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!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

colourQ challenge #257

I have discovered a new crafting hobby (or two!), which is why I have been neglecting this blog. I may have mentioned before that I am obsessed with all things fall, all things pumpkin, and all things cooler weather, and while we're not having any cooler weather here in E. TN, I can have a little taste of fall in my decorating and in my coffee! And our new house needed a beautiful new burlap wreath on the front door, so I learned to make one! More on that later! For now, let's talk about the great colors in this week's colourQ challenge! What a great combination! I had Bermuda Bay (of course!! it's turquoise!!) and Night of Navy, but had to punt with Kiwi Kiss and Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry. Since this Sunday is Grandparents' Day, I used this week's palette to make a card for my husband's grandmother. She hasn't been well lately so I made a fun, happy card that is sure to life her spirits. Thanks for stopping by - have a great weekend!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

colourQ challenge #252

And coming in just under the wire . . . drum roll, please . . . ME!!! I am still unpacking and getting my new space organized, but I managed to crank out a belated birthday card for a friend's mom and I really like the result! Of course, I had to substitute a few colors for this week's challenge, but I feel like I stayed true to the color scheme. This set, Daydreamer, from PTI, is one of my favorites. Remember, it has single dot stamps in several sizes for maximum versatility!! And the flowers and stems are lovely, too. The large one I used is just a little different from your usual floral which gives it high marks in my book. Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

colourQ challenge #251

Well, I'm not dead, at least not literally, but we have been moving and trying to sell a house, so my brain is essentially dead!! We have lived in the same house for more than 18 years and have accumulated so much stuff, I am almost embarrassed to talk about it! And for those 18 years, I have had a hard-and-fast rule that I WILL NOT have a yard sale. I would rather give stuff away than dicker with someone over a 25 cent item, but we simply had too much stuff to just trash, so Saturday is my very first garage sale. I DREAD IT!! I've been working all week trying to organize and price all of our treasures. I pray most of it sells because there is NO WAY that stuff is coming to the new house!! I have really missed these challenges and now that my NEW & IMPROVED craft room is finally done, I have no excuse. (I hope to post pics of the craft room soon!) I haven't perfected my photography skills yet and I definitely need additional lighting, but my inks and stamps are organized, so I'm happy for the moment! This week's colourQ challenge colors are really pretty! I only had Pretty in Pink so I substituted Tim Holz's Seedless Preserves and Picked Raspberry, as well as Cameo Coral for Calypso Coral. I almost never found my sequins because they were hiding in plain site, of course! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

colourQ challenge #244

My uber-talented stamping friend (and now, my mortgage loan officer!), Annie B., made a beautiful card similar to this one a few months ago and I have been obsessed with it ever since!! It's a perfect card for colourQ challenge. And I had ALL THE COLORS AGAIN THIS WEEK!! Amazing! The sets I used are PTI's Circle Scribbles and Sketched Shapes. Annie B. put sequins on her card but I didn't have any that matched so I used this little blingy design I had in my stash. Thanks for stopping by and have a great night!!

Monday, June 2, 2014

colourQ challenge #243

Holy colouQ, Batman!! I had ALL THE COLORS for this week's colourQ challenge! I cranked out this card in the 10 minutes I had while my hubby gave the little one a bath. Luckily, I had spent part of the day cleaning off my craft table for our house showing tonight so I found all my supplies lickety split! I found the inspiration for this card on Pinterest and used the Daydreamer stamp set from PTI. I did not have an Orchid Opulence ink pad, so I used my marker and spritzing tool to spritz a little color to the entire white panel. I absolutely LOVE Bermuda Bay and Certainly Celery together. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

colourQ challenge #242

I am completely in love with the colourQ color challenge colors this week! They are so bright and happy and beautiful!! They are perfect for the inspiration card I found on Pinterest. I used one of my very favorite PTI stamp sets, Watercolor Wonder, and embossed the PTI sentiment in white. This card went together surprisingly quickly, especially since I am very bad at random stamping. I almost used Green Galore instead of Kiwi Kiss and I am so glad I didn't because the kiwi definitely looks better. Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed Memorial Day weekend. Don't forget to be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy because of our military!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Make It Monday #164: Cluster Stamped Sentiment

This week's Make It Monday challenge is a great one and I have seen some GORGEOUS creations based on this idea of a cluster stamped sentiment! My favorite is this one from the blog, Stempel Spass. I love the placement of the sentiment! For my card, I used several of the ornament stamps from Tree Trimming Trio and the larger dot from Daydreamer. I originally stamped the sentiment in Versamark and embossed it with clear embossing powder, but it didn't show up at all, so I re-stamped it in black. I like the little bit of shadow that's visible behind the sentiment, and I love the bright colors! I used Tim Holtz Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, and Ripe Persimmon. Thanks for stopping by and have a great night!