Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CASometry Challenge 3. Randomizer - Final Stage

Hello!  I'm popping in to share my final card for the CASometry Challenge 3 Randomizer Challenge.  Each phase of this challenge has had a different twist, but this one was the hardest.  You had to choose one of your cards from a previous stage (I chose this one) and use the exact same stamps and dies, nothing added...nothing taken away.  It was perhaps a bit harder for me because I was away from home and had only brought the supplies I thought I would need for the idea I had in my head, but then that didn't work out.
To pull me out of my slump, I used additional inspiration from Jessica's Crafty Christmas Collaboration #3..specifically Sharna's cute critter card HERE. Loved her colorful background, so I stamped the stars in a bunch of colors and quickly ran over them with a waterbrush to blend out the colors. 
The first card I completed was this.
Altenew Wood Pallet Background Stamp (stars)...check.
MFT Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Window...check.
Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Winter...check.
Clearly Besotted Let's Prance Stamps and Dies....missing. :(

For the life of me I could not figure out how to put a reindeer on here.  I had lots of ideas, but the background was so intense, nothing worked.  So I set out to make a different card.  I was a little worried because I'd only brought 2 sheets of white paper, and I'd already used one. This time, I drew inspiration from Jessca's darling owl card HERE from her first Crafty Christmas Collaboration.  I loved the owl perched on the branch and the start contrast between the black and soft aqua background.  I reeeally wanted to blend inside the circle (I knew I could use the MFT die like a stencil), but my card was starting to look too much like my original card, so I did this instead.
I randomly stamped the sentiments, embossed the circle die, die cut my little reindeer (colored him with my inks and a grey Zig marker because that is what I had), stamped little trees to create a pine bough, and fussy cut the tiniest stars in Altenew's Wood Pallet Background set and used them like embellishments (which worked great because I hadn't brought any with me). Mission accomplished! Phew.   Here is the comparison of both cards using the same supplies. 
And finally I'll leave you with a quick view of all the cards I made for the challenge.  (I couldn't take a group shot because I've already mailed half of them.)
Thank you, Anna, for hosting such a fun challenge and for getting me to use so many of my supplies.  There are so many fabulous companies represented in this photo and I particularly love how I was able to combine multiple companies products on the same card.  It's been a great 5 weeks!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek

Good Morning!  I'm over at the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog today sharing some additional inspiration for our Floral Challenge.  I hope you'll take a peek.  Though made with my dear mother in mind, my heart and mind have been so full in preparation for Mother's Day with thoughts of the wonderful women in my life who have been mothers to me and who are such good examples of mothers.  Some of whom read this blog. :) Some of these women have children of their own.  Some never have.  What a marvelous thing it is to me that these women have blessed my life with the God given qualities of a mother that are not reserved just for women who have the opportunity to bear children.  So, I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day, and if you have a moment, I love for you to go HERE to check it out. ;)  Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CASometry Challenge 3. Randomizer. Stage 4

Hello!  It's the fourth week of the CASometry Randomizer Challenge, and I was just barely able to squeeze some time in for this card, but I didn't want to miss it.  This week the random set that I picked was Little Notes by The Stamp Market.  It's a little set, but it has some great brushed sentiments and ink splats, which I used on my card.   The additional theme for Stage 4 of the CASometry Challenge was "friendship", so I also added the word "friend" from Concord & 9th's Kindhearted Stamp Set. A little washi tape on the side and the card is ready to mail. :)
Hope you are having a wonderful week!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #9

Good morning!  Are you ready for the newest challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9?  It's a good one. :) Challenge #9 is Florals.  Yay!

I am absolutely LOVING all the flowers popping up around me and at the stores.  I can't get enough. I still have to wait another week or so until I can plant, but I haven't been able to resist buying some flowers, so for the last couple weeks my husband has had to park outside because all my flowers are sitting in his garage spot. :) This year I've been drawn to several orange and yellow flowers, and I had them on my mind when I created this card.
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Don't you just love that the images in Concord and 9th's Wildflower Stamp Set look beautiful even if you don't color them?  I know I do.  After I stamped my flowers, I decided I wanted bigger leaves, so I turned the 5-petal flowers from this set into leaves.  I inked some of the petals from the large flower and some from the small 5-petal flower.  My leaf centers were stamped with a little stamp from Concord & 9th's Flourish set. I built my sentiment with "for you" from the Love Notes Stamp Set and "friend" from the Flourish Stamp Set.  This is a little love note sized card, so I cut out a coordinating envelope using Concord & 9th's Love Notes Envelope Dies. I love that I can do that.  

Thanks for popping in today!  Make sure you head over to the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog to get some gorgeous inspiration from my teammates and to get all the details on how to join our Florals Challenge.  Don't forget: each challenge Concord and 9th gives away a gift certificate to their shop, and if you've seen their newest release today, you'll definitely be wanting a chance to win that gift certificate. ;) 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

CASometry Challenge 3. Randomizer. Stage 3

Hi!  Popping in super quickly to share a birthday card I made for CASometry Challenge 3. Randomizer. Stage 3.  I let my son be the random chooser this time and the number he chose was Concord and 9th's Lots of Blots set.  I needed a birthday card for my husband, so I turned the blots into big balloons.  The extra element to the 3rd Challenge was to emboss, so I embossed the balloons and sentiment.  I really, really love the feel of embossing on cards.  I don't know why I don't do it more often.  And I think clear embossing powder is the greatest thing ever, especially paired with a MISTI.  I don't have many embossing powders, but clear embossing allows me to emboss any ink color and I love that.  I added the black splatters with Concord & 9th's Brushed Blossom and the sentiment from Concord and 9th's Happy Day (**Affiliate links used...thanks! :) )
Here's a quick snapshot of my supplies for this super quick and easy birthday card.  I did make a fun discovery on this card.  I used Bristol paper because I was going to watercolor, but later changed my mind.  Some inks don't stamp on this paper as well, but Distress Inks stamp beautifully! (The "enjoy" balloon was stamped in Distress Ink).  I found that pretty interesting because Distress Inks haven't always stamped the best on some of my other papers, so I usually only blend ink with them. It amazes me how the different ink formulas perform differently depending on what paper you use. 
It's about time to pick my son up from school, so I better go.  Hope you have a happy day!  


Sunday, April 30, 2017

12 Kits of Occasions - May 2017

Good morning!  April wooshed by for me, but was full of many wonderful things, including making these cards with Sharron's fabulous kit.  Lately I have fallen in love with green plants.  I keep adding more and more in our home, and working with PTI's Super Succulent Papers in this kit made me so happy!  I love them.  That's why they are on every single card.  Speaking of cards, I'll get right to them.  First up is a card inspired by MFT Sketch Challenge #330.
I used the gold embossed cats from MFT's Purr-fect Friends that Sharron included in the kit. 
My second card is about as simple as it gets, but the plants just make me happy.
These last two cards are my favorite.  Two of my nieces live in Seattle.  I immediately thought of them when I saw the cuties decked out in rain gear from Mama Elephant's Chance of Rain.
I added eyelashes to this one and colored her to reflect my oldest niece.
My final card is for my little red-headed niece.  I put her on a die cut Sharron included in the kit and added an umbrella from Mama Elephant's Up, Up, and Away since there was only one umbrella in the kit.
I had so much fun with this.  The polka dot rain boots are my favorite.  She wore a pair of red polka dot rain boots when she was little...which have been passed down to my little one who fits into them just perfectly right now.  
I'm linking all of my cards up to the Simon Says: Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge.
Many thanks to Sharron for the wonderful kit!  I loved it and look forward to continuing to use my leftovers.
Make sure to visit the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog next.  You can find a detailed supply list for the kit as well as see oodles of fabulous projects by my talented teammates. I barely touched the tip of the iceberg here, so you definitely won't want to miss out. Hope you have a lovely Sabbath! 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Triple Challenge Christmas Card

Good afternoon!  I'm back sharing another card for Anna Kossakovskaya's CASometry - Randomizer Challenge. For Stage 2, in addition to randomly selecting a stamp set, you had to use one stamp at least three times.  I randomly selected Altenew's Wood Pallet Background Stamp (not exactly the easiest for repeated stamping), but there is a little trio of stars in the set, so I chose that stamp.  
I was a little at a loss for a theme, but I'd recently looked at Jessica Frost-Ballas' 3rd Crafty Christmas Collaboration, so I decided to combine these two challenges. My layout was completely inspired by Jessica's card HERE.  I'm also linking to the Simon Says: Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge
I wanted a multicolor background, and the stars are spaced far enough apart that you can ink each one in a different color and then stamp all three colors at the same time.  I stamped the trio of stars at least 10 times (I lost count), added some little black dots, and then filled the window with seed beads.  The banner is from the same Altenew set, but the sentiment is from Winnie & Walter's Sentimental: Winter.  I was really trying to keep the Altenew set the focus of my card, but the card needed a little something more, so I scooted the banner down and added a super cute reindeer from Clearly Besotted's Let's Prance stamp set.  My eye is still most drawn to the banner, so I'm hoping this still counts for the CASometry Challenge.
I'm enjoying taking these supply pictures.  Sometimes it surprises me at the end how many (or how few) supplies I've used.  Plus it helps me remember what I use on cards without having to write anything down. I guess that makes me sound a little lazy, but it's true. :P I hope you are having a wonderful week!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek

Hello, friends!  I totally forgot to share that I have a blog post up on the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog.  You can CLICK HERE to check it out.  I used some of my favorite colors and favorite sets... Concord & 9th's Brushed Blossom and Sophisticated Script Bundle....AND it was the only Easter card I made this year.  (Luckily I had a couple left over from last year to mail out as well.)  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter, my friends!
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CASometry Challenge 3. Randomizer. Stage 1.

Hello!  I have a few cards to share today inspired by Anna Kossakovskaya's CASometry Challenge.  Anna is one of my very favorite cardmakers, and I love how her challenges always aim to help you get more use out of the stamps you already own.  This year the overall theme is "Randomizer".  For Stage 1 all you have to do is randomly select a stamp set and use it as the main focus on your card as well as one geometry shape (mine is a rectangle).  Fun, right?  Because I know the order of my stamps fairly well, my husband randomly chose "the 11th one in the middle box".  :) The stamp set was Clearly Besotted's An Apple a Day.  It's been far too long since I've used it, and it actually was the perfect random set because Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up.  I'm ahead of schedule now.  Yay!
This is my official card for the challenge.  I loved all the apples so much I stamped all of them. :) I created the sentiment with Neat & Tangled's Journaling Alphas Dies. 
Since the large sentiment kind of took center stage on my first card I decided to make a second.  The design is even simpler, but you can see the apples a bit more.  I used Little Notes by The Stamp Market for the first time for the sentiment.  Ooo...I just LOVE the font.  And although the first smudge was accidental, I did purposely ink a bit of a second color on each apple.  I kind of liked the bit of shadow my oops created, so I did it on the rest.
My final card made use of all the scraps and pieces that didn't make it onto the previous cards.  The only thing I had to do was blend ink behind the alpha negative.  It was pretty awesome to not have any leftovers when it was time to clean up.  Here's a quick shot of the supplies I used. 
Thank you, Anna, for hosting such a fun challenge.  I had a bunch of fun making these cards and dusting off a set that hasn't seen ink in quite a while.  It made me remember why I bought this cute set in the first place.  
Hope your week has been full of lots of smiles.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #8

Good morning!  I'm so happy to share with you my card for the newest challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9.  Our theme for Challenge #8 is "One Layer". :) I sure love a one layer card. 
This card is super special to me.  Almost always I make my cards with the recipient in mind.  I love that it allows me to think of that person the whole time I create, and that I can add little details specific to them or to the message I am trying to send.  I view cardmaking as so much more than a hobby.  It is a wonderful creative avenue for me to send a piece of my heart to those I love often at times when I don't quite have the words to express all I feel, whether it be joy, or encouragement, or gratitude, or sorrow.  Sometimes a card (or rather the message I am trying to convey) is so important that I pray before I even get started.  That was the case with this card.  I had a prayer in my heart for the ones who will be receiving this card and prayed that I would be able to create something that they would think was beautiful, that would bring a little warmth and peace and love and faith during a difficult time. 
Knowing who I was making this for made it easy to gather supplies.  I pulled out my Concord and 9th stamps, selected the ones that reminded me of her, and then gathered other supplies and colors that did the same.  I really, really wanted to put woodgrain on here, but I actually remade this card a couple times, and the woodgrain version didn't make the cut.  
I initially started coloring the flowers a few colors, but realized after finishing that card that the flowers all had to be white.  I want to send a big shout out and thank you to Sandy Allnock, whose "Winter Whites" copic video tutorial (you can view it HERE) was SO helpful after struggling to try to color white flowers.  And as luck would have it (or rather, little tender mercy), she even used the same Hello Lovely Stamp Set from Concord and 9th in her tutorial.  Since I'm just starting to learn how to color, this tutorial was invaluable to me even when I was using a different coloring medium. 
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I built my sentiment with Concord and 9th's Kindhearted and Sophisticated Script Stamp Sets. I adore the font in Kindhearted, and love that I've been able to selectively ink and combine sentiments from that set to create lots of different sentiments on cards I've made.  I also love that I can literally create any sentiment I want with Sophisticated Script.  And doesn't it just look beautiful when it is embossed?  (Fun sidenote: the person who is receiving this card is the one who convinced me I needed Sophisticated Script in my life after she sent me a card and special wall art for my daughter's room using it.)
Right before I cleaned up, I snapped a quick photo of the supplies I used to make the card.  I imagine I might want to make something similar in the future and didn't want to forget what I used. :)
This card was a bit labor intensive for me, but the awesome thing about one layer cards is that they don't have to be, so I really hope that you will join us for our One Layer Challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9,  Making one layer cards is truly so satisfying to me.  Make sure your next stop is the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge blog.  My super talented teammates are sharing some amazing cards today!

Friday, March 31, 2017

12 Kits Of Occasions - Out of This World

Good morning!  I'm so excited to share with you this month's "Out of This World" kit for the 12 Kits of Occasions.  The amazing Jeanne (of A Kept Life) sent us the most incredible kit packed full with everything a cosmic loving heart could desire.  Somehow my projects don't really showcase the awesome variety of goodies she sent.  I guess I got started with MFT's Space Explorer and Out of This World and couldn't stop using them, so you'll definitely want to visit the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog next.  In addition to having the regular design team's projects, we have four fabulous guests, so you're headed for inspiration galore.  You can also find a really detailed supply list for all the products I used HERE.
I'm still learning to use my Prismacolor pencils, but I'm loving them.  I always knew that I'd be more comfortable with a pencil.  It's just more forgiving.  One MFT Space Explorer was not enough, so I colored a second one with a cute little blonde haired nephew in mind. :) I blended three different inks on the card base and placed this super fun die cut on top.  It's the All Star Collage from Poppy Stamps, and ironically enough, when I initially pulled it out of the kit I had no idea how I would use it, but I love it here.
Next up is this is one of the cute aliens in MFT's Out of This World set.  I love that Jeanne always includes googley eyes in her kits (at least since I've been on the team), and I think they make this little guy even cuter.  The earth is from Altenew's Big World.  I really loved this patterned paper, and I chose my color scheme from the colored dots. 
I had big plans for making some really cool "space" backgrounds on my cards, but didn't quite get them done.  However, I was pretty proud of myself for using a lot less white than I typically use.  This last card is my husband's favorite...maybe mine, too.
 Doesn't this view just make you smile?  So much cuteness in this kit!
Don't forget to head to the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog next.  Trust me, the projects are amazing and you won't want to miss them.  Plus, you'll get to see tons and tons more of what was included in this "Out of This World" kit.  Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a happy weekend!

Friday, March 24, 2017

With Sympathy

Good morning!  I wish this card was for a happy occasion, but I guess though not happy, it is for an important occasion.  Sympathy cards are hard enough to make, but I feel like they are even harder when the card is going to a I enlisted my husband's help.  It's a simple design, but husband-approved.  I started by stamping on scratch paper, and ironically, my practice version is still the one he and I both like best because imperfect stamping actually makes the card look better.  It took me four more attempts to recreate the look to get a card we could both be okay with (this one).  The key was imperfection (how many times do we happily get to say that?!), and stamping off once really helped with that.  I had the weeping willow in my parents' backyard in mind as I created this card, and used the wheat stalk in Concord and 9th's Give Thanks for the leaves.  The sentiment is from Concord and 9th's Brushed Blossom set.  I'm hoping this card will bring a measure of comfort.  And my husband was such a big help that I just might get him to help me more often. :)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

You are Amazing!

Hello!  Yesterday we got lots of sad news.  We learned that the wife of one of my husband's coworkers passed away, and then a good friend of mine from Utah sent me a message to let me know that a speech pathologist (and friend) we worked with had passed away.  My heart was heavy after making sympathy cards for their husbands, and I just couldn't go to bed on such a sad note, so I stayed up late late late and decided to make a card to celebrate my aunt.  She finished her last round of chemotherapy last week.  She's never complained, constantly expressing gratitude for the strength God has given her through this trial.  I think in my mind I hadn't really realized how terribly sick she was because on the phone she always sounded so upbeat, but my mom recently spent a month helping her and my grandmother, and when she sent pictures of my aunt all I could do was cry.  I am blessed to be her niece, and I am so grateful for her example.  I used the watercolor flower fillers from Concord and 9th's Hello Lovely set for the first time on this card, and I was a little surprised at how much I liked the way they look on their own.  I added the stamen and some extra ink splatters from Brushed Blossom to finish it off.  Oh, and the sentiment is from Verve's Simply Amazing Stamps and Amazing Adjectives Dies...appropriately named for the occasion I thought. :)
I was so glad the sun was out today.  The temperature outside wasn't very high, but with the sun it almost felt hot.  It was such a good reminder of how much God's love and light can warm us even on our "colder" days.  Hoping your week is full of many more joys than sorrows.  Thanks for stopping by, my friends!