Friday, September 15, 2017

CAS Sympathy

Hello friends!  Welcome back!  Tonight I have a card to share that was made for the current challenges at Freshly Made Sketches and Stamp Ink Paper. 


 

The focal point design came about rather by accident than intent.  I was going to make a collage of leaves surrounding the sentiment in the middle of the card, but after I stamped the script and single leaf, I really liked the simplicity of it.  I did decide to add some embossed gold splatter (more details below), then popped up the heat embossed sentiment.  After adhering the panel to the Cajun Craze card base, a die cut scallop frame was added around the edge.


To make the random gold embossed splatter, I flicked a paint brush wet with plain water onto the panel, poured gold embossing powder over it, then heat set it.  I just saw that technique yesterday on the blog of Jennifer McGuire (link here).  I always thought sticky ink like Versamark was necessary to adhere embossing powder, so I was thrilled to learn this new trick.  Flicking water with a paint brush creates a more random pattern, plus doesn't require a splatter type stamp.  Okay, maybe I'm easily pleased, but I love learning new little techniques like this.



Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added links to both challenges above, so be sure to head over there to check out all the amazing inspiration!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  French Foliage (Stampin' Up), Heartfelt Sentiments (Altenew)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Gold Foil
Ink:  Versamark, Cajun Craze,
Other:  Hero Arts Gold embossing powder, Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame (MFT)
 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Blooming Hello

Hello again, and welcome back!  Today I'm sharing a card made for 3 challenges:  CAS(E) this Sketch, Fab Friday (a beautiful color challenge) and The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge.  While I haven't faithfully been coloring and uploading to the 30 Day Challenge everyday, it has incented me to focus on coloring on the cards when I have time in my craft room.








I had fun playing with the colors in the Fab Friday challenge.  I knew the orange and peach colors would blend well (I had to substitute Tangelo Twist as I don't have Tangerine Tango ink) but the two greens blended so beautifully on the leaves, I also used a blend of those colors as a small wash under the floral image.


I started with two panels of Canson watercolor paper, stamping and heat embossing the flowers and leaves on one, leaving the other for the background.  Once the water coloring was complete and fully dried, the flowers and leaves were die cut with the Blooming Bouquet companion dies.


I prepped the background panel with the blended green wash, dried it with my heat tool, then added a splatter of diluted Black Soot Distress ink (okay, maybe I got a little carried away ;-) .  Once the splatter was dry, the leaves and flowers were layered near the upper right corner.  The sentiment was die cut (also with a stamp set companion die) from black card stock three times, glued together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte, then adhered to the panel, which was then popped up on foam tape on the Tranquil Tide card base.  Orange Marmalade and Morning Dew Nuvo drops were then added to finish things off.


Thank you so much for visiting, as always, I sooo appreciate it!  Please be sure to use the links above to the respective challenges and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Blooming Bouquet (Altenew)
Paper:  Canson XL watercolor, Tranquil Tide, Basic Black
Ink:  Versamark, Black Soot Distress Ink, Peekaboo Peach, Tangelo Twist, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide
Other:  Blooming Bouquet Companion dies, Tonic Nuvo Orange Marmalade Jewel Drops and Morning Dew Crystal Drops
 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bella Friend

Hello again, friends!  My card today was made for the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I am also joining the Kathy's The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I've added links to both challenges so be sure to use them and head over to check out all the wonderful inspiration!



 
 
 


For my card, I decided to use one of the super cute images and sentiments in the Bella & Friends stamp set from Stampin' Up.  Floating Bella was stamped on Bristol then water colored.  I used a Zig marker and a watercolor paintbrush to color the dog's fur, then switched to Distress Inks for the other parts of the scene, mostly because the Distress Ink colors better matched the patterned paper I planned on using.  Once the water coloring was complete, I used a heat tool to dry the panel completely, then die cut it.


Originally I was going to have a white card base, but then I remembered the beautiful Royal Purple card stock in my stash and sure enough it went well with the patterned paper.  I think it also helps pop the main image, which was layered on a slightly larger scalloped oval.  The cross panel was cut in white card stock then a border punch was used to cut the scallops along the bottom edge.  Once the patterned paper was adhered, the panel was added to the card front, and then foam tape was used to add Bella.  For a bit of sparkle, Clear Wink of Stella was used on the balloon, and of course I had to add some sequins!



Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I hope you and your family are well and safe, and prayers to those dealing with Harvey and Irma.

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Bella & Friends (SU)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, Royal Purple (Simon Says Stamp), Plaid Patterns 6x6 Paper Pack (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Distress:  Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Dusty Concord
Other:  Layered Ovals Framelits (SU), Scallop Trim punch (SU), Mustard Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker, Wisteria Mix sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Chameleon sequins (SSS), Clear Wink of Stella
 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Peachy Hi

Hello and welcome back!  The card I have to share tonight was made for this week's Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Karen chose Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party and Black for this week's colors, and the "dessert" option is to use a green of our choice.  I chose to use Lemon Lime Twist for my green.  LOVE this color combination!  Here's a link to the challenge SCS CC 651.

The flowers and leaves were stamped on watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black and water colored with Peekaboo Peach and Lemon Lime Twist.  When done, I fussy cut the images and then spread Ebony Black Tonic Nuvo Drops around the middle of the flowers, and left that to dry while I worked on the other card components.


Next I took a panel of white card stock and used a stencil and ink dusting brush to lightly add Pool Party to the panel where I planned to add my die cut sentiment.  It was adhered to a slightly larger piece of black card stock, and a strip of MFT patterned paper was layered on the left side of the panel.  After wrapping the top with Baker's Twine, the entire panel was mounted on the Pool Party base with foam tape.


I ended up letting the flower centers dry overnight, then added them to a die cut circle along with the leaves.  The sentiment was die cut three times, glued together then adhered to the card.  A few sequins were then added as the finishing touch.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you're able to join us at the SCS Color Challenge this week, I've added a link above so you can check it out.

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  More Spring Flowers (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Pool Party, Basic Black, Canson XL water color, Black & White Basics 6x6 Paper Pack (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist
Other:  Halftone Stencil (Altenew), Hello There Die (MFT), Stitched Shapes die (SU), Black Baker's Twine, Metallic Sequins (SU), Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Clarity Stencil Brush, Ebony black Tonic Nuvo Crystal drops

Season's Tweetings

Hi there! I'm sharing a card using the sweet Winter Sparrows stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  It's been available for a while but I just recently purchased it because I just love the cute birds.



This was a really easy card, with the birds being simply water colored, then die cut along with the branch and sentiment.  After the patterned paper was layered on red card stock and adhered to the card base, the bird, branch and sentiment were added.  I used some Clear Wink of Stella on the scarf, hat and ear muffs, making them nice and shimmery.



The current challenges at Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown (where I'm just scooting in under the deadlines!) provided the layout and color palette used in the card.  I've added links below to each challenge, so be sure to use them and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!





Thanks for visiting!

Stef


Products details
Stamps:  Winter Sparrows
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Real Red (SU), Warmth & Cheer designer series paper (SU), Tim Holtz Water Color paper
Ink:  Versamark Onyx Black; Early Espresso (SU); Distress Inks:  Festive Berries, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade
Other:  Winter Sparrow Lawn Cuts, Clear Wink of Stella, Gift Card Envelope Accessory Framelit (sentiment banner) (SU), Snow Flake embellishments (SU retired), rhinestones

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams

Hi there and welcome back!  I have another card to share tonight, this time for the sketch challenge at Fab Friday. 


I decided to use the lovely Dragonfly Dreams stamp and die set from Stampin' Up.  Starting by ink blending Distress inks (listed below) on a small rectangle of Bristol paper, adding water drops using a mister of Perfect Pearls and then drying it with a heat tool.  Since I was planning on adding a dragonfly die cut out of Copper Foil paper, I thought it would look really pretty atop shades of green and blue. 


In lieu of adding a circle or doily under the inked panel, I used one of the Gorgeous Grunge stamps to create a splatter image, stamping in Versamark and heat setting with Copper embossing powder.  The sentiment was also heat set with the same embossing powder after stamping it on a strip of black card stock.  After adhering the dragonfly and sentiment to the inked panel, it was popped up on foam tape and added to the panel, and finally the sequins were glued into place.


That's it!  Thanks for visiting today, it's always appreciated!  I've added a link to the challenge above, so be sure to take a look and enjoy all the wonderful inspiration.

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper:  Basic Black, Neenah Solar White, Copper Foil, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Versamark, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon
Other:  Copper embossing powder, Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tools, Perfect Pearls, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Woodland Birthday

Hello again!  Tonight I'm providing a sample for the Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  This week Mary has given us options to use Tranquil Tide, Tangelo Twist and Soft Sky or Tranquil Tide, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede, either with Very Vanilla.  I chose the later combination in order to create a masculine birthday card.



I started by stamping the elk image from Wilderness Awaits with Soft Suede ink on Crumb Cake, trimmed it down to a small rectangle and layered it on a larger piece of Soft Suede and set it aside.  For the background, a panel of Tranquil Tide was run through the Big Shot with the Woodland embossing folder, trimmed down to 4 x 5.25 inches and layered on a slightly larger piece of Very Vanilla.  It was then wrapped with Linen Thread before adding the entire panel to the Soft Suede card base.


I took the stamped image, adhered the die cut sentiment, put Dimensionals on the back of the small panel and sentiment oval, then added it to the card.  Very simple, but I think the recipient will like it.  I really liked these colors together for a masculine card.


Thanks for visiting, as always it so appreciated!  I've added a link above to the challenge so be sure to head over there to check out all the wonderful inspiration!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Wilderness Awaits, Simply Sketched (sentiment)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Tranquil Tide, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide
Other:  Linen Thread, Woodlands embossing folder, Layering Ovals Framelit

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Elphie Hello

Hello and welcome back!  Today I had fun playing with cutesy images from the Lawn Fawn set Elphie Selfie.  LF makes the most adorable stamp sets, and this one in particular was one I could not resist.  I used the current challenges at Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown as inspiration for my card.  I'm also joining the current challenge at Addicted to CAS, where this week's code word is "Friend".






Since I decide to watercolor with Zig markers (love the large selection of gray markers), I stamped the images onto Bristol paper, then used a waterbrush to color.  I have a love/hate relationship with water brushes.  For me, they seem to work the best with Zig markers in terms of my ability to move the ink around, although I still have frustrations with inconsistent water flow.  So after I worked through my issues ;-) and completed the watercoloring, the images were die cut with the companion Lawn Cut dies and set aside. 


For the base, I cut Bristol paper to the size of an A2 card, added some "ground" for Elphie and her friend Birdie to stand on with another Zig marker, then stamped the sentiment on the front.  The flower was adhered directly to the base, then Elphie and Birdie were popped into position with foam tape.  Since I decided to keep things very simple and forgo embellishments, I scored 1/4" all around the edge of the card.  Then, to finish off the card, I added hearts and an additional sentiment to the inside.


Thanks 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.

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Elphie Selfie (LF), You + Me (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Elphie Selfie Lawn Cuts; Kuratake waterbrush; Stampin' Up Simply Scored board; Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers:  Light Gray, Gray Brown, Light Pink, Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Bright Yellow, Oatmeal





















Friday, August 25, 2017

Great Friend

Hello Friends!  So glad you could come by and visit my blog.  Today I have a card to share that I made for the latest Fusion Challenge.

I considered using both the sketch and the photo as inspiration for my card, but in the end I decided to go with florals and just use the sketch.


The flower and leaves from More Spring Flowers were heat set with white embossing powder on Bristol paper, then watercolored with various Zig markers (listed below) and die cut with companion dies after they dried.  While drying, I created the white card base, adhered the strip of black and white patterned paper, and die cut the white card stock circle.  I used glue dots to layer the leaves and rose onto the circle, with just one Dimensional under the right side of the flower, then the decorated circle was attached to the card base with foam tape.  After adhering the sentiment strip, a few Nuvo drops were added as the final touch.


Thanks so much for visiting!  I've added a link above to the challenge so be sure to head over there and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  More Spring Flowers, You + Me (both Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  #110 Neenah Solar White, Basic Black (Stampin' Up), Stacked with Love patterned paper (SU), Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Ebony Black and Morning Dew Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, More Spring Flowers companion dies, Stitched Shapes Framelit (SU), Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers:  Green, Pale Green, Mid Green, Bright Yellow

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Peony Greetings

Hello there, my friends!  I hope your week is going well.  This week The Paper Players has a fun challenge to create a CAS card with coloring.  Well, that's one challenge I could not pass up since I love to watercolor so much!  I'm also joining the current challenge at The Flower Challenge, where we are to create our own background.




I recently acquired the Gansi Tambi Starry Colors Gold Metallic watercolor paints - soooo beautiful, and especially when used on dark card stock, which is a technique that I just fell in love with after viewing cards by the very talented Nichole Spohr (Things That Really Matter).  For my card I started with an A2 size panel of Slate card stock, heat set the small bud images from Peony Bouquet with gold embossing powder, then used a waterbrush to color the images with the metallic watercolor paint.  I was really pleased with the beautiful shimmer.  It's even more shimmery in real life but it's really hard to capture on camera.



The paint set comes with several different shades of metallic gold, including the silvery looking White gold, so I used those various colors to add contrast between the flowers, stems and leaves. After the watercoloring was complete, I used my Misti to center and stamp the sentiment that was also heat set with gold embossing powder.  Next I added Score Tape to both sides of a panel of Fun Foam cut slightly smaller than my watercolored panel, adhered it to the back and then onto a card base of the same card stock.  Letting the metallic floral images take the spotlight, I didn't add any embellishments to the card.


Thanks so much for your visit, 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.

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Peony Bouquet, Painted Greetings, Blooming Bouquet (all Altenew)
Paper:  Slate, Neenah Solar White (interior)
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder, Gansai Tambi Starry Colors Gold Metallic watercolor paints, #4 Silver Black Velvet paint brush, Fun Foam

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!

Stef


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!

Stef


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!

Stef


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.

Stef


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.

Stef


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