Monday, November 2, 2015

I'm Sharing Handmade Kindness

I'm embarrassed to admit this, but it's time I come clean. I am a card maker who rarely sends cards. It's stupid. I know. I invest so much time making the best cards I can possibly make. I put a lot of effort into photographing it in just the right light. Then, I put the card in a box, where it just sits waiting to be given to someone who will appreciate it. Sometimes the cards make it out of the box when I give them to friends or family, but too often, they do not.

Not. Any. More.

Thanks to Jennifer McGuire and her "Share Handmade Kindness" campaign, I am motivated to spread a little encouragement to the world around me. I invite you to join me. Even if you're not a crafter, you can still participate. Bake some cookies and give them to your friends. Pick some flowers or give plant starters to your neighbors. The important thing is to spread kindness. The world needs more kindness.

Today, I went to the post office and mailed out two handmade cards. I intend to send more, including the one in the picture below:

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Paper Sweeties November 2015 Inspiration Challenge

Hello there! It's time for the Paper Sweeties November Inspiration Challenge 37. It's all things fall this month. 

I started my card by stamping the word HAPPY onto some Neenah 110 lb. white card stock. Then, using my new Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, I colored in the flowers using yellow, orange and just a hint of red. Then, I stamped and colored the sign and the word "Autumn," which actually comes from a sentiment in the Wagon Add-On set. The entire sentiment is "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." I only inked up the first word in the set.  Tip: This is a great way to stretch your stamps. Only ink the word or words you need.

After I finished stamping and coloring, I die cut all the pieces and adhered them onto my card with some dimensional foam stickers. I added some twine and a few sequins for a nice, finishing touch.

Here is the inspiration photo for this month's challenge!

Here are the products I used to create my card:

Please visit the rest of the team's blogs for further inspiration. When you're finished, enter the challenge on Debbie's blog for a chance to win a prize!
Angel Johns
Annette Witherspoon– you are here!
November Guest Designer:  Michele Henderson

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Altenew Layering Class

Hi everyone. Did you know Altenew is hosting a FREE online class called "All About Layering?" They offer 10 lessons, which include two video tutorials per lesson. In addition to the 20 free video tutorials, students can post questions in an online forum, and share pictures of their "homework" in the online gallery.

Here are a couple of cards I made for the class. The first focuses on the Whimsical Flowers stamp set. This set comes with about four large flowers, a couple smaller flowers and some leaves. Instead of stamping with the large flowers, I thought I would try my hand at stamping the smaller flowers. The sentiment is from the Label Love set. All the inks except the light blue are from Altenew as well.

My second card focuses on the Vintage Flowers set. I stamped the flowers in the family of inks called Summer Afternoon, which consists of four inks in shades of yellow. I stamped the leaves in two shades from Green Fields and Carmel Toffee.

Does the background image look familiar? It was also created with Altenew stamps. I took the Thank You stamp from Label Love and stamped it in Warm Sunshine, Cotton Candy Crisp and Forest Glades inks. The main sentiment in the middle is also from Label Love, but I chose Thanks A Bunch to play off all the Thank Yous in the background.

Thanks a bunch for visiting my blog. If you're interested in the Altenew class, click here for more info.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Inspired by Fall

October is my all time favorite month of all! The food is amazing. (Hello apple pie and pumpkin spice lattes!) The leaves are just gorgeous, and the weather is much more comfortable. Oh, yeah, and it's my birthday. Hee hee.

Anyway, I am always inspired by the fall foliage, which peaks in mid October where I live. I love the deep, rich hues. My card below is a tribute to beautiful color palette brought on by autumn in October.

Using the leaves from the Altenew Lacy Scrolls stamp set, I randomly stamped them on Neenah 110 lb. card stock in autumn colors. The sentiment is from the Label Love set also by Altenew. I mounted that onto a piece of cardstock that I ran through my Cuttlbug with a wood grain embossing folder. I like the added texture and I felt the wood went well with the leaves (because, you know, they both come from trees.)

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the inspiration brought on by fall!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Virginia's View Challenge

My friend Virginia Lu hosts an amazing inspiration challenge called Virginia's View. Each month, she chooses a different theme. This month's theme is COLOR!

It's all about using color in your cards. That's not hard for me. I love colors. Virgina loves them, too. Check out this inspiration photo she posted. Do you see all those adult coloring books?

Those books are what me gave the idea for my card. I thought "Hey, why not create my own adult coloring page with stamps?" So that's what I did.

This card wore lots of masks, and despite it being October, I'm not referring to Halloween. Do you see how some flowers are in the forefront while others are in the background? I used the masking techniqe to create that effect.

After all my images were stamped, I removed the masks and started coloring. Using Copic markers, I carefully colored each flower and leaf. I then added some bling to the centers and finished it off with the sentiment.

All stamps are from three different Altenew sets, including Hennah Elements, Striped Florals and the sentiment is from Label Love. All the bling is from Eyelet Outlet.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a "colorful" day!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Paper Sweeties October 2015 Inspiration Challenge

It's the beginning of the month, which means a new challenge is up for Paper Sweeties. This month brings pumpkins and pretty fall colors just like the inspiration photo.

My inspiration from this photo came from the burlap, wood and lace. I took some kraft card stock and ran it through my wood grain embossing folder. I die cut the burlap flowers using the die from the Pretty Posies Sweet Cuts and adhered them with some pearl brads. I stamped the sentiment from the You Are Fab set. Some lace tape and twine finished it off.

Please continue hopping along for more inspiration. Cheryl is your next stop. Then, when you're done, make a card or other project using Paper Sweeties products and enter the challenge!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
October Guest Designer:  Lisa Bzibziak

Friday, September 25, 2015

RIC 91

This will be the quickest  blog post ever! I am entering this in the Runway Inspired Challenge 91, which expires very soon! Yikes! It's been a busy week, but I'm determined to enter this challenge because I love it!

Here is the dress for this challenge:

And here is the card inspired by it:

I took my cues from the color palette, the solid flat colors (there was no shading or highlighting) and the bold black lines. I used the Painted Poppy set from Altenew and did lots of masking to make some flowers look in the forefront and some in the rear. The sentiment is also an Altenew set called Label Love.

Oh, I also want to quickly mention that I got the new Altenew inks and used several of them to make this card. They are amazing. They are nice and juicy and you get a crisp, clean image right from the start!

Thanks for visiting!


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