Sunday, February 28, 2016

Splitcoast Featured Stamper-Easter Bunny

Hi there!  Well, another weekend almost gone, but I made the time to color today! Now I need to get busy with some school work I brought home! Ugh!

 I decided to join in the featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers when I saw a cute laughing bunny card the FS had made. I recently got this more serious bunny (Valentine's Day-thanks, Dave!!) from Whipper Snapper Designs!  I decided on a square card with an aqua frame as she had an aqua layer on her card.  The plaid layer matches a plaid layer on her card.
I used my ink blending tools to make an inky background with coastal cabana and hawaiin shores as well as Lucky Limeade and Simply Chartreuse. Then I splattered it with water and my paintbrush.  The watercolor paper is what Kay Miller recommends (from Hobby Lobby).
Now the bunny is stamped on some creamy Canson watercolor paper and colored in SU reinkers and a paintbrush with SU reinkers. Then I fussy cut him out. (Sure love having dies for so many stamped images now, don't you?)  The clouds are from an MFT die. The sentiment is from a WS set that Anna Wight designed a number of years ago. :)
Trying to figure out where to put some stickles or glitter for sparkle, but for now it's good!
Thanks for coming by! See you soon!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Another Challenge card!

Hi! Well, it's already midweek! You still have time to join in the JUGS challenge, so I thought I'd show another card I made using the colors for the JUST US GIRLS #331 Challenge-aqua, turquoise, teal, and navy (or similar colors). Our blog is linked above if you need some inspiration-take a look at what the fabulous DT AND our wonderful followers have created! Some super entries! We'd love to see yours!

 Here's another example of a card I created using the colors for the challenge with the help of MFT's Adorable Elepants stamp set and dies along with the Lable Sentiments and dies.
This is a birthday card for a friend who loves.....elephants, of course!  Designer paper is from MFT. Love those bitty dots!  My images are watercolored with SU reinkers (on watercolor paper).
Thanks for looking and, once again, we hope you'll join in our challenge. You have until Thursday, February 25, 9:00 pm ET to link up your project on our blog!
Thanks for coming by! Cheryl

Saturday, February 20, 2016


Hi!  It's my turn to host the challenge at Just Us Girls and it's COLOR WEEK! I'm all about COLOR and color combinations! I look at Pinterest for hours just for the colors!! In fact, that's where I saw these colors combined and then couldn't think about using any others! Aqua is my favorite color and when I saw it combined with turquoise, teal and NAVY, OMGoodness! I was hooked! Here's Nancy's wonderful graphic and below that is a link to a couple Pinterest photos that interested me (made me drool).
And here's my card: (Please note: I only used other colors when dictated by the real color of the object. i.e grass is green)
This new Whipper Snapper stamp is called Waggin' Buddies and is just adorable!! Dave bought it for me (and a cartful of others) for Valentine's Day! I had to color it right up! I used reinkers on watercolor paper. my papers are cut with My Favorite Things dies and are from Papertrey Ink and Pebbles (houndstooth).  The card base is Navy as are the gems (though they look black). Sentiments are from the label set by My Favorite Things.
Please don't let me down! come join in the challenge by Thursday, Feb. 25 at 9:00 pm!! Check out our BLOG for more inspiration!

I think you can see that I added some stickles to the wagon wheels and handle (and puppy's collar) in this photo. I used Sahara Sand around my image to set it off a bit. Also left it in the die and used a stencil brush with Coastal Cabana to add some blue to the sky. If you're stuck for colors think Pool Party (or PTI Aqua Mist), Coastal Cabana, Teal (Taken with Teal/Ocean Tides PTI/ Green-Eyed Monster MFT and any Navy Blue. The colors look great together!! REALLY!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Just Us Girls #330 Trend Week-TAGGED!

Hi there!!  Another Saturday and another challenge from us at Just Us Girls! This week Ina has a great TREND that I hope never goes out of style-TAGS! Use a TAG some where on your card/project! Visit our JUGS DT blog for Inspiration for the most awesome team! Then join in a create something to add to Mr. Linky so we can see your creation!

And, here's my sample for the challenge~~
 I've been loving My Favorite Things stamps for about the last year or so and each month puts a big dent in my budget!  Their design team is awesome and just like when I was new to papercrafting, when I see what they've made I get that 'GOTTA HAVE IT NOW' feeling! And,  'I CAN MAKE THAT!' Don't you just love that feeling of excitement! New things to create with? Donna Mikasa, Kay Miller and Karin Akesdotter are three of my favorites on that awesome team. Yesterday I saw this card on Donna's blog and CASEd her bg.  And, I ATTEMPTED to paint the flowers a bit like Kay Miller HERE on this card. (Scroll down to see Kay's beautiful card)

I wish I could leave white space like some of these artists do!  When I leave white space the card simply looks unfinished!  When they have white space the card is clean, elegant and perfect!

Anyway, pull out those tags or tags dies, or cut your own and add it to your card or project! Show us by Thursday, February 18 for a chance to be our Chic of the Week and our guest designer for April!
Have a great day! Cheryl

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Just Us Girls #329 Word Week!

Hello and welcome to another challenge with Just Us Girls!  Vicki is our hostess this week and for word week her word is perfect-VALENTINE!! Are yours done? This is the perfect week for this challenge! We'd love to see your creations! Check our blog linked above for some terrific and eclectic inspiration!

And, here's my card, that I've been working on for three days! Now that I've finished it I think others will go more quickly!  I had to test my background several times, that's what took so long! It's really true that Distress INks give the best reaction with water! Nuff said!
 My cutie pie elepant is from MFT Adorable Elephants set and the flowers and foliage are from Blissful Blooms-both have coordinating dies, of course ;)  The difference is that the elephant and balloon are stamped on watercolor paper (Walmart's Canson) and colored/watercolored with distress markers.  The flowers and foliage are stamped on Xpress it blending and colored with copics.
 Oh, yes the cloud is from a recent MFT set of dies-cuts 8 small clouds at once-cool beans! My background paper is watercolor paper covered with Picked Raspberry using a blending tool, then spattered with a paintbrush filled with water and tapped on my finger. Then dried with a heatgun.
Final, blurry pic, but can you see the sparkle added with Diamond Stickles?  Pretty happy with this one in the end!
Again, please join in the challenge with us this week! Be our VALENTINE!!
Have a great day and weekend!


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