Friday, October 20, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches

Yay for Friday! It's another sunny and chilly day but should warm up to be a glorious fall day! I created this card late last night for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and used products from Simon Says Stamp's September card kit.  I love the unique colors in the papers and am anxiously awaiting the restocking of My Mind's Eye Blush 6x6 pad!  The metallic elements are a rose gold color IRL and I found it really hard to photograph.  Two of the florals were die cut and the third one was fussy cut from a leftover section of one of the patterned pages.  This was a really quick card to put together and I'm really loving Linda's great sketch!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Card Concept

This lovely fall cake for The Card Concept challenge is the inspiration for my watercolored leafy card design!  I loved the white on white texture and the falling leaves in the photo...perfect to use some of my fave leaf dies by Simon Says Stamp!  I used Crumb Cake ink with Tim Holtz' Stripes stencil then added texture by using Liquitex light modeling paste with a Tim Holtz Bubble stencil.  I watercolored a panel of Ranger watercolor cardstock using Mijello Mission Gold paints then die cut with SSS Stitched Maple Trio and Maple Leaf Corner.  I love the little stitching detail on these dies!  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps' Sending and Wishing set - one of my favorite go to sentiment sets! I love pairing it with their Sending die.  The stitched border is from Reverse Confetti's Edge Essential die set - another go to favorite!  I also used SU Soft Suede and Early Espresso cardstock.  I'm not sure what to call this style, but think it fits the mixed media definition.

Looking forward to the next 3 days off!  Getting my flu shot and planning/shopping for our pastor appreciation table at church is on my agenda!  Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Color Throwdown

Can you believe it's Wednesday already which means there is a new color palette on the Color Throwdown Challenge blog?! Jodi is our hostess and was inspired by this fun pillow to use purple, black and white.  I'm using the sketch for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge and started with papers from Reverse Confetti's Fright
Night 6x6 pad.  The sentiment - from MFT's Witch Way is the Candy set - was white embossed on Grape Soda CS (Reverse Confetti) then die cut with MFT's Stitched Fishtail Flags Die-Namics.  The tiny zigzag borders are from my favorite border set by Reverse Confetti called Edge Essentials. The tree and bat silhouette dies are by MFT.  The white panel is a die from Lil' Inker Designs called Instant Camera.

Our guest star stamper this week is Estelle TBT of the Scrap of Me blog.  Congratulations, Estelle! 

We'd love to have you join us in the challenge this week!  For more details on how to play along, head over to the Color Throwdown blog and you'll find the information on the right sidebar.  You can also visit the rest of the design team's creations for more inspiration by clicking on the links below:

Amy Rohl 
Amy Rysavy
Barbara Anders  
Broni Holcombe

Michele Ferguson - October Guest Designer

Monday, October 16, 2017

SCS Falliday Fest

Good Monday everyone!  Splitcoaststampers has their annual Fallidays Fest going on and I was asked by my BFF - Teresa - to create a sample card for her Christmas Around the World challenge. Nothing symbolizes world better than a globe, so this was a quick and easy card to design when I started with Reverse Confetti's globe die.  I also used RC's Edge Essentials, All Framed Up and Winter Words dies. The gold-embossed sentiment - Winter Word Coordinates by RC - was die cut with MFT's Stitched Fishtail Flags Die-Namics. Patterned paper is from So This is Christmas 6x6 pad by Carta Bella. 

I'm off to work this afternoon and again tomorrow, then have a 3 day off stretch!  I have some fall cleaning to do...or I could just play in my stamp room during my extra time off - lol!   Hopefully, some of both will happen. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Under Your Spell

I had some Copic coloring fun with this Halloween creation for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge! Everything was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on X-Press It Blending Card.  I used MANY Copic colors and totally lost track of all the numbers!  The patterned papers are from the Halloween Basics 6x6 paper pad by Recollections.  It doesn't show up in the photo, but the eyeballs are highlighted with Glossy Accents which adds such a fun detail!  The hat buckle was outlined using a metallic gold pen. 

STAMPS: Witch Way is the Candy? by MFT.
DIES: Witch Way is the Candy? by MFT; Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX and Stitched Fishtail Flags Die-Namics by MFT.

A local country music radio station - WCYK - in Charlottesville, VA has a young single male morning DJ named Tom Morgan who has never received a Halloween card and didn't even realize people sent Halloween cards - lol!  So...the station is challenging listeners to send Tom some Halloween cards and they will send $1 for every card sent in to the UVA Children's Hospital!  I couldn't pass up the opportunity to send a handmade card showcasing one of my fave sets! 

Inspired By All The Little Things

Happy Saturday everyone!  Are you ready for another great Inspired By All the Little Things challenge?  The navy gown in the photo inspired me to go with a navy background and the burgundy roses and variety of greens led me to Reverse Confetti's Blooms 'n Buds stamp set with matching dies.  

Here is my enabler's list:
STAMPS: Blooms 'n Buds, Sentiment Essentials - Reverse Confetti.
PAPER: Night of Navy, White - SU.
INK: Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler - SU; Versafine Onyx Black; Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint distress oxide inks by Ranger.
DIES: Blooms 'n Buds, Sentiment Essentials, Tall Stripe Panel - Reverse Confetti.

Our creative guest designer for the week is Sandy Mathis of Stamp with Sandy!  Please stop by her blog to say hello and to check out her beautiful sample!

We would love to see how you interpret this photo and hope to see you in the gallery!

Friday, October 13, 2017

SSS Wednesday Challenge

Yay, it's Friyay and I'm playing along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is asking us to create a thinking of you card.  Though my sentiment isn't those exact words, I thought sending love and hugs is the same thing.  After white embossing the sunflower image, I colored with Zig Clean Color brush markers which makes it so easy to blend and color in small spaces!  

What did I use?
STAMPS: Summer Flowers (SSS), Sending and Wishing (SSS).
PAPER: Ranger watercolor, Black Licorice (MFT), Bumblebee Yellow (Reverse Confetti).
DIES: Sending (SSS), Fishtail Flags Die-Namics (MFT).
ZIGS: 051, 050, 052 - flower; 053, 046, 043 - leaves; 061, 060, 065 - flower center; 302 - shadowing.

Another cloudy day here in VA but we are really needing rain, so no complaints here! Thanks so much for stopping by...