Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Sunset

Hi everyone.  I really appreciate all of you who wished me a speedy recovery - thanks so much!! :)  Am feeling good today and hope that this nasty virus is finally on it's way.

I made a card for the SCS Color Challenge (#488 - pick three or more colors from this list:  blushing bride, daffodil delight, island indigo, lost lagoon, mossy meadow, pistachio pudding, strawberry slush) - dessert is to make it a summer card.  I decided to sponge a summer sunset - love this color combo.  I used distress inks that are my closest in color (mustard seed, tattered rose, worn lipstick).  I then misted it with water to give it some visual texture.  I didn't want to cover up the gorgeous colors, so used vellum for my leafy die-cut.  I stamped the sentiment on a cut-off from resizing my main panel.

Super simple, easy, quick ... but really pretty - I'm happy! :)  Hope you like it too.


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Stamps:  Where the heart is (Simon Says)
Paper:  White (Neenah); 40 lb. vellum (Bazzill)
Ink:  Distress inks:  Mustard Seed, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick; Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Sponges, water mister, Fresh Foliage die (Memory Box)

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SCS Color #488

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Day at the Beach

Hi everyone.  Today's SCS CAS challenge (#282) is a day at the beach.  Wonderful way to spend a sunny, summery day! :)

I used a digital image from Sweet 'n Sassy, printing it onto watercolor paper and then simply used my water brush to pick up color directly from my ink pads and following along the lines of the image.  I added some Dazzling Details glitter glue along the horizon and along the wave lines of the ocean to give it some sparkle. Easy, and fun card to do that didn't take very long.


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Stamps:  Ocean Paradise (Sweet 'n Sassy digital image); Beach Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  110 lb. white (Neenah); Watercolor paper (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Soft Sky (SU!); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Aqua Painter, Dazzling Diamonds (SU!)

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SCS - CAS #282

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Soft Maple Leaves

Hi everyone.  This card is for a couple of challenges.  First up, SCS Featured Stamper this week is Karren J.  I LOVE Karren's style of card making ... and I CASED (copy and share everything) this card.  I kept the main design the same, with a sponged background of yellow and green, stamped script and leaves.  I changed it up a little by adding splatters of water, along with suede lacing, charm and twine.

This card is also perfect for the Mixed Media Card Challenge #1 - Touch of Nature.

It's down to the final days to enter this challenge (it closes July 25).  There's lots of amazing cards and tons of inspiration in the gallery, so I hope you'll check them out and enter the challenge if you haven't already.

Edited to add:  My friend Sandie mentioned that my card above qualifies for the latest challenge at Inkspirational (#61 - Word Prompt:  Splash) ... so I'm entering. Thanks Sandie! :)


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Stamps:  En Francais (SU!); Lisa's Painted Maple Leaf (Hero Arts)
Paper:  110 lb. white (Neenah); Whisper White (SU!)
Ink:  So Saffron, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  sponges, paint brush (for splattering), moss suede lacing, bloom charm, twine

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SCS - Featured Stampter #389
Mixed Media Card Challenge #1
Inkspirational #61 - Splash

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Celebrate Your Birthday!

Hi everyone.  Another two weeks has flown by and time for the next ATCAS challenge.  First, wanted to thank all of you that participate in our challenges ... we LOVE seeing your cards!

This challenge is being run by the multi-talented Jaydee (Stampin! with Jaydee).  She has chosen this code word ...

Prize:  7 digital images

I love Bugaboo's fun and whimsical images and have used them A LOT! :)  Love this little guy all dressed up in his party finery and floating through the air with the balloons.  It makes me smile! :)  I colored him in Copics and added some sparkle to his hat, horn and spots.  The balloons are coated with Crystal Effects (Glossy Accents) to give them shine and dimension.  I used chalk to add the "air" around him.

I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge ... it's open for two weeks, so lots of time to play along.  Cathy (Cathy's Card Spot) is with us again as our Guest Designer --- it's been fabulous having her on the team.  Click here to see Cathy's "Celebrate" card and the wonderful cards from the rest of the Design Team.


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Stamps:  Turtles - birthday (Bugaboo Stamps); sentiment is computer generated
Paper:  110 lb. white (Neenah)
Ink:  Copics
Accessories & Tools:  Clear Wink of Stella, Crystal Effects, blue chalk, sponge

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Friday, July 18, 2014

You're the Best!

Hi everyone.  I've been sick for the past seven days (the past couple of blog posts were done early and scheduled).  I'm so bored with being sick that I decided I would go into the studio today and play a bit.  I had fun and it took my mind off my aches and pains for a while.  Card making is great therapy! :)

I was thrilled that I got an honorable mention for my tag for the first challenge at the new blog "Tag You're It! Challenge".  My friend Carol let me know that I was mentioned, so I went to thank the DT and was blown away by the inspiration tag for the second challenge made by Laura Bassen.  I knew that's what I wanted to do today. :)

Here's the challenge ...

I kept the same color scheme and added a "grid" of chicken wire which was sprayed on using a mist I made with white re-inker, frost paint, rubbing alcohol and water.  I kept the leaf motif ... although I used heated copper instead of vellum.  The sentiment was stamped in black and cut into a banner.  A length of seam binding was dyed with inks and water, scrunched, dried and added for the finishing touch.

Here's another view that shows the dimension of the copper leaves ...

I'm also entering this tag into Virginia's View Challenge #5 - Die-cuts (copper leaf sprig).

Now that my fingers are inky and the fun is over, I'm heading for a nap ... :)


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Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  110 lb. white (Neenah)
Ink:  Distress inks:  Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento); Whisper White re-inker (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Little Leaves die (Sizzix), copper sheet, mini butane torch, Chicken wire stencil (Crafter's Workshop), Frost White acrylic paint (Tsukineko), rubbing alcohol, mini mister, seam binding

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Tag You're It! Challenge #2
Virginia's View Challenge #5

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Birthday Blooms

Hi everyone.  Today's card is for my very good friend and fellow card maker, Bonnie (Stamping with Klass).  Happy Birthday Bonnie!  Have a wonderful day, my friend! :)

I wanted to send Bonnie a basket full of sunshine to brighten her day, so I filled this little basket with bright flowers and added some fun twine.

We met on-line and were also team members for about six months on the Merry Monday Challenge DT.  Bonnie makes beautiful CAS cards.  I admire her work and have learned lots from her as well as being inspired by her.

She has already received my card in the mail (actually over a week before her birthday) ... sometimes the postal service surprises me :) ... so now I'm sharing it here with you.


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Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight (SU!)
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Woven Basket die (Memory Box), Leafy Branch die (C.C. Designs), Hydrangea Punch (Martha Stewart), Lattice cut file, Silhouette Cameo, Mandarin Twine (The Twinery), sponges, stylus and mat, white gel pen

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sunrise ...

Hi everyone.  Time for a new challenge at ATS&M #104 - CAS.  I LOVE making CAS cards and today I did a quick watercolor using one of our sponsor's images.  This image is from a set of four (sunrise, day, trees, sunset).  They are all in a similar style with the stained glass look - love it and thought it would be perfect to watercolor.

Here's more info about the challenge ...

Prize:  3 digital images

I printed the image onto watercolor paper.  I used my paint palette to mix up re-inkers with a few drops of water (Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow).  I used a paint brush and dipped into the diluted ink, doing one section at a time.  I added a base color and then added a darker version for some interest.  After it dried, I went on to a new section.  Just remember to let an area dry before watercoloring another area that is touching it ... otherwise you'll have bleeding of the colors.  I did have a little bleeding from the black ink, but I'm OK with it  :)

Simple and fun card to make.  The hardest part was waiting for the ink to dry :)

The challenge is open for one week and any style of card is welcome.  Remember to follow the theme of the challenge (CAS - Clean & Simple)  ... and have fun! :)

I hope you'll join us ... click here to check out the challenge and see the rest of the DT's beautiful cards.


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Stamps:  Digi33301 (sunrise, day, trees, sunset) - set of four from Eureka Stamps; Be Happy Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  110 lb. white (Neenah); watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  paint brush, water

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