Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Watercolors Again

Hi everyone.  Playing around with the same technique as a couple of days ago (Happy Watercolored Birthday).  This time I used the orange and yellow from the Muse Card by Marion Vagg, but changed the blue to Rich Razzleberry (love this bright purple!).

I also kept the white embossed wood grain background from the Muse card, but it looks so different being an A2 card (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") from the square card.  I used a white silhouette of die-cut daisies and white embossed sentiment.

Here's the Muse card from the lastest challenge (#64) ...

I'm also entering this card into CAS-ology #92 Challenge, cue word: Garden and for the Less Is More #168 Challenge (makes me smile) ... playing with inks makes me smile :)

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Stamps:  Friendship Garden - sentiment (Fiskars)
Paper:  110 lb. white (Neenah); watercolor
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Wood Grain embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Fresh Daisies die (Simon Says), white embossing powder, heat tool, water mister

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Muse #64
CAS-ology #92
Less Is More #168


Here are two more of my Dirty Dozen Design Team cards from last October (click here for an explanation as to why I'm sharing them now).  Along with the theme challenge of "It's about Time", there are also challenges within the central theme ... one of them being "More is More.  This is where you make a card, and then make a stepped-up version.

Here I made a CAS Christmas card with some die-cut heated copper.  And by just adding some dry embossing and paper piercing, the card below is the "stepped-up" version :)

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Stamps:  Beautiful Season (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Soft Suede (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Holiday Cheer dies (Sizzix), Country Landscape die (Memory Box), Snowflake embossing folder (Cuttlebug), paper piercing tool, template and mat; copper sheet, mini torch

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Watercolored Birthday

Hi everyone.  Having some fun playing with watercolor paper.  Today I poured some drops and squiggles of re-inker in both Turquoise and Tangerine onto my craft sheet.  Misted some water and then placed my watercolor on top, letting it soak up all the beautiful color.  It's just a little different way of adding the ink to my paper.  I absolutely LOVE how this turned out.  The color combo is so pretty and I love the deep, saturated colors.  I thought it would be perfect with a black base, so switched up my usual white-on-white card base and front panel.  Perfect for a masculine birthday.

The black base is hard to photograph as it doesn't show the true, deep black it is in real life.  The dark black intensifies the turquoise and tangerine even more - I wish it photographed better for you to see.

I used the little leaves die-cut from Sizzix, just securing it at the base of the stem under the sentiment and also two leaves, and letting the rest of the leaves remain loose so the card has a bit of movement.  Originally I stamped the sentiment in black directly onto the the watercolored panel.  I lined up my Stamp-a-ma-jig so that I could stamp it twice as stamping on watercolor paper can be a bit tricky because of the texture.  For some reason I ended up with a shadow stamping on the second try and it was hard to read.  Not wanting to forgo using this pretty watercolor paper, I opted to stamp and emboss the sentiment onto a thin strip of black card stock to place over the mistake... I like it even better than my original idea. :)

I'm entering this into the CAS on Sunday challenge (#31 - birthday with die-cut) and this will also be my second entry for Addicted to Stamps & More #91 - Anything Goes.  I'm so going to add this to the current challenge at Less is More #168 - Makes me smile ... when I saw this challenge, I immediately thought I'd be making a cute and whimsical card to enter (and I may still do that), but this card makes me smile.  I love the artsy look of the ink splat background and the bright colors with the black to ground everything.

I have signed up for the next On-Line Card Class - Watercoloring, which begins on May 5th.  So looking forward to learning more tips and tricks for using this wonderful medium.

Quick note to my email subscribers.  For some reason Feedburner (the system that tracks and distributes the subscriptions) has had difficulties recently.  A few days back I noticed that approx. 200 of my subscriptions were deleted.  In talking to other crafters, they have had the same experience.  I apologize for any inconvenience and hope Feedburner fixes the problem soon.  xx

Edited to Add:  Just checking on Time Out Challenge (#3) and see that their current one is still open and it's about masculine birthdays ... so I'm entering!! :)


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Stamps:  Bitty Birthday (SU!)
Paper:  Black, Watercolor
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango (SU!); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Little Leaves die (Sizzix), white embossing powder, water mister

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CAS on Sunday #31
ATS&M #91
Less is More #168
Time Out #3

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter

I wanted to share the treat bags I made up for Sunday (and a turtle toy for Cooper).  We haven't had an Easter egg hunt since the kids were little ... look forward to the day when we will have them with Cooper --- won't be long, the time is flying by and he's already four months old!

The tags are made from one digital file that I purchased ... there are actually ten designs along with two different sentiments - great deal! :)

I colored with Copics and then added a little shading and cheeks to the chicks using chalk.  Below is a close up of the tags so you can see more detail.  They are all so cute, but I have two favorites, the one for Cooper where the chick is coming out of the speckled egg, and the one for my mom - she's all dressed up in her fanciest Easter bonnet.  :)

Wish I had taken the time to find a similar font to the Happy Easter sentiment and added the names with the computer ... my printing is not good and my pen looks like it was running out of ink. :(  Oh well, I don't think anyone will mind - they will be focused on the candy :)  You can see that I didn't want to miss out on the candy and even made one for myself :)

I'm entering my tags into the Crazy for CAS Challenge #42 - Easter.

One more thing to share before I wrap up for today ... Cooper wanted to wish everyone a very "Hoppy Easter" :)

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Stamps:  Fluffy Chicks (Pink Petticoat)
Paper:  110 lb. white (Neenah)
Ink:  Copics
Accessories & Tools:  Tags cut from Silhouette Cameo, red chalk

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Crazy for CAS #42

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring Tulips

Hi everyone.  I had fun using a couple of stencils to make today's card.  I sponged the lattice background and then splattered with pink.  I then used the tulip stencil to add embossing paste.  Once dry, I placed the stencil back over the paste and sponged on the pink and green inks.  I used two shades of pink to give a graduation of color.  The sentiment was stamped in gray ink to keep with the softer tones of this card.  The sentiment looks crooked, but it is straight in real life --- isn't it fun when the camera plays tricks on us?? :)

The soft green ink is a gift from my friend Nancy - thanks Nancy!!  She sent me this ink and also a soft coral - can't wait to give that color a try! :)

I'm entering this into the ATS&M challenge #91 - Anything Goes.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter.  I'm in the process of making up some treat bags to give to out at our family Easter dinner on Sunday, so will be back soon to share the tags with you.


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Stamps:  Where the Heart is (Simon Says)
Paper:  110 lb. white (Neenah)
Ink:  Pistachio Pudding, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Silhouette Cameo for cutting stencils, clear plastic sheets (Grafix), sponges, embossing paste, palette knife

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ATS&M #91

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sharing Design Team cards

Hi everyone.  I mentioned on my blog last October that I had been asked to join the Dirty Dozen Design Team at Splitcoast Stampers.  I was so honored and excited to be a part of the team that designs for the Fan Club, which is a paid membership at SCS (Splitcoast Stampers).  Part of the agreement for becoming a DT member is to provide a minimum of six cards per month for six months, with my dates running from Oct. 2013 - Mar. 2014.  One of the other parts of the agreement is that our designs not be posted anywhere else on-line for six months, so I was not able to post them on my blog.   The restriction time has now passed and over the next several months I will be sharing my Dirty Dozen Design Team cards.  Some of you may have already seen them if you are a Fan Club member, but I believe these will be new to most of you.  Hope you enjoy them! :)

The theme for October was "It's about Time" ... so anything to do with time (images, sentiments, etc.).  My first month, I went a bit crazy and made twelve cards :)  Here are two of them ...

This is for "Autumn time" and my sentiment also includes a time reference.  I used hand-made paper for the maple leaf ... it's very thin, so I glued it to a piece of white card stock before die-cutting.  I then inked the edge of the leaf with gold.  I love this paper ... it's so beautiful, but also works for this rustic image, especially paired with the text background and black hemp twine.

Another "Autumn time" card ...

For the leaves, I misted watercolor paper with water and then added drops of diluted re-inkers (yellow, orange, rust) with my Aqua Painter on top and let the colors bleed into the paper.  Once the paper was dry, I stamped my leaves in dark brown and then blended the outline into the leaves using a blender pen.  I fussy cut the leaves and then sponged more dark brown around the edges.

I will be sharing more DD DT cards over the next several months, but will be including them on posts along with new creations.  Thanks for looking!


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Maple Leaf card:
Stamps:  Elements of Style (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Mulberry paper; Modern Medley DSP (SU!)
Ink:  Metallic gold (Colorbox); Cajun Craze (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Small Leaves #2 die (Cheery Lynn), sponge, black hemp twine

Oak Leaves card:
Stamps:  Gently Falling (SU!); Autumn Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White; Watercolor paper; Sweater Weather DSP (SU!)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Aqua Painter, blender pen

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Pebbles and Leaf

Hi everyone.  Today I made a sympathy card to send to my ex-sister-in-law and family (my nieces and nephews).  She just lost her dad ... a wonderful man who I met over 35 years ago.  It's a difficult time.

I used today's Muse (#63) card (by Therese Calvrid) as my jumping off point.  I changed the layout slightly by removing the frame and leaving some space at the bottom of my main panel (it is flush with the top of the card).  This seemed to work well with the design, which is a sponged background using a pebbles stencil that I cut with my Cameo.  I die cut the leaf sprig and stamped a design to give it some interest.  Although it may be hard to tell in the photo above, the sentiment banner is curved for added dimension.

Therese's card


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Stamps:  BBD3 (Annabelle Stamps); Thoughts of You (Rubber-Art Stamps)
Paper:  110 lb. White (Neenah); Whisper White, Soft Suede (SU!)
Ink:  River Rock, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Soft Suede (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, clear plastic sheets, sponges, Leaf Die (Sizzix)

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Muse #63


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Pretty Petals

Hi everyone.  Time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS!  I can't believe how quickly the past two weeks went by :)  The challenge this time is being hosted by the mega talented Michelle (Handmade by Michelle), and she chose this fun code word:

Prize:  5 free digital images
(please follow the rules to be eligible to win)

And with it being the start of a new month, we have a new guest designer for you to meet.  Please welcome Anita (in France) from MyPaperCraftWorld.  Anita is a wonderful card designer, with her passion being CAS cards.  We are so happy that she will be joining our team for the month of April.  Please check out her blog to see her beautiful cards.

A little bit about my card ...

When I saw the challenge - Far Away ... it made me think of missing a loved one that is far way, so I made a "missing you" card. :)

I used one of the wonderful digital images from our sponsor, called Pretty Petals.  Just love this sunflower!!  I colored it in Copics and then used a Wink of Stella pen to add some glimmer ... just outlining the petals and leaves of the flower, and adding it to the cross-hatching of the flower center.  This is my first time using this pen and I LOVE IT!  It flows so smoothly and it's easy to "paint" on some shimmer.  I'm including a close-up below so you can see how just adding an outline adds lots of sparkle.

I hope you'll join us for this latest challenge, ATCAS#36 - Far Away ... which is open for two weeks.  In order to be eligible for our prize, please make sure your entry is CAS.  Please check out the rules and see the rest of the wonderful Design Team's cards for inspiration.  Hope to see you in our gallery!


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Stamps:  Pretty Petals (StampArt by Design through Whimsy Stamps);  Where the Heart Is - sentiment only (Simon Says)
Paper:  110 lb. White (Neenah)
Ink:  Copics:  Y21, YR24, G43, YG67, E44, E49
Accessories & Tools:  Printer (digital image), Clear Wink of Stella pen

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