Friday, December 21, 2018

Many Thanks

Welcome to the blog today.  I created this A2 card to say thank you to my new cat sitter for watching my little buddy and thought I would tie it into Altenew's 2018 Year In Review Challenge.  I received a lovely gift from Altenew Billowing Blossoms and thought I would use it to enter the challenge and say thank you all at the same time!  I chose the month of October, which had the colors of pink, purple, and green.

I love these solid stamps because it's so easy to paint the stamps with watercolor paints, spritz them with water and press onto watercolor creating a lovely handpainted look.  I used Daniel Smith Bordeaux, Bright Violet, Sap Green, and Green Gold.  When everything was dry, I splattered with the pink Bordeaux.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx Ink and adhered to the watercolor panel.  Thank you for reading this and the supplies I used are listed below.

Billowing Blossoms Stamp Set

Supplies Used:
  • Stamp Set - Altenew Billowing Blossoms
  • Sentiment - Studio Katia Label Messages and Dies
  • Watercolor Paint - Daniel Smith
  • Rectangle Die For Panel - My Favorite Things
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Hobby Lobby Kraft Cardstock

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Happpppy Christmas

Welcome to the blog today.  This card is of a charity blog hop submission for Kat Scrappiness, and this great cause is for the help of young people struggling with drug addiction.

I've listed the supplies below.  To create this card I ink blended some distress oxide inks on Bristol cardstock.  I sprayed a bit of water with perfect pearls and then spattered some white copic ink for 'snow'.  I die cut the birch trees and then adhered to the colored background.  I stamped the deer with some carmel ink from Hero Arts.  I adhered them to the tree piece and mounted this to a cardbase.  I white embossed the sentiment onto some vellum and added a few snowflakes. 
Happppppy Winter!
Supplies Used
Stamps:  Altenew, Modern Deer, Sentiment:  Technique Tuesday, Jingle All The Way
Birch Die:  Taylored Expressions, Birch
Distress Oxide Inks:  Picked Raspberries, Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet, Black Soot

Friday, September 7, 2018

Beyond Basic Backgrounds

Hello out there!  Today I'm posting for the second level of the Altenew Educators Certification Program.  This one is about taking your backgrounds up a notch.  I focused on the inlaid die style and thought I'd try to do a 'double'...that is I used the Altenew Leafy Wreath die and the Altenew Thank You die.  To begin this 5x5" square card I used Distress Oxide inks in Faded Jeans and Broken China, wet painting onto some Bristol Vellum cardstock; when dry, I die cut the leafy wreath.  I then used another plain piece of Bristol and cut that with a 5" stitched square die and cut the wreath from that piece, too.  I used some plain copy paper and adhered it to the back of the plain Bristol.  This gave me a backing to fit my oxide painted wreath into place like a puzzle piece.  I glued it in place with a zig two-way glue pen.  I like the look and was going to just stamp it in black, and that looked nice but I thought I'd 'glam' it up a bit and used some smooth gold paper to cut the 'thank you' words out. I die cut the whole blue wreath/white cardstock panel with the sentiment and adhered yet another piece of copy paper so I could glue the gold die cut thank you into this paper to achieve a totally cool textured inlay look.  Lastly, I needed something to tie in the gold and wanted to used some Nuvo drops, but they just didn't match well, so I used a small paper punch and punched a bunch of these and adhered them to get the 'splattered' look.  I found some blue cardstock that matched the lighter blue and cut it for the 5x5" card.  Thank you for hanging with me and reading this! (-:

Double Inlaid Background

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Irresistible Inking Techniques

Just finished the latest class, 'Irresistible Inking Techniques' in the Altenew Educator Certification Program.  The focus here was on using different ways to use your ink pads and reinkers.  To create this A2 sized card, I masked and stamped the images from the Altenew Build A Flower Anemone stamp set and gold embossed it.  I then used Distress Oxide Ink pads:  Broken China, Wilted Violet, Spiced Marmalade, and Peeled Paint to paint the images.  Once this dried, I stamped the sentiment from Altenew Painted Greetings and gold embossed that as well.  To finish the panel off, I splattered some spiced marmalade on it and die cut it with a rectangle die and lastly took some matching cardstock cut just a 'smidge' larger and adhered everything to a Bristol card base so that the whites would match upl 
Painting With Inkpads
I'm also entering this card into the Altenew August Inspiration Challenge - click the picture below to be taken to the challenge.

Altenew August Inspiration Challenge

Saturday, August 11, 2018

One Die Cutting Technique

This is a project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program:  Die Cutting Techniques (Pictures below).

This is one way to use a die that highlights a sentiment.  It's just one technique, and there are so many others, but I liked the look and was playing with a new stamp set from Altenew, Leaf Canopy.  I also used the dies from another stamp set I love:  Altenew Framed.  For the sentiment I used the words 'Thank Your' from Altenew Floral Frames.

To create this A2 card I began by using the solid Leaf Canopy images on Bristol paper.  I stamped them each with two colors of Distress Oxide inks; using a lighter color and then a darker one.  First I just stamped the lighter ink and then directly after, I cleaned the stamp and then inked it with a darker color and sprayed it with water to achieve a watercolor look.  Once this dried I stamped the sentiment and the little curved line image.  I loved the frame that was included with the 'Framed' set and I die cut this image 3 times total, stacking them together and adhering this in place for framing the sentiment.  This gave it a 3D look and it's really pretty in real life.  I then took a piece of cheaper cardstock and rubbed it directly with the distress ink pad to create a matching layer behind the bristol panel.  I adhered everything together at mounted it on some Neenah Desert Card stock.  Thank you very much for hanging with me to read all of the (-:

Stacked Die Frame

Set Of Four Created

Monday, August 6, 2018

Petite Pattern Play

Playing along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #332:  Petite Pattern Play.  To create this A2 card I stamped the small bird image from Papertrey Ink's Feather Finery in Hero Art's Wet Cement ink, forming a square on the card panel.  I used Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch distress inks to stamp the smallest feather from this stamp set and die cut the image (I used Wink of Stella on the feather also).  I used the sentiment from Larkspur and figured out placement after playing with the feather die cut, but I really like this one turned out (-:  I adhered this panel to some Neenah Desert Storm used as the card base.  Thanks so much for reading this.

Repeated Pattern Challenge

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Scene Building With Individual Stamps

Hi there, moving right along through the Altenew Educator Certification Program and this lesson focused on scene building.  I must admit that I've seen this technique done many times, but I've never actually done it myself.  For this project I used the Altenew Garden Grow stamp set because I love it and have owned it for awhile but haven't had ideas for how I wanted to use it.  Nichol Spohr used this set in some of the lessons and I was inspired!  I also used my Copics, which I rarely do, so this was really a useful lesson for me.

I first decided that I wanted to build my scene making it appear to be inside of a garden potting shed. I pulled out the Altenew Wood Pallet stamp set and set it aside.  Next I stamped all the different elements, i.e., garden tools, butterflies, snail, and watering can onto some Inkadinkadoo masking paper and die cut them.  Next I built my scene and this was just a delightful process.  Stamping the item that I wanted to be in the front first, applying the mask, and then moving on.  Lastly, I stamped the background in gray ink and stamped the 'Hello' from the Altenew 'Halftone Circles'.  I did not mask the background for the butterflies, but instead made sure to color them over until the gray ink did not show.  I used some Ranger Enamel Drops in a yellow to match the butterflies, die cut the panel with a slanted rectangle die, and mounted it to a Neenah Desert Storm cardbase.  Thank you very much for reading.

Altenew Grow Stamp Set

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Stencil Letterpress Technique

Today's focus for the Altenew Educator Certification Program is on stencil techniques, but I actually saw this letterpress technique on Lydia's Corner and I must say I just loved it so much I ordered these two layering stencils right away.

To create this A2 card I took the basic A stencil and embossed it using the Big Shot in the folder sandwich.  Next I placed the stencil over the embossed cardstock (Neenah Solar White) and inked the stencil with Altenew inks Mango Smoothie, Sunkist, Frayed Leaf, and Forest Moss.  It's not easy to see in this photo, but I only used stencil B on the card at the back.  On that card I used the same colors as A to just give it a deeper color.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Altenew Painted Greetings and embossed it in gold embossing powder on vellum.  I cut the vellum with some deckle scissors and wrapped it to the back and taped to the back and adhered the finished panel to some yellow cardstock from Michael's.  Thanks very much for reading this.

Dahlia Stencils A and B

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Let It Shine

Welcome to a very humid afternoon in Madison!  Today's focus is on ways to add some sparkle and shine to a project. Now that I'm looking at it, you really cannot see the sparkle on this project thanks to my phenomenal photography skills.  Just so you know I'm not making this up, I used the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen and painted all over this finished card and also used a Pen-Touch Gold pen by Sakura in the center and in select smaller areas in the succulent's tips.  I began creating this A2 card by stamping this gorgeous stamp onto some Canson 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper with Versafine Black Onyx Ink.  Once dry, I used my Zig Clean Color Markers in Yellow, Yellow-Green, May Green, and Green to do all of the large areas of these leaves and added water to push the ink around.  I then used some Windsor & Newton Viridian Green, Aureolin Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, and Permanent Rose to color the smaller centers.  I mixed some of the Rose and Ultramarine to paint the larger tips of the succulent.  Once everything was dry I added the sparkle.  To assemble this card, I die cut a Stitched Frame from My Favorite Things in a green cardstock from Hobby Lobby that matched the greens in the succulent and popped it up with some fun foam that I also diecut.  I adhered everything to a periwinkle cardbase (this cardstock also from Hobby Lobby) and stamped the sentiment from Altenew's Label Love - cut it out and tucked it behind the frame.  Thank you very much for reading.
Mega Succulent Stamp Set

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

For The Guys

The focus here today is on creating a masculine card.  I took one of the images from the Altenew Party Time stamp set and created a pattern with Altenew inks.  I originally used some Distress Oxide inks, but the Altenew crisp dye inks worked out much better on the Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I stamped the little accompanying sequin stamps with the blue and green (Mountain Mist and Ocean Waves) to pull in the other colors.  I also put some Wink of Stella on the sequin stamped images. I rubbed the yellow Mango Smoothie ink direct to paper for a back layer.  The sentiment was stamped in Altenew Jet Black from the Painted Greetings stamp set.  I trimmed the yellow layer to fit showing just a bit of color and adhered to the top panel.  Before adhering everything together, I used the Avery Elle Dotted Rectangle die to cut.  I mounted everything to a white card base and Voila!

A Masculine Birthday

Friday, July 6, 2018

A Bit Of Ink Blending

I don't think this photo shows up very well, but there is a light layer of Altenew Lavender Fields ink blended as the base layer on this card base.  I stamped the flower images from Altenew's Botanical Garden in Versafine Onyx Black ink on Bristol paper.  Next I used some small ink daubers in the same colors doing first, second, and third generation stamping to achieve the Bokeh look.  I painted the flower in Lavendar Fields and waited for each layer to dry before doing another.  I colored in the smaller flower images with full strength ink and painted the leaves in zig clean color markers using only the light green.  I wanted the green to be a bit brighter.  I used from green Ranger Enamel Dots to add 'splatter', but then messed up one of the areas with a 'burp' of dots, so I die cut a few lavender hearts to cover the area.  Lastly, I die cut the panel with a dotted rectangle die and adhered it to the lavender base.  Thank you for reading (-:

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Clean And Simple Boutique Cards

Focus today is on a faux letterpress technique.  This particular technique is a bit more labor intensive until you get the hang of it...and also a feel for which inks work best.  I first chose the type of card I needed to send next, chose the colors I wanted to work with, and finally the design.  I used the Altenew Thank You die and cut it twice from 80 lb. cardstock and also cut it from vellum.  I glued these cut die pieces together with zig two-way glue pen and put the vellum at the bottom of the stack. After much experimentation, I chose Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Cracked Pistachio.  I took the ink pad and actually rubbed it into the vellum until it was nicely covered in both ink Colors.   Next I set the Big Shot to the embossing folder sandwich position and placed the inked die stack on top of a piece of Bristol paper that I had previously cut with a rectangle die.  I was careful not to shift the inked die cut as I placed it on the Bristol paper and ran it through the Big Shot.  I was so happy with the results, I really love this technique.  Lastly, I white embossed the 'for your hospitality' sentiment from the Altenew Succulents stamp set and cut it out with a scissors and adhered it to the panel.  Lastly, I took the dots from the Altenew Majestic Mistletoe stamp set.  These are little 'dots' are really berries for the mistletoe from this set, but I thought it looked like the perfect size to fill out my card. Oh, as a side note, you can keep this little glued die stack with your die to use it over and over again!  Thank you for hanging with me and reading my post (-:
Faux Letterpress - Lesson 3

Closer Detail

Saturday, June 30, 2018

All About Layering 2

The focus here was on additional layering and I really wanted to work with the beautiful pink inks that Altenew offers.  I first decided which stamp set to work with and chose this lovely Painted Rose stamp set.  I was inspired by watching Nicole show this set and thought I'd make it look as though I was highlighting a rose by stamping the base layer on either side of the finished rose.  I used Blush as the first color and I just love this color.  For the middle layer I stamped it with Blush about three times and for the top layer I used Pink Diamond ink.  I used Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades for the leaves and stamped multiple times across the bottom to give the impression that there was a garden.  I used a dotted rectangle die to cut the panel and then used the smaller dotted rectangle die in the set to emboss the rose at a diagonal to call attention to it.  I used the sentiment from Altenew's Floral Shadow stamp set, stamping it in Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  I mounted this on a green card stock to match the green of the leaves.  I thought it needed a little something so I used some Ranger Enamel Accent Drops in black to create a splatter look.  I thought the black would tie in the sentiment color.  Thanks so much for reading this (-:
All About Layering - Assignment 2

Friday, June 29, 2018

All About Layering

This is my first assignment for Altenew Educator Certification Program.  I'm trying to closely follow the guidelines for assignments, so these uploads will be focused on the lesson requirements. This lesson is called, 'All About Layering', and I used the Altenew Painted Flowers stamp set and I thought it was a great one because it is fairly forgiving if you are a bit offset as it gives it more of a playful pen and ink look.  First I worked on the design and how I would like the flowers to flow and then I chose the ink colors- Altenew Mango Smoothie, Sunkissed, Frayed Leaf, and Forest Glades.  I stamped the black using Versafine Black Onyx first and it was really fun to see this card begin to come together.  Next I stamped the lighter ink (Sunkissed) using the layering guide for each flower. I downloaded this from Altenew's website. I followed the lighter yellow ink with Mango Smoothie and finished the leaves after the flowers, using Frayed Leaf first and Forest Glades last.  I should mention that you achieve a nice crisp look if you make sure the ink is dried between layers.  Once this was done, I filled in the 'flowing' look with the smaller images.  It looked a little like it was missing something, so I used the small little circles from the Altenew Floral Frames stamp set to give a finished look.  These little images are great fillers for when you need a little something and don't have any Nuvo drops left! I used the darker green ink for these little images.  Now onto the sentiment.  I planned space for the sentiment when I figured out the design and used the Altenew Painted Greetings stamp set for the 'Thank You' and the 'for your hospitality' was the Altenew Succulents stamp set.  I used a rectangle die to give it a finished look and adhered this to a yellow card base.  Thank you for reading (-:

 All About Layering - Assignment 1

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

In The Garden...

In The Garden is the theme for this Penny Black and More Challenge. Perfect timing for a 'Thank You For Your Hospitality' card, as we just got back from a lovely time at my in-laws home in Oklahoma...waaaay far trip from Madison, Wisconsin.

I used an old favorite of mine, the Penny Black 'Pop Pop Poppies'.  I initially stamped the flowers with Wild Honey Distress Ink followed by Fired Brick.  Once this dried, I stamped the center of the lower poppy with Black Soot Distress Ink and finished by doing the leaves in Peeled Paint and painted the little bit of detail with some more Peeled Paint once it dried.  I should note that I took sized 2 round paint brush and kind of 'dotted' around the black center because I didn't stamp it very nicely.  I splattered red and green inks on the background and stamped the thank you sentiment in black and white embossed the 'for your hospitality' from the Altenew Succulents stamp set.  Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Creating Some Patterned Paper

Hellllo out there.  I'm entering this one into the Altenew June Inspiration Challenge.  I used the Altenew Penned Rose for this card.  I love this rose and decided to create some patterned paper and I think I used a filter that skewed the colors because it looks like purple and gray but it's actually perylene green (Windsor & Newton) and ultramarine pink (Graham) watercolors.  I stamped the rose in Stazon Grey and then watercolored the rose.  I did a series of die cuts to fill out the A2 card.  I then stamped the sentiment from Altenew Painted Greetings.  I adhered the greeting strip and then used Ranger Enamel Drops in white.  Thank you very much for reading.

Cupcake Sprinkles

I'm entering this one into the Creativity Meets C9 Challenge.  I love, love, love this stamp and it is so much fun to play with.  It's one of the Concord & 9th turnaround stamps -  it's called Sprinkles.  These stamps are so cool.  You mark a reference point on the stamp itself with a Sharpie and a reference point on your paper and you're good to go...turning your paper and stamping different colors.  I mean how cool is that!  I was able to stamp in versamark, emboss in gold, turn the paper, stamp and emboss in silver.  I could have kept going, but I liked how it with the blue behind....oops almost forgot, I used Bristol vellum paper and painted it with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink.  I stamped and embossed one of the sentiments and die cut a tag, threaded it with silver thread, and die cut the heart from the companion die set.  I will be using this one again soon.  Thanks so much for reading (-:

Happppy Father's Day

I am entering this card into the Concord & 9th Challenge:  Where Creativity Meets C9.  This is a really fun stamp set to use.  I can think of many more occasions to use it for and that's a big part of the purchase for me. I started this card with a panel of Nina Solar White card stock and stamped the blue 'water' in Salty Ocean Distress Oxide.  Once it dried, I stamped the 'land' in Twisted Citron Oxide.  I silver embossed the globe stand and sentiment and it was done!  Well, except for die cutting the rectangle with the Wonky Rectangle from My Favorite Things.  Oops, I also die cut some red hearts to add to this finished panel.  I also cut a blue layer from some Hobby Lobby blue card stock to layer it behind the panel and adhered all to the white card base.  Thanks for reading this!

Faux Watercolor Technique

Update! Oh boy, I just realized that I was one of the winners for the June Inspiration Challenge!!  I am soooo happy!

Oh Boy!!


I thought this was one of the most fun techniques I've tried.  I'm submitting this to the Altenew June Inspiration Challenge and the colors this month are a wine purple, green, and gray.  I began by taking a piece of watercolor paper and stamped the flowers in some distress ink and sprayed them with water after inked and stamping them down while they were dripping wet.  I did the same with the foliage from the stamp set.  Once everything was dry, I splattered some of the purple ink.  After everything was dry I used some yellow distress ink and painted the centers of the flowers with a hint of yellow- you can barely see it, but it was just enough.  I stamped the 'smile' sentiment in versamark and then embossed it with silver.  I used a versamark marker and put some random dots around the card panel and embossed those in silver also.  I then stamped the 'you are awesome' in black ink onto gray and trimmed it out.  I die cut the main panel with the slanted rectangle die and mounted everything to a gray card base.  Thanks very much for reading and the materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Stamps, Altenew Floral Shadows, Altenew You Are... 
  • Inks, Distress Inks, Seedless Preserves and Peeled Paint 
  • Silver Embossing Powder
  • Gray Cardstock
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Press Watercolor Paper

Monday, June 4, 2018

Combined Stamp Sets

I think the best thing I've done is put all my stamp sets into Evernote so that I'll be able to pull different sets together based on some idea that pops into my head.  For this one I painted some blue and green watercolors onto some Canson cold pressed watercolor paper, let it dry and then die cut the slanted rectangle.  I then stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Things with Versafine Black Onyx ink.  I then stamped, painted, and die cut the ship and wave from Papertrey Ink.  As an aside...this set from Papertrey Ink is part of their mini doodle series and the price point is great!  I mounted this to a kraft cardbase to finish it off.  Thank you for reading this, and the materials used are listed below.  Submitting this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Materials Used:
  • Sentiment - My Favorite Things, Make A Wish
  • Ship and Wave - Papertrey Ink, What The Doodle Waves Mini Stamp
  • Die - My Favorite Things, Slanted Strip Rectangle
  • Watercolor - Mijello Gold
  • Paper - Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Happppppy Father's Day!

Time for a Father's Day card for Dad McCaslin and a great time to submit this for the Monday Simon Says Challenge. I really liked this stamp set from Concord &'s really versatile and I also recently made a graduation card for a nephew with it as well picture below.


Materials Used:

  • Stamp - Concord & 9th, Global Greetings
  • Ink - Distress Oxide Ink, Salty Ocean and Hero Arts Green Fields

Card 1:

  • Platinum Embossing Powder 
  • Simon Says Stamp, Envelope Liner Die (for envelope and red hearts)
  • Blue cardstock

Card 2:

  • Newton's Nook, Puffy Stitched Cloud Dies
  • Tim Holtz, Crazy Accessories Graduation Hat, Die and Stamp
  • Ranger, Black Enamel Drops
  • Distress Oxide Ink, Blueprint Sketch - for the graduation hat

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Bristol & Watercoloring With Oxides

I've just recently found how well distress oxides play with bristol vellum and I can't get enough.  It leaves such a smooth clean surface as opposed to watercolor paper with it's toothiness. I'm submitting this one for the Altenew May Inspiration Challenge.  I realized I have this gorgeous little stamp that I haven't had a chance to use yet and just wanted to play with it.

To create this A2 sized landscape card I used some bristol vellum and inked the large backrground 'Watercolor Dots' stamp set with some Peacock Feathers Oxide after I misted the stamp with water I just took the vellum and dipped the corners into the watery ink.  While I left it to dry I stamped the rose from the Altenew 'Carved Rose' with Worn Lipstick Oxide.  I heat embossed this with some clear embossing powder.  I heat embossed it about three or four times to get a raised 'sticker' look to it which worked so cool with this stamp.  I followed the same procedure for the leaves using Tumbled Glass.  I cut a tag out of the rose and leaves (BTW this is bristol vellum as well).  Next I stamped the 'my friend' sentiment and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder.  I did the same for the 'You will always be' sentiment as well.  I used some silver thread wound quite a few times for the tag and adhered it to the main panel. Also, I die cut the main panel with a dotted rectangle.  I mounted this to the pink card stock and then mounted the whole thing to a gray card base.

Thank you for reading this and even though I mentioned the supplies, I've listed them all below.

 Materials Used:
  • Stamps:  Altenew Carved Rose and Watercolor Dots
  • Inks:  Distress Oxides Peacock Feathers, Worn Lipstick, and Tumbled Glass
  • Dies:  Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangles and Concord and 9th Sprinkles Tag Die 
  • Silver Sharpie for the silver dots
  • Silver Ranger Embossing Powder
  • Generic Card Stock

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Distress Oxide Coloring / Warm Wishes

Happppy Memorial Weekend America!  I created this card for the Altenew May Inspiration Challenge.  I was surprised at how much I liked how the distress oxide inks smooshed on this background piece to give it the look of marble.  Let me just say, I'm going to work on my's just not very good, but here goes.

I created this A2 card by cutting a stitched rectangle and stitched oval out of some bristol card stock.  I took the background and smooshed it into some distress oxide ink and left it to dry while I worked on the inside oval.  I die cut the little vase and flowers 3 or 4 times and glued them together after painting them with some Altenew dye inks.  Once everything was dry I adhered them to the card base and stamped the sentiment below.  Thank you for reading and the materials used are listed below (-:

Materials Used:

  • Stamp Sets:  Altenew Garden Grow and Warm Wishes 
  • Inks:  Altenew Mountain Mist, Ocean Waves, Frosty Pink, and Rouge and Ranger Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers, and Versafine Black Onyx
  • Dies:  Altenew Garden Grow Vase Die and My Favorite Things Stitched Ovals and Stitched Rectangles
  • Paper:  Strathmore Bristol Vellum

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Creating Your Own Sentiment

Today I've created a note card to send to Aunt Jo.  A lot of times when I want to enter a challenge and don't have an occasion for it, I'll create something for Aunt Jo who's turning 92 this September and is in a nursing home.  She gets a kick out of it and I get to enter a contest...woooo hoooo!

I started this panel on a piece of watercolor paper and lightly stamped the floral; using the MISTI.  I left the stamp in the MISTI so I'd be able to stamp it again more firmly after I loosely washed the panel with some watercolor paint.  I used the colors required for this month's Altenew May Challenge (pic below).

I used the Altenew Calligraphy alphabet set and finally figured out the best way for me to get the results I wanted.  I did a brief placement to make sure I had enough room and then began.  I placed the 'n' for the word 'note' on acetate and made sure I liked where it sat.  Once I was pleased, I did that for each letter...placing it on acetate and then removing the acetate from the MISTI and stamping it a couple of times with Versafine Black Onyx ink.

Once everything was finished I used the notebook die and cut the panel and used a deckle scissors to cut the three sides to give the look of a page torn out.  After that I found some card stock that matched the pink I used on the panel for the card base.  Thanks for hanging with me this far and the materials used are listed below.  Also...I used Ranger Enamel Accents for the teal colored 'splatters' (great price point and good alternative to Nuvo drops).

Materials Used:
  • Stamp Sets:  Altenew Charmed flower image, Altenew Calligraphy Alpha alphabets
  • Die:  Altenew Notebook Edge 
  • Daniel Smith Watercolors
  • Ranger Enamel Accents for the teal colored enamel 'splatters'
  • Aquarelle Cold Pressed watercolor paper
Hobby Lobby variety pack card stock

Monday, April 16, 2018

Really Quick Watercolor - Thank You

Hello and happy Monday )-: Today I'm sharing a quick card that I made as a thank you to a friend.  I'm playing along with the Watercooler Challenges today, so please check them out.  I found this really cool koi stamp and I'm afraid I can't remember where I got this set from...can we say I've got toooooo many stamps?  Anyway, I decided to highlight the center image and colored with zig clean color markers.  I die cut the panel with all the stitched rectangles that came together and just cut some black card stock to fill out the card...easy peasy, but I liked the result.  Lastly, I die cut the word 'thank you' and adhered it to the top.  Thank you for reading this, and the materials used are listed below.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Doodling Waves

Happy Hello- just sharing a card here for the Altenew March Inspiration Challenge.  The colors this month were a challenge, for me, but here goes. I tried to use the colors and emulate a beach scene, and it's just plain fun to do the watercoloring.  I stamped the image and masked it a couple of times to act as waves, then white embossed it.  Next I used some Altenew inks to fit the required colors.  When I applied the tan ink I put some salt on the wet watercolor to achieve a textured look. While this was drying I painted some of the leftover pink and blue diluted ink on another piece of watercolor paper and then when it dried I die cut it from a stitched frame.  I adhered the waves panel to an A2 card base and then popped up the frame with some fun foam and put that over the waves.  For the sentiment I used more of the leftover colored watercolor paper and stamped the sentiment once in pink and then again with versamark and clear embossed that - cut it on an angle and adhered it to the finished card.  Thanks for reading this and the materials used are listed below:
Materials Used:
  • Waves- Altenew You Are...Stamp Set
  • Sentiment- Altenew Bejeweled
  • Inks- Altenew Ocean Waves and Rouge - For the Sand - Memento Desert Sand
  • Die - My Favorite Things Stitched Frames
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Happppppy Easter!

Happpppy Easter- I'm adding my second card here for the Altenew March Inspiration Challenge.  Wow, do I ever need help with photography...try as I might the pictures turn out soooo bad.  Anyhoo, I created this A2 card (which is really pretty in person) by starting with a watercolor panel and painted it with two colors matching the required colors and once dry, I stamped it with the large Altenew Wood Pallet stamp and it turned out kind of cool actually.  Then I proceeded to use the pink Altenew Rouge dye ink to paint the flower die cuts which are from the Altenew Peony Bouquet- the stems are colored with Altenew Forest Moss.  I dug out the only 'Happy Easter' sentiment stamp I had and die cut it from brown kraft card stock with a label die.  It had a hole on each side and I used a black brad (remember those?) on either side, but cut off the little brad 'legs' with a scissors and adhered with glue dots.  Now that I'm writing this all down, it turned out to be rather labor-intensive, but I don't even notice the time go by so this officially counts as a passion (-:
Thank you for hanging with me here and the materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Background Stamp- Altenew Wood Pallet
  • Flowers- Altenew Peony Bouquet
  • Sentiment- Tim Holtz Crazy Talk
  • Inks- Altenew Rouge, Sunkist, Ocean Breeze, and Forest Moss
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
  • Dies- My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangles and Sentiment Strips 2

Helllllooo Out There!

Helllooo Out There!  Playing along with Altenew's March Inspiration Challenge and this is the first of three cards I'll be sharing today. This one was fun to create I must say.  I used watercolor card stock for both the card base and the panel because I needed something to bring it together and didn't have any of the right colored card bases so I painted the blue Altenew dye ink on the base and that seemed to work well for me.  I started by stamping the panel with the halftone circles in various sizes in blue and then stamped the butterfly to make it appear as if he was perching on the largest circle.  I stamped the 'Hello' and die cut it in the three colors required in this month's challenge.  I die cut the panel itself with a stitched rectangle, but it looked kinda blah, so I painted a little watercolor border with the blue Altenew ink and finished it off by splattering the two other colors.  I use the clear Nuvo drops over the ink splatters because it makes them appear to be colored drop.  I like those drops because they take on the color of whatever is underneath them.  Thanks very much for reading this and the materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Butterfly- Altenew Botanical Garden
  • Background and Sentiment- Altenew Halftone Circles
  • Inks- Altenew Ocean Waves, Sunkissed, and Rouge Crisp Dye Inks - Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • Nuvo Clear Dimensional Drops
  • Watercolor Paper - Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed