Friday, July 28, 2017

Challenge Your Stash

Today is the 28th and that means it is time for Challenge Your Stash.  Carol was up this month and her challenge was  to make a Christmas card or item--think decoration.  I am a huge fan of making Christmas cards so this was fun for me. 
I started by cutting out using an ornament die.  I then used the opening for a stencil.  The tree branch is from a die I had from Memory Box.  I then stamped the image called Joyful Nativity by Stampin Up using Archivers black ink to get a good impression.  I then stamped the sentiment at the bottom which is from Jillian Vance.

Thanks Carol for a great challenge.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Balloon card

Today I made a card using several dies that I haven't used in a long time.
I started with the Taylored Expressions Build A Scene - Rolling Clouds Die for the top of my card.  At the bottom of my card I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border Die.  I then had the Hot Air Ballon Die from Paper Trey Ink and cut 3 sizes out.  I then used the matching stamp set to stamp on the die cuts using a rainbow of colors.  The sentiment is from Papertrey ink called Up, Up and Away sentiments.  This was a fairly simple card to make and I drew inspiration from the following challenges.  


I am entering this card in:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #413

I have been busy making lots of cards.  My goal for August is to have a post on my blog every day for inspiration.  So I am looking for challenges to inspired me to help with this ambitious endeavor.  I found inspiration over at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

This was the sketch I started with to make my card.  I stamped the Iris Stamp from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps on watercolor paper and colored it with my zig markers.  Funny story on this card.  I accidentally dropped the blue green marker on the image after I had it colored and cut out.  So then I just added more ink as a background and I really liked the look.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and the butterfly is from Stampin Up.  A nice combination of all my favorite companies.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my card.  

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps

Are you enjoying your summer?  Well the theme this week over on the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Blog is all about summer.  When I think of summer (besides the hot sun) I think of the flowers still looking beautiful. 
So for my card today I decided to do a very simple design with two stamps from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps store.  I started with the Small Flower cluster stamp and used yellow ink and stamped it all over the base of the card.  I then used the delphinium stamp.  I colored the flower part with a purple marker and used a green marker for the stem and stamped it over the clusters.

So this is my simple card for the day but remember that sometimes the simplest card makes the most beautiful card.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 342

One thing I am finding with retirement is that I have more time to play and actually challenge myself to try new techniques.  I found this wonderful sketch challenge on My Favorite Things card Challenge.

Sketch Challenge 342 #mftstamps
I was recently challenged by my SCS friend Kelly with this image and thought it would be perfect for this challenge.  The image is from Our Daily Bread called "You Bless Me".  I am a real fan of MFT Dies and I love my recent favorite is the Cross-Stitch Rectangle Stak.  I cut out the yellow and green and put it diagonally for the top and also cut my framed picture out with it.  For the sentiment I used the Fishtail Flag Layer Stax Die.  
I hope you enjoyed my card and thanks again to Kelly for the wonderful inspiration she gives.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mystery Image Challenge Round #41

These are not officially due until July 18th but I thought I would go ahead a post a picture of my card because I have another post scheduled for tomorrow.  I am finding that with retirement I am having alot more time to post on my blog.  For my card today I have used My Favorite Things "Here's The Story" stamp selected by Terry Ladwig. 
I colored the image using my copic marker.  I used a pennant die and my new favorite die from My Favorite Things called the Cross Stitch Rectangle.  By adding a few colorful buttons, it made a nice card.  Thanks Terry for a great challenge.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Christmas in July at Prickley Pear

I know it is only July but it is never too soon to get started on your Christmas cards.  I loved the Christmas theme today over at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Blog.
For my card today I selected the Bundled for winter Rubber Stamp from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  I used my zig watercolor markers for this adorable image.

Be sure and check out the blog to see what the other design team members came up with on this challenge.  It is never too early to start on your Christmas cards.

I have decided to enter my card in the following challenges.
Cardz TV:  Christmas in July
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge