Sunday, May 29, 2016

MIM #250 + SSC #127


Laurie Willison  is up on MIM this week showing us  her step by step instructions on how to create amazing masked backgrounds.
You can watch her wonderful video HERE.  You still have a little time to join in the fun.
My card~
I masked off the white cs border with post-it notes and used daubers to sponge on the turquoise, lime green and avacardo, which looks like muddy brown in photo :(  Then I added my Song Birds dies to create the silhouette effect on this note card, which needs to get into the mail to let my cousin know I am thinking of her.  

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I am also adding this card to 
Thank you, Theresa for choosing my beachy scene card as one of the Top Cups in last week's challenge :-)  It was such a fun challenge!
This week at SSC it is all about Color.  We are to use a minimum of three or more of these beautiful colors plus a neutral of your choice. 
BTW ~ This is one of my very favorite color combinations!
Check out what the awesome and talented Design Team has created HERE.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Paper Smooches-Rainbow

This month's challenge is...  
over at 
Paper Smooches Blog

Inspiration Photo
 I am usually crafting in pastel colors, but this challenge grabbed me and I had to create a Birthday card for my grandson with my adorable Zoo Crew :-) 
I am thrilled with these cute stamps and just last week received the coordinating dies!

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PTI - Blog Hop

PTI Inspiration photo

Pretty  pastels this this month's inspiration photo over at PTI.  
My card draws from the colors since I don't have any of these sweet ice cream images :-) 

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

MIM #249




 This week, Lexi shows several fun ideas for incorporating money gifts on your handmade cards!  Check out her tips HERE


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 I am really late getting my card posted, so I will make it short.

The leaves are from Song Birds and the Congratulations is from Swoosh.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Creative With Stamps

 The Design Team for  
Creative With Stamps 
has created another card to share with you 
Mid Month for our May challenge.


You can check out the lovely cards from my team mates and all of the wonderful entries from everyone so far  HERE 

You have until the end of May to enter our Challenge #2, so post your cards to win some fun prizes  :-)
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My Card ~
The Calla Lily from Stampin' Up and sentiment from PTI's Beautiful Butterflies were inked in black StazOn onto a paint chip which is popped up with double sided tape for dimension. The sage green ribbon may not qualify for CAS, but I felt this card needed the softness of it. The black panel peeking out from behind was adhered to the white card base.

Friday, May 13, 2016

SSC #126

First off, I want to thank Katie and Leena for picking my cards as Top Cups last week! It was a beautiful Color Challenge which I really loved and will continue to use on future projects.
I'm joining Sunday Stamps again this week with their fun Sketch Challenge.   They're creating a scene with the sketch as a bit of a twist. The Design Team has created some amazing samples which you can check out HERE.

This is the Sketch

My card is a beach scene ~~of course! That is real sand my Adirondack chair is sitting in overlooking the ocean ;-) 

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

MIM #248


 Ink Blending Through Die Cut Masks

This week on MIM, Lizzie  shows her tips for ink blending with die cut masks.  Take a look at her video and beautiful card HERE.


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My niece is going to be 15 (gasp) in a couple of months and I wanted to make a card for this sweet young lady.  

I used PTI's By the Numbers dies, cut them out of vellum like Lizzie suggested and used my ink daubers to blend three colors onto the numbers.  Masked the numbers to add the sketchy flowers in gold ink on top.  PTI's Boutique Borders Birthday sentiment is added in purple ink.  The blings started out covering up a smudge mark, but then I couldn't help adding a few more ;-)

Thursday, May 5, 2016

SSC 125

I created this card as part of a set in MIM#247 and also wanted to enter it in Sunday Stamps Challenge, but couldn't figure out how to post from a different URL (?) as Mr InLinkz says he already posted the link  :-(  So I just made it a separate post on my Blog.

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Here is the beautiful color inspiration photo from 
Sunday Stamps Challenge 125

MIM #247 & Sunday Stamps


 Water-colored Card Sets

The very sweet and super creative Melissa Phillips has a fun challenge which features water-colored card sets at MIM this week.  Her style and designs are soooo beautiful, just check out her video  HERE,  I'm sure you will want to play along :-)

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I completed two of the card set using PTI's  Rosie Posie and Beautiful Butterflies stamp sets.  There is a third 'work in process' which I will add to this post in a bit.  Not sure I'll use solid stamps for this technique, they came out a bit too muddy.  Looking at all the beautiful entries, I'm thinking outline stamps are best.

 I am also joining a talented group of ladies at 
Sunday Stamps Challenge 125
This week it's all about color.
We can use a minimum of 3 of these gorgeous colors from the Palette above, plus any Neutral.  Check it out HERE

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Creative With Stamps

          Creative with Stamps Challenge Blog 

It is a Card Challenge using stamping ~~ winners will be picked and prizes awarded! 
So be sure to comment on all of the team members 
card posts as well.
I know so many of you love to share your fabulous ideas, techniques and creations as much as I do, so head on over and check out the details and see my teammates projects HERE.

Each month will be a different theme, May is our second challenge and our theme this month is

 Clean and Simple

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My Card ~ 
Stamps and Stencil:   'Little Birdies'  from Ranger
stamped onto Spellbinders 'Label eight' die cut our of white cs
Ink/Paint:   Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
The pink ombre paper is from Momenta