Saturday, July 13, 2024

Inkspirational Challenge #320 - S'more's

 There's a new challenge up at Inkspirational  #320 - It's Designer Choice.

Marlena got to choose this time -  she would like us to:  Feature Products from 2 or more stamp companies!

I used products from The Greetery, Impression Obsession, Taylored Expressions and Altenew.

The pieces of chocolate were made using Chocolate Bar Background Stamp from Impression Obsession.  (still some found on Amazon)

The Graham Cracker die, marshmallows on the stick stamps and die are all from The Greetery.  

The sentiment is from Ooey Gooey stamp and die set from Taylored Expressions (retired). 

The enamel dots are from Altenew.

So, I'm sure we ALL have products from 2 or more stamp companies that we can mix and match on our card designs right?!!   

So there's no excuse to not join with us !!  You'll find some creative inspiration from the rest of the Design Team as well as Mr. Linky to link up your card - over at Inkspirational!

You have until July 26 to link up!

I'm also linking my card to:

First time using the Greetery graham cracker and marshmallows stamp/die set even though I've had it for over a year?!  first time using chocolate bar background stamp
Never before Used Stuff   ends 7/15
first time using graham cracker and Marshmallow stamps/dies and chocolate bar background stamp

Anything Goes option ends 7/23

S'mores!   ends 7/17

Stamps:  S'more Holiday - The Greetery, sentiment from Ooey Gooey - Stamp and Die combo - Taylored Expressions (retired), Chocolate Bar Background Stamp - Impression Obsession (available on Amazon).
Paper:  Textured Tan - from Stash, Dark Chocolate, White - PTI, DP The Sound of Summer - Ciao Bella.
Ink:  Portobello - Versafine Claire, Classic Kraft, New Leaf - PTI
Accessories:  S'more Graham Cracker Die, S'more Holiday Dies - The Greetery, white POSCA Pen, enamel dots - Altenew.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Seize the Birthday - with Fruit, the Calories Don't Count!

 There's a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday today - as I continue my participation as Surprise Party Guest!

The challenge is always Birthday and there is always a design option - which this week is Fruits.


And here's my card where I used the option of Fruit!
My charcuterie board is loaded with strawberries, cherries and slices of pineapple along with a round of brie and a few crackers.

And, although my sentiment says "the calories don't count on your birthday" - the fruit on the board is all good for you so you can eat it without guilt!  
But the birthday cake and ice cream for dessert might be an issue??!!

The board and food items are stamps and dies from Avery Elle, the coaster die is from The Greetery and the sentiment is from a retired set from Papertrey Ink. 

So please join in and show us your birthday cards and maybe use the option of Fruits in your design?!  You'll find lots of inspiration from the talented Design Team as well as Mr. Linky over at Seize the Birthday!

Also linking my card to:

A fruit charcuterie board for a picnic or lunch on the deck  ends 7/17
Something you love -  I love layering die cut sets   ends 7/17

inspired by summertime fruits   ends 7/13

Stamps:  Char-cute-rie - Avery Elle, Foodie Fun - Papertrey Ink (retired)
Ink:  Nocturne - Versafine Clair.
Paper:  Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Pine Feather, Scarlet Jewel, Fine Linen, Lemon Tart and White - PTI, Water color paper - Canson Cold Press (for the board), striped black/white sticky back vinyl sheet from stash,
Accessories: Char-cute-rie dies - Avery Elle, Coaster Die - The Greetery,  circle punch, Tuxedo Hearts - Honey Bee, Copics YR00, E11, E12.

Friday, July 5, 2024

Seagulls at the Beach

 Today I have a fun summer birthday card to share.  

There's nothing like seagulls flying around you when you're at the beach trying to eat your lunch, right? They are even in  mall parking lots looking for food!    (Many of us remember the 'Mine, Mine' the seagulls were squawking on the movie Finding Nemo, right?!  My sister and I could not stop cracking up when we watched that movie.)

I adhered a piece of ocean DP over the card base.  I die cut a polaroid frame from Whimsey Stamps and stenciled the seagull head inside of it.  The seagull stencil, the bucket of fries, the umbrella stencil and dies and sentiments are all from Waffle Flower.  

I'm linking my card to:

Here Comes Summer ends 7/8

Nautical Theme ends 7/14

First time using the seagull, umbrella, sentiments and bucket of fries!

Stamps: Inquisitive Seagulls, Postage Collage Beach Days - Waffle Flower

Paper: White, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise - PTI, Hammered White - Amazon, Ocean DP Ella and Viv Scrap Book Paper

Ink: Caribbean Sky, Heart Beat - Altenew, Nocturne - Versafine Clair
Accessories: Postage Collage Beach Day Stencil, Happy Seagull Dies - Waffle Flower, Polaroid Die - Whimsey Stamps, Copics Y38, YR04, T6, Blender Brushes, foam dots.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

A Birthday Full of Balloons

 Happy 4th of July to all those living in the USA -  Kent and I are celebrating in our backyard on the deck watching all the birds at our feeders - with a lunch of red hotdogs, salad, chips and 4th of July decorated cupcakes!   And then we will watch the Boston Pops on TV which ends with a glorious Fireworks display over the Charles River.  

I wanted to play along with the Color Hues Challenge today and I need more birthday cards in my stash, so I made this card.

I die cut my white card base using A2 Arches die from The Greetery.  I stenciled over a retired PTI balloon stencil - then shifted the stencil and inked more balloons.  The sentiment is a retired die cut from PTI.  I added 3 enamel dots from Altenew.

I'm linking my card to:

Shades of Blue  ends 8/3

Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Speckled Egg - Ranger Distress
Accessories:  A2 Arches Die - The Greetery, Text Block Birthday Die - PTI (retired), Birthday Balloons Stencil Collection - PTI (retired), blender brush, Tuxedo Hearts - Honey Bee.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

June 2024 Card Chain Challenge Reveal - Be You Bravely

 Today's the reveal of all the cards sent and received for the June Card Chain Challenge.  This month I sent a card to Carol in the UK and I received a card from Dee in Kenya.

Each month there are options for colors, sketch, theme and product/techniques.  You can use as many options as you want but only have to use at least one.

I used the colors - but only on my blooms -  just couldn't get one of these colors to look good as stems!!??  So just partial credit for that!

And I used the themes of Friendship with the encouraging sentiment, and Summer with the flowers and little buzzing bee.

The flowers are Fresh Picked Anemones dies from Spell Binders, the bee is a firefly die from The Greetery (colored to look like a bee!), the sentiment is a Label Sticker Sentiment from 
Tim Holtz/Idea-ology.

Instead of an opening card - I added a die cut easel to the back of the panel so it stands up for display.

Would you like to send and receive a card to/from anywhere in the world?  

There have been over 4,360 cards exchanged by participants so far,  from 41 of the 50 United States and 33 countries.
Please join in for the July challenge - you have until July 6 to sign up.  All the details are posted on the blog.

Also linking my card to:

Way to Grow/flowers  Ends 7/5

Center horizontal row - Die cuts, flowers, Stripes (in honeycomb background)
ends 7/5

Paper:  White, Honey Nut, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening - Papertrey Ink, DP The Bees Knees - Honey Bee Stamps.
Accessories:  Fresh Picked Anemones dies - Spellbinders, Firefly Die - The Greetery, Small Easel Die - Sizzix, Label Stickers Sentiments - Tim Holt/Idea-ology, Copics black, orange, Gloss Simply White Drops - Nuvo, Black POSCA Pen.

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Inkspirational #319 Snowy Stencil

 Today I am sharing my DT card for Inkspirational challenge #319

Optional Twist use Paste

I went with the option and used Snowfall Distress Grit Paste through my stencil.  My card base is a navy blue.

Here's a close up to show how thick and gritty the Snowfall  paste is - I had to leave it to dry overnight! I also splattered the panel with a white POSCA pen.  
The tree arch stencil is from a set of stencils called Fairy Tale Christmas from a Make It Market Kit by PTI (retired).

So we hope you will get your stencils out (and maybe some paste!?!) and join us over at Inkspirational -  where you will also find some lovely stencil inspiration from the rest of the DT!

I'm also linking my card to:

1st time using this stencil which I have had for probably 10 years! Also 1st time using the Snowy Grit Paste.

Anything Goes ends 7/23

ends 7/3

Paper:  Enchanted Evening, White - Papertrey Ink
Accessories:  Fairy Tale Christmas Stencil - PTI (retired), Snowfall Distress Grit Paste - Tim Holtz, palette knife, Let it Snow Die - PTI (retired), White POSCA Pen.

Friday, June 28, 2024

Group of 7 Cardmakers - June 2024 - Monochromatic

 This month the Group of Seven Cardmakers are playing with the technique of Monochromatic -  using only shades of the same color for our card designs.  It can be stenciling, stamping, layered die cuts - but everything has to be in shades of the same color - neutrals can be used as well but should not be the main color.

For my 1st card I used two shades of blue ink on the stenciled background and the die cut sentiment.

The stencil is Modern Mosaic (3 stencils that layer over each other) by Taylored Expressions.  The Sentiment stamp and die is from Written in Ribbons by The Greetery.  The frame die is from Rubbernecker.  The Happy is up on foam dots.  I used two shades of blue ink - Iceberg and Persian Blue and added 3 blue enamel dots, all from Altenew.

For my second monochromatic card, I used die cut flowers out of three shades of purple card stock.

I added Gold Liquid Pearls to the flower centers, I embossed the purple card base with Feather Spiral embossing folder from Simon Says Stamp and added 3 purple enamel dots on the background.

So, please check out the other talented GO7 designers monochromatic creations over at the blog.  

We'd also love to see what colors you use to make a monochromatic design - you can link up your card over at the GO7 blog!

I'm also linking my cards to:

First time using this feather spiral embossing folder
on my purple anniversary card

Entering my stenciled Birthday card in the following challenges:

inspired by the blue and white and pillows
ends 7/8

Birthdays  ends  6/29

Birthday Card
Stamps:  Written in Ribbons - The Greetery.
Paper:  White - Papertrey Ink
Ink:  Iceberg, Persian Blue - Altenew
Accessories:  Written in Ribbons Die - The Greetery, Simple Strips Die - Taylored Expressionk, Frame Die - Rubbernecker, foam dots, Enamel Dots - Altenew.

Anniversary Card
Stamps:  Simple Strips: Background - Taylored Expressions
Paper:  Lilac Grace, Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet - Papertrey Ink.
Ink:  Nocturne - Versafine Clair
Accessories:  Fresh Picked Anemone dies - Spell Binders, Feather Spiral Embossing Folder - Simon Says Stamp, Simple Strips: Straight Edge Die - Taylored Expressions,  Gold Liquid Pearls - Ranger, purple enamel dot - home made from Perla beads.