Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Make It Monday #259

Today, I have a card to share for this week's

I decided to pair my Bloomers stamp set with my new New Every Morning stamp set.

I stamped my flowers in Altenew's Coral Berry, Cotton Candy and Frosted Pink inks,
adding the centres in versafine onyx black and Delicata Golden Glitz.

I love this verse from New Every Morning!

After making my card, I decided to add this verse to my Journaling Bible
and try this technique again, this time with Sketched Florals
and the same colours of ink.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

MFT Colour Challenge 52 & CAS(E) This Sketch #187 -- Take Two

Today, I have a card to share that I made using the

I used my MFT Modern Blooms stamp set to make my card,

Here's my card:

I stamped each flower onto their coordinating diecut
using Altenew Ocean Waves, Evening Grey and Lava Rock.
I stamped the leaves (in Morning Frost and Evening Grey) onto 
my vintage cream cardstock background and adhered the flowers overtop.

I stamped the sentiment (from PTI's Tropics) in Lava Rock.

Remember, there's still time to play along with this week's CAS(E) This Sketch.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 29, 2016

MFT Wednesday Sketch 295

Today, I have a card to share for the MFT Wednesday Sketch 295:

I decided to use some MFT floral stamps to make my card.

I started my masking off a strip to stamp my Scattered Surface in Altenew's 
Evening Gray onto my Soft Stone background.
I stamped the flowers and leaves from Flashy Florals onto their coordinating
diecuts, as well as a couple of flowers from Fall Florals.

I stamped the sentiment from PTI's Tropics, which I heat embossed in white on vellum
(it was leftover from the tags I shared on Saturday.)

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Essentials by Ellen August Pin-Sights Challenge

Today, I have a card to share for the 

Isn't it pretty?
I was inspired by the picture in the middle on the left of
the flowers in the teal jar.

I diecut my jar using Lawn Fawn's Summertime Charm die
and blended tropical teal and hawaiian shores ink onto it.
I stamped my Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea onto its coordinating diecut
(from watercolour paper) in Altenew Coral Berry and versarmark and heat embossed 
it in clear.
I coloured it in using my Zig Markers and a water brush.

I stamped the stem onto  the inked jar diecut and coloured it in with my Zig marker.
I stamped the sentiment from PTI's Tropics, which I heat embossed in white on vellum
(it was leftover from the tags I shared yesterday.)

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Make It Monday #258 & Colour Throwdown #407

Well, we have been enjoying spending time at the Morden Corn & Apple Festival.
We ran into some of the kids' friends and I captured these fun pictures:

I also have a tag to share that I made using

I decided to make some tags for Sage's teachers to accompany the butter crunch
that I'll be sending along with her on her first day of school.
I went through my collection of Cover Plates and decided to use my Butterfly Cover Plate
along with my Tag Sale 7 die.

I diecut my tag from Hawaiian Shores cardstock and  applied some Tropical
Teal ink with my blending tool to the bottom half of it.
I diecut the butterflies from white cardstock and applied some bright buttercup
and green parakeet ink using my Clarity Stencil brushes.

I stamped my sentiment (from Tropics) in versamark onto a strip of vellum
and heat embossed it in white.

Thanks for looking!


Friday, August 26, 2016

Five for Friday

1. Okay, I always know we are approaching the end of summer
when it's time for our town's annual Corn & Apple Festival

Sage and I took Lucy for a walk yesterday afternoon and watched
as Stephen Street was being set up for the fun and exciting weekend.
We'll be enjoying the rides, food, parade and running into friends all weekend long!

2. So, my week started off with this fabulous news on Monday:

I was the grand prize winner of the third session of Camp Create at MFT stamps!
I still can't believe it!
Since Sage participated along with me, she gets to pick out a set of stamps
(& then maybe she won't grumble so much about my collection -- LOL!)

3. I got my haircut on Wednesday:

She cut off quite a bit and I'm loving it!
A nice, fresh cut for fall.

Sage took this photo of me and I returned the favour:

Isn't she lovely?
And look at that tan -- she spent a lot of the summer in the sun!

4. I mentioned earlier this summer that I was playing slo-pitch
(& then keeping score when I sprained my wrist).
Well, for the past two Wednesdays, I also got to do some umping.

That's me in the white hoodie.
Sage took the photo -- she sat in the stands reading her book while I umped.

And she got this action shot of me displaying my catlike reflexes as
  I got out of the way of the runner. ;)

In other sporting news.... I was asked by my instructor
last night at taekwondo to become Assistant Instructor for our club!

5. And lastly, because I love sharing my cards on my blog...
A friend recently requested some thank you cards and 
said she loved feathers, so I made her four of these cards, 
using my MISTI and the ColourQ Challenge #356:

Here's my card:

I stamped the feathers from PTI's Feather Finery using Altenew Coral Berry,
MFT Plum, PTI Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse & Ripe Avocado.
I stamped the sentiment using a Simon Says Stamp stamp set.

Have a great weekend!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink August Blog Hop & CAS(E) This Sketch #187

As is my habit on the 25th of each month, I'm playing along
with the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.

This month, our challenge was to be inspired by this photo:

Isn't it cool?

I decided to make my card for the challenge using
 CAS(E) This Sketch #187 designed by Chrissy Larson:

Here's my card:

I started by watercoloring my background using my watercolour paints.
I had fun mixing colours to get the right shades, blending them onto 
my watercolour panel and adding water to give them more of a watercolour look.
Once it was dry, I flicked water onto my page and added gold 
embossing powder and heat embossed the droplets.
I diecut the paintbrushes from PTI's Masterpiece kit
and stamped them using the coordinating stamps in versafine onyx black
and heat embossed them in clear.
Instead of stamping the ends, I dipped them into the watercolour paint on my palette.

I stamped the sentiment (also from Masterpiece) onto vellum
and heat embossed it in clear.

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, September 22nd to link up your card.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ink It Up with Heidi Shafer -- Neat and Tangled's Purrrfect

Today, I've joined again with Heidi Shafer of Mapleberry Musings
for Ink It Up.

Ink it Up is a challenge where, on the second and fourth Wednesday 
of each month, Heidi and I share cards that we've made with new stamp sets
that we haven't used yet.

Today, I'm sharing my card that I made using my 
Neat and Tangled's Purrrfect stamp set.
While this set has actually seen ink before -- by Sage and a few of my 
Sunday School girls -- I hadn't used it yet, so I decided to use it
to make a birthday card for my son, Jonah.

He loves watching iFunny and shared this hilarious video 
with me recently, so I thought he might get a kick out of this card.
They called it "From G to PG-13."

Here's my card:

I started by diecutting my cats from watercolour paper and colouring
them in using my Zig markers and a water brush.
I cut my white panel at an angle and layered it over
a second piece of white cardstock that I inked with my 
blending tool, three shades of ink & my MFT stencil.

I stamped the sentiment (from PTI's Winter Woods)
in versafine onyx black.

When I was making this card, I originally stamped a piece of aqua mist
cardstock with a MFT background stamp and thought I'd use
that along the bottom of my card.
It didn't seem vibrant enough for Jonah, but I decided to
not waste it and made a second card right away with it.

These kitties are just so cute!
I actually diecut and stamped four of them right away so I could make
a bunch of cards at once....

This sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp's Big Scripty Sentiments.

Don't forget to hop over to Heidi's blog to see what
she created for this Ink It Up.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

More Spring Woods cards

I've had so much fun playing along with Anna's CASometry Challenge 2. Make 5.
where she challenged us to choose one stamp set and make five cards using it.
I have the habit of pulling out a stamp set, making one card using it
and started on another card with another stamp set.
This challenge encouraged me to make several cards at once
while I had my stamp set out.
(It also helped keep this stamp set at the forefront of my mind
when choosing which set I wanted to use!)

Anyway, as I was stamping a card for the final stage of the challenge, 
I decided to make four cards using it.
Because I've struggled a little with coming up with fresh 
colour combos in which to stamp the birds, 
I took my inspiration from three of the April Release Inspiration Cards

(By the way, I was thinking that I was on the ball with making
my final card for the challenge ahead of time, but I didn't realize 
that the Final Stage of Anna's Challenge had a secret aspect.
So that's why I'm sharing these cards now.)

So, what I did was diecut several branches and birds (a few of each type)
and then stamped them using my MISTI, which allowed the process
to go faster, as once I had it set up on my MISTI, I could stamp several birds
in different colours at once.

For my first card, I used this colour combo:


Here's my card:

I stamped the branches in classic kraft for each of my cards.
I stamped the blooms in mint julep and the leaves in green parakeet.
The birds were stamped in aqua mist, mint julep and Altenew's Caribbean Blue,
which I substituted for Winter Wisteria.

I stamped the sentiment (from PTI's Walk By Faith) in Caribbean Blue.
For the border, I ran a piece of Mint Julep cardstock through my 
diecutting machine with my woodgrain impression plate.

Next, I used this colour combo:


I used all of the colours, but substituted Altenew's Persian Blue for Amethyst Allure.

I diecut my sweet blush cardstock using my Mama Elephant Femme Frame dies.

I stamped the sentiment (from Winter Woods) in Versafine Onyx Black.

And lastly, I chose this colour combo:


I decided to make two cards with the elements I stamped
with this colour combo, again substituting the Persian Blue for 
Amethyst Allure and Altenew's Sapphire for Royal Velvet.

On this one, I ran a piece of ripe avocado cardstock through my diecutting machine
using my Winter Woods cover plate, but didn't love how it turned out. 
Rather than take a new piece of cardstock, I just ran it through again
using my woodgrain impression plate. 
I ended up with a piece of cardstock that had a cool texture!  

The sentiment is from Spring Woods, which I stamped in Sapphire.

And here, I used a piece a Basic Grey patterned paper along the side.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 22, 2016

MFT Wednesday Sketch 294

Today, I have a card to share that I made using

I decided to use MFT Soda Pop to make my card.

I pressed some scarlet jewel and orange zest ink mixed with water
onto my acrylic block and pressed two scraps of watercolour paper
into it and then, once it was dry, I diecut it with the Soda Pop bottle 
and bottle cap dies.

I stamped my one sentiment in versamark onto a strip of black cardstock
and heat embossed it in seafoam.
I stamped the other sentiment (also from Soda Pop) onto sweet blush cardstock.
A few soft pink Pretty Pink Posh sequins finishes it off.

Thanks for looking!