Thursday, August 27, 2015

Flowers in a Tea Cup

Hi fellow stampers....

Although I've used Digi "stamps" before, today I have one for an actual challenge to use a Digi-image.  One of my favorite Digi sites/companies is A Day for Daisies....I don't know who the illustrator is for this company, but I love that person's style!  I've had a particular image sitting in my files for awhile, so I decided to use it today.  It is a very simple image, but I wanted something I could reduce for the die I was determined to use.

The challenge: Splitcoaststampers' Technique Lover's Challenge (TLC) use a digi-image.

I really wanted to use my Large Circle Burst die by Memory Box, so I reduced the size of the image  (Flowers in a Tea Cup) with my computer print function....another great benefit to utilizing digi-images, in addition to the cost!

You can see that I cut an extra circle of Lavender card stock to fit under the die-cut and to match the flowers...of course the image was colored with Copics....

The 6x6 paper pad, Beau Jardin by Penny Black, is just packed with beautiful papers and is so perfect for the types of cards I often choose to make.

These little flowers were crying out for tiny Pearl centers...don't you think?

One last item...the message from Signature Greetings 2 by PTI...I had my doubts about stamping on the flower it going to be bold enough to see?  That's where the MISTI comes in...I stamped over the image 4x until I was happy with it...could I do that without the MISTI?  NO way!

A look at the Copics...

TGIF tomorrow and have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Birds of a Feather


I have a summer-y card today to honor the Featured Stamper at Splitcoaststampers is the card I CASEd...I featured birds, as Judi did, but I changed the colors and the the embellishments.  It was fun to use one of Judi Rowley's cards as inspiration for mine.

The designer papers I used were from two different sources...Beau Jardin by Penny Black (a beautiful grouping of papers) and the colorful Dots and Stripes (Echo Park).  Also I die-cut the tree from one of the wood-ish papers in the 6x6 paper pad, Blushing Rose Collection (ODBD).

I think these funny little birds made such a sweet card!  They were colored with four Copic Markers...B02, B24, B32, and YR04.

Have you ever bought products from Ellen Hutson?  She always sends beautiful satin ribbon with each order as a little gift-y.  The yellow ribbon is one of those!

The flower is made from two different dies....Small Spiral Flowers (IO) and Bunch of Flowers (Elizabeth Craft).

Have a great rest of the week!
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Floral Christmas

Hi and Happy Weekend!

Today I have a Christmas card and two challenges!  I can't seem to see a challenge that calls for red and green and not make a Christmas card!  Of course, the Merry Monday Challenge is always about Christmas cards and #169 is no different (use light and dark green and red) not a surprise!  Mojo Monday #411 provided the "bones" with a great sketch.

This card gave me a chance to use my new Tattered Lace Christmas Florals dies (inspired by Kitty Carracciolo).  Kitty showed a tutorial on how to shape these flowers so I followed along and was able to create a reasonable facsimile with another suggestion of hers: the Elizabeth Craft Designs (Susan's Garden Tool Kit)...a tool kit for molding and shaping paper flowers and leaves. Exciting!  

For the poinsettia mid-sections, I used Gold Bo Bunny Jewels...and aren't the leaves well-defined?  Not by me...that's just the way they look when they are die-cut!

The designer papers are from Trim the Tree (retired SU) and Home for Christmas (Pebbles).

I chose the Merry Christmas message from a Hero Arts stamp set called Sending Holiday Cheer.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ruff Day

Hi everyone!

Today I have a fun card that is meant to honor a special stamper on Splitcoaststampers....the Featured Stamper from last Sunday....every Sunday, Splitcoast features a talented stamper and you can CASE one of the cards from her just need to change a couple of features of the card....

From this card, I changed the theme and the colors and added a little "Woof".
Here is my card for FS445....I chose one of the Pure Innocence images (MFT)...this one is called Sunny Thoughts.  I paper-pieced one of MFT's Plaid Patterns onto her raincoat.

Isn't that dog a hoot?  He is one of several darling images from the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set by MFT.  And since this is an encouragement card, I decided to replace raindrops with little stars and metallic gold sequins.

Making a card like this is kind of bittersweet because by the time the card reaches the person via mail, the "Ruff Day" is probably over!  At least that person will feel the concern!

Hope there are some twinkling stars falling in your life!
Sunday, August 16, 2015

Missing You

Hello to you and some very hot weather!  Hope you are keeping cool!

My inspiration for every little scene I create on a card is, no doubt, from Kittie C. the master of scene creation.  

This card will be entered into two challenges....the sketch challenge on Splitcoaststampers, SC553 and Virginia's View Monthly Challenge #17 to add embellishments.

I wasn't sure I could fit a tree into the sketch, but it seems to have worked out pretty well...the tree gave me the opportunity to use lots of embellishing flowers and pearls, in addition to a sleeping kitty and butterfly.  I added green leaves to represent a spring-summer tree.

The kitty stamp and matching die is from MFT's I Knead You....flower paper from a 6x6 paper pad called Springtime (Doodlebug).  I ended up fussy-cutting the white edge from the die-cut kitty, coloring it with Copic YR02 and and outlined with C9.  All the teeny flowers by Impression Obsession...Tiny Flowers and are die-cut from MFT card stock.  I glued all of the flowers and leaves to the tree with Ranger's Multi-Medium Matte Glue.

The tree die is Impression Obsession's Reading Tree...Yes, it took a little while to glue everything to the tree, but not as long as I had imagined and it was so worth it!

I thickened up those kitty whiskers with a Black Glaze pen just for emphasis.

Hope you are having a fun weekend!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Joy to the World

Hello and Happy end of the week (almost)!

Believe it or not, I came across two challenges this week that require the use of red and green! Well, that was no problem for me since those are my favorite Christmas colors...I headed straight for one of my Christmas wreaths!

The two challenges are 52 Christmas Card Throwdown (August Color Challenge)....and Sunday Stamps #107 (Color Challenge).

It was tempting to paint some red roses for the Sunday Stamps inspiration picture, but time was a factor and I do need to add to my Christmas cards!

I used green paper from Home for Christmas 6x6 (Pebbles) and rounded the corners with one of my Corner Chompers.  Then I die-cut a circle from Pinpoint Scalloped Circles (Memory Box) and stamped the wreath and message from a Penny Black set called A Wish for Peace.

I selected the bow from MFT's Blueprints 26 and placed the Ladybug Sprinkles by Doodlebug.

The wreath was colored with Copics (R29, G46, & G43) and the berries and bow were brushed with Wink of Stella clear glitter.

As I look at the card right now, I think I'll add Wink of Stella to the leaves, the sparkle!

Have a marvelous weekend!  Hope you find a way to beat the heat!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Penguin Birthday

Hi!  Hope you are chillin' in the hot weather!

My intro leads me to the little black and white image on today's card...a chubby penguin about to jump in the pool (or lake)!  This particular penguin will be helping my oldest granddaughter celebrate her 20th birthday soon.  That's right....penguins are not just for kids!  She has loved penguins for years and still does!  I searched Etsy and found a darling penguin cup that I will be giving her...I'll show it on my blog when it arrives.

This card will also be entered into a couple of challenges (of course!)....Tag You're It! #27 and Seize the Birthday (show embossing on a birthday card).

Here is the inspiration for the tag challenge....

I used a couple of Ranger Distress inks for the stenciled first layer (Tiny Dots by SSS) and for the watercoloring on the penguin tag...Squeezed Lemonade and Salty Ocean...great summer names, don't you think?  The penguin was colored with Copics.

The embossing challenge (STB) could be any type of embossing...I used two...dry embossing on the yellow tag with a polka-dot embossing folder and heat-embossed black powder on the outlines of the penguin.  The penguin stamp set (Penguins in Paradise...MFT) does have matching dies, however I chose to fussy-cut because I was afraid I would accidentally disturb the embossed outline!

I LOVE the font on the Happy Birthday sentiment (You're the Sweetest...MFT)...I tell's hard to choose another one because I love this one so much!

Have a great week!

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