Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #9 - Photo Inspired

Hello there!  It's time for another Sparkle and Shine Challenge!  This week, we have a red,white and blue, 4th of July, Americana photo in honor of the holiday this week!

We are sponsored by the super fabulous Pretty Pink Posh!

I was inspired by the colors in this photograph.  I pulled out a few of my favorites, WPlus9 Doodle Buds and Papertrey Ink Watercolor Wonder.  

So Blessed

I diecut a piece of white card stock using the Mama Elephant Sew Fancy die set, then using Lawn Fawn Fishtank ink, I stamped stripes using the PTI Watercolor Wonder stamp set.  I stamped my favorite flowers from the WPlus9 Doodle Buds stamp set on white card stock and colored them with copic markers.  Then I added some accents using a white gel pen before diecutting the images.  I stamped the stems and added additional leaves to the trio of stems before popping up the flowers using foam tape.  I stamped the sentiment, also from the Doodle Buds stamp set, and added some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Be sure to stop by the blog to see lots more inspiration from the design team and to check out all of the challenge details.

Thanks for stopping by! :)


Stamps: WPlus9 Doodle Buds, PTI Watercolor Wonder
Dies: WPlus9 Doodle Buds, Mama Elephant Sew Fancy Frames
Paper: PTI White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Lawn Fawn Fishtank
Other: Copic Markers, Foam squares, Pretty Pink Posh 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm Sparkling Clear sequins, white gel pen

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge - June Designer Drafts

Hello there!  Happy Sunday!  It's time for another Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge, and it's Designer Drafts Week!  This week, our challenge is based on this sketch:

I just got the Enjoy the Show stamp set and I could not resist inking up that adorable clown!  Goodness, he is SO cute, and SO fun to color!!  I started with a piece of white cardstock, and though it is hard to see in the photo, I used light grey ink and the Bubbles stencil by Tim Holtz to add some interest to the background.  Then, I added a piece of light grey cardstock for my clown to stand on, and a strip of fun chevron patterned paper to the left side of the panel.  For the juggling balls, I cut 5 circles using a 1/2" circle punch from white cardstock and then colored them with Copic markers to coordinate with the clown's outfit.  Don't you just love his cute paper pieced polka dot pants?  I added "shine" marks to the juggling balls using a white gel pen and then adhered them with foam squares.  The clown was also popped up with some foam tape before I added a sentiment from the Good Gab stamp set.

What's Up?

Be sure to check out the SPARKS Blog or visit these fabulous ladies for lots more inspiration!!

Audrey Tokach - you are here!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink June Blog Hop!

Hello there!  It's the 25th, and that means it's time for another Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!  I just couldn't resist playing along this month when I saw the gorgeous inspiration photo!  I was completely inspired, and it really encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone.  You all know how much I love my bright colors, but it was fun to tone it down for this challenge.

As soon as I saw the stripes and flowers, I pulled out two of my favorites, Watercolor Wonder and Doodlie Do. Are you surprised? ;)

I wanted the flowers to take center stage, and though the stripes are darker in the photo, I wanted them to fade into the background a bit.  I used Soft stone ink for my stripes.  Since I started out with white cardstock, and the picture shows for ivory, I used Antique Linen distress ink and an ink blending tool to soften the bright white.  The flower and leaves were colored with copic markers.  To add a bit of interested behind the flower, I stamped a flight trail from Happy Trails in Fine Linen ink.  I added a sentiment from the Purls of Wisdom stamp set in brown ink, and some stitches using Sew Simple Borders.  I added a scattering of sequins before adhering my panel to a Terracotta Tile card base.

June PTI Blog Hop

That's all for now... thanks for stopping by!

Off to hop!! :)


Stamps: Doodlie Do, Watercolor Wonder, Happy Trails, Purls of Wisdom, Sew Simple Borders
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Paper: Stampers Select White, Terracotta Tile
Ink: Soft Stone, Fine Linen, Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, Ranger Antique Linen
Other: Copic Markers, Foam Tape, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen, Avery Elle Kraft Mix sequins

Monday, June 22, 2015

Relish the Day {Lawn Fawn}

Hello there!

Today I  have a card to share with you that I made for my husband for Father's Day!  I used the new Lawn Fawn Let's BBQ stamp set and coordinating dies.  My husband loves to cook and he uses his grill constantly, so as soon as I saw this stamp set, I knew I needed it.  LOL!

I started out by stamping, coloring and diecutting a bunch of images from the set and just laid them out on my craft mat to create a scene.  Then I diecut some pattern papers from Lawn Fawn and My Minds Eye using the Stitched Rectangles dies.  The tiny ant is from the Happy Summer stamp set.  I adhered some pieces with a glue pen and some with foam tape for some fun dimension.

Relish the Day

That's all for now... thanks for stopping by! :)

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Let's BBQ, Happy Summer
Dies: Lawn Fawn Let's BBQ, Stitched Rectangles
Other: Copic Markers, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Foam Tape

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Marker Pop June Guest Designer - Take 2

Hey there!  Happy Sunday!  Today I am back with another card that is being shared today on the MarkerPOP blog!  I am so thrilled to be guest designing with them this month.  I've had so much fun!  For my card today, I used the Mama Elephant Playful Pup stamp set and the Sew Fancy Frames to create my little scene.  The little clouds are the Paper Smooches Cute Clouds dies, and the Grassy Border dies are by Lawn Fawn.  I love making cards where I can mix and match my favorite companies!  The great thing is, MarkerPOP carries products from all of these companies, and tons more!!

Missing your is ruff!

To create the cloud background, I used the Mama Elephant Landscape dies. I used the cloud die from that die set to cut a piece of clear acetate, then I used distress ink and an ink blending tool to sponge ink just along the very edge of the cloud before moving the stencil and repeating.  It is so easy it creates such a fun background! :)

Cloud demo

I want to thank the gang over at MarkerPOP for having me this month!  It's been so much fun! :)  Have a great day!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Mama Elephant Playful Pups
Dies: Mama Elephant Sew Fancy Frames, Mama Elephant Landscape Trio, Paper Smooches Cute Clouds, Lawn Fawn Grassy Border
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters Distress Ink
Other: Copic Markers, Foam Tape

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Have a Ball! {Lawn Fawn}

Hey there! Today I am sharing this fun card on the Lawnscaping Challenges blog using the new Sweet Smiles stamp set that is part of the Lawn Fawn Summer release!  I just LOVE this stamp set.  It is so much fun to color, and the selection of little faces in the set make it worth the price alone! I can see myself using them with a lot of my other Lawn Fawn stamp sets.

To start my card, I took a piece of white cardstock, and I added 1/2" stripes of black cardstock along the length of the panel. I used my grid mat to help with placement and spacing.  Then I stamped, colored and diecut the gumball machine and gumballs.  I popped the gumball machine up on foam tape in the center of the panel, and then adhered the loose gumballs randomly, some glued with liquid glue, and some popped up on foam tape.  I stamped a sentiment from the set on a strip of white card stock and then cut banner ends before popping it up with foam tape.  Then I adhered the panel onto a red card base for an extra pop of color.

Have a Ball!

That's all for me today!  I hope you like my card.  If you don't have this stamp set, hurry and go put it in your cart!  You'll love it! ;)

Have a great day!!

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Sweet Smiles
Dies: Lawn Fawn Sweet Smiles
Paper: PTI White, True Black, Pure Poppy
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Copic Markers, White Gel Pen, Foam Tape

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #8

**This is my second post today! If you are looking for my Lawnscaping Challenges post, please scroll down!**

Just a Note

Hello there!  It's time for another Sparkle and Shine Challenge!  This week we are having a sketch challenge based on this sketch:

Our sponsor this week is the super fabulous gang at Winnie and Walter!  You can win a $25 gift card!

Let  me start by saying that I struggle with sketch challenges.  They really ARE a challenge for me! LOL!  I knew I wanted to play with my new WPlus9 Doodle Buds stamp set.  This stamp set is pretty much perfection in my book.  Perfect for coloring techniques, and a whimsical style which I absolutely adore.  I knew as soon as I saw the peeks of this stamp set that I had to have it, and it does not disappoint!  I started off by stamping a bunch of flowers and leaves on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper using Versafine Black Onyx ink.  Then I colored the images with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers,  After they were dry, I diecut them with the coordinating dies.  For the different layers on my card, I used the larger frame from new Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die set, and the smaller banner from the  Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners die set.  I cut off the holes from the banner with my paper trimmer, and then ran the banner diecut back through my Big Shot with with Wonky Stitches frame to give the banner the same stitched edge as the other panel.  I arranged the blooms where I wanted them, and then before gluing them down, I stamped the stems.  The sentiment, from the Doodle Buds stamp set is stamped on a banner die cut from the Avery Elle die set, and then I added some of my favorite Sparkling Clear 4mm and 6mm Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish things off.

Just a Note

Be sure to stop over at the blog to check out all of the challenge details and get lots more inspiration from the design team! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Stamps: WPlus9 Doodle Buds
Dies: WPlus9 Doodle Buds, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches, Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners
Paper: PTI White, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper
Other: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Foam Tape, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear 4mm and 6mm sequins