Sunday, November 29, 2015

From The Heart Stamps Monthly Challenge

Hello Friends! I trust all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I did! And I am pooped! I didn't even host the dinner this year, but we still had house guests and I was still running around like a chicken with no head, which brings me to my subject matter for today's card share. Whew! That was a loooong sentence! LoL! Anywhoooo....

As you could probably tell from my post title, I am playing along with the monthly challenge at From The Heart Stamps. If you don't know about this challenge, you may want to check it out. It's different from any challenge I've entered. Everyone is a winner, because just for playing along, we get a FREE digital stamp the following month. WHAT?! Yes! It's true. Just for creating a card and sharing it on the From The Heart Stamps blog, the prize is a brand new FREE digital stamp. Click HERE to check it out!

Okay, so I played along last month, with this card HERE. And this month, I received this adorable little Deck the Halls Birdbrain image. Click the pics to enlarge.

Isn't he cute?! And remember, I got him for FREE. He's actually part of a set. There's the little bird and four sentiments, including the 'deck the halls' shown here. So, he's printed onto smooth white card stock and colored with pencils. I used Gamsol and blending stumps this time.

To create the look of gravel underfoot, I used a few Copic markers. I went over the ornaments with a Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush, then I coated them and the eyes with Crystal Effects for added shine. I went over the lettering with the Clear Wink of Stella, also.

I used another one of the sentiments for the inside of my card...

I die cut the panel with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die before putting it thru my printer. I also added a strip of the patterned paper from the front of the card for continuity and I used Sketch 213 from Freshly Made Sketches again.

Then, to finish everything off, I made a coordinating envelope. I have to say again that I am enjoying using the older patterned papers from my stash to create envelopes. My original plan was to just use these custom envelopes for myself, but I've had a few customers ask if they could get a custom envelope with their card purchase and of course, I am happy to oblige!

And that's all folks! I plan to put the finishing touches on my Christmas decorating tomorrow so I can relax and enjoy the month of December without running about like this little birdie!

Thanks for stopping by!


digital stamp set: Deck the Halls Birdbrain(From The Heart Stamps)
card stock: 80# Neenah Solar White  Christmas Stack(DCWV)
patterned paper: Christmas Stack(DCWV)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella(Zig)  Clear Stardust glitter pen(Sakura)
coloring media: Polychromos colored pencils(Faber-Castell)  Copic markers
other: Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)  Gamsol and blending stumps from Hobby Lobby

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Share Handmade Kindness - Cards for Kids

Hello Friends! Happy Saturday! Short post today, as I've got a mountain of things I need to tackle. This week the focus for the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge is creating cards for kids. When I saw that I thought about MelJen's Designs and I knew exactly which image I wanted to use. 

I also decided to use sketch #213 from Freshly Made Sketches. I haven't used a sketch in a while and when I saw this one on Facebook, I thought it would be perfect with the image I had in mind.

I've used this digi several times but, he's so darn cute, I couldn't resist using him again. I know you all remember the MelJen's Designs Circus Clown...

I printed this little guy onto a die cut piece of smooth white card stock and colored him with Copic markers. I placed the panel back into the die and then dusted on blue ink. Next, using my MISTI I added the greeting. Then, I accented some of the lines with a glitter pen, I added clear Wink of Stella to his nose, Sparkly Fluff to the puff on his hat and Crystal Effects to his nose and shoes.

I mounted him onto a piece of craft foam and adhered it to my card base and that was that!

Thank you for visiting me today. I appreciate it! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


digital image: Circus Clown(MelJen's Designs)
stamp set: Birthday Basics(Papertrey Ink)
card stock: 80# Neenah Solar White
patterned paper: Sunkiss 6x6 paper pad(Doodlebug Designs)
ink: Tumbled Glass Distress(Ranger)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: 6mm Tangerine sequins, gold stars(Pretty Pink Posh)  Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Kuretake-Zig-USA)  Clear Stardust Gelly Roll pen(Sakura)
other: Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)  Sparkly Fluff(Our Craft Lounge)  MISTI(Pink Petunia)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Share Handmade Kindness - Easy Breezy Coneflowers

Hello Friends! And happy Wednesday! We are mid-week and staring Thanksgiving right in the face! I can't believe how quickly November is moving. I still want to color pumpkins and scarecrows, sunflowers and hay bales! But Christmas is calling!

Well, for today's card share I used another Power Poppy digi and I created another card to send off in the spirit of sharing handmade kindness. Please click on the photos to enlarge them.

I used the sweet Easy Breezy Coneflower set. I printed the image onto a piece of smooth white card stock that had been die cut with a stitched rectangle die. Then I colored it in, using my Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. I have been on the road with my daughter for the last several weeks and colored pencils have become my go-to coloring medium. They are no muss, no fuss and when it's time to clean up and move on, I don't have to worry about things that need to dry or might smear, etc. More about the "on the road" comment coming up in a later post.

After I finished coloring, I went around the flowers with a pale blue Copic marker to add a little shadow. Then I went over each petal with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush. I added a few sparkly butterflies and a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish it off. I flush mounted the focal panel onto my card base and that was it.

I finished the inside, as well. I used the sentiment from Sunflower Power, another Power Poppy set.

And since I had already made a stack of envelopes, I grabbed one that coordinated and this little card is ready to be sent off to another friend!

**I am entering this card into the EMBELLISH THIS challenge at Power Poppy.**

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate you!


digital stamps: Easy Breezy Coneflower, Sunflower Power(Power Poppy)
card stock: Dark Chocolate(GinaK Designs)
patterned paper: Curio Collection(BasicGrey)  envelope made with Sunflower Harvest-retired(Close to my Heart)
specialty paper: Glitter Paper(American Crafts)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
punches: Butterfly Trio(Martha Stewart)
bling: 4mm Espresso, Mossy Green, Marigold sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)  Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush 
other: envelope punch board(WeRMemory Keepers)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Share Handmade Kindness - Sunflower Power

Hello Friends! I took a little break, but I'm back now and ready to roll! I decided to play along with the monthly challenge at Power Poppy. This month the challenge is EMBELLISH THIS.

Here's my on any photo to enlarge it.

I am in love with this sunflower image. I've used it a few times already and I had no problem coloring it up again. I recently purchased a set of Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils and I was eager to use them. This lovely image was my first go with the pencils and I can say that they are definitely worth every penny I paid for them! I absolutely love them. They blend beautifully and because they are oil based, they don't get that shiny wax build-up that sometimes happens with other colored pencils.

The image is printed onto smooth white card stock that has been die cut with a Stitched Rectangle die. After I finished coloring the image, I inked the edges of the focal panel with Antique Linen Distress Ink. The challenge is all about the embellishments so I really piled them on; I tied on some Linen Thread and added a bow and a button. I used two Mossy Green Pretty Pink Posh sequins to highlight the greeting. And I used seed beads on the center of the sunflower. And because I just couldn't stop myself, I went over each of the flower petals with a Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush. Then, I mounted the focal panel onto my card base. And my card was finished!

I decided to make my own envelope. I have the punch board and it rarely gets used, so I pulled it out and made a nice stack of pretty envelopes. For this card, I used a long retired, Close to My Heart paper pack. Making envelopes is the perfect way to use up old patterned papers.

Are any of you participating in the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge that Jennifer McGuire is hosting? What about Creations for Kindness hosted by the very sweet and talented Tracie Pond? I am participating in both, and this card is being mailed off to one very special lady.

That is it for me today. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate the visit.


digital stamp set: Sunflower Power, sentiment from Easy Breezy Coneflower(Power Poppy)
card stock: 80# Neenah Solar White   Fresh Asparagus(GinaK Designs)
patterned paper: Curio Collection(BasicGrey)   envelope made with Summer Harvest(Close to My Heart)
ink: Antique Linen Distress(Ranger)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: 4mm Mossy Green sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)   Clear Wink of Stella(Zig)
coloring medium: Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils
other: button and Linen Thread(Stampin' Up!)  seed beads(Michael's)  envelope punch board(WeRMemory Keepers)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

30 Day Coloring Challenge 3 - Day 30!

Hello Friends! Well, we made it to Day 30! Whoooo Hoooo!  I am officially caught up! You're getting two posts today, because I am going to be super-de-dooper-busy for the next few days.

Because I am so very appreciative to Kathy Racoosin for hosting the 30 Day Coloring challenge and I'm also very thankful for all of you, who traveled with me on this 30 day coloring journey, I thought it fitting to create a Thank You card.

AND...I am submitting this card into the DT call at Stamping Smiles Designs. They have issued a tic-tac-toe challenge. Here's the board:

I chose the middle row: Leaves. Embossing. Sparkles. I started my project by die cutting some Stitched Leaves using a Lawn Fawn die set. I also selected my Distress Inks.

Then, I got inky! Using the daubers made this part quick, fun and easy.

I set them aside to dry and worked on my focal panel and card base. For the focal panel, I random stamped more leaves and a bit of text onto a piece of vanilla card stock. Then I inked the edges. I created a standard A2 top folding card base with Kraft, and I inked those edges, as well. Then, I adhered several of the inked leaves onto the stamped vanilla piece and embossed it with a textured embossing folder. I really like the look of that. It makes people go, "How'd she do that?" Next, I adhered the focal panel onto my card base, using foam tape. I embossed a greeting onto an inked piece of Kraft and glued that to the focal panel, then finished it off with one of the inked leaves. My finishing touches included, going over each leaf with a Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush and adding a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

And that is that! As usual, I really enjoyed the coloring challenge. I learn something new each time I participate and I always come away with new crafty friends. I'm already looking forward to the next one! Thank you again Kathy for hosting, you're the best!


stamp set: Curly Cute, French Foliage(Stampin' Up!) 
card stock: Very Vanilla(Stampin' Up!)   Neenah Desert Storm(Kraft)
ink: Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Distress Ink(Ranger)  Versamark(Tsukineko)
dies: Stitched Leaves(Lawn Fawn)
bling: 4mm Pumpkin, Mossy Green, Marigold, 6mm gold sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)  Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
other: Square Lattice embossing folder(Stampin' Up!)  Early Espresso embossing powder(Stampin' Up!)

30 Day Coloring Challenge 3 - Day 29

Hello Friends! For Day 29, I turned to an old friend...MelJen's Designs. I really wanted to color up lots more of Melissa's Halloween and Fall themed images, but my printer was misbehaving, so printing the digis didn't go so well for me. Thankfully, I had a few already printed and saved in my "Images" drawer.

This is Little Witch Hazel. She's printed onto Cryogen White card stock and colored with Copic markers.

Here's a close-up for you...

I added some sparkle with a Clear Stardust glitter pen and Gold Wink of Stella on her buckles. Isn't she cute? I still really love Melissa's sweet little drawings.

That's it for me! Thanks for stopping by!


digital image: Little Witch Hazel(MelJen's Designs)
card stock: Cryogen Iridescent White(Paper Temptress)
bling: Clear Stardust glitter pen(Sakura)   Gold Wink of Stella(Zig)
coloring medium: Copic markers

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

30 Day Coloring Challenge 3 - Day 28

Hello Friends! I was cleaning out my "Images" drawer and came across a bag of stamped images that I had received years ago from an online swap. Remember Riley Moose? That cute little moose who was always doing 'normal human things' like laundry, knitting, golfing. Well, I discovered that I have several Riley Moose images. So that is what I decided to color.

I am not sure of the exact name of the image or what type of paper it's stamped on or even the type of ink that was used. Generally in a swap, the stamper writes all of that info on the back of the stamped image. Anyway, I did some really simple coloring with Copic markers. I had two images so I created both a male and female version. These are going to be a sweet addition to my Cards for Kids line. Not too sure what type of sentiment will go with them, though. Maybe something about sleeping in a "big girl" or "big boy" bed. Any suggestions?

I don't see many Riley Moose cards out in Blog Land anymore. And I think that's too bad. He's adorable!

That's it for me! Thanks for stopping by!