Thursday, January 31, 2019

February Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge

Hard to believe that the month of January has already passed and it is time for a new watercolor challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  It is time to dig out all your different ways of doing water coloring, find some brushes and have some creative month.

The challenge this month is "anything goes" with the additional twist if you wish to do which is metallic.

This is a birthday card for my oldest daughter. 

To bring the "optional twist" of metallic into my card, I added gold metallic watercolor stripes to make the background for my card.  I have a stamp from Gina K Designs which is watercolor stripes.  I painted the gold metallic paint on the stamp, spritzed with water and stamped onto the paper.  I repeated this several times to cover the entire background of the card.  Once stamped, I took a wet brush and extended the length of the lines so they filled up the width of the card.  The stripes have a very loose look to them.  I also added gold splatters with the same watercolor.

The floral image is from Ellen Hutson.  It is a beautiful floral.  I stamped it in Versafine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used my Scan n Cut to cut the floral design out.  I watercolored the image.  I am still working on those skills. 

The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed also. 

I took a bunch of black thread and laid it on the card front and added the image with foam tape on top of the card front.  Sequins were glued onto the card front.

Here is a close up of the floral center.  I added gold to the little dots (sorry I do not know the biological name for those dots). 

Here is a close up of the sentiment.

Please come join us at Happy Little Stampers for our February Watercolor challenge

Monday, January 28, 2019

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday, time to show some love for your old supplies. 

I was late for a December birthday - I managed to send everyone - on time in 2018 - their birthday cards until I got to December and I was late with Molly's card.  I even had her Dad's birthday card done for in January but I could not mail that card until I mailed Molly her card.

I had found several of these hedgehogs that were already colored.  I just needed to find some paper to match and since I made a card a week or two ago with that same image - I knew exactly what paper to use.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Happy Birthday Flowers

Recently my friend Annie shared with me a card she had made.  I loved the stamps she had used and the color combo.  She bought the stamps at Tuesday Morning so I had to stop and $50 later I had bought that stamp set along with a few other things.

The sketch challenge at Paper Players this week inspired me to get a birthday card made for my great niece.  I am going to be traveling for about a month so I wanted to have all my birthday cards done for February and March.  This is my last card that I needed to get made. 

The flowers are stamped with Gina K ink and then cut out with the coordinating die.  I also stamped and colored the bee in the set because my great niece's middle name is Bea after my Mom - her great grandma.

The background of the card is embossed with a cover plate.  I got a Gemini Jr. for a late Christmas present so I have been playing with it.  I love how it embossed with your cover plates.

I did offset the sentiment from the sketch.  I wanted the stems of the flowers to show. 

I recently got a 6 x 6 pad from My Favorite Things of just black striped paper - either a straight stripe like I used on this card or a diagonal stripe. 

Thanks for stopping by.

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.