Mar 122015

LOVE this tulip image.  So happy I finally got to color it!

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There are some fun challenges this week that I had in mind while making the card:

Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It Challenge: “Lucky Charms – I have always loved pearls.  Did you know that black pearls are thought to offer the power of love and protection and luck and to give wisdom.  What’s not to love about that!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: “B is for…” – B is for a tulip BOUQUET, a sweet little stamped BOW and an embossed tulip BORDER.

Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Mum’s The Word” – Since this Sunday is Mothering Sunday in the UK, the challenge is to make a card for your mother.  My mom passed away over 25 years ago, but I still have the most wonderful mother-in-law anyone could ask for..  I loved the idea of using this sentiment for her mother’s day card this year.

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Thanks for dropping by today.
Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Love Is Kindness”

Papers: PTI Select White; My Mind’s Eye “Everyday Basics”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories: SU “Framed Tulips” Embossing Folder; 2mm Rhinestones; Black Pearl

Sometimes my fingers get really inky, like for instance, while making this background.  But it was totally worth it because sponging is such fun, and I love the effect!!

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One of the fern stems was stamped on acetate and then pressed onto the cardstock so it would bend the other way.

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The solid butterfly was made by using the negative cutout of the top butterfly as a template and then fussy cutting.  By using the inside of the cutout rather than tracing around the actually butterfly, the solid/bottom piece is slightly smaller than the top.  I think it just looks better not to have any overhang of the bottom butterfly.

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*Insert random discovery here*Smiley.GnomeAni
Yeah this is completely random, but when I was playing around with the SU Summer Sun (retired?) cardstock, I noticed that the Copic Y35 marker is a perfect match.  Just an fyi.  (Oh and the Copic is colored on PTI Select White cardstock.)

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Okay back to the card… It is entered into the following challenges:

Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge #483: “Great Big Canvas”

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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: “Anything Girly/Feminine”

Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Stamp and Create March Challenge: “Is It Spring Yet?”

Sister Act Card Challenge #96: “Anything Goes”

The Card Concept Challenge #30: “{Thinking of You}” – Card is Mixed Media… I think!

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Butterfly Basics”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Royal Velvet; SU Summer Sun

Inks: SU Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Summer Sun and Basic Black; Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: SU Butterflies Thinlits Die; Rhinestones

Have been playing with one of the floral images in SU’s “Petal Potpourri” set.

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This is a one-layer design with a sweet little line of embossing across the top of the card for some texture.  Its so tempting to add more embellishments, but I’m going to keep this one clean and simple and very very mail-able!  Smiley.Yes1Ani

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The card is playing in the following Challenges:

Merry Monday Challenge#148: “Red and Green”

Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #134: “CAS”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Petal Potpourri”, “Ornamental Pine” and “More Merry Messages”

Papers: SU Whisper White

Inks: SU Real Red, Garden Green and Summer Sun

Accessories: SU Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder

Mar 022015

So is this bird cute or what!

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The grass was added and the little bird was colored with Copics.  A black Copic was also used to color the edges of the image circle and sentiment strip.

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The miniature doily was made using a Spellbinder’s die and cutting it from a larger doily.  LOVE how it turned out!

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Here is the card with some pearls added across the top of the patterned paper.  Too much?  Do they distract from the cute little image or just add to all the fun dots and circles that abound?  What do you think?

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Entered into some fun challenges:

Splitcoaststamper’s Clean and Simple – CAS314: “For the Birds”

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: “Anything Goes”

CAS Colours & Sketches – #113: Sketch
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Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Hello Love”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; My Mind’s Eye “Notable”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:
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Accessories: BoBunny Doily; 1-3/8″ Circle Punch; Spellbinders Floral Doily Motif Die

Feb 252015

Pulled this SU set back off from the shelf.  I tried putting it away, but decided this sweet little bird image from it just had to be colored.

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Some more fun textures here with the ridged button, the distressed edges and the grosgrain ribbon.

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AND.. the Flower Soft.  Just a tiny bit of it, but isn’t it pretty!  Love.

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(Oh and I didn’t have any of the special Flower Soft glue, so I just used some Elmer’s.  Seemed to work just fine.) Smiley.Yes1Ani

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday:  “No Rules – Anything Goes”
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday:  “Add a Little Texture”
  Textures = Flower Soft, Distressed Edge, Ribbon and Button
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: “February 2015”
Die Cut Diva’s Challenge: “Words, Quotes & Sentiments”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “A Happy Thing”; PTI “Birthday Basics”

Papers: PTI Select White, Canyon Clay and Hawaiian Shores; My Mind’s Eye “Notable”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:
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Accessories: Flower Soft “Pale Green”; SU Button and Grosgrain Ribbon; Spellbinders “Classic Circle” and “Lacey Circle” Dies

Played around with some cool textures today.

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The stamp was covered with Gesso and then stamped onto cardstock.  After this had dried (and the stamp was washed!), the stamp was inked up and stamped on top of the Gesso.

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Love the resulting chunkiness.

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Entered some challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: “Add a Little Texture”  Textures = Gesso, Distressed Edge, Ribbon, Lace and Button
Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Bingo”
  Bingo = Ribbon, Die Cut and Button
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: “A Piece of Paradise”  Sunny skies and a few fluffy happy clouds = Paradise!

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Life’s Adventure”

Papers: PTI Select White and Hawaiian Shores; Doodlebug Design “Hello Sunshine”

Inks: SU Basic Black

Accessories: Gesso; Adhesive Lace Trim; Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders Die; SU Grosgrain Ribbon and Button

Feb 202015

This may be one of the most Clean and Simple cards I have ever made!  No fussing around here.

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The card was made with a couple of CAS challenges in mind:

CAS-ology – “Monochrome”
One-Layer Simplicity Challenge – OLS13: You Blend!

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “You Brighten My Day” and “Celebrate Today”; Clear Art Stamps “Chandelier Fun”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories: Rhinestone

I typed the names in the order commented of all those who entered the SU “Lotus Blossom” blog candy contest into the random list generator. CONGRATS to Paula Meuschke!!  You are the winner!!

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I’ll be contacting you via email to get your snail address.  Then I can mail this fun set to you asap.

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Happy Crafting!!

Two birthdays today.  First and most important is my DH’s birthday.  Here is the card I made for him.

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The reflection was made using an acetate sheet.  The ship was stamped onto the acetate which was then flipped and the ink pressed onto the cardstock.  The moon was made by punching a 1-3/4″ circle out of masking paper.  That was then adhered to the cardstock and the sky was sponged using various inks.  The masking paper was then removed, and the resulting moon was lightly sponged.  The water was also sponged.

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This card is playing along in the Addicted to CAS Challenge #57 – Code Word “Mask”

The other birthday is my blog! It’s seven years old today!  I’ve had a fun time this past week celebrating with some blog candy.  There is still one more Stampin Up set, “Lotus Blossom,” that’s up for grabs until tomorrow.  You can find it HERE.

And the WINNER for the SU “A Happy Thing” set is Carol L!!  Congrats!!   I’ll be contacting you for your snail address so that I can get it in the mail to you!
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Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Traveler” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Basic Gray

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Basic Black, Basic Gray, Going Gray and Night of Navy; White Gel Pen; Copics:
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I typed the names in the order commented of all those who entered the SU “Big Day” blog candy contest into the random list generator.

CONGRATS to Debbie G!!  Your name came out at #1!!Smiley.Yes1Ani
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I’ll be contacting you via email to get your snail address.  Then I can mail this fun set to you asap.

You can find more of my blog candy HERE and HERE.  There’s still time to enter!

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Happy Crafting!!

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