Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Heartfelt Inspiration Challenge

#handstampedsentiments #inspirationchallenge #loveofmylife
The challenge for the next two weeks over at Hand Stamped Sentiments is based on the above inspiration board.  Lately colorful Valentine cards are catching my eye, in fact I get a tad bored of pink, red, and white.  So I say bring on the color and go for something less traditional.  Mix it up with bright intense hues or soft sophisticated pastels.
The bottom left corner of the inspiration board spoke to me and said "watercolor a one of a kind background."  I heavily coated a piece of watercolor paper with water then added Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, and Tempting Turquoise inks.  Once dry I broke out the Sure Do Love You Stamp Set and stamped with Basic Black, Melon Mambo, and Wisteria Wonder Classic Inks.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Petal Passion Suite

Welcome to our first Monday Montage Blog Hop of 2018!  You have just arrived here from the most fabulous Cathy Casey's blog.  She has such a fun style--I am always inspired by what she hand crafts.
 For this card I used products from the Petal Passion Suite in the Occasions Catalog.  I can say that of all the great new products in that catalog this suite is my very favorite.
My card base is a Basic Grey half sheet of card stock with a top fold.  The next layer is a cut down 4" x 6" card from he Petal Passion Memories and More Card Pack.  The pack mixes brilliantly with the Petal Palette Stamp Set and the Petals and More Framelits.
I would like to thank you for stopping by and checking out our Monday Montage Blog Hop.  You are going to Julie Warnick for your next stop.  Enjoy!


Creation Station is Getting Colorful

Welcome to the very first hop of 2018 for the Creation Station Design Team.  Our theme is "Color My World" and there are SO many coloring options available you could get lost for hours.
The 2018 Occasions Catalog is live and in full swing.  One new stamp suite that is off the charts amazing and perfect for adding color is the Petal Passion collection of products.  My projects feature the Petal Palette Stamp Set and the Petals and More Thinlits along with simple watercoloring.
My Daper Denim card base was first embossed with one of the Petal Pair TIEFs.  These folders are hard to see in the catalog BUT I promise they are AWESOME.  Next, I splattered my card base with Whisper White Ink.  
For the focal layers I kept my watercoloring simple and quick.  I picked up ink with an Aquapainter from the lid of Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive, and Marina Mist Ink Pads.  I went for fast swooshes and scribbles to add color in a hap hazard fashion which, to me, fits the style of the stamp images.  Tucked under the flowers and greeting is a Silver Glimmer detail cut from the Petals and More Thinlits.  I have to say that thinlit set is chuck full of great dies.
In the Annual Catalog there is another thinlit set that coordinates BEAUTIFULLY with the Petal Passion Suite.  The Marina Mist bird perched on my pizza box was cut from the Birds and Blooms Thinlits.  The tag is stamped with more images from the Petal Palette Stamp Set and cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Lots of thread and twine are added to create a sense of a nest for the bird.
Your next stop along our hop is with my sweet friend Sara Levin.  She is amazing and creative so get ready to see how she is "coloring the world" with stamped art.

Product List for Both Projects
Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad
Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Party Panda Celebration

Just a quick post to share a Partying' Panda!  

I have made a watercolored background to set the stage for a sparkling "celebrate" and a cute panda bear.  The cut out "celebrate" is from the Celebrate You Thinlits Set and the stamped images are all from the Party Pandas Stamp Set.  Both the thinlits and stamps are free with a Stampin' Up! purchase.

Friday, January 5, 2018


TGIF has a trio of deep cool tones perfect for the chilly temperatures of winter.  Be sure to check out all of the team's takes on the latest color challenge at #TGIF141.
To start I watercolored all three of the challenge colors on Watercolor Paper.  I set that aside to dry and went to work on a focal point.  To the challenge colors I added a touch of Peekaboo Peach and Basic Black Archival Inks to the Flying Home birds and nest.  
Isn't the nest full of birds totally cute?  The image is from the Flying Home Stamp Set.  I stamped it on a scrap of Watercolor Paper which I then fussy cut out.  I enjoy color challenges because they push you into incorporating colors you wouldn't typically use.  What I mean is a painted my tree branch and leaves with navy and my nest with fig.  Those would not be my first choices, but they work and so the color challenge process inspires a little bit of creative goodness.
For the bird nest I wanted a place for it to hang out.  So, I cut a Night of Navy branch of leaves, tied a gingham bow, and sprinkled some Ready Shreddie to create a home for the birds.  Once everything was secured in place I added a dusting of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

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