Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Another....Happy Birthday with Stamp of Approval

Hello again.  *wink*

I wanted to share another birthday card.  It must be my thing at the moment.  I find myself making birthday card after birthday card.  *laughing at myself*   

I used Catherine Pooler's new stamp set from the Stamp of Approval collection.  This set is wonderful.  So many possibilities.  

I used the current Lawnscaping challenge sketch for my layout. 

 This is a great layout.  I have created a few cards with it..and I'm sure the sketch will be a go-to in the future.  

I stamped the diamond shape from the set with Lawn Fawn inks in rainbow order.  I love how the shapes just nest next to each other.  I highlighted the diamonds with a clear Spectrum Noir Glitter brush pen.  

The sentiment panel was stamped with another Stamp of Approval stamp set from Cas-ual Fridays, and then accented with the diamonds and inks to bring in the background a bit.

I added the same glitter pen with some glossy accents to the "You."  I thought the font style screamed to be jazzed up.  The stars are from Pretty Pink Posh.    

The inside of the card was finished with the same pattern of diamonds (although I kinda messed up the color order..because I was taking to hubby and the kids).  "wink, wink*   The inside sentiment is from the Young at Heart Stamp of Approval Collection.  Now that I see it on the screen, I might go back and add one star sequin near the inside sentiment.  

I am entering my card into the Lawnscaping Challenge and the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.  

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Happy Birthday...Stamp of Approval Style

Happy Wednesday!!!

How's your day going?  It's beautiful here in the Frozen Tundra of Wisconsin.  Spring cleaning underway, kids homeschooling is progressing well...and I had some fun stamping.   *smiling*

Speaking of stamping, have you seen the latest Stamp of Approval collection?  It's beautiful.  I am loving playing with all the pieces of the collection.

 This card came out of a 'sample' piece that I was stamping with the large stamp from the Gina K. set included in the collection.  I was playing with placement and the image fit into itself.  The result was the beautiful black and white panel.

I couldn't toss it.  So, I spritzed the panel with Perfect Pearls Mist, and added it to a white card base.

I accented it with a flag banner stamped with a Simon Says Stamp sentiment.  To give a bit of visual interest, I added a few drops from my stash.

I am entering my card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Thinking of You

 Happy Tuesday!

I finally ha time to play with some paper and the new Stamp of Approval collection.

The inspiration for my card is Jennifer McGuire's Faux Metallic post.

I tried Jennifer's technique with this stamp, but I didn't like the results too well.   So I just stamped with Versamark on My Favorite Things Lemon Drop card stock and 'colored' with Perfect Pearls pigment powder.

I cut a circle out of vellum and stamped the first part of the sentiment in Versamark, clear embossed, and 'colored' with Perfect Pearls.  The You is a die from the Stamp of Approval collection.  I cut it from black glitter card stock.

To finish it off, I added a few metallic gold sequins from Doodlebug.

I am entering this in two challenges.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog    Simon Monday Challenge Blog

Monday, April 25, 2016


Happy Monday!

Spring sure is here, isn't it?   One day it's warm, next it's cold...then it's storming.  

While doing a normal Monday routine, I created this card.

I used the current MFT Sketch challenge for my layout.  I used a circle from the circle stax dies and lightly traced three circles (to mimic the sketch) to stamp my images in.

I colored the panel with Copics.

I added glossy accents to the butterflies.

I stamped the card base with Fairy Dust dye ink and a retired background stamp before adhering the panel.  For a  bit of fun, I added a line of Stickles.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

You're A Star

Happy Thursday!

How is your day? old, same old.   ha ha...

But in the midst of the all the excitement (*wink, wink*), I wanted to share with you a creation inspired by the current Lawnscaping Challenge.

I LOVE how this turned out.  I don't typically play with ink.  I am more of a CAS kinda gal.  But if ALL my creations turn out like this one, I just might evolve.  *smile*

My card idea started this weekend amidst all the beautiful weather.  While the kids were outside playing, I stamped a whole lot of images on watercolor paper and played with my Zig Clean Color brushes.   I liked how the jellyfish and starfish turned I thought why not use them on a card.  

I also had a negative panel from a previous die cut sitting on my I used it as the front panel.

I inked the background and front panel with Salty Ocean, Abandoned Coral, and Peacock Feathers distress inks.  I made the inside circle a bit deeper to help focus the attention on the little critters.  After inking the panels, I used my distress sprayer for some water drops and mopped them up with a paper towel.  

The bubbles were stamped (to represent the lines in the sketch) with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ultra White Wow embossing powder...and then accented with glossy accents.  

The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  

The front panel and critters were popped up on foam tape for some interest.  

I had a couple of critters left so I adhered them flat to the inside of the card.   I left the inside blank so I can personalize it for the recipient.  

Monday, April 18, 2016

Make Lemonade

Happy Monday!  

Before we settle down for the evening, I wanted to share with you a cute little card inspired by the Wednesday Challenge.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

I used Lawn Fawn's Make Lemonade Stamp set.  I stamped the images on watercolor paper, colored them with Zig Clean Brush Markers, and fussy cut them out.  

I adhered them with foam squares to an MFT die cut circle blended with Lawn Fawn's Hippo Ink.  I added shimmer with a Spectrum Noir Aqua Glitter Brush Marker.     

The sentiment was stamped on an MFT die cut banner.  

The circle and sentiment were added to a Lawn Fawn Sunflower notecard.  A few gems from Hero Arts finished off the front panel.

To sweeten the inside, I added a few more lemons.  :-)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Make a Wish

Happy Saturday!

It's a beautiful day here, finally.  Thinking maybe some yard work may get done this weekend.  *wink, wink*

Before all the fun begins, I wanted to share a card with you that I made for my daughter's friend. 

I broke out the Stamp of Approval Young at Heart collection to combine with some My Favorite Things inks and dies.  

I used MFT's Blueprints 15 for the card panel, base, and accent strip.  

I stamped the cake in Daffodil, Berrylicious, and Sour Apple inks.  There are two stamps to each cake layer...each layer was stamped with the same ink color to create a tone-on-tone effect.
I added some Spectrum Noir Glitter brush pen to the highlight the layers.  

The inside was stamped with a greeting and accent stamp from the same stamp set as the cake.  

My card was inspired by the MFT color challenge.  

Friday, April 15, 2016

Thank You For All You Do

Happy Friday!

Today is a new 3D challenge over at Cardz TV.  

The DT challenge is to create a 3D Teacher Thank You treat box or bag.  

Aren't these just the cutest??  

My treat bags were created following Dawn's instructions.  

I punched two 1 3/4 inch circles and stamped them with Cardz TV Many Thanks stamp set.  The edge of the circles were inked with chalk in to help them stand out from the bags.  

Monday, April 11, 2016

Easter and Spring Themed Cards

Happy Monday!  

Tomorrow is the second Tuesday of the month..and that can ONLY mean one thing...a new Facebook group challenge over at Miss Kate Cuttables' group!

April's Challenge is "Spring/Easter."

The requirements for the challenge is to follow the theme of the month and use a Miss Kate Cuttables' file in your creation, including any/all freebies you have.


I created a set of cards for family and some of my husband's doctors.  

I used Chocolate Easter Bunny Silhouette, Easter Eggs, & Assorted Flower Set.  I created negative cuts for the card panels.  I placed chocolate brown card stock from Papertrey Ink behind the rabbits.  The papers behind the flowers are from Gina K Designs.   The colored eggs panels were created using a stamp with versamark, heat embossed with clear embossing powder, and ink blended with distress inks.  The sentiments are from Lawn Fawn and WPlus9, stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink.  

We would love to have you join us over at the facebook group!  See you there.  

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Watercolor Jewels

Happy Thursday!

Today is my day to post on the Miss Kate Cuttables blog.  

First, don't forget to get today's at the store HERE.

And now my creation:
These cards are so outside my typical style...but I LOVE them.  

I used Miss Kate Cuttables' file, my Cricut Explore, Peerless Watercolors, Ranger embossing powder, and Arches watercolor paper to create the front panels.  

I first designed my card by importing the Miss Kate's Princess Jewels file into Cricut Design Space.  
Princess Jewels SVG cutting files for scrapbooking princess cut files for cricut cute svg cuts
Once I had an idea of where the jewels would be placed, I cut a 9x12 sheet of Arches watercolor paper into 4 panels.  I used my Peerless Watercolors, Silver Brush #2 paint brush, and some clean water.  

After they were dry, I placed the panels on a mat and run them through my Cricut. 

After I cut the pieces, I embossed the outlines with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  
The pieces were all placed back into the panel, like a puzzle.  

The panels were adhered to a Whip Cream card base.  Then some Pretty Pink Posh sequins to add some interest, but not to overshadow the watercolor panel.  
These panels have a wonderful texture.  A bit rough, but soft at the same time.  

I left the inside blank so that I can address them as I wish.  

Monday, April 4, 2016

Bonjour with Newton

Happy Monday!

It's a beautiful day here and I want to spend the day making beautiful things.  :-)

But before I go hide in a pile of paper, inks, and stamps, I wanted to share this cute creation with you.

Don't you just love Newton in his hot air balloon?  
I colored Newton with Prismacolor pencils.  

I also love pink clouds.  It's so pretty.  The clouds were actually made from from a Simon Says Stamp wave die.  I used the negative for the template and inked with My Favorite Things Pink Lemonade and Tinkled Pink dye inks.  

Challenges I am entering..... 

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Friday, April 1, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Friday!

Today is a new 3D challenge over at Cardz TV.  

The DT challenge is to create a 3D Mother's Day card. 

I created a pop-up card using my Cricut Explore and CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge.  

I cut the front design and inlaid the pieces (minus the roses - for contrast) so that I could color them with My Favorite Things dye ink.  I added Spectrum Noir glitter pen to the roses, white gel pen details, some small pearls, rhinestones, and clear sequins.  

I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx black ink and Cardz TV Happy Days stamp set.  

The card base was created with pale rolse Bazzill card stock.  (LOVE this color)