Friday, August 26, 2016

It's a CAS-ual Friday kind of day

Today's card is for a fun challenge at CAS-ual Fridays to make a card
 that is black & white with a pop of color.



For this card I used a heart die from Stampin' Up! to create a template
out of vellum. I placed it on watercolor paper and used some distress 
inks to water color the heart. It's not perfect but that's what I love most 
about it.
The You is cut from a die designed by CAS-ual Fridays for 
Catherine Pooler's Stamp of Approval Collection.
The 'love' stamp is from Winnie & Walter's The Big The Bold and The Happy
stamp set. 

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: watercolor, basic black
stamp set: The Big The Bold and the Happy (Winnie & Walter)
Big Shot: (Catherine Pooler's SOA Collection)
dsp: (from a retired pack)
basic black baker's twine
fun foam (Michaels)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Happy 25th Anniversary


My husband and I have been married 25 years today. 
It amazes me how fast the time has gone by - it's definitely been
an adventure. One I wouldn't change for the world.
I wanted to make him a card that was simple yet said everything
I wanted to say in just a few words. 



After a thorough search of all my stamps I came across a retired one
from Stampin' Up! called Going Global. It has some great images and
sentiments - it's unfortunate that it retired so soon.

I stamped the images on watercolor paper with versamark and then
heat set it with white embossing powder. After that I wet down the paper
and used some Ken Oliver Color Bursts - I LOVE THOSE THINGS!
When those powders hit the water it's absolutely magical!

A couple strips of paper and some black sequins and I'm done.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: basic. black, lost lagoon, watercolor paper
designer paper: pop of pink
stamp set: Going Global
ink: versamark
Ken Oliver Color Bursts
whisper white embossing powder
fun foam (Michaels)
black sequins (dollar store)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Let's Color!

This week at Christmas Card Challenges we've got a color challenge 
for you. Check 'em out - and the photo with them - love them!


This card did not turn out anything like what I had in mind when I 
started out. I'm not even sure I remember what I had in mind. 


 I used a couple of retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets - Watercolor Winter
 and Joy To The World. The snow tips were made with an awesome product
by Stampendous called Chunky White Deep Impressions Embossing Powder.
The trick to making this stick is to use glue - not versamark ink - add the powder and then heat set. Works great everytime!

I wish sparkle would show up better in pics - I need to figure out a way
to photograph sparkle - I used the Spectrum Noir glitter pen to go over the
sentiment and the little black dots were made with black sparkle embossing powder by Ranger. It's just a little sparkle but it's pretty.

I hope you're inspired and want to play along. Check out what the
rest of the design team has for you and hopefully I'll see your 
card in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, early espresso, vellum
stamp sets:  retired - Watercolor Winter, Joy To The World 
ink: tip top taupe, basic gray, crumb cake
embossing powder: whisper white, chunky white deep impressions (Stampendous)
                               black sparkle (Ranger)
prismacolor pencil crayons
delicate doilies
glitter pen (Spectrum Noir)
fun foam (Michaels)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Happy Birthday Harry!

This card should really say Happy Belated Birthday. 
I don't know why I know this because I'm not a fan of the movies -
but I do - 
Harry Potter's birthday is July 31st.


The wizard image is from Tiddlyinks and I thought he'd look cute
colored in like Harry Potter. So I grabbed my pencil crayons and
some tea and had some fun. I decided to keep the sentiment 
really simple and just stamp it off to the corner. It was designed
by CAS-ual Friday for Catherine Pooler's Stamp of Approval 
Young at Heart collection.

This is my second card for the challenge at Seize the Birthday. I 
love the anything goes challenges and seeing what everyone comes
up with - it's always inspiring. 
So head on over and check it out.



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
card stock: whisper white Stampin' Up!
digi image: wizard from Tiddlyinks
stamp set: SOA Young at Heart Collection
prismacolor pencil crayons
ink: versafine onyx black
fun foam (Michaels)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Some Stamp Therapy

I thought I'd play along with the Seize the Birthday challenge today.
The theme this week is Anything Goes and after the day I had
today - well let's just say I was in need of some stamp therapy.



I grabbed some watercolor paper and some Tim Holtz distress ink
and had some fun. I made a few different panels with all kinds of colors
and decided to make this one into a card.

While I was away at the beginning of July I had taken my watercolor
pencils and some stamped bird images from Tim Holtz with me in hopes 
of finding time to color.  


One morning while we were having coffee and tea I pulled them out 
and started coloring. My sister and my Mom were intrigued with what 
I was doing and decided to give my watercolor pencils a try. 
They loved it!

I colored about 10 different birds that morning - 2 of them made it
to this card.

I stamped the sentiment in versamark and then heat embossed it
in white. It looked a little washed out so I thought I'd use a super
fine black marker and draw in some shadow lines. Brilliant idea!
Or so I thought. That didn't work at all. This card was headed for
the trash so I thought why not try and wipe it off - it can't get any
worse right. Well...I still wasn't sure at this point but I wasn't quite
ready to throw it out just yet.



I used a stencil from Stampin' Up! to sponge the circle background. 
There were some scraps and some twine left over from another
card on my desk that helped to ground the black ink 'mess' that
I made out of the sentiment. 
I adhered the birds down and decided that I was glad I didn't throw
in the towel on this one. I really love how it all turned out.

I feel so much better now - the stress of the day is all gone!

Happy Stampin'
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

What an Angel!

I can't believe another week has already gone by and no time to
stamp! I realized on Friday night that I hadn't made my card for this
weeks challenge at Christmas Card Challenges. OOPS. 



I ran into my craft room with an idea for an angelic looking card 
only to realize the stamp that I thought was an angel was a dove...
now what????
I checked my digital images and all I had there was a tooth fairy
looking angel - my daughter looked at it and said NO! So I made
a cup of chai and off to the internet I went. 

After about 20 minutes I decided to do this little angel sitting in
a cup of eggnog. It reminded me of when my girls were little and 
how much they loved to have eggnog at Christmas time.  
I found it here - a free coloring page website



I grabbed my new prismacolor pencil crayons and started coloring.
I just noticed now that I didn't color the patch on his gown. oh well.
I used some iridescent ice embossing powder to add some sparkle to
his wings and halo - doesn't show in the photo at all but it sparkles
a little in person.

I think my favorite part of making this card was having my oldest 
daughter in my craft room with me. She was home visiting for a week and
sat across from me doing her own coloring and keeping me company. 
She went home yesterday and we already miss her.

Hop on over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog and check out
what the rest of the design team has come up with to inspire you.
I look forward to seeing your cards in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, basic black, marina mist
stamp set: good greetings
digital image: azcoloring
prismacolor pencil crayons
versamark ink
white embossing powder
big shot: stitched rectangle stackables (lawn fawn)
basic black baker's twine
fun foam (michaels)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Frozen

It's that time again - time for another challenge at 
Christmas Card Challenges and this time we have a photo
to inspire you. 


My first thought was of the movie Frozen - I don't have little girls -
mine were 19 and 15 when the movie came out - but they made me 
watch it anyway.
 I didn't want to do a card with Elsa on it so I went with snowflakes as 
the focus and kept singing 'Let it Go' the whole time I was making it.


First I stamped the snowflakes with versamark ink onto watercolor paper
and then heat embossed them with white embossing powder. Next
I used some different shades of blues from Tim Holtz distress inks to 
create the snowy sky scene.  After it dried I covered the whole piece 
with versamark and sprinkled some dazzling diamonds over top.
Watching that stuff heat set is so cool - it's so sparkly - love it!
I wish it showed better in the photo for you.

I decided to continue with the embossing theme and
embossed the sentiment in white onto black card stock. 

Now it's your turn.
How does the photo inspire you?
Check out the rest of the DT's cards here and join in the fun!


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock:whisper white, watercolor paper, basic black
stamp set:Bring on the Snowflake (CAS-ual Fridays), Snowy Sayings (CAS-ual Fridays)
Tim Holtz distress inks: peacock feathers, salty ocean, stormy sky
versamark 
white embossing powder, dazzling diamonds
fun foam