Thursday, February 28, 2019

Happy Little Stampers March Watercolor Challenge

It is time for a new watercolor challenge at Happy Little Stampers for the month of March.  The challenge is always anything goes but has an optional twist and this month the optional twist is mists.

 To bring mists into my watercolor card,  The background paper which I scored at half inch intervals has been sprayed with a silver metallic clearish spray.  It adds a beautiful sheen to the background paper which also has pink watercolor splattered on it.

The images were stamped on Bristol smooth card stock with black Versafine Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The images were then colored with a combination of Marvy and Zig watercolor markers.  They were then die cut with a circle die.  They were added to the card front with foam tape to add dimension.  The sentiment strip was colored with watercolor and stamped the same as the image.  It fit perfectly in one of the scored rows (whew). 

Sequins were scattered around the images.  Clear glitter was added to the center of the sequins and also the center of all the flowers.

Here is a close up of one of the circles.  You can also see the scored lines in this picture along with a few of the sequins. 

Please come play with ua at Happy Little Stampers for our March watercolor challenge

Monday, February 25, 2019

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.  The supplies for this card came from my scrap bin.  The bird image was in the bottom of the box.  The bird stamped image was freshly stamped.  The Smile die cut is new but adds a nice tough to each card.

If you look at the cards - it is the same design - only one is masculine and one is more feminine.  The design is also turned in different directions.

Remember to show some love for your old supplies. 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Home - Playing With New Toys

I am in between winter trips and wanted to play with some of my new supplies.

I checked out the new sketch on Freshly Made Sketches for my inspiration. 

 My friend gifted me with a set of brushos so I made some backgrounds with them on watercolor paper.  I then stamped a new stamp I had from The Stamp Market.  You can see it in the bottom strip on the card along with the brusho background.

I took a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and colored it with distress oxide inks.  It gives the background a light tint of color.  I heat embossed the large thank you sentiment on the front.  This is also a new stamp from The Stamp Market. 

I took a piece of card stock, swiped VersaMark ink along the edge and heat embossed it with the same embossing powder as my sentiment.  I used a small strip of this paper to break up the embossed top of the card and the brusho background.  I did the same thing to a larger piece of paper to make a coordinating mat.  After I was done with all of this, I mixed up some brushos and splattered it across the front of my card.

I am also placing this on the challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More where the challenge is Clean and Simple.  This is my attempt at clean and simple.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday, time to show some love for your old supplies.  This card was made from an older 6 x 6 pad and the image was already colored wandering around my crafting area like a lost soul.

Remember to show some love for your old supplies.  They still make wonderful cards.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day

I send cards to four elderly ladies each month and this is the card they received for February.

The paper is from a pad of paper I bought at Tuesday Morning.  I loved all the bright colors in it.  The sentiment was computer generated.

The heart is a stamp that I bought that I stamped in black VersaFine Black Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday, time to show some love for your old supplies.  The supplies for this card came from my scrap box and yes the stamped image was in there - it was in the bottom of another box.

I had enough supplies that I could make two of this card.  These cards are going in a military box.

Remember to show some love for your old supplies. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

February Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge

It is time for another Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  Just think how happy you will be in December when you have all these cards made from challenges. 

The February Christmas Challenge with Anything Goes with the Optional Twist of Stars.

I saw a couple different cards on Pinterest that inspired this card.  The first card was the color combination of a shade of blue and kraft.  (I didn't get quite the blue I wanted but it worked.)  The other inspiration card had the piece of book page on the card front.  As you can see I dug into my mixed media bag of design tricks.  I did lots of distressing to the edges of all the paper with my little Tim Holtz distressing tool.  In grunged up the blue with some brown ink.  I added a piece of dictionary page and then slathered on some white modeling paste.  I took a stencil and added a row of gold glitter embossing paste. 

I used my Silhouette to make some star patterns.  The largest star was cut from cardboard and I tore off the top covering to reveal the currugation underneath.  White embossing paste was slathered on top of it.  I cut a blue star and grunged it up.  I glued the layers of stars together and added them to the card front on top of a next of brown twine.  Small wooden hearts were glued around the front of the card.  I then took gold paint and splattered it over the card front and stars.

The sentiment was stamped on kraft paper and added to the front with foam tape.

Here is a close up of the large star.

Please join us at Happy Little Stampers for our February Christmas challenge

CAS Watercolor Challenge

Quick - make a card and post it to your blog before you leave on vacation. 

I am playing along with the CAS Watercolor  card challenge where the challenge is to use pink and red, and keep it CAS.

I had a stamp set sitting on my design area and I thought it would work well for this watercolor challenge.  I inked up my stamps with a red distress oxide ink for some flowers and a pink oxide ink for a couple other flowers.  I spritzed the inked stamps with water and got a watercolor look to my flowers.  This stamp did not have an outline stamp so I loosely drew in an outline with a fine tip black marker.  I used a black gel pen to add the dots in the center of the flowers.  If my flower was pink, it has a red center and if the flower was red it had a pink center.  I dropped the watered ink onto the center of each flower.  I had to add some splatters because I ended up with an oops on the card front, but I believe it brings it together.

This was a fun card to make.  I am trying to get more comfortable with adding my own drawing skills (or lack of) to my cards.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday, time to show some love for your old supplies.  All the supplies for this card came from my scrap box.  It will go in a military box for a group of soldiers from Minnesota.

Remember to use your old supplies, they still make wonderful cards.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

CAS Mix Up Card Challenge for February

I have participated in this challenge a couple of times and since I always struggle with Clean and Simple cards challenges like this make me step outside my comfort zone.  The Challenge can be found at CAS Mix Up Card Challenge

Their challenge this month is to use Dimensional Die Cuts, Stamping and your choice. 

I die cut my HUGS die four times.  The bottom three die cuts are white and I colored the top die cut with distress oxide ink.  I used the same color mixed with water to color the background panel.  It is a very soft color.  I stamped the sentiment in the same distress oxide color on a white strip of paper.  I adhered the HUGS die at an angle to the card front.  I tucked the sentiment underneath the sentiment.  I added a few sequins to dress up the front of the card.  I could not resist the clearish (which appear pink in the photo) heart sequins.

I am also entering it into the weekly challenge at Addicted to Stamps where the challenge is Anything Goes. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Playing With a Sketch

Trying to get some mojo going and create some cards.  My great nice is in her second semester of college so I wanted to send her a card to cheer her along. 

I loved the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I saw those stripes and I immediately thought of washi tape - are you like me - you have a drawer full (small drawer) and you need to use it.

I had a white panel and just dipped it in a very light shade of distress oxide ink to add a little color.  I also did that to the panel on which I stamped the image and sentiments.  After it was dried I added three colors of washi tape.  I used these same colors in the image I colored.  Of course, the bee is yellow and black.  The flower is pink.  Elaina's middle name is Bea so thus that is why there is a bee on this card.  My neighbor gifted me this cute bee set.  I believe it is Close to My Heart and there are several other bee images on it.  I colored the image with zig markers.

Thanks for stopping by.