Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pop Goes the World Challenge


I know, I know, three posts in one week.
" What's going on?" you ask.
 Hot, humid, cloudy weather; a clean house; and no books with gripping plots to read.

(After re-reading that last sentence, I sound like cleaning and reading are top priorities. I cannot with a clear conscience send out that message. Yep, I love a clean house. BUT... will I fore go cleaning for something more fun..yes I will.)

  Now that I've set the record straight, on to the challenge.

This Power Poppy Stamps challenge  inspires us with  the colors in this photo of the vibrant Italian Riviera. Beautiful!

So Countryside Bouquet is filled with hotly-hued flowers atop some photo-inspired Pink Paislee papers with a shimmery sentiment. Trust me, IRL, it shimmers thanks to a Wink of Stella pen.


I'm off to clean--just kidding,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back to School

The students in our county headed back to the classroom yesterday.  While I am thankful for my thirty years in the classroom, I am also thankful that today I won't have to organize my day (including trips to the bathroom) by bells, that today I won't be on the computer filling out forms and planning lessons but instead visiting blogs and Pinterest, and that today I won't be filing or copying papers but instead playing with stamps, inks, dies, and pretty patterned papers.

I  like to let the staff at Halls High School know that I am thinking of them as they start a new year and that I am grateful for all they do. When I saw this adorable card by Michelle Kovak,  I thought,"hey, I have that chalkboard card by Lori Whitlock  in my Silhouette library. I need to go 'old school' for my friends who utilize so much technology in their teaching."

After cutting the card, I embossed the front panel with a woodgrain embossing plate (PTI) and then swiped some Versamark ink over it to highlight the grain.  Flags in the school's colors are stamped with Bitty Background Blocks I and II (PTI). The banner and sentiment are from Written on Ribbon( WPlus9).  I also rubbed some chalk on the black cardstock . Smarty Cat, colored with Prismacolor pencils, is from Crafty Secrets Cutie Cats stamp set; I don't think this stamp set is available anymore, but hopefully one day it will be available in digital form. I'd love to make him larger. I added a die cut apple  stamped with Tag-Its#6 (PTI).  The card file has holes at the bottom for adding twine to connect the front and back; however, after cutting the card, I, knowing the card will probably be taped on the door frame to the mail room, decided not to add the twine so I covered the holes with tiny die cut buttons(PTI).

Linking to:
Crafty Secrets August Linky Party
Lori Whitlock Link Up Party

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sunflowers

Hi all! I'm here with a quick post showcasing a card for this month's Crafty Secrets Linky Party. This month's theme is Fall/Back to School.
The sunflower print from Crafty Secrets Digital Flowers sheet was the starting point of this card.

I layered it with patterned paper from Lost and Found Sunshine by My Mind's Eye and embellished with this sunflower made with Susan's Garden Sunflower die by Sizzix ( a clearance item at Hobby Lobby!) along with lace and twine).

Wishing you a sunny week,

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Make It Monday #174: Diamond Wallpaper Stamping

For the current Make It Monday,Ashley Cannon Newell combines stamps to make a diamond patterned wallpaper background.  I confess, when I watched the video, all I heard was "make a wallpaper, so the first card I made had a sweet vintage wallpaper with stripes and flowers, but when I got ready to post it, I realized the title of the Make It Monday was DIAMOND Wallpaper Stamping. So I pulled out more supplies and made a second card.


Have a sweet day,

Supplies:
Stamps: A Little Argyle, Background Basics: Petal Power,  Flower Fusion #12, Garden Variety(PTI)
Ink: Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, New Leaf (PTI); Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Stamper's Select White, New Leaf, Pure Poppy, Harvest Gold (PTI)
Other: Flower Fusion #12 , Flower Fusion Stem, Pinking Shears Border dies (PTI);  On the Diagonal Die(Lil' Inkers)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Feeling Happy

 Power Poppy Stamps Peeps of the Week Challenge  makes me happy because in addition to the beautiful cards created by the Power Poppy design team, the challenge offers more cards that inspire. In addition,  I love coming across a card that with the  first glance just makes me happy.



Speaking of feeling happy, with Power Poppy stamps and Marcella Hawley's incredible images, my love to color has blossomed once again. Yes, pun intended. And the sentiments include some of my favorite quotations as well as fresh new sentiments like the one on this card--LOVE IT!   (Honestly, if  I were get that tattoo of a violet, this sentiment might just have to go with it :)

White eyelet, vintage prints, a quirky flower button, and bouquet of cosmos, poppies, and sage, quite simply make me happy.

One last happy thought---a new release of Power Poppy stamps this week.


Supplies:
Stamps: Country Bouquet (Power Poppy), Bitty Background Blocks (PTI)
Paper: Classic Crest Solar White (Neenah), patterned paper (from stash)
Other: Die-namics Washi Tape(MFT), Button Stacks die(PTI), Silhouette Cameo, Prismacolor pencils





Friday, July 25, 2014

Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge



Sooooo much to love in this month's inspiration photo


which means so many stamps... and...

 so many die cuts...and...

so many layers...and...

hopefully, a little bit of happiness



to brighten your day



Supplies:
Stamps: Tag-Its #5, Think Big Favorites #12, Bitty Blocks Background, Bitty Bocks Background II, Garden Variety, Button Boutique (PTI), Gingham (CHF)
Ink: Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist (PTI)
Paper: Stamper's Select White, Spring Moss, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Bitty Dot Basics (PTI)
Dies: Button Card, Bitty Button Stacks, Buttoned Up #2, Turning a New Leaf (PTI)
Other: Aqua Mist felt, Simply Chartreuse felt (PTI); embroidery thread; Copics; Distress Markers(Ranger); Silhouette Cameo; Silhouette files ID #44888,  ID #39793,  ID #32817   




Thursday, July 24, 2014

Make-It-Monday #173--Take It Two

Since my first attempt at Heather's no- outline-water coloring tutorial still had faint visible lines, I tried again.
For my second attempt I stamped the image in Fine Linen ink and while my painting technique is still quite amateurish, I was successful with the no- outline aspect of this technique so I'll give myself a light pat on the back. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps: Vintage Picnic, Vintage Picnic Sentiments, Love Lives Here
Ink: Fine Linen, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile, Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Kraft (PTI);Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Paper: Watercolor (Strathmore), Kraft (PTI)