Saturday, January 14, 2017

Friends of Flourishes & Love Makes The World Go 'Round

Good morning!  Today, we welcome another Friends of Flourishes challenge offered up by my wonderful teammate, Shirley.  She has chosen the theme of "Love Makes The World Go 'Round".  It coincides perfectly with the new release by Flourishes.  I opted for the set called Florentine Frame With Quote.  
The frame has clean lines with elegant flourishes in each corner.  It's right up my style alley.  I opted to use the frame horizontally and then trimmed a couple of rectangles to fit inside the frame.  I added a simple, yet elegant statement to top my Valentine's paper.  A few Copic-colored rhinestone hearts in strategic places finish my card.

The rest of the Design Team has beautiful creations for you as well.  Be sure to stop by and see them! Follow these links to see the rest of the design team:   

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.

Details - Stamps: Florentine Frame With Quote (Flourishes); Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, MME Lost and Found dp; Ink: Espresso Truffle; Accessories: stampin' dimensionals, Copic Marker, Recollections heart rhinestones.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Got My Mojo Going

My card for this week's Ways To Use It challenge on Splitcoaststampers featured my new Hello Kitty set and the latest Mojo Monday sketch.  
You see, Sabrina is the hostess this week on Splitcoaststampers and she used the wedding rhyme for the challenge.  So I have something old (my Basic Grey Urban Prairie paper), something new (my Hello Kitty school days stamp set), something borrowed (Julee's Mojo Monday sketch) and something blue (paper and ink.

Quick post today.  Thanks for looking!

Details - Stamps: Hello Kitty School Days (PSA Essentials), Grateful Elegance (Verve); Paper: Smooth White, Black Licorice, BG Urban Prairie, MME Happier; Ink: Tuxedo Black, Marina Mist; Accessories: Circle punches, Spellbinders Standard Circle Nestabilities, Recollections rhinestones, Copic markers, blender pen, Brick Wall embossing folder, 1/8" black taffeta ribbon, scor-tape, stampin' dimensionals. 

Friends of Flourishes & Shimmer And Shine

Good morning! Today the Friends of Flourishes are sharing another Design Team challenge and our response to it. The hostess for today is Kren and she has chosen Shimmer and Shine. It's a lovely theme for a new year.  I decided to go with a beautiful floral set called Camellia Love.  
When I was in grade school, our family had two large camellia bushes on either side of our front door. My sister and I used to pluck the leaves and pretend that they were dollars in our playhouse. I wonder if she remembers that also. My shimmer and shine may be hard to see on my card, but I promise it is there. I clear embossed the leaves of the camellia because I remember those leaves having an amazing gloss. I also colored over my petals with a shimmery gel pen. I made my own background by using silver and pink spray ink over a die cut mask.

The rest of the Design Team has beautiful creations for you as well.  Be sure to stop by and see them! Follow these links to see the rest of the design team:   

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.

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Details - Stamps: Camellia Love (Flourishes); Paper: Smooth White, Bazzill Pink; Ink: Tuxedo Black, Versamark Ink; Accessories: Shapeabilities Botanical Swirls, Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Silver Smooch Spritz, Yellow Stickles, Dylusions Bubblegum Pink mica spray, Zig Painty silver, Sakura Clear Star gel pen, Scor-tape, Stampin' dimensionals.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

VSN Reprise

 VSN, or Virtual Stamp Night, on Splitcoaststampers is a challenge filled weekend.  I find that I dig deep into my stash just to find the right stamps and papers.  I really enjoy it and home chores typically get in the way of me being able to complete all the challenges.  Here are a few of the cards that I made from the latest VSN. 
The card above is from a challenge called Christmas Cookies.  You guessed it, the challenge was about getting Christmas Cookies on your project.  That was no problem for me as I had this image already colored and trimmed out on my desk from an "almost project" a few weeks ago. 
This card was for a challenge called The Christmas Song.  The challenge was to use something on your card from the lyrics of the song by the same name.  I used mistletoe on my card for the line that starts "Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe".  Simple scoring set off the bottom border of mistletoe.
This last card is from a challenge called Home Alone.  The object here was to make a clean and simple card with one image and one embellishment.  I may have fudged a little on this one.  I tried to just get away with the washi tape as my one embellishment, but it looked too plain.  I colored an adhesive backed rhinestone heart with a Copic marker and added it to my sentiment.  After that, it felt done.

I think the next VSN should be in a few months. I know that I will be playing along and I hope that you will too.

Details - Christmas Cookies - Stamps: Must Be Santa (Flourishes), A Season of Celebrations (Flourishes); Paper: Smooth White, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White; Ink: Ruby Red; Accessories: Colored pencils, square punch, Scalloped square Nestabilities, paper snips and stampin' dimensionals.
Mistletoe - Stamps: Meet Me Under the Mistletoe (Flourishes); Paper: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke; Ink: Espresso Truffle, Picket Fence; Accessories: Copic & Touch Twin markers, paper snips, Sakura clear star gel pen, stampin' dimensionals.
Because I Care - Stamps: Because I Care (SU); Paper: Smooth White; Ink: Soft Suede; Accessories: Recollections heart gem, Sweet Sadie washi tape, Copic marker.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ways To Use Moons

I'm the hostess for today's Ways To Use It challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  Since today is the last New Moon of 2016, I chose to use moons as my theme.  Of course a new moon doesn't show up in the sky, so full moons, crescent moons and gibbous moons are all acceptable.  

For my card, I masked and sponged my background first.  After I was satisfied with my sky color, I removed my masked and stamped my bamboo background in a light color.  Then I opted for a darker color to stamp my bird and bamboo image.  I water colored my bird next.  Of course, my ink ran so I had to go back through with a fine tipped pen to retrace my bird image.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you get a chance to play along with the Ways To Use It challenge.

Details - Stamps: Bamboo II, Asian Artistry, Thank You Kindly; Paper: Smooth White; Ink:  Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Tuxedo Black; Accessories: post it, removable adhesive, circle punch, May Arts burlap twine, Scor-tape, stampin' sponges, sponge dauber, waterbrush.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Friends of Flourishes & Christmas

Good morning!  The Friends of Flourishes are sharing a Design Team challenge today.  Today's hostess is Gloria and she chose Christmas as our theme for the challenge.  It's very timely, I must say!  Every time I pull out the Coastal Christmas set, I think of my sister.  I just got to spend time with her two weeks ago, so I can't whine. Still, I miss her.  
My card involved a bit of masking.  Then removal of said masks, trimming and reshaping, and then more masking.  I do like how it turned out and my husband really like the colors.  You can see all the images from Coastal Christmas down below.  
The rest of the Design Team has beautiful creations for you as well.  Be sure to stop by and see them! Follow these links to see the rest of the design team:   

Thanks for stopping by and have a Very Merry Christmas!

Details - Stamps: Coastal Christmas (Flourishes); Paper: Smooth White, Black Licorice, Whisper White; Ink: Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight; Accessories: Circle punches, Scor-Pal, jute twine.  

Monday, December 19, 2016

VSN & Santa

I had a chance to play along with VSN this weekend. Robin challenged crafter's to make a card that showed one of their strongest memories of Christmas.  I have a vivid memory of Santa honking my bicycle horn when I was about 5 or 6 years old.  Even though I know that was years ago, I can still recall that memory today.  

Just a quick post for today, have a wonderful day!

Details- Stamps: Must Be Santa (Flourishes); Paper:Whisper White (SU), Unknown SU blue, Black Licorice (MFT), Recollections Southern Charm dp; Accessories: Watercolor pencils, French Blue grosgrain ribbon, Scor-Tape, stampin' dimensionals.