Friday, February 23, 2018

sweet birthday and sweet memory

Today's cards came about as I was cleaning up my pile of scraps. A sweet somebody sent me this cute cupcake and those white hearts (Bev B, was it you?). I paired them with some other leftovers and this happened.

Nuvo drops

Ah yes. Nuvo drops. Anyone else have this problem? Better yet, anyone have a solution? When I squeeze the bottle on a couple colors, what comes out seems to be getting gooey, hardening up a bit maybe? See these nasty little peaks on the yellow ones? Do you store them standing or laying on the side? Do you shake them before using?

I'm playing at:
Happy Little Stampers - AG with Dies
Papercraft Challenge - Sweets
Basteltraum - Birthday Party
Seize the Birthday - No coffee or tea for me, just a cupcake!

And I've got another card - a sympathy card put together with paper piecing scraps from my pile. Just added some additional stamping and a few blobs of watercolor and voila!

I'm entering this one at:
The Flower Challenge - Paper Piecing

Thursday, February 22, 2018

winnie and walter 4th birthday - scraps for baby card

Back with more cards for Winnie and Walter's 4th birthday bash. Yep more. And get this - they're all baby themed.

Did you see Kelly's challenge - Use Your Scraps ? Well I tackled the tower of scraps that has been threatening to tumble off my cabinet for the past few months! And this mini pile was part of the giant pile. I dip-dyed these tags and die cuts in leftover Easter egg dye last year!

Cotton crochet thread

And the last little pieces made their way to a card along with the leftover letters from this card. Some ink around the edges of the dry embossed card front tied the colors all together.

Distress Inks

Guess what? I'm done. My scraps aren't gone... but the mountain is much smaller! And I think I may have overstayed my welcome at Winnie and Walter ;) I sure love their challenges. Happy birthday, WW!

I'm joining the fun at these challenges too:
Winnie and Walter - Use Dies
Winnie and Walter - Anything but a Card

winnie and walter 4th birthday - scraps for easter cards

Hope I'm not boring you, but I'm back with more cards for Winnie and Walter's 4th birthday bash.

Guess which challenge? You got it - Mt Scraps is under attack again. Thanks to Kelly's challenge - Use Your Scraps I've been a busy beaver! Just to remind you... this is  was my Mt Scraps!

This first card utilizes a leftover from gelli printing (a homemade stencil). You can see the print on  this card. Those colors were just too scrummy to throw the leftovers away (that's how my brain works, anyway). So I adhered it to a 5x5 cardbase. Those three B/W eggs were scraps too - from this card - so they had to fill three of the negative spaces. The others got some stamping and the sentiment banner was a scrap too so I tacked it on too ;)

So also under Mt Scraps were a whole bunch of die cuts that I'd dip-dyed with leftover Easter egg dye. I grabbed the eggs and gave them a home. This, BTW, is what our dip-dyed real Easter eggs usually look kinda like!

Added some fabby spots to my cardbase before adhering the eggs. Then I stapled on a scrap "hello" negative and stamped the Happy Easter sentiment through the negative space.

If you haven't played along yet, wouldn't today be a great day to tackle your scrap pile?!? I'm joining the fun at:
Winnie and Walter - Use Dies
Happy Little Stampers - AG with Dies

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

ellen hutson pinsights challenge

Recognize which challenge I'm playing with?
This is the inspiration for the Pinsights Challenge over at the Ellen Hutson Classroom.

In the process of finally cleaning up Mt Scraps which had accumulated on my desk, I came across this succulent grouping which I'd heat embossed pink on vellum. Those succulents had caught my attention in the graphic, so I flipped the vellum over and hit it with some Distress Inks using a finger dauber.

Studio Calico PP
Evergreen Bough, Victorian Velvet, Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord DI

Fussy cut a piece of white paper to back the vellum with so the colors showed better and then die cut the sentiment and inked it with the ink leftover on the daubers. A piece of PP for the card front and voila!

And then, cuz I have an on-going love affair with macarons but have yet to see any as beautiful as those in the graphic, I had to have a go at my take on that marble/swirl goodness. Gave it a go for my BG to accompany more die cuts from Mt Scraps. Which BTW you can see in this post.

Nuvo drops 

These navy/white blooms were also under Mt Scraps so I just added a little DI color to parts of them and adhered them to a cardbase I'd swiped some watercolor across. In the next shot you can catch the sparkle from the Perfect Pearl mist I hit it with too. BTW, the inside reads "for a happy birthday."

I'm also hooking the second card up at:
Winnie and Walter - Scraps Challenge 
Challenge up your Life - Frühlingsboten
Happy Little Stampers Watercolor - Anything Goes

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #164

It's time for a Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team where the team members feature stamps from one of our talented stamp designers.

OMG did I have fun with this one! We're showcasing Dee's Artsy Impressions stamps. If you haven't been to the store lately, all non-retiring products in the store are 10% off automatically from now through April (with an extra 20% off when you use my discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA).

Once again I'm creating my inspiration post project using this image from my Pinterest inspiration board and a trend that totally speaks to me - "Flat Abstract". See the image top row, middle? A challenge for sure, but check out my make.

image source: Patternbank
Distress Oxides

Just had to decide how to "layer" my images. This is, however, a one-layer card!

Some masking. Some inking. Some stenciling. Some stamping. Some ink-pad-direct-to-paper. Some die cutting (sentiment). And a smidgen of washi - did you see it next to the XOXO. Love the tiny touch of gold it adds.

If you're looking for more inspiration ... I had more fun with the lilies on this card. And with the stencil on this card.

You could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on the February inspiration posts. Check out today's post here. So happy you stopped by :)

I'm joining the fun at:
Stamping Sensations - Flowers
Challenge up your Life - Fruhlingsboten
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it February

paper pieced peony

So this is one of those creations that had me LOL. Like, where the heck did that come from?

yellow embossing powder
embossing paste
Nuvo drops

This shot was in full sunlight so you can see the neon pink and that incredible sparkle

I actually made a card with this design ages ago and then again here and decided to update it a bit cuz I really wanted to participate in The Flower Challenge! And try out my new Tonic Glitter Paste (Moonstone). I heat embossed the peony onto a leftover from a marbling with acrylic paint session and fussy cut it. I'm calling that paper piecing ;)

The Flower Challenge - Paper Piecing
Time Out - Hobbies (I have four peony plants in my garden. Expect to see the little shoots coming up anytime soon ;)

Monday, February 19, 2018

charmed watercolor wonder

I just got the Altenew Charmed stamp set and when I looked at it, the blooms reminded me of the Watercolor Wonders stamp set, so I decided to try something...

Now it's been a while since I've played at the monthly Altenew challenge . I'm always drooling over all the gorgeous floral images and what people do with them, but can't pull that amazing coloring off myself so I tend to stay away. But I checked out this month's colors and then created a card.

I stamped the Watercolor Wonders blooms using Altenew inks, using the lightest three tones. I masked them and then stamped Charmed with black ink. Added a bit of greenery. The sentiment is from the set, the triangle border is Winnie and Walter Scenery Stripes 2.

Then I cursed myself for not making more while I was using my MISTI. So I decided to try the same design (needed a card for DD who began her studies today) but with the darkest three red tones. And sentiments from Label Love German.

Me likey. Have a preference? Thanks for visiting.

I'm playing at:
Altenew - Feb Inspiration challenge
Stamping Sensations - Flowers
Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS

twofer card challenge - hearts

It's taken a while, but I've got an entry for this month's Twofer Card Challenge. This month we're to use hearts. Ready for my twofer?

Heidi Swapp gold spray ink

See the cluster of hearts? Pretty normal that they make an appearance on a wedding card, right? Even if they're not only die cut, but also embossed. So here's my second make.

It's a birthday card with a whole slew of chickies sending wishes. Recognize their faces - yep those are carrol noses actually, from Layered Snowman. To tell you the truth, this card was already made for the March CUTplorations challenge (which is on a temporary winter break) where this was going to be the challenge graphic ;) Probably makes more sense now, eh?!?

How nice that the Twofer girls chose hearts for their theme this month!

Oops - still have to learn that I need a shot of both cards in one photo. Improvising here...

I'm also playing at:
AAA Cards - Only Die Cuts
ATSAM - #279 CAS
Happy Little Stampers CAS - Hearts
Memory Box - Hearts (2nd card)
Cards in Envy - Give it some Heart
Watercooler Wednesday - All About Occasions
Die Cut Divas - Love is in the Air


I love splatters. So I had to play along when I saw it was the theme at Create a Smile. Grabbed the colors from Color Throwdown and this happened.

 Create a Smile Hypnotize stamp
Heartfelt Creations Posy Patch stamp
STAMPlorations Hugs die
Glimmer Mist

Perhaps you can see the purple tones better on this closeup shot. I had fun playing with Glimmer Mists - for splatters and for painting the lilac. See all that sparkle? Actually the snippet of purple craft foam I used as a sentiment has a built-in sparkle to it too!

Heading over to:
Create a Smile - Splatters
Stempelkueche - Liebesgruesse
The Color Throwdown - #480

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

winnie and walter 4th birthday - scraps, dies and comeback

Winnie and Walter's 4th Birthday Bash! Are you playing? I'm using up more scraps today. And die cuts. And making a comeback.

I loved this card of Lydia's when she first made it and proceeded to CASE it. Today I've revisited it, albeit a bit differently, in the process of using up some more scraps for Kelly's Scraps challenge.

No idea where the leftover bits were from on this card - but I think they found a great place to live. All I had to do was stamp the leaves on the cardbase and add a strip of grid paper (yes, finally for Keren, a real grid!). Again more white leaves - I love how this card, though fully loaded, has a light and airy feel to it!

Thanks Winnie and Walter for being such a great company and inspiring with such great challenges! I'll be back with more scraps...

First I'm taking this over to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday's  Add a Die Cut challenge. And hooking up at Taheerah's Comeback, Lydia's Use Dies and Keren's Grid challenges  too!

Friday, February 16, 2018

winnie and walter 4th birthday - scraps and dies

Howdy peeps! Back with more cards for Winnie and Walter's 4th birthday bash.

Did you see Kelly's challenge - Use Your Scraps ? Well bless your heart, Kelly. I finally tackled the tower of scraps that has been threatening to tumble off my cabinet for the past few months!

Here's what I did with the first pretty scraps I found. Amazing how many WW pieces there were in the pile...

This card started with the negative of the tree from my cards a couple days ago for PTI's birthday bash. Added it over a "stamp off" page from my notebook (though I think this was cleaning up leftover gold embossing paste through a stencil - maybe from this project) cuz I thought that touch of gold through the leaves would look cool. Added a couple leftover sentiments and some leaves.

STAMPlorations love die

Then there was this negative left from this card. Backed it with some leftover watercolored scraps and some more leftover leaves - they were from this card for Winnie and Walter's 2nd birthday!!!

Then I grabbed this black scrap left from die cutting confetti. It also had a circle cut out of the bottom portion so I plugged it with a leftover die cut from this project. Stitched on a leftover vellum sentiment and added a couple more leaves. Yeah. I have a thing for leaves! Oh and a couple sequins seemed to finish it off.

Are you playing? Wouldn't today be a great day to tackle your scrap pile?!? I'm joining the fun at:
Winnie and Walter - Use Dies (Lydia just joined the party with her challenge)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Add a Die Cut
Double D - sequins

Thursday, February 15, 2018

papertrey 11th anniversary - colors and stripes

Made two cards from one idea for Papertrey's anniversary celebration.

The first is for the Colors challenge - I chose Stephanie's modern color combo and tried to give some older product a more modern feel on this anniversary card.

MFT dots stencil

And then for the Stripes challenge I used the leftovers from the "love" die cut, kept the same color combo and created this. It reads "birthday boy" on the inside. For my cousin's son.

Now all that remains is for me to win my PTI wish list to bring some more current product into my stash.... Wishful thinking.... Have a great day.

I'm entering:
CAS on Friday - Dies
Happy Little Stampers - AG with Dies
Die Cut Divas - Love is in the Air

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