Sheltering Tree

At the tail end of March, I look out my window and see grey skies and hear the wind howling through the plains. And although our trees are sprouting little baby leaves, it doesn’t FEEl like Spring quite yet.  I am longing for some sunshine so I decided to create my own on paper.

I pulled out my Sheltering Tree stamp set from Stampin’Up and made a springy scene. I LOVE the Calypso Coral stripe DSP from the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Catalog. I have such an affinity for stripes!!

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The trunk is stamped in Crumb Cake ink, the leaves  and grass were stamped in Pear Pizzas. The flowers and heart were done in Calypso Coral.  The papers I used are Whisper White, Crumb Cake, and Pool Party.

To embellish it a little, I wrapped a little twine around my fingers and added it to the corner. I also added Clear Ranger Stickles glitter to some of the leaves on the trees and Tangerine Stickles to the little heart on the swing.

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I also used my Stampin’Up Watercolor Pencils to add just a bit of detail and dimension to the tree trunk. LOVE!

Can you tell I am looking forward for Spring to hit Colorado?  LOL!!!

Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you are all having a wonderful and Happy Tuesday!

Cathy

 

Stampin’Up! Gift Bag and Card

Hello friends, happy Tuesday!

Living in Colorado Springs, we often get very confused weather patterns. One day it’s 60 degrees, the next day it’s snowing. We are also into the Lenten season in our family so you couple the anticipation of Easter to the insane weather and what do you get?…..SPRING FEVER!!!  AAAaaack!

It inspired me to put together this duo for some of my gardening friends. In the bag is a seed packet and a few chocolate candies. Seriously, cute, right?

Gift from the Garden bag and card

Stampin’Up’s Gift from the Garden stamp set was a perfect stamp set for this gift and card.  The mini muslin bags are from Stampin’Up but is now discontinued but you can find very similar bags on Amazon. I replaced the cream string that came with the muslin bag with thick baker’s twine in  Calypso Coral to add a bit of color to the bag. I stamped the muslin bag with the shovel image in brown StazOn ink and stamped the sentiment in Pool Party and adhered it to the bag with super strong tape.

For the card I used Soft Suede, Old Olive and Melon Mambo Stampin’Write Markers to color in the image on the stamp. I huffed on the stamp a couple of times to activate the ink and then stamped the image on white cardstock. I used Crumb Cake notecards as my base. I cut the white panel to size and then I roughed up the edged of the while panel with the edge of my scissors and sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink. I don’t know if you can tell from this photo, but that process gave the white panel a very aged look. I loved it! I adhered the white panel on to the Crumb Cake notecard base and then finished it off with some matching Calypso Coral washi tape I had in my stash. Oh and of course I had to put a cute little bow on it too!

I loved working with this stamp set. It temporarily fulfilled my desire to get into the garden…lol. I hope my friends like them,

…and I hope you like them too! Have a great day!!

Cathy

 

 

Stampin’Up! Valentine Goodies

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I created this carton and matching notecard for my teenage son. I know it’s not very “manly”, but I don’t think he minded.  What is Valentine’s Day without reds, pinks, and hearts, anyway????  AND a pom-pom??? Yes please!!

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I seem to have an affinity for little notecards. This one is 3×3 and it can’t be cuter! The paper is from Stampin’Up’s Sending Love paper stack and the heart and arrow was cut out with SU’s Love Notes Framelits and embellished with their delicate doilies.  The sentiment is from SU’s Sealed with Love stamp set.

The adorable milk carton was created using SU’s Baker’s Box framelits. The papers and images are all from the same supplies as the little notecard so it matches perfectly. The tag was created by adhering the hearts to SU’s Metallic Foil Doilies. The doillies are metallic in front but white in the back. I then adhered the valentine hearts onto a tag with a watercolored wash background and trimmed to size. I added a red pompom and a candy stripe twine to complete the look. I filled the box to the brim with my son’s favorite candy and used Gold Binder Clips to attached everything to the box and keep it closed.

Not exactly the most masculine duo, but my son loved them nonetheless.

Well that is all for me for today. I hope that you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. HUGS and kisses to you all!

Cat

 

 

Love these Love Bugs!

Hello friends! Welcome to another Happy Tuesday!

Today I am using the Love You Lots stamp set from Stampin’Up! (Annual Catalog) and the Tasty Treats DSP (Occasions Catalog) also from Stampin’Up! Let’s take a look…

 

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To create this card, I first stamped the cute lady bugs from the Love You Lots set with Versafine Black Onyx ink and colored them with my AMAZING Watercolor Pencils. I fussy cut those images and adhered them to my ovals. The oval base was created with the Layering Ovals Framelits.

I created the balloons with Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach cardstock and the Sweet & Sassy Framelits from Stampin’Up! I used a gel pen to add the “shine” to create dimension.  The “balloons” were then adhered onto the ovals with the love bugs and I drew some string to put it the scene all together. Everything was then adhered to the card base with dimensionals.

The card base was created with the Tasty Treats DSP,  Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon and a strip of Peekaboo Peach cardstock. And of course, just a peek of SU’s delicate doilies.

The finishing touch?….Glossy Accents on the lady bugs of course!! lol. Here is a closeup of the love bugs…

 

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I hope you like my card for today. I just love the colors in this Tasty Treats DSP.  It reminds me of the popsicles I used to eat when I was a young’un.  LOL.

If you have any comments or questions, I would LOVE to hear from you!

Have a blessed day, and see you next time!!!

Cat

 

 

Wonderous Watercolor Pencils

Happy Tuesday, my friends!! I finally got my Stampin’Up! Watercolor Pencils and their Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper which you can only ger FREE!  That’s right…FREE!

Click onto my Stampin’Up! store to get all the details.

I have SU watercolor pencils from years ago as well and I certainly love those too.  The difference is that this new pencil set are all Stampin’Up colors whereas the old set was not.  They both work great!!

Here are the cards I made with these super pencils…

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These pencils are easy to apply and to blend!

Here is a photo of the Inside the Lines Designer Series Papers that you can get FREE, and the pencils…

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Aren’t they beautiful???? Swoon!

The Thank You card was created by coloring  Stampin’Up’s  Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper with the pencils and then spreading it out with an Aqua Painter.  This paper has some very beautiful images but they are NOT printed on  watercolor paper. Consequently, it can handle only so much water.  Don’t use too much water as to prevent serious warping. As you can can see, I had some warping, but put it under some super heavy books to straighten it out as much as I could.

The Birthday Wishes card was created by using Stampin’Up! blender pens to spread the color.

The Chicken Card (of course my favorite), was created by laying down the colors and then blending it with out the blender. I stamped the image with Stampin’Up’s Archival Stampin’ Pad because that ink is waterproof.  And by the way…..That chicken is in another FREE set from Stampin’Up!

Get onto my Stampin’Up! store and check them out!

 

Well that is all for this Tuesday! Hope you all have a blessed day,

Cat

 

 

Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge!!

Good morning!  Sorry I missed the post yesterday…..I have been really struggling to get back into the groove after the holidays!!  Who’s with me????  lolz

Thanks goodness for Ellen Hutson and their inspiring challenges!!  This month their Mis-It-Up challenge is with Avery Elle. You can join in to Ellen Hutson’s challenge here.

Alright…here is my entry…

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I mixed Avery Elle’s Burst Die with Ellen Hutson’s Up The Happy and Mondo Magnolia stamps.

First I gold embossed and then painted the butterflies from Up the Happy using my Kurataki Gansai paints.  These paints are so rich and beautiful…I just love, love them! Once the butterflies dried, I used the matching dies to cut them all out and set them aside.

I cut out some white cardstock with the Burst Die then used Tim Holtz Distress inks to color it.  The inks I used are Mustard Seed and Festive Berries. Then of course I splattered it with some water to create the drop marks. I just love this effect!  Once everything dried, I stamped the sentiment from Ellen Hutson’s Mondo Magnolia in the center.

Lastly, I adhered everything together on some cardstock I had in my stash.  It is a very old pack and it didn’t have a cover on it so I have no idea what the pack is called!  Sorry about that.  I adhered some of the butterflies with dimensionals to pop some of them up. I added my favorite Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish it all off.

Here is another shot of my card…

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Thanks EH for helping me out of my creative funk!!!!!  Hope you all find something wonderful to inspire you today!!

Blessings,

Cathy

 

 

Ellen Hutson’s December Pinsights Challenge….

Hi friends!  Happy 2017!!!  I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas season and a safe New Year’s. I am excited to show you some of the new Stampin’Up goodies, but as I await the said goodies from my UPS man, I want to share my PinSight’s entry with you.

Check out this AMAZING Pin board created by Laurel Beard for Ellen Hutson!  Just stunning. There are so many inspirational elements in this board!  I chose to focus on the red and white…such a stunning combo!

 

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And here is what I came up with…..

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Super simple, but high impact because of the red on white!!!  Chrysanthemums are from the Thankful set from Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, and the Sentiment is from the Hello Gorgeous set also from Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson.

I stamped the flowers in Momento  on a 3 1/4 x 5 inch panel and colored them with Copic markers.  I stamped an extra flower on a scratch piece of cardstock and colored it with the exact same colors.  I used the coordinating Thankful die set to cut out the extra floral image and adhered it to one of the flowers with dimensionals. The sentiment is gold embossed as is the edge of the panel.  I achieved this gold edging by first skimming the edge of the paper on to my VersaMark ink pad and then using WOW  Metallic Gold Rich Ultra High embossing powder.  The Ultra High embossing powder adds a beautiful, thick and rich shine. A little trick to using this embossing powder – since the embossing flakes are large, be sure to apply the heat from the bottom of the paper.  That will prevent the flakes from flying off your paper and going everywhere.  ASK ME HOW I KNOW!….lol

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For my final touches to the panel, I added gold flecks all over and added my favorite Pretty Pink Posh sequins. I also used my trusty gold gel pen to fill in the center of the flowers. Once the panel was completely dry, I adhered it to a Woodgrain cardstock from Ellen Hutson.  

The effect is awesome.  Thank you Laurel Beard and Ellen Hutson for another wonderfully inspiring year!!

See you again soon!!!  Hopefully my Stampin’Up goodies will show up soon so I can show you how those watercolor pencils work.

Until then….

Have a blessed day.

Cat