Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Autism Awareness Blog Hop

Hello everyone! April is Autism Awareness Month and my Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Friends and I are having this blog hop to bring awareness and support to Autism. I am excited to be participating in my first ever blog hop to support Autism Awareness.

My cards feature the Magical Day stamp set. I love this set and thought it would be a great set to work with for cards for children. I wanted to make some special cards that you could give to an autistic child for a birthday or just because to let them know they are one of kind and how that is a wonderful thing.

I have a couple of acquaintances that have children with autism. But I do not have too much knowledge on the subject so I took this as an opportunity to do some research on it and try to raise awareness. As I was researching to learn more about autism, I recently saw that Sesame Place is the first theme park ever that is A Certified Autism Center. The staff will be specially trained to help with special needs children. They also provide quiet rooms, low sensory areas as well as low sensory areas to watch the parade and several other resources to make a wonderful experience for the children. Sesame Place is local to me and my kids love it there so to know they are working to make it a great experience for all children is fantastic. I find it wonderful that they are many places out there working to make greater experiences for autistic children.

For some details on the cards. I decided to make watercolor backgrounds in some fun and bright colors. To create the backgrounds I used a mix of ink and Brushos along with my Aqua Painter. The images were colored with Stampin' Blends, my favorite coloring tool!

If you are so inclined, please think about donating to the Organization for Autism Research. Any little bit can help.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to go through the blog hop to see everyone's creations and stories about autism.

Below is the blog roll of all of the fantastic ladies participating in today's blog hop:


Sue Plote

Jenny Hall

Denita Wright-Smee

Maria Willis

Elizabeth Price

Tami Hewlett

Lisa Curcio

Lauren Alarid

Tanya Boser

Jen Sootkoos - You Are Here

Eva Dobilas - Next

Kim Oliver

Charlet Mallett

Sandi MacIver

Adrienne West

Amy Koenders

Carolynn Sander

Stella MacKay

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Just Add Ink #140 - Happy Easter

Hello! Happy Spring or shall I say Happy snow day in the northeast! More snow expected tomorrow. I’m so over it already. To help me get over the winter blues, I made a spring-y card for you. The Just Add Ink blog is celebrating 400 challenges so I decided to play along this week. The challenge this week is an inspiration challenge.

I took inspiration from the colors on the eggs and the speckles. I wanted to make an easter card since I realized easter will be here in no time and I haven't made any cards for that yet.

I am using the Southern Serenade set for this card. This was a set I totally just glanced past when I saw it in the catalog but then I received a fabulous card from Becky Foster Cowley with this set and I just had to have it.

Anyway, I stamped the flower image and colored in the flowers with my aqua painter and Elegant Eggplant and Pear Pizzazz ink. I cut out the image and layered it on Soft Sky card stock.

The crumb cake card stock is stamped with the lace image from the set and I splattered Elegant Eggplant ink over the card.

The Crumb Cake piece was glued onto a piece of Whisper White that was stamped with the Diagonal stripe stamp in Powder Pink. If you notice behind the Crumb Cake card stock is some of the white glimmer paper from the Myths and Magic glimmer pack. I like how it kind of takes on a pink look to it by being near the Powder Pink color.

The Happy Easter sentiment is from Circle of Spring (retired). Apparently I couldn't find any current Happy Easter sentiments in my stash. Oh well, there is no harm in using retired stuff. :) I added a little yellow to the tag by lightly watercoloring some Daffodil Delight ink on it.

And as usual to finish off the card I added sequins and some lace ribbon.

I hope for any of you who are stuck in snowy weather, this just brightened your day a bit!

Have a nice day!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Global Design Project #130 - Sketch Challenge

Happy Monday! I am excited to be a guest designer on the Global Design Project challenge this week. I was a winner on last month’s color challenge, woo hoo!, so I get to participate as a guest designer this month.

This week the challenge is a sketch challenge. I love a sketch challenge and this one is great.

My kids went to a birthday party this weekend for the girls of friends of ours. Of course I had to make their cards and this sketch challenge was perfect for that. I love how these came out.

The first card I did was the party hat card. I started by cutting out one of the party hats from the Picture Perfect Party DSP. Then I cut out a number 5 from the large number framelits with the Myths and Magics glimmer paper. A kids birthday card has to have sparkle to it! For the background I used another piece of DSP from the Picture Perfect Party pack and then stamped the diagonal stripe piece. I did go pretty literal from the sketch by stamping the diagonal piece but you could definitely switch that out by using another piece of DSP or stamping a different image. And to finish it off I added the ribbon and some pink tutti fruitti sequins.

For my next card, I decided to use the Magical Day stamp set. I could see myself using all of the images from this set with this same layout for other birthday cards. That is next on my list to try!!

I stamped and colored the unicorn with the Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral and Rich Razzleberry blends. I cut the 3 out from the Myth and Magic glimmer paper again. This time I used my Pink Pirouette blends marker to color it in. I like how it became a light peachy color. The DSP used on this card was from Painted With Love. I love all of the papers in this set. I again used the diagonal strip stamp on Flirty Flamingo cardstock. I was having fun using different shades of pinks and purples on this card. To finish off this card, I added the silver baker’s twine and some iridescent sequins.

Make sure you stop on by the Global Design Project blog and play along with this week's challenge and check out the other great designs by the team.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Birthday Dinos in Pink!

Happy Wednesday! Remember a few weeks ago when I made the cute dinosaur birthday card? Well since I thought it came out so cute, I wanted to do the same card but in some girly colors. Girls like dinos too!

I used the Painted with Love DSP (which obviously does not need to be used on Valentine’s cards). And I pulled the colors from there for the dinos. They were stamped first with Powder Pink and the bones were stamped in Berry Burst.

If you notice at the top, I added some purple glimmer tags. To get purple glimmer paper, just use your markers to color in the Myths and Magic white glimmer paper. I used the Light and Dark Rich Razzleberry Blend markers to color the paper in.

Here are the two cards together. So fun right?!

Today is a quick post but head back to this post to see more details on how to create these cute cards.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Birthday Dinos!

Hello! Happy Wednesday! I have a fun kids birthday card for you today. I decided to use the colors from the Fancy Friday blog hop last week. I've been using these blog hops/challenges as inspiration for me to get stamping. It's easier for me to start with some kind of sketch, color challenge, etc. I have a bunch of new stamps that I want to play with but sometimes I just sit there and stare not knowing what I want to do. So these challenges help quicken that process, haha!

Anyway, the color theme was Emerald Envy, Night of Navy and Pool Party. Aren't these great colors. To me this made me want to bring out an old favorite, No Bones About It. (Even though I have plenty of new sets waiting to be used!)

I stamped the dinos in Pool Party first and then stamped their bones in Night of Navy. The leaves in the corner were stamped in Emerald Envy and the foot prints were stamped in Sahara Sand. The background DSP is from Pick a Pattern DSP (Emerald Envy) and Picture Perfect Party DSP (Pool Party). I also added some glitter paper from the Myths and Magic glimmer paper. A birthday card needs some kind of glitter right?! I finished off the card with some metallic stars and silver baker's twine.

Aren't these dinos just the cutest with those party hats? Who wouldn't want to party with these guys? :)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Global Design Project #126 - Amazing Flowers

Hello! Is that spring outside I feel?? Over here on the east coast we’ve had 2 days teasing us that spring is here. But I think it will be short lived as it’s supposed to get cold and rainy again tomorrow. Oh well I’m enjoying it now while I can. It also inspired my card today. I wanted to use some bright springy colors. I decided to play along again with this week’s Global Design Project challenge. I love the sketch this week. And I’m super excited to say that I was picked as the winner from last week’s color challenge! Woo hoo!!

Since I won, I get to be a guest designer for next month’s color challenge. I can’t wait!

Here is the sketch for this week’s challenge.

This is the card that I came up with.

I used the Sale-a-bration set called Amazing You along with the Celebrate You thinlits. These are such great items that you can get for FREE!! Another perk is that the thinlits will carry over into the new annual catalog. You definitely need to take advantage of that.

I stamped the sunburst image onto Shimmery white card stock with Peekaboo Peach ink. I stamped the flower twice. Once in Pear Pizazz ink and then once in black memento ink so I could color the flower with the Stampin’ Blends. I colored the flower with the Pink Pirouette markers and the Light Calypso Coral marker. They were both cut out and glued to the oval stitched shape.

I die cut the leaves in Pear Pizazz (which I haven’t used in FOREVER!) using the Petal Palette thinlits. Those were then glued to the Powder Pink cardstock. I used Peekaboo Peach cardstock for the sentiments. Isn’t the amazing die cut truly amazing?!??! I just love that font. The finishing touches were some pearls and silver baker’s twine. I just love how fun and springy this card is.

Thanks for stopping by!!