Sunday, July 24, 2016

CIC368--A Day for Daisies

Welcome to this week's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.

This week we have some amazing colors to inspire you.
We have a returning sponsor, A Day for Daisies, who is providing this week's prize to one lucky participant!  Be sure to play along for your chance of winning a $12 gift certificate!  

For my card, I used A Day For Daisies' Cat Fish image. 
(Each Sweetie had the privilege to pick a different image so be sure to check out their projects to see more amazing A Day for Daisies images.)
For those who know me, I adore cats. Therefore I decided to take this love and put a magical twist to it. I selected this particular image because I have a gray cat, Catapult, who thinks and acts like a princess. 

For the background, I used a stencil (STAMPlorations) and used Distress Ink to shade it. Then I die cut the circles (MFT). For the image, I printed two copies and trimmed one to make a mask. I covered the top of the image with the mask then stamped the design (Skipping Stones Designs) on the tail. I colored the remaining image with Spectrum Noir markers. I added the ribbon and sentiment with a sprinkling of orange stars...a magical card that will hopefully brighten someone's birthday!

Be sure to join us this week!  Debbie

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Any excuse to play with kitty stamps, especially Newton, truly makes me happy. This card features Newton (from Summer Vacation) taking a little cat nap. I wanted to pull in a palm tree, so I trimmed off the umbrella and replaced it with a palm tree from Your Next Stamp.  I was trying to capture the colors and feel of the NND inspiration photo, so I stamped and embossed the palm tree with black on black paper.  Then I used Distress ink to capture the colors of the sunset (sunrise?). I had planned to adhere the tag on the white card stock, but it looked a bit plain, so I embossed the white with a waves embossing folder to add a bit of dimension and movement to the card. I heat embossed the sentiment on vellum. I then added a bow and sequins (Winnie and Walter) for a bit of bling!  

Challenges I am entering this card in:

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Kneaded You

Here's my take on this week's Freshly Made Sketches.  I recently purchased BB Cool Cat from My Favorite Things. This particular image reminded me of my two-year-old kitten, Velcro, who is a bit on the chubby side.  I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils. I used my Misti to add the paw prints to the top. I embossed the black panel before adhering the Velcro-look-alike!  

Here's my "little" chubby Velcro with his stuffed Christmas rat.

CIC367--Your Next Stamp

Welcome to this week's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.  This week we are inspiring you to create Tropical-themed projects. Don't you just love those icing-covered pineapples?  

  Your Next Stamp is our amazing sponsor, who is offering a $25 gift certificate to one randomly chosen participant. Wowza!  

For my card, I pulled out one of my favorite YNS stamps--Jungle Critters. I just adore that cute, little toucan. I colored him and the tree with Spectrum Noir markers. The flower and pineapple are from Sunny Studio. To create the background scene, I sponged distress inks then die cut the oval. I added some die cut clouds, adhered all the elements. I finished up with some bright polka dotted washi tape. 

For more amazing inspiration, please check out the other Design Team Sweeties' projects!  Seriously, they are incredible!

Challenges Entered:

Sunday, July 10, 2016

CIC366--Inspired By Stamping

Hello and welcome to this week's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge. This week we have some fun colors--pool, petal, and clover. We have a fabulous sponsor--Inspired By Stamping. They will generously provide one lucky crafter a $25 gift certificate!  

For my card, I used Tropical Paradise by Sunny Studio.  I sponged the background using Distress Inks. I die cut the circles using My Favorite Things dies. I then stamped and colored the images using Spectrum Noir Markers. I arranged and adhered the images. Then added some sparkly gel pen on several images.  I die the sentiment and ran it through my sticker machine before adhering. Last I added some sequins to finish it off. 

Friday, July 8, 2016

MFT-Thank Mew

My Favorite Things stamps--BB Cool Cat--arrived in the mail, and I had to play with one of these darling kitties. 


Addicted to Stamps #201

YNS-It's Your Birthday

This card features a cute owl from Your Next Stamp--Life's a Hoot.
I used the YNS Sketch and colors for challenge #43.

NND-Flock of Flamingoes

For this card, I used Newton's Nooks Deigns' Festive Flamingoes. I water colored the background. I was going for an ombre look. I colored the flamingoes with Spectrum Noir markers. One Christmas card down, and it's only July!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

CIC365--Winnie & Walter

I'm not a big flowery-type of girl, so I was a bit nervous about this Cupcake Inspirations' Flowers challenge, but when I saw the amazing and beautiful floral stamps from Winnie & Walter, I got pretty excited to expand my stamp collection as well as my coloring skills. For my card, I use Winnie & Walter's In Bloom:  Anna's Flora.  I also used Winnie & Walter's In a Word: Hugs Cutaway.  (I just love both of these products.)  I stamped, colored the flowers and leaves (Prismacolor pencils), and fussy cut them. I die cut the hugs sentiment several times, so I could stack them to add a bit of dimension. Once I assembled everything, I added some washi tape and sparkly gel pen to the flowers. I can't wait to keep using this set. Who knows, maybe I will become a flowery-type of girl!
For you chance to win a $25 gift card from Winnie & Walter, be sure to link up to this week's Cupcake Inspirations' Challenge--Flowers!

Other Challenges:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Newton's back to Snorkeling!

Today's card features Newton snorkeling again.  At least this time he is back to his fishbowl instead of my coffee mug!  For my card, I used a stencil and Distress Ink to make the ombre background. I then stamped the Hello sentiment (Uniko), added twine and sequins before adhering the panel to some fun foam. I stamped Newton and colored him with ZIG watercolor markers. Then added glossy accent to the snorkeling mask and fish bowl. I loved the summery-feel of this one!


Friday, June 24, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer Lover's Coffee Blog Hop Card #10--Side Kick

I saw my google eyes today and this is what they inspired! I definitely consider my daily frappuccino as my favorite side kick!  LOL 

Summer Lover's Coffee Blog Hop Card #9--Snorkeling Kitty

I've just loving not having the summer off, so I can make lots of coffee-themed cards!  Today I was hard at "work" again, and I just LOVE how this card turned out.  I can't believe that I am just barely playing with my Newton Nook's Designs stamps. This kitty is from Newton's Summer Vacation. I did some masking since I needed my Newton to be snorkeling in a cup of coffee vs. his fish bowl. I stamped the coffee cup (Paper Smooches) and did some paper piecing. The paper is from Echo Park's Summer Bliss, and I used a preprinted sentiment from the stack. I then stamped the coffee sentiment (YNS--Coffee...Right Now) over sunshine!  I colored Newton with my Prismacolor pencils.

Summer Lover's Coffee Blog Hop Card #8-Low Battery

I think this card sums up how all coffee-lovers feel when their batteries are low!
This card features one of the darling kitties from Your Next Stamp's Coffee...Right Meow set.
This time I colored the kitty with my new Prismacolor pencils.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts. 
Now off to play with more of my coffee-themed stamps!