Color Blog Hop April 1, 2015

44556845bLIZ SpringBrights_1Welcome to our blog hop – this week’s colors shout spring!  You probably just left Joni’s blog and to continue on the hop, Sandy is next.  I just had to use this retired stamp – I’ve had the image ready for over a year – so I was inspired to color it in and use it.  The dsp is Lullaby and of course that’s the new bow punch.  I hope everyone has a very happy Easter.  I am not cooking this year, but am looking forward to spending time with my family.easter 002

Color Blog Hop March 25, 2015

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Welcome to our color blog hop.  I’m sure you just saw a beautiful entry by Joni – to continue on our hop,  go see what Sandy has up her sleeve.   This week we have neutral shades . . . with spring trying to begin, it’s a little difficult to use these colors  . . .  but here goes!  I cased this card from fionna51 here.  Below the card is another wedding photo – the colors this week reminded me of Hillary’s  winter wedding backdrop – I’m glad spring will replace all that brown ~ but each season has it’s own beauty.shauns bday 004

2015-02-09_0044Now I have to share a funny story.  We had a wonderful demo ‘team’ meeting a couple of weeks ago – I had just arrived and my upline (hi Buffy!) was saying she wished they would replace ‘Lovely As A Tree’ – I screeched – ‘Oh no!  That’s my go-to stamp set’,  not even recalling that I had just used it to make this masculine birthday card for my new son-in-law Shaun.  Well folks, I’m pretty much a collector [some say it’s more akin to hoarding] – and I like to hang on to most everything. So, even if poor ‘Lovely’ gets retired – it will remain safely in my stash of stamps.  Then we moved on to talking about what the new in-colors would be ~ we always ponder upon that for several months before they are released.  What do you predict?  I’m still waiting for a dark bluish green (see below) and a pretty light purple (see light purple dress in wedding photo above).  Now my  stamping friends will be saying, “Oh, that’s the green you mean!”  No one wears it as well as Kate Middleton 🙂kate-middleton3--z

Color Blog Hop March 18, 2015

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wedding card 001Welcome to our color blog hop – you should have just seen what a wonderful entry Joni made this week.  Be sure to keep ‘hoppin’ and head over to Sandy’s blog next.  She has been making some fantastic things lately – we enjoyed a demo meeting with a shoe box pass around recently – again she offered her card in three different colors.  Then she showed us a couple of projects/gifts she’s working  on – somebody is going to get some fantastic surprises!

 I am frequently running behind on making/finishing projects.  My daughter’s wedding was February 7th and I just refused to be rushed to get her very special card made – so I told her it would be coming.  I even knew exactly what card I was going to make – I spent four times the original cost to get the retired & immediately unavailable wedding stamp Mr & Mrs . . . and then I just up and changed my mind.  The ‘Your Perfect Day’ stamp set is my newest toy –  and it just kept calling to me – so this is my special card for Hillary and Shaun. The Wisteria Wonder from this week’s challenge works so well as purple was one of the main wedding colors.

 I used many techniques, including the original idea found here (be sure to scroll down) by Dawn Olchefski – but I just wasn’t satisfied  so I continued to work and add.  Sometimes that is a big mistake ~ you know,  the ‘less is more’ mantra and all.  Happily for me this time I feel I went in the right direction and I am very pleased with the end result.  Along with the ‘crushed pearls’  (run pearls through big shot)  I used my blendies (yes, I will continue to enjoy them – now they are like forbidden fruit) on vellum and then colored with my Wink of Stella marker.  I also used an aqua painter and markers on the bottom embossed images.  The card really does sparkle and shimmer much more than my camera will capture – the flowers absolutely look like gossamer.  I can’t end this post without adding a photo ~ it was a day to treasure:2015-02-09_0038

Color Blog Hop March 11, 2015

63041027bLIZ SpringTones_3gn 003Welcome to our blog hop – such lovely greens to work with this week.!  I can’t wait to see these beautiful colors outside soon as spring pops.  You should have arrived from Helen’s blog and to continue please head on over and check out what Sandy has created.   I almost threw out my initial attempt at this, but I went back and colored some more with an aqua painter and made the image a bit more colorful.

Color Blog Hop March 4, 2015

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leola 003leola 002Welcome to our Color Blog Hop – you should have just been dazzled by Joni’s entry for these color choices – please continue on to my good friend Sandy’s blog – she is such a talented crafter – the make-n-take she designed and prepared for our team meeting was truly beautiful, and she even gave us a choice of two different cards.  She also selected this inspiration piece.  These colors together posed a challenge for me – but I managed to eek out 2 cards (I’ve never done that before) for this entry.  Both involve new techniques.  The first is on shimmer white.  After dropping reinker onto the card, spritzing with water and letting the colors run I cut out the butterfly.  I was going to mount it in the opening, but then I thought – hmmmm . . . let’s give it a shadow, and then I liked it just that way, with no colorful butterfly attached.  The second card is my attempt at shadowing yet another way – with the blender pen on watercolor paper – I watched a video (in German) here, and although I could not understand much of what she said, the demonstration was most helpful.  She does a better job but for my first try it’s not too shabby.