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!