Thursday, February 11, 2016

Floral Birthday

Hello!  It is Thursday, and while many parts of this week have been super long (lots of snow days), other parts have seem to flown past.  I was fortunate enough to sneak in a little play time in between project deadlines and I'm playing with the Winnie & Walter Birthday Bash Gold + Watercolor Challenge and with the Pretty Pink Posh Valentine Challenge.

For my card I was inspired by Gayatri's beautiful floral arrangement and I knew my Winnie & Walter's In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet would be perfect for the challenge!

To create my card I used a "Faux Water Color" Technique by coloring my images with Distress Markers then spritzing them with water before stamping them onto my paper.  I then heat embossed my sentiment with gold embossing powder from The Big, the Bold, and the Happy Stamp Set.  I then diecut the panel with the Essential's: Audrey's Cutaways.  I then set it all a sparkle with some Pretty Pink Posh Sequins in Sparkling Clear 6 mm and 8 mm, as well as some Metallic Gold 4mm.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Piggy Party!

Hello, hello!  Today I am sharing a cute Birthday Card using the new Piggy Party Stamp Set on the Mint Owl Studio Blog and here...

This set is so much fun to color and play with!  I must add that I also used the I Moose You Stamp set for the little banners.  To create this card I started by stamping the fences and flowers before coloring my background with various Copics.  I then stamped the little piggies and experimented with coloring them various colors as well, so that each one could look a little different.  I then fussy cut around them and added them to my scene, popping the largest piggy up with foam adhesive.  I then stamped, colored and cut the little banners.  Next I stamped my sentiment, added a sun diecut and finally finished it off with some faux pen stitching.

I am linking this up to the MarkerPOP Anything Goes Challenge:

Happy Crafting and thanks for stopping by!

PS - Don't forget you still have time to hop along and join us in the Share the Love Blog Hop, sponsored by Mint Owl Studio!!! ( pssst- there are prizes too!)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Kindness is Always Fashionable

Hi again!  Two posts in one day? Whoa, look out!  I was so inspired by another PTI Anniversary Challenge: Grab and Go, that I just had to squeeze in some time and play along...

Here is what I grabbed...
 And here is what I created: (in less than 10 Minutes!)

I used a new to me mix of colors inspired from the Day 1 DT Intro Post on the PTI blog, and I really like it!  And there you have it, short and sweet!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Crafting!

PTI Inspiration 9 Years

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I am so excited as PTI is celebrating their 9 years right now!  They were one of the first stamp companies I really discovered, and I've loved them ever since.  (They also happen to be a hometown company, so double yay!)  I am so glad I was able to play along with the first challenge for their Anniversary Celebration, and I was inspired by the colors in Maile Belles' card...

And here is what I've created...

I used the Happiness in Bloom Stamp Set, and found inspiration for my layout on the stamp's front cover.  I wasn't sure how I was going to incorporate the lavender into my card, when I thought why not make it the flower's center?  It's a lot different than what I would normally think to do, but I think it works and I love it!  I die cut the panel, popped it up with foam adhesive and added some clear sequins.

Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Share the Love Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Share the Love Blog Hop! If you happened to stumble here first you will want to make sure you start at the beginning with the host for this hop: Mint Owl Studios.  Now for some details on what this blog hop is all about: The idea of this event is to make a card and send it to someone you love. We are part of an amazing hobby, and we can use our talent to put a smile on someone’s face. You can send it to a friend or family member who has a birthday, needs some encouragement, or just to say hi. 

And of course it's not a blog hop without a giveaway, right?!  So follow the rules to make sure you can get your name entered into the drawing:
Leave a comment on all of the blogs on this hop to be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to the Mint Owl Studio storeThere will be one winner chosen, so the more blogs you comment on, the better your chance is to win!

How can you participate and share the love?
-Make a card for someone in your life (it can be a friend, family member, co-worker, etc.)
-Post a photo of it on social media, tag us and use the hashtag #sharethelovemos
-If you don’t use social media, post it on your blog and then leave a link to it on the Mint Owl Studio
blog post.
-Send the card in the mail so you can share the love!
-For each card you make and share, you will be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to the Mint Owl Studio store. 

-This event starts on February 8th and ends on February 14th at 11:59 PM CST. 

Now onto what I've made for today's hop...

I am giving this card to my son for Valentine's Day!  I LOVE the super cute sentiments in the My Deer stamp set, like this one!  To create this card I used a heart die as a stencil and traced it onto watercolor cardstock in a random pattern.  I then dropped various watercolors in and set it to the side to dry.  Next I stamped my little mushrooms and colored them in with various Copics.  Next I added some details with a white gel pen, and fussy cut them both out.  I also went over the edges with a black Memento marker.  For the sentiment I embossed it in white onto a circle diecut.  The scalloped circle cut was in my diecut scraps and thought it fit perfectly, as was the sparkly heart!  ( Love when you can use your scrap stash! )  Then I adhered everything to the card base setting the circle dies slightly off one edge and trimming them.  Finally, I adhered the larger mushroom, and popped the little one up with foam adhesive!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for hopping along!  I know you are going to be amazed as you hop along with all of the awesome inspiration, here is a complete list of hop participants:


Lisa  - You are here

Amy T. - Go here next

Thanks again and Happy Crafting/Hopping!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Framed Love for

Hi!  Today you will find me on the Blog sharing a how to for a new home decor piece.  Hope you will get time to stop by and check it out!

I am also linking this up to the Simon Says Stamp: Have a Heart Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Happy Crafting!

Supplies Used:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

STAMPlorations CAS Challenge #2

Hello, hello!  Today starts a new challenge for STAMPlorations Clean and Simple Challenge, woot woot!  As always our Challenges are based on clean and simple designs, anything goes with the optional twist this time of the color: RED.  Here is what I've created...

As I am taking the OCC Watercolor class right now I incorporated a bit of my homework from Day 3 negative watercoloring into this challenge.  ( I'm really learning so much, even though I'm a bit behind, thank goodness you can take the class at your own pace! )  I started by using the heart image from the Balloons and Banners Stamp set as a basis for my heart images floating across the front.  I then used watercolors to loosely drop in over the hearts in various mixed reds.  I then used the negative watercoloring technique around the outside of the images, layering various colors and adding some droplets here and there with my brush.  Once it had finally dried I stamped my sentiment from the Fond Expression 2 Stamp Set several times with my MISTI and black Versafine ink.

I am also linking this up to Simon Says Stamp: Have a Heart Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!