Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Take Note



I created this card for three different challenges: Reverse Confetti's August Color Challenge to use red, navy and gold and also for the current Retrosketches Challenge.  I'm also linking it up to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge where the theme is back to school. 

Even though our children are past the going back to school days, I still love to use this RC stamp set.  The tiny library clip and staples seemed like perfect embellishments for the occasion!

STAMPS: Class Act, Arrows and Elements - both by Reverse Confetti.
PAPER: Authentique "Pride" Collection, Metallic gold CS, Vintage Cream and White.
INK: Night of Navy, Real Red.
ACCESSORIES: Class Act dies by Reverse Confetti, Office Edges dies by Reverse Confetti, Wooden veneer stars by Studio Calico, Mini library clip (SU), Corner chomper.

Color Throwdown



Can you believe it's time for another Color Throwdown challenge already?  Cindy has picked this yummy inspiration photo which was perfect for doing some flower arranging with WPlus9 stamps and dies.


Went with my favorite 'go to' sketch and formed the L-shaped background with washi tape.  The pot was die cut from silver metallic cardstock and then it was layering time with flowers and leaves from WPlus9's Fresh Cut Containers stamp set.  The sentiment is another WPlus9 set - Hand Lettered Thanks - a new fave of mine!  I added some yellow Stickles to the navy flowers which adds a hint of sparkle IRL.

Play along with us this week and you just might be in the spotlight next week by being our guest star stamper!  You don't have to have exact colors to play along, but you do need to have a close resemblance.  Be sure and link your creation to the linky tool at the bottom of the current challenge post on the Color Throwdown Challenge blog.
 
    Want some more inspiration from the rest of the design team?  Check them out below...




Monday, August 18, 2014

Mojo Monday




It's Mojo Monday challenge time again and I had a fun time putting several patterned papers together for this great horizontal layout!  Love the colors that SU paired up in their Retro Fresh designer pack!  These Verve posies are so much fun to color with Copics and the matching Happy Doodles die eliminates any fussy cutting.  The little Coastal Cabana flag under the baker's twine is actually the chevron arrow from Verve's Chevron Love stamp set.  Flowers and sentiment are from Verve's Happy Place set from their last release.  I added Diamond Stickles to the center of the flowers.  

Copics I used: YR02, YR04, YR07, BG32, BG34.


For more inspiration, you'll want to visit the other mojomakers' blogs below...OR...you can go to the Mojo Monday blog and check out the first 7 thumbnails.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Looking Back


Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs' August release.  It's a reminder that you don't want to miss out on the new beach-themed stamps and dies that are available in the ODBD store!  Here is the card I created using the sand dollar from the Ocean Treasures set.  I stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with copper EP (which doesn't want to show up well in the photo).  I water colored the sky, then added torn strips of paper for the ocean and the sand.  A few real shells for embellishment and a pennant sentiment finished up this summer scene. I don't know about you, but I think "JOY" when I think of the beach!

For more inspiration using the August release, be sure to visit the ODBD blog or you can visit each of the designers' blogs (see links below). 

Julie * Cathy * Paula * Grace * Chris * Lori * Dawn * Sandee * Wanda * Stacy

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sketch Challenge



I posted this card on SCS for the Wednesday Sketch Challenge and am finally getting it added to my blog.  I loved the simple, open-spaced layout which has so many opportunities for interpretation!  My daughter needed a sympathy card and this is what I came up with.  I love the quilted die background by Lil Inker Designs for starters.  It was so easy to die cut the flowers and leaves, stamp them and pop them with foam dots.

STAMPS: Mums the Word (PTI), Boutique Borders: Sympathy (PTI).
INK: Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Black Licorice.

Seize the Sketch


I was playing around with these awesome new 2 and 3-step stamped images from Altenew's Painted Flowers set earlier today and stamped a couple of panels of flowers.  After I got home from my second shift nursing job, I found the current Seize the Sketch challenge and thought I could put one of the panels to good use with this layout.  The white background was embossed using the Charles embossing folder by Cuttlebug.  The sentiment is a label look-a-like from Altenew's Label Love set.  I didn't want to cover up much of the floral design, so chose a ghost shaped heart by Heidi Swapp to embellish.  I had a trimming mistake on the black mat and had to cover up my goof with a punched photo corner.  I actually liked the look of the black accent, so decided I'd just say it was part of my plan all along - lol! 

INK: WPlus 9 Pure Colors: Flamingo and Mojito; Black Licorice by MFT.

Thanks for stopping by...always appreciate your kind comments!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Color Throwdown




It's Wednesday and there's a new Color Throwdown Challenge with some great colors picked by Lori - our hostess with the mostest this week!  As a teacher, she is starting a new school year soon, and is inspiring us with these great number and alphabet posters. I'm also playing along with the Tag, You're It #3 challenge which combined with CAS(E) this Sketch #87.


The papers from MME's Lime Twist "Fly a Kite" pad were perfect for the colors and the theme!  Stamps are from Reverse Confetti's "Forever Fall" stamp set - paired up with RC tag dies, Petals 'n Posies leaf die and office borders die.  

Play along with us this week and you just might be in the spotlight next week by being our guest star stamper!  You don't have to have exact colors to play along, but you do need to have a close resemblance.  Be sure and link your creation to the linky tool at the bottom of the current challenge post on the Color Throwdown Challenge blog.
    Want some more inspiration from the rest of the design team?  Check them out below...