Sunday, April 23, 2017

Speckled Blooms

There is an old nursery rhyme that begins as such: "Of speckled eggs the birdie sings and nests among the trees; The sailor sings of ropes and things in ships upon the seas..."


I am playing along with one of my favorite challenges, the Altenew Inspiration Challenge with their beautiful color scheme, and while creating this card I kept thinking of speckled bird eggs.

I'm  not really sure why I white heat embossed the blooms from Altenew's Beautiful Day and Remember This knowing that I wanted white flowers with yellow centers, but it was too late to turn back after watercoloring in a blue background and the green leaves. I finished the card with a sentiment from Painted Greetings, a black and white washi border and black Nuvo Drops.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Garden Time


I got some time to garden today and it was divine! So therapeutic to pull weeds and move plants for a better flower bed. And...I had some help from my youngest son to do a lot of the heavy lifting. 


I also got some time to play with some crafty goodies, as it was a bit too chilly in the morning to garden. I based my card off of the MFT Sketch Challenge 329, using the Birch Tree Die-Namics, You Gnome Me Stamp Set and Hello There Die-Namics from MFT, along with some patterned paper and distress oxide inks.


Friday, April 21, 2017

CardMaker Blog Hop with Lil' Inker Designs



Lil' Inker Designs has teamed up with CardMaker Magazine for a fun hop featuring Lil' Inker Designs products. You should have arrived from Melissa Bickford's Blog if you are following the hop. (Full hop list available at the CardMaker Blog and the Lil' Inker Designs Blog.) I am seriously enamored with the April Release so I had to create another card featuring some of those products, and well, April Showers bring May Flowers!

I started by stamping, die cutting and detailing one of the cute owl images from Hootie Patootie (the coordinating dies are here). Then I die cut some vellum clouds from the Rainbow and Clouds Die Set. These were adhered over a grey panel that had some rain drops added from the cool and innovative Cut it Out Clouds and Accessories Die Set. I finished with a sentiment from Hootie Patootie.


Lil' Inker Designs has offered up a prize for this hop! Wow! A chance to win a $35 gift certificate, I'm telling you, the newest release was all sorts of fantastic, but of course all their products are!
(Details can be found on their blog on how to win...)


Your next stop on the hop is the very talented and fun Rebecca Keppel!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

One Layer Lilies


I had a solo post over at the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge Blog for the eighth challenge: One Layer! I'd love for you to stop by to see my full card and get some details on how I made it featuring one awesome stamp set, Lily Stamp Set.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Get Whale Soon


Interactive cards are too much fun to make, but I don't make them all that often. I should, though, as both my boys really like seeing how they work!


The LawnFawnatics is having a challenge: Interactive Cards, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to play along. I don't have many new Lawn Fawn sets, so it is fun to break them out and bring new life into them.


I started by creating a panel with a mix of the green and blue distress oxide inks, and then die cut our a spinner portion.


I then stamped, colored and fussy cut some images from an older Lawn Fawn set, Critters in the Sea. The whale was attached to a spinner and tucked into the spinner track. I then stamped a sentiment, a mix from Critters in the Sea and On the Mend onto a panel and adhered some corresponding sea creatures.


For a finishing touch, I stamped some bubbles and added some Crystal Clear Nuvo Drops. The whale spins and swims along the track.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Tulip Wreath


Are the tulips blooming by you yet? I have a few more weeks, and they will make their appearance. In lieu of waiting, I created a wreath of tulips for the Winnie & Walter Color April Color Combo with Heather H. Challenge. Aren't the colors so bright and vibrant?


I started by stamping the tulip bud from Winnie & Walter's Addie's Garden stamp set into a circle, overlapping slightly and forming a wreath. I then colored the blooms with Copics and added a bit of clear sparkle (I'm lacking in purple markers (the horror!) so I resorted more to a red color). I then inked the sides of the panel with some green distress inks, added a few splatters and stamped a sentiment (from MFT). The panel was then adhered to a white cardstock base.

Here's to hoping you have an excellent Easter weekend!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Yellow Sky


I must be on a primary color kick, mostly, red and yellow as I have another card featuring those colors today! 
I'm joining in on the A Blog Named Hero's April Challenge: Anything Goes. For this card, I stamped the cardinal from Color Layering Cardinal Stamp Set onto white cardstock using two shades of red pigment ink, as well as black. I masked the bird off and inked a yellow sky background.


I then added a die cut sentiment from Thank You. I finished the card with a left hand border of red cardstock and a strip of houndstooth washi, as well as a branch complete with some Nuvo Drop berries.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9:: Challenge 8:: One Layer


Well, hello there! I'm so very excited for Spring to finally arrive, where the trees have buds and the grass gets green.


It's also time for a new Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge and it's all about creating on a single layer showcasing the amazing products available at Concord & 9th as this challenge is dedicated to the innovative stamp company and their products!


I started my one layer card with a white cardstock base, and inked some green and blue distress oxide inks onto the background, and then I added some splatters. I stamped the Tree Ring Background Stamp in the bottom corner, and then added some foliage around the rings from Flourish, all with distress oxide inks.


I finished with a sentiment from the stamp set, Lily, stamped in black, and rounded just one wee corner.

The challenge is sponsored by the fabulous Concord & 9th and one luck random entry will receive a $25 gift certificate for a Concord & 9th shopping spree. The favorite entry will be asked to guest design for a future challenge!

The challenge runs until April 29th, so there is plenty of time to pull out your favorite Concord & 9th stamps and die and create an one layer project. Plus, new Concord & 9th products were released TODAY and they are fantastic!

You can find Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge on Facebook here, and their Instragram here!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

This Raccoon Steals My Heart


Raccoons are such interesting critters. One of my favorite books is Where the Red Fern Grows and one of my favorite parts in that book is where the grandfather explains to the boy on how to catch a coon with a nail. Raccoons are curious and they like shiny things. Makes me smile every time I read it.

I'm playing along with Ellen Hutson's Mix It Up Challenge with Waffle Flower Crafts. I started with a red cardstock base and die cut a circle on the right side. I topped the circle with a pretty and intricate die from Waffle Flowers, called Flowers Circle Inverted Die. I then finished the front with some washi tape banners and a sentiment die cut from Essentials by Ellen Brushstroke Hello by Julie Ebersole.


The little raccoon from the Essentials by Ellen's Tree Farm by Brandi Kincaid peeks out from the die cut circle on the front of the card.


The inside of the card houses the raccoon, with a die cut circle behind him (colored with distress inks and speckled with water.)

I took some time to craft today, after spending the morning outside in the flowerbeds getting them ready! I can hardly wait to see which pretty perennials weathered the harsh Wisconsin winter...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wreath of Roses

I couldn't get enough of this beautiful wreath from Lil' Inker Designs during the April Release, so I created another card!

I based my colors off of the pretty inspiration picture at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge: 401. What a stunning combination!


My card started with a coral cardstock base that had been splattered with some coral and orange-ish inks. I then die cut and stamped the wreath from Wreath of Roses and the matching die, and colored in with watercolor and zig markers based on the colors in the photo.


I mounted this to some foam and adhered it to the cardstock base. I added a sentiment from Lil' Inker Designs Thanks Die, and finished with some glittered Nuvo Drops. So full of Spring and happiness!