Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fun With Spectrum Noir

We're having a fun challenge at StampNation this week and there's an amazing prize package from Spectrum Noir waiting to be won.
The challenge is to use water on your creations.



This was my first time using the Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers so I thought I would just play with them a bit before I made anything. I stamped some flowers onto some watercolor paper and then tried a few combinations of some Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers. The colors aren't ones I would typically gravitate to for flowers but I loved how they turned out so much so that I turned them into the card above.


For the card below I stamped the wreath with versamark,  heat set it with gold embossing powder and then used the Aqua Markers to color it in. 
The sentiment was stamped with versamark onto soft suede card stock and then heat set it with white embossing powder. I used craft foam to add it to the card.



Now for the prize package.
Check this out!
The wreath I used is in the stamp set on the top right and both the sentiments are from the set on the bottom left.



Now it's your turn.
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Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Love (Spectrum Noir), Just Because (Spectrum Noir), Peony Bouquet (Altenew)
ink: Midnight (CP Designs), versamark (SU), Aqua Markers - Sandstone, Tawny, Bramble, Pleat, Lake Blue and Flint (Spectrum Noir)
paper: Whisper White thick (SU), Soft Suede (SU)
accessories: gold embossing powder (SU), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)



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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Pastel Party at The Card Concept




We're having a pastel party at The Card Concept this week. This challenge
took me outside my comfort zone. Pastel colors are not something I gravitate to in any way. Not in my decorating, not in the clothes that I wear and not in my crafting. When I think of pastels I think of babies which is great because when I saw the inspiration photo my first thought was baby card.



How does this photo inspire you?
I'd love to see how.
Click HERE to see what the rest of the DT came up with and then I 
hope to see your card in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Bookcase Builder (SU), Background Blocks (Concord & 9th), Sentiment (Studio G)
ink: Blushing Bride (SU), Soft Sky (SU), So Saffron (SU), Mint Macaron (SU), Crumb Cake (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Masculine Monday #37 - This Will Only Hurt A Little Bit



I just bought the Get Well stamp set from Art Impressions and couldn't wait to have some fun with it.
First I stamped the images using my MISTI and added some pencil lines for the floor. I colored everything in with my Prismacolor pencil crayons. Next I masked off the images and the floor and sponged the background with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I put the card back into my MISTI and re-stamped the images to make the lines crisper. 

My daughter made the clock for the wall

The inside of the card says
Hope you'll soon be
fully re-covered!

I'm playing along with the CAS on Friday challenge - the theme is to use 
your pencils or markers.


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and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Get Well (Art Impressions)
ink: versafine onyx black
paper: Whisper White Thick (SU), Basic Black (SU)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), Extra Fine Ebony marker (Recollections)


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Take Flight

When I saw that the theme for the Less is More challenge was 'Take Flight'
I instantly thought of this image from the Beautiful You stamp set from
Stampin' Up.


She's dancing in the puddles but looking like she wants to fly. As if she 
doesn't have a worry in the world and she's ready to soar and conquer 
it all.



This is definitely a CAS card. 
One layer with minimal stamping and even less
coloring. I used just a white pencil crayon and added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the dress. It's hard to see in the pics but it looks really pretty in person.

Originally I was going to use kraft card stock but then I spotted some blue in my stash and it instantly made me think of the sky.

I am also adding this to the CAS on Friday challenge where the theme is
to use pencils or markers.


  

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Beautful You (Stampin' UP)
ink: memento tuxedo black
paper: soft sky (Stampin' Up)
accessories: white pencil crayon (Prismacolor), Sparkle Pen (Spectrum Noir)


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Monday, September 11, 2017

Masculine Monday #36 - I Screwed Up!



I screwed up while making this card. 
You can see a little bit of what's left of the smudge under the embossed sentiment. I was going to start over but then realized the screw up gave me a couple of ideas on how to add more detail. I love when a screw up actually improves the card.

The sentiment is from a retired SU set called Nailed It.
I used my MISTI to ink it up, slide the paper up and stamp it again. I repeated the process leaving a gap to add the screw. 
I embossed the sentiment in white onto early espresso card stock (same color as the card base) and punched it out with the word window punch.

I used rolled up glue dots tucked underneath the screw to make it stick.

Adding the white lines around the frame helped to pull in the embossed sentiment and to give it a more masculine look - it looks more like a leather frame to me now. Popping it up helps it to look more like an actual frame.




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and thanks so much for visiting!

supplies:
stamps: Nailed It (SU)
ink: Icing On The Cake (CP Designs), versamark
paper: Early Espresso (SU), Basic Black (SU), Wood Texture DSP (SU)
accessories: a drywall screw (husbands workshop), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), white gel pen (Sakura), Word Window Punch (SU), White Embossing Powder (SU), glue dots (SU), craft foam (Michaels)


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dear Santa...

This week at Christmas Card Challenges it's all about cookies.


One of my favorite things to do at Christmas was baking with our 
daughters and watching them choose (very seriously) which cookies were to
be saved for Santa. They have a special plate and mug that was set out 
every year just for him. And of course they was always carrots for 
the reindeer.

Our youngest is almost 19 so we haven't set out cookies and carrots in a long time but we still have the mug and plate set. 

I found a free coloring page on line that fit my memories perfectly.
I colored it in with my Prismacolor pencil crayons, cut it out with a tag die,
popped it up on top of some Christmas DSP from a retired SU pack. (I'm determined to use up all my designer papers before I buy more). I heat embossed the sentiment with white EP onto crumb cake card stock. The 
tiny red hearts are from the same die set that the tag and the DSP are 
cut from.

A pretty easy card. The coloring takes a bit of time but it's always so relaxing and enjoyable that it never feels like it takes me long to color an image.

Anyone else craving sugar cookies right now?





Now it's your turn.
Check out the rest of the DT's cards HERE and I hope you're inspired
to join us.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: CL722 (Hero Arts)
digital image: free coloring page (Raisingourkids.com)
ink: versamark
paper: Whisper White Thick (SU), Crumb Cake (SU), Cherry Cobbler (SU), dsp (Retired SU), 
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), Tags Etc Dies (CP Designs), white embossing powder (SU), twine (dollar store), craft foam (Michaels)

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Feeling Joy!

This card brings me joy!


I've recently challenged myself to do more water coloring. I've always loved
seeing everyone's water color cards but never seemed to be able to mimic the look like I wanted. After watching a lot of PB&J (Penny Black & Jill Foster) tutorials - she's incredibly talented and a great teacher - I decided to give it a try. 



I took some pictures of the procedure - hopefully this will give you an idea of how I made this card but you should definitely google Penny Black & Jill Foster and check her out. 

I started by loading up my MISTI with some watercolor paper and a Penny Black stamp called Berry Kissed. It's a beautiful stamp. I used some Tim Holtz Antique Linen distress ink for the first pass of the stamp. 




I used my Kuretake water colors and a #2 brush for the rest of the painting. I brushed the ink onto the stamp and then pressed it into the paper making sure to hold it still for a few seconds. I did this repeatedly, adding different shades of each color and then pressing into the paper.




 I started painting directly onto the paper, still with the #2 brush, with browns for the finer details and to create some depth. There are some areas that turned out really well (if I don't say so myself), but there are definitely some areas that could be better. But that's where practicing will eventually pay off - I hope.



All in all, I love how this card turned out - it brings me joy!



Happy Stampin'
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supplies:
stamps: Berry Kissed (Penny Black), Christmas Carols (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: Antique Linen distress ink (Tim Holtz), watercolors (Kuretake), Midnight (CP Designs)
paper: watercolor (Canson cold press 140lb), Whisper White Thick (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)


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