Thursday, July 19, 2018

Pink and Gold Birthday

Hi everyone.  I've been super busy going through my studio and getting rid of old stamp sets, dies, paper, etc. that I haven't used for a long time.  Whew!  Days of work, but a satisfied feeling that it is done.  Just need to label all my containers now that things have been moved around.  Right now I'm having a hard time finding anything! :)

I noticed the Just Us Girls latest challenge is Watercoloured Background, hosted by Bobby.  I LOVE Bobby's style of card making and have been following her for a long time now.  And my very talented friend, Julia is the Guest Designer at JUGS this month.  I just couldn't miss playing along.

The background is smooshed using liquid watercolour concentrate with water - magenta and orange which has created a coral and pink background - LOVE IT!  After it was dry, I wanted to "glam" it up a bit, so smooshed some gold over top.  I used Delicata Gold re-inker and water for my top layer.

Attached the watercoloured background to a white framed flower die-cut and then stamped the sentiment in matching gold ink.  Super fun card to make!

Here's a close-up ...
There's still a bit of time before the challenge closes.  Come play along!

Stamps:  Everyday Sentiments (AliExpress)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. hot press); White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  Liquid Watercolour Concentrate in Magenta and Orange (Dick Blick), waer mister, Floral Stem Collage die (Poppy Stamps), Delicata Gold re-inker (Tsukineko)

Just Us Girls #449 Watercoloured Backgrounds

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

White Poinsettia

Hi everyone.  Today is the reminder for the CAS Christmas July Challenge - Poinsettia.  There's still one week left to play along before the challenge closes!

I used a small square of Alcohol Ink blended on Yupo for my background.  I adhered it on top of the sweet scalloped-edged white square and popped it up on my card front.  I die-cut just two poinsettia (one medium, one small) from white, shaped them with my stylus and mat, then adhered them together, offsetting the petals.  I added three small silver glitter balls to the center and popped the flower up on the edge of my alcohol ink panel.  To finish, I stamped the sentiment in Delicata Silver ink.

Here's a close-up ...
I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the other reminder cards from our talented Designers, and special Guest Designer, Marina.

Then come play along.  Never too early to get Christmas cards made so you have a stash ready when the holiday time rolls around. :)

I'm also playing along with CAS on Friday - Christmas in July.

Stamps:  festive snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Yupo
Ink:  Alcohol Inks:  Botanical, Mermaid Lagoon (Ranger); Delicata Silver (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  Blending solution (Ranger), do not open ... die (Penny Black), layered poinsettia die (Penny Black), silver glitter balls, stylus and mat

CAS Christmas July Challenge - Poinsettia
CAS on Friday - Christmas in July

Monday, July 16, 2018

Maple Splash

Hi everyone.  Today is the reminder for the CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Splash Watercolouring, hosted by Nancy.

I used watercolour sprays for the die-cut maple leaf (red, brown, gold).  I love how the gold adds some lovely shimmer. I sprayed onto my mat and then splashed away.  Click HERE to see the video I've done on Splash Watercolouring Technique. 

Die-cut my maple leaf and popped it up over a stenciled mesh background that I sponged in gold ink.  I added a gold heat embossed black banner sentiment to finish.

Here's a close-up ...
I really wanted you to see the shimmer so I took a super close-up picture that I hope shows it better ...

There's still over a week left to play along with this month's challenge.  Check out the reminder post for some wonderful inspiration from our Designers and talented Guest Designer, Marcia.  Then come join us!

Stamps:  Sentiment - Watching Bloom (Memory Box)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); White (Neenah 110 lb.); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Watercolour sprays:  red, brown, gold (Dick Blick); Delicata Gold (Tsukineko); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Textured Mesh stencil (Memory Box), sponge, ?maple die (?), gold embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Splash Watercolouring

Sunday, July 15, 2018

You're so Tweet!

Hi everyone.  Today we are half way through July so it's time for a CAS Mix Up Reminder.  Check out the challenge blog to see new inspiration from the Designers and our wonderful Guest Designer, Sue.

Bonnie is hosting this month and she has us colouring our die-cuts.  It really makes them special when you add some colours and other details.  The sweet little birdhouses above are a new-to-me die-cut.  I cut them from woodgrain paper given to me by a sweet friend. :)  Then watercoloured them with distress inks.

I created a Splash Watercolour background with two layers of Tumbled Glass distress ink.  Once dry, I used some tiny grass stamps and leaf sprig stamps to create my grass at the bottom, and the leaves off to the left side.  I used first and second generation stamping with the leaves to add dimension.  I used the same colour for the sentiment as I did for the sweet little birds.

Here's a close-up ...
Since I used Splash Watercolouring for the background, I'm sending this card over to the CAS Watercolour as well.

I hope you'll be inspired to come play along.  Colour your die-cuts using any colour medium, keep your card CAS, and then join our gallery!

Stamps:  Sentiment - Love Bug (Fiskars); Master Garden #1 (Kittie Kits - Rubbernecker)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Woodgrain - gift from a friend; Black (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, water brush, white gel pen

CAS Mix Up July Challenge - Colour your Die-cuts
CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Splash Watercolouring