Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Beautiful Dahlia Birthday

I have a vintage inspired card for you today using my Penny Black Sweet Dahlia stamp set. I colored it with Copic markers. It's been a while since I used my markers. The circle sentiments is from the ...Wishes set, which was die cut using Spellbinders Classic Circle dies. The papers are Prima. I distressed, stitched and inked edges of the different layers. Scrapbook Adhesives by3L Foam squares come in handy for the layers. Pearls by Want2Scrap.
It has been raining here, so I wasn't able to photograph my card well. I like to use natural light. The photo above was taken in the shade. Here's a better look at the flower.
The sketch is inspired by Retro Sketches #111. I'm also entering this to the SSS Monday Challenge to use a big stamp.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Cards Set in Pastels

I have a trio of cards today. I hosted a card party this weekend with some friends. I used some left over die cuts on my cards. These are so fast to make. The butterflies were die cut using Spellbinders dies. The sentiments are by SRM Stickers. The pearls are Want2Scrap. And if you've ever struggled adhering doilies to your card, I found that the Scrapbook Adhesives by3L EZ Runners work well. I just strategically place the adhesive on bigger areas. And because the adhesives are white, they're sort of hidden. 
Here are some close ups. This skewed paper placement is such a hot trend now, but my OCD struggles with the assymetry. :)
This is my favorite of the 3. I added a rolled rose (also by Spellbinders) on my butterfly and a black Want2Scrap pearl in the center. I'm entering these cards to the following challenges: The Shabby Tea Room (use pastels, polka dots and flowers), CASE Study, SSS Wed Challenge (Animal Antics), and Curtain Call (confetti inspiration). I'm really enjoying these challenges.
And I have to have a birthday card. This is for the SRM Challenge.
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Get Well Soon Mixed Media Card and Winner

I have a mixed media card today that uses Distress inks, acrylic paint, embossing, markers, and of course, some lovely Want2Scrap products. I first heat embossed with white ink some Penny Black background stamps (text, music and woodgrain). I blended Distress inks in brown and blue, then squirted a little bit of water. With a pencil, I sketched a tree silhouette and colored that with Memento markers. Because the markers are water-soluble, I was able let the ink bleed a little with a water brush to make it look watercolored.
I then took 3 DecoArt acrylic paints in green blue, peach and white on a plastic palette. Using the eraser end of a pencil on the paints, I dabbed the dots on my tree as you see below. I started with the darkest green, then pink, white with a touch of peach, and finally white. I used the handle tip of a brush to get the smaller dots. I then embellished the dots with some Want2Scrap Le Creme pearls. I painted white on the outline of the Large Bird Flourish Silhouette – Card Sized (2 Pack) before adhering to the card. I then used 72 Count – Teardrop Bling – White Pearls for the wing. The sentiment is by SRM Stickers, which was mounted with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares.

I'm entering this card to Curtain Call's challenge. Muse Challenge (sketch), Colour Me #16, Fusion (Photo Insp), SSS Wednesday Challenge. It's been a while since I participated in challenges. And I'm now just finding out some of my favorites have closed shop. But I'm excited to see some new ones have taken their place.

Now, the winner of Monday's giveaway is...Patti P. Please email me via the Contact tab above with the subject, "Lots of Love for Lauryn Winner" so I can spot your email right away in ever-growing inbox. :) Thank you all for joining us in the hop.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Watercolored Background and New PB Stamps

Thank you all for your sweet comments on my Love for Lauryn post. There's still time to send in your cards to encourage this precious family. I also have a giveaway on that post, so make sure you check it out.

I have a simple shabby card for you today - and no stamping required. I used a couple of Penny Black dies: Wishes and Perched. I first watercolored the background with spring colors before die cutting the bird. A little flower, lace and narrow gingham ribbon finish the card.
I love these die cut sentiments. They really stand out. The sketch is inspired by Cardabilities #97. I'm also playing along with the Just Us Girls #236 Challenge.
Speaking of Penny Black, have you seen their new releases? I have a few of my designs included:
I'll have a giveaway soon with these new lovelies! In the meantime, don't forget to check out Monday's post. The giveaway ends soon. I'll post the winner on Friday.
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Lots of Love for Lauryn Blog Hop and Blog Candy

I am honored to take part in today's hop to show our love and prayers for a sweet little girl named Lauryn.
Isn't this little girl just precious? Let me introduce you....Lauryn was diagnosed with Leukemia on March 27, 2014. She is currently hospitalized in the DC area undergoing chemotherapy to fight this terrible disease. Lauryn is Linda Payne's granddaughter...many of you in the stamping community probably already know sweet Linda!

As news of Lauryn's illness spread via social media, many of you have asked if there is anything you can do to help, so we have come up with a plan. We decided to have a Card Drive and would like to invite YOU to help by sending "happy mail" to Lauryn and her family.

Please create cards to share your love and encouragement for Lauryn and her family. Lauryn's parents are Josh and Elizabeth and she has two older siblings: Lily and Logan. We thank the Lord for this dear family and need to pray for them as they are seeking to glorify the Lord throughout this trial. If God moves you to give, I'm sure it will be a blessing to the Newsome family to receive your donation to help pay for the medical bills. There is a donate button on the right sidebar on the Lots of Love for Lauryn blog.

Here is my card with one of my favorite encouraging Bible verses.
I love it because it speaks of the faithfulness of God, whose love and care for us is never ending steadfast patient and unchanging. My prayers for Lauryn and her family is for physical healing; and also, that they will be drawn closer to this faithful God as they face this trial. He is faithful, He is good and He never disappoints.
Cards can be mailed to:
Children's National
Hematology/Oncology RM 437
Lauryn Newsome
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington DC 20010

You can find updates on Lauryn via a Facebook page that has been set up by some family. It is Fight on Little Lauryn. They have shared how encouraging it is receive a simple "like" on a Facebook status or words of love and encouragement that is posted.

A fabulous group of bloggers have joined in to promote this Card Drive. We would love for you to hop with us as numerous bloggers have blog candy and all you need to do is leave a comment. You can find the full list on the Lots of Love for Lauryn blog.

***If you came from Jenn Borjeson's blog, then you're at the right spot. Your next stop after me is Linda Coughlin of The Funkie Junkie***

I'm offering  a prize package, to one random commenter, including some of my favorite embellishments, two of my retired stamps from The Craf'ts Meow and a digital download of my Printable Spring ATCs. The verse on my card is one of the ATCs.
***Your next stop is Linda Coughlin of The Funkie Junkie***

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