Friday, April 17, 2015

Felt With The Heart

Just popping in today with a quick card for a couple of blog challenges.  I love this butterfly die from Simon Says Stamp!  This phrase from Impression Obsession just goes so well with it, so I paired them up on this card.  The stitched edged rectangle die is from My Favorite Things.  I won the dies on a challenge recently, and have been itching to use them!
This card is for these challenges:

I took some liberties with the sketch on Mojo Monday, turning it sideways.  The colors on The Paper Players are as close as I have to the colors they posted.  I'm loving this combination!  I made the background using the watercolor smoosh technique.  Click this link to see Laura Fadora's excellent video on how to do this technique.  I can't stop doing, love it.
Here is a close-up so you can see (not so well in the photo) the glitter pen I used over the stencils.  In real life they are just glittery enough without being overpowering!  Love my glitter pen.

Thanks for stopping by on this rather wet, dreary April day.  Sunshine is in the forecast!  I'm going to get on my Sketchers and go for a walk as soon as I see it!


Friday, April 3, 2015

Color Challenge Card Day 30

My last card for the 30 Day Color Challenge at The Daily Marker.  I was distressed last night when I checked the Daily Marker challenge.  The linky was closed, and it was only 10:30 PM!  I didn't get to post my final card for the challenge.  Boo hoo.    And, the winners have all been announced, so be sure to check them out and leave some love.  Sadly, I was not one of them.  Not surprising, as there were literally hundreds of entries, and selection was random drawing.  But it was fun, and I would consider doing it again...after a while.  I need a little reprieve right now.

I am also entering this card in the Casology blog challenge here.   The theme of that challenge is SPRING.  
I find it challenging doing clean and simple cards.  Everything in me screamed to add more embellishments, at least a ribbon.  But I settled on three little pearl embellishments.

For the image (Hero Arts, I think) on the black panel, I stamped in white Colorbox pigment ink, and let it dry.  OK, so I didn't let it dry on its own...I hit it with the heat tool to dry it quickly!  Sometimes creativity just can't wait!  Then I just colored over the white areas with colored pencil.  I love the way this looks on the just pops.

The sentiment is from a phrase set (Hampton) that I just picked up a couple of days ago.  I love the scripts and phrases on this set.

Off to make my sausage breads for Easter, and then off to Good Friday service at church this afternoon.  

I will post my Easter card on my Tangled In The Word blog on Sunday.  I will be celebrating with my family, so will have the post ready to go, and can just hit the 'send' button.  Tangled In The Word is my other blog, where I post my Zentangle art, and blog about God's Word.  I love combining my brain's right side creativity with the Word.  



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Color Challenge Day 29 Card

Sorry to post and run, but this will be quick.  This is my card for day 29 of the 30 day color challenge at The Daily Marker.

Today's card is watercolored (surprise).  It is a Penny Black stamp.
I tried really hard to not use any embellishments....but, I just could not do it.  After trying several different things, I ended up with this little pearl swirl.  Nothing overboard.

That's it.  Day more to go!!


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Color Challenge Card Number 28

Two more to go after today!  Here's card number 28 for the 30 Day Color Challenge on The Daily Marker blog....
I have to admit, I kind of cheated here.  I actually 'colored' the card during the summer.  It's a leaf that I found on the ground under a tree on one of our walks.  I put the leaf on a piece of card stock, and sprayed Adirondack Color Wash over it.  I mixed some Perfect Pearls in with the Color Wash to give it some shimmer.  When I picked up the leaf, this is what I found!

 I made a bunch of these panels, using different leaves, and put them away for when I wanted to make a card.  

I finished it off by layering, and adding ribbon and gold fiber.  I threaded some beads onto the fiber, and added the spiral clip for interest.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you tomorrow!


Monday, March 30, 2015

Color Challenge Card # 27

Here we are at day 27 of the 30 Day Color Challenge at The Daily Marker.  This card is also for the Penny Black Friends Saturday Challenge , where the theme is 'spring blooms.'
The stamp is from Penny Black.  I used Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.  The Happy Birthday die is from Simon Says Stamp.  I used a glaze pen over it to dimensionalize it and give it shine.  The background is an embossing folder, and a punch along the right side.

Thanks for stopping by.  


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spunky, Sassy Girl Stamps

I was going through some boxes of images I had stamped up...some go back a few years!  I am challenging myself to use them up.  I have been having fun pulling them out and coloring them, playing with different mediums.  
I don't know who makes this stamp, but there are three or four of these sassy girls.  I love this one.....
 In case you can't read the shopping bag, it says "put on your big girl panties and deal with it!"  Oh, how I'd love to have said that to certain people at times! 

This is for The Color Throwdown Challenge #335 .  The colors are muted red, light green, and light yellow.  The colors are generic, and you can use any hues and add neutrals if you wish.

Also, for the 30 Day Color Challenge at The Daily Marker blog.  We are on day 26!  Four to go!  If you want to see my other 25 entries so far, just scroll down through the blog.

The image had been embossed in black sparkle embossing powder.  I used Tim Holtz distress inks, rubbed them on a palette, and used them as watercolor,  applying them with a brush. I decided to get more of the colors on the image by striping the dress.  She is tall and skinny enough to pull off sideways stripes!  I used the smoosh technique for the background, using these same colors (a link to the technique is in my Everything Beautiful Card post on March 25th).

I am not a fan of using sequins on cards, but this one just screamed for them!  They add just the right punch, don't you think?

That's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.  



Saturday, March 28, 2015

Color Challenge Day 25 Card

I decided to go with colored pencils today for the 30 Day Color Challenge on The Daily Marker .  I use Berol Prismacolor pencils, because they have a really nice lead that lays down beautifully.  Also, they have a nice range of colors.

These stamps are from my older collections.  I believe they are from Ann-ticipations.  I love how cute these little mice are.
 I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  It was a cold day here, but there is a promise of warmer weather, more spring-like, in the forecast for next week!

Five more days of the color challenge to go!  This will be a busy week, with it being Holy Week, and getting things ready for Easter.  I may have to make an extra card for a couple of days, and then just have to post it on the appropriate day, especially for Thursday and Friday, as we will be at church for a while on those days.  And I've got some breads to make and cooking to do.  And two very special Easter baskets for two VERY special little girls!

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Faux Glazed Glass Card

OK, so it's back to the flowers, and the watercolor.  BUT, a new technique.  I fell in love with this faux glazed glass technique that I saw on a video by Sandy Allnock on her blog.  I made this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes), and the 30 Day Color Challenge at The Daily Marker .  The picture does not show how shimmery this background is.  I have some close-ups below.

I used the technique on the background.  I loved it, and hated to cover it up, but it was the perfect backdrop for the flowers (stamps by Altenew).  For the flowers, which are a set from Altenew, I brushed Twinkling H2O's onto cardstock in shades of gold.  When dry, I embossed the flowers and leaves, and cut them out.  

The background is a combination of watercolor and gold Twinkling H2O's. You can see Sandy's technique on her blog here: .

Here are a couple of close-ups of the background and flowers...

They don't really do it justice, but you can get an idea of the marbled look and catch some of the gold highlights.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Day 23 Color Challenge Card

I decided to break away from the flowers for this card, for day 23 of the 30 Day Color Challenge at The Daily Marker .....
I kept this really simple.  Just stamped the scenes, and a little light watercoloring, some layering, and that's that for tonight.  Off to dreamland now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Everything Beautiful Card

I had a small piece of watercolor paper left from another project, and while I had my distress inks out I created this watercolor background.  You can find a tutorial HERE for this technique on the Papertrey Ink blog in a video tutorial by Nichole Heady.

The stamp is from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder, and Cherry Lynn butterfly die, and Spellbinders Swirl die.

I have entered it in the following challenges:
Our Daily Bread Designs Easter/Spring Religious Inspiration challenge HERE 
The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge HERE .

He has, indeed, made everything beautiful.  Let us rejoice and be glad!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Day 21 Color Challenge Card and Magenta Challenge

Just a quick post to get this up before bed.  I used colored pencil on this Magenta stamp.  The background was done with distress inks and watercolor.  I am entering this card in the Defi/Challenge Magenta , where the theme is Nature.  It is also card 21 of the 30 Day Color Challenge at The Daily Marker.
Thanks for visiting.  See you tomorrow!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Day 20 Color Challenge Card

It's Day 20 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge .  I decided to break away from the watercolor for a bit.  When I was rearranging and reorganizing my craft room over the weekend, I realized how many stamping supplies I have not used in, well, let's just say it's been a while.  I always use the same mediums (usually watercolor and distress inks, and watercolor pencils).  I decided to challenge myself to use some of my other supplies.
Today I used my ColorBox chalk ink pads.  I'd forgotten how much fun these are to use, and the many techniques they lend themselves to.  For this card, I inked the stamp with yellows, oranges, and pinks and stamped onto a white panel.  I added glitter to the petals of the tulips.  I used the Lawn Fawn thanks die.  To give it dimension, I cut five of them and glued them together.  To give it some sparkle, I added glitter.  I adhered it to the card with glue dots.  
The stamp is an old JudiKins stamp I have.  I love these stamps that have a solid background with the design etched out.  

A special thank you for a special friend. 



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Day 19 Card for Color Challenge

My "coloring" today was done with bleach in a water brush.  I black embossed the stamp onto burgundy card stock.  I painted the flowers down the center of the image with bleach.  In a couple of minutes, Voila!  The bleach turned the burgundy flowers a light tan color.  Some layering, a ribbon, and done.

See you tomorrow with Day 20!



Saturday, March 21, 2015

Day 18 Color Challenge

Here we are at Day 18 of the 30 Day Color Challenge at The Daily Marker .  We are well over the half way mark now.  I decided to change my medium for this card, and played a little with my Perfect Pearls.  The picture doesn't show the shimmer of the flowers very well, but they are shimmering in all their glory.  The colors of the papers and the ribbon didn't photograph well.  They actually do look great together in real life.  Really.

I am also submitting this to the Mojo Monday Blog Sketch Challenge # 389.  Here is the sketch for the challenge...
I spent much of today reorganizing my craft room.  I can tell it's spring...I  want to get things organized and cleaned.  I think I feel a surge of spring cleaning coming on.  

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Day 17 Color Challenge Card

Here we are at Day 17 of the My Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge.  Another watercolor background using my Tim Holtz distress inks on wet watercolor paper.  I am seeing a pattern here...better pull out my markers or colored pencils, or any other medium for a while!  Anyways, here is card # 17....
Makes me pine for my garden.  Soon, soon, so I keep telling myself.  
Happy first day of spring!!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Color Challenge Card Number Sixteen

Here we are at Day 16 of the My Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge.  I decided to do another watercolor card.
 I used the smooshing technique for the background.  The flower stamp is Magenta, the phrase Verve, and the background swirls are Penny Black.  I used distress inks.  The watercolor paper I used has a deep, large texture.  I love the way it makes the edges of the images kind of wonky.
I am entering this card in the Casology blossom challenge HERE and the Defi/Challenge Magenta HERE .
Thanks for stopping by.  I will be back tomorrow with card number 17.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Flowers - Color Challenge Number Fifteen

Day 15 of the My Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge .  Wow, these days are just flying by!  We're half way through already.
I chose Penny Black flowers and background stamps for my card today.  I used the tape and watercolor technique for the background.  You can check out how to do this in a wonderful video by Jill Foster on the Penny Black blog HERE .  I know I will be doing this technique a lot!

I am also entering this in the Paper Players Ann's clean and simple floral challenge HERE , and the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, spring blooms, HERE .

If you want to see yesterday's challenge piece, please visit my other blog .  I colored a Zentangle for the challenge yesterday, for St. Patrick's Day.

Thanks for your visit.  See you tomorrow!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Color Challenge Card Number Thirteen

Here it is...card number 13 for The Daily Marker 30 day color challenge.....
Just a quick post to get this up.  I just finished a Zentangle tile to post over on my other blog Tangled In The Word .  You can check it out if you like by clicking on the link (in pink above).

Thanks for stopping by.  See you tomorrow with card # 14!


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Color Challenge Card Day Twelve

It's Day 11 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge .  I played with my colored pencils this time...with a Magenta Stamp.  Staying with my bright colors to usher in spring.  Tomorrow is supposed to be close to 50 degrees, or maybe even a degree or two above....heat wave for us! 
Thanks for stopping.  See you tomorrow with Card # 13!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

30 Day Color Challenge Card - Day Eleven

Continuing on in the spring theme for me....
Ah....tulips.  Soon, soon.  Nature gives to all things a season of its own.  Soon will be spring, the season for new life, color, harmony, and love!

Stamps used here are Penny Black.

See you tomorrow with Day 12 of the color challenge at The Daily Marker .
Thanks for stopping by.