Monday, February 2, 2015

Must Love Watercolors

I do love watercolors, so I had to join in over at CAS-ual Fridays, where the challenge is "Must Love Watercolors".  This is a big bird, and watercolors are perfect for coloring in large spaces like this.  I used my trusty Twinkling H2O's and tried to make it look like a bluebird....I think I am longing for some spring bird visitors.  But instead we are receiving another foot of snow!



I am also joining in over at CAS(E) this Sketch- very versatile design this week!
 
 
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Faux Tile Technique

 
I am taking the Online Card Class- Clean and Simple Cards 4, and I tried a new technique called Faux Tiles.  The original example used a piece of 2 inch mat board, but since I didn't have any, I used a larger ArT Canvas, which has the same thickness.  I covered the front with masking tape, and using the Simon Says Stamp Fresh Daisies die, I ran it through my big shot.  After peeling away the masking paper on just the flowers,  I colored in the daisies using distress inks and a round applicator.  When they were all colored in, I peeled off the rest of the mast and inked the background in blue and let it dry well.  Then I coated the whole front with Versamark Ink and embossed it.  I gave it a second coat for some added smoothness and shine.  I love this effect!  The card front has a little gold spritz on it, and I added some gold thread behind the tile.

I am linking up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by, I would love to hear what you think of this technique.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Clean Slate

Wow, I took a long break from blogging,  but now I'm filled with creativity and ready to create.  I was inspired by the challenge over at Virginia's View a "Clean Slate" -
 I chose to make a clean and simple white on white card using an embossing folder and some die cut butterflies.  I couldn't resist adding some Tim Holtz glitter to bling it up a bit.  I went with a Wedding Day stamp with a swirly font to match the swirls around the butterflies.  I don't think I've ever made a white on white card before, it has a very elegant look.
 
There are lots of options for this challenge, be sure to check it out and play along!
 
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Seahorse

I had the pleasure of visiting 3 beautiful beaches this summer in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands,  Martha's Vineyard, and Ogunquit, Maine, and the visits inspired me to take out my Tim Holtz Nautical Blueprint set and make some cards.  I found some watercolors in perfect ocean shades for the seahorse, and added a little sparkle with some TH glitter.  I'm planning on sending this one off to the family I visited on the Vineyard.    I'm linking this up to Less is More, where the challenge is "Animals".

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

You are Amazing!

Here is another card inspired by the Watercolor for Cardmakers Online Card Class.  I used a technique on this card that I rarely use, heat embossing.  The background swirls are heat embossed,  along with the sentiment.  That makes them really pop!  I love that "you" die cut.  I added a little faux stitching on the edge of the sentiment flag to anchor it down.  I am linking this up to the Case Study blog.  Here's their inspiration card made by one of my favorite artists, Shari Carroll.  I went with bright colors instead of neutrals with this card.
I am also linking up to the Moxie Fab World: Wonderful Words Challenge, where the challenge is to use a word die, and  to the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge- Birthday Bash.  These bright colors are on my card!
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

You are the Best!

The beautiful heart on this card was made with a stamp that had been inked with distress inks and then misted before it was stamped.  I used 2 die cuts on the card, a heart from Stampin Up and the "you" die from Simon Says Stamp.  This is another card inspired by the Online Card class  that was all about watercolors for stampers.  I'm linking this up to Less is More, where the challenge this week is to use die cuts, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge blog, where anything goes!
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cultivate Love

Another card inspired by the Watercolor for Cardmakers class.  This delphinium stamp was so easy to ink up using markers.  A little spritz of water and it was ready to stamp.  I'm linking this up to Less is More where the theme is "Flowers". 
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