Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Summer-ish Challenges

I've been trying to draw inspiration from challenges and have two to share today.  This first one is for TGIF Challenges, and had the element of "summer heat embossing."  Here is the card I created . . .

The stamping of the pineapple was heat embossed, as was the sentiment.  And nothing says summer like a pineapple in sunglasses. 

My second cards took inspiration from CAS(E) this Sketch.  Here is the sketch . . .

And here is my card . . .

I do struggle with one layer cards, but I gave it my best shot for this one.  Included some sparkly embossing to make it pop.  

I hope you had some time to create today. 


Supplies Used - Happy Birthday to One Fineapple
Stamps and Dies: pineapple2stamp and pineapple2stamp dies (The Stamps of Life);
Ink & Embossing:  Versamark, Versafine, White Embossing Powder (Wow), Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger);
Paper: Cardstock and Pattern Paper(March Card Kit from The Stamps of Life)
Other:  Twine and Heart Epoxy (March Card Kit from The Stamps of Life)

Supplies Used - You Had Me At Aloha
Stamps and Dies:  Tropically Yours Stamps (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink & Embossing:  Coral Cabana, Limoncello, Lime Ricky, and Aquatini and Midnight Ink (Catherine Pooler Inks); Versamark; Wanderlust Embossing Powder (Wow)
Paper: Premium White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler)

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Stay Cool Beachy Dude

I had so much fun creating this card, exploring techniques using Distress Oxide inks, and creating a beach scene for a few challenges including Try Stampin' on Tuesday and this week's challenge at StampNation

So first, my card . . .


I used Neenah Desert Storm cardstock, and started by layering the distress oxide inks over a stencil.  I love that these inks layer.  I then created the torn strip at the bottom . . . prompted by Try Stampin' on Tuesday's challenge, ran some versamark over it, and used Sand Dune EP from Wow to creates my sand.  I popped this over the stenciled piece.

For my dog, I stamped on the same Neenah Desert Storm, embossed the outline, and then used the distress oxide inks to watercolor.

Look at that little dude standing on the sand.  And what's really cool . . . those sunglasses . . .

This was a fun card.  I would definitely try this technique with distress oxides on kraft cardstock again. 

I hope you were able to create today. 


Supplies Used - Stay Cool
Stamps and Dies: Dog Days of Summer Stamp (Newton's Nook);
Ink & Embossing:  Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide Inks (Ranger); Midnight (Catherine Pooler); Versamark; Sand Dune EP (Wow);
Paper: Desert Storm (Neenah); Midnight (Catherine Pooler)
Other: Sunscape Stencil (Newton's Nook); Blueprint Sketch Distress Stain and Glossy Accents (Ranger);

Tropically Yours for Freshly Made Sketches

Loved the sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  And here is my creation using new stamps and dies that arrived on my doorstep Friday.

I do love the CAS look of this card . . . not to mention black and white with a pop of color!

I hope you fine some time to create today.


Supplies Used - Tropically Yours
Stamps and Dies:  Leave Me In Paradise Stamp and Dies, Tropically Yours Stamps (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink and Embossing:  Aquatini, Lime Ricky, Coral Cabana and Midniht Ink (Catherine Pooler)
Paper: Premium White Cardstock and Black Tie Gala Pattern Paper (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Other: Golden Sunset Glitter Drops (Nuvo)

Wishing You Joy for SOS

Christmas in July! That is the challenge at Shopping Our Stash this week.  I definitely can play along with that. 

I love stamping on kraft colored cardstock.  I stamped my image with white pigment ink first, and then I shifted my cardstock a bit and stamped with the green.  It gives the tree some pop.  I did the same for my sentiment.  

I hope you find some time to create today. 


Supplies Used - Wishing You Joy
Stamps and Dies:  Sketched Evergreens (Altenew)
Ink & Embossing:  White Pigment Ink (Simon Says Stamp); Spruce (Catherine Pooler); Versamark; White EP (Wow!);
Paper: Desert Storm (Neenah); Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Other: Classic Christmas Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Friday, July 20, 2018

Love the Mouse

The challenge at House-Mouse Friends . . . SUMMER! 

And this little guy is enjoying his summer . . . 

Love this little guy! 

Not so interesting, but I dropped my watercolor brush onto my painted surface, which then meant I needed to cut my image out.  It worked out fine, because I created a water source for him and plopped him right down after cutting. 

I do hope you find some time to create today.


Supplies Used - Oh Joy
Stamps and Dies:  Daisy Float (House Mouse Designs/Stampendous); Oh Joy die (The Stamps of Life)
Ink & Embossing:  Onyx Black Versafine Ink; Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Various Ranger Distress Inks for watercolor
Paper:  Canson Watercolor Paper, Cardstock and Pattern Paper from The Stamps of Life March Card Kit
Other:  Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Clear Wink of Stella

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Watercolor Background for Just Us Girls

A watercolor background for Just Us Girls.  I adore this stamp set from Catherine Pooler Designs.  It was from a past Stamp of Approval release.

Not sure I love the glitter embossing powder, but I still adore that stamp set.  

I hope you find some time to create today.


Supplies Used - You Rock My World
Stamps and Dies:  The World Awaits (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink & Embossing:  Be Mine, Flirty Fuchsia and All That Jazz  (Catherine Pooler Inks); Versamark; Neptune Embossing Powder (Wow!)
Paper: Premium White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler); Ocean Glitter Paper (The Stamps of Life); Watercolor Paper (Close To My Heart);
Other: Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Fun Creation for Fusion

Hi all! 

Tried to keep my colors and sketch true to theme.Here is the inspiration for this Fusion Challenge

The challenge . . .

Here is my card . . .

Tried to get artsy with this one . . . some watercolor, and some embossing, and tried to stay close to the colors in the sketch (which is likely a stretch).  

 I do love how this one turned out. 

I hope you find some time to create.


Supplies Used - Thanks
Stamps and Dies:  Crafty Friend Stamp Set (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink & Embossing:  Versamark; Black Embossing Powder (Stampendous); Daniel Smith Watercolors;
Paper: Audrey Blue and White Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp); Licorice Cardstock (The Stamps of Life); I'd Rather Be Crafting (Echo Park); Watercolor Paper (Close To  My Heart);
Other: Lemon Enamel Accents (Ranger)

Quote Inspired at Time Out

A very simple card for the Time Out challenge this week.  I used supplies from a very old kit in my stash.  The quote that inspired the card . . .


Very true story in that quote.

 I love being able to pull out old supplies to create.  

And I hope you found some time to create today.  


Supplies Used - Smile and Be Happy
Stamps and Dies:  Happy and Smile (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink & Embossing:  Black (Hero Arts)
Paper: Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp and American Crafts; Sunkissed (Doodlebug)
Other: Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Epoxy Sticker (Doodlebug); Dot Stickers (Pebbles)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Christmas in July for SIP Challenge

Last week I was creating an Easter card . . . this week Christmas.  I love stamping "off" holiday cards.   This one was for Stamp Ink Paper, whose challenge this week was Christmas in July. 

 I created my watercolor background first, and then tried to be sure that my images were just as muted as that red and green background.  My distress markers were the best match for the Color Burst watercolor background. 

I added some sparkle with some Stickles . . . snow must have sparkle. 

I hope you find some time to create today. 


Supplies Used - Happy Holidays
Stamps and Dies:  A Star is Born (Impression Obsession); Short and Sweet Sayings (Close To My Heart)
Ink & Embossing:  Pthalo Green, Alizaria Crimson and Sepia Color Burst (Ken Oliver); Zig Black Marker; Barn Door, Evergreen Bough Wild Honey and Walnut Stain Distress Markers (Ranger);
Paper: Solar White (Neenah); Watercolor Paper (Canson);
Other: Diamond Stickles (Ranger)

Follow Your Dreams

Created this card using the sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday.  The sketch is below with my supply list. 

 Perhaps not a ton of stampin' on this one . . . sometimes the supplies have their own mind. 

I hope you find some time to create today.


Supplies Used - Dream
Stamps and Dies:  sayings4rainbows and Stitched Tag Dies (The Stamps of Life)
Ink & Embossing:  Licorice Ink (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Powdered Sugar Cardstock and Pattern Paper from The Stamps of Life March Card Kit
Other:  Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Twine and Puffy "Dream" Sticker from The Stamps of Life March Card Kit

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Faithful Friend

A nautical challenge over at Double D Challenges inspired me to create a card. 

  My anchor has a few coats of embossing powder. 

I hope you find some time to create today!


Supplies Used - Faithful Friend
Stamps and Dies: Sayings4Sailboats and Sailboat Dies (The Stamps of Life)
Ink & Embossing:  Versamark; Silver Embossing Powder (Ranger)
Paper:  Cardstock and Pattern Paper from The Stamps of Life February 2018 Card Kit
Other: Ribbon and Twine  (The Stamps of Life February 2018 Card Kit); Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);

Celebrate! w/Tuesday Morning Sketches

I love a good sketch, and this one from Tuesday Morning Sketches was calling my name.  I had the negative pieces that I had been saving from a shaker card.  I often wonder why I save so many scraps, but my brain went right to them when I saw this sketch. 

 I went with a birthday card, and some bright colors. 

A bit CAS . . . with color and pop. 

I hope you find some time to cut and paste today.

Supplies Used - Celebrate
Stamps and Dies:  Storybook 6 Die (Pretty Pink Posh); Woo Hoo Stamp Set and Celebrate Die (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink & Embossing:  Orange Twist, Black Jack, All That Jazz, Be Mine, Lime Ricky, Limoncello, Grape Crush (Catherine Pooler)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Black Glitter Paper (Close To My Heart)
Other: Black Dots (Close To My Heart)

Any Holiday - Craftaholics R Us

Craftaholics R Us says any holiday I want?  Happy Easter! 

I wanted to go back to Spring, when it was cooler (although it has cooled down some).  Sadly, I was so busy that I didn't get to make Easter cards this year.  So thanks for the opportunity. 

Adore these eggs! 

I hope you find some time to create today. 


Supplies Used -  Happy Easter
Stamps:  Egg-a-licious (Sugar Pea Designs)
Ink:  Canary, Cotton Candy, Gypsy, Lagoon, Pear, Sorbet (Close To My Heart); Versamark
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah) Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Sequins and Silly Eyes (Pretty Pink Posh); White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Clear Wink of Stella (Zig)

Saturday, July 7, 2018

My Favorites - Stamp Ink Paper

This week's challenge at Stamp Ink Paper is a a card maker's choice . . . so I get to pick my favorites! 

I have many favorites . . . where do I begin.  So a few things I adore . . .

  • House Mouse stamps
  • Colorful pattern papers
  • Watercolor
  • Kraft cardstock

And you can see all of these on my card . . .

 Admittedly, I also like donuts.  I've cut them out of my life over the last 14 months, but check out the add that the little mouse is holding . . . "Free!  Stale donuts . . . "

Did I mention I also love sequins! 

I have lots of things that I love when it come to crafting. 

I hope you find some time to create today. 


Supplies Used - Life is Sweet
Stamps:  Classified Ad (House Mouse, Stampendous)
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx Pigment; various distress inks used for watercolor of image
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah); Canson Watercolor; Cream and Sugar Papers (Doodlebug)
Accessories:  Sequins (Lucy's Little Things); Ranger Clear Embossing Powder