Saturday, July 16, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Masterpiece Box Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my stop on the exciting, Masterpiece Box blog hop with Simon Says Stamp!

If you've been following along, you should've come from Caryn Davies blog. Isn't she amazing?! If you just happened to stop by here, you can find a list of blogs participating in the hop, right here at the Simon Says Stamp blog.

You can also win a Simon Says Stamp gift card too! They will randomly choose one comment from each stop along the hop to win a $25 gift card! That's 22 different winners! Yay!

In case you're wondering what this Masterpiece Box is all about, it's an amazing, fun idea for all of you! The box is on sale at Simon and it's filled with 15, NOT YET RELEASED products, from 10 different, industry leading companies! Is that cool or what?!! Such a brilliant idea, don't ya think? Please note that the boxes are in limited supply, so once they run out, they will NOT be restocked.

I was sent some of the products that are included in the Masterpiece Box to showcase today and I'm excited to share my projects with you, so let's get to it!

First up is a card created using a beautiful stamp set from Hero Arts called, Color Layering Cardinal. I used some soft blue Distress Inks to shade the background but the rest of the card was done with just stamping.

Next, I have a planner page for you. I usually keep my planner pretty simple, with just a bit of stamping here and there. The adorable Penguin Planner and Panda Planner sets from Clearly Besotted are perfect and so fun and easy to use!

I couldn't share this post without using the gorgeous, Oh Happy Day stamp set from Simon Says Stamp! I did a bit of water coloring with Zig Markers on the flowers.

There is also a beautiful die set from Memory Box, included in the Masterpiece Box. It's perfect for using on gift tags for the holidays. And the sentiments on each one are from the Hero Arts Cardinal set I shared above. I plan on writing To: and From: on the back of each tag. 

I used some glitter and shimmery cardstock to cut out the dies. Then I did a little layering with the poinsettia portion and added Stickles along the edges for some extra sparkle.


I hope I've given you some inspiration for using some of the products in the awesome, Masterpiece Box! Your next (and last) stop on the hop is the fabulous, talented, Heather Hoffman!

Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥


Monday, July 11, 2016

Kathy's 30-Day Coloring Challenge Blog Hop!

Hey there!

I'm so excited and very honored to be a part of Kathy Racoosin's 30-day coloring challenge blog hop! This is Kathy's fifth coloring challenge and she wanted to get together with as many past Hero Arts hostesses as possible, plus a few other amazing guest artists, to help her celebrate The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge! We all met years ago over in the Hero Arts Flickr group, which turned into an amazing place to share our love of card making and to get to know each other. I love that we've all kept in touch and stayed friends! ♥

If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, there is a list of participants on Kathy's blog here. If you're already hopping along, you should've come from Arlene's blog

And since we are all past Hero Arts hostesses, and/or worked with Hero Arts, they have decided to give away a $25.00 shopping spree to two randomly selected commenters along the hop! Woo, hoo! How fun is that?! Thank you, Hero Arts!

If you haven't heard about Kathy's 30 day coloring challenge, you can head to this post here, where she explains all the details. Anyone can join in, at anytime during the challenge. You do NOT have to participate in each of the 30 days. Kathy just encourages us all to take time to color, whenever we can, even if it's just for 5 minutes. If you miss some days of the challenge, you do not need to catch up. This challenge is meant to be fun with no stress!

So let's get to the reason for this fun hop - coloring! I love to color and I know many of you do too. I've recently learned so much about different coloring mediums, different techniques and different ways to color, by following the artists I love, taking online classes and practicing. So today, I want to share a card I created, using both Copic Markers and watercolors.

I used the Hero Arts' Lattice Cling Background Stamp (which unfortunately is no longer available but it's one of my faves) with Zig Markers for my water coloring. I then die-cut one of Simon Says Stamp's Stitched Circle dies and placed the negative portion over the water colored lattice piece. The flower and leaves were colored with Copic Markers and are also from a Simon set, called Handwritten Floral Greetings. I just chose very similar Copic colors to match my water coloring. And I adore that sentiment! It's from a set called, Uplifting Thoughts by Simon Says Stamp. There's a few pink and green watery paint splats here and there in the background too but they are a little difficult to see.

That's it for me! Your next stop on the hop is my good friend and fellow Minnesotan, Linda Wetterlin. She loves to use bold, bright colors, so I know you'll enjoy seeing her post!

I hope you all enjoy the hop and get inspired to color more often! Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥♥♥


Monday, May 30, 2016

Summertime and Flowers!

Hi guys!

Can you believe May is just about history? Why is it that time seems to go faster and faster, the older I get? Lol! 

It's my favorite time of year too. I love it when it's the beginning of summer and you know all those wonderful, warm, sunny, flower-filled days are ahead of you.

Speaking of flowers, I've been playing with a few lately - in my craft room and in my garden. Up first are a few from my pots on the deck. Makes me so happy!



Those dahlias inspired me to play with the new Altenew set called, Dahlia Blossoms.

I colored the flowers and leaves with Copics after a bit of masking.

I wanted to make another card with the same set but this time using my Zig markers.
Don't ya wish there were blue flowers like this in real life?!  
I've also been playing with the Mama Elephant, Organic Blooms set. First with Copics. . . .

. . . . .and then with Zigs again. 
The "dream" die is from Simon Says Stamp.

I'll leave you with a few photos of my deck. If someone is looking for me, this is usually where I am during the summer months. (Unless I'm makin' a card)
 I'm planning on painting those two chairs in lime green. I have another large, Adirondack chair, which I'll be painting orange! Then everything will coordinate with my chair cushions around the table.

I painted the bench last year and absolutely love it! The little pillows are so fun too! Can ya tell I needed more color in my life?! Seriously, my house is all neutrals inside and I'm so sick of it! But now I can head outside and enjoy some color!

And since we're talking about summer, if you're interested, there's a "Summertime Fun" challenge going on right now in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group. Check out the details here. I hope you'll come and play along! As always, they're giving away two, $25 gift cards for the randomly selected winners!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥ I hope you are all enjoying the start of summer! And if anyone is wondering - I am still LOVING being retired! :)

Friday, April 29, 2016

It's Been Awhile!

Hi guys!

It's been awhile since my last post but I wanted to pop in to say hello and share some cards.

Hubby and I had a wonderful week in Florida recently. Siesta Key is a beautiful place! Just wish I could bring the view of the ocean back to Minnesota with me!

After being home for four days, I was off again - this time to Cincinnati for a crafty retreat. It was just what I needed. Spending time with amazing, kind, funny and talented friends fills your heart and soul like nothing else! And the laughter? Oh, yea, we laughed until our stomachs hurt!

I've got a few cards to share with you too. This first one is water colored using WPlus9's new, Beautiful Bouquets - Dahlias stamp set.

The next two are cutesy ones. Both from Simon Says Stamp's new release, My Favorite. The Cuddly Critters and Cuddly Critters Accessories sets are so much fun, not to mention adorable!

And this one uses their Beautiful Ride stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all have a fun and inky weekend! ♥


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Guest Designing

Hi guys!

I have the pleasure of guest designing for Paru and her challenge blog this month! Thank you, Paru, for inviting me!

The theme for April is "Anything Goes" so I'm sure many of you will guess that I used flowers for my card - I couldn't resist!

I love this floral set, created by Dawn from WPlus9! I had fun with the shadow technique, using white pigment ink to stamp the images, then stamping again, a bit offset this time, with bright colored inks. The effect is always so pretty! This technique works best on a Kraft or soft gray cardstock. I used Simon Says Stamp's Fog Cardstock and that fabulous sentiment is also from WPlus9 called, Hand Lettered Thanks.

Paru also asked me to create a tag. With tags, my thought always goes to birthday gift tags so that's what I made.

I thought a shaker tag would be fun! I used the, Lots of Dots stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. It's the perfect set for creating fun, festive backgrounds! For the shaker portion, I used the Stitched Circle die set, also from SSS. 

So, pop on by Paru's Card Making Challenge blog for more details and to check out all the fun! I hope you'll join me in her challenge this month!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Monday, March 21, 2016

Greenhouse Crocus

Hi guys!

I've got a couple of cards to share today. Just a quick post using a pretty stamp set from Technique Tuesday.

They have a Greenhouse Society series of stamps that are wonderful and so fun to color! I love coloring flowers so these are right up my ally!

For the two cards today, I used their Crocus set.

I colored the Crocus with Copics, then paired it with a fun, colorful background, using the Gingham Cling stamp from Simon Says Stamp.

For this card, I also used my Copics and added a fun, grassy background, inspired by my amazingly talented friend, Kelly Latevola. If you don't follow her blog, you should! She does awesome things with Copics! And of course I had to add some Wink of Stella to the flowers because everything should have shimmer! :) The sentiment is one of my faves from WPlus9.

We're still waiting for spring to show up here in Minnesota. Oh, we've had some really nice, warmer days but winter is fighting hard with spring and seems to be winning at the moment. Come on spring - I'm rooting for you!!!

Thanks for the visit. I hope you all have a wonderful week and find some time to get crafty! ♥

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Still Love Water Coloring!

Hi guys!

Once again, time got away from me and it's been awhile since I shared a blog post - oops! But I've been really enjoying having more time to create, now that I'm retired. It gives me a more relaxed attitude. I think that's what I love the most. Never finding myself rushed to get something done. It's a wonderful feeling!

Anyway, I've been having fun making lots and lots of cards. (I'll just share a few here today.) After Dawn's online card class, I'm continuing to enjoy water coloring, using it in different ways to create my cards.

First up are some watercolor panels, created by Suzy Plantamura. 

Aren't they just the cutest?!!! I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers on each panel. They come in a pack of 12, uncolored, printed on watercolor paper. I've used Copics on some other panels from Suzy, so that works too, if you're not into water coloring.

Next up is a card using a gorgeous stamp from WPlus9. It's from Dawn's new line called, Beautiful Bouquets and this one is, Ranunculus.

I white embossed the stamp before using my Koi Watercolors. I love how this turned out!

And here's one more. These, Spring Flowers are from Simon Says Stamp and they are beautiful!

After white embossing the flowers, I used Distress Inks and water to add the color.

Okay, that's it. I'm off to get some purging done in my craft room. I have way too much stuff and not enough room! I know many of you can totally relate! Wish me luck!

Thanks for poppin' in today - it is so appreciated! ♥