Saturday, October 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop!

Good morning!  It's time for another Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!  The challenge this month was to choose an unusual Christmas color combination and get started on holiday crafting!  I'm sure it's no surprise that I chose this color combination:

I'm all about the bright, fun colors and I was immediately drawn to this combo.  Hot Pink on a Christmas card?!  Yes, please! :)

I pulled out my Holiday Lights stamp set and challenged myself to make a clean and simple card using that stamp set, and the above color recipe.  Here is what I came up with:

PTI October Hop 1

For a little something extra, I added glossy accents to the light bulbs.


The more I played with this color combination, the more I loved it!  I was inspired by the stripes in the inspiration photo, so I pulled out my Watercolor Wonder stamp set and Tag Sale #10 die.  I played around with several images for the tags, but all were too busy to go with the bold striped background I'd created,.. I ended up with an old favorite, Lawn Fawn's Making Frosty Friends.  I think the size of the snowman is perfect for these tags, and the scarf and heart help to tie in the color scheme.  I am so pleased with how these turned out and I can't wait to tie them onto holiday packages!

Snowman tags

Snowman Tags 2

I'm pretty sure you'll be seeing lots more of this color combo before the holiday season is through!

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

Stamps: PTI Holiday Lights, Watercolor Wonder, Lawn Fawn Making Frosty Friends
Dies: PTI Tag Sale #10, Lawn Fawn Making Frosty Friends
Paper: PTI White, Raspberry Fizz Pattern Paper Pack
Ink: PTI Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Copic Markers, Popdots, Glossy Accents, PTI Raspberry Fizz Satin Ribbon, Twinery Twine

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge #92

Hello there!  It's time for another Lawnscaping Challenge!  Challenge #92 is a color challenge and this time, we are thinking Halloween!  Use the color combo or make a halloween themed project, or BOTH!  This week we are sponsored by the super fabulous Lawn Fawn!

For my project today, I made  a set of tags using one of my new favorites, Monster Mash!
Our neighborhood does "BOO-ing" and I will put these tags on our packages for our neighbors.  I used the Tag, You're It dies and the Winter Gifts stamp set for the base of the tags, and the stitched circles are from the Stitched Party Banners die set.  I used the stars from the Lucky Stars stamp set.

Monster Tags

For more inspiration from the design team and all of the challenge details, please be sure to visit the Lawnscaping Blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Monster Mash, Lucky Stars, Winter Gifts
Dies: Lawn Fawn Tag You're It, Stitched Party Banners
Paper: PTI Orange Zest, Royal Velvet, Lawn Fawn Snow Days 6x6 paper pad
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Plum Pudding, Lavender Moon
Other: Copic Markers, Uniball White Gel Pen, Popdots, Divine Twine

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Alpine Carolers {Mama Elephant}

Oh my goodness, am I ever excited about today's post!  My dear friend Elena, of Just Me Prints, is a stamp designer!  Her new stamp set, Alpine Carolers, is available NOW in the Mama Elephant store! As soon as Elena started sharing her adorable hand drawn doodles on her blog, I knew that it wouldn't be long before she'd be designing stamps and she knocked it out of the park right off the bat!

I am so excited to be sharing my first card using these adorable carolers!  How cute are they?!  Yep, it's love.

Alpine Carolers

I stared with the stitched frame from the Femme Frames die set and a diecut hillside from the Landscape trio.  I marked a pencil line where I wanted the hill to go, and used Tumbled Glass distress ink and a blending tool to add a tiny bit of color to the winter sky.  I stamped, colored and fussy cut the carolers and the tree from Cozy Christmas and adhered everything to the stitched panel.  The carolers and the panel are popped up on foam tape.  To finish the card, I decorated the tree with silver pearls and added some Wink of Stella pen to the angel topper.  

I just love this stamp set, and I hope you do too!  Elena is giving away a set on her blog, HERE.  Hurry for your chance to win,  The giveaway ends October 17th, midnight EST.

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

Stamps: Mama Elephant Alpine Carolers, Cozy Christmas
Dies: Mama Elephant Femme Frames, Landscape Trio
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Tumbled Glass Distress
Other: Copic Markers, Wink of Stella Clear pen, Silver Pearls, Foam Tape

Friday, October 10, 2014

Not-so-ugly Ugly Sweater Tags {Simon Says Stamp}

Hello there!  Recently, Simon Says Stamp released a collection called Cold Hands Warm Heart.  For the collection, Kristina Werner created an Ugly Sweater collection.  The collection consists of 2 stamp sets and coordinating dies.  As soon as I saw the peeks, I knew I had to have those sweaters!  They arrived yesterday, and I couldn't wait to ink them up.  Adding color just brings them to life!  This week, Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring a Flickr Challenge to create tags, or a card using a tag as the focal point.  I made a collection of gift tags trying to get a jump on my holiday crafting.  Now that I've had a chance to play with these sets, I can safely say that there will be lots of sweater stamping in my future! 

Sweater Tags 2

I stamped, colored and diecut the sweaters assembly line style.  After I die cut the colored sweaters, I cut a second diecut from white card stock.  I scored the top of the white sweater diecuts and adhered them to the back of the colored diecuts to create a top folding tag.  The scoring allows for the tags to open easily.  Inside, I used the Mama Elephant No Peeking stamp set to stamp to and from on each.  Then I punch a hole and threaded some twine through to allow me to tie them on Christmas packages.

Sweather Tags 3

If you leave off the twine, these make super cute mini cards too!  I love how they can stand up on their own :)

Sweater tags

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

Stamps: SSS Ugly Sweaters and Ugly Sweater Words & Appliques, Mama Elephant No Peeking
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White
Dies: SSS Sweaters
Other: Copic Markers. Signo White Gel Pen, Glossy Accents, PTI Pure Poppy Twine

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pinky Promise {Mama Elephant}

Hello there!  Today I have a card to share with you that I made with a few challenges in mind...  I started with a piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper.  I  just love the texture of this paper!  I scribbled 5 colors of Distress Markers on an acrylic block and painted a watercolor background.  After I was done laying down the color, I added water droplets for more interest.  I then used the stitched frame die from Femme Frames die set to give the panel a stitched edge.  I stamped, colored and diecut the little girl from the In My Heart stamp set and the sentiment is from the True Friend stamp set.  The tiny hearts are from the Confetti stamp set.

Pinky Promise

 I will be linking to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week is to use Watercolors.

and I will also be linking to the October Mama Elephant and ME Challenge, which is Anything Goes.

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

Stamps: Mama Elephant In My Heart, True Friend, Confetti
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Raspberry Fizz
Paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper, PTI Raspberry Fizz
Dies: Mama Elephant In My Heart, Femme Frames
Other: Copic Markers, Distress Markers

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge # 91 - Patterned Paper

Hi there!  It's time again for another Lawnscaping Challenge!  Challenge #91 is all about patterned paper!  With their winter release, Lawn Fawn released some AWESOME new patterned paper pads, and this challenge was a great excuse to put them to good use! :)

This week, we are sponsored by the super fabulous Simon Says Stamp!

For my project today, I used the new Goodie Bag die along with papers from the Sweater Weather and Snow Days paper pads.  I also used the first Lawn Fawn stamp set that I ever purchased (and it's still one of my favorites!) Making Frosty Friends and the coordinating dies.  The tree is from the Critters in the Forest stamp set.

Snowman bag

I paper pieced the snowman's scarf and the tree, and added some silver pearls to the tree for decoration.  Isn't that falling snow paper in the background just the greatest?!

Be sure to visit the blog for all of the challenge details and lots more inspiration from the design team!  I hope you'll play along for your chance to win a fabulous prize!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Making Frosty Friends, Critters in the Forest, Critters Ever After (star)
Dies: Making Frosty Friends, Goodie Bag
Paper: Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather and Snow Days 6x6 pads, PTI White
Other: Copic Markers, Pop Dots, Silver Pearls, popdots