Monday, January 21, 2019

Oldie Moldie Monday

Today is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies. 

Today's card uses an old stencil, a well loved sympathy stamp outside and inside sentiment, and a very old butterfly stamp with coordinating punch.

This is actually a white background.  Hard to photograph on a cloudy morning.  The card came together very easily.  I want to try it with some other colors.  I used a grey ink for my stamping to make it a little softer.

See, your old supplies, still make great cards.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Clean and Simple Stamping

I have had the terrible cold that is going around and have been on the couch/bed for almost two weeks.  Every now and then I get up and actually do something.  Yesterday I made a card.  Something bright and cheery because we had a snow storm coming.

The sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch inspired me. 

I cut a strip of clear packaging and inked it with three different colors of distress oxide inks and sprayed some water on it.  I laid this strip down the right side of the card stock and smooshed it to add color to the front.  When I removed the strip of packaging I then laid it on a piece of scrap card stock which I later used to stamp my sentiment on.

I had a new stamp set from Pretty Pink Posh and used it to add the butterflies to the strip of color.  I stamped the sentiment of the leftover colored card stock and added a tiny strip of black and white striped patterned paper on the bottom.  I matted the image on some black card stock.

I am also entering the card in the Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp where the challenge is Clean and Simple. 

The challenge at Addicted to Stamps is also Clean and Simple. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I am so happy I have someone who takes care of my snow for me.  Have a good day. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Oldie Moldie Monday

Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.

The sketch this week at Sunday Stampers said multiple patterned papers to me so fit right into that Oldie Moldie Monday plan of mine. 

I found about 5 of this sweet image already colored so I just needed to find some patterned paper that matched the colors in the image.  Of course with all the paper I have and all the 6 x 6 pads it did not take me long to find something that coordinated.

Looking at the picture now, I wished I would have put a different color behind the Smile.  I am going to blame it on this horrible cold I have that thwarted my creative flow.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Happy Little Stampers January Christmas Challenge

My goodness, Christmas just wound down and we are trying to inspire you to get back on that Christmas card train.  You know you will appreciate it next December when you go to mail out your Christmas cards. 

The January Christmas challenge at Happy Little Stampers is Anything Goes with the Optional Twist of Reindeer.  

This is my second attempt at a reindeer card plus I have 6 reindeer all nicely colored with my Copics.  Unfortunately those six colored reindeer could not stir any type of creativity in me to make cards with them.  They were not talking to me.  Plus the one I had made, I just was not totally enamored with.

This card I like.  I needed a quick card to put some money in for a fabulous young man but it had to be quick and easy. 

I am always looking for ways to make Christmas cards that are easy and one of the easiest ways to do this is to use gift tags.  See the picture below of all the tags in the bag I bought.  They are going to make some wonderful Christmas cards for 2019. 

I used a piece of Bristol smooth card stock that had been dipped into oxide inks to give it a little color.  I knew I needed to add a little green so rummaged on my table and found some green that worked and cut myself a strip.  I trimmed off the little hanger for making the reindeer a tag.  The strip of green paper was added on the side, the reindeer glued down and the entire thing was matted with red and added to a white card base.  I did not even have to add a sentiment because there was one on the reindeer.  Quick and easy Christmas card that I like.

Here is a picture of the other tags in the package.  The package was originally $1.99 but I am sure I bought it at a percentage off.  A very good buy for all the cards I will get out of this batch of tags.

Please come join us at Happy Little Stampers January Christmas Card Challenge and get a head start on your cards needed for 2019.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year

Happy New Year.  May 2019 be filled with health and happiness for all of your.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy Little Stampers January Watercolor Challenge

This is my first post as a member of the Watercolor Challenge Team at Happy Little Stampers
I joined this team because I want to improve my techniques in watercolor and the challenge blog is a good way to widen your creative boundaries.  I hope that I do a good job of inspiring your creativity.

This month the watercolor challenge at Happy Little Stampers is texture.

I recently took an online card class and one lesson was to use salt on your watercolor background to add texture.  I have done this in the past but had forgotten about it.

I took watercolor paper and colored it with watercolor and liberally sprinkled it with coarse sea salt.  Here is an example of one piece of blue watercolor paper with the salt lying on top.  You let the piece dry completely and then you brush off the salt and you get these amazing spots of color and texture on your background piece.

I had also done a piece of watercolor paper with a teal shade of watercolor.  My background piece is just a much lighter shade of the color used on the heart.  You can see the brushstrokes in the background and the different shades (I think this would be texture also). 

The heart started out as a square piece of watercolor paper on which a high saturation of color was placed.  The salt was sprinkled liberally on top of the wet piece and allowed to dry.  Once it was dry, the salt was brushed away and I die cut a heart.  The heart was pop dotted on top of the background.  Hello was die cut several time and layered together before adding tot he heart.  The sentiment was heat embossed on a scrap of the lighter watercolor paper.

Get our your watercolors and please join us for our January challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  You will have a wonderful time and start to develop new skills. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday time to show some love for your old supplies.  On these two cards I have used paper from an old 6 x 6 Prima paper pad and an old Hero Arts sentiment stamp.

Remember to show some love for your old supplies.