Sunday, July 29, 2018

Stay Awesome

Hi all! A while ago I got the Concord and 9th Everyday Tintables which are cardstock panels that already have embossed patterns on them and are just waiting for color. I needed several cards recently and these came in super handy. Here is the first one.

For my card, I took one of the Everyday Tintable cards and blended Distress Oxide over the whole panel. I die cut the 'hello' sentiment 3 times out of white cardstock and glued them together to give depth. I also die cut the shadow in vellum. The little sentiment was embossed with white EP and then trimmed down. To assemble, I trimmed the blended panel down to 4.5''x5'' and adhered it to a top folding A2 card. The I clued the hello to the vellum shadow. I added liquid glue to the back of the vellum where it would be hidden by the white sentiment. I put it on the front of the card with the black banner beneath it.

Stamps: MFT - Essential Sentiments
Dies: Honey Bee - hello
Inks: Distress Oxide - Cracked Pistachio
Misc: Concord & 9th - Everyday Tintables 

The reason I needed several cards is I am part of a really great group called Zippy Zebra and Friends. This group, run by a wonderful women named Cindy, send cards to hundred of kids that have some kind of hardship in their lives (cancer, autism, etc.). Each sender is has a handful of kids that they send cards to each month. Their parents take pictures of them with their cards and add them to a private FB group so you can see how much these little gestures mean to them. It is great to be able to follow along with these kids and see them grow.

I am sharing this card in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes.

Also, if you are interested in being a sender for Zippy Zebra, check out their public facebook page and send Cindy a message.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Happy Birthday to CFD & a giveaway

Hi all! I am excited to help celebrate the 5th birthday of Challenges for Days which is having a week long birthday bash with giveaways :)

Challenges for Days is a blog that lists all sorts of paper crafting challenges by days and dates. It is run by an amazing group of ladies who volunteer their time to help all of us find the challenges we all love. I have been so lucky to be a part of this group for this past year.

For my card, I started with a top folding A2 white card and stenciled bokeh circles in three different colors. Then I die cut the 'Happy birthday' out of a panel of smoke cardstock as the top panel. Before glueing the top panel on, I stamped the sentiment (it made me laugh) and drew a little martini glass next to it. I adhered the gray panel down and the little negative pieces in the letters. My last touch was adding a few sparkly sequins.

Stamps: MFT - Sassy pants birthday greetings
Dies: MFT - Happy Birthday block
Inks: Distress ink - Ripe persimmon, Dried Marigold, Mustard seed;MFT - Extreme black
Stencil: SSS - Bokeh lights
Embellishments: Doodles Paper Playground - Flaming sunset

Now for the giveaways!! I am giving away a prize pack which you can win by commenting on my blog (now through Saturday). 

More prizes are being offered by some of my CFD teamies, past and present, on their individual blogs and we have several prizes if you comment on the Birthday Bash post on the CFD blog too. All of the links to the participants of the bash are located on the CFD post. Hope you get a chance to check them out and enter to win their prizes!

I am also sharing my card in the following challenges:
Inkspirational #165 - Birthday
The Paper Players #402 - Negative space
Seize the Birthday - Anything goes

***update*** Denise Bryant is the random winner for my prize! Congrats!! Check out the CFD page for all the names of the winners ☺

Sunday, July 22, 2018

AAA Cards #120 - Somewhere over the rainbow

It is time for a new challenge at AAA Cards challenges - Somewhere over the Rainbow. Whenever I see this challenge title I hear Judy Garland singing :)

My card (with that sentiment) actually reminds me of another movie that my kids and I love, Trolls. To start, I took a top folding A2 card and stamped my rainbow and sentiment with Versamark ink and then embossed with silver ep. I used zig clean color markers to color in the rainbow and added clear sequins along each end. The last touch was stamping hearts in yellow.

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen - Over it
Inks: Zig Clean color markers - 021, 031, 045, 051, 070, 081; Versamark
Embellishments: Hero Arts silver embossing powder; 
Pretty Pink Posh - 3mm sparkling clear sequins


Our sponsor this challenge is STAMPlorations. Also, the AAA DT crew has some truly beautiful cards for inspiration. I hope you get the chance to join us for this colorful challenge :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mermaid birthday

Hi everybody :) I am up on the Doodles Paper Playground blog with this cute shaker card. Check it out for more details on how I made my card.

Last time I posted, I had a princess birthday card for my daughter, Paige. This time, I have a birthday card for my daughter, McKenna (they are twins). So originally I wasn't sure if I was going to do another shaker card but my husband saw the princess one and told me I couldn't not make a second one, lol. The girls are both in love with Ariel from The Little Mermaid which made my coloring choices pretty easy.

Such a pretty blend! Can you see the little fishies and ducky?

Stamps: YNS - Little darling mermaid
Dies: MFT - Mod rectangle stax
Inks: Zig clean color markers; Distress Oxide inks - Peacock feathers, Salty Ocean
Stencil: Altenew - Scallop builder
Embellishments: Doodles Paper Playground - Mermaid scales 

 I am sharing this card in the following challenges:
Craftaholics R Us #28 - Turquoise

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018

AAA Cards #119 - Christmas in July

Hi all! I am back with a new challenge for AAA Cards challenges - Christmas in July.

I have been trying to do a few Christmas cards each month so that I am not in a rush at the end of the year. I am not always successful but I try :) Anyway, this is a great challenge to jump start your holiday cards. For my card, I went with cool blue colors (I think it was upper 90s outside and I really wanted to channel some cooler temps).

I started my card by die cutting some masking paper with a border die. I stuck the border and a straight piece of masking paper an inch or so apart on my top folding A2 card. Then I used 3 colors of blue to blend the background color. Before taking my masking paper off, I traced the bottom edge with a light gray marker to give definition to the bottom of my scene. After removing the masking tape and letting the ink dry a bit, I stamped the tree and sentiment.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn - Plan on it Holidays; Clearly Besotted - Layered wreath
Dies: Avery Elle - Dotted borders
Inks: Distress inks - Faded jeans, Broken china, Tumbled glass; MFT - Black Licorice

Our sponsor this challenge is Happy Little Stampers who is giving a $20 gift certificate and Kylie and our guest designer, Maria have joined the design team with beautiful cards. Hope you can join us for the challenge this fortnight :)

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

I woof you

Hi everyone. I have a card for the MFT sketch challenge.

I started my card by blending three colors of distress oxide ink on a panel of bristol cardstock and spritzed it with shimmer spray. Then I die cut the panel with a Lawn Fawn backdrop die and then a border die. I adhered it to a top folding A2 card. The pup was stamped awhile ago for the 30 day coloring challenge. I colored him with copics and fussy cut him out.

The 'hello' was die cut three times out of scrap cardstock and layered them on top of each other. I used the negative portion of the scrap paper to position the letters on the card. I stamped the rest of the sentiment on a scrap of white cardstock and used a paper trimmer to cut it out. I added the sentiment strip below the 'hello' and adhered the puppy on top.

Stamps: MFT - Puppy pals
Dies: Lawn Fawn - Quilted Backdrop; Avery Elle - Custom panels; MFT - Happy Greetings
Inks: Distress Oxide - Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon; Copics - V01, V06, W00, W1, W4, W6, W9 

I am sharing this card in:

 Thanks so much for visiting!! 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sparkles #90 - Christmas stockings

Hi! It's hard to believe it is July already. Where did the first half of the year go? The beginning of the month means a new Christmas challenge at Sparkles Christmas and the theme is Christmas stockings.

I am on a coloring kick lately, so I was looking around for an image that I could color. So I did a search and found this really cute image from Dearie Dolls. It is a free digi and I immediately printed it out on white cardstock to start coloring. I need lots more practice with colored pencils but I love all the colors in this. Once I had colored everything, I used a fantastix coloring tool and baby oil to blend the pencil color a bit. To finish, I die cut the image and stamped the sentiment at the bottom. Then I adhered it to the front of a gray top folding A2 card.

Stamps: Dearie Dolls - Christmas stocking; Lawn fawn - Merry messages
Dies: Avery Elle - Double pierced rectangles
Inks: Prismacolor pencils; MFT - Black licorice

Have you started thinking about holiday cards yet? This is a perfect time to add to your holiday cards before the craziness of the holiday season hits. If you get a chance, check out the rest of the design team's cards to get more inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!