Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

I have been meaning to participate in one of Papertrey Ink’s blog hops for a long time.  I always love their inspiration, themes, and color choices.  September’s is WREATHS!


I was wondering what in the world I should do because a) I don’t have any wreath images, let alone PTI ones, and b) you may have noticed a theme on this blog lately – getting it together when it comes to Christmas cards!

Here’s my take on this challenge, and I think this just might be my favorite card lately:


Many of you will recognize the individual pieces as the flowers in Maile Belle’s Mini Blooms set, and I will admit to you now that I had no idea how versatile this set could be with a quick color change.  I used Distress Inks in Festive Berries, Pine Needles, Crushed Olive, Bundled Sage, Weathered Wood, and Iced Spruce.  Usually I am a cheapskate and never put this much bling on a card, but I felt it deserved it!

Clean, simple, colorful – what’s not to love?  Oh and here’s how I did the wreath shape so it wouldn’t be all wonky.  Take any circular object and set it down on the card.  You don’t even need to fully trace it out, just put little pencil dots every so often so you have a faint guide.  This way you are only free-handing (or free-stamping rather) just a little bit and your wreath doesn’t turn into an oval or worse, some sort of trapezoid.

Hope you enjoy, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Happy Tuesday, playing along with CFC115 and CASology 63!



This card came together rather quickly, as I had these leaves on hand from last year – stamped in the seasonal Distress Inks of Gathered Twigs, Ripe Persimmon, and Seedless Preserves (not to mention painstakingly fussycut!).  I stamped the same image on the kraft cardstock with Versamark ink, and it gave me exactly the nice subtle background I was looking for.  The white square behind the leaves helps keep things CAS and giving a great focal point.  The sentiment is a secondary focal point, in a somewhat unusual location, but I like it.  Before adhering everything I couldn’t help myself and did give it a spritz of Perfect Pearls Mist in Cappuccino, which is so very subtle it doesn’t really show here at all.

Thanks for stopping by today – have a blessed day!

Monday, September 23, 2013

You Make Me Smile–and a reader poll

Another quick share from an oops I missed the challenge deadline.  I think it was a Color Throwdown from a couple weeks ago.  Which works well because the colors didn’t turn out to quite match the challenge anyway.


My friend let me borrow her Sizzix Big Kick to make the “You” and now I am totally addicted.

I need to know – what die cutting machine should I get?

Big Kick?

Big Shot?


Something else?

Please weigh in below in the comments, I need your help!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

ColourQ #207

Super quick share tonight, here’s ColourQ #207!


Don’t have any of these SU colors so made do with what I had – kraft cardstock for the Baked Brown Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick Distress Stains for Strawberry Slush and Calypso Coral, and Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Navy for Night of Navy.

Thanks for joining me!

Color Throwdown #260

A quick share for Color Throwdown #260, great colors although I don’t have any of the SU inks listed below.  I used kraft cardstock for the Baked Brown Sugar, Hero Arts Shadow Ink Passion Flower for Orchid Opulence and Fresh Peach for Tangerine Tango, and Ranger Archival ink in Viridian for the Pistachio Pudding.


Colors are a better match in person than this photo shows, the purple is a bit too light here, the green a touch too blue, and the orangey-peach looks rather pink here.  But really no time to mess with it, my in-laws are in town and I want to spend more time with them not editing a photo – hope you understand Smile

Thanks for the visit!

Let It Snow

Here’s another ‘time-ran-out-so-I-didn’t-enter’ card for a CASE this Sketch challenge:


I stamped the snowflakes with Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China.  I spritzed with water and then various colors of Perfect Pearls Mists.  I used Stickles and Liquid Pearls to accent the snowflakes.  Below is a shot of the shimmer – so hard to catch on camera sometimes!


Ok well I’m not really ready for snow yet (or EVER) but I gotta get cranking with Christmas cards!

How about you, are you on target with your stash or are you on the mad dash to get your bum in gear!?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Runway Challenge–Peace

I honestly cannot remember the last time I played in a Runway Challenge.  But the inspo photo was so elegant I couldn’t say no.  Check it out:


To create this card I used a laser cut wood element from Kaiser Craft and misted over it with Navy Mister Huey’s.  I wanted more shimmer so I used Perfect Pearls Mists in Biscotti.  Similar to the inspo photo, I layered some vellum over the glitter letters at the bottom.  Some SC sequins make the finishing touch complete.

The close ups are all the same thing, just messing with lighting and camera settings.  I should have been writing down the changes I made, I will have to do that next time!  The main difference is the first is taken outside the second two are taken inside with light shining directly on the project.





Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Case Study–Have a sweet Christmas

Lovely inspo today thanks to Kathy Racoosin over at the Case Study #157, so bummed I couldn’t play along last week as I loved that card of hers but how could one compete with the winner of that challenge – absolutely jaw dropping!  Anyway, here’s my take:


Gotta get crankin those Christmas cards out or I’m DOOMED!  The layout kind of follows Kathy’s lead, loved layering the vellum over the individually Copic colored candy stamps from Lawn Fawn.  I put stickles over each piece, and Rock Candy Distress Stickles specifically over the gumdrops, and wow what a perfect match!

Thanks for joining me today, have a sweet day!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Never Enough Thyme…

Quick share today, I Copic colored this cute little Stampin Up! image a couple weeks ago as I was mindlessly skyping with my mom back home.  I just think it is the cutest little set, very Susan Branch-y if you know what I mean?


A perfect fit for the following challenges:


Color Throwdown #258 and Mojo Monday #309

Thanks for stopping by, have a happy Sunday!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Spray Ink Seashell Thank You Set

In need of some thank you cards, what could be better than some quick embossing and some spray inks?


I’ll show each individual card with its respective close up (seashell background stamp is by Impression Obsession, banner/sentiment by Studio Calico stamped in Hero Arts Shadow Inks, kraft cardstock from PTI):



Inks used: Dylusions in London Blue and Vibrant Turquoise, Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Mint Green and Teal



Dylusions Lemon Zest, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Peach and Sweet Cherry with Perfect Pearls Mists in Sunflower Sparkle



Dylusions Lemon Zest, Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Teal and Primrose, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold

Which is your fave?  The aqua one is winning for me Winking smile

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Inspired by…

I was really inspired by Julie Ebersole’s card in The Classroom yesterday, and had to make a card.  I am so digging the watercolors lately so it’s no surprise!  Here’s her card:


Here’s mine:


I think the inspiration here is obvious!  My first fall card, although not sure the weather agrees quite yet here in Knoxville.  I started with a large background stamp by Impression Obsession, inked in a soft blue for ethereal clouds.  I foam mounted in the same fashion, with a panel just for the watercoloring.  I really liked her idea of using Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Soft Granite – what a different look and so much softer than using the typical black.  For the watercolor itself, I used Distress Inks in Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs.  A couple splats of Mister Huey in Letter Jacket, some MME enamel dots, and some sky blue twine call it a day.  Here’s a close up:


I don’t have that Wink of Stella pen everyone seems to be raving about, but a good ol’ Gelly Roll pen in Stardust does just fine to add just the tiniest hint of glam.

Thanks Julie for your inspiration, and thanks everyone for stopping by – have a great day!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Case Study #155

Thanks to Labor Day, found time to play along with the latest Case Study #155!  Here’s the muse, the lovely Jennifer McGuire (who honestly is a constant muse for me personally, I love her work):

Here’s my take:


My basic concept was using background stamps not just as a background, similar to what Jennifer had done.  In this case, this leopard print is a border stamp co-branded with Hero Arts & Basic Grey.  The think I love about this stamp is that there are several spots (no pun intended) that did not stamp perfectly, but using a Project Life pen I was able to doodle them in and no one will ever be the wiser!

The main panel background is inked in Versafine Onyx Black.  The strips were stamped in Versamark and white embossed.  I wanted to use colors that matched a set of MME enamel dots, so I picked Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters, Milled Lavender, Picked Raspberry, and Jennifer’s favorite (and probably mine too) – Peacock Feathers.  I love how the colors create new colors when the blend and overlap.

“Party!” and “Birthday Girl” are two HA stamps, inked in Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry.  They are also foam mounted for some extra dimension.  Here’s a close-up:


I am so pleased with how this turned out.  I think it will make a perfect card for my niece who will turn 9 (not until January, but I am so happy with the result I will enjoy looking at it and continuing to be inspired until it’s time to mail.

Thanks for your visit – Have a happy day!

Tim Holtz–12 Tags of 2013 {September}

Happy Labor Day and happy September friends!

Today I’m sharing my September 2013 Tim Tag – can you believe it, it was just posted yesterday and I’ve already made it!?  I just felt so inspired from this one that I got right to work.  Here’s Tim’s:


Here’s mine:

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If you’ve been around for my other 12 tags, you may notice this is a bit of departure for me.  In the past I have tried to mimic Tim’s as close as possible, but I feel I have grown enough to where I can take the techniques for what they are and make my own art.  I was thrilled when I came home to see this tag, because it was almost fate that I had purchased modeling paste just hours before!  Let me walk you through my process (go to the link at the top to see how Tim did his):

I started with my blank tag and modeling paste, where I used a mask to get the bubbles at the top and bottom, then heat setting.  I don’t yet have any Distress Paint, so I mixed some regular white acrylic with a new iridescent medium by Liquitex for some larger circles at the bottom right (which are now much more difficult to see due to all the layering, you can best see these circles to the upper left of the ‘do not travel’ word block).

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Then I took several distress stains: Brushed Pewter, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, and Faded Jeans to get the color desired, spritzing with water for easy blending.  A quick heat set, then using the same stencil as I did with the paste and inking Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers.  After some digging in the stash found this cool quote – “The world is a book, those who do not travel read only one page.”  –St. Augustine.  I cut it up and inked the sides also in Peacock Feathers.  Isn’t it cool how you can make one Distress Ink be lighter or darker based on pressure applied??  Then some outlines using Faded Jeans Distress Marker, and distressed edges all the way around inked in Salty Ocean.

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I played around with placement of the Studio Calico transportation wood veneer pieces, but the upper left corner was looking lonely.  I decided to keep my travel theme going, and wrote “Let’s Go” in French, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and English in a PL pen highlighted by a white Gelly pen.  I love how you can see the Brushed Pewter’s shimmer behind the letters.  Some iridescent aqua sequins and enamel dots finish the tag.  Oh, and the twine at the top?  Feeling nautical – I learned how to tie a square knot, then a hangman’s knot – cool, huh?

I hope you enjoyed, this is my favorite Tim Tag to date.  It’s Tim’s technique with my personal expression!!