Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Color Blooms Blog Hop

Hello There! 

Color Blooms is available to buy Here.

STAMPlorations is having a Blog hop and Linky Party using the Color Blooms Coloring Book

Each DT member participating will be sharing a photo of the page they chose to color (before) and a photo of a project where the page was used (after).

I LOVE a Before and After, don't you?

What you can do for chances of winning:

  • leave comments on the STAMP blog and on designers’ blogs
  • participate in the linky party by downloading the Color Blooms page sampler, creating a project out of it, and then linking it up.
  • like, comment, and tag a friend on our Facebook page post.
  • commenting ends and linky closes Tuesday, September 6; 11:55 p.m. Pacific


  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from our Facebook page will win a $10 gift certificate for herself and a $10 gift certificate for one friend she tags in her comment
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMP blog and designers' blogs will win a $10 gift certificate
  • ONE (1) participant randomly drawn from the linky party entries will win a copy of Color Blooms and a $15 gift certificate

Now let's get to my project for the hop:)

My page Before coloring:
Coloring small areas and then cutting them out to use on a card later is how I like to use a coloring book..
I colored the blooms with Inktense Watercolor Pencils.
Coloring the dry pencil first and then adding a bit of water with a water brush worked best for me. Also, taking a wet brush to the pencil directly and then coloring created a more intense shading.
I have learned to write my color numbers that I use under the image for reference.

My finished card After coloring:
I trimmed the colored portion out and matted it. Then popped it onto a dry embossed and die cut card front. The sentiment is from SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Happy.

Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY Hopping!


Now if you want to join the linky party but don't have the Color Blooms coloring book yet, Shery has a Download for you HERE so you can still play along:)) Ya! Shery is amazing like that!!

Linking to:
 Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge : Anything Goes

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Lotus on water

Hello! Where did August go??? and SUMMER? It's hard to believe that September is upon us!
It is what it is:))
So I've been pondering the August 2016 Inspiration Challenge: Flamingo Inspiration at Altenew all month. I new I wanted to use the Lotus stamp set as Therese did for her card. I was very inspired by the video she posted as well. 
I set to work on making the card last night ..the deadline for the challenge is tomorrow!
I inked the layers of Lotus in crisp inks: Blush, Frosty Pink and Cotton Candy. Then went back with the outline stamps and re-inked with Coral Berry. The leaves were inked in Evening Gray and Forest Glade for the outlines. 
I then got my Ziggys out and added the feathered brush strokes and detail.
For the water reflection I stamped the solid images lightly underneath the blooms in the medium colors from above and then swiped Distress Stains: Broken China, Brushed Pewter and Picket Fence across that. Moon Rock and Arctic straight from the mini ink pad added the shadows or ripples for the water. I'm very pleased with how this turned out:))
Upon showing it to my DH and asking where the Sentiment should go, We decided "less was more" and "to ADD a sentiment would only take away". So I left it alone and placed the finished panel on a card base embossed with silver at the bottom.

I do need a sympathy card for a friend, This will do nicely.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, August 29, 2016

In-laid Petal Cut Peonies for The Ton

HEllO Monday!!!
I'm over at The Ton with a card using several colors of Adhesive Foil Paper from the shop.
Here is a sneak Peak of my project:
Join me over at The Ton blog to see how I easily used the inlaid die-cut technique with Petal Cut Peonies Stand-alone Dies

See you there!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

HoneyBee Stamps August release Honey Hop

Good Morning Honey Bees! Welcome to our August release Honey Hop!!!
I am so very excited about this release!
All this week we have been showing you little sneaks of our awesome new stamp sets and dies! Tomorrow our new release goes live and to celebrate we are showing you some beautiful projects, Today!!!
I used ZEN BOUQUET stamp set. This is a HUGE set, with one Large image and several smaller single images for building your own Bouquet.
I chose to use the large image:) and I wanted a FOLKSY wood colored look to my watercoloring of the gorgeous Bouquet:))
Here are the steps in making the card:
After masking off 1/4" around a A2 sized CS.
I placed the bouquet image stamp in the full sized MISTI and inked it with Kraft colored dye ink.

Then, I selectively inked the image with the brush side of Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers, spritzed it with water and then pressed it onto the CS.
  • Sometimes I re-spritzed to get more color "hazing or halo"
  • Repeated the marker inking step several times with different colors until I was happy with wash of colors.
  • Then I went back with the fine tipped end of the marker to add more detail.

Aqua colors used
And a close-up of the added KINDNESS HoneyCuts and sequins

NOW for the Hop deets....

What’s a Honey Hop without some sweet prizes, right? This time we not only have one awesome prize pack but TWO!! One winner will win our zen florals pack (Zen florals, Zen Bouquet, and each of their matching die sets) and our second winner will win our Alpha prize pack! (Color me alpha stamp set, sentiment alpha stamp set, and color me alpha die set). All you have to do to win is comment here on the Honey Bee Stamps blog and again at each one of our designer’s blogs by Sunday August 28th. Winner will be announced on Monday August 29th at Noon PST.
So Hop along and get ready to BEE inspired!In case you get lost, here is Honey Hop Line up!
Honey Bee Stamps Blog <---Start
Carissa W 
Laura Jane <<<you are here
We *might* just have a few other surprises in store this week, so be sure to check in on our facebook page as well as our Instagram!Thanks for hopping with us!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the Honey Hop!


I'm Hopping along with the gals at Papertrey Ink:) for the  AUGUST 2016 BLOG HOP CHALLENGE.
And combining it with MAKE IT MONDAY #258: COVER PLATE TAGS.

Here are the makings of my tag:

  • I used the Cover plate and paper from MIM mini kit GARDEN GILD. The papers happen to have the perfect Colors to go with this month's Inspiration photo.

photograph from VSCO 

  • Placed the die just a bit above the Gold Foiled images on the paper to get a shadow effect.
  • Ran that through the BigKick with the Stitched Tag die.

I was able to get 3 tags from the A2 sized paper:))

The assembled Project:

  • I used the large tag for my finished project. 
  • Did some string art stitching at the top with gold metallic thread.. 
  • Cut some individual leaves and blooms to add to the top of the die cut cover plate portion for more visual interest.
  • Then chose some Chicken Scratch PP cut with the Noted:Scalloped Square die, trimmed and Watercolor paper die cut with the A2 Noted Scalloped frame.
  • The SCRIPTED die was cut from a Luxe Gold Adhesive Sheet and layered onto three pieces of CS cut from the same die to give it dimension.
  • Three Martha Stewart punched butterflies happily joined the floral party:)

Here is a close up of the string art stitching:

 I thrilled how this turned out:)
Thanks for stopping by!! Enjoy the hop!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

POP of Color

Hello! I'm joining in on the August Challenge at ABNH where a POP of COLOR is the theme.
The Ton is the Sponsor for this one and I wanted to create with the Graceful Rose stamp set and Geometric Lattice Cover Plate.

  • I started out by creating a panel of "newsprint" CS and stamped the rose with Dark Roast dye ink from The Ton. Heat embossed the rose in clear for a nice sharp coloring line:))
  • Then I smooshed the inkpad onto my craft mat and colored the rose with my waterbrush and just a bit of Dark Brown Ziggy.
  • Fussy cut the rose and set it aside.
  • I found another panel that had the Floral Border Cling stamp inked with Lemon Drop Dye and and Vanilla Cupcake.
  • Cut the Geometric Lattice Cover Plate from PTI RUSTIC WHITE cardstock.
Here are the three pieces before putting them together.

I felt the Lattice and Floral Border was a bit to stark so I sponged some Dark Roast onto them...then the Floral border panel was too dark so I swiped Hampton White Pigment ink acrossed it. Not sure if I was pleased with all the darkening outcome but could not go back from there:))

The POP of COLOR was the Lemon Drop colored banner with the sentiment and Pink Lemonade Couture mix. (I DO LOVE the names of the products at The Ton:)) they are often food related!)

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you take some time to create soon:))


Friday, August 19, 2016

Reminder post at STAMPlorations

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Essentials by Ellen August Pin-Sights Challenge :))

Here's the mid month reminder post of the Challenge at STAMPlorations.
You have until the 25th to link up your projects:))
My card is based on the Sketch and Theme today.

I used Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies and Luggage Tags Nesting dies. Then colored the Large Rustic Birdhouse Trio with Aqua Spectrum Noir markers. The sentiment is from Dee's Frames and Flowers.

Be sure to check out what the other STAMPlorations Gals have for your visual delight!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge


 I am super excited to guest design for Essentials by Ellen PIN-SIGHTS CHALLENGE! Thank you Laurel for inviting me :)) I do LOVE the Essentials by Ellen dies and stamps designed by Julie Ebersole found ONLY at Ellen Hutson. Creating with their goodies is always a pleasure.

 Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge is a monthly inspirational challenge based on a Pinterest Inspired photo that is located on the CLASSroom blog
The inspiration photo for the challenge.

I was inspired by the row of chairs and bright blooms in the top right of the inspiration photo.
Here is my card:
 I had the pleasure of using MONDO HYDRANGEA stamp set and BE-YOU-TIFUL die for this project. At the end of this post you will find all the other supplies used. 

  • Starting out I inked the single blooms onto watercolor paper and began coloring them in with Kuretake Gansai Tambi, 36 Color Set.  As you can see in the photo the last one got smudged:(( not to worry!

  • Next I cut several masks and stamped the large leaf image repeatedly

  •  Ziggys and PIT pens have become my favorite coloring mediums for detail. I used them to add depth and shadows to the blooms and leaves.

  • Then I cut SEVERAL Be-YOU-tiful dies from white CS and glued them onto the white space off to the right of the leaves; being careful to "tuck" the words under by cutting the edges of leaves with a craft knife.
  • Added a bit of watercolor stripes on the left of the leaves..this makes me HAPPY!! and added more shadows with the COOL GRAY ziggy
  • I used ​i​rRESISTible Pico Embellisher, Copper for the tiny dots for each bloom

  • To finish the card I heat embossed the sentiment in COPPER EP from Hero Arts onto Vellum. Wrapped that around my card front and called it DONE:))..see how that last bloom looks as good as the first with vellum over it?

Hope this inspires you to play along at the  Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge It was an honor guesting:))


 A random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store.  
To be eligible, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo badge as inspiration. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Supply list

I adore you @ HoneyBee Stamps

Hello There! I'm over at HoneyBee Stamps today with a card using the NOT TOO SHABBY stamp and Die set. Which happens to be at a special Bundle price for August :))
Here is a peak:

Remember, just for you, My blog followers, is a code for 15% off your entire order at the HoneyBee Stamp Shop


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Books and Blooms:)) at The TON

Hello! I'm over at The Ton with a card using Haute Stacks and more blooms from Fresh Cut Roses.
Hop over to check it out:))

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Challenge DT call for Concord and 9th

Throwing my hat into the ring for the  Challenge DT call at Concord and 9th. Where Creativity Meets C9 lead by Jessica .
I LOVE the trendy stamps and dies from Concord and 9th company that just turned ONE this month......and I LOVE a good challenge:))
My entry is from my IG stream.... posted for the challenge last month for the The Daily Daker 30 day coloring:)) Where I shared a FLIP-O-GRAM of the progression of coloring on the Flourish stamp set. Colored with my ZIGGYs:))

And the finished card:))

Thanks for stopping by, and considering me for the team:))

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