Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Because You're Special

Isn't this a gorgeous inspiration photo for the new Color Throwdown Challenge?!  Bar has been an
international traveler and I'm guessing this is a scene in Venice that she recently visited.  I knew these beautiful colors would be perfect to showcase a new peacock image that was recently released at Verve - along with the circle images from another new set - both  designed by Chaitali.  I was also inspired by the 200th CASE Study Challenge card by the talented muse - Shari Carroll! 

I gold embossed the peacock on Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock then brushed on distress inks - Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves and Squeezed Lemonade - then fussy cut and popped with foam dots.    The hint of dark blue resulted when the Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves inks mixed.  I echoed the gold embossing by using gold sequins as embellishments. 

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...
STAMPS: Peaceful Medallions, Moments Remembered, Take Note - all by Verve.
PAPER: TH Watercolor CS, White by PTI, Patterned paper by SU.
INK: TH distress inks - Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, Seedless Preserves; Black Licorice hybrid ink by MFT.
ACCESSORIES: Gold sequins by Avery Elle, Gold embossing powder.

(CAS)E This Sketch & CC

This CAS card is for the current (CAS)E This Sketch challenge
and it meets the Color Challenge on SCS where Mary has given us 7 color choices and we can use all 7 or just 3. Since I didn't have Island Indigo or Lost Lagoon, I went with two shades of blue plus the yellow papers from Authentique's Bundle pad. The quatrefoil die over the base patterned paper is from PTI.  The flower is an MFT Die-Namics die and the leaves were using Verve's Sprightly Sprigs die set.  I kept it generic and will add a sentiment to the inside as needed.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Bird-Day

There's a wonderful inspiration tag from Laura Bassen for the Tag, You're It Challenge #2!  I was inspired by the gradient colors and used 3 different inks for the sunburst - yellow, orange and pink.  I also used 3 different shades of blue for the dots behind the vellum wave die at the bottom...which, unfortunately, is hard to see in the photo.  This fun flamingo die with coordinating stamps is from the last new release at Reverse Confetti.

STAMPS: Kinda Eclectic (SU), Fabulous Flamingo (Reverse Confetti).
INK: Black Licorice by MFT, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay.
ACCESSORIES: Silver shell charm, Twine and satin ribbon, Tag Die-Namics by MFT, Fabulous Flamingo dies by Reverse Confetti, Lemonade Blend sequins by Avery Elle.

Retrosketches Challenge

Had to play along with this great layout for the current Retrosketches Challenge.  Because these papers remind me of vintage wallpaper, I went with embossing the sentiment in gold and used gold dot embellishments.  The large clock brad is one I've had in my stash forever - by Bo Bunny.  The medallion die is one of four in a freebie offer awhile ago at MFT when you order at least $60.  The sentiment is also a freebie from MFT (don't know the name of the stamp set). 

PAPER: Time Traveler's Memories by Prima Marketing; Vintage Cream by PTI; Julianne by K and Company (green used for leafy flourish).
ACCESSORIES:  All dies by MFT.

Power Poppy Peonies

Hope you're having a great Monday! I'm off work after working the weekend, so this is a Monday I love! :-) I haven't played along with any of the Power Poppy challenges, but decided it was high time I printed some of the digis I had in my files and get my Copics in gear!  So, this is for the Power Poppy Peep of the Week Challenge.

I went with adding the sentiment to the inside instead of the card front.  The green base is Simply Chartreuse CS by PTI and was embossed using the quilted pattern die by Lil Inker Designs.  Patterned papers are from The Lake House pad by Kaisercraft - die cut using MFT's Fishtail Flags Die-Namics.  A little jute twine and a ladybug charm finished it off!

Copics: RV32, RV34, RV93, YG21, YG23, YG25.

Thanks so much for stopping by...I always enjoy your comments! 

Mojo Monday

Are you ready to get your mojo on? There's another great sketch on board for the Mojo Monday challenge! I've combined some new Verve (butterfly and sentiment) with some old (flowers and leaves).  The butterfly was stamped on patterned paper, then Copic marker BG57 was used to shadow in some corners to give more depth.  I added black enamel dimensional accents and also some shimmer with a Wink of Stella clear shimmer brush marker.  The doily (by Wilton's) is from the cake decorating section at Michael's.

STAMPS: Happy Place, Bloom and Grow, Dream Big (all by Verve).
PAPER: "Chapter One" by Kaisercraft.
INK: Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Black Licorice hybrid ink by MFT.
ACCESSORIES: Happy Doodles, Dreamy Leaves, Floral Circles and Pennant Trim dies by Verve; Doily; Enamel dots by MME; Fishtail Flags Die-Namics by MFT; Grosgrain ribbon by SU.

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, July 18, 2014

Bright and Beautiful

...that's Wendy's theme for the Free 4 All Challenge over on SCS! I was also inspired by the photo for the current Fusion Card Challenge. I hope to create another card using the great sketch. 

I did a wee bit of watercoloring by spritzing the background leaves and vase before stamping. I
freehand washed some light blue to "ground "the vase. I then popped some flower and leaf dies to add dimension.  I love this hello die  and decided to add sweet friend to the sentiment and send this to a friend who is recovering from surgery.  Confession: I stamped it first on the card and it wasn't perfectly straight, so I moved to plan B and used a word window punch to cover up the goof. :-) I'll bet that hasn't happened to any of you - LOL!  I just love it when I complete a card and the very last stamping move results in a goof...NOT!

Here's what I used...
STAMPS: Spring Blooms, Coming Up Roses, Hand Lettered Hello - all by WPlus9.
PAPER: Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock, White by PTI.
INK: TH distress inks - Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass.