Saturday, March 29, 2014

Make It Monday #157: DIY Cover Plates

Apparently, I can only remember one card challenge (colourQ challenge) at any given time, but this week, I remembered Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge, too!! The challenge was to use Papertrey Ink dies to make a faux coverplate. I had a few ideas floating around in my head but, to keep things simple, I used the Heart-2-Heart #6 Mini Stamp Set and the coordinating cloud die to create this little thinking of you card. I bought two adorable tubes of sequins today at Scrappin' in the City so I added a few for a little pizzazz. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

colourQ challenge #234

I can probably count on one hand the number of times I have used Apricot Appeal over the many years that I've been a SU! fan. It is simply not a color I like, so I was a bit concerned when it was one of the colors in this week's a colourQ challenge. But it turns out that it works beautifully with coral and turquoise! I have a new-found respect for Apricot Appeal and I LOVE how my card turned out!! If course, I only had TWO of the colors this week, per usual, but I subbed Cameo Coral and PTI's Hawaiian Shores. I sneaked in a tiny bit of white with the embossed sentiment. Thanks for stopping by and have a WONDERFUL Friday!! TGIF!! Oh, wait . . . I'm a mom!! :D

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

colourQ challenge #233

WOW! I am on a roll!! I have completed two challenges in two days - one was very late and this one is very early! I LOVE the colors in this week's colourQ challenge and I knew immediately what kind of card I wanted to make so it went together super quickly. Don't you just love it when that happens? I found the inspiration for this card on Dawn McVey's blog. If you haven't discovered her blog yet, here it is. You're welcome!! As usual, I only had half the colors so I substituted Bermuda Bay and Kiwi Kiss. The stamp and die sets I used are Bigger Blooms from PTI. This is one of my very favorite floral sets because it is so versatile and has beautiful sentiments! And also economical - the stamps are $15 and the dies are $7. Thanks so much for stopping by - have a great week!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

colourQ challenge #232

I finally finished my card for this week's colourQ challenge!! Here's a quick rundown: PTI New Leaf cardstock, Neat and Tangled stamp, tiny piece of Kraft paper and (sort of ) Kraft ink to distress the book page (newsprint), white and black cardstock. Thanks for stopping by and have a very happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

colourQ challenge #231

As usual, I didn't have much crafting time this week and that lost hour plus an early and loooooooong church service meant a Sunday afternoon nap instead of Sunday afternoon card-making! I created this super-simple card for colourQ challenge #231 using Neat and Tangled's Ink Splash stamp set. The card definitely needed something else so I added a few sequins also from N&T for a little pizzazz. My sweet Daddy's birthday is on St. Patrick's Day so this card will be perfect for him, with a little something tucked inside! Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Little Tangles Challenge 31: Monochromatic Color Scheme

I know most of you must be BLOWN AWAY by the fact that I have written FOUR BLOG POSTS in as many days after weeks of not much, but I have REALLY gotten into this watercoloring thing! I have about 20 different shades of turquoise including ink pads, refills, and markers, and they all blend together beautifully making my first efforts at watercoloring successful for the most part and perfect for the Little Tangles Monochromatic Challenge. I don't even know what specific colors I used here, because I add a little of this and a dab of that and a smidgen of just one more color, but I did start the whole thing off with Neat and Tangled's Ink Splash which gave my background a bit of texture that I had been working toward. Of course, after a few stamps, I went back to spritzing and brushing and dabbing on color till I liked the result. I used N&T's Dreams stamp, embossed in white, as well as SU!'s Gorgeous Grunge set and a tiny star that I have kept on a tiny acrylic block so I won't lose it! The stars are a little crazy because I stamped them first with Versamark and couldn't see exactly what I'd done until I put embossing powder over them. We'll call this design "whimsical" for lack of a better term! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Two challenges rolled into one!

Not only have I created entries for TWO challenges this week, but I also created one card that combines BOTH challenges! A crafting miracle of the highest order!! So, this card is for PTI's Make it Monday Watercolor Background challenge and colourQ challenge #230. Don't be surprised if you see A LOT more watercolored projects on my blog. LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!