Thursday, May 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop: Always be strong



I have a couple new Papertrey Ink goodies that are NBUS so I thought I'd better join in the May Hop Fun:



Such a pretty inspiration photo...I struggled with the muted colors, tossed 2 cards and finally settled on this one:


I absolutely LOVE the Courage & Kindness stamp set!  I love how it has single images but also the images that help you stamp out everything in a scenery.  Those are the stamps I used.  The sentiments in this set are wonderful.


I don't have any PTI inks but if you're interested in the colors I used, they're Fresh Inks:

Blush - Charcoal - Succulent - Kale - Pear

I can't wait to hop around and be thoroughly inspired!

Happiest of Birthdays!



So, be patient with me as a search for a sweet spot in the house for photography.  The boy took the camera that I use for blog photos and although I have another Nikon to use, I can't seem to get the settings quite right.  

I generally don't make my own cardbases...sigh, I'm lazy and I average 7+ cards a week so I buy the Memory Box A2 cardbases.  I was eyeing a package of Stampin' Up Cucumber Crush cardstock and decided to whip up a base, you all know how much I ADORE green:


I've really downsized my Stampin' Up products but my go to seems to be Birthday Blooms.  Can you tell that I teamed up Soft Sky with the Cucumber Crush 💚


My card was inspired by TGIF Challenges:   


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May Guest Designer: Color Throwdown - Oh Hello There




I'm so excited to be a May Guest Designer for Color Throwdown!  I'm a huge fan of their challenge!  Check out this week's inspiration:


Perfect, my two favorite colors, green + grey....staple colors in my wardrobe!  Here's how I was inspired:


I combined the Reverse Confetti Lead + Lime Green cardstock.  I stamped up some of the fun images from the Figures of Speech stamp set and also used the coordinating confetti cuts.  I inked up the Lotsa Dots Stencil with Lime Green ink.  On the Lead panel I used the So Many Stars set with Stormy Ink.


All the speech bubbles are on foam dimensions.  This is a great gender neutral card.

My design was inspired by the May Reverse Confetti SFYTT:


Such a fun challenge!  We hope you join along too:  Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD444 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd444 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

Make sure you check out the fabulous Color Throwdown team...

Katie Mowery, Guest Star Stamper  


You Go, Gull!




I recently ordered a bunch of goodies from Ellen Hutson LLC.  Check out the MFT Seaside Seagulls:


I love puns and the Seaside Seagulls is full of them.  Cracks me up!  I knew that I wanted to team it up with the Essentials by Ellen Wonky Backdrops.  This set is a must-have!  I inked it up with the Hero Arts Soft Sky to Indigo Ombre' pad.





I can't believe that I didn't focus on that lovely tea cup...I'll be back with another card.  This time around I concentrated on the color palette.



Monday, May 22, 2017

The Heart Desires: You Make Me Happy





I'm up on The Heart Desires with a quick card trio!  I'd love for you to visit me over on the blog!  Here's a peek at some of my supplies:




Reverse Confetti: You anchor me



So I've been on a huge nautical kick lately:


I decided to use my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors and whip up a background.  The Reverse Confetti Cloud White cardstock takes watercoloring really well.  I added the Flowers for Mom confetti cuts in Sand and Cloud White.  The sentiment is from the Seaside stamp set which has been stamped in Navy.  Love the fun pop of Brick from the Seaside anchor confetti cuts.


I was inspired by Fusion:



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Adjusted her sails




Hello!  So, I have a bunch of pattern paper, whether it is 12x12 or in 6x6 pads...I have a ton of both.  So I decided I wanted to play with the Carta Bella Yacht Club and this is how I was inspired:


I used the retired Verve Stamps, Adjusted Sails stamp.  I aged the papers with Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber.   The sentiment has been stamped with Hero Arts Navy Shadow Ink.


I used a wood veneer anchor and tied it off with Red Twine from the T$spot.

I'm linking up to Mojo Monday:



Saturday, May 20, 2017

To Bee Or Not To Bee Blog Hop!





Hello and Welcome to the:  To Bee Or Not To Bee Blog Hop!  I'm so excited to have been invited to take part in this hop to support bees and to raise public awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products.  We are also supporting the initiation of the Slovenian Beekeepers' Association.  May 20th is declared World Bee Day by the United Nations (UN).

Prizes!  Here are all the fantastic companies and artists that are supporting this blog hop with their incredible generosity:


Crafty Sentiment Designs, 3 Digital Images of winner’s choice
Create a Smile, 25€ Gift Certificate to the Store
Gerda Steiner Designs, $15 Gift Certificate to the Store
Happy Little Stampers, $20 Gift Certificate to the Store
Jane’s Doodles, 3 Stamp Sets (in stock) of winner’s choice
Kitty Bee Designs, 1 Digital Image of winner’s choice
Lawn Fawn, $25 Gift Certificate to the Store
Little Miss Muffet Stamps, $10 Gift Certificate to the Store
Sasayaki Glitter, 1 Digital Image of winner’s choice
STAMPlorations, $20 Gift Certificate to the Store
Sue Hastead of Tanglemouse Cards, 6 x 6 paper pad
Uniko, Clear Stamp Set (in stock) of winner’s choice


Milka is also giving away a prize: Jane’s Doodles ‘Daisies’ stamp set.

14 prizes will be given away to 14 winners.

For your chance to win, all you have to do is hop along blogs of the participating designers and leave comment on each blog hop stop.

You can enter the giveaway until Saturday, May 27th (12 AM, CEST +2 UTC).


Milka will announce winners on her blog on Wednesday, May 31st. Winners have to confirm prizes in a week. Unconfirmed prizes will be redrawn. 

You should have arrived here from the Uniko blog, that is where  the awesome Beverly Brown is sharing a project!  The fun starts at Milka Gubo's blog, a big shout out to Milka for coordinating this fun event!   You'll want to leave comments along the way for a chance to win!

I couldn't wait to get started and decided to combine the Hero Arts Busy As A Bee set with the Color Layering Poppy set.


To really let that bee be the star of the show, I surrounded him with reds, making his yellow POP.  I inked up the Honeycomb Stencil with Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber.  The Color Layering Poppy has been inked up with:



Can you spy the smidge of glitter on the bee wings?  This card has been been narrowed to 3.75 inches by 5.5 inches.

Here are a couple fun bee facts:

Honeybees are responsible for pollinating approx 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the U.S.

Bees communicate with each other by dancing and by using pheromones (scents).

Honeybees never sleep!

I was inspired by:



Next up is the wonderful Kathy Curry!