Mar 18, 2017

Botanical Notes and Anything But a Card

Good morning and happy weekend πŸ˜€
It's Saturday and the 18th of the month today, that means I actually have two projects to show you today! I know that doesn't happen often! Be prepared for a picture heavy post.

First up I am sharing my mid-month reminder card for Penny Black and More. Our theme this month is simply anything goes, as long as you follow our simple rules, which you can find on the challenge blog. I decided to use one of my newest stamps, I very recently got this one, just couldn't resist - Botanical Notes. Isn't it just beautiful!! I know I just said recently I wasn't going to buy new things anymore, but there is always going to be that "one thing" I will need :-) Like this stamp!

It's been stamped onto Winsor & Newton watercolor marker paper, and colored using Zig clean color brush pens. I find this paper the best for these pens. Unfortunately Blick art materials quit carrying it, and the only place I found it was Amazon. I tried Fabriano hot press, but these pens do not  work very well on that paper. Luckily bristol vellum is another card stock that works ok with the clean color pens, and that I can get anywhere. It's just not my favorite with these pens.

This is a rather large stamp, and I really didn't want to add too much to the card, because I wanted it to stand out. So I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of vellum paper using black stazon ink, and added a little bit of coordinating designer paper. I thought it needed something where the two designer papers met, so I added a little blue button and jute twine. The top of the watercolor paper has been torn and curled up on the corner, then layered onto matching yellow designer paper. Sorry I have no idea of the brands of the papers, I just grabbed them from my stash. 

A little close up below. I did add wink of stella glitter to the butterfly and flower center, but unfortunately it's so hard to see. 

Next up is my project for the new challenge at Allsorts. It's Susan's week to host and she would like to see anything but a card. I have to admit, those types of challenges always scare me a little bit, because  cards are pretty much all I ever seem to make, on rare occasions I made bookmarks or treat bags. So my first thought again was making a bookmark, but then I remembered that for the longest time I've been wanting to make a pretty tissue box cover to go with my current decorations. 
I found an easy to follow tutorial on splitcoaststampers.

Mine was even easier to make because I didn't use extra layers, instead I just used pretty designer paper for my base. This pretty vintage style paper is from a 12x12 inches double sided paper pack by K& Company. I've had it for a while and I thought it was perfect for this. 
After I completed creating the box, I simply added some adhesive lace and embellished with the flowers. I've been hoarding these flowers for a long time, I never use them on cards because I find them too bulky on cards, but they were perfect for this. 

Below is a little peek at the top.
It's hard to tell but I used one of the Nestabilties Label 4 dies to cut out the opening. I was able to fold the edges on the score lines in order to fit it through the die cutting machine. 

I really wanted to stamp a verse on the designer paper, but the thought only came after it was finished. I tried but it didn't stamp evenly, so I left it as is and covered up the partial stamping with another pretty flower. 

I left the other two sides blank, showing just the pretty paper, they will be facing the wall anyway. I thought about using a second ribbon and tying a bow, but my cats would probably  have too much fun with it, and I really like it how it is.  This cover will probably be in my living room up until Fall. I had so much fun making this, I might actually make another one for the Fall season and one for Winter.

This week I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
 The Flower Challenge #6 - Anything Goes

Stamping Sensations - Close to Nature 
Please grab our logo 

Mixed Media Monthly -Buttons (hope one button is ok?)

The Artistic Stamper - Springtime

And that would be all for today. I hope you'll check out the Allsorts challenge blog and Penny Black and More to see what the rest of the teams made and come join us for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. At Allsorts our own team member Wendy is giving away a fun die, and at Penny Black and More we  have several prizes by Penny Black , Marianne Design ,
 Chalkola and Fantastic Ribbons.
Hope to see you there!!

Mar 16, 2017

Springtime Magic

Hello everyone, I was working on some cards for some upcoming challenges, and after I cleaned my desk I came across this cute Penny Black bunny stamp, and it was just asking to be colored!  I am really enjoying coloring with my Zig Clean color brush pens at the moment, I just wanted to color some more 😊

The cute bunny stamp by Penny Black has been stamped onto Winsor and Newton Watercolor marker paper and as mentioned I used Zig clean color real brush pens. The cute spring sentiment is also an old Penny Black stamp. I used a Whimsy Stamps tag die to cut it out. The designer papers are from my scrap box, I think by Stampin Up and maybe DCWV? I did some machine sewing and added jute twine to the tag and around the card to finish it off.

A little close up below...


I used another cute Penny Black stamp colored with the Zig clean color pens, then cut out a partial circle to add to the inside.

You can find this card here in my Etsy shop if you're interested.

Today I am playing along here:
Art Impressions Stamp Challenge - Spring-y Cards-
As You Like It Challenge - Favorite Stamp Brand (and Why) - Penny Black because I love their cute animal designs and their pretty floral stamps
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Easter or Spring Sentiment 
Crafty Girls Creations - Always Anything Goes
Digital Delights By Louby Lou - Always Anything Goes
Hannah & Friends - Spring  

Thanks so much for visiting!
I will be back again on Saturday with two new projects :)

Mar 11, 2017

Allsorts 406 - Girls and Ladies

Another week has gone by so fast, Saturday already again and that means it's time for a new challenge at Allsorts. It's Mervi's week to host and she wants us to use Girls and/or Ladies on our creation. I love this image by Mo Manning, it reminds me of simpler but special times from the past.
And I thought it would be perfect for today's card.

The image has been colored using copic markers on Neenah Solar Crest card stock. Designer papers are from Stampin Up (retired) and I finally dug out my sewing machine again for this card. 
I embellished with sheer ribbon and jute twine, a couple prima flowers and a tiny butterfly. Wink of Stella was brushed over the flowers and butterfly. 

Close up below...

And a peek inside...

I hope you'll come join us at Allsorts this week for this fun challenge and for a chance to win a fabulous prize!
I am also playing along here:
Bronte & Bella's Challenge (Mo's Digital Pencil) Always  Anything Goes
 Creative Corner - Girly Fun
Making Memories Crafting - Add Some Layers
 Cute Card Thursday - For Mother/Ladies Only
Thanks so much for visiting, hope you have a fun-filled weekend! We're back to cold temperatures again... maybe even some snow in the forecast!

Mar 5, 2017

Penny Black and More - March Challenge

Good morning and thanks so much for stopping by! First Sunday of the month means it's time for a new challenge at Penny Black and More. We're making it easy for you this month, anything goes as long as you follow our simple rules. You can find those on the challenge blog.

Spring is not far off now, and we actually had record high temperatures last month while preparing my challenge card. So I decided to make a cute Easter card using the stamp "The Painter and the Bee" by Penny Black. Probably my favorite Easter stamp!

Image has been heat embossed on bristol vellum card stock before coloring with Zig clean color brush pens. The image is pretty large so I kept the focus on that and created a CAS card. A few strips of pretty designer papers from my stash have been used as accents and some twine is finishing off the card. Of course I had to add some wink of stella for some sparkles.  The sentiment is from an old Stampin Up Easter set, also heat embossed.

I wanted to bring some color to the inside too, so I stamped the large Happy Easter sentiment from the set Chick to Chick, also by PB.
Again heat embossed and colored with Zig clean color to match the card front.

This month we are being sponsored by Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Fantastic Ribbons and Chalkola, so there are lots of prizes to give away. I hope you'll come join us!
I am also playing along here:
Art Impressions Stamp Challenge #203 Let's Watercolor
Aud Sentiments Challenge - #174 Animals +Sentiment 
Have a great day everyone!!

Mar 4, 2017

Spring Inspiration for Allsorts 405

Hello everyone! Hard to believe it's March already! I'm definitely ready to put away my winter coat, I really enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather we had last month, even though it was strange being able to leave the coat behind in mid- February. I don't usually mind winter much, but this year I had to drive during winter weather on several occasions and already had enough of it by the end of December! Now let's just hope the spring storms won't be too severe this spring...already had a taste of them earlier this week!

It's time for a new challenge at Allsorts, this week it's Brenda's turn to host, and she has a very fitting theme for us this week. A spring inspiration collage.

 Week 405 Inspiration

 To play along simply be inspired by the picture, link up your project on the challenge blog and you'll be entered into the prize drawing. Our generous sponsors this week are
DigiStamp Boutique and Little Claire Designs giving away two great prizes!

Here is what I came up with.

The image is a new stamp by LOTV, just recently released, I just couldn't resist the cute bunny and daffodils are my favorite spring flowers - can't wait until mine are blooming!! I got the digi version and printed it on Neenah linen card stock, then colored using my Faber Castell Polychromo pencils blended with baby oil.
The sketch has been kept simple, I just rounded the corners of my image panel, mounted onto Daffodil Delight card stock and then onto the Pear Pizzaz card base. The designer paper strip is by Stampin Up (retired). Spring sentiment is also by SU from a retired Easter set, it's one of my favorite spring sentiments, in fact I have used it again on tomorrow's card πŸ˜€

I added Wink of Stella to the butterfly and flowers, but like so often, it's so hard to tell on the pictures. A couple sticky rhinestones were added to the butterfly and I used some twine to finish it off.

Also playing along here:
LOTV Ideas to Inspire -  Flowers 
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Animals +Sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes 
Crafty Sentiment Designs -- Anything Goes
Thanks so much for visiting, hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Feb 25, 2017

A card and some fun news :-)

Hello everyone, I have some fun and exciting news to share today...I was invited by Brenda to join the Allsorts challenge design team. This is the perfect reason for me to start making more cards again. I have to admit, I have neglected my blog/hobby a little bit lately with the excuse that I don't have time, which is somewhat true, but since I enjoy card making so much, I now have a reason again to find or make the time😊. Thank you Brenda, and thank you to the Allsorts team for allowing me to be part of your amazing team!

Today I am sharing my first DT card for Allsorts challenge. Helene is our hostess this time and she would like to see us use some metal or a charm. Here is what I came up with...

I used a stamp from PSX (K2883), it's a really old stamp, sadly the company is no longer in business, but the stamp is new to me, I just discovered this company last Fall and found some of their stamps on ebay.
I heat embossed the image on Bristol Vellum card stock, then colored using Zig clean color brush pens. Sentiment was also heat embossed. The sentiment is from the clear set Allegro by Penny Black. I thought it went so well with the image.
For my metal piece I used a clip from SU's Hodgepodge hardware set (retired) and tied a gingham ribbon scrap onto it. The image panel has been adhered to the card front with dimensionals. Not sure if you can tell, but the whole image has been covered with wink of stella for some nice shimmer. A close up is below, but I think the sparkles are more visible in the photo above.

I love all the details on this image and had to have it once I saw it. Luckily I found it at a reasonable price, which is sometimes hard with these stamps as they are now considered a collectable.

I hope you'll come join us this week at Allsorts, we have a great prize by Tattered Lace on offer.

I am also playing along here:

Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Stampaive and More - Embossing (heat embossed image and sentiment) 

Crafty Creations - Always Anything Goes


Thanks so much for visiting and hope you enjoy your weekend!
I'll be spending it at home relaxing and drinking hot tea to help me get over this flu/cough or whatever virus the kids passed on to me.

Feb 18, 2017

Penny Black and More - February Midmonth reminder

 Did you get a chance yet to play along in this month's Penny Black and More challenge? Still a little time to join in if you haven't already and don't forget you can enter up to 3 times. As always we have several great prizes to give away. Our theme is easy, just use your favorite stamp.

As I said before, it's really hard for me to choose Penny Black favorites because there are so many that I love! For my first DT card for the February challenge I used one of the very first PB stamps I purchased, and for the mid-month post I am using the most recent Penny Black stamp I purchased (Sweet Talk). This stamp is really old but it is new to me, I  found the wood mount version on ebay. Penny Black re-released this stamp in one of their clear sets at a smaller scale. (Sorry but I don't know the name of the clear set). 

Image has been heat embossed on Bristol Vellum cardstock and Zig clean color brush pens have been used for coloring. Isn't the bunny adorable!!!
The sentiment is from a set by Crafter's Companion, also heat embossed. Patterned paper is from my stash. The card has been kept pretty CAS, but I decided to add a little yellow butterfly with some rhinestones to bring in a little more color.
 (Silly me - I forgot to color parts of the flowers but that will be taken care of. Didn't notice until writing up this post. )

It's really hard to tell, but I used Wink of Stella on all the roses and butterfly. They are really sparkly in real life.
If you're interested in purchasing this card, you can find it in my Etsy shop along with some others and some stamps as well. (US shipping)

I am also playing along here:
Crafting By Designs - Polka Dots 

  • Crafty Creations -  Always Anything Goes 
  • Crafty Gals Corner -   Use Your Favorite Things (critter stamp, polka dots, wink of stella) 
  • Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes 
  • Little Red Wagon -  Use your Favorite Company or Companies  (Penny Black stamps)
    Crafting-With-Friends  Anything Goes
  • Thanks so much for visiting!
    Have a great day!