Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Flowers for my bff

For this week's Project Bin post I pulled out my Flowers In Pot embossing folder and tried a couple of techniques but I wasn't happy with the results until I chose Color Box Premium inks in shades of Jelly, Poppy, Carrot, and Pea Pod.  I tapped ink on the embossing folder then spritzed it with water, next I placed cardstock over the watery ink and rubbed over the cardstock with my hands.  With this technique, you don't run it through a die cutting machine just simply pull up the cardstock.  

I used a heat gun to dry the cardstock then stamped one of my favorite sentiments from the #bff 

The center of the pot is ideal for a large sentiment!   I just love how this turned out and can't wait to create more!

I added two little Ladybug Brads from the Eyelet Outlet.  They are soooo cute!!
If you would like more info on the ink I used you can check out THIS post.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Birthday and IC Challenge

Happy Saturday to you!  I hope you are enjoying this summer day.   Today is Saturday so I have a card to share for the IC challenge at Splitcoaststampers featuring the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and Bouquet Bunch Framelets from SU!  Stacy is our hostess this week and she has chosen the Vera Bradley store for our inspiration this week.  I chose the coral floral pillow as my inspiration.  You can find more info in my gallery post HERE.

This week was a big week as we celebrated our daughter's 18th birthday!!  I knew just the color combo to create her card since she ordered a cookie cake with a border of blue and purple.  I am featuring the Balloon Strings stamp from MFT on the background and a retired A La Mode image. This was my day 12 of 30 Day coloring challenge and so far it's the last day I have been able to carve out some coloring time.  

Turning 18 is one of those big deal birthdays so we took her out shopping the day before her birthday.  She will get together with her friends tonight and then she has asked to take a couple of friends on a day trip to an outdoor resort. 
Her actual birthday was filled with "have to" appointments so we celebrated in the evening with pizza and cookie cake.  Our son came home and gave her an art supply scavenger hunt.  I am not exactly sure why the hunt was put on a paper towel with a room in the house totally dedicated to paper!

  I just love the sibling birthday photos every year!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Dear Mom it's Spring Zen in Summer

I have been all about coloring ever since Kathy at the Daily Marker encouraged us to a 30-day Coloring Challenge during the month of June.  The Spring Zen stamp set by The Project Bin is a gorgeous set with fun zen lined images to color. 

 I stamped my tulips and then searched for patterned paper before deciding on the color combo.  I found this really cool striped paper and set off to color with my Chameleon Color Tones Markers.  Funny thing, when I was done coloring the tulips the paper no longer looked right!!!  I searched for a new background piece and came up with this but now there is really no need for the blue/green swath of color.  Still, the colors are interesting together!

The sentiment is from the Deer Mom stamp set that I snipped a few weeks ago, visit that post HERE for info.  

I hope you are finding time to color this summer!!!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Rest, Be Still, Breathe

Happy Saturday!!!  It's a beautiful day out today!  There are so many things to enjoy about Saturdays and one of them is the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  I enjoy looking at a photo and allowing it to spark creativity so the IC challenge is the one for me!  This week it's my turn to challenge us.  Splitcoaststampers is a free site open to everyone with daily challenges, personal galleries, tutorials and much more. Just click here to check out today's IC653 challenge.  If you stop by let me know, I am ohmypaper! over there!!!

I am a big fan of Unity Stamp Co. for their unique designs.  I love hanging out at Unity Stamp Co Show & Tell on FB and I love watching Angela and Whitney's videos at Unity Stamp Co FB.  Angela and Whitney are warm, funny and inviting.  I love to catch the sales at Unity which is what I did with the stamp kit I am featuring today.  I purchased three Truly Rest kits while it was on sale and sent them to my friends, Janeen and JoAnn.  We decided to create two cards each and then have a reveal day.  It was a lot of fun seeing how differently we all used the same stamp.  
I just noticed that the kit is back on sale this weekend so if you like it.....

The gold in the photo inspired me to open up a jar of gold paste and distress the edges of my layers.  I also dabbed a bit over the feathers once they were colored.  One of the mugs has a gold and blue feather so I used that as inspiration for my coloring. 

For my next card, I went for an even cleaner look, I used the same Copic markers as above, coloring the leaves yellow gold but the feathers completely blue. 

Thanks so very much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

30 Day Coloring Challenge

Kathy Racoosin at the Daily Marker has challenged us to a 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  Kathy encourages everyone to play along and if you miss a day or two or more don't worry about trying to make up for missed days.  The point is to color and if all we have is 10 minutes then just color 10 minutes.  I have found this very freeing.  I am not fretting over a masterpiece or a finished project just making sure I color something every day. 

I missed Day 1 so I am just jumping in!

Day 2 - Wall Decor (I will frame this as soon as I get a frame)  :)
Stamp Kit: Your Wings Exist - Unity Stamp Co. 
Coloring Medium - Copics and Distress Ink

Day 3 - Yellow Rose Card
(Image RAK from Janine) 
Coloring Medium - Copics

Day 4 & 5 Teapot Tuesday Card
Image - Hampton Art
I started this on Monday and because this is a coloring challenge and not a project challenge I put it aside and went to bed and finished it on Tuesday!

That's it for now, I have Day 6 yet to get started!!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Can You Resist?

One of my favorite things to do is to create cards with challenges in mind which is why I check out Splitcoaststampers several times a week.  This week's TLC693 Challenge is to go back and look at an older technique, Crayon Resist. 

 The first step is to stamp the image then color it with white crayon.  Next sponge ink on the background.  It's ok to go over the top of the image because the white crayon will resist the ink.  This was my first time trying the technique and as you can see I didn't get my kitty completely covered with the waxy crayon.  When I took a baby wipe to wipe off the yellow ink, I ended up with streaks.  I think it looks like cat fur so I am good with that!

My kitty and sentiment are from the Feline Good set by The Project Bin.  I just love kitties so this set is a favorite stamp set but If you are more a pup person The Project Bin also has a cute stamp set called Kinda Pawsome.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Fork In the Road

Ha!  I had a hoot coming up with this!  The Project Bin and Eyelet Outlet had an Instagram Hop a couple of weeks ago and I selected a package of Silverware Brads with the idea of combining the fork with this sentiment from the Wise Men stamp set.  As I was pondering the creation of this card I came up with the idea to add the vintage car from Classic Man.  Which fork will he take I wonder?  

That's it for me today.  If you are in the US I hope you had a lovely long weekend!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fireworks and Stars

 This past weekend I participated in a joint Instagram Blog Hop with Eyelet Outlet and The Project Bin.  We had a lot of fun showing off summer projects which included stamps from The Project Bin and accessories from the Eyelet Outlet.  

For my first card, I am featuring fireworks and sentiment from the Red White and Boom stamp set and added adorable Gold Mix Star brads from the Eyelet Outlet.  

My second card features the same stamp set and star brads but with a completely different look by adding gingham paper in the background and vertical layer.  

A closer look at those cool stars!

I stamped the backs of the cards with designs from the Hand Made stamp set.  A little heart stamp is included in the set so I stamped it twice with the "hand stamped just for you" sentiment.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!  

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Oh Chrstmas Tree in May

This week Stacy has chosen a site full of color and texture to inspire the IC650 challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  I enjoy creating Christmas all year long if inspiration strikes and it did just that today! THIS beautiful greeting card inspired my design.

To create my background I simply stamped distress inks on plastic packaging and spritzed with water.  I tapped first Lucky Clover onto my cardstock then dried the watercolor with my heat gun.  I did the same with Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves.   For the top layer, I used a tree die from Hampton Art and then stamped the sentiment from Love Bug Christmas by Unity Stamp Co. 

For the inside, I stamped another sentiment from the Love Bug Christmas kit.  The tree die cut was sitting on my desk with one tiny green ink splatter which gave me the idea to tap the remaining ink on the plastic packaging randomly onto the tree die cut and adhere it to the inside.

I am playing along with a couple of Christmas challenges.
The Merry Christmas Challenge is Anything Goes


That's it for me today, I hope you have a crafty weekend!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hand Made Thank You

 Today I am featuring a brand new set by The Project BinHand Made is designed for the back of your cards and projects. They are all super cute and several have space in the designs to add your name.  There is even an Angel Policy stamp: "Hand Stamped by..........theprojectbin" so that you can place the stamp on the back of your TPB projects and sell them! 

For my teacher, thank you cards, I randomly stamped the little mini rose which is included in this set on card stock.  I die cut the hearts using the In My Heart die.  Next, I colored the mini rose hearts, then die cut a piece of foam with the heart die and adhered the foam to the rose hearts. 

For the sentiment, I used the THANK YOU from the Deer Mom stamp set.  You didn't know there was a Thank You sentiment included in that set?  I adore the "Thank You for Letting me Lick the Beaters" sentiment but my mom never let us do that so I decided to do a little surgery and snipped the "Thank You" away from the rest of the sentiment.  If I ever want to use the complete sentiment it's super easy to place both pieces next to one another and no one has to know they were cut apart.  If you don't like the idea of cutting your sentiments apart then it's easy enough to just mask what you don't need.

For the pink card, I stamped the circular stamp on the back and added a mini rose coloring it the same as the front.  For the blue card, I used the Angel Policy stamp even though I will be giving this away to one of my daughter's teachers.  I love the font on the "hand made just for you" sentiment and stamped it on the yellow card.

With these cards, I am joining the CAS481 challenge to create a thank you card or graduation card.


Hand Made

Deer Mom

In My Heart

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Orange Owl and Flip-Flops

We have a super fun challenge over at Splitcoaststampers on Saturdays called the Inspiration Challenge.    The second week of the month is my turn to host the challenge.  This week I found a lovely little company in San Marcos, Texas. Vineyard Marketplace showcases a variety of products handmade by widows cooperatives, orphan-headed households, and other artisans.  I chose THIS adorable card as my inspiration.  Come check out my challenge HERE.

I used the orange and pink colors of the owl in the inspiration photo for my owl and pretty much changed everything else.  My card was made up of all MFT Stamps products.

Dies - Cross-stitch Rectangle Stax (given to me by my sweet friend JaneenK!)

Before you go check out this awesome video on how worn out flip-flops are recycled and made into adorable toys that are sold at Vineyard Marketplace. The hard work and ingenuity are remarkable!

Flowers for my bff

For this week's Project Bin post I pulled out my Flowers In Pot embossing folder and tried a couple of techniques but I wasn't ...