Sunday, April 22, 2018

World's Fair Park layout

I'm feeling pretty accomplished in the craft room this weekend. Even though everyone is back in the house (some are exhausted from camping) I'm still getting things done! I'm sharing a layout I did with inspiration from the second  CSI challenge this month. I really liked the color combo and just happen to have the two main pattern papers I used sitting out.  We stopped by the World's Fair Park in Knoxville on our way back to IL form NC during a summer trip. I have a lot of pictures from the trip, but I thought the yellow in the layout would perfect for some pictures of the sphere.


Here is a look at the CSI challenge inspiration image.


I added some 6x6 pattern papers that had the same colors and black cardstock to mat my layers with. Figured out how I wanted my lay out and got started. Since most of my papers only had two of the colors on them , I added a another pattern with 3 colors on it to tie them together a little better. I grouped the patterns together as banners in the top corner and scattered some in other areas as well.



The alpha's I used were actually black and white striped, I thought they looked to busy so I colored them with a black Copic to try and cove the white.  


I will use the white space for my journaling about the sphere. There isn't a lot of room for info, but since I have other pictures I'm sure more info will make it to another page eventually. ;-) CSI recently changed the requirements for the challenges so that you don't have to use the clues, but I still like to try. I think I did alright...  I used the colors as well as stipes, dots, test pattern,circles, doily, washi and puffy stickers (alphas). 


I'm pleased with the way the page turned out. I sometimes get a little nervous added some pattern paper, as I feel it can get cluttered looking very easily. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Monica

Birthday Brew

Just a quick little post to share a card that I just finished this morning. When to boys are away this mom will play... in the craft room all day! ;-) I used Bubble Over stamps, dies and paper from Stampin' Up to created my card.


There are two bottle dies that coordinate with the stamps in the set, but they are  also the same size as the pattern paper. So I die cut two bottle from the pattern paper and die cut the slider label as well. I used the bubble die to emboss a few bubbles on the white layer.  Adhered my layers on the card base and stamped the inside to finish the card.


I will link this card to the following challenges:

Die Cut Diva's- Anything Goes



Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!
Monica

Supplies: (All Stampin' Up unless stated otherwise)
Bubble Over- Stamps, Dies and DS Paper (sale-a-bration)
Whisper White cardstock
Basic Gray Shimmer ribbon (sale-a-bration)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Your Kindness...

I've been paying around in my craft room today. I made this card with some challenges in mind, but I really just wanted to make a card using the set (and the challenges inspired me to do so). I picked up the Altenew Carnation from SSS a few weeks ago when they had their St. Pat's day sale. Carnations are my favorite flower, so I was super excited when Altenew had one in a recent release.


I will link my card to the following challenges:

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House of Cards-  Floral corner


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Monica

Supplies:
Altenew- Build a Flower Carnation
ink-Wild Wasabi, Flirty Flaming and Watermelon Wonder ( Stampin' Up)  Peachy Keen and Freshly Cut Grass ( Lawn Fawn) and Onyx black (VersaFine)
Cardstock- white, black and red cardbase (Recollections)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Joy Clair- prayer warrior

Today I'm posting over at the Joy Clair blog. I made a shadow box for my mom using an older Joy Clair set called Prayer Warrior, some embossing and distress ink background. 


I love using the distress inks to create background, they are so fun to play with. Here is a look at the project in the shadow box frame once it was complete. 



Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment or follow me for blog updates! Have a great day!

Monica

Supplies:
Joy Clair- Prayer Warrior
VersaMark ink
Embossing powder- white
MFT- black hybrid ink
Distress Oxide- Worn Lipstick
Copic Markers in yellows and pinks








Wednesday, April 18, 2018

I love mom with Joy Clair

Today's post is for a special post on Joy Clair blog for mom, be sure to check out what we all created. There are some beautiful cards on the post.


I started by stamping the the Wood background with white pigment ink on gray cardstock. I let it dry for a bit while I layered my pattern paper on the cardbase. Then die cut the word mom from the woodgrain cardstock. I used my misti to stamp I love you on the pattern paper and on the first M so the sentiment would line up properly.


Then I placed the die cut letters on the card using foam adhesive and added some chunks of glitter for sparkle. After die cutting the letters I still had the panel with the die cut word MOM, so I made a second card to use the panel. Picked some pattern paper so that it would show through the words. Layered all the papers, stamped a thanks sentiment and added some of the glitter to it to finish it.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Monica

The surprises don't stop here. We are offering a ...
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Just leave a comment on the Joy Clair blog and all participant designers by 
 Saturday, April 21st for a chance to win.
One winner will be announced on the Joy Clair  blog on April 30, 2018.

Supplies:
Joy Clair- Wood background
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Stampin' Up- large letter Framlets
VersaFine ink- black onyx
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

ATSM #288- Holiday




Here is my holiday themed card for ATSM this week. I used some new colored pencils I got from Leisure Arts and these adorable penguins!


Here is a closer look at the coloring with the Leisure Arts pencils. I did add a little wink of stella to the letters on the ornaments, but it's not shown in the picture.  




Don't forget to stop by the blog and play with this weeks CAS challenge, I can't wait to see what you share with us. Thanks as always for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment and follow the blog for updates with new posts! 

Monica


Supplies-
Cardstock- Recollections and Bazzil
Colored Pencils- Leisure Arts
Pattern Paper
Wink of Stella- Clear

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Birthday Balloons

I am enjoying an afternoon in my craft room, while my youngest is in here "borrowing" my TV. His brother is playing a video game with friends on the other. Which is fine by me it's forcing my to focus on the craft table and not the screen with YouTube videos. ;-) I was catching up with reading some blogs when I got inspired to make my card.


I started by stamping the balloons, then added some color for the clouds in sky to following along with a sketch. I added the sentiment, hand drew the strings and trimmed down the panel. Before popping the panel on the base with foam tape, I added a little bit of black and white washi to one side. 

I will be linking the card up to the following blogs:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- A trio of something




Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!
Monica

Supplies:
Sunny Studio- Birthday Balloon
Lawn Fawn- Butter, Sunflower, Minty Fresh, Merman, Peachy Keen and Plastic Flamingo
Copics- N0, B01 and colorless blender
VersaFine- Onyx black
Cardstock
Washi tape (Stampin' Up)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

ATSM #286- anything goes



For the Anything goes challenge I used some recent Stampin' Up items that I recently got. I started by stamping my flower image on the panel. Then stamped and embossed a lacy image from the set (it's hard to see) on the panel, before coloring the image. I embossed first so that colors would help show the texture. To color the image I used some markers on a stamp block and added the color with a watercolor brush, since I was looking for a muted color pallet.


Added some tone on tone stamping on the cardbase for some visual texture. Stamped and punched the sentiment, adhereing peices of a doily under it for a mat, before popping it up on the card with some foam adhesive. To finish the card I tied a little bow and glued it to the stems of the flowers.


Don't forget to stop by the blog and play with this weeks CAS challenge, I can't wait to see what you share with us. Thanks as always for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment and follow the blog for updates with new posts! 
Monica

Supplies- (all supplies Stampin' Up unless listed otherwise)
Southern Seranade
Cardstock- Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink- Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo, and Early Expresso
Twine- Old Olive
Embossing powder Clear
Delicate White Doilies

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Joy Clair- April challenge

It's the first of the month, which means a new challenge on the Joy Clair blog. Be sure to stop by the blog to see all the inspiration from the team and to play along for a chance to win the prize!  Below is the inspiration photo. I just loved the colors and all the tea cups!
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I started stamping the mugs from Christmas Coffee, using a light blue ink to stamp the mug outline and colored them with copics. The patterned mug was stamped in two shades of blue on a seperate sheet and then cut out. I stamped the steam for the pattern mug in gray ink and stamped off for the lighter versions. 


To finish the card I adhered the pattern mug with foam tape, added the sentiment from Christmas Cocoa and used copics to create shadowing under the mugs. 


Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment or follow me for blog updates! Have a great day!

Monica


Supplies:
Hero Arts- Cornflower, blue and Soft Granite
VersaFine- black
Copics
Cardstock

Monday, March 26, 2018

A little adventure...(scrapbook layout)

Just a quick post to share a scrapbooking layout I did today. I was inspired by this CSI challenge
and this sketch from last month on Stuck?! Sketches. I didn't get a chance to play along with it during Feb, but still wanted to use it. It's one that I can easily use over and over. 


I was inspired by the image to scrap some photos of a little camping trip we took. I wasn't the happiest about going, I hadn't camped in many years and told my husband I want to Glamp! ;-) He just rolled his eyes...

It ended up storming the night we were there, which didn't seem to bother the kids, but I din't sleep well. The morning sky was pretty to see the next morning, you can kind of see it in the picture.


In the close ups you can see the wood grain detail on the cardstock I used. I used some plaid and added some interest with stamps on the borders.


It's a little hard to see in the picture, but I added a tree punched strip in plaid just above the pattern paper. I hadn't used the punch in a long time and thought it would be a good time to use it. I love it when I remember to use older items in my stash!  


Thanks for stopping by and feel free to follow my blog for updates on new posts!

Have a great day!
Monica

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

ATSM #284- CAS



It's time for a new challenge over at ATSM, this week we are doing Clean and simple. I decided to make three mini CAS cards. These will be good to have around for a quick card to add to a gift bag or to give as a thank you. I'm a boy mom and funny enough don't really ever have anything by ready! I don't seem to send out a lot of masculine cards, but never have any ready when I need them. 


My cards measure 3x3 and were very quick to make. I stamped the three images each in a different color then used the same sentiment with gray ink. I know there isn't a lot to them, but love how they turned out all the same! 

Don't to stop by the blog and play with this weeks CAS challenge, I can't wait to see what you share with us. Thanks as always for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment and follow the blog for updates with new posts! 

Monica

Supplies:(Stampin' UP Products listed, unless noted otherwise)
Epic Celebrations (Sale-a-bration stamp set)
inks- Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie, and Lucky Limeade
Gray ink ( Close to my Heart)

joy clair- Fisher of Men


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I'm here today with a look at another post for Joy Clair today, we are still teamed up with My Sweet Petunia

Fishers of Men


Washed by the blood and New Baby

Be sure to stop by the blog for details!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monica


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

St. Patty day Birthday card

I'm back with my second card for today that I will be entering into a few challenges! They will be listed below. It's another St. Pat's theme, but for a birthday this time. I plan to send this to a friend from HS, she and my youngest share a St. Pat's day birthday! 


I used a stamp I found while going through my stash and used to create the background. I used a $1 Cupcake stamp (from Michaels) and a sentiment for Hats off to You for my panel. Once it was colored with my Copics I die cut the panel with the Stitched banner die and popped it up with foam tape, then finished it off with some twine.

Linking up too the following challenges...


Die Cut Divas

Thanks as always for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment and follow the blog for updates about new posts! 

Have a great day!!!
Monica

Lucky to have.

I've got a quick card to share that I will be linking up to a few challenges, they will be listed down below. It's a very clean and simple card that would be easy to remake.


I stamped the sentiment in my go to hybrid ink by MFT and the clovers in Distress inks Old Paper for a tone on tone look. Then I used my Prisma colored pencils to color the clovers green. 

Linking up with the following challenges...


Less is More- Monochrome


House of Cards- Color pencil on color cardstock/ or colors
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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Monica