Saturday, September 12, 2015

Some die cut & coloring fun and a few challenges.


I am finding "lazy" activities to do today as I do not have a zest for movement on this beautiful day! Ha! Such a shame - absolutely gorgeous preFall TN weather and I don't want to do a thing. :) The windows are up and my fall Scentsy smells are blowing through the house - it's bliss. But Mandy is not moving very much.

I have two cards to share - I made for some challenges and had the most fun. I am relatively new to the die cut and coloring world and I just love it.

I'm playing along with the Lawnscaping "Texture" Challenge and Cupcake Inspirations Color Challenge -

I used Lawn Fawn's Love You a Latte stamp and dies and a fabulous Tim Holtz sweater pattern stencil with light-weight spackle (poor girl's embossing paste). The stitched circle die is MFT and the heart border die is Super Pea Designs. I used a scrap of After Midnight cardstock (MFT) and green patterned scrap from Lawn Fawn's Snow Day pad (still loving this paper). The cups are stamped on watercolor paper, clear embossed, and colored with the Zig RealBrush pens. (I can't keep the actual name of those straight - but the are so prevalent, I figure everyone knows what I mean!)

I love how this one turned out! So fun and festive, but a little bit different for the winter/holidays with the navy. 8-)
Next is a card I made for the current MFT  Card Design SuperStar contest.
Card Design Superstar
I used the Whole Herd stamps and dies (Love this set - and one of my only that I have for coloring so it gets a lot of use.), Stitched Square Frames, Stitched Fishtail Flags, and Blueprints 25 for the large stitched background panel. It's PTI's Pure Poppy cardstock, embossed with the PTI Woodgrain Impression plate. I smudged some white chalk ink over it to distress it a bit and tone down the bright red -- barns are never that crisp red. :) My sister, who is married to a farmer and my inspiration for buying all things farm/country, loved this one. I'll probably have to save it for her - let her send it to someone in her family since they have a litter of children at her house.
I'm also entering for the current Seize the Birthday challenge. :)
Thanks so much for stopping by to visit! So proud you did and hope you come again soon.
God Bless,
I Peter 2:17   NKJV   (New King James Version)
    Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the King. 
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  1. Oh wow! Your nordic background on the top card is stunning!! I just love your take on the colors too!! both of these are really fun and adorable creations!! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at {Cupcake Inspirations}! Hope you will play again! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*-DT Sweetie

  2. how adorable! they are both so very cute! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge!

  3. Oh I love how you used this stencil. It looks like a sweater! Then the warm drinks combined with it...perfect wintery card! So glad you joined this week's color challenge at Cupcake Inspirations!
    Debbie, DT Sweetie

  4. Well, my goodness, Mandy!!! What a truly beautiful, warm and cozy card you created - that stenciled background is top notch and just adds so much beauty to that card!!! Love the touches of green and blue by and in the coffee mugs!!! SO, SO perfect!! Your second card is a SUPERSTAR card - you rock and you are a STAR in my eyes!!! Such a delightful, fun and dazzling card!!! You colored so marvelously!!! I hope the rest of your weekend is INCREDIBLE!!!

  5. Your cards are gorgeous! I especially love the stencilled background for the Christmas card, I have been wracking my brains on how to do the Texture challenge, but you have completely rocked it!! Also laughing out loud at your poor girl's embossing paste, that is just so clever :)

  6. Your barn card reminds me of that old show Laugh In - I love it - it made me smile! Good luck with the Superstar challenge!

  7. oh that winter card is AWESOME!! i just got that stencil (after Christmas last year) and i'm dying to play with it!! it's the perfect amount of texture with those warm drinks!! thank you SO much for playing along with the Lawnscaping Challenge! :D

  8. Just love that background with the texture!! Lovely card!!:)

  9. Love the way your framed in each one of those cute farm animals as if they are peeking out of their stalls and saying hello! Thanks for joining the girls and I over at Seize the Birthday, we hope you will join us again soon!

  10. What a super fun card and such a clever use of the frames combined with these adorable characters. Fantastic job!

  11. That barnyard card is simply adorable! Brilliant design idea to make the characters peek out of the frames!

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  13. Wow, what a great card! It is so cute. Thanks for sharing.


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