Friday, January 19, 2018

Simple Watercolor Card

I really enjoyed the process of doing this card and I think I'll be doing lots more. I just painted a very loose little pot of geraniums on some Canson 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper.  Once it was dry, I die cut the panel with a My Favorite Things Zig Zag rectangle.  I found some green paper and cut a piece a bit larger than the watercolor panel and mounted it on a kraft card stock card base.  Oops almost forgot- I stamped the sentiment from Gina K's Scripty Sayings. I entered this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.   Thank you so much for reading (-: 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Happppy Valentine's Day!

This is a very fun-to-make Valentine's Day card for one of my sweet little grandbabies.  I have lots of pictures, so please scroll through to see them.  I am entering this one into the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge to use patterned paper.  I sometimes make things more involved than they have to be and this was one of those times, but I love making cards, so what the heck!  I found some old paper with a small pattern in my stash and found some plain to match and I was off to the races.  This is a top-folding A2 sized card and I adhered the plain and patterns papers in two layers and then cut the little die (I lovvve the Art Impressions interactive pieces they sell) from the plain paper and adhered that with some two-sided tape.  Next I set about coloring the pile of ducks directly to the watercolored paper with some zig clean color markers. I cut a piece to fit the slider, but I wanted all the images to show instead and allow Charlotte to play with the little piece.  I stamped her name and one of the images on the reverse side and then stamped "Happy Valentine's Day" on the inside.  Oops, almost forgot the mention that I die cut some layers of stitched hearts to use for the sentiment on front!  Thank you for reading and all of the materials used are way at the bottom (-:

Materials Used:
  • Art Impressions Stamp, Duck Stackers
  • Art Impressions Slider Die
  • Simon Says Stamp, Heart Banner, for the inside hearts
  • Stampers Anonymous, Crazy Talk
  • Zig Clean Color Watercolor Markers 
  • Altenew Dusty Pink Ink (for inside sentiment)
  • My Favorite Things, Good Fortune Stamp Set for the little word "Pull"

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Birthday Time

Okay, this is my third and final submission for the Altenew Inspiration Challenge for January 2018.  I've had this Altenew set for a long time, but I still use it quite often.  I centered this stamp in the MISTI and then flipped the panel and stamped it again with Versamark and then gold embossed it.  I used the smaller 'dots' and stamped them in various spots - gold embossing them as well.  Then I die cut the panel and mounted it on some pattern paper.  To create the sentiment strip I die cut some vellum using this really cool die strip from Pretty Pink Posh and stamped the sentiment embossing it in gold.  Thank you for reading, and the materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Altenew Floral Frames
  • Sentiment:  My Favorite Things 'Make A Wish'
  • My Favorite Things 'Slanted Strips'
  • Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marigold, Festive Berries

Birthday Wishes

Here we are - 2 of 3 Altenew Challenge cards; my second entry into the Altenew Inspiration Challenge.  This one is more of a clean and simple card and I was trying a technique I sort of improvised.  I swiped two small distress ink cubes down from the top of the panel.  Once it was dry I stamped the butterfly (which I lovvve) and gold embossed it.  I also gold embossed the sentiment.  I colored the pink color into the different areas of the butterfly.  I die cut a few hearts from the same color and adhered them to the card, and then used some pink and gold Nuvo jewel drops.  Lastly I used the MFT stitched rectangles to cut the panel and adhered it to an A2 card base.  Thank you for reading this, and the materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Altenew Bejeweled Stamp Set
  • Sentiment Altenew 'Floral Frames'
  • Distress Ink cubes:  Wild Honey, Spiced Marigold, and Festive Berries
  • Simon Says Stamp 'Mini Heart' dies
  • MFT Stitched Rectangles

Birthday Cards Everywhere!

Happy Winter Morning!  Wisconsin is a bit brisk, but 30 degrees is welcome.  I'm posting one of three posts for the Altenew Inspiration Challenge today.  I wasn't quite sure exactly how I wanted to approach this so I kept playing with the color combinations required this month and decided to submit all three.  The first A2 card I created utilized the Altenew Botanical Garden stamp set and I really like the lines on this set.  I stumbled along the way but embossed and watercolored the images, stamped the sentiment, splattered and scattered some gold Nuvo jewel drops.  Lastly, I tried using a different die cut and it moved because I forgot to tape it down, so I used to die cut that actually cut out the messed up area...I then die cut the remaining panel with a stitched rectangle to set it off.  I used some patterned paper that fit with the color schemed and tied the lower panel with some gold thread I had in my stash.  I adhered everything together and fit it to the card base.  Thank you for reading this far (-:   The materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Altenew Botanical Garden Stamp Set
  • Sentiment:  Stampendous 'Birthday Wish'
  • Simon Says Stamp 'Wavy Scallop Stitches'
  • My Favorite Things 'Stitched Rectangles'
  • Zig Clean Color Markers
  • Nuvo Gold Jewel Drops
  • Sizzix Patterned Paper
  • Gold Thread
  • Gold Wow Embossing Powder
  • Versafine Black Onyx Ink

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happpppppy New Year!

Catching this MFT Sketch Challenge #365 right under the wire, and also submitting this for for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...because this stamp is brand new and the challenge word was 'new'.  I really love this card and it is my absolute favorite this year (so far).  I began this A2 card by using an MFT cover-up die and colored each little paw with Copics and die cut them. I am not very good with Copics, but I certainly enjoyed the process and figuring out how to blend - but don't look too close.  I think I usually make things way too hard, so these sketch challenges are really good for me to follow.  I finished by stamping the sentiment in versamark and heat embossing in white on black cardstock.  Thank you for reading this, and the materials used are listed below (-:

Materials Used:
  • My Favorite Things Square Grid Cover-up
  • Simon Says Stamp - Paws-itivity
  • Neenah white 110 lb. cardstock 
  • Hobby Lobby Heavy weight black cardstock
  • Copics - Set A

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Ho Ho Ho...Merry Christmas!

Hellooo Out There...I had a lot of fun with the new Majestic Mistletoe from Altenew for this Christmas.  This was a bit more labor for a mass produced card than I anticipated, but what the heck, I just went with it.  This is an A2 card and I had trouble getting the greens I wanted so this is a combination of greens from different companies.  Instead of using a darker green as the layering guide suggested, I embossed with Ranger Princess Gold- a lighter and brighter gold than the standard detailed gold.  Once the greens were finished, I stamped the berries on both of the greens because I liked the look.  I used Distress Oxide Candied Apple and let that ink dry completely.  I used some Prisma red colored pencils for the shadow and then drew in the highlight with a gelly roll pen.  Next I die cut the little bow at the top of the mistletoe using the My Favorite Things bow element - Blueprint #26 from some glitter paper  and attached it with Ranger Multi-Medium Glue because it dries flat and looks great when it's dry.  When done here I adhered a layer of green cardstock between the card base and the front panel.  The final panels were either cream colored or red. The sentiment is also from the Altenew set.  Thank you for reading this and the materials used and challenges I'm submitting to are below the picture.

Materials Used:
  1. Altenew Majestic Mistletoe Stamp Set
  2. Ranger Princess Gold Embossing powder
  3. My Favorite Things - Blueprint #26 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Altenew Inspiration Challenge