Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 338

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hi there!
I hope you all had a fabulous thanksgiving!
Did anyone shop this weekend!? I sure did ;-)
Here is another Cupcake Inspirations Challenge for you!
This week's sponsor is All Dressed Up Stamps.

Look at these gorgeous colors!
Here is my take...

Aren't these colors oh so pretty!?
I really enjoyed working with this card :-D

The sponsor generously provided us some cute digi images to work with, thank you!
My pick was this adorable fairy!
My bestie in Japan asked me what I wanted for my birthday, so I requested Copic markers (I figured they're more reasonable there) and they just came! Her dress and headband were colored with one of them...LOVE! 
There were 2 other things that I used for the first time, the Heat and Stick Powder and Glitter! It was so messy! lol 

The provided images were for Christmas, so I used those Christmas sentiment dies from Ellen Hutson. The shinny gold really pops on navy blue, doesn't it!? I water colored the background then splattered some gold ink, threw some gold thread and mounted the image and the star with the sentiment. Some gold sequins and gold polka dots washi tape finished the card ;-)

My notes...

Stamp: Little Christmas Girl 02 (All Dressed Up Stamp)
Paper: Night of Navy, Gold Foil Sheet, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Night of Navy, Skin Tone, Soft Suede, Early Espresso Stampin' Markers, Encore Gold Ink, Copic Ciao B02, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen
Accessory: 4mm Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Metallic Gold Thread
Tool: Heat Tool, Heat and Stick powder, Gold Glitter, Stars Framelits Die, Merry & Bright Designer Die (Essentials by Ellen), Finished Frames Elle-ments Die (Avery Elle)

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hope you enjoyed it!
Don't forget to check out what the other girls have made over at the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog!

Inky Paws Challenge

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!
Hope you all are enjoying the big meal, and the quality time with your family and friends today!
I wanted to make a quick stop to share this card I made for the Inky Paws Challenge over at Newton's Nook Designs!

Inky Paws Challenge #27 - Kraft & Sparkle | Newton's Nook Designs

How pretty!
I got so many ideas but here it is...;-)

This is more sparkly in person!
I am obviously not a good photographer... Hee Hee ;-p

These gorgeous roses were heat embossed with very sparkly gold on vellum, then water colored on the back. Aren't they just so delicate and beautiful!?

I lightly applied versamark on my Chevron Background stamp to get the distressed look,  then heat embossed with the same sparkly gold. I also sanded the edges of the Crumb Cake cardstock for more distressed effect.

That little sentiment is from the same stamp set, isn't it cute!? It was heat embossed on vellum and the U was water colored. I placed some gold thread behind it for additional sparkle! Of course some sequins are always good too ;-D 

My notes...

Stamp: Chevron Background (SU), Love Grows (newton's Nook Designs)
Paper: Crumb Cake, In-Color 2013-2015 DSP Stack, Vellum
Ink: Versamark, Crisp Cantaloupe, Gumball Green
Accessory: Metallic Gold Thread, Metallic Sequins Assortment, Washi Tape
Tool: Heat Tool, Enchanted Gold Emboss Powder (Ranger)

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hope you enjoyed it!

Sparkle and Shine Challenge

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hi there!
Today I am playing along with the Sparkle and Shine Challenge!

Isn't it pretty!?
Here is my take...

I had been dying to play with this stamp set from Newton's Nook Designs that was exclusively made for Stamp-tember over at Simon Says Stamp!
I inked up the cute kitty and bunny for one card, but I couldn't fit them nicely on one so ended up making 2 fall cards!

The black chevron pillow in the inspirational photo totally caught my eye, along with the beautiful fall colors!

Newton and the pile of leaves were water colored. 
I layered a few colors on the leaves, I love how it turned out ;-)

Thanksgiving is this Thursday (holy macaroni! Did it sneak up on you too!?), so I thought "Thanks" was most appropriate ;-) I layered More mustard on Pumpkin Pie, you can see it better in the photo above ;-)
Burlap and some colorful sequins completed this simple card!

Here is card #2 with this cute bunny!
I used the same chevron paper but positioned this one in the center.

Of course he was water colored as well.
The pumpkin was colored with 2 shades of orange to give some depth.

I originally had the same sentiment as the other card but switched to this huge one in black. Just like the rocking chair in the inspirational photo, bold black really pops in light neutral colors!
Do you see the purple flowers in the photo? I don't know the name but I have them in my flower garden and love them! So that is what I added. 
Some yellow sequins were just the right finishing touch, don't you agree!?

My notes...

Stamp: Hello Fall (Newton's Nook Designs for Simon Says Stamp), A Bunch (Waffle Flower)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Gumball Green, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Watercolor Paper, Wonder Pattern Paper Pad (Crate Paper)
Ink: Smoky Slate, Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Brown Baked Sugar, Wisteria Wonder 
Accessory: Burlap Ribbon, More Mustard Gross Grain Ribbon, Sand Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Yellow Sequins (Studio Calico), Green and Orange Sequins (Craft Medley)
Tool: Bird Builder Punch, Die-namics Many Thanks (My Favorite Things), Fancy Words Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), A Bunch Craft Die (Waffle Flower), Sewing Machine

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hope you enjoyed it!

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 337

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Hello there, Happy Sunday!
Here goes another Cupcake Inspirations Challenge for you!
This week's sponsor is Crafty Sentiments.

Now how cute and fun is this!?
Here is my beary cute card...

I went very simple to showcase this super sweet image that the sponsor provided us!
Thank you!

Seriously, isn't this the sweetest thing ever!?
I sponged to color this adorable couple, I just love it!

Love is in the air!
I stitched these heart on my sweet scallop base.

Sprinkled some sequins and that is all it needed!
I love this retired SU In-Color 2013-2015, such sweet colors!
So from ink to paper to sequins, it's all these colors ;-)

My notes...

Stamp: Couples (Crafty Sentiments), Love (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, In-Color 2013-2015 DSP Stack
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush
Accessory: In-Color 2013-2015 Sequin Assortment
Tool: Heat to Heat Punch, Sponge, Sewing Machine, Essentials:Audrey Cutaways (Winnie and Walter)

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hope you enjoyed it!
Now let's all go to the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog and enjoy the beary beautiful cards that my teammates have made!

Sketch For You To Try

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hi there!
I have a card I made for the Sketch For You To Try Challenge over at Reverse Confetti today! 


This card took me a few days to complete, I kind of lost my inspirations in the middle of it! Does that ever happen to you? How do you recover?

I LOVE this cute little monkey! So stinkin' cute!!!
I think I lost my inspirations because I kind of made the sketch blurry on this card...

So the whole thing started with my monkey and the presents. I stamped them with Stazon then water colored. I then die cut my garlands, I absolutely adore these dies! And there was some more water coloring on the garlands and background. 

I tried a few different things for the flag part, but settled with this vellum fringe! 
Those fun, sparkly glitter stars were added to repeat the star garland. 

After assembling the party together, I layered it on this patterned paper, I happened to use all the colors on this one! 
Even thought I got lost in the middle of this card, I think it turned out cute... What do you think?

My notes...

Stamp: Monkey Business (Reverse Confetti)
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Watercolor Paper, This and That DSP, Blue Vellum (Studio Calico)
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Mint Macaron, Tangerine Tango, Crisp Cantaloupe Stampin' Reinkers, Gold Marker
Accessory: Star Puffy Stickers (Freckled Fawn)
Tool: Monkey Business, Star Garland, and Circle Garland Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Wonky Stitches Elle-ments Die (Avery Elle), Lulu Frinfe Cutaways (Winnie and Walter)

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hope you enjoyed it!

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 336

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hello stampers!
It is time for another Cupcake Inspirations Challenge!
This week's sponsor is Deedees Digis!
They have so many cute images, it's worth a little trip to their store!

Aren't these colors just so yummy!?
Here is my take...

The sponsor generously provided us digi images to work with, thank you!
I picked this super adorable ducky! 

So what's really cool about their digital stamps is, they give you so many images! They even give you a set of colored images, a set of outlines, and even printable patterned paper!
For my card, I printed on my own patterned paper and fussy cut the umbrella and the handle. Then I printed colored image and adhered the umbrella on top. It took a long time but was totally worth it! ;-)
Isn't he just so cute!? and colored so perfectly! 

I printed one of the patterned paper also!
It's cute, and the colors match so how could I not!?
I die cut the sentiment in the same coral patterned paper as the umbrella, then another one in Blushing Bride, and mounted them on top slightly off centered.

I wanted to keep it simple to showcase the cute image and patterned paper.
I dry embossed my base card with polka dots, and added yellow vellum, that's all this card needed! I think it turned out so cute!

My notes...

Stamp: Rainy Day (Deedees Digis)
Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Sent With Love DSP, Yellow Vellum (Studio Calico)
Tool: Perfect Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Hello Die (Studio Calico)

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hope you enjoyed it!
Don't forget to go to the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the design team made!

Mixed Media Card Challenge

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Hi there!
I am playing along with the Mixed Media Card Challenge today!

Here is my family card...

The first thing that came to my head was "family tree", so that is exactly what I made!

I made my tree with the Core'dination Core Color Cardstock. This was my very first time using them, and oh my! I am loving the distressed look you can make so very easily! 
Each heart on the tree represents my family member, my very handsome husband, our 4 beautiful children, and myself. 

Of course I had to water color my background, I am totally addicted!
I water colored it with Coastal Cabana, stamped the measuring tape background stamp lightly with Versamark then heat embossed with the Early Espresso emboss powder. 

I heat embossed "family" and "love" with this little alphabet stamp set from Target's $1 shelf, cut them around the rectangles, water colored with Early Espresso. 
Those little pocket watch die cut and key trinket are from Japan. My sister sent me some washi tape and stickers a few years back, and now that I've met mixed media, they make the perfect embellishments!

I cannot get enough of mixed media, it tickles my arty side!
I am still just a wanna-be, self taught by pinterest *Ha Ha Ha*
When I search mixed media on pinterest, I cannot stop and lose my sleep! LOL

My notes...

Stamp: Backgrounds Rule, Alphabet Set (Target)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Watercolor Paper, Core'dination Core Color Cardstock
Ink: Versamark
Accessory: Die Cut and Trinket Stickers (From Japan)
Tool: Heat Tool, Gumball Green, Crushed Curry Early Espresso Stampin' Emboss Powder, Sewing Machine

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hope you enjoyed it!

Pals Paper Art Challenge

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hi there!
Today I am playing along with the Pals Paper Art Challenge!

Well, isn't this a beautiful fall color combo!?
Here is my take...

Even though you're not required to use Stampin' Up! products to play this challenge, I feel like I should only use SU since I am one of the pretty pals (SU demo group). So this card is all SU! I've been playing with more non SU products this year, so this was refreshing!

I needed a thank you card, and I just got this Thankful Forest Friends set, perfect!
I heat embossed that beautiful sentiment on my water colored background. Well, it was off centered! *Ooops!* So I added that pretty vine on the left, and a little branch on the right side of the sentiment to balance.

I die cut those stems in Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey cardstocks, then adhered them on top of the gold thread. I thought about brushing the clear glitter over them, but I wasn't sure...

Just added a little gold bow and done! 
This was pretty quick to make, and I love how it turned out!

My notes...

Stamp: Thankful Forest Friends
Paper: Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Versamark
Accessory: 1/8" Gold Ribbon, Metallic Gold Thread
Tool: Heat Tool, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Bouquet Bigz Die, Sewing Machine

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hope you enjoyed it!

Sparkle and Shine Challenge

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hello lovelies!
I am playing along with the Sparkle and Shine Challenge today!

Pretty colors!
Those dresses are so silky and beautiful!
Here is my take...

I'll be very honest with you... I am not really sure about this card...LOL
I know what I was trying to do, but it didn't quite transfer onto the 

I was mostly inspired by those pretty dresses, and those die cuts are supposed to look like the dresses! And obviously, the ribbons and the flowers are the bouquets that those bride's maids are holding. I tried the die cuts in many different positions, and this looked cleanest...

I thought I had the In a Word: Love Cutaway, but apparently I don't...does that ever happen to you!? Well, I think this sentiment works beautifully too! 
The bride's maids are wearing beautiful sparkly necklaces, so I die cut the sentiment in my glimmer paper ;-) 

I wanted the silky shimmer from the dresses, so used the shinny gloss cardstock for my base. But of course a little more sparkle and shine won't hurt so I sprinkled some sequins ;-)

I think this card is different, but still pretty... I am not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing... Let me hear what you think! 

My notes...

Stamp: Love Grows (Newton's Nook Designs)
Paper: Gloss White Cardstock (Ranger), Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay, Midnight Muse, Silver Glimmer Paper, Color Vellum (Studio Calico)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black 
Accessory: Clear and Blue Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Lucky Limeade Organdy Ribbon, Pool Party and Island Indigo Ribbons, Crochet Trim Ribbon
Tool: In a Word: Hugs Cutaways (Winnie and Walter), Die-namics Blueprint 25 (My Favorite Things)

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hope you enjoyed it!

Your Next Stamp Challenge

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hello there!
I am playing along with the Your Next Stamp Challenge today!
I don't get to  as much as I want to lately, so I enjoyed myself making this card ;-)



I played both challenges!
Here is my card...

If you're sweet enough to follow my blog (thank you so very much, by the way! I know my style has changed so much, but I am glad you still enjoy my creations!), then you know that sketch is not my strength, so playing a sketch challenge is fun, but hard!

But since I am playing the color challenge also, and these rich, fall colors are absolutely gorgeous, it wasn't that hard! 
I am totally in love with this adorable stamp set!
I used Crumb Cake, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, and Basic Gray to color everything. 

This sentiment is from the Scripty Words Die set, the very first sentiment die set I bought! 

I used the Sahara Sand cardstock for my base.
I wanted another layer so looked through the Well Worn DSP Pack (I know, so old!!), colors were right but the distressed look wasn't. So I used my go-to vellum. ;-)

My notes...

Stamp: Phoebe with Her Wagon (Your Next Stamp)
Paper: Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Watercolor Paper, Something Borrowed DSP, Christmas DSP Stack, Vellum *(Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Cajun Craze Basic Gray Stampin' Markers
Tool: Scripty Words Die (Your Next Stamp), Shimmelle Lovely Die (American Craft)

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hope you enjoyed it!