Wednesday, March 25, 2015

colourQ challenge #284

This week's colourQ challenge colors are lovely! We are getting a sweet taste of spring here in E. TN and these colors fit right in. I used Altenew's Painted Flowers along with Pool Party and Old Olive ink. I had to substitute Pretty in Pink and Tim Holtz's Milled Lavender. I also used a new set I just received from Neat & Tangled called Everyday Labels. Sadly, I needed another sympathy card this week for one of my 14-year-old's teachers who is also my prayer partner. I think the softness of these colors is perfect for a sympathy card. Thanks for stopping by today! I hope it's beautiful where you are!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Make It Monday #205: Confetti Cluster Stamping

The minute I saw the tutorial for this week's Make it Monday Challenge confetti cluster stamping, I knew I was going to participate! It is such a striking but totally accessible technique that is lots of fun. I looked through my dies, which are mostly basic shapes, and I knew I wanted something just a little bit different, so I die cut an egg shape. Voila! Perfect Easter card! I used the tiniest stamps from several PTI sets including Stylish Sentiments: Birthday, Wreath for All Seasons, Bigger Blooms, Daydreamer, and Reason to Smile, and lots of spring colors. I am a terrible random stamper, so please forgive the swirls that are side-by-side or the unbalanced colors. Just think, "How clever!! An Easter egg!!" Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Altenew March Challenge

If you are new to my blog today, WELCOME! You may not be aware that I am completely obsessed with Altenew's stamp set, Painted Flowers! It is such a beautifully versatile set and I have made a ton of cards using it. This card is for their March challenge. I needed something resembling a vine so I altered an old PTI stamp. I embossed one of the Altenew detail stamps in black and watercolored the flowers using SU! Cameo Coral and Ruby Red. I stamped a few leaves in Tim Holtz's Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. The sentiment is from PTI's Wet Paint stamp set. Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you'll look around at some of the other cards I've made using Painted Flowers. Have a great day!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

colourQ challenge #283

This week's colourQ challenge was very challenging to me! In fact, I didn't think I'd be able to create anything, but I finally put together this little "thinking of you" card and it's starting to grow on me. I had to sub Basic Gray for Going Gray on my "smile" sentiment, but everything else is by the book! Thanks for stopping by and have a great Sunday evening!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Make It Monday #203: Doodling with Stamps

This week's PTI Make it Monday challenge was very challenging for me. I wanted to use PTI's Bigger Blooms stamp set, but I just couldn't come up with a design I liked so I went back to my favorite Painted Flowers set by Altenew. This set includes detail stamps I usually stamp in black but I stamped in Berry Sorbet on this card and then used a Uni-Ball Vision Exact black pen to highlight the details. I also used PTI Hibiscus ink and Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters. The paper is Berry Sorbet Bitty Dots and Stampers Select white. The sequins are by Neat & Tangled and the sentiment is from PTI's Wet Paint stamp set. Lots and lots of pretties on this card today! Thanks for stopping by! Hope it's warm where you are!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

colourQ challenge #282

This week's colourQ challenge was challenging for me, although I did have the colors for once. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new Altenew Painted Flowers stamp set, so I went straight to it for this challenge. I was halfway through my card when I realized I couldn't use green for the leaves! Gah! So, since I knew I had to use newsprint, I decided to use it on the leaves. I felt pretty smart! And I lucked out with coordinating sequins, too! In addition to Painted Flowers, I used PTI's Wet Paint for the sentiment. It's an amazingly versatile stamp set! I love finding stamp sets that are so fantastic that they don't need a lot of embellishments or techniques to SHINE! Thanks for stopping by today! It's 70 degrees here in E. TN today and tomorrow the low is 18, so woo hoo!! If it snows again, I may have some more crafting time!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

colourQ challenge #281 (part 2)

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have some wonderful new stamp sets that I have been having a blast with and that's why this is my second post for this week's colourQ challenge. This set is a new one from PTI called Lovely Laurels. I knew when I first saw it that I would love the wreath stamp and the set comes with dies, one of which I used to cut out this tiny little bird. I didn't have Peach Parfait so I used Apricot Appeal, which is pale by comparison, but I love how the soft colors look on this card. We're finally digging out of two weeks' worth of snow so the thought of spring and all its colors makes me very, very happy!! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!