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Saturday, February 13, 2016

City Crafter Challenge 298 - It All Began in Paris Number 3


Good morning!  I am back with third card made using my KaiserCrafts Bonjour stamp set. There is a certain challenge with being the guest designer over at the City Crafter Challenge Blog for the entire month of February.  Hostess Kirsty picked this photo to inspire us:
The theme requires only that your project be inspired by the photo.  The rectangular frame  was stamped with Archival black ink onto white cardstock.  I then stamped the Eiffel tower in the frame using my Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue ink.  I had a patterned paper pack out on my workspace and picked this for the background.  The entire frame was cut out with the die cut flowers and leafy swirls added to frame the image.  The background screamed for a teeny, tiny butterfly, so I cut this with my Prickly Pear Mini Butterflies die out of coordinating patterned paper.  You might be tired of this theme already, but I've decided to pick out one more experiment in color and finish the card so that I have a set of four.  

It's not too late to join us over at the City Crafter Challenge Blog and have some fun.



Thursday, February 11, 2016

City Crafter Challenge 298 - It All Began in Paris Number 2


Good morning!  I am back with another card made using my KaiserCrafts Bonjour stamp set. There is a certain challenge with being the guest designer over at the City Crafter Challenge Blog for the entire month of February, I'm finding it makes me a bit more prolific as I test and play with color more because of my desire to transform my idea onto paper.  Hostess Kirsty picked this photo to inspire us:
The theme requires only that your project be inspired by the photo.  The rectangular frame  was stamped with Archival black ink onto white cardstock.  I then stamped the Eiffel tower in the frame using my Close To My Heart ink.  I forget the name, but it is a very pinkish-red ink. I once again went shopping in the ScrapBox to find this romatic patterned paper for the background.  The entire frame was cut out, edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then adhered using foam squares.  The flowers in the background around the frame were hand stamped onto a piece of patterned paper using the Bonjour stamp set and colored with watercolor paint.  The result is a very romantic scene.  I fussy cut the bottom right corner out of the paper and used foam squares to lift it off the edge of the card so that the bird could rise in front of the frame.  The finished card fits my image of what I wanted to do once I saw that pink Eiffel Tower.  I will definitely be back with at least one more card this week.  I only need to find the time to snap a photo and edit to post.

You must be inspired by now?  Come on over at the City Crafter Challenge Blog and join the fun.  I'm also going to link up with Word Art Wednesday's Challenge #219 : Anything Goes.



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

City Crafter Challenge 298 - It All Began in Paris


Good morning!  I get the distinct pleasure of being the guest designer over at the City Crafter Challenge Blog for the entire month of February.  Last week's challenge was super fun and I'm excited to be a part of this week's challenge as well.  Hostess Kirsty picked this photo to inspire us:


The theme requires only that your project be inspired by the photo.  I knew immediately that is was going to use my KaiserCrafts Bonjour stamp set.  The stamp set comes with the rectangular frame which was stamped with Archival black ink onto white cardstock.  I then stamped the Eiffel tower in the frame using my Simon Says Stamp Smoke ink.  This created a distinct difference in the images which allows the impression of a light graphite drawing inspired by the image.  After that, it was a shop in the ScrapBox to find a monochromatic patterned paper for the background.  I love this light green color paired with the cream roses.  It's just perfect to me.

I've been playing with other color combinations in stamping the Eiffel Tower.  If I get a chance, I'll make them into cards this week and share the result.  Meanwhile, please stop on over at the City Crafter Challenge Blog and join the fun?

I'm also going to link up to Word Art Wednesday's Challenge #219 Anything Goes.



Monday, February 8, 2016

Our Beautiful World - Markings


Our Beautiful World is a photo blog with a weekly word prompt inspiring participants to share photos.  This week's prompt is Markings. I chose to share these photos of my father-in-law's gravesite.  We lost Ed nearly a year ago.  After the ceremony at the gravesite, the beautiful flowers from the funeral were laid on top of the grave.  My husband visited frequently in those first few weeks.  Little did I know how very important the headstone is to his family.  Dan could always find where his dad was buried, but the gravestone took months to install due to an error on the part of the cemetery.  The absence of this simple, but elegant marking was a source of anxiety and sorrow that I wouldn't have been able to predict.  My husband visits and talks about how healing it is to see the gravestone and remember.  Before this point, I wouldn't have understood the importance.  Now I do.


Dan's dad, Ed, is buried next to his grandparents.  It is healing to Ed's wife Pat who has been visiting her parents here for years.  We might dismiss the importance of these markings, but they have a lasting impact on our lives as we grieve and heal.

What do you think of when you read the word markings?  Something very different, I hope.  Pop on over to Our Beautiful World and see what the others have been contributing.  They never disappoint!



Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pretty Pink Party


I am sharing with you some party favors/decoartions that Brandy made last fall.  I am woefully behind in sharing photos as I found a bunch stashed in the digital files.  I'm hoping to get these photos edited and shared with you in the coming days.

Brandy used some printed acetate with coordinating bright cardstock papers and her We R Memory Keepers Pinwheel Punch Board to make these pinwheels.  She also used their Pinwheel Attachment Kits to finish these pinwheels.  The punch board does most of the work for you, though there is a bit of fussing with attaching everything together to create the final pinwheel.

However, don't they look bright and festive in a colored vase for the party?!?







Of course, the birthday girl's present needed one of these pinwheels as a decoration.  Paired here with a fantastic wrapping paper, the colors create a bright look that is certain to please any young lady on her big day!


Lastly, Brandy used her Cricut to cut these butterflies, gluing two together to a toothpick to create beautiful butterfly cake topper.  Tell me that this isn't a wonderful finish to a lovely cupcake and fabulous decorations for a party.  We hope that this inspired you.  Decorations don't have to be costly or time consuming to be pretty!

I'm linking this up over at the City Crafter Challenge blog for their challenge - Fantastic Plastic since Brandy used acetate in her project.  Come see the wonderful projects folks have made.

I'm also linking this up with the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge : Ray of Sunshine since I think this very much looks toward summer!

Word Art Wednesday's Challenge #219: Anything Goes