Friday, August 18, 2017

CAS Watercolour August 2017 CASE-ing Bonnie

Hello friends.  Using SALT is the challenge this month over at CAS Watercolour, and I have a 2nd card to share after seeing Bonnie's GORGEOUS cards (HERE), where she mixed her salt with water and then used it as a wash on her wet, watercoloured cards.  They were so pretty that I just had to try it for myself!

I started by embossing with a Penny Black stamp (First Blush) with black embossing powder, and then watercoloured with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors in red and pink.  While it was still wet I used a wash of the water and table salt mixed together on the panel.  Not a whole lot of control using this technique, so the crystals do their magic where THEY want to go!  I still love how this turned out though!!  I mounted my panel to a white card base and also added a white die cut frame using PTI's Infinity Frames.  A simple black banner embossed in white with the sentiment from PTI's Winter Woods and a pink enamel dot finished off this simple card.  Thanks so much Bonnie for inspiring me to try this fun and beautiful technique...I loved it!!  :0)

This challenge goes till the 24th and there is so much inspiration from the DT and the gallery to inspire you to try these techniques using salt and your watercolours.  You can check it all out right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Create Along With Us August 2017

Hello friends.  It's release week over at Papertrey Ink and time for the Create Along With Us challenge!  With all the new Fall stamps and dies coming out, I was blown away by all the inspiration the DT created, and definitely had a hard time just choosing one card to re-create!  The one that I kept going back to though was this one by Dawn McVey:

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Obviously I didn't have Dawn's new dotted stencil or the new Beautiful Berries: Fall stamp set, but I improvised with a stencil I already had and used the Beautiful Berries: Spring set instead and came up with a pretty close re-creation!

Pretty close, huh?!  I loved the look of using Pure Poppy for the stenciled dots on the Raspberry Fizz card and pink definitely do work together!!  I used a little strip of Orange Zest DSP to ground the bottom of the card and then built my little bouquet using Gran's Garden and Beautiful Berries: Spring.  And I love that I found a very similar sentiment in the Bloomin Button Bits set.  Dawn has a wonderful way with putting colors together that I normally wouldn't try and I think this card is a perfect example!

You can check out all the inspiration from this month and what every one else is inspired by right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Monday, August 14, 2017


Hello friends.  This month it's all about using Alcohol Inks at the CAS Mix Up Challenge.

This was one of those challenges that I had the card idea in my head, but it just wasn't translating well onto my cardstock...or Yupo paper to be exact!  I was using two shades of green and a purple for my Alcohol inks and when the purple touched the greens, it was turning a muddy brown...yuck!  I did manage to use one that looked ok, but the card I liked the best was when I decided to use Bonnie's technique (found HERE) that she's calling an alcohol wrap.  I cut open a cellophane bag and added a few drops of my green and purple alcohol inks, smooshed my Yupo paper in it, and then added a scrunched up piece of plastic wrap on top and left it to dry.  I loved the look and came up with this card:

I used a SSS Circle Of Leaves die on my top layer and then cut my Yupo paper with the same die and inlaid the pieces together.  A simple embossed banner (PTI's Keep It Simple: Thinking Of You) popped up and some black & white bakers twine finished off this card.

A closer up view so you can see a little more of the detail in the technique and so cool looking!  Love it!!  (Thanks Bonnie!!)

And here is the first card I made where I just dropped the alcohol ink onto the Yupo paper:

It's not a terrible card and the colors are a bit more vibrant, but I still like my other card better.  The sentiment on this card is from PTI's Beautiful Berries: Spring.

There's still lots of time to play in this challenge, so check out all the beautiful inspiration from Loll and Bonnie and the DT, and then play along.  You can find it all right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Make It Monday #294 - Monochrome Color Pop

Hello friends.  Stephanie is up this week with a fun and lighthearted video on making a Monochromatic Color Pop card for the Make It Monday challenge.

I've kind of been in a Christmas mood this week and also wanted to use my new Mountain Majesty Cover Plate die, so I created my monochromatic card with the pop of color coming from the sentiment like Stephanie did.

I love the look of blacks & grays with a pop of red, and thought that would be fitting for this night time mountain scene.  I blended some light gray (Smoky Slate) ink on my card base front and then splattered with water to give the look of a snowy sky.  For the cover plate die, I masked off the sentiment area and then blended a combination of Smokey Shadow and black inks over the mountain range and frame and then splattered that with some white acrylic paint mixed with a little bit of water.  Here's a closer up view:

 I used Pure Poppy and Scarlet Jewel inks to give an ombre effect for my sentiment from the O Holy Night set, and then added a few iridescent sequins to finish off my card.

Make sure you check out Stephanie's beautiful card and great video and then play along.  You can find all the info right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

CAS Watercolour August 2017 - SALT

Hello friends.  Made my first Christmas card this Summer (gasp!!  I need to get crackin'...December will be here before I know it!!) for the latest challenge over at CAS Watercolour.  This month the challenge is all about SALT!

I've tried using salt once before without any success, and tried it again for this challenge with a big, fat FAIL!!

I used some blues and purples from my Kuretake Gansai Tambi water colors and coarse sea salt, and nothing happened!  At least nothing that resembled what the DT was showing on their cards!  Grrrrr!!  OK, guess it's time to watch the videos to see what I'm doing wrong!!  After watching a few of them, I think I may not have used enough water, and also, I used the textured side of a piece of TH water color paper.  For my next try, I used more water and a smooth heavyweight cardstock, and came up with this:

I used a combination of coarse sea salt and regular table salt and actually got some crystal like design on my cardstock this time...yeah!!  The purple shows up a lot better IRL too, and I actually really like the way this card turned out!  I cut my water colored piece in half (so I have enough for another card!) and also cut a die cut snowflake (Memory Box) in half, and used half on the water colored piece and the other half on the card base.  I used a piece of craft foam under my water colored layer to pop it up for some dimension, and then finished with a embossed sentiment from Neat and Tangled's Bright Baubles and a few iridescent jewels from Lucy's Little Things.  Once the water colored panel was done, the rest of the card came together really quickly!

I watercolored, die cut, stamped and embossed for this challenge.  

LOTS of time to play along with this months challenge, and also lots of GEORGOUS inspiration from the DT to get you inspired, so check out the fun right HERE and play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!!


Monday, August 7, 2017

JUGS #405 - Word Week: Shower

Hello friends.  After seeing Darnell's really cute bunny with an umbrella card for this weeks challenge over at Just Us Girls, I knew I had to play along!

And I had a new (to me) Pure Innocence stamp set Showering You With Love (MFT) that I hadn't inked up yet, so this was a perfect challenge to play in!  Here's what I came up with:

Isn't this such a sweet image?!  I water colored my background with my Kuretake Gansai Tambe paints to look like a rain shower and then added my fussy cut little girl image that I had colored with my Copics (for the skin tones) and paper pieced the rest with Raspberry Fizz DSP (PTI).  I used a couple stacked pop dots behind the umbrella to give it some dimension.  

Still a few days to play along, so join in the FUN right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by...I love it when you do!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Color Throwdown Challenge #454

Hello friends.  Hadn't had a chance to play with my new SU! Daisy Delight set yet, and the colors for this weeks Color Throwdown challenge were perfect!

Here's what I came up with:

Isn't this a FUN little card?!  I embossed the Daisy's in white on kraft cardstock, and then cut them in half and then glued them together to make a fuller half Daisy.  I also used my bone folder to curl some of the Daisy petals to give a bit more definition.  For the centers and the leaves I had to use the new in color Lemon Lime Twist from SU!...much brighter than the green shown in the inspiration photo, but I love the happy feeling it gives this card!  The little Mason jar (SU! from Perfectly Preserved - retired) was embossed in white on vellum.  The little tag is from PTI's Stemmed Statements and the twine is SU!.  The gingham DSP is also PTI.  Here's a closer up view of those happy blooms:

There's still a few days left to play along with this challenge, so check out all the great inspiration from the DT and then play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!  :0)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Make It Monday #293 - Color Slider Cards

Hello friends.  Lizzie Jones is hosting this weeks Make It Monday challenge and shows us how to make an interactive slider card with color.

This was definitely a FUN challenge and I've been having a good time pulling on the slider piece to reveal the colored image...guess I'm just a kid at heart!!  I decided to use the Summer Hills stamp set for my card as the main image in the set is an outline stamp and is also small enough to fit in the 2 1/2 wide width of the frame piece.

Here it is all closed up and layered against a Harvest Gold piece of DSP.  And because I'm still in love with that tiny little banner die from the Stemmed Statements set, I had to add that to my card for the sentiment along with some black & white bakers twine.  I love how everything is black & white except for the piece of DSP when the tab isn't pulled!

And here's the card with the tab fully pulled up.  After I got the whole frame closed up I thought about adding glitter or sequins, but then thought that might have tripped the sliding part up...might have to try another one to see if that would work though!  :0)

Still time to play along, so check out Lizzie's video and beautiful card right HERE and then join in the FUN!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Simon Says: Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge

Hello friends.  Playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where this week it's Anything Goes!

I'm using a new to me stamp set from SSS called Bouquet Of Thanks.

I embossed the image in black and then used my Zigs to water color the flowers and stems.  I don't know if there really are actual blue flowers like this, but I just love the blue, purple and green color combination!  After it dried, I stamped in light gray the script from MFT's Pretty Poppies, and then added a sentiment banner from the Bouquet Of Thanks set.  A few sequins finished off my card.

There's still another day left for this challenge and LOTS of BEAUTIFUL inspiration of all kinds, so check it out and play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Challenge #93

Hello friends.  Playing along with The Challenge over at Always Playing With Paper, where this week it's a "Keyword Challenge"!

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I managed to include all of them except for the monochromatic by using MFT's Beast Friends.

I minimally colored one of the Beast images with some Copics and then added a butterfly from MFT's Tweet On You set.  I did some light blending around the Beast, and then die cut him in a circle using a Gina Marie Designs die.  Layered him on a kraft layer and attached to a white card base, and then stamped my sentiment from the Beast Friends set.  A couple yellow hearts (SU!) to match the yellow butterfly finished off this quick and simple card!

Check out all the great inspiration from the DT and then play along.  You can find it all HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Make It Monday #292 - Color Blocking

Hello friends.  Playing along with this weeks Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink where Laurie Schmidlin shows us 3 different ways to color block our backgrounds.

I needed a masculine birthday card and decided to try Laurie's technique of adding 3 colors of ink directly to an acrylic block, spritzing with water, and then pressing into your cardstock.  I had a "happy accident" while doing this technique that thrilled me!  My one large acrylic block had some goo on one side, so I applied my 3 colors (Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain, & Classic Kraft) to the side of the block that had grid lines on it for help in lining your stamps up.  And this is what happened:

Doesn't that look so cool with the grid lines on my cardstock?!!  I love it!  I never realized the grid lines were actually etched into the acrylic block, so the ink never got into those crevices and left the lines to show up.

The stamp set Hands Of Time has been around for  quite awhile now, but I just ordered it a couple months ago and had not used it yet.  I ordered it specifically for masculine cards and so this seemed like a perfect time to use it!

I stamped my sentiment first, and then splattered a bit of black ink onto the card front.  Next I die cut the clock face from kraft cardstock and then did a little embossing with copper embossing powder.  I stamped 2 smaller clock faces in black to even out the balance of the card.  I mounted the top layer to a kraft card base and then added a piece of black bakers twine to finish off the card.

Check out Laurie's great video and 3 BEAUTIFUL cards (I especially LOVED her butterfly card and would have liked nothing better than to completely CASE it, but I controlled myself!) right HERE and then play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink's July 2017 Blog Hop

Hello friends.  It's the 25th and that means it's time for Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop!  This month Nichole gave us a beautiful inspiration photo done in all soft blue's and white...take a look:

While I'm assuming this is a wedding invitation, I went a little off direction towards creating a stationery set and using the soft blues (Blueberry Sky) and white, gold, seam binding ribbon, and flowers.  

I made a set of 4 single sided note cards using the new Stemmed Statements set and then clear embossed them before blending a bit of Blueberry Sky ink over the flowers.  The sentiment (from Winter Woods) was embossed in gold and I also embossed the edges in gold before mounting to a Blueberry Sky base.  I made matching envelopes with the Blueberry Sky DSP, and because I had strips of the DSP left over, I added a small strip to the left hand side of each of the note cards.

And of course I had to stamp the flower on the outside of the coordinating envelope so it all matched!

I used one of the clear plastic boxes that PTI sends their stamp sets in to house my set of note cards, and then did a belly band of the same Blueberry Sky DSP along with a piece of seam binding ribbon and a little lace flower that I dipped in Autumn Rose ink.

And now I have a beautiful little set of note cards ready to be gifted to one of my friends who has a birthday next month!  Nothing like being a little a head of the it!!  :0)

Now it's time for my favorite part of the blog go hopping and see how everyone else was inspired by this month's beautiful photo!  You can check it all out right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by...I love it when you do!  And is my 1000th POST...that's a LOT of cards since I started my blog back in the Fall of 2012!!  Happy times!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Black & White And A POP Of Color!

Hello friends.  Playing along with two different challenges today...The Challenge #92 and the Double D Challenge.  Both challenges are asking for black & white and a POP of color!

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Had a new WPlus9 stamp to play with (Beautiful Bouquets: Mums) and I think it worked out perfectly for both of these challenges.

I embossed the image in black on a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock and then used a yellow Zig marker to color a little bit in the middle of the flowers and then used an Aqua Painter brush to move some of the color to the outer edges.  I did use a tiny bit of gray on the leaves as I didn't want to leave them white and figured since it is a neutral color it would be ok.  I finished by matting it on some black and then attached to a white card base.  A little bit of black bakers twine, a small banner (PTI's Stemmed Statements), and a few Rainstones finished off my card.  Here's a closer up:

Both challenges are open for a little bit yet and absolutely GORGEOUS inspiration on both sites!  You can check out The Challenge #92 HERE and the Double D Challenge HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Birgit!

Hello friends.  It's a special birthday for my dear friend Birgit ( Crafting While I Wait ) and I couldn't let this day go by without sending some special wishes her way!

Sometimes I think I am the queen of buying stamp kits and then after opening them up, I put them back in the box and up on the shelf...mostly because I am overwhelmed by all the pieces!  But in honor of Birgit's birthday, I persevered and finished a card using PTI's Make It Market Kit: Market Street!

Once I got going I really had fun and am pleased with the way it turned out!  And now that I know how all the pieces work together, I will definitely make some more with the kit...especially the apples and pumpkins for this fall!

So happy, happy birthday Birgit!  I hope you have a truly wonderful day that includes some gifts and chocolate and maybe a birthday cake too?!!  And most of all I hope God truly blesses you in this coming year!!