, Distress Ink (Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio), Sharpie Marker
Stamps: Dancing With Daffodils (Power Poppy)
Stencils: Mini Rosetta (TCW)

This post linked to:
Power Poppy - Power and Spark - Grab a Map  and  Hues To Use 
Allsorts Challenge - No Patterned Papers
Tuesday Throwdown - Layer it Up

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friends Like You

Today I'm sharing some gift tags (or bookmarks) I created with the newly released set of Graciellie Designs digital stamps called "Friends Like You.
This digital stamp set includes one beautiful bloom and four coordinating sentiments!
To create my front panel: I arranged the pretty bloom in a random pattern on a white background and layered one of her sentiments over the top. I printed a separate flower and colored it with Touch Five markers and added a few highlights with a white gel pen.
You can find these beautiful stamps (and many more beautiful designs) at Graciellie Designs.  I'm sure you'll enjoy browsing (and shopping!) in her Etsy store!
Supplies and Tools:
Dies: Holiday Greens Thinlits (Tim Holtz)
Embellishments: Baker's Twine, Washi Tape, Ribbon (Amuse Studio)
Ink: Touch Five Markers, White Gel Pen
Stamps: Friends Like You Digital Stamp Set (Graciellie Designs)

This post linked to:
Time Out Challenge - Thankful (I'm thankful for my friends!!)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash - Out with the old in with the new (New digital stamp set)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mini Easel Card

Time for our January Tic Tac Toe Challenge over at  The House That Stamps Built.  Choose three items (across, down, or diagonally) to include on your creation, then come by the blog and link it up!
I chose to make a mini easel card using Pearls, Blue, and Thank You as my theme, and showcasing the Thanks a latte' stamps from Repeat Impressions.

For my coffee mug I:
  • stamped the smaller mug on white cardstock and designer paper
  • cut out the dp and paper pieced it over the front portion of my mug
  • colored in the handle and added "coffee" with Touch Five markers

 Remember to stop by the Repeat Impressions Store and check out all the beautiful stamps -- there's a 10% discount code for my blog readers posted on the sidebar.  Also, come by the The House That Stamps Built and join in the fun of each new weeks challenge! The first Wednesday of every month One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate! You don't have to use RI stamps to play along, but if you do you'll get an extra entry in the random draw! The more you link up, the greater your chances of winning! So what are you waiting for.....come on over and showoff your creativity!

Check out what the other design team members created: 

Supplies and Tools:
Dies: Blossom Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Hello Doily Die Set (Sizzix), Scallop Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Tiny Tattered Florals (Tim Holtz)
Embellishments: Mini Pearls, Baker's Twine  
Ink: Touch Five Markers, Graphite Black Brilliance Ink (Tsukineko)
Stamps: 9303-P, Thanks a latte' (Repeat Impressions) 

This post linked to:
Tuesday Throwdown - Layer it ip
Shopping our Stash - Out with the old in with the new (new stamps)
Allsorts - Something New (New Stamps)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Dictionary Page Background

Today I'm sharing this somewhat funky background I created using an old dictionary page and some Tim Holtz distress products.
For step by step instructions on creating this card: Visit TODAY'S POST on the Cropstop blog.
Supplies and Tools:
Embellishments:  Petaloo Lace, Burlap String, Prima Flower, Candi Dot
Inks:  Distress Inks (Salty Ocean, Peacock Feather, Chipped Sapphire), Picket Fence Distress Stain, Versamark Watermark, Prismacolor Pencils, Midnight Black Embossing Powder
Papers: Dictionary Page, White Card-stock, Black Card-stock
Stamps: All Things are Possible (Heartfelt Creations), Little Birdies (Dina Wakley)
Tools: Heidi Swapp Stencil 

This post linked to:
Allsorts - Something New (New Stencil)
Stamping Sensations - cold and frosty colors
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Graciellie Design Team

I'm so excited to post my first card as an ambassador for Graciellie Designs!  When Gracie ask me (the end of last year) if I'd consider being a part of a design team she was putting together, I was thrilled to accept!! Gracie creates some gorgeous digital stamps and paper packs, and you're going to enjoy browsing (and shopping!) in her Etsy store!
Today's card features her newly released paper pack Pink and Blue Watercolored as well as a sentiment from her new stamp set, Friends Like You. You can find both of these (and many more beautiful designs) at Graciellie Designs

I've designed a mini tutorial for you on creating that pretty torn paper rose.
  1. Tear several pieces of paper into layered, jagged circles
  2. Spritz with water
  3. Squeeze into a tight ball
  4. Unroll and dry with a heat gun
  5. Layer from largest to small
  6. Ink edges
  7. Spritz with water and heat set
  8. Tear a smaller piece for the center in a coordinating color
  9. Add a pearl

Though I haven't worked with digital papers much (if at all) I really enjoyed this set! I found several benefits to using them: a) They all coordinated perfectly, so no endless hunting for the perfect match in your paper stash b) The designs are so pretty it takes all the work out of making a "smashing" card! (smile)
Supplies and Tools:
Inks: Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz)
Embellishments: Seam Binding Crinkle Ribbon, Heart Doily, Pearls
Paper: Pink and Blue Watercolor (Graciellie Designs)
Punches: Square punch (to make banners), Holiday Greens Thinlits (Tim Holtz)
Stamps: Friends Like You (Gracielle Designs)

This post linked to:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Dies/Punches
Craft Dee Bowz - Handmade Bow

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Things with Wings

For this week's challenge on The House That Stamps Built, Laurie picked "Things With Wings." I decided to make a couple gift tags with this beautiful butterfly stamp from Repeat Impressions.
To create the background: I used sponge daubers to add three colors of distress ink over the Watercolor stencil from Tim Holtz.
For the butterfly: I stamped my image in Versamark watermark ink on watercolor paper and embossed it with black embossing powder. Using a small paintbrush, I colored in my butterfly with three colors of Ken Oliver colorbursts.
For the ribbon: I dyed some seam binding to match my tag using Seedless Preserves and Broken China Distress ink.
Remember to stop by the Repeat Impressions Store and check out all the beautiful stamps -- there's a 10% discount code for my blog readers posted on the sidebar.  Also, come by the The House That Stamps Built and join in the fun of each new weeks challenge! The first Wednesday of every month One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate! You don't have to use RI stamps to play along, but if you do you'll get an extra entry in the random draw! The more you link up, the greater your chances of winning! So what are you waiting for.....come on over and showoff your creativity!

Check out what the other design team members created: 

Supplies and Tools:
Dies/Punches: Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Holiday Greens Thinlits (Tim Holtz), Sentiment Words Thinlits (Tim Holtz), Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
Embellishments: Pearls, Wide Purple Ribbon, Black Polka-dot ribbon (Amuse), Seam Binding. Flowers (Prima)
Inks: Ken Oliver Colorburst (Ultramarine Blue, Merlot, Lime Green), Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Broken China, Seedless Preserves, Evergreen Bough), Versamark Watermark, Midnight Black Embossing Powder
Misc: Sponge Daubers, Small Paintbrush, Mounting Tape, Watercolor Paper, Watercolor Stencil (Tim Holtz)
Stamps: 9001-L, Butterfly (lg) (Repeat Impressions)

This post linked to:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge - Anything Goes
Double D - Anything Birthday or Anniversary (birthday)



Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of my blog readers! I hope 2018 is a good year for all of you!
I created this card for the Cropstop blog where we're welcoming the New Year with a few changes:
  • Every time we get 100 or more links we will draw TWO random winners and give away TWO prizes
  • The Challenge is moving to the FIRST MONDAY of every month.
  • The Winner(s) will be announced the day after the new challenge begins!
  • I'll be exchanging the monthly Top Pick with a weekly Gallery Stand Out.
Same great challenge, same fun prizes, just a little more organized and definitely more fun with the possibility of two prizes!
For step by step instructions on creating this card: Visit today's post on the Cropstop blog.
Supplies and Tools:
Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire/Peacock Feathers), Sponge Daubers, Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento), North Star Stencil (TCW), Gesso, White Acrylic Paint, Small Paintbrush, Create a Flake Dies (Spellbinders), Woodland Wonderland (Inkadinkado), Winter Wonders (All Night Media)

This post linked to:
Creative With Stamps - Snowflakes

Mod Squad - Add Snow