Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #29

It's May! You know how the saying goes - April showers bring May flowers - which is why the Sparkle and Shine inspiration photo is absolutely perfect for this challenge!


Create A Smile Stamps is sponsoring this challenge. If you aren't familiar with them, they have the most adorable stamps. Check them out. Then enter the challenge so you can win a $25 gift card to their store!

Here is the card I made from the inspiration photo:

I had fun with this card. Here's how I made it:

  1. Create a circle mask by die cutting a circle onto masking paper. Use the negative as the mask.
  2. Using a blender tool, blend Distress Inks onto the card base. (I used Peacock Feathers and Evergreen Bough). While the ink is still wet, use a dry paint brush and brush on Perfect Pearls powder just before removing the mask. Spray Perfect Pearls Mist in gold onto the paper.
  3. Stamp flowers, leaves and succulents and then die cut or fussy cut them. I used Altenew Vintage Florals, Simon Says Stamp/Altenew Layered Flowers and Simon Says Stamp Cups and Succulents. All ink is from Altenew. Adhere to card base.
  4. Stamp sentiment with Versamark and heat emboss in gold. The sentiment is also from Simon Says Stamps Flowers on My Mind.
  5. Don't forget to finish it off with some bling. I used pearl gems from Eyelet Outlet.
Please visit the other design team blogs for further inspiration. Thanks for visiting!


Friday, April 15, 2016

Sparkle and Shine Challenge 28

It's time for another Sparkle and Shine Challenge. If you like purple, this is the challenge for you! Check out the gorgeous inspiration photo below. All you have to do is create a project using the photo as your inspiration. If your project is chosen as the winner, you will receive a $15 gift card to the online craft store Right at Home.


As you can see, I incorporated the color, the circles and the flowers into my card. The flowers are from Avery Elle's Petal and Stems set. Although it's a solid stamp, I added depth and dimension to it by coloring over it with colored pencils. It creates highlights and shadows, which gives it more definition and adds that little extra touch.


Now it's your turn to make something and enter it into the challenge. What are you waiting for? Go!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Merry Monday 200th Challenge Celebration!

Hello friends out there in blog world! I had the honor of being invited by my friend Kathy Schweinfurth to participate in the Merry Monday 200th celebration. All of the challenge designers invited one guest to participate in the challenge, and Kathy asked me! Thank you, Kathy!!

 The photo below is a montage of four different sources of inspiration. You can choose from a sketch, a color palette and/or two photos. Pick one or pick them all!


I went a little out of my comfort zone with this card. I started by die cutting three different sized circles with masking paper. I placed the masking paper onto watercolor paper then stamped an evergreen leaf image onto the watercolor paper. Afterward, I removed the masks and watercolored the ornaments using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I finished it off with a sentiment from WPlus9, some embroidery floss and some gems.

I encourage you to visit the Merry Monday challenge blog and hop along. Then, make your own creation and enter the challenge.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Sparkle and Shine Challenge 27

April is here! With it comes lots of showers and beautiful colors - just like the inspiration photo for the new Sparkle and Shine challenge!


For this challenge, I made a shaker card using stamps and dies from My Favorite Things. I threw in a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and Paper Sweeties.

As you can see, I was inspired by the colorful circles and also by the clear background.
 Be sure to visit the Sparkle and Shine challenge blog to see the other design team's creations and then create your own project from the inspiration photo. One winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Create a Smile Stamps!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #26

Hello and welcome to the Sparkle and Shine challenge #26. This challenged is sponsored by the amazing online store Right at Home!  The winner of the challenge will received a $15 gift card to the store.

Without further adieu, I bring you the inspiration photo:


Here is my card:
I just happened to have some spare burlap and polka dotted ribbon leftover from a wreath I made. I found some green chevron patterned paper in my stash, too. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Pure Sunshine collection. I bought it because one of the sentiments is the lyrics to "You Are My Sunshine," a song I like to sing to my kids. :-) I found an orange and white polka dotted flower and a pretty pearl brad to adhere the flower onto the card. The leaves are another SSS die (Clustered Leaves) that I cut with sparkly green paper.

That's my card for the challenge. How does the inspiration photo speak to you? Why not make a card and enter it in the challenge to win a prize!?!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Sparkle and Shine Challenge 25

Today we start challenge number 25 at the Sparkle and Shine blog. It's March, which means people will be celebrating the luck o' the Irish this month. Here is my lucky card based on the inspiration photo below.



I used Altenew Lacy Scrolls stamps and three shades of the Altenew green inks to achieve the ombre effect. The sentiment is a die also from Altenew.


Now it's your turn to create something. The winner of this challenge will received a $15 gift card to Right at Home.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, February 15, 2016

Sparkle and Shine Challenge 24

Hello! Hello! I'm back again with a card for the next Sparkle and Shine Challenge. The winner of this challenge will receive a $15 gift card to the online store Right at Home.

Here is the inspiration photo:


 My card based on the inspiration photo:

I actually hand created the herringbone pattern. I took a piece of computer paper and adhered strips of cardstock in various colors and widths at an angle. Then, I cut the entire paper into four strips. I adhered the four strips onto heavy card stock (Neenah 120 lb.) alternating the direction of the stripes to create the herringbone pattern. I ran it through my die cutting machine using a stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp.

Then I stamped sentiments from Altenew Label Love, cut them and aligned them on the base at the same angle as the colored stripes, and adhered them with foam dots to pop them up and make them stand out a little better.

Now, I thought the card was done until I remembered that this is the Sparkle and Shine Challenge, which means I needed to add some embellishments. I found the enamel arrows in my stash from my Eyelet Outlet designing days, popped those babies onto the card and it was done. Finito. 

Please join the challenge. Don't forget to visit the other designers' blogs for more inspiration!!


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