Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Peace On Earth

I am so excited to say that I was invited to be Guest Designer for Muse: Christmas Visions MCV85! Today is the day! The Challenge is now open on the Muse: Christmas Visions Blog. Woot!! Thank you Cornelia and Ardyth!

As I was pondering my creation, I put my hand on this wonderful Hero Arts wood mounted stamp that I love so much. Thinking about the state of affairs in this crazy world in which we live, I decided to go with a theme of peace.

For the background panel, I pounced my Versa Mark pad on the SSS Falling Stars stencil and heat embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum EP.
I embossed the earth image on watercolor paper with the same EP, and watercolored it with Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers. The sentiment is done with Winnie & Walter's The Big, The Bold and The Merry Cutaways and stamps. I mounted the earth and the word "peace" with foam tape, and finished it off using a paperclip for the ornament hanger.

As of this posting, there are 96 days until Christmas. Wouldn't it be lovely to have a stash of handmade cards to send? Please join me and the Muse: Christmas Visions Designers and get your Christmas Card making groove on! You can find all the details on how to play HERE. I am so looking forward to seeing how my card inspires. Have fun!!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Just Fly

Today, Time Out Challenges presents a wonderful new challenge. It is an "Inspired By Words" challenge spotlighting a quote by Robert Henri ~ 
“Paint the flying spirit of the bird rather than its feathers.”

This quote that was chosen for this particular challenge is in homage to a worldwide celebration that takes place on or about September 15th every year - International Dot Day. Have your heard about it?

I have the great pleasure and privilege of working as a librarian in a PreK-8 school. What a fun and adventurous way to journey through my work days! I love books, and I especially love children's books. A couple of years ago, my awesome art teacher friend introduced me to a book called The Dot by Peter C. Reynolds. It is the story of a little girl named Vashti, who believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.

I fell immediately in love with the book, and then I came to find out that since it's publication, a worldwide movement of sorts has grown with the intent to celebrate the power and potential that creativity can inspire. Imagine the power and potential of millions of people around the world connecting, collaborating, creating and celebrating all that creativity inspires and invites. This challenge is the Time Out Team's way of celebrating creativity. We here at Time Out hope you will let your creative flag fly, play and celebrate with us!

The lovely and talented Carol Mayne of Just Me: c is joining us as Guest Designer for this challenge. Woot! Woot! Carol is a lovely person, a wonderful and dear bloggy, arty friend of mine, and she is a wickedly talented card maker. Go visit her blog and be prepared to be awed and inspired!!!!

Please head over to the Time Out Challenge Blog and check out the creations that Carol Mayne and the Design Team have created for your inspiraion. Unleash your creative soul and join us in honoring the spirit of creativity! I can't wait to see where the inspiration takes you!!! 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hello Birthday Girl

The September Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies Challenge is up and Running. As always, the theme is Anything Goes as long as you use dies on your project. Winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the Happy Little Stampers Shop! Check out all the details HERE.

I die cut Cheery Lynn Designs Mandala Doily 2 from Neenah Solar White card stock and blended some DOX inks on it. I added a stitched circle from my my snippet box to the center of the mandala. The sentiments are from SSS + CZ Design Hello You Clear Stamp and Die set. The black die cut banner is from Concord & 9th's Happy Card Frame Dies.

Please head over the the Happy Little Stampers September Anything Goes With Dies challenge and check out the awesome projects created for your inspiration by the HLS AGWD Designers. Get out your die cutting device and play along to share your creativity and for a chance to win!

SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Stamp It (no digi images allowed)

Monday, September 4, 2017


A new month has arrived, and that means a host of new challenges are starting at Happy Little Stampers. The theme of the September Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge is Christmas with an opetional twist of "sparkle". This is my take.

Now, I usually do the twist when a challenge has one, and this time is no exception; HOWEVER, you can not or can BARELY see just how sparkly this card is. I had an awful time photographing it, so I hope you can take my word for it! I am just plain out of gas and frustrated with trying to capture all that sparkle, so I admit it - I gave up.

The background panel is luscious navy with lots of sparkle and shine in it - it's from the December 2016 Hero Arts Monthly Card Kit - gorgeous. The beautiful Memory Box Flowering Christmas Tree is cut from white glitter paper - so sparkly!!!! You can't see that in the pic either. AND the sentiment is embossed in silver which has lots of sparkle and shine... my picture is flat as a board. But I tell you - it is fabulous IRL!!!!! Pinky swear!!!!

Anyway, the HLS Christmas Design Team has created lots of sparkly inspiration for you, so please head over to the Happy Little Stampers September Christmas Challenge and open up the inspiration portals!!! Christmas is only 114 days away here in the New York Metro Areac so get your holiday craftiness motor running. Link up and play with us for a chance to win a gift voucher to the Happy Little Stampers Store!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

You Are Loved

The new Time Out Challenge is up and running. Challenge #91 is to CASE Beverley Brown, owner and designer of Uniko clear stamps and paper crafting products. Uniko is also our challenge sponsor. Challenge winner will receive a gift certificate for the Uniko Store.

Here is Bev's gorgeous card:

Lucie G of LucieG Cards is Guest Designer for this challenge. Her blog is full of awesome creativity. Treat yourself to a visit and prepare to be inspired!

Please head on over to the Time Out Challenges Blog, learn more about our CASE artist, Bev Brown, and check out the awesome inspiration pieces the Design Team has created for you. Hopefully you will be inspired to take TIME OUT and CASE Bev With your Own Twist. The main thing is to be inspired and have fun, that's what the "Own Twist" is all about -feel free to use completely different colours for example. Enjoy!

This challenge runs until noon (EST), Wednesday,  September 13th.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Make Waves

I simply can not get enough of this mermaid tail from Julie Ebersole's Mermaid's Tail set from Ellen Hutson... I don't think I have ever used a single stamp more than I have used this one! This time I embossed the tail in gold on the card base, and die cut the top panel placing the aperture over the embossed tail.  I had used the stencil for another card. Afterwards, I left the distress inks on the stencil, sprayed it with water, and pressed it to a panel of watercolor paper. I love the soft, "foamy" effect. This card was made for a friend who needs a lot of support and encouragement right now. I just love the sentiments included in this set, and I thought these that I stamped on the inside were just perfect.

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