Fine Feathers Thank You

Fine Feathers Thank You

Happy Saturday to You! Aren't these feathers beautiful?!? I have to thank my fellow pal, Windy Ellard, for piquing my interest in the 'baby wipe technique' and for pointing me to this wonderful video by Sandy MacIver to show me how to do it!

The technique is very simple and creates beautiful results! I think you may be seeing more of it from me:) The colors I used are Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon and Lucky Limeade. I realize Lucky Limeade is retired, if you don't have it currently, I think that Pear Pizzazz would be a great alternative.

Fine Feathers Thank You

I used a stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set to stamp my background in Hello Honey and Lucky Limeade, being sure to stamp off before stamping my background for a nice subtle look.

I found this sentiment in the Blooming with Kindness Stamp Set and it just seemed to fit the mood of the card perfectly. A subtle layer of Lost Lagoon cardstock popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals provides added visual interest.

Fine Feathers Thank You

I thought that gold would be a great accent for this card and tried to use some individual sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim but found that they were too large for my card. Then I found these little beauties in my stash, a gift from a friend. Perfect!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to get some crafty time in! I will be back tomorrow with my project for the Can You Case It challenge blog :)

Autumn Wondrous Wreath - PPA218

Greetings! It's hard to believe that it's September already! Time to take down the summer wreath from the door and put up fall decorations. I'm starting with this card I created for the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge:

Autumn Wondrous Wreath - PPA218

Here is the fun color combination that inspired my card:

I used the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set and Wonderful Wreath Framelit Dies to create my fall wreath. The set is actually designed to be used for a Christmas Wreath, and I will use it for that, but I like to see how much usage I can get from my stamp sets, so this one is doing double duty! I can see it changed out for many different occasions.

This set is a builder set and has three images that stamp right on top of on another to create the finished effect. They are easy to line up as the stamps are clear AND they have a neat tab at the top so you always know which way is up! Very important! And the coordinating Wonderful Wreath Framelit Dies have tabs at the top as well!! EZ Peasy!

Autumn Wondrous Wreath - PPA218

Autumn Wondrous Wreath - PPA218

Isn't the stamped and die cut bow adorable?? I added some sparkle to the berries in my wreath with Dazzling Diamonds. They don't photograph well so you'll have to trust me...they sparkle!

I'm excited to see what you create with this color combination! Please pop on over to the Pals Paper Arts Challenge Blog for more inspiration for some very talented designers!

Thanks for stopping by!

Masculine Thank You - PPA210 & FMS143

Masculine Thank You - PPA210 & FMS143

What a fun day for challenges! A great sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches (and a big THANK YOU to Jen B. for choosing my card as the Queen of Clean last week!) and a fabulous color combination this week over at the Pals Paper Arts Challenge! Here are the two challenges:

This card developed on it's own fairly easily. I chose a nice neutral background paper from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack (only $6.95 for 48 sheets of paper folks!) and went from there. I kept the circle part of the layout challenge and inked up Wetlands for the first time! I've seen lots of neat things done with it but I kept mine simple, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink (my new go to black ink-it's awesome!). I created a mask for the goose image by stamping onto a post-it note and then quickly fussy cutting the image out. I then used post-it tape to adhere the mask to my image and inked up one of the other images in the set, the grasses. I didn't really want the seed pods at the top of the image so I inked up the stamp very selectively :) Stamped on each side of the main image and voila!

I had all the parts and pieces cut out and ready to go when I realized I had forgotten Pool Party...whoops! I quickly changed my pieces out to include it. Then I realized I had not really left room for a sentiment and I felt that this card needed an identity so...a tiny little 'thanks' image from the Lots of Thanks stamp set came to my rescue :) And the OCD side of me LOVES my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for helping me to make SURE that the sentiment is straight...

All done, but...it was STILL missing something...here come three Candy Dots in Basic Gray to the rescue to balance everything out. Yay! I loved making this card, so easy and fun! I just love challenges to give me ideas I never would have come up with on my own!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please let me know what you think...is this card masculine enough for a girl to give to a guy? Or maybe a student to a male teacher?