Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April (and May and June) Showers

We had several nice weeks here in the Pacific NW which, for some reason, makes us delusional thinking we will have sun from now until October.  Ha, ha, ha.  In reality, it will rain off and on until July.  But at least it is green here ! Don't get me wrong,  I love it here but as I said in a previous post, sometimes I get tired of the clouds.
Diane's Daydream Designs has such a cute set called Sunshine and Rain.  I am having a lot of fun making cards with these images and also having fun (and frustrations) learning how to use my new Silhouette.  I did cut out these images with my machine, layering and popping up pieces.  I love how it turned out.    I cut out the sentiment with a Spellbinder oval.


The background paper is by Doodle Pantry.  I put liquid glaze on the puddle to make it look like water.
The ground is a dark light weight Kraft from the Kraft Outlet.

You can find Diane's set at the Daydream Designs Store.  

Challenges:
Kraft Journal - rain
Through the Craft Room Door - anything
Cuttin and Stampin - april showers
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Crafty Catz - b for boots
Pink Gem - spring


Monday, April 21, 2014

My Last Week With CWLC

For the past six months I have been on the design team for Created With Love Challenge.  Thank you Cris and Dawn for the opportunity to design cards for your challenges.  One of my favorite sponsors has been Fred She Said.  I love their digital images.  So it perfect that this last challenge for me is sponsored by FSS.  I chose the images from the Happy Flowers Rainbow Collection.
Love these cheery flowers.
The new challenge at Created With Love is "In the garden".  We would love to see your creations.  One of you will be the lucky winner of some Fred She Said digital images.

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Crafter's Cafe - CAS
Sister Act - anything
Crafty Catz - b for blooms
Pink Gem - spring
Chocolate, Coffee, Cards - spring
Stamp and Create - flowers


All Kinds Of Weather

One would think that I would be used to the rain, having been born, raised, and lived most of my life in the Pacific NW.  And even though I absolutely love living here, I must admit that I do get tired of the rain.  I love this sentiment (and image) by Paper Makeup Stamps because it is such a reminder that we might as well be content with the weather because we can't change it anyway.


I used a rain stamp by GKD, and some distress ink for the raindrops and sky.  After cutting out the umbrella, I thought it might be fun to loop the hook of the umbrella over the twine. 

How is your weather?  The challenge this week at Paper Makeup Stamps is any form of water.  We would love for you to come and join the challenge.

Before I go, here is a little bit of trivia that I heard but cannot verify: 
There are more umbrellas per capita in California than Washington, but more sunglasses per capita in Washington than California.

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Crafters Cafe - CAS
Sister Act - anything
Chocolate, Coffee, Cards - spring

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fields Of Tulips

It is the month of tulips here in the Pacific NW.   Over one million people come to see the spectacular display of over 300 acres of bright, beautiful tulips.   Here are a couple photos, compliments of a friend of mine.
The first two weeks of April was just beautiful, then the rains started again a few days ago.  But the festival continues and today we have the sun back -at least for a few hours.  You never know here.  It comes and goes with such speed.
Anyway, on to my card.  But I thought you might like a look at a few pics of the glorious colorful fields.

I made this card as a sympathy card and opted to keep the sentiment inside.  The tulip wreath and papers are by Doodle Pantry.
The sentiment I used inside is by Diane's Daydream Designs.
The sketch I based this card on is found at Sketch Saturday
Challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon - monochromatic
Crafters Cafe - CAS
Sister Act - anything
Crafty Catz - letter B (bow)
Pink Gem - anything
Open Minded Crafting - pastels
Chocolate, Coffee, Cards - Spring
Paper Creators - spots

Planting Time

A digital image and a sketch at From The Heart

Embossing folder is Stampin'Up!
Image colored with Prisma pencils.
I love this bright green paper.  It is a little brighter in the pic than IRL but it is one of my go to greens. Wasabi by Stampin Up.


Challenges:
Sweet Stamps - emboss
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Pink Gem - Spring
Stamp and Create - flowers

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Doodle Pantry Sponsors Creative Knockouts

Creative Knockouts has a new challenge, Furry Friends,  beginning today and Doodle Pantry is the proud sponsor.  I used a sweet image from the Doodle Pantry set, Hoppy Logs.

Here is a pic of some of the images and sentiments in this set:
I used the sketch at Your Next Stamp just exchanging the banner for clouds which were cut out with a MFT die.
The digital image is a pre-colored image.  The paper is also from the Quirky Bunny set by Doodle Pantry.
 For the little flower brads, I drew little leaves for each of them, coloring them with pencils.  
Here is the sketch:


I hope your will check out the Furry Friends challenge at Creative Knockouts and also enter your card using a digital image at the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge which runs through the 24th.

Challenges I will enter:
Through the Craft Room Door - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Sister Act - anything
Crafty Catz - animals
Crafty Hands - anything
Pink Gem - Spring
Stamp and Create - flowers
Paper Creators - spots and dots
Love to Scrap - anything

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Spring

This adorable little lamb is a digital drawing by Katlyn Traxler's KnK Designs .  You can find it at Diane's Daydream Designs.
Pretty basic stuff for this card but I did add liquid applique to make the lamb "fluffy".
Coloring is done with Prisma pencils.


Challenges:
Through the Craft Room Door - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Sister Act - anything
Crafty Catz - animals
Crafty Hands - anything
Pink Gem - spring
Love to Scrap = anything
Creative Knockouts - spring
Simon Wednesday - animals