Sunday, August 2, 2015

colourQ challenge #301 (part 2)

I was super disappointed with my first colour Q challenge submission for this week, but I found the inspiration for this card on Pinterest and was re-energized! I still don't particularly like these colors together, but the simplicity of this card makes them a little more palatable. I cut out some white birthdays but thought the white on the strips above and below the colorful birthdays would be enough for this layout. I am so impressed by anyone who can achieve crisp white images because I have tried many times and never really perfected it. For the "happy" and "to you," I used Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink and then embossed with SU! white embossing powder. Still not perfect, but the embossing powder really helps the images pop. Thanks for stopping by again and have a great week!!

Friday, July 31, 2015

colourQ challenge #301

Surprisingly, I had all the colors for this week's colourQ challenge, but they did not speak to me. I tried a couple of different layouts and just couldn't come up with anything I loved, so this card will have to do. Mustard is a very hard color for me to use, especially combined with lighter and brighter colors. So, this will have to do it for this week, kids! Hope you have a great rest of the week!

Friday, July 24, 2015

colourQ challenge #300!

This week's colourQ challenge colors are gorgeous, but I wasn't in the mood for ink, so I cut strips of paper from each color and made little banners. I needed a thank you card for my little one's camp counselor so I stamped a piece of vellum with Hero Hues Unicorn pigment ink using an image from PTI's Wet Paint stamp set. I embossed it with SU! white embossing powder. Because I have a habit of ruining cards at the last minute, I stapled the sentiment instead of taking the risk that my adhesive would show. I love the texture! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Make it Monday #218 Watercolors with Die Cut Stencils

Happy Tuesday! As soon as I watched Lexi Daly's video for watercolors with die cut stencils on Nichole Heady's blog yesterday, I knew immediately which PTI die I was going to use - Mighty Oak!I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this impression plate (mostly hate), but today it was all love! I pulled out all my Tim Holtz Distress Inks for this project - Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Bundled Sage, Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Dried Marigold, and Rusty Hinge. All these fall colors have me absolutely pining for cooler temperatures and fall festivals and boots and all things PUMPKIN!! Yes, I'm one of the ones who drinks pumpkin spice lattes as soon as they make their first appearance in September even though it will be hot and humid here in Tennessee! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, July 20, 2015

colourQ challenge #299

I'm not overly thrilled with my card for this week's colourQ challenge, but here it is anyway. I like the way it started with the floral focal point, but somehow, I couldn't quite get it the way I wanted it. Plus, I smeared purple ink on the two spots that I had to cut off. The only color from the palette that I had this week was Rich Razzleberry and I substituted Tim Holtz's Abandoned Coral and SU! Pink Pirouette and Kiwi Kiss. Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!

Monday, July 13, 2015

colourQ challenge #298 (part 3)

I have gone completely crazy making cards recently as you can probably tell since this is my THIRD card for this week's colourQ challenge!! I really wanted to make a video for Altenew Stamp's challenge ($100 prize gift card!) but I never figured out a way to do it so I just made a card using Altenew's Painted Flowers set. It's an awesome, awesome set that you should order immediately if you don't currently own it. Thanks for stopping by and have a great Monday!

Friday, July 10, 2015

colourQ challenge #298 (part 2)

My sweet stamping buddy, Mary Ann, is sick this week so I decided to make that bouquet card I mentioned in my previous post just for her. OMGosh!! I LOVE THIS CARD!! The bouquet die coordinates perfecting with PTI's Brush Blooms, but takes a little bit of practice to perfect. I also bought PTI's Mason jar die because I can hardly call myself a Southern girl without it! Now I just need a deviled egg plate, but that will have to happen at a later date. I used this week's colourQ challenge colors again so I could show off this beauty. I'm getting ready to die-cut more white bouquets so stop back often to see what other color palettes I'm using.

colourQ challenge #298

This week's colourQ challenge colors look lovely with my new PTI stamp set Brushed Blooms. To have such a black thumb, I sure do love floral stamp sets! This set has a die that is shaped like a bouquet and I can't wait to make a card with it. I had not a single color this week, so I subbed Tim Holtz's Seedless Preserves and Milled Lavender, and SU! Kiwi Kiss and Pool Party. How do I not have Cool Caribbean?!?! I have really been a slacker or something! Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you're keeping cool - it's in the 90s here in beautiful East Tennessee.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

colourQ challenge #297

This week's colourQ challenge colors are gorgeous but, of course, I only had two - Pool Party and Kraft. I substituted Tim Holtz's Chipped Sapphire and Barn Door for the other colors. My card is super simple and I used a vintage PTI stamp set that I received at Stamp-A-Faire the year it was in Cincinnati. I am so bummed that the event is now online! My stamping friends and I had the BEST time that year! Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

colourQ challenge #296

I can't believe I've been off the grid for a month! Time flies when you're busy in the summer! Thankfully, we've been busy with fun things - my little one and I are on a quest to find the best playground in town this summer! We've been to some great ones but I have an AWESOME one in store for her on Monday after her dreaded dental appointment! I had three our of four colors in this week's colourQ challenge, but I had to substitute Baja Breeze for Marina Mist. This stamp set is PTI's Sketched Shapes and I think I've only used it once. I'm sure I had big plans for it when I ordered it but, as usual, by the time it arrived, those big plans had slipped my mind. The Happy Birthday sentiment is also from that set. I love how most PTI stamp sets have great sentiments to go with their great images. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Monday, May 25, 2015

colourQ challenge #292

I nearly cut this one too close this week! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this week's colourQ challenge colors, but the week flew by and this is all I could put together. Isn't the last week of school CRAZY?!?! And I don't even have a child in elementary school which is where the craziness can reach epic levels. So, here is my simple entry into this week's challenge. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had a blessed Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

colourQ challenge #291

Not surprisingly, I had NONE of this week's colourQ challenge colors! Not a single one!! Luckily, I had some close substitutes: Tim Holtz's Barn Door, Stormy Sky, & Wild Honey, and SU!'s Wild Wasabi (LOVE!). This card is for a family friend who recently lost her husband. I'm sending her some pictures from our #1 daughter's eighth grade dance last weekend. She and her friends looked beautiful, and her date was very handsome. It was an exciting time for both of us! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

colourQ challenge #290

I love the colors in this week's colourQ challenge and since Mothers Day is coming up, I had the perfect color palette to make a card for my husband's sweet grandmama, who is in a nursing home. I think this simple floral image from PTI's Bigger Blooms stamp set is simply beautiful and the sentiment from PTI's Wet Paint is bold enough to balance the card without overpowering it, especially in my favorite Coastal Cabana. I hope y'all have a blessed weekend spent with the ones you love!!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

colourQ challenge #288

I LOVE this week's colourQ challenge colors and since I had several thank you notes to make for my MOPS group, I decided to kill two birds with one stone! I present . . . Branch Out!! I know you're shocked that I didn't use Painted Flowers, but I went back to my first love. This is a very simple card that's perfect for mass production. I had all of the colors this week and while I was planning to use Kiwi Kiss and Bermuda Bay separately on the card, they were gorgeous when I overlapped them on the tree! You just never know what you're going to come up with when you spend the afternoon crafting! Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Friday, April 10, 2015

colourQ challenge #286

This week's colourQ challenge color palette proved easier to work with than I thought. I used one of my old standby favorites, Bigger Blooms by PTI, and an embossing folder on the card base for a little interest. This card is for a sweet friend of mine who's having a birthday on Saturday. Thanks for stopping by! Hope the weather is beautiful where you are. The sun decided to shine on East Tennessee today!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

colourQ challenge #285

Thank y'all in advance for bearing with me as I showcase my very favorite stamp set yet again this week and extoll the magic of spring colors! I write incredibly articulate and descriptive blog posts . . . in my head! But when I sit down at the computer, {poof} all my original thoughts are gone. This week's colourQ challenge colors are some of my favorite and I hope this card will brighten the day of a dear, precious friend whose husband passed away five years ago this Sunday. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend and a blessed Easter.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (John 3:16-17)