Thursday, March 23, 2017

Color Throwdown - Feelin Crabby!

I know things seem quiet here on my blog this week, but I promise I'm working hard behind the scenes.. next week I'm gonna knock your socks off with all the things I've made!

We're making progress on my craft room - dare I call it my "studio"?  Track lighting and fan are in, and the new flooring is down.  Next step is the desk DH is building.  We special ordered some countertops, he's building the supports.

Today I'm playing along at Color Throwdown!   I'm not one to gravitate to color challenges - my brain focusus on the colors and all I can think about are different things that are those colors.  It gets to hard to focus on one direction to go in.  The scene really caught my eye on this one... I picked up on the nautical elements to make this fun card!



I always call DH my "crabby" and you'll find them tucked all over my house if you look for them. This card is for him for putting up with me because I am crabby LOTS lately! I'm feeling stretched in different directions, and not feeling good at any of them lately. I know.. it's temporary.. I just want to be good at EVERYTHING!! LOL!!
I started with a base of pretty papers in teal and orange from Simple Stories Summer Vibes. The yellow tag is cut from paper in the So Rad collection.
The stamps (sentiment, crab and anchor),  and dies (tag, scallop border, wreath, and sentiment banner) are all from Reverse Confetti Seaside Stamp Set.  I really love the wreath die, it so versatile, and I think it doubles nicely here as a rope.
Now it's your turn!  Want to play?  Hop on over to the Color Throwdown!   And have a beautiful day!  



Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Reverse Confetti Seaside
Dies | Reverse Seaside, Flowers for Mom, Wreaths, Double Edge Scallop Border, Thanks Tag
Paper | Simple Stories So Rad, Summer Vibes 12"
The Twinery Twine Mandarin




Friday, March 17, 2017

Calling All Sistahs! March Blog Hop!

Hi and thanks for stopping by!! I'm calling out to all Sistahs! On the 17th of the month CAS-ual Fridays Stamps sponsors a blog hop to remind you and the important women in your life to make sure you're doing your monthly breast self-exam and scheduling a yearly mammogram. You can make a difference and you might just save a life!   I got mine last month - and thank goodness no recall this year!! 

1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Early detection is so important for treatment! We want all the women in our lives to know how important they are to us and how much we want them to live strong healthy lives.

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps owner Michele is a survivor. She designed a line of stamps to provide support and to promote awareness. 50% of the sale of products in the "Calling All Sistahs" campaign are donated to breast cancer research and awareness.

If you're hopping along you should have reached m
e from Melissa Miller's blog.  You can get all the blog hop details and begin here - at the CAS-ual Fridays Blog!
It's also St. Patrick's Day so I want to add a bit of green to my design today! Since I'm hopping along every month I wanted to challenge myself to add a elements from the month or season to my design.  

I started by watercoloring with distress ink on some Ranger watercolor paper. I stamped the Starlequin border over the watercolor in Delicata Gold ink.
The Word Ribbon is also stamped with Delicata gold ink and die cut.  I cut a second ribbon from gold glitter paper to place behind the stamped ribbon.

Four Petal Flower Fri Dies become Four Leaf Clovers.  I added some inking to their tips with a Copic Marker.   The sentiment in the top corner is from the Calling All Sistah's Stamp Set. 


A scatter of gold sequins picks up on all the gold in the design. I wanted to include a little pink too so I added some sequins from the Sistahood Sparkle pack from Pretty Pink Posh. 

Ok.. on to the next blog for you! Kelly Griglione's got some eye candy for you!!! But before you go.. please leave me a comment! Three winners will be selected from today's hop to receive a $15 gift certificate to the shop! But you have to comment to win!! You have until 12 am US EST on March 19 to leave a comment so you better hurry! 

Here's a complete list of all the designers with projects to share today!






Want to go shopping? There's lots of stamps in the sale section of the store, and yes.. you can double dip using my special code. Any commission that would normally be given to me has been redirected to CASual Fridays for their Calling All Sistahs Campaign to use toward breast cancer awareness and prevention. I do not accept any payment for products I use on my blog. I only work with products I love and would recommend.





Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | CAS-ual Fridays Word Ribbon, Calling All Sistahs
Dies | CAS-ual Fridays  Ruffled Ribbon, 4 Petals

Tupelo Designs LLC - Dream


Happy Friday!  Where did the week go?    I think all the extra snow dumped on us early in the week made things more rushed.  You know.. worrying about traffic, shoveling, and making sure we had everything we needed in the house in case it was as bad as the weatherman said it would be.  Fortunately the streets and sidewalks are clear and they're calling for a nice weekend!   Maybe you have some St. Patrick's day festivities planned?

I'm posting today for Tupelo Designs LLC.  This is my favorite store.  I love that I can find lots of my favorite brands all under one roof, and that I can mix and match products including the latest releases.  The best part of all is that shipping is free - every day - no coupon required. (USA Only)  Better than that?  They have a loyalty program that means that dollars you spend turn into dollars off your next order.

I know lately there have been lots of back orders.. I have a few myself... .like what?  Well .. I HAD TO HAVE all the new Distress Oxide inks.  I ordered them about a month ago and am anxiously awaiting them.  I know if Dan had them in the store they'd be on their way to me.   Trying to be patient.

Since I'm waiting for my Distress Oxide inks, I thought I'd play with my "regular" Distress Inks.  They'll still be one of my go to's - nothing can change that! 
I selected only a few images from the Altenew Happy Dreams stamp set (there are lots to choose from in this set - I'm working with the two foliage branches).  I arranged them on a panel of watercolor paper inside the Stamp Perfect Tool, inked them with distress ink and then spritzed them with water before stamping the images.    I'm really happy with the Stamp Perfect tool.   It looks almost identical to the other brand (I have them both) it's the same heavy duty quality at a much lower price.
I inked the upper images with Twisted Citron and Peeled Paint Distress ink.  The next layer of branches is Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn.  Then Mowed Lawn and Tumbled Glass.. Tumbled Glass and Sapphire.  And lastly Sapphire and Wilted Violet.  I like using the stamping tool for this so I can close the cover and let the water soaked images sit on the watercolor paper and soak in for a minute or so before removing the stamp. 
The panel was pretty, but still lots of white open spaces.  To add more color I took the same color distress inks and inked the edges of the card.  The finishing touch was stamping the sentiment in Versafine Ink and adhering the panel to the card front.
A simple bow of gold string and a sprinkle of colorful enamel dots completes the card. 

Want to go shopping?  I hope you'll give Tupelo Designs LLC a chance - I think you'll be so glad you did!  





Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Altenew Happy Dreams




Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fusion Card Challenge - Orange on Black



Hi and thanks for stopping by!  I hope you're having a great day!  Are you looking for a challenge to play? Why not join us at Fusion Card Challenge?  Here's the challenge this time (its a two week challenge).. it's called Paris rain.

Here's what I love about Fusion Card Challenge.   You can work with either the sketch OR the inspiration photo.  If you're feeling trixie you can mix them both together.   That was handy for me this time because I just couldn't find one single stamp or die cut of the Eiffel Tower!  Stunned?  Yep!  me too!  Maybe I'm a little lost since my crafty room has been relocated while it's under construction.  But I think that will be my next investment. LOL!

So me?  Yes I decided to go with the sketch.  I was influenced by the inspiration photo too - the monochrome (black and white) background, and bright pops of orange yellow and green.

This stamp set is Hello Lovely from Concord and 9th.  I stamped it in Versafine on watercolor paper and then painted in the flowers leaving some of them empty.

I colored this more than once - shading the edges of the watercolor panel - but it started looking dingy to me.  You know I'm a brights person!

I rounded the corner of the panel with a 1/2" Corner Chomper and attached the sentiment.  A sprinkle of black enamel dots was the finishing touch.
Here's direct links to the rest of the team!  You're going to love their designs!



Now it's your turn!  Need a little more inspiration?  You can find designs from the team and get all the details on playing along at Fusion Card Challenge!





Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Concord & 9th Hello Lovely
Dies | MFT Stitched Fishtail Flags
Enamel Dots
Pattern Paper | Simple Stories DIY Boutique
1/2" Corner Rounder | We R Memory Keepers