Thursday, May 5, 2016

Color Throwdown #391–Cool

My girls over at the Color Throwdown have another great color combo with today’s challenge!  Aren’t these flowers GORGEOUS??

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I wanted to make a really cute birthday card for one of my co-workers this week, so I reached for my BB Penguins in Paradise stamp set from My Favorite Things, and used these colors for a tropical-themed card…

Color Throwdown #391

(My shades of orange here didn’t end up being very prominent, but they’re there!)  I colored with Copics, and die-cut the penguin, tree and beach ball with the matching Die-Namics.  The background is a watercolor wash of Summer Splash and Blu Raspberry premium dye inks from MFT and is speckled with some drops of water and Perfect Pearls.

I’m trying not to jinx it, but I think I may have pulled out of my stamping slump!  Smile  SOOOOO happy about that, and sooooo happy that YOU stopped by today!  Thank you for all the kind comments!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Spiffy Birthday

I stopped by the blog at My Favorite Things on Monday night, and found this wonderful combination of colors for the current Color Challenge #44, so I sat down for some creative time (since I happily no longer have to work late on Monday nights!)  So here’s the clean and simple design I came up with using the colors of Orange Fizz, Limelight, Grapesicle and Grape Jelly

Spiffy Birthday

I’ve had the LJD Terrific Ties stamps ever since they were released, but have just never taken the time to use them.  So finally, they got inky!  I die-cut four bow ties with the matching Die-Namics, then used my MISTI to stamp each one in the challenge colors.  (I actually stamped the top one with Orange Zest ink because my Orange Fizz ink had a very yellow-cast to it.)  For the background panel, I stamped the BG Grid background with Versamark ink, then heat embossed with white detail embossing powder.  I added a sentiment from the Ties stamp set, stamped on a flag banner, mounted with foam boosters, and added some enamel dots for embellishment.  Now I’m all ready for my next masculine birthday card need!

Thanks for the great color challenge, MFT… and thank YOU for stopping by today!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Happy Mother’s Day

Well, Mother’s Day is approaching so of course I had to get a card made to send to my Mom!  I’m hoping she will love this…

Mother's Day Tulips

This Bunch of Tulips is a new stamp I got from Rubbernecker Stamps.  Ever since I saw Debby Hughes make this beautiful card, I have wanted these tulips, and finally bought the stamp at Adventures in Stamping last weekend in Akron.  I used Ranger Distress markers to color the red rubber stamp, then applied to Distress watercolor card stock that I had pre-wet.  I used the Happy Trio Die-Namics from My Favorite Things to cut the “happy” from platinum glitter card stock, and embellished with some gold sequins and linen twine.

I’m entering my card in the Crazy 4 Challenges #334 color challenge, and the Mother’s Day challenge #94 from the MarkerPOP blog.

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I’m pretty sure my Mom will love this! 

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Curtain Call–With Sympathy

Hello stamping friends, how was your weekend?  I spent some time stamping, and it was wonderful!  One card I needed to make was a sympathy card for a friend at church who lost her Mom this past week.  As luck would have it, I already had the Altenew Vintage Flowers stamp set out on my work table, and when I saw the newest Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge today, I knew those flowers would work for my card!  I created a beautiful rose, and combined it with some blues and purples to go with the challenge and made this card…

with Sympathy

My rose was stamped with hybrid inks from My Favorite Things, from lightest to darkest Pink Lemonade, Cotton Candy, Ripe Raspberry and Cranberry Cocktail.  The leaves were stamped with Factory Green, Jellybean Green and Olive hybrid inks, and the little purple flower was stamped with Grapesicle and Lavender Fields.  I used Distress watercolor card stock and Blueberry premium dye ink from MFT for the background, splattering with more ink and some Perfect Pearls mixture.  On the left is a strip of purple gingham paper from this Doodlebug pad, and I added a die-cut sentiment using the Simon Says With Sympathy die.  I mounted my finished panel to a piece of Fog card stock.

I’m also entering my card in the current Work it Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp.\

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I hope you’ve had a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Color Throwdown #390

Hi friends!  I have a card to share with you today using the wonderful colors for Color Throwdown #390 for this week.  I’m a sucker for navy and yellow together, so I had to jump all over this and make a card!

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Here we go, using the beautiful Beautiful Blooms stamp set and matching Die-Namics from My Favorite Things

Color Throwdown #390

I stamped the flowers with Daffodil and Lemon Chiffon dye inks, added some leafy branches using After Midnight dye ink, and a few green leaves and stems using Sour Apple and Jellybean Green dye inks.  The birthday sentiment was stamped in After Midnight dye ink on a Daffodil card stock Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics, and I added a panel in the background that was cut from the Dots & Stripes Fresh Paper Pack, using Blueprints 15 Die-Namics.  I added a vellum circle behind the bouquet and some sequin embellishments.

Happy weekend, and thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Color Throwdown #389

My BFF's over at the Color Throwdown have another great challenge today that I couldn't pass up... LOVE me some pink and orange together, don't you?


Those sweet little flowers on the shoes really spoke to me, so I pulled out my LJD Scribble Roses stamp set from My Favorite Things and got to work!  I really loved the Valentine tag I made a few months ago using this stamp set, so that was also my inspiration for this card...



I stamped my roses and leaves in Versamark ink on watercolor card stock, then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  And over the flowers and leaves I did a wash with dye inks in Orange Zest, Tangy Orange, Razzle Berry, Ripe Raspberry, Sour Apple and Jellybean Green.  I added some splatters with watered-down Steel Grey dye ink, and also some silver and pearlescent sprays.  For the sentiment I used the Doubly Amazing Die-Namics, cut with Steel Grey card stock, and the Amazing stamp set.


I'm also entering this card in the sketch challenge this week at Can You Case It?, and the Simplicity Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.




Have a happy Wednesday, and thank you for stopping by today!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Happy Anniversary-Stuck With You

My hubby and I are celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary today.  Since last year was a biggie, we're keeping it low-key this year.  We decided to give a gift to each other in the form of a donation to a co-worker of mine who is in need.  And for dinner tonight (he doesn't know this yet!) I'm bringing home Eggplant Parmesan from a really nice Italian restaurant near my workplace, and I'm hoping the weather will be nice enough that we can eat outside on the swing by the fire pit! 

Of course, I HAD to make a card for him and the new LLD Sweet Succulents and matching Die-Namics from My Favorite Things was a perfect choice.


As with our celebration today, I kept the card low-key.  The background was done with my Peerless watercolors, and I spattered it slightly with some Perfect Pearls, then added the cactus and sentiment.  I used the current Color Throwdown #388 again for my color choices, and I got inspiration for my design from this card by my BFF Barbara Anders and this card from Anna Kossakovskaya.  Sweet and simple, just like my hubby!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!