Sunday, October 15, 2017

Happy Sunday!  I am popping in with a fun card to share.  I realized I needed to get busy workng on my Christmas cards.  

I am playing along with this week's Papertrey Inks Make It Monday Challenge.  We are to make a sentiment window card.  I am also using the sketch from this week' Fusion Card Challenge. 

  I got some new PTI goodies in the mail yesterday and I could not wait to get stamping.  As usual, I love to mix some older stuff with some new stuff.  I am using the new Pure Poppy Bitty Big paper.  I die cut it using the new stitched wine bottle topper.  I just used the bottom section.  

I stamped the celebrate from PTI In the Bag stamp set.  I gold embossed most of it and stamped the rest in pure poppy.  I added some holly and berries using PTI Enclosed: Bell Mini stamp set.  I finished my card with a few clear sequins.

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Verve Stamps October 2017 Spotlight Hop

Welcome to Verve's October Mini Release Spotlight Hop! There's something new in the Verve shop today, and we're celebrating with a blog hop. Along the hop you'll see the Divas' first looks at the new Autumn Leaves stamp set and Falling Leaves die set. 

Verve is hosting a little giveaway, so why not join in the fun and hop along with us? Just leave a little shout out in the comments at each stop and you'll be in the prize drawing for the new products. Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about the new goodies and all the prize info and deadlines.

Thanks for joining along with us in the hop!  If you got here from Christyne's blog you are in the right place on the hop!

Sit back and enjoy!  I have three cards to share with you today!

For my first card, I experimented with distressed oxide inks for the first time. I only own three, but I figure I had to start somewhere!    I blended candied apple and fossilized amber together for this card. 

Next, I stamped the outline leaves from the new Autumn Leaves stamp set using regular Ranger distressed inks and some versamark.  I love the way it turned out.  

I  die cut a piece of black card stock and stamped the sentiment using Verve's Stitched Pennant die set in versamark and heat set with a mixture of yellow and green embossing powders. 

 I finished my card with a few sequins from Harvest Gold sequin mix.

For my second card, I just had to copic color these adorable pumpkins included in the new Autumn Leaves stamp set. This set is full of so many fantastic images and sentiments for fall! 

I die cut and colored the pumpkins using the new Autumn Leaves stamp set and Falling Leaves die set.  I love this wonderful stitched rectangle frame.  A staple for any craft collection.  I added the sentiment and white embossed.  

I used foam tape to add my nested pumpkins at varying heights for added interest.  I finished with a few gold halfback pearls.  This is where I tell you I was not finished and actually added a lot of wink of stella to my pumpkins.  I mean these gourds shine! 

For my third card, I am rockin' it old school!  I broke out a few "vintage"  embossing folders!  These folders are almost 10 years old!  WOW!  Time flies!   I also used some rustic cream card stock I found in my stash.  I have not used that in forever, either.  

I stamped and die cut the leaves using the new Autumn Leaves stamp set and Falling Leaves die set.  I used foam blending circles to sponge diffferent colors onto the solid image before I stamped.  I love the soft subtle blend.  

I stamped the sentiment and clustered three leaves in the corner.  My focal panel is die cut using Cupcake Frames die set.

I rocked and rolled stamped the verticle strip using the smallest outlined leaf.  Again,  I finished my card with a few sequins from Harvest Gold sequin mix.  

Hey, did you know the Viva La Verve Sketch is back in action?  I used this sketch today on my "Thankful for You" card above.  Check it out because you can win a chance at a Verve prize if you play along there, too!

Thanks for sticking around til the end of my post!  You are not done yet, though.  There are prizes at stake!   Next on the hop is the wonderfully talented Teresa!

New Release Hop List
1. Julee6. Betty
2. Charmaine7. Teresa
3. Maureen8. Lesley
4. Marisa9. Laurie
5. Christyne

Autumn Leaves
Falling Leaves Die Set

As always thanks so much for hopping by!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

The LEAD of this challenge will be invited to be a guest designer in an upcoming challenge!

For my card I started with some watercolor paper and my Kuretake Gonsai Tambi Watercolors.     To follow along with this week's CASE this Sketch ChallengeI water colored stripes of black, bronze, and gold on the diagonal.   I waited for the colors to dry, then die cut the word "coffee" from the  lines using Verve's Coffee Word die along with a plain white word using watercolor paper.

Next, I added the stripes section to a cardfront.  I stacked the two words and inlaid them.  I stamped the word "perk" from Verve's Better With You stamp set.

I then die cut and stamped three cups using Verve's Happiness in a Cup die set and Fill My Cup stamp set. I watercolored using Ranger Distress inks in pumice stone, candied apple, and brick red.  I layered on the card using some foam tape for added dimension.  I finished my card with some watercolored splatters and three black gems.

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs 
for more inspiration!

As always thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, September 25, 2017

Happy Monday!  I am popping in with a card to share.   I am playing along with this month's PTI Blog Hop Challenge!

When I saw this inspiration photo, I immediatly thought of a Christmas card so that it what I did.  The first thing I had to do was find the perfect bird from my PTI sets.  I chose this lovely dove from Christmas Faith set.  I die cut and stamped it using soft stone ink.  I layered several die cuts together to make it thicker for added dimension.  I also used wink of stella (maybe to extreme?excess?) to add some shimmer.

I set the dove to the side and stamped the holly and the berries in versamark and heat emboss in red and greens directly to the square of true black card stock.  I stamped and white embossed the sentiment from the same set.  I did not stress too much about white embossing fallout because I wanted some subtle stars to go along with the theme of the card.  

Since the inspiration photo had some warm tones in the bird, I thought I would use a kraft card stock base.  Since this card is pretty much CAS, I thought the card base needed a little something.  I stamped the background basic sheet music in versamark at  a slight angle for some added interest.   I added foam tape to the back of the black square  to add some dimension and added it to the base.  I toiled with adding some other embellishment, but in the end I left it just as it is.  

As always thanks so much for hopping by!


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Happy Sunday!   I have a card to share today.  I am playing along with two challenges.  I am playing along with this week's Papertrey Inks Make It Monday Challenge and I am using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

For the MIM Challenge we are to combine mix florals/foliage stamps.   I combined Mums the Word and Paper Clippings:  Thankful for You.  I just think these flowes and sprig thingys work fabulously together.  

I stamped and die cut all of the images plus a few extras.  I used some warm autumnal colors in hues of olive twist, saffron spice, ripe avocado, pure poppy, royal velvet, tangy orange (MFT), and bright buttercup.  I started with some stampers select white for my card base.  I die cut a panel of saffron spice and stenciled the dots using the Dots Stencil Collection in saffron spice ink.  I started darker at the bottom and gradual faded the ink.  

I stamped the sentiment from Friendship Jar Flowers in versafine onyx black ink.  I finished my card with a few tiny gold halfback pearls I have had in my stash for years. I just felt like they completed this fall card perfectly.

As always thanks so much for stopping by!


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