Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Happy Birthday - (CTD398)

Hello there!  It's my turn to host over at the Color Throwdown Challenge this week and I've chosen some fun summertime colors for us to create with.  I hope you'll join in and play along.
For my card I used the My Favorite Things stamp set, You're the Sweetest along with the MFT One Way Chevron stencil for my background.  I started out with a white card base, then added a piece of raspberry fizz cardstock that I stenciled using the One Way Chevron stencil.  Then I die cut and stamped my ice cream cones using limeade ice, raspberry fizz, daffodil delight and more mustard inks.  I adhered my ice cream cones to a square of white cardstock, popping up the ice cream on the center cone.  After that I added my happy birthday banner and stamped the second half of my sentiment.  I added some Glossy Accents to the cherry on the center ice cream for some dimension.
For more inspiration, check out the design teams' blog links below OR you can go to the Color Throwdown blog for details on how to play along and you can see all the sample entries in one location.

Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Wanda Cullen
Kara Vrabel - June Guest Designer


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Friday, June 17, 2016

Concord & 9th - Sending Hugs & Kisses

Hi there!  Hope you're doing well!  Today I've got a post here on my blog and over at the Concord & 9th blog where I'm sharing a gift set that I created early last month while I was a guest designer for Concord & 9th.  If you've had this fun Concord & 9th Hugs die or Hugs stamp set on your wish list or have been waiting for it to come back in stock, now is your chance to grab it up!
For my card and matching gift box, I used the Hugs die and coordinating Hugs stamp set along with the flowers from the Flourish stamp set.  I used a piece of white 12"x12" cardstock to create both my card and gift box and a piece of black cardstock for my die cut hugs for on my card and box.
I started out my card by die cutting with the Hugs die, you can see a video on how this fantastic die works by clicking here.  Once my Hugs was die cut, I stamped my flowers in raspberry fizz, hibiscus burst and lovely lady ink, stamping off with some of the flowers.  Then I did some ink blending along the top and bottom of my card using the same ink colors that I stamped the flowers in.  After that I used the Hugs die again to die cut my black cardstock and adhered them onto my card front.  Next I stamped the sentiments and hearts from the Hugs stamp set and glued on some silver sequins to finish it off.
The gift box I created was made with the same supplies as my card except I made it into a box.  You can view step-by-step directions in the slideshow below.
Wouldn't this be fun to give with a bunch of Hersey Kisses inside?
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I'm Bananas for You - (CTD397)

Hello!  It's time for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge!
For my card, I used the MFT Cheeky Monkey stamp set.  I started out with a white card base, then stamped the different banana images from the set onto kraft cardstock and colored them using my Zig Clean Color pens.  For the monkey, I stamped him on watercolor paper, die cut him and colored him with my Kuretake watercolors and once he was dry I using foam tape to adhere him onto a die cut circle.
For more inspiration, check out the design teams' blog links below OR you can go to the Color Throwdown blog for details on how to play along and you can see all the sample entries in one location.

Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Wanda Cullen
Kara Vrabel - June Guest Designer


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ham It Up!

Hi there, crafty friends!  Today I'm sharing a card that I created using the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #284 (even though I'm past the cut off date to enter) and the adorable new MFT stamp set, Hog Heaven.
This stamp set is so cute and fun to work with!  I stamped and die cut this cute little pig and colored her using Copic markers, adding a pink glittery bow to her head.  Then I die cut a circle, did some ink sponging using some tumbled glass distress ink and die cut a grassy hill adding some grass with Copic marker.  I added a scallop mat to my circle along with a die cut square of summer sun cardstock, then using foam tape adhered my pig.  I used the MFT Circle Grid stencil for my hibiscus burst pink background, added a vertical strip of yellow stripped designer paper and my banner sentiment to finish it off.
Hogs & Kisses!

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Friday, June 10, 2016

You've Got This

Last Friday was my final appearance as a guest designer for Concord & 9th.  I truly enjoyed every minute of working with their wonderful products and sharing what I created and I'd like to thank Angie and Creg for the opportunity of guest designing.

Today I've got two cards that I've created using the Concord & 9th die, You've Got This and their Wildflower stamp set.  Be sure and pop over to the Concord & 9th site and check out their beautiful new release for June!
For my first card, I used a piece of watercolor paper and did a watercolor wash of three colors and stamped the floral images from the Wildflower set in the same colored inks as the background. I die cut a piece of black cardstock using the You've Got This die and adhered the negative piece to my card front.  I used the die cut pieces from my second card and inlaid the letters, fitting them into place like puzzle pieces.
 For my second card, I stamped and heat embossed the floral images from the Wildflower set onto watercolor paper using white embossing powder and then did a watercolor wash of the same three colors.   Once that was dry I used the You've Got This die and die cut the center of my embossed panel.  I used a piece of black cardstock and adhered it behind my die cut panel.  To finish off both of my cards, I added colored and silver sequins.

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