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


Inspired by all the little things #49


Hey there, It's time for Inspired by all the little things #49! For the bunny in the inspiration photo, I pulled out Reverse Confetti Hippity Hoppity set.

 I stamped the images on PTI Rustic Cream card stock (has textured flecks in it) to mimic the pillow background and colored with Prisma Pencils. I fussy cut them out and set them on a SSS tag. I set the tag on a grey card base covered with spring-y paper and added grey enamel dots. 

 Come on over and join the fun!
Hugs, Kim


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Inspired by all the little things #48



Hey Friends, Welcome to Inspired by all the little things challenge # 48. Glad you stopped by.

 This week we have a pretty sky photo inspiration that you can interpret however you'd like. I chose to do a galaxy background with sponged Distress Ink.

 After watching a few You Tube videos I gave it a try. I used some yellows and purples and finished the edges in Chipped Sapphire.

Then I splatted with water and with Copic White. Some vellum clouds were cut with Lawn Fawn Clouds border dies and I white heat embossed the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Believe Stamp. 

Leanne Elliott is our guest this week. I hope you join the design team and I by making a card for yourself!
Kim :)














Saturday, March 11, 2017

Inspired by all the little things #47


Hi Friends, I'm here to share this week's Inspired by all the little things Challenge #47! We have an interesting rainbow photo with a musical flair if you choose to be inspired by that. I pulled out my Tweet, Tweet stamp set by Avery Elle. 

It gave me the opportunity to use lots of colors and had some cute little music notes as well. The sentiment on the inside says "a little birdie told me it was your birthday". Too cute!

I colored the birds and tiki-style umbrella with Copics and cut out with the matching dies. A hill was created by sponging some Twisted Citron ink with a curved mask. I then set the panel on a black card base and added twine. I added glossy accents to the birdie's eyes!

Come visit the blog, say hello to our guest, Michelle Lupton and join in the fun. 
Hugs, Kim

Other challenges below


The house that stamps built -Tic Tac Toe -I used Dimension, Bright Colors and Birthday

Seize the Birthday -Anything goes

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Inspired by all the little things 46



Hey Friends, It's time for Inspired by all the little Things Challenge 46! I used Hero Arts "Stamp your own succulents" set for my terrarium. I stamped and water colored my plants first, waited until fully dry and gold heat embossed the planter over it. 

Using Freshly Made Sketches 277, I assembled my card using patterned paper, water color paper, card stock and enamel dots. I felt the clean and simple layout reinforced the "I miss you" sentiment, which is from another Hero Arts set, Year round sentiments. After I was done, I realized I could have made some splatters for interest but it was too late!

Lindsey Larsen is our guest this week. Come on over and visit the challenge blog and join us! 
Kim



Saturday, February 25, 2017

Inspired by all the little Things 45





Hi Friends, Today I have a card for Inspired by all the little things #45. As you see we have a coffee theme this week and I used my Simon Says Stamp February card kit and adorable Doodlebug Products for my card. 

It was challenging to come up with a card design that hasn't already been made. Everyone has been making the cutest cards with this kit. 
I colored up the cup with Copics and paper pieced sleeve on the cup. I stamped the sentiment and added stickers and enamel dots. 

Mary Beth Lopez is our guest this week. Come on by and see what the she and the team have to share. 
Hugs, Kim



Saturday, February 18, 2017

Inspired by 44


Hey Friends, February is rolling right along. Time for another Inspired by all the little things challenge. We're up to #44. Do you like Ferris Wheels? I do unless there are gigantic.

 I colored up this cute Lawn Fawn Ferris wheel with Zigs markers, fussy cut out and placed it on a distress ink sponged panel. I used a grass punch to make the grass which was also distress inked with Mowed Lawn. How appropriate! 

The ticket stamp comes with the same set and was stamped on the kraft card base with Momento Lady Bug ink. Each little car on the wheel has a tiny red gem on it and one in the middle. Nice and simple for quick mailing.

Come on by the blog and visit our guest Becca Whitman and the rest of the team this week!
Hugs, Kim


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Simon "Cute" Challenge


I'm playing in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge today. The challenge is "Cute". To me, nothing says cute like Lawn Fawn! This set is called Sweet Smiles. I love the faces.
I water colored the gumball machine and gum balls with Zig markers. I copic-colored the blue glass part and used a white gel pen to make the highlight. It was an experiment. 
I sponged on 3 colors of distress inks in an ombre style and dropped water on it. You know how it's done!
I intended to link to more challenges but ran out of time. Tootles.

Come and get it Challenge Love is in the air.



Saturday, February 11, 2017

Inspired by all the little Things 43


Hey Friends, I'm loving this inspiration photo this week at Inspired by all the little Things 43. Home decorating is a passion of mine so I love pics of home decor. 

I chose to take the pink flowers, the fabulous black and white print and some silver from the photo for this week's card. I masked the beautiful WPlus9 Ranunculous with a Lawn Fawn jar stamp. The stems are from yet another set. I water colored the image with Zig markers and a water brush. I heat embossed (with Versafine Black Onyx and clear power)  the black sentiment from a SSS stamp designed by Kristina Werner. 

I set that on a panel on PTI patterned paper and wrapped some silver twine, made a separate bow from the same, and added a black enamel dot. That panel was set on a dark pink A2 card base. Oh, and of course PPP sparkling clear sequins! 

Michele Ferguson is our guest this week! You must go over to the blog and see her take on the challenge as well as the other wonderful cards from the team. 
Hugs, Kim

Other challenge links below


Seize the Birthday Challenge -Felt or Anything Goes (Mine is AG)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Inspired by all the little things 42


Hi Friends, are you in Valentine mode? We are at Inspired by all the little things 42, although you can be inspired by our photo to make any kind of card! 

OK, I was a little stumped with the inspiration but worked it out. I'm not sure if my card style is sorta mixed media or HOT MESS? LOL! 

The Frantage embossing powder was fun to use! You can't tell but it's white with gold glitter mixed in. I had fun applying it to the Cartabella wood grain paper with Versamark and on the wood veneer hearts. I was trying to have a vertical element like the inspiration photo so I added Crate Paper letter stickers for the LOVE word. (They came in last years SSS February card kit.) 

The focal sentiment was stamped with SSS Hello Beautiful stamp set. A nest of gold thread sits under my MFT stitched circle diecut. 

I hope you will join us this week. Please click the link above and check out the design team's cards!
Kim

Other challenge links below.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Inspired by all the little Things #41


Hola, Peeps. I'm here sharing my card for the Inspired by all the little Things Challenge 41. Take a look at this inspiration photo! So open to all kinds of interpretation. 

I chose to go whimsical and cute on this one and pulled out my Lawn Fawn Hedgehugs stamp and die. I used kraft card stock embossed with a heart embossing folder to mimic the twine.

 Some other Lawn Fawn products are the red patterned paper, the white heat embossed sentiment on black card stock and the Lawn Trimmings Gold twine. 
Carol Mayne is our guest this week. Stop by the blog and visit or even better, play in the challenge!
Hugs, Kim

Other challenge links below

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Color Throwdown 427


Hey Friends, I love the colors in the Color Throwdown Challenge this week so I had to play. I could have made a baby card but I need to beef up my birthday card stash. I used Lawn Fawn Year Six stamp, colored with Copics and fussy cut out. I used matching distress ink to stamp the hearts. 

I added a little pearl to play in the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge 391 AND it's just too cute to put a pearl in an oyster. (I guess it's an oyster?) Wplus9 Sunshine Layer dies were used for the mats, plus I added in an extra one which I trimmed on my trimmer and rounded the corners. 

Below is the first card I made for the challenge but although I like it, It wasn't what I had in mind for the challenge. I call it the "old way" of my card making, and the card with the shells is a more modern way.(?) At first I wasn't going to share it but then I decided that there's nothing wrong with this style card, just different. P.S. I used Mojo Monday Sketch 481.

Other Challenges:
Crafty Creations -Anything Goes