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Sunday, May 28, 2017

THEME CHALLENGE!!! BLOOMS!

💗Welcome to a very special PIP Challenge! Usually our challenges are anything goes, but when a Monday falls as the 5th Monday of that month . . . . . . Theme music please!! 
Monday May 29th's design challenge is BLOOMS!!! 
Di's Digi's thought this was a great idea too & is sponsoring our prize this week ~ click the link to check them out & if you're in the mood drop them a note of thanks for sponsoring our PIP Challenge :)


Interpret it how you like, think outside of the box if you dare!  For me, I went literal ;) I am also in love with these wonderful stamps From Unity Stamp Co.
 
I loved the idea of the ghost image behind the gold embossed heart so I stamped (embossed in black) & water colored the shoe image and then on vellum I embossed and colored the gold heart w/flowers making sure of placement before I trimmed.


In the heart of the flower I used prismatic glitter and a few bronze/gold flakes. They really catch the light!

I mounted the vellum right up against the image using a thin double stick tape which does double duty as a soft border and left some overhang on the vellum for another border affect on the dark blue.

"Missing you lots" sentiment is embossed in pale blue on a Spellbinders die cut click to go to one of my FAVORITE discount retailers!!    

Another blossom is my oldest daughter whom inspired this card!  A teen whose left home & blooming in the big city.  As graduation draws near I was thinking a card like this might touch the hearts of a lot of parents out there 💗💗💗
if you would like to seem MORE on Stamped Vellum over Stamps click :)

Have a great week!! Message me with your orders ~ I'm looking forward to seeing you in the PIP Challenge :)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Birds and Bokeh

Good morning!  I love this time of year when the morning air is still cool but you can sleep with the windows open all night!!  The birds are my alarm clock and the morning light is the most beautiful of the day!

That's what has inspired this card.  I made the background to mimic an out of focus rose bush with splotches of smeared distress inks and then I used my circle dies to make stencils and Versamarked them in -  embossing the damp ink with clear powder. 

To me it looks just like the bokeh of sunshine on dew in the early morning :) 

I wanted the whole thing to stay "airy" so when I cut the frame I kept it hollow, & added some other die cuts - birds, greenery - a label stamped with leaves and a great sentiment (an oldie from Stampin' Up!)

To give it just a little more of a delicate look I decided to add another frame behind the first.  This die cut is from Poppystamps "Bailiwick Background" & has delicate vines twining around in it. 
Inside the card, antiqued the edges and added a strip of
ribbon that matches the "flavor" & colors of the card
 




Ahhh... so fresh and pretty ~ hope you all get a chance to enjoy the beautiful mornings before the full heat of Summer hits!! 

'The flowers have already appeared in the land; The time has arrived for pruning the vines, And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.


  


Places where I have shared this project:  POWER POPPY by Marcella Hawley May Challenge

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Graduation Season Cards




CONGRATS GRADS!


This great card was made with Unity Stamp Co Set "You Did Good" ~ there is also a female graduate "Graduation Wishes". 






I thought they would look great with water colors.  They are so soft and pretty and can match every school's colors!
  
Inside the card!
  








Special orders welcome 
 I have soooo many great sentiments and Male or Female Graduate.  Just let me know what colors & if you'd like lighter, med or darker skin tone 😊

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Missing You Card for PIP Challenges #1720


Hello & Welcome to PIP Challenge Design Team Member (that's me!!)

INSPIRATION CARD!

This Week our challenge sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps! They always offer such generous prizes and they also provided me with this adorable digital image!!



I can think of so many ways to use this image but I really loved the missing you aspect because of the pretty little home scene!  To make my sentiment I just chose a font in "Word" and sized it to fit my image, printed it with enough space to do the die cutting I'd planned and - tada!! - all done!

A friendly reminder: I sprayed this with workable fixative before I started coloring. Last time I tried hair spray and although it worked I can tell you I like the way colors move on the fixative better. I used a marker to draw in the wall paper lines and the color went on smooth & soft.  I tried this again on a stamped card (so no need for fixative) and the marker left overlap marks and was much more intense - not the look I was going for so the Workable Fixatif might be fun to use on other projects as well :)

I used this die to cut the label shapes (check it out on Amazon - AMAZING price!!) and embossed coral paper with a Sizzix embossing folder.
https://www.mftstamps.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Nuvo+jewel+drops







https://www.mftstamps.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=NUVO+glitter+dropsThe really fun part? Figuring out where to use some Nuvo Drops!! The purple- Nuvo Glitter Drops in Purple Rain- and the orange - something brand new Nuvo JEWEL Drops in Orange Marmalade.  Wowzers!! These are so pretty I wanted to put them everywhere!! The jewel drops are kinda see through and the colors are amazing :)

 
Hopefully you're feeling inspired and I look forward to seeing your entry in this weeks PIP Challenge!!! 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Perrr-fect Country Greetings & PIP Challenge #1718

Welcome to another PIP Challenge - #1718 !!

As always the theme is anything goes ! Our sponsor is MHK Designs and all you have to do is go to the PIP Challenge Page and link up your current project image :)  MHK has generously provided the images for this week's challenge inspirations and they are giving our winner free images too!!
I am a farm girl and I just fell in love with this vintage image! It & the sentiment are perfect for my dear friend whom I don't get to see much, so next best thing . . . happy mail :)

   
I am new to digital stamping so I thought I would share some of the things I like best about it.  It is really pretty amazing how you can make an image whatever size you'd like.  For this card I set out purposefully to combine several images and on different scales.  I wrote notes on the photos so just CLICK ON THEM TO ENLARGE FOR EASIER READING if your interested.  The program I use is outdated, but I can really do a lot with it. I'm sure there are even more options with newer programs, so you'll have lots of fun exploring that!!

CHALK :)
I used a couple of uncommon elements - extra wide gold crepe paper under the image and also in the flower, paired with tulle.  The green pattern paper is actually a napkin from a friends shower. (I love this color ~ I wish I could've taken a stack of them!!!)

 








I had a little fun with the back of the card instead of the traditional open close card. I die cut the edge of a triangle and put it down as a pocket, then inserted a note card. I'm frugal & I thought if Cris wants to re-gift it, this way she could. {{ I hate the thought of homemade cards getting thrown away!!! }}







Thursday, April 27, 2017

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(if you need help spending it I'll be happy to help :)



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Have Faith!!



DON'T            LOSE           HOPE!!! 

'nuf said!

Quick rundown: All Unity Stamps, gold heat emboss over vellum over stamped and colored white cardstock, beige and lavender pearl accents

PS ~ Want something you see? Special orders? Just leave a note in the comments ;)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A New PIP Challenge!!

Hooray! Another week and another chance to win at PIP Challenges! Challenge #1716 is anything goes  and our sponsor this week is Sasayaki Glitter

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/SasayakiGlitterLots of great digital images available, just click the picture to follow the link. 

To remove the snowflakes I selected the freehand painting
tool, selected white and colored over each snowflake.
This digi image was generously donated to me by Sasayaki Glitter to demonstrate for you. I went pretty straight forward with it. Printing on regular white cardstock & coloring it. I did remove the snow flakes from her PJ top since I wanted to make more of a spring flavored project.


On finding this quote I knew it would be a great for an under the weather kid who is home or sick in bed. I think wrapping it inside a book will make an uplifting gift!! I simply added it to the stamp image as I was sizing it for print on a Word Doc.

I didn't do much to the back, a simple sentiment and room for a quick love note!!  Some wonderful beads, ribbon and lace to poke out of the book!  I love drippy tassels 🌠


             



              

Easter Blessings to You!

🐰Happy Easter.  He is risen indeed!!!  Have a wonderful day 💮