Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Sale!

Now is the time to take all those wonderful Picket Fence Studios stamp sets from your wishlist to your cart!  Picket Fence Studios is offering 20% off plus free shipping and while supplies last an add-on blender brush while supplies last!  

I created a happy card with the amazing Life Changing Blender Brushes along with the 2" Blending Stencil and the 3 1/2" Blending Stencil.   A background like this is an ideal setting for the bold-font sentiments in Ways to Say Congrats.


It's fun to decorate envelopes with the Crafty Mail stamp set!


That's it for me today, I am off to help with preparations for tomorrow's feast!













Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Season's Greetings

Wow, Thanksgiving is just a few days away and that means Christmas is on its way. Since most of us have our Thanksgiving cards finished and mailed off at this late date, I decided to create a Christmas card to share with you.  I used the sketch from the November Fan Club Monthly Theme at Splitcoaststampers for my design.  The classic "Seasons Greetings" sentiment is from the North Pole stamp set by The Project Bin.  


I really shouldn't have done it but I couldn't help myself.  This week I was in a craft store and they had their Christmas paper packs 50% off.  I fell in love with this stack and I think it looks like it was made for The Project Bin sentiment.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  For those of you that are celebrating Thanksgiving, I wish you a happy day filled with family and/or friends!  


Friday, November 16, 2018

Coffee Just Understands

I am so excited about this card.  I just love this coffee girl.  She reminds me of MY coffee girl!!  My girl doesn't wear glasses but everything else fits her!  She is tall, thin and her long hair curls especially when it's raining and she LOVES coffee!    My daughter is on the drama team at school and puts in very long hours when a show is being rehearsed or featured on stage. When I see her I am always full of questions. I want to know everything!  Unfortunately for me she looks at me and says, "I have been talking all day, just nope, no questions!".    When I saw Coffee Understands from Picket Fence Studios I couldn't wait to pair this sentiment with the cute coffee girl.   

This week's Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers is full of color and patterns. I found THIS photo which made me think of coffee rings.  I think the coffee rings in this set are so cute, I had fun stamping them randomly on the card base!


You have one last opportunity to leave a comment to be eligible to win a Black Hybrid Ink Pad!  Simply leave me a comment and tell me what is your favorite part of this stamp set? I will count all three days comments in order and then using random.org I will select the winner and Post it on Friday, November 23rd.  Good luck!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!



Need More Coffee and a Giveaway


Welcome back for more Picket Fence Studios Release goodies!  Today I am featuring the Need More Caffeine stamp set along with a sentiment from Coffee Understands Need More Caffeine is versatile in that it can be the star of the show or a background.  I chose to let it be the star for this card.

Our giveaway this month is Black Hybrid Ink so I thought it would be fun to share a sample.  What I love about Hybrid ink is that once the image is stamped, I can decide how I want to color it.  So often I have stamped an image in waterbased ink and then decided I would rather watercolor the image.


I placed the image in my MISTI and stamped twice for great coverage.  I then colored with Inktense pencils and water.  I wasn't going for perfect coloring on this just some quick color. 

I thought you might like to know how well the Hybrid Ink worked so I made a quick experiment and stamped the coffee image on another piece of cardstock and colored a swatch with Copics. Perfect, no ink bleeding!

Here is a look at the entire November Release, click HERE to shop!

For a chance to win your very own Black Hybrid Ink Pad, just leave me a comment and let me know if you like coffee and how you take it!   I will include all of the entries in the drawing so make sure to stop by tomorrow for another release project.  The winner will be picked on 11/21/18 and announced on 11/22/18.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Need More Caffeine                                     Coffee Understands      




Thursday, November 15, 2018

Autumn Colors

I am delighted to be a guest designer on the Impression Obsession team and for my first project, I am playing in the New Impression Obsession Challenge - Autumn Colors.

Head on over to the Impression Obsession Blog to view all the challenge samples from the Design Team!  You can also play along in the challenge and link up your project for a chance to win a $25.00 GC to the IO store!    

To show off my Autumn Colors I chose D15145Autumn Bouquet and C1148 Happy Thanksgiving.

This sweet Autumn bouquet was fun to color with Copic Markers.  I added the Thanksgiving sentiment then layered it on diagonal striped designer paper.  


I am also playing along with Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge.  Congratulations Crystal!




Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Picket Fence Studios Release Day & Giveaway!

It's release day at Picket Fence Studios and wow, do we have gorgeous things to share with you today, I also have a giveaway!  First, up is the oh so gorgeous, Jill Girl. I love the cozy red sweater warmer on Jill's cup, I have one just like it IRL!  Jill reminds me of my daughter so I went with a sentiment from the beautiful Ruffled Peony Bouquet stamp set.  With this card, I am playing along with the Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.


Next up we are headed underwater with the new set, A Bottomless Sea.  Using the LC Blender Brushes I inked up my sea.  I used the largest brush and tapped the brush into the ink.  Holding the brush head I pressed down and inked the layer.  Pushing down on the brush makes it quick and easy to color large spaces. For the next step, I used a sunray stencil and wiped the rays with a baby wipe then I stamped the bubbles from the Bottomless Sea set. 


It's been a while since I created a shaker card but the sea was begging for shaker magic so I filled the sea with Blue Hawaiin sequins.  To finish off the card I used this encouraging sentiment which is included in A Bottomless Sea stamp set.


 For my last card, I stamped Rough around the Edges on the card base.  I love being able to create backgrounds in colors of my own choosing! The stripes create a wonderful background for a large sentiment like Happy Happy Happy Birthday


It's so exciting to hang around Picket Fence Studios, you never know what surprises they will reveal next! The newest product in the line up is Black Hybrid Ink which can be used with alcohol markers and watercolor mediums, isn't that cool?  This month's Picket Fence Studios release is full of sweet things including this adorable I love you Momma and Coffee Understands. You can view all the new goodies HERE.

And now for giveaway details, I get to give away a Black Hybrid Ink Pad to one lucky winner.  All you have to do to be eligible is leave me a comment telling me whether you like to create your own backgrounds AND/OR whether you like to create shaker cards.  You will have another opportunity on Friday and Saturday to leave a comment on blog posts with more of the latest Picket Fence releases.  That means you will have up to three entries!   I will post the winner on Black Friday 11/23!

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 Jill Girl                            Ruffled Peony Bouquet



               Rough around the Edges                      Happy Happy Happy Birthday            



 Blue Hawaiin sequins                   Black Hybrid Ink     







Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Fall Blessings

Today I am once again featuring the beautiful Eat Pie stamp set by The Project Bin.  I started with the same paper as last week but my pumpkin refused to shine so I switched to watercolor paper and achieved a completely different look from last week. Just as I did last week, I used the same pumpkin stamp and watercolored with Derwent Inktense Ink Pencils.  I find it fascinating how every watercolor session is unique!  For the sentiment, I masked off the leaf then stamped it back in with a very light distress ink.  Then using the same colors as the pumpkin I watercolored the leaf.  Using a very fine paintbrush I added back the leaf outline.





Saturday, November 10, 2018

Unbiological Sister

I am hosting the Inspiration Challenge at SCS this week.  A few weeks ago my husband and I decided to visit a little town near us that we have never visited.  It's rather famous now as a popular tv show was and I believe still is being filmed in the area.  We wandered into a little boutique which carried the cutest metal ornaments.  I wanted to buy Christmas presents right then and there.  When it was my turn to come up with a site to inspire our weekly Inspiration Challenge I decided to look up the ornaments and see if I could find an online store that carried them.  My inspiration ornament is BFF 

I used the adorable girls from the I am a Hugger stamp set by Picket Fence Studios.  I color coordinated these best friends in magenta and dandelion and added a sentiment from Throw on a Crown also by Picket Fence Studios. This sentiment is just right for friends that are more like sisters!


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  
Here's a look at the sweet stamp sets I used today:

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             Throw on a Crown                         I am a Hugger 




Friday, November 9, 2018

Bright and Cheerful

Since I live in a very sunshiny state I appreciate every overcast day.  I know I am probably a bit weird for my fondness of a gloomy day.  I have even passed the appreciation for rainy and overcast days to my daughter!  On gloomy days I like nothing better than to create bright and cheerful cards.  After a peek at this card, I think you can probably guess what our weather has been like this week!


I randomly stamped the large flowers from the Simply Wonderful stamp set (which really is simply wonderful) in Lilac Posies ink and the smaller flowers in Dandelion ink.    Then I die cut the layer and popped it up on craft foam.  The sentiment is from Ways to Say Get Well stamp set which includes twelve encouraging sentiments.


To finish off the project I created a bit of art on an envelope with the large flower from the Simply Wonderful stamp set and a greeting from Crafty Mail.   


I am playing along with the Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper challenge.  Nicole has a gorgeous gallery!  Congrats Nicole, I hope you have a wonderful week!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you have wonderfully crafty weekend no matter what the weather!

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Ways to Say Get Well                    Simply Wonderful




Tuesday, November 6, 2018

And Back to Fall Again....

And back to fall again! If you follow my blog you might be getting holiday whiplash!  I just create what makes me happy, I might be creating Christmas in July and butterflies in chilly winter!  Today I have decided to revisit fall before it's over and we truly move into Christmas.  Don't be surprised to see Valentine's in December!

To color my pumpkin from the Eat Pie stamp set by The Project Bin I used the no line coloring technique.   It was such fun, now all I want to do is watercolor pumpkins!  



I added color to the pumpkin with Derwent Inktense Pencils and then with a slightly wet brush, I went over the ink.  In places where I wanted a little more color, I picked up ink directly from the pencil with the paintbrush. 


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the bright colors of fall today!






Sunday, November 4, 2018

Growing Up

The Virtual Stamping Night Mini was held last night at Splitcoaststampers.  This is a free online event open to anyone!  The Mini was just on Friday night but the main event will include both Friday and Saturday, Dec 14 and 15th.  The challenge is kept open so it's not too late to play along.  

  I did not care for the Peanuts tv cartoons when I was a girl.  I think I related too closely to Charlie Brown.  As a young girl, I longed to know that life could go right more often than wrong.  Now that I am an adult, I love the Charlie Brown Christmas story.  Such a great message and who can resist the amazing music!  When I saw Misti's VSN challenge I knew just which stamp I wanted to feature.


The stamp kit is Small Stuff Christmas by Unity Stamp Co. and my card design was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches.  As I went to grab the photo of the sketch to include in my post I realized I missed one of the elements of the sketch but I will share the sweet sketch with you anyway!

Thanks for stopping by and before you go enjoy the music!







Saturday, November 3, 2018

Happy Winter y'all!

Julie has chosen a fun site to inspire this week's Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. THIS adorable penguin ornament set inspired my playful penguins.  These little guys from Santa Mischief by Picket Fence Studios crack me up!  I love how each penguin is unique with their flippers and feet in different positions.  The middle penguin really makes me giggle!  

For my winter sky, I used the large brush from the Life-Changing Blender Brushes to create a soft sky.  For the snowbanks, I used one of the thinner brushes which can be purchased in the set I have linked above or the Fine Blending Assortment



I hope you will join us for the Inspiration Challenge this week!  
Now here's a close up look at what I used for today's card.

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Santa Mischief                A Gnome Winter



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