Sunday, May 20, 2018

Firefighter Birthday

While rummaging through my stash, I found this forgotten MFP (store now closed) firefighter stamp set and set out to make a card with it. I colored the image with Copics and die-cut it with a GMD stitched square die, placing it on a red panel where I heat-embossed the sentiment with white ep. I matted that with black and placed it on top of a stenciled background, done with a TCW flames stencil and some red, orange and amber inks. For the final touch, I added 2 mini gold brads and stamped a birthday sentiment at the top. The inside reads "You are my Hero!"

I'm sharing this over at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge for May #14 where all you have to do is add a critter to your card.

The sun must be confused here in PA today. It wasn't supposed to make an appearance but there it is shining brightly, even if only for a moment! I'll take it! I'm so tired of the dismal drearies and rain :(

Rain or shine, have yourself a wonderful Sunday and thanks for stopping by!


Friday, May 18, 2018

Playing with Colors

I had a play with my distress inks and 2 coordinating Dahlia stencils from Altenew. I used worn lipstick, squeezed lemonade and citron to create the background. I die cut the GMD birthday wishes sentiment from citron and worn lipstick, adding black die-cuts beneath them to help them stand out a little more. I went with some light summery colors and needed the touch of black so they didn't blend completely into the stenciled background. I added some tiny black gemstones to finish this card. I'm not so sure I like this - I'm thinking it may have looked better if I'd done the sentiment words in black. I may die-cut them in black and layer them on top before I'm ready to mail this card.

Thanks for stopping by and do have yourself a wonderful Friday!


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Amazing You

I love yellow and black together, so I made this card with that great color combination. I started with a Daffodil cardbase, and made a horizontal border with a Martha Stewart doily punch. I added a black embossed panel, done with a SU! petal burst ef, then added a SB scalloped petite oval die in black, then added white and daffodil panels die-cut with Gina Marie Designs stitched ovals. The stamp set used was SU! Amazing You, and the dsp is from DCWV. I added some black and clear rhinestone bling, along with a daffodil ribbon bow and called this one done.

I'm sharing it with the Double D Challenge to "Bling it up!"

Thanks for the visit and it's always nice to have you here for a moment or two. Wishing you a wonderful day!


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wedding Card

I was recently asked to create some wedding cards, and this is one design of 3 that I made. I started with a piece of white cardstock that was embossed with a SU! Falling Petals embossing folder, and die-cut a circle in the center. I used a SB scalloped circle and regular circle die to cut the frame and inserted a panel of vellum dsp into the center. The lovebirds were made with a SU! bird punch, and the wings were embossed with a SU! square lattice ef, and I added tiny black gemstones for eyes. I die-cut 2 stems with an older Sizzlits Little Leaves die, and covered them with frosted lace stickles for a little sparkle. The sentiment is from the SU! Beautiful Bouquet set and was heat-embossed with silver EP and popped up on foam tape. I added 2 Hero Arts red heart-shaped gemstones to the top. The inside reads "May you grow a beautiful life together - Happy Wedding Day!" - Also from the SU! Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Snippets Playground #326 - must use snippets

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week ahead!


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

TMS #453

Hello stampers - another Tuesday has rolled around again, and this week we're working on the Tuesday Morning Sketch #453 by Melissa.

I found this pre-colored image in my stash and I have no idea how it landed in my hands, but I decided it would make a cute birthday card for a child. I die cut the image with a stitched oval, and placed it on a MFT fishtail banner cut from turquoise. I added a lemon-lime horizontal panel that was embossed with a square lattice ef by SU! and placed it on a Berry Burst card base. The little curlyQ's are strips of dsp that were wound around a knitting needle and adhered to the top of the panel. I added some random Nuvo drops to add to the festive party theme of my card. 

Here's the prize up for grabs this week just by playing along...

And here's the sketch for you to work with....

Here are my DT members blogs where you can check out their creations for some inspiration...

I'm also entering this card into the Shopping our Stash #354 challenge - "for the kids."

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find time to come and play along with us! Have a great Tuesday!


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Butterfly Challenges

I haven't been as diligent in playing challenges lately as I have a few of my own personal challenges to contend with, but I decided to take time to make and combine 2 cards to play along with 2 challenges.

First up is the Twofer challenge # 5 and this month the challenge prompt is Butterflies.

One of my cards for the Twofer is this birthday card, done with Altenew layering dahlia stencils and sponged with Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry distress inks. I used MB Darla and Vivienne butterfly dies, adding some tiny pink gemstones. The sentiment panel was done with a SU! Beautiful Bouquet stamp, heat-embossed with white. The fern is a die-cut from the Beautiful Bunch coordinating framelit die set.

The 2nd of my Twofer cards was also made for the Butterfly Challenge #100 which includes different challenges for the letter "H." I haven't played in this challenge in a long, long time, so it was fun to enter a card into Valerie's 100th celebration. Here is the prompt for her challenge:

and here's my card...

I managed to include all of the requirements shown on the wheel, and although it's not my favorite card I've ever made, it was fun to take the challenge and use all the required elements. I also used the MB Darla and Vivienne butterfly die, using a piece of harvest gold striped dsp for the bottom layer, and added a top layer that was colored with a hot pink fluorescent Copic marker. I added a heart-shaped gemstone to the body, but there is also a heat-embossed panel of golden hearts at the top of the card. The hearts, along with the gold-heat-embossed sentiment are from a Clear Stamps set. The hexagon dsp is from SU! (retired) and the grassy border was done with a Sweet n Sassy die and a remnant strip of hunter green cardstock from my stash. The card base is powder pink with a snippet of soft suede. The top was done with a SU! scalloped border punch.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a great weekend. All of you moms out there deserve a day of pampering and I sure hope each and every one of you gets it too!


Friday, May 11, 2018

Masculine Birthday Card

While making this card recently, I decided to make a 2nd one using the same SU! dsp for the background. The paper just screams masculine to me. I die-cut the dsp, black panel, and kraft card base with Lil Inker stitched rectangles and then added a SNSS stamped birthday sentiment to a panel of vanilla and die-cut that with a MFT stitched die. I added a few brads and some brown and white twine to finish this card.

I'm sharing it with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is "for the boys." My card is for one of the big boys :)

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day whatever you do!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Turning Fifty

This card is not a display of filth - it's a play on words for a 50th birthday using Casual Friday stamps for a fun birthday card. I die cut the turquoise panel with an Impression Obsession Geometric background die and placed it on a black card base. The WTF was heat-embossed with white and the little medallion was done with Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies. I added a tiny sequin star just for fun.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

TMS #452

Another Tuesday has rolled around, and it's time for the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge #452. This week we have a sketch designed by our own Debbie Foster and it's a fun one.

I pulled out a stamped image I've had for quite a while (the company who made it is now closed) and decided to make a little vacation card. I colored the turtle with Copics, adding fluorescent Copics to the surfboard. I matted the panel with black, then added a turquoise die-cut done with a Spellbinder's swatch die. I added an embossed panel of "water" done with a SU! seaside ef, and darkened the embossed lines with a Copic marker. The plaid dsp is by Lawn Fawn and the sentiment was done with an old wooden stick stamp. I used a SU! scalloped round punch along with a regular round punch, coloring the mat with an orange fluorescent Copic. The sun is a die-cut by Lil Inker and the center was made with a Poppy Holly & Leaves die. I added some TE enamel dots and a twine bow just for fun.

Now you can head over to my DT members to see their creations to inspire you to play along:

Here's the prize up for grabs this week:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have time to play along this week. Do have yourself a fabulous week ahead!


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sponged Sympathy Card

 This card began with a panel of white that was sponged with just a hint of Distress spun sugar ink, then embossed with an Anna Griffin ef. The vertical panel was done with a heavier hand of pink sponged inks and embossed with a matching strip ef to the larger one. I added a black border done with a SU! scalloped edge punch. The flowers were die cut 3 times with a Darice Daisy Die; one from green, one from black (for the flower centers) and one from a different piece of sponged bright pink paper. The sentiment was heat-embossed with white ep using a SU! sentiment and I used a black marker to add highlights to the embossed flowers.

I'm sharing this with the Dies R Us Challenge #96 - flowers

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Sunday!