Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Color Throwdown #327

 
Color Throwdown #327 cropped by Tammy Hershberger

Hi everyone!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I have a new Color Throwdown creation to share with you, based on these fun colors chosen by Wanda this week.

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For some reason, I had the idea for this card design in my head for a few days, so I was really happy when the idea in my head came out in the card stock!  LOL  And as luck would have it, I found this fabulous sketch from the girls at CAS(E) this Sketch and when I flipped it upside down, it worked perfectly!

Color Throwdown #327 by Tammy Hershberger

I airbrushed the background with Copic markers for the sky and the grass, then added the die-cut fence.  The flowers and leaves were all cut from the Trellis & Vine Die-Namics (retired) from My Favorite Things using Blu Raspberry, Limelight, Barely Banana and   Blackberry Bliss card stock.  I added a sentiment, butterfly and flat-bottom clouds to finish the design.

Be sure to stop by the CTD blog for all the challenge details, and visit my Throwdown sisters for more inspiration…
Marlena M., Guest Star Stamper

Thanks again for stopping by today!  I appreciate it!







Friday, January 16, 2015

I Like Big Books…

Big Books by Tammy Hershberger

I mentioned on Facebook one day about ten days ago that I was frustrated with reading books on my phone.  A few friends chimed in with some suggestions, and then I suddenly got a message from my good friend, Rick.  He said “I bought myself a new Kindle Paperwhite this year… I’ll gladly give you my old one!”  And so now I’m the proud owner of a Kindle!  I really like it so far, but honestly… I’ve had a little trouble this week even remembering that I have it!  LOL  It’s in my purse, and I keep forgetting about it.  But we’re going to be in the car for a long trip this weekend, so I know I’ll get some reading done.

But anyway, I wanted to be sure to send my thanks to Rick for this great gift, and the To Thine Own Shelf stamp set from Simon Says Stamp is just PERFECT!  I found inspiration for my design from this card by Debby Hughes.  AND it works out perfectly this week to get this card done because the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is to create a card for a guy.  Nailed it!

Happy weekend!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Color Throwdown #325

Color Throwdown #325 cropped by Tammy Hershberger

Hey friends, happy Wednesday!  It’s time for another Color Throwdown and this week it’s my turn to play hostess!  I found this awesome fabric to inspire you today, with these cool, retro cats…

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Ha!  Aren’t they cool!  I just fell in love the second I saw this fabric.  I pulled four colors from the fabric for you to use today, but don’t be afraid to add a little celery green from the photo, too!  Here’s my card…

Color Throwdown #325 by Tammy Hershberger

Can you look at this and tell that I’m longing for Spring already?  After the brutality of last Winter, I’m just fed up with the snow, cold and ice we’ve had so far this year and am ready to move to the Bahamas!  Who’s with me?  So, I tried to brighten my outlook with this card, using the Spring Blooms stamp set from Wplus9 Design Studio.  The gorgeous reddish-orange cardstock and ink you see here is the new Persimmon from My Favorite Things… it’s my new favorite color!  The birthday sentiment, from the Hello You stamp set, and the die-cut “you” are both from Simon Says Stamp.

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
Jodi Collins
Lori Tecler
Monika Davis
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Bonnie Sharp, Guest Designer
Cassie Trask, Guest Star Stamper

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Color Throwdown #324

Color Throwdown #324 cropped by Tammy Hershberger

Hello friends!  Happy New Year!  The Color Throwdown team had a nice holiday break, but now we’re back with new challenges for the new year.  Today, Monika is our hostess with this great wintery scene to inspire you.  Maybe you’ll create a winter scene for your card?  Maybe a Valentine?  I can’t wait to see!

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I pulled out a not-yet-inked stamp set from My Favorite Things for my card, Cool Day.  I die-cut the polar bear as well as the ice berg, then stamped and colored each image.  The layout for my card comes from the Retro Sketch #147 for this week.

Color Throwdown #324 by Tammy Hershberger

On the inside I added another polar bear, and a birthday sentiment…

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

Barbara Anders
Broni Holcombe
Joan Ervin
Jodi Collins
Lori Tecler
Monika Davis
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Bonnie Sharp, January Guest Designer
Jenny Engelke, Guest Star Stamper

Keep warm, and thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Color Throwdown #323

Color Throwdown #323

Hello friends!  It’s time for another Color Throwdown, and this week will be our last one for 2014.  Lori is our hostess with these sweet pastels (pale pink, rose, olive green and kraft) this week.  What fun to try to use them for a non-traditional Christmas card, or whatever else you want to create!

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I decided to make this birthday card…

Color Throwdown #323 by Tammy Hershberger

I saw this beautiful card on Pinterest one day that really caught my eye, so I decided to CASE it for my design, today.  The background was created with a Heidi Swapp stencil and some embossing paste, and the flowers from LJD Peaceful Wildflowers were stamped with Worn Lipstick distress ink, Pink Lemonade premium dye ink, and Factory Green premium dye ink.  The sentiment is from the LJD Pretty Poppies, and I added a punched butterfly for embellishment.

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

Barbara Anders
Broni Holcombe
Joan Ervin
Jodi Collins
Lori Tecler
Monika Davis
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Sue Lelli, December Guest Designer
Rosemary Dennis, Guest Star Stamper

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Color Throwdown #322

Color Throwdown #322 cropped by Tammy Hershberger

Hello friends!  We've got another Color Throwdown challenge for you this week, and I'M your hostess!  I hope you'll love these colors as much as I do!  Last year, just about this time, an issue of Family Fun magazine showed up in our office waiting room, and on the cover was a cute little girl wearing an apron made from this fabric.  I just LOVED the retro combination of colors, so I just knew we'd have to have it for a challenge this Christmas!

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For my card, I pulled out a stamp set I bought last year from Wplus9 Design Studio, the Strictly Sentiments 3.  I bought it because of this card... just loved how that card looked.  But with my Dad's passing just before Christmas last year I just didn't get time to make many Christmas cards, and this stamp set has gone uninked... until NOW!  I just knew I had to CASE that fabulous card for today.

Color Throwdown #322 by Tammy Hershberger

I stamped the largest circles in red ink, stamping off a few times with each inking.  Then used an aqua blue, pink and dark green ink for the rest of the circles with the sentiment stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  I applied strips of Scor-tape at the top and bottom of the stamped panel and applied some chunky glitter, mounted the panel to a dark teal green card stock and gave the whole thing a spritz of shimmer spray before mounting to a white card stock base.

I hope you'll join us this week!  Stop by the CTD blog for all the challenge details, and visit my Throwdown sisters for more inspiration...

Barbara Anders
Broni Holcombe
Joan Ervin
Jodi Collins
Lori Tecler
Monika Davis
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Sue Lelli, December Guest Designer
Birgit, Guest Star Stamper

Thank you for stopping by today!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Canvas

Way back in May (when the temps were a LOT warmer than they are now!) I took a wonderful trip to Florida and visited the My Favorite Things boutique in Eustis.  The MFT girls had a fabulous weekend-long retreat that I got to go to where we made some wonderful cards and other things.  One of the projects we made that weekend was our own version of this beautiful canvas designed by my BFF Barbara Anders.

Well, I’ve wanted to make another canvas similar to that for the longest time, but never seemed to get around to it.  And back in August when I visited my favorite Aunt at the new assisted living she moved to, I noticed that beside the door to her room was a little shelf where she could display pretty things, and I knew I wanted to make her something to put there.  So, I was going to do something for Fall but never got around to it.  Well, NOW my daughter is heading back to my hometown for a quick visit this weekend, so I finally got the canvas done to send with her!

Here we go…

Christmas Canvas for Aunt Thead by Tammy Hershberger

Using the canvas that Bar so beautifully designed as a guide, I created this version using the MFT Poinsettia Die-Namics.  Behind the flowers I used the (now retired) High Tea Doily Die-Namics, along with some jute string.  The canvas was prepped with some kraft paint and gesso, and then on the canvas I randomly stamped the chicken wire from the MPD Distressed Backgrounds stamp set, and the BG Romantic Script background… both were stamped using waterproof ink.  I also applied some embossing paste using the MPD Brick Wall stencil, and stamped some of the script over that, too.  The sentiment is from the Cheerful Christmas Greetings stamp set, stamped in Jellybean Green hybrid ink.  I embellished with some flat-back pearls, and some wood veneer snowflakes that were sprayed with silver shimmer.  The poinsettias, leaves and doily were also stamped with pearl and gold shimmer sprays.

Christmas Canvas cropped by Tammy Hershberger

My Aunt Thead has that dreadful macular degeneration, so her eyesight isn’t the greatest, but I told my daughter to encourage her to gently run her fingers around this so she can feel all the texture.  :)

Happy Friday, everyone!  Thanks for visiting my blog today!