Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New (to me) Lawn Fawn

Don't you just love Lawn Fawn stamps? I mean, who can resist all their adorable critters, right? I just got their Eggstra Special Easter stamp set and this is the first card I made with it.

This oh so cute bunny was stamped and colored with Prismacolor Colored Pencils. I then added my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to make her shine. Simon Says Stamp Stitched Square Dies were used to create the blue frame around her. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I added the panel to a blue card base and this cute card was finished.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

     CAS(E) this Sketch # 116 - the sketch I used
     AAA Cards: Game #36 - Easter Colors
     CASology: Week 140 - Spring

I can't wait to make some more cards with the cute images in this set. Thanks for visiting and I would love to hear your thoughts on this cutie. Two more days until Spring Break! Hooray! Now if we could only get some spring weather ...

Monday, March 30, 2015

Rainbow Color Birthday

Today I have a CAS birthday card to share. I never seem to have enough birthday cards.

I used the current sketch at the CAS Colors & Sketches blog for my card. I adhered a piece of rainbow color chevron paper down the left side. Two balloons were punched from ombre colored paper with the Martha Stewart Balloon Punch. I tied some twine coated with Ranger Multi Matte around the ends of the balloon and used foam to adhere the balloons to the card. The multi matte allows you to shape the twine into any position and it will dry that way. The sentiment is from the Reverse Confetti Lots to Say stamp set.

I will enter this card into these challenges:

     Shopping Our Stash #194 _ Neon Rainbow ( I used rainbow colors)
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes (my 2nd entry)

That's it for today. I still have to finish Easter bunny treat bags that I saw on Splitcoaststampers for the kids, Hopefully, I'll be able to share them here later in the week. With Easter being so early this year, it's a mad rush to get everything I want to make finished. Darn flu I had a few weeks ago put me behind.

Thanks for visiting. I would love to hear your comments and/or you to become a follower of my blog. Enjoy!


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pink Cupcake Birthday

Hello. I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was very busy helping my son and his family move into their new house. Moving is such hard work. Today I came home to relax a bit and made some cards.

I've been seeing cupcakes everywhere lately, so I decided to make a card with one myself. The Sizzix Framelits Happy Birthday Cupcakes Set was used to make my cupcake. The stamp was inked with Ranger Pink Gumball Ink and die cut with the matching framelit. I used my  Wink of Stella Glitter Pink brush pen to color the cherry , hearts and dots on the cupcake. 

The stitched panel was made with Mama Elephant Peek a Frame die cuts. The die cut panel was adhered to a piece of Lawn Fawn Let's Polka 6 x6 paper and added it to a card base. I used my WRMK  Corner Chomper to round the bottom two corners. The sentiment, which is included in the same stamp and framelits set, was stamped on another piece of the Lawn Fawn paper and adhered to the panel. I used foam tape to adhere the cupcake,

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

     The Card Concept - Cupcakes, where I was inspired by the pink cupcakes
     Freshly Made Sketches #179 - the sketch that I used
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
     Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #137 - Make Your Mark
      Simply Create too Challenge #82 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by. I love reading your comments. Have a great week. Enjoy!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Challenge #27

I love the colors and sketch Lesley designed for The Challenge #27 over on her blog, Always Playing with Paper. I created a card using both the colors and the sketch.

All of my papers are from the  Lawn Fawn Let's Polka 6 x 6 Paper Pad. I love the colors and small designs on these papers. The Easter egg was die cut from the Classic Egg and Filigree Egg dies from Memory Box, that I no longer see listed on their website. Of course, I had to use my Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles to make a frame around the outside of the card. All of the pieces were adhered to a Neenah card base. The egg was popped up with foam dimensionals. 

A sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins and a sentiment from Avocado Arts Springtime Celebrations finished my card.

I would like to give a shout out to my three newest followers - A huge thank you to Ardyth Percy-Robb of MASKerade, Chana of Redora Lee Designs and Karen Hasheck of Karen's Kreative Kards. I am honored that you are following me now. Thank you!

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. They are very much appreciated. Enjoy!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #115

Hi! I'm back with another CAS card today.

For this card I followed the current CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge # 115 -

I used Simon Says Stamp Artful Flowers, stamping the flowers with Hero Arts Bubble GumButter Bar and Field Greens Shadow Inks. Also, I stamped an Easter egg from My Favorite Things Embellished Eggs in the Butter Bar ink above the Happy Easter sentiment from the same MFT stamp set. That panel was trimmed to 3 3/4" x 5" and adhered to an A2 card base, I love how the panel is not centered on the card base and will be making more cards with this design in the future.

I will also enter this into:

     Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #15 - Springtime/Easter

Thanks for visiting. I love hearing from all of you. Have a great day. Enjoy!



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

One Layer Simplicity

Today I have a one layer sponged card to share with you. It is super simple, but I love it.

The stencil I used is My Favorite Things Petal Pattern. Another product I bought many months ago and have never used. NBUS! The stencil was taped over a Neenah card base with Post It Tape to hold it securely in place. I then sponged Cracked Pistacho Distress Ink over the stencil from the darkest shade at the top to increasingly lighter shades to the bottom, creating an ombre effect. 

After carefully removing the tape, I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Flower Friends in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink in the lower right corner to draw your eye to the bottom of the card. That's it! This just may be the quickest card I've ever made.

There are several challenges that this will fit into:

     One Layer Simplicity Challenge #14 - Words, Words, Words
     My local Paper Arts Club March Stamper of the Month Challenge - one layer card (any theme)

SOTM CHALLENGE:  One-Layer Card (any theme)
I will be at My Paper Arts Club meeting with my entry tomorrow night, but will need to leave early due to a concert at our High School that I need to attend. My son is also closing on his first house tomorrow afternoon. Something tells me I am going to be spread pretty thin after work tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by so I can share my projects with you. I always appreciate your visits and comments. I so hope I am getting to all of your blogs, also. Enjoy!


Monday, March 23, 2015

A Jelly Bean Easter

Do you know what NBUS is? I didn't until I started following Darnell on her blog djkardkreations. Haven't heard of her or aren't following her yet? What are you waiting for? She's amazing! Anyway, NBUS stands for "never-before-used-schtuff". You know, all the stuff we've bought and  haven't used yet. (Don't even try to tell me you don't have any.) Darnell has a NBUS Challenge where you use NBUS and then it becomes ABUS ("already-used-schtuff"). Go look!

Here's my entry for her challenge. See the jelly beans? That stamp was NBUS, but is now ABUS because I finally used it. It's part of the Avocado Arts Springtime Celebrations stamp set that I bought a couple of years ago. Actually, there are several stamps in this set that I haven't used yet. (Hard to believe, I know.) The sentiment was also never used, because I just cut one apart - GASP - and made my own. The original sentiment was from 'Buckets of Love' by There She Goes, which is now out of business. 

The jelly beans were stamped in Versafine and colored with Distress Markers. The die cut panels were made with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, which are definitely not NBUS, because you all know that I use them all the time. 

I will enter this into :
     Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Jelly Bean
     Craft Stamper Take It Make It March Challenge - Anything Goes (as long as you use a stamp)

Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment. I love reading your thoughts on what I've made. I hope your Monday went well. Only 8 more days until Spring Break! (not that I'm counting or anything!)


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches #178

When I saw the latest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, I knew I wanted to try it. Thankfully, I found some time this afternoon to play with it. Also, the current challenge at CAS Colors & Sketches is a color challenge, so I used those colors on my card.

To begin, I sponged Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink over a Heidi Swapp 12 x 12 Sunshine Stencil. Next I inked the round bunny stamp, which I think I found at Michaels for $1.00, with Hero Arts Bubble Gum Ink . I used my Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles to die cut the circle. Last I cut the banner from green and adhered all the pieces to a green card base.

I will enter this into Freshly Made Sketches #178. This is the sketch Narelle created for this challenge:

Also, I will enter this into:

 Thanks for coming to visit. I love reading your kind comments. They make my day! Have a wonderful week.                                                                       


Hooray It's Your Special Day

Can it really be Sunday already? Why do weekends fly by and weekdays usually seem to crawl? Hmmm ... maybe there is truth to "time flies when your having fun".

Yesterday when I was playing, I made some more of my own backgrounds. It's so fun to play with inks and get messy.

My background was made by smooshing (there I go with my technical terms again!) Cracked PistachioPicked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks on my craft mat, misting them with water and dragging my watercolor panel through the inks. I love the way the colors blend together and because distress inks react with water, you can dry your panel, put it in the inks again and add another layer of colors. The fun is in never knowing what you will get and never having any panels looking alike. 

After a couple of times swiping my panel in the inks, I got a combination I really liked. I dried it with my heat gun and added one of the large sentiments from the Mama Elephant Splendid stamp set in Versafine ink. Unfortunately, you cannot see in the picture the beautiful shimmer I added by spraying A Muse Stardust Finishing Spray over the entire piece. It really does shine IRL. A frame made by using the largest die from Mama Elephant Peek a Frame die cuts and the smaller die from Mama Elephant Femme Frames was added to the panel. I then adhered the piece to my card base and added a sprinkle of Pretty Pink Posh Sugar Plum Sequins

I am entering this card into:

     Seize the Birthday Challenge with Toppings Option - Focus on the Sentiment
     Shopping Our Stash # 193 - I Made This (make your own background)

I'm off to a feis to watch my Irish Princess compete in 3 dances. Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day and I hope you make some time to do something fun.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Muse #109 & ATSM #136

I hope everyone had a good day. Believe it or not, it was snowing here again this morning and there's more in the forecast. Everyone is so over this! I want my sandals, how about you? Thought so.

After picking up an order ( and placing another - go figure) at my LSS, I had some time to play today. I made this to enter into the current challenge at Muse. Our muse for this week is Marion Vagg and this is what she created -

I was inspired by her yellow splotchy background and blue birds. I created my yellow background by spraying Dylusions Lemon Zest Ink Spray on my craft mat, spraying it with water and smooshing (yes, that is the technical term) watercolor paper into it. I dried it with my heat gun and smooshed it again into the drops that were left on my mat. Sadly, my panel is covering some of them up. 

Next I used - you guessed it - Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares to die cut a white panel. All of the images on the panel are from My Favorite Things Embellished Eggs stamp set and were inked with Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue ink. I simply adhered all the pieces onto a card base with a Tombow Mono Adhesive Dots tape runner. 

I am entering this into these challenges:

      Muse #109
     Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #136 - Anything Goes 
     Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Spring Pinterest Inspiration 
     Simply Create Too Challenge #81 - Easter or Bunnies

As always, thanks for stopping by and looking at my work. Tomorrow I will be going to a feis to watch my Irish Princess dance. Hopefully, I'll have a picture to share with some medals. Enjoy!


Friday, March 20, 2015

CSSC #2 & Fusion

Wow! Thanks so much for all the sweet comments on my one layer bunny card. After all the agonizing, I do like how it came out. I'm liking one layer cards more and more. Today I'm back to layers and undecided on if I like this card.

This began by stamping a poppy from My Favorite Things Pretty Poppies in Chipped SapphirePicked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks. Two masks were made from Post-It Tape so I could stamp over some of the flowers. I then die cut the panel with Spellbinders Oval Dies and sponged around it with the Picked Raspberry ink. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, stamped in Versafine, cut with an oval punch from Fiskars and sponged with the same ink. 

The panel was adhered to fun foam and popped up onto  A Muse pink pinstripe CS. I pulled out my Mama Elephant Femme Frames dies to cut the frame from pink CS. The piece was adhered to a top folding card base.

Even though I am not sure I am totally happy with this I will enter it into:

     The Fusion Card Challenge - Floral Fusion

So glad it's the weekend! I hope you enjoy yours and thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

One Layer Easter Card

I hope everyone is having a good week. We're almost to the weekend - can't wait! Last night I made a one layer card for a couple of challenges. Does everyone find one layer cards as challenging as I do? (Hmmm ... is that why they're called challenges?) Seriously, I have such a hard time with this type of card. I want to add layers, sequins, ribbons, bows, flowers, at least my stitched dies. However, one layer it is -

For this card I used the adorable Mama Elephant Honey Bunny stamp set. This set has the cutest little bunnies, sentiments and tiny accessories for the bunnies. I stamped the standing bunny in black onto a top folding card base. The sentiment was stamped with a new dye ink, Ranger Pink Gumball. The three tiny carrots were stamped in black and colored with Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade Distress Markers. I stamped part of a stem from a floral set on my table to ground the bunny.

That's it - no extra layers, no sequins, no ribbons, bow or flowers and no stitched dies. It's clean, it's simple, it's bare naked, but I think it's kind of cute. 

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:

     Less is More - One Layer Week 215 - include an animal
     Time Out Challenge #27 - Clean & Simple with the optional twist of black & white with a splash    of color
     Simply Create Too Challenge #81 - Easter or Bunnies

Have a wonderful day. Thanks again for stopping by!