Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Its a Baby Girl!

Another "new" baby stamp! Well, new to me anyway...the set is from Stampin' Up and is at least 10 years old. But since not all babies are girls I am going to have to make a few "boy" cards too! LOL (I think I actually have an "Its a Boy" stamp, too!)

card stock/paper - Paper Studio, Georgia Pacific, 3BugsInARug
stamps - Stampin Up "Baby Talk", "Birth Announcement"
 punches - Martha Stewart "Doily Lace", Paper studio "Heart"
corner rounder - Creative Memories
twine - Karen Foster "Magenta"
Stickles "Star Dust"
foam adhesive squares - Scrapbook Adhesive


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Experiments with Watercolors

Last night I got out my little plastic box of watercolors...just like the kids use in school! I had seen a couple different techniques online that I wanted to try: adding salt, and stamping over a watercolor wash. This card is the 2nd technique.

To make the watercolor wash background I placed drops of watercolor paint (Prange) on my craft sheet, spritzed it with water, then laid the white paper on it and pressed it with my fingers. If it seemed too light I did it a few more times then let it dry most of the way. I added splatters of the paint on the blank areas. I stamped the flower image (Paper Peddler "Pansies") after it was all dry and went back in and painted the leaves shades of green and touched up the blue flowers where needed. I added Stickles "Crystal" last, then trimmed my water-colored paper to fit the card front. The twine (FSJ ) was added before adhering it to the front. The Get Well sentiment (Stampabilities) is stamped in "Tuxedo Black" (Memento) then die-cut using a Spellbinders "Standard Circles Lg" die. The scalloped circle behind that is also Spellbinders..."Big Scalloped Circles Lg." KaiserCraft rhinestones were the final touch.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
http://www.cropstop.com/blog - #30 July Challenge

Friday, August 4, 2017

Card of Encouragement: "Prayers"

I recently found an A2-size stamp at a thrift store and was not sure I'd like how it stamped...but I do! I think it is a small bundle of lilacs (a favorite of mine!). I used TH Distress Ink "shaded lilac" on the whole stamp, then wiped off the leaf part and added TH Distress Ink "peeled paint" with a sponge dauber. After stamping it I added a bit more "shaded lilac" on the left corner, again using a sponge dauber...and finished up by adding Stickles "Star Dust" glitter glue.

Inks- TH Distress Shaded Lilac & Peeled Paint, Memento New Sprout
Stamps- Paper Inspirations Lilac Fresco, FSJ Doily Blooms, StampingScrapping Sentiments
Daubers- Tsukineko mini daubers
Dies- FSJ Tag Elements
Glitter Glue- Stickles Star Dust
Ribbon- from my stash
The bow was made using my Craft-DeeBowz bowmaker.

Challenges I'm entering this card in:
https://craft-deebowz.blogspot.com - August, AG w/bow
http://www.cropstop.com/blog - #30 July Challenge
http://reasonableribbon.blogspot.ca - #169 AG
http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com - #294-295
https://makingmemoriescrafting.blogspot.co.uk - #8 AG, One for the Girls/Ladies

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Welcome, Baby!

Tonight I'm posting a simple baby card that I hope to enter in a few challenges. I've been rather short on baby cards this past year and finally got a few new baby stamps and images.The odd color combination is the requirement on Paperplay Sketches.

Dies - Spellbinders Scalloped Squares
Stamps - Stampin' Up Baby and Welcome Baby
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug Anna Griffin "Acanthus"
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Card stock and paper - Paper Studio
Colored pencils - Crayola Watercolor Pencils
Ribbon - Offray 1/8" & 1/4" peach & hot pink
Bow-maker - Craft-deebowz
Punch - Martha Stewart Frond
Stickles Star Dust
Sequins - Little Things Disco Lights, Simon Says Stamp Crystal Reflections
Paper flowers - I Am Roses

http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com - Recipe: 3 layers, scallops, hot pink

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

You're A Star!

Now who would you send a card like this to? 
I'm trying to decide if this is a birthday card, a congratulations card or maybe just a "you're special" card. I guess I can use it for whatever I want!
I made it because I really liked the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches AND the color theme at Catch the Bug. (I'm too late to enter the TMS challenge but just HAD to try that sketch!)

Once again I'm rather disappointed with the way my phone camera is distorting the colors I used. Last time it wouldn't capture pinks and reds and now its aquas and blues! This card is really not mint green...it is aqua! Really!

I'm entering this in a few challenges:
http://www.cropstop.com/blog - #30 July (Stickles)

Card stock - TPS, Georgia Pacific, Studio G
Stamps - FSJ "Star Marquee"
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, FSJ Pineapple Smoothie,
Stampabilities Lime green, TH Distress Peacock Feathers
Glitter Glue - Stickles Crystal
Metal charm -Jewelry Basics star
Twine - FSJ black licorice

Friday, July 14, 2017

Cropstop.com Guest Designer Spot #2

Hello Crafty Friends! I'm back today with another card made especially for the Cropstop blog! This is my 2nd week as Guest Designer! I consider that quite a privilege!

This time I "built" my card around an unusual item: some antique, pink, dotted Swiss vellum stationary that I found at an estate sale. It is behind the die-cut circle. I began with the ivory card base and added layer upon layer, ending with the flower arrangement and tucking in the twine bow last of all. I call this one "my little summer bouquet".

And here is my list of ingredients:
-print card stock is from K&Company called "Julianne", and
ivory card base is Paper Studio
-dies: Spellbinders "Anglaise Lace Circles" & "Standard Circles",
Elizabeth Craft Designs "Garden Notes Sm Poinsettia",
Joy Crafts "Vintage Flourishes", Gina Marie Designs "Fronds"
-flowers: StampingScrapping "Micro Rose" & "Gardenia", 
I Am Roses "Mulberry Paper Flowers", Pizzazz Aplenty "Mulberry Rose Buds"
-twine is Karen Foster "Scrapper's Spools, Tawny"
-adhesives: Zots glue dots, Scor-Tape tape

Challenges I'm entering this card in:
http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.com - #192 Tic, Tac, Toe (twine, stamp, papers)

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy crafting!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Thinking of You.....Red, White and Blue

There are so many great challenges going on right now...I just have to participate!
Here is the card I made using a sketch and color requirements.

Craft card stock is from Paper Studio, the print papers are Studio G
Dies used- FSJ "Tags-Pierced", Spellbinders "Rose Creations"
Star ribbon is from Hobby Lobby and the twine is FSJ
(the bow was made using my Craft-de Bowz bowmaker!)
The sentiment stamp is from a set called "Wistful Wishes", Clear Dollar Stamps
Button and mini stamps(heart and stars) are from my stash
Also from my stash is the white textures paper that the flower is die cut from,
I have no idea where I got it but I love it!

http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.com - #192 Tic, Tac, Toe (ribbon, stamp, papers)
http://www.cropstop.com/blog - June Challenge #29
http://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com - #127 "Just Beachy &/or Red, White, Blue"
http://makingmemoriescrafting.blogspot.com - #7 AG...but not a square

Well, that's all for today! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Have a lovely evening!

Friday, July 7, 2017

CropStop.com Guest Designer Wedding Card

This week I have the privilege of being a Guest Designer for CropStop.com!
***Special Note: the Cropstop website is down because of technical issues and hopes to be back up and going very soon!*** Yes, they're back!
My hubby and I recently attended the wedding of a young relative so, of course, I had to make a special card! I really enjoy making wedding cards because I have the perfect excuse for frills and flowers and elegance! ( I actually kept this one kinda tame.)


To create this card I chose some pale pastel card stock called "Boogie Board" from Bazzill Basics Paper and I punched the Martha Stewart "Doily Lace" borders from both the pale blue and the ivory. The embossed layer was created using a Cuttlebug folder called "Poppy" by Anna Griffin (one of my very favorites!) The sentiment, a Bildmalarna stamp, is stamped in Memento "London Fog" dye ink and die cut using the Spellbinders "Labels 20" die. The flowers and leaves are a combination of four punches: McGill "Birch Leaf" and "Star Flower", and Martha Stewart "Flower" and "Frond". I like to "cup" the flowers a bit so I used my McGill shaping tools and mat. The final "tweaks" are the Ranger Stickles "Star Dust", Doodlebug Designs "Sprinkles" glitter dots, and lightly sponged color on the die cut. For that I used one of my many Tsukineko sponge daubers (another favorite!). Many of these products are available at the CropStop shop! And please check out their blog to see all of the DT's lovely cards this week!

Challenges I'm entering this card in:
http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com - #290-291 AG
http://www.scrapyland-blog.com - #69 AG
http://mustardseedfaithchallenges.blogspot.com - Choose Joy
http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.com - #192 Tic, Tac, Toe (Gems, Stamps, Die Cuts)
http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com - July Elemental Inspiration

(The elements I used: pastels, wedding, flowers, sparkle)
http://creativefingerschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk - #134 AG
http://giveacrafteracookie.blogspot.ca - #172 Photo Inspiration (wedding)

http://paperplaysketches.blogspot.com - #46 Sketch:

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Come again soon!