Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Great Impressions Announcement ...

Good morning again. I'm super excited to announce that I was asked to join the Great Impressions Design Team.

I will be sharing my projects featuring the awesome Great Impressions Stamps every Wednesday here, and over at the Great Impressions Blog.

Here are a couple of projects that I created prior to joining the DT that I wanted to share.

The first card I made was for the May 2015 Monthly Challenge featuring the Potted Flowers (H267).

My second card was created for the House of Cards June Blog Hop/Challenge; Great Impressions was one of the Sponsors. The card features the adorable Puppy Peeking (H267) and coordinating sentiment Peeking In (E865).

There is a Monthly Challenge that goes live the first Sunday of each Month. A new Challenge starts this weekend, and I look forward to sharing my card and seeing your projects.

If you haven't heard of Great Impressions Stamps make sure you hop on over to the Store to check them out. There are so many AWESOME stamps to play with, and all of the Accessories you need to create your projects with!!!

I appreciate you stopping by today, and look forward to sharing my projects featuring the Great Impressions Stamps with you.

Until next time ... Enjoy!

House of Cards July Challenge ...

Good morning! It's so hard to believe that July 1st is here, Summer is in full swing, and half of the year is gone. I have an exciting announcement to make later this morning, so I hope you'll stop back in to check it out. That being said, it's time for a New Challenge over at the House of Cards!

Use the Photo Inspiration to create a project
 featuring "food OR using the colors".

I myself went with "food" for my project.

After making this decision, I discovered that I don't really have many stamps that feature food. This took some searching, and I finally found the most adorable stamp set from Lawn Fawn called My Silly Valentine in my stash. Last time I used this set was to create Valentine's Day cards for my daughter to hand out many years ago. There are so many adorable images and the cutest sentiments that can be used for many different occasions.

I went with the pears to create a card for my amazing husband. We are opposites in many ways, but perfectly identical in others. Therefore, we make a perfect pear. :D

Make sure you hop on over to the House of Cards Challenge Blog for all of the details for entering our Monthly Challenge. I can't wait to see what inspires you this month!

Challenges entered ...

I truly appreciate you stopping by, and love reading your comments.
Until Next time ... Enjoy!

Products not listed above ...
 - Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth cardstock, Bazzill cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Copic Markers (YG21, YG25, YG17, G17 & G19)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Christmas in July ...

Good evening all. My blog has been pretty quiet lately as I try and get out of the slump I've been in.

Today's project was created for the Make it Crafty FB Freebie Christmas Challenge. I got my card done just in time, as the challenge ends today. So let's have a look!

I created a winter theme with a combination of dies and a stencil for the lovely Fairy Twinkle! Copic Markers were my medium for coloring the image, and the snow was created with Whipped Spackle. I didn't wait for the spackle to dry when I took my photos this evening. Looking forward to see how it looks once dried.

Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11 & E21 (skin); Y21, YR12, YR14, E15 & E18 (hair)
V000, V01, V04, V06, BV00, BV11, BV13, BV17 (outfit/wings); Y21, Y23, Y26 & Y28 (bell)

Challenges entered ...
 - Make it Crafty FB Freebie Christmas Challenge
 - Weekly Christmas Card Challenge #30 ~ Anything Goes

I appreciate your stopping by, and enjoy reading your lovely comments.

Until next time ... Enjoy!

Products used ...
 - Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Papertry Ink White, AMS Cobalt
 - Ink: Hero Hues Unicorn Pigment
 - Other: Heidi Swap Stencil, Memory Box Frost Christmas & Spruce Tree Dies, MFT Snow Drifts Die, Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Fond Farewell ...

Good morning! I'm hosting the Art by Miran Blog for the last time today. I started as one of the original Designer's chosen by Mi Ran to showcase her images 1-1/2 years ago. I've had an amazing time working with all of the images offered by Art by Miran so I created a Farewell Post featuring some of my favorite projects.

Details about each of the images used for these cards are located on the Art by Miran Blog, with links back to my original post(s) here on my blog.

I want to personally thank Mi Ran for having me on this amazing team, and providing me with so many wonderful images to work with. I look forward to seeing all of the NEW Designer's creations, as I will always be a FAN!

I appreciate you stopping by today.
Until next time ... Enjoy!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Wishing you a FROG-tastic day! ...

Good morning and Happy Friday! It's Release Week at Sami Stamps today, and I love the adorable new collection of Frogs in Hat & Glasses!

This adorable guy is called Top Hat Frog! When I saw him, the sentiment just popped into my head so I knew he was the one to work with. I created the sentiment in MS Word. I printed several copies of the image, colored with my trusty Copic Markers and paper-pieced him to add dimension.

Distress Ink was applied along the bottom and behind the image, and then I layered him on my design based on the Freshly Made Sketch #191. Final step was to add enamel dots, and use liquid pearls for his eyes.

You can see the dimension I created with this photo.

Now lets look at all of the New Images being Released this week!

Make sure you hop on over to Sami Stamps Blog to see what the other Designers created with the New Release. You still have time to join our current Sami Stamps Challenge so make sure you head on over to the store to grab some of these adorable images for yourself!

Challenges entered ...
 - Freshly Made Sketch #191

 - Addicted to Stamps Challenge #148 ~ Clean & Simple

I appreciate your stopping by today, and enjoy reading your lovely comments! Hope you have an amazing weekend.

Until next time ... Enjoy!
Products used:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White, Papertry Ink White, DCWV Brights Cardstock Stack
 - Other: Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass & Tea Dye, White Opal Liquid Pearls, Studio Calico Enamel Dots, 3D Foam Squares

Monday, June 15, 2015

Happy Birthday to You ...

Good morning! I'm hosting the Art by Miran Blog today. Our "Theme" for the month of June is to create "Anything but a Square Card". Since I don't make many square cards, this one is easy for me.

One of my nieces will be tuning 18 next month so I printed up the lovely Flutterby. I colored her while on vacation last week while my daughter napped. I only took Copic Markers for the skin, and then colored the rest of her with my Faber-Castell Polychrome Pencils. It's the first time I've combined mediums for coloring. It was a challenge but I love how she turned out.

I fussy cut  Flutterby after I got home. My design was inspired by the Sweet Sunday Sketch #273. The top and bottom border, along with the birthday sentiment are SRM Stickers.

I changed up the sketch a bit by adding the sentiment across the front on Grafix Clear Craft Plastic, and then left off the circle. I used my Copic Air Brush to color the doily using Copic YR02 & YR04, and then applied the same colors to the background behind Flutterby.

I appreciate you stopping by today.
Until next time ... Enjoy!

Products not listed above ...
 - Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Bazzill Marma Blast, The Paper Company Primary Green
 - Other: SRM Stickers ... #55008 Thinking of You Fancy Sticker Sentiments (border) & #62001 Birthday Stickers by the Dozen, Ellen Hutson Medium Doily