Friday, August 28, 2015

FM223 Back to School Encouragement

Breelin's challenge for this week's Friday Mashup is Back to School.  I mixed a little old and new for my card.

I used the upcoming Hearth & Home window frame for my chalkboard, and I also stamped with Work of Art swipes to give a chalky background.  The books were cut free-hand; not perfect, but you get the drift.

Here's your Mashup Challenge:


  • Create a project using the Sketch.
  • Create a project with a Back to School theme.
  • or Mash it Up! and created a Back to School project with the Sketch.
Stamps: You've Got This, Work of Art, Woodgrain BG; Paper: Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Marina Mist, Tangelo Twist, Crumb Cake, Tip Top Taupe, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Schoolhouse DSP; Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White Craft, Versamark, Cherry Cobbler marker, Pacific Point marker, Chocolate Chip marker; Accessories: Cupcake builder punch, Horizontal Slot punch, White embossing powder, Crystal Effects, Sponge, Hearth & Home framelits, Big Shot.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sending Good Thoughts...

My biking buddy went and hurt himself while riding (again). He has used up all his sympathy credits this year, so he better cut it out!

We made him some zucchini bread.  If you can't ride your bike, you should sit around and fatten up, right?

I used some older Paper Pumpkin stamps and current In Color washi tape for a quick and easy tag.

Stamps: Pedal Praise PP, Hey There PP; Paper: Very Vanilla; Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Early Espresso; Accessories: In Color washi tape, Linen thread, Early Espresso striped ribbon, Angled tag topper punch.

Friday, August 21, 2015

FM222 Messy Peaches

Amy's Friday Mashup challenge is a wild card technique challenge.  For me, I wanted to give the Color Burst watercolor powders a try.

I stamped and clear-embossed the peach image from Silhouettes & Script. Then I sprinkled the powder and spritzed with water, moving the color around.  I did each color separately, and I did end up adding some yellow to the green to lighten up the blue hue.  Just a little bit of powder, like salt shaker amount... these suckers are powerful!  A nice messy background gives rise to this weirdly eclectic card.  :)

The layout comes from Freshly Made Sketches #199.

Here's your Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a Birthday Themed project.
  • Create a project using any kind of Technique you'd like.
  • or Mash it Up! and created a Birthday themed project and any Technique.
Stamps: Silhouettes & Script; Paper: Basic Black, Modern Medley DSP, Watercolor paper; Ink: Cucumber Crush, Peach Parfait, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Color Burst watercolor powder; Accessories: Silver Sequin Trim, Silver Metallic Thread, Everyday Chic washi tape, Clear embossing powder, Mini Stapler, Banner punch, Sponge.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Technique Tuesday: Galaxy Background

After taking Lydia's (Understand Blue) Unwind Retreat at Convention, several ladies back home wanted to get together to make some of the fun cards.  Technique classes are very popular around here; we all love to keep learning.

Our first project was the galaxy background technique -

You can use all sorts of colors for your galaxy sky, and I love the In Colors Lydia incorporated.


Edit to add: Here's a picture I came across on Facebook of Appalachian Trail boardwalk in Pawling, NY.  A great inspiration photo for this technique!


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Tune in next week (or the week after ;) ), and I'll share another technique with you.

Friday, August 14, 2015

FM219 Wild About Summer Flowers

It's my turn to host the Friday Mashup challenge.  As I shared earlier, I had goldenrod flowers, with the new stamp set Wild About Flowers, in mind for this time of year.  When we arrive to our family cabin in Canada every year, there are many flowering weeds around, including goldenrod.

Along with a Friday Mashup card, this was my Convention swap for both the Control Freaks and our roomie shoebox swap.


This week's Friday Mashup is:

  • Create a project using "Delightful Dijon, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry". 
  • Create a project "Inspired by Summer Flowers". 
  • or Mash it Up and create a "Summer Flowers Project using Delightful Dijon, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry".
Stamps: Wild About Flowers, Papillion Potpourri, And Many More; Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White; Ink: Delightful Dijon, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Black Stazon; Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Bitty Butterfly punch, Aquapainter, Dimensionals.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

July Paper Pumpkin: A Cup of Cheer

Playing along with this month's My Pumpkin Challenge, I made a quick alternative layout to this month's kit.

Filling the cup with flowers or plants is nice, but come on, we want the coffee, right?  I highly recommend these kits for a quick card... so easy-peasy!

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Friday, August 7, 2015

FM218 Celebrate County Fairs!

Today for the Friday Mashup, Lisa has a tricky one for us, or for me at least, punch art (or punches) inspired by the state (or county) fair.

I started with some banner punches, which always says party and fun, and I couldn't resist using a ferris wheel, Missy and my favorite!  I used some patterned paper, lighted up with some gesso, to create a backdrop.  From there, a little popcorn punch art.

The sad part is Missy and I missed this year's county fair because she was too booked with all her summer camps.  :(

So I'm trying the new archival Basic Black ink for the first time, available in the upcoming Holiday catalog on September 1.  It is so nice and dark and crisp.  I love it!!

Here's your Mashup Challenge this week:

  • Create a project "inspired by the State Fair".
  • Create a project using "Punches".
  • or Mash it Up and create a project "inspired by the Fair using your punches".
Stamps: Feeling Sentimental; Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP, Big Top Birthday DSP, Sprinkles & Sunshine DSP; Ink: So Saffron, Lucky Limeade, Archival Basic Black; Accessories: Petite Pennants punch, Cupcake builder punch, Sponges, Gesso, Adorning Accents edgelits, Fry Box die, Big Shot, Sewing machine, Thread.
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