Sunday, June 25, 2017

Let's Chat Over Coffee!!

Happy, Happy Sunday and Monday Eve.... yep, the stamping fun is over for the WE and it's back to work I go :-(

I have another card for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop...

if you've never joined in- click the link above. It's all about coffee, well, other beverages too if you're not a coffee lover like me!!


This one is a little retro...

I used a bunch of Altenew stamps and dies on this one. The triangles were stamped using my Misti onto PTI select white cardstock with Altenew's Sohcahtoo set using a bunch of summer colors. Then I stamped and die cut images from Coffee Love and the coordinating dies. 

The layout is from this week's CAS(E) this sketch. 



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Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Yawn is a Scream for....

COFFEE!! Well, it is for me early in the morning!! AND... everyone knows I love me some STRONG coffee!!

So this is the week for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop...
 Here's my first card... I had the stamping time to make two today... WHOO HOO (that is unusual for me these days).



Played with some Verve, MFT, and Altenew for this card. The base is an A2 card and then, I die cut two Inside/Out Stitched Rectangles from MFT. On the larger one, I used Altenew's Watercolor Stencil and sponged blue ink. Then, I stamped the sentiment from Verve's Get Together on the smaller panel. The coffee cups are Verve's Coffee set and die-cut with the coordinating dies. "Coffee" was die-cut three times for a little dimension. 

Isn't this a fun card!!!

I used the Fusion challenge for inspiration... sketch and colors!!!

Getting in the July 4th spirit a little early... hopefully we'll make it out to the lake but, Hubs doesn't know,  and I am thinking long WE and the kitchen needs painted :-) We, well, actually Bill and Maddie removed all the old wallpaper but, we need to spakcle, sand, and paint. Haven't been able to find anyone willing to do the work. 

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop

It's time for the Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop! We're changing it up this year- there will be two hops each month as usual and there will be opportunities to win $ to purchase Serendipity Stamps. The design team will be showing you the latest products and offering a chance for you to win some goodies from Serendipity Stamps.


You should have arrived here from Julie's blog but, if you got lost along the way I have a full list below.  


So, for my first card I used Serendipity's Summer Flower Pops background. It as stamped on to PTI Select white cardstock and heat embossed with clear. Then, I colored a bunch of the blooms with copics in bright colors. This panel was layered onto a white background. Added the Serendipity Be Kind sentiment onto ovals die cut with Cherry Lynn Oval Classic dies.



This next card... which is also my Color Throwdown card this week uses Serendipity's Summer Flower Pop cling set, Summer Flower Pops Solid set, and Summer Flower Pops dies. I die cut several of the flowers, stamped with the coordinating images, and colored with copics. Added a bit of "black splash" and then used the negative of the Serendipity Summer die,  from the Seasons die set, in the corner. 

Looking for some awesome inspiration?   

Serendipity Stamps 

We are also welcoming again this month Ann Wong from   It's About the Colors  blog as Guest Designer joining us!!

AND

Welcome to Beth Chiu, our newest Design Team Member!! You can see Beth's fabulous creation on the Serendipity Stamps blog!!

Thrilled to have you both!!

Next up is my sweet friend  Marybeth Lopezl!!

AND... there are always prizes. One random comment along the hop will receive a $20 gift code to the Serendipity Stamps store. You have from today until Sunday to leave your comments. Mary will announce the winner on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Monday!!

Thanks for stopping by!! Love when you do and appreciate all the kind words!!

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Color Throwdown #448

Good Morning- Happy, Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another set of colors at the Color Throwdown!! This week the colors were chosen by Lynn!!



Aren't those flowers gorgeous and that vase.... makes me smile!!


So, I went "all in" with the flower theme using some stamps and dies from Serendipity Stamps-- Summer Flower Pop cling set, Summer Flower Pops Solid set, and Summer Flower Pops dies. I die cut several of the flowers, stamped with the coordinating images, and colored with copics. Added a bit of "black splash" and then used the negative of the Serendipity Summer die,  from the Seasons die set, in the corner. 

Some inspiration...

We're thrilled to have 
Audrey Tokach- Pink Ink Originals- June Guest Designer

AND

Noni Niskanen, Guest Star Stamper - Noni's Handmade Cards


Thrilled to have y'all playing along!!

Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD448 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd448 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

The rest of the team...

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Lisa Henke- My Little Creative Escape
Amy Rysavy - Prairie Paper & Ink
 Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

Thanks for stopping by!! Appreciate all the kind words!!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Color Throwdown #447

Good Morning- Happy, Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another set of colors at the Color Throwdown!! This week the colors were chosen by Lori!!



What a fun inspiration pic... perfect for dreaming of the beach!!



And... yes that is what I was doing.... dreaming of the beach!! For this card I used several MFT sets and dies. The background was die cut with a inside/out stitched rectangle die-namic. Then I stamped some images from Exquisite Ocean and die-cut a few of them. The little seashell is from Ocean Pals and die-cut using the matching die. All images were stamped except the shell was colored with copics. Sentiment is from Polynesian Paradise. 

Some inspiration...

We're thrilled to have 
Audrey Tokach- Pink Ink Originals- June Guest Designer


AND

Swapna Patil, Guest Star Stamper - The Dream Pages

Thrilled to have y'all playing along!!

Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD447 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd447 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

The rest of the team...

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Lisa Henke- My Little Creative Escape
Amy Rysavy - Prairie Paper & Ink
 Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

Thanks for stopping by!! Appreciate all the kind words!!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Color Throwdown #445

Good Morning- Happy, Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another set of colors at the Color Throwdown!! This week the colors were chosen by Jodi!!



How gorgeous are these colors- very elegant!!



So, I used some Altenew stamps and dies again this week- love their flower sets!! For this one I stamped the outline from Painted Flowers with versamark onto watercolor paper and heat embossed with gold. Next I painted the flowers using dark blue inks (actually navy but, you know colors always change a little with watercoloring). The sentiment is from Painted Greetings. 

Some inspiration...

We're thrilled to have Amy Tsuruta - Tsuruta Designs- May Guest Designer



Thrilled to have y'all playing along!!

Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD445 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd445 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

The rest of the team...

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Lisa Henke- My Little Creative Escape
Amy Rysavy - Prairie Paper & Ink
 Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

Thanks for stopping by!! Appreciate all the kind words!!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Color Throwdown #444

Good Morning- Happy, Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another set of colors at the Color Throwdown!! This week the colors were chosen by Amy Rohl!!




Love these colors together!!


I went with a soft look using Altenew sets/dies. The leaves were stamped with new leaf ink onto watercolor paper and then watercolored softly with the same color. They were stamped again and watercolored and die cut with the matching die and layered "offset" on top. Leaves are from Golden Garden. Next, I stamped a sentiment from Painted Greetings using my misti so I could get good coverage. The flower is from Altenew's Adore You with smoky ink and die cut with the matching die. It was layered over the leaves-popped up on foam. 

Some inspiration...

We're thrilled to have Amy Tsuruta - Tsuruta Designs- May Guest Designer



AND

Katie Mowery- Guest Star Stamper- I Dream of Paper

Thrilled to have y'all playing along!!

Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD444 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd444 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

The rest of the team...

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Lisa Henke- My Little Creative Escape
Amy Rysavy - Prairie Paper & Ink
 Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

Thanks for stopping by!! Appreciate all the kind words!!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Color Throwdown #443

Good Morning- Happy, Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another set of colors at the Color Throwdown!! This week the colors were chosen by Broni!!




How's that for a fun tropical palette or spring flowers or.... whatever you wish!!


The background was created with MFT's new cloud stencil and Beach Scene Builder dies. Next I die cut some of those sweet Birdie Brown Penguins, die cut with the matching dies  and did a little copic coloring. Added the sentiment from the same set. 

Some inspiration...

We're thrilled to have Amy Tsuruta - Tsuruta Designs- May Guest Designer



Thrilled to have y'all playing along!!

Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD443 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd443 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

The rest of the team...

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Lisa Henke- My Little Creative Escape
Amy Rysavy - Prairie Paper & Ink
 Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

Thanks for stopping by!! Appreciate all the kind words!!



Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop!!

It's time for the Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop! We're changing it up this year- there will be two hops each month as usual and there will be opportunities to win $ to purchase Serendipity Stamps. The design team will be showing you the latest products and offering a chance for you to win some goodies from Serendipity Stamps.


You should have arrived here from Julie's blog but, if you got lost along the way I have a full list below.  


So I played with this month's Stamp of the Month..... Simple Flower Cling Set- 50% off!!


So I made a set of note cards. These are 4.25 x 4.25. I die cut a panel slightly smaller than the card base, die cut the center with a stitched outline for a little something, stamped the sentiments, stamped the flowers and colored the images with copics. The stitched panel with the sentiment was layered on top with foam tape for a little dimension. 

Here's the link to the Words and Verse section at Serendipity Stamps.... there're so many great choices!!

Looking for some awesome inspiration?   


AND... there are always prizes. One random comment along the hop will receive a $20 gift code to the Serendipity Stamps store. You have from today until Sunday to leave your comments. Mary will announce the winner on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Monday!!

Thanks for stopping by!! Love when you do and appreciate all the kind words!!

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

MOJO Butterflies!!

Happy, Happy Sunday!! AND... Happy Mother's Day!! I had a great WE... yesterday played in the craft room (a big ole' mess- needs a little cleaning and straightening up!! Went to lunch today with my oldest, son-in-law, and my sweet grandson Devin- youngest daughter waited on us- she loves our business- good tips :-)

So, some new goodies arrived so, I played with this week's MOJO Monday sketch... it's been eons!!

Here's my card...


Verve had a mini release... aren't those butterflies sweet- and when you cut them out with the die... there is another die for the body and antenna.... LOVE!! AND the sentiment... perfect!! I went for some bright colors!! Here's the new release!!

The sketch...




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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Color Throwdown #442

Good Morning- Happy, Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another set of colors at the Color Throwdown!! This week the colors were chosen by our boss- Barbara. I say our "boss" but, we all know they come in different flavors!! Hers is the Italian ice yummy kind of boss :-)  That sounds a little creepy but, Bar goes on these fabulous trips and this is one of her fav deserts! Barbara is the glue for this challenge- she works so hard behind the scenes to keep everything running- from posting to several different social media sites to reminding us of what we need to work on (guests, colors etc.). This post is for her to say "A Million Thanks" for everything thing you do- Love ya!!



She picked some fabulous neutral colors!!


So, since it was in honor of Bar- I had to pull out MFT stamps and dies (her second love-or should I say third- we have to think of hubs and the kitties you know!!)

The background was created with MFT's Stitched Dome Stax and Stitched Dome Stax frames. I popped up a frame inside a larger dome for a different layout. Next I die cut several leaves and flowers from MFT's Pretty Posies and stamped using the Pretty Posies stamps. The sentiment is from MFT's Essential Sentiments. 

Again.... A MILLION THANKS for all you do for us!!

Some inspiration...

We're thrilled to have Amy Tsruata - Tsruata Designs- May Guest Designer


AND

Sue Blamey , Guest Star Stamper - Sue's Card Craft

AND

This week one of the co-founders of this challenge is playing along with us- Thrilled to have you missy!!  Tammy Hershberger at Stamp Happy!!! We miss you girl!!

Thrilled to have y'all playing along!!

Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD442 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd442 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

The rest of the team...

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Lisa Henke- My Little Creative Escape
Amy Rysavy - Prairie Paper & Ink
 Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

Thanks for stopping by!! Appreciate all the kind words!!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Color Throwdown #441

Good Morning- Happy, Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another set of colors at the Color Throwdown!! This week the colors were chosen by Amy Rysavy. 


How sweet are all those balloons!! 



I created a sweet scene using a few things from MFT. The bunny and bear were die cut using MFTs Snuggle Bunnies die-namic, stamped using the Snuggle Bunny stamps, colored with copics and set aside. I die cut two panels from the Stitched Dome Stax and a cloud from the Stitched Cloud Edges. On one of the domes I sponged a bit of blue. Layered it all- added a little grass from a "very old" grass die-namic, added the sentiment and adhered all with a few layers "popped" of with foam for dimension.

Some inspiration...

We're thrilled to have Amy Tsruata - Tsruata Designs- May Guest Designer


AND

Maja Mihej, Guest Star Stamper - Maja Design

Thrilled to have y'all playing along!!

Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD441 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd441 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

The rest of the team...

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Lisa Henke- My Little Creative Escape
Amy Rysavy - Prairie Paper & Ink
 Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

Thanks for stopping by!! Appreciate all the kind words!!



Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop!!

Welcome, Welcome to May- well, it's not May Day (May 1st) but, close enough- everyone should start to be feeling a bit of spring by now (I hope anywho!!)

It's time for the Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop! We're changing it up this year- there will be two hops each month as usual and there will be opportunities to win $ to purchase Serendipity Stamps. The design team will be showing you the latest products and offering a chance for you to win some goodies from Serendipity Stamps.

You should have arrived here from Julie's blog but, if you got lost along the way I have a full list below.  


So, first I have to say this didn't quite turn out like I envisioned but, that happens sometimes :-) Love this Floral Cuts Background die!!! I die cut with white cardstock and then, randomly added some sponged color with inks over the different flowers- it was a bit too "stark" so I sprayed with water several times- dabbing off ink in between sprays. Then, I "pulled up" some of the petals to add a little dimension- adding enamel dots in the centers to draw attention to the individual flowers.  


I added a contrasting colored paper background so it would "peek through" underneath the petals. Next time, I might try using a rainbow gradient in softer colors. Love how you this die covers the whole background and at the same time you can add some dimension by lifting the petal parts.


For this card, I stamped the Roller Coaster image from the Roller Coaster cling set in memento tuxedo black and colored with copics. Added a stitched frame, popped up with foam, and the sentiment from the same set. Notice how the sentiment is a little "off"--- well, that fits!! The other sentiment in the set is wonderful too... Soar Through the Peaks and Hold Hands Through the Dips!!

Looking for some awesome inspiration?   


AND... there are always prizes. One random comment along the hop will receive a $20 gift code to the Serendipity Stamps store. You have from today until Sunday to leave your comments. Mary will announce the winner on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Monday!!

Thanks for stopping by!! Love when you do and appreciate all the kind words!!

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