Sunday, June 10, 2018

Lighthouse Throwdown

Some lovely cool tones for this week's  Color Throwdown Challenge ... aqua, black, and white...which made me think of Papertrey Ink's "Guiding Lights" set...


Here is my take on this breezy, striped, summery inspiration photo, 



I used PTI's "Cover Plate :Waves" to make an impression on watercolor paper, then colored with Zig Clear Color Watercolor Markers and a water brush.


I added the sentiment from "Guiding Lights" on a sheet of Judkins Embossable Window Plastic and heat embossed it in white.


This card is more masculine, so I didn't turn it into a shaker like I originally planned, but did add one iridescent sequin for a "light" and embossed the outer frame with "Cover Plate: Waves,"
 to match up with the inner layer. What inspiring colors this week!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Make it Monday: Lots of Dots

Michelle Leone had a fabulous PTI "Make it Monday" this week in which she added colorful dots to her card by using Nuvo Drops on a stamped image! Since I purchased "Butterfly Blooms" AND Nuvo Drops after using them at Michelle's house, I used them again for this technique...


I heat embossed the butterfly in white on watercolor paper, then used my Zig Clean Color Watercolor Markers to color it. The background is made with the Lace Bouquet stamp set, also embossed in white. I sponged some Distress Inks over the background to add soft color to highlight the lace images.



I used Crystal Nuvo Drops to color the butterfly, then added a sentiment from Butterfly Blooms and a few clear sequins.  Nuvo Drops are VERY addicting! Once you buy one bottle, you want all of the colors! Thanks to my "play date" with Michelle and Karen Walker, I have quite a few bottles now 😊!!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Cascading Flip Flops

Stephanie Gold posted such a fun Make it Monday video at Papertrey Ink this week called "Cascading Die Cuts". I couldn't wait to play along! Here is my summer-inspired card with the "Flippin' Out" stamp set and dies!

Underneath each flip flop, I stamped the Sand Swatch Mini Background in Kraft ink on Kraft paper
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So much fun and looks authentic every time I use this image with Kraft ink and paper. These bright  flip flop colors are faves of mine from AMuse Studio...Cobalt, Margarita, and Berry with some lovely Mango Fresh Ink from Impress!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Patriotic Fence Throwdown

This week at the Color Throwdown Challenge, some patriotic shades of red, white, and blue...


I used PTI's Picket Fence die, Petite Pots, and Sentiment Staples: Birthday for my little scene...


Added a mini banner cut with a Mama Elephant die.


The fence is embossed with a Woodgrain Impression plate, and some little Nuvo Dots all around. Wishing you a Memorial Day full of remembrances, patriotism, family, and friends.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Good Day, Sunshine!

This week at the Simon Says Stamp blog, the Monday Challenge was to make a project inspired by a  song. These Lawn Fawn "Hello Sunshine" images made me think of the Beatles' song, "Good Day, Sunshine." I was also inspired to try Jennifer McGuire's "Stamped-Fold Card Designs" shown HERE. SO amazing!


Not quite what I had pictured in my mind, but still cheery!



Here is a close up of my little flap...next time, I think I will go a little bigger like Jennifer did in her tutorial! Added PTI's Picket Fence die and Simon Says Stamps' "Artsy Flower Parts" to the scene.


 Inside a few more images and a sentiment from Lawn Fawn's "Hello Sunshine."



The inside has some cloud patterned paper while the outside is stamped in yellow with the Gingham Backgrounder, an oldie but goodie from Cornish Heritage Farms!

I just loved this technique, can't wait to try it again...maybe tomorrow!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Peony Bouquet

Got a chance to go to my favorite stamp store Buffalo Stamps this weekend, and bought my first Altenew set with dies...Peony Bouquet.

Had a scrap frame stamped with the Canvas Cover-A_Card background from Impression Obsession and also used a Striped Backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms. The sentiment is from the Artsy Flowers set from Simon Says Stamp. Also bought my first set of Catherine Pooler inks! This peony is stamped in 3 of her yellows...Shea Butter, Tiara  and Sauna. So fun!



Saturday, May 12, 2018

Summer Florals Throwdown



This week at the Color Throwdown Challenge are some fresh and fun colors to use...red, pale yellow, and grey! I  chose to use WPlus9 Studio's "Southern Summer Florals" stamp set and dies
for my card...


Also used a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp, popped up some flowers, and added Nuvo Jewel Drops in Limoncello. The paper is from an older DCWV pad.


Hope YOU have a beautiful day, too!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Make it Monday:Spot Color Word Die Cuts

This week, Betsy Veldman had the coolest technique for Make it Monday that I had to try out! It's called Spot Color Word Die Cuts seen HERE. You stamp an image in black, die cut the word out of the center and color only the word, then place it back in the image that's left uncolored (and don't forget to keep the little die cut leftovers and put them back uncolored, too!)

I used the Friends 'til the End stamp set and Wonderful Words: Hello for my die.


I colored the "hello" die cut word with pink, yellow, and aqua Copics, then added the Friend" sentiment heat-embossed in black.


Added some translucent and jewel Nuvo Drops in a rainbow of colors! An eye-catching technique that can be done relatively quickly, SO fun!


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Let's Doodle

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, the challenge is Let's Doodle. We were to doodle, as little or as much as you liked! I'm not a very good artist, so I chose WPlus 9 Studio's "Doodle Buds" set to help myself out!


First, I stamped the flowers on watercolor paper, then colored them with watercolor pencils. I die cut the Brushed Rectangles die from Papertrey Ink, and used the negative as a stencil to trace an outline frame with a fine black Sharpie. Then, I stamped the doodle zigzags all along the edges to make the frame look more professionally doodled :)!


Before adhering the flowers, I added a background color wash inside the doodled frame.
I just ordered my first set of Nuvo Drops and they are so much fun! Went a little too crazy trying them out, I think. These are the Translucent Jewel Drops in Orange Marmalade, Limoncello, and Key Lime. What a fun challenge!

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Make it Monday: Graffiti Word Art

Playing along with Lexi Daly's fun Graffiti Word Art Challenge for Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink. She challenged us to ink up and stamp our die cuts to make our designs.

Here is my card featuring the Headline Alphabet dies and part of a sentiment from Think Big Favorites #1.


I used Watercolor Wonder and the confetti image from Birthday Style to create my background. I cut the letters from black and white cardstock to give them a shadow effect.


Then I added splatters of watered down acrylic paint in pink, black, and white all over, and even smeared it here and there with a paper towel when it went on too thick.

What a fun way to get inky on a Saturday! Thanks for the inspiring technique, Lexi!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Make it Monday: Stitched Stems

Playing along with Michelle Leone's  Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink! She had the sweetest technique called "Stitched Stems" in which you use a paper piercer and thread to stitch stems to combine with stamped flower images, sooo cute!


I used "Butterfly Blooms" with flowers and a sentiment from "Bloom and Grow," and the
"flight dots" from "Baby Button Bits." There is more to this story...I made the butterfly at Michelle Leone's house!!!  She lives about 10 minutes from me, and she hosted a little get together for Karen Walker and me! We had the best time chatting (and snacking, and tea-ing), and managed a bit of stamping.


Michelle shared some of the embossing thread she used in her video, and it got me thinking that I wanted to see the butterfly from last month's new set "Butterfly Blooms." She showed Karen and I her gorgeous sample card from the release last month, and then we got talking about Nuvo Drops (we were easily distracted)! Michelle die cut us some butterflies, and I twisted Karen's arm to play along with the Nuvo Drops to color the dots.


When I got home, my plan was to use a Sakura Clear Glaze pen on the black butterfly outline (Michelle had heat embossed hers with black powder and it was amazing!), but alas, I had thrown it away because it dried up!  So I used a Sakura Stardust Glitter pen instead :). I wanted black and white paper and this newsprint paper's headlines summed up our afternoon perfectly :).

This get together was so much fun, but may turn costly! I left with a shopping list on a post-it...Butterfly Blooms, a Bit More Butterfly Blooms, more Corner Adorner stamps and Shape Shifter dies, Nuvo Drops in lots of colors, a stamp shammy for cleaning, new watercolors by Gansai, and an Instant Pot for cooking!

Thanks so much to Michelle and Karen for making my dreary Rochester, New York, Saturday afternoon (while we awaited an ice storm in April!)...bloom!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Make it Monday: Outline Images

Playing along with Stephanie Gold's Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink. This week, she challenged us to make a card using outline and shadow images, but in a different way to make an abstract pattern. I used the "Color Pop Floral" Make It Market mini kit for my background.


I  stamped and used the stencils in the kit for my background flowers and leaves. Then I die cut a circle, added some vellum on the back, and heat embossed a sentiment from "Sentiment Staples: Birthday."


Stenciled and die cut some more flowers to match, then a few little Glossy Accent details to finish my card. It's kind of retro springy, and I think I like it!


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Transformation Tuesday

Playing along again with Transformation Tuesday at Papertrey Ink.  This week, Melissa Phillips changed the "go-to"/lighter colors on her card to darker colors.  That was what I had in mind with my Transformation Tuesday, but I ended up changing quite a bit on it :).


I've had this pastel card for quite awhile because I haven't sent it to anyone, even though I do like it.  Love the pink glittered butterfly and sentiment from "Love Lives Here."  The text with the pink flowers from "Lacy Bouquet" over the top gives it a soft botanical look.  But, I haven't been inking my card edges lately, and I tend to reach for other cards to give.


I decided to keep the pastel background and the big bold flowers, but used the new "Stitching Garden" set, because I couldn't wait to try it out!  Then, I tried pairing it with bold jewel tones that tend not to be my "go-to" colors.


So fun!  Of course I had to keep a bit of the "old me" with my "Chicken Scratch" gingham paper. The sentiment from "Quilter's Sampler" works great with these stitched blooms.  Even though it's supposed to be stitched, I added a few Glossy Accents to highlight the colors.

I love Transformation Tuesday!  It really makes me think about how to change up my ole' card-making routines!

Rainbow Trio


Since I had my rainbow palette of watercolors out, I decided to keep going and participate in Simon Says Stamps' Monday Challenge!  

This week, we were to make a "trio"of something." I took out Simon Says Stamps' sweet  "Artsy Flower Parts" and PTI's "Take Three" die to make a trio of flower boxes.


I heat embossed the flowers with white powder on watercolor paper, then die cut them when finished.  I am finding I am much more successful with watercoloring when I have the raised embossing to keep me in the lines!


The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti's "Tall Blooms" set. I like how it is a trio of words :).  Let's see if my watercoloring kick continues!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Rainbow Butterfly

A sweet, simple sketch from Jen Brum this week at Freshly Made Sketches, and it's just full of possibilities!

I just love it, here it is...



I chose a favorite stamp to use with this fun sketch, the butterfly from Waltzingmouse Stamps "Nordic Spring" by Claire Brennan.


I stamped the butterfly in Versamark on watercolor paper, then heat embossed it with white powder.  Added some rainbow colors with some watercolors, and a bit of Wink of Stella glitter over the top.


The plaid stripe and stitched image are also from some WMS sets.  I stamped the big plaid stripe with my Misti so I could stamp it multiple times with different shades of aqua ink. The sentiment is from WMS "Fine Feathers" set, also designed by Claire Brennan, which is now available at Gina K Designs.


The background is a stamp classic, Stampin Up's "Linen" wood mounted stamp!  Another of my favorites of all time!  The Nordic butterfly was stamped underneath in white ink, and heat embossed again.  I wanted my cut out butterfly to look like it was taking flight in all of its colorful glory!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Tulips & Birds

A beautiful spring color combination by Lisa at the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog!

Blush, pink, and peach!

I chose to make a fun spring "scene" with Papertrey Ink's "Tulip Time" and "Brushed Birds" sets!


I used so many different shades of pink and peach/orange on this card, I probably could never replicate it! With the MISTI, you can repeatedly stamp an image, so I just blended Fresh Inks from Impress, A Muse Studio inks, and Distress Inks in Dried Marigold and Tattered Rose until I got the shades of blush, pink, and peach that I wanted.


Added some Glossy Accents, then stamped the leaves in neutral Latte and Chocolate brown colors.  Love these sets together.

Happy Easter to you all!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Floral Sketch


Playing along at the "Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge Blog" and they had a fun sketch!


I used Concord & 9th's "Flower Turnabout" stamp set...


I colored the flowers with Tim Holtz Distress Markers, then afterward, "flicked" Tattered Angels gold "Glimmer Mist" on it to blend the colors and add some sparkle (which unfortunately you can't see in the pictures)!  I ran out of room for the sentiment, so moved it up to my circle :)!


Added some red strips embossed with a woodgrain impression plate, clear sequins, gold Liquid Pearls, and Glossy Accents and to pick up the sparkle.  The Concord & 9th's turnabout sets are SO much fun to use!

Sunshine Sketch

The snow has stopped (for now) and it's brilliantly sunny here today... even the (winter) birds are chirping!  Decided to make a card to match the weather, using Linda's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!



I used Papertrey Ink's "Hello Sunshine" stamps and dies...


I sponged the diamond pattern using a stencil and added the sunrays over the top.



I had this leftover white flower and some little yellow ones cut with a Memory Box die and added those because they were decidedly sunny, too!



Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Hope that it's sunny for the parade and festivities near you :)!