Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Your Next Stamp Sketch Challenge

Hello friends!

I'm sharing a card today with the Bugs & Kisses set from this month's release at Your Next Stamp.  I had all sorts of fun with my gumdrops on the ladybug's spots.



I followed the sketch challenge for my layout and colored the ladybug with Spectrum Noir markers.


I hope you'll play along!!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Your Next Stamp - June DT Dare


It's DT Dare day on the Your Next Stamp Blog and our theme is "Just for You".  I had so much fun making this little treat bag!!  I used the Treat Bag Topper Die for the base and colored up the bee from the new Bugs and Kisses set to decorate it.  Then, of course, I had to use Bit O Honey candy in the bag! :). A little ribbon and some Gumdrops and I have a cute little package to give away... "Just Bee-cause!"

Thanks so much for dropping by and for your sweet comments!

Blessings!

Tricia

Power Poppy - Smallest Blessings


I'm playing along with the Power & Spark challenge at Power Poppy today with this card.  I was soooo excited to have my name chosen as the winner last month and this is one of the digis that I picked up with my gift certificate.  I just love Marcella's artwork, don't you??




Saturday, June 10, 2017

Your Next Stamp -June Release Blog Hop





Hello friends!  Welcome to my stop on the Your Next Stamp New Release Blog Hop!!  I can't believe that it is already June, can you?  I love the warm days and the sunshine so my cards today are bright and happy.

Let's start with this card with the new Bugs & Kisses set.  I love, love, LOVE the solid clouds in this set!  They are wonderful to make an emboss resist background!  Just stamp them in Versamark ink, clear emboss them and sponge a background for your bugs...


I colored my dragonfly with Staedtler Karat Watercolor pencils and a blender pen and added a few Stickles to his wings.  Other YNS Products... Stitched Rectangle Die, Stitched Scallop Edge Die.




My second card is with the oh, so sweet Splish Splash Fun set.  I love this!  Just look at that frog!  Couldn't you just pick him up and kiss him?  Maybe he is a prince in disguise!


I colored this image with watercolor pencils, too, and added a number of Gumdrops from different sets for some sparkle.  



Don't forget to hop around to all the blogs in the link list below to get lots of inspiration using the new sets and dies (that are all in the YNS Store right now, by the way!!).  And remember to leave comments as you hop to be in the running for a $25.00 gift certificate to the Store!  (By the way, the more blogs you visit and comment on the greater your odds of winning! But you don't have to comment on every blog to be in the drawing.)

Now off you go through the hop.  :)   And remember, as your wish list expands, that Karen is giving 20% off your entire order through June 14th.  Yay!!!


Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  They really make my day!!



Friday, June 09, 2017

Your Next Stamp June Preview Day!

Hello friends!

Can you believe that it is June already??  I love this time of year!  Especially because it's time for another release at Your Next Stamp!  I have so enjoyed playing along with the design team for these past few months!! The new release blog hop starts tomorrow night when all the new release items hit the store, but, for today I have a sneak peek project to share.  Don't forget to check out the Your Next Stamp blog for more peeks and inspiration!!

When I first got my package this month a pack of new sparkly Gumdrops was on top and they absolutely looked like a flag to me, so that is what I made.  And it went perfectly with one of the sentiments from the cute new Little Darling Super Hero set!




I used the various sized Gumdrops to form my flag and then stamped my sentiment in Navy.  The paper was in my stash... BoBunny, I think, but I'm not sure.  The card is 5.5" square which is bigger than my normal A2 size, I felt like the flag needed a bigger stage.  Wouldn't this be a fun card to send to a friend or family member in the military??

 

Thanks for stopping by today and for leaving a sweet comment! 
I'll see you again soon for the new release blog hop.  I have fun cards to share! : )

Tricia

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Word Art Wednesday Sponsor!


Good morning friends!

I'm so excited to share that my planning shop - GraceWorks Purpose Planners - is sponsoring Word Art Wednesday this week! :)  You could win a $15 gift certificate to the shop just by playing along with the challenge!  I know that many of us as crafters would love to balance our lives a little better so we can fit in all the essentials - faith, family, home, crafting... :). The Beautiful Life Management System and Classic Home Journal lines are wonderful tools to help with this!  We also carry basic calendar type pages, menu and shopping list pages, project planning pages, devotional pages, homeschooling pages...  SO many to choose from, as well as binders and accessories, too! (Be sure to check out our beautiful page marker/rulers and full color tab sets!). We currently offer pages in three sizes - Classic (5.5" x 8.5"), Petite (3.75" x 6.75"), as well as a few downloadable pages in Full Size (8.5" x 11").  Be sure to check out our free "getting started" e-booklet and our free 28 Day Challenge as well!

I wanted to play along with the challenge as well, so I decided to color up one of the new digital stamps that I received as a recent challenge win from Power Poppy.

I used the lovely Gerbera Daisies digi and colored it with my Staedtler Karat Watercolor Pencils and a blender pen.  The sentiment is a retired digi from KnK Designs. (Shop closed.  Sorry!)



Just a sweet and simple card with a little bit of Stickles in the flower centers to make it sparkle.  This card is actually going out in a GraceWorks order today! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you will play along with the challenge and check out our shop!

Have a blessed day!

Tricia

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Your Next Stamp - Sketch Challenge #65


Time for another birthday card!  This one will go to a little boy at our church.  I thought the Doodlebug paper colors were perfect and I love the balloon theme since Waddles the Penguin is holding a balloon.

I followed this week's sketch at Your Next Stamp for my layout...


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll play along with the challenge, too!

Tricia




Saturday, May 20, 2017

Your Next Stamp - Sketch Challenge


Hello friends!

Just flying by with a card for this week's sketch and color challenge at Your Next Stamp!

I needed a birthday card for a guy, so I decided to go clean and simple.  I used the Soaring By stamp set and the coordinating die and colored my bird with Spectrum Noir markers. 

Hope you'll play along!!

Tricia



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Power & Spark Challenge

Hi again,

I'm filling up the blog with cards today - playing catch up!! :)   I colored this sweet image, from the Power Poppy set Short Stacks, with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.


The Power & Spark challenge is to Frame It Up, so I cut a rectangular opening in a piece of patterned paper to use as a frame over my image.  The sentiment is from the Potted Primroses set... one of my favorites!

Thanks for dropping by!

Tricia



Your Next Stamp - Color Challenge

Hi again!

I wanted to be sure to post my card for the Color Challenge at Your Next Stamp before it closes on Friday!  I played with the Purrfectly Cute set from last month's release and came up with this...


Here are the colors...


I colored my image with watercolor pencils and a blender pen and used a white gel pen to add some highlights.  Thanks so much for looking !



Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Your Next Stamp - May DT Dare


I have a bit of "total sweetness" for the DT Dare on the Your Next Stamp blog today!

I combined the bird and bird cage from the Phoebe with Pets set with the sentiment from Total Sweetness to make this happy card.  I cut a panel of white cardstock with a YNS Stitched Rectangle Die and then stamped the bird cage and sentiment directly on the cardstock.  I die cut the little bird, colored it with watercolor pencils and copics and popped it up over the bird cage.  The little music notes are hand drawn and the WONDERFUL heart and enamel dots are from a newly released set of Gumdrops.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to leave a comment on the post on the YNS blog for a chance to win!!

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Your Next Stamp - May New Release Blog Hop



Hello again!  Welcome to my stop on the Your Next Stamp New Release Blog Hop!!  I just love all the new goodies that I've seen and the first set I used today is no exception because ....

it's a new Phoebe set!  And she has pets!!





Honestly now, who wouldn't love those faces??? 


For my first card, I colored Phoebe with  my watercolor pencils and blender pen and made a little scene for her and her bunny friend.  I really like the softness that the stitched scallop border die adds to the card.  I use that one a lot!  And do you see the sweet little heart?  That's a new Gumdrop set!!  LOVE!!!!



Next, I made a clean and simple card with a couple of the pets.  I stamped a tone on tone background for this using some of the images from the set.  Can you find another of the new Gumdrop hearts??


I have a couple more cards that I made with this set, but you'll have to come back to see those later because I have another set to show you that is ...



Don't you just love her big banana split?  I had to go get ice cream after I colored it. :). I used my watercolor pencils again and made a clean but layered card that is bright and happy.  Isn't this just a perfect birthday card to make someone smile??  




Be sure that you hop around to all the blogs in the link list below to get lots of inspiration using the new sets and dies (that are all in the YNS Store right now, by the way!!).  And remember to leave comments as you hop to be in the running for a $25.00 gift certificate to the Store!  (By the way, the more blogs you visit and comment on the greater your odds of winning! But you don't have to comment on every blog to be in the drawing.)

Now off you go through the hop.  :)   And remember, as your wish list expands, that Karen is giving 20% off your entire order through May 10th.  Yay!!!


Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  They really make my day!!



Friday, May 05, 2017

Your Next Stamp - May Release Preview

Hello friends!

It is time for another release at Your Next Stamp and I have had so much fun playing with these sets!! The new release blog hop starts tomorrow night when all the new release items hit the store, but, for today I have a couple sneak peek projects to share.  Don't forget to check out the Your Next Stamp blog for more peeks and inspiration!!

The set I'm "peeking" tonight is called Great Catch, and, when I first saw it, my mind immediately went to a picture I have of my son at age seven.  He had just caught his first fish and he was SO excited!


So with that thought in mind, I took a cue from Chan's wonderful video last month and pulled out my Hobonichi planner to brainstorm some ways I could use the set.  (Nope... I'm not much of an artist!!  LOL!!) My favorite was the one you see on the left... making a topper for a treat bag filled with Swedish Fish.



To begin, I stamped the image in Versafine Black ink and then colored it with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  After I cut and embossed the sentiment I layered it onto the image panel and cut them both with a Stitched Rectangle Die.  The treat bag is actually a clear envelope that I cut down, and I added some "wavy" patterned paper to give the fishies a place to swim.   A few sparkly gumdrops finish it off.  This will be my husband's Father's Day gift.  Shhh.... don't tell!

But I couldn't stop with just one project!  This image was so fun to color that I decided to make a card for a little boy's birthday, too...




Doesn't this make you excited for the new release??  SOOOO fun!!


Thanks for stopping by today and for leaving a sweet comment! 
I'll see you again soon for the new release blog hop! : )

Tricia

Pretty Scripture Cards

Hi friends!

I needed a number of cards quickly yesterday so I actually made some duplicates!  I did change up the sentiment, though, so I wouldn't get too bored. :)


I used the beautiful flowers from the Pink and Main Humming Bird set (I think these flowers are soooo pretty!!) and some Scripture sentiments from Verve to make four cards.  First, I positioned four of the flowers on my block and stamped them with Versamark on a piece of cardstock that was still in the die.  Then, I embossed them with clear EP, and, finally I sponged over the flowers to make them pop.  After that I just needed to stamp my sentiment and layer my card! Easy and quick... LOVE!!

I'm adding these into Pink and Main's Anything Goes challenge, and Word Art Wednesday's challenge as well! :)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Your Next Stamp Challenge 62 - Chirp Up

Hi everyone!

It felt so nice to get into my stamp room and make a card after being sick for the last few weeks!  I pulled out the new Coffee Chicks set to play with again and made a card with the colors from Challenge 62.


All of the little strips were leftovers from other cards or projects.  They just happened to be laying on my desk in a pile after I cleaned it the other day.  Perfect inspiration!  I colored the coffee cup and chick with Copics and added some white gel pen accents as well as some of the new Enchanted Forest Gumdrops.  The "Chirp up" sentiment is from a retired set called "Dynamic Duo".  I stamped it in white and embossed it, then I drew a speech bubble frame with my white gel pen for a fun look.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

I hope you'll play along with the challenge, too!

Tricia

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Your Next Stamp - April DT Dare



Hello, hello!


The DT Dare this month was to be inspired by books - either a book you've read, a book cover, or just plain books in general.  Well... my daughter is a librarian, and one of the things I love to do is stamp a set of simple bookmarks and let her take them to the library for patrons to pick up when they check out book, so, of course, I made some bookmarks to share!!


These are so easy and so fun to make!!

First I cut out my bookmarks using the second largest die from the Your Next Stamp Bookmark/Tag Large Die Set.  I looked at many, many companies' bookmark dies before I purchased these a few years ago, but I liked this set best.  First, because of the shape of the top of the bookmarks,  and, second, because there are so many sizes to choose from.  I can not only use it for stand-alone bookmarks, but I can use it for gift tags or tags on my cards as well.  LOVE.

After I die cut the bookmarks, I stamped out the cute little chicks from the new Coffee Chick set and colored them with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  The little humming bird from the Sweet Hummingbird set found a home on one of the flowers, too.

When my images were all colored I used a set of three punches that I have had forever to make my little focal images.  You could, of course, use dies for that step.  Stitched circle dies would be adorable!  Then I started to put together my bookmarks.  I used little strips of cardstock or patterned paper to decorate them, along with white embossed words and gel pen accents.  The words are from the sets Coffee Chick, Phoebe with her Wagon, and Happy Dance.  I think my favorite is the one that says, "Pick Me!"  I try to make one with that saying in every set of bookmarks... and often it goes first!! :)

To finish off my set of bookmarks I threaded a 6" piece of ribbon through the top opening and tied it off with a piece of twine for some extra color and fun.

I hope you've been inspired, today!

Blessings!

Tricia



Saturday, April 01, 2017

Your Next Stamp - April New Release Blog Hop




Hello, hello!  Welcome to my stop on the Your Next Stamp New Release Blog Hop!!  I am so excited about this release, aren't you?  I just loved the HummingBird set that I shared yesterday, and the sweet Purrrfectly Cute set I'm sharing today just makes me happy! : )



I had so much fun coloring up this kitty and her basket of flowers!  I stamped her in VersaFine Black Ink since I was going to color with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  I've been working on my clean and simple card making skills, so, after I got her colored, I used the Curved Scallop Edge Die to cut the top of the panel.  Then I stamped the greeting with Your Next Stamp Black Olive ink onto a strip of yellow cardstock and added that to an orange base along with some twine.  I scattered a few Gumdrops around the image for some extra color and texture.

Be sure that you hop around to all the blogs in the link list below to get lots of inspiration using the new sets and dies (that are all in the YNS Store right now, by the way!!).  And remember to leave comments as you hop to be in the running for a $25.00 gift certificate to the Store!  (By the way, the more blogs you visit and comment on the greater your odds of winning! But you don't have to comment on every blog to be in the drawing.)

Now off you go through the hop.  :)   And remember, as your wish list expands, that Karen is giving 20% off your entire order through April 6th.  Woohoo! I just love that!!


Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  They really make my day!!



Friday, March 31, 2017

Your Next Stamp - April Release Preview

Hello friends!

It is time for another release at Your Next Stamp and I am thrilled to be able to play along this month with a few of the new sets.   The new release blog hop will start tomorrow night when all the new release items hit the store, but, for now I have a sneak peek to share and the  Your Next Stamp blog has more peeks and inspiration!!


After stamping the flower and cutting it out with a Stitched Rectangle die, I colored it with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  I cut the mat of yellow dotted paper and then used a scalloped circle and circle punch to create the little spotlight frame for the hummingbird to rest on.  The yellow sentiment strip is stamped tone on tone with the flower stamp and cut with the Stitched Scallop Edge Die.  I used a few sparkly Gumdrops in the corner and added a few Stickles to the bird and center of the flower to make it sparkle.



Thanks for stopping by!  Come again soon! : )

Tricia

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Amazing Things


Hello friends!

It's CAS challenge time again at SCS and this week we are looking for "Things with Wings".  I colored up the sweet digi of the month from Gerda Steiner designs and paired it with a sentiment from Verve.  What a fun encouragement card it makes!  I colored the image with my Staedtler Karat Watercolor Pencils and a blender pen and added the bee trail with my stardust pen.  The pretty border is from Your Next Stamp and the patterned paper is from a pack by Taylored Expressions.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Tricia


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Daffodil Joy

From the Heart stamps has a fun sketch challenge this week!  I played along with the Daffodil digi that I colored with my watercolor pencils.  I added a few markers dots on the vase as well, for just a little bit of texture.


The sentiment is one of the few mounted stamps I still own.  It was a $1 bin find at Michaels a number of years ago and I think the font is so fun. : )

Here's a link to the challenge...


Thanks for dropping by!!

Tricia

Beary Sweet Congratulations

Hello friends!

I have a beary sweet card to share with you today featuring the adorable Honey Bear set from Your Next Stamp.


Honestly, isn't he just precious?  I colored him with my Staedtler Karat watercolor pencils and a blender pen and matted him on an assortment of patterned papers, using the Your Next Stamp Sketch Challenge sketch as my inspiration. The sentiment is from another YNS set called Whatnot Sentiments Set Four.  The colors also go with this week's Color Throwdown.





Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Tricia