Monday, September 15, 2014

create your own background. . . .

is the Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp this week.




This is a birthday card I made for one of my grandsons.  The background was created with two Hero Arts wood mounted stamp sets that I have had for years.  I used Brilliance inks because it is much easier to get a solid stamped image with these pigment inks.  Since my son's family got a puppy last year (I guess he's not a puppy anymore), I used this cute stamp from Simon Says that I won from Tiffany Erwin for Ethan's card.  The puppy was colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I added a party hat and some sparkly gems to lend  a festive touch.  The sentiment is from Wplus9. 

I am also entering this card in THIS challenge, since the puppy stamp has never before been used:



And, I'm also sending it over to the challenge at Seize the Birthday:



Thanks for your visit and I do appreciate all of your sweet comments!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

a patterned paper heart. . . .

for my last entry to Virginia's View challenge:



The paper is from the Basic Gray Konnichiwa 6 x 6 paper pad.  The die is from Spellbinders; I think this particular one may have been discontinued.  It is hard to see, but I edged the entire heart with a Pilot metallic gold pen.  The sentiment is from Magenta and was stamped with Delicata gold ink.  The gold sequins are from Neat and Tangled pixie dust mix.

There's still time to enter the Virginia's View challenge.  Check out the blog for all the details.


Thanks for visiting.

Friday, September 12, 2014

simon says stamp. . . .

recently started a challenge on their Flickr group and Barb Engler will be hosting these on a bi-weekly basis.  For the first challenge we are to use at least three of these colors:


My card is a bit CAS:



My friend, Greta, sent me two of the clustered leaves die cuts recently and I wanted to use one for this challenge. Because this die is so large, I made a 5x7 inch card.

I colored the leaves with distress inks and let the inks dry.  Then I added Versamark ink over the cluster and heat embossed it with a slightly sparkly clear powder that I purchased from Hobby Lobby years ago. The powder gives a bit of a bumpy texture when melted, which I like a lot.


The sentiment is from the SSS Thinking of You stamp set and was stamped in Versafine onyx black ink and also clear embossed.  The black dots are from the SSS Whimsical Flowers stamp set.  A friend gave me the tiny dew drops.

Hopefully I will be able to get another card done for this fun challenge before the deadline.

Have a good weekend!

a christmas card. . . .

for Virginia's View, using patterned paper:


The Impression Obsession Die I used cuts four sections at the same time.  I used several papers from the My Mind's Eye Merry Little Christmas 6x6 pad.  After playing with all of the pieces, I chose to use only three of the shapes.  A gold metallic paper was layered under the other to peek through and give some interest.  The row of trees make a nice focal point.  I added a gold square embellishment to the top of the tallest tree.  The sentiment was gold embossed and is from Stampington & Co.  A Pilot gold pen was used to edge the entire card.

Here is the link to Virginia's View.  You still have time to join in the fun.


I'm sure you have a few (or many) pieces of patterned paper in you stash to use for this challenge!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

chocolate and mint. . . .

are the colors for this week's challenge at Less is More. 
Here is my card:



It was very cloudy here when I took this photo and it did not turn out very well.  The mint cardstock looks light blue.  I have several dark brown inks that I tried for this card.  When I stamped them on white cardstock, two of them were a rich chocolate color.  When I stamped them on this mint cardstock; they were a very light, washed out brown.  I was not happy.  So, I decided to go with silver embossing for the sentiment and die cut my butterfly from silver paper.  The dies  are from Memory Box and the sentiment is from Wplus9. 

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Stamplorations sketch challenge . . . .

#19 runs through the 12th:



Here is my card:



This photo does not show the true color of the glitter strip behind the image.  It is really much closer to the color of the cake.  :(   Anyway, the stamps used are all from Stamplorations and the image was colored with Prismacolor pencils and embellished with lots of Stickles glitter. I will add a sentiment to the inside when I know to whom I will send this card. 

Thanks for your visit!

Monday, September 8, 2014

patterned paper. . . .

is the challenge at Virginia's View this month. 



Here is my card:



I was the lucky recipient of a giveaway on Tiffany Irwin's blog recently.  The patterned paper I used here is from a Crate Paper 6x6 pad she included in the giveaway.  There are several graphic designs in it, along with an allover butterfly pattern.  I circle punched three of the butterflies from the sheet and then layered them onto three larger circles punched from a sheet of glitter paper from a DCWV  6x6 pad.  The small dots were punched with a regular office supply store paper punch.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

I have a few other ideas for this challenge in the works; just haven't had time to play for a week or so. 

Thanks for visiting!