Thursday, January 31, 2019

Candy Hearts Valentines

Welcome to the blog today!  I'm entering a super simple two-fer today.  I made a couple of Valentine cards for my Olivia and Danny- two of my grandkids, and I'm entering these into the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.  To create these A2 sized cards, I began by die-cutting a generic heart die and used the negative as a stencil.  I arranged them across a watercolor paper panel and erased the overlapping lines.  I pulled out some watercolors and chose four different colors to paint them.  Once dry, I stamped the Mama Elephant 'Lots Of Letters' alphabet stamps in Distress Oxide Picked Raspberries.  I googled the words to use for the candy hearts and it was very easy peasy - a fun one to make.  To finish it off I splattered all the different colors I used and mounted it to some Neenah Desert Kraft cardstock.  Thanks for reading this!
Stenciled Candy Hearts

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Love Is In The Air

Welcome here to my blog today!  I'm submitting a card fort my sweetie to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  It's a stamp set called 'In The Air' by Art Impressions.  I initially saw Sandy Allnock color this and I had to laugh.  I stamped the image on Bristol cardstock with Versafine Black Onyx Ink and then colored it with Zig Clean Color Markers using various shades of black and gray.  I splattered with some black ink, die cut some little hearts in the same red cardstock that I mounted this panel to.  Also I die cut the panel from a stitched rectangle die from My Favorite Things.  Thanks for reading this!

Art Impressions 'In The Air' Stamp Set

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Altenew January 2019 Inspiration Challenge

Hello to you and welcome to my blog.  Today I'm sharing one of those on-the-fly inspirations that you get while you're on your way to do something else. This one's for the Altenew January 2019 Inspiration Challenge. I just received my new order of the Altenew Inked Flora stamp set and really, really wanted to use it so I stamped it in the center of some Bristol cardstock.  I got the idea to look through my stash for some other Altenew sets that had a similar sketchy look and found the Altenew You Are... stamp set.  It had a great look to it!  I placed leafy looking image around the flower and stamped it in the four positions you see below.  Next, I pulled out my Distress Oxide inks and matched up the colors closely to the inspiration requirements.  I used Lucky Clover, Carved Pumpkin, and Candied Apples (mixed with the Carved Pumpkin, it created a cool deeper orange that matched correctly).  I watercolored with these inks and was pretty happy with the results but needed a little something more.  I found these wonderful little circles from Altenew Framed Florals, and stamped them in various spots around the image.  Lastly was this impulse to go ahead and do partial die cuts with the leaves on their outer edges on all four sided.  I pulled them up a bit and curled them so the cardstock would show up nicely.  I mounted this to a matching green cardstock and cut it a bit smaller so it would show up on top of this green cardbase and Voila!

Thank you for hanging with me and reading all of this.  I would love to do a video on this, but I don't yet have the courage to for that...ugh...kudos to those of you that do, though because that's the only way I can learn this stuff!

Altenew January Inspiration Challenge

Cutting Detail

Another Angle

Friday, December 21, 2018

Many Thanks

Welcome to the blog today.  I created this A2 card to say thank you to my new cat sitter for watching my little buddy and thought I would tie it into Altenew's 2018 Year In Review Challenge.  I received a lovely gift from Altenew Billowing Blossoms and thought I would use it to enter the challenge and say thank you all at the same time!  I chose the month of October, which had the colors of pink, purple, and green.

I love these solid stamps because it's so easy to paint the stamps with watercolor paints, spritz them with water and press onto watercolor creating a lovely handpainted look.  I used Daniel Smith Bordeaux, Bright Violet, Sap Green, and Green Gold.  When everything was dry, I splattered with the pink Bordeaux.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx Ink and adhered to the watercolor panel.  Thank you for reading this and the supplies I used are listed below.

Billowing Blossoms Stamp Set

Supplies Used:
  • Stamp Set - Altenew Billowing Blossoms
  • Sentiment - Studio Katia Label Messages and Dies
  • Watercolor Paint - Daniel Smith
  • Rectangle Die For Panel - My Favorite Things
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Hobby Lobby Kraft Cardstock

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Happpppy Christmas

Welcome to the blog today.  This card is of a charity blog hop submission for Kat Scrappiness, and this great cause is for the help of young people struggling with drug addiction.

I've listed the supplies below.  To create this card I ink blended some distress oxide inks on Bristol cardstock.  I sprayed a bit of water with perfect pearls and then spattered some white copic ink for 'snow'.  I die cut the birch trees and then adhered to the colored background.  I stamped the deer with some carmel ink from Hero Arts.  I adhered them to the tree piece and mounted this to a cardbase.  I white embossed the sentiment onto some vellum and added a few snowflakes. 
Happppppy Winter!
Supplies Used
Stamps:  Altenew, Modern Deer, Sentiment:  Technique Tuesday, Jingle All The Way
Birch Die:  Taylored Expressions, Birch
Distress Oxide Inks:  Picked Raspberries, Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet, Black Soot

Friday, September 7, 2018

Beyond Basic Backgrounds

Hello out there!  Today I'm posting for the second level of the Altenew Educators Certification Program.  This one is about taking your backgrounds up a notch.  I focused on the inlaid die style and thought I'd try to do a 'double'...that is I used the Altenew Leafy Wreath die and the Altenew Thank You die.  To begin this 5x5" square card I used Distress Oxide inks in Faded Jeans and Broken China, wet painting onto some Bristol Vellum cardstock; when dry, I die cut the leafy wreath.  I then used another plain piece of Bristol and cut that with a 5" stitched square die and cut the wreath from that piece, too.  I used some plain copy paper and adhered it to the back of the plain Bristol.  This gave me a backing to fit my oxide painted wreath into place like a puzzle piece.  I glued it in place with a zig two-way glue pen.  I like the look and was going to just stamp it in black, and that looked nice but I thought I'd 'glam' it up a bit and used some smooth gold paper to cut the 'thank you' words out. I die cut the whole blue wreath/white cardstock panel with the sentiment and adhered yet another piece of copy paper so I could glue the gold die cut thank you into this paper to achieve a totally cool textured inlay look.  Lastly, I needed something to tie in the gold and wanted to used some Nuvo drops, but they just didn't match well, so I used a small paper punch and punched a bunch of these and adhered them to get the 'splattered' look.  I found some blue cardstock that matched the lighter blue and cut it for the 5x5" card.  Thank you for hanging with me and reading this! (-:

Double Inlaid Background

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Irresistible Inking Techniques

Just finished the latest class, 'Irresistible Inking Techniques' in the Altenew Educator Certification Program.  The focus here was on using different ways to use your ink pads and reinkers.  To create this A2 sized card, I masked and stamped the images from the Altenew Build A Flower Anemone stamp set and gold embossed it.  I then used Distress Oxide Ink pads:  Broken China, Wilted Violet, Spiced Marmalade, and Peeled Paint to paint the images.  Once this dried, I stamped the sentiment from Altenew Painted Greetings and gold embossed that as well.  To finish the panel off, I splattered some spiced marmalade on it and die cut it with a rectangle die and lastly took some matching cardstock cut just a 'smidge' larger and adhered everything to a Bristol card base so that the whites would match upl 
Painting With Inkpads
I'm also entering this card into the Altenew August Inspiration Challenge - click the picture below to be taken to the challenge.

Altenew August Inspiration Challenge