Monday, July 24, 2017

Curtain Call and others


Hey Friends, I'm playing in some challenges today. When I saw the Curtain Call Challenge  Surf's Up inspiration photo I immediately thought of this Avery Elle Hello Chum stamp set because it had a surf board. I had two of these sharks colored up on my desk waiting to be used on a card. 

So I colored a surf board to match. Not knowing what I was going to do with the shark and surf board, I looked and found Case this Sketch 231

Following Jennifer Mcguire's tutorial, I inked up a square block with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, sprayed it with water, put in face down on a piece of water color paper and set something heavy on it for a while. The result was this great inked square which was the base of my focal point.

 I stamped the fishing rod and fish hook strategically on the square, and adhered my shark and surf board. A sentiment and waves stamp from the same set finished it off.
Thanks for visiting my blog!
Kim

Sunday Stamps Salute to Summer (color challenge)




Sunday, July 16, 2017

SSS Wed. Challenge


Hi Friends, I'm playing for the Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge-Use plaid and Freshly Made Sketches, but I changed the square to a rectangle.

This week's sponsor at Simon Says Stamp is Lawn Fawn so I used this "Shellfish" stamp set and LF Plaid paper as well.

I'm also entering this card in LawnFawnatics #8 -Summertime Fun

If you have any questions about products used, please leave a comment. 
Gotta Run!
Kim




Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Challenge 91


Hey Friends, Just a quick post to share a card I made with some Simon Says Stamp products.

 I used the July 2017 card kit for the paper. These Echo Park papers are fabulous. I sacrificed heavily to use this cute cool treats paper because on the back is the most beautiful aqua/mint stripe! I only have one piece! Boohoo. 

I wanted to pair this paper with another SSS stamp, Ice Cream Dream to match. I quickly colored them and added glossy accents. 

I have to make 4 birthday cards for some local card club friends and this "the challenge" sketch helped me make quick work for this card. 

I hope to be back soon with a few more cards I made. Enjoy Summer!
Kim






Other challenges-Crafty Catz Anything with optional twist Ice cream
4 Crafty Chicks-Summer Celebration, my card is summer birthday
Seize the Birthday-Anything Goes option, birthday sentiment is on the inside.


Supplies-Simon-Says-Stamp-Card-Kit-of-The-Month-JULY-2017-HELLO-SUMMER
Stamp-SSS Ice cream dream Simon-Says-Clear-Stamps-ICE-CREAM-DREAM
Copics, Glossy Accents

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Water you up to?


Hey Friends, I was playing with my new Simon Says Stamp July card kit today. 

The bikini die is so cute! I cut my bikini out of Copic-friendly paper and colored it like a water melon.

 The coat of glossy accents I put on it changed the color a bit. Before that the colors matched the patterned paper much better. I cut the banner shape with an Avery Elle die set, set some white eyelets and strung it with baker's twine. I can't wait to make some more cards with this kit. 

It is raining here yet again! Hope to have some sun shine soon! (but I won't be wearing a bikini :o)
Kim

Always Fun Challenges -Fun at the beach




Saturday, June 24, 2017

Inspired by all the little Things 62


Hi Friends, Since it's full on summer now, I chose to use a beach umbrella for my card instead of a rain umbrella! Also these ladies are doing what I want to do, hang out at the beach and get some sun! 

You can interpret the Inspired by all the little things inspiration any way you would like! 

I used a wood mounted Art Impressions "Lets be fabulous" stamp for this. I received it as a grab bag gift from my LCC. I don't know what kind of paper I stamped it on but it wouldn't blend very well. I made the best of it. I cut it out and set it on a prepared panel. I just got the new MFT cloud stencil and used it for my sky, then sponged on distress ink for sand. The sentiment comes from a Art Impressions/Hampton arts set from Michaels. 

Our guest this week is Amy Kolling. Please come on by the blog and join us too!
P.S. We're taking July and August off so we'll see you the first Saturday in September!
Hugs, Kim

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Inspired by all the little things #61



Hey there, Welcome to Inspired by all the little things 61! Summer's coming and I sometimes see violets around the neighborhood if I'm lucky! They are so delicate and pretty. 

I was a little stumped on this week's inspiration and I didn't have any window stamps or dies so I had to dig up something older. This stamp is retired Flourishes colored with Copic Markers. See that dark shadow? And by shadow I mean blob which came out of my marker! I don't mind it and didn't want to start over. Sigh... 

I used my WPlus9 Sunshine Layers Dies to cut out the scalloped panel and the white inner panel, added a sentiment and some enamel dots. 

Our guest this week is Sue Berkley! Come by and see the design team cards and joins us, won't you?

Kim


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Inspired by all the little things #60




Hey Friends, Welcome to Challenge 60 at Inspired by all the little things! I pulled out my new SSS June card kit and inked up the flower cluster with the new Barely Beige ink and then heat embossed clear EP over top. I water colored it with Distress Inks and when dry, I added some colored pencil highlights in certain areas. 

Using MFT alpha dies I cut the Mr. and Mrs. into the panel.  In my first attempt, I filled the apha's in with 3 layers of white card stock to mimic the inspiration but didn't like it so card 2 is a shaker instead. I added some sparkling clear, and iridescent sequins and some twine to finish it. 

This week our guest is Jen Willis. Come on by. We'd love to show you the design teams' cards. 
AND we hope you join us. 
Kim


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Inspired by all the little Things #59



Hey Friends, Happy June! Can you believe it's June already? We have an oh-so-pretty Inspiration photo for you this week at Inspired by all the little things.

 I took out the Wplus9 stamp set again, Ranunculus,  so I could focus on those gorgeous flowers. I heat embossed it in gold and colored with Zigs and water. I splattered with gold paint and machine stitched the white panel. I adhered the white panel on blue card stock and tied blue twine around it. Finally I heat embossed a SSS sentiment on a label die cut. 

This week we have the talented Amy Sheffer as our guest and also our talented design team members. We hope you play along!

Until next time, 
Kim

Other challenge links below.
Seize the Birthday Anything Goes option
4 Crafty Chicks Birthday

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Inspired by all the little things #58


Hi Friends! I just love this weeks photo for Inspired by all the little things! I pulled out this very old Hero Arts stamp set that I'm pretty sure is retired. I heat embossed it with VersaMark and white powder. After inking up 3 ink blending tools with Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber, I starting blending the ink. 
I made a boo boo with the order in which I used the colors! Following the colors on the pretty bottles, I meant to put Pink on the bottom. :) Oh well, I still like it. 
For the sentiment I die cut with white card stock a 3 layer word from Simon says stamp and added the second part by heat embossing the rest on a vellum heart. The fun part was dotting the "I's" in the word wishing with white Nuvo drops. 

Our guest this week is Donna Mikasa and the team has some wonderful inspiration for you so come on by for a visit!

See you next week.
Kim


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Inspired by all the little things #57


Hey Friends, How are you? We have a pretty tulip inspiration for you this week. I could have gone in a lot of directions with this but then my friend brought this stamp to my local card club meeting and it was perfect for the challenge. It's from Stampendous and it was so fun to color with Zigs! It made a great note card which I mailed immediately to Mom. 

I stamped it on Bristol card stock with Versafine ink. 
Since the image is large I just die cut it and set it on a gingham patterned paper mat and then on Kraft. The sentiment is Hero Arts. 

Our guest this week is Shari MacLaughlin. Come visit the blog and see everyone's cards!
Until next week!
Kim




Saturday, May 13, 2017

Inspired by all the little things #56


Hey Friends. It's Challenge 56 already at Inspired by all the little things! Bicycles and flowers, a sure sign that warm weather is coming, even tho we're having a cold week in Connecticut! 

Good thing I had this cute set by Simon says Stamp with a bicycle. I colored with Copics and die cut all the images with the coordinating dies. Then using Mojo Monday Sketch 496 as a guide I made my focal panel using a cloud embossing folder on white CS cut with a LF Stitched Rectangle die. I layered that onto colored card stock as shown in the sketch. Glossy accents was used on the doggie's nose and flower centers. See, it's still cloudy cuz it's wet! 

Michele Henderson is our guest this week, Come on by and visit, better yet join us with a card!
Thanks, 
Kim


Mojo Monday 496

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Lawnfawnatics Black,White and Bright


Hey Friends, I've been wanting to play in the new Lawn Fawnatics Challenges since they started up recently. And I'm also submitted to Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge, Hint of Pink. I had both in mind while making this. 

I thought I was going to use LF Flamingos but saw this set and thought is would lend itself to bright colors. 

First I quickly colored the Merry Go Round with Copics and die cut out. I grabbed my LF stitched squares dies which barely get used, some LF black and white polkadot paper, some raspberry card stock and layered them. After stamping and diecutting the banner and sentiment I popped the banner and image with foam tape. I finished it with stamped stars and sequins for sparkle.

Thanks for visiting today!

Other challenges:
Seize the Birthday-Anything Goes




Saturday, May 6, 2017

Butterfly Birthday



Hi Friends, I made this card for my Local Card Club color challenge. (It's on old Colour Q challenge but I can't find the photo) I thought I'd link it up to a few challenges including the Curtain Call Challenge-Flutter

I started by ink smooshing some distress inks (blues, purples, greens and navy) on a piece of A2 watercolor paper and set aside to dry. The I dies cut these lovely Memory Box butterflies with white paper to use the negative space for my watercolor panel. 

Since the challenge colors had gold in it, I used gold foil card stock for the centers of the flutterbys and SSS Hello sentiment. I heat embossed the sentiment (may be retired Flourishes?) in white on navy card stock. 

Also submitting this to Seize the Birthday-Anything Goes.
Crafty Girls #36 -Anything Goes


Inspired by all the little things #55


Hey Friends! Welcome to Inspired by all the little things # 55! Oh, what a pretty color pallette and photo we have for you! When making my card I had the photo on my I pad sitting right on my desk but somehow I veered off course! My card stock is Ocean Tides by Papertrey Ink. I thought it matched dusty green in the photo but it looks blue here.

 Any-who, I saw the succulent in the flower bouquet and pulled out Hero Arts "Stamp your own succulents. First I tried Zigs but the coloring gods said no so I had to rely on my Copics. I fussy cut the images out because there's no die for this set. I found some patterned papers that matched the card stock and layered them up following Mojo Monday Sketch 494. May Arts Twine and a few sequins finish it off. 

Our guest this week is Heidi Shafer. Come on by and add "your" card to the gallery!

Hugs, Kim





Saturday, April 29, 2017

Inspired by all the little things #54


Hey Friends, I missed you last week. I have been battling at cold/virus for a few weeks but feeling better now. This week at Inspired by all the little things we have a pretty inspiration photo for you all. I chose to focus on the flowers and colors.

I pulled out my Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Daffodils stamp set and colored them with Copics. I die cut them and the butterfly from the same set with the matching dies. I sponged on some Tumbled Glass distress ink. A Hero Arts sentiment was stamped in black Versafine ink. Lastly, yellow twine (Twinery) was added to the top. I feel like my card making skills are a bit rusty this week.

I hope you all will come by and visit the blog and play too!

Kim

additional challenge links below

Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge -Anything Goes

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Inspired by all the little things 52


Hi Friends, Welcome to Inspired by all the little things Challenge 52. I kept it clean and simple this week. Sometimes people comment that I have the perfect stamps for each challenge. In this case, I did buy this Avery Elle stamp set with the challenge in mind. I had wanted a City Scape stamp for a long time so I got one! So for the inspiration, I focused on the city buildings and the stripes.

This set is perfect for masculine cards! It came together in a flash because I just heat-embossed and diecut everything. The striped element is washi tape. I just added a little zig marker and water behind the clouds and some enamel dots and it was done!

Our guest this week is Renee Matarese. 
Have a good week.
Kim

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Power Poppy Challenge-Grab that Spark



Hey Friends, today I'm entering the Power Poppy Monthly challenge with 2 cards. I had purchased these digital stamps a while back with my Nephew in mind. He loves fishing and so do many other men in my family so these were perfect for them all. 

In the challenge there are 3 sketches to choose from. For my first card I chose sketch 3. I colored the image with Copics and put the card together using the sketch. I added a paper clip and feather to give the illusion of a fishing fly. I mailed this to my Nephew this morning.

Since I printed my image in my printer, I may as well  have printed 2 on the same page! The paper I used is X-press Blend It by Copic. The card below uses Sketch 2 from the challenge. I moved the small rectangle to better suit my card. This one uses grosgrain ribbon and enamel dots as embellishments. 
Now my father-in-law's card is done for Father's Day. Yippee!  

Thanks for visiting!
Kim





Saturday, April 8, 2017

Inspired by all the little things #51


Hey Friends! Thanks for stopping by to see my card for Inspired by all the little things Challenge 51.  The inspiration photo has an adorable cupcake with chicks so I pulled out my new-to-me Lawn Fawn Chirpy, Chirp, Chirp set for the chick. 

I Copic colored the chick and egg and set him on a stitched circle die. I used this week's wonderful Mojo Monday sketch to put together my card. The cute papers are from Echo Park Easter 6x6 pad, even the brown solid comes in that pad. Yea! Spring is here!

Our wonderful guest this week is Lisa Lara. Come on over to the blog and see what she and the design team have to share.
Until next time!
Kim

Mojo Monday 491-Sketch & Contest
Repeat Impressions DCC 45 -Add a die cut
Cards and more -Easter Cards





Saturday, April 1, 2017

Inspired by all the little things #50


Hi Friends, Welcome to our 50th Challenge at Inspired by all the little things! We are thrilled to be celebrating this milestone with you all and we have each invited a guest to our party! 

I have invited the talented Tracy McDonald. Her blog is I wanna build a memory. I know you all know her for her fabulous coloring skills. She has been a fabulous blog friend to me over the years. Head over to her blog to check out the card she made, won't you?

I chose to be inspired by the cake, the wood floor, the colors and the leaves in the photo.  I used Winnie and Walter "Sugar Rush" set for the cake and the Winnie and Walter "The Party"set for the sentiment. 

Copic markers were used to color the cake and the stand and sentiment were Gold heat embossed. The flowers are from Avery Elle Laurel and the leaves are punched with a MS leaf punch. As you can see, I made a shaker card with gold sequins mix from Lucy's. 

I am posting this from Florida while visiting Mom but I'm coming home Saturday night and will join in the celebration fun then!
Hugs, Kim








Saturday, March 25, 2017

Welcome Little Miss Croghan


Hi All and Hi Lesley! Welcome to the surprise Virtual Baby Shower for Baby Girl Croghan! Some of Lesley's wonderful friends put together a blog hop for her. Since she's the creator of the "Inspired by all the little things" design team I'm on, I wanted to join in the fun. 

I pull out a retired stamp set illustrated by the super talented Marcella Hawley. I love Copic coloring this image especially when I can match it to some sweet patterned paper. It's K&Co. and I'm sure it's also no longer available. I used an embossing folder, a punch and a button and twine to embellish. 
I sent it in a glassine bag with a tiny clothespin to close it up. 

There are many participants in the event so come join the hop and see everyone's cards here

Lesley, I wish you and your husband all the best! 
Hugs, Kim