Friday, April 19, 2019

Spring Garden Kitty

Hello, everyone!  Today I'm sharing an embellished card - I haven't made one in a while!  This card is for someone special and will be hand-delivered.  I had a lot of fun playing with my new stamps from Repeat Impressions and my new dies from STAMPlorations!  I coloured the gorgeous stamped image with markers and added lots of flowers and embellishments to make this card interesting and fun!


Rubber stampRepeat Impressions 8201-P Home Without Cats (There is a sentiment frame on this stamp that says "A home without cats is like a garden without flowers," but I cut if off for this card because the recipient does not own a cat at this time.)
DiesSTAMPlorations Flutter Zen 2 Layering DiesSTAMPlorations Bloomdala Bliss Festive CUTplorations, Cheery Lynn Flourish Leaf Strip, lacy border, stitched scalloped square
Patterned paper:  EnoGreeting Lots of Flowers 6x6 paper pack
Recycled item:  Tea Bag Tag (see image below)
Other:  Yellow Stickles applied to edges of butterfly, Dew Drops (blue and yellow), metal heart charm that says "Made with Love," ribbon bow, various flowers from my stash

I recycled the tag from my tea bag, with its wonderful sentiment:


I also finished the inside of the card.  First I did a simple watercolour wash with Distress Oxides (although the colour faded back and it is barely noticeable in the photo).  Then I stamped the sentiment and stencilled the flowers, also with Distress Oxides.  Finally I added some punched butterflies.


Rubber stamp:  Repeat Impressions 9206-H Beautiful Days
Stencil:  STAMPlorations Happy Flowers - ARTplorations Stencil
Distress Oxides:  Watercolour wash (Milled Lavender, Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick), stencilling (Worn Lipstick, Scattered Straw, Cracked Pistachio)
Die:  Large double-stitched square
Other:  Recollections butterfly punch, flower sequins

My card was inspired by a number of challenges.  First, The House That Stamps Built has three challenges that provided inspiration: 
Repeat Impressions DCC43 ~ Use A Stencil (see inside of card)
Repeat Impressions Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ A1019 (I went with Pastel Colours, Spring, Dew Drops)
Repeat Impressions Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ A1719 (I was inspired by the flowers)




Second, STAMPlorations has five challenges this month that inspired me:
STAMPlorations April Theme and Sketch Challenge Stamps and Watercolours (see inside of card)
STAMPlorations April Mixed Media Challenge Use a Stencil (see inside of card)
STAMPlorations CUTplorations April Challenge Inspiration Graphic (I was inspired by the colourful stripes and rainbow colours - I went with the pastel version - see front of card)
STAMPlorations TAGplorations April Challenge All About Recycling (the tag is the recycled item - a tea bag tag)



I also found inspiration at Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #121, where the theme is Spin The Butterfly Wheel with E for Easel.  I went with E for Edge as I applied Yellow Stickles around the edge of the die-cut butterfly's wings.  And since I used so many snippets and scraps for my die-cuts, patterned paper, and recycled tea bag tag, I am also linking to Pixie's Snippet Playground #350

Snippets Playground Badge

One last look at my card:


I was also inspired by the following challenges: 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Critters - Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, Scaly, or Insect 5/5; A Gem of a Challenge AG 1/2; Allsorts Blossoms, Butterflies, Bugs 1/3; Ally's Angels AG 2/3; Cardz TV AG 1/3; Craft Stamper Take it Make It April AG Stamping 2/3; Crafting by Designs Color Challenge (I used pink, yellow, light blue, green, coral) 1/3; Crafty Calendar 1 Ribbon 2 or More Designer Papers 1/3; Crafty Catz AG w Optional Twist All Creatures Great and Small 1/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper April UE; Creative Fingers AG 3/3; Creative Moments AG Optional Twist Spring or Easter 1/3; Die Cuttin' Diva's Animal Cruely Awareness 1/3; DL.ART April Linky AG UE 1/d; DL.ART Thankful ThursdayAnthing Spring Wk2 1/2; Fabrika Fantasy Flowers 1/3; Get Creative AG No Twist UE; ITD Creative Playground AG 2/3; Jo's Scrap Shack AAG 1/3; Kat Scrappiness Pastels UE; Let's Craft and Create AG Optional Beautiful Butterfles 1/3; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG 2/3; Mod Squad Use a Stencil (MSC) 1/3; Papercraft Business AG Optional Easter 1/3; Penny Black and More Spring 1/3; Pile it On Lots of Layers UE; Polkadoodles AG 1/2; Scribbles Designs Pastels 1/3; Simon Says Stamp Monday Beautiful Blooms 1/5; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Spring Mood Board (I was inspired by the tulips, flowers, and spring theme) 1/5; SUYP Cats Only Furry-thing Goes UE; Tales from the Craft Room Spring or Easter 1E; The Artistic Stamper New Growth (tulips, butterfly) 1/3; Three Amigos Blog Hop Springtime UE; Wednesday's Creative Inspirations Easter Wishes and/or Animals UE; Word Art Wednesday 382-383 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk2

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

To Brighten Your Day

Hello, everyone!  Today I'm sharing an encouragement card!  I used my new Lighthouse stamp from STAMPlorations, and I dusted off my watercolours!  First let me say that I am not very good at watercolour, and this card was my second attempt.  I'm happy I persisted, but there are definitely some things I would change if I had to do it all over again (for a third time, haha).  I think this card would be suitable for a man or woman, but I made it for a man.

Clear stamp: STAMPlorations Lighthouse - Large

I stamped the lighthouse on watercolour paper and then proceeded to make a simple watercolour background.  I stamped the lighthouse a second time, coloured it with navy watercolour, and then fussy-cut so I could pop it up on foam tape.  Before adhering the lighthouse, I sponged some Mustard Seed Distress Ink at the top to simulate the light.  I created a sentiment in Microsoft Word and printed on yellow cardstock; it is also popped up on foam tape.  I layered the watercolour panel on to navy cardstock to finish off the card.

The STAMPlorations blog is full of inspirational projects, and my card was inspired by a Spotlight Project post, "Becca Takes on the Ocean."  I was inspired by the lighthouse theme as well as the watercolour.  I have a long way to go to come close to Becca's creativity, but it was fun to play with watercolour, and I will definitely be doing more in the future!  I'm linking my card to STAMPlorations Spotlight Project Showcase.



I was also inspired by the April Theme and Sketch Challenge at STAMPlorations, which is Stamps and Watercolours, as well as the April CAS Card Challenge at STAMPlorations, which had an optional theme of Dark Navy.  Also linking to STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge.











By the way, STAMPlorations is having a Spring Fling event from April 1 to 12 so head over and check out the beautiful spring inspiration! There are 12 days of giveaways! I'm linking here.


I would also like to support the following challenges:  Ally's Angels AG 1/3; Craft Stamper Take it Make It April AG Stamping 1/3; Creative Craft Cottage No Patterned Paper 1/3; Creative Fingers AG 2/3; DL.ART April Linky AG UE 1/d; Double D Watercolours 1/3; Get Creative AG No Twist UE; ITD Creative Playground AG 1/3; Jo's Scrap Shack AAG 2/3; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG 1/3; Love to Scrap Male Call 1/5; Penny's Paper-crafty AG 1/3; Simon Says Stamp No Designer Paper 1/5; Through the Craft Room Door AG 1/2; Tuesday Throwdown AG 1E; Word Art Wednesday 382-383 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk1

Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Deer and Bunny Warm Wishes

Hi, everyone!  Today I'm sharing a holiday card!  My plan is to make at least two each month and this is my first for April.  The background behind the die-cuts was a leftover from this card, and the technique was ink smooshing with Distress Oxides.


Die:  Spellbinders Layered Thinking of You Woodlands Scene
Clear stamp: Sentiment (MFT Warm Wishes)
Ink:  Ranger Archival Paradise Teal for sentiment; various Distress Oxides for background
Embossing folder:  Taylored Expressions Winter Flurry

I would like to support the following 8 challenges:
Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round Family and Friends (deer and bunny are friends) 1/5;
Christmas Kickstart Delectable Die-cuts 1/3 C8; 
Cupcake Inspirations CIC467 Woodland Creatures 2/3; 
Double Trouble 25 Let's Get Groovy (Thing 1--Trees are wood, Thing 2--Link to Cupcake Inspirations challenge, Thing 3--Woodland Critters 2/4); 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Animal Antics 2/5;
Southern Girls Frame It 1/3 C10; 
Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 3/5 wk2

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Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Stag and Woodgrain

Hello, everyone! Today I'm sharing a card I made for a man, and it has already been received.  I created the background behind the stag with Distress Inks using the ink-smooshing technique.


Die: Memory Box Graceful Stag Collage
Embossing folder:  Taylored Expressions Woodgrain
Inks:  Distress Inks (various shades of brown, orange, yellow, red)

I would like to support the following challenges: 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Critters - Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, Scaly, or Insect 4/5; A Gem of a Challenge AG 3/3; A Perfect Time to Craft AG 3/3; Cardz TV 86 AG 3/3; Crafty Catz AG Optional Twist Use Your Dies 1/3; Creative Fingers AG 1/3; Cupcake Inspirations CIC467 Woodland Creatures 1/3; Cute Card Thursday AG UE; DL.ART April Linky AG UE 1/d; Double Trouble 25 Let's Get Groovy (Thing 1--Woodgrain, Thing 2--Link to Cupcake Inspirations challenge, Thing 3--Woodland Critter 1/4); Incy Wincy Animals 1/5; Jo's Scrap Shack AAG 1/3; Penny's Paper-crafty AG 2/3; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Animal Antics 1/5; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 2/5 wk2

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P.S. to My Followers:  I have fallen behind on my blog visiting and hope to get caught up in the next couple days!  

Thursday, April 4, 2019

It's a Good Day to be Happy

Hi, everyone!  Today I'm sharing a hummingbing card!  No colouring here; only stamping of the image and background.  Hummingbirds will be here early next month after making their long journey north, and I am so looking forward to seeing them again!


Stamps:  Hummingbird (STAMPlorations The Birds and The Blooms), flowers (Memory Box - Whisper Print Wildflower, Geranium, and Daisy), sentiment (MFT)
Ink:  Stampin' Up Going Grey
Die:  Tag (Your Next Stamp Stitched Fishtail Tags One)
Patterned paper:  MME
Ribbon:  Crafty Ribbons
Other:  Flower sequins 
Recycled Item:  I don't have a lot of grey cardstock so I like to recycle chipboard packaging.  I can't buy these photo-magnets any more (discontinued) but I have saved a lot of the packaging because of the grey colour.


I was inspired by the April STAMPlorations TAGplorations Challenge, which is All About Recycling:


By the way, STAMPlorations is having a Spring Fling event from April 1 to 12 so head over and check out the beautiful spring inspiration!  There are 12 days of giveaways!  I'm linking here.


I would also like to support the following challenges: 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Critters - Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, Scaly, or Insect 3/5; Allsorts Use Yellow 3/3; Carlin's Kaartenparadijs Bird and Photo Inspiration 2/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper April UE; Cute Card Thursday AG UE; DL.ART April Linky AG UE 1/d; DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anthing Spring Wk1 1/2; Penny's Paper-crafty AG 1/3; STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge; Three Amigos Blog Hop ISpringtime UE; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk2


Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a joyful day!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Pop-up Box - Bees and Flowers

Hi, everyone!  I'm back again today to share a pop-up box card featuring bees and flowers!  I used a lot of bee stickers and 3-D flower stickers, along with some leaf and grass die-cuts.  The sentiment says, "Have a Bee-utiful Day!"  I love how it turned out!


I would like to support the following challenges:  2 Crafty Critter Crazies Critters - Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, Scaly, or Insect 2/5; A Gem of a Challenge AG 2/3; A Perfect Time to Craft AG 2/3; Allsorts Use Yellow 2/3; Crafty Gals Corner Spring is Here (flowers/bees) 3/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper April UE; Jo's Scrap Shack AAG 3/3; Simon Says Stamp Work-it Wednesday Spring Flowers 3/3; Through the Craft Room Door AG 2/2; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 5/5 wk1

Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!

Bird and Flowers

Hello, everyone! Today I'm sharing an all-occasion card.  I didn't include a sentiment because I'm not sure which occasion this will be used for.


The image is from a gorgeous Gecko Galz Collage Sheet called Lovely Little Birdies, which I die-cut with a stitched rectangle (Gina Marie Designs). I added lots of fun details, including a torn piece of patterned paper from my scrap box, a die-cut doily that was left over from another project, a bird charm, flowers, and die-cut leaves (I always use my snippets/scraps to make die-cuts).

I would like to support the following challenges:  2 Crafty Critter Crazies Critters - Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, Scaly, or Insect 1/5; A Gem of a Challenge AG 1/3; A Perfect Time to Craft AG 1/3; Allsorts Use Yellow 1/3; Cardz TV 86 AG 2/3; Carlin's Kaartenparadijs Bird and Photo Inspiration 1/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper April UE; DL.ART April Linky AG UE 1/d; Gecko Galz Customer Challenge Nouveau Garden UE; Gecko Galz Facebook Challenges - In My Garden and Welcome Springtime; Jo's Scrap Shack AAG 2/3; Pixie's Snippet Playground 349 Snippets are torn paper, left-over doily, and leaves which were die-cut from scrap cardstock 1E; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday AG 5/5; Simon Says Stamp Work-it Wednesday Spring Flowers 2/3; Through the Craft Room Door AG 1/2



Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!