Sunday, February 25, 2018

A little skunk showed up for FMS325

My mom asked me to make a card featuring a skunk for her good friend. Apparently her friend loves skunks, and has several as pets. I didn't know Skunk pets were a thing, but there's conventions and everything for them. Learn something new every day, right?
 We don't have a dedicated skunk set, but there's lot of fabulous Demos out there that figured out how to make a skunk with the Fox Builder punch.

At first I didn't know what I was going to do with the little skunk, but then I checked out the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and I knew that would work out really nicely

I thought the skunk would look right at home in the forest, so I whipped out my Woodland TIEF and made a little textured panel of trees. And trees need leaves, so I made a couple with my Vintage Leaves set, and added the skunk to that. Who knew skunks would be so cute?
Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to check out all the awesome projects at Freshly Made Sketches

Have a magical day!

Jar of Love for GDP126

The first time I saw the Jar of Love stamp set in last years Annual Catalog, I fell in love. In North Carolina, canning jars are ubiquitous. If it can be put in or on a jar, it will be. Even my Valentine's flowers came in a jar this year (they were really pretty, for the record).
My card today:

When I saw the sketch at Global Design Project,  I knew I wanted to use my Jar of Love set. It has the cutest little Lightnin' bug, complete with glowing bum.
I really like the spray of flowers from the Wood Words set, and in White Craft ink, it really stands out on the Wood Textures paper. I have found myself reaching for this stack of paper pretty frequently, its so easy to use with so many projects.

The sketch from GDP:
My card was super easy to put together, the Wood Textures paper really does a lot of the work! 
I stamped the smallest jar on Thick Whisper White, and cut it out with the Stitched Framelits. A little  Whisper White Solid Baker's Twine and it's complete!
I hope you enjoyed today's card, and you head over to the Global Design Project to check out all the awesome inspiration!

Have a magical day!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

InKing Royalty Blog Hop - They Say It's Your Birthday

Welcome to InKing Royalty's February Blog Hop! Today's Blog Hop is filled to the brim with projects that celebrate birthdays. The opening line from The Beatles' "Birthday" song ran through our heads as we joyfully created the birthday-themed creations we share with you today.  After you read my post, I hope you'll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

When I first saw the new Occasions Catalog, one product suite really jumped out at me as an absolute must-have : Myths & Magic. I knew that I just had to have it all! This suite has all the things my family loves: mermaids and unicorns for my daughter, dragons for my husband, and for me? Well, I love all of it (think of all the Harry Potter themed projects!)!

Today's card is inspired by the mermaid card on page 36 of the Occasions Catalog. I knew I wanted to CASE this card when I first saw it, and I'm so happy I did...I absolutely love today's card!

I was looking for a different fold to use, and I came upon this great fun fold card by Jackie Bolhuis, and I couldn't wait to try it. I followed her video, and was amazed with how easily you can put this together!
To color the mermaids, I used the new Stampin' Blends. They are so easy to work with and really take away a lot of the intimidation factor of alcohol markers. There's a light and dark shade of 12 colors, plus bronze and ivory. And don't worry if you edge over the line a bit, there's a color lifter available as well.

Aren't they sweet? I added a touch of Wink of Stella to their scales for a little extra sparkle (because you can never have enough sparkle, right?).

Inside I added the birthday sentiment from Magical Mermaid, and the tiny seahorse from Magical Day was colored with Flirty Flamingo ink and a blender pen.

Paper: Pool Party CS (3"x5 1/2") embossed, added to the front of Whisper White (3"x11" scored at 5 1/2"). Adhered to a (3 1/2" x 5 1/2") piece of Myths & Magic Specialty DSP. I added that to the top of (4 1/4"x 5 1/2") stamped panel of Pool Party CS. The small flap is made of Pool Party CS (1"x 5 1/2") and another strip of DSP measuring (3/4"x 4 1/4")

Ink: Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingo. Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Ivory and Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends.
Framelits, Folders and Punches: Magical Mates, Little Loves, Layering Circles and Support Ribbon Framelits; Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and Triple Banner Punch
Stamps: Magical Day and Magical Mermaid
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Wink of Stella, blender pens

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping There's lots of inspiration to be found in this group - and you don't want to miss it!

Have a magical day!

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:
  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  7. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  8. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  9. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin'
  10. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  11. Imogene Thomas at
  12. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie's Crafts
  13. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps

Monday, February 19, 2018

A Little Wild for Festive Friday Challenge

I'm super excited today to share a card I created for the first ever Festive Friday Challenge! When I first heard about this new challenge, I just knew I had to join. The Festive Friday Challenge gives you a few options to include in your submission: a holiday, an element, or you can do both.  Not only are there options for your creations, you can earn points for prizes! How cool is that?

For the Festive Friday Challenge you can submit up to 3 projects. I had so much fun with the card I posted earlier that I wanted to make a second! I made this little cutie for my Godson for his first Valentine's Day.

I love these little cards and envelopes! They're too small for standard mailing as-is, but they make wonderful enclosure cards with a gift or as a sweet little something to let someone know you're thinking of them. And this one came together really quickly!

This adorable little lion was colored with my Stampin' Blends markers, and I love his look! The Stampin' Blends are alcohol markers, and they're so easy to use!

Crumb Cake (base)
Coffee Break DSP (2 3/4 square and extra for envelope flap)
Thick Whisper White (for lion and leaves)

Stampin' Blends Markers in Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Bronze and Pink Pirouette
Pear Pizzazz for sentiment

Stamps and Dies:
 A Little Wild bundle ( A Little Wild stamp set and Little Loves framelits)
Lots to Love framelits

I hope you'll visit the Festive Friday Challenge page, and see all the wonderful projects! 

A Heart-y mix for the first Festive Friday Challenge

I'm super excited today to share a card I created for the first ever Festive Friday Challenge! When I first heard about this new challenge, I just knew I had to join. The Festive Friday Challenge gives you a few options to include in your submission: a holiday, an element, or you can do both.  Not only are there options for your creations, you can earn points for prizes! How cool is that?

For this card, I wanted to include both:

I started with a standard A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) card base of Basic Black, to which I added a panel of Melon Mambo CS (4 x 5 1/4). My focus panel is Shimmery White CS (3 3/4 x 5), which I absolutely adore because of the subtle shimmer it has. It really makes an impression in person, it's so lovely. 

Powder Pink, Melon Mambo, Sweet Sugarplum, Versamark

Bloomin' Love, Sure Do Love You, Wood Words

After doing a watercolor wash of Powder Pink with my Aqua Painters, I stamped the biggest heart (from Sure Do Love You) in versamark ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  I added the other hearts in Melon Mambo and Sweet Sugarplum.  I used an embossing marker to add the tiny dots which I also heat embossed, as well as the sentiment and banner from Bloomin' Love.
And of course, I had to add a little sequins for some pizzazz, and these are from the Metallics Assortment.

Thanks for visiting today :)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

A wreath for GDP124

 You know how sometimes, even with a sketch to work with, you can spend hours trying to perfect a single card?
That was me today.

This week at Global Design Project it’s CASE the designer, with a wonderful card by Louise Sharp.
I loved the florals and the wreath layout on Louise’s card, and I definitely wanted to incorporate that into my project.

Isn't that lovely? I love the bright flowers and the how they pop against the muted colors of the background panels.

My card:

I started with a 5.5 square card base of very vanilla, and added a layer of crumb cake cardstock. On the main panel of very vanilla I used the flower and leaf die cuts from the Support Ribbon Framelits. I cut the leaves in Lemon Lime Twist and Pear Pizzazz and the flowers are Berry Burst and Fresh Fig. I wanted to add a little pop so I added some pearls to the centers of the flowers.  I stamped the sentiment from the Bloomin' Love stamp set. 

I hope you enjoyed my card, and don't forget to head over to the GDP site to see all the wonderful and inspiring works of art!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Magical Day for FMS323

Hey everyone!
Today I'm officially launching the ink paper sequins blog, and I'm starting off with a sketch challenge! The sketch Karren Johnson created at Freshly Made Sketches was a great opportunity for me to finally open my Magical Day bundle and Myths and Magic paper.

Here's the sketch:
Isn't that inspiring? I love it! Here is my interpretation:

I used my Aqua Painters to watercolor the dragon with Lemon Lime Twist ink, going over the main body a couple times to darken it. I mixed just a dab of Tranquil Tide with Lemon Lime Twist to add a little color to the scales on his belly and his wings and spikes. I punched  two cloud shapes out of the iridescent glimmer paper using the Tree Builder Punch.  The sentiment is from Dare to Dream, an exclusive hostess set. I love the beautiful font!

Thank you for stopping by!

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