Thursday, January 18, 2018

Ink Smooshing and Poppies

Hello, friends!  I hope you've had a good week!  I've been a busy bee in my craft room this week and have a couple of cards to share with you tonight.  Both use the "ink smooshing" technique and the Pleasant Poppies stamp.  This first card is being entered into the current Color Challenge at The Paper Players (link below).







For this first card I used Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil tide ink pads, smooshing them onto a craft mat, spraying the ink with clear water from my mister, then laid a panel of watercolor paper on top.  Pressing down without moving the panel I made sure ink kind of squished out the sides around the panel then picked up straight up of the craft mat and laid it on a hard board.  I used a paper towel to soak up the excess water around the edges then used my heat tool to dry the panel.  I put the dried panel in my Misti and stamped the poppy image four times with Versafine Onyx Black ink to get complete coverage, then sprayed it with shimmer spray, which unfortunately isn't really visible in the photo. 





I considered cutting down the panel but decided not to because I thought it turned out so pretty, so I just used a stitched rectangle die, mounted that on a panel of Lemon Lime Twist card stock and a Thick Very Vanilla card base.  The sentiment is from a long retired SU stamp set and added to a die cut Dapper Denim oval.


Here's the link to The Paper Players challenge.  If you want some great inspiration, be sure to head over there!


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For my next card, I used the same basic concept as the one above, but using just Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide for the "smooshing" colors, then stamping the poppy image on the dried panel.  The other difference is that I used the current Technique Lovers Challenge at Splitcoaststampers (link here ) to take a line stamp and make it a silhouette, coloring in the image with a black sharpie.  How fun is that?  I'm in!




It didn't take that long to color in the images and it's just such a different but pretty look from the first card.  To give it a bit of a pop, I mounted it on a panel of white card stock before adding to the black card base.




Thanks so much for visiting, I'm so very grateful!  Please be sure to use the links above and check out both these wonderful challenges!


Stef




Product details
Card #1
Stamps:  Pleasant Poppies, Watercolor Trio (both retired SU)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, Canson XL
Ink:  Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Layering Ovals and Stitched Shapes Framelits, A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Set 1 Die-namics (MFT), Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Chameleon Sequin mix (SSS)

Card #2
Stamps:  Pleasant Poppies
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Basic Black, Canson XL watercolor
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Black Sharpies, A2 Rectangle Stax Set 1 Die-namics, A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Set 1 Die-namics, Black Baker's Twine, Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Pretty Pink Post Sparkling Clear sequins

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Galaxy Love

Hi there and welcome back!  Tonight I'm sharing a kind of non-traditional Valentine's Day card using a galaxy background and a fun stamp set from My Favorite Things.  If you're not familiar with how to make a galaxy background, there are several videos on You Tube showing different methods of making one.  I've provided a brief explanation of my process here, but if you're a visual learner, then using You Tube is your best bet.




I started with a panel of watercolor paper, taping down to a hard board to try to minimize warping.  I spread clear clean water over the entire panel then dropped in various colors of watercolor paints - a bit of yellow, fuchsia, teal and blue, letting the colors meld (but not get muddy) and cover the panel.  I also used some lovely metallic gold watercolor paint in a few places just for some added interest.  I used a heat tool to dry it then started adding black watercolor paint over the top, along with more clean, clear water.  When I was happy with the coverage, I dried the panel again.  Because of the opacity of watercolor paints, when it dried after applying the black the colors underneath showed through.  To finish the look, I used pearl metallic acrylic paint to flick the panel and create the "stars" in the background.




The panel was die cut with a Wonky Rectangle die and mounted with foam tape on the white card base.  The large die cut sentiment was cut from white card stock 3 times and layered to make it more prominent on the panel.  The rest of the sentiment was stamped, trimmed and mounted with foam tape.  Finally the silver foil die cut hearts were scattered around the panel.


I'm joining this weeks Trend Week challenge at Just Us Girls, where the challenge is to make a galaxy background or night sky.  I've added a link below, so be sure to head over there and check out all the lovely inspiration!




Thanks so much for visiting, it's so appreciate!


Stef




Product detail
Stamps:  Written in the Stars (MFT)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Silver Foil, Canson XL
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Written in the Stars companion die (sentiment), Wildly Cuddly Critters companion dies (SSS) (hearts), Sakura Koi Watercolor paints, Gansai Tambi Starry colors watercolor paints, Ranger Pearl Metallic Acrylic Paint, Wonky Rectangle die (SSS)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

In Bloom Birthday

Hello friends!  I hope your week is going well!  I have been working on a few cards this week for various challenges and wanted to share one with you today.  Recently I won a free stamp set and decided I needed to use it because the flower images were so pretty.




I started by stamping the flowers and leaves on watercolor paper with dye inks.  Normally I would use a waterproof black ink or heat set the images with embossing powder, I but recently saw a video You Tube by Sandy Allnock where she inked up an image with dye markers, stamped it then pulled the color into the images, so I was inspired to try it with these images.  I did have to add more ink from the ink pad lid to create deeper shadows on the flowers, but it was a fun to get a more organic movement of the water coloring than my normal very controlled style.  I really liked drawing out the Tranquil Tide color into the Lemon Lime Twist to get a beautiful blending of those two colors.  Once dried, I fussy cut all the leaves and flowers.




Next a panel of white card stock was die cut with a stitched rectangle die, then a small stitched square was cut from the upper center.  I blended a light bit of Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink onto the square then used the die cut panel to position it on the card base.  Then the panel was popped up with foam tape before adding the flowers, leaves and sentiment.  A few sparkling sequins finished things off along with a coating of Clear Wink of Stella on the flowers and leaves.




I'm joining 3 challenges with this card - CAS(E) this Sketch, the 30-Day Coloring Challenge and the current color challenge at Fab Friday.  I've added links to all three below, so be sure to head over there to check out all the beautiful inspiration!








Thanks for visiting!


Stef




Product details
Stamps:  In Bloom:  Julie's Roses (Winnie & Walter)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Tim Holtz watercolor
Ink:  Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up), Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide, Versamark
Other:  Wow Ultra Fine White embossing powder, Stitched Rectangle dies (Simon Says Stamp), Stitched Shapes Framelit (SU), Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins, Paper Snips, Clear Wink of Stella

Monday, January 15, 2018

Lovely Friend

Hello friends!  It's time for another weekly Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Karen is hosting this week and she has chosen the lovely Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz for her colors, and dessert is to use lace.




I'm also excited to be joining Kathy Racoosin's 9th 30 Day Coloring Challenge!  The point of the challenge is to color something every day, even if it's a few minutes, and to share that with others within the community.  If you follow the link below, there are also links to Facebook and Instagram for the challenge if you prefer those platforms for sharing rather than on a blog.  It's exciting to see what others are doing and it's open to everyone of all skill levels and is a very supportive community!  Be sure to check it out!



Last summer had had a huge craft garage sale and pared down my stamp "collection" significantly.  I almost included the background stamp I used today but at the last minute decided I would keep it, and now I'm glad I did.




I used my Misti to get a good impression of this stamp, because the Stazon Stone Gray stamp pad I used is getting a bit dry and I was stamping on watercolor paper. I decided on gray ink rather than black to have a softer look.  I used Distress Inks in colors similar to the challenge colors, starting by water coloring Spun Sugar on all the flower images.  Next, Tattered Rose, a color similar to Blushing Bride, was painted on all the flowers with the patterned petals.  To create a bit more contrast Worn Lipstick was then added to the other flowers.  After Shabby Shutters was added to the leaves, I lightly painted the Spun Sugar in random places in the background.  When the panel was thoroughly dry, I used a white gel pen to whiten the "berries" and flower centers.




I don't use ribbon or lace much on my cards anymore but still have a healthy stash, so I found this lovely bit of white lace to add to the bottom of the card.  The sentiment was created by die cutting white card stock with the Lovely Words Framelit, which was then layered on top of a piece of oval cut vellum so the sentiment would be more visible against the busy background.  And that finished off the card!  I decided against adding sequins or Nuvo drops as I thought those embellishments would get lost against the background.


Thanks so much for visiting, it's always appreciated.  I've added a link to the Color Challenge above, so I hope you'll head over there and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration and hopefully play along this week!


Stef




Product details
Stamps:  Something Lacy (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Canson XL Watercolor, Vellum 
Ink:  Stazon Stone Gray, Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose
Other:  Layered Ovals, Stitched Shapes and Lovely Words dies, white lace (Joanne), Sakura White Jellyroll pen.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Brush Stroke Thanks

Hello again!  I hope you're having a great weekend so far.  Today I have a card that I made using the current challenges at Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown.






I could not resist the beautiful color combination of Navy, Aqua and Pink, and the FMS sketch was perfect for what I had in mind, which was to use my new Square Dance stencil from Simon Says Stamp.  I used Distress Inks to create the stenciled panel on Bristol card stock.




I used a light hand with the ink blending, then splattered the panel with clear water and once dry, was adhered to a piece of Audrey Blue card stock (*swoon*love that color!).  I decided to add the scallop edge to give a bit more interest and to contrast the geometric pattern of the stencil.  The sentiment was heat set with aqua embossing powder, then trimmed down and added to the card.  The final step was to add some sparkle with my favorite sequins.




Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added links to both challenges above, so please be sure to use them and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration.


Stef




Product details
Stamps:  Brush Stroke Greetings (SSS)
Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Audrey Blue (SSS), Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Versamark, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers
Other:  Square Dance stencil (SSS), Wendy Vecchi Garden Patina embossing powder, Scallop Border punch (ret. SU), Sparkling Clear sequins (PPP)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Blooming Bouquet

Hello again!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Robin is hosting this week and she has chosen the lovely combination of Daffodil Delight, Berry Burst, Old Olive and Pool Party.  Dessert is to add sparkle.






These colors are perfect for flowers so I used the lovely Blooming Bouquet stamp from Altenew for my card.  It was heat set with white embossing powder on Bristol paper then I used various Zig markers to water color the bouquet along with a paint brush and clear water.



While that panel dried, a piece of Berry Burst card stock was embossed with the butterfly folder, then sprayed with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz (you can see the sparkle better in the photo below, which was taken in indirect natural light rather then direct sunlight).  More sparkle was added by painting Clear Wink of Stella to the flowers and leaves.





 The watercolor panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle die, a sentiment added and then it was wrapped with Gold Cord before the card was assembled.  I love how this turned out, a bit like a hope of spring during the dead of winter.


Thanks for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added a link to the challenge above so you can enjoy all the great inspiration.  We'd love it if you'd join us this week as well!


Have a great week!


Stef




Product details
Stamps:  Blooming Bouquet, Heartfelt Sentiments (Altenew)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Berry Burst, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Fluttering embossing folder (SU), Gold Cord, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Set 1 (MFT), Tsukineko Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Clear Wink of Stella

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Birthday Gold

Hello again!  I hope you're having a good weekend so far.  Recently I had a chance to play with my new alcohol inks (thanks Santa!) and created a few fun backgrounds.  For my card today, I made the background the primary focus of the card because it turned out so pretty (at least I think so!).




Look at all those pretty colors swirling around on the panel!  This was the first time I tried using alcohol markers so I decided to try both glossy white card stock and Yupo paper, mainly because I have a lot of glossy white in my stash, whereas Yupo paper is a bit on the expensive side.  I did find that the inks moved much, much better on Yupo than glossy white, but I also discovered if I added some Alcohol Blending solution on the glossy white first, then added the inks and metallic mixatives, I had much better success and was able to achieve the satisfactory results. 

  
After the panel dried I added gold embossing around all the edges then adhered it to a white card base.  The sentiment was also heat set with gold embossing powder, then die cut with a Layering Circles Framelit.  I used tape to add the gold cord to the panel then adhered the sentiment circle with foam tape.


I'm entering my card in the weekly Mixability challenge at Splitcoaststampers (link here), where we are to use gold or silver and at least two mediums (alcohol inks and embossing powder used here).  I'm also joining the Anything Goes challenge at Seize the Birthday and the Something New challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (links below).










Thanks so much for visiting!


Stef




Product details
Stamps:  Tin of Cards (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Glossy White
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  Ranger Alcohol inks, Gold Mixative and Blending Solution, Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder, Layering Circle Framelit, Gold Cord

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Really Like You

Hello all!  Tonight I'm sharing a card made for two challenges, CAS(E) this Sketch and the "Emboss It!" challenge at Stamp Ink Paper.






When I first saw the sketch I wasn't sure how I wanted to approach it, but I ended up opting for an easy option, using various patterned papers and stamps from my recently received Simon Says Stamp Monthly Kit, creating a Valentine's Day card for one of my grandsons.




After having fun sorting through what papers to use, I cut the strips, adhered them and trimmed off the excess around the edge of the card base.  Next I used my Misti to line up the sentiment and hearts in the upper left corner, stamped it in Craft Real Red ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. 




The Really Like You stamp set includes various label words and I stamped the "Happy Valentine's Day" with Versafine Onyx Black on white card stock, then hand trimmed and popped the words up with some foam tape.  And that, my friends, was all that was needed to make this fun card!




Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've included links to both challenges above, so please be sure to visit and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!


Stef




Product details
Stamps:  Really Like You (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Pebbles "Forever My Always" 6x6 patterned paper
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Craft Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Other:  Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder, Paper Snips

Monday, January 1, 2018

An Inside Hug and Sweet Hello

Happy New Year everyone!  It's time for another color challenge at Splitcoaststampers and tonight Mary is our host.  The colors she chose are Chocolate Chip, Sweet Sugarplum and Mint Macaron.  Dessert is to use something new in celebration of the new year.  Here is a link to the challenge.









At first I struggled a bit with this color combination, but then I received the new Suzy's Winter Warmup Watercolor Prints and found the perfect picture to use with these colors.  As I was working on this first card, an idea came for a second card, so I have two to share with you tonight.




I used Distress Oxide Inks (Seedless Preserves, Cracked Pistachio, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain and Black Soot) to watercolor this cute print and create the checked table cloth.  When the panel was totally dry, a white gel pen was used to decorate the words "hot" and "hug" with dots.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the whip cream, and the heart at the top of the panel and the cocoa cup were covered with Glossy Accents.  I didn't do a perfect job around the rim of the cup but IRL it's not really as noticeable and it's very shiny.  When the glossy accents dried the panel was popped up on a Chocolate Chip panel then adhered to the Sweet Sugarplum card base.




For my next card I went an entirely different direction.  A garland and small flowers were die cut from watercolor paper, then loosely water colored with the same DOX inks as listed above (without the black).  Next a panel of Ivory card stock was die cut with a Wonky Rectangle die, splattered with Walnut and Pistachio inks then the garland and flowers adhered to the upper left corner.  The sentiment was die cut four times, layered on top of each other for nice depth then adhered to the panel.




The flowers and sentiment were covered with Clear Wink of Stella and Ivory Seashell Nuvo drops added around the sentiment and in the flower centers.  The panel was then adhered to a Chocolate Chip card base.  Rather than trim off the leaves that extended over the card edge, I made an envelope slightly bigger than A2 size retired Sweet Sugarplum envelope paper.




Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated.  I've added a link to the challenge above, so be sure to head over there and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration, or even better, join us this week!


Stef




Product details
Card #1
Paper:  Sweet Sugarplum, Chocolate Chip, Suzy's Winter Warmup Watercolor Prints
Ink:  Distress Oxide:  Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Cracked Pistachio, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot
Other:  Sakura White Jellyroll gel pen, Clear Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents


Card #2
Stamps:  Little Florals (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Sweet Sugarplum, Ivory (Simon Says Stamp), Canson XL watercolor
Ink:  Same as above sans the black
Other:  Little Florals Frame Cuts (HA), Blooming Bouquet Companion die (Altenew), Leafy Garland die (Altenew), Wonky Rectangle die (SSS), Clear Wink of Stella, Tonic Nuvo Ivory Seashell Crystal Drops

Friday, December 29, 2017

Magical Birthday

Hello again!  I hope you've had a wonderful holiday season!  Tonight I'm sharing a fun card that I made for our neighbor girl who is turning 5 on Sunday.  I've made a Bridge Card based on the current Technique Lovers Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Here's a link to the challenge page where they have both a picture and video tutorial.  I'm also joining the current Anything Goes challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.




For this sweet neighbor girl I wanted to make something fun, so I decided to use the cute Fairy Friends from Lawn Fawn.  The images are so adorable and I had fun creating a little scene with fairies flying above.  The fairies and central panel were water colored with Distress Inks (listed below) on watercolor paper, then added to the card base.




The patterned paper is from two Lawn Fawn 6x6 paper pads and the sequins from Simon Says Stamp.  While my photos unfortunately don't pick it up, Clear Wink of Stella was added to the fairies wings and hair, and to the roof of the little fairy house. 




Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  Please be sure to use the links above to check out both challenges.  If for some reason you have trouble viewing the SCS challenge, there are several Bridge Card tutorials available on You Tube.


Happy New Year everyone!


Stef




Product details
Stamps:  Fairy Friends
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Ranger and Canson XL watercolor, Lawn Fawn Plaid Patterns and Lucky Prints 6x6 paper pads
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Broken China, Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Hickory Smoke, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Walnut Stain
Other:  Zig markers:  Flesh, Mustard; Clear Wink of Stella, Uniball Gold Gel Pen, Little Princess and Pixie Dust Sequins

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Evergreen Circle

Hi there friends!  I hope you had a Merry Christmas and were able to enjoy it with those you love!  I was so happy that my family was able to be here on Christmas Eve!

Tonight I'm sharing a card I made for the current sketch challenge at Sunday Stamps.  The sketch was perfect for a die I recently acquired.






I decided I wanted a Northern Lights look for the background behind the die cut circle.  To achieve that I did some ink smooshing on my kraft sheet, using a couple of colors of Tombow markers that were scribbled on the sheet then sprayed with lots of water before dipping a piece of watercolor paper.  Once I achieved the look I was going for (it took a couple of tries) a heat tool was used to speed up the drying.  Some White Gouache was flicked on the panel and when the paint was dry, it was die cut with a large circle die and adhered to the white card base.




 
For the top panel, I found a piece of white card stock that had previously been sprayed with shimmer spray.  I die cut it with the Evergreen Circle and the largest of the A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Die-namics.  It was then mounted to the base with foam tape, with small pieces cut to fit under the trees.  I had some die cut "greens" in my stash and adhered them below the circle, adding the Linen Thread bow.




The sentiment was heat set with white embossing powder, trimmed down and added across the die cut circle.  Pixie Dust and Sparkling Clear sequins were added around the card and it was done!




Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added a link to the challenge above, so be sure to head over there and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!


Stef




Product details
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Island Blue (Simon Says Stamp), Canson XL watercolor
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  Brights Collection Tombow Markers, Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Evergreen Circle die (SSS), A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Die-namics (Set 1), Pixie Dust Sequins (SSS), Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Tsukineko Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Clear Wink of Stella, White Gouache

Friday, December 22, 2017

Inspired

Hello, how are you?  I hope your holiday season has not been too stressful thus far and you are or will be able to spend time with those you love.  My daughter and her family are to come over on Sunday but the weather is still up in the air, so I'm holding my breath that any snow or ice hold off until Christmas Day!


Tonight I have a card to share with you that I made in part a couple of weeks ago but had to put aside to complete things like tags and gift card holders for Christmas.  Finally I was able to finish it about the same time I saw the challenge at Stamp Ink Paper.  Perfect timing!






Well, my card is anything but Christmas!  I created watercolor background using a couple of my favorite bright Distress inks and splattered it with Shimmer spray.  When it dried, it was trimmed down and covered with white card stock cut with a striped cover die.




Next the flowers and leaves were stamped on watercolor paper, watercolored with Distress Inks and die cut with companion dies, then covered with Clear Wink of Stella prior to mounting on the card front.




The sentiment from the same stamp set was heat embossed on a strip of vellum and wrapped around the panel before attaching to the card base.  Finally a scattering of sequins was adhered to create additional sparkle. 




Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added a link to the challenge above, so please be sure to head over there and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!


I hope everyone has a safe, fun and festive holiday season!


Stef




Product details
Stamps:  Adore You (Altenew)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Canson XL, Vellum
Ink:  Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Versamark
Other:  Bold Stripes Cover die (MFT), Adore You companion dies, Wendi Vecchi Sunflower embossing powder, Hero Arts White embossing powder, Clear Wink of Stella, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins