Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mojo Monday: Wish Big



Working with the Mojo Monday sketch is always rewarding!  This evening, my exhausted brain was especially thankful for the measurements included with the sketch!

The papers are  a Tuesday Morning treasure:  a stack called Mayberry, and I used a bit of watercolored panel to cut the MFT Stitched Flowers.  The sentiment is part of Verve's Cake and Candles collection (retired).

Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

Linking to:
Mojo Monday
SSS Wednesday (A/G)
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge

Monday, April 22, 2019

Stenciled Birthday

So glad to have finished my "to do" list and to have started on my "want to do" list.  I am thankful for a little time to play along with the Mod Squad challenge to include stencil work on a card.  I love Altenew's Watercolor Stripes stencil and had part of one in my scrap collection.  It was just right for the center panel of PTI's Scalloped Stackers die.  The roses were cut from watercolored panels using Altenew's Garden Picks dies.

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:
Mod Squad Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Be Strong and Take Heart All Who Hope in the Lord


Yes...tomorrow is Easter, and I just finished my (hand-delivered) cards!  This scripture is one of my favorites, and it really does apply to Easter, because the resurrection of Jesus is our strength and hope! 

The sentiment was heat embossed in gold on watercolor paper.  The watercolor wash features Prima Pastel Dreams, and the cross is a Reverse Confetti die cut from vellum.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
SSS Wednesday (Spring)
Word Art Wednesday 

Easter Wishes


I just received a PTI order including a couple of items I've wanted for a while:  Gran's Garden stamps and Shape Shifters Oval 4, and I couldn't wait to play!  The dies for Gran's Garden are out of stock, at present, so I fussy cut the flowers and stamped the foliage in the background.  This set is a delight!

Wishing you all the joys of Resurrection Sunday,
Christine

Linking to:
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Spring)
Word Art Wednesday


Friday, April 19, 2019

Watercolored With Love

I love PTI's new challenge called Laurie's Fabulous Favorites.  What's not to love about seeing an inspiration piece from Laurie and having the opportunity to choose a favorite technique or product to play along?

 This week's challenge is to choose a favorite coloring medium, and I LOVE to heat emboss florals and to watercolor with either pan or brush watercolors and a water brush.  I just received an order from PTI yesterday and the "With Love Mini Stamp" was included.

I stamped it a twice using Versamark  white EP, watercoloring both with Arteza Real Brush Markers and a water brush.  This attempt did not die cut perfectly (my bad!), so I hand trimmed the flowers and scattered them over a piece of paper that was dry embossed with SS Oval 1.  I added a little messy green watercolor to the background leaves and assembled the the card on a 2.5 x 4 inch base.  It will make a super cute gift enclosure.

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:
Win It Wednesday:  Laurie's Fabulous Favorites (coloring technique)
Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday (Spring)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 312



Happy Wednesday!  Today is the day the the AHSC design team members share their interpretations of Michelle's sketches.  The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is set up in such a fun way:  a new sketch is posted each Monday, and design team inspiration is show on Wednesday.  That way, participants can choose to play either before or after being influenced by the DT's interpretations of the sketch.  Such fun!  Hope you will visit the AHSC Blog and play along!

I rotated the sketch and used the amazing Garden Picks 3-D dies  from Altenew to create the rose in the center.


Thanks so much for taking a look!
Christine

Linking to:
Word Art Wednesday

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Birthday Wishes



DH needs a birthday card for a co-worker, so I die cut  the smaller Garden Picks flowers from the last bits of paper I watercolored Saturday morning.  These dies are such a pleasure to use, and I love adding glitter as a finishing touch.  The florals are layered over an oval die that was embossed using a tan mat.  The sweet Verve sentiment is stamped on a Tall Tag from Reverse Confetti.

Thank you for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
SSS Wednesday (No DSP)
Word Art Wednesday (A/G)

Sunday, April 14, 2019

He will cover you with his feathers


The current Laurie's Fabulous Favorites Challenge is to create a card using your favorite style.  Like Laurie said, it's hard to choose just one.  I'd have to describe my favorite style as clean and layered as I mail lots of cards to my out-of-state family members.  There are many  pretty things to add to cards, and I do add them at times, but flat is best for mailing.  This card gets its style from Papertrey Ink's shape-shifting oval die, a scripture that includes several accent stamps, and a pair of Doodled Feathers.  In the background, a strip of patterned paper has a touch of metallic gleam and a lightweight floss bow accents the feathers.  Nice and simple.

Best of luck in your challenges this week.  I was blessed with a win at PTI and had such fun shopping!

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:
Laurie's Fabulous Favorites
Word Art Wednesday

Saturday, April 13, 2019

A Day Filled with Happiness




After doing a little cleaning and organizing in my craft room, it looks great, and I couldn't resist squeezing one more card into my Saturday afternoon.  This one features Altenew's Garden Picks cut from painted watercolor paper.  After viewing this video on how to revive a Wink of Stella pen, I rejuvenated mine and  gave the blooms and leaves a good dusting of glitter and added a trio of dewdrops as accents.

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:
Kat Scrappiness (pastel)
SSS Wednesday Challenge (no DSP)
Word Art Wednesday (A/G)
Mod Squad (Design in Threes)

A Little Birthday Wish for a Great Friend


Planning a little birthday celebration for next week ..... I decided to have a little crafting fun with Garden Picks Dies from Altenew. I created the layering papers for the florals by watercoloring four shades of red and pink from Winsor and Newton and Prima Pastel Dreams palettes and adding a bit of splatter with the darker shades.  The leaves were also watercolored, but I sprinkled them with table salt to create a mottled look.  That's one of those "magical" crafting processes that is such fun to watch happen!

The tag die I chose was just a bit too big for the MFT sentiment, so I cut off the edge with a die that has a pretty pierced design.

So thankful for a little crafting time and for your visit,
Christine

Linking to:
Kat Scrappiness (pastel)
SSS Wednesday Challenge (no DSP)
Word Art Wednesday (A/G)
TTD (A/G)


Friday, April 12, 2019

Fun Friday Challenge with Cutting Cafe






Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.  I enjoyed creating with  the Beautiful Rose images from Cutting Cafe.   I opted to paper piece the beautiful bloom using this set of digital papers.

Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!

Thanks so much for taking time to visit,

Christine


Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Mojo Monday: Teachers Touch Hearts



A friend requested four "teacher cards" for her children's end-of-the-year thank-you notes.  Verve's Teachers Count is one of my favorite sets ever.  I made two more traditional cards with chalkboard sentiment panels, red apples, and school prints.

This week's Mojo Monday sketch led me toward a non-traditional look with this sweet sentiment and a sprinkling of hearts.  On the second card I tucked a couple of hearts behind the vellum panel, and it's a cool look in real life.  The bow adds a little shimmer and hides the adhesive behind the vellum.

Anyway, I spent a fun evening crafting and hope the recipients know just how very special they are!

Thank you for visiting,
Christine



Linking to:
Mojo Monday
Word Art Wednesday

Happy Birthday with Watercolor Stripes


Hello Crafty Friends,

I am so thankful that we had our first really spring-y day:  warmth, color, and birds singing. How wonderful!

Wanting a birthday card with a spring-y feel, I brushed Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink through Altenew's Watercolor Stripes Stencil and layered on a trio of flowers cut with Garden Picks Dies.  Having learned to practice even the simplest of techniques to avoid wrecking a card, I practiced splattering black acrylic paint with a brush.  I need to research how much to thin the paint, but I was pretty pleased with how and where the splatters came to rest.

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
Mod Squad (Stenciled Backgrounds)
Kat Scrappiness (Pastels)
Word Art Wednesday (A/G)

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Inspired by Centerpieces


Playing along with the Laurie's Favorites Challenge  on the PTI blog has been on my to-do list since Wednesday. This week's challenge is all about inspiration, and I found mine yesterday at a Ladies' Retreat.  The table decor was simply gorgeous, and I thought, "card design!" I should have taken a photo, but was able to find something similar on Pinterest.  I used PTI's Farmer's Market Florals for my birthday card.

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:
PTI Laurie's Favorites Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

"Herd" you had a birthday



This  quick masculine birthday card was created with an adorable "freebie" that came with a My Favorite Things order a while back.... The small set doesn't appear to be available now, but it includes some whimsical barnyard critters and punny sentiments.  The grassy area was masked with a sticky note and the clouds were sponged on using a hand cut template.  The card came together easily and was fun to create!

Thanks for visiting,
Christine



Linking to:
MFT Sketch Challenge
SSS Wednesday Challenge (animal antics)
Word Art Wednesday A/G


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

AHSC 310: Thanks







Happy Wednesday!  Today is the day the the AHSC design team members share their interpretations of Michelle's sketches.  The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is set up in such a fun way:  a new sketch is posted each Monday, and design team inspiration is show on Wednesday.  That way, participants can choose to play either before or after being influenced by the DT's interpretations of the sketch.  Such fun!  Hope you will visit the AHSC Blog and play along!

I let Reverse Confetti's Banner in Bloom do all the work on this card.  The image was heat embossed in gold and colored with Arteza Real Brush Markers.  It was adhered to a pink panel with foam tape for dimension.....a very CAS card for me.


Thanks so much for taking a look!
Christine

Linking to:
Word Art Wednesday

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Birthday Wishes



I just adore this color palette and am thinking about starting a Pinterest board including color swatches and sketches to jumpstart crafting when the ideas just won't come.  The pretty flowers are Altenew's Garden Picks layered over a white oval and a subtly embossed panel. 

Alas, my weekend crafty time must come to an end. Thanks for visiting, and have a fabulous week,
Christine

Linking to:
Mod Squad (pastels) 

Newton: "It's your purr-thday"


 I just love the soft pastel colors in the Inky Paws inspiration photo, and colored Newton and his birthday balloons to match.  The image was embossed in black, softly watercolored, and layered over Reverse Confetti's Grid Stitched Tag and Neat and Tangled's Inlaid Squares Cover Plate.  I enjoyed creating the card and am pleased with the outcome.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
Inky Paws
Tuesday Throwdown (pastels)
Mod Squad (pastels)



Masculine Birthday


It's birthday time in our family, and lots of the guys' birthdays are coming up.  That presents a challenge for my flower-loving stamp collection.  I won this fabulous "Rugged"  paper pad from Authentique and wanted to pile on the layers.

My crafting resolution for this year is to play along with all the 2019 Mojo Monday Sketches, and so far I have.  However, there was a sketch I missed during the holidays, and I couldn't leave that one undone.  Besides, it's a square card, and they are such fun!

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:
Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday Challenge

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Taco 'bout old...


I need a masculine birthday card with just a little sass and was hoping for an order to arrive....It's not here, so I combined a Lawn Fawn image with some die cut letters and numbers to come up with:  "taco'bout old".  I hope the birthday guy gets a good laugh!
Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

Linking to:
SSS Wednesday Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Pastel Birthday



I used the lovely palette from the MFT Color Challenge to watercolor Spring Flowers using Arteza Real Brush markers.  I scattered the blooms over Reverse Confetti's Wreath Die and added a little glitter.

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine


Linking to:
MFT Color Challenge
SSS Wednesday Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
Mod Squad Pastel Fun


Friday, March 29, 2019

Fun Friday with Sparkle and Sprinkle






Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.   This week I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful image from  Sparkle and Sprinkle.  Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!

Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.


Thanks so much for taking time to visit,
Christine

Linking to:
Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday Challenge

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Thanks for Being Awesome


It's always a treat to read the Mojo Monday posts.  Julee's cards and sketches provide such inspiration.  I was inspired to search my stash for a pretty floral panel after seeing the gorgeous paper collection she featured his week.

My card also includes Altenew's Garden Picks dies.  I have been cutting them from larger paint chips to try out color combinations and am having such fun!  (Getting funny looks from the mister when collecting lots of paint sample cards at Home Depot is an added bonus!!)

The other crafty "experiment" included is the use of Reverse Confetti's Grid Stitched Tag.  It's a rectangle, and I wanted it to be square.  After cutting it once, I put a part of it back in the die and cut again.  It's an old but good trick.  The fun surprise was that the second cut caused some cool double stitching.  I'll definitely play with this some more.


Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
Mojo Monday
Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday Challenge
Tuesday Throwdown (Pastel Colors)


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Birthday Rainbow--Almost!


I always need birthday cards and can find inspiration and even challenges to try new things at the MFT Birthday Project challenge. This month, the challenge is to use rainbow colors, and I almost did...mine is just missing orange as I couldn't find a shade that played nicely with pastels and a pop of red.  These super fun Birds of a Feather dies are from MFT and are great for using scraps or adding small embellishments.

Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

Linking to:
MFT Birthday Project (ROYGBIV)
PIP Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
Kat Scrappiness (Rainbow Theme)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Rain or Shine



The cute stamps from Newton's Rainy Day were such fun to watercolor for the Inky Paws "Think Spring" Challenge.  It was so relaxing to take a mid-week break and to do a little creating.  On this first day of spring, it was "almost warm", and that brought much pleasure and hope!

Have a wonderful day, rain or shine....
Christine

Lining to:
Inky Paws Challenge
PIP Challenge
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Cute)
Word Art Wednesday

AHSC 308





Happy Wednesday!  Today is the day the the AHSC design team members share their interpretations of Michelle's sketches.  The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is set up in such a fun way:  a new sketch is posted each Monday, and design team inspiration is show on Wednesday.  That way, participants can choose to play either before or after being influenced by the DT's interpretations of the sketch.  Such fun!  Hope you will visit the AHSC Blog and play along!

I created a cut file for my Cricut and cut the white frame twice, layering for a little dimension.  The flowers are from MFT's Pressed Flowers, and the leaves are an accessory in the MFT Birds of a Feather Die-Namics set.

Thanks so much for taking a look!
Christine

Linking to
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Some People Make the World Special.....





The cobalt blue shade in the Winsor and Newton watercolor set is just lovely, so I couldn't resist using it for the MFT Color Challenge.  The hydrangea is from Technique Tuesday and the sweet sentiment is a retired Verve stamp.  The neutrals were in my scrap collection, and the dimensions were so similar to this week's Mojo Sketch that I couldn't resist using in just one more time.

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine


Linking to:
MFT Color Challenge
Mojo Monday
Word Art Wednesday