Friday, August 18, 2017

A Cheerfully Sherbet Kind of Card

So, I'd picked up the first 12 of the Distress oxide inks and thought to create something stunning with them.  I'm not sure that this qualifies, but I really enjoyed the creating.

The Distress Oxides are so creamy and smooth.  They go onto Bristol paper (all elements in this card...) so well and they stamp neatly too.  I die cut the balloon using my Studio Katia Dotted Balloons dies to cut one big balloon out of the center of my card.  I then layered the Distress oxides, creating a smooth transition by going back over the areas.  A little splattered water makes a nice finish.

I just love how the ink coordinates to stamp the sentiment.  Crisp, clear and easier to read in person than my photography shows.  I've wanted to make a window card like this for quite a while and was pleasantly pleased with how this turned out.

Wow, a second card this week with no flowers.  I'm going to link up to the City Crafter Challenge Blog: You Don't Bring Me Flowers challenge, Simon Say Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: Add A Sentiment and Word Art Wednesday's Challenge296/297: Anything Goes.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Simple Masculine Birthday Card

I had to rush a masculine birthday card together.  It's amazing how helpful some pre-stamped balloons can be in the process.  This worked to deliver the warm birthday messages and a gift.  I'm finding my mojo is off and I think it might be that we're preparing to send my daughter off to college.  The prospect of all my "chicks" not being home at the end of the day is daunting.  I'm working it, but the stress cracks show in odd ways - maybe slightly lower drive to create.

Ah well, I'll have a little more time to myself in the coming days too!  Always look for the silver lining!

Since this card qualifies, I'm going to link up to the City Crafter Challenge Blog.  There are certainly no flowers on this one, a bit unusual for me.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Shaking It for a Happy Birthday!

I had made a shaker frame a while back and didn't know what I was going to do with it.  I had the supplies out on my workbench and didn't want to waste the opportunity.  The shaker frame sat in the pile for a while and I decided I needed a card, so I rifled through the leftovers of premade flowers and came up with this beauty.

The flowers were white embossed onto watercolor paper using my Altenew Peony outline stamp.  I used my Mission Gold watercolors to color the image - keeping the colors very light.  The leaves were done the exact same way, but didn't get as much color definition.  I searched and found some accent pieces - this time stamped onto Bristol paper using ink rather than watercolors.  I think the two media work well together and create a fine accent.

On the inside - a very simple sentiment because the front was so busy.  Happy birthday, period!  Its a wonder I don't have more cards made considering how many odd bits and pieces are in the stash.  It's one of the things that having a Scrapbox allows - the stashing of supplies in zippered bags inside the front doors.  I'm hopeless! :)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge: Happy Birthday!

Word Art Wednesday's Challenge 294/295 Anything Goes

Happy weekend, all!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tulle Shaker Notecards

I paired some more of the Altenew Vintage Flowers I had stamped and die cut and left for dust in the stash with my Studio Katia Dotted Balloons die cut to make a tulle shaker card. I used Jennifer McGuire's technique.  I decided to leave this card without a sentiment so that I could add this later when I really need a card in a hurry.

The shaker is so compact, it folds nicely into a card and though I haven't put one through the mail, I'm thinking it would go nicely.  Great technique and it was a ton of fun to put these cards together.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Brandy's Freehand Watercoloring!

Brandy was ever so kind to send me these picks of some card fronts that she freehand watercolored on a business trip recently.  She has a travel size watercolor ink palette that travels with some watercolor paper that is cut down to A2 card front size.  This way, it doesn't take up much space in the suitcase, but is there to fill a couple of downtime hours on the road.  Heaven knows its a wonderful stress reducer and often works to invigorate after long hours of work.  These pink flowers are adorable.

This second set of flowers are a little more abstract.  Brandy stated she wondered what she was thinking.  This is my favorite, the petals are so delicate.  I did a bit of research and I think these are called spider flowers.  Creepy name, but beautiful result.  If Brandy finishes these into formally finished cards, I'll be sure to snap a photo and post it here on the blog.  Until then, we'd all do well to be inspired by her creativity.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Another Take on the Tulle Shaker Card Theme

I warned you I'd be back.  I had most of these supplies just left out on the work table, so I smashed them all together to make another tulle shaker card.

The technique is the same used by Jennifer McGuire here.  I had some pink tulle and thought to use it.  It worked wonderfully since you can't really see the color when there is only one layer.  Still, there is a hint of color on this all white card front.

The flowers were some more of the Altenew Vintage Flowers that I stamped and die cut.  
I had these Altenew Vintage Flowers in the stash from a previous project.  They worked very well with this theme.  It's always good to put those bits and pieces you thought to be scrap to good use.

I decided to dress up the card front using gold glitter to make a small strip along the right side of the card that carried into the inside.  A touch to jazz up this very simple, elegant design.  It also makes the theme of the card (sparkle) a little more obvious.  

I really had fun making the tulle cards.  The Studio Katie Dotted Balloons die set is so adorable, I'm just itching to make some more fun.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tulle Shaker Card

It took me a bit, but I was so impressed with Jennifer McGuire's technique using tulle as a shaker media, I picked up the Studio Katia Dotted Balloons die set and gave it a go.  Here I paired the die cuts with some Altenew Vintage Flowers I had previously stamped and die cut.

Inside the shaker is some gold and soft pink sprinkles - very sparkly to make the card stand out.  On the inside, a simple sentiment you can sort of see through the window.

This was so simple and easy to do that I'm inspired to make some more.  I'll give it a try and see if I can't be more regular about posting here on the blog.  What has inspired your latest crafty endeavor?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Sympathy Card with Spring Flowers

I'm checking in to share this sympathy card.  I've had more cause this year to make sympathy cards and they never get easier.  I decided to go with a very pale watercolor theme for this card.  I stamped the Simon Says Stamp's Spring Flowers and leaves onto Bristol cardstock and then used my Clean Color markers and a waterbrush to finish the accent.  I fussy cut out the flowers and the leaf stems.  I used my Mission Gold watercolors to make a soft wash for the background and splattered some of the rose gold Starry Colors watercolor over the background.  A simple sentiment in London Fog grey ink.

Since Sorry is a word that starts with an "S", I've decided to link this card up with the City Crafter Challenge Blog Week 372 - Something Beginning With S.  That's why I sent the card - because of something beginning with S.

I've also linked to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday's Challenge 292/293: Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says Anything Goes

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Celebrating 50 Years!

I'm terribly late in posting this card made for my hubby, Dan, who turned 50 years old this year.  I decided on a very formal, masculine shaker card highlighting silver, gold and black.  The sentiment is from a set of foam mounted black, glitter stickers.  Simple, elegant and enough to let the man know I care about him on his 1/2 century mark.

What milestones have you celebrated recently?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Belated Father's Day Post

Uff da!  I've been hugely remiss in posting these past couple of weeks.  Life takes off and though I am crafting, I'm not taking photos and editing and posting like normal.  Additionally, Brandy has been sending me photos which I have not shared with you.  I thought I'd pop in today to share this goodie - a late Father's Day card post.  This simple, masculine card works well for the occasion and stylistically could inspire many different cards - including birthday, get well, etc.  I think the added ink on that moose head die cut is inspired!

Hope all is well in your crafting days.  I've been by to see what many of you are posting, so I'll hope to catch up with you in the days to come.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Reaching for the Stars Graduation Card

Brandy created this lovely card for my daughter to congratulate her on graduating high school.  I've been remiss in taking a photo and sharing with you all here.  This card is amazing!  Here's some details:

  • The background was made using Worn Lipstick and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks.  The chalky background is a perfect match for the washi tape.
  • The edge of the card is gold embossed using Versamark ink and gold embossing powder.  The perfect frame for this collage front. 
  • The congraulations die cut is colored using the Gansi Tambi Starry Colors watercolors. Brandy die cut several of these sentiment dies and glued them together to create the raised look.  
  • The stars were die cut from several different die sets and sprinkled along with some sequins to great effect.  
Katie felt really special as her signature color is pink.  The card was perfect!  Join me in oooohing and ahhhhing over this special card.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Happiest of Birthdays - A Card

I decided to use some of the supplies that Brandy graced me with on National Scrapbook Day.  This card is a result of that effort.  I used an Our Daily Bread Designs set of dies to make the stacking, lacy frame for my stamped sentiment focal point.  The gold foil over green is washi tape - so chic!

On the inside, a simple sentiment with some more matching washi tape for accent.  A fun, quick card that makes me enjoy my gifts all the more.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Celebrating the Red, White and Blue on the Fourth of July

I'm stopping by today to wish you a happy 4th of July and to share some of the Red, White and Blue in my life.  This first picture is of a thank you card made by a good friend, Bonnie Grassi.  She is a true artist (not like the hack I play on tv!) and freehand watercolored this image with her Mission Gold watercolor paints.  Wow- that is some real pop of red color and a good start for today!

Next is our original White, Katie on graduation day this May.  Girls at Chandler High traditionally where a white robe.  She looks dazzling in her gown with her honor stole and medal.

A picture of the blue orchid my nephew gave my grandmother for Mother's Day this year.  My sister was so disappointed to learn that the orchid was colored by injecting blue dye into the plant which will fade over time leaving my grandmother with a white orchid.  It was a brilliant blue and still is these many weeks later.

I'll leave you to celebrate our country's birth with this photo taken at the Arizona Memorial in Honolulu this June.  We had visited before, but decided to go a second time.  This memorial, which pays tribute to the 1,177 men who lost their lives on a sunny Sunday morning in December 1941.  It reminded me of all those who have gone to war for my freedom.  It moved me the same a second time as it did the first.  We're very blessed to live in the land of the free and I'm proud to say - the home of the brave.

May all your celebrations today be filled with the joy that can come from celebrating our lives, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

Happy Fourth of July!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Zara On Display

I get the distinct pleasure of sharing this beauty with you today.  Brandy stamped the Prima Princess stamp Zara using Inktense pencils to color her hair and Prima Hair and Skin Watercolor Pencils to color her skin and lips.  The flowers are Inktense pencils and some purchased flowers.  Can you see the iridescent butterflies?  The clear drops and the butterflies are from Studio Katia.  The background was done with Blueprint Sketch Distress ink.  A wonderful work of art which I am glad to share with you today.  Enjoy!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge Simon Says Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday's Challenge 288/289; Anything Goes

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Watercolor Notecard Set

Ack - time flies when you are having fun.  We returned from enjoying time in Flagstaff where my daughter attended college orientation and the days have simply flown by.  I have photos to edit from Brandy, I have projects I've been working on, and I thought I would stop today and share these simple cards with you.  Watercolor washes with a bit of antique gold embossing.  Simple and effective.

One card I used to send some love to my nephew who was baptized.  I couldn't resist the urge to mark the occassion with some encouraging words.  The rest are in the stash as notecards for a special need with a family member or friend.

I find that I really enjoy making the watercolor washes and finding just the right use is also fun.  Hope you are finding your crafting to be fun as well!