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! πŸ’•

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 πŸ’—!

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! πŸ€—

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 πŸ˜„. 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! ❤

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Pinkfresh Studio's May Challenge

It's "Anything Goes" this month at the Pinkfresh Studio Monthly Challenge, with a beautiful rainbow palette thrown in if it suits your fancy!

I couldn't resist those colors, so I made a rainbow sherbet-colored card with the Folk Hummingbird. Pretty Paisley, and Fleur 1 sets...

I started by stamping and die cutting Pretty Paisley with Ink on 3 embossing ink then heat embossing with their Arctic White embossing powder. I then brushed over them with Distress Oxide inks. The top paisley in Spun Sugar, Festive Berries, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, and the bottom in  Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, and Seedless Preserves. I placed that panel over a piece of white cardstock embossed with a dotted circle folder from Lifestyle Crafts.

Embossed and inked the Folk Hummingbird and flowers from Fleur 1 the same way, then added Stardust Stickles on the bird's beak, wings, chest, and tail feathers. Added some iridescent sequins to the background to showcase those rainbow colors some more! I almost added a sentiment, but was too nervous to keep going! I'll add a cheerful or uplifting one on the inside when needed.

These sets go perfectly together, and I just love that hummingbird!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Hummingbird Colors

This week at the Color Throwdown are some lovely colors to play with...coral, aqua, and navy!

I thought they would be perfect with the sweet Folk Hummingbird from PinkFresh Studio!

I stamped the hummingbird and floral images then colored them with Zig Clean Color markers. Added lots of sparkle with Stickles and a Wink of Stella pen, and some Nuvo Drops, too.

I added the awesome Hand-Drawn Heart From The Stamp Market brushed with Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink. It reminded me of a flight path πŸ€—. The sentiment is from Forest Friends from PinkFresh Studio.

Thanks for buzzing by! 😊

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

May Flowers

Playing long with the Simon Says Stamps' Monday Challenge blog theme of "Use Stencils" this week!

Time for some May Flowers from The Stamp Market using the stamp set with this name!

For my stenciling, I used the Plaid Stencil, also from The Stamp Market, lightly inked with my Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink. I think my brushes had some yellow ink on them, so some areas had a light tan quality, which I really liked!

Speaking of Distress Oxide inks, I just purchased my first set and they are as fun and fabulous as everyone says! The multi-step set "May Flowers" was inked with a combination of Spun Sugar, Festive Berries, Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, and Squeezed Lemonade, and the leaves in Amuse Studio Lichen ink and Impress Basil Fresh Ink.

The sentiment is from The Stamp Market's A Few Words stamp and cut bundle. A few Glossy Accents on the flower centers and leaves to finish this spring card. These flowers are beautiful, and I highly recommend treating yourself to this stencil and stamp bundle! πŸ˜‰!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Candy-Colored Flowers Sketch

This week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is by CΓ©cile Ribon and it's a perfect one for a pretty Mother's Day card (and "for a Special Lady" which just happened to be the theme this week at Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge blog).

I used two sweet little stamp sets with coordinating dies from The Stamp Market, Petite Painted Posies and A Few Words sentiment set. They may be small sets but they are so fun to create with!

I stamped a mini floral cluster from the set for the background, then cut cut banners from PTI's gingham paper using Sizzix dies.

Stamped lots of flowers and leaves from Petite Painted Posies using my favorite A Muse Studio inks and Fresh Inks from Impress. Layered them and added Nuvo Drops on the flower centers. Lastly, a little twine wrap and the sweet "hugs" sentiment. A beautiful card for a special lady in my life. 
Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

It's a Party!

It's the Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge Blog's 10th birthday! So, of course their challenge theme this week is "Happy Birthday!" I chose to throw them a little party with these adorable woodland animals from Hello Bluebird's "Moose & Friends" stamp set...

I am so inspired by designers who create beautifully colored scene cards, so lately, I've been practicing my skills. I love all of the designers' creations at Hello Bluebird, and who can resist their adorable animals and images!

I made a background by softly brushing Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Twisted Citron, then cut some hills with a Lawn Fawn die, and a banner with an Amuse Studio die. Colored the die cut images with Zig Clean Color Markers and a waterbrush. Added Wink of Stella pen, Stickles, and Nuvo Drop accents. There is a thick layer of Glossy Accents on the "Happy" balloons. Tied them with black sewing thread because I wanted really thin strings.

I just love that moose blowing out the candles (or a teeny party horn included in the stamp set should you choose), the sweet bunny, and the silly, surprised owl who's floating away!

 Happy Birthday to you, SSS Wednesday Challenge! Thanks for all of the inspiration every week!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Sunny City

Playing along with the monthly challenge at Pinkfresh Studio! This month, the challenge was "shakers and frames" and here was the color palette...

I made a shakers card with these fun colors using "A Day in the City" stamps and die...

I stamped the images on the single scene die, then colored them with Zig Clean Color Markers and a waterbrush. The shakers contains a mix of sequins and paper hearts and confetti.

Backed the shaker with some heart patterned paper, then dotted the scene with Nuvo Drop "flowers" in the grass, Stickles on the sun, and Sakura Glaze pen on the windows. So much fun to create with Pinkfresh Studios stamps and large coordinating scene dies!