26 Aug 2016

August Inspiration with Altenew in Pink!

Good day!

Every month Altenew has an inspirational challenge, with adjoining colours that you can choose to use - or not - and I decided to join in the fun.

This month it is all about the pinks and grays... lovely!

Using Versafine Black Onyx ink, I stamped the Sketchy Rose onto watercolour cardstock, followed by the stem and the sweet rosebud. Using my Gansai Tambi Watercolours, - I bought my paint set on Amazon - I painted up this beautiful rose.

I added a bit of gray watercolouring around the rose and tucked in the sentiment alongside the rose.

After it dried (completely) I added some Sparkling Clear Pretty Pink Posh sequins for a beautiful effect!.

I adhered a pink strip of cardstock to the edge of the watercolour and popped it up onto Softstone patterned paper - and then onto my Soft Stone card base.

This challenge ends on August 31st so you still have lots of time to enter!

22 Aug 2016

It's All About the Kids!

Your Next Stamp Feature Day is all about the kids!  They have been having fun (hopefully) all summer - swimming, playing - day camps - so many wonderful things for kids to do in the summer!

This is an opportunity for the Design Team (and DT guests!) to use Your Next Stamp products - old and new- in our creations!

Make sure you check out the Your Next Stamp blogpost and leave a comment - you could be the winner of a stamp set of your choice!!

I used a few YNS Products on my card today!

I began by stamping and colouring up the lion from Smiley Happy Critter Crew Set Two and then die cut him out using the matching dies.

Using the Stitched Rectangle Dies, I cut a panel from white cardstock.  I also diecut the Puffy Cloud Border from vellum and some grass (blue grass is totally reasonable right??!) using the Grass Edge Die.

I ran the grass border and cloud border through the Stitched Rectangle Die so that I could layer them on top of the white cardstock panel and the stitching would match.

I popped up the second layer of grass along with the cute little lion.

Using my copic markers, I coloured only the balloons from Basket Animals, die cut and adhered them to my card panel.

I adhered the card panel to my Soft Stone card base - I really thought about sequins or twine - but in the end I quite like the look!

Don't forget to pop on over to the Your Next Stamp Blog to leave your comment on the Feature Day post - you may win a stamp set of your choice!! wahoo!!

19 Aug 2016

Happy Birthday Challenge!

It's time for another fun sketch/colour challenge from Your Next Stamp and we are continuing on with the Design Team Birthday Celebrations!!

The Colour/Sketch challenge is so pretty this week.... I love the colours - just up my ever luvin' alley!

I decided to ink up the  Balloon Buddies Stamp and Die set - and made a little bouquet of sweethearts!

I stamped, white embossed and diecut 3 of the sweet little critters from coloured cardstock, and two balloons out of our new Swirly Fun patterned paper!

My balloon bouquet was placed behind the popped up Happy Birthday banner which was in turn, popped up on the Stitched Heart Fence Die.

A circle diecut was placed behind the bouquet and some pretty gumdrops were "strategically" placed in the circle.

Why don't you pop on over to Your Next Stamp and join in the Birthday Fun??!

17 Aug 2016

It's time to Remind a Sistah!

Have you been Hopping Along our Breast Cancer Awareness Hop??!  

Good Day --- it's the 17th of the month again and that means that it is time for the Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop....a hop dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.

First a little history of this special hop.....Shortly after CAS-ual Fridays owner Michele Gross was diagnosed with breast cancer,  she created Calling All Sistahs to help create breast cancer awareness beyond just the month of October-- by reminding you to do your self exams on the 17th of each month.

It's been one year since Michele was diagnosed so we are concentrating this hop on remembering to check yourself - No Excuses!!

Calling All Sistahs Collection of stamps and dies were designed from the heart to make a difference. 

50% of the profits from this collection will be donated to breast cancer research and awareness programs in honor of all who have been, and will be, affected by breast cancer. 

This month we are focusing on Reminding You to check yourself, get yourself checked - just anything to be more aware!!

I've created a card using the Calling All Sistahs collection!

I watercolored a panel of Ranger watercolour cardstock using different colours of pinks with my Zig Real Brush Watercolour markers and water - lots of water!

Using the Ruffled Ribbon Die from the Calling All Sistahs collection, I diecut the watercolored panel.  I stamped the ribbon from the Hope Ribbon Stamp Set onto the die cut using Versamagic Ink and embossed the ribbon using white embossing powder.

I stamped the sentiments in Versamark Black Onyx Ink and then adhered the watercolored panel to my hot pink card base.  I laid a piece of black striped Washi Tape along the edge to balance the black sentiments.

I replaced the embossed ribbon diecut using foam tape so that it would pop up a bit.

I finished it off with some enamel dots.

Now you are on to the end of the Hop at the amazing Heather North's blog!!

15 Aug 2016

Let's Chat over Coffee!

Wow - the Colour Throwdown is at #405 - crazy!!....and CAS(E) this Sketch works well for my Floral Shadow card!

Here are the colours for Color Throwdown- I'm cutting it soon close (as usual) so this is a short post!

I just received my new Altenew sets, Coffee Love, and Floral Shadow, so of course I had to ink them up!

Altenew Floral Shadow is so pretty and when used as a border, it looks so beautiful!

I stamped along the edge of my cardstock panel with dye inks and then, using a wet paintbrush I moved the ink around for a watercolour effect.  Stamping along the edge works well for the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge this week!

I stamped the coffee pot and mug with in Versafine Onyx Black.

I white embossed the sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock and popped it up onto the watercolour panel.

I adhered it to my Spring Moss card base, added some twine and a few (very few!) Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

Here is the sketch for CAS(E) this Sketch!

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