Friday, September 30, 2016

altenew september challenge

Squeak. Squeak.

Squeaking in with an entry for the Altenew September Challenge. This is the inspiration. I went with the colors.

A girlfriend (who loves to read) is having a birthday today and I thought I'd make some bookmarks for her. Pulled out Papertrey's Half and Half die and cut three strips of Neenah white CS. Also cut PP strips to adhere to the reverse. Forgot to photograph the cuteness.

Stamped the first with Altenew Watercolor Wonders using SSS blues and Altenew reds and yellows. Then I stamped one with Winter Cardinal using Altenew reds. And the last was stamped with Aha Arts and Studio Calico (both designed by Ashley Goldberg I believe). All sentiments were heat embossed to give the bookmarks a little finger pleasure ;) Here's the set.

I'm taking these to the Altenew Ultimate Challenge blog hop too. Such fun to honor all those great challenges.
And I'm hooking up at Simon Says Stamp Wednedsday where it's Anything Goes this week.
Thanks for visiting. Have a fabulous weekend. It's gonna be grape harvest time for me!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

first concord and 9th creation and giveaway reminder

A few Concord and 9th goodies came home with me this summer. Not really "celebration" related, which is the theme of the first challenge over at Where Creativity Meets C9. But I needed a fall birthday card for my neighbor to go with the Yankee Candle (Autumn Wreath "flavor" for those of you interested) I brought back as her present. So I improvised.

Recognize this stamp set? Did a little stamp surgery on Painted Thank You and heat embossed the "you" with glittery bronze embossing powder. I think that's pretty celebratory! The inside sentiment reads "have an amazing birthday". I stamped two feathers from Grateful, then filled in around them with little flowers and leaves using Distress Inks (Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmelade, Forest Moss and Fired Brick) which I spritzed with water before stamping.

A little Tumbled Glass added to the feathers and then splattered onto the panel finished things off. Oh and a couple Doodlebug enamel dots and a strip of Pebbles PP!

I'm playing at:
Mod Squad - Falling Leaves
Cards in Envy - Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday September - Red, Orange, Yellow and or Brown
Where Creativity Meets C9 - #1

Last but not least - I've got a giveaway happening in honor of my 1000th post over here if you're interested. There's still time to leave a comment ;)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

spotlight on galaxy backgrounds

You've probably seen lots of galaxies being created around blogland lately. I'm adding my galaxy in today's Spotlight post over at STAMPlorations if you care to see how I made mine ;)

STAMPlorations inspiration #97

Back in the fashion mode today. Check out this photo from the ASOS catalog which inspired today's card for our STAMPlorations Inspiration post.

Couldn't resist pulling out STAMPlorations City Girl and a previously sprayed and splattered piece of cardstock and giving the model two different fashion looks. With some masking and Artsy Tribal Doodles I was able to give the B/W image stamped on the cardbase a Marimekko look. Then I stamped her onto the sprayed piece, trimmed a strip of it and adhered it over half of her. Strips of PP and washi in fabric-y looks finished up my design. I heat embossed the sentiment.

Hope you enjoyed. Check out the rest of the DTs lovely creations here and remember to leave a comment to be in the running for a GC. BTW, I have a giveaway to celebrate my 1000th post here if you're interested.

I'm playing at:
Cherrylana designs - #23

AAA challenge - #74

Addicted to CAS - #97 (since my theme is fashion there would be lots of stitching involved ;)

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - August

Sunday, September 25, 2016

pti september blog hop

It's that time of the month again! Papertrey Ink's blog hop time, that is. And I must admit when I first saw this photo I wasn't all that enthused. But it really grew on me. Really.  "modern nature" meets cinammon sticks!

And since it's coffee time of year, you know, the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop time courtesy of the lovely Amy T., please meet "modern nature" meets coffee.

Dies and stamps from Papertrey. Laurel Wreath die from Essentials by Ellen. Sentiment from STAMPlorations. PP from Fancy Pants. Basta.

Seems to me that coffee goes best with Fall :) Already made my first batch of this Pumpkin Spice Latte syrup! Enjoy the hop. I know I will.

Friday, September 23, 2016

fall coffee lovers blog hop - take one

Sharing my first coffee card with you today. Joining the fun at the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop along with a gazillion other coffee enthusiasts. Or cardmaking enthusiasts pretending to be coffee enthusiasts. At one cup per day, I kinda consider myself in the latter category. But don't tell Amy.

I had a marbling session a while back and this was the "plainest" specimen of the whole bunch. When I was looking at it I thought it looked like it could pass for steaming coffee. Enter the cup from STAMPlorations Sketchy Coffee Cups dressed up with a pattern from Artsy Border Maker and fussy cut. And then the sentiment from STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 caught my eye. Now, how perfect is that?

I adhered the mug with foam adhesive in the middle and matt medium around the edges. Gives it a nice curved dimension.

This card is on its way to one tough lady who has had one tough time. And to CAS Mix Up where this month it's about

I've got stamping, marbling, some die cutting and some heat embossing. Lots of beautiful projects in the gallery over there. Can't wait to see all the yummy fall coffee projects. See you in the lineup!

more altenew fun and giveaway

When making yesterday's card, I made a second one at the same time. Well, actually using up some extra pieces I'd punched. Trying to do this more often and it's quite fun. The second card tends to take on a life of its own, but it's still quicker than starting from scratch. Carson R.'s fabulous debut post as leading lady at Winnie and Walter inspired me to give this modus operandi a try.

Meet my second card.

I used some autumnal images from Thankful stamps from Essentials by Ellen (see GIVEAWAY below) and Striped Florals from Altenew. Go together nicely, don't they? One image is stamped in brown. Heat embossed a few images gold. Added some aqua Gansai Tambi messy watercolor and then punched squares.

My sentiment is a portion of Essentials by Ellen Many Thanks die cut from gold foil. The colors are truer in this next photo - and you can see the gold sparkle.

Arranged the squares in a wonky pattern this time and adhered them with a dab of matt medium. I'd added Delicata gold stripes to the cardbase prior using Papertrey Ink Watercolor Wonder. Again I was inspired by the Pin-Sights challenge over at Ellen Hutson.

I'm also joining the fun at:
Addicted to Stamps and More - #212 Make your Mark (I did. With watercolors)

Papertrey Make it Monday - #261 Using Florals on a Masculine project though I'm not so sure about the gold for a guy. Probably depends on the guy ;)

And the Ultimate Challenge blog hop sponsored by Altenew. 

Recently I wrote my 1000th blog post. Whoddathunkit? Well, because I'm so Thankful for you, my friends, coming by to say hi and keep me keeping on, I've got a Thankful stamp set for one of you. Leave me a comment on this post telling me what you're most thankful for right now.

I'm incredibly thankful to all of you for your support ♥. I'll announce the winner on Sept 30th.
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