May 032015

In the past I have created similar Mother’s Day cards for my mother-in-law and my 2 daughters-in-law.  The only difference in the cards would usually be in the color(s) used.  This year, however, they use different images and are all unique… made special for each woman.  The cards being shared today are for my daughters-in-law.  I love both of them so much and am so grateful for the wonderful mothers that they are to my precious grandchildren.

The image panel has been popped up on foam tape and some scalloped lace tucked under the bottom edge.

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This card has been entered into a few challenges.

Simon Says Stamp Monday:  “Anything Goes” 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday:  “Anything Goes”

Sister Act Card Challenge #104:  “Anything Goes”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: “May 2015”

Had fun with this little flower image by stamping it twice in each “color.”  The first time the image was completely inked with the lighter tone and then stamped. Then, using a marker, a slightly darker tone was applied on just part of the image and stamped over the lighter tone.

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It’s a 2-step image with just 1 stamp! Smiley.Yes1Ani

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This card is playing along in the Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge #430.

Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:
Stamps: SU “I Like You” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”
Papers: PTI Select White; SU Garden Green; Simple Stories “I Am” Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories: Rhinestones; Michael’s Lace Adhesive Trim

Card 2:
Stamps: SU “Painted Petals”; Flourishes “Siberian Iris”
Papers: PTI Select White; SU Always Artichoke
Inks: SU Always Artichoke, Lavendar Lace, Ballet Blue, Summer Sun, Only Orange, Pixie Pink and Real Red
Accessories: SU Tag Punch and Grosgrain Ribbon; Sizzix “Scallop Heart Doily Set: Lace Handkerchief” Embossing Folder

All three of today’s cards were made using the same stamp set.  On this first card, the expression on this goat cracks me up!!!

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This card was so much fun to make!

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Here are the challenges entered with this card.

Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge:  CC528

CAS on Sunday Challenge: #57 – White

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Clean and Simple

Papertake Weekly Challenge: Take Your Pick – White

Here is the second card.

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After stamping the images with a water base ink, I colored the balloons with Copics.   The inks ran and got a little messy, but I actually really like the way it looks.  Love it when that happens.

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And finally here is the third card… a super quick, clean and simple creation.

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Thanks for dropping by today.
Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:
Stamps
: SU “From the Herd”
Papers: PTI Select White; Simple Stories “I Am” Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories: Googly Eyes

Card 2 and 3:
Stamps
: SU “From the Herd”
Papers: PTI Select White and Pure Poppy; SU YoYo Yellow
Inks: SU Basic Black, Summer Sun, Only Orange and Real Red; Copics:
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Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon (Card 3 has Organdy Ribbon); Rhinestones; Spellbinders “Star Circles” Die

Apr 232015

It may be raining outside, but inside there’s a bright and sunny card to share.

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Used a few different punches for the picket fence and flower.  The flower punch was used for the leaves, too, which were than cut out and adhered between flower layers.

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Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers Free for All #270: “Mad for Gingham”

Fusion: “Happy Days!”:
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Seize the Birthday: “Anything Goes Birthday”

Monday Mood Board #9:
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Simon Says Stamp: “Work It Wednesday”

Stamp and Create April Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Petal Potpourri” and “Butterfly Basics”

Papers: PTI Lemon Tart, Spring Rain and New Leaf; Doodlebug Design “Hello Sunshine”

Inks: SU Real Red and Garden Green

Accessories: SU “Flower Medallion” Punch; Martha Stewart Fence Border Punch; 1″ Circle Punch; Kaiser Pearl; Grosgrain Ribbon

Happy Easter!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful day.  I found a little more time to play with one of my new SU sets.  The floral image is colored with Copics.  The largest flower’s center is dotted with a white gel pen.

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There were several challenges I had in mind while making this card:

Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge #426
Stef Perry aka {dahlia19} is the featured stamper this week.  I was inspired by THIS card.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: “Pastels”

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: “Happy Birthday”

Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Take Your Pick – Colour Theme – Pastels”

Seize the Birthday Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Just Us Girls Challenge: “Word Week #287 – Spring”

Stamp and Create Challenge: “Is it Spring Yet?”

Die Cut Diva’s Challenge: “In the Garden”

Enjoy this beautiful day!
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Stamps: SU “Butterfly Basics” and “Kinda Eclectic”; PTI “Inside & Out: Birthday II”

Papers: PTI Select White and New Leaf; SU Bashful Blue; Authentique “Crush” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Summer Sun and Bashful Blue; White Gel Pen; Copics:
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Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Fiscar’s Scalloped Border Punch; Nestabilities Classic Circle Die

Mar 192015

Oh that face!  Fox doesn’t look too happy about the rain.

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But, those clouds sure seem pleased with themselves! Smiley.GrinHugeAni

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Little fox was a fun image to color.  He is entered into three challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Animals

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #136: “Anything Goes”

Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It Challenge #523: “Triple Play”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Life’s Adventure”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Chocolate Chip

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Chocolate Chip; White Gel Pen; Copics:
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Accessories: Rick-Rack; Rhinestones; Circular Metal Clip; Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders Die

Mar 162015

Have been playing with this floral image from SU’s “Bloom With Hope” set.

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What a fun image to color!  I tried coloring it with pastels, but for whatever reason the more intense colors looked better to me.

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I added some black marker to this second flower to give it even more contrast.

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The first card is entered into one challenge:

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper March 2015 Challenge

The second card is entered into three challenges:

Splitcoaststampers #CAS316: “No Patterned Paper”

Sketch Saturday Week #352

The Paper Players #PP236: “Ann’s Clean and Simple Foral Challenge”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Bloom With Hope” and “Kinda Eclectic”; PTI “Inside & Out: Birthday II”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; My Mind’s Eye “Everyday Basics” and “Notable”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Ruby Red and Really Rust; White Gel Pen; Copics:
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Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Rhinestones; Pearls; Spellbinder Nestabilities “Blossom” Dies and Circle Dies; 5/8″ Circle Punch; SU “Stripes” Embossing Folder

Mar 122015

LOVE this tulip image.  So happy I finally got to color it!

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There are some fun challenges this week that I had in mind while making the card:

Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It Challenge: “Lucky Charms – I have always loved pearls.  Did you know that black pearls are thought to offer the power of love and protection and luck and to give wisdom.  What’s not to love about that!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: “B is for…” – B is for a tulip BOUQUET, a sweet little stamped BOW and an embossed tulip BORDER.

Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Mum’s The Word” – Since this Sunday is Mothering Sunday in the UK, the challenge is to make a card for your mother.  My mom passed away over 25 years ago, but I still have the most wonderful mother-in-law anyone could ask for..  I loved the idea of using this sentiment for her mother’s day card this year.

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Thanks for dropping by today.
Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Love Is Kindness”

Papers: PTI Select White; My Mind’s Eye “Everyday Basics”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories: SU “Framed Tulips” Embossing Folder; 2mm Rhinestones; Black Pearl

Sometimes my fingers get really inky, like for instance, while making this background.  But it was totally worth it because sponging is such fun, and I love the effect!!

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One of the fern stems was stamped on acetate and then pressed onto the cardstock so it would bend the other way.

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The solid butterfly was made by using the negative cutout of the top butterfly as a template and then fussy cutting.  By using the inside of the cutout rather than tracing around the actually butterfly, the solid/bottom piece is slightly smaller than the top.  I think it just looks better not to have any overhang of the bottom butterfly.

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*Insert random discovery here*Smiley.GnomeAni
Yeah this is completely random, but when I was playing around with the SU Summer Sun (retired?) cardstock, I noticed that the Copic Y35 marker is a perfect match.  Just an fyi.  (Oh and the Copic is colored on PTI Select White cardstock.)

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Okay back to the card… It is entered into the following challenges:

Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge #483: “Great Big Canvas”

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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: “Anything Girly/Feminine”

Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Stamp and Create March Challenge: “Is It Spring Yet?”

Sister Act Card Challenge #96: “Anything Goes”

The Card Concept Challenge #30: “{Thinking of You}” – Card is Mixed Media… I think!

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Butterfly Basics”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Royal Velvet; SU Summer Sun

Inks: SU Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Summer Sun and Basic Black; Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: SU Butterflies Thinlits Die; Rhinestones

Mar 022015

So is this bird cute or what!

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The grass was added and the little bird was colored with Copics.  A black Copic was also used to color the edges of the image circle and sentiment strip.

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The miniature doily was made using a Spellbinder’s die and cutting it from a larger doily.  LOVE how it turned out!

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Here is the card with some pearls added across the top of the patterned paper.  Too much?  Do they distract from the cute little image or just add to all the fun dots and circles that abound?  What do you think?

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Entered into some fun challenges:

Splitcoaststamper’s Clean and Simple – CAS314: “For the Birds”

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: “Anything Goes”

CAS Colours & Sketches – #113: Sketch
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Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Hello Love”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; My Mind’s Eye “Notable”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:
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Accessories: BoBunny Doily; 1-3/8″ Circle Punch; Spellbinders Floral Doily Motif Die

There’s a great sketch for this week’s challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  I played along.

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The embossing, sponging and piercing was done using an embossing folder and piercing template.  Using the piercing template as a stencil, ink was sponged on the embossed areas.

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This card is also entered into a couple of other challenges:

 Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Pick a Fave”

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: PTI “Birthday Basics”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate; Fancy Pants “Happy-Go-Lucky” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip and Cameo Coral

Accessories: Cuttlebug Plus Embossing Folder and Piercing Template “Blooming Bouquet”; Tim Holtz Paper Piercing Tool; SU Button “Designer Naturals”; Corner Rounder Punch

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