Monday, June 30, 2014

Paper Sweeties July Inspiration Challenge #21 - 'Patriotic Prints'

It's July 1st! And that means Paper Sweeties July Blog Hop!

Debbie has given us this inspiration photo,
with the sweetest patriotic prints and colors:

Here's my card to inspire.

Emma is dressed in her strawberry summer jumper from Thanks Berry Much.
The Banner is also from that stamp set.
'Celebrate' is from Beautiful.
Handmade pinwheels from festive papers.
The sticks are toothpicks I colored with copics.

The 4th is right around the corner.
Do you have big plans? 
Hope you enjoy the inspiration from the rest of the team, and find some
time to join the challenge!
Our guest designer is Bethie Johnson
Welcome Bethie!

MIM #170

MIM time! 
Erin demonstrates masking with die cuts.

She shared several steps I tried to incorporate,
first off, die cutting the masks with sticky notes that are all over sticky.
Don't have those, and wanted to do a card today, so applied 
doubled scotch tape behind each die cut.
2. Create a background.  Easy to do with the new Ombre Builders set.
3. Sponge on some color areas with ink.
4. Stamp images where previously masked. Topiary Trio had all the stamps I needed. 
5. Mist area. Didn't go too well, so covered a blob with triple dies from Wet Paint.
6. Cover all splotched areas. Yes, I had 'em! Upper Right and lower left brick patterns added last,
and in Scarlett Jewel, because oops were unintentional in those very spots!
Love masking, do it all the time,
but Erin's video is full of designer tips worth noting!
Easy as 1, 2, ….6!

Catch it all here:

Tag You're It

Another tag for the Tag You're It Challenge.
This time using stamps and dies from Just Right.

A reminder, you still have a few days to add your tag to this all new
challenge blog.

Top photo shows the glossy accented lobster.
Back tag is embossed and inked vellum.
Did I mention I love making tags?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tag You're It Mini Challenge

As I sometimes do, I went visiting this beautiful Sunday, 
and began with blogfriend Marybeth from Marybeth's time for Paper, 
which led me to a new challenge,

featuring tags,
and some more blog 'friends',
and their wonders of tags to inspire!
I love doing tags, and plan to visit often.

Here's the challenge tag by Karin Akesdotter:

And here's what I did:

PTI cardstock and inks
Waltzingmouse: Oceanbound & Tying the Knot Stampsets.
Mister Huey's Color Mist: Shine
Gold EP.
Ribbon and Twine: My stash

I mounted the embossed seahorse onto coaster board before fussy cutting it
That's Winter wonderland ep, one of my fav's at Christmas time!

It's a mini challenge and you only have 'till Wednesday to play.

Find the all new challenge here:

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

PTI June Blog Hop

Hi there, and welcome to PTI's June Blog Hop!
Our inspiration photo is bright and summery!

I had 3 cards made, and then my PTI order came!

So here are the 3, with one more from the new release.

Together with the Land of Nod photo we were given color and sketch recipe cards to inspire.
We are also encouraged to work out of our comfort zone.

Clean and Simple is an effort! Layered CAS is a bit less stressful!

All PTI products

Card 2 uses these colors and this sketch:

Love the frames! 

OK, NOT CAS, but definitely layered!
Once again, all PTI dies, stamps, inks and card stock.

So much fun creating these mini framed 'art'.

And 3rd card, using these colors and this sketch:

All Shimmer card stock, & PTI dies, and as close as I come to CAS (ha!)

And then my order came!
Had to break into those luscious new sets!
Heather Nichols used a technique of softening the edges of the inked design with a 
watercolor brush for the new release. Loved the artsy look!

All PTI, except the watercolor paper and dots.

Well, there's so much to see today, 
hop on over to Nichole's blog to play along.
don't forget to give lots of love along the way!

Monday, June 23, 2014

MIM #169

Danielle shows us some of her tricks with vellum this week at PTI's MIM.

It's time to wave the flag, and get some 
4th of July cards out!

All PTI stamps, dies and card stock.
Cover Plate: Stars, Sketched Stars,  Confetti Garland Stars & Notched Star Banner
Sentiment from Red, White and Blue
Stampendous EP

Plenty of time to play, 
Danielle's video can be found here:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Fusion/CAS(E) this Sketch #81

The latest Fusion Challenge gives us this sketch/photo as our inspiration:
Such an elegant themed photo needed all the gold I had in stash.
Loved the sketch and pix so I went with combining both.

It was so much fun gathering all my golds, and following the inspiration.

PTI cardstocks, Star Banner dies, Wonderful Words: Forever, Inside Out: Love,
Beautiful Butterflies
Darice EF
Memory Box: Brea Ornament
My Craft Spot Metallic Sequins

There's a one week window for Fusion's challenge, better hurry if you want to play!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

MIM #168 & NBUS #1

Melissa Phillips shares some technique fun using chalks, stamps and Impression plates.
I love what happens to a surface when chalk is applied to an
impressed design. 
More layering texture when stamped design enters the picture.

This is my 3rd post.
Yes I love layering,
yes I love learning from creative masters like Melissa, 
and yes, I love this particular technique!

Once again, with Betsy's impression plate,
this time with blues and greens,
and finally  
a NBUS (never before used schuftt, thank you Darnell) stamp 
from Life Is Beautiful.
Perfect Pearls were added to the butterfly die cuts.
Just haven't gotten around to using this breathtaking set until now!
Perfect timing, because it's also going in Darnell's 1st ever challenge!

Not sure who's getting a card with 'Beautiful' as a sentiment, 
so I'll add it to a growing stash of ready to send cards!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MIM #168, Card Concept: Nautical, Virginia's View #4, Darnell's 1st Challenge, AND SSS Monday Challenge

Hope you'll let me share a record for me with you.
I've done a tag for 4, yes 4 challenges!
It was bound to happen, all those wonderful challenges out there.
Not wanting to miss any!
(Just edited to add to SSS Monday Challenge: Anything Goes, so 5!)

The Card Concept Challenge: Nautical (have to go with Collage)
MIM this week with Melissa Phillips, 
Virginia's View Tag Challenge #4
And Darnel's 1st ever challenge to use something new

Tag, Herringbone EF, all dies & Cardstock: PTI
Stamps, sentiment: Ocean Bound Waltzingmouse
Jewel bob: really old necklace in pieces, too pretty to toss (ever have those?)
Chalk: ebay find
See that gorgeous sapphire shimmer card stock behind the medallion? 
Ordered from PTI, and NBUS!

Just want to say, 
head on over to Darnell's blog and check out her challenge.
She's the one that always puts a giggle in your craw when she comments.
She's celebrating 500 friends, (sure she's around 600 now), 
and is giving away some prizes if you enter and win!
Congrats Darnell!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

MIM #168

I knew just where I stored the seldom ever used chalks I bought 
on ebay years ago. Melissa shows us how to create depth and layers of loveliness on 
her latest MIM video:

Combining Chalk and Stamps with Impression Plates.

Luxe Letterpress is the 1st step, followed by the 'chalking', (pinks and grays),
then stamping.
Happy Hydrangea
Inks: Limeaid Ice, Raspberry Fizz, Lavender Moon.

Watch Melissa's video on Nichole's blog, here:

You don't want to miss all the posted inspiration this week, I've been blown away
by all my blogging friends' beautiful results!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Paper Sweeties June Release Rewind!

It's Paper Sweeties Rewind, and I have some fun tags,
made with the new release sets,
that go with the 3 cards I made for this release.

1st off

The card for my son featured a garden theme, and I made a tag that has the die cut watering can
from Showering You With Love.
Other PS stamps are from these sets: Bloom and Grow (sign and carrots),
Stand Add- on Fall Harvest (Peppers, tomatoes, Sunflower)
OK, I know, the tomatoes are really apples, but I 'staked' them with leaves onto the sunflowers stem.
It works, right?
All copic colored and all fussy cut.

2nd Tag

Splish Splash lovebirds

 Cloud from Showering You With Love

3rd Tag

Die cut umbrella from Showering You With Love.
Raindrop die cuts also from Showering You With Love

The 2 new stamp sets and die set are available now for purchase in the PS shop,
and are the perfect sets for baby and wedding showers.

Be sure to check out the rewinds from the rest of the PS Design Team

Splish Splash
Showering You With Love

Sweet Cuts - Showering You With Love

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Paper Sweeties June Release Party!

It's the day we've been waiting for, Paper Sweeties June Release Party!
Welcome, and here's what's new:

Splish Splash
Showering You With Love

Sweet Cuts - Showering You With Love

Lovin' the dies this month!
See more from the rest of the team, and be sure to come back tomorrow for the rewind!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Paper Sweeties June Release Countdown

Welcome back for Paper Sweeties June Release Countdown!

By now you know the theme of this month's release, Showers!
So let's get right to it!

My card features a fussy cut an image from Showering You With Love.
Also from Splish Splash, the cloud image, 
and the heart die (love the dies from: Beautiful Little Wishes!)
Where did the egg come from? March release had a grouping of eggs in the Bloom and Grow set.
I selected and copic colored one egg than fussy cut it and placed it in the nest.

You're going to love these stamp sets and the sweet cut dies this month!
Tomorrow is release day! Until then, check out my teammies to see 
their creations!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Nancy Penir (me!)