Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pink Sofia card

Have you been checking out all the Stampavie stamps that are on sale at Classy Cards 'n Such this month?  I've been sharing lots of cards with Stampavie images the past few weeks, and here's another one.  My favorite Stampavies are the Sarah Kay images, and I have colored this one with Pretty In Pink shades.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #43 - Anything Goes
Make it Monday #104 - Anything Goes
Love to Create #30 - Handmade Flowers
Cupcake Craft #207 - Flowers (the little girl is holding a flower)
Everybody Art #202 - Anything Goes

This Sofia Wishes image is colored with Copic markers, and then I cut it out with an oval die.  The background paper is from The Lake House pad (KaiserCraft) and I've used a Curled Corner technique from Technique Junkies on the upper left corner.  There is some Chalk White seam binding tied around the base of the card, and I've used the reverse side of the cardstock that was left from cutting an Anastasia border (Cheery Lynn Designs die).  I picked some cardstock in shades that would complement my patterned paper as well as my colored image, and then I used the Cuties 3 die to cut some flowers.  Once I got the flowers rolled up, I adhered them on top of some leaves that I cut from the Flourish Leaf Strip.  
You still have a couple weeks left to take advantage of the fabulous sale on ALL of the Stampavie stamps.  You can save even more by entering in this code, Holly-10, when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Some are in very short supply, so grab them now while you can.  :-) 

CHF Challenge #8 - Circles

Have you been playing in the challenges over on the Cornish Heritage Farms blog?  There's a new challenge up today, and this one is all about circles.  I pulled out my Large Dots backgrounder and stamped it onto some blue cardstock.  Then I added some die cut circles, a circle border, and some letters to spell out the sentiment.  This will be a fun card to pop in the mail to someone "just because."

We'd love to have you play along with us over on the Cornish Heritage Farms blog.  Share your creation with us for a chance to win some spending money in the CHF store!  :-)  Need more inspiration?  Check out what my fellow DT gals created for this challenge today:

Holly Brown - YOU ARE HERE

Friday, August 24, 2012

Rogue Shape Up Challenge

Hi folks!  I bought some new stamps from Rogue Redhead Designs, and I've been itching to get them inky.  There is a new challenge on their blog - Shape Up.  We are being challenged to make a card or project with the following three shapes - circle, square, and rectangle.  Yup, all three of these shapes have to be on the card.  It took me a while of thinking about it, and I came up with this.

I stamped the trees from the new set, Nature Notes, onto some blue patterned paper (square).  That was cut out and adhered to a black layer which I've used the Torn Frames technique on.  I needed something behind the trees, and I found my old stash of Magic Mesh.  The sentiment is also from the Nature Notes set (rectangle), and then I added a couple of buttons for the circle requirement.  The card base is an A2 size, so that's a second rectangle for the challenge.

I love that sentiment - so perfect with this image of trees.  Here's hoping you have a great weekend!

Stamps: Nature Notes (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine
CS: Black, Kraft, Harvest Market (lilybeedesign)
Other: buttons, linen thread, black Magic Mesh
Technique Junkies Technique: Torn Frames

Monday, August 20, 2012

Romantical Jack and Ginger

Happy Monday!  I just finished making some Pumpkin Oatmeal Coconut cookies - oh yum!  I've got this "romantical" card to share with you today.  Romantical, for those of you who watch the Food Network, is from the Paula Deen dictionary.  Hee hee hee!  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Craft Your Passion - Power of 3 (I used 3 die cuts.)
Make it Monday - Anything Goes

I stamped Jack and Ginger (Stampavie) on watercolor paper and then colored it with the wonderful Distress Ink Markers and the Tim Holtz Water Brush - Detailer Brush Nib. I used the following colors of markers:

Tattered Rose - skin
Victorian Velvet - flowers,  lady's skirt and hat
Antique Linen - lady's cardigan and shoes
Peeled Paint - leaves and stems of flowers
Frayed Burlap - lady's purse, man's jacket, belt, and shoes, ground
Pumice Stone - hair
Stormy Sky - man's jeans

For my card base, I cut some brown cardstock to a 5.25" square.  I die cut the Anastasia border (Cheery Lynn Designs) from blue patterned paper and adhered that to the left side with some more patterned papers.  The Polynesian Sails Oval die (Cheery Lynn Designs) is actually two dies in one - you get the delicate oval die cut as well as a sweet little doily from the center of it. The doily is die cut from white cardstock and then sponged with Stormy Sky and Antique Linen distress inks.  The pink textured panel at the bottom is a Watercolor Distress technique (from Technique Junkies) that I created with Antique Linen, Spun Sugar, and Victorian Velvet distress inks.  I used the Flower Flourish embossing folder to give this piece some texture, and I lightly sponged some brown ink so you can see the raised shapes better.  A sweet little Decorative Corner die cut at the bottom is all I needed to finish this card.  

All of the Stampavie stamps are on sale at Classy Cards 'n Such this month.  Please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save even more money when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Texturized Mouse with Sunflower

Hi folks!  I've got another cute Stampavie creation to share with you.  All of the Stampavie stamps are on sale at Classy Cards 'n Such this month, and I've had so much fun coloring up these adorable images.  Today, I've colored the Mouse with Sunflower stamp with Copic markers.  Can you see the texture on the mouse?  I used a Copic Texturizing Technique from Technique Junkies to give him that "furry" look.  I stamped the sentiment from the Celebrate set from Stampavie, and the ribbon is the Chalk White seam binding.   The fancy border on the left side is the Anastasia border die (Cheery Lynn Designs).  

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Stampavie and More #174 - Button and Bow
Little Red Wagon #146 - Dog Days of Summer (animal is the adorable mouse)
Make it Monday #102 - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Reel #34 - color challenge plus flower and ribbon (flower is the colored sunflower)
Dream Valley Challenges #38 - Die Cuts/Punches (I used the Anastasia border die.)

Isn't that the sweetest mouse?  There is a very limited number of these Mouse with Sunflower stamps left in the store, so hurry up and grab it before it's gone.  :-)   You can save even more money by using this code, Holly-10, when you order at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

CHF Challenge #7 - Animals

There is a new challenge over on the Cornish Heritage Farms blog.  This one focuses on animals, so bring out all your CHF stamps - rubber and digi - and make a card or project with an animal on it.  :-)

For my card, I used the Deer Woodland Scene digi from Cornish Heritage Farms.  I watercolored it using an aquapainter and ink refills.  Once it was dry, I sponged the edges with a brown ink.  The sentiment is from the Ornamental Beauty (rubber) set.  I sponged some yellow ink over it and then edged it with some brown ink.  

We'd love to have you play along with us over on the Cornish Heritage Farms blog.  Share your creation with us for a chance to win some spending money in the CHF store!  :-)  Need more inspiration?  Check out what my fellow DT gals created for this challenge today:

Holly Brown - YOU ARE HERE

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Boy and his Turtles

For my card today, I have used this adorable Henri playing with turtles Bubba and Milo image from Stampavie.  This was stamped on watercolor paper, and I colored this with the great Distress Ink Markers and the Tim Holtz Water Brush - Detailer Brush Nib.  The sentiment is from Stampavie's Celebrate sentiment set - I love all the sentiment sets.  I bought every single one of them as soon as I saw them in the Classy Cards 'n Such store.  I used a piece of burlap behind the stamped image to give this a rustic, masculine feel.  There are no flowers nor ribbons on this card because I'll be giving this to my husband for his birthday.  :-)  He doesn't care for all the frou-frou stuff!  LOL

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Delightful Challenges - Fabric, Fiber & Trim (I used burlap fabric.)
Great Impressions - Animals (There are turtles on my card.)
Here Come the Boys #33 - Boys Toys (Boys love playing with frogs and turtles! LOL)
Bloggers Challenge - Add Texture (I used burlap fabric.)

The colors of markers that I used on this image are:

Tattered Rose - skin
Peeled Paint - grass, turtles
Crushed Olive - grass, turtles
Spiced Marmalade - flowers
Vintage Photo - hair
Stormy Sky - overalls
Tumbled Glass - sky
Shabby Shutters - grass, turtles
Scattered Straw - shirt
Brushed Corduroy - hair

All of the Stampavie stamps are on sale at Classy Cards 'n Such this month.  Now is a great time to stock up on those hard-to-find images that you've had on your wish list.  Feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  I hope you've enjoyed all the Stampavie artwork I've been sharing this month.  I've had a great time playing with these sweet images, and I find myself wondering what I will color next!  Keep checking back as I will have more Stampavie goodness to share with you.  :-)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Just Breathe - Country Roads challenge

Two posts in one day?  LOL!  Yup!  There's another challenge on the the Flourishes blog, and this card is for the Country Roads challenge.  We are supposed to share a picture of our favorite country spot, pick some colors from that picture, and use that as inspiration for our card.  

The picture below is what I see from my back yard porch every day.  As you can see, I've got a wide vista of farmland and trees.  I used the blues, the greens, and the browns as inspiration for my card above.  The tree is from the Forest of Trees set and the sentiment is from Ferns and Fiddles - all from Flourishes.  I sponged the blues and greens onto the card after I stamped the tree, and then I filled in the tree with various green inks.  The layer underneath is a Torn Frame technique from Technique Junkies.   I love that sentiment - that's exactly what I do when I am sitting on my porch - just breathing in the fresh air.  I added some May Arts ribbon and some coconut buttons tied with twine for a clean and simple card.  

I hope you've enjoyed my posts today.  Take some time to "just breathe" and enjoy the day.  :-)

Flourishes' Texture Challenge - Burlap Flower card

Happy Friday, folks!!  Have you seen the latest release from Flourishes?  I am in love with all three new sets!!  The Country Road set is definitely ME!!!  I gotta have that one!  :-)

There are some challenges on the Flourishes blog and you have a chance to win free stamps if you play along.  So of course, since I love these new stamps, why not play and hope to win??  :-)  This card is for their Texture challenge.

I used a sentiment from the Around the Arbor set from Flourishes and stamped that at the bottom of my card.  I used the Distressed Paper technique from Technique Junkies to give some texture to the patterned paper and adhered that to the top of my card.

For my embellishment, I die cut some tattered flowers - one from burlap (more texture!) and one from patterned paper.  I added a button to the top and tied some twine through the holes (yet more texture!).  Lastly, I scrunched up some seam binding (yup, more texture!) and glued that behind my flowers, then adhered the whole thing to my card.  How's that for texture?  Hee hee hee!

I've wanted to try a burlap flower for ages, and just never got around to it, so this challenge gave me the incentive to cut into the yard that I bought months ago.  I love the shabby chic feel it gives to my card!

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a restful weekend!  Hugs!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Lacey Circle Sympathy card

I needed a sympathy card for a dear friend as one of her family members passed away recently.  Instead of going with a regular square or rectangular card, I decided to make a circle card to gently remind my friend of the "circle of life."  I'm hoping these soft colors and delicate flowers give my friend some comfort as she mourns with her family.

I started out by cutting some chocolate cardstock with the beautiful Lacey Circles die (I used the largest one in the set).  I cut out a smaller layered circle from some patterned paper (Gabrielle paper pad by Bo Bunny) and adhered that to the chocolate lacey circle.  Next, I cut out a Country Girl border from chocolate cardstock and adhered that to the lower half of the patterned paper circle.  I picked some more papers from the same paper pad and die cut the flowers and the mini flourish.  The petals of the flowers were pinched and fluffed up with my fingers, and I adhered some cream buttons to the centers of the flowers.  

For the inside of this card, I cut a circle from cream cardstock and stamped the sentiment from the With Sympathy set (JustRite) in the center.  I adhered this to another chocolate lacey circle.  I scored a line across the top, folded it, and adhered that to the back-side of the floral card front.  When doing a card like this, you need to take a little extra care to make sure things are lined up properly.  

I've used the following products from Classy Cards 'n Such:

Lacey Circles dies (Spellbinders)
Mini Fanciful Flourish (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Sweet William (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Build a Flower #1 (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Country Girl border (Cheery Lynn Designs)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

PaperTake Weekly - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion #122 - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter #76 - Round and Round
7 Kids College Fund #53 - Shaped Cards

If you are in need of a sympathy card, I hope this gives you some inspiration.  You can save some money when you are shopping by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Hug your family and friends and have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Cottage Mouse with stand

This month at Classy Cards 'n Such, all of the Stampavie stamps are on sale!  I love these stamps, and I have quite a collection built up.  :-)  You'll see more cards using the Stampavie stamps this month, so keep checking out this blog for more inspiration.  

I started by stamping this Cottage Mouse on watercolor paper with waterproof Jet Black Stazon ink.  The entire image is colored using the fabulous Distress Ink Markers and a Tim Holtz water brush - detailer brush nib.  Once the image was dry, I adhered a suede ribbon bow to the corner and matted it with some fun, off-center layers of green and suede cardstock.  The orange floral background was created by doing a Watercolor Distress technique (from Technique Junkies) with some distress inks.  Once that dried, I ran it through a machine with the Daisies embossing folder and then I lightly sponged some suede ink over the daisies so they would pop out from the background.

Did you notice the cute little card stand that the card is sitting in?  I used the Elegant Card Stand die to cut a suede stand to match my card.  The coolest thing is that it can be flattened out and mailed along with the card in a regular A2 envelope.  The recipient will have a fabulous way to display the card on a mantle or a shelf!

The distress ink marker colors that I used on this image are as follows:

Spun Sugar - flowers
Worn Lipstick - flowers
Aged Mahogany - flowers
Pumice Stone - mouse
Tumbled Glass - sky background, mouse's dress
Broken China - mouse's dress
Dried Marigold - house
Scattered Straw - roof, windows, basket, hat
Rusty Hinge - house
Peeled Paint - grass, flower leaves
Shabby Shutters - grass, flower leaves
Forest Moss - grass, flower leaves
Brushed Corduroy - planter, dirt road
Frayed Burlap - chimney, door, window frames
Vintage Photo - dirt road

Remember, all the Stampavie stamps are on sale this month.  Now's the time to pick up the ones you've had on your wish list.  You can save an additional 10% off your order by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  :-)  Have fun shopping!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Rogue Redhead Bookmark

Hi folks!  I thought I'd share this sweet bookmark with you today.  It's too hot to do anything outside, so reading a nice book in an air conditioned house is calling my name.  :-)

I started out by using Tim Holtz's Sizzix Tag die to cut the chocolate bookmark base.  I added some designer paper to the base, and then I re-punched the hole and used the Frayed Ribbon Technique from Technique Junkies for a great distressed look.  If you are a Junkie, this technique is in the newest issue that just arrived in your mailbox (August/Sept 2012).

The stamps that I used are from the Relish Reading set made by Rogue Redhead Designs.  I love this set - so vintage, so sweet, and so perfect for book lovers like me.  I just checked out their newest releases yesterday, and they have a great sale going on.  Head on over there and check 'em out!  

I stamped the sentiment and added a scalloped border beneath that, and then adhered it to the lower part of the bookmark.  I stamped the little girl and colored her with Copic markers and then cut her out.  I popped her up on an oval that has the Cuttlebug Highlights technique (also from Technique Junkies).  

There is a challenge on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog - Distressed Greens.  It ends tonight, so I'm getting this post in just under the wire!  Yikes!  My bookmark has lots of greens in it, and the ribbon is distressed, so it rather loosely fits the challenge parameters.  :-)    

This bookmark is nice and flat so it won't damage any book pages.  I have a pile of books waiting for me and it will be fun to put this handmade bookmark to good use.  Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog today!  Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Happy Birthday, Flourishes!

Flourishes is celebrating their fifth birthday, and I thought it would be fun to make a birthday card for them.  I love Flourishes stamps, and I have quite a few.  I used to chase the challenges with Amanda Havon (now on their DT, yay!!), and then I got busy with other things and I haven't been able to play along as much lately.  I made time for it after I watched The Pioneer Woman (Food Network), and this is what I came up with.

I used the sketch challenge from The Sweet Stop (SSS170) and some papers from Dear Lizzie for my card base.  I stamped the cup from the Mix 'n Mugs set (Flourishes), masked the cup, and then stamped the flowers so they appear to be inside the cup.  I also stamped the sentiment right onto the cup - so cute!  The image is colored with Copic markers, and then I used the Wisped Frame technique from Technique Junkies around the oval.  Some bright yellow seam binding gives the card base a fun pop of color.  :-)

Would you like to make a birthday card for Flourishes?  Their challenge is HERE and you could win free stamps!  

Happy Birthday, Flourishes!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Flap Fold Shabby Chic Flower Card

Howdy!  I hope you're staying cool in the midst of this heat wave!  I'm sharing this Flap Fold card that I created using some Cheery Lynn Designs flower dies from Classy Cards 'n Such with you today.  This card qualifies for the following challenges:

DTGD12TexasGrammy and DTGD12Westies - these are special challenges on Splitcoaststampers this week (Dare to Get Dirty challenges are only for Fan Club members, so if you are a Fan Clubber, play along!)

The flower was created with the Build A Flower #1 set, which has everything you need to make a complete flower.  It comes with the leaf, the flower petals, and the stamens and other center flower pieces that you can mix and match to make your own custom flowers.  I die cut everything from a confetti cream cardstock, and then I pulled out my Twinkling H2O's (Think Pink set) and started coloring the flower petals and the leaves.  I actually used all five of the H2O colors to achieve a nice variegated look.  Once the paint dried, I sponged some brown ink over everything to give it a vintage appearance.  You can see the gorgeous shimmer on the petals and leaves from the Twinkling H2O's.  To give the petals and leaves some dimension, I used my fingers to curl up all the edges.  I pushed the spiky center pieces up for even more texture.

My flower is adhered to a Flap Fold card (tutorial from Technique Junkies) and I stamped the sentiment from Birthday Sentiments (JustRite) to the right of the flower.  When you open the first flap, you see this latticed panel.  I die cut a French Lattice Small Frame and adhered the lattice to some paper from the Pretty In Pink paper pad (Glitz), and then I trimmed off the edges.  Isn't that cool?  You don't have to use the entire piece of a die cut - just use your imagination and free yourself from limitations.  :-)

If you're in the mood to go shopping, please feel free to use this coupon code, Holly-10, when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  There's so much fun stuff in this store, you're going to want to keep going back for more.  Beverly, the owner, is always adding new things to the store, so you definitely want to take a peek.  :-)

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit!  Have a wonderful day!