Sunday, August 27, 2017

Artist Trading Card

Sharing an Artist Trading Card for the Weekly Simon Says Stamp Challenge.  I had no idea where I was going with this, but had fun with it on the way.  I used some hot pressed watercolor paper and  gold embossed the single line with an old border stamp that I'm not sure where I even got, sadly.  Next I watercolored a yellow stripe and blended it with indigo blue, permanent red, and then sap green to create the stripes.  I stamped the paintbrushes and found an old alphabets set to create the word 'paint' and then added some hearts, and that's it.  Easy peasy, but I wouldn't have even attempted to make this until the challenge came up and I ended up really liking it.  Thanks for reading, and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Impression Obsession, Liner Brushes Stamp Set
  • Close To My Heart Alphabet Set, Typeface A
  • Mission Gold Watercolors
  • Fabriano 140 lb. Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper
  • Gold Embossing Powder

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Wishing You...

Hello and a Happy Post Eclipse Day!  I'm playing along with a new-to-me Die Cut Divas Challenge.  I just happened upon it and so much inspiration, it got my mojo going.  I created this card for my sister-in-law's birthday and started by die cutting a slanted rectangle panel on watercolor paper.  I stamped, masked and embossed the peony and leaves with gold embossing powder.  Next I pulled out my zig clean color markers and used a combination of lavenders to color the flower, pulling the colors and blending with water.  I used a combination of greens to color the leaves and filled the background in with some of the greens from the leaves and a bit of indigo in the corner.  Once dry, I stamped and embossed the sentiment and then splattered the panel, protecting the flowers.  I finished this off by adhering to some green cardstock and also die cut a green envelope liner from the same green cardstock.  Voila!  Thank you for reading this, and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • My Favorite Things, Slanted Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp, Envelope Liner
  • Altenew, Peony Bouquet Stamp Set
  • Mama Elephant, Wishing You Stamp Set
  • Zig Clean Color Markers
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Hobby Lobby Green Cardstock

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Nautical Theme

Okay, just getting in here under the wire for the Simon Says Stamp Nautical Challenge with a card for something that got 'messed up' and crazy as it seems, I didn't have the right sentiment for it, so this came to mind.  I thought it was funny anyway...ugh.  I used the die cut for the wave as a stencil and then watercolored the water in.  I stamped the wave over the white and then die cut the little sailboat 'sinking' through a little slit I made in the panel.  I used some alphabet stamps on some orange to match the hull of the boat and then just cut a little fishtail out of it.  Lastly, I die cut the watercolor panel and adhered it to some gray cardstock.  Thanks for reading, and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Papertrey Ink, Mini Waves Stamp Set
  • Lawn Fawn, Harold's ABC's Stamp Set
  • My Favorite Things, Wonky Stitched Rectangles
  • Mission Gold Watercolors

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: