Saturday, May 23, 2015

hello flowers

Hope you are having a beautiful Memorial Day (if you're in the US) or Pfingsten (if you're in Germany) weekend. I'm sharing a card I made based on two challenges whose deadlines I totally missed. But I'd had the idea and had even made a start... so I finished it up to share.

Saw this gown at RIC. If you look closely, you'll see that those are actually photos of the blooms on the fabric. At least I think they are. Which had me wondering how to recreate that vibrancy.


Saw this sketch during the Winnie Walter/Pinkfresh iNSD week.


I had decided to vibrantly watercolor some In Bloom: Addie's Garden blooms, then fussy cut them and adhere them to black CS. Didn't really know what I'd do after that. So I did some no-line watercoloring. Put them to the side to dry. And forgot about them.

Then the sketch prompted me to think about punching portions of the blooms on squares and circles (still fussy cutting the blooms and then adhering them to black squares and circles). Well I got real lazy on that one and just punched portions of the blooms. And this happened.


The design reminds me of a wall in an art gallery (not cuz of the quality of the painting!). Although I must admit I am happy with how the yellow tulip turned out.


And notice how the circles also made their way into my design? (And stray glitter from that dang Ranger Enchanted Gold embossing powder!)

I'm joining in at:

Craft Stamper - Take It, Make It for May to use a stamp
Uniko Studio - #21 Flowers (Happy Birthday to Bev!)

Have a great weekend. I appreciate your visit.






Friday, May 22, 2015

STAMPlorations inspiration #18

"To have and to hold" - five words which no doubt immediately bring images of wedding to mind. I chose to concentrate completely on that sentiment from The Bee's Knees Newlyweds Extras for my wedding card.


I dry embossed a white panel after inking the raised areas with silver Delicata ink. Then I lightly applied gold Delicata ink to the raised hearts in the embossed pattern. After that I swiped the gold ink onto a scrap of white CS and heat embossed the sentiment.  Maybe you can see the gold and silver better in this photo...


I layered the sentiment with vellum and PP and adhered it to the panel which I then put onto a black cardbase.

Have you joined us over at STAMPlorations in the Inspiration CASE Playground yet this month? Need to make a wedding card? Why not CASE my card... gold, silver, black, white, flourishes, art deco ... so many elements to choose from to create your own card.

Or check out the inspiration from my teamies today. Or if you're feeling more "kraft-y", check out this month's CASEplorations post for inspiration and the prize deets.

I am hooking up over at MUSE #118 cuz I really liked Marion's light gray BG and black frame around her focal image. I just ended up tilting everything a bit.


Thanks for visiting today :)

lime and grape - yum!


Wings and foil - that's what it's all about at the Mixed Media Card Challenge in May. Butterflies, insects, birds, angels... find some wings and show us your mixed media skills.

We received a graduation announcement and it had a wonderfully 1960s/hippie vibe to it. I checked out the gal's school website for her colors and purple it was. Even found her class motto "live, love, dream".  (How did we ever live without the Internet???) So off I was...



Guess I don't have a "live love dream" sentiment, but thought this one from Freckled Fawn would do the job. So I heat embossed it onto a panel I'd watercolored and splattered lime green.

Stitched it with a layer of vellum to a cardbase that I smooshed and splattered with leftover watercolor before splattering some water droplets onto it which I covered with platinum embossing powder and heated. TIP: Heat from underneath the paper to melt the powder if it is only "attached" with water.

The feathers from Lifestyle Crafts (wings have feathers, right?) were die cut from watercolor paper and painted purple and blue before being edged with platinum embossing powder. A smidge of washi finished the card.


Voila! A somewhat unconventional, but very personalized graduation card.

Since I used NBUS - the feather die and the sentiment stamp - I'm joining the "New" fun at A Blog Named Hero.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

it's that time of the year

Graduations. From high school. From college. Tons of them in my circles this year.

Here's a very personalized card for my cousin's son who is incredibly intelligent. As in, got a top notch job with Microsoft right out of college. Which he completed with a BA and MBA in less than four years. Just sayin'. (Must have been genes from his dad's side of the family ;)

Now I doubt that my handmade cards mean much to him, but this one just may evoke a smile.


Easy peasy. Google the Microsoft logo, grab the MFT Graduation Accents and PTI Congrats dies and voila!

Easy peasy. Hook up to Little Red Wagon's To Die For challenge and Curtain Call's


Thanks for looking.



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

addicted to ... hummingbirds

When I saw the hummingbird stamp in The Birds and The Blooms, the current Stamp Club set from STAMPlorations, I knew it would grace my Dad's Father's Day card this year. But how?

I figured Dad would like a "simple" watercolor version since he thinks many of my designs are a bit "kooky". So I gave the no-line-watercoloring another go. Stamp the image with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Watercolor it. I used watercolor pencils since there were lots of tiny spaces. Geez Louise, this nearly killed me.


I googled "hummingbird illustration" and selected one that reminds me of the one who hangs out at Mom and Dad's. Enter my problem with spatial thinking again. The illustration was facing left. Mine is facing right. And so my creative session went!

I'm so not thrilled with the result, but the wonky black mat and that wonderful sentiment saved it for me. He's certainly not going to praise my watercoloring skills (he was a graphic artist) but maybe he'll be awed by his presents. This ridiculous thing for starters (thanks, Darnell K.) And a 7 lb. bag of corn cobs to go with it!

And I must practice or hang up my paint brush.

I'm joining the fun at:
Addicted to Stamps #145 where the light and airy birds and branches inspired me.



Addicted to CAS #63 where it's all about birds!


Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

rockin' geometric

Do you love all the geometric patterns floating aroud the blogosphere lately? If you can't get enough of 'em, you must check out Taheerah A.'s Gossip Column over at Winnie and Walter. And then join the challenge like I did.


Kinda crazy, eh? In my mind I planned to use this little gal from Aha Arts, backed with a bit of the Multifaceted die cut from pink metallic CS and some big sentiment all attached casually to a white card. Ha!

The purple glitter CS caught my eye, which led to the purple cardbase and incorporating touches of yellow, and this card was born! Notice how the corner with the heat embossed sentiment (inside reads "birthday girl") looks pinker? That happened when I heat embossed. Hm. What up with that?


The challenge at Mod Squad is to use stamps from two or more stamp sets. I've got two Aha sets and two Winnie and Walter sets (Mini Scenery: Multifaceted and My Precious) on this card!

Wanna see something cute? DH and DS had to solve a problem in my laundry room which involved me having to move my craft stuff out of a whole corner of the room for them to be able to work. When they were done I found this. Notice the boxes which hold my dies...


See what DS added to the chalkboard panels - normally there are only the letters (I have them sorted by manufacturer). Is he a charmer or what?!?

Have a good one.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

one layer christmas #9

A Christmas card for you today. Was made for a publication call way back when, but uses an interesting technique I'd like to share. Great for adding interest to a one-layer card.

Take a good look at your stamps and see if you have some that are symmetrical. They can be used like this.


Use the reverse of the stamp to stamp solid color and then use the outline image to heat emboss. Even cooler - some letters can be used the same way.


I used large circle stamps inked with Distress Inks and spritzed with water. Then I used the reverse of poinsettia (Waltzingmouse) and alpha stamps (Hampton Art) with darker colors in the same manner to stamp the shadows. When it was dry, I heat embossed the poinsettia and letters!

So, one layer and Christmas. Quite the clever challenge idea, eh? Get 'em done early to avoid the end-of-year rush. And keep 'em one layer to avoid paying extra postage.


Hook up a one-layer card with an angel on it and you could win an ARTplorations Christmas stencil.
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