Thursday, July 20, 2017

Make It Monday #291 - Emboss Resist Shadow Sentiments

Hello friends.  Playing along with this weeks Make It Monday challenge where Ashley shows a great way to make a shadow under your sentiment using a emboss resist technique!  I love how Ashley's yellow blended background really made her sentiment pop, so I copied just a teeny bit and came up with this:

Strawberries come out in June here in Michigan, but I hadn't taken the time to get this sweet set out (Strawberry Patch) and use it yet this summer, so this seemed like a great opportunity to stamp with it!  The "sweet" sentiment in the Strawberry Patch set isn't that big, so I substituted the "sweet" from the Sweet Holiday Wishes set and embossed in black and then offset and clear embossed the "sweet" again.  I blended my background with Bright Buttercup ink and also added a banner with "summertime" embossed in white.  I used my MISTI to stamp the strawberries, leaves and flowers so I could add a little shading.  I fussy cut along the top and then added some foam to the back before adhering to my card base.  Here's a closer up:

I finished with an enamel dot, some sequins and bakers twine, and it definitely looks like a summertime card to me!!

You've still got a couple days to play along, so check out Ashley's fabulous card and video and then play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CAS Watercolour July 2017 - #2

Hello friends.  While looking through a drawer full of wood mounted stamps, I found a butterfly stamp that I don't think I've ever used, and since there's still a few days left to play with the CAS Watercolour  challenge, I thought I would try this stamp out!

The stamp is from Savvy Stamps and this is what I came up with:

I started with a small piece of water color cardstock and water colored some orange from my Kuretake Gansai Tambi (#33) paints.  After it was dry I stamped my butterfly image in black...the stamp is made to look like it is already water colored and I love the look it gave over the orange!  Next I splattered a little bit of gold.  Here's a closer up:

I mounted this to a black layer and then layered it onto piece of "ghosted" paper I had made with DOX inks and a Gina Marie Designs stencil.  I layered it all on a 5 x 5 card base and added a simple embossed sentiment from PTI's Choose Joy stamp set.  I don't feel like this is my normal style at all, but I really like how it turned out!  Kinda artsy!!  :0)

For this card I water colored, stamped, stenciled, splattered, and embossed.

This challenge is open till the 24th, so still time to play along.  Check out all the beautiful inspiration and then play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Color Throwdown #451

Hello friends.  Yes, two posts in one day!! ( If you're looking for my post from The Challenge, look HERE).  The Color Throwdown challenge has a beautiful color combination this week and I just couldn't resist making a card for it!

The challenge is to use a dark pink, a light pink, green and white.  I had done a flower from PTI's Especially You a few weeks back and had not used it on a card yet, but it fit the colors for this challenge perfectly, so I finished it off and came up with this:

I have also been having a lot of fun making backgrounds with the ghosting technique (DOX inks and stencils), and this one fit with my flower perfectly!   (The stencils are Altenew's Layered Medallions A & B)  The flower was embossed in gold and then water colored with my Zigs.  The lattice die cut is from the latest Catherine Pooler SOA box and really helped to ground the flower against the similar colored background.  I finished with a simple sentiment using SSS's Love die and stamp set in black and gold so it would stand out, and then added a few iridescent sequins.  Here's a closer up view:

I'm getting this card in under the wire, but if you're really quick, there's still a few hours left to play along.  You can check it all out right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

The Challenge #91

Hello friends.  Playing along with The Challenge (#91) where a sketch is what we are being challenged to use this week.

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I still had MFT's Seaside Seagulls stamp set out on my desk and came up with this card:

Don't the faces on those birds just crack you up?!  They're so simple but speak volumes!!  Anyway, colored them up with some Copics and then added them to a background where I used DOX inks and a stencil from PTI's Sun & Surf stencil collection.  The sentiment was embossed on a banner from MFT's Blueprints #27 and the Seaside Seagulls set.  A few of Lucy's gems from the Rainbow Mix and some baker's twine finished off this fun little card.

There's still a few days left to play along with this challenge, so check out all the fabulous inspiration from the DT and then play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Friday, July 14, 2017

CAS Watercolour July 2017 - Butterfly

Hello friends.  Playing along with this months CAS Watercolour challenge, where the focus is on butterflies!

I'm a little hooked on DOX inks, stencils, and water right now...they create the most FABULOUS backgrounds, so that was my starting point for this card.

I blended Broken China and Cracked Pistachio DOX inks together and then misted a Gina Marie Designs stencil before laying it on top of the blended piece.  I followed Jennifer McGuire's tutorial (HERE) and put a piece of paper towel over the stencil and then something heavy over top of that and then left it for a few minutes before uncovering.  The water and the DOX inks react beautifully together and give such a clear image!  Here's a closer up image:

I almost hated to cut my background piece down, but I knew I needed to leave a white border to be considered a CAS card.  I added a simple white frame border from PTI's Cover Plate: Pretty Frame die and then added my smooshed butterfly (also from PTI - Life Is Beautiful).  The bottom layer of the butterfly is smooshed with the Broken China and Cracked Pistachio DOX inks and the top layer is vellum that I embossed with a little silver embossing powder.  My sentiment is embossed and is from PTI's Life Is Beautiful also.

For this card I water colored, die cut, stenciled, embossed and stamped.

There is still time to play in this challenge (open till the 24th) and there are incredibly BEAUTIFUL cards from the DT and in the gallery to inspire you to play along.  You can check it all out right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Create Along With Us - July 2017

Hello friends.  Another month of beautiful new stamps, dies, and GORGEOUS cards from the DT over at Papertrey Ink.  And once again it's hard to pick just one card that I want to re-create, but since I am really loving the new Infinity Frames, I chose this card by Laurie Schmidlin to re-create:

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I love the simplicity of her design, the colors on the kraft cardstock, and of course that lovely white frame!  Here's what I came up:

I used the bird from Winter Woods, the branch and flowers from Spring Woods, the sentiment from Petite Pots, and the white frame is from the Shakers & Sprinkles kit.  I added a few gems from Lucy's Little Things and done!

Make sure you check out all the inspiration from Nichole and the DT and then pick your favorite to re-create and play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Challenge #90

Hello friends.  Feels like forever since I last posted, when in reality it hasn't even been a week!  We lost power for a few days after some storms rolled through our area, and there was not enough light to stamp (I totally depend on my OttLite!!) or do a whole lot of anything at home!  But anyway, yesterday I got back on track and had some fun in my stamp room!

After seeing the inspiration photo for The Challenge, I knew I was going to have to play along!  Take a look!

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This chair would match absolutely nothing in my home, but I still want it!!  In fact, I would love to have it in my craft room and use it to just sit and brainstorm ideas for cards...I have to believe a chair like this would create a lot of positive energy!!  :0)

I was totally inspired by the bold and bright colors of the flowers and the black and white stripes on the arm rests, and came up with this:

I hadn't had a chance to play with my new Garden Party (PTI) stamp set yet, and also some new circle dies from Gina Marie Designs, so I lightly penciled in a circle and began stamping the flowers in the pinks, oranges, yellows, and greens from the inspiration photo.  Cut off a little more of my flowers than I thought I would when I used the circle die, but I like the look of the Raspberry Fizz cardstock showing through with a space large enough for my sentiment from WPlus9's Hand Lettered Hello.  I also used PTI's To The Point Edgers dies for my stitched and scalloped edges to draw attention to the black & white striped DSP below.  I finished up with some black & white bakers twine and also a few Lucy's Little Things Jewels to add some sparkle.

There's still a couple days to check out this challenge and play along.  You can find all the GORGEOUS inspiration from the DT and info to play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!