Aug 29, 2015

One Layer Creation for Inkspirational Challenge

Good Morning! I was recently invited to join the current  Inkspirational Challenge as a Guest Designer, and of course I had to join in!! Many thanks to the Inkspirational team for choosing me!!

The challenge is "One Layer Card". Should be pretty easy, but then again, it took me some time and a few tries to come up with this card design.

I used washi tape for masking off the edges. Then I inked between the washi tape strips with an ink applicator and distress inks. The designs were created by inking over some stencils. The flowers were stamped after removing the masking tape, then colored them in using Prismacolor pencils. A quickly finished card, once I knew what I wanted to do :-) 

The pretty flowers are part of the set "Enamor", available in my Etsy stamp shop.
Other products used:
Hypnotic stencil (Penny Black), dots stencil (not sure which manufacturer)
black memento ink, prismacolor pencils
white faber castell pitt marker
distress inks
Sprinkles and Smiles set for sentiment


I am also linking up here:
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations  -Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More - - Clean and Simple
Crafting from the Heart - - Always Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenges  - No Printed Papers 
Incy Wincy Designs -  Birthday Wishes

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Aug 28, 2015

Summer Pony

Happy Friday :-)

I spent some time creating today, and finished this cute card using Whimsy Stamps' Summer Pony image from the Crissy Armstrong collection. I colored it earlier this week, but didn't get a chance until today to finish the card. 


My Faber Castell Polychromos were already out so I colored this image with the pencils and blended with baby oil. I inked the edges with distress inks. Sentiment is from the Friendship Tickets set. (Edited to add - I cannot find this stamp set in the Whimsy Shop. Might have been retired. But be sure to check out the rest of the amazing ticket sentiments.) I used a simple circle punch to punch it out. Some glitter was added to the flowers and the butterflies. 
Designer paper is very old from Stampin Up. I sewed around the edges to finish the card.

That is all for today. 
Thanks so much for visiting! Enjoy the rest of your day!

Aug 21, 2015

Summer Days are Moments to Treasure

Good morning!
For this week's Whimsy stamps Summer creation I inked up the cute stamp Sweet 'n Sassy from Whimsy's Cottage Cuties collection.


She's been colored using Copic markers and a couple polychromos pencils. The little butterflies are from an ancient SU set, I thought they were perfect to stamp onto my white paper. 
Added a bit of glitter and some twine for embellishments.
The sentiment is from the set "Summer Letter Seals" and I used one of Whimsy's border dies for the top border.




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I am playing along here:
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Have a great day!!

Aug 18, 2015

More Flowers for Penny Black and More

Still time left to join us in this month's Penny Black and More challenge. Our theme is Summer Flowers. Come join us we have some wonderful prizes to give away! 

I did some heat embossing and inking with distress inks to create my card. The two stamped butterflies and sentiment are both part of the floral set "Enamor", which I currently have available brand new in my Stamp Shop

I am also playing along here:
Crafting with Dragonflies - make it floral
Simply Create Too -  Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft -  Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Always Anything Goes (Cards only)
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything Goes

Products used:
Distressed backgrounds (Whimsy Stamps)
Distress inks and applicator tool
versamark ink 
white embossing powder
sticky rhinestones
MS butterfly punch

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Aug 13, 2015

Sunflower Buggies

I finally had a chance to finish this card, that I started working on last Sunday. It's been a busy week, preparing for back to school and other stuff. 
Hard to believe Summer break is over...it always goes so fast, although I can't really say they have a short summer break. I just really wish they didn't start until September, it somehow feels like Fall once school starts, and I am not ready yet for Summer to be over...

Definitely still Summertime on my blog, I have another fun summer themed Whimsy Stamps creation to show you today, using the gorgeous stamp "Sunflower Buggies" from Whimsy's Meljen's Designs collection. 

Just did some masking and inking. The flower was stamped twice, once onto my card front, then onto another white piece of card stock. This time I made coloring easy but simply inking it with my ink applicator tool and distress inks, using 3 different shades. Then I cut the flower out and adhered it onto my card front.  The little white flowers were colored using a white faber castell pitt marker. 

You can find the Whimsy Products here:

Also used:
 Neenah card stock, washi tape for masking, distress inks, stickles glitter, faber castell pitt marker

I am playing along here:
Crafting for all Seasons -  Bright and Beautiful
Fab 'n' Funky -Things With Wings
Creative Card Crew - Sparkle/Glitter -
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations  - Garden 
Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes
 
Thanks so much for visiting!!

Aug 5, 2015

Summer Dreams

Happy Wednesday and thanks for stopping by!
It's been so long since I colored something and made a card! I enjoyed my month off very much, but was so excited to get my markers out again this morning and do some coloring! 

Since we aren't having a release this month at Whimsy, we thought it would be fun to showcase some older summer themed stamps this month. 
I decided to ink up "Goldie" from Whimsy's Wee stamps collection. Isn't she adorable!!! 


I used copics for coloring and watercolor paints for the background. I actually wanted to do the bokeh technique, which I did, but for some reason it isn't showing very well. 
The sentiment (which I also stamped in turquoise ink on the background) is part of a set illustrated by Crissy Armstrong - Summer Garden.

I am entering my card here:
Addicted to Stamps and More -  Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky -  No Patterned Papers 
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes 
Sweet Stamps - Summer

Have a great day!!

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!!