Monday, January 30, 2017

CAS Flurry of Hearts

Welcome! I was in the mood to color this evening and have never had a chance to break out this stamp set from MFT, Warmest Wishes. Love what I've seen others do with the image, especially some of the creative shaker cards! But I wanted to practice coloring the girl first, so I opted for CAS. This fits the CAS on Sunday challenge #100 to use hearts and the Color Inspiration Monday link up 10, just stipulates you must color your own image.

I used Prismacolor pencils to color in the image spread about with a bit of gamsol. A touch of glitter, a bit of embossing at the top and that's it! Thanks for looking and have fun stamping!
Stamps: My Favorite Things -- Warmest Wishes. Ink: black adirondack. Other: embossing folder, prismacolor pencils, glitter, blanks from heart border punch, red, pink and Neenah white paper. Pencils: Greyed Lavendar, Process Red, Salmon Pink, Rose, Goldenrod, Deco Pink, Chocolate, Warm Grey 30% and 10%, Silver, Spanish Orange, LIght Violet, Sienna Brown, Violet, Brite Violet, Parma Violet, Indigo Blue, Mulberry, Hot Pink

Saturday, January 28, 2017

CAS(E) Sketch challenge 206

Found a sketch challenge blog that looks a lot of fun. This was made for the sketch in the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge 206. Not quite a CAS card perhaps, with the paper piecing and all, but I had fun. I haven't "cracked" open this stamp set yet (too punny) but I thought it fit the movement in the sketch. The egg rolls downhill and cracks open so the bird can...call a friend of course!

Paper pieced the bird, fussy cut the egg in the nest and used patterned paper for the hills. Had a piece of paper I'd watercolored earlier in the week that sort of looked like morning sky. Perhaps its a bad idea to take photos at night, the color just doesn't look right.

 Thanks for looking.
Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Twelve Days, Twelve Days Companion Greetings; Ink: Ranger distress inks, Papertrey Chocolate, Ranger black; Paper: Kraft, watercolor, rustic white, random patterned paper; Other: Prismacolor pencils Ranger distress markers


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Make it Monday with a Spin

Many thanks to Lizzie for that great tutorial on a spinner card. I used her technique for my card for the blog hop but also made this card based off of a pretty photo I found on instagram. I was inspired by the colors, by the ice and by the scattered floral petals. It isn't related to a challenge of any kind, I just liked it! Thanks for looking.

Stamps: PTI What the Doodle; Paper: white, swiss dotted vellum and PTI white linen; Ink: black, Raspberry fizz, smokey shadow; Other: prismacolor pencils, thread, sequins. Prismacolor pencils used: Deco Pink, Rose, Hot Pink, Mulberry, Sienna Brown, Yellow Chartreuse, Chartreuse, Straw Yellow, Canary, Lemon, Yellow Bice, Limepeel, Apple, Spanish Orange, Yellowed Orange, Orange. 



Showing close up of the spinning element on the thread.

Also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for Anything Goes, and Crafting by Design "Pretty, Pink and Girlie."

PTI Blog Hop January 2017

Welcome! Thanks for stopping by! I want to make sure I have a Valentine's card made for my husband and the colors and challenge at PTI helped inspire the design while I used the technique Lizzie demonstrated for the Make it Monday challenge.

My husband often makes things for me as gifts and he likes to work with wood, so I used the woodgrain impression plate with the heart in the center as symbolic of the way folks used to carve their initials and a heart in a tree to record their love for each other.

The heart is the middle size from the heart die set at PTI and is small enough to spin within a simple shadowbox card. I took a photo from the top down to show the inside.  My circles are a bit messy; some of my dies still live in another state so I had to cut them by hand, but I'm slowly being reunited with my crafty things. Thanks for looking and have a great hop! I have work to finish but look forward to hopping later tonight to see all of the inspired creations out there from so many talented stampers.



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Get Well Sketch

My husband's uncle has been unwell so it is time for a bit of happy mail. Thought I'd keep it simple and found a nice, simple sketch to follow, Freshly Made Sketches #271. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Make it Market Kit, Don't Forget to Write and Walk by Faith; Dies: from Don't Forget to Write; Ink: black, (PTI) Hibiscus, Raspberry, Spring Rain, Limeade Ice, Sweet Blush, Summer Sun, Tropical Teal (Ranger) Peeled Paint, Fired Brick; Paper: Kraft, PTI chartreuse paper pack, random pink scrap, white; Other: two sided sticky tape, Recollections fine glitter

Friday, January 20, 2017

Make it Monday Sympathy

I get so sad when I have to make sympathy cards. I want it to be pretty but appropriate and I'm never sure of myself. I almost didn't add the sequins to the one card but it looked so blank it needed something. Placing them below the heart, they reminded me of teardrops. I left the centers of the hearts empty on purpose because there is a mom of my acquaintance whose heart is empty this week, one of these is going to her. Hug your family and loved ones close and tell them you love them every day.

These also made me realize I need some deeper, richer toned inks to work with on occasion so I'll be remedying that soon. My daughter likes the card with the purples and blues but I work with those colors so much I felt I needed to use a different palette, so I matched the colors in the patterned paper and added a die cut element to one.

Thanks for looking and thanks to Melissa for a nice challenge for Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #272, Masked Heart Wreaths.


Purple and blue card--Stamps (PTI): Keep It Simple: Sympathy Mini Set, Birds & Blooms Anniversary Set; Dies (PTI): Heart Prints Die Collection; Paper: PTI linen (white), black and soft stone patterned paper pack, random silver; Inks: (PTI) Spring Rain, Stormy Sea, Winter Wisteria, Amethyst Allure, Smokey Shadow, Dark Chocolate (Ranger) Weathered Wood, Other: butterfly punch.

Patterned Paper card--Stamps (PTI): Keep It Simple: Sympathy Mini Set, Birds & Blooms Anniversary Set, Borders and Corners Square set; Dies (PTI): Heart Prints Die Collection; Make It Market Nostalgic Notions; Paper: PTI linen (white), black, random patterned paper; Inks: (PTI) Smokey Shadow, Dark Chocolate, (Ranger Distress) Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood, archival Jet Black; Other: butterfly punch, sequins

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Blues in Winter

I've been messing about with my blog layout and as a result it IS a mess right now, but I'll figure it out eventually. I'd like to change the email associated with the account and having no success. Any ideas? :)
Anyway, I've had fun with ink and paper again lately and have a few things to post. I seem to gravitate towards blue, white and silver this time of year. I think with my next set of cards I need to mix it up! Also been playing with square layouts lately.

Without further chatter, here's my latest:

Top uses Papertrey Ink Baker's Dozen stamp set, Ranger distress inks and prismacolor pencils.
Bottom uses an old Elzybells stamp, still one of my winter favorites, distress markers, Ranger distress inked sponged on the ourside, and a Spellbinders diecut medallion.  I did a bit of paper piercing too.

These fit the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, "Chill Out" and
Die Cuttin' Divas #300 Photo Challenge for silver and blue with a die cut.

Hope to spend a bit more time this week figuring out the new things in blogger.
Thanks for looking.