Sunday, April 23, 2017

My GD Gig At MarkerPOP!

MarkerPOP is an online destination for artists looking for inspiration and an outlet to share a common love for markers, especially Copic & Touch markers. The MarkerPOP store carries inkers & mists, papers and pads, stamps & dies, embellishments & accessories. A new weekly challenge is posted every Monday on the MarkerPOP Blog to help keep your creative juices flowing.  

On March 5, 2017, THIS card made it to the Top 3 for the Marker Pop Challenge #114 Be My ValentineI was so thrilled that my card was chosen, and even more thrilled that I was invited to Guest Design for Marker Pop #119 - Watercolor Florals.  What a lovely opportunity! When pondering my design, I ran across this gorgeous Hero Arts wood mounted stamp that has been in my stash for a very long time. It certainly is the perfect image for a Watercolor Floral challenge, so I inked it up with VersaMark ink, embossed it with white EP, and colored it with Zigs and a water brush. It was hard to see what I was coloring at first, and really fun to see it come to "life" as I added color and water. The inlaid sentiment is cut with PTI's Wet Paint dies.

Please head on over to the MarkerPOP Blog and see the gorgeous inspiration by the Design Team and Guest Designers. There are some wonderful prizes to be had. You can see all the details in the challenge post. Grab your watercolors and brushes and play along!

I am also playing at:

Stamps: Hero Arts Marion's Bouquet
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: Strathmore Bristol Paper, PTI Lavender Moon and True Black
Accessories: Filigree White EP, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Zig Detailer Water color Brush, PTI Wet Paint dies

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Time for a new game at Time Out Challenges. Challenge #81 is a Home Sweet Home Challenge - A photo inspiration challenge with a homey twist!

Here is the inspiration for the challenge:

Time Out Challenge #81 is sponsored by STAMPlorations. The winner will receive a $15.00 gift voucher to shop at the STAMPlorations store, and a random winner winner be chosen to receive their choice of any of the stamps, dies or stencils that the Design Team have used.

Here is my take:

I chose to focus on the variations of reds/pinks plus the accents of black and gray in the photo. I stamped  STAMPlorations Coffee Cup Parade - Artsy Borders image on Ranger water color card stock with Ranger Black Archival Ink using my MISTI. I colored it with Zigs and covered the cups with clear Wink Of Stella. I die cut CUTorations Hello Sunshine Phrase Die from black cardstock, trimmed the word "hello", and glued it to the top panel.

Please head on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog to check out the wonderful inspiration pieces that the design team has created. Let the inspiration photo take you to your creative place, and make soemthing to share in the gallery. Take some Time Out to play with us!

I am also playing at:

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Happy Peepster

Happy Easter, Happy Spring! 
I am playing at the following chllneges:

I used Freshly Made Sketches #282 for my design.

The three stitched squares are die cut with SSS Stitched Squares dies, and the peeps are die cut with SSS My Kind Of Peep dies. 

Pastel plaids (MFT) and peeps.

Darnell's 2nd Annual April Fool's Boo-Boo Hop and NBUS Challenge #11

I bought SSS My Kind Of Peep stamps and dies last year and never used them until today. I am also posting this card

for Darnell's My Big Fat Card Boo Boo. This was my first pass at Freshly Made Sketch #282. I loved it, and then I went back to read the fine print of the challenge, and saw the part that said that it's an all square sketch!  Oooooooops!!!!! My original card was 4/25 x 5.5. I love the sketch and wanted to enter the challenge, so I started over and made the square card at the top of this post. This cracked me up. Gotta leave it to Darnell to provide a place to share our bloopers!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

HLS April Christmas Challenge

It;s Christmas in April at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge. As always, the game is anything goes, and this time the optional twist is Embossing. Winner will receive a $15.00 discount at the Happy Little Stampers Shop.

Here is my take:

I embossed this wonderful wreath image with silver embossing powder on a white panel die cut with a stitched rectangle die, and popped it up on a white card base. The gorgeous sparkly ribbon was in the ribbon snippet box. The sentiment is from Happy Little Stampers Mixed Christmas Sentiments set. The elegant script goes beautifully with the silcer wreath.

The Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge Design Team has whipped up some wonderful Christmas projects for your inspiration. Please head on over to the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge Blog, see what they have created, and get inspired to add another card to your 2018 Christmas card stash! Have fun!

Stamps - Penny Black Adornment, Happy Little Stampers Mixed Christmas Sentiments
Paper - Neenah Solar White
Ink - VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories - MISTI, heat gun, ribbon remnant

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Easter Joy

There is a new CAS game up at AAA Cards Challenge Blog with a theme of "Shiny Spring" - a Spring inspired card with the optional twist of the addition of a shiny element.

Happy Little Stampers is sponsoring the challenge with a $20 gift certificate from the Happy Little Stampers Store, for the winner!

Trina Pham of My Crafting Closet is Guest Designer for this challenge. Trina has a wonderful style, and her coloring is awesome! You will surely be inspired by her creations when you check out her blog.

Here is my take:

I love Verve's retired Easter Joy set. It comes out every year at this time - I never grow tired of it. I embossed it in gold (my shiny twist) and colored it with Zigs.

Please check out Challenge #87 on the AAA Cards Challenge blog, see what Trina and the DT has created to enliven your imagination. Create a spring-themed card, link up, and play! Don't forget that AAA Challenges are all cards, and all CAS! for the AAA definition of CAS, click HERE.

I'm also playing at:

The centerpiece in the photo really reminded me of the image I used on my card.

Supplies Used
Stamps - Verve Easter Joy (retired)
Ink - VersaMark, Ranger Archival Jet Black
Paper - Tim Holtz Watercoloe Distress Cardstock, Neenah Solar White
Accessories - Ranger Queen's Gold Embossing Powder, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die, water brush

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dream Then Do

It's funny that as I was going through the process of creating this card, I kept thinking of elements to include that required dies, but there are no dies allowed with this challenge! LOL. I used images from 2 CASual Fridays sets to create this card. It's a bit different than my usual style of late. I wanted to give it a dreamy feel so I muted the stamped leafy images with distress inks and water, added some Glimmer mist, and finished it off with a crisp sentiment and some sequins.

Stamps - CASual Fridays Casual Eegance and Woot Woor
Paper - Water color paper, SU Cameo Coral
Ink - Ranger Distress Inks, VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories - MISTI, Sequins, Glimmer Mist

Thursday, March 30, 2017

You Are Like A Rainbow

Challenge #80 is up at Time Out Challenges, and time the theme is Inspired By Words: 
'When it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars'

Our sponsor is Uniko. Winner will receive a $15.00 gift certificate to use in the Uniko store.

Marilyn is our Guest Designer for the Guest and Reminder posts for this challenge. Marilyn is a extremely talented crafter with awesome design and coloring skills. You are sure to enjoy a visit to her blog!

Here is my take on the challenge:

I just love the simple design of this card juxtaposed with the power of the sentiment.

Please head on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog and see how the wonderful Design Team was inspired by the challenge quote. Leave them some love, see how the quote inspires you, and play along with us. It is so much fun to see all the different interpretations of the same words.

Stamps - MFT Rainbow Of Happiness
Paper - Ranget Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock, Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories - Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Water Brush, Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Elle-Ments Die, Foam Tape, MISTI.