Sunday, May 28, 2017

Your Next Stamp - Sketch Challenge #65

Time for another birthday card!  This one will go to a little boy at our church.  I thought the Doodlebug paper colors were perfect and I love the balloon theme since Waddles the Penguin is holding a balloon.

I followed this week's sketch at Your Next Stamp for my layout...

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll play along with the challenge, too!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Your Next Stamp - Sketch Challenge

Hello friends!

Just flying by with a card for this week's sketch and color challenge at Your Next Stamp!

I needed a birthday card for a guy, so I decided to go clean and simple.  I used the Soaring By stamp set and the coordinating die and colored my bird with Spectrum Noir markers. 

Hope you'll play along!!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Your Next Stamp - Color Challenge

Hi again!

I wanted to be sure to post my card for the Color Challenge at Your Next Stamp before it closes on Friday!  I played with the Purrfectly Cute set from last month's release and came up with this...

Here are the colors...

I colored my image with watercolor pencils and a blender pen and used a white gel pen to add some highlights.  Thanks so much for looking !

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Your Next Stamp - May DT Dare

I have a bit of "total sweetness" for the DT Dare on the Your Next Stamp blog today!

I combined the bird and bird cage from the Phoebe with Pets set with the sentiment from Total Sweetness to make this happy card.  I cut a panel of white cardstock with a YNS Stitched Rectangle Die and then stamped the bird cage and sentiment directly on the cardstock.  I die cut the little bird, colored it with watercolor pencils and copics and popped it up over the bird cage.  The little music notes are hand drawn and the WONDERFUL heart and enamel dots are from a newly released set of Gumdrops.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to leave a comment on the post on the YNS blog for a chance to win!!

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Your Next Stamp - May New Release Blog Hop

Hello again!  Welcome to my stop on the Your Next Stamp New Release Blog Hop!!  I just love all the new goodies that I've seen and the first set I used today is no exception because ....

it's a new Phoebe set!  And she has pets!!

Honestly now, who wouldn't love those faces??? 

For my first card, I colored Phoebe with  my watercolor pencils and blender pen and made a little scene for her and her bunny friend.  I really like the softness that the stitched scallop border die adds to the card.  I use that one a lot!  And do you see the sweet little heart?  That's a new Gumdrop set!!  LOVE!!!!

Next, I made a clean and simple card with a couple of the pets.  I stamped a tone on tone background for this using some of the images from the set.  Can you find another of the new Gumdrop hearts??

I have a couple more cards that I made with this set, but you'll have to come back to see those later because I have another set to show you that is ...

Don't you just love her big banana split?  I had to go get ice cream after I colored it. :). I used my watercolor pencils again and made a clean but layered card that is bright and happy.  Isn't this just a perfect birthday card to make someone smile??  

Be sure that you hop around to all the blogs in the link list below to get lots of inspiration using the new sets and dies (that are all in the YNS Store right now, by the way!!).  And remember to leave comments as you hop to be in the running for a $25.00 gift certificate to the Store!  (By the way, the more blogs you visit and comment on the greater your odds of winning! But you don't have to comment on every blog to be in the drawing.)

Now off you go through the hop.  :)   And remember, as your wish list expands, that Karen is giving 20% off your entire order through May 10th.  Yay!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  They really make my day!!

Friday, May 05, 2017

Your Next Stamp - May Release Preview

Hello friends!

It is time for another release at Your Next Stamp and I have had so much fun playing with these sets!! The new release blog hop starts tomorrow night when all the new release items hit the store, but, for today I have a couple sneak peek projects to share.  Don't forget to check out the Your Next Stamp blog for more peeks and inspiration!!

The set I'm "peeking" tonight is called Great Catch, and, when I first saw it, my mind immediately went to a picture I have of my son at age seven.  He had just caught his first fish and he was SO excited!

So with that thought in mind, I took a cue from Chan's wonderful video last month and pulled out my Hobonichi planner to brainstorm some ways I could use the set.  (Nope... I'm not much of an artist!!  LOL!!) My favorite was the one you see on the left... making a topper for a treat bag filled with Swedish Fish.

To begin, I stamped the image in Versafine Black ink and then colored it with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  After I cut and embossed the sentiment I layered it onto the image panel and cut them both with a Stitched Rectangle Die.  The treat bag is actually a clear envelope that I cut down, and I added some "wavy" patterned paper to give the fishies a place to swim.   A few sparkly gumdrops finish it off.  This will be my husband's Father's Day gift.  Shhh.... don't tell!

But I couldn't stop with just one project!  This image was so fun to color that I decided to make a card for a little boy's birthday, too...

Doesn't this make you excited for the new release??  SOOOO fun!!

Thanks for stopping by today and for leaving a sweet comment! 
I'll see you again soon for the new release blog hop! : )


Pretty Scripture Cards

Hi friends!

I needed a number of cards quickly yesterday so I actually made some duplicates!  I did change up the sentiment, though, so I wouldn't get too bored. :)

I used the beautiful flowers from the Pink and Main Humming Bird set (I think these flowers are soooo pretty!!) and some Scripture sentiments from Verve to make four cards.  First, I positioned four of the flowers on my block and stamped them with Versamark on a piece of cardstock that was still in the die.  Then, I embossed them with clear EP, and, finally I sponged over the flowers to make them pop.  After that I just needed to stamp my sentiment and layer my card! Easy and quick... LOVE!!

I'm adding these into Pink and Main's Anything Goes challenge, and Word Art Wednesday's challenge as well! :)