Wednesday, April 27, 2016

colourQ challenge #339

If you're an insane crafter like I am, you will probably spend twice as much money to get something free! That's exactly what I did recently when I bought Stampin' Up!'s April Paper Pumpkin in order to get a free stamp set - an UNKNOWN stamp set!! But, for less than $20, I was willing to take the chance and, while I didn't particularly love April's project (it has since grown on me a bit), I do love the "free" stamp set I received called All About Everything. And, as luck would have it, Tracey McNeely posted her project for this week's colourQ challenge earlier today so I was able to make a card while my little one was at preschool. I didn't have Marina Mist and Pear Pizzazz, so I subbed Tim Holtz Broken China and Bundled Sage. I think this is going to be my sweet mama's Mothers Day card. Don't forget that Mothers Day is less that two weeks away! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

colouQ challenge #338 and Make it Monday #246

So, I made this card as soon as I saw this week's colourQ challenge colors, but it has taken me the ENTIRE week to upload it! I tried to complete two challenges with one card but I wasn't quite as successful as I was last week. And, sadly, the only PTI product I used for the Make it Monday challenge was the Berry Sorbet Swiss dot ribbon. I love this stamp from Neat and Tangled and I used my water brush to write over the word "favorite" to give it a faux brush-lettered look. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

colourQ challenge #337 and PTI Create Along with Us

This week, I'm knocking out two challenges with one card! I'm so proud of me!! I used the colors in this week's colourQ challenge palette and I used Melissa Phillips's card as my inspiration for PTI's Create Along with Us challenge. The only color of ink I had was Cool Caribbean so I subbed stamped-off PTI Hibiscus Burst, SU! Basic Gray, and Tim Holtz Wild Honey. I also used Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink and Zing! white opaque finish embossing powder. The stamps I used are an old favorite from PTI called Life and a newer PTI offering called Graceful Greetings. I used a bit of washi tape along the bottom of the panel and a piece of Going Gray cardstock for the base. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!! 

Friday, April 8, 2016

colourQ challenge #336 (part 2)

I saw this inspiration for this card on Neat and Tangled's Instagram page yesterday, and I thought it would be perfect for this week's colourQ challenge. This is their new stamp set called Scandinavian Prints that I snatched up when it was released (it's sold out for now). I used the other sentiment from PTI's Think Big Favorites #14 - it fills in large white spaces very nicely. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

colourQ challenge #336

When I saw that this week's colourQ challenge colors included black, I knew my inspiration was going to come from this card by Kara Vrabel. Obviously, hers is far superior to mine, but I like the way mine turned out. I mean, I wouldn't be embarrassed to send it to someone!! I used Altenew's Painted Flowers stamp set - it's their second anniversary so go check out their blog. They have so many amazing stamps and accessories! The sentiment is from PTI's Think Big Favorites #14. Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed weekend!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

colourQ challenge #335

I tried several watercolor techniques and, believe me, trial and error is not my style, but I was determined! After my watercolor butterflies were a bust, I decided to embossed a piece of watercolor paper and see what I could do with that. I applied this week's colourQ challenge colors directly to the embossed paper and then spritzed it with water. I used my heat gun to set the colors before reapplying. I decided to keep the rest of the card very simple, so I embossed a sentiment from Neat & Tangled's new set, Scandinavian Prints. If you're not using your large heart punch to give your paper a banner end, start doing it immediately! It always cuts evenly which is nearly impossible to do freehanded. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Make it Monday #244: Score Lines

I made this card for a dear, sweet friend of mine whose husband passed away unexpectedly six years ago next week. She always deserves an extra special card because she is an extraordinary person.

I had seen the score lines technique recently and wanted to try it, but I didn't take the plunge until this week's Make it Monday challenge. It is such a simple, creative way to add pizzazz to a card. My score lines are hard to see but I promise they're there. And I don't mean to toot my own horn but I really love this card! The sunflowers, while not naturally accurate, turned out beautifully. The colors I used are SU! Daffodil Delight & Early Espresso, and PTI Berry Sorbet. I used PTI's Painted Petals, Friends 'til the End, and Keep it Simple: Praying for You. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, March 28, 2016

colourQ challenge #334

Thanks for stopping by today! For this week's colourQ challenge, I used PTI's Reasons to Smile stamp set. The flower centers are stamped in Poppy Parade, although it's hard to tell that from the picture. I especially the hints of Coastal Cabana around the flowers. Sometimes the tiniest details are the most profound! Have a great week!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

colourQ challenge #333

I'm way behind this week because it's been our spring break and my husband was off all week. You would think I would get more crafting time, but not this week! We celebrated our 21st anniversary and my older daughter had softball games all week, so while we didn't go anywhere or have any major plans, it seems we were very busy. I put this card together pretty quickly for this week's colourQ challenge and I like it, but it needs something on the front and I didn't have the right sentiment and I wasn't sure where to put it and not ruin the card. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

PTI Create Along with Us: March 2016

For this month's PTI Create Along with Us, I was inspired by the design and color scheme of Amy Sheffer's card. I used Painted Petals, this year's reward set from PTI (I am soooooo glad I hoarded my points last year!) and similar colors including Hibiscus Burst, New Leaf, & Orange Zest, and SU! Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, & Early Espresso. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Make it Monday #242: Sponged Stamping

This week's Make it Monday challenge from PTI is sponged stamping. I made my card using one of Amy Sheffer's cards as my inspiration. I inked one of the stamps from Flower Favorites with PTI Hibiscus Burst, SU! Melon Mambo, and PTI Autumn Rose. I made my own designer paper by stamping and embossing little dots in gold and I echoed that theme in my sentiment, which I also stamped and embossed in gold. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend! Don't forget to spring forward (UGH!!) on Saturday night!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

colourQ challenge #332

This week's colourQ challenge color palette is so beautiful! I wanted to do a more graphic card similar to the inspiration pic, but I am so in love with this stamp set (PTI Flower Favorites), that I had to use it . . . again! I stamped off one of the flower layers in order to have the variegated colors. The sentiment is from PTI Graceful Greetings. This card would be a great one to mass-produce to have on hand or to give as a thoughtful gift. Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a blessed day!

Monday, March 7, 2016

colourQ challenge #331

I love this week's colourQ challenge colors! How could I not with all those beautiful blues, but it has taken me all week to come up with an idea. I love the bokeh technique so that's what I was going for with my card. I sponged on  Bermuda Bay and Basic Gray along with Tim Holtz's Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon. I then used a sponge dauber and a little circle stencil I made from a piece of acetate to get the circles from Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink. My sentiment is from PTI's Keep it Simple: Praying for You. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Make It Monday #241: Ombre Stenciled Backgrounds

I'm pretty excited about my card today! This week's PTI Make it Monday challenge is Ombre Stenciled Backgrounds so I dug out a homemade stencil to use on my card. Shades of blue and turquoise are my favorite so I chose SU! Pool Party and Coastal Cabana & Tim Holtz's Broken China and Peacock Feathers. I am so thrilled to have recently gotten PTI's Graceful Greetings stamp set - it is such a beautiful and versatile set. And Brushed Blooms is just so amazing that I use it all the time, except when I'm using PTI's anniversary set for 2016, Painted Petals. I'll try to branch out a bit soon, but for this week, it's all florals, all the time! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, February 29, 2016

colourQ challenge #330 (part 2)

So, I was inspired to create another card for this week's colourQ challenge because I love the colors so much and here it is! I like this one much better than my last one. I'm still using PTI's Daydreamer stamp set a lot and I borrowed my friend, Leigh Ann's Fabulous Frames stamp set to go along with the dies I already have. Gotta dash - we've got a busy afternoon. Hope it's sunny where you are today! I am really enjoying this weather in East Tennessee!

colourQ challenge #330

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this week's colourQ challenge colors but for some reason, I couldn't come up with a spectacular card to compliment my love for these colors. I made a card similar to this one for last week's Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday Challenge and really liked how the images from this stamp set look on patterned paper, but this card didn't turn out quite as impressive. The background is inked with Tim Holtz distress ink and then stamped with water. Very cool technique! If you haven't discovered Jennifer McGuire (and I'm sure you have), please check out her blog. She has so many amazing ideas and techniques. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!