Friday, February 28, 2014

Birthday for Color Throwdown & AEI♥U!


Happy Friday!  Hope your week has been a great one!  Today's card is for a few challenges.  The color challenge at Color Throwdown, Seize The Birthday: Anything Goes, and the first AEI♥U challenge!




I followed the sketch over at Freshly Made sketches too!  :)


One thing I love about challenges is the way they help you to use colors/designs together that you may have never thought of.  I can honestly say that I totally neglect Tangerine Tango but have used it twice this week on cards because of color challenges.  I tend to go for Pumpkin Pie instead of Tangerine Tango.

I used All Squared Up by Avery Elle on my background piece and of course, I had to use my all time favorite Rounded Diamond stamps/dies from Avery Elle!  The sentiment is called From Us by Simon Says Stamp.
 


 Thank you for visiting and have a great day!!!

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Basic Black
Ink:  So Saffron, Versafine Black, Versamark
Stamps:  All Squared up, Rounded Diamonds (Avery Elle), From Us (SSS)
Accessories:  Rounded diamonds dies (Avery Elle), Black Candy dot, Banner Trio die (Wplus9)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Colour Me!

Hi friends.  When I saw the colors for the Colour Me challenge yesterday, I knew I had to make another Christmas card.  I love blue and red for Christmas cards.  The sketch over at My Favorite Things helped this card come to life.



Here is another one made using traditional Christmas colors.




Thank you for visiting and have a great day!!!

Cardstock:  Whisper White
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Black, Real Red, Smoky Slate
Stamps:  Stitched Stockings (MFT)
Accessories:  Banner trio dies (Wplus9), Stitched stockings dies, Stitched circle dies


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Basics & Beyond!


Hi friends!  Today's card was inspired by a new Online Card Class called Basics & Beyond, that my friends Catherine, Maureen, & Chupa have put together.  The class opens today!

This is their second class, the first one was A Very Trendy Holiday.  Both classes are amazing and highly recommended.

 
This class was released early to StampNation members with a 50% off coupon code.

Not a member?  Subscribe now, then grab your code.

Here is what others are saying about it...
 I have gone through 2 lessons so far and love the class. Wish it had been available before. Like any new skill, it is so important to build a strong foundation with the basics before adding all the embellishments. I like the way each lesson builds on the previous one. I also like the way it encourages you to work with stamps and supplies you have on hand. Great inspiration and ideas!!!  

I was inspired by the colors at Dynamic Duos.

I hope to see you inside the classroom!


Cardstock:  Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, Vellum cardstock
Ink:  Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo
Stamps:  Leave it Be (PTI), All Squared up (Avery Elle)
Accessories: Rhinestone, butterfly punch


  • 8 exclusive video tutorials
  • 28 card ideas, some with step-by-step photo tutorials
  • 10 sketches
BONUS! for those that sign up in the first week.  Be ready – registration opens on February 26th!
- See more at: http://catherinepooler.com/blog/#sthash.j1kMLJnC.dpuf
  • 8 exclusive video tutorials
  • 28 card ideas, some with step-by-step photo tutorials
  • 10 sketches
BONUS! for those that sign up in the first week.  Be ready – registration opens on February 26th!
- See more at: http://catherinepooler.com/blog/#sthash.j1kMLJnC.dpuf


Monday, February 24, 2014

Merry Monday #97


Happy Monday friends.  Time for another Merry Monday challenge and this week we want you to use the colors Aqua, Silver, & white.


I used the Christmas: Cover up die from Lil' Inker Designs and the fun glitter technique Jen Rzasa from Our Change of Art showed here.  I tried this with silver and aqua glitter but really wasn't happy with the result.  I am much happier with the one above.  Here is my first attempt with silver.



I hope you will join us for this week's Merry Monday challenge.  Make sure you visit the Merry Monday blog to see the rest of the beautiful cards from the Design Team members.

***My stamps for sale page has been updated with lots of stamps.***

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!!

Cardstock:  Whisper White
Accessories:  Christmas: Cover up die (Lil' Inker), Glitter, Silver ribbon, snowflake charm



Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hero Arts Birthday challenge

 

Happy Saturday friends!  Today's card is for my nephew.  His birthday is today.  I am entering this over at Hero Arts Birthday challenge in the metallic category.  I used a technique my friend Catherine Pooler shared on StampNation.  Using gelatos on the background piece and then embossing in gold.  Love the result.  I hope my nephew enjoys it as well.  :)


***My stamps for sale page has been updated with lots of stamps.  Click here to view***

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper white
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  From Us (Simon Says Stamp), Tiny Flags background stamp (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Gelatos, Gold embossing powder, Banner trio die(Wplus9), Numbers dies (PTI)



Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hello for Curtain Call


Happy Saturday friends!  Today's card is for the Curtain Call challenge: Cozy Quilt.  I found this patterned paper in my stash and it reminds me of a warm quilt.  I stitched the vellum banner to soften the colors a bit.

Here is the inspiration photo.


The stitched oval and sentiment are from Lil' Inker Designs, the challenge sponsor.

***My stamps for sale page has been updated with lots of stamps.  Click here to view***

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Vellum cardstock
Ink:  Early Espresso
Stamps:  Darling Diamonds (Lil' Inker Designs)
Accessories:  Stitched ovals (Lil' Inker Designs), Heart die (My Creative time)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Muse meets Trend watch


Hi friends!  I have a fun, trendy card for you today.  I was inspired by this week's Muse: Marion Vagg and Wplus9's birthday celebration challenge: Trend watch.

Here is Marion's lovely card.



Not only are neon colors trendy but also the hand lettering die cut from Simon Says & silver star sequins. 

I am also entering this over at The Paper Players: Challenge #183.  Use stars on your CAS project.


***My stamps for sale page has been updated with lots of stamps***  Click here to view

Thank you for visiting and have a great weekend!

Cardstock:  Black, Whisper White
Ink:  Hero Arts neon inks, Versafine black
Stamps:  Backgrounds & Borders 1 & Basic Banners (Wplus9)
Accessories:  Silver Sequins, Oh Happy Day die (Simon Says Stamp)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Make it Monday & The Card Concept


Hi friends.  I decided to play along with Make it Monday challenge:  Layering dye & pigment inks & The Card Concept.  Really cool effect.  Hard to capture in my photo though.  UGH!  I really need a new camera.

Close-up




I used a background stamp from Penny Black called Retro Pattern.  Stamped using Fresh Snow pigment ink by Papertrey.  I used New Leaf and Berry Sorbet for the flower and the sentiment is stamped on vellum and embossed with white embossing powder.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!  I am enjoying the sunshine today!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Retro sketches meets Festive Friday!


Hi friends.  Another Christmas card to add to my stash!  I love the inspiration photo at Festive Friday and the sketch over at Retro Sketches.




I used Iconic Christmas from Wplus9 and a stencil from Dream Weaver for my stripes.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Real Red, Whisper White
Ink:  Real Red, Versafine black
Stamps:  Iconic Christmas (Wplus9)
Accessoires:  Iconic Christmas dies, Stripes stencil from Dream Weaver

Monday, February 17, 2014

Merry Monday #96


Happy Monday friends.  Time for another Merry Monday challenge.  This week's challenge is to use Holly on your Christmas card.


I have used the Holly Jolly dies from Lil' Inker Designs.  I purchased them after Christmas and am so thankful I did.  The sentiment is also new to me though it has been around for a while.  It is called Stylish Sentiments: Holiday by Papertrey Ink.

I hope you will join us this week to get a head start on your Christmas cards for 2014.  Make sure you check out the other DT members cards over at the Merry Monday challenge blog.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Real red, whisper white
Ink:  Early Espresso
Stamps:  Stylish Sentiments:  Holiday (PTI)
Accessories:  Holly Jolly Dies (Lil' Inker Designs), Score tool


Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!!!


This week's challenge over at StampNation is all about the color RED, use a little or a lot.  Perfect challenge to coincide with Valentine's Day.

We have a sponsor this week, our DT member Wendy is giving away two CTMH stamp sets.  The cards on the upper left & bottom right feature some of the stamps in the sets.  Cute images and sentiments.  My card is the middle one on the bottom.

Here is a sneak peek of my most recent Trends Article. 



I hope to see you on StampNation soon!
Thank you for visiting and have a great day! ♥

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Birthday wishes


My second card for today is for Papertrey's Birthday celebration.  They want us to use stripes on our card.  I used the long, skinny stamp from Watercolor Wonder to stamp my stripes.  I am following the sketch over at Retro sketches and the Cue word at CASology: Bold.

I found some cool foil paper at Wal-mart yesterday and thought it added a bold statement to the subtle colors.  Sorry for the photo.  The paper really is shiny in real life.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Soft Stone, White
Ink:  Soft Stone, Versafine black
Stamps:  Basic Banners (Wplus9), Watercolor Wonder (PTI)
Accessories:  Starburst framelits, Star punch, Banner trio die, rhinestones, foil paper

Congratulations


Hi friends.  Today's card is for Wplus9's Birthday celebration.  I hope I am ok posting a Congratulations card?!  I just checked the gallery and there are a few other non-birthday cards posted.  Phew!  I am also posting this over at The Card Concept where they want monochromatic pinks. 


I have had this stamp set from Wplus9 for a while now but this is the first time inking it up.  I have used some of the sentiments on various cards but haven't inked the hearts or the "line".  It is a fun set.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, White
Ink:  Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink
Stamps:  Heartfelt mix (Wplus9)
Accessories:  Cloud embossing folder, Stitched circle dies (Lil' Inker), Rhinestones, Scallop border punch, Needlepoint border embossing folder

Monday, February 10, 2014

Merry Monday #95


Happy Monday friends.  Time for another Merry Monday Challenge and this week we are looking for animals!



I really love this visual.  That pup is too cute.  I went with a cute owl and created my own flair using DSP.  It is hard to see in the picture but the circle is covered with glossy accents to imitate a flair button.

I hope you will join us for this week's Merry Monday challenge.  Make sure you visit the Merry Monday blog to see the rest of the beautiful cards from the Design Team members.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!!

Cardstock:  Whisper White
Ink:  Soft Suede
Stamps:  Christmas Carols (CAS-ual Fridays)
Accessories:  Snowflake die (Wplus9), Circle punch, Glossy accents, Scoring board and tool, DSP

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Happy 7th Birthday Papertrey!


Happy Sunday!  Today I am playing along with Papertrey's Birthday celebration!  The challenge is to make a birthday card.  I am totally in love with Feather Finery.  I am so glad I held off buying a feather set from another company, this one rocks.  Doesn't this feather look lovely embossed in gold?!  I was also inspired by the MUSE, Danielle Flanders over at CASE Study!  Look at the inspiration!


I had to add some gold and black sequins for finishing touches.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, vellum
Ink:  Black Staz-on, Versamark
Stamps:  Feather Finery & Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI)
Accessories:  Chevrons from Chevron cover plate, Gold & Black Sequins, Gold embossing powder

Friday, February 7, 2014

Festive Friday


Happy Friday friends!  Sharing my card for the Festive Friday Challenge.  Another Christmas card challenge.  :)  I can't help myself.  Just look at this beautiful inspiration photo.


I pulled my inspiration from the colors, silver, gold & the pop of red.  The wreath is stamped using Hero Arts Silver Shadow ink.  The acorns and bow are stamped using Delicata GoldenGlitz ink.  The ornament is embossed using Cherry Cobbler Embossing powder.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Ink:  Silver (Hero Arts), Gold (Delicata), Versamark
Stamps:  Winter Wreath (Avery Elle), Greetings of the Season, Ornament Keepsakes
Accessories:  Ornament Keepsakes framelits, Cherry Cobbler Embossing powder


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Make It Monday #151 & The Card Concept


Hi friends.  This is my second post for today.  Scroll down or click here to view my card for Wplus9's birthday celebration.  Wanted to share real quick my card for Make It Monday: Drop Shadow Die Cuts, The Card Concept: Monochromatic pink & Simon Wednesday challenge.


 Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Regal Rose, Basic Black
Accessories:  One Liners, Heart border die (PTI), Rhinestones

Wplus9 4th Birthday celebration!


Hi friends.  I want to wish Wplus9 a very Happy Birthday!  Dawn is celebrating by having challenges and prizes all month long.  The first challenge is to create a card in your "comfort zone".  My comfort zone is definitely CAS.  I also love rainbow colors and thought this was a perfect card to send to cheer someone up.

I paper pieced the top of this adorable umbrella from the Pretty Patches: Umbrella set.  Popped it up on dimensionals for added interest.  I used the Clear Cut Stackers: Pinking Squares from Wplus9.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Black, White
Ink:  Versafine black
Stamps:  Pretty Patches:  Umbrella (Wplus9)
Accessories:  Clear Cut Stackers: Pinking Squares, Doodlebug Designs 6x6 paper pack, rhinestone

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge

Hi friends.  I was in need of a masculine birthday card for a friend.  When I saw the challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays, I knew it would be perfect.  The challenge is to use a CAS-ual Friday stamp set and the color blue.   I used 3 different shades of blue and 2 different CAS-ual Friday stamp sets, Bold Wishes & Big Thanks.  It is hard to see in the photo but I embossed the sentiment using black embossing powder.


I want to share a sneak peek of Iwona Palamountain's (AKA, Chupa) card from her recent tutorial on StampNation.  Ready????


Isn't it beautiful?  She shared how she made this piece of art with a video tutorial.  Want to see it?  Hop on over to StampNation, visit The Classroom.  If you aren't a member yet, you are missing out!!!


Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Pacific Point, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink:  Pacific Point, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Versamark
Stamps:  Bold Wishes & Big Thanks (CAS-ual Fridays)
Accessories:  Black embossing powder