Valentine PigWit

This month I am playing along with the Stamp of the Month challenge at From the Heart Stamps. I love this little guy from Hogs and Kisses and thought it would be the perfect Valentine for my son.

I randomly placed the digital kiss image on my background in Photoshop and printed it out and then colored the kisses with a pale gray Copic marker. A little blue was added to the xoxo's on the tags. PigWit himself was printed and colored with a variety of Copics also, cut into a square and mounted on an angle over my background. The inside of the card sports the phrase Hogs and Kisses which is included in this adorable digi set.

Thanks for stopping by - I hope to find more time to play soon!

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MFT sketch challenge #314

Well it has been a long time since I have posted here!!  I haven't even been creating much in the past year. That's not entirely true - I've been creating vinyl car decals for sale in my Etsy shop and I've even gotten back to scrapbooking a little bit. But stamping? Not very much. But recently I reacquainted myself with My Favorite Things stamps and had to buy a few ca-ute sets and this year, I hope to play along with a few of their challenges.

This is the first sketch challenge of 2017 and I combined it with the color challenge as well. Here's the colors:

And the sketch we're working with is:

And finally, here's my card, using the Recipe for Happiness stamp set:

I'm putting this one aside for my husband for Valentine's Day. Isn't he cute (just like my hubby!!)?

Thanks for popping by - I hope to share here more often in 2017 or friend me on Facebook.

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From the Heart Stamp of the Month

This month, I'm playing along with the Stamp of the Month challenge at From the Heart. I love the digital stamps from this site and the challenge is so easy - just use the Stamp of the Month and create whatever you want! Then, when you play along, you get the next month's Stamp of the Month image free so you can play again...and again...and so on!

This month's digital stamp is called Ice Cream Lineup and it's a perfect image for summer!
Here's my 5x5 card:

I wanted to use a lot of colors to make my card summery and I colored the ice cream to match my favorite flavors: caramel, strawberry and mint chocolate chip! Yummy! And isn't that sentiment perfect? We all need a treat once in awhile!

Thanks for stopping by and go have yourself a dish of ice cream!

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Papertrey Ink Monthly Blog Hop

This month's inspiration photos from Papertrey Ink are so pretty I just had to play along! Here's just one of the sample pieces posted for inspiration:

It's a combination of art and embroidery created by Izziyana Suhaimi - stunning! We were challenged to use embroidery somehow in our card this month. I just got my most recent PTI order and had a new border die that I thought I would play with and while I experimented and know what I would do differently next time, the look is still pretty cool. Here's my card:

I used one of the new Frosted Borders dies and punched the small pieces in the lower half of the die completely out so I had "holes" for stitching. Then I used 4 colors of floss threaded through to create a little color on my Soft Stone border. The Sentiment Signs stamp was added to white cardstock with Spring Rain Ink and I swiped over the word 'celebrate' with a pale pink Copic marker. I mounted the white to an Enchanted Evening piece of cardstock and mounted the whole thing on a Soft Stone card base, allowing the border to hang off the bottom edge.

Not bad for an experiment! The holes formed by the border are a little larger than I anticipated so if I repeat this, I would use a thicker thread or fiber to stitch so not so much space would be seen. Play and learn!

Enjoy hopping and Hoppy Easter!!

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Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

I haven't had a lot of time to stamp lately as I've been helping my son with his new online business, Nerd Nation, and working on some other crafty ventures that hopefully I can share soon. Quick plug - if you know anyone into comics, Star Wars, anime, gaming and all other geeky topics, please share the link to Nerd Nation with them. We would love some new visitors!!

Anyhow, I know you're here for the Papertrey Ink blog hop so let's get to it!

Our inspiration photo this month is:

And the first thing my eye went to was the pear, and the pale pink flower. Here is the card I created based on the photo:

I used Sweet Blush and Spring Moss cardstocks to make the three panels on my kraft card base. I stamped the pears from A Second Helping of Sunshine in Spring Moss and added some highlights with Copic markers. The bowls were stamped in Autumn Rose and Classic Kraft, then they were cut out and inked around the edges for definition. I added some tiny flowers along the bottom of the bowls in Sweet Blush with Copic colored centers. To finish it off, I wanted a slightly rustic feel so I added some crocheted cream lace and a few wraps of tan twine.

Thanks for stopping by and for more hopping, head over to Nichole's blog here.

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