Monday, July 6, 2020

Distress Pots and a Cute Bug

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To jump-start today's project I first stopped by SCS to take a look at this week's CAS Challenge. This week we are to feature a Cute Bug.  How does one's creativity leap from bugs to pitchers I will never know but this is what I came up with!  I don't have a ladybug die from IO right now, so I just made my own from the Primitive Gingerbread Accessories.  I love using the little dies that come with the Primitive Gingerbread and the Accessories in different ways! I took one of the little circular die-cuts and used it for the ladybug head and then the heart became her body!

Next, I pulled out the background I created a few weeks ago with  Distress Inks for a Watercolor Wednesday Challenge.   At the time, I didn't want to waste any ink that was left on the palette so I added a couple more ink colors, spritzed with water, and soaked up all the juicy ink with the cardstock.  The result was a  background of jewel tones and citron. I pulled the background from my stash and decided they would make interesting pitchers!  I used both the Large Pitcher and Small Pitcher.  Next, I added a Large Frame around my artsy pitchers and added the happy birthday greeting from Card Sentiments.


The IO team is featuring projects with Die-cuts today so hop on over to the Impression Obsession Blog to see all the lovely projects!


Thanks for popping by!  I hope you have a safe and healthy week!

Primitive Gingerbread     

Lg. Porcelain Pitcher     Sm. Porcelain Pitcher

Large Frame   Card Sentiments

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Bunny Hello

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It's Crossover Weekend for the Inspiration Challenge and the Featured Stamper Challenge!  This week we are celebrating Mary Fran.  Her gallery features her designer digital papers and it's stunning!  I decided that I wanted to just focus on using a paper stack that I have barely used.  Mary Fran has the cutest card with a bunny and so I used this foil piece from the paper stack and added elements similar to her digital card but my card is very much my own!

To the fun paper layers, I added the Rustic Bow, Small Tags, 1/2 Inch Buttons, and the Loopy Border.


I love to stamp and color but I have to say I really enjoyed just playing with designer paper and dies for this card.

I hope you have a lovely weekend and if you have the time, come join us for the weekend challenges at SCS!  

Rustic Bow    Small Tags    Half Inch Buttons

Loopy Border

Friday, July 3, 2020

Welcome Home

This week's Inspiration Challenge is brought to us by Julie! She has chosen a fun spray paint site to inspire our art this week.  

This just might be the fastest card I have ever made!  I had the Stars stenciled background in my stash from a couple of months ago.  I never had the chance to use the Baker's Twine from the June Picket Fence Studios Release so I added that to a tilted layer. The twine is so pretty and so much fun without adding any bulk to the card!  Lastly, I added a sentiment from the sweet summer set: Fireflies On a Warm Summer Night. (also has a coordinating die set so that you don't have to fussy cut those tiny fireflies) :)

That's it!


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Thank you for stopping by and I wish you a safe and healthy weekend.

Stars Stencil    Baker's Twine

Fireflies On A Warm Night    Fireflies On A Warm Night Coordinating Die





Sending Love on the Last Day!

 Today is my last day of Growing in Unity!  I have had a wonderful time!  I have enjoyed reading every single comment! 

On Tuesday, I featured a wreath building set and I said to come back and check how I used the wreath building with envelopes.  Here it is!  I placed an envelope from Sending My Love in the corner and stamped around and around with a template.  It was fun and something you don't see every day!  

Thanks so much for joining me this week, much love to you, and good luck with the prize drawing!


Make sure to stop back by next Tuesday when I announce the winners of the Unity Prize Pkg!



Thursday, July 2, 2020

Growing in Unity Day 4 & a Giveaway

Hi and welcome to Day 4 of Growing in Unity!  Tomorrow is the last day so be sure to come back and leave a comment.  Every time you comment (1 per day)  ups your chances for winning a Unity Stamp Co. prize pkg! 

Today I am featuring the gorgeous Itty Bitty set: Secret Ingredient.  This is a darling little set for friends and family who love to cook and/or bake!  


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  

So when you leave me a comment today tell me if you would rather bake or cook? And do you have a specialty? 

 I would rather bake.  Chocolate Cake to be exact with homemade frosting.  :)

See you tomorrow!

Kitten Flower Power

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This month's Impression Obsession Challenge is Summer Flowers. 

My idea for this card came while I was perusing the Summer VSN Playlist Challenge at SCS.    Our inspiration is to come from the lyrics of a designated song.  It was an easy decision for me to feature the beautiful Cat Silhouette 5 along with the new Summer Bouquet flowers and Magnolia Flowers die.  Lastly, I added Sending Hugs because I want to send this to someone who really needs a hug right now.  


Hop on over to the Impression Obsession Blog for all the details on how you can enter the challenge for a chance to win a $25.00 GC to the Impression Obsession store!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a sweet day!

Cat Silhouette 5    Summer Bouquet

Magnolia Flowers - TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK    Sending Hugs


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A Poinsettia for Watercolor Wednesday

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Kia is our hostess for this week's Watercolor Wednesday Challenge and she has chosen Watercolor Blending for our challenge.  Kia shares a wonderful video in the challenge post and also has some great tutorial videos linked on the main WCW thread.  

I wanted an image that was large enough to work on blending so I chose this stunning Picket Fence Studios image, Christmas Star Poinsettia.  I decided not to cut it down but instead, I will frame it and hang it on the wall at Christmas.  I told my daughter of my plan and she said, "you can't do that, we already have enough art competing for wall time".  Haha, that's what happens when both of your children are budding acrylic painters!  :)  Well, she is not the boss of me so I am framing this and hanging it on the wall.  


A big thank you to my Friday Night Crafty Zoom friends for their encouragement and suggestions!

We are super excited to share that Picket Fence Studios is the Brand of the Month at Simon Says Stamp!  



Christmas Poinsettia Star


Growing in Unity Day 3 - All Joy

Wow, it's midweek already!  I am having such a wonderful time Growing in Unity and reading your comments! 

For today's card, I knew I wanted to feature Graciellie Designs.  Hey Friend has seen ink before but He Will Sustain You has not so I thought it would be fun to pair them together for hump day.  I don't know about you but about midweek I need a little filling of joy and peace! 

I created a watercolor wash in the combo of Art Nudge#16 with the intention of using it as a full-size background.  I didn't like how the edges turned out so instead, I stamped the flowers and feathers directly on the background.  Lastly I  fussy cut them and created my design.


I am entering this in the FB Art Nudge Group.  The Art Nudge is open to all artists and all types of art.  If you love art challenges, stop by and join! 

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Don't forget to comment.  Each day's comments get counted for a chance to win a random selection of Unity stamps!

For today's comment, I would love to know if you enjoy creating cards for card challenges?  If so how many challenges do you enter per week?

Thanks for stopping by!  I have so enjoyed your visits this week!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Christmas in July

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Deep breath! Everyone ready?  It's July 1st! Yikes! 

 The first of the month means it's time for a new Fan Club Christmas Challenge! 
I heat embossed the gorgeous Stars and Berries Wreath.  The random twigs totally speak to my soul!   I colored in the stars and berries with a paint pen and added a sheer bow.   Lastly, I added the Merry Christmas sentiment.

I am also playing along with a Summer Playlist VSN Challenge.


You can find a variety of beautiful Christmas stamps and much more at Impression Obsession.

Stars & Berries Wreath

Growing in Unity Day 2 & Giveaway

It's Growing in Unity Day 2!  

Oh my!  Did I ever have fun with the Circle of Friendship set!  I tried my hand at wreath building for the first time and I am smitten!   This set is so versatile it can be used without building a wreath if wreath building isn't your thing.  


I am also playing along in the Summer Playlist VSN.

Once again, I hope you will leave me a comment so that you will have another entry in the Growing in Unity prize drawing!  This time when you leave your comment let me know if you have ever "built" a wreath on a card.  Let me know if you used a wreath builder template or not.  And let me know if you enjoyed the process or if it was a one-time-only technique for you!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Monday, June 29, 2020

Growing In Unity Day 1 - Walking Colorful

Hello!  All this week I am a "Growing In Unity" gal!  I will be featuring some of my favorite Unity Stamps along with a few that are new to my collection and are fast becoming favorites!

Unity Stamp Co. is generously offering prizes to two randomly selected visitors.  So stop by every day and leave a comment!  

First up, is one of my all-time Faves.  Harmony Girl.  I love rainy days so this image speaks to me.  I love how Harmony walks through the rain with style!

I simply stamped Distress Oxide inks on clear plastic packaging and spritzed with water.  Then I dabbed the watery ink on the cardstock.  Once dried I stamped Harmony on the cardstock.  I stamped her a second time and fussy cut her.  


I had so much extra ink that I decided to create a second background.  I took a paintbrush and added color to You Color My World.


That's it for me today but don't forget to leave me a comment and let me know if you would rather paint a wall or take a walk in the rain.

Hugs and healthy wishes!



Miss Your Face

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Impression Obsession has an amazing variety of stamps so we love to take a day and older stamps.  Today I am featuring the adorable Steaming Cup of Tea image.  It's just one small cup but I used the mirror image stamping technique and added a cup.  I had a little fun with the coloring and I made coffee in the cups.  One with cream and sugar like I like it and one without! I think the Miss Your Face sentiment is so perfect for the season most of us find ourselves in.   Don't we just MISS seeing our friends and family IN person?  

I am celebrating this week's Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper, Cathy!  I was so excited to see Cathy as our Featured Stamper because she is such a sweet person and creates amazing cards.  So I found a beautiful set of CAS cards and I CASEd the idea.  I stamped the Mini Gingham on the lower portion but instead of adding twine as Cathy did, I added the loopy border die-cut.


We hope you will stop by the Impression Obsession Blog to check out to see how the designers have used older stamps in new designs!



Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope this is a great week for you!

Steaming Cup of Tea   Miss Your Face     Mini Gingham

Loopy Border

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Get Well Soon

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Amy is this week's host for the Inspiration Challenge at SCS and she has chosen an amazing mural pinboard to inspire us!  I found THIS pin.  

I made a watercolor wash with distress ink for the background.  Next, I colored the Get Well Soon stamp in greens and pinks.  


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you get to create something this weekend!

Get Well Soon




Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Rainbows After a Storm



Brenda is our host this week for The Watercolor Wednesday Challenge. She chose No Line watercolor which is a little bit of a challenge for me but it was a lot of fun to practice! I stamped the super sweet After the Storm stamp set with Ink On 3 Fadeout Ink.  My pink clouds were inspired by this week's cacti containers from this week's  Art Nudge #15 And lastly, I sprinkled some Spiked Cider Sequins.

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Thanks for looking and I hope to see your artwork linked in the challenges!

After The Storm     Spiked Cider Sequin Mix

Distress Pots and a Cute Bug

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