July 1, 2015

House of Cards July Challenge: Food and/or Inspiration Photo

Greetings my friends!

I have some exciting news to share!  I applied to be on the House of Cards design team again, and was lucky enough to be chosen to return.  I'm super excited!  I am hoping this will help me use up some of the crafty stuff I've been hoarding.  Lord knows I've got a TON of stuff. lol

This month there is an inspiration photo for you.  You can choose to use any kind of food items and/or the colors from the photo.  Here is your inspiration for July.

I love these bright, cheerful colors, and that fruit looks amazing too!  Makes me want to go make fruit salad right now. lol  Here is the card I created.

I was inspired by the colors this week, and I chose to keep it clean and simple.  I watercolored my main focal panel with my distress inks, and added some darker splatters with my Gelatos.  I then cut the butterfly out of vellum, and embossed the tips of the wings with some holographic embossing powder.  Here is a close up of the butterfly, so you can see it better.  I love how it turned out.  It's lovely!

I added the butterfly, some enamel dots, and the sentiment, and called it done.  In real life, the colors are a bit more vibrant.  I really think these butterfly dies are some of my new favorite items.  I will definitely put them to good use.  I'm going to submit this card for the following challenges too.

Freshly Made Sketches #192: Sketch (challenge is closed, but I liked the sketch)
Friday Mashup #215: It's All About 3 (I have three enamel dots)
Can You Case It #76:  Color Challenge (I got as close as I could to Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder & Delightful Dijon)
The Pink Elephant #305: Anything Goes
CASology Week 153:  Pop (I kept everything soft, with a pop of bold color)

The other designers have created some amazing cards for you today.  I hope you are able to check them out, and are inspired to join us this month.  You have until July 31st to play along, and I cannot wait to see what you create.  That's all for me today.  I'm off to work, and then another afternoon of softball.

Stay crafty my friends!

What's In It?
Paper:  SU! Very Vanilla Cardstock, SU! Watercolor Paper, Neenah Red Textured Cardstock, Vellum
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Graceful Beauties, MFT Garden Flourish Background
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, Simon Says Stamp Fog Dye Ink, VersaMark, Mango Mango & Metallic Melon Gelatos, Distress Ink: Spun Sugar, Scattered Straw & Cracked Pistachio
Accessories:  MFT Flutter of Butterflies Lace Dies, Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles Dies, Freckled Fawn Enamel Dots

June 21, 2015



How's your weekend going, so far?  Ours has been nice, and relaxing.  My daughter was very sweet, and woke up early this morning, to cook me breakfast.  She said that even though I'm physically her mom, I'm her mom and dad in most ways, so she wanted to do something nice for me on Father's Day.  What a sweet girl I have!  Our movie theater marathon was fantastic yesterday, although, I don't think we'll do that often.  By the middle of the third movie, we were kind of tired of sitting in the same chairs.  They're comfortable, but you know. lol 

I feel like I'm on a crafty roll this weekend.  I have another card.  Three days in a row is almost unheard of for me these days.  Here is the next card I have to share with you.

I have these gorgeous MFT Cover Ups sitting in my stash, and I had been wanting to use them.  So, I decided last night was time to do just that.  I love how this turned out, and again, decided that less is more.  For a bit of added interest, I touched up the petals of my flower with my clear Wink of Stella pen.  It's so pretty in real life.  I can't wait to send this to my friend.  I know she'll love it.  I'm going to submit this for the following challenges.

Papertake Weekly: Oh So Pretty
The Card Concept #37: Butterfly Effect (Inspiration Photo)
Fusion Challenge: Sketch & Inspiration Photo

I'm off to make more stuff.  I hope you have a wonderful day, celebrating the fathers in your lives. 


What's In It:
Paper: SU Whisper White Cardstock, MME Collectable: Notable Patterned Paper
Stamps: Art-C Butterflies, Our Daily Bread Designs Be Mine
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, Salty Ocean Distress Ink, Clear Wink of Stella
Accessories:  MFT Jumbo Dot Cover Up, Art-C Butterfly Dies, Recollections Mulberry Paper Mini Roses, Avery Elle Caribbean Blend Sequins

June 20, 2015

You're So Nice!

Hiya peeps!

How is your weekend going, so far?  Mine is going to be nice and relaxing.  My daughter finally has a day off during the weekend, so we've decided to make it a movie marathon afternoon.  There are several movies we've wanted to see, and today we're going to see three of them, in a row.  We've never done more than one movie at the theater before, so this should be interesting.  Our movie theater will give free refills on popcorn, if you purchase the large size, so we will be set all afternoon! lol  Anyway, one of the color challenge blogs I saw yesterday had a gorgeous color combo posted.  I was so taken by it, that I had to create a card when I got home from work.  Here is what I made.

Tell me these colors aren't gorgeous together!  I definitely felt that less was more for this card.  Once I was done with the stenciling, it was hard not to love it.  You can't really see it in the picture, but the butterfly was stamped with water after I colored my paper with distress ink, for a bit of added dimension.  I think this stencil and the butterfly dies from MFT are going to be some of my favorites.  I love the clean look of this card.  And I'm so excited to have another card in my stash too.  I was excited to combine the following challenges also.

Colour Me #76: Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana & Neutral
Simon's Wednesday Challenge:  Favorite Technique or Product (I used my favorite product, dies)
MFT Sketch Challenge #233: Sketch (I flipped it to suit my idea)
The Friday Mashup #214:  Stencil This

That's it for me today.  I'm headed on a walk with my mom, then get ready for our afternoon filled with movies and popcorn.  I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Stay crafty my friends!

Whats In It?
Paper:  SU Whisper White Cardstock
Stamps:  Lil Inker Designs Seriously Awesome, MFT Garden Flourish Background
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers & Seedless Preserves Distress Ink
Accessories:  MFT Bold Paisley Stencil, MFT Flutter of Butterflies Solid & Lace Dies, MFT Stitched Rectangle Frames Dies, Studio Calico Gems