Jan 7, 2017

Blue and Yellow One Layer Card

Last night I actually managed to make a card!!! I came across a beautiful card by Kay, and wanted to give the design a try.  I don't have the products Kay used, so I used what I had instead. I also wanted to play along in the Blue and Yellow Flower challenge, so I switched up the colors. The flowers on Kay's card made me think of the really old Stampin up set "In Full Bloom" which sadly had been sitting on my shelf for many years unused. One of my New Year's resolutions this year is to use more of my older stamps, there is a reason why I don't  part with some of these old sets, and that is because I love them. This was the perfect chance for me to ink up the pretty flower from the set.

I started out by masking off the top and bottom border of the Neenah linen card base using washi tape. Then I used Mustard distress ink and Apricot SU ink for sponging and stenciling. Sorry, but I threw away the stencil packaging so I have no idea what brand they are. 
The blooms were stamped onto xpress it blending card, colored with copic markers and then fussy cut before adhering to the card. Flower stems are from the SU set "Both Way Blossoms", another really old set, and the leaves are from the set "Roses in Winter", also old.
Sentiment is by Penny Black (Sprinkles and Smiles). I thought the card needed something black on the bottom, so I used the little "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the PB set Snippets across the bottom border.

As mentioned above, the colors were inspired by the  Flower Challenge  so I am entering my card there.

Also playing along here:
Brown Sugar –  Anything Goes
Crafting-With-Friends  Anything Goes
Creative Corner -   Anything Goes
Catch The Bug  -Anything Goes

And that is all for now. Hope you all have a great weekend!

PS: If you're interested in some Elisabeth Bell Whimsy stamps, I have several listed on ebay - sorry but US shipping only.

Jan 3, 2017

A Year in Review 2016 (and Used Stamps for Sale)

 Today I want to share a few of my favorite cards I made during last year. I didn't make as many cards last year as I did in the previous years, but wanted to take a look back anyway. And once again I have to say that I cannot choose between cute and non-cute stamps/cards. What can I say, I like them all! And I always have a hard time choosing favorites,  so I picked one from each month to make it easier.

I love the gray and peach color combo and it's one of my favorite girly fashion stamps.

I really like how my water coloring turned out.

What can I say...this cat card is just too cute!!

Love the card design here and of course who can resist this cute bunny!

More water coloring fun using the Zig Clean Color brush pens.

Just a fun floral design and I got to play with my Pan Pastels.
(I really need to get them out more!!)
 A cute Christmas in July card I made (Couldn't resist the new image by Mo Manning!) and my card was chosen as one of the top 3.

Love how my coloring here turned out following a colored pencil tutorial I purchased. Sadly it takes a really long time to do this coloring technique, so I wasn't able to color much more following this tutorial. Maybe this year I'll find more time...

I really like colors I used on this baby card.

 Some layered stamping fun on this floral card!

 Love the winter scene and the Penny Black snowman is just perfect for it. Had lots of fun playing with masking fluid!

A fun to make CAS card using wet embossing on linen card stock.

I am hoping to be able to make more cards in 2017. One of my New Year's resolutions is to quit being such a messy crafter, and one thing that will help with that is clearing out some of my stash. I started going through some stamps that I hate to part with, but I think they will be more used in another home, so I have listed some already on Ebay if anyone is interested. Unfortunately I can only ship to the United States as I want to use tracking and it is just too expensive to ship overseas. More to come as I get time.

Below is a photo of the stamps I have currently listed:
 These are all by Whimsy Stamps (Elisabeth Bell designs), but I am hoping to list some sentiments stamps too.

Have a great day everyone!
Happy Crafting!!

Jan 1, 2017

Penny Black and More - January Challenge

Hello and thanks so much for visiting! The new year snuck up on us, and I would like to wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2017!!

Time for the new challenge at Penny Black and More, and this month there is no reason not to play along as this month the theme is "Anything Goes". Just be sure to follow our simple rules which you can find on the challenge post.

For my card today I colored a cute kitty stamp from the set "Furry Affection" using copic markers. I usually struggle when trying to color a brown/orange toned kitty, but I'm happy with how this one turned out. I used E31, E50, E53 and R20 for the cat. 
The patterned paper is from Stampin Up, sentiment is from the same cute set. A little button and jute twine finishes off this clean and simple card.  
In the above photo you can have a little peek inside the card, I don't usually do much inside, but like to add a strip of matching designer paper as seen here.

This card is listed in my Etsy shop if you're interested. 

Have a great day!!

Dec 23, 2016

Blue, Brown and some Stencilling

Happy Friday! I didn't plan on posting another card before the holidays are over, but yesterday I finally sorted a little bit through my craft desk and ended up with a nice and clean work area :-) I actually felt like making a card and decided to play along in this week's Allsorts "Blue Bingo" Challenge. (Who needs another batch of cookies anyway??)

I used the top line from the bingo grid.

I started out by stencilling the dots onto Neenah Solar White card stock using a blue distress ink. Then stamped the Penny Black stamp Gathering Together using vintage photo distress ink. The large butterfly was stamped again on xpress it blending card, and I colored it with copic markers and fussy cut. A glue dot and dimensionals were used to adhere the butterfly to the card. Edges were distressed and inked using vintage photo ink. The sentiment is from the set "Snippets" also from Penny Black and I used some jute twine to tie a bow. Wink of Stella was applied to the butterfly to give it a little sparkle.

The card front was matted onto kraft card stock then onto a soft sky card base. 

Below is a card I made with a card front that I worked on first but messed up. I used pan pastels in this case for the butterfly and the stencilling, but after applying wink of stella to the butterfly it turned it almost looked green, probably because the distress ink I used to stamp the butterly smeared a little bit. But I didn't want to throw it away so I created a slightly different version of the same card.
I left off the sentiment and used a piece of burlap with hemp  and jute twine instead. 

And that is all from me for now...I will be back January 1st!

Merry Christmas!

Dec 18, 2016

Berries in the Snow

Sharing another CAS card today made for this month's Penny Black and More challenge reminder. Did you play along yet? We have a really fun challenge - use black and white plus one extra color. Still time to join us if you haven't already or if you'd like to submit another entry. We have some nice prizes to give away and not that many entries yet, so your chance at winning are good!

For my card today I used the stamp "Berry Bevy" by Penny Black.
Image was stamped onto xpress it blending card using memento tuxedo black ink, the berries were colored using copic markers. I added some glassy glaze over the berries, really need go get a new bottle of that, as mine is really old and didn't want to come out nicely. 
I tore some paper to create a hill and added white stickles glitter. Sentiment is from the set Brush Pine. The card base is Cherry cobbler by Stampin up, which matches the berries really well in real life, it just looks too dark in the photo. (I need to buy another OTT lamp for better photos!)
Be sure to visit the challenge blog to see the wonderful creations from the rest of the team and to take a peek at the prizes.

Hope you are almost ready for the holidays. I finally sent out some cards to my family overseas yesterday...not even sure  they'll arrive in time for Christmas, and sadly I have to admit this year they were store bought...(I really should challenge myself to make Christmas cards all year long!)
Also spent the day yesterday making Christmas cookies. Can't believe Christmas is in 7 days!!
Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday season!

Merry Christmas!

Dec 11, 2016

Christmas Lights

Good Morning! I finally made some time yesterday to make a couple of cards.  I think my last post was a little bit confusing, as some of you thought I am taking a break from card making, it's actually just a break from my linky parties, still plan on making cards when I can. 

When I saw the  new challenge at Allsorts is "Christmas Lights" I knew I wanted to color up this cute image :-) 

I stamped it onto xpress it blending card and colored with copic markers. Stickles glitter was applied to the lights.
An old cuttlebug embossing folder was used for the white background. To finish off the card I tied some gold cord around the card front.

 A little close up below...
The cute cats stamp is from the Penny Black set "Deck the Halls", which I have available brand new in my Etsy shop if you're interested. Sentiment is from the set "Holiday Snippets". 

As mentioned above I am playing along in this week's Allsorts challenge where the theme is "Christmas Lights". Also playing along in this month's Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the theme is Christmas or Winter. 

And that is all I have for today, the second card I made is for the Penny Black and More challenge reminder and I will show you that at a later time, but in the meantime why don't you come play along with us over there (link on my side bar)...we some some really great prizes and not many entrants so far, so there are really good chances to win!! 

Hope you stay warm and enjoy your Sunday!

Dec 5, 2016

Critters and Creatures Linky Party - Taking a Break

Happy Monday everyone! 
You might have already read on the post for my Let's Color Linky party, that I will be taking a break from both linky parties. I just don't seem to be able to get much paper crafting done at the moment. So I have nothing new to share today, but wanted to share the top choices from the month of November. 

A big thank you to all of you for playing along last month!
Lots of wonderful entries and as always, it was really hard to pick favorites, but I did manage, and here are the top choices in no particular order:

from Creative Crafting by Shell
from A Place to Stamp

from Stitches and Smudges

Congratulations ladies!
Your top choice badge is below.

A huge thank you to all of you that played along in my Linky parties over the last 9 months, it was always so much fun to visit your blogs and to see what you made! 
I hope to return with the linky party again in February. In the meantime I will still continue to share my handmade creations here on my blog whenever I get a chance.

Have a great week!!