Monday, April 19, 2021

Marvelous Mom

 Hello All,

For today I am playing along with Freshly Made Sketches. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

The sentiment came from well...... I don't remember. It has been in my stash for years. Every once in a while I crack open my bits drawer and say: "Dang, I should have used that for a card.". Well, I opened my bits drawer at the right time of year because there it was! 

I added a gray background and stamped it using the Line and Dot background stamp from Hero Arts. I like the movement of the lines. It adds a lot of interest to an otherwise unexciting backdrop.

The M&M's were die-cut in their respective colors. I colored the edges a bit darker than the corresponding cardstock. Stamped the letter 'm' in pigment white ink and add shine using a white colored pencil.


Challenges Entered:

Thank you so much for stopping by and I do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me. Lots of good crafting vibes headed your way. I hope you all have a fantastic day and please stay safe and healthy.


All the best,

Flower Inchies

 Hello All,

For today I have come to play along with Freshly Made Sketches and The Flower Challenge. With Mother's Day right around the corner, I thought it was time to make a nice pastel flower card. Here is my design for today, enjoy!




Challenges Entered:



Thank you so much for stopping by and I do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me. Lots of good crafting vibes headed your way. I hope you all have a fantastic day and please stay safe and healthy.


All the best,

Friday, April 16, 2021

Sunny Sunflower

 Hello my CMHCD friends,

For today I am sharing our next challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare. This fortnight challenge is called Crazy 8. Choose any four blocks to create your design. Lots of possibilities here- I would like to ask you to please identify the four blocks you chose in your blog post. That way we know for sure what colors you chose. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

I have wanted to use this faux stained glass technique for quite some time. I saw it on Jennifer McGuire's YouTube channel (click here for link). You will see in the next few photos why it is called 'faux stained glass'. The colors that I chose reminded me of a sunflower. My mother-in-law love to garden so I thought this would be the perfect card for her this Mother's Day.

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Now for our challenge!

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #440
Crazy 8
I chose Sundance, Glacier, New England Ivy, and Neutral

Shawna Standish
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Above: The sunflower was die-cut 3x from 110 lb. cardstock. I layered them on top of each other to create a well for the Multi-Media glaze. The first layer of cardstock was glued to the base then was colored on the inside using alcohol markers. Left/Below: The wells were filled with the Multi-Media glaze by Ranger. I started using another brand of glaze but it didn't level out as well as the Ranger glaze. This card looks fantastic in real life. Its depth is remarkable and so pretty. It is time-consuming and used a lot of glaze, but it was totally worth the time and supplies. I highly recommend this technique. Right/Bottom: The top layer of cardstock was brushed using the colors from the palette. To cover up the glue I made the colored top piece the last addition to the card.

Challenges Entered:

Well, thank you again for taking the time out of your busy day to visit my corner of the internet. I do hope you will join us at Color My Heart Color Dare and play along.

Lots of good crafting vibes headed your way. I hope you all have a fantastic day and please stay safe and stay healthy. Until then take care and we will see you soon!


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Vivid Butterfly

 Hello All,

I am writing to you from my phone. Our computer decided not to turn on. Fantastic... So, please bear with me. Today I will be playing along with The Card Concept and The Day of the Month card challenges. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

Brilliant butterfly takes center stage. It is, once again, a StampPeddler background stamp. I love this image and is one of the many stamps I own that has been used multiple times.

Stamped the image twice, one for the background and the other for the butterfly. I colored them both using alcohol markers. I cut out the butterfly and laid it on the background layer. I only added the body of the butterfly so that wings are free. 

This shot emphasizes the vivid color of the butterfly. The wings looks so good spread out from the card. I also like the color of the black sentiment as it seems to bring out the butterfly.

Challenges Entered:
Day of the Month Card Challenge: #25- Learn About Butterflies + 2nd Blog Birthday

Thank you so much for stopping by and I do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me. Lots of good crafting vibes headed your way. I hope you all have a fantastic day and please stay safe and healthy.


All the best,

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Springtime

Hello All!

My time as the guest designer at Just Us Girls has come to an end. I had so much fun with these gals. I felt so welcome and grateful to be a part of such a creative team. So without further ado here is my card for today, enjoy! 

Tulip Time is a festival here in West Michigan. It celebrates Springtime with tulips throughout the town. It offers an entire spectrum of color that overloads the senses- that is only when they are in bloom. The locals often call Tulip Time, affectionately, Stem Time because there have been years where the tulips have already bloomed before the festival began. Such a bummer because it really is beautiful.

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Just Us Girls
Challenge #577- Photo Week

My inspiration was the tulips and the coloring of the background.
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This layering set of tulips is from PTI. I think it is retired but not too sure. The edges of the card are distressed by brushing Twisted Citron, Stormy Sky, and Chipped Sapphire on the edges of the card.  

I may have gotten a bit pearl crazy here, but I thought they would act as spring rain. Also, the leaves and stems are multicolored. That was done by inking the entire stamp with a light green ink then wisping flecks of dark ink on top. I like the texture it provides along with the flower.

Well, that should do it for me!! I want to thank Just Us Girls once again for being such fantastic hosts. I was humbled by their invitation and their challenges were a joy to create. So, take part in their Springtime challenge, surely it will not disappoint. Take care and until next time, take care and happy stamping, and stay safe!! 

All the best,


Friday, March 26, 2021

Sunset with Dog

 Hello Everyone,

Today I will be playing along with The Paper Players, Double D, and Fusion Challenges. Here is my card for today, enjoy!


CAS card with one image of a dog. Now isn't that relaxing. I liked the Fusion sketch because this die-cut conforms perfectly with the sketch and still in keeping with the CAS style.

I brushed on Seedless Preserves, Carved Pumpkin, and Mustard Seed DI's to create the sky. Also, kept the layers to a minimum by masking off the base layer to ink.

The die-cut was the inspiration for the card. I was thinking maybe make a sympathy card, but I thought I would make a broader sentiment in the end. It can go with so many occasions including sympathy.

Challenges Entered:
Fusion: Easter Eggs (Obviously I followed the Sketch)

 


Thank you so much for stopping by and I do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me. Lots of good crafting vibes headed your way. I hope you all have a fantastic day and please stay safe and healthy.


All the best,

Monday, March 22, 2021

Lucky Shamrocks

 Hello All,

For today I will be playing along with The Color Throwdown and Twofer Card Challenges. Here are my cards for today enjoy!

Card #1

Simply colored using alcohol markers in various shades of green.
For good luck, the sentiment is underlined with a strip of gold paper.

A white sentiment strip and border allows the sentiment to pop off the shamrocks.

Here is a closer shot of the gold strip under the sentiment. Tried to keep it simple since there is so much going on in the background.


Challenges Entered:
The Color Throwdown: cts634
Twofer Card Challenge: Challenge #36- Your Choice

 


Card #2

Utilizing the spotlight technique for this card. At first glance it looks like another St. Patrick's card. It is in fact a love you card. The sentiment was split into two separate black tags. The original sentiment had the word `lucky`included on the stamp.

Used rainbow paper for a small online. This small amount color brings the color throughout the card.

Here is a closer look at the split sentiment. I added some enamel dots for some eye-catching color. I think it adds a lot to the card.

Twofer Card Challenge: Challenge #36- Your Choice

 


Thank you so much for stopping by and I do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me. Lots of good crafting vibes headed your way. I hope you all have a fantastic day and please stay safe and healthy.


All the best,
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