Friday, April 5, 2013

There's Hope

It's Friday and I'm doing the QFTD159 challenge on Splitcoaststampers. The queen is Jan Keen aka heartsong47 and this is the card I cased, making a few changes, of course. The card is also entered in the  Splitcoaststampers Fan Club Monthly Theme Challenge, Just Hatched. You could use several themes and I'm using the Spring Theme. The irises in my area bloom in April and May and some are already blooming.

I'm also entering my card into the challenge, IBSIC  #52 at Inspired by Stamping. This is a color challenge which I'm showing below:
I'm not using the tulips as shown in the bowl but an iris instead.

I'm using Kraft, something akin to sage green, and some blue scraps which I think work nicely. I colored the pretty iris with Blue Copic markers B26 and B24. The green leaves and stems are colored with Copic marker G20. The iris and sentiment are from the set Beautiful Iris by Inspired by Stamping (a set I bought with a gift certificate I recently won....Yea!). The border image and image on the sentiment piece are from Delicate Doilies II by Inspired by Stamping. I stamped these in Memento Rich Cocoa and the iris with Memento Tuxedo Black.

After getting the iris cut out with my Stampin'Up! and  embroidery scissors (which were very tiny and I used for cutting inside), I went over the edges with the side of black Copic marker so as not to leave any bits of white pieces showing.

My butterfly is Cheery Lynn Designs Exotic Butterflies/ small no.2 and I cut the top one with PTI linen vellum cardstock and the bottom with scrap blue cardstock.

My sentiment piece is cut out with Inspired by Stamping Fancy Label Dies I. Added a pearl and it is all finished.

A side note:  I am guessing that a lot of you have heard that Google Reader will disappear in July. You can find the info about it here. I'm very sad about this but I guess we have to have change. I've switched to Bloglovin'.  If you want to follow me, and I hope you do, the button is on my sidebar. There are other options besides Bloglovin' if you so choose.

Hope you all have a weekend full of sunshine.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

CCEE Stampers-Wings

Kathy Bradley is hostess for the CCEE Stampers  the month of April. She has some fun and wonderful challenges ahead. For this week, she has asked that we make a card with the theme, 'things with wings'-(real or imaginary).

Of course, being a bird lover, that is the direction I took. I recently bought a new bird cage die that also had birds included. My complete recipe of all items used is below.

We hope you'll play along with us this week and show us your winged creations.

Stamps-Inspired by Stamping/Flowers Bloom and Delicate Doilies II
Paper-Stampin'Up! Chocolate Chip, PTI vintage cream, MFP green (not sure of color), Prima Stationery/Botanical Collection dp
Ink-Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories-Spellbinders Bird Sanctuary die, Spellbinders Stately Circles die (cut in 1/2), Memory Box Madera Corner, Lime Green Stickles, Lace, Martha Stewart mini cherry blossoms, EK Success PSNLE Symphony lg edger punch, green pearl