Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sweet hearts card

I made this card for one of the StampNation Birthday Bash challenges (make a card for someone you love) and also for the current challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Here is the sketch from Tuesday Morning:

And here's my card from the sketch.   The stamps are from Recollections (Michael's) and the inks are from Catherine Pooler.   I added a little Wink of Stella clear marker to the hearts. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

first snow

We haven't had much snow so far this winter, which is okay with me, but we did have just enough in December for our Lab puppy to get his first taste of the white stuff. 

I created this page for the "Pawsitively Pets' challenge @ Paper Issues (see their Facebook page) , and also for the current challenge at Cut It Up (use a snowflake on your project + a diecut).   I used my Cricut to cut the "first snow" title, using a snowflake in place of the letter "O".  I'm sure Jake would love a chance to play in the snow again, but personally I'm hoping we're snow free for the rest of the Winter!  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Crazy Dog Birthday

StampNation is celebrating its 6th birthday with a series of challenges AND the release of a new colorful set of inks from Catherine Pooler!   This card was made for the 2nd challenge, to create a playful card.   I used the Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs stamp set for the image, and his accessories stamp set for the hat and balloons.  The sentiment is from the Spot On stamp set from Catherine Pooler. 

I stamped the dog, then masked the image and dry brushed Grass Skirt and Fiesta Blue inks to make the background.  Everything was colored with Copic markers and then I added some clear Wink of Stella to add a little sparkle to the sun, balloons and hat. Love using the Catherine Pooler inks and Clarity Brushes for creating softly colored backgrounds!

I'm entering this card in the challenge at Moving Along with the Times (use something in the air - in this case a sun and balloons) and the current birthday challenge at Paper Craft Crew

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Scrap Our Stash - Tic Tac Toe challenge

The first January challenge at Scrap Our Stash is to use one line from this tic tac toe board:

I used the top row of paint/mist, die cut, and Simple Stories.  The Simple Stories line is Casual Christmas, the word "merry" is a die cut and I used some gold and burgundy mists.

When my kids were little, they had this small artificial tree in their room and they decorated it with ornaments they made and some of their favorite ornaments from our tree. Hard to believe these pictures are 30 years old - time sure does fly!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Thank you for everything

One of my Christmas gifts was a set of Clarity stencil brushes.  I had seen these on Jennifer McGuire's blog and thought they would be great for stenciling and ink blending, especially when you want a lighter touch of color.  After watching a couple of You Tube videos, I played around with them and made this card.

Stamps and inks: Catherine Pooler

I cut a circle from masking paper and then used a large Clarity brush and some blue ink (Fiesta Blue from Catherine Pooler inks) to brush on the background color.  I then stamped the flowers and leaves around the bottom right of the circle and added the stamped sentiment in the center.  There are some tiny dots added with gold glitter and black pens and then I added pen stitched lines around the circle and used my Bow-It-All to make the tiny double bow. 

I'm entering this in these challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #155 - anything goes (with ribbon)
Mod Squad Challenge Blog - anything but Christmas
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - new something (I used new brushes and stamps)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

ABC Christmas challenge #1 for 2017

I made this card for the first challenge of 2017 at ABC Christmas Challenges.   The challenge was two-part:  "A" for anything goes and then use something that starts with "B". 

I used a few "B" things:  bows (on the tiny packages), the word "bright", and bokeh paper in the background.  The stamps are from Catherine Pooler stamps and Neat & Tangled and I used the My Favorite Things wonky stitched rectangle dies on the white cardstock.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Let's Get Sketchy - January challenge #1

Here is the first challenge of 2017 over at Let's Get Sketchy.   This sketch is by Brenshevia Baker

I used my Noel Mignon December kit for this page, with my two grandsons in their superhero gear. Once they unwrapped these costumes, that was it - they were superheroes for the rest of Christmas Day!

pp: Elle's Studio Tis the Season, stickers: Fancy Pants Merry & Bright, alphas: Thickers Reindeer