Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy Little Stamper's January Watercolor Challenge

 Yes, I know, it is still 2020 in the United States but Happy Little Stampers is an Australian based blog and it is 2021 there.  

Happy Little Stampers took six months off to rest and we are now back to challenge you and help you get your creative juices flowing.

The Watercolor Challenge at Happy Little Stampers for the month of January is Anything Goes.  

Anything Goes is my favorite challenge because you can make cards for upcoming events.  My card this month is for my daughter's January birthday.

The stamps are from My Favorite Things.  I water colored the birds with my water color pencils (had not used them in a long time - maybe because I just found them again).  I scribbled the pencil on plastic and added some water to it and painted my birds.  I did attempt to add some shading.  The sweaters were colored with the pencils also.  I die cut all the birds and foliage out.

I water colored a background and made sure I colored enough to stamp the sentiment on.  I die cut a gold frame.  I layered 3 frames together to add some depth and glued it to a white card base.  The sentiment was stamped in gold embossing powder and adhered to the blue background.  I had to cut the sentiment in half so I could make it fit on the space allowed.  I did a little floral arranging in opposite corners and then glued the bird on top.  I finished the card off with some gold watercolor splatters.

Here is a picture of the lower left corner.

Here is a picture of the upper right corner.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Oldie Moldie Monday

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

I am once again using the November sheetload of cards for my design and another 6 x 6 pad of Christmas paper.

Remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Thanks Card

 Since I had this 6 x 6 Prima pad on my design table already (see yesterday's post), I decided to use the same paper for the current CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  

I fussy cut the floral border out of a piece of paper and then adjusted my upper corner piece.  I added a strip to differentiate between the two layers.  I added a die cut sentiment.  

This is a favorite sketch of mine that I do use quite often.

Thanks for stopping by.  

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Hello Butterfly

 I had looked at the sketch on Freshly Made Sketches and had it kinda in my mind.  

Now you can why I said "kinda in my mind".  I do have the extra pieces on the side of the large image but mine are somewhat smaller.

I had this 6 x 6 pad out and in the pad was  the frame and the butterfly so I decided to use them on a card.  I dry embossed the background to add a little depth.  I kept everything flat for easier mailing.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday and it is time to show some love to your old supplies.  I have many 6 x 6 pads of Christmas paper and I really need to make some cards with them.

I used the November Sheetload of cards for making this set of cards.  This sheetload is designed for 6 x 6 pieces of paper.  You can get six cards out of three pieces of coordinating patterned paper.  I even used an old sentiment stamp (which had never been used before but I really love it - the size and the message it conveys.)

Yay - six more Christmas cards are made for 2020.  Remember to show some love for your old supplies - they still make beautiful cards.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Favorite Technique

 The Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is your Favorite Technique.  This last year I have been trying to play with my watercolors more and try different things.

On this particular card I used a new Tim Holtz stencil and then added watercolor in multiple layers through the stencil.  I let it dry some to get a good solid shape of the flower and then I sprayed the heck out of it with water to make the colors run.  There is no control on this particular method.  Each card you make will be a little different.  I finished the card with a large sentiment die cut and gold splatters.  

I used a scalloped die to cut a card base and the front panel to add a little more interest to the card.

Here is a close up of the poinsettia focal point.

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Monday, December 7, 2020

Oldie Moldie Monday

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

I was working in a 6 x 6 pad and had to trim it down so I made strips out of the leftover pieces and made this card.  Strip or stripe it out - the same thing - only different words.

Remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Christmas Is Fast Approaching

 Christmas is coming up really fast and it is time to get all your Christmas cards in the mail so they get delivered before the 25th.  Hopefully mine will all be in the mail by the beginning of this week.  It is lots of work to address and write in all the cards.  

My goal for next year is to also make my cards flat for easier mailing and more chance they will make it through the mail safely.

Today I am playing along with the current challenge at Paper Players where it is "it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas."

I chose a favorite from the picture - the lovely Christmas Tree.    The tree is a die from Pretty Pink Posh and I cut it from watercolor paper I had colored with greens and gold.  The background is watercolored also with embossing paste stenciled through a stencil to represent snow.  I die cut the word Merry from gold and stamped the word Christmas.  I did draw around the word Christmas to add a little more gold to the card.  A gold star completed the card.  I added it all to a kraft card base.  This may be a prototype for some cards for next year.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day and week.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Zebra Christmas Card

 I have three great great nieces which I like to send a Christmas card to each year.  I like them all to be different but related in some form.  This year each card had one of My Favorite Things' zebras on them.  I tried to use one of the MFT sketches each time.

Here is the sketch this week.

Of course, I took creative license with the sketch by using a zebra instead of a circle.  I could have put the zebra in a circle but decided not to.  The paper is from MFT also.  Those Santa hats I bought from a big box store come in handy for dressing up critters.

Now I can mail my three cards to the girls.  I am going to mail each one separately.  Should we make a bet to see if they all make it on the same day.  It will be interesting to see what the post office does.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Happy Birthday Molly

 This is my next to last birthday card for the month of December.  

This is for my niece Molly and she is turning 18.  Where does the time go.  Molly was named after my Mom and the last grandchild.

I drew and water colored the birds.  I spent almost a month in Florida last year and spent lots of my free time water coloring.  I have lots of images I drew or backgrounds I made and images that were stamped and colored to be made into cards.  I keep them in the box ready to be used.  

The card actually had a different design but I screwed up so it was an opportunity for another creative fixer - I do like how it turned out.  I love the addition of the little hearts.

Thanks for stopping by.