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