Saturday, April 21, 2018

Inspired by a White Cat

There are so many reasons to love Saturdays and one of them is the weekly Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Stacy is our hostess this week and she chose the Smithsonian Institute for IC646.  This cool site has a "Collections" category which is super fun to browse. They even have a CAT collection!  Oh, my!!!   I was smitten by the White Cat painted by Gertrude Abercrombie, my search for inspiration was over.  

For my card, I sponged Memento Nautical blue for the floor angling a piece of paper as a mask to indicate where the floor and wall meet.  With a much lighter touch, I sponged the same color ink as the floor on a piece of cardstock, then die cut a door and a piece for the wainscoting.  The blue door ended up looking a little flat so I highlighted the door and the wainscoting with Inktense Watercolor Pencils.  The kitty is a die cut and I added a bit of shadow behind her with Copics.

I believe the inside will say "Sitting Here Thinking Of You" but I am waiting to decide who I will send this to before I stamp a greeting.

I hope you will hop over to Splitcoaststampers and join us for daily challenges!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Project Bin - A Classic

Today, I am featuring the new stamp set, Classic Man by The Project Bin.  
This set includes 12 great sentiments as well as this classic auto!  The sentiments are all so fun, I had trouble deciding which one to use first!!!  

Here is a look at this classy masculine stamp set!

Classic Man

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Cuddle and Kind Inspiration

I am the hostess this weekend for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Everyone is welcome at Splitcoaststampers!  It's a free site with daily challenges and you can create your own gallery!  You can check out my challenge at IC645.  

I chose the sweetest site to inspire our art this week.  I was attracted to the site itself.  Lots of white space, soft blue banners, and adorable photos but that's just the beginning.  This company was started by a family whose mission is to feed hungry children!  The purchase of one doll = 10 meals purchased.  Hop on over and check out this sweet site, Cuddle and Kind

I chose THIS adorable image as my inspiration.

This sweet stamp set is from Stampendous and was given to me by my dear friend JaneenK.
There are a collection of photos under Everest the Penguin.  I took inspiration from the baby blanket but also the pretty wall art.   Everest the Penguin is wearing a tan winter hat so I colored my penguin's hat in shades of tan and I colored the sweater to match.  This stamp set is darling and includes dies for the hat and sweater as well as the penguin.  I stamped the penguin but die cut the hat and sweater so no masking or fussy cutting was needed.  I love that!    I loved all the white spare in the wall art photo so for my card, I kept the colors simple and framed the scene with a white rectangle frame.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Friendship -The Project Bin

I have noticed that cross stitch on cards is popping up!  There are stamps that look like cross stitch and dies so that you can actually cross stitch a pattern on your card. I loved to cross stitch when my eyes were young!  I used a very fine material because of course I have to make everything as difficult for myself as I can!  I don't have many pieces because I gave so many away but what I do have are striking.  I just don't have the patience or the eyes for it anymore. 

 I came across this paper in my stash when my daughter asked for some paper to make a collage for a school project and thought it would be perfect for a friendship card and right on trend with the cross stitch card craze!  The design idea came from SC691 at Splitcoaststampers.

For today's card I am featuring a sentiment from one of my favorite sets #bff  by The Project Bin#bff is one of my favorite friendship stamp sets. 

I am entering this in Word Art Wednesday's anything goes challenge!  The Project Bin is one of the sponsors this week.  The challenge is almost over buy you still have today to play so I hope you will check out the Word Art Wednesday Challenge.

Stop by The Project Bin Blog to see the gorgeous sample Denise created.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Light it up Blue - World Autism Day

April is National Autism Month and yesterday was World Autism Awareness Day.  All around the world "light it up blue" events were held.  My card today was inspired by Autism Speaks which is an organization that raises autism awareness and supports families.  Their symbol is a blue puzzle piece so I went with blue for my card today.

I originally had a different card design in mind when I was creating this card.  I stamped and watercolored the heart but the overall card design did not make me happy so I used the heart die from the In My Heart stamp set by The Project Bin to die cut the heart from the original card.  I love that the heart die was designed to work with both the In My Heart stamp set and Spencer's Set.   I then used a rectangle frame die cut and sponged it with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink.  I added water to the frame and dabbed it away with a soft cloth.   Next, I added dots and doodles at the corners with a black ink pen and I added more ink to the corners.  I fell in love with this technique when I saw Linda's beautiful card at Splitcoaststampers.  

The stamp set I am featuring today was inspired by a very special young man.  Denise shares a part of his story today so I hope you will stop by The Project Bin Blog post today!

Veronica Zalis has organized a HUGE blog hop to bring awareness and celebrate the families affected by ASD.  I hope you will check out the 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop.

”A child with autism is not ignoring you, they are simply waiting for you to enter their world.” — Autism Treatment Center of America

I love that sentiment.  Our son was diagnosed in elementary school.  He was high functioning but struggled in many ways and was different enough to be bullied to the point that he carries the scars to this day.  He is now in his second year of college and I couldn't be prouder.  I love listening to his stories and entering his world!

I am also playing along with this week's FS582 challenge.  Jane has a lovely card with blue hearts found HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Feline Happy

Happy Caturday!!!

Saturdays are my happy day.  I love hostessing or just joining in with the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers on Saturdays.  This week Anne has chosen Signals to inspire us for the IC643 challenge.  Right off the bat I found two fabulous kitty inspirations.  Funny thing I had a stamped image and stamp that was perfect for both inspiration pieces and they were both given to me by my sweet friend Jan. 

I ended up choosing the Personalized Cat Print for my inspiration.

For my sentiment, I chose one from the Sophisticated Sentiments rubber stamp set by Red Rubber Designs.

This week Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog is an Anything Goes Challenge with a showcase of Stampendous stamps.  This striking kitty is a Stampendous image called Feline Curious.

Thanks so very much for stopping by today!!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Love and Prayers

Happy Tuesday everyone! 
 Today I am playing in multiple challenges featuring a beautiful sentiment from The Project Bin.  
I chose one of the encouraging sentiments from the Kinda Sorta stamp set and framed it with one of the frame stamps included in the set.

With my card, I am playing along with two Splitcoaststampers challenges.    Over the weekend Splitcoaststampers held a fun VirtualStamp Night event.  I was unable to play at the time but we have until 10pm on April 2nd to play along and upload our cards!  I am entering this card in Lisa's MAR18VSNL challenge to Pop it Up!  I popped up my flowers to meet the requirement of the challenge. 

I am also celebrating this week's Featured Stamper Ponygirl2. I chose THIS card for my inspiration.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!  
For more projects stop by The Project Bin Blog!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Precious Baby

Brenda has chosen a wonderful site to inspire us this week for the IC642 Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.

I found inspiration in this pretty Draper and Euro Suitcases.

This card celebrates a very LITTLE life.  He was born just 2 lbs.  He is home now with mom, dad and sisters weighing just 5 lbs and thriving.  It was sweet to be able to see him and enjoy a fun baby shower thrown by his auntie! 

I do believe this is my all-time favorite baby image.  It just tugs at the heart!  The image is A Mother's Arms designed by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Co. and the sentiment is from a Phyllis Harris kit by Unity Stamp Co.,  Room In My Heart

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

He is Risen!

I have truly enjoyed every image in the Spring Zen stamp set by The Project Bin!  I simply love coloring the images.  I had so much fun with the tulips last week, I decided to use the same color combo on the cross this week.  I just love pink so why not indulge!  

As with all of the sentiments from The Project Bin this sentiment has a gorgeous font and a beautiful meaning.  We might celebrate by getting dressed up, hand out candy and have a nice Easter lunch but the real reason we set this day apart is that Christ the Lord is RISEN!!!!!  Jesus didn't stay on that cross!!  He has risen!

John 5:24“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

Now that IS good news!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Stand Out!

I just love Saturdays!  It's the one day of the week, I get seven hours of sleep! At our house, most Saturdays begin slow and easy.  It's also my favorite day because I am one of the hostesses for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers! This week Stacy chose Aquarium of the Pacific to inspire us for the IC641 Challenge.

I chose THIS cool photo for my inspiration.
I found the perfect coloring page and colored just one frog bright blue.  The Dr. Seuss sentiment in Spencer's Set from The Project Bin was just the right fit for my striking blue frog.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tulip Tuesday!

Happy Tulip Tuesday to you! Even though some states are still experiencing nasty weather we can at least dream of tulips and spring!  

Today I am featuring the tulips from the Spring Zen stamp set by The Project Bin.  I just love this stamp set!  The sentiments are so pretty and I love coloring the images!

I stamped the tulip three times with Memento - Bamboo Leaves.  I colored the tulips with Copics.  In previous posts, I featured this set and colored the images with Chameleon Color Tones and I think I enjoyed that coloring process more than with the Copics. If you happened to miss them you can view them Here and Here.  I finished this spring card with one of the beautiful sentiments included in the Spring Zen stamp set.

In case you didn't get the chance to visit me yesterday
the owner of The Project Bin is the Featured Stamper over at Splitcoaststampers this week!
In honor of her special week, Denise has a gift for all of us!  She is offering 20% off at The Project Bin online store all week!!! Just use the following code at checkout for the discount:

Thanks so very much for stopping by today!!!

Inspired by a White Cat

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