Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Black Kitty ~ HSS275, PP366, TGIFC129

Hey, hey, hey!  It's Hand Stamped Sentiments inspiration challenge time!  I love inspiration challenges.  There are so many options!  I chose to go with the black cat theme and add a sunflower, pumpkin and incorporate the purple background color.  I think by adding the purple it says Halloween and not just fall.  I'm also adding my creation to the list at The Paper Players clean and simple spooky challenge #366.  I feel with all the open space this is pretty clean and simple.  I also used the sketch from TGIF challenges #129.

I stamped my kitty in Memento black ink.  It's not a true black and sort of looks muted, which is what I was going for.  I wanted to be able to see his whiskers, nose, eyes, and mouth when I stamped and embossed them.
His little bow tie is the kite bow from the set Swirly Bird.  I also used it as the stem on the pumpkin.  The pumpkin is the weird, oblong shape from Lovely Inside and Out.  I thought it resembled a pumpkin.  
I layered the kitty and pumpkin on a cute sunflower cut from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies, Stitched Circles dies, and layering circles dies. 

Thanks for taking a peek and I hope to see you play along with us at HSS!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Soft Season of Joy ~ CCMC479, ATSAM263, SUO185

Hi stampers!  Create with Connie and Mary has come up with a fabulous new color challenge this week!  Look at these colors -- How fun!  
Now, these colors didn't say Christmas to me at first, but after doing a little searching for inspiration I thought they'd work nicely for a Christmas card.  And, I think I was right!
I just love this new die set {card front builder} that has these nice pine trees and the cute little deer.  It's one of my favorite things from the Holiday Catalog, which ties into the SUO Challenge #185 -- your favorite new product from the Holiday Catalog!
I'm also joining this card into the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #263 -- Holiday.

The stary sky die is actually from the {Hometown Greetings Edgelits} die set.  I like these little stars a bit better than the one that came with the card front dies.  However, the little moon comes from the card front die set.  I added a little bit of sparkle with silver glimmer paper.  
This card turned out nice and simple.

I used the card front die and {Carols of Christmas} stamps for the inside of the card.

Come play along with our color challenge at the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Cherry Daisy ~ CCMC478, SIP119

Hey friends!  It's time for another Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  Join us over at the Create with Connie and Mary facebook page to share your card using this sketch.
I used the big daisy stamp and punch and added fussy cut leaves for the triple element from the sketch.  I wanted to keep it shabby feeling, so I went with the Burlap Background stamp as my backdrop for the focal flower.  I little bit of Old Olive chevron ribbon, so distressing, the sentiment and some sequins and my card was almost complete.  I used one of my favorite stamps to dress up my card base.... the distressed looking dot from Wood Words.  It fit in nicely with SIP #119, card makers choice.  I also adore the rich, deep color of Cherry Cobbler.  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Autumn Rustic Floral~ HSS274, PP364

Hello friends and welcome to another Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge! It's a sketch this time. I also used inspiration from The Paper Players inspiration challenge #364.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Happy Birthday to You! ~ CCMC477, GDP106

Hello stampers!  Today we have a color challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  These are pretty Halloween-y colors, I think although I'm not sure any of the designers went in that direction!  I'm not a huge fan of Halloween cards myself, so I chose to stick with autumn flowers.  These little flowers come from the beautiful, verstitile {Happy Birthday Gorgeous} set.  I love these little buds and don't they remind you of the gorgeous fall mums available this time of year?  
I also used the sketch from Global Design Project #106 to help me out with my design.

I hope you'll join us this week for our color challenge.  I'm excited to see what everyone does with these colors!
Post your creations on the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page.

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Ink: Calypso Coral, Fresh Fig, Pear Pizzazz
Paper: Eastern Palace DSP, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Iridescent sequins, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Petal Burst EF, Calypso Coral chevron ribbon.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Rustic Mix of Old and New ~ AYSI159

Hey stampers!  Well, it's been quite some time since I made a card that wasn't for one of the design teams that I'm on.  I had some extra time today and decided to use it to stamp something fun!  I was really intrigued by the As You See It Challenge #159.  It's all about using stuff in you "stash"...which is something that I TOTALLY need to do!  I had so much fun creating this card!  I also used the sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #242, but I don't think I'll link it because my card is definitely not CAS!  I liked the sketch, though, and I worked in nicely with the AYSI challenge.  

So, I was able to used a nice mix of old products and new on this card.  Old: Perfect Pairings stamp set.  This was a sale-a-bration set that I hardly ever used.  I think the font goes nicely with the worn wood/rustic look.  Also old are the antique brads and the gingham (striped) DSP from the Fruit Stand pack.  Current products are: Wood Words stamp set, Ticket border punch, Wood Textures DSP, linen thread, and circle punches.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Christmas Blessings Village ~ CCMC476, INKspire Me371

Hello stampers!  Create with Connie and Mary time again and it's sketch week.  I recently got some new holiday stamps and goodies in the mail and was eager to use them.  I really love these Hometown Greetings edgelits dies.  I used the colors from Inkspire Me Challenge #317 and figured the gold glimmer paper would look fantastic behind the cutouts on the buildings.  I love the clean look of the white houses and trees.  I added in a bit of espresso ribbon and gold sequin trim to mimic the diagonal element of the sketch.  Also, the Gently Falling EF ties into the theme nicely.  I used a greeting from Christmas Pines because I felt like all the greetings from the coordinating set to the houses were too big.  


I hope you'll be able to play along with us at the Create With Connie and Mary Facebook page!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!