Saturday, September 24, 2016

Happy Birthday, Tonya!

Happy happy happy birthday to my friend, Tonya!  Tonya is a kooky gal who makes me laugh.  She's also my enabler with her store, The Heart Desires.  THD has been open just a few months and has been a dream of Tonya's for a long while.  May all your wildest dreams come true, Tonya!

For the card I die cut the Smitten Kitten designer paper -- love those pierced edges and Tonya loves pink so how could I not use this paper.  Then I stamped and colored up the fairy.  It's easier to see in person but the yellow I added to the blue shade of her tunic and underskirt lend them an iridescent look.  The wings are sparkled up with some Wink of Stella too.  She is a fairy after all.  I next masked her off and sponged fluffy clouds using my homemade cloud mask.  The best part of the card tho?  It lights up!  Look at her glowing wand when you press her skirt.  Such a fun surprise!

You should have arrived here from Laura and are next hopping over to Kimberly to see what she designed in celebration of Tonya's big day!

I'm entering this in Shopping Our Stash #270 Fairies and Angels, Simon Says Wednesday Gift It, and Seize the Birthday

The Details:  Waffle Flower Lacy Layers dies, Doodlebug Kitten Smitten 6x6 paper, Ranger Round Ink Applicator, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Wink of Stella, Chibitronics, Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Simon Says Secret Garden, My Favorite Things Magical Unicorns sentiment, Stampendous Detail Fine White embossing powder, Pop Tone cardstock base, Copics

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

The Coffee Lovers Fall Blog Hop starts today!  Amy and her team do such a fab job with it how could I not work up a card or two or three?
I knew I wanted to used mixed media on this card because it's been a while since I've gotten messy.  I first sprinkled some Brushos on Ranger watercolor paper and gave it a bit of a spritz with water.  I like the "chunky" look of the sprinkles so was careful not to spritz too much.  While that dried, I worked on the coffee to-go cup doing some sponging and spattering.  The orange has a bit of a bokeh look which was unexpected but super cool.

With the watercolor panel dry, I spritzed it with Minc Reactive spray and set it aside to dry.  This seemed to take longer than usual--because of the watercolor paper?  I ran it through the laminator with Deco Gold Foil.  I love the texture that results from using the textured side of the watercolor paper.  Nice!

I struggled with layout then, duh, was inspired by the current THD challenge sketch.  I'm by no means a sketch girl but this one made it easy for me. I love the distressed, vintage look of this card which really stretched my creative mojo--yay!

I'm also entering this in Mod Squad Celebrate Your Inner Splat, Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Rustic    

The Details:  Altenew Coffee TalkMy Favorite Things Cool Cup dieDark Brown Brushos,  Ranger Watercolor PaperRound Ink Applicators and Multi Medium Matte, Distress Ink Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge, Doodlebug sequins, Deco Foil gold, Minc Reactive Spray, Memento Tuxedo Black, Amy Tangerine hemp twine

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Beautiful Day

We're about midway through The Heart Desires Challenge #4 so come join in!  You can choose to use the colors, (sun)flowers, and/or the sketch so lots to choose from.

I chose flowers for both of my cards but went in totally different directions with them.  I am loving Concord & 9th, aren't you?  Classy yet fresh, and very versatile.  I colored the first card with Copics and went really bold with this wedding card with the black.  Sigh.  So much POP!

I'm entering this in Curtain Call Fall FloralsAddicted to Stamps and More #212 Make Your Mark, Simon Says Wednesday Gift It

For the second card, I used the flowers again and went monochromatic with gold.  Mmm, gold.  I stamped and embossed the wildflowers, then stamped and embossed the sentiment over the top of it.  Love how tactile it is.  A strip of washi on the cardbase and voila!

I'm entering this card in Allsorts #381 Black and White Plus One   

The Details:  Concord and 9th Beautiful Words, Wildflower, Happy DayVersaFine Onyx Black, Doodlebug black/white striped washi, Stampendous black detail fine embossing powder, Versamark, Ranger gold embossing powder

Special Stamplorations Blog Hop!

Welcome to a special Stamplorations blog hop to celebrate the release of a fabulous new Christmas tree set and matching dies!  Check it out!  I love how bold and whimsical they are, don't you?

I stamped the trees and sentiment on a piece of watercolor paper I had done with Brushos.  I cut the Christmas tree out and then spattered the lot with Copic Opaque White, my favorite white for snow.  I also applied red Stickles and a star sequin.  So cute!

Be sure to check out the main release post for details on how a lucky commenter can win this set--woo hoo!  If you're not the winner, no worries.  The set is currently on sale so best snap it up!

I'm entering this in Double D Trees, Trees, Trees

The Details:  Stamplorations Trendy Christmas Trees, matching CUTplorations dies, and Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting die, Brushos, Memento Tuxedo Black, Strathmore watercolor paper, Copic Opaque White, Ranger Stickles

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Stamplorations CAS September Mid-Challenge Reminder!

We're about half way through the Stamplorations CAS Optional Pink Challenge.  I'm sad to see this one coming to a close but you still have time to join in the fun!

This card started out as a line of blossoms down the side of the card front.  Booooring.  It just wasn't IT.  So I used a fab Cutplorations die to cut out a panel at an angle. Ahh, much more interesting.  I added the sentiment (love the fonts!) and highlighted "happy" with happy yellow.  I then mounted the lot on foam on another Cutplorations die cut from the packaging of a Pretty Pink Posh product (die I think??).  Love!

I'm entering this in AAA #73 Upcycling

The Details:  Stamplorations Floral Bliss and Happy Sunflower, Cutplorations Crazy Running Stitch dies, Zigs, VersaFine Onyx Black, packaging from a Pretty Pink Posh die set

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sweet as Pie

This card is for my sweetie pie who is a lover of all things tart, including granny apples and me!

I stamped and masked the mini scene then colored it up with Copics.  I then diecut the two panels and attached them to the card base.  The sentiment is embossed with a piece of gold heart washi beneath. So cute!

You'll see that I used the colors from the current The Heart Desires Challenge as well as bringing in apples and black striping.  Have you joined in yet?  Come on over!

I'm entering this in Fantasy Stampers #71 In the Fall

The Details:  Lawn Fawn Thanks a Bushel and Perfectly Plaid Christmas 6x6 paper, Waffle Flower Lacy Layers die, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine, Stampendous Detail Fine White embossing powder, Paper Studio washi, Waltzing Mouse Stitched Scalloped rectangle die, Copics