Saturday, September 10, 2016

Celebrate Card for AAA Cards Game #72 and Between The Fold Challenge 29A

Happy Saturday Night Ya'll!
It was a rainy afternoon so I actually found some time to stamp.  I knew that I wanted to challenge myself with a challenge and I picked a couple to try out.  First, I wanted to try a new technique for the AAA Cards Game #72 which is to try a "new to you" technique.  I haven't done watercolor resist so I thought I'd give it a try.  You have to zoom in on the cards to see the details.  I took pictures from 2 angles so you can see the shimmer.  I also used the Between the Fold Challenge #29A which is to do random stamping.  I did that with the leaves stamps.  Here are the links to the 2 challenges:
To make the card, I started with my watercolor paper.  I randomly stamped different leaves from the CTMH stamp set "Lovely Leaves" with VersaMark.  Next, I embossed them with clear embossing powder.  Then I took a wide brush and painted water over the whole paper to prime it for the paint.  I used CTMH watercolor paints to abstractly paint the leaves.  After the leaves were dry I then wet the background again with water and painted the background blue.  When the whole panel was dry I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls Mist in Perfect Pearl to give it a nice shimmer.  I wasn't satisfied yet so I also added some more shimmer with Tattered Angels Gold Glimmer Mist.  The combination gave the card a nice shimmer.  Next, I stamped the greeting "Celebrate" from the CTMH "Dizzy Circles" stamp set with VersaMark.  I then embossed it with gold embossing powder.  To finish the card I wrapped some twine around the watercolor paper 3 times and knotted it.  I also cut 3 graduated sized panels of cardstock from the Fundamentals Adventure Cardstock paper pack.  These papers are nicely embossed with clear embossing to add some detail to the papers.  The watercolor panel is popped up with pop dots while the other layers are flat.  And that's it.  Thanks so much for stopping by.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Heart 2 Heart "Hip to be Square" Challenge

Hey Ya'll,
Happy Labor Day Weekend!  I am posting a card I made to go with the "Heart 2 Heart" blog challenge called "Hip to be Square".  So obviously I made a square card with the main image also on a square.  Really clever, I know.  (I heard those groans!)  LOL  Anyway, for this card I used everything CTMH,  The paper is from the Magical collection as well as the arrow, speech bubble and camera (complements).  I stamped "smile" on the bubble with CTMH black dye in.  The "smile" is from the Cricut collection and it's called "Perfect Picture."  I also stamped "it's your birthday" in the black ink and this stamp is from the "Life Is Tweet" retired set. 

Here is a link to the challenge page if you want to join in:

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Birthday Card for The Paper Players Color Challenge #308

Happy Hump Day!
I have found some time to make some more cards.  YAY!  I always love using challenges to get my mojo going.  Today I am using the color challenge from The Paper Players.  

All products used are from CTMH other than the words "munch love" which is from a retired Stampin' Up set called "Treat Yourself".  The CTMH products used include the paper from the "Magical" paper collection;  Carnival Fun stamps and thin cut dies;  and CTMH inks.

Thanks for stopping by. 


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Happy First Birthday card for Just Add Ink Challenge #323 and Happy Little Stampers August Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Today I finally got motivated to make my great-nephew a card for his first birthday.  I wish we didn't live so far away.  We always miss all the fun birthday parties!  Anyway, I got some inspiration from a couple of card challenges.  The #justaddinkchallenge323 is to "just add F".  Your challenge is to add something to your card that begins with the letter "F".  It can be an item such as a flamingo or flag, but it could also be a technique such as faux stitching.  I am making mine a "first" birthday card.  The other challenge is the #HLSAugustanythinggoeswithdieschallenge.  This challenge is a bit more obvious.  I used LOTS of dies on this card.  YAY!  Here are the links to the two challenges:  and

To make the card I used the Scallop Oval Flip-its die from Sizzix.  I actually went through some of older paper stash and found this collection called "Let's Roll" by Imaginisce.  It had the perfect images of vehicles for a little boy card.  I then dug through my scraps and found enough papers to match.  Yay, again!  The yellow and white ovals are actually cut from a Spellbinders set.  I die cut the "happy birthday"(Little B) and the 1st(Paper Smooches) from the scraps.  I glued the 'happy birthday" directly to the yellow, but popped the "1" up with pop dots.  The "st" is also glued directly to the yellow oval.  It needed a little something more so I die cut the candle (Sizzix) from red and orange paper.  I cut just the flame from the orange and glued it on top of the whole red piece.  I then glued it to the oval.  I added some yellow stardust gel pen to it for a little sparkle.  I then glued the whole yellow piece to the card.  
For the flip side of the card, I took the white oval piece and die cut a "m" (Paper Smooches) and a "3" (Sizzix Monkey Tails Sizzlets).  My great-nephew is called "M3" because he is Michael III.  I glued these pieces at the top.  I then stamped the saying using stamps from Penny Black clear set called "Word Express".  I added the punched heart(stash) at the bottom.  And there you have it!  I hope M3 has a great birthday!  Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Welcome Baby: Freshly Made Sketch #244, Addicted to Stamps and More! #201 and #MFT

Happy Saturday!
I finally got around to getting a card finished for my future great-niece's birth soon.  I am so happy for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law!  They will make awesome grandparents.  I needed a little jumpstart in my creative process so I looked for a few challenges to get me started.  I knew what stamp set I wanted to use so I just had to find a sketch that would work with what I had in mind.  My niece's husband loves pandas so the stamp choice was easy.  I decided that the Freshly Made Sketch #244 challenge would work.  I just flipped the oval so the "greeting" was on top of the oval.  I also decided to enter this card into the Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #201 since it was an "anything goes" challenge.  Here is the sketch from Freshly Made with the link:

As for the card itself, I stayed pretty true to the sketch only flipping the sentiment to the top of the oval.  I stamped and die cut the pandas, banner, and balloon( with black ink(#CTMH and Momento).  I colored the banner and balloon(#Copics and CTMH) before attaching to card.  The middle panda is attached with pop dots. I added the baby's name with stamps(Stampendous) with ink matching the balloon(CTMH). Added a little bow with ribbon(CTMH) to Olivia's head and addes some sequins(CTMH).  I then decided for one more detail to add a reflection to the balloon with a white gel pen.  And there you have it!  Can't wait for baby Olivia to arrive.  
Thanks for stopping by,


Monday, June 20, 2016

Baby Girl Card: Atlantic Hearts Sketch #165 and Between The Fold #23A Challenges

Happy Summer!  
I am so excited to finally be in summer mode.  I start my summer work schedule tomorrow and I am so happy that my hours are shorter.  YAY!

Today I needed to get a card made for my husband's cousin's wife who is expecting a girl.  The shower is next weekend in TN, but I won't be able to make it since that is WAY too far to drive for a short weekend.  I will mail the gift and card tomorrow via Priority Mail.  

I decided to use some challenges for inspiration.  I followed the sketch from the current challenge over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #165. 
Here is the link to their blog:

I also wanted to enter the "Between The Fold" Challenge #23A which is to use the "Calypso" paper pack from CTMH.  Here is the link to that challenge:

As for supplies I used to make the card, I obviously used the "Calypso" paper from CTMH.  I also used the matching flamingo washi tape from CTMH.  The sequins on the tag are also from CMTH.  The only things not CTMH are the two tags.  I actually found them in the Target Dollar Spot of all places.  I don't have a lot of baby stamps and happened have these which matched perfectly.  BONUS!  Love when that happens.  Anyhow, thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy summer!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Graduation Card 2016: #tgifc55

Hey again,
I know, wow, two posts in one day!  LOL  This card is a graduation card that I got inspiration for making it from the TGIF Challenges! #tgifc55 which is a sketch challenge.  Here is the link and sketch:
I love this sketch!  I immediately thought of an idea for a graduation card using this one.  I got my Cricut out and cut the frame and insert pieces using the Art Philosophy cartridge from CTMH.  I used black cardstock for the frame (CTMH) and then used white underneath for the layer to stamp on.  I also cut the same frame out of chevron paper from the Paper Fundamentals - Basic Assortment paper pack from CTMH(Z1939).  I then started assembling the main piece before attaching it to the card.  I took a pencil and made light outlines of the two squares where I stamped the year(Stampendous Tiny Alphabet stamp set #SSC222) over and over.  It was just a the bottom of the frame with no frame attached yet - just the bottom square of white cardstock.  I stamped the year first in Holiday Red (CTMH retired) in the middle of both squares.  I then stamped all around it with black ink (CTMH).  I then attached the frame piece covering the stamping that went over the edges. Then I adhered the two chevron pieces into the other two spaces. Next, I cut the banner with my Cricut using the Artistry cartridge from CTMH.  I stamped the word "Graduate" on the left side of the banner.  It's from the CTMH stamp set called "Smarty Pants" C1649 in current mini catalog.  I then stamped the graduation cap in black (from the same "Smarty Pants" set) on a scratch piece of white cardstock and fussy cut it out.  I then attached it to the right side of the banner.  I mounted the whole piece with pop dots to the main white card.  And there you have it.  Nice and quick.  Gotta love CAS card styles!  Thanks for stopping by.