Saturday, August 29, 2015

Blue Blooms


Hi everyone.  It's the start of a new challenge at Addicted to CAS.

This challenge is being hosted by the super talented Joanna (Harty by Heart) ... and she'll have us all feeling "BLUE" this week. :)






I'm still having fun experimenting with both my watercolour sprays and my Zig watercolour pens. :)

This time I made the background using the Faux Mother-of-Pearl technique (click link to see video).  But instead of sponging with waterbased inks after sponging on the frost resist paint, I used my watercolour sprays to add colour.  I sprayed several times, blotting in-between with paper towel until I got the depth of colour I was happy with.  By that time, the card stock was really wet, so I let it dry overnight.  It did warp, but I find if I run it through my Big Shot between two new plates and add a shim, it flattens out really well.  I love the shimmer and shine of the background. Here's a close-up photo so you can see it ...




I stamped my flowers onto mixed media paper in waterproof black (I love working on mixed media paper with the zigs ... or any kind of watercolouring for that matter). The watercolours blend and move so easily as they don't absorb into the paper as fast as w/c paper.  I coloured them with just one shade of turquoise, adding layers to create depth.  Used green for the stems and a little yellow for the flower centers.  I then fussy-cut them and popped them up over my main panel, which was framed with black.  A simple black stamped sentiment and the card was done.

I hope you'll come join us at ATCAS for this fun challenge.  We have Linda (PaperCutting Kind of Day) guest designing for us this month.  Come check out the challenge HERE to see Linda's beautiful "blue" card and the cards from the rest of our wonderfully talented Design Team.  I know you'll be inspired to join in.

I'm going to enter this card into a couple of other challenges:  ATS&M #159 - CAS (second entry) and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes (also second entry). :)

Thanks for dropping by for a visit!








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Stamps:  Efflorescence (Penny Black); Where Your Heart Is (Simon Says)
Paper:  White card base and main panel (Neenah); Mixed Media (Strathmore); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Black Archival (Ranger)
Accessories & Tools:  Frost Paint (Tsukineko), saran wrap, Green and Turquoise Watercolour Sprays made from w/c concentrate (Dick Blick)

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Challenges:
ATCAS #71 - Blue
ATS&M #159 - CAS
SSS Wednesday - Anything Goes



Thursday, August 27, 2015

We need your help



We need your help.

Our dear friend Bozena (friend and fellow design team member at Happy Little Stampers), needs our help in saving her brother’s life.

Her brother, Christopher (46) has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He has gone through two courses of chemotherapy and is not strong enough to continue with more treatments.

The only option for him now is to try alternative medical treatments, which are available in Germany, but have a very high financial cost ($220,000 Euros --- approximately $246,000 US).

We have been blessed with many friends made through this wonderful craft of card making. And we know that crafters are very generous of heart.

We ask that you help Christopher fund his medical treatments. We have set up a PayPal button for donations. Please consider donating to help save Christopher’s life. Any amount … even a few dollars, when donated by many, grows quickly.

Whether you are able to help financially or not, please consider adding Christopher to your prayers.

Thank you so much.

The donations are made through PayPal in $Euros.  Here's the conversion rate as per Aug. 27, 2015 on Google.  Hope this helps.

$1 US = $0.89 Euros
$1 Cdn = $0.67 Euros





Another way to support Christopher.

Our crafting community is known for pulling together in support of those in need. If you have time, a positive message card would be greatly appreciated to boost Christopher’s spirits. Thanks to Marti for this wonderful suggestion.

Cards may be send to:

Christopher Szendzielorz
ul. Piwarskiego 3/80
00-770 Warsaw
Poland


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Butterfly Fly Away


Hi everyone.  Having fun playing with my new Happy Little Stampers stamps. :)

This time I used the Butterfly Birthday set.  I stamped the butterfly in brown and heat embossed with clear.  Then I used two distress inks to colour (twisted citron, mermaid lagoon --- LOVE these together!).  I fussy-cut the butterfly and popped it up on my card front over top of stenciled leaves.  I finished by stamping the sentiment in the same brown as the butterfly.  Easy and fun card to make.

I'm entering this into the Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #159 - CAS.  And I'm entering into the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

That's it for me today ... quick card and quick post. :)

Have a great rest of the week and thanks for stopping by.








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Stamps:  Butterfly Birthday (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Distress inks:  Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon (Tim Holtz); Baked Brown Sugar (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  clear embossing powder, heat tool, waterbrush, leafy stencil made with my Silhouette Cameo, sponge

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Challenges:
ATS&M #159 - CAS
SSS Wednesday - Anything Goes



Thursday, August 20, 2015

Season's Greetings


Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a Christmas card that I made for a couple of challenges.  I LOVE this beautiful Penny Black stamp called Red Star.  Not only does it have the beautiful poinsettia, but it also comes with the sentiment.

I used my SU! markers to colour onto my stamp, misted with a bit of water, and then stamped onto mixed media paper.  Because this paper doesn't absorb as quickly as watercolour paper, it gave me lots of time to use a water brush to move some of the ink around.

I inked my sentiment stamp and then used my water brush to just touch it likely in a few places before stamping.  I was hoping it would give it a bit of a watercolour look to match the image ... and I think it worked.  I'm happy with how it came out.

I'm entering this into Merry Monday Challenge #169 - use light green, dark green and red.



And I'm entering this into ATS&M #158 - Holidays.

Thanks to everyone that was concerned about my hubby.  He is feeling much better.  And our air conditioning is installed and working ... what a relief.  ;)

Thanks for coming by for a visit ... and welcome to my new followers!  Glad you could join me!








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Stamps:  Red Star (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Ink:  SU! Markers:  Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, water brush

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Challenges:
Merry Monday #169
ATS&M #158 - Holidays

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Brushos and Butterfly


Hi everyone.  Playing some more with my Happy Little Stampers stamps.  This is part of the Butterfly Birthday set.  I simply heat embossed my butterfly and sentiment in white onto mixed media paper, and then sprinkled yellow, leaf green and turquoise brusho crystals and then misted lots of water.  Fun, easy and quick card to make. :)

It's been a busy start to the week.  We are having a heat pump installed (heating and A/C).  Yesterday, the furnace was installed and today it's the air conditioner.  It should be up and running by this afternoon! :)  Hubby and I have suffered through the heat this summer.  It's been exceptionally warmer than usual for our area, and I think it's just a sign of the way it's going to be.  The A/C should help keep us cool and feeling better in the summers from now on.  Speaking of feeling better, hubby is sick today and in bed.  Hopefully I'll be able to learn how to run the new system before the installers leave today.  Wish me luck! :)

Thanks for coming by for a visit!







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Stamps:  Butterfly Birthday (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Ink:  Versamark; Brushos (Yellow, Leaf Green, Turquoise)
Accessories & Tools:  White embossing powder, heat tool, water mister

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Happy Graduation


Hi everyone.  It's the start of a new challenge at Addicted to CAS.  I can't believe how quickly time flies between challenges! :)

This challenge is hosted by the very creative and sweet Barb (Barb's Studio Creations) ... and she has chosen this word ...






I made the above graduation card for a family friend who just graduated from Grade 12 at the end of June.  Natasha is a very smart, beautiful and talented young woman and I know she will enjoy her time at University.  Congrats Natasha!!

I used a panel I made a while back with concentrated liquid watercolour paint (yellow, orange, magenta) to die-cut the butterfly.

I stamped the sentiment in black, placing it so that the butterfly could snuggle right up against it.  I decided it needed something a little extra, so stamped the splat in gold ink for the background behind the butterfly.  To tie the butterfly in with the gold splats, I dry embossed the butterfly with script and sponged with Inka Gold wax paste.  I used a foam brush and swiped lightly across the embossing just to highlight the raised areas.  Using stiff foam works well for this.  I added just a little to the tips of the antennas as well. :)

I hope you'll find time to check out the ATCAS School Challenge.  You'll see the wonderful cards from our Design Team, along with a card made by our extremely talented August Guest Designer, Linda (PaperCutting Kind of Day).

I'm also going to add this to the Mixed Media August Card Challenge ... where they are looking for Butterflies this month, with an optional element of gold.  I know this is super CAS, but it does have a lot of mixed media in this card, but in small doses (stamping, watercolour sprayed background, die-cuts, dry embossing, and inka gold wax paste highlights). :)


And I'm adding it to Virginia's View Challenge #17 - All About Embellishments.  The butterfly embellishment is the star of this card. :)



Thanks for coming by for a visit!








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Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge (SU!); Happy (Simon Says)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Black (SU!); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  Yellow, Orange and Magenta Liquid Watercolour Concentrate (Dick Blick), Frost White Paint (Tsukineko), Moonlight butterfly die (Memory Box), sponge

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Challenges:
ATCAS #70 - School
Mixed Media August Card Challenge - Butterflies
Virginia's View #17 - Embellishments




Friday, August 14, 2015

August Challenge Reminders

Hi everyone.  Just a reminder that we are half way through the Happy Little Stampers August Challenges.  We have three challenges running each month ... CAS, Sketch, and Christmas.

I have made a card for the CAS and Christmas challenges to share with you today.

First up, the CAS challenge.




I stamped my poppies and coloured them with my Zig Watercolour Pens.  Then I stamped the image onto post-it notes and fussy-cut to create a mask.  Yellow ink was sponged over top of a mesh stencil and then I removed the mask and stamped a simple sentiment.

I'm entering this into the Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #157 - Make Your Mark.


Next, the Christmas challenge.




Lots of sparkle on this card, although it's hard to see in the photo above so I'm including a close-up below.  I used brushos on coated card stock for the background (thanks Susan for the card stock!).  The coated card stock shows more muted tones of Brushos ... so pretty.  Then I stamped over top with a snowflake background and heat embossed in iridescent embossing powder.  The hills and trees are die-cut and more sparkle was added with some Dazzling Details glitter glue.  The sentiment is stamped using the new Happy Little Stampers Mixed Christmas Sentiments. :)

Here's the close-up so you can see the sparkle ...



We also have a fun Sketch challenge.



I hope I have inspired you to play along.  The challenges are open for another couple of weeks.  Come join in the fun! :)

Thanks for coming by for a visit.  And always, I love hearing from you!








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CAS Card:
Stamps:  Blooming Garden (Penny Black); Friendship Garden (Fiskars)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Black Archival (Ranger); Zig Watercolor Pens; Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Textured Mesh Stencil (Memory Box), sponged, post-it notes for masking

Christmas Card:
Stamps:   Snowflake Background (Hero Arts); Mixed Christmas Sentiments (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Coated Card stock (Spicers)
Ink:  Brushos (turquoise, ultra marine, purple); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  water mister; Ice embossing powder (SU!); Liquid Platinum embossing powder (Ranger), Snowdrifts dies (My Favorite Things); Fir Tree Border die (Impression Obsession); Dazzling Details glitter glue (SU!)


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Challenges:
HLS August CAS Challenge - Masking
HLS August Christmas Challenge - Sparkle
HLS August Sketch Challenge