Monday, April 20, 2015

MIM 3 209 white on white die cuts with a pop of color

Lexi Daly has a video showing her technique of white on white die cuts with a pop of color over at Nichole Heady's Blog!  I love it!
I went really simple this time using a word from Wet Paint.
Sometimes a simple thank you (repeated) is all that is needed...of course the inside has a little bit more to say!

We are supposed to get to 79 degrees today!!  Yahoo, love the sun!
Go out and make it a great week, friends and "Thanks" for stopping by!

Merry Monday ~ Cat or dog!

Welcome to another Merry Monday Challenge!
My card was selected as the winner a couple of weeks ago and now I have the honor of being a Guest Designer!
I was a bit worried when I found out the challenge included having a cat or dog on the card.
Fortunately I had this digi on my computer from Whimsy Stamps...they have darling images.
This one is called:  "Berry" and I colored her with copics.

I hope you will be inspired to play along this week!
And thank you again you wonderful ladies from Merry Monday Design Team for selecting my card as the winner!
It was certainly a surprise!
Hope you all have a glorious week!

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Stuck in the Middle with you!

Simon Says Stamps has a new Monday challenge:
"Stuck in the middle with you"!
I saw this technique demonstrated on Jennifer McGuire's blog and thought I would give it a try with those cute elephants from WPlus 9.
Now this is not to say there are triplets...just thought it was a cute card and I do love those little guys!
And the one with the balloon is "stuck in the middle"!
Thanks for taking a look!

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Challenge # 30

This week's  "The Challenge" is a color challenge:
 
I thought I would try something new and different!
I taped down the two colors, red and hawaiian shores and then stamped an outline flower stamp and leaf stamp on them (of course I taped off the top and bottom!)
stamps:  Verve: Abundant Blessings
Die:  PTI Swoosh
paper: PTI white, red, hawiian shores and smokey gray

Thanks for stopping by!
die:  

Stampin' Celebration # 102

Stampin' Celebration has a new inspiration challenge up:

 
 Stamps used are:  PTI: Be Happy, Bigger Blooms and Bitty Bouquet 
Inks:  HA soft granite, PTI harvest gold, new leaf, simply chartreuse
I finally received the dies for the Bitty Bouquet...they have been OOS since the release.
Thanks for taking a look!

Heart Hugs!


Playing today

I made a card just because...no challenges, although after I finished this card I thought I should have at least looked for a color challenge!!
I purchased this die on Saturday it is an Impression Obsession called Heart Stems...so this is what I made with it:
I "smooshed" scattered straw and peacock feathers distress inks onto a clear cardstock and then smooshed it onto my watercolor paper.  I die cut the vase (PTI Mega Gracious Vases) and smooshed some paper with gathered twigs to give the vase a different kind of look.
The sentiment is from MFT: Fall Foliage and stamped with kraft ink onto a PTI Keep it Simple banner.  I added a strip of the kraft striped PTI paper to the side for added interest.
Well, that is it for now...this took all day, not sure why!
But I have been skyping with my friend Linda and I don't think she has a card to show for her time spent in the studio, but she has played around a lot and sometimes we just need to play to get an idea!

Have a great week friends!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mojo Monday # 392

I am just slipping in under the wire here with this 
I was looking for something to help me with a new design for a sympathy card.  I think I found it here with this challenge.
 
This is the sketch and I must say I like it a lot! 
stamps:  Verve: Abundant Blessings, PTI Fillable Frames collection
paper:  Avery Elle: the Bright collection and PTI smokey shadow
die:  PTI Dainty doilies
 
 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Merry Monday ~ Angel



It seems I have a limited amount of angel stamps...I chose the Paper Smooches set called:  A Blessed Christmas.
I actually made three cards...here is the one I am submitting to The Merry Monday Angel Challenge 
and it is actually the third card I made!

I first found a sketch and thought that would be fun and I could use some of my coveted pattern paper:
 And although this is nice, I really do like a more clean and simple look to my cards (how am I ever going to use all my wonderful designer paper??)
Then I made this card:
when I laid it out I knew it needed something in the corners, so I tried a few different things and settled on some holly sprigs...still not quite what I was looking for...so then I thought of stars...YES!!  that is so heavenly, why didn't I think of that first?

 
stamps:  Paper Smooches: A Blessed Christmas, and stars are from Mama Elephant: Make a Wish, the holly is from PTI Tinsel & Tags Sprigs
gold thread
die:  MFT stitched square mat
paper:  MME: A Merry Little Christmas
Have a great weekend friends!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Challenge # 29

I am playing along with The Challenge this week..it is a sketch and a good way to use up some of the pattern papers we have in our stash!

 
stamps:  PTI petite pots
paper:  Doodlebug:  hello spring paper pad

Seize the Birthday ~ Tall & Skinny

The first thing I did was go to my envelope stash and I found a legal size envelope that I have had for a number of years...and this was my inspiration:


I think I have had these envelopes for about 15 years or longer...a wedding anniversary celebration!  I decided to stamp a SSS Birthday Balloon stamp in Delicata Gold ink up the page and layer them all in one big balloon bouquet!
My strings were made with the gold Wink of Stella!
The sentiment is from an Avery Elle set called Cake and Candles.  I stamped the balloons close to the edge, then with a pencil and ruler made a line for me to hand cut around all the balloons.  A strip of striped PTI paper was taped to INSIDE on the back edge of the card so it shows through.
The sentiment was stamped with matching ink of winter wisteria.

I hope you will join all of us in this Seize the Birthday Challenge.  The topping for this challenge is to make a Tall & Skinny card!  However, you all know you can always just make any kind of birthday card as ANYTHING GOES! 
TALL & SKINNY is the topping!


Monday, April 6, 2015

A birthday linky party for Monika

Sweet Monika from Creative with Monika is having herself a linky birthday party!  It is very easy to join in her celebration as she has selected her own cards to CAS!
I can't decide if this should fall into simply the CAS category or the "cute and funny", YOU decide, Monika!
The party lasts ALL month!  
Thanks Monika for asking us to join in your celebration birthday!  Happy happy, Birthday friend!!

Hugs from Oregon!!
Colleen

MIM # 208 Ombre Stamping

I enjoyed sponging the stamps and getting the ombre look with all these different inks.
You can find this challenge and technique at Capture the Moment . Laurie Willison has a video up on Nichole's blog with this tehcnique.  I like sponging on the stamp versus trying to use the ink pad, I almost always get the ink pad lines across my image!
stamps:  Funky Florals, Bitty Bouquet
Inks:  tropical teal, Haw.shores, aqua mist;  terra cotta tile, orange zest, melon berry,  royal velvet, plum pudding, lavendar moon;  scarlet jewel, pure poppy, autumn rose, summer sunrise, harvest gold, lemon tart