Sunday, April 20, 2014


I just got a small haul in from Butterfly Reflections Ink and I had to use the new Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine stamp/die set.  It's awesome the die is included with the stamp set and I love how there is a space built right in on the front.  :)

For my card, I followed the sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  It's fairly simple and allows you to display beautiful pattern paper.

I am using paper from the Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine 6x6 Paper Pad.  I diecut two full umbrellas and two umbrella tops from different papers.  Then I trimmed the pole parts and adhered them to the bases.  I only used one on my card, so I put the extra one in the back on my stamp package for  future use.  I rounded the corners using my WRMK Corner Chomper and stamped my sentiment using VersaFine Crimson Red.  Love this card!  Thanks for the challenge!

Hello Butterflies

Simon Monday Challenge is Winged Things.  And butterfly cards are always nice to see!  I have been seeing so many lately and especially in this style, so I thought I would try it out.  I chose to use the colours in the Color Throwdown Challenge this week:  gray, green, and pink.

I picked the colours Staz On Cloudy Sky, Stampin Up Pear Pizzazz, and Hero Arts Neon Pink.  It was a nice combination.  This stamp comes from the Inkadinkado Patterned Bugs set and is just a single stamp.  I cut it up to be able to stamp in different colours more easily.  The sentiment comes from the Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine Stamp Set.  Thanks for the inspiration!

Hello Rabbit

Love the inspiration photo for the Cure for the Monday Blues Challenge this week!

 It's so fun and colourful. I absolutely adore Easter!

 I chose to incorporate a pop of neon and a white bunny with a ribbon tied around it's neck. Here is what I came up with:

 Thanks for the challenge! Happy Easter, everyone!

 Supplies: Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine Stamp Set; Poppy Stamps Chocolate Bunny Die; Ink - Autumn Leaves Black Onyx, Hero Arts Neon Pink and Yellow; Ribbon; Cardstock.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

*Flower* Party

Hi, guys!  I am back with another card for The Greeting Farm's Farm Fresh Friday. This week we had a colour challenge.  I love the combo!

I decided to use my Limited Edition Hatter Bean because she just shouts spring, doesn't she?  This time, I tried out that no-colouring line technique using Memento Desert Sand as my ink for stamping the image.  I have to be honest.  This is really hard and I'm not sure if I like it.  I do think this technique is better for more simpler images though, because this one is kinda detailed and hard to get the normal tip into the small spaces.  But I had fun trying!

I chose to diecut the image and a mat using my Spellbinders Labels Two.  I had this fun paper leftover from some Easter projects (Echo Park) that I thought would be cute.  I had to break out my flowers cuz she's got flowers in her hat.

Then, after all that, I wondered what I should do for the sentiment.  After taking a quick look at the photo provided, it was clear to me that I had to add a banner.  The EK Success Mini Banner punch is perfect for this type of thing.  I stamped each letter in Stampin Up Pixie Pink (retired) with MFT Typewriter ABCs.  

Loved this colour combo and the photo inspiration.  Be sure to check out the next Farm Fresh Friday!

Supplies:  Copic Markers (BG10, 13, 15, 32, 45; E00, 11, 55, 57, 93; G02; RV 04, 09, 19, 55, 63); Spellbinders Labels Two, EK Success Mini Banner Punch; Ink (Stampin Up Pixie Pink and Memento Desert Sand); Flowers (Wild Orchids); Adhesive (The Sticky Store, Mini Glue Dots, and Tombow Multi Glue); Paper (Neenah Solar White, Pure Luxury, Echo Park); Baker's Twine (Doodlebug).

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sugar and Spice Crafty Challenge #4

 Yay, it's that time again for the Sugar and Spice Crafty Challenge!!  Challenge #4 is themed ''April Showers Brings May Flowers''.  Please interpret that how you like.  You can check out some inspiration and the guidelines on the challenge post here.

Guess what??  Our challenge is sponsored this time around!!  And by none other than Butterfly Reflections Ink!

Vanessa has offered to send something that will totally go with this theme and something I want myself.  It's the new Hello Spring by Pink Paislee.  The winner of this challenge will receive a 6x6 paper pad, stamp set, and puffy stickers from the collection.  I hope this in motivation to get creative!

Here is my card for the challenge.  I am in love with it.  The papers come from Glitz Hello Friend and MME Honey Cake 6x6 paper pads.  Aren't the clouds in the background cool?  I used my MFT ALM The Rainbow Will Come Stamp along with Lawn Fawn Say Cheese for a great combination.  The sentiment comes from MFT The Great Outdoors, which has a lot of sentiments for rain, clouds, rainbows, and sunshine.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink for all my stamping, except the polaroid which is stamped in Memento Summer Sky.  

I used my MFT Mini Monarch Border Die-namics and layered four die cuts to get this gorgeous texture here.  My banner comes from MFT First Place Ribbon Die-namics.  I added a pink button and twine from Queen & Co. 

I stamped my image on Neenah Solar White cardstock and coloured her face, hair, hands, pants, and umbrella pole using my copic markers.  I stamped the jacket and umbrella on paper from the Honey Cake pad.  I used my colics to shade.  Lastly I added some tiny pearls to her jacket buttons.

Be sure to swing visit the site to check out all the other projects from our design members, as well as see the entries!  Thanks for dropping by!

Supplies:  MFT ALM The Rainbow Will Come; MFT Mini Monarch Border; MFT The Great Outdoors; Lawn Fawn Say Cheese; Queen & Co. Twine; Prima Pearls; Glitz Hello Friend; MME Honey Cake; Copic Markers; The Sticky Store Foam Adhesive; Tombow Multi Glue; Button; MFT First Place Ribbon Die-namics.

Some Bunny Loves You

I have two cards a few different challenges to share today.  The first one is for Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday challenge.  This week's challenge was to make a no-sewed quilt.  Doodlebug's Hello Spring 6x6 pad is perfect for this time of year.  The colours are so cute and the patterns are the best.  I cut 2x2 squares in three different patterns and laid them down in a quilt-like pattern.  Then I used the PTI Quatrefoil plate with their embossing pad for the embossed background.  The Chocolate Bunny die is from Poppy Stamps (I got it from Simon Says) and I used the PTI Scrambled Eggs sentiment to stamp all over him.  This is a good way to add a sentiment if you don't want to take away from the background.  I used Memento Lulu Lavendar and Grape Jelly and backed on a purple card because purple is my fav colour.

The next card is for MFT Wednesday Stamp Club and the Simon Wednesday Challenge.   Here is the sketch:

I love this fun Pure Innocence Bunny Ears stamp.  Not only is she holding an egg, she's got the cutest bunny suit on.  I made her purple and paper pieced the egg using paper from the Doodlebug pad again.  I know this is an MFT sketch, but I couldn't resist trying out my new Lawn Fawn Awesome dies and stamp set.  Love this instagram love and it's so cool to use only part of the image.  I always use the entire image and this time I had to cut off her ears and bottom half.  But it turned out well.  I coloured my instagram image with pastel colours, paper pieced and popped the lens. I stamped my sentiment in Grape Jelly in the bottom corner (from the same PI set) and added some bling.  I love this card.  

Easter is my second favorite season after Christmas.  I love the fun activities and cute things associated with spring.  I especially love decorating eggs.  I think it's a good thing we can't buy chocolate bunnies in Japan because I would probably eat too much.  :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Xmas All Year - Happy Holidays

Yay, Christmas Cards again...bringing my total number so far this year to 9.  I think I'll have enough by the time the holidays roll around again.  :) 

Both cards I made using Basic Grey Jovial paper and embellishments from the Nordic collection.  I used Simon cardstock for the base.  

The first card is for Retro Sketches.  

The joyful piece is a chipboard accent.  I love the blue and white with red.  The wood ornament was sent to me from a friend.  I just put some tape runner adhesive behind it so can be removed and used again on a present etc.  I added some gold AC glitter ribbon for a bit of sparkle.  

The second card was made for a Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  The sketch is vertical, but I decided to turn it on it's side.  I still think it fits. 
I used a rub-on with all the presents for the horizontal piece (BG Nordic), so I figured I needed to add a vertical tree to go with it.  I did some stamping and embossing with stamps from Prima North County for the trees (it's actually only one stamp dono three times) and the sentiment.  Lindy's Embossing Powder in Candy Cane Red Gold is perfect for holiday cards.  I also added some tinsel string in gold.  I just love the Christmas flower paper from the Jovial collection and very happy I didn't have to cover it up. :)  

Thanks for the challenges!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Let's Hang

This week's Farm Fresh Friday from the Greeting Farm inspired me to break out my Sunshine set and get busy.  I love the fun flower images included in this and have loved using them before.  I wanted to try a monocolour card and went for colouring the flowers, bikini, and hair ties with Y35 and Y38 only.  Then I layered with bright golden yellow paper.  I added more to the card by splattering with watercolors in bright yellow and a mix with orange.  To top it all off, I added some gold rhinestones amongst the flowers and by the sentiment - which can be found in the Creeper Crew 8.5x11 set.  This is the first time I've tried this one colour tone look and I love it!  Thanks for inspiring me with this challenge!  Be sure to drop by and join if you have time!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hey Love

Another project using my gelatos!  The first Paper Smooches Sparks challenge for April is Anything Goes. I have been dying to use my new Love Word die and came up with two ways using my gelatos.  

On the first one, I used the Fiber-Castell Tropical Mix & Match gelatos by making circles and then wetting my finger and rubbing on the circles.  Then I used my glue pen to add the diecut and stamped the Hey letters individually from the Alphadots set with Memento Tuxedo Black.  Then I adhered it to my Simon Black Cardstock and added some black and pewter rhinestones.  I super love the black background with black accents.

For the second card, I rubbed the gelatos and added water using the brush included in the Mix & Match set.  Instead of a black diecut, I added a white one.  When I was making brushstrokes, I got pink into the blue.  I made it work by added this layer to a coral pink card base.

There's still time to join the challenge!

Ring Me Anytime

It's MFT WSC time and this week's sketch looks like this:

I chose to use the colours from the Color Q challenge this week - tan, mint, rose, coral, and white (I know, five!)  My main piece is the MFT Ring Me Die-namics.  I kept pretty close to the sketch, only choosing not to add two banners on the bottom left.  Instead, I stamped my sentiment in two lines on a cutout polaroid and added some random bling.  I used my EK Success 1 3/4'' Circle Punch  and layered it behind the dial circle.  I like how that turned out.  I left the center of the dial plain adding only a coral enamel dot from Basic Grey.  For my phone cord, I just added some buttercream twine from the Twinery.  I didn't want to cover up the pattern paper or add more colour, so I chose to layer with Bazzill 40lb. vellum paper.  

Welcome Little One

It's been a while since I've made a Baby-related card!  So I was excited to see the new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Baby Booties.  

I used a negative from the MFT Oval Dainty Doily Duo Die-namics and inked the open space with Spun Sugar Distress Ink and Stampin Up Purely Pomegranate with a tiny dauber.  I stamp the sentiment, the onsie, and the rattle is from the TPC Studio Here Comes Baby stamp set and the penguin comes from the American Crafts Baby Set.  Then I added some random bling and pearls in gold and pink tones.  Thanks for fun challenge!

Happiest of Days

I made this card for three challenges:

The Color Throwdown - blue, green, and yellow

I love this colour combo from the CTD again!  I chose to use my MFT Botanical Beauty Die-namics with all the colours and added a rhinestone from Wild Orchids in the center.  All the pattern paper comes from the Vintage Bliss pad by Simple Stories, except the smaller polkadot flower which comes from the Basic Grey Hopscotch pad.  I added the flower to the smaller circle of the MFT Open Scallop Doily Duo and a flocked ribbon in a brighter yellow running down behind it.  I made my card base from Blue Raspberry cardstock and added a blue patterned paper matted on a beige patterned paper.  I love the subtle butterflies.  My sentiment comes the MFT Birthday Sentiments.

Thank you for the challenges!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Be At Home Fridge Magnet

I love the image again this week at Cure for the Monday Blues - it's so fun and playful and definitely trendy.  You can always have a ton of ideas just looking at the inspiration piece.

I picked out the cool bracket frames with the pop of colour added to it.  I chose to mimic the black frame with the blue square and add pink and yellow to it.  In my diecut stash, I had some letters and was playing around with them to see what words I came up with.  I liked the idea of adding the sun burst behind the letters for another pop.  This card could be used as with a housewarming gift or even a visitor who was staying over.  But since I didn't think I'd have a chance to use this, I just decided to make it into a magnet for our house by adding cut pieces of adhesive-backed magnet.  Even my boyfriend thought it was cool.  So now it has a place on our fridge. :)

Thanks so much for the challenge this week!

Supplies:  PTI Cardstock, Grand Nestabilities Labels One, MFT Sunshine and Highrise Alphabet Lowercase Die-namics, Magnetic Sheet.

Because of You

I learned a new technique this week from Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday challenge - using gelatos to do watercolour stamping.   I didn't have gelatos and although I could have done something with distress ink… I really wanted to try out gelatos.  My friend helped point me in the right direction of finding them online in Japan (I ordered them from a store called Voice on 楽天).  They don't seem to be readily available here.  I do recommend ordering from overseas, like Simon Says Stamp because of the price and the cost of shipping.  I was able to order a pack of the Faber-Castell Mix & Match Tropical Gelatos.  I chose this set because they had the best colours.  Sno Cone is like a light sky blue, Watermelon is a nice pink, Raspberry is actually purple, and Margarita Mix is a lime colour.  It also comes with two tools - a brush and a dauber.  I definitely recommend this for beginners.

I was playing with a few ideas for my watercolour card, but decided on the Modern Woodmat Stamp Set.  I used all of the four gelatos.  Sno Cone for the the circle woodman, Raspberry and Watermelon on the flower, and Margarita Mix for the leaves.  I tried two techniques.  First, I rubbed the gelatos on the stamp and misted them with water before stamping. Next, I decided I could get a better colour if I used a small paintbrush to wet it with a little water and then stamp.  I think my Mini Mister sprays too much water for the look I was going for.  I used the bracket type stamp along with the sentiment and inked them with Memento Tuxedo Black.  I picked out the lime colour from the image and paired it with my mat layer.  The woodgrain circle matches my card base.  Thanks to PTI again for teaching me a new skill!