Thursday, April 19, 2018

Add a Doodle

This card is entered into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, "Let's Doodle."
For this card I used Simon Says Stamp's, "Even More Spring Flowers," masking the two larger blooms and one leaf. I stamped in Momento Black ink so that I could color the blooms with Copic markers. Then I added the "doodling" vines with a black marker. The sentiment is from AlteNew's "Floral Sprig," and I embossed that in gold. Finally I painted the flowers and leaves with a Wink of Stella clear pen. Hope you like it! Thanks for looking!

Masquerade Ball

As some of you know, I'm a high school math teacher and I also am a class advisor for the 11th grade class at our school. This is the year that they are responsible for putting on the "prom," and for some reason I got elected to design and make the invitations.
The theme of the event is Masquerade Ball and when I saw that Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge was to make something using "Sparkle and Shine," I thought of the invitations that I made last night.
The colors were black and gold and the stamps I used were from Hunkydory (Masquerade Ball) and Hampton Arts (front greeting). I gold embossed the images from Masquerade Ball on the front of the card and added a die cut of gold glitter paper and then another die cut in black cardstock with the greeting. We sent them out in Neenah gold envelopes. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wanna Play?

Every night when I get home from work I am met with this question! My springer, Nelson, cannot wait for the yard to dry up from winter's snow and the spring rain. So when Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge called for Tim Holtz products and texture, I thought of the Crazy Dogs.
I used the matching dies for the Crazy Dogs and colored this little guy with Distress Oxide inks in Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, and Worn Lipstick after masking off his eyes. I also used Distress markers to color the collar in and Copics for the ball. I also added some Glossy Accents to the nose. Hope you like it.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Follow The Yellow Brick Road!

This is not my favorite color combination, but what do you do with ruby slippers and a yellow brick road?! This is for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge that was to be inspired by a story. The stamp is from The Stamping Ground and the verse is from Altenew's Floral Sprig set. The red paper is glitter, but not sure it shows up and I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils. Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 6, 2018

My Favorite Things

This simple card is made with My Favorite Things Purr-Fect Friends stamps and matching die set and is for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, "A Trio of Something."
This is a good way to used up those tiny scraps you have around! Hope you enjoyed it!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Happy Birthday, Simon!

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge celebrates their 9th birthday! I was so impressed by the watercolor card by Yoosun Hur (Rejoicing Crafts) on the inspiration page that I had to try getting the soft colors by yet again trying to do some "no-line-watercoloring" on this card. I first stamped the flowers with Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink on watercolor paper and started watercoloring with Sakura's Koi Water Colors. This is relaxing but time consuming. The inspiration card was a shaker card, so I also decided to put some fun sparkles inside. Links to the products used are below. Hope you enjoy it!
 Stamps used are from Simon Says Stamp Bouquet of Thanks and Let Us Rejoice for the greeting.
The confetti inside the shaker are the Carousel Lights from Honey Bee Stamps and the small clear stars are from Pretty Pink Posh. I used the fishtail stitched dies from Lawn Fawn and also the Bouquet of Thanks matching die to cut out the flowers.

Friday, March 30, 2018

CASED Watercolor background

Sometimes you look at a stamp set and wonder, "what can I do with this?" So you head to Pinterest or Google the images and look through them. Well this morning I wanted something a little different and was impressed with a watercolor background I found HERE. This card uses the Beautiful Bouquet stamp and die set from Stampin Up and the colors are Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, and Flirty Flamingo. I had so much fun with this background I decided to experiment with other color combinations which I'll list below. Here's the card:
So, to make the watercolor background, I sponged with the three colors horizontal lines across watercolor paper, and then drew a line across the color with the matching marker, and then to blend the colors together I swiped across the bands with a watercolor brush. You can use an aqua painter for this, but I used a 1" wide brush. I also added the Nuvo Crystal Drops in "Duck Egg Blue" to the center of the flowers.
Below are some other background color combos I did that I am soon turning into cards:
The top one is: Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, and Berry Burst
Middle: Certainly Celery, Calypso Coral, and Bermuda Bay
Bottom: Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, and Pumpkin Pie
I also tried to use a ruler to draw the marker lines across but I liked the more "organic" look of the lines when I just dragged the marker across. Try it!!