Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Altenew May Inspiration Challenge: From Places Abroad -- Australia

Today, I'm sneaking it at the last minute to share the card that I made for the

And here is my card:

I actually stamped my card the same time that I made this card.
I liked the placement of my stamps, so I stamped it twice -- the first time
in versamark to I could heat emboss it in white and the second time in black.
Then, it sat on my desk... until my SIL called to ask
for a the last minute wedding card.
So, I took the colours from the inspiration photo and made a quick card.

I used Altenew buttercream, mango smoothie, carribean sky & sapphire for the flowers.
For the leaves, I used PTI spring moss and aqua mist.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Muse Card Club Guest Designer

I'm super excited to be guest designing for
the Muse Card Club Challenge this week!

I was playing around with my new PTI King of the Grill set and looking for different
ways to use it and thought it might be fun to stamp it on a piece of 
patterned paper -- to created kind of a "beach-type" wooden sign.

I started with a piece of Crate Paper patterned paper and diecut my 
PTI Shaker Shapes: Rectangle die from some classic kraft cardstock.
I diecut the buns and olive from some rustic cream patterned paper
and stamped them with their coordinating stamps.
I used my MISTI and stamped twice on each diecut, using a version
of the rock 'n roll technique. 
For the buns, I stamped in Wplus9 Hayride and then PTI Classic Kraft.
For the olive, I used limeade ice and simply chartreuse.

I stamped the rest of the burger directly onto the patterned paper
using PTI Limeade Ice & Altnew Warm Sunshine, Crimson and Dark Chocolate.

I hope you'll play along with this week's Muse Card Club Challenge.
Link your cards up here before 7am CST next Monday, June 6th.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Make It Monday #250

Today, I have a card to share for Make It Monday #250: Masked Backgrounds.
I was inspired to make my card using one of my new PTI stencils.

I started by masking off a border on my card using post-it notes.
Then, I blended aqua mist, Hawaiian shores and harvest gold ink onto my panel.
I laid my stencil over top and masked off the parts I didn't want to stencil
with washi tape and applied some Wplus9 Ocean Drive ink over top.
I diecut the PTI Guiding Lights sailboat and stamped it in Hawaiian shores,
pure poppy and harvest gold.

I stamped my sentiments (from Wet Paint III, KIS: Father's Day
and KIS: Belated Birthday) in versafine onyx black/

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Inspired By All The Little Things #17

Today, I have a card to share for 

Isn't it pretty?
 I was inspired by the flowers in the cup to use my Altenew Best Mom 
stamp set to create my card.

I stamped the one branch on my watercolour paper and used some washi tape over two large leaves
on the bottom while I inked them up (& removed before stamping) in versafine onyx black.
Then, I rotated my cardstock 180˚ and repeated this step.
I heat embossed my stamped images in clear and coloured them in 
using my Zig markers, water and a paintbrush.

 I stamped my sentiment (from PTI's KIS: Sympathy) in versamark and
heat embossed it in white on a strip of black cardstock. 
I adhered it to my card using dimensional adhesive.

Visit Inspired By All the Little Things to see the rest of the DT's takes
on the inspiration photo and to play along, if you'd like.
You have until Thursday, June 2nd to link up your card.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Five for Friday

1. Well, after many weeks of performances, recitals, etc,
it's been lovely to have a week where we didn't have very much scheduled!
Although, I did sign up to play on a slo-pitch team this summer
and we had an informal practice on Monday evening.
Jonah and Sage came along and threw the ball around a little
and then went to play on the bike trails in the park.
Have I mentioned how glad I am that it's spring?

2. We're planning a road trip to Denver next month
-- to visit family and to go to Denver Comic Con.
We like dressing up in cosplay (character costumes), but I decided that I
didn't want to wear my polar fleece TARDIS costume -- it would be much too hot!
So, Sage and I decided that together we would be Daleks 
(these are the enemies of the Doctor on Doctor Who.)
However, we also wanted to be comfortable, so we went to the thrift shop,
where I found a brown dress for $2 and Sage got a brown skirt and top.

Then, we purchased some black vinyl, gold spray paint and 20 3" Styrofoam balls.
On Monday, we had a holiday, so we put together our costumes.

The panels hang from the "belts" that attach around our waists with Velcro
in the back.
This way, we can add them to our costume, but didn't need to alter the dress, top or skirt.
What do you think?
Hopefully, John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Arthur Darvill (Rory),
Jenna Coleman (Clara) and Alex Kingston (River Song) will like them. ;)

3. Tomorrow, Jonah, Sage & I are off to Winnipeg where
we will be volunteering/officiating at the Club Challenge Invitational.

4. This coming Sunday, I'll be bringing my stamps to church
to make Father's Day Cards with my Sunday School girls for our last Card Club.
I'm bringing my PTI Guiding Lights set (one of the girls' dad is from the Maritimes
and so she wants to make her card using a lighthouse), King of the Grill and
On the Farm stamp sets.
I'm also going to bring my diecutting machine and teach them how to diecut.
It should be fun!

5. And speaking of making Father's Day cards using On the Farm,
I have two cards to share that I made using The Challenge #74:

I didn't use a tractor on my cards, but I was inspired with the whole farming theme.
For my first card, I stamped the background stamped in harvest gold
and green parakeet, doing a little bit of masking.
I stamped the horse and barn overtop in versafine onyx black ink.
I diecut the rectangle die from the MIM Shakers kit.

I stamped the sentiment (from KIS: Father's Day) on a strip of black cardstock
and heat embossed it in white.
And my second card was a little more CAS...

I made a stencil with my Scene It: Skyscapes sunburst die
and applied harvest gold ink mixed with water with a paintbrush to my card front.
Then, I added some green parakeet ink as well.
When it was dry, I stamped the barn in versafine onyx black ink.

I stamped the sentiments (from On the Farm and KIS: Belated Birthday)
in versafine onyx black ink, as well.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

CardMaker Magazine Blog Hop

Today, members of the Reverse Confetti DT and I are playing along with
CardMaker Magazine Blog Hop!
If you're following along with the hop, you probably arrived here
from Linda Beeson's blog.

I decided to use CAS(E) This Sketch #174 designed by Chrissy Larson 
to make my card:

As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew that it was a perfect sketch to use 
Reverse Confetti's You Are a Star to make a card for Austin,
celebrating his success in his school play.

I started by using my Zig Markers to watercolour my background.
Then, I spritzed it with a bit of white ink mixed with water.

I stamped the You Are a Star stamps onto their You Are a Star Confetti Cuts,
which I diecut from watercolour paper -- the same as my background
Then, I added a few wooden stars as well.


Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see the rest of the DT's takes on the sketch 
and to play along, if you'd like.
You have until Thursday, June 2nd to link up your card.

Your next stop on the CardMaker Magazine Blog Hop is Dawn Lusk's blog.
If you get lost, or would like to start at the beginning of the hop,
you can find the complete list of the blog hop on the CardMaker Magazine Blog.

(Oh, and for prize information, check out the Reverse Confetti blog!)

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop

Today, I'm participating in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Our challenge was to use this beautiful photo as inspiration:

Isn't it fabulous?
I just love it!
In fact, I love it so much that I was inspired to make 17 cards using it. ;)

First of all, I was inspired to make some cards for my Sunday School girls.
I can't believe our year together is almost up and
that next year, they'll be moving up to junior high.
I wanted to give them each a card to remind them how awesome they are...
Since I have seven girls in my group, I made seven cards, using my MISTI.

I actually made eight cards, anticipating that I might make a mistake on one of them...
I started by stamping the popsicles from Summer Sweetness on a watercolour
panel, spritzing my stamps with water after inking them up each time.
On the bottom two, I reinked them again with a different colour.
I added the sticks and drops & then stamped the sentiment
(from SSS Big Scripty Sentiments) in Altenew Evening Grey.

For something a little different, I folded a piece of sweet blush cardstock in half
and used that as my card back.

And remember how I said I made eight cards, just in case?
Well, it was a good thing I did, because one of my popsicle details got stamped
all crooked (a side-effect of spritzing with water!), so I diecut three of the
popsicles from the panel using the coordinating dies and made this card:

I watercoloured the background using some harvest gold and bright buttercup
ink pressed onto an acrylic block, mixed with water.
I stamped a piece of aqua mist cardstock with my MFT Sketched Chevron Background stamp.

I stamped the sentiment (from Summer Sweetness)
and added some wooden stars to finish it off.

And then, when you'd think that 8 cards would be enough,
I was brainstorming ideas for the couples who are getting married soon for whom
our church is throwing a Jack & Jill potluck lunch shower
and thought how, since the shower is centered around the meal,
popsicles could be a sweet image to include.
So, I made nine cards like this:

What do you think?
I stamped the harvest gold/berry sorbet popsicles onto their coordinating diecuts
using the same technique as above.
Using my MISTI (how I love this tool!), I stamped the aqua mist/tropical teal popsicle
as well as the sentiments (from Walter & Winnie's The Big, The Bold and Blessings)
on each card front.

Then, leaving my sentiment stamps in place,
I stamped them onto the popsicle diecuts before adhering them to my cards.
Pretty sweet, don't you think? ;)

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Essentials by Ellen May Pin-Sights Challenge

Today, I have a card to share for the Essentials by Ellen May Pin-Sights Challenge:

Isn't it pretty!
I love the mix of soft peach and pink colours in the top left hand photo
and I was inspired by the photo of the peonies in the cup at the bottom.

I started by watercoloring my background using a paint brush, some water 
and some harvest gold and bright buttercup ink pressed onto my acrylic block.
To created my "cup", I diecut part of a PTI Mat Stack 5 die, trimmed off the rounded
end and used my scor-pal to impress the line.
I diecut my Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea flowers and stamped them
with the coordinating stamp in versamark and heat embossed them in gold.

I coloured them in using a paint brush, some water 
and some Altnew perfect peach, frosted pink and cotton candy ink 
pressed onto my acrylic block.
I used PTI bright buttercup for the centres.
I stamped my sentiment (from PTI's KIS: Birthday) in versafine onyx black.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Fusion {Port O' Call Polaroid}

Today, I have a card to share for Fusion {Port O' Call Polaroid}:

I was inspired by the photo to make a nautical card using PTI's Guiding Light
and Big Sky cover plate..

I started by diecutting the Big Sky cover plate from white cardstock.
I fussy cut some Basic Grey patterned paper for the water
and added the diecut sailboat (I cut along some waves with a craft knife
and tucked it in.)
I blended some ink onto my background and adhered the cover plate panel over top.

I stamped the birds and sentiment to finish it off (also from Guiding Light.)

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

MFT Wednesday Sketch 281 & Colour Challenge 45

The local store where I sell my cards suggested I make some Father's Day cards
for them to sell since my Mother's Day cards sold out. :)
So, I thought that the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge 281 &
the MFT Colour Challenge 45 would work perfectly:
to make my cards, using MFT's Soda Pop.
I started by impressing my card backs using one of my MFT stax circle dies.
Then, I diecut all of my elements from white cardstock (except for the bottle
labels, which I diecut from vellum) and blended ink onto the bottles, caps and straws.
Then, I mixed some ink with water and flicked it onto my bottles
to give an appearance of bubbles.
I stamped the fruit and star circles onto some circles I punched
and tied some twine around my bottle tops.
I stamped the sentiment (from Soda Pop) onto a strip of teal cardstock
in versamark and heat embossed it in white.
Then, I stamped the "Happy Father's Day" sentiment (from PTI's KIS: Father's Day).
For each card, I used the same colours, but switched up
the order of the bottles and the colours of the mats.

 Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Insprired By All The Little Things #16 & Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge -- Birdhouse -- Take Two

Today, I have a couple of cards to share.

If you know me, you know how much I love bike images!
I decided to use PTI's Petal Pusher to create my card.
This card started out with my using the blue woodgrain patterned papers as my full card background.
I stamped the bike on this diecut and stamped the wheels directly onto the patterned paper.
But then, I wasn't thrilled wit it.... so I diecut the bike from the panel using 
my PTI Shaker Shapes: Squares die.
I cut the frame from a piece of the darker blue woodgrain paper. 

I stamped the sentiment onto my white cardstock panel
and matted my card on a piece of the lighter blue patterned paper.
Visit Inspired By All the Little Things to see the rest of the DT's takes on the inspiration photo 
and to play along, if you'd like.
You have until Thursday, May 26th to link up your card.
 I also have another card to share that I made using the current

This time, I decided to create one large birdhouse one my card.
I cut out my patterned paper birdhouse by hand.
(It reminded me of the "olden days"  before I owned a diecutting machine and
how I would create tags for scrapbooking by starting with a rectangle,
and making pencil marks on where to trim it to make the shape!)
and adhered it to my card with dimensional adhesive.

The bird is from PTI's Spring Woods stamp set, which I stamped on its coordinating diecut.
I stamped the sentiment (from PTI's KIS: Birthday) onto a Quilted Tag banner diecut.
Remember, there's still time to play along with this
 Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.

Thanks for looking!