Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sail Away

Greetings! A bit behind with my posts, so I hope you will forgive me for a second one this evening.  I wanted to join the challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show where the theme is Passport to Fun and we are to create a Travel themed.  My husband is celebrating his birthday later this week, so I decided to create a card for the challenge that would also work for wishing him a Happy Birthday.  He is a sailor so my mind went to this gorgeous set of images by Crafty Individuals.  The clip art is by CI as well. The various images were stamped with Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  The card was grunged up with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and splattered, carefully, with water drops.  In retrospect, I should have distressed my card first but, sometimes, you change your mind midstream!  Mini gears by Idea-ology and burlap string purchased at the Funkie Junkie Boutique complete my card.  I will also be submitting my card to the Sunday Share at Frilly and Funkie.  Thanks for stopping by.  Hugs, Yvonne

These Things Are Fun!

Greeting Fellow Followers!  Sharing a post with you this evening for a Challenge over at Sugar Creek Hollow where the theme is Numbers and Letters.  I began by spraying the card base with orange and pink Dylusions Ink Sprays.  Numbers were stenciled with Dylusions Stencils and Black Soot Distress Ink.  The focal image from the Think and Wonder plate by Artistic Outpost was stamped with Picked Raspberry DI and the edges were distressed with Ripe Persimmon.  The sentiment, also by AO, was stamped in Ripe Persimmon.  Finishing touches include a seam binding bow that was dyed with Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon DIs and orange buttons.  There is just something juicy and sweet about a pink and orange color palette.  Thanks for dropping by.  Hugs, Yvonne 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Butterfly Time

Greetings Dear Friends!  It is almost the end of April, so I finally am getting around to my April Tag for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2013.  Tim's gorgeous tag can be seen here.  This month, Tim emphasized the use of Distress Paints and Metallic Distress Paint and creating a beautiful patina finish.  I have the fortune of having the Distress Paints to work with, including the Metallic ones, although the beauty of them was not captured in my photograph.  I really enjoyed creating a patina finish on the Idea-ology Metal pieces.  I only had a grunge board number "4" but I like how it came out.  Since I did not have the gorgeous butterfly stamp Tim used, I instead used this beauty of a stamp by Crafty Individuals.  I'm so glad I took the plunge this year to try these tags.  It is a wonderful way to learn and/or practice really cool techniques.  Thanks so much for dropping by.  Hugs, Yvonne

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hello Bluebird!

 It is time for Challenge#17 over at Inkspirational!  This time, we are working from the sketch below.  
I chose to layer textured paper over a card base after matting it with black paper.  A purchased die cut was layered over the textured paper.  Chipboard swirls were painted with Gold Distress Paint.  A chipboard bird was was painted with Broken China Distress Paint and then stained with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  Tissue tape was added to the card front, and a simple sentiment by Studio G was added.  Remember, our sponsor for April is Rubber Stamp Tapestry.  Please see Inkspirational for the details on how you can join in for a chance at our April prize!  Best wishes, Yvonne

Like a Butterfly...

Greetings! It is Wednesday and that means another Word Wednesday Challenge over at 365 Cards.  This week, our word is "Soft."  Our sponsor this week is DRS Designs and my lovely focal image and sentiment are part of their gorgeous collection.  What will you create that conjures up the word soft for you?  I hope you will join us this week at 365 Cards for a possible $15 gift certificate from DRS!  Hugs, Yvonne

Monday, April 22, 2013

Here's Lookin' At You Kid!

The weeks are slipping by quickly!  It is already time for another letter of the alphabet over at The Craft Barn for the Alpha Challenge.  This time, the theme is the letter "W."  There is a caveat this time, though.  We are to include circles on our project.  My mind immediately went to the word "Wheels."  The steering wheels, collage image and sentiment are all by Artistic Outpost.  A touch of Idea-ology gears and some chrome Liquid Pearls and my page for my Alphabet Book is complete!  Thanks for all your kind visits.  Yvonne

Please Stay

I love this image by Queen's Dresser Drawers.  It is entitled "Empty Chair."  I chose to use it for the current challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show where the theme is " Color."  We are to create a project using our own chosen medium to Add color.  I began with white card stock.  ( I recently gave away nearly every piece of background paper that I owned in order to move to customized backgrounds.)  Though not as brilliant as perhaps some of the other entries for this challenge, I am always amazed that a few smooshes of Rusty Hinge and Bundled Sage Distress Paint and Peeled Paint Distress Ink and some sprinkles of water can create such a lovely, soft, colorful backdrop.  The chair image was also stamped with Rusty Hinge Distress Paint for a pop of color.  The word "stay" was created with the Secretary Pool Plate by Artistic Outpost.  Tissue tape and some paper string by Idea-ology and some vintage buttons complete my card. Thanks so much for dropping by.  Yvonne 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

As If It Were Yesterday!

Greetings!  Welcome to my followers NEW and OLD!  I truly appreciate each one of you.  It is hard to believe, but it is time, once again for a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenge.  This time around, the challenge is to create a project around the theme of "Sentimental."  After giving this much thought, I decided upon this focal image by Queen's Dresser Drawers, which is extremely sentimental for me.  When I first saw the image, I was immediately taken back to my teenage years when my best friend and I walked to school and after school would often stop in down town to window shop, try on clothes and stop for a bowl of chili and a cherry coke!  To create my card, I began by marbling a piece of card stock with Rusty Hinge, Mowed Lawn, and Barn Door Distress Paint.  The panel was then distressed with Mowed Lawn and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The image was inked with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and distressed, as well, with Mowed Lawn and Vintage Photo DI.  To the right of the image, the word "Friend" was created from a plate by Artistic Outpost called Secretary Pool.  Paper string and a Philosophy Tag by Tim Holtz Idea-ology complete my card.  I hope you will visit FSC to see what the rest of the Design Team has come up with and I hope you will consider creating and submitting a project of your own.  Our generous sponsor for the challenge, Flonscraft, is providing a $20 gift card, which someone will win.  Best of luck to you!  Yvonne

A Foggy Day in London Town

It's time for Challenge #16 at Inkspirational!  This week, we have a CASE challenge using the sample directly above. I decided to rotate my card and create a cityscape to mimic the horizontal border.  The automobile and gentleman were added to reflect the focal point on the sample.  I also elected to keep the color palette muted to echo the sample.  All images and sentiments used are from Artistic Outpost.  I hope you will give the challenge a go for the chance at a great monthly prize sponsored this month by Rubber Stamp Tapestry.  

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


It is Word Wednesday over at 365 Cards and this week the word chosen is "Imagine."  As I pondered my stamp images and clip art, I in the end decided on this beautiful image by Gecko Galz.  When I look at this mother gazing at her sleeping child, I see her imagining her daughter as she grows into a young lady.  I began by painting a paper lace border purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique with Victorian Velvet Distress Paint.  The top portion of the card front was stamped with various complimentary images received from Crafty Individuals using Victorian Velvet Distress Markers.  The clip art image was framed with a Tattered Angels Chipboard Frame and layered with a paper doily to the card front. Liquid Pearls by Ranger were added to the frame and seam binding bows, a sentiment and button were also attached. I'll also be adding this post to the Sunday Share Challenge at Frilly and Funkie. Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hugs, Yvonne

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Just Saying Hello

Greetings!  Another short post with a card I made for the current challenge over at Sugar Creek Hollow where the theme this week is called Stamp It and we are asked to make a vintage or shabby chic project that does not include digital images.  I began by grabbing a 5x5 inch square of white card stock and layering Bundled Sage and Broken China Distress Paint onto the surface.  Broken China Distress Ink was added next.  Images by Artistic Outpost were stamped with Broken China DI and Olive StazOn Ink.  The panel was matted with olive card stock layered over a paper doily and mounted to a card front.  A length of lace, vintage buttons and a seam binding bow complete my card.  Thanks for dropping by.  Yvonne

One Day at a Time

Greetings!  A special shout out to my newest follower!  I so appreciate every one of my followers.  My post today is for the latest challenge over at Make My Monday where the theme this week is to create a project around a Blue and Brown color scheme.  I began by marbling the card base with Chipped Sapphire and Frayed Burlap Distress Paint and softening the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The background reminds me of steam coming from the top of a steam locomotive.  I decided to stamp this gorgeous train by Sam Poole, distressed the edges with more VP DI and matted the train with corrugated cardboard.  The sentiment and gauge are also by Sam Poole.  I wanted my card to tell a story and so I chose these two images by Crafty Individuals.  Are the man and woman traveling together? Are they saying a bittersweet good-bye as one of them embarks upon a new life far away? Are they strangers that fate has brought together for an unknown destiny? Some vintage dark blue seam binding, several metal cog wheels by Idea-ology and Copper Liquid Pearls completes my card.  Thanks so much for dropping by. Yvonne

Monday, April 15, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

My heart is heavy as I watch the events unfold at the Boston Marathon as I create this post. This card is for a challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show where the challenge is to use a Background stamp in some way on your project.  

I began by wrapping white lace in layers around my card base.  My new favorite past time of painting doilies with Distress Paints came next.  The center matting was created by repeatedly stamping a complimentary background stamp in Dusty Concord Distress Ink that I received from Crafty Individuals where I ordered some other images.  Layered over top, there is a focal image by Gecko Galz.  Several butterflies by Cavellini were stamped with more Dusty Concord DI and then embellished with Milled Lavender Distress Stickles and added to the card front.  Liquid Pearls, a vintage seam binding bow and button complete my card.  Thanks so much for stopping by. Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Boston.  Yvonne

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Dressmaker Dreams

Greetings!  A special thanks to my most recent followers.  In paticular, thank you to Kay Wallace who saw that I had 99 followers and made it 100!  Wasn't that sweet of her?  Her work is beautiful, if Kay is new to you, why not visit her blog?!  It is a beautiful Saturday in our part of the world.  Just a short post today for a new challenge over at Our Creative Corner.  I just could not resist joining in with the theme being "Fashion and Style." We are to include a mannequin, stitching or item of clothing. I decided to work with a plate of images from Oxford Impressions called Dress Forms and Corsetry.  I stamped a number of images on the card base in London Fog Memento Ink.  I layered a paper doily next, which was painted with Broken China Distress Paint.  (Thanks to Linda at The Funkie Junkie for making me aware that you could paint a papar doily!) The main images were stamped with Black StazOn Ink on card stock or white frayed edge fabric and layered over the doily.  Embellishments include a piece of crocheted lace, cheese cloth, vintage buttons, a metal scissors charm and gauze flowers by Tim Holtz.  A crinkled seam binding bow completes my card.  Time to ride my bike!  Enjoy this evening.  Hugs, Yvonne

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Flower Power

This is my second attempt at a journal page.  This time, my post is for a challenge called "Flowers" over at Stampotique Designer Challenge.  I began by spraying orange, yellow and red Dylusions Ink Sprays onto my journal page.  The page was stenciled and stamped with more Dylusions stencils and stamp images.  Various quotes referencing flowers were added by hand with a black ink pen.  Thanks so much for dropping by today.  Yvonne 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tis Spring

The current challenge over at Crafty Individuals is to create a project using CI images  around "Spring in Fashion."  I gathered up my CI images and decided to work with CI-147 Butterfly Trio Panel, CI-121 Teasel Collage, and the bird and nest from CI-329 Beautiful Birdcages.  When I think of spring, I think of nature.  The card base was marbleized with Spun Sugar and Broken China Distress Paints.  A layer of white burlap was applied next to soften the tone and set the stage for the delicate colors of nature's fashion parade.  The images were all stamped on Sticky Back Canvas and water colored with Distress Markers.  Buttons and cheesecloth, some tissue paper tape and a seam binding bow complete my card. Crafty Individuals is a wonderful stamp company.  If you have not yet checked them out, I hope you will. They are most generous and always send a package of free images along with your order!  Thanks for dropping by.  Yvonne

In the Pink

Greetings!  It is time for Challenge #15 at Inkspirational!  This week, we are creating a project based on the photo inkspiration below.  

I began by layering background paper from Gecko Galz onto a white card base. Next came pink lace and a doily.  The sweet image is also from Gecko Galz.  A button, bow, and paper flower in pink were added next.  Scraps of crocheted lace and a sentiment stamped in Worn Lipstick Distress Ink completes my card.  I hope you will check out what the rest of the Design Team has come up with and then I hope you will considering submitting a project of your own.  Thanks so much for dropping by.  Fondly, Yvonne

Dream, Explore, Discover

Greetings! It is Wednesday, which means another Word Wednesday Challenge over at 365 Cards.  This week, the word is "Discover."  As soon as I saw the word, I immediately knew that I would work with images from Artistic Outpost.  I began by using Frayed Burlap, Broken China, and Weathered Wood Distress Paints.   The images and sentiments were stamped on card stock and distressed with Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  The main image was matted with burlap fabric.  I made a bit of a bow out of the scraps pulled to fringe the edges of the matting.  Buttons and burlap string complete my card.  This card will also be entered at Make My Monday, Artistic Outpost's Referral Program and Bloggers Challenge where the challenge in each case is to create your own background.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Yvonne

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Par Avion

There's a new challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show.  This week, the challenge is to create a project around the word "Fly."  How we interpret that is up to us.  Lots of ways to go, but I immediately was drawn to some fabulous Artistic Outpost stamps in my stash.  I began by spraying London Blue and Sunshine Yellow Dylusions Ink Sprays onto my card base.  The AO images were stamped on scrap card stock and added to the card base.  Sentiments, also by AO were added directly to the card base.  Tissue tape by Tim Holtz was also added.  (I could not resist adding the butterfly tissue tape given the challenge theme!)  A few black Liquid Pearls and my card was complete.  I chose not to add additional elements, which is hard for me, but seemed right.  Thanks so much for dropping by.  My dear husband has been in the hospital for nearly a week.  It has been quite a roller coaster ride, but I am hopeful he will return home tomorrow.  I trust you and yours are having a great week.  Fondly, Yvonne

Monday, April 8, 2013


It has been awhile since I have been able to join a challenge at Frilly and Funkie, so I was excited to be able to finally do so.  The challenge this time is April in Paris and we must include a Parisian landmark or French Text.  I pulled out several sets of Artistic Outpost images and stamped away. To soften the white card base, the edges were distressed with Antique Linen Distress Ink. A black seam binding bow and a large gold button complete my card.'I'll also be entering this post at Artistic Outpost's Referral Program. Bon soir, mes amies! (I hope that's right!) Yvonne 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

My Beloved Bethany Beach

There's a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenge.  The theme for the next two weeks is "Journaling."  I love this style, but have not ever really tried it myself before.  I began with a "journal" page.  I sprayed four different colors of Dylusions Ink Sprays onto the page.  I stenciled several Dylusions Stencils with Picket Fence Distress Stain.  The bathing beauty, sea gulls and beach house are all images by Crafty Individuals.  The crab, starfish and shells are from Artistic Outpost.  I wrote on my journal page with black and white ink, several quotes that remind me of my days at the beach.   
While I resisted the urge to add embellishments, I did allow myself just a snippet of recycled white mesh in the lower left corner.  Now that I have officially started my journal, I think I will continue to fill the pages.  What fun!  I hope you stop by FSC to see all the gorgeous inspirational pieces of my Design Team Sisters and then create one of your own to share with us.  Have a wonderful weekend.  Hugs, Yvonne

Thinking of You

Wow! The weeks are just flying by.  Already we are up to Challenge #14 at Inkspirational.  This week, we have a color inkspiration of pink, bananna and slate.  

For my card, I selected a white card base to give maximum pop power to the featured colors.  I then looked for a clip art image by Crafty Individuals that included the colors above.  Next I gathered up scraps of background paper with these colors and pushed them around on the card front until they pleased my eye.  Some Tim Holtz tissue tape, a stamped sentiment, vintage buttons and seam binding and some lace and my card is complete.  I hope you will join us during the month of April at Inkspirational for a chance to win a monthly prize of a $15 gift certificate from our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I truly appreciate it.  

R is for Rabbit

I am so glad to have found the Alpha Challenge by Craft Barn.  I really look forward to sharing my finished book with family at year end.  This week, the challenge is the letter "R."  I chose the word rabbit.  The rabbit collage image and the sentiments are by Artistic Outpost. The small rabbit is Gecko Galz and the metal accents are by Tim Holtz.  Thanks for stopping by to take a peak.  Hope all is well.  Fondly, Yvonne

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Happiness is a Choice

Greetings! It is Wednesday and that means Word Art Wednesday at 365 Cards.  This week, the word for our challenge is "Happiness."  For my card, I layered a frayed edge piece of pink gingham over my card base.  The focal image, bee and butterfly are from Gecko Galz.  The sentiment I chose speaks to "Happiness." The pink card stock matting was softened with Bundled Sage and Picket Fence Distress Paint.  I went pretty feminine with lots of lace, paper doilies and bows.  I would love it you would join us with your take on the word "Happiness."  Thanks for stopping by today.  Best wishes, Yvonne

Monday, April 1, 2013

Untie Your Wings

Greetings!  It is Monday, and that can only mean one thing, another challenge at Make My Monday.  This week, the challenge is to create a "One Layer Card."  There is to be no matting, layering or embellishments.  That's why it's a challenge!  I pulled out my white card stock, cut an 8x8 card base and got started.  I smooshed Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint and Weathered Wood Distress Paints onto my craft mat, spritzed water and drug the card base through it.  I tilted the card base to get runs and then air dried it.  Next I stamped this beautiful, new stamp image and sentiment from Red Lead Stamps with Black StazOn Ink.  I could not resist filling in a bit of the white space with Broken China Distress Ink stenciled through a Dylusions and Tando Stencil.  I'll also be submitting this card to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge for the Sunday Share as the Distress Paints were purchase at The Funkie Junkie Boutique at a great price.  I hope you have a beautiful week.  Hugs, Yvonne