Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Eggs

Simon Wednesday Challenge BlogNo matter how early I start I end up in a rush before each holiday. Fortunately, this one doesn't have too far to go & should make it in time. I really wanted to use my Memory Box egg dies for at least one card & decided they'd work great for the current challenges at Dynamic Duos & SSS Wednesday. The soft purple & yellow papers were in my scrap boxes--always nice to use some of them & it qualifies my card for Pixies Snippets Playground.  I die cut the MFT wreath in yellow felt for added texture & used my Wink of Stella pen on the bow & intricate egg layers.  I also added some yellow Stickles to the eggs & an enamel dot to the bow.  The large scalloped circle is a Spellbinder & I stamped it with Impression Obsession Spatter using Versamark. Fun card going to a house with kids, so hopefully it will be enjoyed.  Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

DeNami Design Blog Hop

Easter is almost here, so I made a couple cards for friends.  The Easter greeting will be inside. For the first one I used one of my old & favorite DeNami stamps--the 3 tulips.  I colored the blooms with a Crystal Lacquer Pearl Pen & the leaves with markers & then used my Wink of Stella pen.  The sentiment is also by DeNami & is black embossed.  The stitched dies are by Lil' Inkers.  

Card number 2 also uses an old DeNami stamp--the solid egg.  I inked it with Brilliance Coral (it's actually pink--no idea why it has that name!) & then stamped it with the Solid Leaf Sprig inked with VersaMagic Aloe Vera.  I had to use an applicator to add more of the green ink to the leaves before using my Wink of Stella pen.  The design would have been better using an egg die, but I had to make do with an oval & I still like it. Memento Gray Flannel was used for the sentiment & was sponged on the dry embossed piece. The beautiful pink & green twine was used by Lisa on the blog candy I won & worked perfectly here.  

The Verve challenge color combo inspired me & I'm entering SSS Wednesday.
If you didn't get here by way of Deb & Leah, be sure to check out what they have for us today--always a great stop on the hops!  If you're going in order, next up is Linda's Blog & I know you'll enjoy what she's made. The entire participant list & details on the prizes are on the DeNami Design Blog.  Have a great Sunday & enjoy the hop!  I'll catch up with you when I get home from work.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Vine Cross

Tomorrow is a work day, so while puppy took a nap I made an Easter card for the ODBD challenge to use water or aqua.  I brown embossed the Vine Cross & die cut it with the Spellbinder. Then I used Gelatos (2 greens, gold & brown) for the color by scribbling, spritzing & rubbing.  I sprayed it & the other layers with Tsukineko Gold Shimmer Spritz--really beautiful in person.  The only embellishments are
tiny Class A' Peel gold stickers--finally opened the package I bought ages ago. The layers are mounted
with foam tape, but it's still pretty flat for mailing. SSS Wednesday has an Easter challenge, so I'll enter there, too.
Hope you're enjoying the weekend.  Our weather has been gorgeous, so we took the puppy for a day trip--running errands & showing him more of the world.  Seems he was 
pretty sheltered for the first 9 months of his life. 

Thought you might enjoy another picture of my cutie after he got his hair cut.

Edited to add: Thanks to the info from Lai-Yoke I'm also entering the Stamping Sensations challenge.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Joy, Peace, Love

I love snowmen, so couldn't miss the Merry Monday challenge this week.  As soon as I saw the sketch at FMS, I knew which snowman stamp I was going to use. It's an old one by Hero Arts that I bought many years ago to make bookmarks, but think I only ended up making one. Decided to try paper piecing it with my favorite pad by MME (should have bought 2).  I use every bit of each sheet & discovered the best way to line up a scrap: 
1)Lay the inked stamp face up 
2)Lay the scrap over the area you want
3)Cover with scrap paper 
4)Use an acrylic block to apply even pressure.  
I added Stardust Stickles to the birdie & Frosted Lace to the snowman and spread Glossy Accents with a toothpick on the carrot nose.  I used my stamp positioner to be sure the Amuse Artstamps sentiment would look right & to get it in the right spot as this is my last sheet of those dots.  
Tim Holtz snowflakes were embossed in opposite corners on the card front.  I'm adding it to Pixies Snippets Playground.  This is one of those cards 
that was just plain fun to put together & I hope it will bring a smile to the recipient & maybe to you!  Enjoy your weekend.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


The current challenge at Impression Obsession is You are my Sunshine.  I didn't have this card in mind, but as I went through my stamps I saw this one from Follow Your Heart, CL407 & I don't think I've ever used it. The design popped into my head & so I went with it.  I punched a circle in the watercolor paper & drew the rays with 2 watercolor crayons (yes, they're still on my table!) blending with a water brush.  When it dried I added the yellow Stickles & attached the panel to the card front with the verse stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.  This is just the beginning of Matthew 5:16 which says "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."  Always good to do a little self evaluation--actions do speak louder than words.
First day of work tomorrow.  Hopefully I can remember what to do--LOL!  Sure glad I'm part time. Thanks so much for stopping by.   

Monday, April 7, 2014

Watercolor Crayons Again!

My friend Alexandra had a great tutorial on Sunday using a product like watercolor crayons, as near as I could tell. Since mine are still on the table (after being buried for years!) thought I'd use one of her techniques as a background for the pretty flowers from MFT Peaceful Wildflowers. I used the
current Dynamic Duos colors & the MFT Wednesday sketch, turned on it's side.  The sentiment is from Inkadinkado. I added Stickles to the blossoms for some pretty sparkle. 
Today Fritz had a play day.  My good friend brought her sweet big boy over to meet Fritz.  Oh what a happy puppy to have a doggy to play with! You could almost see him smiling & he should really sleep tonight!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Watercolor Crayons

I bought these crayons many years ago & hardly ever use them.  Decided to try them for one more card to enter the PTI MIM challenge.  I colored directly on the Turning a New Leaf stamp with 2 shades of green & blended with a fairly dry waterbrush & repeated 2 more times, stamping on watercolor paper.  I stamped the Inkadinkado sentiment in Memento Rich Cocoa & then added texture with the Linen/Canvas impression plate. 
Not a typical Easter card, but sometimes it's fun to do something different.  Since the watercolor panel is a snippet, I'll add this to Pixies Snippets Playground. Thanks for stopping by.