Aug 2, 2015

It's been a while...

Happy August!!! I am back again blogging :-) I took the month of July off from blogging and card making to spend some time with family. 

First up is my card for this month's Penny Black and More challenge, with the theme of 
Summer Blooms.


I used the cute set Happy Days and sentiment set Sprinkles and Smiles, both from Penny Black. A pretty simple card, which I had actually finished before my little break. Colored copics and mounted onto designer paper and then some yellow card stock. Glitter and a butterfly was added for embellishments.

As always you can use any brand of rubber or clear stamps. And we have several wonderful prizes to give away. Simply click the link above to enter your card.

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If you'd like to read about how I spent part of last month, keep on reading, lots of photos are following :-)

We took a trip to Colorado, which I've been wanting to do ever since I read about Amy's travel adventures to Colorado. What a beautiful state! People living close to it are so lucky!
I don't do travel posts, but wanted to share a few photos with you :-) 

 Doesn't this photo look like a painting? It was just taken with my Panasonic Lumix camera, but I love how it turned out.

 This was taken somewhere on the trail to Alberta Falls. 

This is me trying to reach my crazy family, that decided to climb all the way up to the falls. 
Can you tell I had to use my whole body to get up there?

I made it :-)
   
 By no means a big water fall, but very pretty and gorgeous views all around. Perfect spot for a picnic.

From here we walked back down and took the trail to Bear Lake.

We also visited 3 other lakes, but the next day.
This is Nymph Lake, which was filled with water lilies.

Our view hiking up to Dream Lake.

 Dream Lake as seen walking down from Emerald Lake.
 

We continued up to Emerald Lake, this was the spot where it started to rain, but only for a few minutes, and luckily the thunder was only heard in the distance. 


Emerald Lake...the two people you see far in the distance on the rocks are my husband and daughter.

 We also decided to take Trail Ridge Road down to Grand Lake - I was scared to death as it started to snow while we were on it. This road is over 12000 ft above sea level, and completely open only for a few months a year. I can see why...it even snowed up here in July.


We had planned on driving to the Glenwood Springs/Aspen area the next day, but after reading that these lake trails were all considered easy, and the trail I wanted to do in Glenwood Springs was considered strenuous, I changed my mind about hiking up to Hanging Lake, which was my main reason for driving further west. The trails up to the lakes above were not very hard, but there were some steep drop offs on some parts, and being afraid of heights when looking down, especially when I see the kids walking in front of me, I did get scared on some parts. 
So instead we decided to head to the Colorado Springs area which was originally planned for later on our trip. 

We visited the Garden of the Gods here, 

and also drove further south to The Great Sand Dunes National Park.
I only walked up to one sand hill, but there were people walking all over the hills you see in the back. I wanted to hike further too, but we were surrounded by clouds and thunder in the distance, and it started to get windy. I read that it's pretty painful when a sand storm hits. Above is my husband running to get my daughter and brother to come back as they just kept walking.
 
 Just as we were leaving the Dunes we saw this beautiful rainbow. 
What an amazing time we spent in that beautiful state!! 
Huge thanks to Amy for all the informative travel posts she shared!!

If you are ever in this area, be sure to visit these places. The  Rocky Mountain National Park fee is only $20 per car, and good for a whole week, and you get to use their shuttle buses for free (which come in very handy because parking fills up quickly, even before 9am in Summer). Sand Dunes was $3 for each adult, free for kids, and the Garden of the Gods was completely free. 
Next time I hope to go back to Rocky Mountain National Park in Fall, wish it was this Fall, but it takes over 12 hours for us to get there. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Enjoy your Sunday!!


Jul 5, 2015

Anything Goes with a Sentiment for Penny Black and More - July Challenge

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by! July already, it's time for a new challenge at Penny Black and More. We're making it really easy for you this month, as it's anything goes with a sentiment. Just remember the main image  has to be hand stamped (any stamp maker clear or rubber). Penny Black stickeroos are fine to use too. 


I inked up one of the cute stamps from the set "U R the gift" from Penny Black's latest release. I do still have this set available in my Etsy stamp shop. For my sentiment I used a stamp from the set "Sprinkles and Smiles", also from Penny Black.

I colored most of the stamp using copic markers. The cat's chef coat has been paper pieced but I also added some shading with gray copics. Designer papers are all scraps from my stash. Embellished with some twine and glitter. 

If you'd like to join us in this month's challenge, simply visit this link. Once again we have some wonderful prizes to give away, and you can enter up to 3 times for more chances to win.

Products used:
U R the Gift, Sprinkles and Smiles
designer paper scraps from SU, DCWV
xpress blending card, SU card stock
twine, stickles glitter
copics for coloring

Enjoy your Sunday!!

Jul 4, 2015

Peace on Earth

Hi everyone, just a really quick post, I actually wasn't sure if I was going to be able to finish this card today, but luckily I did. Image was already colored and fussy cut yesterday, so I just created my background, and added the image to the card. I wanted to keep it simpler, but after it was finished, I thought it needed some machine sewing. 


In case you are wondering, why I am sharing a Christmas card - this month at Whimsy Stamps we're not having a regular release, instead we are having a Christmas in July month, sharing Christmas cards all month long using our favorite Whimsy Christmas stamps. Be sure to follow the Whimsy blog and DT members if you don't want to miss all the gorgeous Christmas creations by the DT. 


You can find the Whimsy products here:

For inks I used distress inks and copics for coloring.

Challenges:
Crafty Calendar -July - Christmas in July
Simply Create Too -  - Get Ahead For Christmas
Winter Wonderland - All That Glitters
Crafting By Designs -  Month Long Anything Goes in July!
 
Thanks for visiting!!
Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

Jun 27, 2015

Shades of Gray and a tiny Bit of Pink

This is a little bit different from my usual creations, it was actually my first time ever coloring an image completely gray (if you don't count the pink heart). I couldn't decide what to color her, seems like I always reach for the same colors, and while trying to decide, I remembered seeing some gorgeous black and white colored images and decided to give it a try. I used several of the Neutral Gray copic markers.

The card style is a center step card. This was only my second time ever using this design. It's really quick and easy to make. You can find instructions on Splitcoast Stampers HERE.

Designer papers are all from my stash, from SU and DCWV. I used a Whimsy Stamps die for the butterfly border and embellished with some pearls and twine. 

You can find the Whimsy Stamps products here:


I am playing along here:
Crafty Calendar- June - Fancy folds
Fussy and Fancy  Fancy Folds
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Always Anything Goes 
Thanks so much for visiting!!

Jun 26, 2015

Sandpipers and Palmtrees

Good Morning and happy Friday! Hope you're all doing good and are having some fun things planned for this weekend.
It's my turn this Friday to share a creation on the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps blog. This is also my last posting there as a Designer for JFF. It has been an amazing year creating cards with their gorgeous stamps, and I know I will treasure the stamps forever. JFF does travel for their stampfest show, if you'd like to attend one in your area, be sure to sign up for their newsletter HERE, and check out the list to see if/when they will be in your area. JFF offers high quality red rubber stamps, and you can choose from unmounted, cling mounted or wood mounted, whatever you prefer. 

I have two cards to share today. 
First up a CAS creation. I simply stamped the music background "Tempo" several times in the middle of the card stock, then stamped the birds over the background I created. Colored them with distress markers, the grass was colored with a gelato. I stamped the music background once behind the sentiment too. Added some ribbon and twine and mounted it onto black card stock, then designer paper. 

JFF Product List:


For my second card I created an ocean scene.
It didn't turn out exactly how I had pictured it in my mind, so I am going to have to play with this stamp again when I get a chance.

JFF Products Used:


PS: Just for Fun is currently holding a design team call, click HERE to read all about it. They are an amazing company to design for, almost regretting it not staying on the team for another 6 months, but it's time for me to move aside and give some other wonderful crafters a chance to play with these amazing stamps, and it seems like although I no longer work outside the house, I have less spare time for card making.

Thanks so much for visiting!


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Saturday June 27, 9am- 5pm
Sunday June 28, 10am-3pm
 

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Lots of NEW Stamps!

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Jun 21, 2015

Doggie Ice Cream

Happy Sunday! Hope you've had a nice weekend. It's been nice and sunny here yesterday, but a storm did move in last night, and it's been a pretty warm but cloudy day here today. I found some time yesterday to color and fussy cut the cute stamp "Doggie Ice Cream" from Whimsy's latest release. And today I created this CAS card with it. 


A very simple sketch, I just adhered the fussy cut image onto my designer paper (old and retired from Whimsy Stamps), then cut the polka dotted designer paper (from Joann's) at an angle to use on the top of the card. Added the sentiment and a strip of basic gray card stock. I embellished with a little glitter and some twine.

You can find the Whimsy products here:

Thanks so much for visiting!!
Enjoy your day!!

Jun 18, 2015

More Wings for Penny Black and More - June Challenge

For this month's Penny Black and More challenge reminder I decided to get a little inky and use some of my newer Penny Black stamps/ die.

The background was inked using  distress inks (orange marmalade, fired brick, mustard seed, peeled paint, vintage photo), then spritzed with water.
Stamps are all by Penny Black, from the sets Sprigs and Enamor. Both sets are available in my Etsy *stamp* shop.
I colored the white blooms using a Faber Castell Pitt marker.  The bird was die cut using the new die Flight of Fancy, also available in my shop. I used white card stock, then after cutting it out, I inked it using distress inks, and glittered the wings. 
Finished the card off by inking the edges using vintage photo, and adhered it onto a white card base. 


I hope you'll play along with us, if you haven't already. Don't forget you may enter up to 3 times. You can use any stamp manufacturer, as long as your focal point is hand stamped or be a Penny Black stickeroo. We have several wonderful prizes to give away!

Products List:
Sprigs, Enamor, Sprinkles and Smiles,
Flight of Fancy die
Distress Inks & water, Versafine onyx ink
mixed media card stock, SU card stock
Faber Castell Pitt marker white

I am entering my card here:   
Fresh Brewed Designs -  Anything Goes 
Inspiration Destination -  Always Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes
Live & Love Crafts Challenge -In The Garden
 
Have a great day!!