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Touch of Magic

Happy Tuesday!
It was so nice having Matthew home for a long weekend.  I love spending time with him, and getting extra days just makes me happy :)  Much to his disliking though, I made him do some spring cleaning with me :)  We got a lot of stuff pulled out and ready to be sold or donated.  It surprises me sometimes how much we end up getting rid of even though we've purged most of our stuff with all of our moves these last few years, and we really don't collect junk anymore. 

Anyhow, today we are starting a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown, and the theme is Lots of Sparkle!  If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you will know that glitter is probably my number one embellishment.  I just can't resist adding it to my cards :)  So I sort of went a little wild with this card.
Our awesome sponsor this week is Sassy Studio, and they have provided each designer with an image.  I chose Katniss Girl of Fire Sassy.  Even though I'm not a big fan of the Hunger Games series, I love this image!  I decided to be a little adventurous with my coloring on it though.  I'm definitely no pro when it comes to coloring with my ShinHan markers...and getting them to blend correctly can sometimes be a challenge.  But I gave it a shot. 

I chose to go with a grey and pink combination for the dress so that it matched my stenciled background, which had been made for a different card but ended up not working out too well.  It's actually been spritzed with a shimmer mist as well so the whole card has a nice sparkle to it.

The ruffles were colored first in the greys so that I could get the shadows layered on correctly.  Once that was all laid down, I went back in with 2 shades of pink and flicked it onto just the ends of the ruffles.  Not really adding any shading since the grey was already doing that.  Finished off the rest of the image with the same colors for the dress.

To go overboard with the glitter, I added stickles to the body of her dress for some bold sparkle.  Then for just a bit of shimmer, I took my wink of stella glitter pen and added that to the ruffles, her shoulders, eyes and a little bit in her hair.  She definitely shines!
The rest of the card was kept simple with a sweet sentiment and a little bow.

Be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown to see the rest of the teams sparkly creations, and then join in the fun!!
Thanks for visiting! <3

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Best Ship is Friendship

Happy Monday!
We're starting a new challenge today at Paper Makeup and the theme is Water.
We also have a new member to introduce to our team!  Excited to have Billie with us now :)
This was a fun card to make.  I used one of the sailboats from the Sailing By set and layered it onto some Lawn Fawn papers.  I did some swipe stamping (a technique demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire) for the clouds and then cut them out and added a little glitter so they sparkled.

I added a sweet sentiment that I felt fit perfectly with this image.  Pretty simple card, but I love it.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Easter Bunny Treats

Happy Monday!
It's nice to see that spring has arrived...for the next few hours.  Apparently we're supposed to get snow again tonight??  Seriously...I have been loving the super warm temps, the sun shining in my house with the nice cool breeze.  The smell of the world coming alive and the major sneeze attacks that come with it.  So really, it's okay if the snow just never shows up again :)

But it's time to start a new challenge at Paper Makeup and we want to see anything Easter!  I have a hard time making Easter cards.  It's like the one holiday I can never really form any ideas for...so I normally skip over it in the card department and move right on to something else.  But I tried this week :)
I thought this sentiment was so super funny, I just had to use it :)
It's part of the Easter Bunny collection from Paper Makeup, though I can't seem to find it in the store right now.  But it was perfect for a fun simple card this week.

Trying to stick with an Easter theme still, I chose some pastel colored papers and did a bunch of different length flags beneath the image.  I also scored some lines along the outside for a simple border.  But that was it...very simple and still makes me chuckle!

I hope you will join us this week!
Thanks for stopping by! <3

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Missing You Pup

Happy wet and rainy Tuesday!

We're starting a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown, and it seems appropriate for this current season...it's Weather Report!  We want to see you use the elements on your creation!

Our fabulous sponsor is Digital Delights, so I used one of their images I purchased awhile ago on my card.
He just looks so sad...I want to scoop him up in my arms!  I pulled out some of my Lawn Fawn papers and stamps as well to add the sun and clouds to the top of the card.  The little tag is from Lili of the Valley.

I hope you will join us this week!  Be sure to stop by to see the rest of the design teams fabulous creations!  <3

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Dandy Wishes

Happy Monday!
I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!  Matthew asked me out on a date Saturday :)  He took me to see the new Captain America: Winter Soldier move (which rocked!) and then we dined at Houston, which was a really cool bar and grill with the best steak ever!  It was nice to get out and "date" my husband again :)

It's time to start a new challenge at Digi Makeover, and we're back to Anything Goes again as well as putting out our May Guest Designer call!!
If you haven't been able to tell yet...I'm really loving this whole watercolor thing.  It seems to be the first place my mind goes now days when planning a card.  So of course it had to happen on this card.  I saturated my paper and then used 2 shades of yellow to create the background.  Then covered the whole thing in some PearlEx to give it a great sparkle.
Once that was all dry, I printed my images right onto the background and trimmed down the sides to fit my card.  I decided to layer it onto some black card stock to give a nice defined border.  So simple and gorgeous :)  I love all the sparkle!!

Be sure to stop by Digi Makeover and join in the running to possibly be our next Guest Designer!!!
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Sami Stamps - Spring Flowers Release!

TGIF!!!!
Chilly this morning...but I'll take it since this past week has been so incredibly gorgeous and it's only going to get better!  The snow is almost all gone, leaving behind giant puddles everywhere :)  It has been so nice to throw open the slider door each morning and just let the fresh air in!

We have just the perfect release for you today at Sami Stamps!  The new release is Spring Flowers and will just have you longing to get into your garden and pray for those beauties to start popping up!
I loved this release so much, that I requested 3 images to work with...I couldn't get enough of them!
(Warning...long post...maybe grab a snack before you start :) )

For my first card, I've used the image Spring Branch:
 I've been on a bit of a quest lately to branch out my supplies and skills and try new things.  There have been some victories...and some major fails...but I've stuck with the challenge.  While I really love using my simple colored pencils, I have sort of fallen in love with the whole watercolor idea and wanted to try out the watercolor pencils.  Instead of spending way more money than I have on a full set, I decided to just purchase a few pencils to try them out and see if they were something I would want to use.  With this card/image in mind, I picked up a few of the Derwent Inktense pencils from our local art supply store...and fell in love with them!  Oh man where they a dream to color with!

I just love how softly the colors smoothed out over the image.  Definitely will be adding more of those to my wish list!  I paired my flowers with a sweet sentiment from Create with TLC and followed the sketch that we have for our April challenge at Sami Stamps (more on that below).

I would like to enter this Spring Branch card into the following challenges:
    Deep Ocean #74-For a Friend
    Work it Wednesday-Spring

My next card uses the Poppies Bunch image:
I mulled over this one for a long time.  My original plan was to combine this image with another one, but the layout never worked, and I couldn't find the right theme or papers to put it all together, so I canned that idea and started over...and decided to take a more elegant look to the card.

This black background paper has been hoarded in my stash for so long now...I love the pattern and the elegance of it all, and didn't want to use all of it since it's my last piece...but it called to me when I pulled it out of the pile and I knew I had to use it.  The scallop frame was cut with my Silhouette, and then I trimmed down some silver glitter paper and some black card stock to create a frame, so the image would sit down inside, not on top of those mats like normal.

The image has been printed a few times so that I could cut out the different petals and layer them all up for some fun dimension on the flower within it's frame.

Then came the work on the ribbon and buckle.  I didn't want to just layer 2 ribbons together and be done...I wanted it to really pop, so I pulled apart some twine to get just the white part and tied that into a bow, which was then woven through the buckle along with the rest of the ribbon layers.  Trimmed some black ribbon so that they criss-crossed through the buckle, but made sure the twine loops wrapped around into the front.  It took a lot of fiddling to get it just right, but I just love how it turned out!

I would like to enter this Poppies Bunch card into the following challenges:
    The Corrosive Challenge #196-Show us Your Metal
    Crafty Cardmakers #113-You've Been Framed
    Crafty Catz #225-Springtime

Ok, my last card uses the Red Rose image:
I have been trying so hard lately to make more clean and simple cards.  I love them, love how they can be simple yet striking...and a lot of people I know love simpler/flatter cards.  So I challenged myself to take our sketch and work it into a clean and simple card...and it worked!

I adore this card so much!  The blue watercolor along the side was supposed to be a bit more ombre, but it didn't wash down quite as nicely as I wanted...but that's okay cuz it still looks cool :)

For the stamped details, I raided my stamp bin and pulled out a set that I've had forever, stamped the dot stripe and sentiments and then clear embossed them so that they would resist the watercolor and pop through.  Before I added my image, I took a shimmer mist and sprayed the crap out of the card so now when held in the light, it has this awesome shimmer to it.  Plus it added the fun water marks to the blue along the side :)

The image was printed off and colored with my ShinHans markers, then cut out and foam mounted to the card.  Love love love it!

I'd like to enter this Red Rose card into the following challenges:
    A Creative Romance-Spring Flowers
    Loves Rubberstamps #97-Anything Goes
    Stampin for the Weekend-Spring Colors

I know this was an extremely long post...did you make it through?  If so, thanks for sticking it out!
Have you used Inktense pencils before?  The one thing I'm struggling with is when I print my image and use the pencils, the image lines smear...do you know of any way to prevent that?  Maybe it's just how my printer prints...and I have to just deal with it...but tips would be nice :)

Ok, now go check out Sami Stamps to see all the gorgeous creations with this new release, and be sure to join in our sketch challenge this month following this sketch:
Thanks for stopping by!!! <3

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Pappa Bear

Happy Wednesday!
Wanted to quickly share a card that I made today.  I had the most fun making this card!  It came together so quickly and turned out just perfect!
I adore this sweet image from Meljen's Designs...of course, what image from them don't I love?  It's called Pappa Bear and is so precious, I had to throw it onto a Father's Day card.  Of course, I left the usual father's day sentiment off and went with the fun die cut "Dad."  I added a little bit of color to a piece of vellum and stuck that behind the die cut to give a unique coloring to it.

The image is colored with my pencils.  There are a few liquid pearl dots around the image, along with some silver Wink of Stella glitter pen.  I kept the image super soft and simple since the background paper was pretty dark and busy.

A few die cut stars, banners, and buttons finish off the card :)  Loved making this one!

I'd like to enter this card into the Meljen's Designs challenge: Let's Hear it for the Boys!

Thanks for stopping by!!  I love that you came to visit me today :)
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I'd Pick You Twice!

Happy Monday!
I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!  We had a great day of shopping on Saturday followed by yet another snowstorm on Sunday!  I think we got around 6 inches...maybe more!  I'm thankful it's warming up though...we are sitting at 30 degrees right now, but I know it's supposed to get much warmer as the week goes on, and hopefully we can get rid of the snow and move on to Spring!!

Since I've had Spring fever for quite awhile now, and I'm longing to see some flowers blooming, I decided to put them on my DT card for Paper Makeup this week.  Our challenge is to use pastel colors, which is perfect for a spring card.
With our shopping adventure this weekend, I picked up some fun goodies to play around with!  I managed to snag a package of pastel colored distress markers at Michaels for about 60% off!  I also picked up a few distress paints as well so I could coordinate the image with the background.

It was so fun dabbing all that paint on to my watercolor paper and then dousing it with water to see the colors shift and move!  Because this was my first time using these distress paints, I had to make a few attempts in order to get a background that I liked.  Once it was dry, I splattered it with some diluted white ink.

The images I used are from the Color it Summer collection, and the If Friends Were Flowers sentiment.  I used the distress markers for the shading around the flowers and on the edge of the frame.  Of course, I need a little more practice with that...but I love how easy it was to get a nice soft background around my images.

I left the card relatively simple to keep the focus on the fun background, only adding a few pearls and a little ribbon and bow.  Oh, and of course, some glitter pen to the flowers :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Charisma Cardz #7-Clean and Simple
    Creative Fingers #29-Anything Goes
    Sassy Studio #222-Pretty Pastels
    Word Art Wednesday #125-Anything Goes

Stop by Paper Makeup's Digi Makeover challenge to see the rest of our fabulous design teams creations, and then join in the fun!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  <3

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Final Cards for the One Layer Cards Class :)

Hello Everyone!
Today is my final post for the Clean and Simple One Layer Cards class, so I will be sharing several cards with you in this one post.  These are mostly just the practice cards that I've made, at least the ones that turned out relatively okay for me to be comfortable enough showing them to you.  They are far from perfect, each one has it's own problems that I need to work on, but they were still fun to make.

This first card is for the day 1 lessons-Letterpress and Layered Dies
The letterpress didn't work out too well with a white background...but overall the card is really cute.  So I'll have to try it again with a darker background to see if it works better.

This second card is for the day 2 lesson-Stamp layering:
I used the only background stamp that I own for this card, which turned out a lot cooler that I thought.  It's been sitting in my stamp bin for years and I've never touched it till now, but it is a super cool background, so I think I'll be reaching for it a bit more now.  To add to the layered stamping, I used the backside of the sunflower stamps to make an shadow, then stamped the petal details in a slightly darker color.

This third card is also for day 2 but for scenic stamping:
Yes...this card has a lot of things wrong with it...to start, it has a huge border around the outside that is really bugging me!  I did that because when I made the cityscape, I didn't put it all the way up against the edge, so figured I should continue the sky that way.  But it looks horrible.  The stars are overcrowded, and I should have masked off the sentiment somehow so that the stars would be above it as well, and it should be a different color so it would stand out a bit more...I love the shading of the sky though...at least that turned out :)

My final card for today was probably the most fun to make (I made 3 :) )  It's for day 4-Creative Coloring:
I had hoped that the markers would sort of bleed out around the shapes a little more so that the flowers had soft faded edges, but that didn't really happen.  But it was super fun trying this out, and I can see using it a lot since it was so quick and easy to accomplish such a gorgeous card. 

Well, that's it!  You made it to the end :)
Thanks for stopping by to see my creations...the good and the bad :)  <3
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One Layer Cards Class - Day 5/6 Attempts :)

I'm a bit sad that this class is over, but so thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of it and learn so much from the amazing teachers.  I know that each technique will be well used!

For today's cards, I'm combining two days since the final day was showing us how to use one stamp set in multiple ways, and I made both of these cards from the same set.  Since purchasing the Lawn Fawn stamp sets Starry Backdrops and Hello Sunshine, I haven't been able to stop using them!  Somehow they are just perfect for everything I've been making lately.
My first card features embossing powder, or more specific, layered embossing powder.  I love the final glossy look that layering different types of embossing powder gives to the image, and the confetti makes me smile.

I pretty much cased the card example shared with us by Stephanie Klauk because it was so sweet, and I had similar supplies on hand.  Of course, every card I've made for this class has seemed to have some sort of imperfection to it...and for this one it was the big Happy stamp that decided to tilt down before I was ready to fully stamp it...so the letters have little feet under them.  And this is actually my second version of this card...the first one was ruined when the balloon stamp fell out of my hands and stamped a big purple balloon splotch on the outside border.  Adds character I guess? :)

This is my attempt at the Bokeh effect.  I tried to use multiple colors for the raindrops so that it wasn't all just shades of blue, but some of the colors didn't cover well or stamp nicely in second/third generations.  But I do love the glitter stripes down the middle :)

I'll be back again tomorrow with some other random cards that I've made for this class.  There has been so much information shared with us that it has my mind racing.  But, while everything I've learned has been awesome, there are several techniques that I can't do right now due to lack of materials.  But I've been filling in where I can, so you'll see those tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by!
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Because You're So Special

Happy Tuesday!
Starting a new challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown and the theme is to make part of your digi image pop!  That means cutting out and adding dimension to only a portion of the image!  This is a really fun technique, not one that I do often, but I love the effect it can give to a card.
Our fabulous sponsor this week is Pink Cat Studio and they have provided us with a few images to use.  I've chosen to use the Paper Flower Bouquet image and I paper pieced everything on it.  I also went with very spring colored papers for my card.  Here's a better look at the dimension.
I added a single layer of foam tape to the purple flower and a double layer to the orange.  Once everything was adhered down, I went back with some light ShinHan markers to add a little shading to everything.  Finished it all off with some glitter pen (of course :) ) and a sweet circle sentiment from Netty's Cards.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    A Gem of a Challenge #115-Mother's Day/Female Birthday/Special Lady
    Craft Your Passion #206-Mother's Day/For the Ladies
    The Crazy Challenge #167-Flower Frenzy
    Divas by Design-Flower Power
    Ladybug Crafts-For a Special Lady
    Ooh La La #152-To a Special Lady
    Sketch Saturday #302
    That Craft Place-Flowers or Mother's Day
    Word Art Wednesday #124-Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!! <3

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So Tweet

Happy Monday!
I hope you had a fabulous weekend.  We went to the Seattle Sounders vs. Montreal Impact soccer game, which was postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to the crazy snow storm we were hit with. The game was awesome though, and Seattle won!!

So onto our new challenge at Digi Makeover.  We want to see your Thank You cards!  This is always a card theme that I love to send but never have on hand...so it's nice when I get the chance to make a few :)
I used the hummingbird image from the Tweet Things set and colored it in with my ShinHan markers.  And of course, because I'm addicted, I added a bunch of Wink of Stella glitter pen to the wings and tail feathers.  I actually printed the image twice so that I could snip apart the wings and tail feathers to add some dimension to the whole image.

I kept the colors really soft for this card, and I love how it turned out!  I hope you will join us for this fun challenge!!  Be sure to check out the rest of the design teams creations!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    613 Avenue Create #64-Anything Goes/Birds of a Feather
    Artistic Inspirations #84-Anything Goes
    Crafts 4 Eternity #168-Anything Goes
    Creative Fingers #28-Anything Goes w/Glitter
    Deconstructed Sketch #143
    Eclectic Ellapu-Wings
    Word Art Wednesday #124-Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!  <3
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Sami Stamps Easter Fun Release

Yay it's Friday!!  Have any fun plans this weekend?
We are going to try playing Dungeons & Dragons online tonight with some of our Seattle friends, and I'm so excited!!  And tomorrow we have a Seattle Sounders vs. Montreal Impact soccer game to go to!  Gotta love our soccer team :)

So today we have a super adorable new release from Sami Stamps to share with you!  The release is titled Easter Fun and is full of cuteness!  Working with these images just made me long for spring weather even more!
I combined two of the images from this release: Egg Cluster and 4 Spring Chicks.
My goal for the card was to arrange the images so that the eggs were in the background with the chicks up front...but I'm not sure that's how it worked out.  It's still cute though.

I love coloring in ground under my images and each time I do it, I get a little more comfortable adding that step.  But just dirt never looks good, so I always add some grass tufts :)  They just help to place everything on the ground instead of just sitting them in dirt :)

Everything is colored with my ShinHan markers.  I cut out and popped up the chicks a little just for some dimension and stamped a few hearts around just for fun.  The sun was cut out with my Silhouette and layered behind everything so the card really had a springy feel.

Check out the rest of the release at Sami Stamps, and browse through the design teams creations.  You will be blown away!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Catered Crop-Spring Fever
    Crafty Little Fairies-Down on the Farm
    Delightful Challenges-Welcome Spring
    Inky Impressions #151-Think Spring
    Send A Smile 4 Kids-Pastel Colors
    Sentimental Sundays #198-Cute and Cuddly
    Sweet Sunday Sketch #211

Thanks for stopping by!! <3
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One Layer Cards Class - Day 3 Attempts..Finally :)

I really struggled with the lessons and techniques from day 3 of my class.  Not really sure why...it seemed like every attempt that I made got messed up somehow and it was so frustrating!  But the techniques the amazing teachers showed us were too awesome for me to give up on...so I kept trying..and trying...and trying...

While I'm still not completely happy with the results, here are a few of the ones I have liked.
This one started off great..and then I flipped it to start doing the stripes the other way and it all fell apart.  The stripes aren't evenly spaced, I didn't leave enough white stripes so everything ended up just blending together, and the stamping in the middle got all lopsided and didn't impress very well.  But I like the colors and I'm not totally unhappy with it...just needs a few tweaks.

I tried again with a different color combo and tried to consider the first card and the things I wanted to improve on.
The background of this one turned out much better, even with being all shades of pink.  But wouldn't you know it...after inking up and testing out my stamp, when I went to apply it to the card, it didn't impress properly again and part of one corner is missing....ugh!!..
But again, I'm not completely unhappy with it.  The card turned out really cute, and with just a little bit of bling in the corner, it's sort of a keeper.  But it bugs me when the last thing I add is the one that screws up the card.

Oh well...I'll keep working on this technique because it was super fun, though time consuming, and I do like the effect it adds to the background.

Thanks for stopping by!! <3
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