Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Inspired by all the little things

I am currently obsessed with challenge blogs and recently stumbled across two new ones that I wanted to share with you...I hope you take a moment to check them out!

The first is from Concord & 9th and is called Where Creativity meets C9 .  They post a new challenge on the 9th of each month.  Their current challenge is floral and you'll find plenty of inspiration in all the designers samples.

The second one is Inspired by All the Little Things and it is a bi-weekly challenge. The current challenge is floral as well.  I love their inspiration photo and look forward to seeing what comes next month!

I found similar inspiration in my own backyard...(and although my photography skills do this gorgeous rose justice)... I think you'll be able to see the color inspiration in the project I'm sharing today.


I used the Wreath Turnabout from Concord & 9th and Catherine Pooler Ink on Desert Storm cardstock.  I added the lines onto the leaves with a fine point green sharpie and then stamped the sentiment on a die cut stitched circle from MFT.  I attached it to the wreath with some Scrapbook Adhesive Foam Squares for a bit of added dimension.


note: After looking a my pictures, I realized my circle was slightly off and have since repositioned that.  All part of the learning process...😁 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some inspiration that sparks your creativity today!
Hugs and happy crafting ❥❣❥

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Flowers & Smiles for Mother's Day!

Happy Saturday!  Today I created two cards for the MFT Color Challenge #93...just in time for Mother's Day🎕.



I was inspired by the MFT color challenge and used as many MFT products as possible.  I used the Bold Blooms set to stamp the background for one card on Ellen Hutson Oyster cardstock and the dies to cut flowers from the Tiny Check Brights 6x6 paper pad on Ellen Hutson Black cardstock for the second. The 100 lb. weight of these cardstocks is awesome!

I used the Smile dienamics for the sentiment.  I cut the word smile from both the grass cardstock and the tiny checks lavender paper and then swapped them in the negative space...It's a Two For...love that!




These are versatile products that I can see myself using over and over again in so many ways...  which is something I always take into consideration when purchasing stamps (especially if I'm investing in the dies as well).  I want my crafting dollar to stretch as far as it can 😛😳!



 I hope these projects brought a smile to your face and that you enjoy a wonderful Mothers Day full of Smiles, Love and Hugs!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Chevron Cover Plate...Let me count the ways



Buckle up and hold on to your hat because today I'm showing you how to use one cover plate to make multiple cards for multiple occasions.  I love it when one die can be the base for endless creativity!  I'm using a Chevron Cover Plate in my example, but there are lots of cover plates that you could use to create a similar effect.


I started out with various colors of 4-1/2 x 5-1/4 colored cardstock which I die cut with the cover plate.  I saved all the chevron pieces to use later...you'll see why.  In example below I have adhered the cover plate cut out to the same color of cardstock.  It is a great monochromatic base for all types of cards.



I also thought it would be fun to use some patterns when filling in the chevrons so here I used both some of the matching solids and coordinating plaid chevrons cut from Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Spring patterned paper. I placed them into the negative space skipping every other chevron...I also skipped the row where I had decided to place my sentiment.  I cut a flag from the same paper, a Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Hexagon from white card stock, and the word hello from the Wplus9. 


 I layered all my components together adhering them with Ranger Multi Medium Matte (which I transferred into a fine tip bottle) and finished it with a few black Nuvo Drops.

In this next example, I used the chevrons from various colors of cardstock and arranged them in an angled stripe.  I cut the word Congrats and a graduate out of Essentials by Ellen Slate Gray cardstock
to make a graduation card for my nephew. 


Here is another example using Dots and Stripe patterned paper from MFT and the Awesome die from Neat and Tangled. 


In this example I adhered a sheet of patterned paper behind the cover plate...added the word smile on a dotted flag and finished it with Nuvo drops.

For this next one...I used two shades of gray with a few turquoise chevrons, a script hello and Nuvo drops.  I think you could do a great masculine birthday card by just swapping out the sentiment👨🎈.


So many possibilities using one cover plate.  I hope this inspires you to try to use your cover plates in different ways...you'll be so glad you did.  Hugs and have a great day!




Saturday, April 21, 2018

Something Magical...with MFT Challenge #91

Today I have something magical to share...an adorable little unicorn from Darcie's Stamps.  I was inspired by this weeks MFT Color Challenge #91.  I think challenges like these are fun because it encourages to stretch your creativity and work with a color pallet you normally might not choose yourself.

I looked through my stamp stash to see where inspiration might come from...and lo and behold this little guy jumped right out at me.  I could just see his flowing mane in shades of pink and flowers in yellow.  I also picked out some patterned paper that reflected the challenge colors and... I was on my way!

I embossed dots on a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 piece of card stock in a dark pink to use as my background and adhered it to an A2 white notecard.  Then I cut some circles out of patterned cardstock using the Inside Out Stitched Circle Stax from MFT.  I stamped the unicorn on white card stock and colored it with copic markers, finishing the eyes with Black Ebony Nuvo Drops.  I stamped the sentiment You are Magical on a small piece of the patterned paper so I could use it as a guide for placement on the finished project.  In the end...I just used that instead of stamping directly on the project (mostly because I was afraid of messing it up).


Once I had everything cut, stamped and colored...I just had to put it all together.  I think this card is a little girls dream...even My Little Pony might be jelly🎠!  I hope this will encourage you to stretch your color muscles and try a combination you might not otherwise try...you never know, you may just love the results!  HUGS


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Pattern Happy Card Challenge

Hi all...in a previous post I promised I would keep you up to date on Card Challenge sites as I found them.  Well today I have a new one to share.  Pattern Happy is new to the crafting world and they have a monthly Super Sketch Challenge on their blog.  You should definitely check them out!

Here is the sketch for their first challenge:

 I took the basic layout and started by choosing my pattern paper and sentiment.  I chose a pink Geo pattern from the Geofetti 6x6 paper pack. Next I picked my sentiment...I wanted something happy!
I tried the sentiment straight like the sketch shows, but decided I liked it at an angle better...so I made a slight adjustment.  That's the beauty of a challenge sketch, it's meant to be a guide and you can take some creative license😀

The next step was to create the pattern on the white card stock.  I used components from the Bloom Builder set to stamp a random pattern with Catherine Pooler Ink in Rose Petal.


The shape component was the hardest for me.  I knew I wanted to use a die cut flower cluster as my shape, but had a hard time getting it to look how I had it pictured in my brain.  In the end, I die cut some flowers from the bloom builder set.  Some on white cardstock with colored inks and some on the patterned paper.  To make them stand out I cut out an oval from bright yellow polka dot paper from the same pad and that helped them to pop off the background.

I think it turned out to be a happy card...I hope you do too💕  Be sure to check out Pattern Happy, their blog and monthly Super Sketch Challenge!  Hugs

Sunday, April 15, 2018

You're a Star

Today I have a couple of cards to share that have a beachy twist.  They are clean, simple, and  I think they turned out so sweet...I hope you do too!

First I chose the stamp set I wanted to work with...an adorable set from Lawn Fawn called So Jelly.  I stamped each image multiple times with Hero Arts Black Ink and colored them with Copic Markers.
I then die cut the images with the coordinating die cuts.  This is a great set if you are just starting out because it is inexpensive...you can get the stamp and dies for under $10!


Next it was time to work on the design.  For the starfish I chose Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Spring paper in blue...(so cute...right!)...and craft cardstock on a white notecard.  For the Jelly Fish I found a fun green paper that reminded me of seaweed and paired that with craft cardstock on a green notecard.



The finishing touches...stamping the sentiments.  I used brown ink for the first one and black for the second.  I heat embossed them using clear embossing powder so the sentiments would really be crisp.


And last but by no means least...I thought the jelly fish needed a little something so I stamped the bubbles from the set directly on the pattern paper and topped that with a clear enamel drop.



I plan to tie these up with bakers twine and give them as a sweet little gift...that is if I can part with them😏.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!!  HUGS


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Stretch your stamping with Freebies

I've been finding a lot of inspiration in challenge blogs recently. It's a fun place to get ideas when your creativity is a bit stagnant. One that was new to me was from Newton's Nook Designs.  Their challenge site Inky Paws has a bi-weekly challenge.

Like many challenges one of the components to play along for prizes is using their products, but what I love about this site was that they provide some free downloads in case you don't own any of their products yet...which I think is totally awesome because you can play along even if you are finding them for the first time...like me!!

I chose to print the warm and cozy wishes mittens, then added the word Birthday (the theme of this weeks challenge) with a stamp from my own collection.



I cut out the printed image with MFT's Rectangular Stitch Stax and cut a second rectangle (one size larger) out of patterned paper to act as a frame.  I sponged the edge of the image using Abandoned Coral Distress Ink and a dauber.

I colored in the mittens with Copic markers and then layered it all onto a coordinating color of cardstock trimmed to show just a border of my A2 white note card.  The final touch...a small heart cut out of glitter paper!



Thank You Newton's Nook for this fun down load...I appreciate your generosity💞  I hope that you will check them out and expand your craft stash with these free printables!  (I'll keep you posted as I come across others)

Now my dilemma...do I send this to someone now or wait until winter?  The weather has been so crazy lately that it's probably still snowing somewhere...so, I'm thinking I can still send it now😉!