Wednesday, February 10, 2016

celebrating winnie and walter's 2nd

Well there is a party going on to celebrate Winnie and Walter's 2nd birthday and once again, I'm totally inspired by the challenges. You have to take a gander.

I've a two-fer today. My first card is for Shay's challenge to somehow use two on your card. Well, this came to mind immediately. And I used Heather P.'s color combo coral, lime and aqua for my MFT die cuts too. The sentiment comes from My Precious and Sugar Rush.

 My second card today also uses Heather P.'s colors in Heather H.'s challenge which is to combine watercolors and gold. Don't have to ask me twice.

How 'bout all that gold?

Used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to "ink up" the solid balloon from The Party and stamped several times, including off the edge, which is Kelly G.'s challenge too. Gave the card lots of splatters. Added strings and tassels in gold, a gold embossed secondary sentiment from Sugar Rush and PTI "celebrate" die cut from gold glitter CS.

I'm also joining the birthday celebrations at Papertrey (9 years old) with this card cuz I was inspired by Lizzie Jones favorite card and went for the light and airy feel using some of her colors.

More to come. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

spotlight on shadow stamping

I did a fun twist on shadow stamping. Check out my tutorial in the spotlight at STAMPlorations.

STAMPlorations inspiration #60

Happy Tuesday! Happy STAMPlorations inspiration day!

Made this card with a scrap of rainbow inked CS I found when cleaning up my month-old mess in my craft space. Die cut it with a MFT border die and added a sentiment from Big Greetings.

More scraps - the polka dots and the silver glitter paper strips - finished off my card design. Hope you like it.

Check out this post for more inspiration from the team and leave a comment to be in the running for a GC.

I'm playing at Seize the Birthday. No topping this time.

Monday, February 8, 2016


Sorry nothing better came to mind as a title. I'm moved by the celebrations happening at Papertrey's 9th anniversary as well as the 30-Day Coloring Challenge at Kathy R.'s blog. Kudos to those who manage to play along daily with both...

So I'd seen an article about Kate Spade (fashionista I am not, but her designs get me every time) including this photo and it moved me to grab Copics in pink and orange to do some coloring of some digi images that I found when cleaning up my scrap room mess. It was gonna be a 10 minute coloring exercise, ya know? Then I noticed some kraft paper waiting to be recycled... Two hours later I had this set of cards.

Hope the fashion connection counts for the PTI challenge. You're supposed to create based on a piece of clothing you own or would like to own. I'd basically take anything Kate Spade has to offer, even building decoration.

And I had these challenges in the back of my mind when creating:
Mod Squad - Hearts and Flowers
Time Out - #49 Love is the Flower you've got to let Grow
Curtain Call - Sachet (my colors are off, but I remembered a folksy feel)

Our Rosenmontag parade was cancelled due to extreme wind conditions. Boo hoo. Hope your Carnival is progressing under better conditions if you're a Carnival-er! Helau!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

STAMPlorations inspiration #59

Let's start off the STAMPlorations inspiration for February with a LOVE kinda card, shall we? Remember those goofy reindeer Becca illustrated, in Reindeer Games? Well they're not just for Christmas any more...

Stamp the punny sentiment all over as a BG, once in red for effect. Add a bit of PP. Heat emboss that deer, fussy cut him and give him a heart to hold and you've got yourself a LOVE card ;)

You can check out more lovely inspiration using various STAMPlorations stamps here. You can see more non-Christmas cards I made with these deer here and here. Thanks for coming by. I'm very fawned of all of you who take the time to visit and leave comments :)

deepti's popped hop

Have you heard the news? There's a new Buckeye in town!

Congrats to my teamie Deepti M., on the birth of her little boy, Siddharth. Hope he'd like this. I hope his mom does ;) The STAMPlorations gals are celebrating with a little hop. You can make a card and hook up too if you'd like! I'm sure it'd make the new mom happy.

This was actually "born" as a byproduct of another project. I had used a die cut piece of vellum to apply Versamark through for heat embossing, and rather than tossing it, I flipped it over and pressed it onto a piece of scrap CS and brushed Perfect Pearls over it!

I used that panel to die cut a PTI tag from and worked with that to make my card. The blue tag was also cut from a scrap of watercolored CS.

The stamps are from Kaisercraft Pitter Patter, a great set. I gave the hand and footprints the Perfect Pearls treatement too, and heat embossed the sentiment. Embellished it all with a brad, feather and tassel.

Join us in celebrating Deepti's new baby, won't you?

Monday, February 1, 2016

CASEplorations february

Well welcome to the month of LOVE ♥

Living in Germany I don't see lots of LOVE day stuff happening, although I must admit there is a bit more hype now than there was 20 years ago. I'm a Michigan gal and Valentine's wasn't necessary a big deal there either. But I did experience Valentine's Day in Myrtle Beach back when my folks were doing the snowbird thang, and boy is there a lot of LOVE happening down there!

Enough of that. We have a super clean and bright love card for you this month at CASEplorations. It's from the queen of clean and bright and linen cardstock! My blogland pal, the lovely Anita in France is joining us as our guest this month. Wonder if Valentine's Day is big in the land of amour!?!

I locked in on her design elements of hearts and warm colors. And her big love sentiment. And although Anita's card is pretty CAS, I went even CASer. With this stamp set.

I die cut the heart from the card front and the next largest heart from scrap paper. Used the negative as a mask on the inside and stamped the area full of hearts and blooms using tiny images from Frames and Flowers. I used all the warm color Amuse pigment inks that I own! Added a couple black hearts for interest. Learned that in this class.

A Paper Smooches die cut from vellum stitched on the outside and a PTI sentiment on the inside finished off my birthday-card-disguised-as-a-love-card project.

Please check out Anita's card and those of my teamies here. And join us in CASEing Anita this month, won't you? (Regardless of how you feel about Valentine's Day ;)

Joining the fun at:
Uniko Challenge #28
AAA Cards #57

Share Joy - #20 I've gone Clean and Simple
Just Us Girls - Tic Tac Toe (I've used die cuts, stamps and flowers)

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