Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Lenten Rose

In two weeks Christians will observe Lent, a time of reflection and self-examination.  This flower from Impression-Obsession is called Lenten Rose , so I thought it fitting to use it for my card.
The verse on my card is from the Word Art Wednesday Challenge.  I am entering my card to the challenge, and decided to use this verse with this stamp.  It will give me something to look at and reflect on during the upcoming 40 days of lent.

Impression-Obsession stamps:
Lenten Rose E13363
Hello MC663 

I stamped the Lenten Rose image onto Strathmore bristol card stock, and used my Daniel Smith watercolors to paint it.  I love watercoloring, especially with floral images.

For the panel, I brushed ripe persimmon distress ink onto
Strathmore bristol card stock and then used a Spellbinder's oval die to cut an oval opening.  I printed the verse onto another piece of card stock, then attached this panel to it with foam tape, so that the verse shows through the window.  

I added the fussy-cut flower to the panels, using more foam tape for dimension.  A few spatters and some white pearl accents complete the front, then I layered it onto a persimmon colored A2 card.

Inside:  The stamps for the inside are from IO's Hello MC663 clear stamp set. 
Tomorrow starts our new challenge, so I will be back with some inspiration to get your creative juices going.  

I am adding this card to these challenges:
Word Art Wednesday Challenge - Verse
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
The Flower Challenge - Use your latest stamps/dies
The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge 

Thanks so much for visiting.  I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and comment.


Monday, February 18, 2019

IO Die-Cut Obsession - Fir Trees

Dies are in the spotlight today on the Impression-Obsession blog.     I have a couple of cards to share with you, which use the Fir Trees DIE084-V.  I used the dies a couple of different ways. 

Card 1:
On my first card,  I smooshed distress inks onto some Strathmore bristol card stock.  I added Technique Junkies' Harvest Sunset Shimmering Bliss, and smooshed again.  When dry, I cut it down to A2 size, and distressed the edges, and put it aside to dry.

I die-cut two of each tree from the Fir Trees DIE084-V set from Canson XL watercolor paper, and painted them using darker distress inks, and a bit more Shimmering Bliss.  I also cut some from some gold paper I've been hoarding, and some shimmery white vellum, as I wanted to brighten it up a bit.

I arranged the die-cut trees on the panel, attached the verse Gentle Thoughts C13767, then attached the whole shebang to an A2 card.  

I added some splatters of the Shimmering Bliss spray by putting some on my palette, then flicking it on with a brush.

And here is the inside of this first card....


Card 2:
I die-cut the trees Fir Trees DIE084-V from a piece of acetate to use as stencils and masks.  I rubbed Caran D'Ache Neocolor II watercolor crayons, in shades of green and blue, onto watercolor paper.  I added water, and used a water brush to activate the crayons to manipulate the colors.  


When dry, I placed the acetate sheet from which I'd cut the dies onto the panel.  I dampened a towel lightly, and dabbed and rubbed through the opening, removing some of the crayon color from the piece, repeating intermittently on the piece.  Then I placed the acetate die itself onto the panel, and sponged some color around it.  I added more intense color through the opening in the acetate again, and sprayed blue and green Shimmering Bliss through the openings, as well. 


A final spritz of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist gave the whole panel an intensely sparkly, shimmering finish.  The Glimmer Mist doesn't add color, just amazing shimmer, so the colors shine through.  I wish you could see this in real life!

 I added a panel that I had completed in the same fashion, on which I stamped the IO verse, Art of God C5055 with VersaFine Claire Nocturne ink. 

And for the inside:

We are really having fun with these Monday projects for your inspiration.  
Be sure to check out the other designers' blogs for more die inspiration.  Details are on the IO blog HERE.  


IO dies and stamps:
Fir Trees DIE084-V
Gentle Thoughts C13767
Art of God C5055

Caran d'Ache Watercolor Crayons
Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you are finding lots of ideas from our cards and projects.  


Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Littlest Birds

Hello peeps!  I'm winding down my Sunday with some relaxing stamping and card making.  Today's card was inspired by a poster challenge on Splitcoaststampers.
So, as you can see, this is a CAS card.  I challenged myself to make a card on the SCS challenge, and to make it a clean and simple card.  It is very difficult for me to leave so much white space, but I'm kinda proud that I was able to do it.  One layer, and CAS!  Wow, score one for me!

I used Impression-Obsession stamps:
Bird Variety Set WP921 
Little Songbird Set CL931 
Cover-A-Card Music CC-029 
Daniel Smith Watercolors 
Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper 
Silver Black Velvet brush 
Tim Holtz distress inks

On a white bristol A2 size card front, I stamped the bird from the Bird Variety Set WP921, using Memento rich cocoa ink.  I proceeded to water color the bird with my Daniel Smith Watercolors.  I took my time, layering my colors.  I did keep the card in my Misti as I painted, and when I finished painting, and it was dry, I stamped over it again to bring back some of the details that had gotten faded from the water.

I made a mask for the bird, and brushed on some TH distress inks in worn lipstick and abandoned coral mixed together.  I also inked a portion of the Cover-A-Card Music CC-029 and stamped off to remove some of the intensity, then stamped on the card in the corner where the ink blending and bird are.  

I stamped the verse from the Little Songbird Set CL931 next to the bird with the same Memento ink I had stamped in.

For the inside, I added a soft pink panel.  I sponged some ink, stamped the music, and the chirp, chirp and tweet, tweet from the Little Songbird Set CL931 set.

I refrained from going back and adding more to the front, or even embellishing it.  I do like it, I have to admit.  It is just really difficult for me to do it!  I really did have fun with it!

I am adding my card to these challenges:

The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge
Casology  - Wave (wavy verse)
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
The Library Challenge - The Note (music notes)
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Feminine anything goes
Pile It On - Pretty in pink
AAA Cards Challenge - One corner, optional twist: music

So, that's a wrap, peeps.  I will see you back here tomorrow for Impression-Obsession's Die-Cut Obsession Day.  I have two cards from one die set for you tomorrow. 

Thanks for stopping in.  I hope you had a relaxing weekend, and I wish you a very safe and healthy and happy week ahead.


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Brush Tulips

Hello friends.  Penny Black's challenge is still open, so you have time to get your card in.  The theme, as always, is Anything Goes.  The twist this month is 'flowers.'  My favorite theme.  Here's my card for your inspiration....
All stamps are Penny Black, of course.  They are older stamps, from way back, but still so very lovable.  PB's stamps never go out of style.  
The tulips are Brush Tulips 2835K, and the verse is from the clear set Salutations 30-014.

I reached waaayyy back for my technique on these tulips today, to a class I taught at my store several years ago.  I called it faux embossing.  Not sure if it really had a name, or what it was.  

Nonetheless, this is how I did it:
- Stamp the image with purple (or any color) ink and let it dry. 
- Stamp the image again, only with white pigment ink, over the top of the previous image, only just a wee bit to the right or left and down a tad.  This gives the image that faux embossed look.  I used ColorBox white for it's rich coverage and 'whiteness.'
- That's it.  I know, right?  Easy-peasy.

I cut the panel with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eighteen (another oldie but goodie - I still love my Nestabilities dies).  I brushed some ink along the edges, and layered it onto a purple panel, then onto a purple A2 card.  

I embossed a vellum strip with the verse with white embossing powder, and wrapped it around the panel.

INSIDE:  Same process, only this time I tried the white first, then the purple over it.  And I kinda shifted a bit too much, and the shadow is off, so it doesn't look like embossing, but I am rolling with it anyways.

I hope you like my card, and will try this technique.  I'd love to see what you make if you do. 

Be sure to check out the mid-way posts on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge HERE by the other design team gals, and play along with us.  Who knows, you could just win a $20 gift certificate to 1,2,3 Stitch.  You have until March 1st to enter.

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Modsquad Challenge Blog - floral
Penny Black At Allsorts - Anything goes optional tags
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Feminine anything goes
The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!



Thursday, February 14, 2019

30 Day Color Challenge Day 14

We are at the half-way point.  So far I'm doing well.  I've colored a little each day.  Some posts are complete cards, and some just coloring, but I'm showing up.

Here is my card for Day 14...
I've always had a 'thing' for pears.  When I had my store, I had demo days every month.  It seems that no matter what I was demoing, I would use pear images.  My customers got so that, if for some reason I did not use a pear, they would be disappointed.  

I saw the pears when I was looking for another stamp, and thought, hmmmm, I haven't used a pear in a long time.  I really like these old stamps, so I challenged myself to use them for my coloring project soon.  So, today is the day.

The pear images from A Stamp In The Hand were my favorites, and I've kept them all these years.  That's what I used on my card today.  The background pear words are also A Stamp In The Hand.  I'm not sure if the company is still around.  I haven't seen them 'out there.'  The verse is from the Thoughtful Poppies The Ton set. 

Just some simple coloring with my distress ink pads, the misting and stamping.  I added some finishing touches with colored pencils.


That's it for today.  My card is for Day 14 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge. 

Thanks for visiting.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Get Well Dragon

I was in the mood for a cute, fun card today, so I reached for my favorite dragons from My Favorite Things.  This is MFT's Magical Dragons BB-37 clear set.  I love it for it's adorable little critters and many fun sayings.
Of course, my dragon had to be green and purple!  I colored it with Tombow markers, and die cut with MFT-506 rectangle stitched dies, then layered onto purple glitter card stock.

On the card front, I used my Martha Stewart score board to make some scored lines, then added a green card stock panel with the verse stamped on it, and black & white patterned paper and a couple of strips of the same purple glitter paper.  I used foam tape to adhere the dragon panel over this strip. 


I fussy-cut the 'dragon puffs' and attached with foam tape.  I added  the bling swirls to complete the magical feel.

On the inside, I stamped the verse.  I fussy-cut the tiny dragon and his puff, and added them to the inside.

I really had fun making this card with these cute little critters and fun colors.

It has been a week of bad news for a couple of my friends, and I really wanted to focus on something to make us all smile, even if for just a minute.  

I am adding my card to the The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge.
Also to:

My Favorite Things Challenge Sketch 

Tuesday Morning Sketches  

Crafty Creations Challenges - Anything goes
I hope you are enjoying some time to play with your favorite stamps.  

Thanks so much for coming to my blog.  I appreciate your time and your comments.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

30 Day Color Challenge Day 12

Hello lovely peeps!  It's been a snowy, icy weather day, so I've been indoors, cooking and stamping!  I love to do both, and days like today cooking and stamping seems to help with the winter doldrums.  I'm still at it this evening, to get my Day 12 entry in for The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge.  And here's what I worked on this evening....
This is one of those cards that was 'oh so fun' to make.  I love nothing more than playing with my inks, with total abandon.  I just pulled out my distress ink pads and some stamps and stencil, and went to it. 

The stamps are from Stampers Anonymous, Wildflowers CMS253, Tim Holtz collection.  The stencil is also Stampers Anonymous, Wildflower THS035, Tim Holtz collection.  The verse stamp is from Divinity Designs, and is one of my very favorite verses from the Bible.

I just splashed some wild honey distress ink onto pre-spritzed Arteza watercolor paper, and used my Arteza waterbrush to move the color around.  When dry, I stamped the flowers with distress inks in various pinks and oranges, and greens.  I filled in some areas with stenciled flowers as well.  I used lots of water when I spritzed the stamps before stamping, so I could get the loosy-goosy painterly look.  I spritzed more water as needed to the panel.   I love the running ink and fading images this creates.

When dry, I stamped the verse with Nocturne VersaFine Claire ink.  A few sequins finish the card front, which I've attached to a black A2 card.

I kept the inside simple with a small watercolor paper panel with the same wild honey distressing, and wild honey stenciling of some of the flowers.  The verse is from Simon Says Stamp Prayers clear set.
In addition to the 30 Day Color Challenge, I am adding my card to these challenges:
The Flower Challenge - Use your latest dies/stamps
The Library Challenge - The Note (from God!)
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Feminine Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes

That's a wrap for today.  Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your visits and comments.