Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Blessings

It's the season of Easter and this week Bloggers Challenge has the theme Easter. I chose this adorable little girl with her bunny as my focal image. The stamp is from SweetStamps, as is the sentiment stamp. The background panel has been dry embossed using a Cuttlebug floral folder. The basket and vines are diecuts (Spellbinders). The basket was cut from wood paper. The flowers are felt flowers (from my stash) with centers of Viva Decor gold (Classy Cards 'n Such). I used a favorite technique on the girl and bunny. Her clothes and hat are paper pieced using design paper. The bunny was cut from a soft paper towel to give a furry feeling. She was fussy cut to layer over the basket.
This card is also being entered into these challenges: Simon Says Wednesday challenge -- Easter or sweet treats; Word Art Wednesday -- anything goes; Mark's Finest Papers Friends of Speedy -- Easter; Fashionable Stamping -- favorite techniques; Classy Cards 'n Such -- Easter Inspirational Sentiment.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Floral Tags, RRD Blog Hop

It's Blog Hop time again at Rogue Redhead Designs. This month the Rogue Crew is featuring the wonderful stamp plate, Floriculture as its plate of the month. For spice, we are featuring the stamps on tags.

When I created my first tag to share, I did go to the stamp set Getting Grizzly for the background stamp. All of the other stamps used are from Floriculture. I bordered the background top and bottom with the checked border. I stamped the flowers on a scrap of white cardstock and colored them using distress markers. I tore the border around the flowers and touched metallic brass distress stain around the edges. The sentiment was stamped on another white panel and bordered with the brass stain. The ribbon was colored using the stain.

To make the background on my second tag, I used the distress paint marbling technique. I then lightly stenciled over the paint.  All stamps used on this tag are from  Floriculture. Once the background paint and ink had dried, The sentiment was stamped. The doily and vase were die cut using Cheery Lynn Design dies. I stamped the flowers on a separate sheet of cardstock and fussy cut them to place in the vase. I just love a vase of fresh flowers!
Oh, by the way, the Floriculture plate will be on sale for $10.00 for the month. Now is the time to get  this wonderful and versatile set of stamps. 

I invite you to visit all of the Rogue Crew members blogs. There's a  lot of inspiration and creativity to see. Here are the links. Happy hopping!

Sharon Briss - Ill Tempered Ink

Krisha Ogle - 
Krisha's Keepsakes

Vicki Robertson - 
He"Artful" Validation of Vicki

Debi Ryan - 
My Bird Flying Free

Trisha Too - 
Easily Amused, Hard to Offend...

Barbara Washington - 
Magic Delights

Sharon Briss - 
Rogue Redhead Designs blog

Friday, April 4, 2014

Magic Inside Us

This week the Bloggers Challenge is stencil it. I used Tim Holtz's stars stencil and a touch of bleach to stencil the panels on my card which is based on the Mojo  Monday tall and skinny sketch challenge.
The base card is kraft. The focal sentiment is from Artistic Outpost. Since Kraft Journal challenged us to show inside and out, I am also sharing the inside of my card. All of the stamps are also from Artistic Outpost. The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is happy birthday.
I am also entering my card into these challenges: Ink on my Fingers Sunday Challenge -- brown; Take a Word -- stars; Simon Says Monday challenge -- anything goes; Marks Finest Paper Friends of Speedy -- up in the sky; and Word Art Wednesday --anything goes.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Life Pieces

I'm very excited to announce that I have been invited to be the guest designer for the SweetStamps Challenge Blog. Today is my first post for their dies challenge. I have been using SweetStamps stamps for years and just love them.

To create my card I started with a white base card. For the top panel I used Cheery Lynn Designs fancy corner cuts 3 to cut the corners and an oval stacker to cut out the center. (Using the negative of the die cut for a frame).  I stamped the SweetStamps lilac bunch stamp as my focal image inside the oval frame. The color was added with distress markers. I stippled a little China blue ink around the lilacs. The three dragon flies were die cut (Cheery Lynn tiny things) and added over the frame and image.
I am adding my card to these challenges: Cheery Lynn Designs -- back to nature; Mark's Finest Papers Speedy Fox and Friends -- negative die cut; CAS-ual Fridays -- good egg/ovals; and Stampin' for the Weekend -- spring colors.

Friday, March 28, 2014

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Today's Bloggers Challenge is animals. What represents animals better than Noah's Ark? This adorable image and the accompanying sentiment are both stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs. The layout design is the sketch challenge from Mojo Monday. The image was colored using distress markers. Kraft cardstock was used for the base card.
 My card is also being entered into these challenges: Mojo Monday --  sketch; Kraft Journal -- color challenge; Our Daily Bread Designs -- all ODBD stamps; Word Art Wednesday -- anything goes; and V's Sweet Ideas -- kid's theme.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Create the World You Want to See

The challenge at Simply Steampunk this month is to create your own background. I decided to create a couple of ATCs. I created the backgrounds using the paint marbling technique. I made both of the backgrounds using the same paints, yet they both came out differently. You never know what you'll get when you use the distress paints in this way. I used the Romance Annie and Romance Emma images. These were colored using distress markers and then cut out. I adhered each image to a card and added the sentiment blocks.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Machines and Nature

Today my card is a little steam-y...steampunk that is. I found a quote from Antoine de Saint- Exupery which I thought was appropriate to use here. "The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature, but plunges him more deeply into them. My card started with a panel of Steampunk word design paper from Graphic 45. I then cut a panel of transparent packing, colored it with alcohol inks, and dry embossed it. I attached the two panels by using brads in the corners.  The die cut leaves and bicycle were cut from Cheery Lynn dies. The hat was off stamped over the typed quote.
This card is being entered into these challenges. SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk challenge -- transparency; Three Muses -- age of steam; Mark's Finest Papers Friends of Speedy challenge -- 3 or more brads; and Simon Says Monday Challenge -- transparent .