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Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge AND Rerun #20 Challenge

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Hi Again!  Here is the story behind this card.  I started to make this card for the Winnie & Walter June Color Combo Challenge with Heather.  As I was putting this card together, as I was making the card and conceiving where I would put everything I noticed I was 100% using the card from Shay on the Winnie & Walter Rerun # 20 Challenge. So, I am going to enter the card into both as the card from Shay has been on my mind ever since I started to make this card.

So, I took my Mini Scenery:  Bed of Roses stamp and stamped it in Versamark and embossed in Hero Arts White embossing powder.  I took the 4 Distress inks from the Color Challenge:  Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean and Worn Lipstick and layed them out on an acrylic block and spritzed them with water.  I painted the roses with the pink, yellow, and green.  I took a paintbrush and painted the lines with the salty ocean.  I finished with a sentiment from Altenew that I cut out of 110 lb white cardstock and popped up on …

Winnie & Walter June Color Combo Challenge - Card 1

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So, I'm clicking around IG and I see that Winnie & Walter has a new release coming this week.  I go to their blog to see what is coming up, and for the first time I see.....They have a challenge Blog!  With Multiple Challenges.  So exciting for me.  I happen to LOVE W &W, but I have a slight problem.  My wishlist includes almost everything they make. Definately EVERY cutaway.  I love their BIG words.  So, I need to have some $$ help with my Winnie & Walter craft addiction.  What better way than to join a challenge...Do my best and hope for the best.
My first card is for the June Color Combo Challenge.


This card is for my son Aidan who LOVES this stamp. Its the "Do You See What I See" Mini Scenery stamp.  Loves it.  Every time I use it he tells me how I can use it better.  So cute. And frustrating. 
In order to follow the rules, I got out the same 4 Distress Inks that Heather used: Mowed Grass, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean, and Worn Lipstick.  I rubbed them on a…

Concord & 9th: Where Creativity meets C9 Challenge #10 - card 2

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Hi there!  I am back with my final card for the Where Creativity meeets C9 Challenge #10.  The theme for this  Concord & 9th challenge is "Layered".  My first card layered stamps.  This second card layers ink and stamps as well, but uses the Many Mandalas Stamp Set by Concord & 9th.

This stamp set is my absolute favorite.  I have made Thank You cards, but honestly this is my first Birthday card.  This is for a male co-worker.
First I stamped the images with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  
Then, I blended my Distress Oxide inks:  Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber (no orange needed with these creamy inks!), Peeled Paint, Broken China, and Wilted Violet.  I sprayed with water and let dry. Finally, I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment with Simon Says Stamp black ink.  I had to stamp it multiple times as the ink below was pretty thick.

I cut out my panel with my Tonic Scalloped edge dye and layered onto a white background, then attached to my card b…

Concord & 9th: Where Creativity meets C9 Challenge 10 - card 1

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Hey there!   2 quick blog posts tonight for the Concord & 9th: Where Creativity meets C9 Challenge # 10.  The theme for the challenge this month is "Layered".  
My first card:


What fun I had making this card.  I used the new flower turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th.  After marking up the stamp as I saw in the video, I stamped the first layer with Versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder.    The picture below makes it easier to see the gold shine.


The second layer I stamped with Distress Oxide Ink in Worn Lipstick, the 3rd with Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade, and the last layer in Distress Ink in Abandoned Coral.
I stamped the sentiment from the same set in Versamark and embossed in gold to pick up the gold flower layer.
 I finished off the card with some Stdio Katia clear droplets.
Thanks for hanging out!

MFT Sketch Challenge 338

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Hey everybody! How awesome to finally be back blogging with you.  I had a tragic happening a few weeks ago.  My big brother died at the age of 48.  It is shocking.  He was only a few years older than me and it completely has rocked my world.  I have not had any time to blog and that's too bad - I know it will make me feel better.  That's all I can say for now.
But another thing that makes me feel wonderful is crafting.  I finally got some card mojo back and had the opportunity to make a card for the MFT Sketch Challenge # 338.


Love how this turned out.  Here is is from a sky view...

The heart is made from the Krumspring Awesome Triangle Wizard. I stamped with Versamark and embossed with white Hero Arts embossing powder. Then painted with watercolors and cut into a heart.  I edged the heart with a blue Spectrum Noir pen to make it pop.
I stamped the sentiment from MFT Polynesian Paradise in versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I cut it out with some a stitched r…

MFT Sketch Challenge 336 aka The Heart Card, take 2

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Back, very short and sweet today.  I have surgery tomorrow and wanted to post today as tomorrow I will be loopy all day!
Here is my 2nd card for the MFT Sketch Challenge # 336.  Or as my kids call it, the Heart Card challenge.    Guess I don't make too many cards with hearts as these stood out to them. LOL!


I just had so much fun making this card.  For the background I used Distress Oxide Inks (they stamp really well!) and inked up the Altenew Pattern Play - Diamond Stamp Set.  I wanted the weathered look for the argyle diamonds.  While that dried, I stamped the giraffes and sentiment from MFT  Giraffing Me Crazy set with Simon Says Stamp ink then colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  I had to fussy cut them (man do I want these dies - reminder to myself next time I shop...) and prop them up with foam to pop. I cut the heart out of watercolor paper as my original intent was a marvelous swirl of watercolors in a marble-like fashion. But it was too busy with the background.  So inst…

MFT Sketch 336 - aka The Heart Card

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Hello there! Just a quick pop in to enter a couple of cards into the MFT Sketch Challenge 336.
I will do a post for each card.  My first card...


I stamped and heat embossed the flowers and leaves from the MFT Fancy Flowers set.  I used pinks, oranges and purples for the flowers. Blue and green for the leaves.
I attached to a patterned paper, I just love the pink stripes on this.  For the heart, I die cut a heart from vellum and heat embossed the Thank You sentiment from Studio Katia.
Quick and so cute!

CASology week 252 - INSECT

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Good morning and Happy Sunday!  I have been so busy this week I have had almost no time to indulge in "me" time.  My plan is to spend most of today painting and making a few cards.  But first, I need to post this card I did manage to make during my Friday night crafting session with my bestie.   This card is for the CASology Challenge - week 252.  The key word is INSECT.



Oh, I just love how this card turned out!  I started by taking a panel of white CS  and using my Distress Oxides (Worn Lipstick, Broken China and Wilted Violet) made a background blend.  I decided against making splatters and just adhered it to a A2 top folding card base and set aside.
I then used 2 butterfly dies from Anna Griffen and cut them out from another piece of CS.  I set aside the actual butterfly cutouts for another card down the line.  I then took a set of Martha Stewart butterfly stamps and using MFT Grout Gray I stamped 4 more butterflies on the card front to simulate motion.  I used a Wink of…

Lovely..

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Hi there! If all of a sudden this post just stops mid sentence it is because my computer died.  Its almost there man!  Any day now...
I am here today with this card I made last night...
Here is is from another angle...


I am really loving this card. At first, I was making it for the Simon Say Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog.  Which I still am.  But as I am painting this card, I realized that the inspiration behind this card is actually from the CAS-ual Fridays CAS01 May Challenge.  Actually their first encouragement  challenge.  This card is what I see in the picture from that challenge.
I started this card with a piece of 140 lb watercolor paper.  I stamped the sentiment from Concord & 9th in Versamark and embossed with Hero Arts White Embossing powder.  I heat set and stamped the flowers in each corner the same way.  
 I took out my new watercolors (eek, still exciting!) and started adding some blues, greens, a bit of yellow for contrast and purple.  I let it dry overnight and wh…

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge -Circles!

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Hi y'all!
I'm back with a card for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Circles.



I struggled with this challenge.  To be honest, I had way too many ideas and none of them seemed to work out.  When I create for a challenge, I try to draw out some ideas with the stamps and dies I have.  I had a bunch of ideas for this one.  But when I went to make them, the reality was definitely not as exciting as the fantasy.  My final attempt (which consisted of me huffing and puffing because NOTHING was going my way) turned to to be this card, which I love!  Perfect for my male co-workers birthday.
So, as every stamp set I have has a story behind it, these circles are part of a larger geometric set put out by Stampin' Up in like 2002.  That is the date on the wooden stamp at least. This is my first Stampin' Up set, so I don't know if the dates hold true.  Anyway, I found this set, all BRAND spankin' new at the used bookstore I frequent, Bookmans.  (shout out to Bookmans -…

CASology week 251: MEDICINE

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(sigh)  I am a bit behind posting a few cards as I have been lounging around, poolside, with my gorgeous husband celebrating our 1 year anniversary.  The (sigh) is because I am no longer lounging, poolside, with my gorgeous husband.  Good things must come to an end.
The cool thing about living in Phoenix is that it is very, very hot here in the summer.  Like it was way over 100 degrees today.  And noone wants to visit in that heat.  So hotels offer awesome "staycation" deals and the hubs and I took advantage of staying at a luxury resort for $100 a night.  You heard me right.  Hence the (sigh).
Back to business.  I made this card for the CASology week 251 Challenge: MEDICINE.

Let me tell you, this card is the exact reason why I do these challenges.  I love how this card came out. Love it.  Can't wait for someone to get sick so I can give it to them. (Just Kidding!) (not really).  I am not naturally a CAS kind of gal and this challenge forces me to take it down a notch …

Color Throwdown #445

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Hi everyone! I have never entered this contest, but have always wanted to.  I am a bit intimidated as the talent on this challenge blog is fierce. However, I am just going to put myself out there - I would rather try and lose then never try at all!
Here is my first entry into the Color Throwdown #445!

This idea has been rattling around in my head for a week or so.  When low and behold, I am walking the aisles at a craft store yesterday, and I see this "love" die (along with Smile and Laugh) on clearance for $3.00.  Its a sign.  A crafty sign.
I cut out multiple "love" words from 110 lb white cardstock.  I knew I was going to go over it with ink and wanted it to not peel.  I then used my Zyron to make stickers out of the words and put it aside.
Then, I used the die cut from Simon Says Stamp "You Matter" set to cut out my You in gold.  I did not have gold paper, so I smooshed my "smooshing" Versamark pad on a piece of white CS and then embossed w…