September 22, 2017

Golden Horse

This card is made with a Stampendous horse stamp that I thought about purchasing for over a year.  Well, I finally bought it and I have to say, it's a beauty.

I made this card for this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches:
So happy you stopped by today :)

September 21, 2017

Sparkly flowers

I made this card for the challenge at the Muse Card Club this week.  The pretty card (below) by Kim Heggins is our inspiration (Muse).  Kim's card is very delicate and the blue flowers spoke to me immediately.

I was inspired by the pretty blue flowers and the purple hummingbird.

Here's Kim's card:

Thanks for stopping by today :)

September 20, 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog #380 - Apples Everywhere

Amy is our host this week at City Crafter and the challenge is Apples Everywhere.  Apples are the delicious fruit of Autumn, my favorite season.  The cool, crisp mornings are so inviting for walks with our dogs.

The DT have created such pretty cards, so please stop by, take a look and join us over at the blog.  We are always pleased to see your projects inspired by the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by :)

September 12, 2017

City Crafter Challenge #379 - I know what you did last summer

Hi! This week's challenge at the City Crafter challenge blog is hosted by Marina "I know what you did last summer".

For my DT project I made a flamingo card.  I visited Florida this summer for a wedding and saw some beautiful flamingos, such pretty pink birds, so chose to add one to my card.  Also, the inspiration photo has a flamingo tube on it, what fun :)

Please join us this week at City Crafter and share your Summer project :)

Thank you.

September 10, 2017

Hello crafty friend

I made this card for the challenge this week at Little Red Wagon - Give us your background.  The challenge is, you guessed it, to make your own background.  I used a stamp from Technique Tuesday for my background, stamped it twice in 2 different directions and colored the brushes and pens with my Zig markers.

I cannot remember where the sentiment, easel and paintbrush are from (maybe Paper Smooches), but after making my background they seemed the right additions.  I cut the center out of the easel, added some sequins and finished my shaker card.

So happy you stopped by today :)

September 8, 2017

Muse Challenge #232

This card was made for this week's challenge #232 at Muse Card Club.  Anita Bowden gave us the lovely card (below) for our muse inspiration and I took ink to paper as soon as I saw it.

I used Tim Holtz Blossom layering stencil and Distress oxide inks for my card.  The sentiment is from Penny Black sprinkles & smiles.  I am in Love with the new distress oxide inks, so easy to use, stencils, watercolors, you name it and the colors are beautiful.

Here's Anita's card:

So glad you stopped by today :)

Pretty Pink Flower

Penny Black has such beautiful flower stamps; the flower on this card is a PB Floral Fushion stamp and one of my favorites.  I made this card for 2 challenges:

The Flower Challenge - Tic-tac-toe - I chose white, watercolor, embossing

Thanks for stopping by today :)

September 6, 2017

Stencil flower birthday

I made this card for the September challenge at The Flower Challenge - Tic-Tac-Toe.  I chose distress inks, the color blue and sentiment to use for my card.

I am finally getting the hang of stencils.  The items I used for my card are:
Distress Oxide Inks - salty ocean and wilted violet
Sentiment - Penny Black sprinkles & smiles
Stencil - Tim Holtz blossom layering
Ric rack ribbon, purple gems

So happy you stopped by today :)

PINK = Fabulous!

Sometimes I get stuck in a "color" zone and lately that zone is PINK!  I made this card the other day and when going through a list of challenges this week I saw that this card would fit the challenge at Shopping Our Stash.  The challenge is On Trend and flamingos fit that perfectly.  Flamingos are always on trend for me as I just love them, who doesn't love a Pink bird :)

So happy you stopped by today.  Get your PINK on :)

September 5, 2017

City Crafter Challenge Bog #378 - Pick One

Kirsty is the hostess for the challenge at City Crafter this week. She is asking everyone to pick one of the splats from the image below and use it as the background on our projects.

I chose to use the colors green, teal and violet that are in the lower right hand corner of the background selections.  I used distress oxide inks for my background and the sketch rose die from Memory Box.

Here are the splats:

Please come on over and join us at City Crafter.

I'm excited to see everyone's projects.

September 3, 2017

Friends come in all shapes & sizes

This cute stamp from Stamping Bella has been one of my favorites for a long time.  I made this card for the challenge at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes".

I used Zig markers to color the images, added some sparkle to the little queen's crown and some sparkly flowers for fun.  Friends do come in all shapes and sizes, including our animal friends :)

So happy you stopped by today :)

August 29, 2017

Muse Challenge #231

Cat Craig is the guest designer at the Muse Card Club this week and she has made the pretty card below for inspiration.  I took inspiration from the following items on Cat's card:

1)  A strip of white paper with flowers
2)  Hello as my sentiment
3)  String under the flowers

Here's Cat's card:

Happy you stopped by today :)

City Crafter Challenge #377 - Monotone Coloring

Hi City Crafters!  This week I am the host at the City Crafter Challenge Blog and I'm asking everyone to create a "monotone"project.  The DT have made some wonderful monotone cards this week, stop by and check them out.

Here is the "monotone" inspiration photo:

Please join us and let's have some fun!

August 28, 2017

Oldie but Goodie

The challenge at Inkspirational this week is "Oldie but Goodie", use a stamp from when you first started stamping.  I have a number of stamps from when I first started stamping cards and this stamp by LaBlance called straw hat is the one I chose for this card. I used Zig markers to color the image, added some hemp string and a little yellow heart.

This is my first and only silicon stamp and when I got it home and opened the package I was very surprised.  I had only been introduced to wood and rubber stamps at the time and was worried that I wouldn't know what to do with this one.  To this day this is the only silicon stamp I own.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

August 26, 2017

Bring on the Happy

I find sketch challenges the easiest for me.  I see a sketch, visualize a card and go through my stamps and dies to put it all together.  I am entering this card in 2 challenges this week, Case this Sketch (see sketch below) and Seize the Birthday - anything goes.

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So happy you stopped by today, bring on the happy :)

August 24, 2017

Muse Challenge #230

This week's card for the Muse Card Club challenge is a fun, summery card by Kim Heggins (see below).  I took inspiration for my card from the following details on Kim's card:

1.  Colors
2.  1 Main Image
3.  Sequins

Here's Kim's card:

Glad you stopped by today.  Autumn is in the air :)

Poppy Thanks

Poppies, my favorite flower.  I made this card for this week's sketch at CAS Colors and Sketches. For my card I used the "poppy fields" stamp from Stampendous, a thanks die from Penny black and multiple zig markers to color the poppies.

Here is the sketch:

Thanks for stopping by today :)

August 23, 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Back to School

Hi City Crafters!  Amy is our host for this week's challenge at City Crafter - Back to school.    Amy has asked us to create a project having school items on it.  I made the card above for the challenge and can't wait to see what you make.  

Here is the challenge inspiration photo:

Thanks for stopping by today.

Please join us for this fun challenge :)

August 20, 2017

Friendly Bonds

A new stamp and a new card.  This wonderful stamp is a Laurel Burch design distributed by Stampendous.  I am taken with Laurel Burch designs, already have 2 hand bags and 4 stamps by her.

Anyway, I made this card for the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I turned the sketch clockwise as it fit the stamp image best.  I tried a number of times to color this image and finally decided on Derwent Inktense pencils and Zig markers.

Here is the sketch:

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Listen Honey, Age Happens!

I love this stamp by Gourmet rubber stamps, she cracks me up.  And, at my age it works great for cards I make for my friends.  I am entering this card in this week's challenge at Fusion Card Challenge.  I went with both the sketch and the colors of the challenge inspiration photo.

So glad you stopped by today.  And as Betty Davis said:

Age marches on and it marches right across your face.


August 18, 2017

Enjoy the Journey

I made this card for the Muse Card Club challenge #229.  We were given an adorable card made by Tracey McNeely as our muse (see below).  My inspiration was taken from the following:
  • Blue background
  • Lower right image
  • Upper left sentiment
Here's Tracey's card:

Thanks for stopping by today; enjoy your journey!!

August 15, 2017

Heard you caught a Bug

I made this cute, little card for the challenge at Less is More; the challenge is to make a one-layer card with a vehicle.  I used stamps from 2 sets for this card: 

Taylored Expressions - Wheely Great (VW and sentiment)
Poppy Stamps - Ornamental Butterflies (flowers and butterflies)

So glad you stopped by today :)

City Crafter Challenge #375 - You Don't Bring Me Flowers

Marina is the host of this week's challenge at City Crafter and she is asking us to make a card that has "NO FLOWERS" on it.  I chose to make my card using this Louis and Bronte stamp from Mo Manning.  I love how Bronte is licking the chocolate chip cookie Lewis is eating, and there is not one flower on my card :)

Please join us this week at City Crafter!

August 11, 2017

Multi-color Flower

I made this card for Muse Card Club challenge #228. Anita Bowden made the Muse card for inspiration this week and it's such a pretty and inspiring card (see below).

I used a die from Memory Box called honeyblossom sprig and a few different Stampin' Up inks to color my card.  I cut the die from watercolor paper, sprayed the cut die with water and smooched it on an acrylic block covered with a few different colors of ink.

Here's Anita's card:

Thanks for stopping by :)

August 8, 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Paint Chips Inspired

This week at City Crafter, Kirsty has challenged us to make a card using paint chips.

Paint Chips?  I have to admit, this challenge stumped me.  I tried and tried to come up with something and just couldn't get there.  I came up with the card above and decided it was the best of the bunch, so here it is :)

I'm looking forward to see what you can do with paint chips!

Please join us at City Crafter.

Today is all about YOU

I like the challenges over at the  Fusion Card Challenge because you can choose to use the sketch, or the photo, or both.  This week I chose to make my card using the sketch as inspiration.  The sentiment and die cut are by Penny Black and the rose paper is by My Favorite Things.  

So glad you stopped by today :)

August 2, 2017

Juicy Oranges....

I put this card together for this week's CAS challenge at Casology - Juicy.  When I saw the word "Juicy" I immediately thought of oranges.  There is nothing like biting into a nice, juicy piece of a sweet orange.  The stamps on this card are by Purple Onion designs.  I used Inktence pencils for the orange pieces.

Happy you stopped by today.  I just may go and have an orange now :)