Tuesday, September 2, 2014

colourQ and #stamptember

It's Tuesday so that means there's another new palette up at colourQ!  Arielle has really been rockin' these eclectic color combos lately and this one is no different.  This week the colors are inspired by this ottoman.

I will admit that I had the card nearly done before I realized that I forgot the Bermuda Bay.  So out came a couple of banner dies, a little Bermuda Bay, a little vellum and I was done.  Phew!  And I'm also playing along with the sketch at Fab Friday.  It's been a dog's age since I've joined in over there and the sketch was just too good to pass up!

The sentiment on this card is a brand new one over at Simon Says Stamp.  A while back they had a little Facebook contest to celebrate the upcoming #stamptember and asked if anyone would like to receive some free stuff in exchange for showing off said free stuff on their blog.  I commented that I would be up for that and I actually got picked!  Yay me!  I got a set of thank you sentiments and really, what could be more appropriate than that?

So how would you use these colors?  I can't wait to see how in the colourQ gallery.  And as always, if you need a little inspiration, our colourQ design team have whipped up some beauties for you to see!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Many Thanks, Summer Garden (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Dove Gray (WPlus9); Midnight Muse, Lucky Limeade, Strawberry Slush,  Whisper White, Vellum (SU)
Ink:  Midnight Muse, Lucky Limeade (SU); Onyx Black (Versamark)
Accessories:  Banner Trio die (WPlus9); Pretty Pink Color Mist (Mister Huey's)

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Merry Monday 124

I excited to share with you that I'm joining the Merry Monday design team temporarily, filling in for Margaret Moody!  I've had such fun over there the past month and I'm looking forward to the next few challenges.  I don't often do inspiration challenges (too scared) and I've found that by playing along at Merry Monday I've had to dig deep into my crafty stash, both physically and psychologically.  It's good for the crafting soul!

Today Deanne is challenging us to use a present or gift on our card.  True to form I had to dig way into my stash and actually rescue a stamp set that was in my "to be sold" pile for my card!

I think that possibly these are meant to be birthday presents but I colored them up with some Christmas colors and voila!  

I'm also entering this over at Sketch Saturday where we get to pick the sketch from some of their previous layouts.  I chose 217 because I love a good ol' tilted layer now and then!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the beautiful cards from the Merry Monday design team!

Stamps:  Happy Moments (SU); Tinsel N' Trim (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Holiday Treasurers DSP (SU); X-Press It Blending Card
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Versamark; Copics; Blendabilities (SU)
Accessories:  white embossing powder

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Just For You Tag TYIC5 JUGS256

I made a tag last night for the latest Tag You're It! Challenge while also incorporating the "anything but an A2 card" challenge over at Just Us Girls.  But I hemmed and hawed over it because I wasn't crazy about the flowers.  So I didn't post it.  Then I went to bed and thought maybe I'd have a better idea in the morning.  Well, I didn't (which inspired me to do a little crafty shopping for some supplies that I was obviously lacking!) but decided  to go ahead and post it anyway.

One other thing I learned while photographing this tag is that I need a smaller frog to prop up small projects like this.  This tag looks quite lost on that giant frog!  I got this one in the spring at the antique show in Brimfield Massachusetts and it just so happens that the show starts up again on Tuesday so I just may have to take a little road trip next weekend!

Well that's it for me.  I'm off to the vegetable garden to clean up.  Despite my nifty fence, a woodchuck managed to get in there and eat EVERYTHING.  Well, everything except for a couple of banana peppers.  Next year I'm going to have to call some pest control company to come and take care of that giant pest because I'm not sharing my veggies with him again!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Summer Garden (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Crumb Cake (SU); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  White (WPlus9); Copics
Accessories:  Tag Sale #3 die (Papertrey Ink); Amy Tan flowers for Silhouette; white seam binding ribbon, crochet thread

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hello Again

I had so much fun making my watercolored bokeh card the other day I decided to make another one.  This time I used the bold colors at Color Throwdown along with the layout at CAS(E) This Sketch.

The Color Throwdown graphic heavily influenced my decision to use this sunflower die which I thought would look pretty nifty against my watercolored background.  Originally I hadn't intended on doing the bokeh thing but once I had the colors down I wanted to soften them up a bit.  First I cut the tilted layer out of vellum (which is hard to see in the photo) but it didn't soften up the colors as much as I wanted so out came the white pigment ink.

Today was a momentous day because I went grocery shopping!  Usually something so mundane is not worthy of a mention in a blog post but if you live in eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire you will have survived the drama of the Market Basket saga which nearly became a Greek tragedy and will know exactly why grocery shopping is cause for celebration!  I won't bore you with the details but suffice it to say that I will never take low prices on groceries for granted ever again!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Hand Lettered Hello (WPlus9)
Paper:  Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink); Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz); Vellum, Old Olive, Pacific Point (SU)
Ink:  Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point (SU); Frost White (Colorbox); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Sunflower die, Leaf Filled Flourish die (My Favorite Things)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 151

Whew, another week has whisked by and it's time for a brand new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  All month long we've been joined by Kim Singdahlsen as our guest designer and we somehow managed to rope her into designing a sketch for us this week!  It's got her flair for layers while also keeping a clean and simple design.  You're going to love it!

As I was contemplating my card I ran across these colors at Just Add Ink and although they seemed a little scary at first I really wanted to see if I could combine them.  I started to think about backgrounds and what colors should go where.  Then I saw that Kim used a tag on her card which made me think about the current Tag You're It challenge.  Somehow it all came together and this is the result.  The inspiration at Tag You're It had embedded die cuts which I duplicated with this small and relatively detailed die cut.  I learned at one of my Online Card Classes to save all the little bits and pieces when doing this inlaid technique and I can honestly say that this is very good advice.  Very good advice.

You might guess that the Freshly Made Sketches design team has knocked this sketch out of the park and you'd be right!  We've really enjoyed having Kim join us this month and we are truly thrilled that she designed our sketch this week.  Please join us by playing along!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Off the Grid (SU); Label Love (Altenew)
Paper:  Pure Luxury (Gina K); Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss, Always Artichoke (SU)
Accessories:  Tag Me die (Reverse Confetti); Leafy Branch die (Impression Obsession); white seam binding ribbon; crochet thread

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

colourQ 256 Bokeh

Hi everyone!  It's time for a brand new palette at colourQ and I'm so excited by the card I made for this challenge.  I recently signed up for a watercolor class for cardmakers and I've learned so many new things by watching the videos. The Friday Mashup challenge this weekend called for a bokeh technique and had a link to a video tutorial which combined bokeh with some watercoloring.  I loved the look so much I used what I learned to make my colourQ card this week.

The background of my card is watercolored and made up of Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Old Olive.  I swished the colors around to create an interesting, colorful background then once dry went back in with some white ink and sponged the circles to create the bokeh effect.  I cut the sentiment die three times and glued them together to create a little dimension.

I mentioned yesterday that the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch inpsired me to make more than one card and this is the second one.  The layout is so perfect for a million ideas though I've only got two now!  

The ladies at colourQ have got some great ideas to show you using these colors.  Check them out!  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Simple Shapes (SU)
Paper:  White Pure Luxury (Gina K); Pacific Point (SU); Distress Watercolor Cardstock (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive (SU); White (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Thanks Script (Savvy Dies); Wink of Stella pen

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Merry Monday 123

I've been absent from my stamp room for a few days but was anxious to get cracking on some cards for the upcoming week.  First up is my card for the Merry Monday challenge, the challenge where we try to inspire you to get a head start on your Christmas cards.   This week our challenge is brought to you by Bonnie who would like to see a wreath on your card.

As luck would have it, I don't actually own any wreath stamps but for years I've been getting by in the wreath department by using a snowflake stamp.  That's right.  I said snowflake stamp.

I don't want to steer you wrong and give the impression that I invented this, but some years ago I stumbled on a card that made a wreath out of continuously stamping a snowflake image in a circle.  Well, I was so impressed by the wreath that I tucked the info away in my brain and take it out for occasions such as this!  I've made this wreath lots of times and I love it!

This card was also inspired by the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch (as was another card you will see later this week) because its classically clean lines are so perfect for a multitude of ideas. 

There are some fabbo wreaths to be seen over at Merry Monday, so do be sure to check them out.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Snow Flurries, More Merry Messages (SU)
Paper:  Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Mossy Meadow, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Mossy Meadow, Old Olive
Accessories:  First Place Ribbon die (My Favorite Things); Banner Trio die (WPlus9); Berry Blend sequins (Avery Elle); burlap

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 150

Ah, it's Wednesday and time for another new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch is designed by Linda and as soon as I saw it I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  That doesn't always happen for me so when it does it's time for a little celebration!

I have this old patterned paper pack from SU called Sweet Pea and I've got to say it is the best paper I've got in my stamping stash.  There are lots of different colors featured on the papers and I always find something I like.  For this card I decided to go to that paper pack first and let the patterns and colors of it guide my card for this challenge.  I ended up picking some earthy colors on a Sahara Sand base (which you can't see because it's behind all that gorgeous DSP) and coloring up some flowers in a bright pop of yellow.

There are some great cards to see over at the Freshly Made Sketches blog so in case you haven't seen them head on over there to check them out.  You won't be sorry!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Hennah Elements (Altenew); Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip (SU); X-Press It Blending Card
Ink:  Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Copics
Accessories:  Cambridge Court enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

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