Friday, August 18, 2017

Unidentified Swap Image #33

Today is the day we get to reveal our creation for the challenge on SCS.  This image was selected by Linda.  I think I liked this image so well because I got to do lots of coloring.  This is a coloring stamp from Hampton Arts.





Thanks Linda for a great challenge.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dueling Darlings

Here it is the 15th of the month which means it is time again for another Dueling Darlings Challenge.  This month Carol and Shelly came up with the theme.  The theme this month is "Outdoors".  This is right down my ally since my husband is a bag fisherman. The images are from Clear Dollar Stamps.
 And the inside of the card.



Be sure and check out what some of my team mates came up with.

Darlene ** The World According to Bijou
Debbie ** The Ink Igloo
Jeanette ** Cre8tive Play: It's Cheaper than Therapy
Paola ** blog That's Amore! (SAMA - Homemade Cards, Rubber Stamp Art, & Paper Crafts - Splitcoaststampers.com Please check her gallery!
Shelly ** My creative rumblings
Terry A ** For now, here's her gallery: Splitcoaststampers Member Galleries - PurplePansy26 - Handmade Cards & Crafts
Terry L ** It's Totally Terry

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps

Today is a fun theme for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Blog.  The theme is Round About.

I started out my card by cutting out several circles.  I used the Scalloped circle die to cut out the green.  This is such a beautiful die.  The flowers are both from the Flowers-Clear Stamp Set.  The sentiment and stamped image in the center is from the Circles Set - Sentiments.  I used Distress Ink around all of the edges of the images to give it an antique look.  What a fun card this turned out to be.  Be sure and check out the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps store because their inventory is amazing.  I am always finding things I must have in their store.  
Monday, August 14, 2017

PIP Challenge #1733



Time again for another challenge from Pammie' Inky Pinkie Challenges.  This week we are being sponsored by MHK Designs.  I am amazed at the talent that Mynn has in creating her wonderful digital stamps.  Love her designs.

For my card today I decided to use an image from her Butterfly Elements Digital Stamp set.


I colored the image with my copic markers.  The sentiment is from the same set.

So join us at PIP Challenges and as usual Anything Goes.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps

Today over at the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog, the theme is "Butterflies".   I started out thinking this will be an easy theme because Butterflies are just one of my favorite things.
I started out by first using my Butterfly Die and cutting out several butterflies.  I then stamped them using the buttterfly stamp from the Dragonflies 2 Clear Stamp Set.  I decided that I wanted to do a little different card so I cut out a piece of cardstock 5 1/2 inches x 4 1/4".  I folded it in half to make an A2 card and then trimmed off 2 inches of the card.  This made it look like the butterflies were flying.  What a fun card to make.  
Monday, August 7, 2017

Crafters of Faith

Today is the day to post for the Crafters of Faith Challenge group that I am in on Splitcoaststampers.  This group of wonderful Christian ladies have joined this group to use scripture in our inspiration for our project.

August is Lynn's month to serve as hostess of this challenge.  She has selected for her inspiration the  scripture James 1:17 --- Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. We have been encouraged to make a card that celebrates life's simple pleasures which bless our days with joy and beauty and meaning in the cards they create.  Too me life's little pleasures are the flowers we see outside every day.

So for my card I chose a floral set called In Bloom from Papertrey Ink.  I fussy cut the florals out and I stamped with Versamark Ink on the peach colored paper to give it a little background.  
Monday, July 31, 2017

PIP Challenge #1731

It's time again for another challenge over at Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges.  This week's challenge has a little twist to it.  The theme is Circles and is sponsored by Di's Digi Stamps.  She has the most adorable digital stamps.  You must go to her store and check it out. 
I chose to use one of Di's Digi Stamps called "Little Mouse". 

I decided to make a circle card since this was the theme this week.  I colored this adorable mouse and flowers with my copic markers and just started adding circle.  So fun.  Let's see your circles for this round.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #298

I have another Christmas card to view today.  I found an adorable sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  
I always like to find unique ways to try on my cards.  I found this sketch alot of fun.
I started with a white 3.75 x 5" piece of cardstock. I then stamped the yellow background on the lower right hand corner using the Stampin Up "You've Got This" stamp.  I then put the green strip diagonally on the paper.  The santa was colored with my copic markers and I added a few Crystal Stickles to the fur on his coat and hat.  This stamp was from Recollections Christmas series.  The sentiment is from Jillian Vance Big Christmas Greeting.
Friday, July 28, 2017

MFT Challenge Sketch

I decided to do 2 posts in one day because I am on a roll with my Christmas cards.  I went to MFT Card Challenges to find this adorable sketch to work with.
Sketch Challenge 343 #mftstamps
For my card I used 2 images from the Recollections Christmas stamp set.  
This was such a fun card to make.  I colored the images with copic markers and added Crystal stickles to the areas where the snow was.  I fussy cut the penguin out and pop dotted him on to the card.  I used 2 oval dies to make the ring around the image.  The designer paper is from Stampin Up.  

Christmas Cards

If you can believe it, I have actually started working on Christmas cards.  I love to color these adorable images with my copic markers and it sits on my table waiting for inspiration.  Today  I went to the Cheerful Sketches Challenge blog for some inspiration.  I found this adorable sketch to use as a template.  


The stamp set I am using for my card is from Recollections Christmas line.  
The paper is from Stampin Up.  The Merry Christmas Die is from Lawn Fawn.  I hope you enjoy my card.  

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
Monday, July 17, 2017

PIP Challenge #1729

 I am so excited with this week's challenge for Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges because it is sponsored by Newton's Nook Designs.  Because I am an animal lover I love their stamps.  So cute. 
I made this card today for my sister Jennifer in honor of her chocolate lab.  I used the stamp called "Fetching Friendship".  I colored the image with my copic markers and paper pieced the scarf.  This is an adorable set.  I'm sure I will use it often. 

Be sure and join us at PIP Challenges because as always "Anything Goes".
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Dueling Darlings

Here it is the 15th of the month which means it is time again for another Dueling Darlings Challenge.  This month Paola and Heather came up with the theme.  The theme this month is "Midsummer Night's Dream".  Which is you are not familiar with the play, it follows the adventures of four young lovers who are manipulated and controlled by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which the play is set. 


The stamp is from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps called Lillian the fairy which was stamped on Neenah Classic Crest 80 lb paper using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The background paper is from Graphic 45.  After I colored the image with my copic markers, I then went over her wings with Crystal Stickles.


Be sure and check out what some of my team mates came up with.

Darlene ** The World According to Bijou
Debbie ** The Ink Igloo
Jeanette ** Cre8tive Play: It's Cheaper than Therapy
Paola ** blog That's Amore! (SAMA - Homemade Cards, Rubber Stamp Art, & Paper Crafts - Splitcoaststampers.com Please check her gallery!
Shelly ** My creative rumblings
Terry A ** For now, here's her gallery: Splitcoaststampers Member Galleries - PurplePansy26 - Handmade Cards & Crafts
Terry L ** It's Totally Terry
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Prickley Pear Designs

I have been having lots of fun with my Prickley Pear stamps this month.  Do you follow the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog?  If not, you should because there is great inspiration there.  The theme today on the blog is vintage so I picked out Lola the fairy stamp to make this card.
I decided to use my zig watercolor markers on this card.  I also used my Wink of Stella glitter pen on the wings of this adorable fairy.

Thanks for stopping by and check back because who know what you will find on my blog this week.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Crafters of Faith

Time again for another challenge from my Splitcoast Stampers Crafters of Faith Group.  The challenge this month was selected by Kelly's son.  He chose Matthew 5:16: "Let your light shine before others". 
I thought this would be the perfect image for the scripture chosen.  Lighthouses to me always have that beacon of light that just draws you to them.  The images are all from the Stampin Up set called High Tide.  First time I had used it and it was so much fun to do all the layers.

 
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Christmas Mouse Card

I guess the heat of the summer brings me in to color with my copic markers.  I was looking through my Christmas Stamps and found one that just called to me to color.  It is Your Next Stamp called Sending Joy.  Isn't this just the cutest?
I also added some stickles to the card for the center of the poinsetta and the berries.

I decided to try a few challenges.
ABC Christmas Challenge - New Stamp - Old Paper
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and remember that it is only 172 days until Christmas.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

PIP Challenge #1727

It sure has been a busy time around my house.  I totally forgot to post a card for PIP Challenge #1727.  The sponsor this week is Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I decided to use this adorable card that I had made previously to show you how versatile the digital stamp can be. 
This stamp was from the Sparkle N Sprinkle set called Jefferson Digital Set.
I watercolored the background of the scalloped circle using my Distress Oxide Inks and use my zig watercolor markers to color in the bird.

Join us at PIP Challenges and let's see what you can come up with because as always Anything Goes.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Coffee Lovers Bloghop

http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2017/06/2017-summer-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/ 
I have always loved the Coffee Lovers Bloghop but have never participated. This theme fit perfectly with another group I am in that we are to Challenge our stash and create a card with the theme selected for the month.  The theme this month selected by Suzy is to make a card using your favorite beverage.  Since coffee is my favorite beverage I decided to make the card below.

I used the Coffee Cup Clear Set from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  I colored the coffee cups with my copic markers and decided to do a little background with washi tape. 


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps

Today's theme for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps is Brillant Backgrounds.  I had so much fun coming up with a card for this theme. 
I started this card by taking a piece of making tape diagonally across the 4 x 5 1/4" piece of white cardstock.  I then started stamping the different sizes of flowers all over the card using the Blobby Flowers 2 clear stamp set.  I could see this being one a my favorite stamp sets because of all the neat designs on the stamp set.  A real bargain at $15.99.  The sentiment is also from the stamp set.  I then colored in my flowers using copic markers.  I then pulled up the masking tape and drew black lines with a fine point marker and stamped the sentiment in the center.  What a fun card this made.  So don't worry about having the perfect designer paper for your card.  Just pull out your favorite stamp set and it makes a wonderful background.

Be sure and check out the Prickley Pear blog and see what the rest of the design team came up with.

Monday, June 19, 2017

PIP Challenge #1725

This week's challenge is sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps


Challenge #1725

 Why don't you go to Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges and join us this round.  Remember it is Anything Goes in showing us your creations.

 For my creation today I used the stamp set "Beautiful Blocks Thoughts and Prayers".  I printed off the image and then colored it with my copic markers.  The thing I love about digital images is that you can size it to any size that you want.  Bugaboo Stamps are one of my favorite digital stamp companies because of the variety of stamps they carry.  Check them out.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cardmaker Blog Hop


I am so happy to be a part of the CardMaker Blog Hop today.  I sure hope you are following the Hop. You probably came from Melissa Bickford's blog.   
For my card today I chose the Sammie the Sheep stamp. I just stamped out the sheep 3 times and then colored it with my copic markers.  I then used a 2" circle punch and punched it out.   I then took a piece of orange paper and using my 1 1/2" punch punched out 3 circles.  I thought it would be fun to have the sheep at all angles.  It made the sentiment "Ewe OK?" perfect for the card.

Your next stop on the hop will be Heather Hoffman.  Be sure and check her blog out.

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps will be giving away a $20 gift certificate to a random winner who posts on their blog when you are done hopping.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dueling Darlings

Here it is the 15th of the month which means it is time again for another Dueling Darlings Challenge.  This month Barb and I got to come up with the theme.  Barb came up with some great ideas but we ended up having the theme as "Roses" since the Rose the the flower of the month for June.


The stamp is from Flourishes Calendar Set 2 which was stamped on Neenah Classic Crest 80 lb paper using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The backgroun paper is Neapolitan by American Crafts - Dear Lizzy.  I also told everyone that pink was my favorite color so I asked that they have a pink rose.  I colored in these roses with my copic markers.


Be sure and check out what some of my team mates came up with.

Darlene ** The World According to Bijou
Debbie ** The Ink Igloo
Jeanette ** Cre8tive Play: It's Cheaper than Therapy
Paola ** blog That's Amore! (SAMA - Homemade Cards, Rubber Stamp Art, & Paper Crafts - Splitcoaststampers.com Please check her gallery!
Shelly ** My creative rumblings
Terry A ** For now, here's her gallery: Splitcoaststampers Member Galleries - PurplePansy26 - Handmade Cards & Crafts
Terry L ** It's Totally Terry
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Unidentified Image #32

Today is the day that we get to show our creations with the image that Darlene selected.  It was such a fun little image.

The image is by Hampton Arts called Cam stamp Chloe.  I added a Stampin Up sentiment to go with it. 
 I colored it with my zig watercolor markers.

Thanks Darlene for a great challenge
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Crafters of Faith Challenge

Today I am posting a card I made for a challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  The group is called Crafters of Faith and each month someone comes up with a challenge.  This month the theme is having faith/trust in God for everything.  So we were to make a card using the word trust or faith.  I went to one of my favorite Stampin Up sets appropriately called "Faith in Nature".

I used my sponge daubers to color in the pear.  What a beautiful sentiment and perfect for the theme.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps

Today the theme at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps is Bring on the Sunshine.  We have been doing that here in Kansas with a 94 degree day yesterday. 
So for my card today I used the bicycle stamp, the mini butterflies set and the sentiment You are Simply the best.  I started by putting a piece of tape across the middle of the card and then sponged with green ink for the grass.  I then stamped the bicycle.  I colored the images with copic markers.  I then cut out the flowers and butterfly and placed them on the card.  This bicycle reminds of the old vintage bicycles.  I just smile when I see bicycles this color.

Be sure and see what the rest of the design team has come up with for this fun theme.
Monday, June 5, 2017

PIP Challenge #1723

Time again for another challenge from Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges.  This challenge (#1723) is Anything Goes as always.



This week is sponsored by Fred She Said Stamps.  As always I love their digital stamps. 


For my card today I used the image "Doodled Floral Corner Digi". I printed the image off on Neenah Classic Crest paper and colored the flowers with my copic markers. 
These flowers reminded me of morning glories so I colored them a beautiful blue color.  I hope you enjoyed my creation.  It is always fun at Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges to be sure and join us by creating something wonderful.
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Challenge Your Stash

It is time for the Challenge Your Stash reveal.  This month challenge is from Terry L. with a group I am in on Splitcoast Stampers.  The challenge is to use floral as my focal point.
I decided to use the Stampin Up Circle of Spring Stamp that I just love.  I colored the images with my watercolor crayons.  I actually cut out 3 wreaths and colored one with zig watercolor markers, one with watercolor crayons and one with copic markers.  This is the one I ended up with.  And it made a beautiful Mother's Day Card.

Thanks Terry for  a great challenge.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Prickley Pear Team 1

Today Team 1 is up over at the Prickley Pear Blog

The stamp set I am using for this card is Bold Daisies.  The Butterfly is from the Clear Mini Butterfly set and the Happy Birthday is from the Circles Set.  I had fun coloring this image with my copic markers.  I find that a little black accent really makes the image stand out.

I hope you enjoyed the card.  Be watching this week because I have alot of new creations for Prickley Pear.  You have to just love the choices they have.

Thanks for stopping by.
Monday, May 22, 2017

PIP Challenge #1721


Time again for another challenge from Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges.  This challenge (#1721) is Anything Goes as always.


This week is sponsored by Fred She Said Stamps.  As always I love her digital stamps. 


For my card today I used the image "Doodled Floral Corner Digi". I printed the image off on 90 lb watercolor paper which works amazing for digital stamps.  I then colored this fun image with my zig water color markers.  I thought it turned out to be a bright and cheerful card.

Be sure and check out what the rest of the design team has come up with.