Thursday, August 28, 2014

TTS24.. It's all about the Sparkle!


It's Thursday and that means time for a new challenge at 'Tis the Season! Have you started your Christmas cards yet? It's so close... it's scary if you ask me! This week we have a Color Challenge and we're using Black, Turquoise & Silver. 


I also used the new Sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.


I decided to add some texture to my background with the Simon Says Diagonal Stripes Stencil and some Embossing Paste. I tinted the Embossing paste with my  Tempting Turquoise re-inker. 


 I die cut a snowflake from the Snow Flurry Sizzix Die using some Silver Glimmer paper. I adhered that to the background using a dimensional in the center. I stamped Merry from the set Snowflake SoirĂ©e in some Tempting Turquoise and then Christmas is from the Endless Wishes set. I added a strip of Basic Black card stock and some Tinsel ribbon under it. 


I don't remember what the snowflake gem is called that was in Last year's Holiday catalog I have a few laying around in my stash. I wanted to tie the rhinestones in that jewel in more so I added some rhinestones in several sizes. This is one of those cards you have to see in real life to see the sparkle! 

Be sure to head over to the 'Tis the Season Blog and see what the other Design Team members created this week and Link up! The challenge will be open until Sept 9th @ 12pm EST. The Freshly Made Sketches Challenge is open until Monday @ 12pm PST.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

MDSM79.. A few of my favorite things!

Happy Monday!!! It's the first day of school in my house for everyone but me and I'm super excited!!! Finally silence.. Ha Ha!!! Today at MDS Monday I'm your hostess and I created a fun sketch that can be used for a page or a card. And we're using Stamp Brush Overlays. 


I decided to create a page of a few of my favorite things... I need to organize my photos soon and start taking some more of things on a daily basis other than Nature.. Ha Ha 


Be sure to head over to the MDS Monday challenge blog and see what the other Design Team members created with this fun sketch! We hope you will join us.. the challenge is open until Saturday @12pm EST. 


MDS Supplies Used:
Background
     Designer Series Paper/Sweet Details - designer series paper/Sweet Details - 1

Embellishments
    Staple & Stitching/White - Simple Stitches corner 1
    Staple & Stitching/White - Simple Stitches corner 1
    Staple & Stitching/White - Simple Stitches corner 1
    Staple & Stitching/White - Simple Stitches corner 1
    Staple & Stitching/White - Simple Stitches corner 1
    Staple & Stitching/White - Simple Stitches corner 1
    Staple & Stitching/White - Simple Stitches corner 1
    Taffeta Trimmings/Taffeta Trimmings - ripple pink pirouette
    Basic Pearls and Rhinestones/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - rhinestone large
    Basic Pearls and Rhinestones/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - rhinestone large
    Basic Pearls and Rhinestones/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - rhinestone large
    Basic Pearls and Rhinestones/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - rhinestone large
    Basic Pearls and Rhinestones/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - rhinestone large
    Staple & Stitching/Staple

Stamps
    _Designer Kits/Tickets & Tags/Tickets & Tags - overlay, Color = 230,WATERMARK 255,255,255
    Splatters/Ink Splatters/Ink Splatter 4, Color = EARLY ESPRESSO 80,57,49
    Splatters/Ink Splatters/Ink Splatter 4, Color = EARLY ESPRESSO 80,57,49
    Splatters/Ink Splatters/Ink Splatter 4, Color = EARLY ESPRESSO 80,57,49
    Splatters/Ink Splatters/Ink Splatter 4, Color = EARLY ESPRESSO 80,57,49
    Favorite Things/Favorite Things - just a few
    _Designer Kits/Lemonade Stand/Lemonade Stand - arrow, Color = 230,WATERMARK 255,255,255
    _Designer Kits/Lemonade Stand/Lemonade Stand - arrow, Color = 230,WATERMARK 255,255,255
    Baking Up Love/Baking Up Love - heart garland, Color = PINK PIROUETTE 255,216,209

Punches
    Extras/Flag Punch, Fill Color = PINK PIROUETTE 255,216,209

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thank You with Blended Bloom for SSC83!

Happy Sunday... Today I have a card for Sunday Stamps. This week we're on a color challenge and we are using Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist & Whisper White. 


I'm using the sketch from this week's Freshly Made Sketches along with the colors. 


I'm not going to lie.. I don't like this card..lol I started with the Blended Bloom stamp and then tried to put my card together with several different sketches and I just didn't like anything. I think I ripped this apart about 15 times before I was done. Then I found this sketch and decided I'd go with it. I think it's the Vanilla against the white that's bugging me. 


I stamped the Blended Bloom flower from SU onto a piece of Watercolor paper in Ranger Archival Black ink and then I colored it in with Pink Pirouette & Old Olive ink refills. For my card base I used a piece of Bazzill Marshmallow card stock. Then I stamped the splatter in Marina Mist from SU's Gorgeous Grunge set.  I added a piece of retired DSP in Old Olive and Vanilla along the bottom edge and then I piece of Marina Mist Grosgrain ribbon over it. 


Then sentiment is from SU's Work of Art set and I stamped the "you" in Old Olive on a piece of Very Vanilla and punched it out with then 1 1/4" circle punch. Then I stamped the "thank" onto a piece of Whisper White in black ink and added it to the top. I felt it needed a little something so I added some different sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. I also added some clear Wink Of Stella to the center of the flower. 


Be sure to head over to the Sunday Stamps blog and see what the other Design Team members created this week.. We hope you will join us! The challenge ends in two weeks! The Freshly Made Sketches challenge will close on Monday @ 12pm PST. 


Friday, August 22, 2014

FM174 Bokeh!!

Happy Friday everyone!! Today at the Friday Mashup I'm your hostess and we are using this fun technique called Bokeh! If you haven't tried this yet, you will love it! Head over to the Mashup Blog and get the link to the tutorial and then come play along with us! 


I'm kinda bummed my Bokeh doesn't show us as well in my photos.. but in real life it looks great.. Boo! I'm going to try to take some photos outdoors of it maybe that will be better. 


This is a photo I took and shared on Instagram before I added the die cuts.. You can see the dots here!


I created the background on a piece of watercolor paper and then after it dried I added the dots with a stencil I created and some SU Whisper White ink and a daubber. Then I cut it out and added it to my card base with some dimensional adhesive once it was dry. 


I die cut 5 of the Scripty Hello from Lawn Fawn from some SU Basic Black card stock and stacked them together. I adhered it to my card front with some Glossy Accents. Once it was attached I added some clear Wink of Stella over it and then covered it with a layer of Glossy Accents. 


To finish the card off I added some Sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.. I love these things, I used the 6 & 4mm. The background is created with Distress Inks. Speaking of Pretty Pink Posh.. She's hosting a great Cutting Edge Blog Hop and since we are using Die Cuts at the Mashup this week.. Why not join in!!! 



Head over to the Friday Mashup Blog and see what the other Ladies created there are so many gorgeous Bokeh cards.. We hope you'll join us! And don't forget to Hop along with Pretty Pink Posh, and see some great Die Cuts! 

Thanks for Stopping by! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

MDSM78... Map it Out!

This week at MDS Monday.. Our hostess Tami created a great sketch and we're using Maps! Use a Map anywhere on your page.. You can take a photo of one, use a Digital Download, the sky's the limit! 


I have these great photos from when my Husband was stationed on the USS Carl Vinson while it was in the shipyard in VA.. Just after they took it out of the shipyard it had to go out for some certifications before it changed homeports to San Diego.. What was great about being on an Aircraft Carrier is the sent us pictures when they were out. I used a map of the VA coast line from the internet and changed it to Black and White and lower the Opacity. 


Head over to the MDS Monday challenge Blog and see what the other Ladies created with the sketch.. We hope you will join us. The challenge is open until Saturday @ 12pm EST. 

MDS Suplies used:
Background
     Color = 219,236,244

Embellishments
    Brads/Gold - brad
    _Designer Kits/Tickets & Tags - embellishments/Tickets & Tags - label 10
    _Designer Kits/Tickets & Tags - embellishments/Tickets & Tags - label 11
    Gold & Silver Baker's Twine - embellishments/Gold & Silver Baker's Twine - gold_loop

Stamps
    Inspired Elements/Inspired Elements - circle arrow, Color = REAL RED 199,44,58

Punches
    Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/Travel Log - designer series paper/Travel Log - 3
    Extras/Star Punch, Fill Color = CRUSHED CURRY 254,197,45
    Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/Modern Medley - designer series paper/Modern Medley - 1
    Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/High Tide - designer series paper/High Tide - 1
    Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/Travel Log - designer series paper/Travel Log - 1

Sunday, August 17, 2014

FMS#149 & Mama Elephant!

Happy Sunday... I hope you all had a great weekend! Today I have a fun card using the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge and a fun set from Mama Elephant called Up & Away.


 I started with the focal image panel. I created a background on a piece of Watercolor paper using some Salty Ocean distress ink.. Once that was dry I stamped the balloons and sentiment on the panel using some Ranger Archival black ink. Then I stamped the bunny & balloons onto another piece of watercolor paper and colored them in with Distress inks. Once they were dry I cut the bunny out and just the Balloons and adhered them to the main panel. 


It needed a bit of sparkle so I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the Balloons and then a few Sparkling clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh! 


Thanks for stopping by today... Head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and see what others created with this fun sketch.. The challenge ends Monday @ 12pm PST. 


Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

DCC Birthday Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the Die Cut Crazy Birthday Blog Hop. The Die Cut Crazy Contributors have created some amazing birthday projects to inspire your own die cut creativity to make any birthday special. 


 If you just joined the Birthday Hop at my site, be sure and go back to the Die Cut Crazy blog for the hop kick off, then hop along the list to each of our designers. You won't want to miss any of the special birthday projects in this hop for sure.   

I'm sharing two Birthday projects with you today.. up first is the project that's featured in this month's issue of Die Cut Crazy Magazine which is available now as a PDF or on Apple Devices. 


I created this fun Birthday card using the Close to my heart set Robot Family Occasions. Isn't that robot Cuuuttteee?? For more details on this card you'll need to check out this month's issue of the magazine! 


Up next is a very pretty card I created with Stampin' Up!'s Blended Bloom. My card base is Crumb Cake card stock. I added a layer of retired DSP in Costal Cabana that was matted with a piece of Whisper White card stock. I used the current sketch at Deconstructed Sketches for my layout! 



Then I added a piece of Whisper White card stock that I embossed with the Chevron folder. I stamped the Flower image onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using some Memento Black ink and colored it with some Copic Markers. I then fussy cut it out and added it to the card front over a Crumb Cake Banner that I created. 


It's hard to see in the photo but I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the flower center. For the sentiment I stamped the Happy Birthday from the SU photopolymer set Endless Birthday wishes in Crumb Cake onto a piece of Whisper White card stock and punched it out with the Curly label punch and added it behind the main panel. This is a fun Sketch.. and you could change the sentiment up to fit any occasion. 

Thanks for stopping by the Blog Hop to join us.. The Hop will run from Friday August 15th at 4:00 AM CST and end Monday August 18th 11:59 PM CST.  And we have some Blog Candy for you!!!                     
Die Cut Crazy Magazine is giving away a 3 month subscription to one lucky winner announced on Tuesday, August 19th on the DCC blog and the DCC Facebook Group.  To enter to win, the you will need to leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop and LIKE the DCC Facebook page . After you've Liked the FB page be sure to leave a comment on the DCC blog saying that you did all that. A winner will be selected from that post. 

Thanks for stopping by. Next up in the Die Cut Crazy Birthday Blog Hop is Mary . To make sure you don't miss any of the birthday projects, here is the list of all our blog hop designers:
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