Sunday, July 21, 2019

Belated Birthday Wishes | My Favorite Things

So the other day I scooped up some My Favorite Things stamps over at  So much fun, I inked up Flowers in Bloom + Bitty Birthday Wishes.

I love seeing all the MFT DT inspiration for the Flowers in Bloom set and decided I really loved them colored in aqua.  I'm a sucker for Aqua + Peach.  The copics I used:

YR00 | YR01
G00 | YG41
BG13 | BG15

The Memory Box stenciled background uses the Dried Marigold Distress Oxide.

Love using Cement Gray Cardstock.  I'm channeling my inner Joy Taylor.

I know that I can't be the only one but I'm perpetually late on birthday cards.  Sigh.  This is for a dear friend that celebrated a birthday earlier this month.  I think that sentiment will be a staple for my birthday cards.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Friday with Amy: Avery Elle | Colorful

Hello!  I'm up on the blog with a fun + colorful project.  Here's a bit of a sneak:

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Coffee Loving Cardmakers + Graciellie Design Collaboration Hop

The Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Design Team is so excited to be hopping with Super Sponsor Graciellie Design in celebration of National Tea Day!  If you hopped here from the, Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog then you're right on track.  If you stumbled upon this post, make sure you start on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog.  

Make sure you leave comments along the way for more chances to win!  There will a $25 Graciellie Design Gift Code!

I had so much fun with the Tea for the Soul set:

First up is the "Fill Your Cup" card:

I printed the main images on Canson Watercolor 90 lb  Cold Press paper.  This works beautifully with our laser printer, doesn't get jammed.  I used my Zig Clean Color Markers with that beautiful Tea cup image.  

I generally feed my digitally printed images through my Scan 'n Cut but this time I fussy cut both.  Sometimes I find it therapeutic to hand cut.

I used a coffee ring stencil in the background, that has been inked up with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide.  

The pattern paper on both cards is a vintage Stampin' Up pad, Moonlight Designer Series.  I love the color palette.

Next up is my shaker card:

I colored this image with the same colors as my first card.  This tea cup is a bit darker.

Can I tell you that this shaker sounds especially glorious with those big iridescent sequins?  Gotta love the sound of a shaker card!

That's it for me, next up is my fav teamie,  Robyn Jordan!

The full listing is available on both the Graciellie Design + Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Greetings | Woodblock Wednesday

Hello and Welcome back to Woodblock Wednesday.  I'm going to be honest, I didn't think I was going to have a project for today.  This card took multiple tries but I'm happy with the overall outcome.

Let me introduce you to the stamps:

[retired] Art Definition - Stampers Anonymous - V1-929
Antique Bee and Flowers - Hero Arts - K6224
Greetings from the Northwest - Impress - 5254D

I had a heck of a time with that Stampers Anonymous text design.  I tried with both dye ink and distress oxide and settled with the Distress Oxide Pumice Stone on Reverse Confetti Stone cardstock.  

I heat embossed the Antique Bee and Flowers image with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl.  I absolutely love the kind of all goes with the uneven text stamping. 

That stone panel was stamped on both sides so while I was giving it a go on the 'original' side, I didn't realize the backside picked up ink from my work surface...sigh.  I then proceeded to use the backside for what ultimately became my front panel.  It all goes with the distress look don't you think?

Before you go, guess what the girl and I did on Sunday afternoon:

For you green thumbs, it doesn't seem like a big deal and you're probably shaking your head thinking it's late in the season to do this but I'm so happy with how they turned out.  Honestly before this, there were dead sticks in there...LOL.

I have yet another plant for the inside of the house too.  I couldn't resist the coffee drinking gnome:

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Just a note | Clearly Besottted

I've been wanting to ink up the Clearly Besotted - Pick A  Peony set.  It's a beauty!

I'm still smitten with black + white panels so I used my Mini MISTI and inked up one of the floral images with Versafine Onyx on a Neenah Solar White 110 panel.  I tried to ink the images fairly close together.  I used a Hero Arts Nesting Circle die for the center.  

I used a Bristol panel and inked it up with

Ripe Persimmon  |  Abandoned Coral  |  Scattered Straw

I finished it off with water drops.  The base panel is Stampin' Up Calypso Coral.

The blooms have been colored with:

R21 | R22
Y15 | Y19
G00 | G12

The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted's Simply Said set.  

This card is going to a dear friend that recently lost her Mother, see THIS post.  I just noticed on FB yesterday that her husband's birthday is today so you'll be seeing a masculine birthday card soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Forever in our hearts | Reverse Confetti

I used to think that masculine cards were a challenge to design.  That has been quickly replaced by Sympathy cards.  I'm designing a handful of sympathy cards for family friends (more on that later)...Reverse Confetti to the rescue.  

First up is my clean and simple design:

My Reverse Confetti teamie Audrey posted THIS gorgeous card and I knew I needed to use that sentiment.  It's from the Forever In Our Hearts stamp set.  Isn't it a great sentiment set?

I've been a fan of distress oxide blending and generally keep to about 2 color palettes.  This particular card is going to a guy so I wanted to give the color trio a bit of a pop by adding Peacock Feathers.

The base panel is Buttercup, such a soothing color.

The heart shaped die is from my stash.

I was thoroughly inspired by CAS(E) this sketch:

Here's my other design:

I really love how this one turned out.  Those new Bold Blooms in Buttercup + Bellini look so pretty on that panel from the Forever My Love 6x6.  Do you see the leaves?  They've been inked up in soft and subtle.  

The Forever in Our Hearts sentiment has been heat embossed in white on Stone cardstock.  

The oval dies are part of my stash.

I was inspired by Fusion Card Challenge:

My very dear friend Sherry lost her fight with cancer earlier this week.  

Keeping things real, it's been really hard for me.  I'm thankful for Darin, the kids and my family/friends.  I posted about it on FB and the love and support has been so very appreciated.

The two cards that I shared today are going to 2 of Sherry's siblings.  I have a couple more to make.  It's been a slow process but therapeutic.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday with Amy |

Hey, Happy Friday!  I'm back up on the Doodle Bugs WA blog!  Here's a little sneak peek:

I'm sharing a card trio over on the blog!  Pop over there to see the full reveal and all the details!

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Let's Shellabrate | Reverse Confetti

I'm up on the Reverse Confetti blog today sharing a project I made especially for today!  Here's a bit of a sneak peek:

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

You got this | Woodblock Wednesday

So, I decided to start a new blog feature, Woodblock Wednesday.  I have so many wood stamps that just don't get the love that they deserve.  They double up as decor (HA!).  

Today I'm featuring Hero Arts Envelope Pattern [S5507] and Impress Strawberry Patch [5691G]:

So at the time of typing up this post, the Hero Arts Envelope Pattern stamp has been discontinued but it seems to be available at Frantic Stamper.

My overall design was inspired by THIS card by Jennifer McGuire.  I did a bit of switch up with the pattern + solid strips.  The black + white pattern is by Gina K Designs.  The yellow cardstock is Reverse Confetti Bumblebee.  

Everything is nestled onto the Reverse Confetti Grid Stitched Tag.  The strawberry Patch image was colored with Zigs.  

Scarlet Red  |  Carmine Red
Lemon Yellow  |  Yellow
Green Shadow  |  May Green

It has been stamped on Bazzill Marshmallow.

The centers of the daisies are matte black enamel dots.  I topped off my tag with black seam binding ribbon.

I was inspired by Tag You're...It!

Thanks so much for stopping!  I hope I've inspired you to ink up some of your woodblock stamps!

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