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