Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July Challenge Reminders

Hi everyone.  Just a reminder that the three challenges at Happy Little Stampers are open until the end of July.  I've made a card for each one. :)

First up for the CAS Challenge (and also for the HLS Sketch as well). :)

I created the background using the Stencil Monoprint technique with yellow and pink sprays on mixed media paper.   I inked my stamp with markers, spritzed with water and stamped over top (watercolour spritz technique) .  Then I used a waterbrush to move the colours around a little to create this very loose, watercoloured image.  So soft and delicate.  I thought it looked like a watercolour painting, so I framed it. :)

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Next the Sketch Challenge (and also for the HLS CAS - Stamping) ...

This large bouquet of flowers is stamped onto watercolour paper and watercoloured using distress inks and a water brush.  I added glossy accents to the "glass" bowl.

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And last for the Christmas Challenge (and also for the HLS CAS - Stamping) ...

I stamped with waterproof ink onto watercolour paper and then used distress inks to watercolour.  I splattered the background with some diluted white acrylic paint.  So fun and easy to do. :)

All three challenges is open for another couple of weeks, so there's lots of time to play along.  Come join in the fun!!


A week ago I posted pictures of two "extra" stamp sets I had to give away.  Hubby picked the winners and they are:

Lorraine - Nature's Gift Stamp Set

Bonnie K - Etched Branches

Congrats to Lorraine and Bonnie.  Please email me your addresses before July 21 and I'll send off the stamps to you.  If not claimed by July 21st, I will re-draw for another winner.

CAS Card:
Stamps:  Solitaire (Penny Black); A Word for You (SU!)
Paper:  White card base and frame (Neenah); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
Ink:  Summer Sun, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Yellow and Pink sprays made with Liquid Watercolour Concentrate (Dick Blick), Mini Tile Texture Stencil (Crafter's Workshop), water mister

Sketch Card:
Stamps:  Cling Bowl Bouquet (Stampendous); Field Flowers senitment (SU!)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Black Archival (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Weathered Wood (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, glossy accents

Christmas Card:
Stamps:  Christmas Cottage (Penny Black); Handy Christmas Greetings (Amy R)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Archival Black (Ranger); Distress inks:  Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Squeezed Lemonade, Weathered Wood (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, white acrylic paint for splattering

HLS July CAS Challenge - Stamping
HLS July Christmas Challenge - Tree
HLS July Sketch Challenge


Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful cards Loll particularly love your first card its a watercolour masterpiece


nancy littrell said...

All 3 of your gorgeous watercolored cards deserve their own comments my friend:-) I love how you used several different watercolor techniques and loved every single result! Card1: LOVED how you framed your soft and pretty watercolored picture. Card2: your glossy accents looks just like water for your beautiful bowl of flowers :-) Card3: Watercolor is beautiful and Love your acrylic snow drops :-)

TFS all your cards Loll and Congratulations to Lorraine and Bonnie!

MaryH said...

Big congratulations to your winners (happy to see a familiar name is showing too!). Of course I am loving all 3 of these beauties. The GA on #2 really did look like water in a vase...and love the bouquet. That is some fab w/c on this one. I like the subtle look on #1 with the soft colors..and how pretty it looked framed as you've done it. #3 is just a wonderfully festive Christmas scene. The falling snowflakes are so very pretty against the sky, and the house & tree coloring kept the vivid tones so nicely. You've really got the w/color gene! TFS & Hugs

Anonymous said...

Great work Loll. All are beautiful. I need to try the watercolor fad!

Susan said...

All three are lovely! Beautiful stencil monoprint on the first one - and it definitely deserved framing! A perfectly coloured bouquet on the second and a wonderful winter scene for the Christmas one.

Aileen said...

Loll, three beautiful cards. The first one is my favourite, your style, colour, layout is just perfect. Absolutely love it.

Lee-Anne said...

So beautiful, Loll...loving that framed flower! And then again, I love the flowers in the vase. Beautiful Christmas design too...such a serene peaceful scene!

Bonnie said...

I love that gorgeous single flower, Loll! I have kept going back to it and loving it more each time. Your bouquet of flowers is gorgeous too! And your little winter scene looks perfect in it's frame! Thanks for inspiring me!

Unknown said...

Beautiful cards, Loll! The first flower is absolutely stunning! Xx

Julie B said...

What a fabulous trio of cards Loll. Love the glossy accents on the vase that's an idea I will keep in mind for future use. X

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Fabulous cards as ever Loll! It's funny, but before I read your write up, I was thinking, "that (the flower in the frame) looks like a watercolour painting, I'd have to frame that" . . . and lo, you did! Stunning! Hazel xx

Julia Aston said...

Three lovely designs Loll - the watercolor look to the first deserves to be framed! Your cut flowers in the clear glossy vase are so pretty - and that winter scene is so cozy!

Pamellia said...

Wow Loll, you have been very busy!! Such a stunning collection, love the summery colours of your first two and the image on your holiday card is so cozy! hugs :)

Birgit said...

Loll, all three of your cards are so fabulous! Both flower cards are amazing but the flowers in the vase are over the top, both beautiful and genius!, your card with the Christmas scene is so peaceful and sweet.

shirley-bee said...

Three stunners, Loll, each of them beautiful. I love the Glossy Accent vase, the hint of texture from the acrylic paint snow splashes (must try that), but my out-and-out favourite is that delicate flower. I love the softness of the colours and the blurred image. Fabulous!

Karen Dunbrook said...

gorgeous cards mf...love them all!

Anita in France said...

These are all so lovely, Loll ... my particularly fave is the softly watercoloured flower at the top ... it's simply beautiful! Anita :)

Deepti said...

These are all so amazingly beautiful :) Love of them, its so difficult to pick a favorite :D

BożenA said...

I love the peace of mind that brings with it this card. It's wonderful!

LesLee said...

I love this card Loll. I want to live there in that cozy little cottage looking out at some snow covered trees! Hugs LesLee

Barb Ghig said...

Three gorgeous cards, Loll! I love that you framed the first one...so perfect for your water colored bloom, and how you colored the flowers and leaves on the 2nd card! Your white splatters on the Christmas card really add to the wintery feel and beauty of this lovely card!

Bobby said...

These cards are awe inspiring, Loll. The first one is my favorite, well worthy of framing, not only on a card but on the wall.