Thursday, October 18, 2018

Proverbs Art Journal Page


It's been a while since I've created an Art Journal page so.........when I saw Graciellie Design's newest digital stamp set (Dreamy Girls) and realized it went perfectly with a verse that's been running through my head of late, I went for it!




Supplies and Tools:
Ink: Prismacolor Pencils, Touchfive Markers, Distress Ink in these colors - Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint Sketch, Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade
Misc. Vellum, Liquid Pearls
Stencils: Bird Crazy, Floral, Bitty Grunge (Tim Holtz)


This post linked to:
Double D - Stripes and Dots
Little Red Wagon - Digi Do

Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Let us give thanks


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!




To create my card I:
  • Stamped 5016-N, Genealogy in Walnut Stain Distress Oxide (Ranger) on white card stock
  • Stamped 5127-K, Maple Leaf Sil. and 5110-I, Oak Leaf Sil. in these colors of Distress Oxide:
    • Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Wild Honey
  • Tore the leaf panel at an angle and layered it over the text panel
  • Inked all my panels with Ground EspressoDistress Ink (Ranger)
  •  layered the stamped panels on brown card stock and embossed it all with the Basket Weave embossing folder from Darice
  • die cut a circle and scallop circle using Spellbinders Nestabilities
  • stamped the maple leaf in fired brick distress oxide on my die cut circle
  • stamped 2826-H, Let Us... over the leaf in walnut stain distress oxide and added faux stitching with a Sharpie marker
  • tied a twine bow around my card front and popped up my circle with mounting tape




  • For my blog readers: Enjoy the 10% discount code to the Repeat Impressions Store posted on the sidebar
  • There's a new challenge every week over at  The House That Stamps Built 
    • you don't have to use Repeat Impressions stamps to link or win
  • One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate on the first Wednesday of every month
Check out what the other design team members created: 

This post linked to:
PINspirtational - Inspiration photo (below)
Addicted to stamps - Autumn Colors
Stamping Sensations - Shades of Autumn
Creative With Stamps - Halloween OR Leaves





Monday, October 15, 2018

Monochromatic Plaid


This week's "October Plaid" card features a monochromatic look! Using a purple maker on purple card stock,  I colored a thick line, thin line alteration both vertically and horizontally.


Supplies used on this card:
  • Markers
  • Radiant Rectangles Dies (Spellbinders)
  • Vellum
  • Fall Foliage Thinlits (Sizzix - Tim Holtz Alterations)
  • Sunflower Stamps (Heartfelt Creations)
  • Burlap String
  • Gratitude Stamp (Autumn Leaves)
  • Tuxedo Black Ink (Tsukineko)
  • Large Pearl 
  • Button
  • These colors of Distress Ink
    • Spiced Marmalade 
    • Fossilized Amber


This post linked to:
Shopping our Stash - Giving Thanks
Little Red Wagon - Thankful for You
As You Like - Fussy/Fancy or CAS (usually Fussy because I'm not very good at CAS)
Time Out - Colorful
Dies R Us - Anything Fall (Sizzix, Spellbinders)
Stamplorations Theme & Sketch - Autumn + Stamps
Dare 2B Artzy - Fall


Friday, October 12, 2018

It's Raining Leaves....


Today I have a fun little card I created using my new favorite dies (birch trees) and a super fun stamp set from Stamplorations! I suppose you usually think of using umbrellas for spring or summer, but I wanted to do something autumn with this cute little girl!


Supplies and Tools:
Dies/Punches: Birch Trees (Impression Obsession), Phrases I (Spellbinders), Small Leaf Punch
Ink - Brown Embossing Powder (Wow), Touch Five Markers, Distress Oxides in these colors:
Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Fired Brick
Stamps: Kathryn's Rainbow (Stamplorations)


This post linked to:
Use Your Stuff - Autumn/Halloween
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes
City Crafter - Into the Woods 
PINspirational - Inspiration Photo (below)
Time Out - Colorful
Cookie Challenge -  Autumn Photo below
Dies R Us - Anything goes (Impression Obsession/ Spellbinders)
Allsorts - Trees and/or Leaves
Stamplorations - Theme and Sketch (Autumn + Stamps)
Stamplorations - Never Ending Anything Goes


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

How Are You?



It's time for a Tic Tac Toe Challenge over on The House That Stamps Built.  You know the drill...Choose three items (across, down, or diagonally) to include on your creation, then come by the blog and link it up! I chose the top row - Black & One Color (brown), Silhouettes, Brads.




Here's how I created this card:
  • Stamped 5016-N, Genealogy (Repeat Impressions) in Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento) on cream paper and inked the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide (Ranger)
  • Embossed a piece of dark brown card stock with the Lumber 3D embossing folder (Sizzix/Tim Hotlz) and inked over it with Ground Espresso Distress Ink (Ranger)
  • Cut a circle with a stitched circle die and inked the center with Gathered Twigs Ink
    • spritzed with water and heat set
  • Stamped 5127-K, Maple Leaf Sil. (Repeat Impression) in Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento)
  • Stamped the sentiment from Plate 9900 (Repeat Impressions) in black ink
  • Cut the end with a small square punch to form a banner and matted it on black card stock
  • Added a leaf brad and two black brads to my panels
  • Layered my pieces on black grid design paper and then on a white card front


  •  For my blog readers: Enjoy the 10% discount code to the Repeat Impressions Store posted on the sidebar
  • There's a new challenge every week over at  The House That Stamps Built 
    • you don't have to use Repeat Impressions stamps to link or win
  • One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate on the first Wednesday of every month

Check out what the other design team members created: 
Cheri  ~ Shirley ~ Heather ~ Laurie ~ Donna ~ Joy

This post linked to:
City Crafter - Into the Wood
The Paper Players - Trees and Leaves

Monday, October 8, 2018

Stay Cozy WINNER!


I'd like to say a big "THANK YOU" to everyone who left such sweet comments on my National Coffee Day Blog Post.  Now it's time to announce the winner of my favorite Graciellie coffee/tea themed digital set -- Stay Cozy. And the winner is.....Mimi of She's Crafty!!!


Mimi said...
Your leafy card has me swooning so hard! Absolutely love the colors!!! And you've got the perfect level of distressing happening... YUM! Your matchbox project is ultra-cute, too... but I am pretty swept by the card! Thank you for sharing at SOS. We love our little Shoregirl :)

Thank you for your sweet comment Mimi and Congratulations!  
Please email me at hmblessings@yahoo.com to claim your prize!

Plaid Leaves


As promised I'm back with an "October Plaid" post. Today I'm sharing a fun fall plaid that has no white space in it. Instead of using it as a background, I die cut it into beautiful autumn leaves.
For a tutorial on creating this plaid background: Visit today's post on the Cropstop blog


Supplies used on this card:
Fun tip: To achieve the look of morning dew on your leaves: Stamp your versamark watermark ink pad on the leaf, add UTEE, lightly rub most of it off with your finger, and heat set.


I'd love to see your take on plaid, so stop by the current link party and showoff any creation that includes a product or two from one of the companies carried in the Cropstop store.

This post linked to:
The Paper Players - Trees and Leaves
Allsorts - Trees and/or Leaves
Dies R Us - Anything Goes (Spellbinders, Sizzix dies)
Creative With Stamps - Halloween or Leaves




Saturday, October 6, 2018

Happy World Card Making Day


Graciellie Design is having a flash release and sale for World Card Making Day. Be sure to visit her Etsy shop and enjoy 40% off regularly priced digital stamp sets.

Here's a fun tag I created for today using her digital set -- Spark. I know you usually think "spring" when using caterpillars and butterflies, but I feel like I succeeded in making an "autumn flavored" tag by using earth tones. 
At any rate, I love the sentiments in this set  --- they're good for any time of year!


Supplies and Tools:
Dies/Punches:  Funky Florals #1 (Sizzix - Tim Holtz,  Blossom Spellbinders Nestabillites, Circle Punch
Foil: Bronze Foil Sheet (Ranger)
Ink: Distress Oxide in these colors: Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey
Misc.  Sequins, Burlap String, Seam Binding, Dictionary Page
Stencil:  Bitty Grunge Stencil (Tim Holtz)




This post linked to:
Use Your Stuff - Forest Frolic
Make My Monday - Animals
Simon Says - Tag It
Little Red Wagon - Use a Stencil
Mrs. A's butterfly Challenge -- butterfly,  Sahara Sand, sequins, spots
4 Crafty Chicks - Something old is something new (old dictionary page - old digital stamp set re-released)





Thursday, October 4, 2018

Fall Pick-Up


Today I'm sharing a masculine fall card I created with the super fun "Little Pickup" stamp set from Honeybee Stamps! I just love the different accessories this set comes with for filling the bed of the truck!


Supplies and Tools:

This post linked to:
Dare 2B Artzy - Favorite Colors (brown and blue)
Creative Inspirations - Autumn Glow
Craft Dee BowZ - Handmade Bow
Creative With Stamps - Halloween or Leaves
Dies R Us - Anything Goes (Spellbinders/Sizzix/Memory Box)
Give a Crafter a Cookie - Inspiration Photo (below)
As you Like - Favorite Season (autumn - cool weather, colorful leaves, all things pumpkin/apple)
Double D - Scare up some pumpkins


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Up In The Air


It's time for a new challenge over on The House that Stamps Built.  This week Shirley picked "Up In The Air" for the theme of our new challenge. I had a lot of fun creating this hot air balloon from a circle punch and two rectangles with rounded corners!


Supplies and tools:
Circle Nestabilites (Spellbinders), Corner Rounder, Baker's Twine, Ribbon, Buttons, Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger), Foam Mounting Tape

Repeat Impressions Stamps:
9104-G, Soaring by to say Hi



  • For my blog readers: Enjoy the 10% discount code to the Repeat Impressions Store posted on the sidebar
  • There's a new challenge every week over at  The House That Stamps Built 
    • you don't have to use Repeat Impressions stamps to link or win
  • One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate on the first Wednesday of every month

Check out what the other design team members created: 
Cheri  ~ Shirley ~ Heather ~ Laurie ~ Donna ~ Joy

This post linked to:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Cardz TV - Anything Goes

Monday, October 1, 2018

DIY Plaid Background


What do plaids make you think of? For me, they evoke feelings of cool autumn nights, curled up with a good book, a warm (plaid) blanket, and a cup of something steamy in hand. That's why the entire month of October I plan to share easy, do-it-yourself, plaid backgrounds you can create using markers. There are also a couple fun ways to use your plaids, so you won't want to miss any of the Monday inspirational posts this month! (For a mini tutorial on creating the background featured on this card: Visit today's post over on the Cropstop blog.)



Supplies used on this card:


I'd love to see what you've been making, so stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and link up any project that includes a product or two from one of the companies Cropstop carries in the store. For the month of October you'll get a double entry for every link that includes a plaid element! 

This post linked to:
PINspirational Challenge - Try something different (marker plaid background)
ModSquad Challenge - Autumn Colors (yellow, brown, orange)
Little Red Wagon - Falling Leaves - fall-themed
4 Crafty Chicks - Happy Fall Ya'll

Saturday, September 29, 2018

National Coffee Day Blog Hop - Giveaway!


It's National Coffee Day and Graciellie Design has teamed up with Coffee Loving Cardmakers for a fun blog hop!  Each Graciellie stop along the way is offering a prize to readers who comment on their posts. Scroll to the end of this post for more details on the prize offered here.

Gracielle Blog Hop List
Esther Asbury - YOU ARE HERE!




To celebrate this special day --- 
 Gracie is releasing two new digital stamp sets for the occasion:


My first project is a paper pieced autumn card created with Gracie's Stay Cozy digital stamp set.


Supplies and Tools:
Dies: Fall Foliage Thinlits (Sizzix - Tim Holtz Alterations)
Embossing: Leaf Embossing Folder (The Paper Studio)
Ink: Mermaid Lagoon/Fossilized Amber/Spiced Marmalade/Ground Espresso Distress Ink (Ranger)
Misc. Coffee Stained Paper, Burlap Ribbon, Instant Coffee
Stamps: Stay Cozy  (Graciellie Design), Patti's Flower Outline (Repeat Impressions)


 For my second project, I created some Matchbook Ghiradelli Chocolate Holders. Wouldn't these make lovely favors for your holiday table? You can find a great little tutorial for these over on the Splitcoast Stampers Website.  

 

Supplies and Tools:
Dies: Vintage Doily Dies (Maya Road)
Embossing: Mosaic Embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
Ink: Prismacolor Pencils
Misc. Eyelets, Mini Pearl
Stamps: Fall Wishes and Keep Growing Digital Stamp Sets (Graciellie Design)


GIVEAWAY: I'm offering my favorite coffee themed Graciellie Design Digital Stamp set --  Stay Cozy   -- as a prize to one random reader who leaves a comment on this post. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 8th here and on the Graciellie Design website.  

This post linked to:
Shopping Our Stash - Smooshing Technique
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Autumn Glory