Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Color Throwdown #353

Hello friends!  Today's Color Throwdown challenge is otherwise known as "Vickie is TORTURING ME!"  LOLOL  Yeah, I know all the pep talks there are about getting out of your box, but the simple truth is... I DON'T DO PURPLE!  Seriously... she's trying to kill me!


OK, OK... enough whining!  Here's what I came up (and as you can see when you visit the CTD blog, several of us were inspired by the sunflowers in the photo!)

I started out partially stamping the BG Fine Chevron background from My Favorite Things, then heat embossing with detail white embossing powder.  Then I did a water color wash on my background using my Zig Clean Color markers, and then die cut the panel with the Blueprints 11 Die-Namics.  Then I used one of MY favorite stamp sets from My Favorite Things, the LJD Splendid Sunflower!  (*gasp!*  I think it's been... *gulp* RETIRED!)  I die-cut my flower with the matching Die-Namics set, then used my MISTI to stamp the sunflower using Lemon Chiffon hybrid ink and added some depth by coloring the petals with my Copic markers.  The leaves were stamped in Jellybean Green hybrid ink, and the flower center was done with Chocolate Brown and Hot Fudge hybrid inks.  I added the sentiment (from LJD Peaceful Wildflowers) in heat-embossed white on a strip of Steel Blue card stock.  Finally, I added some ink spatters to the background with a combination of water and Steel Grey dye ink as well as some MIX-ables Steel Shimmer mist.  The water colored panel was mounted to a piece of Steel Grey card stock, then mounted to a Sweet Tooth card stock base.
Be sure to stop over at the Color Throwdown blog for all the challenge details, and visit my Throwdown sisters for more inspiration…

Barbara Anders
Broni Holcombe
Joan Ervin
Jodi Collins - off this week
Lori Tecler
Monika Davis
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Valentyna Komisarenko, July Guest Designer
Donna, Guest Star Stamper

As always, thank you so much for stopping by and for your comments!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Cat’s Pajamas New Release Blog Hop

Howdy everyone!  Have you done your shopping yet at The Cat’s Pajamas, and scooped up all the great new stamps and dies?  If not, what are you waiting for… get on over there!

Today is our new release blog hop, so be sure to check out all the blogs!  If you came here from Jessie Rone’s blog, then you’re right on track!  If not, be sure to head over to Wendy McGaffey’s blog and start from the beginning! 

I’m sharing today two cards I made using the terrific new Lemons stamp set.  The first card also uses the new Country Fair Cut-ups die…

TCP Country Fair Cutups
Bun-bun has set up a lemonade stand at the fair, and hopes you’ll stop by!  Isn’t he just the cutest?  I added a sentiment from the Lemons set on the inside, too…

TCP Country Fair inside

And one more card with the new Lemons stamp set also includes the new Pop-Up Slider Cutables.  Here’s how the card looks in the closed position…

TCP Pop-Up Slider 1

And here’s what happens when you pull on the ribbon at the top!

TCP Pop-Up Slider 2

Now, if you look at samples that the other Cat Pack’ers made, you’ll see that mine is kinda’ backwards!  LOL  But it’s all good!

Now, from here you’ll want to head over to the last stop on this blog hop which is Alma herself over at the TCP blog!

Happy hopping, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Cat’s Pajamas Sneaky Peek Week

We’re almost there… today is the last day of Sneaky Peeks for The Cat’s Pajamas, and tonight is the Pajama Party!  Check out info at the end of my post for more details about that!
For today, the Cat Pack is showing off the new Cutables electronic cut files, and the new Cut-ups dies that will be available.  Today I am showing you one of the new stamp sets (this set was peek’d yesterday) and the new Pop-Up Cut-ups die.

Here’s the front of my card, using a sentiment from the new Stoked stamp set, and a good old image of Poochie on his surf board from the Fun in the Sun stamp set…

TCP Pop-Up front

And here’s what happens on the inside of the card when you use the new Pop-Up Cut-Ups die…

TCP Pop-Up inside

There’s Bun-bun on his surf board, lookin’ for some “tasty waves!”  (Quick 80’s people, what movie is that line from???)  Bun-bun is colored with Copics, and has some great Stitched Clouds Cut-Ups in the sky behind him, and a “tasty wave” below that was cut with the Wavy Stitched Border Cut-Ups.  I colored the “Stoked” ombre style, and love how it turned out!

Want to win one of the new releases before they’re even available to purchase? Of course you do! For a chance to win, just hop along and comment on all of the participating Cat Pack member blogs and the TCP blog today. One randomly selected winner will be posted on the TCP Facebook page tomorrow.

Here’s where to find all the Sneaky Peeks today…
Nancy Thomas
Wendy McGaffey
Lisa Henke

And don't forget to save the date for the Pajama Party TONIGHT from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Eastern time on the Cat’s Pajamas Facebook page.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Best-est Wishes

A few days ago, I saw this FABULOUS card by Yoonsun from the My Favorite Things design team.  Oh my word, the sweet design and vibrant colors just made me happy!  One thing I loved about it too, were the white ink splatters in the background and I really wondered what product she might have used to do that.  So I set out to try a few things, and then just ended up CASE’ing her wonderful design!

Bestest Wishes CASE

I used the same inks that Yoonsun mentions in her post… Tickled Pink, Wild Cherry, Lemon Drop, Sour Apple and Summer Splash.  These were all dye inks that I just sponged and swirled onto the watercolor card stock with a Ranger mini ink blending tool.  The first thing I tried for the white splatters was some Dylusions White Linen spray.  This didn’t dry as opaque-ly as I wanted.  So then I tried some Copic Opaque White, and found that this mixed with just a little water on my craft sheet was just right!  I used the watercolor card stock for the Die-Namics Birthday Wishes & Balloons, just using some Lush Lagoon, Wild Cherry and Orange Fizz dye inks and an aqua brush.  The balloon strings and sentiment from the Birthday Wishes & Balloons stamp set were stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  (Thank you, Yoonsun for helping me remember that I had that color of embossing powder… completely forgot that I bought some back in the Spring!)  I finished the card by adding some clear sequins and die-cut stars.  The panel was cut with the Blueprints 13 Die-Namics and mounted to a piece of Steel Grey card stock, then applied to a Sweet Tooth card stock base.

Thanks again to Yoonsun for the wonderful inspiration, and thank YOU for stopping by today!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Cat’s Pajamas New Release Day 5

Hello friends!  Have you been keeping up with all the Sneaky Peeks this week with The Cat’s Pajamas?  The set we’re showing today is one you’re going to love because it is SO versatile!  Everyone needs a stamp set like this in their collection…


Say hello to Simply Stacked Sentiments!  Are they great?  Here is what I created (so far… there’s more in store!) with this stamp set…

 TCP Word Bubble Sentiments

I went really clean and simple with this Sneaky Peek, using the new Simply Stacked Sentiments with the new free-with-$65 Cut-ups He Said, She Said word bubbles, and I made a quick set of cards for my Mom.  She’s always needing cards, so I thought she could add these to her stash.  On the multi-colored card bases I stamped a little flower from the Aye, Eye, I stamp set, and just embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then completed the designs with some black enamel dots.

Want to win one of the new releases before they’re even available to purchase? Of course you do! For a chance to win, just hop along and comment on all of the participating Cat Pack member blogs and the TCP blog today. One randomly selected winner will be posted on the TCP Facebook page tomorrow.

Here’s where to find all the Sneaky Peeks today…
Deborah Anton
Lisa Henke
Nancy Thomas
Wendy McGaffey
Jessie Rone

And don't forget to save the date for the Pajama Party Monday, July 27th from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Eastern time on the Cat’s Pajamas Facebook page.

Friday, July 24, 2015

MFT Summer School Secondary Colors

I made one more card for the 8th day of Summer School with My Favorite Things, this time using the secondary colors from the color wheel of orange, green and purple.  As a coincidence, orange, lime green and grape (purple) are some of my favorite flavors of POPSICLES!  :)


I borrowed the LJD You’re the Sweetest set from my friend Kirsty this week, and had some fun.  The popsicles were stamped with Limelight, Lavender Fields and Orange Zest premium dye inks, and then I applied Glossy Accents over each one for a frozen shine.  I also used the dye inks to create my watercolor panel behind the popsicles after I stamped it with the new BG Balloon Strings background stamp.  I stamped in Versarmark, then heat embossed with detail white embossing powder and used a water brush to apply the inks.  This panel was cut with the Pierced Rectangle STAX Die-Namics.  I think the strings look cool sideways like this… kinda’ makes you think of waves of summer heat?  On the Smooth White card stock background panel that was cut with Blueprints 13 Die-Namics I used white embossing paste and the Large Polka Dots stencil.  I stamped the sentiment in Steel Grey hybrid ink on a flag cut with the Blueprints 12 Die-Namics.  The popsicle sticks were die-cut with In the Buff card stock, and I sponged a little Natural hybrid ink on them for definition.

The layout for my card is from the My Favorite Things sketch #238 for this week.

Well, that’s all for me this week for Summer School at My Favorite Things!  I sure wish Summer School had been this fun 30 years ago!  (Yes… had to go once when I didn’t pass Geometry!  And I said back then, and I still say it now… I will never need Geometry in my life!  LOL)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Birthday Mavis

Hi friends!  I’m hitting y’all with two blog posts today… forgive me, please!  It doesn’t happen often!
This is the third card I made for my neighbor who needed a birthday card for her cat-loving sister…
CAS(E) this Sketch #132
My favorite kitty cat to stamp has always been Mavis, who was created by Christy Croll at Tiddly  Inks.  I just love Mavis, and she’s been sadly neglected in my stamping for quite awhile now, so I just had to use her for this card!  (The Mavis image I used here is actually an old cling stamp from Stamping Bella, but I don’t know if they’re still available there.)  For the card layout, I used the current CASE(E) this Sketch #132.  There’s a wide variety of other products used here… if you have any questions, just drop me an email or a comment and I promise I’ll get back to you!
Keeping it short and sweet… thanks for stopping by!

MFT Summer School – Complementary Colors

I have been trying to participate in some of the Summer School lessons this week from My Favorite Things, and so I created this card for Lesson #7 on Complementary Colors.  It’s no secret that any shade of orange paired with blue (actually an aqua blue is more my preference!) is always a favorite for me!  So this lesson was right up my alley!

Here’s the card I created using the Sweet Sunday Sketch #278 for the layout, and the new CAS-ual Chic Utterly Adorable Layers challenge…

Happy For You Tulips

I stamped these gorgeous tulips from the LJD Spring Tulips on watercolor card stock with Versamark ink, then heat embossed with detail white embossing powder, and colored them using my fabulous Zig Clean Color watercolor markers.  The tulips were die-cut with the matching Die-Namics.  On the Berrylicious card stock background panel I stamped the BG Fine Chevron background using Grout Gray hybrid ink.  I added a Peach Bellini die-cut circle behind the tulips that was cut with the Blueprints 24 Die-Namics, and layered the circle under a strip of vellum.  I stamped the sentiment from Totally Happy on a strip of Steel Grey card stock using Sweet Tooth pigment ink that was heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Under the sentiment I added a Sno Cone card stock banner flag that was cut with Blueprints 24.  A few enamel dots completed my design.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!