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