Monday, April 16, 2018

Really Quick Watercolor - Thank You

Hello and happy Monday )-: Today I'm sharing a quick card that I made as a thank you to a friend.  I'm playing along with the Watercooler Challenges today, so please check them out.  I found this really cool koi stamp and I'm afraid I can't remember where I got this set from...can we say I've got toooooo many stamps?  Anyway, I decided to highlight the center image and colored with zig clean color markers.  I die cut the panel with all the stitched rectangles that came together and just cut some black card stock to fill out the card...easy peasy, but I liked the result.  Lastly, I die cut the word 'thank you' and adhered it to the top.  Thank you for reading this, and the materials used are listed below.


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Doodling Waves

Happy Hello- just sharing a card here for the Altenew March Inspiration Challenge.  The colors this month were a challenge, for me, but here goes. I tried to use the colors and emulate a beach scene, and it's just plain fun to do the watercoloring.  I stamped the image and masked it a couple of times to act as waves, then white embossed it.  Next I used some Altenew inks to fit the required colors.  When I applied the tan ink I put some salt on the wet watercolor to achieve a textured look. While this was drying I painted some of the leftover pink and blue diluted ink on another piece of watercolor paper and then when it dried I die cut it from a stitched frame.  I adhered the waves panel to an A2 card base and then popped up the frame with some fun foam and put that over the waves.  For the sentiment I used more of the leftover colored watercolor paper and stamped the sentiment once in pink and then again with versamark and clear embossed that - cut it on an angle and adhered it to the finished card.  Thanks for reading this and the materials used are listed below:
Materials Used:
  • Waves- Altenew You Are...Stamp Set
  • Sentiment- Altenew Bejeweled
  • Inks- Altenew Ocean Waves and Rouge - For the Sand - Memento Desert Sand
  • Die - My Favorite Things Stitched Frames
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Happppppy Easter!

Happpppy Easter- I'm adding my second card here for the Altenew March Inspiration Challenge.  Wow, do I ever need help with photography...try as I might the pictures turn out soooo bad.  Anyhoo, I created this A2 card (which is really pretty in person) by starting with a watercolor panel and painted it with two colors matching the required colors and once dry, I stamped it with the large Altenew Wood Pallet stamp and it turned out kind of cool actually.  Then I proceeded to use the pink Altenew Rouge dye ink to paint the flower die cuts which are from the Altenew Peony Bouquet- the stems are colored with Altenew Forest Moss.  I dug out the only 'Happy Easter' sentiment stamp I had and die cut it from brown kraft card stock with a label die.  It had a hole on each side and I used a black brad (remember those?) on either side, but cut off the little brad 'legs' with a scissors and adhered with glue dots.  Now that I'm writing this all down, it turned out to be rather labor-intensive, but I don't even notice the time go by so this officially counts as a passion (-:
Thank you for hanging with me here and the materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Background Stamp- Altenew Wood Pallet
  • Flowers- Altenew Peony Bouquet
  • Sentiment- Tim Holtz Crazy Talk
  • Inks- Altenew Rouge, Sunkist, Ocean Breeze, and Forest Moss
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
  • Dies- My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangles and Sentiment Strips 2

Helllllooo Out There!

Helllooo Out There!  Playing along with Altenew's March Inspiration Challenge and this is the first of three cards I'll be sharing today. This one was fun to create I must say.  I used watercolor card stock for both the card base and the panel because I needed something to bring it together and didn't have any of the right colored card bases so I painted the blue Altenew dye ink on the base and that seemed to work well for me.  I started by stamping the panel with the halftone circles in various sizes in blue and then stamped the butterfly to make it appear as if he was perching on the largest circle.  I stamped the 'Hello' and die cut it in the three colors required in this month's challenge.  I die cut the panel itself with a stitched rectangle, but it looked kinda blah, so I painted a little watercolor border with the blue Altenew ink and finished it off by splattering the two other colors.  I use the clear Nuvo drops over the ink splatters because it makes them appear to be colored drop.  I like those drops because they take on the color of whatever is underneath them.  Thanks very much for reading this and the materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Butterfly- Altenew Botanical Garden
  • Background and Sentiment- Altenew Halftone Circles
  • Inks- Altenew Ocean Waves, Sunkissed, and Rouge Crisp Dye Inks - Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • Nuvo Clear Dimensional Drops
  • Watercolor Paper - Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Floral Frenzy!

Hey there, I'm getting in under the wire here for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  I love flowers and just had to do this challenge.    This is a terrible photo, but I tried.  If I can get the other ones uploaded I'll update this one.  Anyhoooo, I created this one by 'smooshing' distress oxide inks with a watercolor panel.  Once dry I stamped the floral images and embossed with gold.  I then colored over the embossed images with some watercolor markers.  Next I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle; then die cut a frame out of lavender vellum to lay over the finished panel.  Because of the busy floral background I could use regular adhesive to adhere it.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment and gold embossed that and cut it to a small rectangle and scored it to give it a more finished look.  Thanks so much for reading this and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Floral Stamp- Altenew, Botanical Garden
  • Sentiment- Papertrey Ink, Botanical Silhouettes
  • Zig Clean Color Brush Markers
  • Dies- My Favorite Things, Stitched Rectangles, Rectangle Frames

Who Doesn't Love Zebras!


Hello there, I'm in the zone today and have a card for the Penny Black Challenge called Feature A Creature and the Simon Says Stamp National Craft Challenge as well. This is a new stamp I saw at a stamp expo in Rockford, Illinois and one of those, 'gotta have' stamps.  To create this very quick A2 card I stamped this guy onto some white card stock and actually just colored his eye!  I googled zebra eyes so that I could get a good feel for it and I'm glad I did, I would have done a big brown eye not realizing they have a few different browns (which I blended with water).  I die cut the panel, cut the sentiment blocks, and adhered all onto a black card stock.  Voila!!  Thank you for reading and the materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Zebra- Creative Visions, Zebra Face Stamp
  • Sentiment- My Favorite Things, Label Maker Sentiments (I don't think they make this anymore)
  • Die- Avery Elle, Double Pierced Rectangles 
  • Zebra's Eye, Zig Clean Color Brush Markers
  • Ink- Versafine Onyx Black 
  • Card Stock- Neena White and Hobby Lobby Black

Feature A Creature!

Hello Everybody (-:   Today I'm playing along with a new challenge I am so happy to have found!  It's a monthly Penny Black Challenge and this month it is: Feature A Creature.  I love all living creatures, so this was a must for me.  For this 4-3/4 x 4-3/4" square card I stamped the elephant in gray repeatedly with a MISTI so it would be nice and rich.  Once dry, I did a dry emboss technique I saw Jennifer McGuire use.  Here is the link to that technique:  7 Ways of Using Coordinating Dies Creatively.  I really liked the detail this added so that I could keep this card clean and simple.  I stamped the other elements and sentiment and it was essentially finished.  I did not have matching card stock so I used some white card stock and rubbed the gray ink directly from the ink pad.  I cut it slightly larger than the panel and adhered all to the card base.  This card really used a minimal amount of supplies and I liked that a lot.  Thank you for reading this and the materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies, My Favorite Things, Beautiful Baby
  • Inks, Elephant- Hero Arts Soft Granite, Stars and Sentiment- Distress Oxide Wilted Violet and Twisted Citron
  • Neenah White Card Stock