Monday, February 19, 2018

My New Ficus!!

If you follow my blog regularly, you know that I am super selective about doing product reviews.  I won't do them unless it is something that I really like and use.  When Commercial Palm Trees contacted me, I was skeptical.  I not normally a fan of artificial plants because they usually look so fake and plastic.  I poked around their website, their stuff looked really nice, so I agreed. 
Wow!  Super nice!  Check it out:
 Look how real the leaves look, even close up:
I am pleasantly surprised at the realistic details, like the different shades on each leaf for veining and the wood trunk.  There are not our mothers' plastic plants!  While the pot is pretty, I will probably replace it with a fabulous ceramic planter from the 1950s I have from my mother. 
*Full disclosure, I received the tree in exchange for reviewing the item.  If I didn't like it, I would have sent it back and not posted anything.  

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Watercolor Poinsettias

Poinsettias are so pretty for Christmas!  I stamped them on Strathemore paper, and colored using Distress Oxides and a water brush. 
 I layered them onto Lawn Fawn Perfect Plaid paper, and created a gate-fold card.  The Recollections sentiment I used has a gap in the "s" of Christmas that I didn't think looked right, so I filled it in using a dental pick.  Even my smallest brushes were too wide.
Sharing this with Jingle Belles challenge is "A Coloring We Will Go".   Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Blizzard of Kisses challenge!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

W2CB #50 - Blizzard of Kisses

This month's challenge is drawn from these words:

Image result for If kisses were snowflakes, I'd send you a blizzard.
This wonderful background die is a blizzard of kisses in my mind!!!
 Spellbinder die background, Hero Arts Prayers stamp/die set.  

Can't wait to see how you interpret these words!  Please share your creations with us at Words 2 Craft By!!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Make a Wish

Where Creativity Meets C9's challenge is Watercolor.  
I made a background using oxide inks, stamped the bold sentiment is jet black ink, and layered with a black card base. 

Valentines for Family

I like to send Valentines to family and friends, not just to my husband.  It can be hard to make a love card that isn't romantic.  The Color Throwdown color challenge is perfect for this!
The pale pink parchment background contrasts well with the grey overlay cut with a Spellbinder Shapeability Cascading Hearts die.  The red lettering cut with an older Sizzix die didn't show up very well, so I cut a second set out of the pale pink as a shadow.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Love is in the air...

I am sure you are tired of my obsession with Oxide ink.  Get over it :) because I can't help myself!!! 

This is an older Sizzix embossing folder that hasn't loved.  Mainly because I struggled to highlight the embossing without smearing.  Thus my love of oxide.  Since it is between a pigment and a dye, you can still move it around after it is on the paper.  So forgiving!!
I used Offray white ribbon, SU! Rose ribbon, and added a hand cut heart.  Sharing this with the Shopping Our Stash He Loves Me challenge and the  Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sponging challenge.  Only a few more days to play along with us at Words 2 Craft By!  The linky will be open through February 7!!

CAS-ual Fridays Hearts

The CAS-ual Fridays challenge is Hearts, Hearts, and More Hearts!
CAS-ual Fridays sentiment.  I bought the die secondhand, not sure of the creator.  This is a  smaller (5"x3.5") card.  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our New Beginnings challenge through February 7!!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Black & White Challenge

Cards in Envy has a black and white challenge.  
Sizzix die cut sentiment, stash doily and paper, Divine Swirls embossing.  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our New Beginnings challenge - through February 7!

Soft Spring Colors

This is a pastel variation on yesterday's Bright Spring Colors post.  
I used the same Oxide inks as with yesterday's background - Salty Ocean, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, and Pickled Raspberry - but with a much lighter touch.  Love how the doily made the card even softer.  Love this color combo suggested by The Color Throwdown:

Friday, February 2, 2018

Bright, Spring Colors!!

I am (NOT) ready for 6 more weeks of Ohio winter.  Tired of drab, neutral colors!!!
The Color Throwdown has just the challenge to beat the winter blahs:
I heat embossed a Catherine Pooler background stamp, and inked the paper with some beautiful Oxide Inks.  The sentiment is really old SU, layered with a Spellbinder scalloped square.  Ribbon and solid paper from stash.  Just a few more days to play along with the Words 2 Craft By New Beginnings challenge!!!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Super Clean and Simple

I struggle with CAS cards.  The more going on, the easier it is to hide flaws 😉!   This is a rare one-layer card for me. 
I love how this came out, despite the pretty trash that I generated making it.  SU! Delicate Doilies, Sentiment from The Ton.  Love the Oxide inks on the creamy background.  I was ready to publish this post, and realized that the doily needed a tiny pearl at the center.  The smallest details (or flaws!) can make all the difference in a project.  Sharing this with Fall to Layout Take Two #53 sketch challenge:
Guess my interpretation was pretty literal!  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our New Beginnings challenge, running through February 7. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Christmas All Year 'Round

I am trying to make a few Christmas cards every week this year.  I hated that I sent some store bought cards last year. 
Love this Winter Wonder paper paired with the Lawn Fawn die cut and accented with three clear jewels.  Sharing this with Jingle Belles: Text Me and the Try Stampin' On Tuesday sketch challenge with the optional metal theme.  
Come play along with us Words 2 Craft By for our New Beginnings challenge through February 7!!

Happy Birthday!!

I am so excited about my new-to-me Concord & 9th Party pop up die and stamp set.  So much fun!!

Love the gray and orange color combo, just wish it was a bit more visible on the inside.  Sharing with Shopping Our Stash Birthday challenge and with The Color Throwdown. 
Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our New Beginnings challenge through February 7!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Winner winner!

I am so lucky!  I won the Season's Giving blog hop candy from Winnie & Walter!  It was a VERY generous prize that included stamp sets, dies, masks, and even some sequins!  THANK YOU!!!  I used sentiments from this really versatile set The Big, The Bold and Greetings:
I heat embossed the sentiment in clear, and used my son's old Crayola watercolors in pink and purple.  They didn't blend as well as I would have liked, so I added some oxide ink around the purple, and flicked some water to create the spotty look.  I added some clear sequins that were in my prize pack, and layered it on some matching purple card stock.  I will be using this set a lot!!!

Sharing this with the Shopping Our Stash Getting Sentimental and The Paper Girls Watercolor challenges.  The Words 2 Craft By Magical Beginnings challenge runs through January 24 - come play along with us!!!


I bought a Paint Chip paper pad, and it makes ombre so much easier!
Sharing this with Addicted to Clean and Simple's Ombre challenge.

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Magical beginnings challenge through January 24.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Hugs & Kisses

Try Stampin' on Tuesdays challenge is Tic Tac Toe: 
I chose diagonal, lower left to upper right, Lace, Heart, Pink:
My lace is a paper doily, but I think that counts, right?!?!  The hugs die is from Lawn Fawn, the (partial) sentiment is from Our Daily Bread.  The pink paper has a wonderful texture that doesn't show up in the photo.  I got a pop up light box for Christmas, but I am not convinced that it helps improve my photos...

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Magical Beginnings Challenge!!!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Rawr Means I Love You in Dinosaur!

I am in love the Lawn Fawn mini sets.  With larger sets, I often like only one or two of the images.  The little sets are inexpensive and allow me to buy only the ones I want to use.
DCWV Kidosaurus papers, Fiskars texture plate crocodile embossing, Staz On Stone Grey ink.  I highlighted the little hearts with Glossy Accents.  Here's the inside:
I am sharing this with Shopping Our Stash Out with the Old and In with the New and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch challenge:
Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our New Beginnings challenge!!!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Christmas in January?!?!

Yes!  I ran out of Christmas cards before I ran out of recipients, and I am trying to do better this year.  The Jingle Belles challenge this round is We Three Kings - create a cards using three elements. 

Hero Arts Layering Tress, sentiment from Recollections heat embossed in white.  I flicked white pigment ink mixed with water for the "snow".  The snowbanks were cut from stitched dies. 

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our New Beginnings challenge

Friday, January 12, 2018

Oxide Ink and Layering Stamps

I am in LOVE with my new Oxide Inks.  The colors are so rich, and cover beautifully.  I struggled with inking backgrounds, I always wound up with dauber marks or streaks.  Not with these!
Hero Arts Layering Octopus inked with Oxide Inks.  The darkest layer of the octopus was stamped in Wilted Violet and then heat embossed in dark purple.  Think this will be the perfect Valentine for my husband.  Sharing this with the Color Throwdown #475:
Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our New Beginnings challenge!

Twofer Challenge #1 - Feathers

There is a brand new blog - The Twofer Card Challenge by Darnell and friends.  The premise is to make two cards, for two different occasions, using the same stamps and/or dies.  Sounds like fun!
The mask was die cut with post it paper, and inked with my brand new Distress Oxides.  Spellbinders Birds on a Wire die cuts, the sentiments are from Unity. 

Be sure to play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our New Beginnings challenge!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

W2CB #49: The Magic of Beginnings

Wow!  I knew I was busy over the holidays, but didn't realize I had neglected my crafting and blogging for a whole month!!  Glad the latest W2CB challenge is here to get me back in the groove!

Our W2CB inspiration for our January/February challenge come to us from Meister Eckhart.

And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.

So many ways to interpret this one.  I made a wedding card for friends who are SCUBA divers, and used my brand NEW Hero Arts stamps and NEW oxide inks.