Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Color Throwdown #357

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Hi friends... it's time for another Color Throwdown challenge, and this week Joan is taking us for a walk on the wild side with this inspiration photo...

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I struggle when using anything close to blue and pink... I just automatically want to make a baby card.  But at this point in my life, I don't find myself with a need for baby cards very often!  So I was really glad when the idea for this card jumped into my head!

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I finally used the Crazy Birds stamp set that I just HAD to have a few months back!  LOVE these silly birds!  I colored very simply with Copics, then masked the image and splattered some gray ink on the card stock.  The Seriously Word Die is from Lil' Inker Designs.  Before I cut the light pink card stock, I sponged some darker pink ink onto the card stock, then die-cut to create the ombre look.  The sentiment was stamped on black card stock, and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I mounted the background panel to a piece of black and white striped paper, and then to a white card base.  I finished the design with some enamel dots.

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
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Lindsay Amrhein, August Guest Designer

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Herd You Had a Birthday

My brother-in-law had a birthday this past weekend, and I’m late getting his card sent but here is what is going in the mail today…

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My sister Kendra and her husband (known by everyone as Townsie) have a great little farm, and they have an abundance of dogs, and pot-bellied pig, and five massive Percheron draft horses!  So I just had to pull out The Whole Herd stamp set by Birdie Brown from My Favorite Things for his card.  I also used the matching The Whole Herd Die-Namics, the Rolling Hills Die-Namics, the Cloudy Day stencil, Blueprints 13 (for the sun) and Blueprints 15 to cut the back panel from Gumdrop Green and Blue Breeze card stock. 

I colored each horse to match the horses at my sister’s farm.  Three are all black, as most Percherons are when they’re young.  Here is one of her beautiful horses at the county fair just last week, along with the Best of Show trophy!

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This is Super Grover and my sister (holding the trophy) at the Henry County (Ohio) Fair last week.

And most Percerons, as they age, turn a dapple gray like Gonzo, shown here in this photo from the fair with my sister’s friend Chris…

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Two of their horses who stayed home last week are black like Grover, and one, (the oldest affectionately known as Grandma Hilly because she’s named after our Grandma Hilda) is all white.  Here’s my daughter Kelsey riding Hilly back in the winter.  Isn’t she beautiful?

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So you can see why I had to have five horses on the card, all colored to match!  :)

Since I colored with Copics, I'm entering my card in the current MarkerPOP Blog Anything Goes challenge #76 this week.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Apples for the Teachers

Where I work, we like to have name tags on the office doors, and it’s fun to use something seasonal.  So last weekend, I got a little carried away with apples!  I used bunches of scraps of red, yellow and green designer paper scraps to cut out a bunch of Red Delicious and Golden Delicious apples using the sweet Red Delicious Die-Namics die from My Favorite Things.

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So, like I said…. I got carried away!  I was watching a Walking Dead marathon, and just kept cutting and before I knew it I had well over 100 apples!  LOL  We only needed about 20 of them at work, so with the remaining 80 I made some 4x4 note cards, and plan to bless four different teachers in my life with them!  Three sets are going to church today, and one set is being mailed to my beautiful cousin’s daughter!  These were so fun to make!  I loved mixing the patterns of the apples and the leaves.

As luck would have it, the great folks at Simon Says Stamp are having a Back-to-School challenge this week on their Wednesday Challenge blog, so this fits perfectly with that theme!

Have a blessed Sunday, and thank you for stopping by!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Birthday Bear Hugs

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I colored this sweet bear a few days ago, and now found a great use for him on this card using the current sketch #242 from My Favorite Things this week!  The bear and sentiment are from the darling Birdie Brown Birthday Bears stamp set, and was cut with the matching Die-Namics.

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For the background panel, which was die-cut with the Blueprints 15 Die-Namics, I stamped a piece of watercolor card stock with the BG Grid background in Versamark ink, then heat embossed with white detail embossing powder.  I used a piece of acetate and some Summer Splash dye ink to do some ink smooshing on the background.  The sketch this week calls for an oval in the center, and since I didn’t want to cover up my inky background, I die-cut a vellum oval.  I added a sentiment from the Birthday Bears stamp set on an Orange Fizz card stock flag that was cut with Blueprints 2 Die-Namics.  I accented with a few Sparkling Clear sequins, and adhered everything to a Lemon Chiffon card stock base.

I’m also entering my card in the current Tag You’re It challenge #28.



Happy Friday!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Color Throwdown #356

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Hello friends!  It's time again for the Color Throwdown challenge, and this week Broni is our hostess.  She's got this great inspiration photo for you!  With Summer still in full swing, but Fall on the way there are a LOT of possibilities with these colors...

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For my card, I just had to finally use my fantastic new Blissful Blooms stamp set and matching Die-Namics from My Favorite Things… 

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I die-cut a BUNCH of flowers and leaves from watercolor card stock, then used my MISTI to stamp them all.  Then I pulled out my Zig Clean Color watercolor markers and started coloring.  After I had a good garden full of flowers, I started on my card.  My layout was inspired by my BFF Barbara Anders and her great CTD card from two weeks ago.  On the Sweet Tooth card stock background I started by applying a thin layer of white embossing paste using the Harlequin stencil from MFT.  After the paste was dry, I laid the stencil back over the embossing and sponged the diamonds with some Orange Zest dye ink.  I layered this panel on a piece of Black Licorice card stock, and mounted to a Sweet Tooth card stock base.  I die-cut the Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX from Green Room card stock, and layered it behind a piece of Black Licorice card stock that was cut with the Blueprints 12 and my Stitched Circle STAX.  Then I arranged my floral bouquet and added the sentiment on a Sweet Tooth card stock Fishtail Flags STAX.  The sentiment is from the LJD Spring Tulips stamp set, but I only used half the sentiment.  A few black enamel dots completed my design.

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
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Lindsay Amrhein, August Guest Designer
Yapha Mason, Guest Star Stamper

Happy Wednesday, and thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Make Lemonade

I was on my way home from work last night, thinking about what a crazy, hectic day it had been… phones that never stopped ringing, piles of paperwork that seemed to grow before my eyes, and it was “Energy Conservation Day” which means the central air was shut down at 2:30 in the afternoon, and didn’t get turned back on until 6:30.  It makes people cranky (including me!) and adds burden to an already semi-unbearable day.  So I just knew that what I needed when I got home was some stamping therapy!

I thought all this past weekend about participating in the current Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge, but was just bummed because the theme is mason jars, and I have NO stamps that fit that theme.  But then I started thinking about stamps I do have that might fit that bill.  A mason jar is basically a vessel for holding foods, right?  (Most of the time anyway, but mine also hold buttons, tools, pencils, etc!)  And then I thought of my Bowl of Sunshine stamps and matching dies from Papertrey Ink, and thought maybe a Pyrex bowl would fit the challenge!  So here’s my card…

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I turned the current Sweet Sunday Sketch #282 on it’s side for the layout (wow, it was a trial stamping that sentiment straight on the angled panel!) and am also participating in the Create Along With Us challenge for August at Papertrey Ink.  (Although I didn’t realize until now that I’m too late with my entry!)  I found the colors in Danielle’s “Brushed Off” card here for my inspiration with these colors.

Just what I needed… a little stamping therapy!  And if Tuesday hands me lemons, I’ll make lemonade for everyone!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Birthday Balloons

Hi friends!  During my stamping time this weekend, I worked in a little time to make a card using the current sketch from My Favorite Things.  I really wanted to come up with something other than the stars shown in the sketch for my card, and I am pretty happy with these balloons!

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I just LOVED the color combo in Stephanie’s cute card here, so I used it for my card today… Orange Zest, Ripe Raspberry, Limelight and Summer Splash.  The balloons and strings were die-cut with the Die-Namics Birthday Balloons.  The balloon strings and sentiment strip were cut from Steel Grey card stock and the sentiment, stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white, is from the Totally Happy stamp set.  I used my Stitched Circle STAX Die-Namics, and the Blueprints 12 to cut the circle from silver mirrored card stock.  On the Sweet Tooth card stock background panel, I used white embossing paste to add some tiny stars using the Starry Night stencil.  I die-cut the background panel with Blueprints 24 and mounted to a piece of Steel Grey card stock, and a Sweet Tooth card stock base.  A few enamel dots for embellishment completed my design.

Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate the visits and comments!