Sunday, May 31, 2020

12 Kits of Occasion ~ May Flowers

Good morning stamping friends ~ It's the end of the month so that means it's time for a group post for the 12 Kits of Occasion gals to post our projects using kits put together by one of our amazingly talented team mates.  This month's kit was hosted by my very dear friend and incredibly creative Marcia Hill of Marcia's Stampin' Pad.  

The theme of her kit is called April Showers Bring May Flowers.  If there's one thing Marcia knows how to do, it flowers!!  She's not afraid to try new techniques and she rocks every new technique every time!  I adored this delightful kit and the cards whipped together in a snap!

Now on to my cards:
  I think this card is my favorite.  I adore this little Bundle Girl from Stampingbella holding her snowdrops.  She was super easy to color and she is just as cute as a button!!

Marcia had these tulips from PTI all stamped and ready to go.  All I had to do was add a strip of patterned paper and a bit of black glitter tape.  The sentiment banner is also from PTI.

I was a little hesitant to color this Penny Black image called "First Blush" because it was so pretty embossed in silver and I didn't want to ruin it.  In the end, I'm fairly pleased with how it came out.  

I thought this paper was so pretty, I didn't want to put anything over it to cover those pretty flowers.  This sentiment die from Spellbinders still allows the paper to be the star of the show.

 Marcia included so many wonderful images to color including this one from Simon Says Stamp, Mandy's Flowers.  I happened to have these eggs left over from Easter sitting on my desk and thought they went perfectly with the Farm Fresh theme.   

Another sweet Penny Black image.  This one is called Daffodil Devotion.  LOVE!!  

And last but not least, another favorite Stampingbella image, Tiny Townie Garden Girl "Lily Of The Valley".  Oh gosh, isn't she sweet?  I'll add a sentiment later, when I know what I want to use this card for.  For now, she's perfectly cute on this CAS card.

I hope you'll visit the 12 Kits of Occasion blog to see how the rest of my talented team mates used Marcia's fabulous kit.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Butterfly Rainbow

Good morning friends~  Is the sun shining where you are?  We're supposed to have a beautiful day here on the east coast, with temperatures up into the 80's.  This is the kind of weather I love!!  So before I get outside for the day, I thought I'd share a card I made for the challenge going on over at The Sisterhood of Crafters, where the theme is Birds, Bee's, Butterflies.  You can use one or use them all.
Clearly I went with butterflies.  ;0) 
  I started with a piece of Canson 140lb Cold Press Watercolor Paper and placed the butterflies from Papertrey Ink into my Misti, starting at the bottom left corner.   Using Distress Oxide Ink, I inked up the butterflies in rainbow colors, blending the colors with a sponge dauber as I went along.  

  Once the stamping was done I sprayed the panel with water using a Mini Mister and let the colors bleed.  The green butterflies look more like yellow where the color ran.  I'm not sure why but I still like how it came out.  Then I stamped the sentiment and heart using Altenew's Beautiful Inside stamp set.

I hope you're able to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.  I'm so very thankful for the warmer weather.  It makes staying at home so much more bearable.  

I'll also be adding this card to the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes 
Time Out Challenge ~ FREE

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Morning Glories Begins with an M ~ Double D Challenges

Good morning friends~ There's a new challenge starting over at Double D Challenges and we're looking for things that start with the letter "M".

I thought these lovely Morning Glories from Altenew fit the bill nicely.

I stamped the morning glories in hues of blue, using inks from Secret Garden Ink Cube Set.  I added a strip of design paper from my scrap box and a strip of glitter tape from Alton.

What kinds of things can you think of that begin with the letter "M"?

Here's our mood board to help you out.  

Here's what you can win when you join in on the fun:
Amy Design - Dies - Musical Stave

Please visit Double D Challenges to play along!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Too Much Christmas Cheer

Hello stamping friends.  I'm popping in with a quick share with a card I made for the Christmas Kickstart Challenge.  The theme is "Wreathed In Christmas Smiles"
This funny moose from Creative Expressions, Christmas Characters, really is a character!  I made his eyes a little bit wonky just to add to his charm.  He looks like he's had a little too much Christmas cheer.  
I hope he makes you smile.

Join in on the fun here!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 15, 2020

A Lovely Congratulations Card ~ DRU Graduation / Congratulations

Helo all!  We're coming into the midst of graduation season and I think it's so important that we don't forget our grads who are not able to walk across the stage and hear their name called on graduation day.  I have two important young people in my life that are graduating this year and my heart is sad for them, that they can't experience this life event that all students look forward to at the end of all their hard work.  
 Dies R Us Challenge Blog is starting a new challenge with the them of Graduation / Congratulations.
I started with these beautiful 7th Heaven papers from Mintay by Karola. I fussy cut the floral frame and butterfly from the accessories page in the paper pack.

I paired the floral frame with Sue Wilson Designs Australian Collection ~ Brisbane and attached the butterfly so that it's wings are dimentional.  Look at the lovely detail on that lacy frame.  Just beautiful!  I added just a hint of color using Spun Sugar Distress Oxide Ink.  Isn't it heavenly??

You can find all the details and join in on the fun by clicking here.  You could be the next winner of a DRU Gift Certificate!

I wanted to remind you that we have some exciting news to share with you.  Dies R Us now has opened a sister store with warehouses in the USA and Canada called Didi Crafts 

They ship to both the US and Canada.  Didi Crafts will carry some of the same products as DRU, but most will be different.  Now our Canadian friends don't have to worry about huge taxes or shipping fees. How great is that!?!  We'd love for you to visit by clicking on the links above or by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Vintage Easel Card for Mother's Day

Hello and Happy Mother's Day to all who celebrate being a mom!  I made this vintage style easel card for my mother-in-love for Mother's day.  She's the only parent we have left between my hubby and I.  I miss my own mom so much, especially on Mother's Day and her birthday, and Christmas, and Easter, and flag day and National Whoopie Pie Day......  I miss her every day, so I'm very thankful to have this dear, sweet woman in our lives to celebrate.
I used beautiful papers by Mintay called 7th Heaven.  ~Swoon~   

 The clock face is from Marianne Designs, I cut it from gold foil cardstock. 
 I added some leafy greens and baby's breath both from Taylored Expressions.  The flowers are from Prima and the bird is from Tim Holtz botanical ephemera.

I love how this card came out and hope that she'll love it too.

I'll be adding this card to the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Use a Die Cut or a Punch
Inspired By ~ Flower Me With Color
Crafter's Castle: May Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: May ~ Say It With Flowers

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Finding Joy in Every Day!

Hello friends ~  I'm popping in today with a card that I think fits perfectly at The Paper Players theme challenge "Make You Smile".

 These adorable ducklings from Sugar Pea Designs always bring a smile to my face.  

I recently bought this Ocean Scene background die from Hello Bluebird and I just love it!  It made the perfect backdrop for the happy ducks to swim and frolic about in.  The timely message is something we all need to remember, every day!  

I'll be adding this card to the following challenges:
The Paper Players ~ Make You Smile
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Use a die or a punch

I hope you're staying well and healthy and finding unique ways of keeping busy.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Double D ~ Lilac, Lavender, Purple

Hello~ Here's an inspiring new challenge starting over at Double D Challenges using the color purple.

Look at the lovely mood board and see how you're inspired:

I was inspired by the purple gingham bow in the top left corner.  I used Stitched Tulip and Daisies from The Scrapping Cottage to create my card and some pretty glitter tape.  

I hope you'll stop by Double D Challenges to see more inspiration from my talented team mates and play along.

Here's what you could win:

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Ocean Pop-up ~ DRU Ocean Challenge

Wow!  Is it really the first of May already?  I love spring and the onset of summer and when summer hits, I always enjoy digging out my favorite ocean themed dies.  These new dies (they were new at the time I wrote this post up) from Elizabeth Craft Designs are my new favorites and just perfect for the new challenge that's starting over at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog themed "Seas The Day".
Just look at this over sized Oyster Shell Card with Pop-up die.  Is it sweet or what?  I added the sand crab from the Seashells die set as well as some Seaweed dies.

This is the inside of the card, using the pop-up piece of the die set.  I added an adorable little Mermaid along with more Sea Weed elements.  The treasure is also from the Sea Weed Die Set.  

Goodness!  So many wonderful ocean dies to choose from.  For your convenience, I've linked them all in the body of the post above and also below:
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Oyster Shell Card w/ Pop-Up
Sea Weed

Please be sure to visit the Dies R Us challenge
to see all the fun and fabulous creations from my talented
teamies and while you're there...join in on the fun with us!

I also wanted to remind you that Dies R Us now has a sister store with warehouses in the USA and Canada called Didi Crafts They have Marianne Designs dies in their store all the time!

They will ship to both the US and Canada.  Didi Crafts will carry some of the same products as DRU, but most will be different.  Now our Canadian friends don't have to worry about huge taxes or shipping fees. How great is that!?!  We'd love for you to visit by clicking on the links above or by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by!