Saturday, January 20, 2018

Valentine Heart

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite Valentines I've made. This unbranded die is quite intricate and took some serious time to add the negatives back into the heart after die-cutting, but the end result was so worth it! The smaller red heart is a part of the die, and I added a smaller white heart on top, along with a clear heart-shaped gemstone in the center. The 2 sentiments are from Taylored Expressions and were heat-embossed with white ep on black for a little contrast. I added a red heart-shaped gemstone to the upper sentiment and placed this all on an embossed panel done with a SU! falling petals ef and finally placed it on a red card base.

No challenges for me today - just sharing a card I had fun creating. Thanks for stopping by and make it a great weekend!


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Home is Where Your Heart Lives

I have no idea where my mind was going when I made this card, but I sure had fun creating it! I started with a SU! retired background stamp called weathered, and stamped with versamark then embossed it with some Tim Holtz weathered wood distress ep I've had for ages. Next I used a TH stencil to sponge on some stones with distress ink on the left side. I stamped a few wheat sprigs on the left with a Rubbernecker stamp and some assorted neutral inks, then stamped the Rubbernecker tractor with Vintage Photo distress ink. I smeared some Fired Brick distressed ink on an acrylic block, and used an aqua brush to watercolor the tractor. I used some colored pencils to add light color elsewhere on the tractor, then stamped some SNSS birds in the sky, along with a stamped sentiment which had no name on it. I added some faded red highlights to the sentiment with a Tombow marker and added some stamped weeds on the bottom of the card done with a stick stamp by Judith. For the final touch, I distressed the edges with a Heidi Swapp tool I've had for a long time. I placed it all on an early espresso card base and called it done. I suppose any farmer might like this card, but I have no clue what I might do with it? LOL

I'm sharing it with the Tuesday Throwdown challenge #375 which is "distressing."

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Thursday!


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Valentine Mouse

I found this adorable pre-printed and pre-colored image in my stash recently and decided it was time to pull it from my box of images and make a card, so today I have a valentine to share with you. I'm sorry, I don't know who the artist is but if anyone knows, feel free to let me know and I'll give credit to them. EDIT: Thanks Janice for your comment telling me this is a Whipper Snapper Designs image. I appreciate it :)
I began with a red card base and some dsp from SU! that has teeny tiny hearts on it. I matted the image with red, and then die cut the PTI Notched Hearts banners with red and white and placed that to the side. For the final touch, I used a SU! framelit die to cut the little heart from red and heat-embossed it with white ep and a tiny sentiment stamp that I found at a rummage sale some years ago.

I'm sharing this with the Cuttlebug Mania Valentine's Day challenge - which is to make a Valentine.

I'm also sharing this with the Dies R Us challenge #89 which is "Kids Kards."

Also sharing with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to "add a sentiment."

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a fantastic day!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge #436

It's Tuesday, and time for the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge #436. This week we're revisiting Debbie's favorite sketch # 391 designed by our own Melissa.

and here is the prize you'll be playing for - Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Squares provided by TMS.

For my card I chose papers from an Autumn Spice paper pad, matting them with black and placing them all on a kraft card base. The flowers were done with SU! mini punches and dotted with tiny black gemstones. The sentiment is a retired SU! sentiment that was placed on Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies.

Be sure to visit the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge blog to see what the rest of the DT has created to inspire you to play along with us this week.

Now it's your turn, so if you have time, come along and play with us! We'll be visiting and leaving comments :)

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day!


Monday, January 15, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #1 - Feathers

Most of you are already aware that Darnell of is holding her very first challenge to kick off 2018. It's called the "Twofer Card Challenge" and all you need to do is use the same elements to make two cards for two different occasions - using the prompt word which this time around is "feathers." I pondered this for a while and finally decided to use hummingbirds because they have feathers.

I made a birthday and a thank-you card with the same supplies, other than the sentiments. I sponged clouds on the birthday card and wish I'd done the same on the thank-you card, but I finished it before I could add them.

Here's the close-up version of the birthday card........

and here's the close-up version of the thank-you card. I triple-cut the sentiment and stacked them up for some dimension.

I'll list the products used below.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll play along with this brand new challenge and make it a big success for Darnell!


Stamps: Flower and dsp leaves by Hero Arts, fussy cut, birthday stamp by Penny Black
Dies: Thanks by Taylored Expressions, Hummingbird by Cheery Lynn, golden sprigs Shasta by Poppy
Supplies: H20's to color birds, stickles for flower centers and bird eyes, tumbled glass distress ink for clouds, SU! dimensionals to pop up flower pieces and hummingbirds, GinaK designs blue raspberry cardstock for "thanks" sentiment, several different orange Copics to color flowers

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Masculine Valentine

I've had these silver doilies in my stash for a number of years and decided it was time to use them. I also have some gold ones, so you'll see them in the future soon too! I stamped the background with a new SU! hardwood background stamp, using Salty Ocean distress ink and after it was dry, I sponged all over it with Tumbled Glass ink until I was happy with the color. I glued the doily down, then die-cut a stitched heart from a final snippet of Taken with Teal that was in my stash. I've hoarded that cardstock for a number of years, but I came to grips with the fact that I need to stop hoarding paper - it's ridiculous! LOL The sentiment by Whimsy was heat-embossed with white ep on black and placed across the heart, adding 3 tiny die-cut hearts cut from previous projects. I know this is different, but I like the silver and blue combo and think it will make a decent masculine Valentine.

I'm sharing this with the Shopping our Stash #336 which is "Out with the old and in with the new." The old is that silver doily and teal snippet, while the new is the hardwood stamp and those Distress inks.

I'm also sharing this with the Little Red Wagon #428 Boy oh Boy challenge - make a masculine project.

I'm also sharing it with the Happy Little Stampers January "Anything goes with Dies" challenge. I used the stitched heart die on this card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Friday, January 12, 2018

Beary Valentine

I dug into my stash and found this pre-colored, printed image, and I'm sorry I have no idea where I got it or who makes the cute image, but I decided it was high time to make it into a card. I used a piece of neutral patterned paper with a pretty scroll design at the top from the DCWV naturals stack that I've had for eons. I also found a small snippet of pink hearts dsp that seemed to match the colors on this image, so I die-cut all 3 panels with Lil Inker stitched rectangles and layered them up. I split a Valentine sentiment into 3 pieces, heat-embossing with white ep on black and fastened them to the side with mini dimensionals. I used a Copic to scribble on a snippet of white in matching pink, and die-cut some tiny hearts using a SNSS heart border die, then attached the mini hearts to the top of the dsp and one to the sentiment panel. I'm glad to use up some dsp for a change and I think this turned out cute :)

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

Thanks for checking in today and I wish you a fabulous day!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Pink Thank You

Today I have a thank-you card made with a SU! doily stamp and a KaiserCraft thank-you die. I stamped the doily slightly off the edge with versamark ink and heat-embossed it with white ep, then sponged it with spun sugar and raspberry distress inks, going darker in the center and giving it a lighter touch toward the outer edges. I added the die-cut sentiment done with some bubble gum pink cardstock and then used pink and clear Nuvo glitter drops to add random touches of sparkle.

I'm entering this into the Repeat Impressions tic-tac-toe challenge J1018. I went along with the bottom horizontal row using "off the edge", "glitter", and "thank you."

I need to amp up my thank-you card stash, so here's one to start with. I like the feminine touch this one has :)

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day whatever you do!


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge #435

Welcome back to the first challenge of 2018 with our Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge #435. This week we're re-visiting my favorite sketch from 2017 designed by our very own Janice Melton. It was first posted as challenge #416. I flipped the sketch to make my card...

I used a Riley Moose image which was colored with Copics and die-cut the panel with a Lil Inkers stitched rectangle die. I added a piece of blue burlap from a Paper Petals burlap paper pad and also die-cut that with a Lil Inkers stitched rectangle. I added some mirror gold elements done with a SU! word window punch and anchored them with blue and yellow mini brads. The XOXO sentiment was done with a Taylored Expressions "Let's Talk" stamp set. The yellow panel was embossed with a Taylored Expressions burlap embossing folder - which happens to be the prize for this week's draw.

Please be sure to stop by the Tuesday Morning Sketch blog to see how my DT members interpreted this fun sketch and don't forget to leave them a little love too!

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Tuesday as well as a fresh new beginning to 2018!


Monday, January 8, 2018

ATC Valentines

Here are 2 Valentines I cut in a 5 x 3-1/2 size. I folded them in half on the 5" side to make an ATC sized valentine - perfect for little hands. Better yet, you can make 5 of these from one sheet of cardstock. I used stitched square dies from Gina Marie Designs to cut the white square, then used a SU! Window Box thinlet die to cut the design in the center. I placed it on a panel of real red cardstock, cut with a MFT fishtail banner, then stamped a sentiment from SU! Teeny Tiny Wishes onto black with Versamark ink, and heat-embossed it with white ep. I used my hexagon punch to cut the fishtails on the ends.
I made quite a few of these in different colors for the Cards from the Heart drive shown on my sidebar. I need to get a few more done and get these into the mail as she needs them by the end of the month! Christmas is just behind us and now Valentine's day is rapidly approaching! Gotta get a move-on!

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Monday!