Thursday, August 27, 2015

Something New & Exciting

Hello my friends!

As we stampers know, there are so many stamp companies out there to chose from. Taylored Expressions is one of those companies that has been around for a long time, and they just so happened to start a fun new challenge blog to inspire their customers! I am honored to be on their design team, bringing a bit of inspiration! Yeah! You can find the announcement, here!

The first challenge will be September 3rd, and is a super fun one! Because I felt the need to create something using TE stamps, I give to you, a card.

I started with a white card base, and blended in a bit of Distress Ink in Picked Raspberries, and Squeezed Lemonade. Using the Mixed Blooms stamp set, I watercolored the image with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, and trimmed it out.

I took two strips of black cardstock, added one of the sentiments to the thickest strip, and adhered them to the card base. I then popped up my image, and added a few Sparkling Clear Sequins.

So, that is my big news for today! I hope to see some of you play along with us next week! It is going to be sooo fun! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Color Throwdown #357


I am back with my last guest post for the Color Throwdown Challenge. I have had such a blast designing with these fabulous inspirational colors/pictures, so thank you, Tammy and Barbara for having me! I hope you have a chance to play too.

This week is a vibrant, fabulously inspiring graphic, and I had a blast with it!

I started by stamping the adorable image from Mama Elephant's Chance of Rain stamp set, and masking it off. Next I blended in a bit of Distress Ink, and flicked in a bit of the color with some water. I let it dry, and removed the mask, coloring in the image with Copic Markers.

I finished it off with a sentiment, and added Glossy Accents to the umbrella!

I hope you liked it, and decide to play along! Have a great day!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

MFT Sketch Challenge: 242

Well, hello!

I had to share the card I created for the latest sketch for MFT's challenge. I recently bought the Polynesian Paradise set, because let's face it, anything Torico makes, I must have! So, I inked up the hula girl, as well as the fun hibiscus flowers. Check it out...

To begin, I took a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock, and die cut a large circle from the center. I then applied a liberal amount of water, and came in with Mermaid Lagoon, and Cracked Pistachio Distress inks, blending and mixing them. I let that dry, and moved on to the rest of the card.

I colored the girl with a variety of Copic Markers, and trimmed her out. I added a bit of black marker around the edge to make her stand out. I then stamped and colored five flowers, and cut them out, again, outlining them as well so they popped. I then layered all of my elements, stamped my sentiment and adhered it all down. I added a few lovely Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Post. Um, they now have a 10mm size! Love!

Here is a look at the sketch:

I know, I moved a few things around, lol! I usually do, but then inspiration is like that! I hope you play along, and thanks so much for stopping by to see me today.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Color Throwdown #356

Hi all!

Thanks for stopping by today! I have another fun Color Throwdown challenge to share with you that uses these fun colors.

I brought out a fun stamp set from Mama Elephant called Potted Pretties, let's take a peek shall we?

I started with a white panel, and die cut a circle from it. I then traced it onto a white card base, and stamped my cactus images, using a bit of masking. I then colored them in with Copic markers, and adhered the panel with foam.

I stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink, onto black cardstock, and trimmed it down to adhere onto the card. Lastly, I added a few enamel hearts, and glossed up the pots!

I hope you play along this week! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

RIC #90

Hey there!

I am so glad you stopped by! I am back today to share the latest Runway Inspired Challenge with you! How fab is this dress?! I loove the yellow, and florals...

Get your shades on, cause this one is bright!

I shared a little peak at when I was coloring these leave, over on instagram the other day. These are from one of the latest MFT releases, called Blissful Blooms, and I just love it! I die cut quite a few of them, colored them with Copic markers, and clustered them atop an inked up panel.

Using an ink blending tool, I added mustard seed distress ink, and splattered a little over top it. I stamped the sentiment from Polynesian Paradise, and adhered the panel to a black card base.

I hope you can play along with us, we would love to see how you were inspired. As always, thank you for stopping by!

Please visit my teammates for more inspiration:

                 Gayatri * Heather *  Jen * Kristen * Mayuri * Taheerah * Tasnim * Aga

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Happy Birthday To You

Hello, hello!

I am stopping by with the latest Color Throwdown Challenge! So, do you create with blues? I have to admit that I don't much. Need a little motivation? Here is is:

I masked off the perimeters of my card base, and blended in some Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, fading it upwards. I then stamped two balloons from Winnie and Walter's The Party stamp set, and colored them with the Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. I heat embossed the sentiment onto the card front, using Onyx Black ink, and clear embossing powder. After I cut the balloons out, I stamped the strings, and popped them up with foam tape.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope you decide to play along! Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Color Throwdown #354


I am so glad you stopped by! This month, I have the fabulous privilege of guest designing with the Color Throwdown Challenge! They always have the best color inspiration. 

I love the rustic feel of the photo, and the serene color scheme...

I brought out some Kraft cardstock, and white heat embossed a sentiment from MFT's Birthday Wishes and Balloons stamp set. I then die cut a large rectangle out of a white panel, and stamped the woodgrain pattern from Altenew's Wood Pallet background stamp onto it. I adhered it to the Kraft card base using foam adhesive.

I then die cut the flowers from MFT's Modern Blooms, and stamped those with the coordinating stamp set, in the challenge colors, using inks from Hero Arts, and Wplus9

Thanks for stopping in to see me today. I hope you play along this week! I can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Runway Inspired Challenge #89


I am back today, to share the latest Runway Inspired Challenge! This one is fab, because there are a couple of ways you could be inspired. The beach, the stripes, and the colors are just a few!

Our fabulous sponsor is the fun Etsy Shop, FishScraps! Carrie provided the team with some of her fabulous digital products and I have used them here, inspired by the fun photo above.

I started with strips of cardstock on my cardbase, and inlaid a sentiment from the Glow and Shine Motivational collection.

I then took a couple of the beautiful feathers from the Peach Peacock Feathers collection, printed on white cardstock, and trimmed them out. I adhered them with foam tape over and around the sentiment.

To finish it off, I adhered a few sequins. I hope you were inspired, and decide to play along with us! 

Also, please stop by to see what my teammates have come up with using FishScrap products.

                 Gayatri - Heather -  Jen - Kristen - Aga - Mayuri - Taheerah - Tasnim

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

AEIHeartU Challenge #27

Scroll down or click HERE for my Virginia's View Challenge card!

Hello, again!

I am back to share the latest Avery Elle Challenge with you! This month is focused on Embossing. I love all things embossed. From heat embossing with powders, to dry, you can't go wrong with the varying looks you can achieve with it!

For my card, I decided to dry emboss using the fabulous Wonky Stitches die set. To achieve this, I opened my Big Shot platform to Tab 1, then laid down my clear cutting pad, next a rubber mat, my card base with dies affixed, and then the top plate. Run it through, and you get a subtle texture. I colored my couple, from Geek Love, with Copic Markers, and trimmed them out, adhering them to the card with foam.

I added a few hearts from the Home Sweet Home stamp set, using red ink, as well as my sentiment stamped in Onyx Black Versafine. I also added a bit of Glossy Accents to their glasses!

I hope you decide to play along with us this month. Jaime is always super generous with her prize, and you never know, you could be the winner! Thanks so much for stopping by!

I'm Here Rain or Shine


I have a fun announcement to share, if you haven't been over to Virginia's View Challenge, but she invited me to guest this month, and I couldn't refuse. I created two cards for the challenge, so be sure to stop over there to see them. I thought I would share another card here, using the same theme, embellishments.

I am a pretty clean and simple card maker, and I will be honest and say that when I found out the challenge was embellishments, I got a little nervous! I mean, I use them, but would the minimalistic way I used them be good enough? I didn't really need to fear. Using embellishments is just that, to enhance. Let's take a look at this example.

I started with a piece of watercolor cardstock, and did a wash of Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. I sat it aside to dry, and created a panel with a window to go over the watercolor wash. I colored and cut out some of the cute images from Mama Elephant's Chance of Rain stamp set, and positioned those on the panel.

After I stamped my sentiment, I added my beloved PPP Sparkling Clear sequins in three different sizes, and left it at that. Sometimes less is more, right?

I hope you give the challenge a go this month! I can't wait to see what you make! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Color Throwdown #353


Thanks for stopping by! I have a fun card to share with you, using the fabulous color combination from Color Throwdown, as well as a super fun stamp from Winnie & Walter.

It is a mini set, called Mini Scenery: Multifaceted and it's only 3x4, but oh boy! It is fun! I stamped the image onto a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor paper, and white heat embossed it with white powder. I then took a paint brush and watercolored in Mustard Seed, Grape Jelly, and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks, onto each triangle.

Once that was dry, I trimmed it out, added a bit of Tumbled Glass to the card base, and adhered it with foam tape. I added my sentiment from Altenew's Figure Effects stamp set, heat embossing that in white, onto black cardstock. I trimmed it out, and popped it up onto the panel. To finish it off, I added a few black pearls.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hope Today Tickles You Pink

Well hello!

Long days of outdoor activity with the kids? Check! Not enough time in the day? CHECK! For real, though...crafty time has been severely limited. I haven't made a video in ages, and when I am at the table it is to make things for a few special things coming up. Which, I can't wait to share!

BUT, you didn't come here to hear me babble on about busy days, and no crafty time! I have a card, ya'll! The MFT card Challenge blog put out a fabulous color combo, and I had to squeeze time in for it. When I say squeeze in, I mean 5 minutes here, and 5 minutes there. Well, before the toddler figures out that I am gone, and comes looking for me! I digress, though..the color combo is super summery, and super fun!

Veronica inspired the use of the Flamingo from the Tickled Pink set, since I haven't used the die set that much. It was time to give it a place on my card. And, of course, the Modern Blooms set is just one of my favs. I used lime cardstock and a fabulous scalloped frame to border my images. I added my sentiment in a dark gray, and added my die cut flamingo.

I die cut, and stamped the flowers and leaves from Modern Blooms, and finished it off with a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. So bright and fun!

Thanks a million for stopping by! I hope next time won't be so long. We shall see...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

RIC #88

Hey friends!

I have another fabulous Runway Inspired Challenge for you! Are you ready? Great, cause it's awesome! 

My interpretation is a bit more fuchsia than the colors on her skirt, and could be from bad eyesight. ;0)

I started with a piece of white cardstock, cut from the Finished Frames Elle-ments from Avery Elle, and added Picked Raspberries, and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks to it. I then die cut the word Wish from it, using My Favorite Things, Stars and Wishes die set, as well as a few more, from black cardstock, and adhered them all together with liquid glue.

I arranged the panel onto a white card base, and adhered the die cut back into the open area.

I added to the sentiment, using the coordinating stamp set, Count the Stars, in Onyx Black ink, along with a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. As a final touch, I adhered black die cut stars from the Lucky Stars die set.

Our fab sponsor is Ellen Hutson, with a generous gift voucher to the store! Thanks for stopping by. Have an awesome day!