Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Cheerful Hello

I love Sunday mornings. I generally arise before my husband and I just enjoy the quiet with a cup (or two or three) of coffee. When Don awakes we usually enjoy more coffee and a very light breakfast for an hour or so before we head out to church. And church is even more peaceful even with a full band.


Today's card is for the Color Throwdown #407 Challenge. The color combo was my spirit colors and I combined them with a new stamp set that was begging to be opened, Reverse Confetti Toucan of Friendship. I stamped the toucan and the various flowers onto Neenah cardstock and then cut out with the matching dies and colored with Copic markers. I cut and assembled the tag using a combo of the Reverse Confetti Topped Off Tag, Big Stripes Tag Layer and the tag topper cut with the  Hang Ups dies and tied with Carribean twine. The sentiment was stamped directly on the tag using Bermuda Bay ink. All the images were attached with foam tape for dimension. In keeping with my CAS style I attached the tag to a white card base with a simple patterned paper block.

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, PTI and Stampin' Up cs, The Twinery twine, MFT and Stampin' Up inks, Copic Markers



I hope your Sunday is all you want it to be. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Happy Meow-lloween

It's that time of year where I seem to bounce between Christmas, Fall and Halloween cards, intermingled with everyday type cards. Yesterday was Christmas. Today, it's Halloween's turn.


Back in the day, I never bought Halloween stamps because I was on the C.C. Designs/Sweet November design team and they always had the cutest Halloween images. Fast forward a few years later and I still don't buy a lot of them. Maybe one every year or two because I love to make Halloween cards but I really don't have that many people to send them to. I dread the day that the children I give to now outgrow them. The C.C. Designs Happy Meow-lloween set was one ( of the two!!) purchases made this year. I stamped the cat and broom  onto Copics X-press It cardstock, cut out with the matching Meow-lloween Kitties dies and then colored with Copic markers. I created the shaker using the Pretty Pink Posh Storyboard 5 die along with an MFT stitched rectangle die cut from Smoky Slate cardstock and then stamped the sentiment directly onto it. I created the background by loosely water coloring with the Purple #139 cake from a Kurtake Gansai Tambi set. The storybook top and water colored background were sandwiched together with foam tape with a few sequins from the Verve Hocus Pocus shaker mix in the bottom box. I glued a couple of the stars from the same mix onto the top box and then added the stamped images. After wrapping marigold twine around the panel, I attached it to a plain white card base.

Products: C.C. Designs stamps, Ranger Watercolor, Stampin' Up and PTI cs, Verve sequins, The Twinery twine, Pretty Pink Posh die, MFT die and ink, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor, Copic Markers
Copics: Cat-E40, E41, E42, E44; V12, V15, V17, C00, C1, C3, C5; Broom-E30, E33, E35, E97, E99, YR30, YR31, YR23

I hope you are having a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Celebrate the Season {Purple Onion Designs}

Today's project is Christmas card #6 for the year and uses Purple Onion Designs stamps featuring images illustrated by Stacey Yacula.


I combined the Pretty Pink Posh Storybook die with a Simon Says Stitched Rectangle die to create a cover, stamping the sentiment onto it from the Winter Wishes Sentiment set using Pure Poppy ink. For the background, I stamped the largest image from the 2 Forests set onto Neenah cardstock and then colored with Copic markers and then inserted the smaller panels with patternd paper and Green Parakeet cardstock. The panel was layered onto a scalloped Red Poppy cardstock piece cut with a die from the My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 set. I stamped Silver (bird) and Snowy (owl) onto Copics X-Press It cardstock, colored with Copic markers and then fussy cut out. Both images were attached with foam tape, perching the bird atop a flourish cut with the MFT Vintage Flourish die which is retired. A layered snowflake cut with a die from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes set, topped with an enamel dot finished it up.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Doodlebug dp, PTI and Neenah cs, Doodlebug enamel dot, MFT, Pretty Pink Posh and Lawn Fawn dies, PTI and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: R22, R24, R27, W00, E81, C00, C1, C3, Y23, YG0000, YG01, YG21, YG23, E41, E42

As always, see the Purple Onion Designs blog for even more inspiration.




Monday, August 22, 2016

TCP Tuesday #321 Challenge


TCP Tuesday at The Cat's Pajamas is going strong. The challenge is to create a project that includes paper piecing and it runs for another week. The Cat’s Pajamas products are not required although we would love to see you use them.


I stamped the image from the Up, Up and Away set onto Copics X-Press It cardstock and then colored with Copic Markers except the kite portion. I paper pieced the kite using Doodlebug patterned paper and then fussy cut out the whole image. I stamped the sentiment from the Hang in There Baby directly onto a piece of water color cardstock cut with a stitched rectangle die. I used the smooshing on acetate water color technique to create a sky background using Tumbled Glass Distress ink. The image was then attached to the background with foam tape. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Ranger cs andn ink, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: W00, E81, YR30, YR31, Y11, Y15, Y17, YR14, YR18

Here are the details:
  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat's Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat's Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button by the Monday, 11:55 EST before the next challenge.
  3. You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.
  4. On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10 or $15 if a TCP product is use.

Good Work

Good morning! How was your weekend? Mine included some time for crafting.

Today's card is for the Viva la Verve August Sketch 2 challenge.


I stamped the image from the Verve Good Work set onto a linen cardstock circle using Catkin ink and then stamped the sentiment in black ink. I stamped the Kaisercraft Distress image directly onto the card base using Aqua Mist ink to replace the vertical panel on the sketch and then added a strip of patterned paper. The image panel was attached with a layer of craft foam and I added a small piece cut with the Memory Box Sevington Border die. A couple of leaves cut with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves dies placed with dimensional dots finished it up.

Products: Verve stamps, Kaisercraft stamp, My Mind's Eye dp, PTI, Stampin' Up and MFT cs, MFT, Lawn Fawn and Memory Box dies, PTI and Simon Says ink


I hope your week is off to a great start.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Just for You {Purple Onion Designs}

Today's card uses Purple Onion Designs stamps featuring images illustrated by Stacey Yacula.


I cut a circle from Neenah cardstock using a die from the Reverse Confetti Detailed Circles set and after stamping Bell (frog) I masked her and then stamped the Toadstool Cluster, using a Copic Multiliner pen to finish off the ground line and colored the images with Copic markers. I used the Reverse Confetti Big Stripes Cover Plate to cut a layer from white linen card and then used another die from the Reverse Confetti Detailed Circles set for the stitching around the circle and then glued the piece it to a Harvest Gold cardstock background. The sentiment from the Hopscotch Sentiments set was stamped onto one of the stripes using black ink. The image circle was attached to the background using a layer of craft foam. The butterfly was cut out with an older MFT set that I have had for years and then topped with an enamel dot.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, My Mind's Eye enamel dot, Reverse Confetti dies, MFT die and ink, Simon Says ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Mushroom-R22, R24, R27, E81; Frog-YG0000, YG91, YG93, YG95; Flower-Y21, Y23, Y35; Grass-YG0000, YG21, YG23; Sky-B0000, B000

See the Purple Onion Designs blog for more inspiration.





Thursday, August 18, 2016

Beautiful

After a few days of guilt free crafting last week, things came to a quick halt toward the end of the week. Our realtor had an open house cancelled and offered us the spot so I wound up in a flurry of cleaning plus my granddaughter's 8th birthday party was on Sunday afternoon. Such is life when you have a house on the market.

I am double dipping on challenges with today's card. First of all, I generally followed the August Sketch for You to Try for the layout. It is also for the Curtain Call Flamingo Inspiration Challenge.


I prepared the top folded card base with an angled strip of patterned paper and then used a die from the Frantic Stamper Open Borders set to cut the border of circles then backed with Hibiscus Burst cardstock. I created the tag using a combo of the Reverse Confetti Topped Off Tag for the Berrylicious cardstock background, the white layer cut with the Big Stripes Tag Layer die and the tag topper cut with a die from the Hang Ups set, tied with Strawberry twine. I stamped the sentiment from the Fabulous Flamingo set onto a circle cut with a die from the Love Note set. The flamingo and wing was stamped in (of course) Flamingo ink and then cut out with the matching Fabulous Flamingo dies. The wing was attached with foam tape. The legs and beak were stamped with the same black ink as the sentiment. The stamped pieces were then attached to the tag. A few enamel dots finished it up.

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp and enamel dots, PTI cs, The Twinery twine, Studio Calico and Simon Says inks




I hope your week is going well. Please pray and donate if possible for the people of Baton Rouge impacted by the floods.