Wednesday, April 25, 2018

PCC289 April Showers bring May Flowers with Concord & 9th Wonderful Florals Bundle

Hello Friends!  Happy Hump Day!  It's Wednesday which of course means time for another Paper Craft Crew Challenge!  This week we have some options!  The theme is April Showers bring May Flowers which can be about Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Weddings, Springtime, Flowers, and even rain showers.  So many ideas with this one, right?

I decided to use my Concord & 9th Wonderful Florals Bundle because I have had it waaaaayyyy too long to have not even inked it up!

How fun is this bundle??  There are so many parts and pieces that there are options galore with it.   Believe it or not I kept mine pretty simple.  My stamping was done on Bristol Smooth Cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink that had been clear embossed.  I used my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Markers to color in my leaves, flowers and berries.  The die cut wonderful letters were stamped with the little striped stamp in Smoky Slate Ink.  I love the light gray paired with the Yellow.

I hope you have a fabulous day!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

SIP #147 Color It Challenge with Gina K Designs Stippled Flowers Bundle

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I'm finally feeling better.  Yay!!  It took two trips to the Doctor with a total of four shots and seven prescriptions but I finally am feeling alive!  And almost as wonderful, it is actually warming up and I actually feel like I could enjoy being outside some!  Thank goodness!

So this week over at Stamp, Ink, Paper we have a Color It Challenge!  

I finally pulled out my Gina K Designs Stippled Flowers Bundle.  I needed to make a card for Jeff's Mom's birthday and it has such lovely flowers as well as a beautiful Happy Birthday in this set!

I did some stamping and coloring.. can you tell?  Some flowers were stamped with Versamark and embossed in white and others were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and clear embossed.  I used Bristol Smooth Cardstock for all of my stamping.  It really takes water well.  You can't soak it as much as watercolor paper but it is definitely the next best thing and it is such a beautiful white color.  (I also use it for my Distress Ink Blended backgrounds!)  The Embossing on the Bristol Smooth helps me with watercoloring because it gives me a raised edge to contain my color.  I used Kuretake Zig Clean Color Markers for all of my coloring.  The cool thing about stamping and embossing ahead of time is that I could sit in the living room with Jeff and color while we watched television.  Obviously I was a little more involved with the coloring than the television watching but at least I was in the same room with him.  After coloring I decided that the light purple was my favorite so I used those to make Jeff's Mom's card.  I think my second favorite was the white embossed flowers so I'll probably make something from those next!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

PCC288 Paper Craft Crew Inspiration Challenge Rustic Floral with Stampin Up! Love What You Do

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  I am still not feeling well.. I really wish these medications would kick in.  You'd think after 2 shots and 3 prescriptions that I would have some relief.  Why is it that any kind of sickness seems worse on me the older I get.  This is a sinus infection and I've had them so many times over the years.  I can't remember ever feeling this bad with just a sinus infection.  Last year I had strep throat and I swear I felt like I had the flu.  I was literally in bed for 3 or 4 days.  Are the germs getting worse or is this me getting old??  Crazy!  

Well back to business, right?  It's time for another Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  This week we have an Inspiration Challenge for a Rustic Floral Arrangment.

I went really simple.. since I'm not really feeling well anyway.  And... I just received today my Stampin' Up! Preorder which included the Love What You Do Stamp Set.  

I love the watercolor look background stamp in the set.... it has so much texture on it.  I used Powder Pink on it for a soft background.  I stamped the sentiment over it with Lovely Lipstick.  After the fact I felt like I should have stamped it in Black.  Oh well... again don't feel good so I'm not starting over. lol  The flowers were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and quickly colored with copics. I then used a rectangle stitched die to cut out the panel.   I added some clear Wink of Stella over the flowers once finished for some shimmer.  I adhered some Stampin' Up! sequins with Glitter Glue to finish it off.  The front panel was added to the Gray Woodgrain Cardbase with Tombow Multipurpse Glue. I really love how easy it is to make a quick card with this set!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina    

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero April 2018

Even though I haven't felt well the last couple of days I had to take just a little bit of time to play with my Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit for April!  I absolutely adore Cactus anything so this is definitely the kit for me!  This one is a winner!

I did some ink blending with two of the inks included in the kit (Fiesta red and yellow)  as well as some Walnut Stain Distress Ink toward the bottom.  All of the Cacti as well as the Bird were stamped in Memento onto Neenah Classic 110# Crest Solar White Cardstock and colored with Copics.  I used the coordinating dies in the kits to cut everything out and adhered some with Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive and some with Foam tape.  The sentiment was stamped in the upper right using Versafine Black Onyx Ink and then clear embossed.  I added some Burlap Ribbon strips on the top upper left with tear tape.  The black mini sequin trim was added with Multi Medium Matt Adhesive.

That was it for this one.  Time to take my medicine and hit the bed.

Thanks for stopping by!   Blessings, Tina

SIP #146 Theme Challenge - Food or Drink with Hero Arts It's Fiesta Time!

Hey There!  I sure hope it is warm where you live...  the weather has been loco lately!  It's been super cold and rainy in Middle Tennessee and as usual for this time of year... I have a sinus infection.  I went to the Doctor and got two shots and three prescriptions hoping that this thing will take a hike and stay gone!  Ugh!  I felt so bad on Monday I almost didn't make my Design Team card for the new SIP challenge but I remembered that I just got my Hero Arts monthly goodies so I went for it. 

The April My Monthly Hero is so adorable and so are some of the add-on sets!  I used the It's Fiesta Time Stamp and coordinating dies (these were both kit add-ons)  for this card.  It has some super cute images and sentiments in it.

I used Brusho Crystal Color in Brilliant Red and Gamboge (orange) and water on Bristol Smooth Cardstock for the background.  They are a lot of fun to use and a tiny bit messy! lol  The Chihuahua Taco and the Hot Sauce were also stamped on Bristol Smooth and colored with Copics.  I am NOT an expert Copic Colorist but I give it the old college try. lol  The sentiment was stamped on the completely dry background with Versafine Ink and heat embossed in clear.  Super simple card but I think it's pretty stinkin' cute!  I hope you think so too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop - Pastels!!

Hello and Welcome to the April Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop!  I hope you're having a wonderful weekend and are ready for some awesome scrapbooking inspiration!  

I need you to bear with me on two points... #1 I'm still scrapping some of my pictures from my last cruise.. I know you've seen a lot of them.  I'm sorry!  #2 It was storming all day on Saturday so I was unable to get good lighting for the photos.  I apologize for the poor quality picture!  I tried I promise!  

Since the theme was pastel, I picked a Black and White photograph so that the color of our clothing didn't clash with the soft color theme.  I love the sentiment from the High Tide Stamp Set and thought it was a perfect compliment to the scene I made with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.

I love that you can use the scallop die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies upside down for the waves of the sea.  I actually cut them out of whisper white cardstock and then sponged Soft Sky Ink instead of using soft sky cardstock.  The background was sponged on Whisper White as well.  I used Powder Pink on the bottom and more of the Soft Sky Ink on the upper part of the sky.  The sentiment was stamped in Soft Sky Ink and then stamped in Versamark and then clear embossed it.   The new Stamparatus makes it so super easy to do!  After I cut strips of the Sahara Sand Cardstock I tore it pretty wavy to resemble sand dunes. I matted both the 4 x 6" photo and the 4 x 6" scene on 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" Soft Sky Cardstock. I sponged the edges of the mats with Soft Sky Ink to help them to stand out from the background of the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  I loved that the pattern on this DSP was a soft sky and white chevron subtle design that allowed the die cuts to still show up and didn't compete with them.  I finished this off with some Basic Pearl Jewels and some Iridescent Sequins scattered around the page.  Of course I had to add some hidden journaling under my beach side scene.  I used the Lots of Labels Framelits Dies to make my tag and cut off the bottom end to make a wide tag.  A handheld 1/8" circle punch was used to punch a hole in the tag.  Some white seam binding threaded through the hole with a bow of Linen Thread completed the tag.

I was super happy with how it all turned out and I hope you enjoyed it as well.  I can't wait to see what everyone else has created!  This is such an amazing group of scrapbookers and all have such varied styles!  I am honored to be a part of the group and am inspired each month!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Next up is  Sharon Dalton's blog!                              

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

MFT Card Challenges - Sketch Challenge #380 with Seaside Seagulls!

I absolutely fell in love with these adorable MFT Stamps Seaside Seagulls the moment I saw them!  Well.... I finally got them!  Yay me!  MFT Sketch Challenge #380 seemed a perfect excuse to ink them up!  Why not, right??

My only regret is not using a bigger circle.. lol  

I'm not sure which I love more these adorable Seagulls or the sentiments!  

Thanks so much for checking my card out.  Blessings, Tina

OSAT Blog Hop Pocket Full of Posies

Hello friends!  It's already the second Thursday in April.  Can you believe it?  This year is really going by so fast!  I'm super excited about this month's One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop theme.... Pocket Full of Posies...isn't that fun??!  I love flowers and could have gone with many sets that would have been fun but I love the little flowers in the Jar of Love stamp set so I decided to use it!  

So I decided to go really literal with the pocket. lol  Stampin' Up! has an adorable pocket stamp and die set but I don't own it... what was I thinking?  I'm sure I need it!  So for my pocket I used the largest of the squares from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  How do you like the cool denim look of the cardstock?  Well I used a piece of white cardstock and ran my Dapper Denim Ink Pad right across it to make it, pad to paper, to get this look.  Once the ink was dry I cut my square out. I used a white gel pen to draw in some stitches that showed up a little more than the stiches in the die.   I used tear tape on the back of the square on the sides and bottom and attached it to a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of the Myths & Magic Specialty DSP.  I then started stamping some of the flowers from the Jar of Love stamp set.  The largest flower was stamped in Powder Pink for the light portion and Blushing Bride for the darker portion.  The small flowers were stamped in Daffodil Delight and So Saffron.  The leaves and greenery were stamped in Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz.  I added some of the glitter enamel dots in the yellow flowers.  For the Sentiment "For You" and "Enjoy" I used the Tabs for Everything Stamp Set and the Circle Tab Punch was used to punch it out.  I adhered on both sides of the pocket with glue dots.  I adhered the card front on a 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" piece of Powder Pink Cardstock and then mounted that on a Top Folding Heavy Weight Whisper White card base.  

Isn't the jar adorable.  It's a treat holder as you'll see in the picture below.  

For my project I made a jar Hershey Nugget Treat Holder.  Of course, you could make wider tabs on the sides and bottom to hold 4 nuggets or even use wider ribbon or burlap to hold 4 nuggets stacked 2 high or 8 nuggets ( 4 on a wider bottom stacked 2 high).  The possibilities are endless.  I made a super simple one to give you an idea of what you can do.  The flowers were stamped in the same colors as the ones on the card.  The jar was stamped in Pool Party and the water for the bottom of the jar was stamped in Soft Sky Ink.  (I will be so sad to see Soft Sky Ink retire!)

As you can see, I added a tab on the bottom.  I also added one to both sides.  I took a 3" x 3/4" strip of Whisper White Cardstock and scored it at 1", 1 1/2" and 2".  I folded it and adhered the 1" sides to the back of each of the 2 cut jars with tear tape.  I also added the same size tabs to each of the sides and adhered Burlap Ribbon with tear tape around it to hide the side tabs.  I made sure that the Hershey Nuggets fit in snuggly before enforcing the adhesive on the tear tape.  Once I was sure it fit, I cut the burlap ribbon right at the seam of the back of the front jar and tied some Linen Thread around it and tied it in a bow on the front.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  The Blog Roll is listed below.. just click on Melissa Davies name as she is next up on the hop and will likely have some super cool to share!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SIP Challenge #145 Ombre with Coffee Helps

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  It was soooo cold here this past weekend.  It's so hard to believe that it's April and still this cold.  It even snowed in some places nearby where we live.  This is definitely out of character for a Middle Tennessee April!   I am soooo ready for warm weather!  I'm hoping we will have it very soon! 

Well it is another Tuesday so you know what that means... it's time for another Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge.  This week's challenge is Ombre!  One of my favorite Distress Ink techniques!

I have to be honest.. I love the Ombre look but this color combination is a little out of my comfort zone.  I would usually go for a blue ombre since I have so many distress inks in blue.  Obviously you can use any type of  ink to make an ink blended background but I think distress inks blend so beautifully and especially on Bristol Smooth Cardstock!  I decided that since I wanted to do a coffee theme I would go with yellow to orange using Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade for my colors.

I adore this sentiment from this coffee set from Fun Stamper's Journey.  I purchased this from my FSJ friend and coach Jeanne Bobish.  She was sweet enough to send me their new Spring to Summer Stamp Set and knowing that I love all things coffee.. there were a couple of sets I had to have.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings!  Tina

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

SIP #144 Birthday Challenge with Gina K Wreath Builder Bundle

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Hope you had a great weekend and have survived Monday!  We have such a fun (and easy) challenge over at Stamp, Ink, Paper this week!  Who doesn't need birthday cards.. this is my kind of challenge! lol

I finally got my Gina K Wreath Builder Bundle!  It really is a LOT of fun!  I may have gone a little crazy with the Little Things Rainbow Gems by Lucy's Cards. 

Isn't it cute??  There are sooooo many options with the amazing wreath builder template.  I may be in my craft room for the next three days making wreaths!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Monday, April 2, 2018

World Autism Awareness Day Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to World Autism Awareness Day Blog Hop!  This is the first time I've participated in this hop and I'm super excited.  I've read quite a bit about Autism in the last few days while preparing for this hop.  I found out that the color for Autism is Blue and that there are many cities and buildings participating in the Light It Up Blue for Autism.  I knew that I didn't have any puzzle piece or light bulb stamp sets or punches..... both are symbols of Autism.  That being said, I definitely have lots of Blue Cardstocks and inks so I lit my card up blue!

For my card I used two the Stampin' Up! stamp sets "You've Got This" for the sentiment and "Hold On To Hope" and coordinating "Cross Of Hope" framelits for the images.   The Paper is from the "Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper".  The Cardstock Used is Night of Navy and Soft Sky.  The Ribbon is the "Gold 3/8" Metallic Edge Ribbon".  I also used the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  The sequins are from Mermaid Shaker Mix Little Things from Lucy's Cards.

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