Friday, May 22, 2015

Watercolor Tulip Stencil Blessings

I was excited to see the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog.  This week's Wednesday challenge is to use stencils on your projects.  You can check out the challenge and cards HERE .   I am entering this card.  I love stretching my card-making supplies by using stencils, as well as stamps, to create my art.  

I had ordered this tulip stencil online, and didn't realize it was 12 x 9 inches!  I tucked it away, figuring it was much too large for a card, but could use it some time for a scrapbook page, or a bookmaking or journaling project.  As I was flipping through my stencil stock, there it was.  I thought, why not try it to see what I could do.  This is the result....
I used just a small portion of the stencil, focusing in on only three of the tulips.  I sponged Tim Holtz distress inks through the stencil on 140# cold pressed watercolor paper. Colors used:  started with spun sugar, then added some worn lipstick, and finally festive berries for the tulips.  The stems are bundled sage and peeled paint.  After sponging the color on, I then rubbed some ink on my craft mat, and with a watercolor brush, just brushed some extra color on for more defined shading.  I dried the petals with my heat tool before moving on to the background.  I did the background with the bundled sage and peeled paint, wetting the paper first with just water, then adding the greens, drying between applications.  Finally, I spattered plain water on the completed panel, which caused the water spots. 

The Blessings die is from Simon Says Stamp.  The whole die says Christmas Blessings, but I just used the blessings portion.  Again, stretching our tools!  I layered three die cuts on top of each other.  The top layer is a glossy black card stock.  The three black pearls at the upper left corner balances the black, helping frame the flowers.

The panel is layered onto black glossy card stock, then I cut down a foam craft sheet for raising the panel up and giving it dimension.  The card background under the panel was done with the same colors as the card, using the technique described above.

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings,
     lynda





Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sending Birthday Blessings Card

Today my card is all about black and white, and simplicity.  I used the Altenew Peony Scrolls stamps.  The images are embossed with black embossing powder, masked, and layered.  The third peony is dimensionalized with some foam tape.  The Sending die is from Simon Says Stamp, and is one of my favorites.  I have been using it a lot lately.  I cut it from black, attached that to the card, then in white, and slightly offset it.  It gives it a different look, and is quite nice in person.  Not so great in photo. 
This did not photograph very well.  The shimmer on the two flowers was done with a gel glitter pen.  It had started running out of ink in the second flower, hence the slightly lighter effect.  I chose to leave the third plain.

Hope you enjoy your day today.  I am going to concentrate on trying to shake this cough.  Vicks, vitamin C, and Emergen-C for me, and staying put with a book, rest, and some Zentangles and writing.

See you tomorrow with more cards!

Blessings,
     lynda 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tunisian Influence Card

I have been fighting off the sniffles and sneezes for the past four days.  The dripping and sneezing had subsided, but today I started with a cough.  Ugh!  I decided I had better not go to Curves and spread my germs (you're welcome), so worked in my craft room for a while.  This wedding card is for my daughter's best friend, Sarah, her roommate when she was in college.  Sarah and Randy were married in November in the Mexican Riviera, and this Saturday they are having a reception for family and friends who could not make it to Mexico in November.  We are looking forward to the festivities.

I had been wanting to use my Peony Scrolls stamp set from Altenew, so I stamped up one of the flowers with my Tim Holtz distress inks.  I stamped it onto watercolor paper, and used a watercolor brush and ink from the pads to add shading and dimension to the stamp.  I punched the gold panel along the right edge with a Martha Stewart punch.  The cream and blue panel down the center of the gold panel is a die.  I gave the card dimension by raising the leaves with foam tape, and the flower as well.  The Happy Wedding verse is from the same stamp set, and is raised with foam tape as well.  Not to difficult, and lots of fun to make.  

I am entering the card in the Altenew card challenge for May, which is From Places Abroad - Tunisia. You can check out the challenge on the Altenew blog at http://altenewblog.com/2015/05/02/may-challenge-from-places-abroad-tunisia/ .
Here is the inspiration picture:
That's it for tonight.   Extra vitamin C, Vicks, and my box of tissues and I are heading off to bed!

I'll be back tomorrow with a couple more cards I need to take pics of.

Blessings,
     lynda  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CAS Card Floating Inlaid Die Cut

Greetings!  I spent last week in Buffalo, taking care of my granddaughters.  There is nothing like four and ten year old girls to keep this Nana busy!  It was fun, and I cherish spending time with my favorite girls!  I relaxed in the evenings by watching some UTube technique videos, so I've been anxious to try out some new techniques.  Now it's back home, and in my craft room.  I have made a few cards these past couple of days, and will be posting them this week.

This card is my take on the floating inlaid die cut technique that Catherine Pooler demonstrates on her video tutorial.  You can find the link on Catherine's blog here http://catherinepooler.com/2015/05/floating-inlaid-and-embossed-die-cuts/ .   I attached the die to acetate.
I did not emboss my die cut, rather I cut it from glossy black card stock.  I created the background using distress inks, sponged onto watercolor paper.  I love the way the black butterflies pop with the bright colors of the panel underneath.  

A simple verse by Verve finishes off this CAS card.  I left the card pretty plain, to emphasize the butterfly panel.  The die is from Simon Says Stamp.  I used this die on a card in this post as well 
http://www.paperartscafe.blogspot.com/2015/04/felt-with-heart.html .

I will be posting more cards this week, so be sure to stop back.  The weather is supposed to cool down again the rest of this week, so I will be doing some more creating in my room!

Blessings,
     lynda



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Just Saying Hello Challenge Card

Weather here has been exquisite.  The temperature has been hovering in the high 60's and low 70's for several days now.  I have been taking full advantage, especially after our long, l o n g, cold, never-ending winter here!  Working in my garden has been taking up a good deal of my time.  I love planting, weeding, nurturing, and enjoying my garden.

I took a break this afternoon to do some stamping and playing in my craft room.  I was beginning to go into withdrawal!  For my card today I used Tim Holtz distress inks, the Painted Butterflies set from Altenew, the 'hello' die from WPlus9, and gold pigment from FineTec.  
I really had fun with this one.  I love the layering stamps, and this butterfly set from Altenew has several different butterflies in all shapes and orientations, each with layering options.  Distress ink colors I used are tumbled glass, salty ocean, and chipped sapphire; then I added some gold highlights with the FineTec Inca Gold mica pigments.  'Just saying' is from the same stamp set.
I created a background piece using the glazed glass background technique.  You can see Sandy Allnock's tutorial on this technique here:  http://sandyallnock.com/faux-glazed-glass-background-technique/ .  I used this technique on a card in my March 27th post HERE , where I used the Altenew peonies.  Here is a close-up of the background I created with this technique, which I used as a frame for the Just saying and from which I die cut the 'hello.'
I layered up hello by cutting and stacking three layers, then outlined the outside in gold.  I used foam tape to raise the Just saying panel. Finished with a spattering of the inks.


This card is for the following challenges:





Faux glazed glass background piece
Close up of the background pieces for hello and just saying

Supplies 
That's it for today.  The sun is getting ready to set, so I think I will go outside for a bit and catch a glimpse.  I am still in awe of nature's beauty!

Blessings,
     lynda

Friday, April 17, 2015

Felt With The Heart

Just popping in today with a quick card for a couple of blog challenges.  I love this butterfly die from Simon Says Stamp!  This phrase from Impression Obsession just goes so well with it, so I paired them up on this card.  The stitched edged rectangle die is from My Favorite Things.  I won the dies on a challenge recently, and have been itching to use them!
This card is for these challenges:

I took some liberties with the sketch on Mojo Monday, turning it sideways.  The colors on The Paper Players are as close as I have to the colors they posted.  I'm loving this combination!  I made the background using the watercolor smoosh technique.  Click this link to see Laura Fadora's excellent video on how to do this technique.  I can't stop doing it...love, love it.
Here is a close-up so you can see (not so well in the photo) the glitter pen I used over the stencils.  In real life they are just glittery enough without being overpowering!  Love my glitter pen.

Thanks for stopping by on this rather wet, dreary April day.  Sunshine is in the forecast!  I'm going to get on my Sketchers and go for a walk as soon as I see it!

Blessings,
     lynda

Friday, April 3, 2015

Color Challenge Card Day 30

My last card for the 30 Day Color Challenge at The Daily Marker.  I was distressed last night when I checked the Daily Marker challenge.  The linky was closed, and it was only 10:30 PM!  I didn't get to post my final card for the challenge.  Boo hoo.    And, the winners have all been announced, so be sure to check them out and leave some love.  Sadly, I was not one of them.  Not surprising, as there were literally hundreds of entries, and selection was random drawing.  But it was fun, and I would consider doing it again...after a while.  I need a little reprieve right now.

I am also entering this card in the Casology blog challenge here.   The theme of that challenge is SPRING.  
I find it challenging doing clean and simple cards.  Everything in me screamed to add more embellishments, at least a ribbon.  But I settled on three little pearl embellishments.

For the image (Hero Arts, I think) on the black panel, I stamped in white Colorbox pigment ink, and let it dry.  OK, so I didn't let it dry on its own...I hit it with the heat tool to dry it quickly!  Sometimes creativity just can't wait!  Then I just colored over the white areas with colored pencil.  I love the way this looks on the black..it just pops.

The sentiment is from a phrase set (Hampton) that I just picked up a couple of days ago.  I love the scripts and phrases on this set.

Off to make my sausage breads for Easter, and then off to Good Friday service at church this afternoon.  

I will post my Easter card on my Tangled In The Word blog on Sunday.  I will be celebrating with my family, so will have the post ready to go, and can just hit the 'send' button.  Tangled In The Word is my other blog, where I post my Zentangle art, and blog about God's Word.  I love combining my brain's right side creativity with the Word.  

Blessings,
     lynda

Blessings,
     lynda


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Color Challenge Day 29 Card

Sorry to post and run, but this will be quick.  This is my card for day 29 of the 30 day color challenge at The Daily Marker.


Today's card is watercolored (surprise).  It is a Penny Black stamp.
I tried really hard to not use any embellishments....but, I just could not do it.  After trying several different things, I ended up with this little pearl swirl.  Nothing overboard.

That's it.  Day 29....one more to go!!

Blessings,
     lynda


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Color Challenge Card Number 28

Two more to go after today!  Here's card number 28 for the 30 Day Color Challenge on The Daily Marker blog....
I have to admit, I kind of cheated here.  I actually 'colored' the card during the summer.  It's a leaf that I found on the ground under a tree on one of our walks.  I put the leaf on a piece of card stock, and sprayed Adirondack Color Wash over it.  I mixed some Perfect Pearls in with the Color Wash to give it some shimmer.  When I picked up the leaf, this is what I found!

 I made a bunch of these panels, using different leaves, and put them away for when I wanted to make a card.  

I finished it off by layering, and adding ribbon and gold fiber.  I threaded some beads onto the fiber, and added the spiral clip for interest.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you tomorrow!

Blessings,
     lynda

Monday, March 30, 2015

Color Challenge Card # 27

Here we are at day 27 of the 30 Day Color Challenge at The Daily Marker.  This card is also for the Penny Black Friends Saturday Challenge , where the theme is 'spring blooms.'
The stamp is from Penny Black.  I used Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.  The Happy Birthday die is from Simon Says Stamp.  I used a glaze pen over it to dimensionalize it and give it shine.  The background is an embossing folder, and a punch along the right side.

Thanks for stopping by.  

Blessings,
     lynda

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spunky, Sassy Girl Stamps

I was going through some boxes of images I had stamped up...some go back a few years!  I am challenging myself to use them up.  I have been having fun pulling them out and coloring them, playing with different mediums.  
I don't know who makes this stamp, but there are three or four of these sassy girls.  I love this one.....
 In case you can't read the shopping bag, it says "put on your big girl panties and deal with it!"  Oh, how I'd love to have said that to certain people at times! 

This is for The Color Throwdown Challenge #335 .  The colors are muted red, light green, and light yellow.  The colors are generic, and you can use any hues and add neutrals if you wish.

Also, for the 30 Day Color Challenge at The Daily Marker blog.  We are on day 26!  Four to go!  If you want to see my other 25 entries so far, just scroll down through the blog.

The image had been embossed in black sparkle embossing powder.  I used Tim Holtz distress inks, rubbed them on a palette, and used them as watercolor,  applying them with a brush. I decided to get more of the colors on the image by striping the dress.  She is tall and skinny enough to pull off sideways stripes!  I used the smoosh technique for the background, using these same colors (a link to the technique is in my Everything Beautiful Card post on March 25th).

I am not a fan of using sequins on cards, but this one just screamed for them!  They add just the right punch, don't you think?

That's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.  

Blessings,

lynda


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Color Challenge Day 25 Card

I decided to go with colored pencils today for the 30 Day Color Challenge on The Daily Marker .  I use Berol Prismacolor pencils, because they have a really nice lead that lays down beautifully.  Also, they have a nice range of colors.

These stamps are from my older collections.  I believe they are from Ann-ticipations.  I love how cute these little mice are.
 I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  It was a cold day here, but there is a promise of warmer weather, more spring-like, in the forecast for next week!

Five more days of the color challenge to go!  This will be a busy week, with it being Holy Week, and getting things ready for Easter.  I may have to make an extra card for a couple of days, and then just have to post it on the appropriate day, especially for Thursday and Friday, as we will be at church for a while on those days.  And I've got some breads to make and cooking to do.  And two very special Easter baskets for two VERY special little girls!

Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings,
     lynda


Friday, March 27, 2015

Faux Glazed Glass Card

OK, so it's back to the flowers, and the watercolor.  BUT, a new technique.  I fell in love with this faux glazed glass technique that I saw on a video by Sandy Allnock on her blog.  I made this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes), and the 30 Day Color Challenge at The Daily Marker .  The picture does not show how shimmery this background is.  I have some close-ups below.

I used the technique on the background.  I loved it, and hated to cover it up, but it was the perfect backdrop for the flowers (stamps by Altenew).  For the flowers, which are a set from Altenew, I brushed Twinkling H2O's onto cardstock in shades of gold.  When dry, I embossed the flowers and leaves, and cut them out.  

The background is a combination of watercolor and gold Twinkling H2O's. You can see Sandy's technique on her blog here: http://sandyallnock.com/faux-glazed-glass-background-technique/ .

Here are a couple of close-ups of the background and flowers...


They don't really do it justice, but you can get an idea of the marbled look and catch some of the gold highlights.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Blessings,
     lynda

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Day 23 Color Challenge Card

I decided to break away from the flowers for this card, for day 23 of the 30 Day Color Challenge at The Daily Marker .....
I kept this really simple.  Just stamped the scenes, and a little light watercoloring, some layering, and that's that for tonight.  Off to dreamland now.  Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,
     lynda


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Everything Beautiful Card

I had a small piece of watercolor paper left from another project, and while I had my distress inks out I created this watercolor background.  You can find a tutorial HERE for this technique on the Papertrey Ink blog in a video tutorial by Nichole Heady.

The stamp is from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder, and Cherry Lynn butterfly die, and Spellbinders Swirl die.

I have entered it in the following challenges:
Our Daily Bread Designs Easter/Spring Religious Inspiration challenge HERE 
and
The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge HERE .

He has, indeed, made everything beautiful.  Let us rejoice and be glad!
Blessings,
     lynda

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Day 21 Color Challenge Card and Magenta Challenge

Just a quick post to get this up before bed.  I used colored pencil on this Magenta stamp.  The background was done with distress inks and watercolor.  I am entering this card in the Defi/Challenge Magenta , where the theme is Nature.  It is also card 21 of the 30 Day Color Challenge at The Daily Marker.
Thanks for visiting.  See you tomorrow!
Blessings,
lynda

Monday, March 23, 2015

Day 20 Color Challenge Card

It's Day 20 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge .  I decided to break away from the watercolor for a bit.  When I was rearranging and reorganizing my craft room over the weekend, I realized how many stamping supplies I have not used in, well, let's just say it's been a while.  I always use the same mediums (usually watercolor and distress inks, and watercolor pencils).  I decided to challenge myself to use some of my other supplies.
Today I used my ColorBox chalk ink pads.  I'd forgotten how much fun these are to use, and the many techniques they lend themselves to.  For this card, I inked the stamp with yellows, oranges, and pinks and stamped onto a white panel.  I added glitter to the petals of the tulips.  I used the Lawn Fawn thanks die.  To give it dimension, I cut five of them and glued them together.  To give it some sparkle, I added glitter.  I adhered it to the card with glue dots.  
 
The stamp is an old JudiKins stamp I have.  I love these stamps that have a solid background with the design etched out.  

A special thank you for a special friend. 


Blessings,

     lynda

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Day 19 Card for Color Challenge


My "coloring" today was done with bleach in a water brush.  I black embossed the stamp onto burgundy card stock.  I painted the flowers down the center of the image with bleach.  In a couple of minutes, Voila!  The bleach turned the burgundy flowers a light tan color.  Some layering, a ribbon, and done.

See you tomorrow with Day 20!

Blessings,

     lynda

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Day 18 Color Challenge

Here we are at Day 18 of the 30 Day Color Challenge at The Daily Marker .  We are well over the half way mark now.  I decided to change my medium for this card, and played a little with my Perfect Pearls.  The picture doesn't show the shimmer of the flowers very well, but they are shimmering in all their glory.  The colors of the papers and the ribbon didn't photograph well.  They actually do look great together in real life.  Really.

I am also submitting this to the Mojo Monday Blog Sketch Challenge # 389.  Here is the sketch for the challenge...
I spent much of today reorganizing my craft room.  I can tell it's spring...I  want to get things organized and cleaned.  I think I feel a surge of spring cleaning coming on.  

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Blessings,
     lynda


Friday, March 20, 2015

Day 17 Color Challenge Card

Here we are at Day 17 of the My Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge.  Another watercolor background using my Tim Holtz distress inks on wet watercolor paper.  I am seeing a pattern here...better pull out my markers or colored pencils, or any other medium for a while!  Anyways, here is card # 17....
Makes me pine for my garden.  Soon, soon, so I keep telling myself.  
Happy first day of spring!!

Blessings,
     lynda