Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sending Hugs

Color Challenge Inspiration by Simon.Says.StampI was so exited to see that Simon Says Stamp is having a new challenge in their flickr group.  I let the time get away from me, and am getting this entry in under the wire.  The first challenge is a color challenge, we are to use at least three from the image.

I think I have managed to use all 5 colors - my inks are from Simon Says Stamp - Sunshine, and Orange Peel, Hero Arts -Field Greens and Soft Granite, and Jet Black Archival Ink from Ranger.

The stamp set is Flower Friend from Simon Says Stamp.  I first drew a light pencil line curve along the right side.  Then I stamped the flowers and leaves along that line.  I wanted a dramatic color pop, so I cut along the flower garland leaving a small white edge.  I then backed it with a piece of black cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment in white.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

P. S. To view my blog-iversary post please click here, I have a give away open until September 25th, 2014.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blog Anniversary

Today, September 15, 2014 is my 2 year blog-anniversary. I am so enjoying making cards and sharing them.

I also am so thankful for the blogging friends I have made these past two years. You are all kind, talented, and absolutely wonderful! Thank you for your support, visits and kind comments!

To celebrate, I have made two cards for you my visitiors...and I will have a little give away of some crafty items as well, just leave a comment by Thursday 9-25 at 11:59 pm edt telling me how long you have been crafting---and what your crafting start was.

A winner will be announced Friday September 26th, 2014.





I used the Hero Arts Etched Flowers stamp for the main image for both cards.  I used distress markers and Canson 140 cold press water color paper for the image. On each panel I colored the stamp and then stamped it. Next I softened it by adding water with a brush.  I wanted a soft feeling to the image. The second card, uses only the large flower image from the stamp, stamped repeatedly.

The first card is mounted on SU and Bazzill card stocks, the MFT sentiment is heat embossed with HA embossing powder, and a bit of DMC floss for the bow.

The second card is overlaid with vellum mounted on a Hero Arts card base that was heat embossed with gold thin strips from Stampendous.  The sentiment is from SU, the pearls are from Martha Stewart. The gold string, is on an unmarked spool.

Both of these panels were made while Hubs and I were in Maine for a week. He had a seminar to attend and we flew up a few days early to play tourist. We did some sight seeing, and I will leave you with a picture of some of my favorite trip images.
Thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Smile

I made this card for a friend. I had read an article about dogs that made me laugh. She has two golden retrievers, and I thought she would find the article amusing.  I couldn't just put it in an envelope...it needed a card.  And gave me the impetus to play with a new to me stamp and stencil combo.

The stamp and stencil are from Stampers Anonymous-Perfect Peony.  I love peonies they are just so lush and gorgeous.  I first stamped it in Soft Vanilla ink on white card, and then placed the matching stencil over it. I decided to color with distress inks, and used a combination of  tattered rose, and worn lipstick for the flower and peeled paint and mowed lawn for the leaves.  I decided that I wanted more definition to the flower so I stamped it again through the stencil with fired brick. I then needed to soften those lines just a bit, so I went over it with some more tattered rose. Then stem was stamped again with pine needles.

Over the weekend I had out my Silhouette Portrait, and I cut out loads of words for cards on white cardstock.  I thought smile would be appropriate to the contents of the card. The  Smile cut was stacked 3 deep and then colored by using versamark and rangers liquid platinum embossing powder.  I also used the  frames die cut from Simon Says stamp to put a very thin pink border around the flower panel.  Of course I had to add some wink of stella to the blossom.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Feel Better Soon

This weekend I spoke with my bestie in California, and found out she wasn't feeling so well a touch of the flu or a cold. Her son, (my Godson) is about to head off to college, and life is hectic right now. I thought a little card might make her feel better.  This one has a real fall feel to it.


I used Lawn Fawns our Friendship Grows set, Lawn Fawn also has matching dies for this set. I used inks from Simon Says Stamp (green leaf), Versafine (onyx black), and Memento(tuxedo black). The flowers, stems and vase were colored with Spectrum Noir Markers.  The note card is from Hero Arts, I added some texture to it using Impression Obsession's Thin Stripes. I thought a couple of glitter strips from DCWV, and some wink of stella on the flower petals and vase would make this a very cheery feel better card.

Close up to show Wink of Stella on vase

I used Lawn Fawns our Friendship Grows set, Lawn Fawn also has matching dies for this set. I used inks from Simon Says Stamp (green leaf), Versafine (onyx black), and Memento(tuxedo black). The flowers, stems and vase were colored with Spectrum Noir Markers.  The note card is from Hero Arts, I added some texture to it using Impression Obsession's Thin Stripes. I thought a couple of glitter strips from DCWV, and some wink of stella on the flower petals and vase would make this a very cheery feel better card.

I am actually hoping she is all better by the time the card arrives.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches #152

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-j9_dwIPqeLw/U_yqTjdL3JI/AAAAAAAABjA/iuaPX23bEOI/s1600/FMS%2BFinal%2B152-001.pngLast night I got to telecraft with my California scrappin bud.  I wanted to make a card for Freshly Made Sketches #152.

I ended up making two cards from the same stamp. A simple version and one that is a bit more interpretive.

Both fit the sketch.  I followed the sketch, but made my card portrait instead of landscape.

I used a new to me stamp from Deep Red, called Flower Blossom.  The image was colored with Copic markers (I am trying to get some practice in before Online Card Classes Copic Markers  for Card Makers begins.)
 


I used some scraps of patterned paper, Memento Tuxedo Black for image stamping, and Versafine Onyx Black for the sentiments. They came from two sets, Favorite Flowers from SSS, and Fresh Flowers from Clearly Bessotted. I called two dies and one punch into action as well, the postage stamp edge from Ek Success,  the Tessatina border from Memory Box and the pierced rectangles from MFT. A bit of white gel pen for the dots, and some shine from clear wink of stella completed the image.


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