Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Chinese Lanterns Fall Card

Celebrate.....it seems the perfect sentiment to go with Chinese lanterns, doesn't it?  And what's to celebrate?  Why, glorious Autumn, of course, in all it's magnificent splendor!
 For my card today I used:
Stamps - Impression-Obsession chinese lanterns E13185 and Autumn Squares CL138
Dies - Impression-Obsession DIE152-N
Inks - Tim Holtz distress inks 
Colored pencils - Faber Castell Polychromos

I inked the chinese lanterns with ancient page distress ink for no-line watercoloring, masked the first stamping, then stamped a portion of it again over the original stamping.  Then I watercolored the lanterns and stem.  Distress inks blend well together, so the original stamping of the image faded right into the darker oranges I used for the watercoloring, creating a no-line effect.  When dry, I added some darker shading and highlights with colored pencils.  

I brushed some ink along the outside of the card with my Clarity brushes, and added some ink spatters.  The celebrate die was one that I had in my stash, which I had die cut when I was at a friend's house, so I'm sorry, I don't know whose die it is.  I stamped 'Autumn,' then adhered the die above it.

Finally, I adhered the IO die (I cut out a portion of it from the die cut) along the left edge of an A-2 card, and attached my watercolored panel under it (I cut around the first lantern a little to slip the trellis under it on the left side).

Some pearls finish off my card.


Impression-Obsession - Use a die

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Anything goes

Tuesday Throwdown - Add a border

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  It was a nippy, but sunny fall day here today, and I took advantage of it.  Hubby and I walked the river trail to the boardwalk, then walked that, and back home.  It was a long hike, but so worth it.  Then we went to the public market and got lots of fresh fruits and veges.  Then home to cook, and make a couple of cards.  
I hope you had an enjoyable day, and found some time to do the things you love!




Monday, October 24, 2016

Sunny - Penny Black Challenge Card

I love sunflowers!  They are so majestic, and they herald my favorite season, fall.  And if that weren't enough, their seeds are one of my favorite snacks.  So, for the Penny Black challenges, I chose Sunny, #2669K from my Penny Black flower stamps to make my card.....
 I used chalk inks to stamp the flower onto black card stock, then touched it up with my Faber Castell polychromos colored pencils, and highlighted here and there with my Signo white gel pen.  the thank you sentiment is from my stash, and is unmounted, so I do not know whose it is.

A little layering, and some hand drawn squiggles and dots along the edge finish off the card for today. 

I'm hoping fall hangs on a little longer here in upstate New York.  Today was cold and blustery, and rain is in the forecast.  I'm just hoping none of that nasty white stuff comes down with it!  I want a few more walks along the river trail, and a few more days tending my fall garden needs.

Challenges for this card:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Autumn/Fall Colors

Penny Black at Allsorts - Autumn

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes!

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Anything Goes!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Try these fun challenges, or just peek in to say hello and check out the amazing talent of the design teams and contestants!




Friday, October 21, 2016

Gnome What? Birthday Card

Hello, and welcome!  Today I have a card which I made for the Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge .   This month it is a color challenge.
  I have used stamps from their North Coast Creations line, called 'Gnome What?'  Here is my card....

I also made this card for the Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge this week.  

I started by stamping the mushrooms image onto a white card stock panel, and die cut with a Spellbinder's die.  I colored the images with Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils, and sponged some chalk around the image.  I layered the blue and purple card stock strips onto a card 

front, then used craft foam to mount the image panel, to give it dimension.

I stamped the gnome from the same ODBD set, colored him with Polychromos pencils, and used foam tape to mount him.  I added some flowers from my stash, and a happy birthday sentiment from a Spellbinder's die, which I had glued onto vellum to make it stand out over the image.

Some pearls for flower centers, and white dots from my Signo white gel pen finish off my card today.

I am also adding my card to:
Addicted To Stamps Challenge - Anything Goes
and - Love To Scrap Challenge Anything Goes

Thank you so much for visiting today.  Please leave a note in the comments and let me know you were here.  And be sure to visit the challenge blogs for lots of inspiring ideas.

Enjoy your weekend!



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Harvest of Friendship Challenge Card

What a glorious day it was here in upstate New York!  I was outside, working in my garden, and walking, and just enjoying nature's magnificent, colorful splendor.  

I am checking in with a quick post tonight.  When I finally dragged myself into the house, I felt like stamping some of the colors I'd been savoring all afternoon.  I kept my card very CAS, which is difficult for me.  I really had to make myself stop, when I wanted to do so much more!!!  But, I'm pleased with the results, and it is works well for the challenge.
 The stamps are from Just Rite.  They are part of the Shabby Chic Autumn Leaves clear stamps CR-03870.  I stamped the oak leaf onto a piece of watercolor paper, using Tim Holtz distress inks, and the Misti tool.  I then watercolored it with the same colors.  When it had dried, I stamped over it again, using the Misti for exact placement, to bring back the detail in the leaf.

With my Clarity brushes, I brushed some color around the edges of the panel, leaving a highlight around the leaf focal point.  A few spatters from my brush, and the sentiment.  I layered the panel onto an ochre card stock piece, tied a piece of fiber around, then added it to an A2 card with some craft foam for dimension.

I made this card for the Virginia's View challenge.  The theme is 'Focal point,' which is why I kept the card clean and simple, to really make the leaf stand out.

I am also adding my card to:

The Paper Players - Clean and simple leaves

Stamp, Ink, Paper - Tic Tac Toe (Autumn, ribbon/twine, green) 

I hope you had an opportunity to enjoy nature today.  Thanks for stopping by.  



Monday, October 17, 2016

More Hands, More Candy Halloween Card

This stamp just made me smile, so it had to come home with me when I saw it!  Since I absolutely fear and dread spiders, I'm surprised that this stamp even made it into my cart...but it was just too cute to pass up.  Besides, it's not creepy and crawly.
Here is the card I made with it....
I started by stamping the spider lady (Art Impressions (4641 More candy) with India Ink black, then colored her with Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils.  I added some lines around her pupil to create an iris in her eyes, added some white dots with my white Signo gel pen, and some black glitter with my at you Spica black glitter pen to her gloves, collar, and boots.
Then I created a mask for the image with Judi Kins masking paper, and masked the image.  I used my Clarity stencil brushes, and The Crafter's Workshop stencil Mini Reversed Branches, to create the tree background.  I used TH distress inks on the background.  Next, I brushed green around the edges, leaving the center white, which created a highlight for the cute little spider lady to take center stage.  I used some Art Impressions grass for her to pose on.

Some bats finished off the panel.  I trimmed the panel down, and layered it onto some matching card stock, then onto an orange card.  The happy halloween is a stamp from my stash, which had been taken off the wood, so I'm afraid I do not know details about it.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Little Red Wagon - Best Witches!

Addicted To Stamps  - Photo inspiration

Cas-ual Fridays - One in eight (eight dots on spider and eight legs)

Virginia's View  - Focal point

I'm so glad you stopped by today.  Thanks so much for visiting.   



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

No Small Miracles Verve Diva Challenge Card

I love the inspirations picture over on the Verve Diva Inspiration Challenge  this week, so I decided to make a card for that challenge.  Here is the inspiration picture....