Thursday, February 19, 2015

stamps and hearts. . . .

is the February Challenge at Stamplorations:

All of the stamps used for my card are from Stamplorations.  The circle die is from MFT and the border die is from Pretty Pink Posh.  The hearts are from Memory Box.  Stamplorations also has a bi-weekly sketch challenge and an ongoing anything goes challenge.  I will send my card over to those challenges, too.   

One last challenge:  

The Artistic Stamper where the theme is  love and rubber stamps must be used. 

Have a good day and stay warm!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

a bit of sparkle. . . .

for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group challenge #12:

I used Simon's big Hello die, cut from DCWV glitter paper.  And, stamps from Simon's Whimsical Flowers stamp set.  The background stamp is from Impression Obsession and was stamped with Simon's Audrey blue inkpad. Some big black sequins from JoAnn's were added and I placed a tiny dot of platinum Stickles in the centers of them and a couple of the stamped dots.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

a female version. . . .

of my previous "bird crazy" card:

I just can't stop playing with these adorable birds!  This time I used my Derwent Inktense pencils to watercolor the bird on Tim's watercolor paper.  The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter and the heart is a Memory Box die. The patterned paper is from the same Basic Grey 6 x 6 pad I used for the other bird card.  I added wink of Stella to the bird and heart to glam her up a bit.

Playing in the following challenges:

Simon Say Stamp:  red and pink challenge.

Casology:  love.

Addicted to Stamps:  anything goes.

Adding one more challenge:

The Paper Players:  CAS with a bird.  Thanks, Judy!!

It has been snowing all day here and the temps will be dropping below zero tonight!  May have to make more bird cards to keep me occupied.  :*)

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

XOXO. . . .

for a few challenges:

I absolutely LOVE the "bird crazy" stamps from Tim Holtz and had to have them as soon as I could get them.  This crazy guy is here to wish all of you a very Happy Valentine's Day.  I stamped the image on Tim's watercolor paper and colored it with Peerless watercolors.  The sentiment is from Simon's lunch notes stamp set.  The patterned paper is from an old Basic Grey 6 x 6 pad.

Playing along in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp:  all creatures big and small.

Addicted to Stamps:  anything goes.

CAS(E) This Sketch: 

My card is a very loose interpretation of this sketch; I just switched the image to the right instead of the left!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

a clean and simple card. . . .

using Penny Black stamps.  I used watercolors for this image, which I am not very proficient with.  Need more practice, I guess.  The splatters were done with Dylusions spray ink and the sequins are from Michaels.

Playing in a few challenges today:

Penny Black & more: use anything but a digi. 

All Sorts Challenge:  flower power. 
Seize the Birthday:  anything goes.

Simon Says Stamp:  anything goes.  oops - missed this one!
Penny Black Simplicity: clean and simple.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


is the prompt for the Mixed Media Monthly challenge for February.

I decided to play along with a Valentine:

For this card, I used lots of different media. The background panel was created by brayering pink acrylic paint on cardstock and adding cream acrylic paint through the SSS tiny dot stencil.  A flourish stamp from Stamplorations was stamped randomly along the edges with gathered twigs distress ink.  I pressed a Delicata gold inkpad against an acrylic block, spritzed with water and then flicked it with a brush to create splatters on the background.  The edges were sponged with the distress ink.

The heart was cut from an old book page with a Spellbinders die and then sprayed with a pink Smooch spritz.  I colored Ranger's texture paste with picked raspberry distress ink and pressed it, roughly, through a Tim Holtz hearts stencil.  When dry, I brushed more watered down Delicata gold ink over the hearts, which kinda' made them look less pink.  The XO sentiment is from Hero Arts and was stamped with the same brown distress ink.  German glass glitter was glued around the edge of the heart.

After adhering all of the layers, I flicked brown ink over the whole card.  It is difficult to see the shimmer of the gold ink here, but it is very pretty IRL.

Sending this over to Simon Says Stamp for their anything goes challenge, and to Stamplorations who also has an ongoing anything goes challenge.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

a valentine card. . . .

using the current MFT sketch challenge:

My card:

I used patterned papers that were sent to me in a giveaway; don't know what company they are from.  The dies used were from MFT:  a STAX stitched rectangle for the floral panel and the scalloped frame die and the stitched border from Blueprints #1 were used for the bottom border trim and the flagged sentiment strip.  The heart is an old EK Success punch.  I used a Pilot gold pen to edge the layers and added platinum Stickles to the centers of the gold sequins that were purchased at Walmart.  Sentiment is from Winnie & Walter Big, Bold and Happy set.

Also playing in the SSS Wednesday anything goes challenge.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, February 2, 2015

guest designer. . . .

for Stamplorations!!  Visit their blog to see my card.  Here's a sneak peek:

While there, check out the other cards being shared today by the Stamplorations team!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

my card for. . . .

the January card chain challenge hosted by Deborah Nolan:

Deborah has been coordinating this card exchange for a long time and it is so much fun.  I decided to go with a winter/friendship theme for my card which was sent to Gail in Norway.  I used patterned paper and a sentiment from the SSS January card kit.  I also used dies from MFT and Simon.  The embossed snowflake design on the white layer is from a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  Snowflake dies are from Impression Obsession.  A bit of diamond Stickles added to the snowflakes and patterned paper provided some extra bling.

Check out Deborah's blog for information on how to sign up for the February exchange.

Thanks for your visit.  Your comments are SO appreciated!