Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Hello all! I'm so thrilled that I was able to get this card created to join in on the Papertrey Ink blog hop. I LOVE their products, so it was easy to pick some out to feature in a card.

I was inspired by the colors and elements in the photo above that Papertrey Ink chose. While I think Spring Rain would of been a better match to the photo, I enjoy adding my own twist to a challenge photo and so I chose to use a card base of Aqua Mist. The sentiment was part of a euphemra pack from Pebbles that I cut down to fit the card. Next I stamped out some flowers and leaves as well as die cut them using the Peonies on Parade set, which is one of my favorites! I colored those in using the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio. I simply smeared them on some plastic and picked up the color with a watercolor brush mixed with some water. I then added in another leaf from the Pebbles set, a few feathers from an old pack from Michaels and a trusty doily. I knew it was pretty full but I still wanted to add one more element. So I pulled out the Spring Woods stamp and die cut set to create the cute little bird. I stamped him in Saffron Spice, Harvest Gold and Olive Twist inks. Finally I used a gold metallic marker to add a few dash lines along the edges.

- Jessica


Simon Says Stamp Plaid Challenge


Today I'm sharing a card I made for the Simon Says Stamp Plaid Challenge. I was going to use some striped stamps to make my own plaid design but then started looking through my stacks of paper. I found this cute blue print, though technically it's a check pattern. But I thought it would work for the plaid challenge.

- Jessica


Deer To Me

Can you believe it's already July? This year feels like it is flying by. Spring and Summer are my favorite seasons, so I of course wish I could slow them down some ;-)

Today's card started out by wanting to play some more with the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks. I took a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock and and older stripe background stamp. Using Versamark I stamped on the background, then applied white embossing powder and heat set that. Next I just used the fossilized amber and cracked pistachio Distress Oxide Inks and blended those together. Then I sprayed some water on there a few times to add some more visual interest.

As I was looking at the final background trying to decide what to do next, I spotted my new Simon Says Stamp So Deer stamp set and decided to play around with it. So I stamped the two deer in black ink then colored them in with my Copic markers. Next I fussy cut them then went around the edges with a black marker. Finally I took a piece of yellow cardstock, cut a strip, stamped the sentiment and attached it with a tiny attacher. I love how cute this turned out and used it as my niece's birthday card.

- Jess