Thursday, January 14, 2021

the male room #146 animals

 I wanted to play with the newest challenge over @ The Male Room because I am out of masculine cards, and that is not good in this house of boys.  The challenge gave me an excuse to go looking for masculine animals for masculine cards...wink. 

hello card 

I haven't inked up this super cool steer skull from Jen Hadfield Simple Life Homemade stamp set, and I am so thankful for the challenge to push me to do so.  I created my background using strips of kraft cardstock and then distressed the card using Distress Ink Frayed burlap.  I distressed the card two times, allowing for a short drying time between as I stamped the steer skull.  I stamped the skull using Colorbox Ink Wheat, then masked off the horns with washi and stamped the skull again using The Stamp Market Island Ink.  I stamped the image two times with the Island ink and am very pleased with the contrast, so beautiful.

I was inspired to create another card using another stamp from the set: the rooster.
This card was fun to heat emboss and ink-smoosh.  
I started by ink smooshing the diecut scallop frame from Pinkfresh Studio so it could be drying.  I then diecut a block of kraft cardstock using the same Pinkfresh scallop circle die and stamped the star from the same Jen Hadfield stamp set using Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow and heat embossed it.  The rooster was stamped in Colorbox Wheat and raised with mounting dots.  To layer the scalloped circles, I cut the smooshed one in half and then took a little off each side so that it could frame the rooster.

Thank you for stopping by, this was such a fun challenge.

IB 157 everything is a-bouquet

                                           paper hugs from the heart ♥ week two

You Are Something Wonderful Card

We are back with a new challenge this week @ IB card challenges and welcoming two incredibly talented designers to the team! There is so much to be inspired by in the photo, and it was fun to try to narrow down some ideas.  I can't wait to see the gallery this week, with all the talented designers, it's sure to be inspiring!

This week,
 I was inspired by the 

rows of flowers, colors, sketch, and theme

To create my background, I used The Greetery Square Dance stencil and then framed it using Pinkfresh stitched scallop rectangle dies, and added The Stamp Market Just Wonderful stamps for my sentiment.

I was also inspired to create this card using the same stencil and another of the stamps in the Just Wonderful set.

You are Wonderful Yes, You card

And here's the sketch this week, inspired by the photo inspiration.

You are Some Kind of Wonderful notecards 
I used watercolor paper, stamped the images onto the paper, repeating the inking until the desired shade using my Misti, and then I used my dabber blender to add water to the stamp and stamped the watered stamp on top of each stamped image on the card until it the ink spread. 

Thank you so much for visiting and make sure to
 check what the amazing team created on THE BLOG!

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

i just love you coffee

I love creating coffee cards in traditional Valentine colors.  I think it looks like a coffee date to enjoy your favorite pastry and cup of coffee with a loved one or friend, which is one of my most favorite things to share. 

i just love you coffee card
I created my coffee card inspired by the January 2021 Challenge to use patterned paper on your card.  I used a piece of gingham and have diecut it with Pinkfresh Essentials inverted stitched scallop circles.

Thank you so much for stopping by, this was a really fun challenge to create a coffee card I needed to mail out.

I love you--Fusion

Good morning.  I am back with a card for the current challenge over at Fusion Card challenge.  This is a new-to-me challenge this year, but I saw this fun photo and wanted to play along.

I was inspired by the sketch and my need to create Valentine I saw the the two patterned strips as an opportunity to create my own patterned paper using stamps and contrast between the two with a die-cut strip. 

 I stamped white onto kraft using Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow and then stamped the coupon using Memento Rose Bud over the white coupon background to create my patterned block.  The heart focal was created using an old rubber heart stamp.  I stamped it using the Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow, and then used my ink blender to ink Memento Rose Bud over the top to fill in the heart.  Once this dried for a few minutes, I stamped rubber stamp over the image again to bring the white forward.

I die cut the frame using Pinkfresh Essentials inverted stitched scallop circles.

Thank you for visiting

Thursday, January 7, 2021

IB156 let's cele-bear-ate

paper hugs from the heart ♥ week one

Isn't he cute?  Seeing this cute photo inspiration on the Inspired By blog, allowed me the opportunity to ink up my Pinkfresh Happy Hugs stamp set.

I was inspired by 
bears, black and white, and frame

And here's the sketch this week, inspired by the photo inspiration.

Thank you so much for visiting and make sure to
 check what the amazing team created on THE BLOG!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

goodbye 2020

   Good morning! As we close out the challenges for 2020, I want to say how thankful I am for this craft and the people we meet through our challenges and teams.  I work with the best team and the challenges and the team have made this year a creative one!

 We are hosting our last challenge of 2020 on the IB blog.  There is also a fun giveaway for the winners of the challenge this week, Santa thinks the members are definitely on the good list...wink, and we love all the inspiration in the gallery!

A World of Good Wishes

I was inspired by the colors, the circles, the celebration, and the hope for a really wonderful New Year!

And Santa has delivered some gifts for the winners this week.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas celebration and a healthy and peaceful New Year!
Thank you so much for visiting and make sure to
 check what the amazing team created on THE BLOG!

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

i love tags snow much (updated)

I loved making these tags and the challenge was perfect to finish some gifts.  This challenge was so fun and really helped jumpstart the process to coordinate my gifts, a win!  And today, I read that one of my tags created for the challenge was selected as designer’s choice, which means that I will have an opportunity to create alongside the designers for an upcoming challenge, how cool is that opportunity?  Thank you for selecting one of my tags, I look forward to the challenge and fun!

 I love tags, handmade tags, big or small, round, square, scalloped, shaped...I love them all.  I think a gift that has a handmade tag feels the same as a handmade card in the mailbox, special and thoughtful.  Every year, I try to create as many tags for our gifts as I can find the time, and this year, with all of the time at home, I've been creating quite a few and it's fun wrapping gifts!       

 I needed some tags for some packages and wanted to create some snowman tags to coordinate with the wrap and the gifts.  I checked out a few of my favorite challenge spots and found a snowman theme with the TicTacToe challenge this week, clapping, so fun.

For my first tag, I chose the diagonal from the top left: Snowman, winter holidays, and gold.  

I have a gift for one of my shabby chic loving friends and wanted to create a tag that would coordinate, this challenge was just the jumpstart I needed.
I decided to use my Stamperia Pink Christmas papers along with various glittered papers and die-cuts to create my snowman.

I added gold glittered paper to the hat and buttons.

For my second tag, I chose the left row down: snowman, red, and green

On this tag, I used the Stamp Market Script Merry die,  the Happy + Merry dies and different shades of ink.

I cut glittered paper for the snowman base

This was a lot of fun and I am happy with the tags that will be adorning packages very soon! 
Thank you for stopping by my little corner!

the male room #146 animals

  I wanted to play with the newest challenge over @  The Male Room  because I am out of masculine cards, and that is not good in this house ...