Sunday, September 15, 2019

Bunny Monday

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, in honor of their Stamptember celebration, the theme was "Stamp It!" I chose the Stamptember set that Lawn Fawn created for Simon Says Stamp called "Snow Bunnies." It's soo cute!

I made a background by brushing Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, and Blueprint Sketch. Splattered with water and made some windy swirls with a small wet paintbrush.

Colored the bunnies with Zig Clear Color Markers and a waterbrush. Added lots of little details with Nuvo Drops, Glossy Accents, and the Sakura Stardust and Glaze pens.

A snowy center cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border die, a white heat embossed sentiment from the set, and a teeny tiny glittering star to finish!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Awesome Wednesday

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog, the theme was "Bling it on." I paired the new "Floral Diamond" set from The Stamp Market with some Nuvo "Moonstone" Glimmer Paste for sparkle.

The background was made by heat embossing The Stamp Market's "Fine Lines" background with black powder. The flowers were watercolored with a Paul Rubens pan palette.

It was my first time using it, and it's hard to watercolor like a real artist 😅! So sparkling over the top with the Nuvo Glimmer Paste helped detract from my poor shading abilities! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Harvest Home Throwdown

It's feeling a bit like fall here, so this week's Color Throwdown colors of navy, coral, mustard, and cream were perfect for a fun harvest card!

I am absolutely in love with everything Betsy Veldman has designed for her new company The Greetery and her fall release was no exception! I coupled Bountiful Wreath with Harvest Home to make a circular card.

I stamped and die cut the wreath, then cut a negative space out of some woodgrain paper from Crate Paper, and circles using Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities. Then I placed the wreath inside the negative space, tucking images from Harvest Home inside. I made a little 3 1/2 square card to attach to the back of the circle like a "kickstand!"

The sentiment is from Bountiful Wreath. Added some Glossy Accents to the coral berries, and some Mustard Nuvo Drops to the wheat. Also adding this card to the Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge with the week's theme "Stamp It" since all of my images were stamped!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Coffee's Calling Sketch

A card for my last day of summer before the return to school 😢. I combined the 400th Freshly Made Sketches celebration sketch with the Color Throwdown colors of pink, green, orange and yellow with some new products from The Greetery!

I used the Cozy Cup set and leaves from Fall Sketches...

Added the new Knit Wits Stencil in the background with white texture paste, and patterned paper from Simple Stories. The cup is resting on the Cozy Cup Coaster die cut.

Some leaves from Fall Sketches and the sweet spoon, sprig, and sentiment from Cozy Cup, with some Copper Nuvo Drop berries.

Off to bring my girls to a friend's house leaving a free window of time for a Pumpkin Spice latte for meee!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Terrarium Sketch

They are celebrating 400 Sketches this month at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week, a look back at Sketch 300...

I chose The Greetery's Terrarium Small die and BotaniCuts Succulents dies for my sketch card...

 I brushed Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in shades of blue-green (Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, and Mermaid Lagoon)  over a Hero Arts stencil, going darker over where the rectangular portion of the sketch would be.

Shaded the small succulent from the set with a waterbrush and Zig Clear Color markers. Added some Nuvo Glitter Paste in Moonglow to the tips. Stamped a sentiment from The Greetery's Simple Things set and die cut the main portion.

The fun hanger is cut with The Greetery's BotaniCuts Bamboo die, and also shaded with the Zig markers and waterbrush.

Congratulations to Freshly Made Sketches on their 400 amazing sketches! Here's to 400 more, as they are so much fun to create with each week! ❤

Friday, August 23, 2019

Succulent Throwdown

As soon as I saw the Color Throwdown colors of purple, blue, turquoise, and yellow...succulents came to mind! I used The Greetery's BotaniCuts Succulents dies and Simple Things stamp set for my card.

Sponged Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks on the large succulent using Milled Lavender, Scattered Straw, and Seedless Preserves, then Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac, and Salty Ocean on the small one.

Brushed some Scattered Straw in a circle, then stamped stems from Simple things in Salty Ocean and Scattered Straw for the background. Added the sentiment and a few tiny aqua colored Nuvo Drop accents. The border was cut with the Crimped Frames die, also from The Greetery. These succulents are so realistic and detailed, but easy and FUN to make ❤!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Color Throwdown Guest Star Stamper

I am thrilled to be this week's Guest Star Stamper at the Color Throwdown! The inspiration piece is so beautiful, and features lovely, yellow, pink, and lavender!

I chose The Stamp Market's "Petite Painted Posies" stamps and dies, and Ink to Paper's "Tag Creations: Joyful Jar" die for my card...

Stamped "Barnwood" from Stampin' Up and cut a frame from the center. Stamped a smaller floral cluster from "Petite Painted Posies" and heat embossed with white powder.

Added a sentiment from Ink to Paper's "Tag Creations: Lemon" stamp set to the inside of the jar, and made it into a shaker. Cut the outside of the frame with The Greetery's "Crimped Frame" die.

Lately, a card isn't complete unless I add a smattering of Nuvo Drops! This time I added some white ones 😊.

Thanks SO much to the lovely ladies at The Color Throwdown for having me guest with them.  And for their 555 (!)  blog posts bursting with colorful inspiration! 💕

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Fusion Card Challenge: Kindness

At the Fusion Card Challenge is this colorful inspiration with a lovely quote...

I used Papertrey Ink's "Kindness Counts" sentiment set along with "Papillon" from The Stamp Market...

I made a panel by brushing Distress Oxide Inks then tracing circles onto it with a brush and water. When dry, I stamped the butterfly from Papillon onto the inked panel with Versamark, heat embossed with clear powder, then die cut them. Also cut some mini hearts from the same panel, and did a bigger one for the sentiment area, topped with Glossy Accents.

 Then I stamped the sentiment along the side, masked it off with purple tape, and sponged a little ink over the top. Some Nuvo Drops and sequins were the finishing touches!

No Line Vine

Tried my hand at some more no line coloring with new products from The Greetery. Used Summer Sketches, Just Mason Around, the Crimped Frame die, and Simple Things!

This card's pieces were created over several different days...maybe weeks! I used Zig Clean Color Markers and a waterbrush...sometimes Inkon3 Fade Out ink, other times Gina K light Amalgam ink in Skeleton Leaves. The Fade Out ink gives the best no line look (the main vine) but is hard to see sometimes, which made this rookie painter frustrated. This card had several elements end up in the trash a few times.

The jar was stamped in Fresh Ink Mint, and AMuse Studio Bermuda and Mermaid inks,  and looked perfectly glassy.😊

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Citrus Throwdown

This week at the Color Throwdown were lovely summery citrus colors!

 I chose to use The Stamp Market's Citrus Edge diesVine, Skinny Upper Alpha dies, Dear Friend dies, and Plaid Stencil, and The Greetery's Crimped Frame  for my card...

I stenciled the background by brushing Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, and Picked Raspberry. 

Die cut the letters and dipped them in Versamark, then heat embossed with white powder for a little shine and pizzazz! The flowers were cut from different types of vellum, and then the centers are cut from layers of the pretty tissue that Betsy Veldman wraps The Greetery purchases in 💗!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Canvas Throwdown

This week at the Color Throwdown, there were fruity summer colors for us to try...

I thought these would be perfect for a little still life scene...

I stamped the oldie "Canvas Backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms in Black Soot Oxide ink, then brushed across the bottom twice with a wet square foam brush. Added  images from The Greetery's  "Robin and Wren," "Oopsie Daisy, and "Just Mason Around."

I splattered white gouache and watered down black acrylic paint over the images to add to the 
hand-painted look.

A little twine around the jar, and that's a wrap! 🤗

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Fresh Picked Wishes

Playing along with Simon Says Stamps' Wednesday Challenge Blog theme of "Anything Goes" with a second entry this week. I made this card for my brother-in-law Vic's 73rd birthday! He loves flowers for his lake house so these images from The Greetery's latest release fit the bill.

I used "Just Mason Around," "Oopsie Daisy," and "Robin and Wren" for my card. Love how realistic these multi-step stamped images look, made me feel like an artist 😊!

Made a light background with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen, and Tea Dye, then splattered with water. I can't wait to create with these sets some more!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Hugs and Fishes

School's out here for my daughters...and me! I'm already excited about our summer trip to the Jersey Shore to see my sister and her family! The Color Throwdown Challenge colors were perfect for this...

I used The Greetery's new "Katie's Cuties: Feelin' Fan-Sea" creatures for my scene. I was inspired by the striped pillow in the inspiration photo, which made me think of Wanda Guess' striped background here!

 I masked off stripes with purple tape, then brushed Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink in "Weathered Wood" over the top. Colored my sea cuties with Sakura Zig Clean Color markers and a waterbrush. The sentiment is a combination of "Sending Hugs" from Reverse Confetti, and "and fishes" from PTI's "Salt Air Sentiments." This seemed perfect for a card featuring lots of arms 😁!

Added sea plants using PTI's "Salt Air Flora." Lots of Wink of Stella pen, Stickles, and Nuvo Drops for sparkle. I submitted this to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Anything Goes" Challenge this week, too. Hooray for summer vacation!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Dachshund Wishes!

One of my co-workers had a milestone birthday, and we celebrated today with a breakfast at school! Gretchen loves her dachsunds and this funny idea popped in my head 😁!

I used Pinkfresh Studio's Playful Animal Friends 2 set and the Rainbow Card Cover Die from The Stamp Market.

Added an embossed sentiment from Playful Animal Friends 2 and some iridescent sequins.

Inside more party images from the set, PTI's Headline Numbers, and a sentiment from The Stamp Market's Hip Hip Hooray set. Added a Dunkin' Donuts card for $5.55 which caused some questioning looks from the DD employee 😄. Gretchen loved the card!

Friday, June 7, 2019

First time, No Line!

I decided to try my first no-line watercolor card using the Bloominous and Handwritten Thank You sets from The Stamp Market!

I stamped the images on die cuts using Inkon3 Fadeout Ink and colored them with Zig Clean Color markers and a waterbrush.

Made a background with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Scattered Straw and Squeezed Lemonade, then splattered it with water mixed with yellow Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.

Added a die cut Handwritten Thank You stamped in aqua ink, then iridescent sequins, pearls, and Nuvo Drops. Such a fun look!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Hello, Purple

"Anything Goes" is the theme of the week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog. I chose to use the Petal Patch stamp set and Handwritten Thanks die from The Stamp Market.

I tend to neglect purple when making cards, so this week, I blended a background with Distress Oxide inks in Wilted Violet and Milled Lavender. Stamped and heat embossed the Open Plaid Backgrounder, an oldie from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Die cut the Handwritten Thanks die in white and black glossy paper. Stamped and die cut flowers from Petal Patch, then arranged them around the sentiment. A few Nuvo Drops were added for a bit of shine. Sorry I have neglected you, purple inks, I'll be sure to use you again soon! ❤