Wednesday, March 25, 2015

colourQ challenge #284

This week's colourQ challenge colors are lovely! We are getting a sweet taste of spring here in E. TN and these colors fit right in. I used Altenew's Painted Flowers along with Pool Party and Old Olive ink. I had to substitute Pretty in Pink and Tim Holtz's Milled Lavender. I also used a new set I just received from Neat & Tangled called Everyday Labels. Sadly, I needed another sympathy card this week for one of my 14-year-old's teachers who is also my prayer partner. I think the softness of these colors is perfect for a sympathy card. Thanks for stopping by today! I hope it's beautiful where you are!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Make It Monday #205: Confetti Cluster Stamping

The minute I saw the tutorial for this week's Make it Monday Challenge confetti cluster stamping, I knew I was going to participate! It is such a striking but totally accessible technique that is lots of fun. I looked through my dies, which are mostly basic shapes, and I knew I wanted something just a little bit different, so I die cut an egg shape. Voila! Perfect Easter card! I used the tiniest stamps from several PTI sets including Stylish Sentiments: Birthday, Wreath for All Seasons, Bigger Blooms, Daydreamer, and Reason to Smile, and lots of spring colors. I am a terrible random stamper, so please forgive the swirls that are side-by-side or the unbalanced colors. Just think, "How clever!! An Easter egg!!" Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Altenew March Challenge

If you are new to my blog today, WELCOME! You may not be aware that I am completely obsessed with Altenew's stamp set, Painted Flowers! It is such a beautifully versatile set and I have made a ton of cards using it. This card is for their March challenge. I needed something resembling a vine so I altered an old PTI stamp. I embossed one of the Altenew detail stamps in black and watercolored the flowers using SU! Cameo Coral and Ruby Red. I stamped a few leaves in Tim Holtz's Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. The sentiment is from PTI's Wet Paint stamp set. Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you'll look around at some of the other cards I've made using Painted Flowers. Have a great day!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

colourQ challenge #283

This week's colourQ challenge was very challenging to me! In fact, I didn't think I'd be able to create anything, but I finally put together this little "thinking of you" card and it's starting to grow on me. I had to sub Basic Gray for Going Gray on my "smile" sentiment, but everything else is by the book! Thanks for stopping by and have a great Sunday evening!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Make It Monday #203: Doodling with Stamps

This week's PTI Make it Monday challenge was very challenging for me. I wanted to use PTI's Bigger Blooms stamp set, but I just couldn't come up with a design I liked so I went back to my favorite Painted Flowers set by Altenew. This set includes detail stamps I usually stamp in black but I stamped in Berry Sorbet on this card and then used a Uni-Ball Vision Exact black pen to highlight the details. I also used PTI Hibiscus ink and Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters. The paper is Berry Sorbet Bitty Dots and Stampers Select white. The sequins are by Neat & Tangled and the sentiment is from PTI's Wet Paint stamp set. Lots and lots of pretties on this card today! Thanks for stopping by! Hope it's warm where you are!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

colourQ challenge #282

This week's colourQ challenge was challenging for me, although I did have the colors for once. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new Altenew Painted Flowers stamp set, so I went straight to it for this challenge. I was halfway through my card when I realized I couldn't use green for the leaves! Gah! So, since I knew I had to use newsprint, I decided to use it on the leaves. I felt pretty smart! And I lucked out with coordinating sequins, too! In addition to Painted Flowers, I used PTI's Wet Paint for the sentiment. It's an amazingly versatile stamp set! I love finding stamp sets that are so fantastic that they don't need a lot of embellishments or techniques to SHINE! Thanks for stopping by today! It's 70 degrees here in E. TN today and tomorrow the low is 18, so woo hoo!! If it snows again, I may have some more crafting time!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

colourQ challenge #281 (part 2)

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have some wonderful new stamp sets that I have been having a blast with and that's why this is my second post for this week's colourQ challenge. This set is a new one from PTI called Lovely Laurels. I knew when I first saw it that I would love the wreath stamp and the set comes with dies, one of which I used to cut out this tiny little bird. I didn't have Peach Parfait so I used Apricot Appeal, which is pale by comparison, but I love how the soft colors look on this card. We're finally digging out of two weeks' worth of snow so the thought of spring and all its colors makes me very, very happy!! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

colourQ challenge #281

So, today was supposed to be my kiddos first day back at school after being out for snow for the past WEEK, but Mother Nature had other ideas. Holy Cow!! But my precious husband took the kids to work with him for a couple of hours so I could work on this week's colourQ challenge and use my three new stamp sets that FINALLY ARRIVED!! I live in East Tennessee and we are not used to this much winter weather. One week of snow is one thing but as we get into the middle of week 2, we are all getting a big case of cabin fever, especially when there is a possibility of more snow tomorrow night. And FROZEN FOG, too!! What the heck is frozen fog? But I digress . . . I used a new set from Altenew Stamps called Painted Flowers for this card. I can already tell that I am REALLY going to like this set! Because I had to use the same color for the background image and the detail image, I stamped off the background image and used the full-strength color for the detail. I don't have a Peach Parfait ink pad, so I used my marker, which I hate using on polymer stamps. This card is so springy and gives me hope that warmer days are ahead! Several of the cards on the Altenew web site show the details stamped in black, which I really like, so I created the same card with black detailing. Which one do you like better? Thanks for leaving your comments here. I LOVE getting feedback!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

colourQ challenge #280

I got a little sneaky peak at this week's colourQ challenge because I asked nicely and I was desperate to work on my card today because we are covered in ice and snow here in E. TN. Thankfully, we stocked up on coffee, eggs, and all the other necessities so hopefully we will be in good shape, as long as the power stays on!! I had exactly NONE of the colors for today's challenge so I substituted SU! Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red, and Almost Amethyst. I used gold embossing powder to accent the brush strokes from PTI's Watercolor Wonder stamp set, which is still one of my faves, but one I haven't used in awhile. I also used Everyday Circles by Neat & Tangled, as well as their Birthday Bash Mix sequins, which are GORGEOUS and remind me of Mardi Gras colors - perfect for today. Thanks for stopping by! Stay safe and stay warm.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Papertrey Ink's Blue Skies Challenge

PTI is giving away a TON of gift certificates in honor of their 8th anniversary this week and I am taking every opportunity I can to win one!! Today's challenge is to create a blue ombre card in honor of their new Blue Skies Collection that will be released on February 15. Unfortunately, I had another sympathy card to make this week and I thought these beautiful shades of blue were perfect. The colors I used are SU! Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, & Bermuda Bay, and PTI Hawaiian Shores & Tropical Teal. I love this large Neat and Tangled sentiment and I use it often for a variety of occasions. Hope you're staying well and warm! Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

colourQ challenge #278 and PTI Giveaway

I have really amped things up this week - one card, TWO CHALLENGES! I LOVE the colors in this week's colourQ challenge. I rarely think to put red and pink with orange, but it's such a fun, fresh color combination. My SU! ink pads are entering their final phase, so I am slowly but surely replacing them with other brands of ink. I used SU! Pretty in Pink and Pumpkin Pie along with Tim Holtz Festive Berries and Picked Raspberry (my favorite pink!!). And over at Papertrey Ink, they are celebrating eight, glorious years by giving away a TON of prizes that I definitely want to win!! Today's challenge was to use more than one floral stamp set to create a bouquet and this is my take on that challenge. I used my two favorite PTI florals, Daydreamer and Bigger Blooms. I have never layered these two sets before, but I love the result and it was a fairly simple card to put together. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Sunday afternoon!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Make It Monday #200: Layering Cover Plate Die Cuts

I haven't done a Make it Monday Challenge in forever! And as impossible as this coverplate is to use, it's the only one I have so I gave it another try. For some reason, the New Leaf cardstock cut perfectly - probably the first perfect cut I've ever gotten from this coverplate - but the Hawaiian Shores took three tries to get a usable image. This is very similar to Dawn McVey's card primarily because I LOVE these colors together! You simply can't beat blue and green together. Thanks for stopping by today - have a great evening!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

colourQ challenge #277

This week's colourQ challenge colors are gorgeous! I found the inspiration for this lovely card on Pinterest and I like my interpretation. I used a watercolored version of Strawberry Slush and Riding Hood Red for the Cherry Cobbler on the flowers. I used one of my favorite background stamps, Bella Toile, on the card base and added a few sequins for a little pizzazz. Thanks for stopping by today! Hope to see you next week!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

colourQ challenge #276

This week's colourQ challenge really got my creative juices flowing and I couldn't wait to recreate (for the second time) a card idea I saw on Pinterest recently. I absolutely adore PTI's Friendship Jar filled with buttons and equally awesome is PTI's Wet Paint stamp set. The sentiments are striking and easy to use as a focal point both on the front and the inside of a card. And Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana could not look more amazing together! This color combo reminds me of spring, which is kind of sad since there's talk of snow in East TN this weekend. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Buttons

This is one of the cutest cards I have ever made and I owe the inspiration to the glorious world of Pinterest!! I have always loved red, white, and turquoise together so this card hits my mark for greatness. I used PTI's Friendship Jar stamp set along with Doodlebug Designs Day to Day paper pack (that I bought at the now-defunct Archivers - sob, sob sob!). So, besides my birthday in a few short days (wink, wink, nudge, nudge!), a friend of mine also has a January birthday that deserves to be celebrated so this is the card I made for her. I am so excited to send it and I hope she loves it as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by, Mary Ann, my faithful reader!! Enjoy this beautiful day!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

colourQ challenge #275

I'm ashamed that it's been so long since I've posted here but I haven't been stamping that much during the past few months. I baked quite a bit during the Christmas season, but I did very little papercrafting outside of a gift tag here and there. But, my faithful friend, Karen, placed a card order so I am back in the stamping saddle! This card is for a friend who I send a card to every January to remember someone very special to her and her family. I decided to break out my PTI Sketched Shapes stamp set, which I've had for months and HAD NEVER EVEN OPENED!! How sad is that? I love the colourQ challenge inspiration picture this week. Night of Navy was the only color I had this week, so I used SU! Lovely Lilac and Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean. Thanks for stopping by! I hope to be posting more often now that the holidays are over.

Friday, September 26, 2014

colourQ challenge #260

What a glorious day is it here in East Tennessee! Still a little warm for my liking, but the sun and the sky are gorgeous and the mornings tend to be a little cooler, so if I drink my pumpkin spice latte first thing, it almost feels appropriately seasonal! This week's colors hint at fall while not leaving summer completely behind and I had them all, which has to be some kind of miracle!! A friend of mine is having a birthday next week, so I used this palette as my springboard for her card and I LOVE the way it turned out!! Usually, when I do a collage of flowers, I end up with weird white spaces or flowers that are grouped too tightly. NOT THIS TIME!! So, enjoy the weekend and go craft a little!!