Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May Guest Designer: Color Throwdown - So Happy Today



I'm so excited to be a May Guest Designer for Color Throwdown!  I'm a huge fan of their challenge!  Check out this week's inspiration:



At first this color combo challenged me but then I started working on it and everything fell into place:


I've been trying to use my paper collections.  I was digging around the Crate Paper Poolside cardstock ephemera and came across some pieces that were perfect.  


I wanted to do a bit of stamping for the background and thought that the Ellen Hutson LLC - Essentials by Ellen - Wonky Backdrops by Julie Ebersole would be so fun.  They have been stamped with Fresh Ink Navy.


BIG Shoutout to the wonderful designers over on the Color Throwdown Team!  I thoroughly enjoyed myself this month!

Here is a quick look at all my projects for this month:





Such a fun challenge!  We hope you join along too:  Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD445 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd445 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

Make sure you check out the fabulous Color Throwdown team...

Hero Arts: Eat cake all day!





Hello!  I'm up on the Hero Arts blog sharing a card!  Here's a peek at my supplies:



Monday, May 29, 2017

Lucky Me



I couldn't wait to use my new Spellbinders Market Fresh - Aren't You Sweet Collection dies.  I'm a fruitatarian (well, not really but I LOVE fruit) and had so much fun with them.


The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti's A Friend Like You stamp set...it's been stamped with Midnight ink.  The strawberries have been die cut with Brick and Lime Green cardstock.  The edges have been inked up in the coordinating ink colors.


The gingham panel is by My Favorite Things - Farm Fresh Gingham.  Gotta have gingham with sweet strawberries!

My card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches:


I don't know how many of you are in the Pacific Northwest but it's been so hot!  I know I'm not alone when I say that I'm a mild weather girl...that's why I've always loved living in Seattle.  Lately, we've had some really warm summers.  I'm grateful for our portable a/c units but unfortunately how my craft room is set up, I can only use a box fan.  It gets might toasty up here...so I try to get all my crafting done in the morning.

Today I'm busy finishing up my kitting for the Hero Arts Extravaganza at Impress this Saturday!  I hope that you've signed up!  We have 5 card projects, everyone receives a gift from Hero Arts and you get 20% off your Hero Arts order!





Sunday, May 28, 2017

Donut know...



Happy Sunday!  Hope you are having a magnificent weekend!  Yesterday our crafty group got together and this is the Make 'n Take that I brought:



I was suppose to have it finished and ready on Friday but time got away from me so I whipped it up on Saturday morning :)  Thankfully I had a Close to My Heart - Sugar Rush Scrapbooking Kit.  Unfortunately, these are no long available but the stamps, dies and washi still are!

All the patterned paper, stamps + washi is CTMH but here are the inks I used:

sentiment:  Hero Arts Mulled Wine
donut:  Hero Arts Soft Vanilla, Fresh Ink Grapefruit + Hero Arts Tide Pool

My card was loosely inspired by THIS.



Saturday, May 27, 2017

with heartfelt sympathy...



I'm sending out 2 sympathy cards this week...such difficult cards to make.  I'm a fan of non-traditional colors...the lighter and pastel the better.  This one is being sent to a family:


I haven't inked up the Reverse Confetti Rose Garden in awhile.  I originally picked it for the rose image so bonus points that it has a sympathy sentiment.  I was thinking of using a stencil for the Sand background but decided to keep it clean and crisp.

The pattern strip is from the True Love 6x6 paper pad.  The pink cardstock is Piggy Bank.  The rose is colored with Zig Clean Color Markers.  The leaves are Zig to Zig but the rose was actually colored with 2 different shades of pink and then literally saturated with water to swoosh the colors around.  I love the loose watercolor effect.  The Midnight ink and Cloud White cardstock works well for this technique.  I dried the image with my heat gun.


I was inspired by The Card Concept:


...and Fab Friday:




Friday, May 26, 2017

Thinking of you




With the gorgeous weather we've been having in the pacific northwest I can sometimes whip up a card after work and still have natural sunlight for photography.  Believe me, that doesn't happen often.  I knew that I wanted to ink up the Papertrey Ink - What the Doodle Tea Time set:


I teamed it up with a Jillibean wood veneer tag, Divine Twine and a Memory Box cardbase.  THIS card by Kay Miller inspired my design.


Love this week's CAS(E) this sketch!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop: Always be strong



I have a couple new Papertrey Ink goodies that are NBUS so I thought I'd better join in the May Hop Fun:



Such a pretty inspiration photo...I struggled with the muted colors, tossed 2 cards and finally settled on this one:


I absolutely LOVE the Courage & Kindness stamp set!  I love how it has single images but also the images that help you stamp out everything in a scenery.  Those are the stamps I used.  The sentiments in this set are wonderful.


I don't have any PTI inks but if you're interested in the colors I used, they're Fresh Inks:

Blush - Charcoal - Succulent - Kale - Pear

I can't wait to hop around and be thoroughly inspired!

Happiest of Birthdays!



So, be patient with me as a search for a sweet spot in the house for photography.  The boy took the camera that I use for blog photos and although I have another Nikon to use, I can't seem to get the settings quite right.  

I generally don't make my own cardbases...sigh, I'm lazy and I average 7+ cards a week so I buy the Memory Box A2 cardbases.  I was eyeing a package of Stampin' Up Cucumber Crush cardstock and decided to whip up a base, you all know how much I ADORE green:


I've really downsized my Stampin' Up products but my go to seems to be Birthday Blooms.  Can you tell that I teamed up Soft Sky with the Cucumber Crush 💚


My card was inspired by TGIF Challenges: