Hello Flowers

I’m playing along with a few challenges today…just having some fun!  And yet, another layered design…hmmm…

The sketch from Cardabilities was my jumping off point for this design.  After die-cutting the rectangle from designer paper, I added the circular designs with a Copic Multiliner and a round die. Thought it would be fun to add three types of circles!  Next comes some stamped splotches in turquoise.  A die-cut vellum stem, some die cut leaves, some Prima flowers, followed by more die-cut designer paper for the stamped sentiment.  And finally, a smattering of sequins.

It’s always fun to step outside your comfort zone and just simply try different things.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Simon Says Stamp, vellum and Prima Madelaine (in my stash forever)
Ink:  MFT Black hybrid and Avery Elle Aquamarine
Stamps:  MFT Abstract Art and Paper Smooches Fancy Frames
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil’ Inker Stitched Rectangles (yes, I do use those a LOT!), circle die, Essentials by Ellen Bold Blossoms die, MFT die-namics Fishtail flags, Prima Archivist flowers, sequins, adhesives, Copic Multiliner

Challenges entered:
Cardabilities Sketch #122

TIME OUT Challenge #30:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  anything goes showcasing Prima products

Virginia’s View Challenge #14:  layers and dimension

Dazzling Diva #73

This will be our final Dazzling Diva challenge, and our theme is spring/new life:

 

All good things must eventually come to an end and after much consideration Monica Weaver from Add a Little Dazzle has decided to close the Dazzling Diva Challenge. The blog and boutique will continue being open offering unique creations and Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets. I invite you to continue following the Add a Little Dazzle blog.

Many years ago, I walked into our great room and look out the window into our backyard.  Two of our large ornamental crabapple trees were covered in Monarch butterflies.  You could hardly make out the trees for the Monarchs!  It was an amazing sight, and one that I shall cherish forever.  Sadly, my camera was out of commission at the time and I have no pictures to share…but I retain that amazing scene in my memory.

So with that thought in mind, here’s my final Design Team card:


A simple design with a whole lot of butterflies 🙂  I’ve die cut the butterflies with my Tim Holtz Butterfly Frenzy die and then placed them in an embossing folder.  Instead of running them through my Big Shot Pro, I’ve just used a brayer to emboss them…works like a charm!

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Amy Tangerine Stitched and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  MFT Hybrid Black
Stamps:  My Sentiments Exactly
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Fishtail Flags Layered STAX, Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched circles die, Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched Rectangle die, Tim Holtz Butterfly Frenzy Sizzlit Decorative Strip, Ectasy Crafts embossing folder, brayer, adhesives

Challenges entered:
Uniko Challenge #20:  things with wings

Please check out what the rest of the Dazzling Diva Design team has created this week.  And please join us for our final challenge:

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Addicted to Stamps and More #142

I’m back with another Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge, and this week, it’s a Make Your Mark challenge.  Get out those watercolor crayons or pencils, markers, Copics, Promarkers, chalks, watercolors, sponges, stencils, masks. (anything that makes a mark) to qualify for the prize.  This week our sponsor is A Day For Daisies:

and the prize is a $12 gift certificate
And here’s my Design Team card:
I recently got this fabulous new stencil from ARTplorations and couldn’t wait to ink it up!  The stencil has been inked with three shades of Distress Inks and misted with water before placing it on some watercolor paper.  I’ve inked a matching butterfly stamp with the same three inks, misted it and stamped the tag with it.  Next comes a bit of spritzing with a marker and finally a few sequins.
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Ranger watercolor and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Dusty Concord, Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks; and MFT Hybrid Black ink
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies and Bloom Sketches
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched Rectangles die, Reverse Confetti Tag Me die, ARTplorations Shower of Flutters stencil, water mister, sequins, adhesives, Tim Holtz spritzer tool, Black Soot Distress Marker
Challenges entered:
Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team right here.
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Awesome Life

Found some time to play along with Tim’s April 2015 Tag challenge.  Here are his fabulous tags:

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I’ve used the Persian Motifs from Altenew, as I don’t have his new floral stamps.  And basically followed his instructions, using my own mix of colors.  He’s showcasing the Distress Markers with his techniques this month, and that’s exactly what I used.  And, as I didn’t have his dies, again, used what I had.  Rather than use my sewing machine, I’ve done faux stitching around the tag.  This was fun and I really loved using my markers for his techniques!
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Ranger Distress Watercolor
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Stamps:  Altenew Persian Motifs
All the other stuff:  Ranger Kraft Tags; Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Pumice Stone, Weathered Wood and Black Soot Distress Markers; Distress Marker Spritzer, water mister, die pick, mat, distress tool, Ranger mini ink blending tools, Lil’ Inker Designs die, Big Shot Pro, adhesives, seam binding
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Dazzling Diva #72

I’m back with another Dazzling Diva Challenge.  Will you look at this lovely mood board?

All I see is roses…so you know what that leads to…
Yes, there’s a lovely metal rose on my card 🙂  Just lots of die cuts,a little stamping and some inking on this one.
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! and MME Blush
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle
Stamps:  Verve Making a Statement
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil’ Inker Stitched Rectangles, Reverse Confetti Stars Pretty Panels Confetti Cuts, Reverse Confetti Diagonal Stripe Pretty Panels Confetti Cuts, Penny Black Rose die, Prima Copper Glass Glitter, adhesives and Add a Little Dazzle craft metal:
Princess Pink Metal Sheet
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Dazzling Diva #71

I’m back with another Dazzling Diva Challenge and here’s our fabulous inspiration for the week:
I love the gorgeous florals on the inspiration piece and here’s where it took me:
I ended up using a piece of Golden Glimmer and marbling it with Inka Gold and PITT Artist Pen Big Brushes. You still get the gold coming through, but the marbled effect gives you yet one more option for working with the metals.  
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Amy Tangerine Stitched
Stamps:  Altenew
Ink:  My Favorite Things Black Hybrid Ink
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil’ Inker Stitched Rectangles, Ellen Hutson Essentials by Julie Bold Blossom Stand-Alone, Inka Gold, PITT Artist Pen Big Brushes, sequins, adhesives and Add a Little Dazzle craft metal
Golden Glimmer Metal Sheet
The rest of the Divas and I would love to have you join our Dazzling Diva ChallengeUse of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we’d love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.   If you use AALD craft metal you’ll receive an additional $5 in merchandise…BONUS!


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Addicted to Stamps and More #140

We have some lovely inspiration for you today over at the Addicted to Stamps challenge blog!  Isn’t this just fabulous?

This week our sponsor is Bugaboo Digi Stamps and they have generously donated 7 digi stamps to the winner!
The antiquing of the clock was what caught my eye:
A very simple one layer design today.  I’ve inked the floral stencil with Versamark and clear embossed the flowers.  Then the stencil was offset slightly and I inked it with some gray ink for a shadow effect.  Next I added a few more gray smudges.  A simply stamped sentiment and an embossed circle to mimic the clock faces and done!
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Versamark, Ranger Jet Black Archival and Memento Gray Flannel
Stamps:  STAMPlorations BOLD SENTIMENTS:  Hashtag Authentic
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, ARTplorations Happy Flower stencil, sponges, clear embossing powder, heat tool, E.K. Success powder tool, Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched circle dies
Don’t forget to check out the amazing designs from the rest of the Design Team right here!
Challenges entered:
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