May 18, 2017

You Warm my Heart

Hi, back again to share a card with you that I made
following the sketch this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches.


Here is my card, I forgot to add the 3 little dots up in the corner
but have added them on after I took the photo.

I used some scrap paper that I have had around here for a while.
I stamped the oven mitts from the Unity Stamp April Kit of the Month.
I then stamped them again on pattern paper and cut them out to paper piece the image.  Makes it easy as you don't need to color the image.
The sentiment I stamped using a is from this month's KOTM.

Thanks for stopping to take a peak, see you soon with another blog

May 17, 2017

You are Fabulous

Hi, today's card I have to share with you is made using
items that were in the Stamp of Approval box
called "A Perfect Reason" that was released in February 2017.
Although the Stamp of Approval box is no longer available
you will still be able to purchase some of the items at
Catherine Pooler store a little later this year. 

So here is the card I created using the Peacock stamp and dies.

I used the stencil that came is the box to create the left hand edge of the card.
I just inked over the stencil with my Catherine Pooler inks.
I used a few different color CP inks to stamp the peacock, I tried to do
a variation of color.  To add some pop I inked the oval cut out using CP ink called Pixie Dust which is from the new Spring Fling collection of colors.
If you have never used  CP inks I would recommend you check them out, the colors are awesome and the stamps are very juicy and stamp a great impression even when it is a solid image stamp, as the body of the Peacock is.
To really add some bling I put rhinestones along each part of the peacock tail.

This card will be entered into a contest to win the next SOA box so if you feel so inclined to head over to Catherine Pooler's blog and vote for my card.  Voting will begin on May 21 through the 23rd. 
Click to VOTE, thank you.

Tulip in a Jar

Hi, it is that time again (sorry I am late) the 15th of
the month time for the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge over
at the Crafting Circle

For this month I chose to color the Bugaboo image

I colored the image using my Gansai Tambi watercolors. 
After I colored it I cut it out using one of my Gina Marie dies and that added another die layer behind it.  I cover the "jar" part with Crystal Lacquer
to make it look like glass.
I created the card following the sketch over at
Sweet Sketch Wednesday that runs through 5/23.

The Bugaboo Crafty Challenge runs for a whole month till June 14th 
so you have plenty time to join in the fun at both challenges.

Thanks for stopping by, will be back shortly with another post.

May 4, 2017

Baby Boy

I am invited to a baby shower this weekend so I needed
a card for a baby boy.
I used the sketch from 
Tuesday Morning Sketches to create this card.

The colors are much prettier in person, it is more a baby blue
checked background.  The paper is from a single sheet that I have had
for years. 
The cute little outfit and socks I cut using from Cricut Explore
from the Baby Steps cartridge.    It's a boy was also cut using my Explore along with the circles.
Pretty easy card, came together quickly but turned out so cute.

Thanks for stopping by and head on over and check out
the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches

May 3, 2017

I got to play along with the sketch this week at Mojo Monday.
I don't always get to but love to when I can.  This week
is contest/prize week since it is the first Monday of the month.
You could win a set of Verve stamps of your choice.

Here is the sketch

This card was so hard to photograph due to the gold fold on it, but is person
it looks really cool.  I'll try later to get a better picture.
The top square of paper from the Bazzill Kraft Foil pad.
I had seen someone make a card using this paper a few months back and had to find me a pack of it, this was my first card using it.
The happy birthday is a Verve stamp from the Treasured Words set that
I stamped and heat embossed in gold.
Well thanks so much for stopping by, if you get a chance hop on over to 
Mojo Monday and play along. 

May 1, 2017

A Guy Birthday Card

Hi, sometimes creating a card for a guy can be a bit
difficult, at least for me it can be.
This week over at the MFT Sketch Challenge this sketch
made it kind of easy to create this card for a guy.
Here is the sketch.
Sketch Challenge 330 #mftstamps

And here is the card I created following the sketch.
The paper was a digital paper I had on my computer and printed out, unfortunately, I can not remember where I got it from. 😞
The happy birthday is a die I bought a while back off of Amazon, if you what you check it out click HERE.
I added some faux stitching around the edges and that was it.  I had
intended to add some bakers twine but I forgot. 

Well that is is, thanks for stopping by.

Challenges entered:
MFT Sketch Challenge - sketch - ends 5/2
Crafty Friends - anything goes - ends 5/4

April 30, 2017

I Heard through the Grapevine...................

Hi, it's that time again, time for the new monthly challenge over
at the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge.
This month our sponsor is Rick St. Dennis who is an artist
that has a wide variety of digital images, some even on
the dark side.
Here is the card I made using "Bushel of Grapes".

I colored it using Stampin Up watercolor crayons.  I used a GinaMarie inside/outside square die.  The paper is from a paper House pad called,
at the Vineyard.   The sentiment is from SugarPea Designs.  I stamped the top to close to the edge so with some great input from Ms Crafting Circle I cut out a
a little bit bigger "I" and glued it up there.

Well that is it, thanks for stopping by to take a peak.
Challenges entered:
Hiding in my Craftroom - Freestyle - ends 5/6
Di's Digis - use digital image - ends 5/6
Crafty Friends - anything goes - ends 5/4

April 20, 2017

Playing With Inks

Hi, I have a couple quick simple cards to share with you today.
After I make a card, if it is not specifically for someone
I will leave it on my desk until I type up a blog post.
Well, I have a bit of a back up on my desk so I am going to
have a few cards in this post that I have made playing around
with inks, Distress, Distress Oxide and Catherine Pooler Inks.
The first card I created the background using the Distress Oxide inks.
At first, I started out by just painting on stripes using Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber, it di not come out the way I envisioned it but the great thing about the Distress Oxide is that once it is dry you can layer the colors.  I added some Spiced Marmalade and Iced Spruce.  In the end I really liked it and did
not want to cover it up too much so I just added a Gina Marie die label
and stamped the happy birthday.

The next two cards again I played around with the Distress Oxides.

Both of these cards were made with the same piece of paper.
I really didn't like the way the paper came out after I had added the
Oxide inks, so I thought what the heck let me try using the 
Joseph's Coat technique on it.  I grabbed some CTMH solid flower stamps
and randomly stamped using Versamark and then clear embossed them.
I then used Distress Walnut Ink I just covered over the stamped piece using my blending sponge.  It was amazing to see this come to light, so I turned my
not so nice piece of paper into a pretty usable piece.  I cut it in half using a wavy die and used the two pieces to make a couple cards.

Finally, the last card of the day is one using Catherine Pooler Inks and Unity Stamps. 
The Cather Pooler inks are so vibrant and work pretty much like
the regular Distress Inks.  I just spread some ink on my craft mat
misted it with water and drug my watercolor paper through it.
I then stamped the Unity Stamps flower from the "Rebuild Your Life" set and
the sentiment is from "Bunches of Love" set.
After I stamped the flower and went back in and added some water from
the petals and dabbed it with paper towel lifting off some of the color.

Thanks for stoping by, would love to hear which card is your favorite.
Challenges entered:
Aud Sentiments - use a stamp for your sentiment - ends 4/30
Crafting with Attitude - anything goes - ends 4/30 
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes - ends 4/30

April 15, 2017

Spring Boot - Bugaboo

Well, it's that time again, time for the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge
over at the Crafting Circle
Each month starting on the 15th there is a challenge to
use any Bugaboo image on your project.  You have a
whole month to join in the fun and maybe win 
some Bugaboo images.  There are also Freebies every
Friday over at Bugaboo.

This month I chose to use the image called 
Spring Boot which was one of the freebies a few weeks ago. 
I colored it used my new Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.
I absolutely love these paints, they move so well so you can
paint lightly or darken your colors.
You will be seeing a lot more projects from me using these fabulous
So come on over and join in the fun at the
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge.

April 13, 2017

A Beautiful Feather

I love how this one turned out.  I made it a few weeks
ago but never got around to typing up a post.
Lately, I have had an addiction to Unity Stamps, I am sure they
love it but my wallet doesn't, they have way to many great
sales and tempting stamps.  Not a good combination for me. 

This card I used the beautiful feather stamp from the
"Beautiful is Never Perfect" set.  This stamp has to be
way at the top of my list of favorites with all it details
and flowers.
I started out with some watercolor paper and using my new
Distress Oxide Inks.  Oh my, do I love these inks!  I used 
Broken Chine, Cracked Pistachio (ha ha ha I am sitting here
cracking pistachios and eating them while I type this) and Wilted Violet. 
Once I got the background the way I liked it I stamped it with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder.
I am not very good sometimes at combining the right inks colors so I 
can not take full credit for this one.  I saw a card done by
Lin over at the Sending Hugs blog and knew I had to give it a try.
I stamped and heat embossed the happy birthday on a Gina Marie
die cut.  You can check this and her other dies HERE.

Well I am so glad you stopped by would love the hear what you this
of my card.
Challenges entered:
Aud Sentiments - Happy birthday/7 - ends 4/17
Crafting with Attitude - anything goes - ends 4/30
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes - ends  4/30
Moving Along with the Times - birds and/or feather - ends 4/25