Friday, August 18, 2017

Live More

Hi there and welcome back!  My card today uses the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and no stamps!  I used some Pinkfresh Studio designer paper and stickers from the August Simon Says Stamp kit to create a fun card.

I started by choosing two of the designs in the paper stack, then cut them for the sketch and to preserve the message on the base piece.  They were layered on the white card stock base and the sticker adhered to the downward side of the top dsp layer.

I just love the message on the dsp and sticker - good reminders on keeping in mind what is really important and to be in the moment.  Sometimes easier said than done, but I guess that why I like reminders such as this.  Three arrow stickers were adhered on the lower left of the card, then Rosewater Nuvo drops were added around the card.  Probably the quickest card I've ever made, but still one with a bit of punch due to the fun colors and message.

Thanks for coming by to take a look, it's always so appreciated!  I've added a link to the challenge above so be sure to head over there and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  None
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Pink Fresh "Live More" dsp
Ink:  None
Other:  Pinkfresh Studio stickers, Tonic Nuvo Rosewater Jewell drops

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Blooming Border

Hello again and welcome back!  Tonight I'm sharing a card made for the current Fusion sketch challenge, and the color challenge at The Paper Players to use Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz.

When I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to do a flower border.  I picked various smaller stamps from the Blooming Bouquet stamp set to use.  They were stamped and heat set on watercolor paper, watercolored with Distress inks in colors similar to the Stampin' Up colors in the challenge, then fussy cut.  For the curvy line down the middle of the sketch, I used a pencil to hand draw the curve on a piece of Bermuda Bay card stock and cut it with scissors.  Before adding the panel to the white card stock base, the sentiment was heat set with gold embossing powder, then the flowers and leaves were added with glue dots.  After everything was adhered,  I added some (okay, a lot) gold splatters and clear sequins.  I always think of metallics as a kind of neutral, and like to add them even if it's just some kind of embellishment.  But in this case I thought the splatters added some nice interest.

That's it for my card.  Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added links above to both challenges, so be sure to head over there and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  Blooming Bouquet (Altenew)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Bermuda Bay, Canson XL watercolor
Ink:  Versamark, Abandoned Coral, Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint
Other:  Hero Arts Gold embossing powder, Gansi Tambi Starry Colors paints, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hello Friend

Hi there and welcome back!  My post tonight is nearly last minute for the 300th challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, which I did not want to miss.  I love FMS, with the amazing DT and the great sketches week after week.  If you haven't checked them out you need to (link below).  And now they have reached this great milestone of 300 challenges. 

For my card I decided to use a stencil for the longer vertical piece, then layer on top a rectangle of designer paper.  The dsp had a great color combination of lime green, light pink and gray, and that was the basis of the colors I used.  The chevron stencil and a Clarity Stencil Brush were used to add Twisted Citron on the white card stock panel.  I was hoping to use the new Lemon Lime Twist from Stampin' Up but my purchase delivery didn't happen until after the card was underway.  I then cut a rectangle of dsp, adhered it to a slightly larger panel of Basic Gray card stock, then popped it up on the panel with foam tape.

By the time I was at this point in making my card, my delivery from SU was finally delivered, so I decided to use some of the In Color card stock for the rest of my card.  The Lovely Words oval thinlit with the word "friend" was die cut from the new Powder Pink card stock (definitely the brighter and lighter sister of Blushing Bride), layered on an oval of white card stock with a light layer of Ranger Multi Media Matte adhesive, which allows some final adjustments before drying.  This was also popped up on the white card stock base with foam tape.  The entire panel was then mounted on a larger piece of Lemon Lime Twist card stock that was then adhered to the white card stock base. 

A few Tonic Nuvo drops and sequins were then added to the front but it didn't seem quite finished.  I decided to add the word "hello" to the sentiment, which was heat set on a piece of Basic Gray card stock, trimmed down to a small rectangle and added to the die cut oval.  That seemed to balance everything and complete the card.

Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it!  Be sure to use the link above to the challenge and check out all the beautiful inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  Circle of Spring
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Gray, Live More dsp (Pinkfresh Studio)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Ink Twisted Citron
Other:  Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Lovely Words Thinlits, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins, Rosewater Tonic Nuvo Jewel Drops, Tim Holtz Chevron Layering Stencil, Layering Oval Framelit

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ombre Happy Birthday

Yup, post #2 today.  I've made a lot of cards this week and am running into deadlines to post!  This time I'm sharing a card made for the current Seize the Birthday Challenge, where the topping is to "tie one on".  Admittedly, I rarely use ribbon anymore, although I do like adding Baker's Twine or Linen Thread periodically, so it was kind of fun to put this together.

I began by ink blending Melon Mambo, Peekaboo Peach and Crushed Curry on a scrap of Bristol paper, then die cut them with the Happy Birthday thinlit.  Then I thought I would be clever and do an inlay of the ombre die cut sentiment into a panel of white card stock.  Mission accomplished but I think I did everything backwards, so it was a harder process than it needed to be LOL (duly noted after I then re-reviewed a Jennifer McGuire video of the Inlay Die technique on You Tube).  :-)

After the inlay was complete I ran the panel through the Big Shot with a Wonky Rectangle die, wrapped the panel with ribbon and added it to the Melon Mambo card base.  Clear Wink of Stella was painted on the die cut sentiment and a few sequins were scattered around to complete the card.

Thanks for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added a link to the challenge above, so be sure to head over there and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration.


Product details
Stamps:  None
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Melon Mambo, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry
Other:  Melon Mambo 1/8" Stitched Ribbon, SU Metallic Sequins, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins, Sweet 16 Sequins (Simon Says Stamp), Wonky Rectangle die (SSS), Happy Birthday thinlit (SU), Clear Wink of Stella

Heartfelt Sentiment

Hello again!  Today I'm sharing a card made for the current challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch.  It's a wonderful sketch with tons of possibilities. 

I started by watercoloring another Suzy's Paintable Prints, this one with a bouquet of flowers in a mason jar (which represents the circle in the sketch).  So cute!  I used Distress Inks (listed below) and traded out my waterbrush for actual watercolor paintbrushes.  I was a bit frustrated with the waterbrush (too much water, too little water) which is most likely entirely user error (ha!), but using the paint brushes made moving the ink around much easier. 

After the panel was completely dry, I trimmed it down and layered it on a white card stock base with a little strip of yellow card stock on the right edge.  The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and heat set with white embossing powder on a strip of black card stock.  The last touch was to had some Clear Wink of Stella to the flowers, which is more visible in the photo below.

Thanks so much for your visit, it's always so appreciated!  Be sure to use the link above to the challenge and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration.


Product details
Stamps:  Heartfelt Sentiments (Altenew)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Banana (Simon Says Stamp), Basic Black (Stampin' Up), Suzy's Mothers & Flowers Paintable Prints (SSS)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Hickory Smoke
Other:  Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Clear Wink of Stella, Sharpie Extra Fine Point White Paint

Friday, August 11, 2017

Suzy's Paintable Prints

Hello and welcome back!  I hope you've had a good week!  I thought I would be posting these two cards earlier this week but you know, life happens, so here I am at last.  For both cards I've used Suzy's Mothers & Flowers Paintable Prints, available only through Simon Says Stamp (there are several selections for different occasions).  The prints are on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper and have whimsical and sweet scenes.  For this first card, I've trimmed out a flower from the print after watercoloring and added it to my card front.  I used the entire print for the second card.

I fell in love with this big tulip that was part of one of the prints but wanted to use this large sentiment from the Big on Birthday stamp set from Stampin' Up, so I used Distress Inks to watercolor it then, and after it dried, fussy cut it and put aside.  Next I started with the background panel of Bristol paper, where I ink blended Tumbled Glass ink then heat set the sentiment in gold embossing powder.  To give it more interest I also splattered it with water drops and small flicks of gold watercolor paints.  When the paint dried, the flower was popped up on foam tape, the panel wrapped with gold cord, then adhered to the Royal Purple cardstock base.  Last touches were to add sequins and Nuvo drops in gold and dark violet.

For this card, I used the sketch challenge from a couple of weeks ago over at Splitcoaststampers (SC 655) as my layout inspiration.

The second card was more time consuming due to layers of watercoloring plus I took some time to get the butterfly wings blended with these very bright colors.

I actually started with the background in light blue, which helped me avoid dragging any of the brighter colors into the background when adding background ink.  Plus I knew the bright colors would cover up any stray bit of light blue.  I LOVE this sentiment and every bit of Suzy's design and enjoyed watercoloring it.  I tried to do an ombre from light to dark on the words "YOU" and used some of my very favorite Distress Ink colors, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet and Mermaid Lagoon on the butterfly.  Getting the pink to blend into the orange was work and actually looked very continuous until I splattered water drops on the card when it was done and one landed right on that wing!!  Had to laugh about that.

I decided to go a bit bold and used a paintbrush to flick metallic black watercolor paint dots on the panel.  I got a little carried away but was able to use a paper towel to soak up some of the larger ones, so now they look like a faint gray.  After the panel dried, I added a few sequins and adhered it to the Island Blue card base.

Thanks for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I hope to be back this weekend with a couple more posts, so stop by if you have a chance.


Card #1
Stamps:  Big on Birthdays (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Strathmore Bristol, Royal Purple and Suzy's Mothers & Flowers Paintable Prints (both Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass
Other:  Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder, Yasutomo Watercolor Paints, Silver Black Velvet #4 round paintbrush, Gold Cord (SU), Paper Snips, Violet Galaxy & Bright gold Nuvo Crystal Drops, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins, Clear Wink of Stella

Card #2
Stamps:  None
Paper:  Island Blue (SSS), Suzy's Mothers & Flowers Paintable Prints
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Cracked Pistacho, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed
Other:  Yasutomo Watercolor Paints, Silver Black Velvet paintbrush, Chameleon (SSS) and Sparkling Clear (PPP) sequins

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Abstract Triangles

Hello again, my friends!!  I had some great fun yesterday making a couple of cards for the annual Dare to Get Dirty Challenges at Splitcoastampers (SCS home).  Twice a year SCS chooses a group of elite card makers to become members of the "Dirty Dozen", who have monthly challenges that they then share with SCS fan members (there is a modest annual fee to be a fan member, but you don't have to be a fan member to visit SCS).  In the annual challenges, the Dirty Dozen members create challenges that the fan members participate in (there were 35 different challenges this year) and there are prizes!  It's simply amazing to see all the beautiful and clever creations that are made.  I've added the link to SCS above, so if you haven't ever visited or haven't for a while, you should head over there and check out all the resources and daily challenges.

So having said all that, let's get to the cards, both of which use the wonderful Abstract Triangles background stamp from Simon Says Stamp.

For this first card I started by heat embossing the background stamp with white embossing powder after stamping on watercolor paper with Versamark ink.  Next I used Painter's Tape to adhere it to a board and did a watercolor wash with various Distress Inks.  While still taped to the board I dried the panel with my heat tool in order to minimize warping due to the amount of water used.  After drying, it was trimmed down to 4 1/8" x 5 3/8".  Next I die cut the large sentiment from Neenah Solar White card stock three times, layered them together and adhered to the panel using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  Next I heat set the other part of the sentiment with white embossing powder on gray card stock, trimmed it down and popped it up on the panel with foam tape.  Nuvo drops and Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets were added after the panel was adhered to the Sea Glass card base.

The process for the background for my second card was much the same as the one above but I used this gorgeous Cloud 9 Glitter embossing powder from WOW that I received as part of the last monthly kit from Simon Says Stamp.  I think it looks gorgeous and really adds an extra something to the background.  I also went back to the panel with some additional ink on a few triangles before I dried it, giving it a bit of variation

The panel was added to a white card stock base, the sentiment again die cut 3 times, layered and adhered to the vellum circle.  I then used the retired Owl Builder punch from Stampin' Up to create the glimmer hearts, also adhered to the vellum.  After the hearts and sentiment were securely adhered, I added small pieces of foam tape to the back side, hidden under the die cut so it would not show through the vellum. 

That's it for both cards.  I hope to complete a couple more of the DTGD challenges, so watch for those posts in the next couple of days.  In the meantime, thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great week ahead!


Product details
Card #1
Stamps:  Abstract Triangles (SSS), Happy Birthday Gorgeous (SU)
Paper:  Canson XL watercolor, Neenah Solar White, Sea Glass (SSS), Basic Gray (SU)
Ink:  Versamark, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Dusty Concord
Other:  Happy Birthday thinlit (SU), Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets, Tonic Nuvo Simply White Crystal Drops and Blue Lagoon Glitter Drops

Card #2
Stamps:  Abstract Triangles
Paper:  Canson watercolor, Neenah Solar White, Vellum, Silver Glimmer (SU)
Ink:  Versamark, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves
Other:  Thanks die (SSS), Owl Builder punch (SU), Stitched Shapes framelit (SU), 1" Stroke & #10 round Princeton paint brushes, Wow Cloud 9 Glitter embossing powder

Friday, August 4, 2017

Whimsical Adventure

Hello again!  Recently I won the Stampin' Up Dare to Dream stamp set as blog candy (thank you Susan!) and thought I should use it because it's pretty cute.  It's one of the current Host sets in the annual Stampin' Up catalogue with several fun sentiments and cute, whimsical images.  I'm pairing it with the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This one threw me a bit until I settled on using this stamp set and some cute retired SU designer paper.

Starting with the dsp, it was trimmed down to fit the vertical pieces in the sketch and because it has retired colors in it, I was pleased to find I still had a bit of Taken with Teal card stock and a marker.  The dsp was layered on slightly larger pieces of teal card stock and adhered to the card base.  Next, cute little clouds and a balloon were stamped on a separate piece of white card stock and fussy cut.  The balloon is a two step stamp, so the outline was stamped in Chocolate Chip and the balloon interior in Pretty in Pink.

The word "adventure" was inked up with the Taken with Teal marker and fortunately I used my Misti, as it took 3 times to get a solid image.  I then fussy cut it as I really didn't have a die that fit the size.  The other part of the sentiment was stamped on the teal card stock and heat set with white embossing powder.  As I was laying out out the elements to decide where to adhere everything, I felt like twine was needed to really finish things off, so after the stamped images were all popped up on Dimensionals, I found that Island Indigo Baker's Twine matched almost perfectly with the teal and was wrapped around the base and tied with a bow.  The last touch was to lightly add Clear Wink of Stella to the pink balloon. 

That was a quick and fun card to make, and I appreciate that Kim gave us a different kind of sketch to work with.  Thanks for visiting, it's always appreciated!  Be sure to use the link above to visit the FMS challenge and check out all the wonderful inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  Dare to Dream
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Taken with Teal, Sweet Pea dsp (retired)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Taken with Teal (ret.), Pretty in Pink (ret.), Versamark
Other:  Clear Wink of Stella, white embossing powder, Island Indigo Baker's Twine, Paper Snips

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lucky Me

Hello again!  I hope you're having a good week!  I've had some fun in my craft room this week, and the card I'm sharing with you here is for the Stamp Ink Paper current challenge to use primary colors, the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to "Splatter It" and The Challenge, to use one of the Keywords, of which I chose "friendship".

Making this card was definitely outside my wheelhouse as I am not a primary color type of girl, but it's always good to stretch and do things that are outside one's comfort zone.  Plus, I finally used a super cute stamp set that was part of the GENEROUS blog candy I won at SIP's 100th challenge post (thank you DT!!).  I've been waiting for the right time to use it and this was it!

I started with a panel of Bristol paper and blended Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink around the middle.  Next the word "lucky" was cut twice from yellow card stock and the larger version from navy card stock.  The other parts of the sentiment were heat set with white embossing powder on red card stock.

Before all the words and embellishments were added to the inked panel, it was die cut with the largest Wonky Rectangle die, then splattered with white gouache and water.  The wood hearts were colored with a red Zig marker, then topped with Ranger Glossy Accents to make them nice and shiny.  Both the hearts and panel were left over night to dry, after which the panel was added to a red card base, and the die cut and embossed sentiment and hearts were adhered to the front, and the card was complete!

Thanks so much for visiting, as always, it's so appreciated!  I've added links to the challenges above so be sure to use them to check out all the amazing inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  Lucky Stamp Set (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Strathmore Bristol, School House Red and Soft Navy (both Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Versamark, Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink
Other:  Lucky companion dies, Wonky Rectangle die (SSS), Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Hearts and Stars Elements (Stampin' Up), Red Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker, Winsor & Newton White Gouache, Ranger Glassy Accents

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

So Sweet Birthday

Hi there, I hope your week is going well!  Today I'm going to share with you a card I made for the fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at The Paper Players, and using the sketch from the current challenge at Sunday Stamps.  I'm also entering this into the "Anything Goes" challenge for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

I thought the July My Monthly Hero stamp set would work perfectly for this sketch, with it's lovely small images of flower bouquets and various containers to hold them.  I decided to use the pretty Sweet Pea bouquet image along with the watering can.  I stamped the flowers and a sentiment from the set on a square of Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  The watering can was stamped on a separate piece and die cut with the companion die after I finished water coloring it with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

The flowers were water colored with a combination of Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac.  I love the blue color that results when those two colors blend.  Because the image is so small, my water coloring was pretty basic, covering the flowers first with lilac, then dropping in the violet color at the base and spreading it into the lilac but not worrying about blending it perfectly.  Once the flowers dried I added Shabby Shutters ink to the stems and leaves.

To give the watering can something to rest on, I added a but of Pumice Stone ink in the lower background.  Tumbled Glass ink was lightly spread around the flowers, and then the watering can was added to the panel using Dimensionals.   I searched through my stash and found this beautiful Basic Gray designer paper that worked perfectly with the image - a little old fashioned and a bit of distress around the edges.  After adding the dsp and focal image to the white card stock base, it was embellished with the banners, Galaxy (purple) and Morning Dew Nuvo drops and the cute wood flower.  Then I realized that my card was supposed to be a birthday card in order to complete the top row of the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge, and the sentiment on the front wasn't a birthday sentiment (oops).  I found a sentiment from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set by Stampin' Up with a font that seemed complementary to the one on the front of the card and added that to the inside along with a couple of other flower images from the HA stamp set.  So I hope that qualifies me for the challenge :)

Well, that's the story about this card creation!  Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added links to the challenges above, so be sure to head over there and enjoy all the amazing inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  Hero Arts July My Monthly Hero stamp set, Dragonfly Dreams (SU)
Paper:  #110 Neenah Solar White, Tim Holtz water color, Wisteria Wonder (SU), Vellum, Wisteria 6x6 dsp paper pad (Basic Gray)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Distress Ink:  Hickory Smoke, Shabby Shutters, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass
Other:  Eyelet Border punch (SU), Polka Dot embossing folder (SU), My Monthly Hero Arts companion die, Touches of Nature Elements (SU), Galaxy and Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops, #4 Silver Black Velvet and #00 Grumbacher watercolor paint brushes

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Blooming Bouquet

Hello again and welcome back!  Tonight I'm sharing a card made for the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Linda has given us a really fun sketch to work with!

Lots of possibilities with that layout but I decided to stamp a floral image on opposing corners of a 4.25 x 5.5 inch panel of watercolor paper, cut it diagonally down the middle and then layer it on a white cardstock base.  The beautiful new Blooming Bouquet stamp set from Altenew landed in my mailbox late last week, so that became my image of choice.  The main stamp is quite large so I stamped a portion of it on one corner, flipped it around and stamped another portion of it on the opposing corner, then set about water coloring with Distress Inks.

The stamp contains lots of images and some quite small, so I only used basic water coloring technique, not worrying too much about light direction, etc.  While taking a bit of time to complete, I really enjoyed water coloring this beautiful image.  After the florals were completely dried, I used very diluted Peacock Feathers and a larger round paint brush to cover the background.

After the panel was dry, it was trimmed down to 4 x 5.25", then cut diagonally.  Foam tape was used to mount the panels on the card base, then a scattering of sequins was adhered around the card and white Nuvo drops added to the center of the small coral flowers.  The sentiment from Heartfelt Sentiments, also new from Altenew, was stamped, trimmed and also popped up with foam tape.  The final touch to finish the card was to add a bit of Clear Wink of Stella to the flower petals.  You can see it better in the close up photo below.

Thanks so much for visiting, I always appreciate it so much!  Be sure to use the link above to the FMS challenge and enjoy all the amazing inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  Blooming Bouquet, Heartfelt Sentiments (both Altenew)
Paper:  Tim Holtz Watercolor, #110 Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Distress Inks:  Milled Lavender, Wilted Violet, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Peeled Paint
Other:  Pretty Pink Posh Wisteria Blossom Mix and Sparkling Clear Sequins, Simply White Nuvo Crystal Drops, Round #4 and #8 Silver Black Velvet paint brushes, Clear Wink of Stella

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sunny Greetings

Hi there friends!  I'm back to share a fun card, one of two I finished in a busy crafting afternoon yesterday.  This one uses the sketch from the current challenge at Stamp Ink Paper and the colors from the current color challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  I'm also entering it into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme this week is "Anything Goes".

The color challenge colors are Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight.  While Stampin' Up colors are used, participants can use similar colors of any brand, so I chose to use Distress Inks Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn and Squeezed Lemonade.

When I saw the color challenge colors, I immediately thought of a sunflower against the sky, but in trying to tie it into the sketch, the only sunflower stamp I own seemed too big.  Then I came up with the idea to make a mask and sponge clouds in the square space and add the sunflower image in front of it with foam tape.  Once the clouds were ink blended and the mask removed, I stamped the stem and leaf image below the clouds and the sunflower itself onto a piece of watercolor paper. 

The white panel is Strathmore Bristol, which can be both ink blended and water colored with ease.  After the stem was water colored, it just seemed to be hanging out into space below the clouds, so I decided to add the "ground" and very faint light blue in the background, and after that dried, and some Baker's Twine was added to the top, the panel was adhered to the Pacific Point card base.  Next the sunflower was water colored and fussy cut then added to the panel.  After sequins were added, I spread Glossy Accents around the flower center for a nice shine.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added links to the challenges above, so be sure to head over there and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration.


Product details
Stamps:  Summer Flowers (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Pacific Point (Stampin' Up), Strathmore Bristol, Canson XL watercolor
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Distress Inks:  Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Ground Espresso 
Other:  Black Baker's Twine, Cloud Stencil (My Favorite Things), SSS Masking Paper, #4 and #8 Silver Black Velvet paint brushes, Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool, Chameleon (SSS) and Sparking Clear (Pretty Pink Posh) sequins, Ranger Glossy Accents

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Grid Birthday

Hello friends!  Tonight I'm sharing a card made for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge. 

I decided to use blues and a gray for the colors, ink blending with Clarity brushes over a grid stencil on a 4.25 inch square white card stock panel.  After the blending was complete, I trimmed it down to a 4 inch square and adhered it to a slightly larger piece of gray card stock.

Next three layers of the word "happy" were die cut from white card stock and layered to create a nice thickness.  The word "birthday" was stamped and trimmed down, then both were layered on a circle of vellum that had been die cut with the Stitched Shape circle die.  The ink blended panel was added to the white card stock base with foam tape, then I added adhesive to the back of the vellum panel, hidden behind the sentiment so it would not show through, and adhered it to the panel.  Once that was done, the card was essentially complete, but it seemed just a little something more was needed.  I decided to pull out some retired Stampin' Up Candy Dots that I still have with my stash and added them to the card front.

So that is it!  Very simple, very clean, letting the ink blended panel be the main focus.  Thanks so much for visiting.  I've added a link above to the FMS challenge so be sure to head over there and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  Big on Birthdays
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Smoke (Simon Says Stamp), Vellum
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Blueprint Sketch, Hickory Smoke, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean
Other:  Stitched Shapes Circle die (SU), Scripty Happy die (Lawn Fawn), Star Grid stencil (My Favorite Things), Clarity Ink Dusting brushes, Neutrals Candy Dots

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stencil Roses and Inlay Die

Hello friends, I hope you are looking forward to a nice weekend!  I'm sharing a couple of cards that I made using Distress Oxide Inks and the Tim Holtz Roses Layered Stencil on dark cardstock.  I'm joining the current Fabulous Florals challenge at Stamp Ink Paper and the monthly Work It Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp to add glitter and sparkle to your card.  Just a warning that this is a longer than normal post as I was playing with a couple of techniques, but I hope you find it useful and informative.

I'm sure by now most of you are familiar with the new Distress Oxide inks that Tim Holtz has developed.  Not a "hybrid" as we've known in the past, but it is a new type of blend of dye and pigment ink that give it unique properties.  Blending backgrounds with it is amazing and makes anyone look like a pro, plus you can see it on dark card stock, whereas you cannot with regular dye ink.  I started playing around in my craft room earlier this week, using the Tim Holtz Roses Layered stencil on regular watercolor paper and layering Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral for a deep orange color.  But I was rather uninspired by the result below.

I liked the color of the roses but wasn't excited with the overall look of the panel.  Then I remembered a post about Distress Oxide Inks by Jennifer McGuire using dark card stock (Jennifer McGuire Ink 3.15.17), so I decided to give that a spin.  Using a panel of black card stock I used the same ink colors (honestly!) and the result was much more subdued than I expected.  I still liked it, especially the velvety appearance, so I used the panel to make the card below. I also moved the stencil around while ink blending the panel to fill in the open spaces left by the stencil design, so it is much denser with images than the panel above or the next card.  With such a busy background, only the die cut sentiment and Nuvo drops were added as finishing touches.

While I liked how the card above turned out, I wanted something with a bit more pop so I decided to try brighter DO inks (Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Twisted Citron) and also try using gray card stock rather than black.  I should also point out that I found using sponge daubers rather than the Tim Holtz Blending Tool worked much better to keep the colors from overlapping while using the stencil, which was just a personal preference.

This was more like what I was hoping to see, with much more vibrant colors. Both this panel and the prior one were spritzed with water as that also makes the inked colors glow a bit more.  Playing around with these inks and stencil were not enough techniques for one day (ha ha), so I decided to create an inlay die sentiment for this 2nd card.  I started out by taking the Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink pad and wiping it directly on a scrap of white card stock.  Once that was dry, the sentiment was die cut with the Handlettered Greetings die from Simon Says Stamp.

The stenciled panel was cut to 3 1/8 by 5 1/2 inches and adhered to the bottom front of a white card stock base.  I then took a 1 1/8 x 5 1/2 inch piece of white card stock, die cut the sentiment and removed it, (which I ended up using on the prior card), added Stick It adhesive to the back of the white card stock piece, layered in the inked Wilted Violet die cut sentiment, then adhered the finished strip to the top part of the card front.  One of the things you need to remember to do with the inlay die cut technique is to keep all the white pieces for the interior of the loopy parts of the letters such as the o's, g, y and h, etc. because you'll need to add them back into the layered piece.  Plus you want to be sure to keep those small dots above the i's from the inked version to add to the inlay.  I must say they were super tiny and I felt grateful I was able to keep track of them AND glue them to the card LOL!!  The last detail to finish the card was to add some sparkle with sequins.

Well, if you're still with me, I applaud you as I know this was a lot of information, but I wanted to share my discoveries with these inks.  And I hope it all makes sense! 

Thanks for visiting, it's so appreciated!  I've added links to the challenges above, so be sure to stop by there and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  None
Paper: #110 and #80 Neenah Solar White, Basic Black (Stampin' Up), Smoke (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  All Distress Inks:  Card #1 - Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron; Card #2 - Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron
Other:  Handlettered Greetings die (SSS), Roses Layered Stencil (Tim Holtz), Sponge Daubers, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear and Wisteria Mix Sequins, Rosewater Nuvo Jewel drops, Simply White Nuvo Crystal drops, Stitched Rectangle die (SSS)