Friday, January 27, 2012

It's a Patterned Paper Challenge at the Pond!

Time for another Simon Says Stamp sponsored challenge. This month it's Patterned Paper so go through your stash of paper and have some fun with us at Lily Pad Cards!

That's just what I did with some of my favorite Crate Paper 6x6 papers from the Farmhouse, Random and Portrait sets with an assist from a scrap of yellow gingham from the Girl's Paperie. The star of the show is the charming new Lawn Fawn set, Love n Breakfast.

There's a whole lot of paper-piecing going on with the breakfast tray, each element was stamped and cut out from different paper scraps. A bit glossy accents adds some shine to the egg yolk and the flower vase.

I can't wait to see what you do with patterned paper, I'll be looking for your cards in the challenge gallery at Lily Pad Cards!

I'm so excited about CHA, just a few more days! If you will be there I'd love to meet you, stop by the Lawn Fawn booth on Monday and say hi!

Titus 3: 4-8

Friday, January 20, 2012

Lily Pad Cards has a new challenge!

Apparently the Hero Hostess Blog Hop used up all of my creativity because my mojo has been on an extended walk-about. I hope it returns soon, refreshed and ready to work; I really miss it!

I did manage to wring out some mojo essence to make a card for the new Lily Pad Cards Challenge: Virginia's View. Yes, that Virginia, my friend from the land to the north.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Penny Black so I grabbed my favorite paisley background stamp and got to work with some white embossing powder and Distress inks.

I guess I was in a light-hearted mood because this is so different from my usual style (do I really have a usual style? she asked). Anyway, this gave me the perfect excuse to use these Jewelry Box Thickers from American Crafts that I've been hoarding for some time now.

Make sure you stop by Lily Pad Cards to see all the lovelies from the DT and to join us in this brand new inspiration challenge. You just may recognize some new never know.

Isaiah 26:3

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop Day 2

It's my favorite time of the year...Hero Hostess Blog Hop time!! It's so much fun to share this wonderful camaraderie with all of the talented hostesses. This is a group I feel very privileged to be a part of.

Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments. For a chance to winsimply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day’s starting post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!
If you find a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Club Blog. Also, please report broken links to Tami.

You should have arrived here from Living the Dream, my sweet friend, Judy's blog. I hope you left her lots of comment love!

I just love everything in the new 2012 Hero Arts wishlist is a mile long! I love anything text and collage-y so I used that theme to make some Thank You cards. Check out the inlinkz links at the end of this post for all the products I used.

This card uses some Sticky back canvas and an old product in my stash called Shimmering Pearls. They work like Twinkling H2Os. Hero Arts stamps used: Newspaper Background and Greeting Cling set.

Next I tilted the butterfly collage stamp vertically and got all inky:

I used Distress inks to watercolor the butterfly, add splatters and distress the edges of the panel. The background is the Newspaper Eiffel Tower...I love this stamp! I left the background as is so the distressed panel would take center stage.

This time I stamped the Butterfly Greeting image on a patterned paper die cut label:

I stamped the Newspaper Background with Stormy Sky Distress ink on white cs then over-stamped the butterfly portion of the stamp with brown ink. I cut out just the wings and paper-pieced them to the panel. To finish the panel I added some more inky splatters and white dots with a gel pen. I also outlined the label with the white pen. The background is an old favorite from Hero Arts, Old Letter Writing.

The final card features the Newspaper Background and a great frame and sentiment clear set called Sending You Love:

I stamped the Newspaper Background once near the top of the panel using Stormy Sky Distress ink and again on the bottom with Art Print Brown ink. The sentiment frame was stamped with Stormy Sky, cut out and hole punched. The flourishes are from the Hero Arts/Sizzix Floral Stamp and Die set. A few gems and it's done.

Now I'm sending you off on your blog hopping way to see the lovely Robin. Have fun and don't forget to comment to win some fabulous Hero Arts goodies!

psalm 16:11

Friday, January 6, 2012

Kathy's Lily Pad Palette Challenge

I'm so glad to be back in the challenge mode for Lily Pad Cards! I love the color combos that Kathy has given us, there are two different palettes and you can choose which one you'd like to use (or maybe try both).

Our sponsor for this challenge is Our Craft Lounge; I used their Vintage Traveler stamp set.

To get those rich saturated colors I used Ranger alcohol inks in Wild Plum and Stream. I also used Hero Hues Chalk ink in Cerulean. The background is a page from a vintage French book. I added a sentiment in French from an older Hero Arts set called "Love Many Ways".