Thursday, May 24, 2018

Fusion Card Challenge - Coral Flowers

I hope you're having a great day! Are you looking for a challenge to play? A new challenge begins at Fusion Card Challenge today! Here's the inspiration for this time! It's called Coral Flowers! 
I'm usually attracted to the photo first. I love the striped background, dimensional flowers and soft colors. Maybe you don't care for the photo? That's ok - play along using only the sketch portion of the challenge. If you're feeling really clever you can FUSE the two together! 
I almost started water coloring stripes on paper, and then I remembered this Big Stripes Cover Panel from Reverse Confetti. It makes the perfect background for this challenge! 
You know I love die cuts! So I cut lots of Flowers For Mom Confetti Cuts in pink, white and orange. I added enamel dots for the flower centers to add a little bling. 
The die cut "Happy Birthday" is from the Sentiment Essentials set. I added some extra Leafy die cut sprigs in Lime and Avocado to add even more color. 
Now it's your turn! Click here to jump to the Fusion Card Challenge blog where you'll see more designs from the rest of the team and get all the details on how to link up your own design! We can't wait to see what you make!




Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Reverse Confetti Sentiment Essentials
Dies | Reverse Confetti Sentiment Essentials, Leafy, Flowers For Mom, Big Stripes Cover Panel



Sentiment Essentials
Sentiment Essentials

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Sentiment Essentials CC
Sentiment Essentials CC

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Big Stripes Cover Panel
Big Stripes Cover Panel

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Flowers For Mom
Flowers For Mom

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Leafy CC
Leafy CC

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Spellbinder's Shapeabilties - First Adventure


Today I'm playing along at CASology - the cue word this week is THRILL.  A thrill is the sudden feeling of excitement or pleasure.   My card today features a child's discovery.  I don't know if it was more thrilling for my kids to discover something, or for me to share in their delight and think to myself "my goodness.. my child is amazing!"  It truly is a wonderful world with little thrills and pleasures to be found everywhere - every single day.  All you need to do is look! 
Spellbinders was one of the first companies I fell in love with when I started crafting several years ago. Their nested window dies were innovative and exactly what I was looking for - an easy way to cut stamped images. The quality has always been excellent and it still is today.  But as more companies have their own coordinating dies I've rediscovered Spellbinders.  They're still creating innovative new designs that are unique and beautiful.

You can see the latest release here. They have an amazing collection of silhouette dies created by Sharyn Sowell perfect for celebrating precious moments like baby's first birthday, playtime, tea party with teddy, and this one called First Adventure.

I created a simple distress ink background for this clean die cut image cut from white card stock. I love this image of a child discovering the little bird on the foliage, it brings back many heartfelt memories.

If you haven't checked out Spellbinders in a while it's time to give them another look! 



Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamp | Altenew Sweet Friend
Die | Spellbinders Shapeabilities First Adventure



Shapeabilities First Adventure
Shapeabilities First Adventure
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Pretty Petunias

I had some time to play today and felt like doing some coloring! I found this challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments
As soon as I saw the colors I thought of raspberry flowers with olive leaves on a mist sky background! If you love to color, the clean line drawn flowers from Pretty Pink Posh are just for you. There are several to choose from - fuchsias, cherry blossoms, wild rose, and the ones I used today... petunias. 
First I colored the Pretty Pink Posh Petunias with Copic Markers. I arranged them around a Scallop Oval die cut. 
The blue background was created with distress ink in Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. The sentiment is from the Encouraging Greetings sentiment stamp set. 
The Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins are my favorite ! They're so sparkly and match everything. They come in lots of different sizes and remind me of dew drops when added to floral images. 

I hope you have a wonderful day!




Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Pretty Pink Posh Encouraging Greetings, Pretty Petunias
Dies | Pretty Pink Posh Pretty Petunias, Scallop Ovals
Sequins | Sparkling Clear 4mm, 6mm


Encouraging Greetings
Encouraging Greetings

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Pretty Petunias
Pretty Petunias

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Pretty Petunias DIes
Pretty Petunias Dies

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Scallop Ovals Dies
Scallop Ovals Dies

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6mm Sparkling Clear Sequins
6mm Sparkling Clear Sequins

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4mm Sparkling Clear Sequins
4mm Sparkling Clear Sequins

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Simple Stories - Hometown USA Collection

Memorial Day is just around the corner and for me that signals the beginning of Summer. The kids are almost out of school, people are opening their pools, and the smell of BBQ is in the air! 
Today I’m sharing some patriotic cards made with the Simple Stories Hometown USA Collection Kit. These will make great invites for the big celebration! We usually have a house full over for a BBQ and to watch the fireworks after it gets dark. 
The paper packs are a great value because they include everything you need to make several layouts and greeting cards. On the reverse side of the paper prints you’ll find journaling cards that make a great focal point for a greeting card. 
A sheet of stickers make easy embellishments. I use baby powder to dull the sticky adhesive back and add adhesive foam tape to pop up the stickers to add dimension to projects. The sticker sheet also includes several sentiments.
The best part of all is that the papers are meant to work together. The colors match perfectly and there’s no guessing what paper matches another paper. 
So go ahead! Celebrate the Red White and Blue in style with the Simple Stories Hometown USA Collection Kit! 




Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5”
10242 Simple Stories Hometown USA Collection Kit



Simple Stories Hometown USA Collection Kit
Simple Stories Hometown USA Collection Kit

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Monday, May 21, 2018

The Card Concept - Floral Centerpiece

Is your week off to a good start? We spent the weekend getting the garden cleared and tilled. There was no time to start planting because it was dark when we got done and today it's raining. That's ok. That means a little time for me to play a challenge or two today! I thought I'd play along with this pretty photo challenge at The Card Concept
I started by arranging florals from Reverse Confetti BUILD A BUNCH on a piece of clear plastic the size of my card front. This makes it easy to move the whole arrangement and lay it on different color backgrounds. 
I didn't have a vase die, but I couldn't let that slow me down.  Necessity is the Mother of invention right?   I took the ruffled die from the BASKET Cut and layered it over a die cut DONUT YOU KNOW Circle. The pedestal base was created with the GLOBE Confetti Cut. 
I stamped the florals with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them with Copic Markers. They're adhered with adhesive foam tape so the card has some dimension. The "Just for You" sentiment is from the BEAR HUGS stamp set. 
Want to play along? You can link up your design and get all the information here at The Card Concept Challenge Blog.




Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Reverse Confetti Build A Bunch
Dies | Reverse Confetti Circles Cover Panel, Build A Bunch, Globe, Basket, Donut You Know, Flower Wrap



Linked Circles Cover Panel
Linked Circles Cover Panel

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Build A Bunch
Build A Bunch

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Build A Bunch CC
Build A Bunch CC

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Bear Hugs
Bear Hugs

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Globe CC
Globe CC

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RC Basket CC
RC Basket CC

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Donut You Know CC
Donut You Know CC

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Flower Wrap CC
Flower Wrap CC

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