Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Sky

Hi everyone.  Sorry I have not been around much lately, but I've been working on a new project that I hope to share with you soon! :)

I did get another CAS Watercolour June Challenge - Summer card done before it closed. :)  I love my new Distress Oxides inks and have had fun playing with them. They are different than any other ink I've used before.  If you haven't tried them yet, why not pick up a couple or three colours and give them a try.

I created a watercoloured background by smooshing several layers of Distress Oxide inks, drying between each layer.  You can still see the different colours underneath those layers ... very cool!  I used a simple white die-cut flower that I HAD to buy after my dear friend Bonnie sent me a couple of samples cut from her die. :)  We do enable each other.    A simple thank you banner completes the card.

I hope you'll come play along with us if you haven't yet.  The challenge closes at end of day June 24th, so there still time to play along.

I'm also entering this card into The Flower Challenge #9 - Anything Goes.

Stamps:  Painted Butterflies - sentiment (Altenew)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Basic Gray (SU!)
Ink: Distress Oxide Inks:  Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Floral Stem Collage die (Poppy Stamps), white embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Watercolour June Challenge - Summer
The Flower Challenge #9 - Anything Goes

Friday, June 16, 2017

You're Sweet!

Hi everyone.  Today is a reminder for the CAS Watercolour June Challenge - Summer.  What would summer be without ice cream??!! :)

I pressed both Worn Lipstick and Squeezed Lemonade onto my craft mat and spritzed with a little water.  Then I used a #8 round paint brush to pick up the colours one at a time and slosh some on to my card front (mixed media paper).

I then die-cut the ice cream and waffle cone from more mixed media paper and sloshed more paint to to them.  I layered the ice cream cone with foam and then popped up just the ice cream (top) for even more dimension.

A simple sentiment finishes the card.

I hope you'll come join us at CAS Watercolour June Challenge - Summer if you haven't already.  Check out the challenge to see the reminder cards from our Design Team and wonderful Guest Designers, LeAnne and Ksenija.  I know you'll be inspired!

There's still just over a week left to play before the challenge closes at midnight (PST) June 24th.  Hope to see you there!

Stamps:  Handwritten Greetings (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Mixed media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Distress inks:  Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Antique Linen (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  #8 round paint brush, water mister, Sweet Treats die set (C.C. Designs - retired)

CAS Watercolour June Challenge - Summer

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Happy Birthday

Hi everyone.  I'm sharing a reminder card for the CAS Mix Up June Challenge - Embossing Pastes / Gels that I'm hosting.

I made this card for Jer to give a dear friend for her birthday.  He asked me to make something "artsy". :)

I had played with alcohol inks about a week ago, trying a combination of yellow, orange and purple.  LOVE how these colours look together.  I used just a small corner of the piece I made, so you'll be seeing this combination again.

I wanted to add some texture behind the coloured panel, so I used white embossing paste through a small dot stencil.  Happy with how it turned out.  It gives lots of texture, but the white-on-white keeps the design CAS.

I used a white die-cut flower sprig, cut down to fit the small panel, and then added a little bit of drama with a black sentiment border.  Fun card to make!

I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the reminder cards from the rest of our Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer, Marianne.

There's still lots of time to play along.

Since  used Embossing Paste for the background, I'm joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Stamps:  Fun Birthday Sentiments (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Yupo (alcohol ink panel); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Alcohol Inks:  Sunlight Yellow, Wild?? (Ranger); ? orange (Pinata); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Small dot stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), white embossing paste (Dreamweaver), palette knife, Flower Frolic die (Penny Black??), white embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Mix Up June Challenge - Embossing Pastes / Gels
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Emboss it

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sparkling Holiday

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a Christmas card.  I was hoping to make multiples of Christmas card designs, but I only had a small piece of this blue acrylic paint, smooshed background, so this will be a one-of card. :)

I die-cut the tree border and added a bit of clear glitter glue around the tree branches.  I also used the clear glitter glue to stencil the falling snow onto a piece of acetate.  It's a clear gel, so it works for the CAS Mix Up June Challenge - Embossing Pastes / Gels.  I love how the falling snow sparkles on the piece of acetate.  I attached the background (blue panel) to my card base and attached the acetate with fallling snow to the inside of my card front frame.  I popped up the frame to add a bit of distance between the acetate and the snowy scene.  A simple sentiment stamped in soft gray finishes the card.

I hope you'll come join us.  Use whatever you have on hand to create a CAS Embossing Paste / Gel card ... embossing paste, gel medium, glitter glue.  If you don't have any of those, check out the CAS Mix Up challenge where there's a recipe to make your own paste with simple household items.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps:  Christmas Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Yupo (blue panel)
Ink:  Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Three shades of blue acrylic paint (smooshed onto Yupo), Fir Tree Border die (Impression Obsession), Dazzling Details glitter glue (SU! - retired), acetate, Falling Snow stencil (Simon Says Stamp)

CAS Mix Up June Challenge - Embossing Pastes / Gels