Friday, August 18, 2017

Altenew August Inspiration Challenge

Happppy Gorgeous Friday!  After enduring some nasty winters, days like today in Madison make it all worthwhile!  I'm playing along with the Altenew August Inspiration Challenge.  I must say I love this company and their customer service is awesome.  I really enjoy that there is a month to put this together, and I had a tough time putting these colors together, but here goes: To create this A2 Landscape card I began by painting stripes in the two required colors (see inspiration colors below).  Once it dried I die cut the panel using a scalloped border die.  I also cut a white piece of cardstock using the same die.  I fit a white and the striped pieces together glued from the reverse side onto some copy paper.  I die cut this big piece with a stitched rectangle die so it was a 4.25 x 5.50" panel.  After this was accomplished, I die cut the word "hugs" four times and glued them together so they'd really stand out and then fit the word back into the card panel.  Are ya still with me?  If you got this far, I'm sure you're the only one (-: and we're getting close to the end now. I used some leftover stripey paper and cut a fishtail to stamp a sentiment I put together with separate words because I really wanted this to read this way but didn't have a set for it.  I then used an Altenew set I love dearly, Peony Bouquet, and die cut a flower to fit this sketch.  I tried something completely different and had no idea it would work, but it did!  I used some Ranger Enamel Accents in a teal and thinned it with some water and painted the flower as well as squeezing some randomly on the card itself.  I mean I needed the right color and was desperate enough to try this and it really was cool!  Thank you very much for reading this and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Altenew Stamp Set, Peony Bouquet
  • Sentiment, Paper Studios Everyday Expressions (a sheet of separate words)
  • Simon Says Stamp, Big Hugs Die
  • Distress Inks, Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters
  • Ranger Enamel Accents, Teal 
  • Versafine Black Onyx Ink

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My Favorite Things Color Challenge

Happy Tuesday and lovely weather up here in Madison today.  Taking part in the My Favorite Things Color Challenge #75 .  I spent waaaay too much time on these cards, but once I started I couldn't stop and figured what the heck. In fitting them into challenge requirements this week, I used four colors:  light green, dark green, coral, and blueberry.  A real challenge because I normally wouldn't pick these for a card.  I painted the colors onto a watercolor panel and then it looked so bad, I die cut them for the fern fronds below.  I used the oval and sandwiched between the front panel, some acetate, and another panel to glue it all together and make it look decent on the inside.  I stamped the birthday greeting from some Tide Pool Hero Arts Shadow ink and then it looked like it was missing something and here's where I couldn't stop myself.  I cut a bunch of faux sequins from the leftover paper and decided to make it look like a confetti background...someone make me stopppp...  Thank you for reading, and the materials used are listed below.

 The second card is an extra made with leftover fronds from the initial die cutting.  I used a frame die cut that I had stamped with a text stamp and then stamped the same greeting as above.  I always have fun making cards though.  I find it amazing that I can lose hours doing this stuff and at the end of the day I run around fitting in the house stuff...woe is me.  Materials listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Memory Box Delicate Fern Die
  • My Favorite Things:  Rectangle Frames and Stitched Oval Inside/Outside Dies
  • Papertrey Ink Sequin Dies from their Stargazer Extras
  • Stampendous Stamp, Birthday Wish
  • Stampabilities, Faded Text Background
  • Daniel Smith Watercolors
  • Hobby Lobby White Cardstock
  • Wink Of Stella (although I wonder why the heck I use it, you can't really see it)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday

Today's card was a good chance to play with a stamp I purchased from Papertrey Ink awhile back.  I'm playing along with the Make It Monday #294 - Monochrome with a Pop of Color.  I had no idea how this would turn out, but I had fun with it. The photos aren't the best, but I'm crunched for time, so here we go.  To create this A2 card, I used the "Caution" stamp and tried to emulate the police tape.  I stamped, embossed and cut the strip from black cardstock and used some yellow embossing powder, which worked out pretty well for it.  I cut two sized of circles from the black card base and another one a bit smaller to act as a sandwich to tuck the strip of 'tape' between.  To get the same finish I on the circular edge I used a Versamark dauber and then embossed it in yellow.  I then die cut some balloons and dipped them in Versamark and embossed them a couple of times so that I could use them as embellishments.  To keep the theme going I stamped a birthday card so that it was visible from the unopened card and only colored the flame on the candles with yellow.  Once the card was assembled I used some enamel drops in yellow and black to give it a little pizzazz...sorta (-:.  Thank you for reading and the supplies are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Papertrey Ink Stamp, Caution
  • Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet
  • Stamploration Cake Stamp, It's Your Day
  • Ranger Enamel Dots
  • Yelllow Embossing Powder (can't remember which brand)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Birthday Card Share

Helllo Out There!  Sharing a birthday card today for the Monday Simon Says Stamp Weekly Challenge. This turned out to be a wonderful card for me...I usually have a few attempts first, but this is really an easy stamp set.  I love it!  I created this A2 sized card by taking a watercolor panel and using some distress inks that would blend from yellow to orange and orange to coral.  I inked that stamps and then misted them with water.  I started with the lighter color and using the Misty, I followed this process for the four flowers.  I used the yellow going to green for the leaves.   I know they say to use odd number of elements only, but this looked very nice to me so I didn't push it.  Next I die cut the happy birthday words on the panel and also 3 more times in white cardstock and glued them together to create the dimensional look for them.  I splattered some of the green ink on the panel and also used some crystal Nuvo drops.  Lastly, I die cut the panel and cut a matching green panel to layer it and adhered the whole thing to a card base.  Thank you very much for reading, and the materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Simon Says Stamp, Blooming Time
  • Inside Sentiment, Penny Black Have a Wonderful Birthday
  • Distress Inks, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Abandoned Coral, Bundled Sage
  • My Favorite Things Slanted Rectangles, Brushstroke Greetings
  • Versafine Black Onyx Ink
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Press paper

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Fabulous Fuchsias

Hi there!  Sharing a card made with a gorgeous stamp set by Clearly Besotted.  This is a 4.5 x 4.5" card.  To create this card I began by stamping some bristol paper with the plain flower from the set, then matched up the branch to the flower.  I then cut a mask for it and also for the flower bud so they wouldn't 'bump' into each other.  I used some gold embossing powder and then colored them with some zig clean color markers.  I splattered the finished panel with the colors from the flowers, die cut a square frame and foam mounted the frame itself so that the flowers were depressed.  I stamped the sentiment at the top and bottom in a gray so it wouldn't be so harsh.  Lastly, I used some clear Nuvo drops - which I've never used before and boy, do I like them!  I mounted this finished panel and frame to some green cardstock and I must say I really enjoyed making this one.  Thanks for reading this and the materials used are listed at the bottom.  As a side note, I've begun to include a bookmark in each of my cards to family.  If you're interested in how that came together, just leave a comment and I'd be happy to post the process.

Material Used:
  • Stamps:  Clearly Besotted Fabulous Fuchsias and Hampton Arts Coloring Stamps SCO723
  • Frame:  My Favorite Things Pierced Square Frames
  • Zig Clean Color Marker
  • Nuvo Crystal Clear Drops
  • Versamark Dove Gray Ink
  • Ranger Detailed Gold Embossing Powder

Challenges Entered for this Card:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink's July 25th All Day Blog

I'm playing along with the Papertrey Ink July 25, 2017 All Day Blog and hoping this fits the parameters. I wanted to send a note to our property management who is so responsive and delightful and this card went in its own direction.   I was having camera issues and the wave is really bluer than it shows, but here goes. 
To create this A2 card, I embossed the white cardstock panel with a sunray die, watercolored the wave with a mix of blues and greens, watercolored the little sailboat.  To be honest, I goofed up the center of the sun and since I had already adhered everything, I die cut a new center circle for the sun...not thrilled with it, but I liked the rest of it so much I just went with it.  I white embossed the sentiment - fussy-cutting the 'afloat' and adhering it on an angle.  The materials used are listed below and thank you for reading! 
Materials Used
  • Papertrey Ink, Waves Mini Set
  • My Favorite Things, Sun Ray Die, Wonky Rectangle Die, Radial Stitched Circle
  • Mission Gold Watercolors
  • Ranger White Detailed Embossing Powder

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Tribute To Our Ash Trees

Getting in just under the wire for the Simon Says Stamp Get In Shape Challenge.  My take on this challenge was the 3-D or raised frame on the card.  To create this A2 card, I used Canson watercolor paper for all elements because of the color, which is an off-white tone.  I cut the inside panel to fit the card.  To create the leaves in this card, I used some leaves that are some of my favorites...the leaves from Wisconsin's Green Ash trees.  They're being annihilated by the Emerald Ash Bore, so it's kind of a tribute to them.  I gathered some leaves and put them between two pieces of watercolor paper and ran them through my big shot with the embossing folder sandwich.  The result was just an impression that I could barely make out and I was really bummed, but then I thought I'd use the real leaves as a model and follow the impression with some watercolor paints and I really liked the results.  I splattered it with some of the paint and then stamped the sentiment.  Finally, I cut the frame four times and glued them together and adhered this to the panel.  The supply list is below.  As a side note, I used lots of different leaves and this was sooooo much fun.
Materials Used:
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frame
  • Sentiment - Stampin' Up sentiment, but I'm not sure which set
  • Mission Gold Watercolors
  • Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper
  • Stazon Timberlake Brown ink

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Simon Says Stamp

Happy Wednesday!  I'm playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Seeing Stars Challenge today.  I was making this card for a sweet little girl and it fit this theme well. 
To create this card I did some ink blending on some watercolor paper and gold embossed the stars.  I cut the panel with some wonky rectangle dies and then cut the finished panel along with some blue cardstock at the same time so the window opening would fit.  I gold embossed an adorable unicorn, and will show that picture as soon as my camera cooperates.  I also stamped and embossed the birthday greeting banner and adhered with some glue dots.  The supplies are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • My Favorite Things:  Wonky Rectangles and Peek-A-Boo Window
  • Stars:  W+9, Lucky Stars
  • Sentiment and Die:  Close To My Heart, Little Dreamer
  • Distress Inks:  Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Picked Raspberries
  • Ranger Detailed Gold Embossing Powder
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
  • Blue Cardstock - Hobby Lobby Value Pack

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Altenew's July Color Challenge

Okay, I'm going to be honest here, we're up in Madison, Wisconsin and I can't wait for Fall...already.  It's almost the middle of July and I am completely covered in mosquito bites and I itch from head to toe. There, now I feel a bit better for whining and I'm on to the card.  I'm playing along with the July Altenew Color Challenge and it's perfect because I wanted to make a card for a friend and thought I'd tie it into the challenge.  To create this A2 card, I did some masking and stamping with the Wild Hibiscus set and used the two shades of pink and two shades of green from Altenew.  Once all the stamping was done, I used the stripes stencil to create a background behind the flowers and die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle.  I used some leftover paper to stamp the sentiment and just cut around the lefthand side of the little sentiment and adhered all to some black cardstock. I also splattered some of the ink a bit on the panel as well.  Materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Altenew Wild Hibiscus Stamp Set
  • Altenew Inks:  Jet Black, Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf, Coral Reef, and Frosty Pink
  • Sentiment from an old Stampin' Up set (not sure of the name)
  • Stitched Rectangle from My Favorite Things 
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Hobby Lobby Black Heavy Cardstock

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Caught A Bug?

This card is for the Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge. I really had fun with this one and maybe it's a bit too crazy, but what the heck.  To create this A2 card I just masked, stamped, and embossed the little bug from this Paper Smooches Healthy Vibes Stamp Set, using one of the sentiments from it as well.  I colored the bugs with zig markers, adding some additional stripes and dots, and die cut the panel and Voila!

Birds Of A Feather

This is going to be one of my favorites, I love the color combination on the feathers.  They remind me of a chickadee feather I found recently.  I think I would have done some different positioning on them but I still love it.

I used the technique on Papertrey Ink's, #290 Make It Monday Challenge shown by Betsy Veldman where she combines stenciling and masking. Her direction is so nice and clear.  I love her videos.  I basically just used a small rectangle negative space diecut as a stencil and then die cut a mask of the two feathers from some copy paper and put some temporary adhesive on the back of them to adhere them to the little rectangular area- and then went to work blending some distress.  Next I stamped the feathers with frayed burlap and lastly with some black soot.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment. Supplies are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Stamps:  Papertrey Ink, Feather Finery
  • Distress Ink: Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Frayed Burlap, Black Soot
  • Rectangle Die (Not sure of the company)
  • Paper, 110 lb.
  • Versamagic Black Onyx Ink for the sentiment

Monday, July 3, 2017

Cooooool Wave

I'm playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  I just received this stamp from 'The Ton' and couldn't wait to use it.  However, that being said, it had a huge learning curve for me.  I'm sure it's operator error, but I couldn't get the colors right for what I saw in my head until I'd used every shade of blue in my stash.  I finally settled on distress ink and a distress stain. I stamped with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain for the first layer - no spritzing just really wet stain with the dauber.  For the second layer I used Distress Ink Stormy Skies and spritzed it with water before stamping.  For the third layer I used Distress Ink Stormy Skies again and this time no water spritzing.  Once it was dry I die cut the watercolor panel, then stamped the sentiment, and mounted it on a black cardstock base. Supplies listed below.

Materials Used:
  • The Ton, Wave Stamp
  • Papertrey Ink Sentiment, Larkspur
  • Avery Elle, Pierced Rectangles
  • Distress Ink, Stormy Skies
  • Distress Stain, Tumbled Glass
  • Paper, Canson 140 lb. Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Black Hobby Lobby Card base
  • Black Onyx Ink for the sentiment

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #289

I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #289.  Had some fun with an older stamp set I found in my stash from Papertrey Ink and used some shades of pinks, purples, and a blue pigment ink to stamp the flowers here.  Next I die cut the center circle and stamped the sentiment.
For the inside I stamped the thank you sentiment, and this was a very easy, but quickly needed card to say thank you to my neighbor for watching my much loved Main Coon, Alex (supplied listed below).

Materials Used:
  • Papertrey Ink, Botanical Silhouettes Stamp Set
  • Mama Elephant, Thank You Wishes
  • VersaColor Pigment Inks and Versafine Black Onyx
  • My Favorite Things, Radial Stitched Circles

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Altenew June Inspiration Challenge

I'm entering this card in the Altenew June Inspiration Challenge.  It started out easy but turned out to be a little labor intensive. 

I started out with a textured cream cardstock and die cut three of the Wild Hibiscus dies into the right border, embossing the gold outline stamp onto some vellum and sandwiching it between a matching cream die cut on the opposite side of the card front. For the outside I used a darker pink/burgundy to die cut the word, 'with sympathy' and adhered with Ranger Multi-Mat Medium.  I used a grid stencil and added some distress ink lightly, and then added some clear enamel dots.  For the inside I colored lighter pink onto the Hibiscus flower and die cut them so they would match the vellum inset.  Ugh...  It turned out nicely, but to be honest I got anal about gluing the vellum and went back with a ton more glue and ending up kind of wrecking the inside...note to self...leave well enough alone!

Materials Used:
  • Altenew - Wild Hibiscus Stamp Set
  • Simon Says Stamp - With Sympathy
  • Cream textured cardstock from Hobby Lobby
  • Clear enamel dots from Michaels
  • Grid Stencil - Not sure where I got this one from
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Zig Clean Color Markers

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Some Card Sets

I've just finished making the first of a few card sets I'm getting ready as door prizes for an event and thought I'd play along with the Altenew May Inspiration Challenge.  To start these A2 cards out I took four watercolor panels and then used various leaves from the Floral Shadow stamp set, trying to match the exact colors in the challenge inspiration.  I had to improvise for the purple-ish color and painted the stamp with one of the colors from the Daniel Smith dot sheet.  I stamped various flowers with distress inks and spritzed the stamps with water before stamping.  Once dried I did some splatters in the green and pinks.

Materials Used:
  • Altenew - Floral Shadow, Jet Black Ink and Forest Glades
  • My Favorite Things - Wonky Rectangles
  • Distress Ink - Picked Raspberries
  • Daniel Smith Dot Sample Sheet - Rose of Ultramarine, Series One

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Encouragement From A Friend

Today I'm playing along with My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #333.  I needed an encouragement card so I used the MFT Sketch print for it. To create this A2 card, I began by white embossing the background stamp on a watercolor panel and then used come cobalt blue and veridian green to color it.  Next I used die cut the panel with a diagonal coverplate die so I'd have some strips going in the right direction following the challenge sketch.  I used die cut additional white cardstock rectangles to give me room to add the sentiment and focal elements.  I die cut the little goldfish from another set and used the sentiment from it as well.  I found some bubbles that I liked better from yet another stamp set and we're done. I wasn't sure at any point along the way as to what I was doing so it turned out to be a bit more work than I thought it would be, but it was fun. Materials list follows.

Materials Used:
  • My Favorite Things:  Diagonal Stripes, Horizontal Stitched Strips, Wavy Coloring Book Background Stamp
  • Hero Arts - Color Layering Goldfish
  • Stampin' Up - Fish Frolic (for the bubbles)
  • Hero Arts - Shadow Ink
  • Mission Gold Watercolor
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Press Paper
  • Neenah 80 lb. Cardstock

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Our Moving Announcement

Happpppy Wednesday!  I created this card to send to all of our friends to let them know our new address.  I'm entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Home Sweet Home.

To create this A2 card I began with a deep brown cardstock base and then cut a smaller layer in the same color, crimped this and adhered it to the card.  Then I took a smaller piece of kraft paper and used an EK border punch along the side and crimped that piece as well.  I rubbed a brown distress ink direct to paper and I loved how the ink just hit the top of the crimping.  I know this is a kind of older technique, but I really like and and may do it again soon.  Anyhoo, after that I diecut a tag, blended some distress inks which I sprayed with water, stamped the house image in brown stazon, used some jute to tie a bow and adhered it to the Kraft layer.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from another set onto white cardstock, and adhered this to a scrap of brown polka dot paper and slipped it under the Kraft paper.  A little labor intensive, but I enjoyed doing it!

Materials Used:
  1. Jillibean Soup - Home Tweet Home
  2. Close To My Heart - Around The Block
  3. Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed, Tumble Glass
  4. Brown Cardstock
  5. Crimper
  6. Jute

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Sunday!  I'm in just under the wire, but the week got away from me.  Today I'm playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  I created this card for a friend of my husband's with the request to make it snarky.  I think I met his guidelines (-:

To create this A2 card, I began by stamping the image on some watercolor paper and coloring with zig markers.  I initially used Bristol paper, but the color was just not moving around the way I wanted it to on the paper.  I found some colored paper that matched the blue and reminded me of a bad hospital gown and die cut a frame.  Then I die cut some fun foam and die cut another frame and adhered them together.  I stamped a sentiment from the same set that went along with the theme and die cut a little stitched fishtail piece and did the same with the patterned paper. I used some little starburst dies I found to add a little something to the card to finish it off.

It really went fast, and was fun to put together!

Materials Used:
  • Art Impressions - Crabby Get Well
  • My Favorite Things - Stitched Rectangle Frames
  • Pretty Pink Posh - Mini Tags
  • Papertrey Ink - Stargazer Addition (starbursts)
  • Not Sure Of The Paper 
  • Zig Clean Color Markers 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Happy Gorgeous Madison Spring Day,

I'm playing along with the Muse Challenge #215 today and my take on Tracy McNeely's beautiful, clean and simple card was remembering the man in your life and I had made a Father's Day card for Dad McCaslin and it seemed to fit the bill. I wish I'd get a better handle on taking a picture of these cards, but I've been whining about this for awhile.

Anyhoo, to create this A2 card, I chose Tumbled Glass from the distress inks and stamped some white cardstock with the Halftone Circle stamp set from Altenew.  I picked various sizes and once that was done I realized I had no matching cardstock to do some layering, so I did a direct to paper method and smeared up an additional piece of cardstock with the blue ink and then I liked how it looked and decided to go with it and did an additional little piece to place the sentiment.  I stamped the actual sentiment on vellum and embossed it with silver embossing powder.  I die cut the rectangles with my usual 'go to' rectangle stitched panels.
Materials Used:
  • Altenew - Halftone Circles
  • Papertrey Ink - Happy Father's Day (not sure of name - it's very old)
  • Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass
  • White Cardstock
  • White Vellum

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Happpy Sunday!

Happpppy Sunday!  I'm just getting this one in under the wire for the  Altenew April Color Challenge and the Muse Card Challenge #213

To create this A2 card I began by running the front of the card through a dotted swiss embossing folder.  Next, I made a layer on cardstock with the Halftone Circles stamp in different distress ink colors - then I blotted some tumbled glass distress ink on some cardstock to created the blue layer; lastly, I  stamped the buildings in black ink.  I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do on this one, but I'm happy with the way it turned out.  I'm still getting the hang of using the halftone circles stamps and they are really fun. I wanted the blues, greens and a bit of yellow.  I stamped the sentiment and then handcut the little pennant with a bit of blue fishtail behind it.  If I were to do this again, I would make it a 'less is more' kind of card but there you have it.  I wish I could find a Madison, Wisconsin stamp, we've got such a pretty little lake line, but I might have to draw something like that.

Materials Used:
  • Altenew - Halftone Circles
  • Jillibean Soup - You Move Me
  • Distress Ink - Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade
  • Cuttlebug - Dotted Swiss Embossing Folder
  • Versamagic - Black Onyx Ink
  • Neenah Solar White 110 lb. cardstock

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Shhhh...It's a Surprise

It seems like yesterday, but it will be our Two Year Wedding Anniversary!!  Wow...who would have thought it would be, but at 66 years old, the two year mark means so much to me.  I've decided to submit this one to the Papertrey Ink, Make It Monday #282 Challenge - Stenciled Watercolor Backgrounds. I love this technique demonstrated by Betsy Veldman and it turned out better in 'real life'.

To create this top-folding A2 card I began by die-cutting a watercolor panel and using a stencil with some Daniel Smith watercolor from one of the sample dot sheets. I used the 'genuine' colors and they were all marked transparent and I really liked them.  While that dried, I used the Papertrey Ink sentiment set called Swoosh.  I love that they have a tip sheet for their products.  I stamped it in versamark and embossed with white detailed embossing powder, then I used a border die to cut it out and wrapped it around taping it onto the back.  Lastly, I used some Doodlebug sprinkles in clear-ish to add a little something to it.

Materials Used:
  • Papertrey Ink - Swoosh 'With Love Darling'
  • Daniel Smith Watercolors
  • Pretty Pink Posh - Stitched Border Dies 
  • Stencil - Not sure of this one
  • Canson Watercolor 140 lb. Cold Press
  • My Favorite Things - Stitched Rectangles

Friday, April 21, 2017

Never Enough Thank You Cards...

Helllo Out There!  Today I'm playing along with the Altenew April 2017 Inspiration Challenge.  I'm still not very good at the photography part of things, so I need to spend some time working on that.  I created this A2 card by die cutting a watercolor paper to stamp the beautiful flowers with waterproof black ink.  Next I used blue and green watercolor pencils to paint them.  I added some of the tiny circles and colored them with a yellow as well as the berries (or buds, maybe?) on the flowers.  I found some pale yellow paper in my stash and layered that beneath the stamped panel and finished by die cutting a stitched strip and stamping the thanks with a smaller sentiment and cut a fishtail and adhered it to the front and that finished it.
Materials Used:
  • Altenew  Floral Frames
  • Mama Elephant Thank You Wishes - small sentiment of '...simply isn't enough'
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangles
  • Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
  • Versamagic Black Onyx Ink

Friday, April 14, 2017

A Happy Hello

I couldn't resist making this one because I'm just having such fun playing with these bright colors from the Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Color Challenge #44.  To create this card I used a stencil that I found in my drawer.  I painted a panel of watercolor paper with water and then painted  the distress reinkers over the wet paper.  Once dry, I used a stitched edge die to cut it at an angle and then fit it to a gray card base.  I stamped the sentiment from Newton's Hedgehog Hollow stamp set and then adhered a few clear enamel dots.  I have to admit this one looks very cool in real life.
Materials Used:
  • Newton's Nook Designs Hedgehog Hollow
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Basic Borders
  • Distress Ink Picked Raspberries, Mustard Seed, Wilted Violet
  • Versamagic Black Onyx Ink
  • Walmart Studio G Clear Enamel Dots 

Tie Dye Fun

Had some time today while waiting for my Lamb Cakes to get over-done in the oven today and thought I'd do another card for the Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge #44.  I got two for the price of one this time.  I started with a watercolor panel that I painted reinker colors for the challenge over a stencil I found in my drawer.  Once it dried, I die cut the panel and used the positive and negative to make both cards.  I used the sentiment from Newton's Flower Garden (I masked the words to shorten the sentiment to fit the little circle) popped it up with pop dots.  I die cut some stars and then found some colored enamel dots to match up the colors.  Voila!
Materials Used
  • Newton's Nook Flower Garden Sentiment
  • My Favorite Things Sun Ray
  • Enamel Dots Walmart's Studio G
  • Distress Ink Reinkers, Picked Raspberrie, Mustard Seed, Wilted Violet
  • Versamagic Black Onyx Ink

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hedgehog Friends (-:

Just a fun card for a friend and thought I would follow the guidelines for the Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Card Challenge #44 and add one more card.  When I created this A2 card, I knew I wanted a special sentiment that I didn't own, so I put it together with some alphabet stamps.  This set is the Hedgehog Hollow, which I think is just too cute and I had to use it right away.  I just drew in the sun to pull in the yellow that was part of the challenge and then used Distress Ink to paint in the pink and purple mushrooms- with pink and purple being part of the challenge as well. I did some quick watercoloring for the sun and the little hedgehogs and ladybugs.  I found some black striped kraft paper and layered that between the card panel and the kraft card base.

This was really just fun to do- thank you for stopping by!

Materials Used:
  • Newton's Nook Designs - Hedgehog Hollow
  • Lawn Fawn - Milo's Alphabet
  • Distress Inks - Mustard Seed, Frayed Burlap, Picked Raspberry, and Wilted Violet
  • Faber Castel .03 Pen
  • Zig Clean Color Marker - Plain Red
  • My Favorite Things - Stitched Rectangles

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Peony Bouquet

This was a birthday card for our Mom McCaslin.  I'm posting it to the Altenew's Third Anniversary Celebration.

To create this 5-1/2 x 5-1/2" card I die cut a square panel and stamped the outline stamp of the Peony Bouquet stamp set.    I got the inspiration for this from one of Kristina Werner's Youtube videos.  It was so beautiful that I had to try it myself.  I think it helps if you use colors that blend well together in case they touch while wet.  I used Mission Gold watercolors, but don't remember exactly which colors.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment with the Misti.
Materials Used:
Altenew Peony Bouquet Stamp Set
Mission Gold Watercolors
Stampin' Up Sentiment - Not sure of this set name, though
Lawn Fawn - Square Stitched Stackables

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring Has Sprung in Wisconsin (-:

Helllloo Out There!  Today I'm playing along with the Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge #44.  To create this top fold A2 card I used a stitched die to adhere to the black card base and then die cut the black card base and some white cardstock to create a window with the My Favorite Things window die.  Next I stamped the little pansies (I surgically removed the stems...I know, pretty scary, right?) in Versamagic Black Onyx ink all over the white panel to create a background.  I stamped the full pansy image on the square that was left from cutting the window.  I colored it with Copics and I must admit this was the first time I used Copics and wow, they are certainly different from my regular watercoloring comfort zone.  I matched up this little image to fit the window.  I die cut some little hearts and stamped an image from an old Stampin Up set I've had for awhile and never used.  I embossed it in white onto black cardstock and cut some white cardstock a little larger than the black and adhered it with some glue dots.

Materials Used:
  • Newton's Nook - Floral Garden
  • My Favorite Things - Stitched Rectangles, Peek-a-Boo Window
  • Lawn Fawn -  Hearts #LF492
  • Copic Markers (I am not sure of the color numbers)
  • Stampin' Up - Friendly Phrases
  • Versamagic Black Onyx Ink
  • White / Black Cardstock
  • White Embossing Powder
As a side note, I have to say that I've gotten totally organized and it took me about a year, but I have all my stamps and dies catalogued into Evernote so that I can actually find  what I have ant start using everything.  What a help!  Now that I've retired I'll actually get into the creative zone more - Yay!!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Stamping Outside The Box

Hello Everybody, I'm playing along with the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge #280 today.

To create this A2 card I die cut the front panel with a slanted rectangle on the edge as well as the center.  Next I die cut the smallest size feather from Papertrey Ink's Feather Finery at the bottom of the center rectangle to make it appear that it was falling out of the little center rectangle.  I used Distress Ink to stamp the feathers and also the little circle dots.  It's hard to see in my bad photography but I adhered some plastic acetate from some stamp packaging to the back of this open rectangle and attached the feather to the front of the card panel- this feather is inlaid into the front...are ya thoroughly confused yet?  It's easier to see in person, but it really turned out cool.  I stamped the sentiment in gray so it wouldn't look too harsh.

Materials Used:
  • Papertrey Ink Feather Finery
  • My Favorite Things In & Out Stitched Rectangles
  • Distress Ink Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberries, and Mustard Yellow
  • Stazon Ink Dove Gray
  • 110 lb. White Cardstock
  • Acetate from Stamp Packaging 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Simon Says Anything Goes Challenge

Hellooo Out There!  Today I'm playing along with the Simon Says Anything Goes Challenge of using more than one die cut/punch challenge.

This is a top folding A2 card and to create it I began by cutting a smaller panel with a stitched rectangle die and then taking that panel and cutting a smaller oval stitched panel.  I cut some foam at the same time in order to pop it up a bit from the background.  Next I chose some bright colors for this child's birthday card in a pigment ink and cut the balloons from a Simon Says balloon die...I cut the balloons in white and then again in all of the colors because I wasn't sure how I was going to put them together.  Once they were cut, I did an inline piecing in the center and then picked two others (as long as I had some extra) to make some stray balloons. I stamped and die cut the letters to form the name, and adhered them with glue dots.  Lastly, I stamped the birthday sentiment at the top and Voila!  This was a bit time consuming, but I loved the look and will undoubtedly do it again!

Materials Used:
  • Fun foam cut to size
  • Regular white cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Owen's Alphabet Stamp Set and Dies
  • Simon Says Balloon Bouquet Dies
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangles and Inside/Outside Stitched Ovals
  • My Favorite Things Ewe Are the Best for the sentiment at top

Friday, March 31, 2017

My Favorite Things Color Challenge 66

Happy Friday Everybody (-:

I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Color Challenge 66 today.  The colors they're asking us to use are orange, cranberry, teal, and tangerine.  This is a retirement card (I know, kind funky) and to create it I began by using the dotted swiss embossing folder on the card panel and then die cutting the window through the panel.  I stamped and die cut the elephants in each of the four colors...a note on the ink though.  I usually use the Hero Arts Shadow Ink for solid images, but found that the little Memento ink drops sold at Hobby Lobby worked just as well, if not better.  Okay, then I used a sentiment from one of the Dylusions stamp sets and cut it out by hand so I could split it up.  On the inside I did an extra elephant and used a sentiment from WPlus9 to finish it off.

Materials Used:
  • My Favorite Things:  Beautiful Baby Stamp Set, Wonky Peek-A-Boo Window
  • Sentiments:  WPlus9 Fish More and Dylusions Label Sayings
  • Ink:  Hero Arts Shadow Ink and Memento Ink Drops
  • Dotted Swiss Embossing Folder - I don't remember the manufacturer, it's pretty old

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Happy Birthday Norm!

Good friend of ours, Norm, just had a birthday and this was the card for him!


To create this top-fold card I began by die-cutting the speech bubble window and then matching up where I wanted to stamp the cats.  I stamped them onto some watercolor paper in Versamark Black Onyx ink and colored the cats with zig clean color markers, then die cut a fancy-schmancy border on each side, adhered it to some lavender cardstock and then adhered that to the inside of a card.

Next I started on the outside of the card.  I matched up some watercolor paper to the window in the card front and die cut it.  Once that was done, I wet the watercolor paper and  swiped some pink, blue, and lavender across the panel and splattered with with some blue.  Lastly, I stamped the Happy Birthday and white embossed it.  This one was a little more work than I anticipated, but I had fun doing it!

Materials Used:
  • Art Impressions Cat Stackers
  • Mama Elephant Birthday Wishes
  • Mission Gold Watercolor Bright Opera, Bright Clear Violet, and Cobalt Blue
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Speech Bubbles
  • Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders
  • Zig Clean Color Markers
  • Canson 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
  • Versamark Black Onyx Ink

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cupcakes Inspiration 400 Challenge Cupcake Inspiration Challenge! This is the first time I'm participating in this challenge and needed a birthday card so I wanted to have a hand at it.  We are asked to combine a past challenge and a birthday card.  I chose the past challenge #206.  The colors are lavender, turquoise, and pink.

To create this card I stamped the center cupcake (Stamplorations Sketched Cupcake) in black and then a number of other cupcakes in gray Stazon ink. Next I blended some Shaded Lilac and Peacock Feathers Distress ink over the gray cupcakes, masking the center cupcake,  I removed the mask and painted the center cupcake pink; stamped the sentiment and then created a banner and blended a bit of Shaded Lilac and stamped the birthday greeting.  I drew a line from the cupcake to make it appear to be stuck in the frosting.  To finish it off I used a zig glue stick to make the swirls and sprinkled some clear glitter on it; lastly I used some enamel drops in pink to 'splatter' some pink frosting (-:

Material Used:
  • Stamplorations Sketched Cupcake
  • So Suzy Sentiment
  • Distress Ink:  Shaded Lilac, Peacock Feathers
  • Ranger Enamel Drops
  • Zig Pink #025
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle
  • Cannot Remember )-: Birthday sentiment and general cupcake stamps used in background