Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Altenew September Inspiration Challenge

Hellllo Out There!  Today I'm submitting this card for the Altenew September inspiration Challenge.  I began by stamping with clear embossing powder on some watercolor paper. I wanted to incorporate the colors for the challenge (Altenew image below), so I just kept adding some wetter color to the dry water color paper until I had a nice mix and then I let this dry. I really liked the colors so I didn't want to cover them up and chose to adhere to the last color as a card base and a sentiment strip backing.  I white embossed the sentiment on the small strip and cut stitched rectangles to the edges.  Materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Alternew, Persian Motif used as background stamping
  • Unity, Hang In There, sentiment
  • My Favorite Things, stitched rectangles
  • Distress Inks:  Stormy Sky, Cracked Pistachio, and Wilted Violet
  • Watercolor Paper, Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Simon Says Shimmer and Shine Challenge

Happy almost Fall everyone!  I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Shimmer and Shine Challenge.  To create this A2 card, I began by stamping and embossing the image in gold embossing powder and then painting it in with some zig markers.  They looked pretty tame, so I decided to try out my distress oxide inks for the first time and added some of that over top.  Wow, what a mess I had, but I kept going and spraying with water and blotting it up and spraying some more and was just about to give up when I tried just blotting up the ink between the images with a damp brush and decided I liked the look.  I'm sure it will be many moons before I am any good with oxides.  Practice makes better anyway.  When everything had dried, I used the gold shimmer spray that came in the August Hero Arts Kit to add some glitz.  Lastly, I stamps the sentiment on vellum and gold embossed that cutting it to a strip and adhering to the back of the panel.  Oh, and I used a stitched rectangle die and mounted it to some Simon gray card stock.  Thanks very much for reading and the materials used are listed below:
Materials Used:
  • Image:  Six Heart Medallion, Sweet Stamps
  • Sentiment:  Botanical Silhouettes Stamp Set, Papertrey Ink
  • Zig Clean Color Markers
  • Distress Oxide Inks:  Picked Raspberries, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers
  • Simon Says Stamp, gray card stock
  • Vellum
  • Gold embossing powder
  • Canson 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Sharing a card for submission in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  I really liked making this one, and in spite of some flubs, it still turned out okay I think.  I started with some glossy card stock cut down to fit on an A2 card.  I used some die inks rubbed across an acrylic block spritzed with water and set it down on the card stock; pulling it up left me with some neat markings on the paper.  Once it was dry I stamped the word 'Stars' on it.  I also went ahead and stamped the supporting sentiments at the edges of the little rectangle.  When I was doing this I left a big smudge with the black ink up in the right hand corner, so I cut the inlaid hearts to take care of that.  I laid them in the two corners to balance it out.  Thank you very much for reading.  Materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Some old photo glossy paper I had in my stash
  • My Favorite Things, Count The Stars stamp set
  • My Favorite Things, Stitched Rectangles
  • Memento Dye Inks
  • Lawn Fawn Hearts #LF492 Dies

Monday, September 4, 2017

Watercolor Birthday Card

Happy Labor Day to Americans today!  Thought I'd play along with the Happy Little Stamper Watercolor Challenge today and I'm submitting a card I made for our Aunt Jo's 92nd birthday.  This was a lot of fun to make and super easy.  First I did a quick sketch in pencil of the triangle 'chain' and basket , and then used a waterproof black pen to actually do the little picture.  I didn't draw in the green/yellow leaves.  Next I took a mix of lemon yellow and indigo to mix green and used different mixes along the way to dot in the leaves.  I painted the planter with plain indigo blue.  Then I stamped the birthday sentiment.  I trimmed the watercolor panel down to 4 x 5-1/2".  Lastly I used a border embosser for the two side elements and adhered it to a kraft cardbase.  Thank you for reading this and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Sentiment:  Stampin' Up Simply Sketched
  • Border Element:  Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders
  • Watercolor Paint:  Mission Gold
  • Micron Pen 0.05
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
  • Hobby Lobby Kraft Cardstock

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Simon Says Monday Challenge

Hey out there today.  I'm playing along with the Simon Says Monday Challenge but I didn't think I'd play along this time because I just don't have any little ones...until I thought of the bookmarks I make to put into birthday cards and figured it fit the theme.  I die cut the bookmarks from watercolor paper and for the bookmark on the left I sketched and painted the leaves.  For the bookmark on the right I die cut a fern and sprayed some easy tac adhesive to it so it stayed put on the bookmark and then painted the pink watercolor around it.  I stamped the sentiment on the front for the leaves and onto the back for the fern.  Thank you for reading and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Bookmark Die, Avery Elle Bookmark
  • My Favorite Things, Bold Greenery Die
  • Sentiment, Newtons Nook, Book Club 
  • Stazon Timberlake Brown Ink
  • Mission Gold Watercolor
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
  • Hemp