Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pretty Peonies

Hello All,

Welcome to my third guest appearance at Just Us Girls. This type challenge happens to be one of my favorite... Color challenges. Before I get to the color scheme I want to share my card for today, enjoy!
A soft and elegant sympathy card will be ready to go when needed.
Hopefully, not for a long time!


Just Us Girls
with Chris
Challenge #377

The color combination of grays, pinks, and blues is so
amazingly beautiful together.
The use of vellum is meant to soften the hard lines and give it a bit of texture.
To add to its texture, I used a retired SU embossing folder.
I thought it would add a bit more to the design.

I know a lot of you have seen this set from Altenew. I thought it would be a sinch to do multi step stamping but wow was I wrong. It took multiple tries, failure after failure, frustration until I finally figured it out. I ended up using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to place the stamp exactly where I needed it. It seemed to have done the trick.

Well, that should do it for me!! I want to thank Just Us Girls once again for being such fantastic hosts. I do hope you join their challenge. For me, it was great fun and I am sure it will be for you too. Take care and until next time, take care and happy stamping!!

All the best,

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wonderful Washi Tape

Hello All, 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. For me, I can't complain. I do however have news of a new challenge at The Male Room. Before I get to the challenge here is my card for today, enjoy!

Washi tape is a miracle. Wait, before you switch from crazy lady let me explain.
Washi tape allows you make a seriously good card in minutes.
The best part, you can pull it off multiple times and the
paper won't rip and the tacky tape is still usable.

I enjoy the negative space of the airplane along a washi taped background.

I think I might be going crazy! Seriously! While working on this card I die cut the airplane which I left as negative space on the card. You would think I would know right where my positive image of the airplane went? No way... I looked absolutely everywhere to no avail. My work space is very small so there are only a few areas where it would be; again, to no avail... I think the only logical explanation is that it disappeared into thin air.

Well, that should do it for me! I do invite you to join our challenge at The Male Room in these coming weeks. I am looking forward to seeing what you create. Also, thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the internet. I do appreciate every visit and if you aren't already a follower, I invite to join me in my adventures at TheGrandStampede. So until next time, take care and happy crafting.

All the best,

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Devoted Dog

Hello Friends,

Great news! {Pin}spirational is back from a long hiatus and a new challenge is upon us... Before I get to the challenge I want to first share my card. Enjoy!!

I really enjoy this sentiment. Why? Because it is so true.
According to your dog, you do no wrong.

First Challenge of 2017!
Sponsor for this challenge
2 digital stamps

A monochromatic design keeps the card simple and elegant.

Below/Left: The main image was cropped into two pieces and then flipped (original digi below). It seems like a good fit with the heart sentiment. Bottom/Right: I colored the images without too much blending because I wanted the images to look sketchy and fun.

 All Dressed Up

Challenges Entered:
Sunday Stamps: SSC144- Seeing Stars
The Crafty Addicts: Challenge #32- Monochromatic/ATG

Well, that should do it for me. I hope you have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by my little byte of the internet. I do hope you will join us at PINspirational. It should be fun! Until then take care and happy crafting.

All the best,

Monday, January 16, 2017

Forest Friends

Hello All,

For today I will be playing along with CASology. Their cue this week is 'forest'. Here is my card for today, enjoy.

A buck deer looking at attention and is very keen about his surroundings.
This is why I choose the guidance sentiment.

The sponging is a bit choppy but it was done to create texture in the sky
and morning fog on the ground. 

Generation stamping the background gives this wooded scene
a sense of depth.

Used this stamp for the initial scene then extended the
 grass the length of the card.
Challenges Entered:
CASology: Week 231- Forest

All the best,

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Blistery Blues

Hello Friends,

For today I will be playing along with Allsorts Challenge, Fusion, CAS Colours & Sketches, and Seize the Birthday. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

A gentle snowy backdrop displays a bright red cardinal admiring the view.
However, you will notice there is not a single snowflake or any sign of actual snow.
A color palette of blues, grays, and whites hint at a snowy scene.
Red cardinals do seriously stick out like a sore thumb
on a winter's day.
First, I used masking tape to mask off part of the card and then started to watercolor.
I removed the strip of tape and masked off a smaller portion of the same strip.
I then stamped the branches and added a thin black line to define the space.

Challenges Entered:
Fusion: 3rd Anniversary Happy Birthday Fusion!!!

I remember growing up blizzards so bad that our little dirt road wouldn't get plowed for several days. After a few days of being snowed in you would start to notice the house getting incredibly small, your family getting easily annoyed, and we all start to look like hot dogs. Okay, the last part wasn't true. The point is I had to keep myself occupied. So, before the storm, I would run over to Ames Department Store and get some jigsaw puzzles. While the blizzard was raging outside, I was inside enjoying myself with my jigsaw puzzle trying to fit just one more piece in before dinner. After we were all plowed out, I would finally have the opportunity to head outside and was astounded by nature's quietness. You get a sense of peace and stillness that no other season can offer. As I look back it was delightful to witness such beauty.

Well, that should do it for me. I am off to bed and will probably dream of my ole' stomping grounds in Pennsylvania. Thank you for joining me today. We will see you soon. Take care and happy stamping everyone!!

All the best,

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Rustic Rose

Hello Readers,

Busy day today but I wanted to carve out some time to post this card. So, for today I will be playing along with Seize the Birthday, Double D Challenges and The Card Concept. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

A lovely card using the Rose Wonder stamp set by Stampin' Up!.
The center of the flower was done using a combination darker pink alcohol markers
and then blending it in with a lighter color.

The rose was stamped on white lustre cardstock then heat embossed. And because alcohol markers are translucent the shimmer shines right through the color. I also used metallic copper embossing powder for the background and silver dots with silver lustre. Together they prove to look so pretty and elegant.

I dry embossed the copper background by applying VersaMark Ink directly on the embossing folder. This allows the debossed part of the card ready for copper embossing powder. I then took my black inkpad directly onto the card that hit all the embossed areas.
Below/Left: The copper background is so pretty against the silver dots and the magnificent rose. Bottom/Right: The sentiment was chosen for its message but also for its font. I think it fits this design so well. The black it seems sets off brings out all the colors on the card. So pretty.

Challenges Entered:
Double D Challenges: Anniversary/Blogaversary/Birthday
The Card Concept: #64- Pretty Things
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes

Now that my daughter is reading and roaming the internet (safely) she now frequents my blog and sees what I am writing to all of you. No problem I say... Nothing to hide... It is just me babbling about my life events. So this to my little voyeur who checks up on me every now and then... Know that I love you and now it is time to get off the computer and tell me how wonderful I am... heheee. 

Well, that is it for me today. I hope you enjoyed your visit and do hope you drop by again. So, until next time please take care and happy stamping.

All the best,

Socks and Life

Hello All,

Welcome to my second guest appearance at Just Us Girls. This next challenge really made me think or well... Challenge me. Before I get to the challenge I want to share my card for today, enjoy!

I seem to be on a clothing theme here at Just Us Girls!
But this set from Unity Stamps had to be used for this challenge.

Just Us Girls
with Bobby 

Challenge #376

I wanted to keep the coloring a bit sloppy because of the sketchy nature of the
stamped socks. I also enjoy the bubbles or suds that also adorn this card.

Below/Left: This sentiment should be written on a plaque in a laundry room because it is a fantastic metaphor for life.  Bottom/Right: I took a close up shot of this sock because my daughter colored it!! It is the sock that set the entire color scheme of the card. Yes, I'm bragging.

The other day my husband wakes me up with some news. The kids are staying home because it is a snow day! Well, ice day actually- driving was so bad my husband came back a few short minutes after the start of his commute. Anyway, I thought I would take complete advantage of this situation. So we all went down to the basement and cleaned; all day long... Yes, readers, it was that messy. I actually have a picture of my son vacuuming. Let's just say he was far from having a good time. In fact, I think he was actually groaning. But when all was said and done we had a picture perfect basement that my husband could enter and not get disgusted... The real challenge will be to keep it that way. I hate to admit this, but I am the number one culprit to make a mess and not clean it right away... I think I feel a New Years resolution in my future. 

Well, that should do it for me!! I want to thank Just Us Girls once again for being such fantastic hosts. I do hope you join their challenge. For me, it was great fun and I am sure it will be for you too. Take care and until next time, take care and happy stamping!!

All the best,
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