Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rachel's Birthday Blog Hop

Today is a special day. It's Rachel Kleinman's birthday. Yay!! Rachel is my crafty BFF. She's also co-founder of the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge with me. She is so nice and fun and super crafty. Unfortunately, she has had a not so great week so I asked all the Design Team Members from the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge to create birthday cards for her and have a little blog hop in her honor to wish her a happy birthday and help her feel better.

Here's a selfie we took last month. She came to visit me and we spent a few days in Charleston, SC. I've grown up in SC and love it here. It's so much fun to show off the cool places in my state to first timers like Rachel. We had a great time. 

This is the card I mailed Rachel. We both really love Papertrey Ink and I made this card a few months ago for a Make It Monday challenge. I thought it would be perfect for Rachel because she loves these colors and like me she loves the PTI graphic images. So, here it is.

I want to wish Rachel a very Happy Birthday and an amazing year ahead that promises to be VERY eventful. Now, you should move along to Lynn Adams blog to see the pretty card Lynn made for Rachel. Also, be sure to head on over to Rachel's blog and wish her Happy Birthday. I know she would love that! Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Christmas Card Challenges #42

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have a color challenge.  I used a JOFY stocking stamp by Paper Artsy. I colored it with Copic markers that were close to the colors in the picture. The larger dies are Nestablitlies and the smaller label die is from Papertrey Ink. The sentiment is from Cosmos Cricket - Chalkboard Cheer mini stack. The stripes reminded me of candy canes. I adhered the stocking and the sentiment label with foam tape. I can't wait to see how you all interpret these colors this week. I can't wait to see what you create this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Inspiration photo:

My card:

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Christmas Card Challenges #41

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. Our challenge this week is to "Think Skinny" meaning to make a tall and skinny card. I used some papers and stickers from Echo Park Paper and Crate Paper. Then I added some rhinestones to the bottom border. Finally I added some flair from Studio Calico for large ornaments on my little tree. My card is about 6.5 inches tall and 3 inches wide. I'm excited to see what you come up with this week for this fun challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #4 - Color Challenge

It's time for The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #4 and it's a color challenge. Our designer Lynn Adams found this awesome photo that is so inspirational. Feel free to use as many or few colors in the picture as you like. We had such a huge response with so many amazing entries last month, I just can't wait to see what you all come up with this month. Remember, you can make anything, just mention how you were inspired by these colors.

Our sponsor this month is Ellen Hutson, LLC, one of my favorite places to shop online for crafty items. They are offering a $25 gift certificate to our lucky random winner. So everyone who plays has the same chance of winning this great prize.

For my card, I used a fun stamp called Sweet Dahlia by Penny Black that I purchased from Ellen Hutson here. I've been trying to practice more with my Copics so this card was a perfect place to try out some shading. I stamped it several times and practiced coloring it different ways until I finally settled on the way I liked it best. Of course I was inspired by the Dahlia and the beautiful bright colors in the photo. Here is the stamp.

To make this card I started with a 5x5 PTI kraft card stock base. Then I added a layer of DCWV colored cardboard in blue and a layer of DCWV colored burlap in green and I inked the edges of the card with a green chalk ink edger. I framed the card with small kraft colored brads from Stampin' Up and twine from PTI. I stamped the image with Black Ranger Archival ink and colored it in with Copic Markers and inked the edges with yellow ink.  I really like how this turned out and it was super fun to make. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will play along with us this month!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Christmas Card Challenges #40

Welcome to this week's challenge at Christmas Card Challenges.  This week we have everyone's favorite - Anything Goes! So pull out your Christmas stamps, paper and embellishments and make any kind of card you like. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with this week!

For my card, I wanted to use my new Penny Black Stamp Set called Winter Wonderland. I colored the cute little scene with Copics and added some sequins for ornaments on the tree and some Yello Stickles on the moon. The background paper is some old Dyan Reaveley pre-Dylusions paper that I picked up when I visited her store in North Yorkshire last summer. I was so happy to finally use it. Thanks for stopping by!

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