Saturday, January 24, 2015

Miss You Cutie XOXO

I had this idea for CAS(E) this Sketch #106 but have bronchitis and just didn't make the deadline.  In fact, today is the first day I've sat upright for more than a couple of hours at a time.  I will be so glad when my energy is back to normal!

For this card, I designed a curved panel and cut it out using my Cameo.  I then covered it in strips of washi tape.  I thought about embossing the white portion of the card front but nixed that in favor of letting the panel speak for itself.  And speaking of speaking, I cut out some conversation hearts and popped those up on top of heart washi, allowing the first to overhang.  Isn't the resulting sentiment cute?

The Details:  Recollections Washi tape and 110 lb white card stock, Impression Obsession Conversation Hearts stamp & die, Scotch foam tape

I'm entering this in Paperminutes #367 Keep it Simple, Addicted to Stamps & More #128 Holiday, TIME OUT Valentine W Optional Hearts, Simon Says Have a Heart

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vibrant Love

I really like the camouflaging diecuts technique that I saw over on PTI Make It Monday.  Oh my, that was back in mid-December but feels like yesterday.  And I wonder why I miss so many card challenge deadlines--LOL!  But not this time.  I am entering this in a few card challenges including The Card Concept; this style I would call clean and layered due to the stacked die cuts and having to mount the watercolor paper on a card stock base.

I did a watercolor wash of 3 colors of Distress Inks and set that aside to dry.  It needs to be dry because if you try to diecut it while still damp, it gets wacky, trust me. I cut out the word 4 times and stacked them before putting them back.  It's a cool effect.  I then added the stenciled floating hearts and the sentiment.

The Details:  PTI Love die (I think), Sweet Stamp Shop Across the Miles partial sentiment, Tim Holtz watercolor paper, Distress Ink Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries, Recollections 110 lb cardstock base, Heidi Swapp stencil, Memento Tuxedo Black

I'm entering this in Inkspirational #74 Ombre, TIME OUT #23 Valentine's Day w Optional Hearts, The Card Concept #27 Love,

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Miss You Map

Ultra clean and simple one layer card today. 
I need to send something to a friend of mine in Jersey and thought I'd enclose a card.  We keep in touch but it's not the same as seeing each other regularly, you know?  I miss you, J!

The Details:  Recollections 110 lb white cardstock, Sweet Stamp Shop Across the Miles

I'm entering this in Simon Says Stamp It's a Guy Thing, CASology #130 Friend, Less is More #207 Friends

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sorta Freehand Peace on Earth

Fun experiment using leftover ink on my palette (the part that didn't make it onto Frankie's paws, that is; remind me to put that away when I'm done--LOL)!

This time I took a circle die and, using my fingers, held it against the watercolor paper as I filled the interior space with watercolor.  I kept the die in place as I added continents (please tell me you recognize them!).  I was so pleased when I removed the die, while still wet because I'm impatient like that, and found it had worked a treat.  The white on white card was my first attempt--a bit too much water.  The second is better in my eye because the idea of continental shapes comes through clearly but not too clearly.  Anyhoo, I used my new ME Peace on Earth sentiment which is where the idea for this card originated.  A twist on a familiar idea.

Now my question for you is, should I have added an ornament thingie on top so it looks like it could be hung?

The Details:  Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean; Tim Holtz watercolor paper, Mama Elephant Peace on Earth sentiment, Ranger gold embossing powder, Recollections white 110 lb cardstock and gold mirror board, MFT stitched circle die

I'm entering this in Darnell's NBUS #3, Pal Paper Arts #235 Color Challenge, Virginia's View #11 Clean Slate, Shopping Our Stash #183 Use Something New, Happy Little Stampers Watercolor

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


I'm ready for spring, aren't you?  I keep looking out the kitchen window wondering if I should get a start on plucking out those pesky unwanted plants in the garden; it's still too cold and wet but a few more degrees warmer and you know where I'll be.

Since I'm stuck inside, I've been practicing the watercoloring of flowers.  Most of them end up in the bin but I think this one a bit more successful--not as overworked--but also more realistic than I really wanted.  I'll keep at it!  I do like how the brick background I did freehand turned out.  I guess that's what I want out of my watercoloring sometimes--more a suggestion of an object/image.

The Details:  Gansai Tambi watercolors, Distress Inks Tea Stain, VersaFine Onyx Black, Hampton Art clear embossing powder, vellum, PSX Iris Botanical K-040, Hero Arts With Sympathy sentiment

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Something New (iris stamp) and Without Words Dreaming of Spring

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

Did you all have a wonderful holiday and are you ready to dive back into card making?  I know I am!  I am hoping this year to make one holiday card a week or so; this is the first, just in time for The House of Cards January challenge.  Isn't the inspiration photo fab to draw from?  You can use glitter or the colors.  Lots o' possibilities.

For my card I stamped and embossed the background image then watercolored it with Distress inks.  After air-drying, I ironed off the embossing.  I then stamped the sentiment in Versamark, embossed it with gold and ironed that off.  Some of the gold remains but it's completely flat.  Next I restamped over it in black to create a golden shadow.  I then embossed the sentiment.  Love that shine.  I mounted the panel on gold mirror board and added a few sequins to bring in the champagne gold.  Love!
The Details:  Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers, Versamark, VersaFine Onyx Black, Stampendous Detail Black embossing powder, Ranger gold embossing powder, Mama Elephant Peace on Earth sentiment, Hero Arts S5633 background stamp, Glossy Accents, stash sequins