July 25, 2014

Cool off

I live in Utah.  It's famous for snow.  But regardless of that, it is in a desert and has scorching hot, dry summers.  I hate the winter, but this week I've been pining for it.  This heat is sweltering!  So I pulled out my "coolest" looking stamps to play with, and found one of my favorites.

Stamps-There She Goes, Paper-DCWV, Rub ons-Fancy Pants, Ribbon-Offay, Twine and Buttons-American Crafts

It's designed by Tortico for There She Goes, which tragically closed its store at the end of last year.  But Tortico is now designing for My Favorite Things, so you can find her cute images there (not this one, but some really fun others).

I wanted to make a Christmas card without the standard red and green.  Think it works?  I love the teal and purple, but am not sure about that sunny yellow.  Guess summer snuck into my card after all!

Linking to:
Craft Your Passion-Christmas in July
Top Tip Tuesday-material girl
Crafting for All Seasons-Christmas in July
Color Throwdown-teal, purple, and yellow
Just Add Ink-Christmas in July
Avenue 613-anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door-anything goes
Penny's Challenges-anything goes
Crafty Creations-just for fun

TAWS Be Inspired #55

I've been in a crafting slump for the past couple months.  But nothing brings back my inspiration like The Alley Way Stamps.  This month's Be Inspired Challenge was a little more challenging but way fun:

At first, I drew inspiration from the ombre effect that berry lemonade has.  (Once you taste the berry-filled bottom...MMMM)  Not quite sure how, but my ombre background turned into a monochromatic flower pot.

Stamps-The Alley Way, Paper-Basic Grey, Coloring Medium-Prismacolor pencils, Ink-Stampin Up and Ranger

I was inspired by the summery feel of the photo, the ombre look of the glasses, the stiped straws, the splotchy pattern from the ice cubes, and the pink and turquoise colors.  The flowers come from TAWS's Awesome Blossom and the bird from Chill Out

Linking To:
The Alley Way Stamps-Be Inspired #55
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge-lots of pink
Avenue 613-anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door-anything goes
Penny's Challenges-anything goes
Crafty Creations-just for fun

March 20, 2014


A Song in my Heart has a new challenge this week.  This week's theme is

I'm guest designing for this challenge too.  The song instantly made me think of all those fun watercolor backgrounds that I've seen lately.

My card uses all Stampin Up products this time.  I spread colored ink in a Pyrex dish, spritzed it, and then dipped the watercolor paper in it to get the rainbow look.  The fun part is I only used 3 colors.  They mixed to create all those vibrant hues!  After it was dry, I stamped the flowers with Versamark ink and clear embossed the design on top.

Thanks for visiting.  Hope you have something to celebrate this week.

March 5, 2014

GDT-Time Flies

Hi Everyone!  I am this month's Guest DT at the new challenge blog, A Song in Your HeART.  Every two weeks, the lovely ladies at the blog challenge you to be inspired by a song.  This time, the challenge song is "Time Flies" by Johnny Reid.

The lyrics to the song definitely made me think of clocks, vintage aging, and living life to the fullest.  Time to search my stash for distressed paper:

Paper-7 Gypsies, Stamps-Tim Holtz, Embellishments-Doodlebug

Vintage is definitely not my style, but as I worked on it, the card took an eclectic artsy feel which is much more my style.  The paper is black on one side and white on the other.  I cut it into strips and then lined the strips with alternating patterns to make the funky striped background.  Love the way the chalkboard banner turned out.

Be sure to check out this week's challenge at A Song in Your HeART!

Linking to:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-clocks/time
Make It Monday-anything goes
Avenue 613 Create-use your stash
Cheerful Stamp Pad-anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door-anything goes

February 17, 2014

Mr. Roboto

I've got a few cards to share from the past couple weeks.  Here's a silly robot!

Paper-Paper Studio, Stamps-The Alley Way Stamps and Technique Tuesday, Colors-Distress Inks and Spectrum Noir

I love the grunge metallic look that I got with my Spectrum Noir markers.  This was my first attempt embossing, I think there will be a bit of a learning curve!  You can view this card in my Etsy shop HERE.

Linking to:
Spectrum Noir-cards for boys
Make It Monday-anything goes

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