Thursday, April 28, 2016

Happiest of Birthdays

I'm sharing this faux watercolor card with you created using my Art Impressions stamps.  The flowers  and grass are made using the Foliage stamp set and the bucket was made using their Containers stamp.  Their stuff is so easy to work with, this card flew together in a flash.  They have wonderful tutorials on how to use their products over at their Youtube channel.  I simply followed the video which outlines how to use these stamps!  Go ahead, give it a try.  They are easy to use and create a beautiful result.  A couple of pattered papers and a sentiment stamp and this card is done!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Purple-y Birthday Wishes

I'm going to apologize for the photo of this card.  It should be more crisp.  I snapped it quickly one Saturday morning last month before whisking it off for a lunch meeting to wish Brandy a very happy birthday.  I'd even forgot I had these photos until now!  

Those purple flowers are my first attempt at the Heartfelt Creations poppies dies.  I used a piece of light purple mulberry paper.  They were difficult to shape because the paper is so flimsy. However, I think they look rather realistic and they work so well with that patterned paper!  The butterflies are cut from coordinating patterned papers using my Prickly Pear Mini Butterflies dies.  A few metal keys (Brandy enjoys keys) and some heavy fibrous yarn for a bow and this card practically made itself.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge: Show Us Your Metal
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Challenge 228/229 Anything Goes

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Last of These Mother's Day Cards

Ths is the last of a set of cards made with my Stampin' Up Apothocary Art stamp (retired now) and a sentiment stamp.  I used Peeled Paint and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink to color the flowers and leaves.  Some more patterned paper from the stash - can you believe I think I consumed 6 pieces  which are a drop in the bucket.  Still, I'm pleased that these papers found a wonderful use and hopefully will earn money for the charitable event at my work.  I also hope you are inspired to use up that stash and make something pretty.

I've a few more ideas to contribute and will try to put them into creation in the coming days, stay tuned!

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Very Kind Batch of Goodies

I had the great fortune of winning some blog candy over at my blog friend, Loly's Card Ville.  She is so crafty - her creations never cease to inspire.  I simply comments on one of these lovely creations and she sent this package over to me.  Oh my, but I think I'm in heaven!  I couldn't help but but some of those lovely papers to work.  I decided to use them on some of the Mother's Day cards I've been whipping up for the fundraiser at work.  Here's what I made

The sentiment die cut was cut using my Silhouette and the image a cut file from their store.  These images cut apart to mix and match and create this set of cards, all of which are to be sold for the fundraiser.

Only a few vines with leaves were left behind after I glued everything in place.  Those patterned papers worked very well in this project and I still have a pile of goodies to use on future projects.  I'm looking forward to putting it all to good use.  Thank you Loly, for the kind and generous blog candy.  I've enjoyed it already, though there's more to come!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Make a Project with a House

The ladies over at the City Crafter Challenge Blog have a new challenge this week and I just had to join the fun as their inspiration is to make a project with the word house or including a house.  I had purchased the Art Impressions Watercolor Series 8 Set 1 stamp set during a stamp show last fall and needed to break it out and use it. This card is my first attempt at using the Art Impressions stamps including my foliage and flower sets too.  Art Impressions YouTube channel has all the information you need to create stunning works of art with just a little help from their great stamp sets.

All colors are from Distress Inks including Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Worn Lipstick, Shaded Lilac, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, and Ripe Persimmons.  Some are ink pads and others are markers.  I really enjoyed working with the colors and the stamps and would highly recommend all of these products.  If you are new to watercoloring, this is an excellent technique to raise your experience working on watercolor paper and with the inks while having a bit of a "crutch" using these beautiful stamps.  Go over and check them out. I'd recommend giving them a try!

I'm linking this card up with the following challenges:

City Crafter Challenge Blog Week 308 Make a Project with a House

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #226/227 Anything Goes

Come join the fun!