Friday, May 18, 2018

Under the Wire

I'm getting two cards in under the wire for two challenges that are closing in just a few hours.  Why do I do that??

This card is for the challenge going on at Inspired By All the Little Things.  I used Stitching Garden from PTI.  
 I was clearly inspired by the barnwood background and beautiful flowers.

This card  was made using the colors from The Paper Players.  I used Orchids by Cottage Cutz and a verse from PTI.
I'll also be adding one of these cards to the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
AAA Cards ~ Inspired By Nature

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Country Style Flower Sprays

Good morning ~  I'm playing along with this month's Create Along With Us with Papertrey Ink.  I was inspired by the amazingly talented Michelle Leone and her cards found here.

I used Gran's Garden for the floral sprays.  Pretty papers from chicken Scratch Gingham Paper Collection and the Polka Dot Basics II Impression Plate for the background.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sweet as Honey

Good morning paper crafting friends ~  I've been enjoying playing with these darling bee sets from Honey Bee Stamps.

They have a Honey Cuts Die that cuts these cute Bee Hive shaped cards and you can choose whether you want a door to open to reveal a little surprise or you can leave the front of the card solid.
 On this card I chose to have it open to show off this happy little honey bee from Happy Fall Y'all

There's also a Honey Bee Hive Stencils & Mask set that includes 4 stencils that you can use to add more detail and color to your bee hive.  I used the Hello Honey Cuts on this card to create the triple layered sentiment.  Love that!

 I wanted to use just the stencil on this card along  with the Hello Honey Cuts to create a hidden message. 

 Again, I used the bees and sunflower from 

 And one final project using this set is a Bible Journaling entry:
I stenciled the Bee Hive using the Honey Bee Hive Stencils & Mask onto a piece of vellum and used different alphabet and sentiment stamps to create the verse.

I'll be entering one of these cards to the following challenges:
City Crafter Challenge ~ Honey, I'm Home
AAA Cards ~ Inspired By Nature
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Dance In The Rain

Hello friends ~ Today starts a new challenge over at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog with a Bird theme. 

 I created my little dancing bird using Dee's Distinctively Dies Winter Robin and Impression Obsession Beach Umbrella.  I used Lawn Fawn Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables to cover the front of the card.

I hope you'll stop by the Dies R Us Challenge Blog to see all the details of this challenge and join in on the fun!  One random winner will win a gift certificate to the Dies R Us store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Swimming By.....

Welcome back to my blog friends, and thanks for stopping by.   ~  Today's card is a tribute to my love for all things oceany.  That's a real word, right?  As much as I love the ocean, I never go in the water except maybe just to get my feet wet.  I'm afraid of what lurks swims underneath.

Maybe if I knew that darling little mermaids like this one from HoneyBee Stamps Swimming By swam around protecting timid visitors like me, I wouldn't be so afraid.

  I cut her out using the coordinating Honey Cuts Dies and colored this darling little mermaid using Copic markers. I gave her a generous dose of Clear Wink Of Stella to really make her shine.  

For the card base, I created this fun blended and stenciled background using Ocean Scene Builder Stencils and Distress Oxide inks in lots of Oceany colors like Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Faded Jeans and Wilted Violets.  A blend of ocean colored sequins  were added for a fun finishing touch.

I hope you'll take some time today to visit Honey Bee Stamps and check out their complete line of ocean themed products.  Plus they just had a new release  full of the cutest stamps and dies.  So much fun going on at Honey Bee Stamps!

I'll be adding this card to the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters ~ Magical Fairy Garden
Simon Says Monday Challenge ~ Ombre (blended background)

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Dreamy Fairy

Good morning friends~ Have you been enjoying spring weather in your neck of the woods?  Spring has finally arrived here on the east coast and I'm getting outside as much as possible enjoying the sunshine and colors of spring.

 The Tiny Townie Brianna The Butterfly from Stampingbella is so cute!  I confess that I bought all of the butterfly girls when they were first released and I'm just now getting up the nerve to color them using copics.

I practiced two tone blending on her wings and was quite pleased with the results.  I added some white gel pen dots to her dress and wings.

I used Penny Black Heart String along with a blended background of Cracked Pistachio, Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks.  The colors went perfectly with the copics I used.  That was a happy accident!
 The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Magic Sampler.  
Simon Says Stamp is currently having a 25% off sale on all Copic brand products using code: MARKER

I'll be adding this card to the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Animal Magic
Seize The Birthday ~ Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Grass Withers

Hello and Happy 1st day of May!  Spring has finally arrived here on the east coast and I couldn't be more delighted to start seeing colorful flowers popping up in my gardens.
Today starts a new challenge over at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog with a FLOWER theme.  How fitting!
 I went with a CAS design using Elizabeth Craft Designs Entwined Ovals as a frame for the focal point sentiment from PTI Garden Of Faith.  I added Elizabeth Craft Designs Bunch of Flowers 4 and Pine Twigs from Sue Wilson

I hope you'll stop by the Dies R Us Challenge Blog to see all the details of this challenge and join in on the fun!  One random winner will win a gift certificate to the Dies R Us store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 30, 2018

12 Kits of Occasion ~ April

Good morning friends~  The end of April is here and that means it's time for the gals from 12 Kits of Occasion to post their projects.

This month's kit comes from Lisa Elton of My Paper Tales.  Lisa's sweet CAS style is totally reflected in her darling kit she entitled "My Little Chickadee". 
 So "tweet"!  (see what I did there?) ;0)

I loved the papers she included from October Afternoon.  Is anything any sweeter than this feather paper??  Wish I had more of that!

I used a scrap of printed paper from the kit and cut several skinny ovals to create this coneflower using the sentiment, which I love!  I added some bees from Honeybee Stamps Happy Fall Y'all.

 I made two notecards using these sweet images from Impression Obsession. 
 I added just a bit of detail and color to each of the image using colored pencils and copics.

Lisa included lots of these darling little chickadee's in her kit so I'll have plenty for future projects.  
Thanks Lisa for a darling kit!

Be sure to check out the 12 Kits of Occasion blog to see how my talented team mates used this month's sweet kit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 27, 2018

PTI Make-it Monday ~ Spot Color Word Die

Good morning friends~  This week's Make-It Monday is a fun technique that's new to me.  Betsy challenged us with Spot Color Word Dies.
I used What The Doodle Apple set along with the die from Big Hugs.

You can find all the details and video here

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Four Card Bonus!

Good morning friends~  I hope you don't mind if I play a little "catch-up" here.
I've been super busy with life and have found very little time to spend in my craft room until the other day, so I made up some cards for challenges that I wanted to play along with.  

Let's start with this cute little fella:  
I think these little gnomes from MFT are so cute and I've always wanted them but never bought them.  Kara brought lots of MFT stamps to Kansas and this set was among them so I couldn't resist stamping a bunch of these guys out to color at home using Copics.
This card is being entered into The Paper Players ~ CAS Challenge.
Next up is a card for the PTI Make-It Monday Challenge.  
Lexi had a great idea for creating Graffiti Word Art.  My first attempt at the word art ended up in the trash and this one almost did but I persevered and decided that I'd at least try to finish the card.  My word didn't come out as artsy as Lexi's but overall the card is kind of cute so I'll use it.  I used Birthday Balloons, Bold & Beautiful Sentiments and Watercolor Wonder.

Next up is two cards for the Twofer Card Challenge and the key word is
I used Altenew's Modern Cats to make a vibrantly colored birthday card and an "Encouragement" card.

The colorful birthday card is being entered into the Seize the Birthday Challenge where the topping is "Vibrant Colors" and AAA Cards ~ Perfect Day

 I'll also be adding one of these cards to the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes

Thanks for sticking with me and thanks for stopping by!