Saturday, February 17, 2018

Inspired By All the Little Things #80

Hello and Happy Saturday!!
I was inspired by the Angel wings and line of soft colored blooms in the inspiration photo for Inspired By All the Little Things #80 

OTHER: Zig markers  

 Dana Seymour is our featured designer for the month of February. stop by the IB blog to read more about her:))

The linky will close on Friday, March 3, 2018, at 11:55 a.m. (PST)

Some simple rules to keep things organized and enjoyable:
  • Please use the graphic for your post and link back to this post.
  • Any posts that are offensive will be removed.
  • Please comment on the submissions of others...we all love the support!
  • Yes, you can combine with other challenges but NOT other inspiration challenges, please.
  • Have fun and challenge yourself!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Peony Blossom

I'm very excited to share samples of the NEW Build-A-Flower: Peony Blossom release from Altenew with you today!

Build-A-Flower: Peony Blossom set includes 1 stamp set (15 images) and 1 coordinating die set (8 dies).

The Peony Blossom Build-A-Flower has a slightly different approach than our conventional Build-A-Flower sets. The stamp set has three five-petal flowers accompanied by a shading layer and a center layer. You may use these flowers as is, or layer them to create dimension. The matching dies will cut the flowers all the way to the edge without leaving a border. This will help in shaping the petals to the desired dimension when using a shaping tool (don't have a shaping tool? You can use the domed end of a pen or pencil!). We included an additional flower die and stamen dies to help you create realistic blooms! Even though we named the set 'Peony Blossom' since the petals were loosely based on Peony petals, you can let your imagination run wild and create different types of flowers! We can't wait to see what you come up with!
This special product is only sold as a set, not individually.

Let's jump right in with my first card:)) where I did some masking  and colored with Ziggys. The sentiment is from Everything About You.
When stamping the blooms, I started with the smallest detailed image and then worked up to the largest, making sure the petals were off-set from each other for more interest.

Utilizing a new technique I learned from the Dynamic Die-Cutting class at Altenew Academy, I positioned the smallest Build-A-Flower: Peony Blossom die and leaves around a circle to allow for a shadowed sentiment for the card below.
Then I stamped all the layers in the set using Crisp Inks: Pink Diamond, Pinkolicious, Rubellite, Mountain Mist,Volcano Lake, and Lagoon. The sentiment is from B-A-F: SAKURA BLOSSOM and embellished with Enamel Dots.

Going a bit 'Shabby Chic' for my next card to show the versatility of the  Build-A-Flower: Peony Blossom set. I used the dies only for this lush bloom, by cutting several of each blossom layer. All were colored with Metallic Shimmer Sprays.
I scored each leaf with a tool and fiddled with each element to give it more dimension and body. The extra die elements in the cluster are from Create-a-Wreath and Leafy Garland.  The sentiment, also from B-A-F: SAKURA BLOSSOM, is embossed with Antique Silver Crisp EP.
Tucked in behind the foliage in white is the Creative Edges: Lace Die. (check out how I used it to create a finished trim here)

And for my final card today, I stamped and cut the blooms as shown in the Layering guide & Sample 3D flower. It is SUPER easy to shape the blossom petals with a large ball stylist or round end of a pen pressing at the center of each die cut.
Stamping all the layers with Crisp Inks: Pink Diamond, Pinkolicious for the petals and sponging a hint of Rubellite on the edges of each. For the leaves, I stamped with Mountain Mist,Volcano Lake, and Lagoon.
The Watercolor Stripes Cover Die in white on white CS makes a lovely Clean and Simple background for the Peony Blossoms. The sentiment is from Layered Cupcake stamp set:)) the simple Enamel Dots make perfect centers for the blossoms.

 Layering guide & Sample 3D flower
Here's another look at all the cards together again. Hope you liked them!


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Card Blog, and other three winners will be announced on the Scrapbook Blog on 2/18/2018.

Build-A-Flower: Peony Blossom & Ink Bundle

Thanks for stopping by!

All links are affiliate links at no extra cost to you... however, DO help fund my Altenew addiction:)) 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

STAMPlorations February Challenge - Paint it Red

Hello!! Due to a lovely addition to the owner's family at STAMPlorations..(a second daughter named Winter,) there is just ONE challenge for all STAMP fans for the month of February. 

'Rather than all of our normal monthly challenges, there will be just one challenge for you to join each month. You'll find it announced here on the 5th of the month. The challenge will have a theme and as long as you follow the theme, any type of project is welcome! Then, we’ll return to our regular programming in May ;)'

Paint it Red is the challenge!

In the spirit of the coloring challenge with Kathy at #thedailymarker30day I have been coloring a little each day to complete today's card.

I started out by stamping the LOVELY image from BLOSSOM SPRAYS #2 by DEEPTI, with water based ink on Bristol Smooth watercolor paper.
Decided to start coloring the background first using ZIGGYS: Red, Pale Dawn Gray and Blue Gray markers. 
Hoping to keep the blooms white, we'll see what happens 

Due to a red wash on a petal, going with white blooms just isn't going to happen as hoped for 😅😂😐
ZIGGYS: Tea Rose, Red, and Light Gray

Colored the other two blooms and moved on to the leaves ZIGGYs: Pale Dawn Gray, Green Gray and Blue Gray 

Remembering that walking away and letting the ink dry is a good thing! ZIGGYs: Orange, Yellow, Bright Yellow, and Yellow Green to finish the tiny flowers and brighten up the leaves.
Thinking I better stop before I ruin it!  

Those blossoms needed something to rest on, so I stamped MOM, from BEST MOM EVER, repeatedly under the colored image..after masking off the a VERY light shade of gray ink. Then stamped I LOVE YOU in black ink.
Next, I added a bit of freehand drawn lattice... One set did not look quite right, so I added a second one to tie it all together.
Here is the finished card:
This one is for my mom, who is starting a new chemo/trail study this week at Barnes St. Louis,  for her Transformed non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Praying for continued strength and healing.

NOW it's YOUR turn to create something:))

Challenge rules:
*Create any type of project -- cards (any style), mixed media, tags, layout, etc -- as long as it follows our theme
*STAMPlorations product is not required though we’d love to see it
*Enter as many times as you want – as long as each project has its own blog post
*Display the challenge graphic + link back to the challenge page to qualify for the prizes
*Comment on the entry before yours in the gallery – let's spread the love. (If you're the first player, just comment on the entry after yours.)
*For an extra chance, comment on the challenge post and the designers’ blog posts throughout the month

*TWO (2) winners of a $25 gift certificate - randomly drawn from all entries
*ONE (1) winner of a $25 gift certificate - randomly drawn from all comments left on the designers' blogs throughout the month

Shery is offering a generous 10% off (no coupon code needed) all stamps, stencils, and dies in the store from Feb through April. Retiring products are excluded. We hope you'll find time to play with us and we look forward to seeing your project in the gallery.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Inspired By All the Little Things #79

Hello everyone! Hope your weekend is going splendidly!:)
There is a new challenge at Inspired By All the Little Things #79

I was inspired by all the hearts and the almost hidden bicycle in this weeks' inspiration photo.

With a little bit of this and little bit of that from:

How are you inspired to create from the photo?
Can't wait to see your project in the gallery!!

Dana Seymour is our featured designer for the month of February. stop by the IB blog to read more about her:))

The linky will close on Friday, February 16, 2018, at 11:55 a.m. (PST)

Some simple rules to keep things organized and enjoyable:
  • Please use the graphic for your post and link back to this post.
  • Any posts that are offensive will be removed.
  • Please comment on the submissions of others...we all love the support!
  • Yes, you can combine with other challenges but NOT other inspiration challenges, please.
  • Have fun and challenge yourself!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Over at The Ton Blog Today

Excited to share a card over at The Ton Blog today:))
Here's a Sneak peek:
Coloring with my Ziggys and Building a Woodgrain background.
See over there!


Thursday, February 1, 2018

February Challenge at The Ton

I have two cards for the February Challenge at The Ton
The challenge is the CUE WORD: HEART

Quick and easily mass produced Valentines using XOXOBokeh Burst: Heart and Coordinating die.

I cut three layers of the large Heart from Bokeh Burst: Heart  Coordinating die set after stamping the  XOXO on one and love on the other.
Inking everything in RED with Valentine Red Couture Color and heat embossing the sentiment with White EP on Black CS.  Trimming the panels with Double Stitched Rectangle die then adding a Wink of Stella Clear to the tiny hearts and RED letters.

Hope to see you join the fun at The Ton Challenge! You have all month to play:))

How to Play

  1. You must use a Ton product as the main focal point of your card or tag.
  2. Display the cue word and mood board on your post and include a link to the challenge in the body of your post.
  3. Link your card to the new link up tool each month. 
  4. There is no limit on the number of cards/tags you wish to enter into the challenge.
  5. The winning project will be chosen based upon detail, composition and aesthetics.
  6. Challenge winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced during the introduction of the subsequent challenge.
  7. Winners will be invited to be a guest designer for the next challenge.
YOU could win a $50 spree to The Ton’s shop!”
*Gift certificates only apply to The Ton stamps, dies, ink, gilding and embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Altenew January 2018 Inspiration Challenge

Hello! and Happy Monday!
I took time to complete a card yesterday for the Altenew January 2018 Inspiration Challenge.  
Making cards with DIE cuts only is so much FUN!! Anti-Stress therapy, actually:)) So why all the die-cutting? Well, I've been learning many new tips and tricks by participating in the Dynamic Die-Cutting class at Altenew Academy. The fee for class is under $10, and well worth the money! Plus with lifetime access, one can always go back and brush-up on some dynamic techniques. I've learned to look at Dies in a whole new way:))
 I started out first, by playing around with the Crisp inks and masking tape as Erum, hostess of the challenge, shared in her post here. Then I added LOTS of splatters and Smooshes of dots with a small foam applicator.
Next, I reached for the new Creative Edges: Lace Die and trimmed the panel down.
In playing with the  Lace Die on it's own I found that a double sided trimm could be achieved by lining up the dots at the straight edge and cutting a second time. The thinner solid die cut trim is made by lining up the scalloped edges and leaving a small gap then cutting a second time on the yellow Card stock. The width of this trimm cna be any size needed for a project:))
And realized that hand stitching could be added for extra texture:)) Just a simple straight stitch is all it took to attach the lace yellow trim to the background panel. 
For the focal point of the card I decided white on white would make this project more CAS.
The Floral Fantasy 3D die set  takes very little effort to line up for a pretty bloom! A few french knots added to the center used up the tiny bit of floss left in the needle:) Then I layered several bits from the Create A Wreath Die Set, cut from White CS also.
And for the final Sentiment, the Flower Arrangement Die set contributed the perfect font to match the feminine feel to this card.  I cut two layers of THANK YOU, stacked them up with dot glue tape.and popped them into place. An easy way to get the tape onto such a small/thin die cut is to leave the cut in place of it's original piece of paper and run the glue tape along the cut lines...stack the next layer of die cut on top of that, then pop it out all ready to go onto the project.

Hope you enjoyed my ALL DIE CUT card. It was a JOY to create!

See you next time,


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