Monday, September 29, 2014

Stamp 308 and 309 Prickley Pear

I won the cutest set of stamps from Prickley Pear back in the spring and have been patiently waiting to use them.  Isn’t this just the cutest circle stamp ever?  It is actually two stamps.  The cat and moon are one and the circle of bats another. The little scalloped circle die is from them too.  I like how the die picks up the spider web theme of the DP.  Add a touch of orange and we have the perfect Halloween card.  I am entering this into Simons Says Anything Goes.

IMG_6673 (820x1024)

stamps 306,307

Had to! Just had to make a card for National Coffee Day.  I followed the MFT195 Wednesday Sketch.  I let the Designer Paper be the strips that are shown in the sketch.   I got the coffee cup stamps at GoodWill for 1.99 I stamped them on various card stock for some variety.  The sentiment and fishtail die are MFT.  Also entering into The Coffee Lovers Blog hop that I saw on Simon Says.   I will also enter this into the Wednesday Anything goes Challenge at Simon Says. and why not try a new challenge with Inkspirationals beverage challenge.  I love finding new blogs.
IMG_6674 (845x1024)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Simon Says Color Challenge

Alrighty then, I am having fun with all these color challenges and they used to be one of the most difficult challenges for me.  But once I figured out that what works best for me is to go through my scrap envelopes and pick out a scrap of each color then it seems easy to come up with a plan because I have all the colors right in front of me in real life and not just looking at a palette on paper.  I encourage you to try that.

Simon’s color challenge is part of their Work It Wednesday month end challenge.  I chose their beautiful Chrissie butterfly die to go along with this really cool paper from Creative Memories that looks like old post cards.  The sentiment is a Simon exclusive.

sss color work it wedIMG_6591 (850x1024)

I tore the paper on the dark chocolate and layered it with the burnt orange and the CM background paper.  I used a portion of a Tim Holtz embossing folder to give some pow to the green strip that was looking a bit undone after I put the butterfly and the sentiments on there.  I started out with th embossed sentiment but it didn’t show up to well.  I touched my finger to a white Colorbox ink pad and rubbed it over the sentiment but it still lacked “oopmh”.  Once I added the sentiments in black to the top and bottom of it , I liked it much better.  I die cut the butterfly out of the green cardstock and then used spray adhesive on the die cut itself to hold most of the pieces in place.  I punched some out and then also adhered a couple of the negative parts to the paper beneath the butterfly.  I like the dimension I got from doing this.  You can find the Simon Work it Wednesday challenge HERE.

Color Galore MFT challenge 9 Stamp 305

IMG_6592 (1024x815)

Print

MFT has a Color Challenge Monthly and I thought I would play along with their images Hang In There.  Isn’t this jus the sweetest?  I have used the boy before but not the dog so I get to count this for the NUBS (never used before stuff) and also will enter into MFT’s challenge.  I was using the red scrap from a cut out made long ago.  I colored my image with Staedler watercolor pencils and used a blender pen.  It’s the easiest way to color that I know of.  The piece the little guy is mounted on is a scrap from long ago also.  I fussy cut him and the poochie out.  I get a certain kind of satisfaction out of fussy cutting.  Open-mouthed smile  I think I picked up all the colors I do believe.  When I look at a color challenge I always think that many colors will be so busy but look how I used them and you can barely tell there are so many colors going on.  I’m glad for these challenges that help me to use up my scraps. 

What I do, is pick out all the colors from my scrap box, and then decide what I am going to do with them as I play with the different sizes of scraps.

I will also enter this into Simon Says Stamp anything goes Wednesday challenge.

GKD stamps 302-303-304

I caved!  I saw this Gina K Designs Simple Things kit for the month of September and I loved it.  I resisted most of the month to see if the feeling would leave but I kept thinking about it.  Wow, you get so much in one of her kits, it’s really worth it.  I love the quality of everything.  Inks, Papers, ribbons, clear stamps, rubber stamps, they all are the best I’ve ever worked with. IMG_6579 (802x1024) This was the first thing I created with the kit.  I fussy cut the frame but the kit did have some cream colored die cuts to fit the image.  I scored the top a couple of times for some dimension.

American Craft Stencil

My daughter gave me a bunch of things she never uses and this stencil was one of those gems.  This came together very quickly.  I did run the stencil through the Big Shot and it kind of ripped the paper so I went with that and tore the other edges too.  I like the look.  I am entering this into the Simon Says Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge.

IMG_6578 (1024x764)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Magical Wishes

Playing in Simon Says Wednesday Challenge and combining it with the perfect sketch from MFT, I came up with this card.

I wanted to use monotones to give the illusion of sky and SSS is featuring Tim Holtz which made it easy to reach for his Distress Markers in various blues.  After spritzing the craft mat and dragging the tag through a couple of different times I then spritzed the tag and layered different shades of blue from light to dark.  Then the fairy princess from MFT stamps was stamped. (she has her head in the clouds, eh?)  I then colored her up with two different Sakura glitter pens and added a Simon Says glittered die cut heart.  I touched a bit of blue to the clouds.  The flat clouds are MFT dies and the curvy one is from Memory Box.  This was such a fun card to make and I have the perfect recipient in mind.  Isn’t that always fun. 

In real life the dark blue doesn’t look as dark as it does on here.  I tried to lighten it up to no avail.  IMG_6572 (1024x768)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

More old Stampin Up 298-299-300-301

Stamps 298-299-300-301 A masculine card. For a birthday or Just Getting their drivers license. IMG_6569 (815x1024)

Here’s a fun one. SU stamp 297

Using an old Stampin Up image I made this fun card for a special friend.  I had fun doing it and it started out with a scrap.  That mauve mist piece had the oval cut out of it for a different project and I wanted to use the negative piece to create “something” and this is what happened. IMG_6567 (1024x824)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stamp# 296

A big ol’ sponge stamp that I picked up as part of a Good Will package.  I love this acorn and this is the first chance I have had to use it.   Perfect for this card with die cut leaves from Sweet N Sassy.

I am entering this into Simon’s Wednesday challenge to make your own background.  I used inkadinkadoo swirl stamps to make a back ground on the main layer.

Also entering into MFT Sketch Challenge 193.  The little banner piece is one of their fish tail dies and the wonky piece is from blueprints 16. 

IMG_6570 (866x1024)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Stamp 294 & 295 Simon Says

Wow, summer was busy and I neglected my blog.  I am up to stamp 294 & 295  now and no where near through them all.  Keep pushing, it’s still fun. 

I made this for Simon Says Stamptember Monday challenge.  It is a Kelly Purkey Simon Exclusive stamp.  I hand lettered the Are You Cured and then grabbed a sentiment stamp from MFP since I didn’t have a Simon Get Well sentiment.  I love the fun of this Sizzle On Stamp set.

IMG_6568 (778x1024)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ways to use it!

Sometimes I like to find different ways to use very obvious things.  Images turned upside down, partial stamped images, stack the sentiments vertical instead of horizontal.  This time I used soccer ball dies to make ornaments and I love the effect.  The sports dies were a gift from My Favorite Things for ordering sixty dollars all at one time.  I wouldn’t have chosen them, as I have no kids in sports,  but I have found myself using the parts in different ways. This card is created for the MFT Color Challenge you can find HERE.  The colors screamed Halloween but I could not make myself come up with anything creative.  I really have no idea how this popped into my head.  Oh yes, it was because Simon Says is having an Anything Goes challenge and they are featuring Memory Box dies and I only have this one Frostyville die and some clouds by Memory Box.

I have combined the two challenges and this is what happened.  SQUEAL! I love it.  The little tag is also and MFT die from blueprints 4.

I added Wink of Stella to the centers of the ornaments to jazz them up a bit and added a sentiment from Mark’s Finest Papers.  Talk about combining companies.  Well that keeps the creative juices flowing, right?

IMG_6480 (662x800)Print