Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge

A quick card that was inspired by the "Hang Out" photo for the current Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge
I was initially inspired by the diamond pattern on the blue side table.  I then went with the remaining pink/green/white colors.  I dry embossed the Enchanted Evening CS panel using a Sizzix embossing folder.  The florals and sentiment are from stamp sets by The Stamp Market: Pretty Peony and You
I'm off and running to work...hope you're having a terrific Tuesday!

Seize the Birthday: Balloons

It's been awhile since I played along with the Seize the Birthday Challenge. This week's topping is to use balloons! I thought I'd create a balloon shaker card using sentiments from CAS-ual Fridays Whole Shebang stamp set. I really love the unique birthday sentiments in this set!  Patterned papers are from the Sugar Shoppe 6x6 pad by Doodlebug Design, Inc.  I added some fine black string for the balloon strings.

DIES: Stitched Fishtail Flags Die-Namics by My Favorite Things
           Balloons by Simon Says Stamp
           Stitched by Paper Smooches

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things

Are you ready for the weekend? I sure am and have a big day in store today with celebrating our one granddaughter's 1st birthday! But first, I'm bringing you my card for the new Inspired By All The Little Things challenge.  I was totally inspired by the copper and turquoise canning jars and knew I wanted to pair copper embossing with some distress ink smooshing.

I embossed these images from the STAMPtember release at Simon Says Stamp in a set called Fractile Leaves on Ranger watercolor cardstock.  It's a lovely set of leaf images which have the potential for a stained glass look.  I then smooshed Peacock Feathers ink over the panel.  The sentiment border on the left is from Concord and 9th's Lace Leaf stamp set and was also embossed in copper.  I accented with a stitched die border and a tiny scallop border - both from Reverse Confetti's Edge Essentials die set.  The grateful die is by Concord and 9th.  

We're so happy to have Shannon Jaramillo from Shannon Kay Paperie as a guest designer for this challenge.  Be sure to stop by her blog and say hello!

Here's hoping you will join us and I hope to see you in the gallery!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Summer has gone in the blink of an eye, so now it's time to join in with the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  I want to give a big THANK YOU and shout out to the 83 generous sponsors of this big blog hop!  We have so many fabulous companies in the papercrafting community and I appreciate their support!

This trio of pumpkins is a long time favorite fall image from Verve!  It's so fun to color with Copics.  I paper pieced the mug after stamping it with Cajun Craze ink (SU) and fussy cutting.  The coffee sentiment is layered with gold CS over Cajun Craze CS.  

Here's what else I used...
STAMPS: Bountiful Harvest (pumpkins), Coffee (mug), Always Time (sentiment) - all by Verve.
PAPER: Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6 pack by Lawn Fawn; Cajun Craze (SU), Kraft (PTI), X-Press It Blending Card, Gold metallic CS.
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Coffee sentiment by Verve; Stitched Dome Frame STAX and Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX by My Favorite Things.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches

Some late night smooshing with two of my favorite distress inks: Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron. I then splattered Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine over the background.  I gold embossed the leaf image - Lace Leaf stamp set from Concord and 9th - on white and it just didn't pop.  I then smooshed Peacock Feathers ink over it and thought that was a better option.  The sentiment was cut twice with the Lime Green CS shadowing the Metallic Gold CS.  I'm using the new sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge which is a square card this week.  A quick post since I have a huge ironing pile waiting on me.  Hope everyone is having a terrific Thursday!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Hello and welcome to another Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! Hopefully you played along with us last week for the Stamp It challenge, but if not, you can join us this week. Remember...every week there is a $50 voucher given away to spend at the Simon Says Stamp store and YOU just might be the lucky winner if you play along!

The party continues with the STAMPtember celebration on the Simon Says Stamp blog with DAILY surprises that may include special sets in collaboration with other stamp companies, sales, giveaways, special guests and more! 



This week we are to create a CAS (clean and simple) design and we are showcasing CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, so if you have stamps from their company, we'd love to see you use them.  A big thank you to Michele Gross, owner of CAS-ual Fridays for generously providing each team member with products to use for this challenge!  I had so much fun using their Whole Shebang stamp set (love those unique sentiments)!  I smooshed some distress inks on the background then die cut with a Tim Holtz (Sizzix) diamond die.  I added some watercolored balloons (Simon Says Stamp Balloons Craft dies) with fine silver wire attached for the strings. 

Using the same stamp set and same balloon dies, I created this second card.  Instead of wire, I hand drew the balloon strings using a black gel pen.


For more inspiration by the rest of the design team, you can stop by the Simon Says Stamp blog.  We hope you'll play along as we'd love to see your creation in the gallery!

Color Throwdown 460

Yours truly is hosting this week's Color Throwdown Challenge and I'm hoping you'll love the color combo as much as I did: navy, green and white!  I sponged Night of Navy ink over Altenew's Watercolor Stripes stencil and thought PTI's Beautiful Berries: Spring stamp set with matching dies would work for some autumn berries in blue.  The sentiment - also from PTI - was cut twice from navy and lime green cardstock.

Be sure and stop by the blogs of our September guest designer, Tammy Hershberger, and our guest star stamper, Julie DeLuca of Stamp Eat Repeat.

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

Tammy Hershberger - September Guest Designer