Monday, September 22, 2014

The Challenge #15 - Black Rose

Hi friends!  I hope you had a great weekend!  The weather was nice here and I enjoyed my family time.  DH makes sure weekends are for family and isn't shy about giving anybody the stink eye who's not with the program.  SO I'm usually not blogging on the weekends - time to step away and get recharged!  

A new challenge starts today at The Challenge.  The Challenge is another wonderful creation by Lesley Croghan and is hosted on her blog Always Playing with Paper.  Lesley is the creator of Fusion, Dynamic Duos, Seize the Birthday, Seize the Sketch, Card Concept, and Merry Monday.  This time is double the fun because there is a color challenge, and a sketch challenge.  You can use either one that inspires you, or you can incorporate them both together like I did. 


This is my last time playing The Challenge as a DT member.    The past four months have just flown by. I really enjoyed the opportunity of getting to know these ladies better.  They're all so talented and always inspire me.   I know I'll be visiting whenever I can and just wanted to thank them for  making me feel so welcome

Lesley Croghan (Creator)

Thanks for stopping by - have a beautiful day!!

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Stamps Hello Happy Thanks
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders One, Spellbinder Spiral Blossom One
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug Poppy Anna Griffin
Gems:  Recollections (Michaels)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Card Stock:  PTI White, True Black, SU! Basic Grey

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Christmas Lights!

I'm posting on the Poppystamps blog today!  Here's a little sneak peek for you!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Twinery & Ruby Rock It!!

The Twinery is teaming up with Ruby Rock It for a blog hop today. Actually the hop is in progress - it's a 3-day hop with lots of projects to see from so many designers.  This is day three.   If you are hopping along today you should have reached me from Katarina Damm-Blomberg's blog. If you want to start from the beginning you can find a list of all the designers participating on each day as well as how you can win some blog candy at The Twinery Blog, or at Ruby Rock-It Blog.

I got to work with an asian inspired paper set called Oriental Chic!  There are lots of beautiful paper in navy, burgundy, and neutral colors that are all perfectly coordinated.  They have excellent quality double sided card stock with pretty patterns, and many of them have foil accents.   There is also a matching sheet of journaling cards, and other pretty embellishments - like stickers and wood accents.   
I cut this image from a 12 x 12" sheet of journaling cards, and accented it with a gold foil die cut and a little tassel I made from The Twiner Gold Shimmer Twine.
This little geisha girl (or maybe she is a kokeshi doll?) is one of the gold foil stickers. I adhered her to a wood embellishment. Some braided and knotted Twinery Solid Natural Twine makes a pretty accent.
I used more of the stickers from the collection on this design.  I used a window die cut and placed the foil stickers behind the windows so they will peek through. 
The foil accents are all through the collection and some Twinery Gold Shimmer Twine adds to the sparkle.
Ready to see more?  Your next stop on the hop is Monique Liedtke.  Make sure you leave a comment as you hop to be entered to win.

Here's the complete hop list for your convenience.

Supplies Used:  All Cards are 4.25 x 5.5"
All Patten Paper, Embellishments from Ruby Rock It Oriental Chic Collection
Twinery Twine - Solid Natural, Gold Shimmer
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Asian Garden & Additions

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tag You're It! Karin Akesdotter

OK When I saw that Karin Akesdotter was the designer this time at Tag You're It! Challenge I just had to play along!!  I was first introduced to Karin's designs through Waltzingmouse Stamps, and since then I've been a big fan.  I look for her when I'm flipping through publications, and I can usually spot Karin's projects right away.  She tends to gravitate to earth tones, and usually incorporates nature into her designs.  She always amazes me when she's inking up backgrounds for her designs too.

This tag is me impersonating Karin!  First I'm stamping on Rustic Cream Cardstock and while I'm afraid of earth tones (LOL!) I stuck a few in here for mossy green fronds surrounding the little mushrooms.   Of course I had to brighten things up a bit with the yellow accents, because it's still me here,  but I think you can see her influence.  I was sorely tempted to put a natural twine string through the top, but I'm casing not copying right?     

Thanks for stopping by!  I have two posts today. If you are hopping along with Poppystamps and CardMaker Magazine today, just click here. 


Stamps:  Waltzingmouse "Say It With Style"
Dies: Poppystamps Elsa Butterfly, Lyndon Butterfly, Garden Sprig, Forest Mushroom, Small Hydrangea Blooms, Waltzingmouse Stitched Tag
Twinery Twine Buttercream
Card Stock:  PTI Rustic Cream
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Pearls:  Recollections (Michaels)

CardMaker & Poppystamps Blog Hop!

The CardMaker blog design team is joining together today with the Poppystamps design team to show you some beautiful projects made with gorgeous Poppystamps dies!  Not familiar with Poppystamps?  They're parent company is Memory Box!!  Nuff Said!!  LOL!!   You know you can expect intricate detailed designs and quality dies made in the USA.   If you are hoping along, I'm your first stop!! You can get all the details and a complete list of all the designers at the CardMaker Blog, or Poppystamps Blog

Poppystamps new Winter / Christmas release came out about a month ago.  My pretty flowers are actually the new Small and Medium Luxe Poinsettia dies!  I think they make beautiful flowers in ANY color!!

Ready to see more? Before you go I hope you will leave me a comment. There is some hidden candy on this hop - two beautiful dies - perfect for Fall! I don't know which blog the winner will be selected from so visit as many of the blogs as you can to increase your chance of winning!  The next stop on the hop is Sherry Hester - she has a beautiful elegant style and will knock your socks off!! 

Here's a complete list of all the blogs for your convenience.  Good luck and happy hopping!! 

Jeanne Jachna  That's Me!!

Supplies Used:  Finished Size:    4.5 x 6.25"
Stamps:  Poppystamps 
Dies:  Poppystamps 
Pattern Paper:  Basic Grey RSVP Collection "Sprinkles" "Sorbet" "Serenade" 12 x 12"
Card Stock:  PTI Lavender Moon, Pine Feather, Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Lemon Tart, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, SU! More Mustard, RIch Razzleberry
1/4" Yellow Ric Rac May Arts 
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Border Punch: EK Success  Double Embossed Dotted Lace
Enamel Dots - Doodlebug