Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Cardinal

One of my favorite things about spring is hearing the cardinals singing so much!  I think they are such pretty birds, even the female, with her muted colors.

When I bought this Hero Arts Color Layering Cardinal stamp set last year, I knew I'd love it for Christmas cards, but I also wanted to try it for a spring time card.  I'm entering this card into a couple challenges.
Link to the blog is HERE
Flickr group: LOVE--Handmade Cards, ATC's & Other Crafts April Challenge--Anything Goes

I used a hand-cut cloud stencil to ink the clouds in the background with Tumbled Glass Distress ink.  I experimented with the various shades of red inks I have to find a combination I like.  I use Abandoned Coral Distress ink for the 1st layer.  Second layer is Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red, finishing with Aged Mahogany Distress ink for the 3rd layer.  The flowers are stamped with SSS Twirling Tutu and Hot Lips.

I edged my card base with some Scor-tape and added some pretty soft pink Art Glitter in Baby's Breath to create my own glittery edges.

I added flower centers and a few extra dots with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Red Berry.  Also added Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to flowers and darkest ink on bird, but it doesn't show in the photo.

Thank you for taking a look!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Best Wishes Peony

Being a "flower" addict, I had to get a couple of The Ton's new stamps!  Today I have used Dearest Peony for my card.

I'm entering this into a few challenges:
Get the details HERE
Flickr's LOVE--Handmade Cards, ATC's & other Crafts--April Challenge Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...Splash It On

I did a lot of "splashing" on this one!  I created the background using the "ink smooshing" technique, sprayed on a bit of water, the sprayed on a bit of Perfect Pearls & Distress Spray Stain.  The flower was watercolored with Zig Clean Color markers and added more details with two Prismacolor Pencils.

I love this copper embossing powder!!!!

Here is a photo with the main supplies I used.  Not very many really.

Thank you for taking a moment to check out my card!  If you leave a comment, a BIG thank you to you!!!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Birthday Card Boo-boo's

I'm putting this up on the blog to participate in Darnell's 2nd Annual April Fool's Boo-boo Hop and NBUS Challenge #11.  Our entry can be sharing our boo-boo's and/or NBUS!  No prizes, but just fun times seeing that we all have those moments!

So here is the front of the card in all its glory!  These are stamps and dies from My Favorite Things.

You may be wondering, what's the problem?  Well, the "problem" is that I had the entire card front adhered to my card base before beginning the sentiment inside!  There must've been an earthquake when I stamped this sentiment!  I guess I was in shock because I then promptly dropped the ink pad onto the card!!  Argghhh!!  What to do?!!  Also notice the little smudge along the right side!!

So I wracked my brain and Ta-da!  It clicked into gear and saw the extra pieces and parts leftover from the front!  Re-stamped the sentiment & die cut it with a Spellbinders die to cover the original boo-boo.  The extra leaves and flower covered the ink smudges!!  YAY!  LOL!

So the moral of this story, for me, is to consider completing the inside before finishing the front.  We'll see if that happens.....haha!   Thanks so much for taking a look!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Daily Coloring Challenge, Week 4

I really challenged myself to color each day of this challenge & I'm so glad I did!  Some of the projects covered two days which is why there's not 30 projects.  Not only do I have cards for my stash and some to send in for a card drive, I do feel like I'm more confident in my coloring!  Kathy Racoosin will have another challenge, and I encourage anyone to follow her blog to get the details on when and how to play along!

Another flower from Simon Says Stamp's More Spring Flowers colored with Zig Clean Colors.

Because petunias are one of my most favorite flowers, I had to have this Modern Petunia set from WPlus9.  I colored this with Spectrum Noir markers.  Used my Cricut Explore to cut out a basket and embossed it with a We R Memory Keepers 3-D embossing folder.

I drooled every time I saw someone post on Instagram using this beautiful stamp, so I caved!  Love, love this!  Used Prismacolor watercolor pencils to color.

Here's this same stamp colored with Zigs.  Instead of using water to blend the colors, I used my clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to blend!  Oh the shine!  Made a shaker card using Concord & 9th's Happy Card Frame dies & Happy Words stamp set.  Filled with Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

And this won't be the last of this stamp set for me!  I love the different looks you can achieve using different colors and mediums.  This time I embossed it in gold & colored with Zig Clean Color markers.  For the main flower I used one of the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors to blend for the shine.

Just look at the beautiful shine!

Well, if you've looked at all of these for this challenge, I thank you so much!  Love to get comments too and I'm so appreciative of those that take a moment!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Daily Coloring Challenge, Week 3

More fun coloring and card making while participating in the 30-day Coloring Challenge.

I'm not much into all the critter stamps that are popular now, but oh how I love this bear!  It's Essentials by Ellen All Inside!  I colored him up with my Prismacolor pencils.  I stamped the flowers using JustRite's Multi-Step Flower Garden set.  The fence is a Spellbinders die.

This is a stamp from Waffle Flower called Enveloper Little Birdie.  While this did not turn out the way I had pictured in my brain, I think it's still pretty.

I did lots of masking to make a background with W Plus 9's Beautiful Bouquets: Mums.  I tried a technique and colored first with my Spectrum Noir, then added more detail with Prismacolor pencils.

Another of my most favorite stamps:  Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea.  Colored with Zig Clean Color markers.  I used two We R Memory Keepers next level embossing folders.

I think these flowers from Simon Says Stamp's More Spring Flowers just look like happy flowers!  Colored with Spectrum Noir.  Sentiment is Altenew's Happy Mail and added some Nuvo Drops.

Thank you for taking a look!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Daily Coloring Challenge, Week 2

This is my coloring and card making for week 2 of Kathy Racoosin's 30-day coloring challenge that was March 1-30.

I used a coloring card that was in a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit, from March 2016 I think.  It's so nice because it's printed on X-Press-it paper and my Spectrum Noir markers blend so easily on it!  I used a white gel pen to add some dots "Kathy style".

These next 2 are stamps from Art Impressions using Marvy LePlume II markers.

This is such a fun way to watercolor.  The owner/illustrator/designer Bonnie Krebs sure makes it look a bit easier than it is.   I do enjoy this watercoloring!

This coloring card is from a book titled Spectrum Noir Colorista premium marker pad.  The cool thing is that there is either silver or gold foiling on each page for the shine!  I picked this up a Michael's at 50% off sale.  Now who can resist 50% off?!!!  LOL!

This is Altenew's Garden Grow stamp set and dies.  I absolutely love this set, but it's just the 2nd time I've used it.  I think all the fiddling and arranging of the pieces and parts is somewhat intimidating to me.  And I do fiddle-diddle a LOT!  I colored this with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  The background was quick and easy with a few spritzes of Distress Ink spray stain in Twisted Citron.  The sentiment is from an Ellen Hutson set.

I watercolored this beautiful set from The Ton called Happiest of Peonies using Prismacolor watercolor pencils.

Thank you to anyone that takes a look!  Hope you like!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Daily Coloring Challenge, Week 1

Oh my poor blog!  I've been participating in Kathy Racoosin's 30-day Coloring Challenge and posting on Instagram each day.  Was my intention to update my blog each week as I do like to have a reference to what I used, etc.  Well, time goes by and now here I am.  Here are my creations from week one:

Day 1:  Altenew's Beautiful Day colored with Zig Clean Color markers, Spellbinders doily die,   Taylored  Expression woodgrain background stamp, Justrite script background stamp & sentiment: Essential by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea
My Favorite Things You Have My Heart stamps/dies; WPlus9 Sending Sunshine dies

MFT You Have My Heart; WPlus9 Sending Sunshine
This was a coloring card included with an order from Honey Bee Stamps.  Colored with Zigs.
Honey Bee Stamps Country Blooms w/adorable bear from Essential by Ellen All Inside
Here he is all done up on a card!  Used MFT's Scattered Surface background stamp.  Sentiment from Concord & 9th Kindhearted set.
Honey Bee Stamps Little Pickup & Sending You

Well, if you made it this far, thank you!!!!  Hope you enjoyed!  Weeks 2 & 3 coming next!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Pink, You Are the Bestest!

The focus in this lesson is using pink to bring about feelings of sensitivity, caring and sweetness.  If you haven't tried Altenew Academy's classes, you should.  They are very reasonably priced and quite informative.  I can see using many different brands of stamps and dies with the techniques I've learned.

I actually made two pink cards.  Here is the first.  I really love working with texture paste and stencils.  Mixing it with some ink makes it even more fun!

This next card is one that looked better in my mind than how I think it turned out.  I fiddle-diddled with it so much and just can't figure out what isn't working for me.  I decided to break out some of my stash of patterned paper to go with the pink, sweet theme.   Since I was using long neglected paper, I broke out my bling and added the butterfly swirls in pink rhinestones.  The bottles are vellum that I colored on the back with Spectrum Noir markers and then backed with white card stock.  It's not horrible, but I just feel like something is off.  Oh well, maybe I'll pull it apart and try something different.

 Thanks for looking! 

First card:
Altenew stamps/dies:  Beautiful Day, Floral Shadow, Bottleful Of, Botanical Garden
Inks: Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Hero Arts Soft Pink & Bubblegum, Versafine Onyx Black
Ranger texture paste
Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets
Want2Scrap pink rhinestones

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Yellow, Thanks a Bunch

The lesson for Day 4 of Altenew Academy's In the Mood for Color focused on yellow.  Our homework was to use yellow to show energy, cheer and optimism.

After stamping the daisies, I used a few Zig Clean Color pens to color and fill in the petals and flower centers.  I've always liked yellow and think it is a happy color!  Thanks for taking a look!

Altenew Spring Daisy stamps and dies
Altenew Halftone Thanks and die
Inks:  SSS Lemon Zest, Green Leaf, Jellybean, Versafine Black Onyx, Hero Arts mid-tone Charcoal
Zig Clean Color markers: 50, 51, 52, 41, 45
Gingham paper: My Favorite Things Tiny Check

Friday, February 24, 2017

Green, With Every Difficulty...

Day 3 of Altenew Academy's In the Mood for Color focuses on green giving a soothing, natural feel to our cards.

I've used Distress Inks on stamps in the past, but not this exact way of stamping the image and using a wet brush to move the water and ink.  This really does give it that watercolored look, even though it really isn't!

I really had to hold myself back from adding anything more to this card, but I'm glad I did!  Thanks for looking, I really appreciate it!

Altenew Floral Shadows
Altenew Remember This for sentiment
Distress Ink:  Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron
NUVO Crystal Drops-Apple Green

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Red, Beautiful Day

This is my card for Altenew Academy's In the Mood for Color, Day 2.  The focus is on the color red and how this color can bring energy, love and passion to your cards.

I really loved the stamped leaf edge that Stephanie Klauk, our instructor, did on her card so I CASE'd that part of her card.

I stamped and die cut an extra flower, stem, and leaves and popped it up on my card for dimension.  I really love how this turned out and think the leaf edging gives it that extra "something"!!

Thank you so much for looking and if you leave a comment, a BIG thank you for that!

Altenew Remember This stamps & dies
Altenew Beautiful Day for sentiment
Inks: Distress Ink Spun Sugar, SSS Jellybean & Green Leaf, Hero Arts for medium & dark red shades
Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Blue, Miss You

I'm taking Altenew Academy's class In The Mood for Color.  This class relates the colors we use for cards to the mood and feeling it may invoke.

Day 1's lesson is using blue and creating calmness and tranquility.  Here's my take:

I decided that instead of coloring the flower, I would put color around it.  I created masks, stamped, then used a stencil with an ink dauber.  It's so fun to peel up the masks for the reveal!!

Thanks for taking a look!  I love comments and thank you for them!

Altenew Beautiful Day stamps
Altenew Floral Shadows for sentiment
Hero Arts Baby Blue pigment ink
VersaFine Onyx Black ink
Simon Says Stamp fine detail clear embossing powder
Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins
Tim Holtz stencil THMS019

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Coral/Mint Green Happy Birthday

I like to have a stash of birthday cards on hand and needed some inspiration to get going.  My Favorite Things Color Challenge 63 was just the thing and will enter my card!  I really LOVE these colors!

Find the details HERE.
I pulled out some MFT stamps and dies that I got last year and hadn't used in a while.  I wanted to make something bright and cheerful and that reminds me of spring!!

Here's a look at the inside.  (There's a story about how this came about that I'll post about another time!:) 

I really enjoyed creating this card!  Thank you for stopping to take a look & your comments are so appreciated!

MFT Scattered Surface background stamp
MFT Striped Sentiment Strip die
MFT Flashy Florals stamps and dies
MFT Celebrate You stamps
SSS inks: Mint Candy, Scuba, Apricot, Sunkist
Spellbinders Labels 4
Art Glitter Gala Glitz white
Pretty Pink Posh sequins
paper doily from my stash

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bubbles, Bubbles...

Darnell at is having her NBUS Challenge #10.  As usual, we should use something we have, but have never used.  You need to go look at what she created for the optional part of the challenge!  She used bubble wrap to stamp and also to create a card!  I never ever would've thought of that!  Thank you Darnell for having these fun challenges to celebrate your 5-year blogaversary--it's been fun!

Well, being the non-packrat that I am, I have no bubble wrap to be found!  I wanted to participate in the optional portion so I chose that part to use bubbles.  I remembered a workshop I took one year at a Scrapbook Expo where we used Distress Spray Stain, water and Dawn dish soap in a shallow cup with a straw.  You blow bubbles until they are piled up and then put your watercolor paper on them.

As you can tell from these photos, I was just having too much fun!  I made several backgrounds and got 3 of them turned into cards so far.  (Yes, I'm so slow at deciding how to put a card together!)

Just a bit of water w/a couple drops of Dawn.  The bubbles look clear at the top but the color is there!

You can see from the top one that I used Candied Apple & Blueprint Sketch.  The one on the right is where I dumped the leftovers from both colors together--it made kind of a grape color.

Here are the cards I made.  I've listed my NBUS in the captions.
NBUS: hearts, flowers, sentiment from My Monthly Hero January 2017 kit
NBUS jar, flowers, bow from My Monthly Hero January 2017 kit
NBUS Spellbinders Die of the Month January (DOM-JAN17).
On a sentimental note, the lace in this card is some that was my mother's.  It was in her sewing cabinet along with several others.  I love finding a way to use it.

I'll also be entering two of these cards into the Flickr group Love!--Handmade Cards, ATCs & Other Crafts group's February challenge:  Hearts & Flowers.

Thanks so much for taking a look and leaving a comment! :)