Thursday, April 24, 2014

Poppy Sketch and Simon Says Stamp challenges {hello}

Hello, my stampy friends.  I've got a CAS card (clean and simple) for you today. I was first inspired by the new-again sketch blog, Poppy Sketches #2.  As soon as I saw the layout, I knew I wanted to pull out my Insert It-Insta frame Die-namics. 


My Let's Polka paper pad is still not too far away on my desk. I used the gray stripes along with the sweet skunk from the Lawn Fawn set, Into The Woods (all links listed below). There was a color combo with this sketch-gray, red, and teal.  Mr. Skunk was colored up with Copic markers (W1, W3,W4, and a little R01 for his sweet cheeks).


I rarely mix up my products from different stamp companies on a single project. I have been telling myself that it's ok and I have been really feeling liberated by doing this. I used my Reverse Confetti Petals 'n Poppies die for my flower, the Lawn Fawn paper and stamps, and a MFT Die-namics.  

Here is the sketch from Poppy Sketches:


This weeks Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is Clean & Simple. I think this one counts. It's a tall skinny card, 3.5 x 5.5 inches. 

Have a fabulous Thursday! 


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Retro Sketch and RC {Just a Little bokeh Note}

I'm playing along with the current Retro Sketch. It's Sketch no.111.  I loved the simplicily of it, yet it left me wide open for stamping options. I wanted to use my Reverse Confetti stamps and dies so I could also remind you all there is still a little time to play along with the Curtain Call Confetti Crush Challenge. I missed the reminder post yesterday with the team, but you can read all about it HERE. There is some more fabulous inspiration over on the blog.

I have been intruiged by the look of Bokeh in stamping. I almost purchased a stamp set specifically to create this effect, but then I saw a tutorial over on Splitcoast (thanks Lydia) and realized I didn't need any special stamps. I already have some supplies right on my desk....specifically for this card, I used a pencil eraser.



 Yep, that's it. I inked up the eraser with my colors of choice and then made sure to stamp two or three times (overlapping the dots/circles from time to time) to get a great generational stamping look. The dots get lighter and lighter each time I stamp with them. 

I used the rounded rectangle from the Class Act Confetti Cuts and matching stamp set  for my focal point. Sentiment is from the RC MUST have sentiment set, Lots To Say. I reach for it all the time.  

I cut the flag from Tag Me Confetti Cuts die set. I simply trimmed off one of the ends. I used a mini clothes pin and twine to pretty it up. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you'll check out the challenges I linked above. 




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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sweet Sunday Sketch {hello}

I induldged and ordered a few things from the latest MFT release. I just LOOOOVED those Gerbera Daisy Die-namics. I wanted them for free. So I ordered enough to get to pop those beauties in my cart. 
It's Sunday, and that means it's Sweet Sunday Sketch time. I took some liberties with the layout and made the new Transformable Hello Die-namics (product links all listed below)  work for that square element the sketch called for. 



Some washi tape for those vertical stripes and I added the peirced scallop element from the newest Blueprints 14 Die-namics in place of the fishtail flag. 


Some fun ink splatter in the background and a dash of pretty sequins completed my card. 

Here is this week's sketch. Come play along. 


Stop by Karen's Blog for all three challenge details. 

 Don't forget to see what the Sweet Sunday Sketch team has done this week.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a fabulous Sunday and a great start to your week.





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Friday, April 18, 2014

From the Bunny

I have been busy working on my DT assigments, clearing my calendar for the NEW RELEASE (coming soon....May8) goodies to arrive from Reverse Confetti. I'm caught up for the next few weeks, so I had a little time to play, yesterday. I was inspired to play along with two challenges with this one card. 


First is the Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge-Animal Anitics. With Easter being on Sunday, I thought I'd whip up a cute card to give my in-laws when we arrive for Easter Dinner.  Bebe Bunny and a sentiment from Carton Cuties were the perfect match (All links will be listed below). 

I'm also linking this to the current Seize The Sketch challenge no.18. In place of the oval, I opted for the rounded rectangle from the RC-Class Act Confetti cuts



I used Tim Holtz watercolor paper and stamped her with Archival Black ink from Ranger. I used my Distress Markers to make her pretty. I am finding it easier to watercolor with these markers if I scribble the color I'm using onto an acrylic block and THEN pick up the color with my aqua painter. 
Here are the colors I used to color her. 


Since the card was on the soft and pretty side, I went ahead and stamped my sentiment with Grout Gray ink. I love this color of ink and cardstock. Oh, and Insulation Pink, too. Great, soft colors that make terrific neutrals. 



One last detail shot. The embellishments. I used the Petals 'n Posies Confetti cuts to customize my flowers. I used more papers from the Beloved paper pack (coordinating with my background papers). Some pretty Fresh Mint sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, and a lasso of pink burlap twine. 


Have a great Friday! I know I am. Hubby and I are off to be one of the first riders on the NEW roller coaster at Kings Island (we live about 25 minutes from there. lucky, I know), The Banshee. It's the worlds longest inverted roller coaster.  Sadly, the boys are in school but Tim and I didn't want to miss out. I have to admit, I'm a little nervous. Wish me luck!




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