Friday, August 30, 2013

circles. . . .

are the main design for this card:


The stamps are from Hero Arts.  The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch.  The dies are Spellbinders Nestabilities.  Since I am always short of time to actually sit down and create several cards at a time, I am just going to enter this card into a few challenges, listed below:

Word Art Wednesday

Flutter by Wednesday

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

I hope your weekend is a great one - I can't believe it is going to be September on Sunday!!!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

paper. . . .

is the challenge at Casology this week:

I don't know how to make many things using origami folds, but I love this kimono and have used it a lot over the years:

The rubber stamp in the corner is from Red Pearl and was stamped with Delicata gold ink.  The meaning of it is written on the side of the wood mount:  "I know too much to be sure of anything".  I added a gold border with a Pilot gold metallic pen and layered the panel to a green card base.

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

a one layer card. . . .

for Magenta's August challenge:

All of the stamps I used on this card are from Magenta:

I added some light sponging for the background and the border was drawn by hand with a Pitt pen.  The flowers were colored with Prismacolor pencils.  There are touches of glitter on the flowers and wings of the dragonflies, but this doesn't show up in this poorly taken photo!  :)

Hope your weekend is a good one!

Friday, August 23, 2013

another sketch. . . .

for Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge #191:

Here is my card:

Basic Gray patterned papers, Nestabilities, a sweet stamp from Hero Arts and some enamel dots with a touch of bling, too.  Pretty much a literal take on the sketch.

I will also enter this in the Word Art Wednesday challenge.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

take two, , , ,

with a butterfly:

I used my new Hero Arts butterfly die for this version of the Flutterby Wednesday sketch challenge.  Definitely can't miss seeing this big beauty!

Here is a close-up of the butterfly to show that I sprayed Heirloom Gold over it to add a bit of pizzazz to the otherwise plain paper.  The papers are from the Basic Gray True Love 6 x 6 paper pad.

Whew!  I am just getting this in before the deadline at Flutterby Butterfly. 

Thanks for visiting - I love reading your comments!

monochromatic. . . .

can be very pretty if there is enough contrast and texture.  Not sure if I achieved this, but here is my card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  I am also submitting this card to two other challenges linked at the end of this post.

Papers are from a couple of different paper pads.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts, as are the pretty gems.  I used a Fiskars border punch to add a bit of interest to the center piece.

Here is the sketch I used from the Flutterby Wednesday weekly challenge:

EDIT:  Alas, I didn't even use a BUTTERFLY for this card, which is always a must have for these challenges.  So, I won't be submitting this card there!!! (boohoo)  But. . .

I will send this over to the Word Art Wednesday challenge, where the theme is always anything goes as long as you use some encouraging words on your card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

a butterfly. . . .

for three challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Flutterby Wednesday      anything with wings.

Die Cut Divas

Here is my card:

I used one die cut and two punches for this card.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and the background stamp is a cover-a-card from Impression Obsession.

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

dessert. . . .

for the  Week 56 Casology challenge:

almost didn't get this posted in time.  The cupcake is an older one from Hero Arts.  The small ink splats are from the new Hero Arts brush strokes.  I added some liquid pearls for icing and one sequin.  Distress inks were used for the splats.  Sentiment is from Annette Allen Watkins.

Thanks for visiting my blog!  I truly appreciate each and every comment.

Friday, August 9, 2013

just playing. . . .

around some more with my new Hero Arts stamps.  I love the new Remember stamp set from the Stamp your Story line and decided to use it once again for this card:

The inks used are cornflower blue and soft pool.  I love the GOLD embossing, too, even though it doesn't look quite as pretty here as it does in person!  I am going to enter this in the Hero Arts current challenge.  To be perfectly honest, I have been inspired by so many of the gals on the Hero Arts Flickr group who have made such beautiful cards with this set.  I don't want to name any one in particular, because there are a plethora of gorgeous creations there.

Have a great weekend!

Edit:  I went to the Hero Arts contest page (you do not enter this contest on the Flickr page) and uploaded my card.  Then, I read the rules for this contest.  You must be inspired by specific things that are listed there:  such as their own card gallery, their own techniques, their catalog, etc.  So, I guess my card won't qualify for the contest.  :)  But it doesn't end until September and you can enter as many cards as you like.  So, maybe I will try again.  Toodles!

Monday, August 5, 2013

sending hugs. . . .

to my 12-year-old grandson, who recently broke his ankle. 

This cute owl from Hero Arts makes me smile and I hope Ethan will like this card.  The background, sentiment and  black opal gems I used for the eyes are also from Hero Arts.  

Linking this up to Word Art Wednesday, where the challenge is always "anything goes" and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is also "anything goes".

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

new stamps. . . .

are always fun to get, aren't they?  This week I received a box from Hero Arts with lots of goodies in it from my most recent publications.  I wanted to use the Remember set right away:

There are so many pretty stamps in this set.  And, I ordered several of the mid-tone ink cube set, so I was happy to play with them.  Can I tell you how much I LOVE the cornflower blue ink that I used on this card??  It is just beautiful and I know I am going to want the full size pad of this color.  I also used the pale tomato pad - a soft coral/pink shade. 

Since I am pretty much just experimenting with these new stamps, this is a good card to enter in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is anything goes.

Have a great evening!