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Go Seahawks!!!

Hey everyone!
Happy Thursday!

We are starting a super fun new challenge today at Meljen's Designs - Team Spirit!!  I had so much fun comping up with my card for this challenge!  Of course, it came together with a few suggestions from my sweet husband :)

Since the super bowl is this weekend, figured I should do something for that.  And if you've been around here for awhile, you know that my heart belongs in Seattle.  So of course I made a card to show my support for our Seattle Seahawks!!...sorry to any Patriots fans reading this :)
I am so stinking happy with how this card turned out!  I had thought for sure that Meljen's Designs had a birdie all dressed up in football gear, but when I couldn't find it, I had to rethink my idea.  Shared a few things with Matthew and he suggested turning the Little Puddle Duck into a Seahawks fan with mud on it's boots :)  So I got my artist on and drew out a simple rug for the ducky to walk across on his way to the match.

He even got a little crazy in his support by dying his feathers to match the Seahawks colors (kinda...I know their colors are a bit darker...but this is what I went with).
He needed to have something in his beak, so I cut out some ovals to represent balloons and colored them up to match the image.  Then glued some string behind them and poked holes around his beak to feed the string through.  It looks so cool!!

I inked up a simple panel in some tumbled glass and broken china and then splattered some water on to get that really cool faded water drop look.  Dried it really quick and then spritzed it with some shimmer mist so the whole panel sparkles.

The sentiment is printed on vellum and white heat embossed.  I did a couple layer so it's nice and thick.  The frame of the card is creatively cut with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card die.  I cut the bottom of the blue panel with one of the Borderline Trios from Mama Elephant.  Finished the whole project off with some coordinating sequins!  Love it so much!!  And I do hope that the Seahawks win!  Best of luck to both teams :)

So be sure to stop by Meljen's Designs to see the other DT's creations, and then join in the fun!!!

And one last time - GO HAWKS!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to Stamps #129-Clean and Simple
    Creative Fingers #64-Anything Goes
    Sentimental Sundays #243-Anything Goes
    Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Sweet Friend

Hello hello!!
I apologize for being so quiet these last few weeks.  Been working on other projects and attempting to reorganize my supplies.  It's a never ending task, but I always feel like I could have a better set up to be more efficient in my work...not sure that will ever actually happen though but I try :)

So we have a new challenge starting today at Tuesday Throwdown, and it's Facets of Crafting!  We want to see anything that has facets on your creation!  So gems, sequins, glitter...etc.

Our awesome sponsor this week is A Day For Daisies and they have graciously provided the DT with gorgeous images!  I chose to use the super sweet Fairy Kitty image.
Are you surprised I chose a cat image?  Lol...of course you aren't!  Cats are my favorite and I love using them on my cards :)

I wanted to keep this cutie nice and soft.  She just looks so fluffy, I just want to smoosh her in my arms.  So I stuck with only a few light shades of grey for the shading, just enough to give her some depth and dimension without distracting from her cuteness.  Then I took a distress marker in evergreen bough I think...and watercolored in her wings.

I have totally fallen in love with this soft sea foam green.  It's so gorgeous!  Fortunately, I had some glittery ribbon that matched it almost perfectly!!  So I grabbed a square ribbon buckle and layered a couple of ribbons through it for some fun sparkle on the card.  I also added a couple of gems in the upper right corner because it was looking a little too empty up there.

Stamped the sweet sentiment and the card was done!!  Oh right, I added a bunch of stardust stickles to the wings for lots of sparkle :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Craft Your Passion #246-Anything Goes
    Fussy and Fancy #131-Things with Wings
    Robyn's Fetish #247-Animals
    Sentimental Sundays #243-Anything Goes
    Word Art Wednesday #167-Anything Goes

Be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown to see the rest of the design teams creations, and then join in the fun!!!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Happily Ever After

Happy Friday!
It's time for another fantastic release from Sami Stamps!  This weeks release is Floral Brides!  A great collection full of gorgeous brides!  I just love these images!

I chose to work with the Lily Bride image:
She is just so gorgeous.  Absolutely loved coloring her in.  I started by lightly shading in her dress with a very soft grey color and then blending it almost completely out.  I didn't want a lot of color but just enough to give some definition.  Then I took a clear/silver glitter pen and added little dot details around the bodice and lower hem to represent all the lovely bead and jewel work that is on so many wedding dresses.  It's not a lot of detail, but I think it adds the right amount of sparkle.

I didn't want the flowers to be too overpowering, so I just did some light pink and yellow blending on those and kept them really soft.  Once those were done, I went over the veil and the flowers with a glitter brush.

The background is really simple.  I die cut some heart borders from Joy! Crafts out of vellum and glued them down to a simple heart patterened paper.  I colored in a few of the hearts in the background with the same clear/silver pen I used on the dress.

Finished the card off with a sweet sentiment from the Clearly Besotted-Elegant Butterflies stamp set and a few pearls.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Crafty Catz #262-New Beginnings
    Fab n Funky #242-Something New
    The Paper Shelter #186-Punches or Dies

Be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to see the full release, along with with all of the DT's absolutely gorgeous creations!!  You will be left speechless :)

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Lovely

Happy Thursday!
Boy do we have quite the challenge for you today at Meljen's Designs...well it was a huge challenge for me anyhow.  Shabby Chic!  Oy...that is one style I have never been able to figure out.  That and vintage...they just don't pop into my mind as styles I would use.  So trying to step out of my comfort zone and put something together for this challenge was the ultimate task.

I still don't know if my card can qualify as shabby chic...I did the best I could with the info I was able to gather...let me know your thoughts :)
Everything I saw when I did a shabby chic search was soft colors and lacy edges.  I don't have much lace on hand and what I do have didn't really work.  This paper was purchased last year but it is one of my ultimate favorites.  I use it sparingly, but it seemed to fit this weeks theme so I pulled it out and did some stitching around the outside edge.

For my focal point, I used the Sweet Lace Heart from Meljen's Designs and printed it on vellum.  I did that so I could heat emboss it in white :)  The image was printed twice, once for the whole image, and once for just the inner heart.

I die cut a bunch of little hearts and stuck them between the two layers before hand stitching the zig zag design to seal the layers together.  It's cute and soft with some fun detail in the middle.  The hearts don't shake around really but that's ok.

I finished it off with a cute little wood cut piece I got from the dollar bin at Michaels.  Colored it with a pink marker so it would match the papers, and then added a few pearls.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Penny's Paper Crafty #210-Anything Goes
    Word Art Wednesday #166-Anything Goes

I hope you've enjoyed this card!  Please be sure to stop by Meljen's Designs and join in the challenge!!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Be My Love Bug

Hello again!
We have a new challenge starting today at Tuesday Throwdown!  It's an awesome sketch!!
For my card, I decided to revisit my past blog posts and try to remake a card.  Our sponsor this week is The Cutting Cafe so I went way back to a post from my first few months of blogging and settled on remaking my Butterfly Hugs card.

I drew inspiration from the background papers, how they all had some sort of dot on them and used my new Simon Says Zig Zag Dots stencil.  I added sparkly embossing powder and heat set that once it was all dry.  To keep with the blue theme from my past card, I used some blue and teal watercolors over the background and let them moosh together.

While that dried, I cut out my doily type frame along with the scallops and image pieces.  I've used the Animal and Bug Love Stamp Set.  The butterflies are colored in with watercolor pencils and a shimmer water brush, along with glossy accents on the hearts.

I die cut out a banner and stamped/heat embossed my sentiment and then adhered it below my image.  In keeping with the frame of the original card, I cut out a scallop border base with my Silhouette.

While it is completely different from my original card, I totally love it!  The butterflies could be a little bit bolder...I should have added a few more layers of color..but other than that, the card is awesome!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    2 Cute Ink #121-Going Buggy
    Crafts 4 Eternity #208-Blue Tones
    Crafty Cardmakers #130-Something Old, Something New
    Crafty Catz #261-Polka Dots
    Word Art Wednesday #165-Anything Goes

So be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown and join in our fun sketch challenge!!
 
 Thanks for visiting!! <3
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XOXO

Hello hello!
It's my day to post over at Meljen's Designs!  If I haven't said it before, I just love being a part of this team!  The ladies there are just amazing, and the images Melissa draws up melt my heart every time.  It actually makes it a little difficult to decide what image to use for my challenge and DT day cards.  I usually run through about 4 or 5 card ideas before finally settling on one to work up.

That was totally the case with this card. I had so many ideas in my head that I didn't get this one finished until late last night because it took me so long to decide what to do!  Lol...but it turned out perfect!
The only thing I'm not happy with is the fact that the watercolor paper isn't white...I love the Strathmore watercolor paper...but the slightly off/cream color that it has is a struggle for me because I like having bright whites on my cards.  I usually try to cover it all up with another color if I'm going to have patterned papers on the card, but it didn't really work out for this card.

I started this card by die cutting the striped panel in the background with the Falling Hearts Die from Simon Says Stamp.  I got this for Christmas and absolutely love it!!  I lined that sheet with some black cardstock so the hearts would pop out a bit from the busy colored stripes.

Printed off the XOXO Stitches image and colored it in with some watercolor pencils.  I used my wink of stella glitter brush pen (refilled with water) and spread the watercolor around to give a nice shaded look.  The whole thing is so sparkly!  I love it!  I did use a really soft pink around the whole outside of the image to try and cover up the cream paper, but it was so light that it just kind of got lost back there...

To decorate the card, I added a few scallops cut with my Borderlines Trio die from Mama Elephant.  I cut out a little notch in the top corner and added a little scallop oval and a button, and then finished everything off with some black and white twine.

I had planned on this card being more masculine, but it's not really.. Just a perfect card for Valentine's Day :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Send a Smile 4 Kids-Valentine's/Love 
    Simon Says Stamp-Something New
    SugarPea Designs Sketch 18
    The Crazy Challenge #188-Buttons

Thanks for stopping by!!  Have a fabulous day! <3

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Thankful For You

Happy Saturday!!
I hope your weekend has started out awesomely! :)
We did a little shopping and then settled into our pajamas!  There's a lot of snow outside and the temps are close to being unbearable, so jammies and relaxing at home were the perfect solution.

I haven't done much crafting lately...to be honest.  I've been trying to figure out what my focus will be.  This whole craft adventure was a way for me to work with my passion daily once we moved to Montreal.  It's been so much fun, but taken a little bit of a toll...I think I put too much pressure on being perfect instead of enjoying the fun that is to had with crafting.  I still don't know what direction I'm going, or what my focus will be.  I know for sure that I want to keep exploring, experimenting, and improving my watercolor skills.  That was something that I completely fell in love with in my first art class in high school and that love was re-awakened this past year into my cards, and I love that!  So I'm sure you will see many more watercolor pieces showing up on my blog.  Including today's card :)

When I saw that Newton's Nook was having a flash challenge, I knew I had to join in since I just adore that company!
I combined a few of their stamps:  Newton's Antics and Newton's Daydream.  They have been watercolored to resemble my little Storm and Cloud.  Those two used to be best buds until we adopted Ezio.  They still get along, but Cloud tends to stay away from both of the boys now.  But I can't ever resist coloring them together on my cards.

The watercolors didn't turn out quite how I wanted them.  The black was a little hard to work with, and the colors on Cloud just sort of mushed all together into a blob...
But they are still adorable and it just gives me something to keep working on :)

The background was made with the Triangle Pattern background die from Simon Says Stamp.  This particular piece was actually used as a stencil to make a bunch of cards for Christmas gifts, and at the end all that pretty blue looked so good, I just couldn't throw it away.  It had to go on a card.  And it was perfect for this one!

I followed the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and combined a few patterned papers to go behind my kitties.  I stamped the sweet sentiment from the Lots of Thanks stamp set from Simon Says into the thought bubble from the Newton's Daydream set and cut that out.  I added a little light blue watercolor to make it fit in with the sky a little.  Finished the whole thing off with some Simon Says Stamp Moonshine sequins.  I turned some upside down to be the centers of the flowers too!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Freshly Made Sketches #168

    Newton's Nook-Thank You
    Simon Says Stamp-Something New (both the triangle background die, and the thank you stamps are new!  Got them for Christmas :) )

I hope you enjoyed this card!!  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend! <3

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Sending Hugs

Happy New Year!
Hard to believe it is already 2015!  The start of the new year brings new challenges your way as well!  Starting with Meljen's Designs!  We've made this weeks challenge easy for you since we probably all are still recuperating from holiday vacations, so it's Anything Goes!
I kept my card pretty simple.  Been fighting a head cold the last few days and didn't have much energy to stand around too long.  But I still wanted to play with some of the new goodies I received for Christmas :)

I pulled out the Falling Hearts die from Simon Says and created a stencil with it so I could ink up the hearts and also add a layer of clear embossing powder over top so they would shine.

The image I've used is the adorable new Fluffy Baby Penguin.  I just love this cutie!!!  Colored him all up with my markers and added some glitter pen to the heart and his cheeks.  A couple of stripes of glitter ribbon behind the image finish off the card nicely.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will join in this fun challenge!!  <3

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Thanks From The Heart

Hello!!
I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!!  I'm still visiting family in Michigan, but scheduled this post so that you could see another one of the adorable new images from Sami Stamps!

This card features the Frosty Love image:
I adore this cute snowman!  The hearts hanging from his (or hers?) limbs are so perfect, and make it easy to use this image for occasions other than winter or Christmas!  That's what I decided to do for my card.  I went with a more lovey/thanks type card.  A few days ago, I saw a post from Sandy Allnock with a pink winter sky background...how awesome!  I had to give it a try and this card seemed perfect for that.

I went with black and pink, not sure why, but they just looked so good together.  I inked up my sky background in some softer colors.  I didn't want it to be harsh and dark but soft and lovely :)

Once I printed out and colored up my image, I trimmed around it and mounted it onto the inked up background, which I drew some little hearts onto for fun :)  I stamped the simple little "thanks" along the bottom of his belly and then heat embossed the rest of the sentiment underneath.  Glossy accents were added to the hearts and his eyes for some shine, and that was it!!

Love love love this new release from Sami Stamps!!  Go check it out!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Chubby Snowman

Happy Friday!
I hope everyone has had a lovely week!  We are off on our Christmas vacation to Michigan!  Going to be a busy week, but it will be nice to be with family for the holiday.

We have yet another amazing release from Sami Stamps today!  They just keep getting better and better!  This week is all about our favorite winter friend-Snowmen!!

I chose to use the Chubby Frost image for my card:
He's just so cute and round, I couldn't help but snag him up.  I went with traditional Christmas colors for my card.  Seems I haven't done many of those yet...been using a lot of blue for my Christmas cards...so it felt nice to put these colors together again.

The whole card is very simple...I've been running around like a mad woman trying to get everything ready for us to leave, and had a trillion other cards to get done as well...but I still love how it turned out!  I added a few vellum snowflakes around the top with a sequin and gem in the center for some sparkle.

This chubby guy looked like he needed to be holding a banner.  So I stamped out a sentiment on vellum again, cuz I didn't want to cover him up, and glued it across the span of his twig arms.  Finished it all off with some glitter on his hat and glossy accents on his buttons and eyes!!

Be sure to visit Sami Stamps to check out this adorable release and to see the other Amazing DT creations!  I'll have another scheduled post next Friday to show another one of the images from this release, so don't forgot to stop by!!

Merry Christmas! <3

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Merry Christmas!!

Happy Tuesday!
I hope everyone has had a lovely week so far! I am frantically scrambling around the apartment trying to get everything finished that I need to before we head out to Michigan for Christmas.  It's crazy!  Always feels like I should have more time...and then it's all gone!

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!  I will have a few scheduled posts pop up over the next few weeks, so don't forgot to visit!  But do take some time to step away from the computer and enjoy your families during the holidays!! <3

Today we start our final challenge of the year at Tuesday Throwdown!  We will be on a 2 week break after this challenge for Christmas, but we'll be back January 6!
Our challenge this week is Anything Christmas!
We're excited to have our very own CraftyGirl sponsoring this weeks challenge!  Be sure to check out her CraftyGirl Creations shop!

For my card, I have used the lovely Merry Christmas Holly 1 image.  It's been colored in with my markers very simply.  I tried to do a little shading on the letters.  Once the image was colored, I covered everything in a couple layers of clear glitter brush and a generous amount of glossy accents!  Getting the glossy accents on was a lot of work...but I found if I put a big glob through the middle of the letter and then pushed it around with a pin, it worked out pretty well.

Once that was completely dry, I added in some distress ink around the edges for some fun depth.  Because the image was covered with the glossy accents, it resisted all the distress ink, leaving my image still nice and crisp!  I also went over all the swirls with a black Wink of Stella glitter brush for a little more sparkle.

The rest of the card came together really smooth.  I wanted the image to take center stage so I only added a little bit of twine and some scallop edges to pop it up from the green background.

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

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Happy Howl-idays: Take 2

Happy Friday!!!
One more week and we will be on the nice long drive to Michigan to spend Christmas with our families!  It's coming so much faster than I'm ready for it to...so got to keep myself moving!  Lots to do over the next week :)

Last week we had a fabulously cute release over at Sami Stamps.  Totally adorable puppies and kitties, just perfect for Christmas.  I chose to use the Present Pups image for the release.  Those 3 little cuties just called my name.  But unfortunately, I didn't make a card that really showcased them well enough.  I just didn't like it, and I knew I needed to redo it to give my best work to Sami...she deserves that from me.

So I tried again :)
Ah, much better :)  It's not perfect...I know.  It feels a little empty, but at the same time, I knew that I couldn't put anything else on it.

I decided to keep the coloring of the puppies the same.  They turned out so cute on the first card, that I just wanted to stick with the same colors.  I did darken up the present box they are in though to try and work it a little better with the darker papers I've used.  I kept the sentiment the same as well, and tried my best to heat emboss it...but it dried too quickly for me to get the powder to stick.  So I went over the whole thing with a Wink of Stella glitter brush which added just enough moisture to the top so I could quickly sprinkle the powder on letter by letter.  It worked, and I'm happy with it :)

Since our challenge this month at Sami Stamps is Christmas Embellishments, and I used jingle bells on the last card, I opted for something different.  These creamish colored snowflakes worked really well and matched the color scheme.  And that's it for the details!  Still a pretty simple card, but I love it so much more.  It just flows a lot better :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Chocolate Coffee Cards #80-Christmas
    Crafts 4 Eternity #206-Christmas
    Crafty Catz #259-Last Minute Christmas
    Creative Fingers #60-Anything Goes/Traditional Christmas
    Divas by Design-Seeing Red
    Fab n Funky #241-Christmas
    The Corrosive Challenge #214-Anything Goes
    The Crazy Challenge #186-Christmas

Thanks for stopping by!  <3

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I Miss You

Happy Wednesday!!
It's my DT day over at Meljen's Designs!!  I had a ton of fun putting this card together!  It felt nice to step away from Christmas cards for a little bit, even though I'm right back at them today :)
I laid out most of the details on this card in my post at Meljen's Designs, so I'll just touch on a few points here.  I've really been digging my watercolors!  Can't get enough of them!  So of course I snagged them for the background on this card.  I love the soft watery blue, it's just so pretty!

The adorable image is Heart Strings Parasol from Meljen's Designs.  I've colored it in lightly with my ShinHan markers before adding some glitter brush to the edges and a few liquid pearls for detail.  The hearts were die cut from some glitter paper and glued down with glossy accents.

I drew a lot of inspiration for this card from the Time Out Challenge this week.  One part that I totally loved about the inspiration card was the sentiment and how one word really stood out.  I don't have many sentiments like that, so decided to try and miss-match a few.  I ended up using a stamp from the WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals, and the "You" from the Simon Says Stamp You Are Pawesome set to create my sentiment.  And I love it!  They aren't a perfect match to coordinate together, but they are both fancy and I just love them together!

And of course, no card these days is complete without glitter.  So I bordered the whole panel with some sparkly blue glitter paper :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Card Mania #61-Favorite Color Combo (right now it's blue and silver...can't get enough of it!)
    Penny's Paper Crafty #207-Anything Other Than Christmas
    Sassy Studio #258-All That Glitters
    Time Out #20-CASE Amy Wanford
    Word Art Wednesday #162-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  I truly appreciate that you took a little time from your day to visit <3

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Happy Howl-idays!!

Happy Friday!!!
It is time for another fabulous release from Sami Stamps!  Woot Woot!!  I can never get enough of her releases and they are always so perfect!  This release is no different.  It's a Christmas Mix release and definitely one you want to go check out!

I decided to use Present Pups for my release card.
To be honest...this card doesn't sit right with me.  Something is just off with it and I'm not sure what...maybe the checker background...the colors?  I'm not sure.  I still like it, but feel I could have done something different to make it much better.

To start, I took a couple shades of red distress ink and blended out the background before spritzing it with some shimmer mist.  I had the checkerboard panel cut out from a different card idea and grabbed that to place over top of the reds.  Maybe white wasn't the right color?...I don't know.

The image was the most fun to work with!  Since I don't have puppies, I had to sift around for some coloring inspiration and settled on a rescue organization out in Washington called Panda Paws Rescue.  I've been following them on Facebook for awhile now and my heart goes out to them for all the work they do with the pups that they rescue.  Amazing people there!!

They have a few dogs that I just adore-Duncan Lou "Dubs", Effie, and Maggie Simpson.  I did my best to color in my pups to represent these 3 adorable cuties :)

The card was finished off with a button strung with some red twine and a couple of jingle bells, and a perfectly fitting sentiment from Create with TLC.  I printed the sentiment onto vellum so I could heat emboss it with some black sparkle powder.

Be sure to stop by Sami Stamps today!  We are starting a new challenge and we want to see your Christmas Embellishments!!  I've been using snowflakes a lot lately, so I opted for the jingle bells this time around.  But you can use anything you feel represents a Christmas embellishment!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    DigiStamps4Joy #105-Christmas
    Pattie's Creations #105-Christmas Cards
    Simon Says-Christmas/Holidays
    Sweet Sunday Sketch #247
    Totally Gorjuss #264-Christmas Animals

Thanks for stopping by! <3

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