Friday, June 24, 2016

dear coffee

I've got one more project for the Summer Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop.
 I made this bookmark for all the summer reading I plan to do.

I stamped the girl image from the dream of being set from Unity. I then watercolored around her in bright summery colors. Added a little black splatter. I stamped the sentiment from this set onto black cardstock and cut it into strips. Then some colorful twine to top it off.. 

I just love this sentiment!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Coffee Lovers

It's time for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! It actually started last Friday and today is the last day of the week-long hop.


My camera battery died and I can't find the charger. I've been hoping it would turn up all week so I could post this card. But it didn't. So I was stuck using my phone on a cloudy day to photograph. Sigh.

Anyway, here is my card:

I stamped this fun image from Unity and watercolored her. Layered it on top of bright summer colors. She was fun to color. I can't wait to make up ome more! 

So go check out the hop. Lots of prizes (you can still link up a project through today) and many of the sponsors are giving away prizes on their blog as well.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 20, 2016

many thanks

Over at The Paper Girls, Michele has challenged us to use up our scraps.
Here is the card I came up with:

I only let myself use scrapsthat were already out on my desk.
I had stamped and colored the flower for a previous card but it was off-center and I had to re-stamp it. But "the mistake" was still on my desk so I trimmed it a bit and added black splatter.

The sentiment was from a stamp set sitting on my desk. I had this yellow card base I had cut for another card but ended up not liking the color. So I used it for this. I just added some leftover patterned paper from my desk as well as black washi tape.

Thanks for stopping by and come join in on the scraps challenge!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

dance in the rain tag

 I finally made another Tim Holtz tag. This is the May tag.

I stamped Vintage Handwritten randomly on the tag. Then I placed some Tim Holtz tape and stamped Harmony Girl on it. The hearts are from God's Sight. Using the Schoolhouse stencil, I applied embossing paste randomly. After it was dry, I applied Fossilized Amber, Pumice Stone, and Cracked Pistachio stains. The tape acts as a resist leaving the stamped girl unstained.


Vinatge Photo ink around the tag edges. Tarnished Bronze spray stain and Blue Patina Perfect Pearls mist dripped on the tag.


A couple rosette flowers made from a book page. Crochet trim. And an Epiphany Crafts round charm hung on a loop pin. Crinkle ribbon tied on. Some random sewing.


And I realized that after I had photographed it, that I had intended to put a sentiment on it. It was going to be "Don't wait for the storm to pass. Learn to dance in the rain" which is in the same kit as the girl. But I think I like it better without. But not sure. Decisions....

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

Monday, May 2, 2016

you are so kind...


A quick card for the current challenge at The Paper Girls. We're making projects for the ladies. So I made this feminine card using pink, flowers, pleated ribbon and watercoloring.




Stamp is Let Your Dreams Bloom from Unity and I used Tattered Rose and Olive Green Distress Inks.

Thanks for stopping by today and reading!

Monday, April 4, 2016

trust your heart


I'm hosting challenge #101 over at The Paper Girls. It's a mixed media challenge. Here's the card I created:

On my background I collaged a dictionary page and shaded the edges with a charcoal pencil. Flicked some black india ink, and dripped some yellow spray stain. Stamped several flowers. Used a stencil to apply translucent embossing paste and Perfect Pearls. I distressed the edges and added aqua gelato.
Then for the main image, I stamped this flower in distress ink and then painted it with a waterbrush. Sentiment is from this kit.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you'll come enter our challenge!

Monday, March 28, 2016

robot birthday card

I'm back for my final guest designer spot this month for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge! It has been so fun designing with those talented ladies this month!


The last challenge of the month is "We Can See Clearly" which means we're using acetate or vellum.

I decided to make a masculine shaker card for my son's birthday.


I started with a gray card base and applied translucent embossing paste through the Dot Fade stencil to give it some texture. I layered a couple papers from the Time Machine 6x6 paper pad. It's a really cool masculine pack with lots of clock parts and gears. I made sure to distress the edges too.


 I made a pocket using a page protector and the Fuse tool, stamped a robot from Robots Blueprints on it, stuffed it with mini gears, gold and silver sequins, and mini beads. I wanted the shaker portion to be used as a bookmark, so I added a metallic eyelet and ribbon to the top. And then to make it easy to remove from the card, I attached the shaker using clear photo corners. And finally, the sentiment is from Friendship Messages.



Thanks for stopping by and come link up your projects for a chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store!



Simon Says Stamp




Monday, March 21, 2016

Paper Girls Challenge #100

It's time for Challenge #100 over at The Paper Girls Challenge!!
I got to meet several of The Paper Girls at a Scrapbook Steals retreat a few years ago.
I decided to share some layouts from that trip for this challenge.

This first layout has a photo of the at-the-time current Paper Girls present at the retreat. Sheryl, me, Erica, Heather, and Kristy

These next layouts include a couple more future Paper Girls (Misty and Michele)

And I forgot to take a photo of the layout with my roommate and future Paper Girl Jessica. BUT, I did use a paper pack that Jessica gave me for these. So she's here in spirit! It was Pink Paislee's Daily Junque. I loved that paper pack.

Thanks for stopping by and please come check out Challenge #100. It is being sponsored by ScrapbookSteals. So you know the prize is gonna rock!

Today is a Good Day canvas

It's week 3 of my month as a guest designer for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge


The challenge this week is Food and/or Drink.


I decided to get a little messy and pull out some paints and a 6x6 wooden canvas.

I used teal and gray acrylic paints on the background. I like to apply the paint (both colors at a time) with an old gift card or piece of heavy cardstock instead of a brush. No brush strokes and lots of cool blending. Then I tinted embossing paste with Vintage Photo distress paint and applied it using the Moroccan stencil


After that was dry, I used Watering Can ink with the Dot Fade stencil and Orange Blossom ink with the Cargo stencil. Then I flicked and dripped black ink and Antique BronzeTarnished Brass, and Fossilized Amber spray stains. Black Licorice gelato is smudged along the edges. I stamped a Simon Says Stamp/Tim Holtz Stamptember exclusive coffee stamp, which is slightly smaller than this one, on watercolor paper. I colored it with a waterbrush and Tea DyeGathered TwigsPeacock Feathers, and Fossilized Amber distress ink.  Then used foam tape to put it on the canvas.


Now the hard part is deciding whether to put this in my kitchen or leave it in my craft room!



Thanks for stopping by and come link up your projects for a chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store!



Simon Says Stamp



Friday, March 18, 2016

coffee and a friend


It's time again for another Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog hop! Come link up any coffee, cocoa, or tea project for your chance to win some fabulous prizes!

 I made this spring-colored card using this die that I won in the last hop!
 I know technically it's supposed to be a cocoa cup, but I made it into a coffee cup. WIth whipped cream. Cuz sometimes you just gotta.

 Sentiment is from Unity's Kimmie Girl set.


I love that leaf-covered mug!

I'm also entering Unity's weekly challenge using this color scheme:


Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure you go to the Coffee Lovers blog and check out all the hundreds of projects and link up and comment for your chance to win!