Thursday, October 20, 2016

More Fall Cards

So, once I'd broken out the Brushos a set of cards poured out of the creative chemistry that I had going.  On these three cards, I used the dies and stamps from the Hero Arts September 2016 Monthly Kit that Brandy gifted me.  I can't stop gushing about her generosity because I've so enjoyed working over the past couple of weeks with these supplies.  I once again created the watercolor background with my Brushos watercolor crystals.  I sprinkled the different colors onto the paper and spritzed water from above.  I decided to work a bunch of different fall inspired color combinations.  Teal was probably my favorite, though the purple is close behind!

I'd forgotten how satisfying it was to work with the Brushos which move and sparkle all on their own.  These pictures do not capture the vibrancy of the colors on the card, which is a great offset to the plain features of each of my die cuts.

Since I'm working with fall colors, even when the Brushos got a bit muddy like at the top of this background, it worked well with the kraft cardstock base and the brighter colors as accents.

I'll probably gift this set to someone during this season of birthdays and hope they have as much as I do to be grateful for.

What do you have to be grateful for - in your life or in your crafty space?  Mine are too numerous to name here, but I'm more than grateful for my Brandy.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Floating Above the Clouds

Brandy shared this wonderful card with me and I get the joy of sharing it with you.  She used balloon stamps to begin the card and the rest of the art is her own free hand watercoloring.  Just about the time I think the magic is in the clouds (which are perfect!), I'll focus on the mountains and I am facinated by the depth of color and texture and shading in those mountains.  To top it all off, theres a bit of Wink of Stella glitter on the balloons.

All in all a perfect notecard.  I only wish work didn't keep Brandy so busy because every card she makes stuns and inspires me.  Join me in telling her so!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Our Beautiful World - Holiday

I'm joining the photo challenge over at Our Beautiful World this week where the word prompt is Holiday.   I couldn't resist joining to share these photos from our 2015 celebration.   These photos elicit a strong feeling of anticipation for this year's celebration.   It will be here before we know it!

Why don't you join our fun and post some photos of your Holiday celebrations?  It's always interesting so if nothing else, stop by to see what others have posted.

Friday, October 14, 2016

A Fall Birthday Card

I did mention earlier in the week that it is "birthday season" in our family.  Lots to celebrate this time of year - including Brandy's gifting of the Hero Arts September 2016 Monthly Kit.  I decided to give my hand at a card with a simple design.  I'm not sure this is as effective as the previous endeavors, but I was really trying to stretch out of my comfort zone.  In this case, the watercolor background was created exclusively with my Brushos watercolor crystals.  I sprinkled the different colors onto the paper and spritzed water from above.

Still, I like the design and the card is perfect for one of the men in my life - simple and colorful but not at all fru fru.

This is so much fun, I am wishing fall lasted a bit longer than it really does.  Still, it is birthday season so I'm off to get some work done so I can play some more with my Brushos and this monthly kit.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

More Hero Arts September 2016 Cards

I'm stopping by to share some more cards made using my Hero Arts September 2016 Monthly Kit.  You'll remember that my bestie, Brandy, gifted me with the kit.  I had my Mission Gold watercolors out on the craft table (my kitchen table) and so I decided to put water to paper with color and try my hand at a couple of different color combinations.  I think this first card is my favorite - purples and reds don't always go together, but I like how they've combined with the black cardstock here.  You'll note that I also added a bit of Ultramarine Brushos to the mix - those spots of color are from the Brushos.  The sentiment comes from the stamp set in the kit that I white embossed onto black cardstock and then fussy cut out.

This second card isn't my favorite of the lot, but does include die cut colored cardstock leaves using the dies from the kit.  They are so darn cute on the card...

A shout out to my son, Timothy, who's 20th birthday is today.  I have a hard time reconciling my recollection as if it was yesterday of that night he came into our lives.  He is a joy and I wish him the best year yet!

I can see a few more techniques or color combinations that I'd like to to try, so bear with me as I work to get those cards made and posted.  I hope you are enjoying the fall as much as I am!