Thursday, November 14, 2019

Thanksgiving Pumpkins Card

Hello, and welcome to my blog.  Although we were blasted with nine plus inches of snow yesterday, and another three or so today, it is still fall here.  Granted, it looks like mid-winter outdoors, but I really wanted to make a Thanksgiving card, so, here it is!

I used Technique Junkies stamps:
Pumpkin SD986
Thanksgiving Blessings SS066
A Colorful Life Layered Mandala Stencil 
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I stamped the pumpkins onto white card stock, and colored them with Polychromos colored pencils.  

I brushed some Shabby Shutters distress ink through the stencil, and added some distressing along the bottom and edges of the card. Some orange spatters bring the color outward a bit.

The Happy Thanksgiving is from the Thanksgiving Blessings set.  I also used this set inside the card, where I stamped the cornucopia and one of the four verses that comes with that set.
Inside:
 
I had fun stamping my Thanksgiving card today, and as I look outside, the snow has finally stopped.  

I am adding my card to these challenges:
The Card Concept - Thanksgiving table
Paper Funday Challenge - Anything goes - Thanksgiving twist
The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge 

 


Don't forget, you can get 10% off your purchases at Technique Junkies by using my code, TJ10Lynda!

Thanks so much for visiting.  I appreciate your comments.

Blessings,
 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Impression Obsession Old Is New - Mistletoe Branch

Welcome to Impression Obsession's Old Is New Day.  Today, we designers are dusting off some of our older stamps to create our inspiration projects.  There are so many favorites that go back, and it is time to show them some love.
NOTE:  I filmed a video of my process for this card.  You can watch it on YouTube HERE.     
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Now, on to my card...
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My card today features one of my older favorite holiday stamps and die:
Mistletoe Branch E13717
Peace DIE226-A
Happy Everything D12108

I started with a green card stock panel, and stamped the Mistletoe Branch image along the top of the panel, using Evergreen Bough distress ink.  I wanted an ink that would blend in for no-line coloring.

I used Arteza Real Brush markers to color the leaves and berries, and added Polychromos colored pencil shading and highlights.  You can see this in detail in real time on my video.  I will post a link to the video here on this blog post this afternoon. 
Some spatters from white acrylic paint flicked on with a small paintbrush add instant snow to the scene.

I cut the Peace die from white glitter card stock, and colored it with a violet Copic marker, then added it to the card.  After I added the die, I thought it needed a little something to make it show up, so I outlined it with my white gel pen.  A couple of layers and that is it.  Easy peasy holiday card.

Inside:  


I hope you are inspired by my card, and are enjoying this Old Is New feature at the Impression Obsession blog.  
You can find the other designer's projects on the IO blog post HERE.     

You can shop some of the IO older stamps AND the latest on the Impression Obsession website HERE

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday - Thinking of you
The Craft Stamper - Anything goes
The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge 
The Paper Players - Colors 


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I enjoy your visits and comments. The video tutorial for this card is up; I would love for you to check it out HERE. 
   
Hope you have a lovely day!

Blessings,
 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Friendship Blooms Art Impressions Watercolor Challenge Card

Today I made this card for the Art Impressions 'Couple Cards' challenge.
I haven't played with my AI Watercolor series stamps in a while, so I thought I would use some of the little critters for my 'couple' card for the Art Impressions challenge this time.  These little bunnies are darling, and my story is that they are a couple.  They remind me of the bunnies that came to visit my garden this past season.  Now that it's getting colder, and snowing, we don't see them.


I used Art Impressions stamps from several of the watercolor series, including:
Bunnies Set
WC Containers
WC Foliage Set 2
WC Flower Set 4052
WC Flower Set 22 4868
WC Branches Set
WC Sentiments Set

I used the process that Bonnie Krebs teaches in her videos.  You can find a very basic video HERE to show the process.  I really enjoy this unique watercolor process.  It is easy to learn, takes only a few supplies, and doesn't look like a stamped card.  It looks as though it is watercolored without stamping.

I added a couple of steps to my card; some distress inking around the edges, and instead of water coloring the sky, I used chalk pastels, applied with a cotton makeup cleaning pad.

And, here's the inside to my card....
I am adding my card to these challenges:
Art Impressions Challenge - #270 Couple Cards
Craft Stamper Magazine - Anything goes
Addicted To Stamps - anything goes
The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Thinking of you

As our beautiful fall season gives way to snow and cold, my garden is stark and colorless.  I love stamping, especially with watercolor, to bring some color into my days.  I tend to draw inward more during the winter season, and enjoy cozy evenings and spending time with family and friends.  

I love to share my art, and hope you are inspired by it.  Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  I appreciate your comments.

Blessings,

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Impression Obsession Challenge - Give Thanks Card



Welcome to Impression Obsession's challenge, So Thankful!  I have a card to share with you for inspiration for today's challenge.  
IO stamp links:
Leaf 1 D13818 
Leaf 2 E13817 
Leaf 3 D13816 
Grateful Heart D19620 
Special Blessing G20739 

I started with a natural card stock panel, and stamped the three different leaves randomly, using distress inks in Dusty Concord and Vintage Photo.  I added some dots with distress markers.  


I added some gold cording with a bow around the panel, and attached it to an eggplant A2 card.  I stamped the verse with the Vintage Photo distress ink, layered it, and added it to the card with foam tape. 
   
Some Studio Katia gold metallic pearls finish off the card front.

For the inside, I stamped the Special Blessing verse, and added some of the leaves around the panel.
Inside

This was a very quick and easy card to make, and those fabulous leaves make it look so elegant.  And the touch of gold just brings a bright touch to it, don't you think?
   
So, I hope I have inspired you to give the challenge a go.  It's an easy theme, and you can use any IO stamp or stamps.  You just might win a $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate!  You can't win if you don't enter, so come on over and join the fun.  You can join the challenge HERE.

Find more design team inspiration HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Blessings,

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Winter Card With Real Brush Markers

Just stopping in with a cute winter card that I have on the Technique Junkies blog today.  You can find the details on that post HERE.
I used Technique Junkies stamp set Let's Chill 
to make my card.   I stamped, colored, and fussy cut the penguins, and added them to the card.  Full details on the card construction are on the above Technique Junkies blog post.  

I used Arteza real brush markers to color the penguins and create the sky background.  I love these markers.  They are very reasonably priced, and the brush nib gives great coverage.  The colors blend easily, and the tip comes to a really fine point for coloring tiny details when needed.

For this card, I blended the colors with these brush pens and a water brush

Here's the inside of the card....
 



Hop on over to my post on the TJ blog for full details.  The stamp set is part of the November release, and is 15% off through November 8th.  AND, if you use my code, TJ10Lynda, you will get an extra 10% off your order.


I am adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

Watercooler Challenges - Anything goes

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I appreciate your visits and comments.

Blessings,
 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Penny Black Birthday Tag Card

It's time for this month's Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  The theme is always Anything Goes.  The optional extra this month is 'tags.'  Here is my card...
Stamps:  Gentle Whisper 40-331
              Gratitude (verse inside) 

For my tag, I placed a panel of Canson recycled bristol into my Misti.  I used Arteza Real Brush markers to add color and stamped it.  I repeated stamping, using different shades, until I reached the depth of color I was going for.
 
I used a die from my stash to cut a tag, letting the petal on the right sneak beyond the border of the tag.  I added the happy birthday verse (from an older PB critter stamp set), and some spatters.

For the background piece, I used a panel I had created from an experiment.  I had a sheet of plain printer paper under some of my work when doing some inking techniques with distress inks and Perfect Pearls.  I thought it looked kind of pretty, so I added more of the inks and pearls, spritzed it with water, and wadded it up, then opened it.  I repeated this, being careful not to get it too wet and tear the paper, then dried it with a heat tool.  I used an iron to flatten the piece.  I use parts of it for backgrounds on cards, and did so on this card.

Inside
I added that background to a green A2 card front, then added my tag with foam tape.

Inside, I stamped the verse, and stamped the full image of the stamp I used on the front, using gray distress ink, which I had 'stamped off' for a light, second generation image.
This is the full image of the stamp.  For the tag on front of the card, I just inked the top, flower portion, and stamped it upside-down.  It looks like a different stamp.  I love when I can get more than one look from my stamps.



Here is another card I had made a long while back using the same card, and here is the link to that post.



If you would be interested in seeing a tutorial on this technique, let me know in the comments, and if there is interest, I will do a YouTube video tutorial.  

In four days my stitches will be removed from my surgery on my broken wrist, and I'm hopeful I can soon have use of my hand again...without pain!

I am off to watch my granddaughter's hockey game today.  She's on a travel hockey team, and today they are playing in our city.  I love watching them play!

I hope you will join the fun at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  You just might win a gift certificate to our sponsor, 1,2,3 Stitch!  If you would like to be a future guest designer on the challenge blog, just add 'GDT' after your name on your entry.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.  I will be back tomorrow with a fun card to get you in the mood for Christmas card making.

Blessings,
 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Technique Junkies November 2019 Release Celebration


are 15% off through November 8th!   

You don't need a code, just add them to your cart 

and the discount will be applied when you check out.



AND, if you use my code, TJ10Lynda, you will get an additional 10% off.

That's 25% off the new release items 

through November 8th when you use my code!


I have four cards to share for your inspiration today.
The first three cards use the same basic set, with verses from others:

Technique Junkies Stamps:
Poinsettia Set of 4 (Warmest Holiday Wishes verse) 
Magic of Christmas (verse on second card)
Gifts of Christmas set of 5  - (verse on third card)

For these first two cards, I stamped the Winter Bouquet onto glossy card stock, inking with Ranger archival inks in green for the first, and gray and blue for the second.  I did this in my Misti, so I could add colors a little at a time.  I added the verses with the same inks.  For the first, I added some dots with my red Copic marker.
This one is done on regular white card stock, using Arteza real brush markers to color the stamp.  I used my Misti, and colored portions of the image, then stamped, repeating this process for all the colors.  I used a waterbrush to add color to the inside of the images.
And for my final card for this post.....
Stamp:  Cold Noses
I placed the stamp in my Misti, and added some canvas paper.  I inked the dog with Ranger archival ink, and colored with Arteza real brush markers, adding colors to create depth and shading.  
For the background, I ran a brush along the canvas paper, then used a waterbrush to pull out the color. 
 
Sneak peak for two more cards from this release that I will be posting to the Technique Junkies blog soon....
I hope you like my cards, and are inspired to create something beautiful today!  Don't forget to use my code, TJ10Lynda, for 10% off your entire purchase, including 10% off the already discounted release stamps through November 8th.
AND
All of the stamps in the Christmas Category on the Technique Junkies website are 20% off from October 24th  2019, through Friday November 22.  No code needed - discount will apply automatically 
Thanks for visiting my blog.  I appreciate your time and your inspiring comments.
Blessings,