Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Let The Heavy Stuff Go



I love this card!! 
Is that wrong of me to say?
If it is, I don't care - I love it!

The background is one of many I made the other day by adding ink to an acrylic block, spraying it with water and then stamping it onto watercolor paper.

The trees are done using a technique that I've been wanting to do but
was feeling intimidated by - I felt I didn't know enough about water coloring to try it.
Well let me tell you - it's not hard and it's fun!

A MISTI is essential for this technique

I used 3 of my zig markers - olive green, mid green and gray brown.
I randomly added color onto the stamp, keeping the darker color more to the center and then sprayed the stamp with water. I then pressed the stamp into the watercolor paper and held it for a few seconds.
I used my heat tool to dry it and then repeated the process until I was happy with the look.

It's that easy!




Now to play some more with this technique!

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supplies:
stamps: Lovely as a Tree (SU), Noteworthy 2 (STAMPlorations)
ink: blue gray, olive green, mid-green and gray brown (ZIG clean color real brush markers), midnight (CP Designs)
paper: watercolor (Canson cold press 140lb), basic gray (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)


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Monday, August 28, 2017

Masculine Monday #34


The background piece was so much fun and easy to make that I've made quite a few different ones. They're all sitting on my desk waiting to be made into cards.



I used my zig watercolor brushes (they've been feeling a little neglected lately) and an acrylic block. You could use regular ink pads, distress inks - really whatever ink you want. I sporadically covered the block with 4 different colors and then gave it a few sprays of water. 
Next I flipped it over onto some watercolor card stock and held it for a few seconds so the ink could absorb into the paper a bit. 

Now this part is important! Make sure to lift the block straight up off the paper otherwise you will drag your ink across the colored piece - unless that is the look you are going for then by all means drag away lol

If you're a patient person you can let this dry on its own but if you're like me, then you'll probably hit it with a heat tool.



A couple of weeks ago I shared a card with a mustache that I had cut on my aunt's Circut machine. You can see that card HERE. We cut these sunglasses from her Circut machine as well. I layered up 5 white ones and one grey one on top. I added some crystal effects to the top layer - didn't turn out like I'd hoped but that may be because I tried to hurry the drying time up.

Tip: if you are using crystal effects allow yourself LOTS of time for it to dry - preferably over night and you may not get the little bubbles that I got.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: CL582 (Hero Arts)
ink: Olive Green, Green Gray, Mid-Green and Gray Brown (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers), Soft Suede (SU), Versamark (SU)
paper: watercolor paper (Canson cold press 140lb), soft suede (SU), smoky slate (SU)
accessories: crystal effects (SU), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), white embossing powder (SU), craft foam (Michaels)


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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Christmas Card Challenge



Time for a new challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. Check out 
the inspiration photo below - shiny colorful ornaments - so many ways to be inspired.

I decided to try something with some glossy white cardstock that I've had for years but have always been a little intimidated by.

I took a 8 1/2 x 11" piece and sprayed it all over with water.
Then I squirted some Lemon Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson and Pihalo Green color burst powders by Ken Oliver randomly all over.
When I was happy with the coverage I used my heat tool to dry it - I was 
too eager to see what it was going to look like to wait for it to dry on it's own.
I loved it!! 
I wish I took a pic of it before I cut it up to show you.
I guess I'll just have to do it again :) :) :)

I used the Cabrini Ornament from Memory Box and die cut a bunch - I'll
be able to make a bunch of cards.

I die cut it from some white card stock and paper pieced the colorful pieces with some of the white pieces onto a white card base.

I love the look!

So, how does the photo inspire you?



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Snowy Sayings (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: midnight (CP Designs)
paper: glossy white (SU), whisper white thick (SU)
accessories: Cabrini Ornament die (Memory Box), Ken Oliver Color Bursts, Iridescent sequins (SU),
                   stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), fine tip glue pen (SU)



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Saturday, August 26, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays is Awesome!



This is weird, but I woke up with an idea for a card that was only 
two colors -  white and crumb cake.

Then I checked my emails and there was one from CAS-ual Fridays  
with their new challenge.

Check it out!
Kraft & white!
It was meant to be - lol!

The background is stamped with versamark ink and the sentiment is 
stamped with crumb cake.
To continue with the circle theme on the background, I used circle dies 
to create the shaker and filled it with sequins - also circles.

All in all - a pretty simple card.



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: All About You (CAS-ual Fridays for SOA), Big Thanks (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: Crumb Cake (SU), Versamark (SU)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), crumb cake (SU)
accessories: stitched shapes framelits (SU), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn),
                   metallic sequins (SU), plastic photo sleeve (?)


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Friday, August 25, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch!



I started out making a card for the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge. I knew I wanted to use the swoop stencil from Catherine Pooler Designs. I masked off a rectangle and sponged on 3 different blue inks from Tim Holtz.
I love all the little swoopy swoops!

From there it went downhill. 
I didn't have a clear picture in mind when I started and it shows. Too many patterns, too many colors all fighting with each other to be the main focus of the card. I was going to throw it away when I decided to give it another try.



I used a sentiment from the Sentiment Collection from Penny Black. I die cut 2 circles the same size, stamped on one and with some craft foam layered in between them I added it to the card base. 
I felt it needed something else so I added some tiny strips of black card stock to frame it all in.

I'm glad I didn't throw the original in the trash. 
I like how this one turned out.


Check out the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge HERE.




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and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Sentiment Collection (Penny Black), YAY Stripes! (CP Designs)
ink: midnight (CP Designs), broken china distress oxide ink (Tim Holtz),
       salty ocean and chipped sapphire distress inks (Tim Holtz)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), basic black (SU)
accessories: swoop stencil (CP Designs), stitched shapes framelits (SU), stitched stackable                                rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

More Fun with Cas-ual Fridays!




You may have noticed that I've been using the Pretty Posies stamp set 
from CAS-ual Fridays quite a bit recently. I can't seem to get enough of it.
The flowers look fantastic colored or left alone as a b&w image so for this 
card I did a bit of both.

To begin I stamped the images in versamark and then heat set it with clear embossing powder.

I've never colored on black card stock before but I remembered hearing a 
tip that you should color the image with white first and then add your color. 
I'm not sure where I heard that but it's a great tip!

Originally I was going to color the edges of the flowers with another color 
but I like how leaving them white helped to connect them to the b&w image.

I think I'll try coloring on other dark colored card stock - 
I like the look it gives.

The sentiment is from a fun stamp set that was designed by CAS-ual Fridays exclusively for one of Catherine Pooler's Stamp of Approval collections.
It's called Young at Heart and you can find it HERE


I'm playing along with the following challenges:

Seize the Birthday - anything goes
Addicted to Stamps and More - anything goes #256

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

supplies:
stamps: Pretty Posies (CAS-ual Fridays), Young at Heart (SOA)
ink: versamark
paper: whisper white thick (SU), basic black (SU)
accessories: clear embossing powder (SU), white embossing powder (SU), 
                   pencil crayons (Prismacolor), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), 
                   white gelly roll pen (Sakura), craft foam (Michaels)


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

CAS-ual Friday at StampNation!

It's Wednesday so that means it's time for a challenge over at StampNation. This week we have a sketch for you to try out AND it's being sponsored by 

You could win a $50 shopping spree in their store!
How cool is that!!

Check out the sneak peeks below!




Can you tell which one is mine?

If you're a StampNation member, click HERE to play along.

If you're not a member, click HERE to learn how to join this amazing online community of crafters.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Little Note to Say...



I was inspired by the current challenge at AAA Cards which is to use the masking technique.  I used one of the many awesome stamp sets from
CAS-ual Fridays called Pretty Posies. LOVE this set and the font for the sentiments is awesome!  I used the Aquatini and Lime Rickey ink colors from Catherine Pooler Designs to color the leaves and the sky.



I didn't have an actual plan in mind when I began stamping and masking - I just kept going until I had a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of card stock covered. 
I started coloring the leaves in and liked the look of them against the b&w flowers. That's when I decided to cut the piece like you see and then add it with craft foam to the card base. 
A quick sentiment and a few sequins and it's done.

I love how this turned out!


Check out the AAA Cards challenge HERE.

And you can do some CAS-ual Friday shopping HERE


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Pretty Posies (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: midnight, lime rickey and aquatini (CP Designs)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), basic black (SU)
accessories: versamark ink (SU), white embossing powder (SU), iridescent sequins (SU), craft foam (Michaels)

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Masculine Monday #33




For this week's Masculine Monday card I used the emboss resist technique. It's an oldie but a goodie and perfect for so many different occasions.

For this one I repeatedly stamped the image in versamark ink and then heat set it with some white embossing powder.

Next I sponged on some of my favorite inks right now - Tim Holtz distress oxide inks. They are really fun to use!

Lastly, I used a dry cloth and wiped off the card - clearing off any ink that was sitting on the embossed areas and then adding it to the card base with some craft foam.

All that's left to do is the sentiment. There I used another oldie but goodie - at least I think so - one of my favorite ways to do a sentiment. Emboss in white onto black card stock and then add to the card with some craft foam for dimension.

A very simple card and an easy and fun technique.

Perfect for the motocross rider in your life.

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and thanks so much for visiting!

supplies:
stamps: motocross rider (unknown), #awesome (lawn fawn)
ink: versamark
distress oxide ink: peeled paint, iced spruce, walnut stain (Tim Holtz)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), basic black (SU)
accessories: white embossing powder (SU), craft foam (Michaels)


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Birthday Monster x2


I recently learned about the monthly challenge at 
Gerda Steiner Designs when I saw a friends card HERE.

This digital image is called 'I Didn't Eat it (yet)! - Birthday Monster.
I liked it so much that I reversed it once and printed a pair of them.



I started with no idea in mind. I grabbed a few things and started to play.
I began by sponging some peeled paint distress oxide ink onto white card stock with a striped stencil.


I liked how that looked so I slid it over and sponged on some iced spruce distress oxide ink.


I liked it but was in the mood to do some more stenciling so...


...I grabbed a circle stencil, mixed some worn lipstick distress oxide ink with some embossing paste and spread it on.



When I pulled back the tape and the stencil, I liked what I saw and my first thought was to make a baby card.


Instead of a baby card I made a birthday card using the birthday monster
that you can find HERE.


I added some birthday hats and grounded it onto a white hill - no idea why I chose a white hill but I like it so I went with it.

This was such a fun card to make - I tried something new and had some
fun just playing with my supplies. 

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

supplies:
digi image: I Didn't Eat it (yet)! - Birthday Monster (Gerda Steiner)
stamps: #awesome (lawn fawn), ? (Recollections)
distress oxide ink: peeled paint, iced spruce & worn lipstick (Tim Holtz)
ink: midnight (CP Designs)
paper: whisper white thick (SU)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), dots & stripes stencils (SU), embossing paste (Dreamweaver), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), stitched hillside borders (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels), Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen



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Friday, August 18, 2017

Less is More Masculine Birthday



I was looking for some inspiration this morning when I came across the current challenge at Less is More. The theme is vehicles and a OLC. When I saw the challenge I instantly had an idea. 

I wanted to use the masking technique and try an create a scene for a masculine card. It took a few tries before I decided I was trying to add too much detail - more than I have the skills for but something I want to learn how to do.

I did use the masking technique to create this card but kept it very simple. I used one of the new Catherine Pooler inks called Black Jack - LOVE that color!! I love the simplicity of b&w with the yellow sun. 

I'm also playing along with the anything goes challenge at Seize the Birthday



 


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: The Journey (Tim Holtz), In The Meadow (SU), Kinda Eclectic (SU), Keep on Truckin' (Taylored Expressions)
ink: Black Jack (CP Designs), Daffodil Delight (SU)
paper: whisper white thick (SU)
accessories: stamping mask paper (Inkadinkado)

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