Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Cat's Meow

Baadddd blogger! Its been forever since I posted but sometimes that happens, for me at least. Decided to rearrange and organize my craft rooms for the hundredth time (still not finished), did some much needed painting (yuk!) in my house and cleaning (double yuk!). Then I had family in town and we spent a week at the beach. Fun times! Here is a photo of the moon on our first night.

We celebrated my great nephew, Paxton's, 1st birthday that week. For the occasion I made a banner using Lawn Fawn products.

It was a fun week with lots of sun and adult beverages thanks to the Bottlekeeper which conveniently hid our beer bottles from the patrolling Officer Buzzkill (no alcohol on the beach) ;)

I do have a card to share. I made this circle card for Kristina Werner's July Mail Call using the cute stamp/die set "Cat's Meow" from Papertrey Ink.

The other dies I used on this card are Talk Bubbles (Simon Says Stamp), Puffy Clouds (Memory Box), Wildflower Patch and Grassland Border (Poppy Stamps). The cat was stamped on Let's Polka paper (Lawn Fawn).

There is another Online Card Class coming up the first week in August so I will be sharing a lot more in the upcoming weeks. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

June Mail Call

Well hello there! Long time no post :)

The theme for Kristina Werner's June Mail Call was weddings. Here is my card:

I love all white cards and believe it or not, this is the first one I have ever made. And for a wedding card you can't go wrong with using Spellbinders dies. Here I used the 5x7 Elegant Labels 4 dies which are just gorgeous.

To add a little extra elegance, I misted the flowers (I am Roses) and leaves (Prima) with Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold glimmer mist. The pearl swirls are also by Prima.

I have had the pearl heart buckle/slide in my stash for years and paired it with a piece of Close To My Heart ribbon. The patterned paper was also from my stash purchased at Michaels. The white card stock is Neenah Solar White.

Inside (sorry no pic) is the sentiment "On Your Special Day" from the JustRite Ever After Antique Labels One stamp set. I stamped it in Hero Arts silver shadow ink and clear embossed with Zing embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Runway Inspired Challenge 60

Happy Hump Day!
From Millan.Net

I'm back with a card for the Runway Inspired Challenge. I used the adorable Nursery Deco stamp set by Mama Elelphant.

And here's the challenge photo:

The flower and the flower pot are from Lawn Fawn's Hello Sunshine sequin pack. I didn't want to hand draw a pot for fear that I would bone it up and have to start the card over, so I just snipped off the top of the pink sequin and covered the hole with a drop of Viva Decor cream Pearl Pen. The little yellow heart in the center of the flower is an enamel heart from Chickaniddy Crafts. The sequins scattered on the top are Darice Iridescent White sequins.

Here are the other supplies I used: Momento Luxe ink (Rosebud, Gray Flannel and Bahama Blue), Versafine Onyx Black ink, Bic permanent markers, Zing clear embossing powder, clear Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, Neenah solar white card stock.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Watercolor + Dies

I have one last card to share for OCC's Watercolor for Card Makers class. On day 11 Yana Smakula made a card by watercoloring an image embossed with a die. The trick is to make sure that the die doesn't do what it was made to do, which is cut throughout the card stock. By using an embossing sandwich with your die cutting machine, you need to make an impression just deep enough to contain your watercolors.

For my card, I used the Happy Birthday Background die by Memory Box. I got a perfect embossed image and painted it with various colors. While the technique worked well, I didn't particularly like the colors I had chosen. So I ran the paper/die back through my Big Shot so that the words would cut all the way through. I kept the "happy" words then recut the "birthday" words with black card stock. I did a 3rd cut in white card stock for my base piece and inlaid the words back in.

On the left side of the card base I added a strip of a Lifestyle Crafts black decorative Shape 'N Tape sheet and popped up the Happy Birthday layer with foam tape.

The class has ended and there were so many techniques and designs that I didn't get around to trying. And there were a lot I tried  but definitely need to practice with more. I learned a lot about watercoloring from this class. The great thing about Online Card Classes is the lifetime access to the classrooms and the class pdf's are the best I have seen for online classes. Definitely worth the money! I should know because I haven't missed one yet!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Layered Stencil Backgrounds

Tim Holtz was one of the day 11 guest instructors for the Watercolor for Card Makers class at Online Card Classes. He demonstrated how to make a background with a layering stencil, distress inks and water.

For my card I used his Speckles stencil and the Nautical Blueprints stamp set.

I selected several blue family distress inks for my stenciled background then did some Vintage Photo and Peacock Feathers splattering. The edges of the background layer are sponged with Vintage Photo.

The sand dollar and starfish were heat embossed with Rust Embossing Antiquities, water colored with Antique Linen and Wild Honey and popped up onto the background.  The ribbons are seam binding colored with Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist and a burlap ribbon. In lieu of a sentiment I chose one of the "dream" adage tickets which I crumpled and sponged with Vintage Photo and attached with some May Arts natural jute.  The card stock used on this card was Tim Holtz distress watercolor card stock and Neenah solar white.

If you look real hard, just above the sand dollar, you will see the seahorse that I clear heat embossed.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Faux Hand-Painting

Over on Online Card Classes, its Day 10....and I'm on Day 8 (LOL).  I will say I am not a water colorer. I even did the paint-by-number things as a kid badly. That being said, after a disaster first try with distress inks, I switched gears for my second attempt. And I am okay with it!

I followed the card design and instructions by Tasnim Ahmed, using the Magnolias For Her stamp set by Altenew. I decided to use Caran d'Ache Neocolor II crayons, which are water-soluble wax pastel crayons and they water color beautifully. I also opted to use Strathmore 140lb mixed media paper which is super smooth and designed to take a lot of water abuse.

After stamping the magnolia image with Antique Linen distress ink, making it barely visible, I colored the image by either scribbling the crayon onto my craft mat and added water to make a paint or taking the wet brush directly to the crayon. I was overly cautious about letting each section thoroughly dry before painting again....which is why it took me at least a day to paint this. During my drying times I was creating more pieces of disaster :)

The sentiment is from the same stamp set and was heat embossed in gold. The colored card stock is Raspberry Fizz by Papertrey Ink. The finished card is a 4.5" square.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

...more Hero Arts

I have 2 more cards for the Hero Arts sketch challenge. A few days ago, I posted my first card for the challenge here.

The balloons and the sentiment are from Hero Arts Happy Birthday set. I cut the tag using Lawn Fawn's Tag, You're It die.
(Other supplies: MFT kraft cardstock, Neenah solar white, Lawn Fawn's Lets Polka 6x6 pad,  American Crafts Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm 6x6 pad, Bazzill vellum, Ranger Archival black ink, Versamark ink, Ranger fine detail silver embossing powder)

The "thanks" sentiment is  from the Hero Arts Love This set. I think the patterned paper (Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm) is the perfect choice since the sketch reminds me of an envelope! To tie it all together I added a Studio Calico wood veneer heart.
(Other supplies: Neenah Desert Storm card stock, CutCardStock Natural, Delicata Golden Glitz ink, SU! circle and scallop punches)

And here are the sketches I followed (the 2 on the left)

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