Saturday, March 31, 2018

Anything Goes - Stampendous #2

SSS Wednesday Challenge


My kids love to play this little game when they are sitting in church where they take a piece of paper and fold it into thirds. Then they will take turns drawing either a head, body or legs (not being able to see what else the other person has drawn) to make up a funny creature. Well my idea was not quite funny creature, but that was my thought process.
I stamped four of these cute little bodies onto a Nina Solar White cardstock panel in Simon Says Intense black ink.

Then I laid some strips of Nina cardstock onto the panel and marked where the heads and feet would be stamped, and stamped them in the Simon ink.

I stamped the cute little frog umbrella onto the panel and then I used a circle die and an oval punch to cut the holes into my panel. I had to cut part of the circles out by hand near the umbrella. I also added two other animal heads and feet to the strips, so when the recipient slides the strips, another animal is seen.

I used Distress inks to blend in a background and then used Copic Markers to color in everything. I used My Favorite Things "Interactive Labels" to stamp the "Pull" onto the ends of the strips in Simon Intense black ink. I cut the strips down so that they had a notch at the ends to keep them from moving too far when the card is put together.

I used the My Favorite Things "Big Birthday Wishes" to stamp my sentiment onto the panel with Simon Intense Black ink.

 I used 3M foam tape to adhere the panel to a red card base. Making sure that the sliders would move correctly.
I hope you liked this card and are inspired too create something too.

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Have a Great day!

Anything Goes - Stampendous

SSS Wednesday Challenge


When I saw this set I knew right away that I had to make a mobile. 

I started by stamping all the images I wanted to use on some Nina Solar White Cardstock.


Stamped them with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink. I colored them all with copic markers. Then I fussy cut them all out

I tried a couple of different backgrounds before this one. I used Distress Inks to blend colors around the outside of the Nina Solar White cardstock panel. I stamped the "Welcome Baby" with Simon Says Intense Black ink onto the rainbow top.  

I used some DMC cotton pearl black floss to create the strings for the mobile. I mounted the flower and the butterfly directly to the panel, and used 3M foam tape to pop up the animals. I adhered some Simon Says Stamp Colorful Confetti sequins to my card, and then adhered the panel to an orange card base.

If you would like to join in with this weeks challenge, visit Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog here.

Thanks for joining me. Hope you have a great day!

Inside The Box

SSS MondayChallenge


This weeks Monday challenge has taken me back to scrapbooking. 

I have created this shadow box about my youngest. She was always so easy to get to smile, and this photograph tells all.

I framed out her picture with some colored cardstock. I used some alphabet dies to cut the letters from coordinating cardstock. The star of this layout (beside the photo) has to be the smocked dress. I have made smocked baby outfits and dresses to give away for years. but I needed to smock paper as well. It took several tries to get this so that it was not ripped. 

I used some paper punches to add the ruffle on the bottom as well as the collar. Then added some felt flowers and a brad to the dress.

I added some flowers to complete this layout.

If you would like to join in the challenge, you can visit here.

Thanks for visiting. Hope you are inspired to try something new.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

You Are Amazing

Altenew Challenge

Altenew _March 2018_Inspirationphoto

I love magnolia bushes. They are some of the first flowers in the spring, and the colors are beautiful.
I wanted to use colored pencils to color these in. I couldn't decide which cardstock I wanted to use, so I stamped it in Momento Black ink on three different yardsticks. Some Stampin' Up cardstock, one from my local craft store, and Strathmore Toned Gray one.

I started with one from my local craft store, and knew right off that I did not like the way the colored pencils were working on the cardstock.

I used the Stampin' Up cardstock next and did not really like how pink the flowers ended up. The challenge colors were more peach, so off to try again. I tried the Strathmore cardstock next. And did not like that one either.

So I finally decided to stamp another one on Nina Solar White cardstock. The only thing was, I was not thrilled with the flower that I stamped in the upper right corner. I decided to cut it off, and tried the coordinating die. But did not cut very well in my Big Shot on an angle so I fussy cut it out.

I used a piece of Nina Solar White to make a card base. I used some 3M masking tape to mask off the back of the card and used the Spritzer tool to add mists of color with the Copic Marker. 

I stamped the "You" from the Altenew Build-a-flower Magnolia set in VersaMark ink and black heat embossed it. I stamped the small sentiment strip with VersaMark ink on black cardstock and white heat embossed that one. Then cut it to the length, and mounted it, and the panel with 3M foam tape to the card base.

I added Wink Of Stella to the flower petals, and that completes this one. 

If you would like to participate in the challenge, visit Altenew here.

Thanks! I hope you are inspired to try something new.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Wild About You

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Floral Frenzy

Altenew was the inspiration for this weeks challenge. And this company has some pretty amazing floral stamps and dies. It was hard to choose just which one I wanted to use. 

I had not used the set "Wild About You" previously, so I decided that I wanted to use this one. I happened to watch a video from Sandy Allnock where she watercolored some tulips onto a business size card and loved the size. I will link to the video here if you would like to take a look. 

I started off by putting my piece of Canson Watercolor paper into my Misti and using some Distress inks and a spray bottle, I did a watercolor technique.

I stamped the base layers of the flowers and the stems with Shaded Lilac, Squeezed Lemonade, and Twisted Citron. I inked up the stamp and then spritzed it with water before stamping it onto the paper.

I stamped the second flower layers using the same technique and Wilted Violet and Mustard Seed.

The stems and leaved did not have a second layer, so I used a paintbrush and Mowed Lawn to add some details to them.

I Stamped the "Wild" with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it in black. I did this twice to give it better coverage on the watercolor paper.

I adhered the panel to a green card base with some 1" double-sided tape. I stamped the sentiment strip with VersaMark ink onto the same color of cardstock and heat embossed it in Black as well.

I cut it down and adhered it to my card with some 3M foam tape.

This was a fun technique and I plan to do this one again soon. 

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Thanks for visiting!

Monday, March 26, 2018


My Favorite Things Color Challenge 90


I created this card for this weeks color challenge. I love the florals in the "Bold Blooms" set from My Favorite Things. 

I created the panel by stamping the largest flower in Crisp Cantaloupe ink from Stmpin' Up. Then stamped the other flower in the same ink. I stamped the darker gray stem and the round blue flowers next. I stamped them with Basic Gray, and Bashful Blue inks from Stampin' Up. I stamped the lighter gray leaves in My Favorite Things Cement Ink. Then Stamped the second layer for the leaves with the Stampin' Up Basic Gray ink. Then used the Bashful Blue for the other blue flowers. And the last stamping was the centers of the flowers in Calypso Coral and Bordering Blue inks by Stampin' Up. 

I used a Zig water brush to add details to the flowers in Calypso Coral, Basic Gray, and Bordering Blue ink. 

I took my panel and cut the Smile from "Double the Smiles" Die-Namics from My Favorite Things. I cut another one out of black fun foam and glued it to the back of the panel and set it aside with something heavy on it to dry.

Once it was dry I adhered it to my a coral card base with !" adhesive tape strips. I used a poker tool to make sure that around the letters of the smile and the little space in the "l" and "e" are stuck to the adhesive.

I used a sentiment from My Favorite Things set "All Smiles." I stamped it in VersaMark ink onto black cardstock and white heat embossed it. I added it to my card with some 3M foam tape.

That  completes this fun card. I am going to love using this set again in some different colors.

If you would like to join in the challenge, visit My Favorite Things Color Challenge here.

I hope you have a great day!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sending You Love

One Layer Card

I was trying to think of something that inspired me for the two challenges I was going to combine.

My In-laws invited us to go to Paris last fall. We went with my husbands parents, his siblings and their spouses.

When we were getting ready to go, I have a neighbor who asked me if I was planning to take a picture by the Eiffel Tower with a red Umbrella? It rained, and rained, and rained, but I did not have a red umbrella and I did not get that picture. So Alison, this ones for you!

I started off with this card by using these stamp sets.

I stamped a test paper of what I wanted to accomplish and got to work stamping.

I first stamped the umbrella. It was not quite big enough for the girl, so I drew it a little larger by adding a layer to first just one side, and then decided that it needed one on both. I next stamped the girl on the bench, but wiped the stamp clean where there was the apples next to her and the one at her mouth. And then Stamped the Eiffel Tower.

I then created some masks and Ink blended the background with Distress Inks. I spritzed the panel with my water bottle and blotted up the extra, and let it dry. It wasn't until I was coloring it in that I noticed that I forgot to cut out the space between her legs. So I will fix that with my coloring.

I colored everything in with Copic Markers. 

I added some details like grass, polka dots to her umbrella, blending in of the land where the Eiffel Tower sits, added a collar to her jacket and gave it polka dots, outlined the bench, girl and umbrella.

I stamped my sentiment onto some black cardstock with VersaMark ink, and white heat embossed it. It was bigger than what I wanted, so I bubble cut it out. I used some fun foam to mount the panel to a red card base. and then used some 3M foam tape to adhere my sentiment and the little heart I punched out of red cardstock. I added Glossy Accents to the two hearts.

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Thanks for joining me!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

MFT Color Challenge 89

Floral Background 

I had so many ideas for this color combination. 
I love spring, and the colors and new life, hope, and overall feel of the season.
My card will be for the MFT Color Challenge 89. I love to create these kind of cards, where you create the background with a stamp set. I can't tell you how much pattern paper that I have that is just sitting around now because it is fun to create your own. I have to tell myself not to buy patterned paper all the time because I tend to want to create my own.

You can watch the second card video here:

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Thanks for joining me, Have a GREAT DAY!

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