Wednesday, April 26, 2017

More AI Watercoloring

Hello  -  Today another watercolor might be seeing them for a while I seem to be hooked on this process.  I am off to Peggy's for another day of stamping and coloring.  This is from our visit last week.

Again, this is done with stamps, tombow markers and a watercolor brush.

Inspired  by and Cased from this video:

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Caffiene Fix

Hi There -

It has been a while since I played at Shopping our Stash.  The challenge this week is to make a coffee related card.  Ellen Hutson's Oh Frappe has been sitting in my new stuff bin for forever.  I had to have it, but I am not much of a coffee drinker, nor do I know many coffee its been waiting. 

I actually made two cards, one more feminine and one more masculine.

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Just Us Girls 390 Photo Week

Greetings ~

At Just Us Girls this week there is a photo inspiration.  I was drawn to the red, green and yellow on the framed map prints with all that white around the map print and the stark black frame.

I created this with a watercolor wash using crayola watercolors, three Paper Smooches Dainty Flowers cut from white card, along with a white embossed Mama Elephant sentiment and a black card base

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Color Throwdown 439 Always Fun Challenges 3 Less is More 325

Hello!  One card three challenges, and a few pics of the process along the way.  I wanted to make a few Altenew Majestic Bloom cards to fatten up my card stash.  I pretty much suck at multi layer stamping unless the images are made to exactly line up and few are.  SO what to do with my colorful trash?  Die cut it.

I was inspired by Color Throwdown's color combo of Purple, Red, Yellow and Orange.  I took my for blooms and cut each one with the  Winnie and Walter's Hello die.  Then  holding them all stacked together, I cut four pieces.  I cut another hello from white and then glued once color piece from each of the four flowers to cover the white hello piece.  I added wink of stella and glossy accents and let it dry.

The embossed stripes were inspired by Less is More#325, and  reinforcing a clean and simple design was a second challenge requiring a CAS card the new challenge Always Fun Challenges #3.

While it was drying I decided there had to be a quicker way to get a similar result.  There is, its not quite as colorful due to the size of my starting image...but hey I like it.  I colored up the bloom with three color families on each of the layers.  As a flower it looks horrid, but as a diecut...definitely interesting.  I cut 1 out of the center of one flower, and the other 4 were cut with the die covering only half the flower along the length of the word.

Again wink of stella was added, but instead of all that glossy accents squeezing...I used embossing powder; clear on 4 and silver pearl on the 5th.  The silver pearl gave a muted sentiment but it seemed a bit dull, so it got another layer of embossing over it in clear.

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AI Watercolor Kitten

Hello -

I've been collecting quite a few of the AI Watercolor Series stamps, and last week I finally sat down with a crafty friend to play and practice using them.  My supplies were the stamps, watercolor paper, tombow markers, a stamp positioner, post it notes, fine tipped water brush and stamp blocks.

My friend had quite a few of the smaller foliage and flower stamps as well.  So, between the two of us we were able to get a couple of panels made.  I tossed two pieces of watercolored card which had been used for practice on both the fronts and backs, a third piece has a bad practice run on the back...but the front turned out fine...yep I used it.  So, if you haven't played with these stamps and are planning on it and have absolutely no drawing or painting talent like me, give yourself some practice the You Tube videos.

I found these fun once I got past my initial aggravation with my over wetting my scenes.  A barely damp brush was the key for me.  And until I get more used to these, my cards are pretty much CASE's of those presented by Bonnie Krebs.

This one is inspired by this video

The focal image is made up of several stamps: a stump, a portion of a cat, grasses, several types of leaves, and two sorts of flowers.  This will be a thank you note for a friend who is fond of cats.  I've got another version in mind for my Dad that will have 3 kitties in a field of grasses.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Watercolor note card

Greetings ~

After my trip to California, and my friend Peggy's trip to Texas we hadn't had a crafty day together for about 6 weeks, so it was definitely time.  We tried out some of the AI Watercolor series stamps and got hooked on the process.  I'll be posting those later once I have them made into cards.

Peggy gave me a stamp with an adorable bunny on it.  Easter and (for this California transplant) Springtime are over so the bunny will be awaiting next spring...I did however have to play with it, and thought Peggy might enjoy getting a thank you card made from the bunny stamp.

Just as an aside...hubs wasn't fond of that dark glossy eye; about an hour later he went downstairs and hollered up to me to look outside...there was a sweet little bunny grazing...and it had a big black shiny eye...I couldn't resist asking hubs if he had noticed it.  I'm a brat.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fresh Flutter Die


I've been caught up in the business of hubs for the last 10 days and haven't gotten much crafting done.  So it felt good to get back to my crafty table to put together a card.  I am calling this one clean and layered.  The card is for two challenges - The Card Concept and HLS April Anything goes with dies

The photo for the Card Concept challenge is so clean and fresh and light. I was immediately struck by the beautiful white flowers...there needed to be white pops on my card; and that aqua/teal jar.

I created a card front using a SSS stitched rectangle die and inked on some High Dive ink towards the center - closest I have to an aqua shade. I then used Concord and 9th Flutter die from the Floral and Flutter set to die cut the butterfly with some be creative tape on the top.

I then dipped the butterfly die into some Nuvo sparkle dust - very very fine iridescent glitter.  I popped the butterfly onto the inked portion of the card for a pop of white against the aqua inking and added a few iridescent sequins.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  The panel was mounted onto a card base of surf blue from SSS leaving just a smidgen of a mat around my focus panel.

Here is a picture without the lights on, you can see the iridescence and the glitter a bit better.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Those Dogs are back

Hi There!

A guy friend of mine from my working days has a birthday coming up.  He is a dog lover so I thought this would be a fun card for him. I even made a matching envelope.  Both are watercolored, and then lightly covered with distress glaze so hopefully they'll make it to his place in good shape.

These were colored with water color pencils, and the eyes were dabbed with glossy accents for shine and the noses covered with black pico embellisher for a shine and some texture.  I am entering this to  ATSM's Make Your Mark .

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Bunny Box

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I've been working on a little project for the crafty gals.  We often make small gift for each other for holidays. I missed St. Patrick's day while I was away.  So I wanted to make something cute for Easter.  I found a You Tube Tutorial for a square match box. I made a small modification to the instructions, and they were pretty easy to make.  I made 12 boxes from 6 12X12 sheets of paper.

If you'd like to see the video it can be found here. The modifications I made were to cut the inside box liner at 2 7/8 inches square and to cut the wrappers at 3 by 9 inches.  This allowed me to make 4 boxes per 2 sheets of 12 X 12 paper. 

I chose a lightly glittered cardstock for the box and a polka dot for the wrapper and liner.  I added grass and 3 Reese's Easter eggs inside the box.  The bunny on top is from Lawn Fawn and the Sentiment is from PTI.

I actually enjoyed making the boxes they came together quite quickly. I hope the gals will like them.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Thank you

Greetings !

My bestie sent me a darling card for my birthday last month...even though we did our happy birthday thing while I was in California.  I fell in love with the card she sent me and based my thank you card to her on its colors and image. 

It had a beautiful pink flower on a blue/aqua  backdrop with lots of kind words.  As I looked through challenges, CAS Mix it UP gave me the additional bit of inspiration - inlaid die cutting as well as stamping and heat embossing.  I am also entering this to Double D's Neon/Brights challenge. I love the bright pinks and yellows in the mood board below.

I die cut the thanks first, then pulled it out. Next I stamped and embossed the flower.  It was then masked with some paper as I added some ink with a clarity brush around the flower image.  Next I colored the flower with pencils.  My sentiment was covered in versamark and dipped twice into liquid platinum embossing powder then heated.

Once that was dry, I added a white panel to the card inside with plenty of tape runner so the letters would stick down once I placed them back into the card front.  My last bit of embellishment was to add stickles to the flower petals and center.

I hope she likes the card.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Muse 210


I am getting my Muse card in a bit late in the week but not quite at the last moment.  Anita Bowden is our Muse this week and she provided a sweet anniversary card for us.

I went with her design, but flipped it to portrait style.  My background embossing is large dots, my offset square is die cut double pierced squares from Avery Elle, and my stamps and sentiment come from MFT.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Two Cards Three Challenges

Greetings -  Its been raining here for a couple of days. A cool spell.  I love the rain, so this is happy time for me.  It's also perfect for crafting.

Up first - Fusion with a theme of Easter.  The graphic is below. I was drawn to those glasses filled with jelly beans as the inspiration for my Clean and Simple card.  I used bold colors courtesy of the Zig Clean Color brushes, and topped them with glossy accents for that nice hard shine.

Next up Seize the Birthday with more coloring with the Zig markers. No Toppings this time. This is for a friend of mine whom I worked with in California. She retired and moved ultimately to South Carolina. While in California at her birthday time the spring flowers were long gone; I think now I can get away with a spring flower birthday card for her.

Wink of stella and glossy accents are on the tulip petals.

Lastly both cards are being entered to AAA cards for their theme of CAS Shiny Spring.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Another Shot at LIM

My last card wasn't exactly CAS for the Less is More challenge- I got wrapped up in the pastels and not the design; so I've given it another go.  The theme is to use 3 pastels, mine are green pink and purple.

The image of the bunny and grass is from Gerda Steiner; it is a digi stamp. I have had good luck printing these with my ink jet printer on Spectrum Noir paper and coloring with Copic's. I have not experienced any printer ink bleeding.  I added the digital sentiment while I was editing the image in Photoshop to put the grass and the bunny together.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

3 Pastels and a Scramble

Hey There!  Today I checked the flickr group to see if there was a scramble...and there was it had less than an hour left. Yikes...but I do love a scramble and this really was one for me.  I had been thinking about the current Less is More Challenge to use 3 pastels and that combined with Cindy's theme of using an oval  made this card come together very quickly.

I used cream colored card stock and clear embossed Hero Arts' Leafy Vine stamp. Then I added very lightly inking with Distress inks in Cracked Pistachio, Milled Lavender, and Work Lipstick.  Once these were kinda dry -- I buffed the card front with a microfiber cloth to remove the ink from the embossing.  Next up a quick liquid platinum embossed sentiment from PTI on vellum.  Lastly I layered the vellum and the card stock and cut the stitched oval from MFT.  I barely off set it on the left side to maintain a fold.  I  cut a snip off the bottom of the back side of the card so it can stand.

ETA: I am also adding this to the Crop Stop March Challenge.

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Addicted to Stamps and More

Hey there!  It is Photo Inspiration week at  ATSM this week.  The photo is a stunning study in blue and black.

I love the look of the color bleeding outwards on this image.  It definitely made me want to throw some color onto  some paper.

I grabbed a favorite whimsical butterfly from Hero Arts, stamped it then clear embossed it so I could keep a bit of separation between the wings and the background.  Then I pulled out my Crayola watercolors -- yep Crayola....there is a particular shade of blue that I love in the set.

I added color and dried the panel 4 times by just letting it sit under my laptop's cooling fan. It gives warm air with a very light breeze--not enough to move the color and gives a better effect than the heat gun drying.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

CTD 436 Pale Yellow Green Blue

 It feels so good to get into my crafty space and sit down and create.  Today, I saw the challenge image at Color Throw Down and I immediately knew what I wanted to create. 


Its been ages since I just played with my ink pads.  I have a lot of them, and they have been neglected lately as I have been in coloring mode. Avery Elle's Oh Happy Day stamp hadn't been put away yet, so I played with its lesser used elements. It consists mostly of sentiments. There are two little flower images along with leaves and center dots as well as the sentiment.

After I made my first card front, I made 4 more. I had such a good time just stamping with SSS inks in Duckling, Blue Jay and Green Leaf.  I didn't stop at the card fronts...I decorated envelopes as well.

Here is my card, and below the set.

I mounted the card fronts on yellow, blue, green, and cream. The back flap was stamping similarly to the card front and then a little posy of flowers on the front just under the return address area.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Muse 209

I have missed playing along with Muse the last month so, I am happy to play this week. Our Muse is SonjaK and she's given us a lovely hydrangea, vellum, and kraft creation.  I was inspired by that lovely hydrangea and the kraft cardstock.

I used Ellen's Mondo Hydrangea and  Prismacolor Pencils in several shades of green, pink, red, yellow and white. I minimally blended my petals with gamsol, and added some texture through white heat embossing and some nuvo dots.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Word Art Wednesday and The Male Room

This week at Word Art Wednesday it is Anything Goes.  The verse this week is "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom".  

At the Male Room the challenge is Colours - to use Black, White and 1 pop of color. 

I focused on the word Number and the color cue to combine the two challenges into one card. The number pattern background stamp is from Hero Arts, it was very black, so to tone it down I placed a piece of heavy vellum over it and then layered my sentiment frame and balloons over the vellum.

Three more birthday cards to go this month.

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The card concept and Freshly made sketches

Now that I am back from my get away in CA, and have had almost a week to settle in it is time to play in some challenges and take a break from the Easter Cards.

I am combining The Card Concept's Purple Haze ( I was inspired by the color purple) with this week's Freshly Made Sketches-sketch for a clean and simple card.

Three more birthday cards to go this month!

Thanks so very much for stopping by, your time is appreciated - especially if you choose to leave a comment. Enjoy your day!


Markers -Copic V01,04,05,06,09
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black, WP9 Bloomsberry, HA Passionflower, SSS Hot Mama
Sequins - Clear colored with V06 Copic
Stamps - Tulips - W&W, Sentiment - IO, Scallops - SU

Monday, March 27, 2017

Black and White and one more

Seize the Birthday's current challenge is for Black and White and the topping is one more color.  I took a bit of white is just a touch creamy because I used watercolor paper.  My pop is green.  A friend is having a birthday and her favorite color is green.

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Sentiment by Stampin Up, Dies by MFT and Paper Smooches.