Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Color Throwdown #288

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Hello friends… it’s time for another Color Throwdown challenge, and this week Melody is our hostess with this beautiful Spring color combo!  I hope you’ll join us at the CTD blog and play along!

For my card, I just had to use some new products I just got from My Favorite Things

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I started out being inspired by the Sweet Sunday Sketch #215 for this week for the layout, then pulled out my brand spankin’ new Blueprints 14 Die-Namics for the rounded-corner sentiment panel, and the great flower and leaves.  The sentiment comes from the Chalkboard Greetings stamp set, and I stamped it in Versamark and embossed with white powder.  The pink piece was cut Blueprints 13 Die-Namics, and then I used the Brick Wall stencil and some translucent embossing paste in the background.  I added a Razzle Berry button center to the flower, and some enamel dots for embellishment.

Please be sure to stop by the CTD blog for all the challenge details, and visit my Throwdown sisters for more inspiration…

Barbara Anders
Broni Holcombe
Joan Ervin
Lori Tecler
Melody Rupple
Monika Davis
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Jeanne Jachna, April Guest Designer
Jane Howden, Guest Star Stamper #1
Sandy Mathis, Guest Star Stamper #2

Thank you for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Color Throwdown #287

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Hello friends!  Well, another week has flown by and we’ve got another Color Throwdown challenge to share with you.  Lori is our hostess this week, and she found this beautiful Spring centerpiece with some soft pastels for you to try.  Very similar colors to last week, but I think the paler colors make it just different enough.  I hope you’ll give it a try!

Here’s my card…

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I actually colored this image over the weekend, and then realized it would work pretty well for my card today along with this sweet Pebbles “Garden Party” paper I recently got.  I took some inspiration from the Retro Sketch #109 this week for the layout.  The image I used is from A Day for Daisies.

And speaking of this past weekend, over half of the members of the Color Throwdown team actually got together for a stamping good time in Virginia at the home of Barbara Anders!  We had SO. MUCH. FUN!!!  We stamped, and ate, and laughed, and ate, and stamped, and ate, and laughed, and had a BLAST!  Here we are on Sunday morning after we had breakfast buffet, before we all said goodbye…

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Broni, Vickie and Wanda are all lucky enough to live within 2-3 hours of Barbara’s home, but my drive is 7 hours!  My husband wasn’t able to go with me, so my best friend from here at home went with me instead, and Heather (she’s front and center in the purple shirt) was graciously welcomed as our CTD “mascot” for the weekend!  LOL  As a special treat, we asked her to join us this week for the CTD challenge, and she’s so ambitious she made two cards!

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Heather doesn’t have a blog, so I hope you’ll leave her some love in a comment here and I’ll make sure she’s sees it!

For more inspiration, please visit my Throwdown sisters…

Barbara Anders
Broni Holcombe
Joan Ervin
Lori Tecler
Melody Rupple
Monika Davis
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Jeanne Jachna, April Guest Designer

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Color Throwdown #286

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Hello friends!  Along with everyone else, I have felt like this winter was never going to end.  Yet how come it seems like the weeks just fly by?  Here we are, with another Color Throwdown challenge for the week!  Joan is our hostess and I just adore this photo she found for our color inspiration this week!  Are those birds not the sweetest?

And here’s my card for the week…

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I couldn’t resist some new Papertrey Ink stamps recently, so I used them for my card today.  This is from the Embellished Elegance stamp set and matching die set.  I added some enamel dots, and spritzed with some Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray in Tinsel.

Be sure to stop by the CTD blog for all the challenge details, and visit my Throwdown sisters for more inspiration…

Barbara Anders
Broni Holcombe
Joan Ervin
Lori Tecler
Melody Rupple
Monika Davis
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Jeanne Jachna, April Guest Designer
Deborah Frings, Guest Star Stamper

Happy Spring, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Birds of a Feather…

Linda has a brand-new Catered Crop Recipe Swap up on her blog this week, and I think everyone will have a lot of fun with this one!  Here are the details…

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Bring out the chickens, ducks, owls, eagles, just their feathers or eggs, or even NBA star Larry Bird, and show us how everything is magically better with a bird on it.

  • Include a link to us at Catered Crop or add our button, which you can grab on our sidebar or at our {button gallery}.
  • Link up and link often, but be sure you link up by 8:00 PM EST on Saturday, April 12.
  • Keep the party hopping by visiting the other players and leaving comments.
  • Check back with us on March 13 to see if you’ve won an opportunity to be a guest designer.

So, for my card I pulled out my new Birdie Brown Sunflower Sweetheart stamp set…

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For the “birdie for this week, I added a sweet little robin perched on the fence.  It’s been SO nice to see the robins again here in Northeast Ohio the last few weeks, even though it still hasn’t stopped snowing!  I also used the coordinating Sunflower Sweetheart Die-Namics to cut out the images and the picket fence, and the big flag behind the image comes from the Blueprints 13 Die-Namics.

Be sure to stop over at Linda’s blog for the complete challenge details, and some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Color Throwdown #285

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Hello friends… it’s Wednesday again, which means we’ve got another Color Throwdown challenge to share with you, and Broni is our hostess!  I hope you like the colors she chose as much as we all do, and will play along!

I decided to get a little over-inked with my card this week…

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I created the background of my piece by mixing Shabby Shutters and Spun Sugar distress inks on the paper, and spritzing with some Old Paper mixed with water for a watercolor-y look.  I also sponged some Old Paper ink over a hexagon stencil on the lower right, and added some leaves stenciled on the upper left.  Then over everything I applied a layer of translucent embossing paste with a polka dot stencil.  Then I went to work with my Mini Hybrid Heirloom Rose Die-Namics from My Favorite Things, and a Mini Rolled Rose, along with some Royal Leaves and Leaf-Filled Flourish.  The sentiment from Essential Sentiments was stamped on a Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics using some Rich Cocoa ink.  I added a few gold sequins for embellishment, and called it done!  :)  The layout for my card was inspired by the Cardabilities sketch #95.

Please be sure to visit the CTD blog for all the challenge details, and visit my Throwdown sisters for more inspiration…

Barbara Anders
Broni Holcombe
Joan Ervin
Lori Tecler
Melody Rupple
Monika Davis
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Gloria Stengel, March Guest Designer
Judy Van Zandt, Guest Star Stamper

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 24, 2014

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I got some glorious stamping time in this weekend, and just had to make time for the sketch challenge from My Favorite Things this week.  It’s a great sketch, as you can see…

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…and while I was at it, I decided to work the Color Palette challenge into my card, as well!

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So, here’s what I came up with…

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I used my *still new to me* Cute Cameras 2 Die-Namics, and the matching LLD Picture This stamp set to create my card.  The die-cut camera was a lot of fun to play with and paper-piece the different design elements.  On the right border of my card, I added some big polka dots using the DC Large Scale Backgrounds stamp set.  I also added a newsprint background to the Berrylicious cardstock.  Was wishing I had the Typewriter Text Background stamp, but this will have to do for now.  (*mental note* Add that stamp to the wish list!)

On the inside I added another sentiment from the LLD Picture This set…

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That’s all for me!  Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Color Throwdown #284

Hello friends!  It’s Color Throwdown day, and today Barbara is our hostess with this cool piece of pottery for our color inspiration…

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I initially gave her grief because one of the colors is the shade of blue that I just DREAD, but once I got started my creation came together.  I already had some nautical-themed things out on my desk from this card made earlier, so I just kept working with those elements.

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I used my not-yet-inked Pure Innocence Sailor Girl stamp set, along with a sentiment from Go Overboard stamp set, and a border made with the Catch a Wave Die-Namics.  For the layout, I used Karen’s Sweet Sunday Sketch #211 for this week.

On the inside, I just added an anchor from the Let’s Get Nautical Die-Namics…

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Be sure to stop over at the CTD blog for all the challenge details, and join us!  And see my Throwdown sisters for more inspiration…

Barbara Anders
Broni Holcombe
Joan Ervin
Lori Tecler
Melody Rupple
Monika Davis
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Gloria Stengel, March Guest Designer
Amy White, Guest Star Stamper

Thanks for stopping by!