Saturday, September 26, 2015

20th Anniversary

This past week my husband and I celebrated our 20th Anniversary! Before I made a card I searched blogland for some inspiration and found it in the current Muse, Anita Bowden. From her beautiful, soft card I used the white embossing, the watercoloring, the colors, and the messy thread. I'll show you her card first:

And here is mine:

Stamps: Hero Arts (chevron), SSS (sentiment)
Dies: Memory Box (large numbers), SSS (banner)

Only after it was done, I realized that with the pastel colors (even though, I used mostly blue), the messy thread, and the pink heart gems, it wasn't a very masculine card... I am happy to report that my husband took it in stride! 


Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog


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Friday, September 18, 2015

NBUS New Home

Quick, quick, another card before the door closes on the NBUS #5 challenge hosted by the fabulous Darnell! Don't panic, you still have until the end of today (Friday, started writing this on Thursday but didn't have time to finish and post it), so go ahead, pick something from your "Never Before Used Schtuff" pile (because I know you have one), make a card and post it!

I should have at least entered one card per day to make a dent in my Mt. NBUS but unfortunately time would not allow it... My card actually features two NBUS: The Brevilla Houses and the Arbocello tree, both from Memory Box. Cut out the tree from a scrap of watercolor paper and watercolored it.

Made this for my friend who recently moved away. The airplane symbolizes the hope for many visits back here!

Stamp: Winnie & Walter (sentiment), Inkadinkado (airplane)
Dies: Memory Box (houses, tree), Sweet 'n' Sassy (clouds)


NBUS #5 (second entry)

Pixie's Snippet's Playground #194 (second entry and also closing soon!)
The tree and the clouds are cut from snippets

Pixies Crafty Workshop

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Die Cuts"

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Memory Box #4 "Terrific Trees"


Wishing you all a fun and creative weekend!


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Happy Birthday, Bev!

Today is Bev's birthday and this is the card I sent her! Hope it got there on time! I assume you all know her blog "Happy Dance", but if you don't, take some time to visit! You won't regret it but come back inspired! Bev is also one of the sweetest girls in blogland and her comments always lift me up!
Also check out the magnificent party that Anita organized for Bev over at mypapercraftworld! I am heading back over there to get more of the mouthwatering food!

Bev, I hope you have a fantastic day and are showered with love by your family and friends!

Stamps: Picture Show (basket with daisies, dotted background), Hero Arts (sentiment)


The Card Concept #39 "Daisies"
Clean and Layered

See you at the party!


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Four (!) graphic triangle cards

Yes, you read that right! Today I have four cards for you! I think, that's a first!

I love geometric patterns and have many graphic stamps and embossing folders. So, of course, the current challenge over at Virginia's View really speaks to me and I wanted to play. The fairly new Pinterest Inspired Challenge features triangles so I pulled out a triangle embossing folder that I had never used.

Inked the EF in different Distress Inks, spritzed it, and "stamped" it on watercolor paper. Spritzed and stamped it again to get lighter colors. Then I made cards of my backgrounds. I thought the Design Teams could pick their favorite card from this collection.

A close up so you can see the vellum

And all together!
Which one is your favorite? Mine is card #4!

Stamps: Winnie & Walter (sentiments on cards 1 and 3), Altenew (sentiment on cards 2 and 4), Mama Elephant (Triangles on card 4)
Other: Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)


Darnell's NBUS #5
In addition to her usual generosity, this time Darnell has many sponsors! Click on the link to find out more! It runs until the 18th!

Pixie's Snippet's Playground #194
Because Miss Di celebrated her birthday last week, this week's prize is extra generous! The infamous Crazy Bird stamps, dies and accessories! Am I the only one in blogland who doesn't have them yet...?
My snippets are the vellum on card 1 and the labels on card 2 and 4!

Pixies Crafty Workshop

I really appreciate your taking time to visit my blog and hope you come back!


Friday, September 11, 2015

Lots of bling

Today I have a card with lots of bling for you! It might be the most bling I've ever used on a card.
The cover plate belongs to my friend Jules who got it from Dora B. for her birthday. We were all playing around with it, everyone using different color mediums. I used my Spectrum Noir markers and since I own only one set my card is monochromatic turquoise.

Stamps: None!
Die: My Favorite Things
Other: Various bling in different sizes

I couldn't bring myself to cover any part up with a sentiment... I used clear Stickles on the white frame to make it even more sparkly!


Time Out #39 "Make Your Mark"

Grab Our Badge!

The Card Concept #39
(Not sure about the style... Maybe clean and layered? Or classy and elegant?)

My Favorite Things "Card Design Superstar" Challenge
(Don't laugh that I am entering. I know that my card pales in comparison with the ones already entered... but what do I have to loose?)

Card Design Superstar

Wishing you a fun filled weekend,

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Feathery "Thinking of You" for the Muse

Hope everyone in North America is enjoying their long weekend! It's very hot and dry here, feeling more like summer than fall!

When I saw Carol's card for the Muse Challenge #131 I was immediately inspired to bring out my feathers from STAMPlorations again! Since we had company I only had a chance to make a card this afternoon, entering in the last minute! But that's nothing new, right?

Here is Carol's fabulous card

and my take on it

Stamps: STAMPlorations (feathers, sentiment), Hero Arts (background strip)
Other: Caran d'Ache (watercolor crayons)

I used the same feather set as Carol, almost the same layout and the same colors! 
The background was made with watercolor crayons scribbled on a piece of card stock and blended with a moist baby wipe. It's quick and easy and I like how it looks. Added a strip of background paper that I found in one of my snippet boxes (yes, I have several - don't you?) and mounted everything on a blue card. 


(where Sarn is prefect this week and I heard there was lots of chocolate to be found...)

Wishing you a fantastic week,

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