Sunday, August 21, 2016

Uninspired

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

Yep, that is how I've been feeling lately. When that happens I try to pull out some easy things, such as using  some backgrounds that I previously prepared or coloring up some some ready-made images.

Here are some cards that I recently made using Suzy's Sizzling Series Watercolor Paintable Prints from Simon Says Stamp. I used my trusty Zig Clean Color Markers (I so love them!).

I took some real liberties with the one on the right side. I removed the bottom sentiment (it just wasn't "me") and added a mermaid (from Clear Art Stamps, 2010) for a focal point of interest.

Lots of Wink of Stella, Wink of Luna and Stickles here, also!

The photos is a bit blurry because I used my phone (uninspired again).

Hope you've been having a great August. Thanks for the kind visit,

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Foxy Friends

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

I almost NEVER see a project on YouTube (or anywhere else) and follow the instructions to make the project. I'd rather view the technique or the idea and make a project of my own; with my own tweeks and reflective of my own style.

But when I saw these adorable little guys (they hold Hershey's Kisses!), I just couldn't help myself and I put them together just as the video showed. I was only going to make the fox, but when I got started....well. They are so stinkin' cute I can hardly stand it.

I bought the "Foxy Friends" Bundle from my friend and Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Dottie Macken. I used Calypso Coral paper and ink on the fox, Memento Fog on the raccoon and Versa Mark Onyx Black on the skunk.

These guys do take a little time and there are lots of tiny pieces, but I think they are so worth it. They could quite easily be mass-produced for a party (maybe I need to host one!).

Have a great weekend and thanks so much for your visit,



Thursday, July 28, 2016

Aloha Spirit

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

It is so hat here that I decided a little bit of Aloha - and I've been wanting to play with the new Hero Arts Pineapple Layering Stampset. To be honest, it takes a little bit of creativity to figure out the best way to die-cut the images since the tops and bottoms of the pineapple are stamped separately. There are several different approaches. I chose to stamp and cut the 2 pieces independently and then put them together.

For this card I was inspired by one by this one by Nichol Spohr. I used a "smooshed" background (as per the amazing Laura Bassen) and I "grounded" the fruit with a "Geo-Graphic" border by Paper Smooches. I added some bling and decided not to add a sentiment.

The layering on the set was such fun, especially with my Misti!

I tried using my phone for the photo - not quite as good as my camera, but lots easier!

I am submitting this to Simon Says Stamp "Work it Wednesday" Blog. There is plenty of time for you to join in.

Wishing you a sunny day and thanks for the visit,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Celebrating Diversity

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

I've got a blast from the past today with an old, but still very dear, Hero Arts set (Sweet Owls, CL415). While I attempt to avoid being political here, I believe it represents a poignant and important message. I just wanted to celebrate our diversity.

I was lucky enough to attend a very diverse high school, where I had friends of all types. Such an enriching experience during my formative years.

This is a great one-layer card on some kraft which was embossed with Hero Arts Woodgrain stamp (one of the few wood stamps I will never get rid of). Simple and sweet.

This is headed  to join hundreds in the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes".

Thanks for the visit! Have a great weekend and stay cool and healthy,

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Easy Does It!

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!





















I haven't been feeling up to par for a couple of weeks and we have been busy with family activities. It is just these kind of times when I reach for my Zig Watercolor Markers and some Simon Says Stamp Suzy's Sizzling Series Water Color Paintable Prints.

After the first one I realized that I needed to do more than just mount the print on a card base. I played around with some ideas, wanting to keep it simple so as not to detract from the watercoloring. I like the second one better.

I added sequins to these after the photos were taken (I had to hurry to catch the natural light!).

Coloring these is fun and relaxing and it is something you can pick up and set down and return to later. I am not fond of all of the designs in the package, but I can just turn those over and use them for regular watercolor panels.

Take good care and have a great week! Thanks for the kind visit,

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Mermaid

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

I am back after a short vacation where I got to spend time at the ocean. Today's card is reflective of that great time.

I love this little mermaid set from Newton's Nook, "Mermaid Crossing". I did some Distress Ink "smooching" with some Perfect Pearls for the background, added some texture with a Tim Holtz stencil, colored the adorable gal with Copic pens and added some coral (Stampendouss Cling Coral Tree).

I am adding this to the current challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog.

Thanks for the visit - hope your week is going swimmingly!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Picnic Blankets

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

I know. I don't think I have ever blogged so frequently. Lots going on right now and card making keeps me grounded. Plus, I am completing a packet of coffee-themed cards for a friend and I've been playing along with the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

My inspiration for this card was summer picnics and the colorful blankets and tablecloths that are so often used.

All supplies are from Paper Smooches and the card is self-explanatory - very simple. Unfortunately for my recipient, it is not a flat card. Some pop was needed!

Thanks for the visit - I can see the weekend from here. Have a good one,



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Cool Summer Colors

and yummy hot coffee!

Hi, Blogging Buddies!

My caffeine kick continues as I make a little packet of cards for a coffee-loving friend. When I make cards for others to give I try to keep them single-layer for easy mailing.

Today I decided to go with a Distress Ink blending technique (with fun summer colors) over embossed images. I used Spiced Marmalade, Pickled Raspberry and Abandoned Coral. I splashed some water droplets everywhere and added my cute sentiment panel.

Simple, bright and fun.

I broke out most of my coffee-themed stamps for this one: Simon Says Stamp "Choose Happy", Hero Arts "What's Perking", and Paper Smooches "Cyber Cafe".

This is headed to the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - there is still time for you to play along!

Have a cool day - thanks for the visit!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Caffine Craziness!

Hello Bloggin' Buddies!

Happy First Day of Summer~

I have long been a fan of what I call "Collage Cards" - cards with lots of layers and pieces. I just haven't been too good at making them.

The current challenge at the Paper Smooches Blog is "Layers" - it inspired me to give it a go. As you can see, I dug out LOTS of my Paper Smooches products ("Cyber Cafe" stamps and "Stitched Flourishes", "Birthday Words", "Coffee & Tea", "Notebook Basic", "Band Aids" and "Space" Wise Dies) to produce the layers on this coffee-themed card. Plus, there is washi tape (Stamping' Up), vellum, gold foil paper, a vintage doily and some funky gold cord from my stash.

This is also headed to the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. After all it IS the first day of summer today. I have been inspired by this blog but have never played along.

Okay, I did go a little crazy, but that is what caffeine does to me!

Thanks for the visit,







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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Rainbow

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies:

The past couple of weeks have been tough, eh? So much sadness in our country's news.

I made this card as a small tribute to those who were lost in the Orlando massacre (and for a couple of dear friends).

I used one of the panels from Simon Says Stamp Suzy's watercolor paintable prints. I watercolored it with Zig Clean Color Markers, Wink of Stella and glitter pens. The colors are much more vibrant in person!

This is the first time I have played with Decco Foil and, NO, I do not have a laminating machine or a laser printer!

I simply used Score Tape and sandwiched the strip in a couple layers of typing paper and ran it through my die cutter (with a new, unscratched top plate). It worked beautifully and it added just the rainbow kick I sought.

I raised the panel with Fun Foam.

Wishing that your dreams do come true, especially those for love, peace and understanding.

Thanks for the visit,



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