Saturday, March 31, 2018

Thank You Flowers

Hello again today.  I'm just popping in to get this card up for the Altenew challenge in time for the deadline.
All stamps are from Altenew.  I used stamps from these sets:  Adore You (flowers), Painted Butterflies (thank you), and Lacy Scrolls (background stamps).

I gold embossed the flowers onto watercolor paper, and watercolored them with Tim Holtz distress inks.  

For the background, I used my scoreboard tool to create diamond shaped tiles in a white cardstock panel.  I used my Clarity brush and Altenew Galactic Stream ink to brush on a soft background, then stamped (stamping off on scrap paper first) light scroll images.  I attached the panel to a white A2 card.

A vellum strip with embossed Thank You, and some tiny sequins finish off the card.

I am adding my card to the  
Altenew Inspiration challenge.  This is the inspiration picture....

I am also adding it to:

The Card Concept challenge - Spring has sprung

The Color Throwdown Challenge 

Modsquad Challenge  - Spring theme

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

Thank you for stopping by.  I always enjoy your visits and do appreciate your comments.


Special Day Tulips

Hello, and welcome.  A couple of challenges this week feature yellow, and I love yellow, especially paired with blue and white, so thought I would make a card using the colors yellow, white, and blue for the challenges.
I just love the bright and cheery combination of these colors.  And tulips.  And butterflies.  And white swirly things.  You get the idea here!

I used all Penny Black stamps, and a Penny Black stencil and die.  Stamps are:  40-437 Flower Gala (tulips), 30-105 Gratitude (verse), and 30-013 Critter Party (butterflies).  The stencil is 25-019 Leaf Frolic, and the die is 51-035 Dots & Swirls.  I did use an Our Daily Bread Designs stitched rectangle die to cut the image panel.

I stamped the tulips and verse onto Strathmore bristol vellum with Tuxedo black Memento ink, then colored it with Copic markers.  I created a mask for the tulips, then used a Clarity stencil brush to brush on some Tim Holtz distress ink in tumbled glass.  I also brushed some color with the leaf frolic stencil for the background.  

To bring in more white, I added the swirls die along the left edge.  I also stamped and colored some itty-bitty butterflies and added them to balance things a little and add some interest and movement. 

I used craft foam to give the panel dimension.  Some baker's twine with yellow and white swirls and some yellow enamel accents finish off the card. 

I am adding my card to these challenges:

The Card Concept - Spring has sprung

Time Out Challenges - Picture inspiration 
Allsorts Challenge - New beginnings (birthday)

Cards In Envy  - No patterned paper

Mod Squad Challenge - Spring theme

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

The sun is shining today!  It's a glorious day!  The temperature is still on the cool side for this time of year, but spring is definitely coming.  The geese are trumpeting their way back, and my crocuses, daffodils, hostas, and other plants are peeking up through the ground to check things out.  I think it may be time for another walk with the grand-dog (we're dog sitting this week).  We an soak up more of that wonderful sunshine!

Thank you for stopping in today.  I wanted to get this post up today, so I can be internet free tomorrow to enjoy Easter Sunday and really focus on family, friends, and the Lord.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Olive Branches Challenge Card

Hello, and welcome.  I have been wanting to use this stamp from Power Poppy, but it is fall oriented, so I have not used it, until now.  I decided that if I didn't stamp the entire stamp, and just highlighted the olives part, it could do for a spring stamp also.  I left out the oak leaves and acorns, using only a portion of the stamp.
I used stamps from the Olive & Oak Expanded clear stamp set from Power Poppy.

I stamped with Tim Holtz distress ink in antique linen, so that I could do no-line coloring.  For my coloring medium, I chose Polychromos pencils. I inked the verse with Ranger archival leaf green ink, and brushed the background with TH distress ink scattered straw with a Clarity brush.

Fabric I used for my inspiration

I am adding my card to the Power Poppy Power & Spark Challenge .  The challenge is to use fabric as inspiration.  Here is the fabric I chose for inspiration for my card....
Thanks for stopping by today.  I appreciate you taking time to visit, and I am grateful for your comments.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Easter Joy!

I wanted to use Easter colors today, because they make me feel joyful.  So that is what inspired this card....

I started by creating my background.  I used Tim Holtz distress inks with glossy card stock.  I swiped the mini stamp pads across the paper, then turned it 90 degrees and swiped them again, alternating colors as I swiped.  These dried super quick.  

On black card stock, I cut the Impression-Obsession Die 152-N along the left edge.  I lined the back with some of the background I had created.  

I black-embossed the lilies, cross, and Rejoice from the Impression-Obsession MC73 Easter Lily clear set onto the background paper, then cut it into the shape of an Easter egg.  I mounted it to the card with craft foam, and added a pretty purple ribbon.

Easy-peasy, but I like the way it came out.  

I am entering my card in these challenges:

Impression-Obsession - Pick A Holiday

Make My Monday - Easter Fun

Sunday Stamps - Easter palette

I hope you are making time to be creative and have fun.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate you taking the time to visit and love your comments.


Monday, March 26, 2018

A Grain of Wheat - Bible Art Journal Page

Just popping in with a link to a Bible Art Journal page I posted over on my blog, A Little Perspective.
You can hop over there to read the details and story behind my page, if you like.  
Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be back tomorrow with another card.



Thursday, March 22, 2018

Butterfly Collage Card

This Butterfly Collage stamp from Technique Junkies is the only stamp you need to make a full card!  Check HERE to see the stamp and the amazing design team cards made from it.  Here is my card...
Full details of how I made this card are on today's Technique Junkies post.

If you visit the TJ blog and decide to do some shopping, be sure to use my code TJ10Lynda for 10% off all items in your cart! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Pure As Gold

Just stopping in tonight with a Bible journal page.  You can read about it on my A Little Perspective BLOG.   
Thanks for stopping by.
I will be back tomorrow with more card making inspiration for you!



Sunday, March 18, 2018

Easter Blessings

Hello, and welcome.  My card today is all about textured cardstock.  I used Bazzil cardstock for the card base, and Bienfang Paper Canvas Canvasette for my image.  

I love stamping and coloring on canvas types of backgrounds.  The texture can be challenging, but I love the way the texture makes the art look.  

I stamped the bunny (Art Impressions Easter Blessings 4886K set) onto the canvas paper and colored him with Tombow markers, using my paintbrush and some water.  I used the Spellbinders egg die, and mounted it onto the card.  The embellishment die is also from Spellbinders.

Some gems finish off this simple card.

I am adding my card to:

Art Impressions - Perfect pastimes (napping!)

Addicted To Stamps - Holiday

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Easter inspired

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your comments and encouragement.  

Be blessed,

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Easter Bonnet Chick

Oh, how I love Easter.  From the lively church service celebrating Jesus's resurrection, to the amazing selection of foods at dinner, being with family, and rejoicing in the warmer (hopefully) weather with spring at it's heels.  And let's not forget the Easter parade, and the baskets of candy (hopefully with peanut butter M & M's). Hint, hint, EB.

I made this card for my design team mid-way post for the March Penny Black Saturday Challenge, Anything Goes, Optional Easter or chocolate brown.   
The challenge is open until April 6th, and there is a $20 prize to 1,2,3 Stitch awarded to the randomly drawn winner.  Hope to see you there!

I used Penny Black stamps, Easter Bonnet 1933E, Easter Wishes 3603E, Unfold 3388K.  For the die, I used Spellbinders filigree egg die.

I colored the chick with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, and the flowers in the foreground with Copic markers.  I stamped them onto the card front, then onto scrap paper (I used Strathmore smooth bristol), then fussy-cut them and added them to the card.  The sponging is done with Distress inks in broken china.

While I made this card I was thinking how sad that many people do not dress up for Easter any more.  Back in the day, we children always got new clothes for Easter, and I had an 'Easter bonnet,' white gloves, and shiny new shoes, as well.  The whole family would dress to the nines, and off to church we would go.  It warms my heart to think back on that time.  

I am entering my card in these challenges:

Addicted To Stamps - Holiday
Allsorts Challenge- Bring on the bling (sequins, shimmer on hat flowers)
The Flower Challenge  - Anything goes
Penny Black at Allsorts - Feature a creature
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Easter inspired
Tuesday Morning Sketches Challenge -

I'm so glad you stopped by today.   Thank you for your visit, and your kind comments.  It's always nice to hear from you.  
I would love to hear some of your Easter memories stories in the comments!  Please share.