Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tea Time

Hello All,

For today I am going to be playing along with City Crafter Challenges and Color Throwdown. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

Warm, comforting tea seems appropriate right now. MI has been experiencing the biggest cold snap and there is nothing better than to warm up with some tea and friends.
The 'steam' comes from two stamp sets, one from Stampendous and the other from SU. I added the detail of dots and lines for a bit more interest.

This photo shows the 'tea bag' sentiment that
is an extension of the teacup sentiment.
I heard a tip online, I think from Kristina Werner, to outline the object you want to fussy cut. Cut along the lines and you have an almost perfect 'die-cut' image. In this case, I think it worked very well. 
 Challenges Entered:

Well, that should do it for me!! Thank you so much for stopping by and do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me. We will see you soon. Take care and happy stamping.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Amazing Peacock

Hello All,

For today I am throwing my hat into The Paper Players and CAS(E) this Sketch challenges. Here is my card for today, enjoy!
Peacocks are my absolute favorite creature. Their color in particular always has inspired me. The Paper Players gave me an excuse to pull out my peacock stamps, SU inks, and aqua pen then start creating this card with the help of CTS sketch to guide me.
The weathered wood background seems to be a perfect fit for this design. The color and texture fit the bill exactly! Plus the banner is acting as my 'other color' for The Paper Players. I got a wood texture paper pack at Michaels and it has proven to be a worthwhile investment. 
This sentiment is well...... Amazing! The movement of the script works well with the peacock.
I also adore the parquet wood border against the distressed wood background.
It is a fantastic juxtaposition. 

Challenges Entered:

Well, that should do it for me!! Thank you so much for stopping by and do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me. We will see you soon. Take care and happy stamping.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Masculine Vintage

Hello Everyone,

Today starts a new challenge at The Male Room. Our challenge theme for the next coming weeks is about vintage images, themes, and phrases. We want to see what your interpretation of this theme. Just remember, to keep it masculine. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

The images you see are actually vintage images that were collected by Mynn Kitchen from MHKDesigns. They worked so well and I didn't have to 'fake' the images to look real because they are authentic. 


Above: I decided to create a montage of images that would represent our theme. The antique car, typewriter, and phone are just a few. I distressed the card with Distress Inks- Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, Evergreen Brough, Vintage Photo and a bit of Wild Honey. I daubed the card versus sponging because the ink would have smeared. The mustache was my daughter's idea and I think it is fantastic! It balances the entire design. Below/Left: This photo was taken to remember my letter layout. I like the final result better because the 'a' could act as 'a classic' and part of the word 'classic'. Bottom/Right: As you can see the letters started out unfinished. I distressed them using the same colors as the card then, with an old paint brush lightly applied white paint and crackle finish. I really do enjoy how this turned out. I honestly didn't think I had it in me to do a vintage card.

Challenges Entered:
Tuesday Throwdown: #375- Distressing
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Well, that should do it for me. If you haven't already done so, hop on over to The Male Room to see other inspirational cards by our talented design team. It is surely going to spark some ideas and then join our challenge. Looking forward to seeing you!! Until then, take care and happy stamping!  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Little Lamb

Hello All,

For today I am writing on behalf of PINspirational to let you all know we have a new challenge these next two weeks. But before I get to the challenge here is my card for today.

Blessings throughout the card. The little lamb provided by Imagine That! is too cute for words. The background, sentiments, and image were all done digitally. I have said it before but it worth it to get to know your photo editing software.

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I wanted to add a bit more whimsy and sweetness to the design. I did that by adding a soft gray ribbon to the top and bracket die-cut on the bottom.
The image was also colored digitally, kind of... The moon, star, and part of the blanket were all colored digitally. I then printed it out, shaded and colored the lamb and blanket fringe. The blanket is from MHKDesigns digi paper from Their digital images and papers are divine. It is worth a peek.   

Challenges Entered:
The Paper Players: Color Challenge- PP376

Well, thank you again for taking time out of your busy day to visit my corner of the internet. I do hope you will join us at (PIN)spirational and play along. Until then take care and we will see you soon!

Monday, January 15, 2018


Hello All,

I am playing along with The Color Throwdown and CASology. I just got this stamp at my discount store. It is by Deep Red called Heartfelt Hug the message is perfect for CASology. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

One layer card is filled with encouragement and love.
The color combination is perfect for this challenge. 
I masked the word 'hug' and then sponged Salty Ocean.
  Challenges Entered:
Color Throwdown: ctd475
CASology: Week 282- Hug

Well, that should do it for me!! Thank you so much for stopping by and do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me. We will see you soon. Take care and happy stamping.

Magical Merlin

Hello All,

For today I am going to be playing along with Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

Above: I do enjoy the white on white brick wall background. The wall something so ordinary seems to give the wizard a more mystical appearance. It also anchors our wizard and gives him a place to land. Below/Left: The ombre background strips gives a mystical feel of magic in the air. Bottom/Right: The magic twinkles on the front are all black. Yet, when you open the card they become colorful or magical. The sentiment in the front and inside the card is one stamp. I used the masking technique to separate them into two sentiments.
An example of the stamp that was used.
Above: Detailed examples from the front. I left some 'bricks' in the wall for texture and dimension. Below: The wizard was colored using Mexpy alcohol markers then die cut. I just think he is so mystically awesome.

Challenges Entered:

Well, that should do it for me!! Thank you so much for stopping by and do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me. We will see you soon. Take care and happy stamping.

Winter Snowflakes

Hello Everyone,

Creative with Stamps have graciously invited me to their guest designer from mid-October to mid-January. So, for now, I say goodbye and thank you to my lovely hosts. That said, this is my last inspiration post for Creative with Stamps. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

Snowflakes is the name of the game at Creative with Stamps.
The frosty ombre blue is so pretty in contrast with the black background snowflakes.
Challenge #22


The snowflake border on top of the card is from SU; isn't it beautiful?
 The other die-cut snowflakes were also done using the ombre effect. I wanted contrast. I used the light area of the snowflake in the dark sky and vice versa.

The banner comes from the same die set as the snowflake border die.
I used a small portion of the die to create the stitched scallop banner.
The stamp is a find from Salvation Army for sixty-nine cents!
The sentiment is so well done and so true to its word.
 Entering Challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations: Challenge #437 
Make My Monday: Challenge #62- Blue and White
Stamping Sensations: January Challenge- Cold and    Frosty Colours
Cardz 4 Guys- Challenge #186- January Blues

I also want to thank you for taking time out of your busy life to visit me. I am always touched by your visits. I will be back with more from TheGrandStampede. So until next take care and happy stamping.

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