Thursday, May 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop - May 2017

Hello friends.  It's the 25th and that means it's time for Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop!  Nichole has chosen a really pretty photo by irtsya for this month's inspiration:

Blog Hop Inspiration

I love the beautiful colors in this photo...the pink and peach colors in the flowers and the blues and grays in the leaves.  Nichole suggested using a water color medium that we're not comfortable with, and that definitely meant Zig water color markers to me!  I have a love/hate relationship with these markers...every once in awhile something turns out ok, but most of the time I'm very frustrated with them!  I've been told paper is the key to getting good results with these markers, so I guess I need to do some more experimenting!  But anyway, I feel I was somewhat successful this time, but it did take 2 tries before I was happy with the result!  Take a look:

I silver embossed on heavy weight white cardstock the main flower image from the new Especially You set, and then used my Zigs and water to color in the flower and leaves.  While that was drying, I worked on my background layer where I stamped in gray ink the flower image repeatedly on a piece of Blueberry Sky cardstock, and then die cut the hole border using the Mix & Mat: Flourishes die.  I also die cut the tea cup (Fancy Tea Cup die) with white and silver embossing for the top layer and a piece of Blueberry Sky DSP for the back layer.  Here's a closer up view:

I thought about adding bakers twine, sequins, Rainstones, ribbon, etc., but in the end decided I liked it just the way it is.  I also left the sentiment off the front of the card and instead put it on the inside:  Grateful for little things, big things, and especially you.  Love everything about this new floral set, from the beautiful flowers and the wonderful sentiments!!

Can't wait to see how everyone else was inspired by this month's photo, so I'm off to hop along.  You can too...find it all right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!  :0)


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Make It Monday #285 - Felt Flowers

Hello friends.  Lizzie is up for a tutorial on making felt flowers in this week's Make It Monday challenge.  I have a whole box of different colors of felt that I had bought when I purchased the coin purse dies and guess what?  Haven't made a single coin purse and haven't used even a scrap of the felt!  So no excuses, I needed to make a flower!!  I was actually quite intrigued by the rolled flower Lizzie showed, and made a tag with it.

I started with a piece of 1 1/2" X 12" Winter Wisteria piece of felt, and rolled, and rolled, and rolled!  My flower turned out quite large and I wish I had stopped at about 8".  I still really like the way it looks though, and added a few Simply Chartreuse leaves that I die cut using the leaf die from the Enclosed: Apple set.  I attached the flower to a (Tag Sale #10) couple of tags I cut and stamped with the new Especially You stamp set.  I have some white gift bags and purple tissue paper that this tag will look really nice with!  Quick (well except for trying to find my glue gun!), easy, and FUN...I will definitely be making some more of these!  Thanks Lizzie!!

Still time to play, so check out Lizzie's video and BEAUTIFUL flowers all right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by...I love it when you do!  :0)


Monday, May 22, 2017

Merry Monday #249 - Mistletoe

Hello friends.  Colleen is our hostess this week at Merry Monday and she would like to see some Mistletoe on your Christmas cards.

I had fun using a sweet little set I had won from Deepti and Stamplorations called Christmas Bell Medley and a embossing folder from Quickutz.

Pretty CAS, but I really liked how elegant this one turned out!  I embossed in gold the mistletoe and bow images, and then blended a little Ocean Tides and Pure Poppy inks on them with makeup sponges.  A little hard to tell in my photo, but I used Gina K's Ivory cardstock for the base layer and the embossed layer with all the Christmas looks a little white to me in my photo's, but it really is a pretty cream color IRL!  I used a Lil Inkers Stitched Circle die and inlaid the Ocean Tides circle into the embossed ivory layer, and then finished up with pop dotting my bow and adding a few SU! pearls for the berries.

So dig out those Mistletoe stamps and play along with us this'll be so glad when December rolls around if you keep playing with us each week!  Check out the rest of the inspiration from the DT and then play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!


Friday, May 19, 2017

CAS Watercolour May 2017 - Flowers

Hello friends.  Playing along with this months CAS Watercolour challenge, where FLOWERS are the subject.

It seems like everyone in blogland lately is using the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, so I finally broke down and purchased them, and then tried them out on a simple card using Altenew's Painted Poppy set.

I heat embossed the flower, stem, and leaf in black and then watercolored them, and I have to say I really like the way these watercolors go on!  Very smooth, and bright and vibrant colors!  I still like my Peerless watercolors too, but I think there's room for both in my life!  After my watercoloring was dry, I added my sentiment from WPlus9's Hand Lettered: Hello (LOVE this set!!), and then because I thought it needed just a little something extra, I added just a lightly stamped partial background using a retired SU! background stamp called En Francais with Smoky Slate ink.  Added a few Rainstones (PTI) to finish it off and I really like how this came out!  For this card I watercolored, die cut, embossed, & stamped.

You have till the 24th to play along with this months challenge, and there is LOTS of GORGEOUS inspiration to get you started!  You can check it all out right HERE.

 Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!  :0)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Create Along With Us - May 2017

Hello friends.  Playing along with this month's Papertrey Ink's Create Along With Us challenge, where we choose a favorite card or technique by one of the DT to re-create.  Lots of beautiful inspiration this month, but one design in particular by Dawn McVey really grabbed me!


I loved this simple layout and also the colors, and came up with this:

I kept my colors and the layout very close to Dawn's using the Gran's Garden set, and then used my Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical die to create the diagonal scallop on the Amethyst Allure piece.  My sentiment is from the Boutique Borders: Sympathy stamp set.  I also added some splattering and a few iridescent sequins to finish my card.

I was on Nana duty last week and didn't get a chance to play along with Melissa's Make It Monday challenge using a sentiment as your background, so first thing I did when I got back into my craft room was to try my hand at it!  Have to admit keeping your sentiment straight on a diagonal is not as easy as it looks, but I still like the way this card came out!

My background sentiment is from the Think Big Favorites: #3 set and the sentiment on the banner is from the Keep It Simple: Praying For You set.  I used the Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical die for my Harvest Gold card base, and then Gran's Garden (LOVE this set!!) for my flowers and leaves.

And what kind of Nana would I be if I didn't leave you with a couple pictures of the newest member of my family, born to our oldest daughter and son in law on Mother's Day (can you think of any better gift to receive on Mother's Day??!!).

Our granddaughter Addy is head over heels in love with her new brother as are all the rest of us!  We were truly blessed this Mother's Day!  :0)

There are still a few days to play along with this month's Create Along With Us challenge, and you can find the link and all the inspiration to play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Merry Monday #248 - A Color Challenge

Hello friends.  I'm the hostess this week for Merry Monday and I have a color challenge for you!  I would love to see turquoise blue, green, & purple.

Aren't those such pretty colors on that wreath?!  Not your traditional Christmas colors for sure, but they are bright, fun and festive, so I'm hoping you all have FUN with this one!  Here's what I came up with:

I wish my purple would have shown up more "purple", but it looks blue to me in my photos....grrrrr!  I started with some Yupo paper and Al inks in Pool, Meadow, & Purple Twilight, and then die cut it with my Impression Obsession Sleigh Scene die.  I die cut again using just plain white cardstock, and then inlaid all the tiny pieces from the Yupo paper.  Here's a closer up view:

It was a little bit time consuming, but well worth the effort!  The sentiment is from PTI's In The Meadow set.

As Darnell would say, I have a "two-fer" for you today.  I had left over inked up Yupo paper, so made another card using a Casual Friday snowflake die from their Bring On The Snowflakes set.

The sentiment on this card is from Casual Fridays also...Snowy Sayings.

Make sure you check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team, and then play along with us!  I can't wait to see what you come up with using TURQUOISE BLUE, GREEN, & PURPLE!  You can find it all right HERE.

Friday, May 12, 2017

TYI! Challenge #71 - Reminder Post

Hello friends.  Just a reminder that there's still time to play along with the Tag You're It! Challenge, where we have Lindsey M-P's fabulous tag as inspiration!

I kept with Lindsey's red, white, & green theme this time (kinda) and used MFT's Pretty Poppies to come up with this tag:

I punched out my tag with a retired SU! punch in white and red, and then trimmed a little off the white layer so the red showed.  Next I stamped the Poppy in Pure Poppy ink (fitting, huh?!!), the leaves in New Leaf, the background script in Smoky Slate, and the hello (from WPlus9's Hand Lettered Hello) in black.  I added a few Rainstones (PTI) and some white bakers twine to finish off my tag.

Make sure to check out the rest of the inspiration from all the talented DT members, and then play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!