Monday, June 18, 2018

Merry Monday #295 - Photo Inspiration

Hello friends and welcome to another Merry Monday Challenge.  This week Marcia would like us to use the photo inspiration for our Christmas cards.

I used a jar image from Inkadinkado stamps, stamped it on vellum and then on white cardstock.  I punched out some peppermint images from Christmas paper and layered them on the white and then added the vellum over them.  I printed the Merry Christmas from my computer and punched it with a small tag punch.  I added some gold twine to the tag and then placed it under the red jute bow.  The sentiment is from MFT Dashing Deer set.  The pine branches are from Diemond Dies.  I embossed the white panel with SU Pinewood Planks EF, added a piece of wood grain paper at the bottom and then added the jar with foam tape, and glued the pine branches in the top corner.

I hope you will check out all the great cards by the design team over at Merry Monday Christmas Challenge and be inspired to join us this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Birthday for Just Us Girls

When I saw Just Us Girls Color Week challenge of red, black, and your choice, I had to play along.  I love this color combination, especially for flowers. 
I used green as my choice for the leaves with my flowers.
I used black mats and the black pattern paper is from a Christmas pad by the Paper Studio.  The red/white strip is from MFT Hearts & Stripes paper pad.  It matches the MFT Electric Red ink I stamped the PTI Gran's Garden flowers in.  It is a 2-step stamp and I stamped both layers in Electric Red.  The leaves are stamped with SU Garden Green.  I used the matching dies to die-cut them with.  The sentiment is from an older SU set and the panel is cut with an MFT die.  I mounted the sentiment panel and the flowers with foam tape.  The white panel is embossed with a Sizzix EF.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping, 
JoAnn

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sending Thoughts and Prayers

I will be sending this card to a sick friend and I made it using this week's Just Us Girls challenge - Alcohol Inks.
Well this is my first time playing with alcohol inks and I like it.  I will have to play some more.  I only had 3 colors and I watched several videos on YouTube before I attempted it.  I used Ranger Glossy Alcohol Ink paper and felt blending pads to add the 3 colors and then on a section of the sheet I dropped the colors in on top of the blended inks and blew with a straw.  That is the section I cut the leaf border from.  I die cut the flowers and leaves from the plain sections (you know I had to use a flower :)).  The flowers are made with SU Botanical Builders dies and I added a pearl to the center.  The sentiment is from Verve Inspire Hope stamped on a Spellbinder Circle die cut and matted with the Small Scallop Circle in black.  I mounted this panel with foam tape.

Since I used a flower, I will enter this one at The Flower Challenge #21 - Use a Previous Challenge.   I chose Challenge 18 again - Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment.
Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Happy Birthday for The Flower Challenge

I made another birthday card and am entering it in The Flower Challenge #21 - Use a Previous Challenge.  

I chose Challenge #18 - Anything Goes.  I love making floral cards as you probably can tell if you have followed my blog. :)  I give most of them to my friends at church and my family.  They are always appreciative of them.

For my card I used the flower image from SU Flourishing Phrases and stamped it two times in Daffodil Delight ink.  I fussy cut the flowers, just cutting the smaller layer from one.  I mounted the smaller layer with foam tape and added a pearl to the center.   I embossed the white panel with SU Pinewood Planks EF.  The leaves are from an older Sizzix die, Branch with Leaves, cut from SU Wild Wasabi.  I cut an MFT Stitched Fishtail Flag die and stamped the birthday sentiment.  I mounted this with foam tape

Monday, June 11, 2018

Hello for Color Throwdown 496

Hello friends.  I made a card for my sister using this week's Color Throwdown colors.  Blue is my favorite color and I think it is striking with black and white.
For my card I used the flowers from SU Flourishing Phrases and stamped it 4 times in MFT Blue Raspberry ink.  I fussy cut the center layers on 2, added a pearl to the centers and mounted them with foam tape.  I stamped the background with SU Gorgeous Grunge and Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamped off once for a lighter touch.  The pattern paper is an older sheet I had and I don't know who it is by.  I added punched scallop borders in black.  The black flourishes are from MFT Simple Leaf Flourish.  Finally, I added Impression Obsession Hello die (#DIE174-W).

Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping
JoAnn

Merry Monday #294 - Add a Barn

Good Morning friends.  For our Merry Monday challenge this week Leanne wants us to add a barn to our Christmas card.
My barn is in Florida so it doesn't have a snowy scene. :)   I cut my barn with a design from the Silhouette Store.  I stamped MFT Wood Plank Background to my barn before adding the cut out pieces.  I also used my white gel pen to draw the window panes.  I tore a piece of Crumb Cake CS for the sand part, added a green hilly section with a die from MFT, and the trees are from SU Card Front Builder Thinlits set (retired).  I sponged some clouds with Taylored Expressions Cloud Border die.  The sentiment is from an old Martha Stewart  Clear Gift Tag Stamps set.  The barn is mounted with foam tape.

You should check out all the great cards by my teammates over at Merry Monday.  I hope you will join us this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Happy Birthday for The Flower Challenge

I made a birthday card for a friend using The Flower Challenge #21 - Use a Previous Challenge

After perusing the previous challenges, I chose Challenge #3 - Use an older stamp or die

I used a Sizzix/Hero Arts stamp and die set that I have had for quite a while.  I can't remember when I bought it; it was made in 2011 so I don't think it is available.  I stamped the flower/leaves image in SU Wild Wasabi and also in Cameo Coral.  I stamped the coral flowers twice and then fussy cut them, and shaped the petals, so I could arrange them how I wanted.  I clipped the green leaves image in sections also and rearranged them.  They are mounted with foam tape on a panel cut with Lil' Inker Designs Side Stitched Rectangle die.  I also added a butterfly from the same set and only glued it in the middle after shaping the wings.  The sentiment is from SU Beautiful Birthday (retired).  I stamped the background paper with MFT Diagonal Stripes Background in SU Cameo Coral ink.  The mats are SU Cameo Coral CS.  I added pearls to the flower centers and scattered some tiny pearls around the sentiment and mounted this panel with foam tape also.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Seize the Birthday - Beachy

Hello friends and happy Thursday.  We have a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday and it is a beachy theme.  Remember it is our "Toppings" option and the only real requirement is that it be a birthday project.


For my card I created a beach scene by tearing a piece of paper and taping it over the panel and sponged on MFT Natural ink for the sand, then covered that area and sponged on two Distress inks in Tumbled Glass and Salt Ocean for the water.  After that I used Taylored Expressions Cloud border die to sponge on the clouds.
I stamped the cute MFT PI Beach Day image, colored her with Copics and then fussy cut her out.  She is mounted with foam tape.  The palm trees are from MFT Penguins in Paradise.  One tree I stamped straight and the second one I curved it on the stamp block before stamping it.  I fussy cut them and mounted the curved one on top with foam tape.  I stamped sentiment from Papertrey Ink Tulip Time in SU Crumb Cake to look like it was written in the sand.  As a final touch, I die cut a small sunflower die, cut it down, and added it for a sun.

Now check out all the great beachy birthday cards by my teammates over at Seize the Birthday and join in this fun challenge.

I am also linking my card to Just Us Girls Word Week - Outside theme.  Since my card is the perfect outside scene I thought it would fit.



Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Happy Anniversary

I made this card for our pastor and his wife.  I was inspired by a card I thought I saw on Pinterest but I can't find it now.  It could have been on one of the challenges.  If I find it, I will link it.  Anyway,  I used two different EF and different flowers for my card, but the layout is the same except the other card was square and only had one flower.
I used Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose, stamped with Versamark ink on Rich Razzleberry CS  and embossed them with white embossing powder.  I die cut them with the matching Botanical Wings die set and added white pearls to the centers.  The green swirl is Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish die cut in SU Pear Pizzazz.  The sentiment was embossed in white on Rich Razzleberry CS.  The two embossing folders are the Paper Stuido Timeless Hearts and Darice Stripes.  I used Spellbinders border dies to cut the angled pieces.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Monday, June 4, 2018

Merry Monday #293 - Add Christmas Angels

Hello Merry Monday fans. This week Linda's challenge is to add Christmas angels to our Christmas card.  I love angels and have quite a few stamps so it was hard to choose just one.

I settled on this sweet angel by C.C. Designs called Baby Jesus and Angel.  It is an older stamp and I have had it for quite awhile.  I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copics and Promarkess.  I die cut the image with an MFT Rounded Banner Stax die and mounted it with foam tape.  I stamped the star image on some gold foil and fussy cut it, then stamped it in Gold Delicata ink and glued the foil star over it.  The sentiment is from a digi set by Verve called Christmas Blessings, punched with a circle punch and mounted with foam tape.  The pattern paper is from an older Paper Studio Christmas pad and matted with a lt. blue cardstock to pick up the blue in the angel wings.

Don't forget to check out all the sweet angel cards by the Design Team at Merry Monday.  I hope you will join us in this fun challenge.  It is a good way to get those Christmas cards done before December.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Just Us Girls #442 - Photo Week

I have several birthday and anniversary cards to make for June.  I used this week's JUGS Photo Week challenge to make this birthday card for a friend at church.
The pattern paper is Mint Julep by Papertrey Ink.  I die cut the circle before embossing it with SU Pinewood Planks EF.  I stamped the sentiment with SU Beautiful Birthday (retired) and then mounted the pattern paper.  The sunflowers are from SU Greatful Bunch (retired).  I colored them with Promarkers and then fussy cut them.  I mounted them with foam tape and then added the leaves with SU Leaf Punch.  I shaped the leaves with my fingers before adding them.  As a final touch, I added clear Wink of Stella to the flower centers but it doesn't show up in the photo.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Happy Anniversary for May Viva la Verve

I made this anniversary card for a couple at church using May Viva la Verve sketch. I love this sketch and will be using it again.
I used pattern paper from a Recollections Garden Party pad and added thin black mats.  The sentiment is from Verve's Love Story (no longer available) and the flowers are from Verve's Kindness Matters.  I colored the flowers with Copics and fussy cut them.  I made slits between the flower petals and shaped tham a little.  I mounted them with foam tape.   I them added some punched leaves with a SU punch. The heart border is cut with one of Verve's Scallop Trim Trio dies.  As a final touch I added 3 pink rhinestones to the sentiment panel which is mounted with foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Monday, May 28, 2018

Merry Monday #292 - Add Penguins

Good Morning friends.  For our Merry Monday challenge this week Kim wants us to add penguins to our Christmas cards.
I used these cute caroling penguins from Lawn Fawn's Here We Go A Waddling, along with the matching die set.  I stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copic markers.  I added two strips of torn white cardstock at the bottom for the snow.  One layer is glued down and the other is popped up with foam tape.  It doesn't show up well in the photo but looks great IRL.  The background pattern paper is from a Recollections Christmas pad and I stamped the sentiment on it.  The lamp posts are glued flat and the penguins are mounted with foam tape.  The scalloped frame by The Pretty Pink Posh is mounted with foam tape.

As always, don't forget to check out the wonderful cards by my teammates over at Merry Monday.  I hope you will join us this week for this fun challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thinking of You for JUGS Color Week #441

Hello friends.  I am sharing a card I made for the Just Us Girls Color Challenge and just got it completed barely in time.


I used SU Smokey Slate CS for the base and Smokey Slate ink for the leaves.  The flowers from PTI Gran's Garden are stamped in MFT Summer Splash ink and cut with the matching dies.  The center panel is cut with Spellbinders Flourish Ovals from Night of Navy CS and the white is cut with Spellbinders Classic Oval dies.  The sentiment is from SU Wetlands set and is stamped in Night of Navy ink.  I mounted this panel with foam tape and glued the leaves and flowers to the oval. The DSP is from a Christmas pad and I don't remember which one, sorry.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Seize the Birthday - Pattern Paper

Hello friends and happy Thursday.  It is time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this week we are to use pattern paper on our birthday cards.



My pattern paper is from SU Delightful Daisy pack.  The sentiment is from Birthday Blooms and is stamped on a SU Lots of Labels die cut.  I added some pen stitching around the edges.  The flowers are from SU Petal Palette.  I colored them with my waterbrush pen and SU Real Red and Wild Wasabi inks.  They are die cut with the matching dies and mounted with foam tape.

Make sure you check out all the lovely cards by my teammates, using different pattern papers, over at Seize the Birthday.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Monday, May 21, 2018

Sending You Candy Cane Wishes for Merry Monday #291

Happy Monday friends.  It is time for a new challenge at Merry Monday and this week Kelly wants us to add candy canes, cookies, or sweets to our Christmas cards.


My pattern paper is from The Paper Studio Christmas pad and has candy canes, cookies, and sweets.  I used the sentiment and this cute little elf image from Sugar Pea Designs Merry Makers set.  I colored him with Copics, fussy cut him, and added him to the white panel with foam tape.  The sentiment is stamped in MFT Electric Red ink.  The DSP is matted with MFT Electric Red CS.   I added 3 tiny red rhinestones for some bling.   My card is fairly quick as I had been wanting to use this cute elf.

I hope you check out all the sweet cards by the designers at Merry Monday and join us in this fun challenge.  It is a good way to get all those Christmas cards done before December.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Wishing you a Wonderful Birthday

Hello friends.  I am sharing a birthday card for a friend at church.  
I used a Heidi Swapp stripe stencil and Tumbled Glass DI to make the background panel.  The matching cardstock is from a Recollections pack.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp It's Your Birthday set.  The blue mat is punched with a retired SU border punch.  The flowers are made with MFT Upsy Daisy die (retired) from SU Daffodil Delight CS.  I added some gold glitter gemstones to the centers.  The leaves are die cut from SU Pear Pizzazz with Little Leaves Sizzlit (also retired).  (Sorry about all the retired items but I save them because I do like using them.)

  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May Viva la Verve Sketh

Hello friends.  I am sharing a card that I made for my granddaughters to give to their mother (my daughter) for Mother's Day.  She loved the card.  I used Viva la Verve May Sketch and Verve's Favorite Mom Digital Set.

I printed the flower from the digi set in 3 different sizes, colored them with Copics and fussy cut them.  I layered them and added a pearl to the center.  The leaves  and sentiment are also from the set.  The sentiment circle was die cut with a circle die and also colored with Copics.  I added tiny pearls to the centers of those flowers.  The circle is mounted on an MFT doily die.  The papers are from some goodies in my Verve order (thanks Julee).  The white panel is embossed with a retired SU embossing folder.  I also printed one of the sentiments for the inside but forgot to take a photo of it.

ETA: Since I used pink I am also linking this to the Verve May Diva Inspirations Challenge - Pink

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Monday, May 14, 2018

Merry Monday #290 - Add Christmas Bells

Happy Monday friends and welcome to another Merry Monday Challenge.  I am the hostess this week and I would like to see bells on your Christmas card.
I love the swag in the inspiration photo so I tried to mimick it with my card.  I used  the retired SU Bells & Boughs set and stamped the larger image with the poinsettias at the top of my white panel and colored it with Promarkers.  I sponged some green ink around the open areas to fill in.  I embossed the lower part of the white panel with the Sizzix Tim Holtz Brick Wall EF.  I stamped the bells image and colored it with Promarkers, but I also stamped just the bells on gold paper and fussy cut them, and then mounted this image with foam tape.  This was mounted on a SU Wild Wasabi panel cut with a scallop die from MFT Blueprints 27 set.  As a final touch I added the die cut sentiment using a Lil' Inker Designs die.

I hope you will check out all the fabulous cards by my teammates over at Merry Monday and play along with this fun challenge.  Can't wait to see your cards in our gallery.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Seize the Birthday - It's Just A Number

Hello friends and welcome to another Seize the Birthday Challenge.  This time our "Toppings" option is to use number(s) on your brithday project.  You can check out all the details here.


I made this card for my great-granddaughter who is turning 12 this month.  Can you guess she likes purple. :)  I used this cute girl from MFT Every Day Is A Picnic (discontinued), she reminds me of my sweet great-granddaughter.  I stamped her and then reduced the size on my copier so she would fit on my card with the balloon die cuts from MFT Birthday Balloons.  I added the balloons so it looks like she is holding them behind her back.   I colored the girl and the balloons with my Copics and Promarkers, fussy cut the girl out and adhered both with foam tape.  The 12 is done on my computer.  The white oval panel is cut with a Sizzix die and the purple panel is embossed with a Cuttlebug Birthday EF.

I hope you will check out all the fabulous cards by my teammates over at Seize the Birthday and join in this fun challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Monday, May 7, 2018

Merry Monday #289 - Add Star to Your Card

Good morning Merry Monday fans.  This week our challenge is brought to us by Debbie and she wants us to add a star to our Christmas card.
For my card I used star pattern paper from Tim Holtz Christmas 8x8 pad cut with a die from MFT Blueprints 27.  The white circle is cut with MFT Stitched Circle Stax and the sentiment (done on my computer) panel is cut with MFT Stitched Fishtail Flags Stax.  I cut one end part of the way and then placed it back in the die to cut the other end.  The joy is a die by Cottage Cutz called Joy Nativity, cut from gold foil paper by Recollections.  I cut one gold and 2 white layers, glued them together and mounted it and the sentiment panel with foam tape.

Please hop over to the Merry Monday Challenge blog and check out all the wonderful cards with stars by the Design Team.  Can't wait to see your cards in our gallery.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Just Us Girls #438 - Photo Week

Hello friends.  Today I am sharing a card I made using JUGS #438 photo week.  I was inspired by the black and white tiles and orange flowers.
For my card I used the Altenew Layered Plaid Cover Die A cut in white and placed it over black/gray woodgrain pattern paper by The Paper Studio.  It reminds me of the tiles on the wall.   I stamped the flowers from SU Birthday Blossoms on SU Pumpkin Pie CS and fussy cut them out.  They are mounted with foam tape.  The stems and leaves are from Simon Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers.  I colored them with Promarkers and then fussy cut them.  The sentiment is from SU Wetlands set and punched with an oval and scalloped oval punch from SU (they are retired).  This is mounted with foam tape also.  As a final touch I added black enamel dots to the center of the flowers.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Monday, April 30, 2018

Merry Monday #288 - No stamping

Good morning friends and happy Monday.  Today on Merry Monday Deanne wants us to create a Christmas card without stamping.
I used this pretty Poinsettia die from MFT (no longer available) and the Vintage Season's Greetings die from Poppystamps (no longer available).  I cut the poinsetia with MFT Electric Red CS and shaped the petals with my fingers.  I also added a gold glitter gemstone to the center.  The leaves are cut from SU Garden Green CS.  The greeting is cut from gold glitzy paper by Recollections, which matches the gold gemstone.  The white panel is cut with Papertrey Ink Mix and Mat Scallop die.  I just used the outside two dies.  I mounted the white panel and the poinsettia with foam tape.  The green pattern paper is from the Paper Studio 12 Days of Christmas 8x8 pad.

Be sure to check out the design team's great cards using no stamps over at Merry Monday.  I hope to see you in our gallery.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,JoAnn

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

Hello friends and happy Thursday.  It is time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and it is "Anything Goes", as long as it is for a birthday.

For my card I used the April Viva la Verve sketch.
The pattern papers are from an older First Edition Summer Breeze 6x6 pad.  The sentiment is from Verve Floral Notes and the flower is from Verve Kindness Matters.  I colored the flower with Promarkers and used the matching dies to cut the flower and the leaves.  I also cut slits between the flower petals and shaped them with my stylus.  I mounted the sentiment panel and the flower with foam tape.  I added some Rosewater Nuvo Drops for an extra little touch.

Be sure to check out all the great cards by my teammates over at Seize the Birthday.  So many ideas to inspire you.  Hope to see your card in our gallery.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn