Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Caffeine Fueled Paper Play - Unity Stamp Co & A Winner

I'm up on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog and I'm playing along with a challenge over at Super Sponsor Unity Stamps!  Hope you'll hop over there and join me!  I'm also announcing the winner from the Love Our Sponsors challenge!  Here's a sneak peek of my project!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Paper Smooches Christmas In July!

It's been too long since I played along over at the Paper Smooches Blog!  But when I saw this month's Christmas In July inspiration photo I knew I had to get over there before the end of this one!

Initially I thought I'd start with some red and white striped paper and then when I was perusing my Paper Smooches sets I stumbled upon the Debonair Stamp Set  which includes three cool background strips and the argyle is one of them.  I used my Misti to line everything up correctly and originally I thought I'd make a nice RED RED background using my awesome Gina K Red Velvet ink because it's pretty awesome like that, but I liked the way it looked distressed the first time around so I decided that was what I'd go with!  It was pretty easy to line these up using the Misti... so glad my mom made me use one and bought me one!  Thanks, Mom!  And after I stamped the background, I splattered some Heidi Swapp White Color Shine for good measure.  It's barely noticeable, but it made me happy anyway!

I decided to use these two from the Chubby Chums stamp set because I'm also playing along with the Outlawz Twisted Thursday which has a twist of Wags and Whiskers this week!  PLUS they are adorable!!  I colored them up and cut them out. I added some Snowflakes cut from white glitter paper to the background and then popped up my Chubby Chums over them.  I decided they better be drinking some cocoa because it's so chilly out (and it fits the inspiration photo) so I cut two cups from the Coffee and Tea dies.  I bought these cute santa hats at my Local Scrapbook Store, The Paper Collage and it was perfect for the pup!  He's so fun!

I'm also playing along with the Double Trouble and Heart2Heart Challenges going on right now!  The theme for both is Christmas in July... Double Trouble is a fun challenge that collaborates with other challenges and this time around it's Heart2Heart... check out each of their posts for their individual rules.

Love this Seasons Greetings die and decided it was the ticket for this one!  I cut it three times in red, stacked and mounted it on white and then fussy cut around it... popped it up and done!

So that's me for today!  Hope you enjoyed it and don't forget to hop on over and play along with Paper Smooches!  You have to use at least one Paper Smooches product and you could win one of three $15 gift codes!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Paper Sweeties Blast From The Past July 2018 - Day 3

For our last day of Blast From The Past, I've used some more of that pretty red wood grain paper to create a country feeling card.  That sweet sentiment from the Hey Y'all set helps with that too!

Not to mention the beautiful With Love Sweet Cuts doily!

So... about these flowers!  Easy Peasy!  I simply used the snowflake die and cut them from white paper.. then I laid them upside right on a foam pad made to use with a piercing tool... anything with some give will work... a mouse pad, a loose pile of papers... you get it, right?  It was hard to take any good pics while I did it but basically it looks like this:

Then I took an embossing tool/stylus and pressed into the flower at each "elbow" between the petals which caused them to cup and look more flower shaped.  Then I took some yellow Nuvo drops and created the center... you could use anything really... a gem, a tiny pom pom, a sequin.  See?  Easy peasy!  The hardest part was making my eyes see something other than a snowflake outline!  I'm gonna be using these quite a bit!

So thanks for stopping!  Be sure to check out what everyone has made for you today:

Nancy Salkeld

Come back tomorrow!  I'll having some more fun for you!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #328 - Shadow Backgrounds

Popping in quick today to share with you my make inspired by this week's Make It Monday Challenge over at Papertrey Ink.  It's all about a "Shadow Background".

I used the Stemmed Statements stamp set for this one because I love it!  The idea is to stamp complementary images to the one you will use as your pop of color, but in a neutral color of some sort.. you want it to be just that... a background.  I stamped my images on CTMH White Daisy Cardstock using Heather Ink.  I started lower on the left side and slowly moved my images up as I went across the page.  You don't have to do this, however in Laurie Schmidlin's video she says she tends to prefer the diagonal layout and I must say I'm a bit partial to it myself.  I like the way it kind of gives my background it's own little crescendo.  I also decided to give my background some texture using the beautiful Rustic Burlap Impression Plate.  After I stamped, I embossed.

I ended up choosing a different flower for my pop of color... the geranium rather than the poppy.  I liked the amount of space it took up better.  But that's ok since there are all kinds of flowers in a proper garden.  And I added a clover also to create some symmetry with the background.

The size of this Lil' Inker Designs Celebrate Word Die was perfect for the space and I love the font.  I just added a couple glittery purple gems and done!  This was fun and something I'd do again for sure!

You have until 6am EST Monday the 16th to link up to this one!  You must use at least one PTI product.  You can find the rules and linkup here!

Paper Sweeties Blast From The Past July 2018 Day 2

Welcome to some more Paper Sweeties Inspiration!  Today I'm using the new Treat Box Die and I've made some more of those pretty flowers using the snowflake from the Thanks Snow Much Sweet Cuts and the leaves from Hello Spring Sweet Cuts.

I love this red wood grain paper that I've had in my stash... I found a cool paper pad at Bealls of all places in the clearance section and was so happy when I saw this was in it.  It was perfect to create this country barn treat box! 

I cut the heart window using the heart die that comes in the Treat Box Sweet Cuts set and adhered some acetate to the inside.  I filled my treat box with some almonds... yum!

I used the scalloped shingles from the Treat Box Add On: Home & Garden for my barn roof!

Some pretty ribbon and this cute sentiment from the Hey Y'all Sentiment Stamp Set Finish it off!  Not to mention a snowflake flower!  I'll have more of these cute flowers for you tomorrow and I'll share with you how I made them.

Until then, be sure to see what my teamies have created for you:

Nancy Salkeld

Don't forget to stop in tomorrow!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Paper Sweeties July Blast From The Past Inspiration!

At Paper Sweeties this month we're sharing projects old and new using some of our favorite Paper Sweeties products!  This idea has been rolling around in my head since last month's release of the Treat Box Add On Home & Garden.

I started with some of my favorite plaid paper and cut the largest Scalloped Circle Frame from yellow vellum.

If you come here often you know I love coffee cups and thinking of new ways to use them in my cards!  I used the Cup die from the Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Sweet Cuts.  My door from the Home & Garden Sweet Cuts was a little too big and wouldn't allow for the windows, so I positioned it low on the cup and cut the bottom along the lines of the cup.  It makes me wonder what kind of little creature has made its home in this coffee cup!  I used Nuvo drops to add flowers to my window boxes since I didn't have any flowers small enough to add to it!

And I was so excited when I realized that the snowflake dies from two of my Paper Sweeties sets made great die cut flowers!!  I used Nuvo drops again for the centers.

And I thought this sweet little sentiment from the Handmade For You Stamp set was just right on the stitched banner from the Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts.

Thanks for stopping!  Be sure to visit all of my teamies to see what they've created for you:

Nancy Salkeld

Come back tomorrow for more Paper Sweeties Blast From The Past!  And don't forget about the Love Our Sponsors Challenge I'm hosting up on the CLC blog!  You've got today and tomorrow to link up your coffee, tea, or cocoa project made with at least one product from one of our awesome sponsors... like Paper Sweeties!  You can link up here!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Adventure Awaits - Pinkfresh Studio and Double Trouble

So glad you're back!  I'm sharing with you today another vacation project that I created for the Double Trouble 1,2,3 Challenge that is going on now and they are teaming up with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, so I've used this week's sketch for an additional chance to win the prize over at Double Trouble!

I started with some awesome papers from Lil' Inker Designs.  My bottom layer was cut with the gorgeous Lacy Layers 2 die from Waffle Flower Stamps and the image is from PinkFresh Studio's Enjoy The Journey stamp set... LOVE!  So sweet!

For Double Trouble, the challenge is:

The ingredients are:
Three (3) Colors 
Two (2) Word Sentiment (Happy Birthday, Thank You, etc.) 
One (1) Stamped or Digital Image (Flowers, Critter, Hearts, etc.)

The main three colors I've used that are not neutrals are the blue, pink and yellow.  My two word!  (I originally used the Enjoy The Journey sentiment from this set and when I realized what I did I stamped it over... but I do think my friend Kathy will use the other one so it's all good!) and one image... which is really two images from the set but since they're connected here, I believe that makes one!

I stamped my image in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it in with my Copic markers.  I added some butterflies and am also entering this one into this week's Outlawz Twisted Thursday which is Anything Goes with an Optional Twist.  This week's twist is Wings or Scales... and I chose wings!  I'm loving these Stitched Fluttering Butterflies dies from Poppy Stamps that I found while on vacation at our favorite place to visit when we're in Buffalo, Buffalo Stamps and Stuff!  I added a few Nuvo drops and my favorite Shimmer Sequins from Craftin Desert Divas!

And here's the sketch!

Thanks for stopping!  You should definitely check out all of these challenges I'm joining today!  And at Double Trouble, if you play along with both their challenge and Atlantic Hearts for this week, you'll receive two chances to win their prize!

Come back soon!