Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge – Celebrate!

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Oooh, I've got some fun news to share today!  A few weeks ago, I entered this card in the Curtain Call beach ball challenge, and I was chosen as the Lead for that challenge!  And that gives me the wonderful privilege of joining the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge team today as their Guest Designer!  I'm so thrilled, especially because this challenge marks a very special occasion!  Here are the details...

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To celebrate the Curtain Call's third anniversary, the Celebrate challenge will run the entire month of July!  The LEAD of this challenge will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

So, with that great inspiration photo, I knew I was going to want to use balloons and gold glitter in my design.  And here's my card!

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I pulled out the Drop In stamp set from The Cat's Pajamas and used my Copics to color, and then fussy cut the image.  I added the sentiment from the stamp set on the lower right side of my Sno Cone card stock panel, and sponged some chevrons onto the panel with Sno Cone hybrid ink.  Now, for the glitter.... well, I've always said that I am glitter challenged and I was really dreading trying to somehow add some gold glitter to this design without completely ruining it!  But, my BFF Barbara Anders came to the rescue and suggested gold glitter card stock stars!  PERFECT, right?  I used Blueprints 11 and Blueprints 24 Die-Namics from My Favorite Things for those little stars.  I also added a few Stitched Clouds Cut-Ups to the panel, and a gold glitter card stock Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics behind the panel.

On the inside, I added a birthday sentiment, and a Die-Namics Party Balloon...

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

Celebrate Designers

Tammy Hershberger, Guest Designer (yay, that’s me!)
Amy Kolling
Amy Sheffer
Amy Tsuruta
Gayatri Murali
Kim Singdahlsen
Laurie Willison
Lisa Henke
Marisa Ritzen
Maureen Plut
Monika Davis
Sheri Gilson
Stacey Schafer
Tenia Nelson
Tracey McNeely

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MANY, many thanks to Stacey and the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge team for having me as their Guest Designer today!  I’m so happy to have the chance to join you in this celebration!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Color Throwdown #349

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Hello friends!  It's Wednesday again, and that means it's time for another Color Throwdown challenge!  Sweet Jodi is our hostess today, and she's got a color combo for you to try that's high on my list of favorites!  I love me some aqua and orange together, for sure!  Check out her inspiration photo below...

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For my card, I pulled out some squeeee-inducing new stamps from Simon Says Stamp!  This is the new Wplus9-inspired Many Thanks stamp set, and I took a lot of inspiration for my card from this beauty by Shari Carroll at Simon Says...

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​I stamped the flowers with Tumbled Glass and Dried Marigold distress inks, and the leaves with Shabby Shutters on Ranger watercolor card stock.  Then I used a water brush and just swirled some water around on the flowers to give them a watery, blurred look.  I also splattered my card stock with some of the same color inks from a Mini-Mister along with a spritz of Perfect Pearls.  The Simon Says "thanks" die was cut three times with Kraft card stock and layered for dimension, then I cut again with Berrylicious card stock, and I added some sparkle to that Berrylicious layer with a clear Wink of Stella pen.  I added a scattering of sequins, copied from Shari's beautiful card (because I stink at sequin placement!)  Peeking out on the left side, I added a Kraft card stock panel that was stamped with Black Licorice hybrid ink using the BG On the Diagonal background stamp.​

Be sure to stop over at the Color Throwdown 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
Valentyna Komisarenko, July Guest Designer
Lee Erwee, Guest Star Stamper

I hope you’ll join us this week for the Throwdown!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Color Throwdown #348

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Hey all, it’s Wednesday again so that means we’ve got another Color Throwdown challenge for you!  Joan is our hostess today with this sweet quilt to inspire you…

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With these colors, I have no idea why, but my mind immediately turned to this sweet Birdie Brown image from the Green Pastures stamp set at My Favorite Things.  I don’t know, I guess I just thought she’d look good in these colors!  :)  I colored with Copics, and added a little cow from the Whole Herd stamp set and a sentiment from the Green Pastures set.

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On the yellow card stock strip, I stamped the BG Striped background on an angle using In the Buff hybrid ink.  On the Blue Breeze card stock strip I stamped the BG Gingham background with Blue Breeze hybrid ink.  This strip was also cut with the Vertical Stitched Strip Die-Namics.  And on the kraft card stock background I stamped the BG Wood Plank background with In the Buff hybrid ink.  The red circle (sorry, but I can’t keep the color names straight for the red card stock from MFT!) was cut with the new Zig Zag Stitched Circle STAX Die-Namics, and I stamped a polka dot background on that.  A few enamel dot embellishments, and it’s done.

Be sure to stop over at the Color Throwdown 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
Nancy Thomas, June Guest Designer
KarrenJ, Guest Star Stamper

I hope you’ll join us this week for the Throwdown!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TCPTuesday #293 – Thanks Bunches

It’s time for another TCPTuesday challenge with The Cat’s Pajamas team, and today Christine is hosting our Inspiration Challenge!  Check out this photo below to get your creativity flowing…l

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Well, I’ve always been partial to bicycle images, so I knew immediately that I’d be using the Wheel Love stamp set, with Bun-bun…

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Bun-bun is taking a little ride along some grassy hills, delivering some pretty yellow posies to his girlfriend, I think… hmmm, what can her name be?  Bunny-Bun?  LOL  I just love me this sweet bunny!  The grassy hills were made with some gingham paper and die cut with the Wavy Stitched Border Cut-Ups.  And in the sky I added a few Stitched Clouds Cut-Ups, out Free with $60 dies!  The layout comes from the Sweet Sunday Sketch #274 for this week.

Be sure to stop by the TCP blog and join us this week!  You could win some Cat Cash, and be in the running to become our next Swanky Stamper!

Toodles!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Color Throwdown #347

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Hello friends!  It’s time for another Color Throwdown challenge, and this week Broni is our hostess with these fabulous colors!  Oooh, I just couldn’t wait to create with these colors this week… aren’t the scrumptious together?  Here’s what I made…

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I picked up the new Second Helping of Sunshine stamp set from Papertrey Ink a few weeks ago because I just loved the combination of Pyrex-style bowls (LOVE me my vintage Pyrex!) and the scales!  While I was shopping, I also picked up the Bowl of Sunshine stamp set, and the matching dies for both sets, so I foresee lots of fun with these sets!  For my card layout, I used the great Sweet Sunday Sketch #273 again.  My scales were stamped with Steel Grey hybrid ink from My Favorite Things, and on the face of the scales I added some crystal lacquer.  The bowl was stamped in Blu Raspberry hybrid ink, and the cherries in Razzle Berry.  The background was cut from Sweet Tooth card stock using the Modern Morocco Die-Namics cover plate.

Be sure to stop over at the Color Throwdown 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
Nancy Thomas, June Guest Designer

I hope you’ll join us this week for the Throwdown!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

You’re Pear-fect

I have long followed the Tag You’re It Challenge, always intending to play along but it just always seems like the time gets away from me.  Today though, I just couldn’t pass up the chance to join in.  So here’s my card for challenge #23

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I water colored these sweet pears yesterday for #thedailymarker30day2 challenge, then set to work using them on this card last night.  The Tag You’re It Challenge shows a tag with an apple on it, so I stuck with the fruit theme and used these pears from Wplus9 Design Studio.  This set is called Punny Produce: Pears.  I water colored with a combination of Ranger Distress inks… Shabby Shutters, Fossilized Amber, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Gathered Twigs and Pumice Stone.  I borrowed some inspiration for my layout from this Retro Sketch #150.

Just a simple little card… maybe I’ll save it to sneak in my hubs’ lunch box one day and surprise him!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sunflower Hello

My husband and I were serving as greeters at church yesterday, and just a few minutes before the start of the service we noticed a young couple carrying a little girl, coming across the parking lot.  As greeters, we’re always supposed to be on the lookout for new people, and I mentioned to my husband that I thought maybe they were new.  As they came closer, my husband said “Oh my gosh, I think that’s our neighbors!”  And sure enough, they were!  They live around the corner from us, and have been looking for a new church, so we were really happy that they decided to give the Orrville C&MA a chance today!  I told pastor after the service that I’d do what I could to extend the welcome into the coming week, so I made some zucchini bread last night and this card to take over to their house…

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I was really glad to have colored this sunflower image on Friday night right after I got my package from Ellen Hutson with this new Clearly Besotted Sunshine and Smiles stamp set.  (The first Clearly Besotted set I’ve owned… I have a feeling there are going to be more!)  I was SO inspired by this card that Debby Hughes did with this set, so I just had to have it, especially since I’m so partial to sunflowers, anyway.  I used Ranger Distress markers on watercolor card stock for the image, then used a wet brush to color.  I also added some distress color around the sunflower, then distressed the panel up good with some splotches of Antique Linen ink.  The layout comes from the Sweet Sunday Sketch #273 this week.  I used the Happy Hellos Die-Namics to die-cut the hello from Steel Grey card stock… I cut three layers, glued them together, then applied crystal lacquer for dimension.  I die-cut some Sno Cone card stock with the Medium Scallop Die-Namics (retired) and a circle from Grout Gray card stock using the new Zig Zag Stitched Circle STAX Die-Namics.  On the yellow background panel, I stamped the BG Diagonal Stripes background.

I hope you like my happy sunflower!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Color Throwdown #346

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Oh, hello!  My little gnomie is here to welcome you to another Color Throwdown challenge!  My BFF Barbara Anders is our hostess today with these fantastic colors…

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I actually colored my little gnome last week as part of #thedailymarker30day2 challenge, then had him ready to use on my card for today’s challenge!  He comes from the sweet Birdie Brown You Gnome Me stamp set.  I think this little guy is so stinkin’ cute ‘cause he looks like he’s doing “Jazz Hands!”  LOL

Color Throwdown #346 by Tammy Hershberger

I used the matching You Gnome Me Die-Namics to cut out the little guy, then mounted him on a Razzle Berry card stock panel that was cut with the Blueprints 22 Die-Namics.  I added a Steel Blue card stock sentiment panel stamped with a You Gnome Me sentiment and embossed with white embossing powder.  Below that I added a Gumdrop Green card stock strip that was stamped with the BG Grid background stamp in Gumdrop Green hybrid ink.  I cut the kraft card stock back panel with the Blueprints 24 Die-Namics, and stamped it with the BG Wood Plank background in Natural hybrid ink.  I mounted that to a piece of Steel Grey card stock, and then mounted it all to a Gumdrop Green card stock base.  A few enamel dots finished my design.

Be sure to stop over at the Color Throwdown 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
Nancy Thomas, June Guest Designer
Maura, Guest Star Stamper

Happy hump day, and thanks for stopping by today!