Sunday, February 14, 2016

Bearing Gifts

Such a cute little bear carrying all those gifts! As my luck would have it, if it were me, I would trip and all those gifts would be on the floor...

Playing along with the My Favorite Things Color Challenge 39. (I see my pink is a bit more coral, but you gotta play with what you have!) I stamped the bear from Bear Birthdays onto watercolored paper and then washed the background, to the outline of the bear with blue and then colored the bear and presents with Copics. Then I stamped the sentiment. I wrapped the bear panel with May Arts Pink Burlap String and then mounted the panel onto a red paper background with foam squares and that was mounted to an acetate panel embossed with a bit of dots.

So I am still struggling to find a good place to photograph my cards, I greatly admire the bright, sunny photos of some of the greatest's a work in progress, and like I mentioned above, you gotta play with what you have!

I am on Instragram now too, will you come check it out? I'm hoping to post more "work in progress" and sneak peeks on there. My link is on the sidebar!

Supplies Used:
MFT Birthday Bears Stamp Set
Prima Watercolor Paper
Simon Says Stamp Grey Cardstock
Lil' Inker Designs Love You Paper Pack
Memento Ink in London Fog  
Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
Ranger Glossy Accents
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Hot off the Press Acetate Sheets 
Best Creations 3-D Foam Small Squares 
Elizabeth Craft Small Dots Embossing Folder
Copic Marker Strong Red R46 
Copic Marker Tender  Pink RV13
Copic Marker Cool Gray 1
Broken China Distress Ink
Peacock Feather Distress Ink
May Arts Pink Burlap String

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Rooster and a Hen

I must be on an animal wedding kick (see the Turtle Love card a post down). I made a shaker card for the Papertrey Ink Anniversary Festivities, using colors chosen by their Fortune Teller thingy. I admit, I had to have my son help me figure the teller out, he makes them all the time.

Shakers are difficult to photograph-any tips are welcome. I started with a Berry Sorbet panel that was die cut with three windows, added some grass and a rooster and hen to the ends, respectively. I then die cut the same trio of windows out of white foam and added and acetate panel to the middle window. I stamped the sentiment onto a white card base and before adhering the foam, I added some hearts from Lil' Inker Designs. I love that there are teeny-tiny hearts in this die, it is perfect for shakers! The pink window panel was affixed to the cardbase then, over the foam, to create a shaker. The colors the Fortune Teller picked for me were: Berry Sorbet, Simply Chartreuse and Royal Velvet.

Supplies Used:
Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue 
Lil' Inker Designs Floating Hearts Die 
Hot off the Press Acetate Sheets
Memento Paris Blue Ink
Papertrey Ink Paper
Papertrey Ink On the Farm Dies
Papertrey Ink Leafy Vine Boarder Die
Papertrey Ink Take Three Die
Papertrey Ink Tag-It's #2 Stamp Set
White Craft Foam

Friday, February 12, 2016

Turtle Love

It has been great fun to try out techniques that Kathy shows in her videos for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I took the idea of a "blushing animal" and creating shadows and created the above card. I'd like to say my thought process was a bit more complicated than that, but it really isn't! I think of relationships and love when someone, or something, blushes, so I knew I needed two images. And I wanted the someone/something to be fairly simple, as I haven't ever tried coloring shadows.

I stamped one cute turtle from Paper Smooches onto a white cardstock panel, then used that technique (what's it called, mirror imaging??) to stamp the other and colored them with PrismaColors. I then shaded the areas underneath them, stamped the heart and a mix of sentiments for a wedding card. This is all completely, truly, 100% one layer too!

I am participating in the Paper Smooches February Challenge: Fun & Cute Challenge and Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge: One Layer.

Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock
Turtle from Paper Smooches Party Posse Stamp Set
Sentiment mix from Paper Smooches Word Up Stamp Set
Hearts from Paper Smooches Falling for You and Happy Bugs Stamp Set
PrismaColor Colored Pencils
Memento Tuxedo Black Marker
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Fresh Ink in Red Current

The Ribbon Resource:: Tassel Bags

I have acquired an influx of small, decorative bags and decided that they were in need of a makeover. (The bags come from Ipsy, the make-up subscription? I love Ipsy-it's a little treat I give to myself, just me!) The right amount and style of ribbon available at The Ribbon Resource was just the ticket to take the bags from ordinary to extraordinary by making custom "tassel pulls". I've got full pictures and a super quick tutorial up on The Ribbon Resource Blog on how to create these!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Primary Blooms

I cannot wait for spring, when the first of my perennial stalks pop out from the leftover snow and start to grow!

Playing along again with the Papertrey Ink Anniversary: Create Along With Us festivities, I was inspired by Lizzie Jone's card.

Due to my limited number of stamps, I used the flowers from In Bloom again. I colored them boldly with pink, blue and yellow, after stamping them in stark black. The panel was raised and adhered to a chartreuse card base that was stamped with the leaves from the set. The sentiment is from a retired set, Botanical Silhouettes.

I had colored these for Kathy's 30 Day Color Challenge, I have colored every day so far! I used her tip to marker the edges of fussy cut paper in the stamped color so you don't get any distracting white edges showing through.

(I started up with Instragram too, if you'd like to follow me, that'd be kinda neat! I have a link on my sidebar!)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Almost Vintage Blooms

The Carolina Panthers play in a few hours, so I am took a few minutes (or thirty) to create a card and then I need to clean, clean, clean. I won't be attending any parties, as I think I might be the only Panther fan in Wisconsin!

I took advantage of today's Papertrey Ink Challenge for their anniversary: "grab and craft" and create something. I knew I wanted to color again today, for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge (no techniques shown today, but a lot of cool cards and projects), so here are the supplies I grabbed:
1. White Paper
2. In Blooms Stamp Set (out from my previous card here) and a retired PTI set, Botanical Silhouettes for the sentiment.
3. Ink and Copics
4. Patterned Paper
5. Pearls (old school, I know, but I have a TON of them that need to be used up!)

I chose to stamp the  array of blooms based on the sketch at Fusion Challenge: Paper Hearts.

After stamping the blooms, leaves and sentiment, I colored the blooms and leaves with the Warm Gray Copic, then adding blush, pink and mauve colors as well as ivory and yellow colors for the leaves. I outlined all the images with the blush color, then attached the pearls. The panel was adhered to a patterned paper piece and all affixed to a white card base.

So it is a kind of vintage look, but really clean ant the same time with the stark white. I really like it!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

These are Going in the Mail

It is not too often that I mail out cards I make myself, but the cards in this post are actually going to be mailed. I created a set of three cards like the above for the Lasting Hearts Card Drive. This drive speaks dearly to my heart, and I just wanted to help some families out.

I used the MISTI for these, stamping a white card panel with some florals and a sentiment from Avery Elle's Laurels Stamp Set.

Opting out of the two/three step stamping, I added some white dots on the solid portions of the light pink florals, having been inspired by Kathy's tip in her Day 6 Video for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I finished the card with a strip of May Arts Black Adhesive Scallop Trim.

With the remaining white panel (smaller in size) and the same supplies, I made a card to give to a friend, just because, inspired by the AEIHeartYou Challenge #33: Friendship. I bordered the panel with strips of washi tape.

This next card was created to send to the Cox Family, you can read about their story here. I was inspired to pull out most things sparkly for the A Blog Named Hero's Challenge: A Bit of Sparkle.

I clear embossed some florals from a retired Hero Art's set called So Sorry onto a cream cardstock panel. Then I added a sentiment and some gold foiled patterned paper. I adhered a cardboard butterfly to some glittery vanilla paper and wrapped the panel with May Arts Gold String.

I know this was a super long post...if you haven't already, please consider making some cards for these two great causes!

Orange Pants & Blue Outlines

Papertrey Ink is celebrating nine years and they have a challenge going on to create something inspired by a piece of clothing our an outfit. My closet isn't at all interesting, so I searched online and found some really fun pants.

I started by embossing a white cardstock base with the PTI Sunshine Impression Plate and then adhered a watercolored panel to it. The watercolored panel was a reject from another card that didn't work out, I had too many large water splotches. I learned from Kathy's Day4 Daily Color Challenge Video to save rejects and repurpose them! I then adhered a Hawaiian Shores Panel that was cut from PTI's Spiral Notebook Page Die and decorated with some washi tape and a sentiment panel stamped with a greeting from Lovely Layers.

I also am participating in Papertrey's Ink Day 1 Anniversary Celebrations with a card inspired by Erin Lincoln's Color Scheme.

I started by stamping the lovely blooms from In Bloom in kraft ink onto a white panel. I then colored the blooms and leaves in colored pencil. I added a light blue outline outside the images, a tip I learned from Kathy's Day 5 Video in her 30 Day Color Challenge Series. I erased any harsh lines to soften the look. This  panel was bordered by kraft cardstock impressed with the Woodgrain Impression Plate and strips of Lemon Tart cardstock. I affixed the complete panel onto an Aqua Mist cardstock base and stamped the sentiment and finished the card with a wrapped bow made from May Arts Burlap String.

I really like the felxibilty and creativity stamping with flowers allows. Check out all the entries at Addicted to CAS: Bloom Challenge!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Raccoon's Balloon

I could get used to coloring a bit every day, it is quite relaxing!

After watching the video for Day 3 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge I really wanted to try a few techniques that Kathy brought up: 1. Make an image look a bit faded by lifting color with a lighter color (she used the 0 Copic, I used the W1 Warm Gray) and 2. Add a bit of rosey colors to the cheeks of a cute animal. I started by stamping a die cutting the cute raccoon from Lil' Inker Designs Lovie Stamp Set and Dies. I then colored him in "krafty" colors and the balloon red with Copic markers, applying the techniques mentioned above. My colors were derived from the ones at ColourQ Challenge #137. I then created the card with a some banner dies and a die cut stitched square fro LID and May Arts Natural Burlap String, applying the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #222.

Monster Birthday Wishes

I am a firm believer that if you create something and it makes you smile, then you've done a good job. This card makes me smile, and I am so very happy that I created it!

I had a bit of help with this card. I knew I wanted to try out the stippling to add shading technique that Dawn showed in her video for Day 2 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I stamped some Paper Smooches Monsters from the Falling For You Stamp Set in a cascading format (with a bunch of masking) to match the sketch at The Challenge #59 and colored them in with solid purple, yellow and green Copics based on the fun color from the ColourQ #326 Challenge. I then went in with a darker shade of Copics and stippled some shading. I had to add a medium color too, because the darkest shade of markers I chose for each was just a tad too dark. I fussy cut the monster parade and adhered it with foam tape onto a white cardstock panel that had been stamped with a sentiment. This I mounted onto a yellow card base.

I am also entering this into Paper Smooches February Challenge: Fun & Cute!