Friday, May 17, 2024

Color Throwdown #793

Playing along with the latest from Color Throwdown #793 being drawn to the 
unique color palette: orange, purple, and aqua.

 And here's my card featuring new mushrooms from Papertrey Ink.

I'm a huge fan of mushrooms and I liked the shapes and sizes in the set. I know that 
the colors are uncommon, but I think they give them a whimsical touch.
All of the mushroom parts and leaves were cut from Concord & 9th card stock
and inked to give them more dimension.

A panel was cut from Reverse Wonky Rectangles (again!) and ran through Memory
Box's Pinpoint Leaves Cover Die. I arranged the pieces and finished off with the
sentiment from MFT. 

Ok, I'm off to link this up. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 27, 2024

One More for Color Throwdown 790

 It's not often I enter a second card for a challenge, but since some of my Concord & 9th
goodies were already out, a second card was born.

I remember wanting the Weekend Market Dies so badly when it first debuted. And I only
made ONE card. I had the body parts cut out and just had to "dress" her and accessorize
in the challenge colors. 

I assembled her on Altenew's Masonry Wall and cut out the sentiment with 
Oceanside card stock, and finished off the card.

Ok, off to enter my second card. Hope you're having a great weekend!

Friday, April 26, 2024

Color Throwdown Challenge #790

While playing with some older dies, I saw that I'm using the challenge colors 
for Color Throwdown 790 -- yellow, green, and aqua. 

Here's my card using Concord & 9th's Triple Step HI Dies and their card stock, too.

 After die cutting the letters from Oceanside card stock, I inlaid the flowers and leaves
with Buttercup and Parsley card stock, respectively. I found the sentiment, colored in
gradient greens and adhered everything to a panel that was embossed with

The leaves looked a little flat so I added some color with a YG03 Copic marker.
I'm off to link up this card. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 19, 2024

The Flower Challenge #90 -- ADD LAYERS

The current challenge theme over at The Flower Challenge is ADD LAYERS.
We were in Tokyo last month, hoping to see some cherry blossoms but there was a cold spell
which brought temps down to the 30's. We were freezing! And this naturally delayed the
cherry blossoms' appearance which started blooming AFTER we left. Darn climate change!

So I'm paying homage to what we missed with Pinkfresh Studio's Cherry Blossoms Die
and Stencil Set and its many layers.

The background is Altenew's Organic Linen Embossing Folder which reminds me of
Japanese kanji, or characters with its vertical design.

The flowers alone have several layers and I decided to add a frame for even more
depth and dimension. A sentiment from Papertrey Ink completed the card.

Off to submit this to TFC, Thanks for stopping by!

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Edited to add: Honored that my card was chosen as the winner for Challenge #90!
Thanks so much, TFC!

Monday, April 1, 2024

Guest Designer for Color Hues Challenge #84 -- Peach & Green

My card for Color Hues Challenge #82 was chosen as the winner and I was invited to
guest for TCH84. And as luck would have it, I got to play with my favorite colors!
Here are the challenge colors for the first half of the month of April.

Here's my card using some older products that I needed to give some love to
and I also knew that I wanted to make a shaped card.
I first stenciled Pinkfresh Studio's Bougainvillea Print, using only Stencils 1 and 2
and inks from Concord & 9th. 

A base was cut twice from a rounded arch die and the back piece was adhered to the 
front to form a hinge. The stenciled piece was cut from a smaller arch, then run through 
a floral 3D embossing folder and adhered to the base. A sentiment was added and the 
card was finished off with some gems. 

I hope you'll play along with THC 84's colors. The deadline is April 14, 2024 at
9am EST. Thanks to the Color Hues team for the kind invitation to join you!

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Time Out Challenges + JUGS Collaboration Challenge

Blogging friend Michele directed me to a collaborative challenge between
Time Out Challenges and (new to me) JUGS, the acronym for Just Us Girls.

And the cue word for both challenges is BIRDS.  I'm a huge fan of birds and I feel that I was 
destined to enter the challenge. Here's my rather busy entry.

I just received Papertrey Ink's Into the Blooms Spring Nest Die and quickly put one together. 
I have several of their Feathered Friends cut, colored, and assembled in a "bird box" and chose
 a blue one that matched the eggs.

I unsuccessfully researched birds' egg colors and I believe blue colored birds don't lay 
blue eggs. I don't even know what species of bird this is but I was short on time to color 
a beige/brown bird. 

The nest and eggs were assembled and flowers and leaves were added, together with
the bird and a white embossed sentiment. Yes, it's the same sentiment that I used a 
few cards back that's a fave.

Ok, off to link this up! Thanks so much for stopping by and to Michele for
introducing me to the challenge.

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Edited to add: I've just returned from an overseas trip a few days ago and feeling a bit 
jet lagged when I read in some comments that I won the collaborative challenge!
 Many thanks to the gals at Time Out Challenges and JUGS for the honor!


Monday, March 11, 2024

Color Hues #82 --Turquoise & Green

I haven't played in a Color Hues Challenge in quite a while and when I found some
  Greetery dragonflies that were already cut and colored, I decided to enter a card.
Here's Tracey's color palette for Challenge #82

And here's my card. 

I colored them quite a while ago and I think I used Zig makers and a waterbrush.
I adhered him to an embossed panel and added the white embossed Honeybee Stamps
sentiment. Some Pretty Pink Posh jewels finished off the card.

Earlier I added some vellum leaves but took them off and decided simple is best.
Besides, I don't think dragonflies ever land on greenery--they're much too busy flitting.
Off to link this up with a few days to spare. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Edited to add: My card was chosen as the winner! Thank you Color Hues!


Friday, March 8, 2024

The Flower Challenge #89 -- Make a Square Card

This month's challenge theme at The Flower Challenge is to make a SQUARE card.
 Here's my little square number.

I  just received my Greetery order of BotaniCuts Lilacs. I thought they'd be a pain to assemble
but I watched Betsy create hers about a dozen times and I was sold on the set.

Betsy used daubers to color her lilacs but I took the lazy route and smooshed whatever
purple inks I had and picked up the colors on watercolor card stock, then cut them out.
The leaves were ink blended on white die cuts and I used the residual ink to color the
tops of the clusters. 

I added a frame to a 4.25" card base and sponged in a blue background. I spattered water
and blue ink then added the blooms and leaves when the panel was dry. The sentiment
is from Honeybee Stamps Be Still stamp and die set. Sequins finished off the card.

All in all it was fast and easy to assemble the lilacs and I'd like to try and make some
 white ones that Betsy shared. But that's for another day. 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Color Throwdown #781

I'm squeezing in a card to Color Throwdown Challenge #781. Here's the challenge graphic.

And here's my card using mostly Altenew products.

Flowers and leaves from the Mini Flower Cluster Layering Die Set were cut from
white card stock and colored with peachy/pink colors from The Stamp Market.
Two white card stock panels were cut from Reverse Wonky Rectangles then embossed

The panels were adhered together by a hinge and the flowers and leaves were
assembled on a slight diagonal. The sentiment and shadow were adhered below
the flowers and the card was finished off with sequins.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you're having a good weekend!

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

The Flower Challenge #88 -- Add a Heart

I'm so happy to see The Flower Challenge back from a well deserved hiatus.
This month's challenge theme is to Add a Heart and it gave me a chance to use
some (two year old) Greetery products that were still in their packaging. Oh my!
Here's my card and I'm hoping that the heart isn't too overwhelming.

The heart wood slice was assembled and spattered then topped with Forget-Me-Nots that
were colored with Zig markers. I had no idea what color forget-me-nots were until I looked 
it up, so I apologize for these bright pink ones.
I added the love word and popped up the heart on Altenew's Masonry Wall. At the last 
minute I decided to add the sub sentiment to balance out the design.

I might redeem myself and color these blooms again in their "proper" color.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Edited to add: 

Many thanks to The Flower Challenge ladies for choosing my card as the  
winner for Challenge 88! Honored to display this badge.