Saturday, August 27, 2016

using coloring book pages

Coloring books. All the rage in all the stores I visited in the US. And now I get it. It's SOOOO relaxing to color. Takes me right back to my childhood days - me, a coloring book and my box of Crayola 64!

Just keep watching cuz there's a blog hop coming your way on August 31st where you'll see tons of inspiration using the new Color Blooms coloring book from STAMPlorations. I've got two sneaks for you today.

I brought back some dreamy Altenew products with me this trip and decided to have a play at the August challenge over there. Here's the inspiration.


I chose a page to color from Color Blooms that features one flower but is divided into four panels. I opted NOT to color two panels and see what I could do with them.  Here's option #1.


Using my new products, Wild Hibiscus and the Red Cosmos mini inkpads (Coral Berry is a fabulous color and oh-so-flamingo!) I stamped my cardbase. Added a heat embossed sentiment and then just fussy cut a grouping of blooms from the coloring book page and adhered them, leaving the edges unattached so there is some lift to them. See?


For option #2 I got a little zentangled.


Used a black Sharpie to add pattern to some of the blooms. For this option I chose the panel with some text in the BG to ensure white space, and then I even left the outer petals of the blooms white for even more! You'd get a completely different but also cool look if you zentangled everything.

To bring in the "flamingo" I swiped three strips of CS with the pinky tones from Red Cosmos, adhered them to CS and die cut CUTplorations Smile. Added a heat embossed secondary sentiment from Persian Motifs and an enamel sticker. Thought it mimicked a flamingo's beak ;)

Hope you like what you see here. Come back for the blog hop on the 31st for more ideas, won't you?

Friday, August 26, 2016

did someone say pastels, earthy oranges and a pop of navy?

Why yes, someone did. Are you participating in this month's Papertrey Ink challenge blog hop? This is the inspiration. Which I only saw this evening.


And it just so happened that I was playing with shaving cream and acrylic paint this evening.


So I thought to myself, why not give pastels and orange and navy a try? So I did. A couple times. And this one with the nice peach blob top right happened.


So I turned it into this card, using my new Butterfly Cover plate and Hugs dies and some peach fun foam. Kinda wild, eh?


 Well, time for me to get to bed. I've always loved the notion of "butterfly kisses". So how about "butterfly hugs"? Nite. Tomorrow I'll hop around and see what everyone else has come up with!

ETA: Got the shaving cream technique from The Male Room challenge. Not sure this card qualifies as masculine, but I'm joining the fun over there. You can check out some videos on the technique there too.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

the succulents have landed

So have I! It's adios vacation and back to normal life in Germany for me. Which includes unpacking my suitcase. And organizing all my new stamps and dies and inks that came back in it ;)

My very first Waffle Flower product just happens to be this succulent stamp I fell in love with. And did you see the current challenge at The Heart Desires?


Succulents and geometrics. Yum. Here's what I did.


 I should mention I also took a glance at the current Waffle Flower challenge and pulled my colors from it. Stamped the Winnie and Walter Multifaceted randomly with yellow - see that pillow on the sofa below? Used some PP from a new (yes, I did bring home two small PP pads - need them like I need a hole in my head) Studio Calico pad. And the dark strip along the bottom was from a kleenex box - thought the dark mimicked the dirt and the fireplace well.


Heat embossed the potted succulents with green (thanks WOW! Embossing Powder for my win a couple months back!!! I'm joining this month's challenge too) on vellum and fussy cut. In a nod to the rounded pots of the succulents and the wicker tray on the wall above the fireplace, I die cut a circle from PP to back the vellum with. Added a couple leaves from Essentials by Ellen Gourdjus cut from shimmer cardstock. And finished the front with "happy" from Papertrey.


Think I was channeling my inner Kate with those layers ;)

A STAMPlorations happy happy birthday sentiment is included on the inside, along with another circle die cut from my kleenex box ;)

Thanks for coming by today and always. I really appreciate your visits ♥ CU soon.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

STAMPlorations inspiration #92

My card for today's inspiration post started out trying to be a card like this one.


But alas, things took a different route.


Several techniques at work here: heat embossing Sketched Birthday Cake and a secondary sentiement from Blossom Overture, die cutting Hugs.  If you want to know more about the detour, check out my spotlight post on the STAMPlorations blog tonight ;)

You can check out the rest of the DT's inspiration here.

I'm hooking this guy up at Seize the Birthday where it's Anything Goes!

Monday, August 22, 2016

MMCC #26 - reminder

I'm easing back into things here, now that I've returned from a wonderful summer break in Michigan. But since we're featuring everyone's favorite over at the Mixed Media Card Challenge - RAINBOW I had to pop in with this card.


I've used alcohol inks in rainbow colors for you today.


I trimmed a panel of glossy CS and dripped rainbow colors of alcohol inks onto it! Voila!

Then I dabbed some gold color alcohol ink mixatives onto a few areas and stamped the roses and leaves from Altenew Painted Flowers onto the gold areas. Did some touch-up on the centers with a black Sharpie.

I adhered a piece of purple glossy paper askew on my cardbase and then the glossy panel askew over that. Topped it off with a Dymo label sentiment, keeping the glossy trend going!

Join us for some mixed media rainbow fun, won't you? The challenge is open til close of day on August 25th.

I'm joining the fun at:
Addicted to Stamps and More - make your mark (lots of blobs with alcohol inks and touch-up work with a Sharpie)

 CASual Fridays #154 - time to color (hope time for color works too)
Seize the Birthday - anything goes


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

STAMPlorations inspiration #91

It's time for another inspiration post over at STAMPlorations. I chose to give the tiniest stamp from Kathryn's Big Wishes a work out.

On a die cut wonky panel I stamped using that little confetti stamp. However I used Zig Clean Color Brush Pens to ink up the dots, using multiple colors and only randomly coloring some of the dots each time I stamped. Clear as mud?

After I'd stamped my cascade of dots it didn't look so hot. So I spritzed twice with Perfect Pearls/water mix to get the colors moving a little, plus shimmer. Me likey.


I decided to mount the wonky panel at an angle, but stamped my secondary sentiment from Sentiment Builders Love first. Adhered the panel and then the CUTplorations Birthday.

I love all the blue tones and watercolor look. But I love all that white space most ;) Please check out the other inspiration here and remember to comment for your chance to win a $10 GC to the STAMPlorations store.

Monday, August 15, 2016

CASEplorations August - reminder

Just stopping in with a reminder that there we have this dramatic card to CASE over at CASEplorations this month. You can join us until the end of the month.


I kept it pretty darn simple this time.


Taped down my cardbase and used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint some navy lines. Stamped a secondary sentiment from STAMPlorations Blossom Overture. Die cut CUTplorations "Birthday" from neon red CS (it looks more orange IRL) and white craft foam and adhered them. Added a couple balloon sequins in a nod to Shalu's sequins. Basta!

I'd love to see how you CASE Shalu. Check out the gallery here. Thanks for stopping by today!
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