Saturday, April 28, 2018

Cozy Cardinal Right at Home

During the first week in April,  I hopped along with the 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness blog hop.  It was so good to read the stories of hope and view beautiful cards.  I even happened to win a prize from Right at Home, one of the sponsors of the blog hop!  Nicole at Right at Home stamps is so sweet and her designs are such fun I couldn't stop at the prize alone.

My purchases and prize arrived just in time to create a card for the IC647 challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Brenda has chosen a site full of inspiration for us!  I chose THIS photo and pulled out my brand new Cozy Cardinal and Find the Beauty stamp and die sets from Right at Home.

I had so much fun stamping, die cutting and building a colorful scene.

Right at Home has a wonderful product and it arrives with flair! 

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

To the Man, the Myth, The Legend

Today I am featuring the Classic Man stamp set by The Project Bin.  This is such a versatile set for masculine cards.  This set includes a Happy Birthday and a Father's Day greeting along with several greetings that can be used for any occasion.  

This sentiment makes me giggle because around here it pretty much sums up my backpacking wanderer!  His coworkers and friends all know if he has a few days off, rain or shine, he's probably in the woods.  

I had fun creating this with a paper stack I purchased last year.  I used the SC693 sketch for my design and cut cards from the paper to embellish the main space.  I added plaid paper to the three mini cards to add continuity to the focal point. 

My husband's birthday is this week so I was delighted when I realized this set included a Happy Birthday greeting.  I stamped the Happy Birthday Greeting and layered it on more of the fun hiking trails paper on the inside of the card.  

Here's a look at the entire stamp set! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!  

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Inspired by a White Cat

There are so many reasons to love Saturdays and one of them is the weekly Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Stacy is our hostess this week and she chose the Smithsonian Institute for IC646.  This cool site has a "Collections" category which is super fun to browse. They even have a CAT collection!  Oh, my!!!   I was smitten by a white cat painted by Gertrude Abercrombie, my search for inspiration was over.  

For my card, I sponged Memento Nautical blue for the floor angling a piece of paper as a mask to indicate where the floor and wall meet.  With a much lighter touch, I sponged the same color ink as the floor on a piece of cardstock, then die cut a door and a piece for the wainscoting.  The blue door ended up looking a little flat so I highlighted the door and the wainscoting with Inktense Watercolor Pencils.  The kitty is a die cut and I added a bit of shadow behind her with Copics.

I believe the inside will say "Sitting Here Thinking Of You" but I am waiting to decide who I will send this to before I stamp a greeting.

I hope you will hop over to Splitcoaststampers and join us for daily challenges!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Project Bin - A Classic

Today, I am featuring the new stamp set, Classic Man by The Project Bin.  
This set includes 12 great sentiments as well as this classic auto!  The sentiments are all so fun, I had trouble deciding which one to use first!!!  

Here is a look at this classy masculine stamp set!

Classic Man

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Cuddle and Kind Inspiration

I am the hostess this weekend for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Everyone is welcome at Splitcoaststampers!  It's a free site with daily challenges and you can create your own gallery!  You can check out my challenge at IC645.  

I chose the sweetest site to inspire our art this week.  I was attracted to the site itself.  Lots of white space, soft blue banners, and adorable photos but that's just the beginning.  This company was started by a family whose mission is to feed hungry children!  The purchase of one doll = 10 meals purchased.  Hop on over and check out this sweet site, Cuddle and Kind

I chose THIS adorable image as my inspiration.

This sweet stamp set is from Stampendous and was given to me by my dear friend JaneenK.
There are a collection of photos under Everest the Penguin.  I took inspiration from the baby blanket but also the pretty wall art.   Everest the Penguin is wearing a tan winter hat so I colored my penguin's hat in shades of tan and I colored the sweater to match.  This stamp set is darling and includes dies for the hat and sweater as well as the penguin.  I stamped the penguin but die cut the hat and sweater so no masking or fussy cutting was needed.  I love that!    I loved all the white spare in the wall art photo so for my card, I kept the colors simple and framed the scene with a white rectangle frame.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Friendship -The Project Bin

I have noticed that cross stitch on cards is popping up!  There are stamps that look like cross stitch and dies so that you can actually cross stitch a pattern on your card. I loved to cross stitch when my eyes were young!  I used a very fine material because of course I have to make everything as difficult for myself as I can!  I don't have many pieces because I gave so many away but what I do have are striking.  I just don't have the patience or the eyes for it anymore. 

 I came across this paper in my stash when my daughter asked for some paper to make a collage for a school project and thought it would be perfect for a friendship card and right on trend with the cross stitch card craze!  The design idea came from SC691 at Splitcoaststampers.

For today's card I am featuring a sentiment from one of my favorite sets #bff  by The Project Bin#bff is one of my favorite friendship stamp sets. 

I am entering this in Word Art Wednesday's anything goes challenge!  The Project Bin is one of the sponsors this week.  The challenge is almost over buy you still have today to play so I hope you will check out the Word Art Wednesday Challenge.

Stop by The Project Bin Blog to see the gorgeous sample Denise created.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Light it up Blue - World Autism Day

April is National Autism Month and yesterday was World Autism Awareness Day.  All around the world "light it up blue" events were held.  My card today was inspired by Autism Speaks which is an organization that raises autism awareness and supports families.  Their symbol is a blue puzzle piece so I went with blue for my card today.

I originally had a different card design in mind when I was creating this card.  I stamped and watercolored the heart but the overall card design did not make me happy so I used the heart die from the In My Heart stamp set by The Project Bin to die cut the heart from the original card.  I love that the heart die was designed to work with both the In My Heart stamp set and Spencer's Set.   I then used a rectangle frame die cut and sponged it with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink.  I added water to the frame and dabbed it away with a soft cloth.   Next, I added dots and doodles at the corners with a black ink pen and I added more ink to the corners.  I fell in love with this technique when I saw Linda's beautiful card at Splitcoaststampers.  

The stamp set I am featuring today was inspired by a very special young man.  Denise shares a part of his story today so I hope you will stop by The Project Bin Blog post today!

Veronica Zalis has organized a HUGE blog hop to bring awareness and celebrate the families affected by ASD.  I hope you will check out the 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop.

”A child with autism is not ignoring you, they are simply waiting for you to enter their world.” — Autism Treatment Center of America

I love that sentiment.  Our son was diagnosed in elementary school.  He was high functioning but struggled in many ways and was different enough to be bullied to the point that he carries the scars to this day.  He is now in his second year of college and I couldn't be prouder.  I love listening to his stories and entering his world!

I am also playing along with this week's FS582 challenge.  Jane has a lovely card with blue hearts found HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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