Wednesday, October 18, 2017

PCC #264 Color Challenge with Stampin' Up! Brightly Lit Christmas!

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  I always feel like when I've made it to Wednesday I can get through the rest of the work week.  This weekend will be another trip to Knoxville to see three of our granddaughters.  That's something to look forward to for sure!

Well of course since it is Wednesday that means another Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  This week's card is for a color challenge.  

I have to tell you that at first I wasn't feeling it.  I've made so many Halloween and Fall cards and I really didn't want to go in that direction.    The great thing about this color challenge is that we can pick a mystery color to add to the mix.. well I wanted to make a Christmas card so I went with Red!

During World Card Making Day, I bought the Stampin' Up! Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set as one of their specials so of course I had to use it!   The light post and sign holder were stamped in Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed on a 4 x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White Cardstock.   I used a sponge with a small amount of Pumpkin Pie Ink on it to sponge the light in the light post.  The sign was stamped in Lemon Lime Twist directly under the sign holder.  MFT Die-namic Stitched Scallop Basic Edges Dies were used to cut a curved edge on the panel.  I mounted the panel on a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of plaid DSP from the Christmas Around the World DSP pack.  I then mounted that onto a piece of Lemon Lime Twist that measured 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" and attached that to a Real Red top folding Card Base.  I decided the lamp post needed the bow from the stamp set so I stamped it in Real Red on a scrap of white cardstock.  The bow was fussy cut and a Real Red marker's brush tip was used to color the edges so no white was showing.  I added a strip of White Glimmer paper hand cut like a snow bank to the bottom of the white panel to ground my light post.  To finish this off I used some Journey Glaze to cover the bow as well as the glass on the lantern.  I really love how this one turned out.  I've been struggling with Lemon Lime Twist so I was glad to be able to use it on a Christmas Card and feel good about it.  That color was just a bit of a stretch for me. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SIP Challenge #121 with Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves

Hello and Happy Tuesday again!  I had a wonderful weekend and have survived Monday again so all is good, right??  lol  As usual Tuesday means another Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge and this time is another Tic-Tac-Toe with lots of options!

My Card qualifies to go in many directions with this Tic-Tac-Toe.  It could go down the first column, Leaf, Orange, and Twine, or straight across the middle with Orange, Wood and Embossing, or Diagonal with Die Cut, Wood and Twine.  How's that for coloring within the lines this time?  lol
I decided to pull out my favorite fall stamp set by Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves and the Leaflet Framelits.  I also revisited a fun technique called Joseph Coat.   

I started out by sponging Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Wild Wasabi onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock.   I stamped the leaves onto the ink blended cardstock with Versamark and then clear embossed them.  Once embossed I used a brayer to bray Early Espresso Ink over the embossed leaves.  Once the ink dried, I used the coordinating Leaflet Framelits Dies to cut the leaves out.  I did the same type of ink blending onto another Bristol Smooth Cardstock for the background on this card.   The ink blended layer was cut into a panel with Avery Elle Wonky Stitches Dies.  I double matted it with Early Espresso Cardstock and then Pumpkin Pie Cardstock and then attached it to an Early Espresso A2 Card Base.  I used the smaller rectangle from the Avery Elle Wonky set to cut out a piece of the Wood Textures DSP.  I matted it with Early Espresso and then added it to the center of the card.  I stamped the sentiment (from the September Paper Pumpkin kit) using my Misti in Versamark first and then Early Espresso Ink and then clear embossed it.  The leaves were arranged in a bundle of sorts and then used Natural Twine to tie a bow in it.  The leaves were attached with dimensionals.  The smaller ones were adhered to the front with Tombow liquid adhesive. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings!  Tina

Thursday, October 12, 2017

OSAT Blog Hop - Fall/Halloween!

Hello and Happy Thursday... and yes, almost Friday!  Woo Hoo!  I'm hopping with a bunch of super creative friends today for One Stamp At A Time's Fall Halloween Blog Hop!  If you're ready for some awesome Fall and Halloween inspiration you'll want to be sure to hop all the way through!   If you've already been hopping, you should have landed here from the fabulous Kelly Acheson's Blog and thank you for continuing on!  

I decided to finally use a Stampin' Up! stamp set that has been in my collection since last year but not inked up yet.. Foxy Friends!  It has an awesome coordinating Fox Builder Punch.  Here's what I came up with for my card......

I love all of the creatures that can be made with the Foxy Friends stamp set... so many options!  I thought the sign was a great way to showcase the sentiment and it gave me a chance to add a little cardinal!  My husband and I love birds and cardinals are out favorite!  The adorable Keep Calm and Give Thanks Sentiment was from the September Paper Pumpkin Kit and I know I'll be using it a lot!  

And here is what I came up with for a coordinating project....

I picked up this adorable little 5" x 7" shadow box that can used with seasonal projects.  I loved the sentiment "gather together & give thanks" from the Painted Harvest stamp set!  It's one of my favorites!  You'll notice I snuck a couple of cardinals in this one as well! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you'll click the next button you'll land at Dena Rekow's Creativity Cave!  Dena is one of my all time favorite stampers and I LOVE her videos on You Tube!  If you don't subscribe, you should!  She is unbelievably creative!!

In case you lose your way.. here is a list of all of our bloggers...

  1. Elizabeth Jeanne
  2. Jenny Hall
  3. Kelly Acheson -
  4. Tina Riddle ... You are Here!
  5. Dena Rekow
  6. Maria Willis
  7. Lori Mueller
  8. Melissa Davies
  9. Megan Thompson
  10. Jennifer Hill
  11. Sue Plote
  12. Pam Staples
  13. Jessie Holton
  14. Rick Adkins
  15. Marisa Gunn

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PCC263 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge with Lawn Fawn Stitched Ornaments

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  I am always relieved to know that I've made it half way through the work week and that much closer to the weekend!   It's been a busy couple of days for me and I'm really looking forward to this coming weekend.  I'm going to be going to Chattanooga, TN to see my sweet 8 year old granddaughter, Taylor, play softball.  She's been playing ball for about 3 years now and it's been so much fun to see how much her skills have progressed!  You know I'll have to share a picture.... this is my daughter Christine with Taylor last weekend during yet another tournament!  She hit three home run in that tournament so I'm hoping this weekend to see a few myself! 

And the picture below was after a long day of playing ball.  Her team came in 2nd place.  Taylor got a game ball for defense and her friend Sadee got a game ball for offense. 

So back to the matter at hand.. It is Wednesday which means I'm designing for Paper Craft Crew with a card for a new sketch challenge.  

I decided to get back to work on Christmas cards so that's where I went with the sketch by using my fun new Stitched Ornaments Die Set from Lawn Fawn!

These ornament dies have so many possibilies but I went super simple since I was adding a banner on the red ornament.  The banner die is from Avery Elle Wonky Stiches Die Set.  I added a Taylored Expressions Peace word die cut in Silver Mirror Paper over the White banner so it would stand out.  I love how it turned out... simple but pretty.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

SIP Challenge #120 - Color Challenge with Orange, Lime and Black!

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  As always I hope your week has gotten off to a wonderful start!  Did you make time to do some crafting on World Card Making Day?  Unfortunately I didn't but I had a wonderful day Saturday anyway and had some cardmaking time on Sunday afternoon ... at least I did make my Stamp, Ink, Paper Design Team card for Challenge #120! :)

Since it is Tuesday I'm over at Stamp, Ink, Paper again and this week we have a fun color challenge that screams Halloween or Fall!  I don't make a ton of Halloween cards but I LOVE fall and my very favorite thing about it is Pumpkin anything!  Yep, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread and of course.. Pumpkin Spice Lattes!   So you can probably guess where I went with this color challege.. straight to the Stampin Up! Coffee Cafe Bundle and the coordinating Merry Cafe Stamp Set.

I ended up using both stamp sets because I had to have the sentiment from the Merry Cafe but loved the woodgrain cup from the Coffee Cafe.  The problem with the woodgrain was that it only came in the smaller cup size and of course I always have a Venti with I get my PSL!  Then I realized.. no biggie because the black sleeve will cover the seam so I stamped two woodgrain cups and combined them into one large cup... problem solved!  I think it turned out super cute with this adorable distressed looking  orange patterned paper from my stash.  The paper even had a few splashes of lime green in it so that was a win.  I ran some black and white baker's twine around the black sleeve of the lime green cup, using the side of my scissors to add some twirl in the twine.  I adhered the lime green cup directly onto the patterned paper with Fast Fuse.  The orange cup was adhered with foam squares.  I love how the orange and black pop on top of the white!  So much so that I remade the card with the circle over the coffee sleeve in white for another pop of white.

So which one do you prefer?  I seriously can't decide.  I love each for different reasons!

Thanks for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

PCC #262 Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge with FSJ Artsy Leaves

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  It's finally Fall y'all!  Well at least it is finally feeling fallish!  lol  As usual on Wednesday I'm over with the Paper Craft Crew.  This week's Challenge is a Tic-Tac-Toe that has so many options depending on which way you go.. I went straight down the middle with Baker's Twine, Fall and Punch or Die Cut.  

I knew I wanted to make a Fall card and remembered that I bought the FSJ Artsy Leaves stamp set last year and thought it was time to ink it up... or Versamark it up. lol

I stamped the leaves onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock with Versamark and then heat embossed them in White.  I used my Tim Holtz Distress Inks and an Aqua Painter to color them in. The inks used to color the leaves were Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, and Mustard Seed. Once painted I used my heat tool to dry them and then sponged some Antique Linen Distress Ink around them going a little darker around the edges.  Avery Elle Wonky Rectangles were used to cut out the front panel.  I stapled a bit of scrap ribbon in the upper left corner.  For the Leaf over the ribbon I used a small piece of Bristol Smooth with the same ink colors blended in to cut the Lawn Fawn Fall Tiny Tag.   After I die cut the tag I used my Ink Blending tool to add more of the Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink around the edge of it.  Some Natural Baker's Twine was run through the tag and then tied in a bow.  I twirled the end of the twine with the edge of my scissors and then attached the leaf with foam squares.  I used some Ranger Matt Medium to attach the "thanks" wooden element to the front of the card.  The panel was matted onto a piece (retired) Mossy Meadow Cardstock and then adhered to a 110# Neenah Classic Solar White Cardstock A2 Cardbase.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

SIP Challenge #119 Card Makers Choice with Altenew Budding Thanks

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Hope you are having a wonderful week so far!  Is the weather where you live beginning to feel like fall?  It is here in Middle Tennessee and it feels so wonderful!  I spent a little time on Sunday sitting on the deck and enjoying the beautiful weather with our dogs while my husband was watching football.  What a wonderful peaceful day.. those are the best kind of days!

 This week over at Stamp, Ink, Paper we have my very favorite type of Challenge... Card Maker's Choice!  

I decided to pull out my Altenew stamp and die set "Budding Thanks" that I have barely used and love so I felt like it would be a great time to get some more use out of it.

I just adore these blooms and they layer so beautifully!  This was very simple but lately simple cards have been my favorite!  I started with a Neenah Classic Solar White 110# Card Stock base that measured 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and was scored at 4 1/4".  My stamping was all done using Altenew Floral Mini Ink Cube Set  and done on the same Neenah Classic Cardstock.  I stamped the stems and leaves directly on the cardstock panel.  The flowers were stamped on another piece of the same Neenah cardstock and then added using fast fuse for the bud and foam squares for the larger bloom.  I stamped the "Best Wishes" sentiment that was from the Hero Arts "Color Layering Large Orchid Stamp Set" on the upper right corner in the Forest Glades Altenew Ink Cube (darkest of the green ink included in the Floral Mini Ink Cube Set.  The dies used for my stitched and scallop layers is the Mama Elephant Creative Cuts Basic Set.  It includes a lot of awesome dies and it one of my favorite layering sets.  I added some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti with Ranger Matt Medium to finish this one off. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

PCC #261 Color Challenge with Hero Arts My Monthly Hero September 2017 Kit

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  You've made it this far so just keep pushing through!  I'm over with the Paper Craft Crew with a card for a color challenge that was indeed a bit of a challenge for me.  I was NOT feeling these colors at all!  Once I decided to use my September 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit and realized I could do some color layering to make them work, it turned out ok.. I hope!  lol  I'm sure you can think of something more fabulous than I did so please head over to Paper Craft Crew for some inspiration and to link up a card of your own!

And here's my card.. 

So for this one I started with a 11" x 4 1/4" sheet of SU Calypso Coral Cardstock.  I added a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of SU Early Espresso Cardstock over the Coral.  Next I used the SU Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of 3 3/4" x 5" piece of 80# Neenah White Cardstock and added it to the Early Espresso Layer.  Then on another piece of 80# Neenah White Cardstock I stamped my stem and leaves SU Lemon Lime Twist for the bottom layer and Tranquil Tide for the detailed layer.   My Flower was stamped in SU Calypso Coral for the base layer. The first detail layer was stamped in SU Cajun Craze and the second detail layer was stamped twice in Cajun Craze to darken that layer.  The center of the flower was stamped in SU Crumb Cake first and then Gina K Designs Black Onyx Ink.  (Note.. somehow I have lost my Versafine Tuxedo Black Ink.. how does one loose an entire ink pad?????)   I stamped two of the flowers exactly alike using my Misti so that I could layer them.  I used the coordinating dies to cut out the stem with leaves and the two flower images.  The top layer was handcut between some of the petals to allow more dimension.  I used a bone folder to bend the layers out.  I added the top flower with foam squares and added some FSJ Journey Glaze to the flower for some shine and drama!  Concord and 9th's Pineapple Perfection Bundle was used for the sentiment and banner.  I cut out the banner die first in SU Early Espresso and Stamped the "Thinking of You" in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed it in White. Some Natural Thread hoops were added with a small foam square in the middle and then the banner was added over the thread with small foam squares on each end.  It was finished off with Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Espresso Sequins.  I hope you like what I came up with!  I ended up loving it!

Have a blessed day!  Tina

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

SIP Challenge #118 Anything But a Card with Verve Fill My Cup Bookmark

Hello my friends and Happy Tuesday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and have gotten the week started off to a good start.  I am super excited about Stamp, Ink, Paper's Challenge theme this week... Anything But a Card!  

My first idea was to make a tag but when I started went through my stamps and ran into this awesome Fill My Cup Stamp Set from Verve I decided a bookmark would be perfect!  I'm trying to get back on track with my morning Bible reading and this bookmark is just the thing for me!  

How adorable are these sentiments??  I LOVE them!  I started with a 1 3/4" wide by 6 1/4" inch piece of SU Soft Sky Cardstock.   I heat embossed the sentiments and images in Black and used Zig Clean Color Markers to color in the sun and cloud image and the cup.  The heart was a punched heart out of a scrap of red cardstock.  Once I was done with the embossing and coloring, I added some wink of stella to the cloud and then a little white glitter.  I then used some FSJ Journey Glaze to coat the cup, cloud, sun and heart for some dimension and shine.  I used some ribbon fibers from my stash.  This was a super easy and fun project and is just what I need for my morning Bible reading. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SIP Challenge #117 Watercolor with Lawn Fawn Pumpkin Spice!

Hello my friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and survived Monday!  I had a busy Monday but still made time to head out for lunch for my favorite drink.... coffee!  And what kind of coffee says it's fall... Pumpkin Spice Latte of course!  This week's challenge over at Stamp, Ink, Paper is a Watercolor Challenge and I made it all about Pumpkin Spice Latte!  lol

The background in this week's challenge banner inspired me to do some distress ink smooshing onto watercolor for my background!  

I started with a 5 1/2" x 3" panel of watercolor paper that was sprayed with water.  I smooshed some Tim Holtz Mustard Seed Distress Ink onto a piece of acetate and sprayed it with water and then pushed it around onto the watercolor paper.  I followed the same technique but with Spiced Marmelade and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink, drying between each layer.  A Distress Splatter Brush and some more of the Rusty Hinge Distress Ink thinned out with water added some dark splatters.  Next I stamped my Lawn Fawn Cup and shaker onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock with Versafine Black Onyx Ink and then dried it with my heat cool.  Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain were used to color in the coffee and the cup.  A small amount of Scattered Straw Distress Ink  was used to highlight the edges of the whipped cream.  I used a stiff brush to brush on a little bit of the Rusty Hinge and Walnut Stain Distress Ink onto the whipped cream and inside the shaker for the Pumpkin Spice.  A Zig Marker in Medium Gray and a wet small brush  highlighted the metal ring of the shaker.  I attached the cup and shaker to the watercolor panel with foam squares.  I used a little more of the Walnut Stain Distress Ink with a wet brush under the cup to ground it.  Clear Wink of Stella was brushed onto the Whipped Cream.  Some FSJ Journey Glaze was brushed all over the cup and the shaker.  (I LOVE the Journey Glaze.. it's the one thing I never want to run out of!)  I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment onto the bottom of the watercolor panel with more of the Versafine Black Onyx Ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I used some scraps of Woodgrain DSP onto the top and bottom of the panel and then attached it all to a piece of Patterned Paper from my stash that I felt matched the colors well.  I added a few Pretty Pink Posh 4mm sequins to finish it off and then attached it to a card base of 110# Neenah Classic Solar White Cardstock.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll stop by and pick up a Pumpkin Spice Latte today!  I know I will! 

Blessings, Tina

Thursday, September 14, 2017

OSAT Blog Hop - Throwback Thursday!

Hello and Welcome to the One Stamp At A Time Throwback Thursday Blog Hop!  If you have already been hopping you should have landed here from the awesome blog of  Renee Ondrajka and I'd like to thank you for continuing on!  If you've started with me let me introduce you to our theme.....Throwback Thursday!  Here's a throwback picture of me with Big Hair for you to get you in the mood.  Oh and notice the shoulder pads... lol

Ok, so enough big hair and back to the matter at hand.. Throwback Thursday!  I believe this may mean different things to different crafters but for me I thought I'd share one of my very first blog cards with you and show you how I've recreated the same type of card with new products.  My original card was from October 2013. 

 Before I get to my card I thought I'd tell you a bit about how it all started.  I started scrapbooking around 2003 when my son began playing football.  Later he joined the Marines and I scrapped all of his years of duty at various places around the world.  He still treasures those books and loves to look through them.  In 2008 I remarried and moved to Manchester, TN and continued my love of scrapbooking.  After moving here I met my sweet friend Polly and she invited me to her house to scrap.  From that point on I was at her house on Friday nights to scrap or craft.  I can still remember going over there and seeing a huge box of stamps and asking her what she did with them.  I started off by stamping things on my scrapbook pages.  Then she showed me how to use chalk ink to ink the edges of my pages.  Well that was my introduction to stamps and ink and wow has my addiction grown!  Fast forward to 2013..  I met a sweet friend named Nicole Nastali in one of the Facebook Stamping Groups and she was certainly an encourager.  I found out that she was a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator during one of our chats and I purchased quite a few additional supplies that I had been unable to find at local stores.  She always complimented my cards and often talked with me about blogging.  It was because of her that I started my blog.  My first blog post was in 2013, the same year that I made the card pictured below.  I picked this card for my Throwback Thursday project because it was my first attempt at finding a cardmarking tutorial and creating it with the stamps and patterned paper that I had. 

 Here's my card using Unity Stamp Co.  Acorn Greetings Stamp Set from 2013..

In my blog post from 2013 I explain how I made this card.  For info on the Starburst or Sunburst Design from my original blog post click here.  

For my updated version with new products I decided to go first with a Christmas Design.  Here's my Christmas Card using the new Stampin' Up! Stamp Set called Smitten Mittens. I decided to make the panel longer instead of using an edge punch to add to the panel on the bottom as I had done on my original card.

I actually got my inspiration for this card from a Stampin' Up! DSP share that I bought from Linda Heller when the new annual catalog came out.  As I thumbed through the patterned paper I loved the designs as well as the colors of Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, and Garden Green in the Be Merry DSP.  I stamped the small Mittens in Garden Green and attached them with foam squares.  The "Smitten" Sentiment was stamped first with Versamark and then SU Cherry Cobbler Ink using my Misti and clear embossed.  I don't know how I survived without my Misti!  

My next card using this technique is a Fall Theme card using the Painted Harvest Stamp Set and the Wood Textures DSP Stack.

I stamped the flower from the stamp set onto Very Vanila Cardstock first in SU Daffodil Delight and then in SU Crushed Curry Ink.  The center was stamped in Soft Suede Ink.  I added some Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Espresso sequins in the center of the flower as well as scattered around the card.    

Last but not least I made one additional Fall theme Card..

My last card uses the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.  The sentiment if from the Painted Harvest Stamp Set as was the previous fall theme card.  I thought adding a Sunflower to this one would be too much so I added two Stitched Leaves from Fall Tiny Tags set by Lawn Fawn.  I ink blended some distress inks in various fall colors onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock and then die cut the leaves.  Once cut out I also sponged the edges and then tied them together and added some Natural Twine and attached them with Foam Squares.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'm sure you'll want to check out every blogger's Throwback Thursday post!  Next up is Lori Mueller's blog.  Just click the next button and you'll be there!  

In the off chance you get lost along the way.. here's a list of all of our bloggers:

  1. Elizabeth Jeanne
  2. Jenny Hall
  3. Kelly Acheson
  4. Anna Smith
  5. Rose Grunewald
  6. Maria Willis
  7. Melissa Davies
  8. Jennifer Hill
  9. Jessie Holton
  10. Rick Adkins
  11. Dena Rekow
  12. Renee Ondrajka
  13. Tina Rackley Riddle - That's me!
  14. Lori Mueller
  15. Pam Staples
  16. Jeanna Bohanon
  17. Marisa Gunn
  18. Justin Krieger
  19. Andrea Tracy-Tucker

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

PCC Challenge #259 - Inspiration Challenge with Hero Arts My Monthly Hero February 2017 Kit

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  I'm super excited about this week's Paper Craft Crew Challenge because I love umbrellas.  I seriously have about 5 stamp sets that all involve umbrellas and rain!  Is that wild?  I didn't realize until I tried to decide which stamp to use.  I must have a thing for umbrellas, or rain, or storms!  lol

Lately I've been on a kick to use some of the stamp sets or kits that I haven't used yet.  I have quite a few so this will take quite some time.  For this card I decided to use a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit from February 2017.  Now I have used the add-on stamp sets from the February Release but not the actual kit... so today's the day!  

For my background I decided to use a trick that I learned from the awesome Gina K of Gina K Designs.  I scored a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of 110# Neenah Classic Solar White cardstock every 1/4" on a Scoring Board.  After the cardstock was scored, I ran a SU Soft Sky Ink Pad directly to the cardstock for a distressed wood planking look.  I really love the look and can't wait to try it with other colors.  I cut my window from the February Kit out of 110# Neenah Classic Solar White as well.  The background of my window scene was created by Ink Blending Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink onto a piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  After I completed my ink blending, I used a distress sprayer to spritz some water on it and then placed a paper towel over it to absorb the drops of ink that lifted.  I stamped my girl with the umbrella as well as the other umbrella onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  After it was dry, I used Zig Clean Color Markers and an Aqua Brush to color in my images.  The cloud was stamped in Iced Spruce Distress Ink and the Lightning was stamped in Onyx Black Ink onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock as well.  I used a silver Zig Clean Color marker to color in the Lightning.  I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black Ink in the upper left corner of the window. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SIP Challenge #116 Clean and Simple Fall Card with Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit September 2017

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I waited until the last minute to make my SIP card this week which turned out to be a good thing... Why?? Because I received my Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit when I arrived home from work on Monday.  How cool was that?  It was perfect to make a clean and simple fall card.  The color layering pumpkins and sunflowers in the September kit are gorgeous!  I love clean and simple although it's not usually my style.  It was sure fun to try to make one and believe it or not, I actually made a one layer card.. Wow!  Can you believe it??  It you have an awesome idea for a Fall theme CAS card head on over to Stamp, Ink, Paper and link it up!

Here's my card using the largest pumpkin from the My Monthly Hero Kit..

I really did keep this one simple.  I started with an 11" x 4 1/4" Card Base of 110# Neenah Classic Solar White cardstock, scored at 5 1/2".  I used Stampin' Up! Embossing Paste and Brick Wall Stencil to add the brick texture on the bottom of the card.  I considered adding some Crumb Cake reinker to make the brick wall a little darker but I decided to go with white on white.  I may make another one with the reinker to see if I like it better!  I stamped the pumpkin, stem and leaves seperately on more of the 110# Neenah Classic Solar White.  The pumpkin was stamped with Stampin' Up! Peek-A-Boo Peach for the base and then used the Hero Arts small inks in Hero Arts Pumpkin Pie and Orange Soda for the details.  The stem was stamped in Hero Arts Pumpkin Pie and the detail was added in Cup O'Joe Ink.  The leaves were stamped in SU Pear Pizzazz Ink and the detail was added in SU Old Olive Ink.  I added the pumpkin with foam squares and then added the twine at the top and twirled the tails to hang down on the left side.  The sentiments in the set were curved but since I didn't want it to go around the pumpkin, I stretched it over a ruler until straight and then picked it up with the lid of my Misti.  I then stamped the Autumn Greetings sentiment in Hero Arts Cup O'Joe Ink straight on the upper right side of the card.  That was it!  I seriously thought about adding sequins.. but then said to myself... No!  Keep it Simple!  Why is that always so hard? lol

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

PCC258 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge with FSJ Poinsettia Burst

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  We made it to mid-week so Woo Hoo!   Hopefully it's been a good week for you.  So far it seems like I'm going to have to cram 5 days of work into 4 since we were off on Monday.  But I really think being off work a day was worth it!  Since it is Wednesday, that means it's time for a new Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  This week's sketch is super cute! 

I decided to try as much as possible to get Christmas Cards made early so I took this sketch and an awesome FSJ Stamp Set called Poinsettia Burst to knock one out!

I tried to stay fairly close to the sketch but as usual I took a little bit of artistic liberty!  lol

I started with an A2 Card Base made of FSJ Frest Forest Cardstock.  I added a thin layer of SU Gold Glimmer Cardstock.  My next layer was FSJ Whipped Cream Cardstock that was embossed with the SU Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder.  I ran a piece of green and white washi tape across it and tucked it behind each of the sides and then added it to the gold layer with foam tape... It's a little hard to adhere to the Gold Glimmer Cardstock so I felt the foam tape was a safe option.  My middle panel was a piece of FSJ Whipped Cream Cardstock that measured 3 7/8" x 2 7/8" and was matted with a piece of 4" x 3" Fresh Forest.  I cut a small layer of distressed wood paper from the SU Wood Textures DSP stack for the bottom of the center layer.  I used my Misti to stamp the Merry Christmas Sentiment from FSJ Holiday Wishes Stamp Set in FSJ Candy Apple Ink.  My poinsettia was also stamped in Candy Apple Ink onto Whipped Cream Cardstock.  The leaves for the poinsettia were stamped in SU Garden Green Ink and the Pine Boughs were stamped in SU Emerald Envy.  I used the coordinating dies to cut them all out.  I added a little Clear Wink of Stella to the poinsettia and then attached everything to my middle panel with Foam Tape.   I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Simply White to the center of the Poinsettia.  Finally I added some Gold Metallic Dots to finish this one off!  Well that's it one more Christmas card down!  Yay me!!  

Have a wonderful day!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

SIP #115 Color Challenge with FSJ An Adventure Stamp Set

Hello and Happy Tuesday... but it feels like Monday!  I really enjoyed being off Labor Day but it sure puts a damper on Tuesday!  So of course Tuesday means another Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge and this is probably my favorite Color Challenge that we've had... Aqua, Gray and Light Yellow!  I immediately thought of an ocean scene and that brought me to this super cute stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey called An Adventure!  It's an adorable ATS (Artist Trading Stamp) that is only $8.95..  What a deal!!!  This is my first time to use it and I really am loving it!

So for this one I started with a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  I used a ink blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Broken China and Cracked Pistachio for the Ink Blended Background.  This is the first time I had used the Distress Oxides and they are awesome!  Seriously they blend so smooth on the Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  I started with Cracked Pistachio on the bottom and Broken China on the top and then blended it down into the Pistachio.  After I had it all blended I spritzed it with my Distress Water Mister and then laid a paper towel over it to absorb the ink.  It made such a lovely ocean background!  Next I stamped the Submarine from the An Adventure Stamp Set onto some Watercolor Paper.. this was a mistake.  Although it all turned out well, I should have used Bristol Smooth for the Submarine.  My Brother Scan-n-Cut cut out the Submarine for me since I had not purchased the coordinating die for the stamp set.  I used Zig Clean Color Markers to color it in and this is where I noticed that watercolor paper does not blend like Bristol Smooth.  It took several layers of color and Clear Wink of Stella to make it look right.  I really should have just stamped it again on Bristol but I was determined to make it work.  I'm seriously hard-headed like that!  lol  Once I decided where I wanted my Submarine I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment in just the right spot.  I love the Misti because I can continue to stamp in the exact same place several times.  I stamped the sentiment with FSJ Black Licorice Ink and then clear embossed it.   Ok, so you know that I can't make a card with just one stamp set.. right??  So I wanted to add some fish so  I stamped the Fish and Seahorse from a Hero Arts May 2017 My Monthly Hero Set.  They were just the right size to go with my Submarine!  I stamped them in Versafine Black Onyx Ink onto a scrap of Bristol Smooth Cardstock (lesson learned!) and then clear embossed them.  I used Zig Clean Color Markers and an Aqua Painter to color then.  I used the coordinating dies to cut them out but then decided there was too much white showing so I fussy cut right up to the black line on them.   I attached them to my background with Ranger Multi Medium in Matt Finish.  My Submarine was then attached with Foam Tape....... and a LOT of it!  I matted this in my very favorite Yellow Cardstock.... FSJ Banana Cream.  I LOVE this color!!  I then matted that with FSJ River Stone Cardstock and then mounted the entire panel on an 11" x 4 1/4" piece of Banana Cream scored at 5 1/2" for a top folding card base. Last but certainly not least I added some Lucy's Cards Rainbow Sparkle Mix Jewels with Ranger Multi Medium Matt!   I adore all things Nautical but I think this is one of my favorites of all of the ones I've made!   I can't wait to make more Under the Sea backgrounds... I'm heading to do that now!  If you haven't given it a try.. go do it!  It's a blast!

Blessings, Tina

Sunday, September 3, 2017

TGIF Challenge #tgifc123 Color Challenge with FSJ Flower Swirls Bundle

Hello and Happy Sunday Funday!  I actually had time to make a few cards today so that's a big Yay!  I loved the TGIF color challenge for this week so I thought I'd join in the fun!

My original thought was to go nautical but I changed my mind at the last minute... although I must admit seashells in Peekaboo Peach would be awesome!  Here's my card...

Here are the products I used...

Avery Elle Wonky Dies 
Bristol Smooth Cardstock (for the ink blended layer)
SU Peek-a-boo Peach Ink
SU Early Espresso Ink
Broken China Distress Ink
Distress Water Mister
FSJ Flower Swirls Bundle
FSJ Must Have Sentiments
FSJ Whipped Cream Cardstock
SU Early Espresso Cardstock
SU Wood Textures DSP
Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti
FSJ Sparkle Silk
Ranger Multi Medium Matt
FSJ Easy Glibe
3M Foam Tape

Thanks a bunch for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

SIP #114 Sketch Challenge with FSJ Koi Dreams

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I took a vacation day last Friday to have a long weekend and I seriously thought Monday would NEVER end!  lol  I'm so glad it did!   I should have made my card for the Stamp, Ink, Paper Design Team during my long weekend but of course I waited until Monday night!  I really am a last minute kind of gal lately!  lol  This week's Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge is a super fun sketch that really has sooo many possibilities!  

And believe it or not, I actually stayed very true to the sketch!  Hard to believe I know....... but really I did!  I finally got the opportunity to use a fun new FSJ stamp set called Koi Dreams.  

Here are the products I used on this fun card:

 FSJ Koi Dreams Stamp Set
FSJ Koi Dreams Die Set
FSJ Designers Choice Prints 
FSJ Journey Circles Dies
SU Dapper Denim Cardstock
SU Dapper Denim Ink
Hero Arts Ombre Serengeti Sunset Ink
Hero Arts Ombre Tide Pool to Navey Ink
Neenah Classic Solar White 80# Cardstock
Hero Arts July 2016 My Monthly Hero Kit (sentiment)
Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti

Have a wonderful day!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

SIP #113 Back to School Challenge with Lil' Inker Designs Apple of My Eye

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Did you watch the Solar Eclipse yesterday???  It was really cool and actually more exciting than I expected it to be!  My favorite part was that as it started getting dark the crickets started making noise and the lighting bugs started coming out!  Now that was cool!  

So since it is Tuesday you know that means it's time for another Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge!  This week's theme is back to school!

Time to pull out my cool Lil' Inker Designs Apple of My Eye stamp set and coordinating Apple Shaker Die Set for this one!

Luckily for me I had some retired DSP that had the cool black and white designs that worked awesome for this theme!  I used Stampin' Up! Lemon Lime Twist for the base as well as the apple and leaf.  The DSP has skinny mats in Basic Black cardstock.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SIP #112 Travel Challenge with Gina K Designs My Anchor Stamp Set

Hi Friends!  Happy Tuesday!  Hope your week is off to an awesome start.  Stamp, Ink, Paper has a super fun challenge this week based on a Travel theme!  I hope you'll have a chance to head over and check it out!

I challenged myself this week to make a travel themed card with a current stamp set.  This was a difficult challenge for me because I have a retired stamp set called Traveler that is my go to set for projects like this.  Thankfully I remembered the awesome Gina K Designs Kit that I purchased.  It included an awesome stamp set called "My Anchor".  It has some great sentiments and lovely old truck stamp.  I LOVE old trucks!

This was such an easy card to create.  I started with an 11" x 4 1/4" Basic Black Cardstock base, scored at 5 1/2".  Next I layered a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock that measured 4" x 5 1/4".  My Patterned Paper was some retired DSP from my stash.  I used a 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" piece of the Black Street Map Paper to layer over the Very Vanilla Cardstock layer.  I cut a piece of 2 1/8 " x 3 7/8" piece of Very Vanilla to matt the Crumbcake and Black curvey design paper that measured 2 x 3 7/8".  That left a small border on the top and bottom.   I added three loops of Natural Twine and tied into a bow on the left side of these horizonal layers and adhered them with Foam Tape.  The truck and sentiment from the My Anchor set were stamped on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock with Versafine Black Onyx Ink.  I used SU Layering Circle Framelits Dies to cut the stamped piece into a circle.  I layered it on a scrap of Crumb Cake Cardstock that was cut in a scallop and a larger circle of Basic Black cardstock.   

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

PCC255 Sketch Challenge with Hero Arts July 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  I've been missing in action the last couple of weeks over at Paper Craft Crew but this week I'm back with a Design Team Card for a new fun sketch!  

I was super excited for this week's card because I finally got a chance to use my July 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit by Hero Arts!  


I started with a piece of 4" x 5 1/4" 80# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.  I inked up the Hero Arts Background Tribal Stripes Bold Prints (July Kit Add on set) with Mustard Seed Distress Ink and added some Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink with a dauber and then sprayed the stamp with some water before stamping it on the white panel.  Once dry, I stamped the grassy strip in FSJ Black Licorice Fusion Ink.  I then cut out the sun in a scrap piece of SU Pumpkin Pie Cardstock.  I wanted to diecut a white circle to go behind the sun but I didn't have a circle big enough so I used my largest circle framelit to cut out a piece of 80# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and then I used the same circle to reduce the size of my sun just a little so that they would matt correctly.  I glued them together with FSJ craft glue and then used the same craft glue to adhere it to my cardfront.  Next I stamped the elephant silhouette in FSJ Black Licorice Ink onto a scrap of the Neenah white cardstock and used the coordinating die to cut it out.  I attached it to the front with foam tape.  I used my Misti to stamp the "Huge Thanks" sentiment in more of the FSJ Black Licorice Ink and then clear embossed it.  I then matted this layer with a piece of SU Basic Black cardstock that measured 4 1/8" x 5 3/8".  I used some Journey Natural Thread to run around both of those layers and tied it at the top of the card leaving the tails long enough to curl with the edge of my scissors.  I mounted these panels on a 11" x 4 1/2" piece of 110# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock that was scored at 5 1/2" for a top folding card base.  I was super happy with how it turned out and can't wait to use this kit some more!  I think I'll try some blues and purples in the background next time.. What do you think?

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina