Full Bloom Rainbow

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!  I’m wondering if this cold weather has me feeling this way lately, but I’m seriously lacking in creativity and just have misplaced my MOJO lately!  If you’ve found it, please let me know! LOL!

In the meantime, I seriously needed to create a rainbow in my life and found that a young lady certainly was in need of a smile sent her way as well so I thought I would do just that:

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I had received my Pink and Main Crafty Courtyard Card Kit and really loved the happy colors and pretty blooms in the stamp set and so I started out using the stencil with rainbow order inks for the background!

I’ve also used the same color of Distress Oxide inks to do the stamping on the tag and envelope as well.  I absolutely love the tag die set was inclued with the kit which I’ve used for the main focus of my card.  I always want to add just a bit of black to my rainbow colors, so I decided to white heat emboss the sentiment from the stamp set and then used one of the tag die elements to cut it out with and pop up over the bottom of the tag.

I’ve also used the ribbon and enamel dots included in the kit to finish it off.  (The floral sequins used for the photo prop were also included in the kit.  LOL!)

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Here’s a closer look at the details in the tag.  For the black border around the tag, I just cut a piece down to size and then cut off the edges with my scissors to match up with the tag.  The scallop tag behind it was cut with the paper and die from the kit.  I used some circle punches to create the black re-enforcer and then I tied the ribbon together with some black twine from my own stash and topped the center with an enamel dot from the kit.

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This card has now been sent along to a young lady that is currently in the hospital dealing with cancer treatments (teapotters from SCS) and really needs some cheerful happy colors, so I hope that this will help fill her day with some cheer.

Hoping that this card has also sent some feelings of cheer today your way as well!  Thanks so much for stopping in today friends and I’ll see you soon! 🙂

Challenges:

  1.  Allsorts – Dies and/or Punches
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes #110
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2007 Anything Goes
  4. Through the Craft Room Door– Anything Goes
  5. Fab ‘N’ Funky – For a Child (sent to a 15 yr. old in hospital)
  6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Add a Sentiment
  7. Creative Knockouts – Flower Power

It’s Going to be “Owl-right!”

Hello friends and welcome to the weekend!  I hope you have some great plans ahead of you and have some fun!

Today I’d like to share this card I’ve made with a darling feathered cutie and the punnyness that goes along with him….

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Isn’t this little guy the cutest owl you’ve seen?  This image was actually created on my computer with the “Owl-rageous” Pairables digital stamp set from Digi Doodle Studios.  The owl, the branch and the sentiment are all seprate images, but I’ve pieced them together on my computer and printed it out to create this scene!

I’ve actually printed out an “extra” owl and flower to color in and pop up over the image for added dimension.  I used the “out-of-the-box” technique to circle die cut out the image.  The branch is sticking outside the circle.

I’ve used a woodgrain embossing foler and rubbed some white ink over it and also added a strip of yellow paper from my stash wrapped in twine along the edge.

I die cut a flower and rubbed some pink ink over it, attached a button and twine bow over it to pop up over the owl panel.  Then added some sequins filled with glitter glue in the centers.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on the images.  I’ve used a purple glitter gel pen for the tiny hearts on the branch and then a yellow glitter gel pen for the centers of the flowers.  I’ve used some yellow ink to sponge around the circle panel.

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This card actually has me longing for Spring to come with those flowers!  He’s letting us know that everything is OWLright!! ha ha ha!!  Hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and I really appreciate you stopping in!  See you soon!

ETA:  Hubby said I should include the song….

Challenges to enter:

  1. Cheerful Sketches – Feb sketchsketch a
  2. Love to Craft – LTCCB43 Anything Goes
  3. Crafts Galore Encore – #72 Anything Goes
  4. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2006 Anything Goes
  5. Not Just Cards – Feb Anything Goes
  6. Arty Divas – #115 Anything Goes
  7. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  8. Alphabet Challenge – ‘W’ is for “Anything You Wish”

Turner Syndrome Awareness Blog Hop

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Hello friends!

(If you’ve come here from Darnell’s blog, you’re in the right place!  Please be sure to check out all of the links on the TSA blog if you’re lost.)

Welcome to the “It’s A Girl Thing” Turner Syndrome Awareness 2nd Annual Blog Hop!

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I’m excited to join my friend Lori and her daughter to help bring awareness to this special cause as we had done last year and I’m delighted to be apart of it with her again to help bring awareness! February is TSA month and If you’re not familar with this, please read about it below:

Turner Syndrome is a genetic disorder where a female is born with only one X chromosome, instead of two, leaving her with life-long medical issues and learning disabilities. This condition occurs one in 2,500 female births worldwide, but is more common among pregnancies that do not survive to full term. That is why Turner Syndrome Females are considered MIRACLES!

 

CLICK HERE if you would like to make a donation to the Turner Syndrome Foundation.
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Thirty-six caring Sponsors and nine DT Members have partnered with us to bring Turner Syndrome Awareness to the Public. For details on how you might win any of these fabulous prizes, please see Lori’s TS home page. Thanks for learning About Turner Syndrome.

Nine talented and caring papercraft designers are offering prizes on their personal blogs as well:




WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FEBRUARY 15, 2020

My TS related project is inspired by the TSA official color board:

For my project, I have combined two different digital sets that were kindly made espcially for this blog hop and the TSA cause:

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I was really inspired by the wonderful colors along with the images from the inspirational board above, but it was fairly easy since the images were already pre-colored in the set to create with!

I’ve used the TSF Key digital set from Jan’s Digi Stamps for the images on my card.  Also what’s cool about this set is that all of the proceeds from this set go directly to the Turner Syndrome Foundation!  It’s a stunning set to have plus a great way to help with a terrific cause too!

I have printed out the images over a piece of white cardstock and cut them out.  I also added one of the images in a repeat pattern to print out over a piece of green cardstock for a decorative strip on the background of my card design.

For the sentiment, I’ve used a stunning digital set (especially made for this TSA blog hop as well)  from my friend Donna and printed it out along with another key image over a piece of vanilla colored cardstock.  LOVE that quote BTW!  (For this piece I didn’t have to worry about the cutting for the very detailed lines that were printed out on the white.)  I sponged some distress ink around the edges of this vanilla square piece for that Vintage feel.  I did the same for the edges of my vanilla 5″ square card base as well.

I took an embossing folder and embossed only the top portion of my card base, added the green printed strip with ribbon wrapped around it and sponged the edges.  I layered some pink cardstock and cut a scallop square piece of lavendar colored cardsock for behind my vanilla panel and popped it up over the card base with foam tape.

Lastly, I’ve attached the bow, button and twine to the side of the image panel and attached the cut out butterfly to the top corner of the image panel.  I glued only the center portion of the butterfly so that I could pop out the wings.

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Here’s a closer view of the images.  I’ve used a Copic marker on the vanilla colored panel to create a “shadow” around the key image and then I attached the cut out key over top of that.  I’ve used the same Copic marker for a few more shadows around the key.  For that butterfly, I’ve used a glitter gel pen to color portions of the butterfly and then a clear glitter brush pen to go over the wings.

You can see that TSA symbol on the key which is the same image used for the green background panel I created on the computer.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today as well as the inspiration on this blog hop!

I wanted to share something in particular that I’ve learned myself while reading information about TSA.  It surprised me to learn that women with TS have low estrogen.  Also that having this low estrogen contributes to low bone density and that estrogen replacement therapy gets started in girls at only 11-12 years of age.  I’ve always associated this with elderly women which is why is was surprising to me.

Please be sure to stop by and visit the Turner Syndrome Awareness Blog to find out how you can be eligible for prizes and learn more information about TSA!  You will also be able to find a full list of blog hop links.

Your next stop on the blog hop is the incredible Jan Mahew (of Jan’s Digi Stamps)!  Please be sure to visit!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and participating with us!

Challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge – #6 Anything Goes
  2. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2004 Anything Goes
  3. Arty Divas – #14 Anything Goes
  4. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  5. Allsorts – A Touch Vintage

A Vintage Love

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week!  I must be really wishing for flowers as this seems to be my theme this week!…along with watercolor and heat embossing! LOL!

Today I wanted to share a card I’ve made for my parent’s anniversary:

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As you can see from the card itself, my parents have been married for 55 years.  So when I saw this Simon Says Stamp LE Valentine 2020 card kit, I knew that this would be a great way to start using the kit immediately!  (This card kit is still available as of this posting, but I think it’s going soon!)

I actually really didn’t know what direction I was going to go with this anniversary card and I just started pulling things out and swatching different items to see what I wanted to do.  I sampled the stencil with the metallic paste from the kit and really liked it, but when I pulled out my copper metallic mirror cardstock, I decided to heat emboss over the stencil with the same copper EP that I used on the sentiment for this card.

I’ve also cut out the numbers with the copper metallic mirror cardstock along with the layer behind some of the papers from the card kit.  I’ve added another heart strip of the papers from the kit at the top and used one of the butterflies from the kit to go over the piece of lace I’ve added from my stash.  The layers were all attached over an A2 sized top folding card base.  Lastly, I added some white hearts that were actually from a different card kit.  LOL!

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I wanted to share a closer look at the flower.  The stamp set in that card kit is so stunning!  I’ve white heat embossed the flower and leaves over some watercolor paper and then used my Clean Color Real Brush markers to color it with.  I’ve used some foam tape to pop up the flower over the stenciled heat embossed piece that was cut out with a circle die and attached to the card front.

You can see the shimmer over the butterfly wings that I’ve covered with a glitter brush pen.  I only glued the center of the butterfly so that I could pop out the wings a bit.

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Although this card looks a bit simple, there were a few steps to the stenciling and heat embossing some of the elements.

My parents commented how pretty it was, so I’m glad they liked it!

I hope you like it too!  Please be sure to come back to visit my blog this Saturday as there will be a new challenge to share as well as a special blog hop!  Hope to see you there!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Simon Says Stamp Wednsday – Anything Goes   (Instagram:  #ssswchallenge)
  2. QKR Stampede – #382 Anything Goes
  3. Allsorts – Take Flight
  4. Creative Fingers – #178 Anything Goes
  5. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC256 All About OccasionsWWC256 - Kath's Challenge All About Occasions
  6. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #124 Anything Goes

Guest Design Spot For Retro Rubber Challenge and Playing Tic-Tac-Toe!

Hello there friends!  I hope that you’ve had a great weekend and found some enjoyable moments for yourself!  I had a nice and cozy weekend with my hubby!

Today, I’m thrilled to share my post for the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog as I’ve been asked to do a guest design spot for their challenge!  Retro Rubber is known for their challenges in which they challenge you to pull out those neglected older stamps from your stash and use them!  (They ask that you use a stamp that is at least 1 year or older to enter).  For this particular challenge, they’e asking you to follow along with a fun Tic-Tac-Toe board as a reference for your project:

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For my card, I was going for a diagonal direction one way, but it ended up fitting with several different directions on this board!  LOL!  I just had fun playing I think:

(My card below utilizes the top row across, and diagonally in both directions!) Squares used for my card are:  green, twine, pattern paper, die cut or punch, sympathy and nature.

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Isn’t this such a pretty floral stamp?!  Hydrangeas are pretty much my fave all time flower!  The colors amaze me and I have a line of them in my backyard along my fence and look forward to seeing them bloom every year!  I take photos of them too!

Well I have this container sitting on a shelf in my stamp room where this particular stamp and die set is just “staring at me” awaiting for me to pull it out!  I didn’t realize that it was actually a 3 year old set until I pulled it out, but do you remember this Mondo Hydrangea from Ellen Hutson by Julie E?  Fell in love with it immediately, purchased it and think I may have used it one time!  I was excited about pulling it out to make my card for today as it’s one that I really love!  🙂

I started by heat embossing the image with some Brutus Monroe Gilded EP and then used my Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush pen to blend out the colors over the images.  I then used the Mondo Hydrangea coordinating dies to cut out all of the images.  I also took some vanilla cardstock to die cut the top border with the MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges die as well as cut it out along with the green pattern papers with the MFT A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX die.  These layers were attached over an A2 sized vanillia top folding card base.

I’ve used a sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Furever in Our Hearts stamp set and heat embossed that over that vanilla die cut panel as well. (Adorable pet sympathy set to have on hand!)

The flowers were popped up over the design with foam tape, but before I attached the large hydrangea to the card, I took some metallic gold twine and tied a bow around the stem.  Lastly, I added some clear confetti sequins.

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Here’s a closer look at the watercolor I’ve done over the flower.  I don’t do this very often, but it’s always satisfying when I play around with it!  At first I thought it would be intimidating to color, but it’s really not.  I just added layers of watercolor as I wanted it to look.  You can really see where the EP shines on this!

I had thought about adding some glitter over it, but wanted to keep it soft since it’s a sympathy card.

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It seems that I hardly ever have a sympathy card on hand when I need one, so this will be a great one to have on stand by for my collection.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my card today and have been inspired in some way!  Please be sure to stop on over at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog to check out the wonderful inspiration from design team and play along with us!  We can’t wait to see what older stamps you have in your stash too!

Thanks for stopping by today and I’ll see you soon!

Other challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Cute Card Thursday – Green
  2. Krafty Chicks – KCC491 All Occasions
  3. Crafty Catz– #490 Anything Goes + optional twist:  Flower Power

It’s Christmas at Cute Card Thursday!

Well here we are friends!  Happy Halloween!!!   I hope whatever your plans are that you have a safe and wonderful evening!  I also hope the little trick-or-treaters don’t get too cold this year with the snow over my way!

Well, although it’s Halloween today, we are having a “Christmas” theme going on this week at the Cute Card Thursday Challenges!  So if you’re all packed up from making Halloween, then this would be a great time to start working on your Christmas makes for the year!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Here’s the card I made for the challenge:

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Isn’t this image just beautiful?!  I was so happy to pull out this stamp… finally and color it up for a Christmas card!  This was my purchase during STAMPtember from Paper Rose.  I had never heard of this company before that time, so this was the stamp set/die combo I picked to get as I fell in love with it.

I stamped the large image over a piece of Copic Blending Card and then stamped the sentiment from the set right underneath it.  Colored with Copics and then trimmed it down to fit over my card front.  I layered this panel onto a pice of brushed gold cardstock and then a piece of red.

For the card base, I took the two pine sprigs from the stamp set and randomly stamped them over a kraft colored A2 sized top folding card base.  I used the same ink color to stamp them with and then used that color to sponge around my image panel before attaching all the layers together.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring I’ve done over the image.  Although the brushed gold cardstock is a bit muted, you can see the slight shimmer in it.

I’ve taken a Copic marker and done some random “dots” all around the flowers.  I’ve also used a gold gel pen to color the center of the flowers as well as add some more “dots” around the poinsettias.

For the “berries” within the branches, I’ve added some Nuvo Morning Dew Drops which dries clear over them.  This would be the only dimension on my card which makes it nice and flat for mailing.

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I’m actually really happy to add another Christmas card onto my pile for this year and I have many places to send cards to, so I know I will be making more!

Please be sure to hop on over to the Cute Card Thursday blog and have a look at what the rest of the team has come up for this challenge and enter your project there too!  Hope you can join in the festive fun with us this week!

Thanks so much for joining me here today and I’ll be seeing you again soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Allsorts – Make Your Own Background Paper (stamped on card base)
  2. Pammies Inky Pinkies – Anything Goes PIP1943
  3. The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
  4. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  5. Fab ‘N’ Funky – Christmas

 

Sparkles for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Today starts a new challenge for Cute Card Thursday!  The theme for this week’s challenge is “Sparkles“.  Usually when I think of sparkles, I usually think of Christmas or snow, but this time I went in a different direction for a reason…

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Unfortunately, I needed a sympathy type of card this last weekened and it seems that I’m always making one as I need them instead of making several up at one time so that they’re ready and on hand when the time comes.

This is an older stamp set from Stampin’ Up! that I got a few years back during their Sale-a-bration time and it was a free set called “Heartfelt Blooms“.  I actually really love the floral image and how detailed the image is so that you don’t have to color it if you don’t want to.  It has been my “go-to” lately when I need something quickly.

I made it monochromatic green with the Old Olive color and Vanillia cardstock.  The “sparkle” is that beautiful glitter paper behind the strip and sentiment.  The sentiment was cut from oval dies and popped up with foam tape.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my simple card with sparkles today and please be sure to join us this week with your sparkly creations over a Cute Card Thursday!  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Thanks for dropping in and I’ll see you soon my friends!

Challenges:

  1.  Use Your Stuff – Tic-Tac-Toe (I used bottom row across)tic tac toe 2019
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes with optional:  For the girls
  3. Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes