Monday, April 25, 2016

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge

This is a fun day when Papertreyink has their monthly Blog hop that allows their customers to show their work. They always provide us with such great inspiration!

You can see the inspiration picture at Papertrey April Blog Hop.

I began by die cutting a bunch of circles from vellum. I colored the circles with copic markers and laid out a pattern based on the picture. I altered two circles, the large ones at the top and the bottom. I embossed it to give a little texture.

I used Many Thanks from Tag its #6 and stamped a circle with black archival ink.

I attached and trimmed the circles as needed. The card was made from a cream colored speckled cardstock.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a fantastic day!!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Spring is in the Air!

Hello there!

We have been enjoying some warm and beautiful days in GA. I love this time of year - when all the plants are green and aren't worn out by summer's heat.

So feeling "springy," I pulled out a background stamp by Hero Arts, Large Flower.

I used archival black ink to stamp the image on watercolor paper. I then water colored it in sections. I used strong adhesive to add some green foil around the edge of a piece of white paper.

This picture below is actually the same stamp used 2 different ways:
The paper on the left is embossed with an iridescent embossing powder and then watercolored.
I plan to make a card with it soon.

I punched some circles and added a pink ribbon.

I added a die cut "happy" that was covered in Teal foil.

I finished by adding it all to a heavy white cardstock base.

I think it works well for Simon Says Stamp Blog Wednesday Challenge: Make it Girlie!

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Beautiful Butterflies


Today I created a card for the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday Challenge: Butterfly Beauty.

I recently received the new Tim Holtz Butterflies dies and I have been looking forward to working with them.

I had some Distress stains on my desk and put some Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet on watercolor paper. I added some water and dried with my heat gun. Then I sprayed the paper with a purple Mica spray from Dylusions. It was very subtle but very pretty.

I die cut 2 butterflies and a helpful tip is to use wax paper or die release paper . I prefer Kaisercraft Die Release Paper that I found online at Joann's. It works really well and it is pretty, too! It works great with intricate dies like these.

I stamped a sentiment in the middle and stopped there. It took me a while to make a final decision on how to finish the card. I thought about water coloring the sentiment with an orange/yellow wash to add some warmth to the coolness of the butterflies. I left to go pick up my children from school and when I returned I decided to just add some watercolor splatter and attach them.

These dies are so stunning by themselves and I wanted to use them to frame the sentiment.

I finished by adding 3 bubble bling from Queen & Co.

Just for You

Hi there!

Today I created this card for the Papertreyink Make It Monday # 246 Faux Brush Lettering challenge.

I stamped Just for You from Stampin up on watercolor paper with light pink ink.  I used a #4 round brush and faux painted the letters with a darker pink. This took me a couple of tries to get the right amount of water and ink but overall I liked the technique. Definitely something different and adds a more hand painted feel to it.

I die cut two frames using the Papertreyink Cover Plate Pretty Frame Die, in light and dark green and layered them around the sentiment. I cut flowers and leaves from the Papertreyink Color Pop Florals Kit and popped them up on the card. I added the front to a white heavy weight cardstock base to finish it.

This was fun and quick! I will definitely look for other stamps to use with this technique.

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Celebrate Today

Hello there!

I was inspired by Betsy Veldman's card featuring Splits and the Faith die cut she featured during the release week for Papertreyink.

I created the background using Distress stains that I applied to a piece of watercolor cardstock. I spritzed some water and dried it with my heat tool.

I die cut the shape from Boutique Borders and also cut Celebrate Today from Color Pop Florals Kit.

I added a little stain to these pieces as well as a sun to the back of the image.

Once everything was dry, I assembled the card. It actually turned out to be a quick card with lots of bold color.

Thanks Betsy and Papertreyink for the inspiration!

I created this card for Papertreyink Create Along with Us April 2016.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

You bring me joy!

Hope you are having a great day. Yesterday was gorgeous here in GA and windy - enough to fly a kite a little bit with my children.

I choose a pattern from Peonies on Parade Coloring sheets and used my Copics to color in a bright red flower. I then colored the remaining two flowers in a lighter yellow. I stamped a sentiment and flicked some red and gold watercolor on it. I added gold ribbon and mounted to red cardstock.

I created this card for Papertreyink Make It Mondays # 245 Color Isolation

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Thanks Friend

Hello! I have been away for a while and am happy to be crafting again. With these beautiful spring days where I live it has been hard to stay inside...

I created this card on watercolor paper using the Ken Oliver Color Burst product. I have used this a few times and am still trying to figure out exactly how to use it. Of course, it would help if I would read the instructions or watched a video - but I am impatient so I just dive in with something new. I can't wait to get my fingers dirty!

I heat embossed flower and leaf images from the Paper Smooches Natural Beauties stamp set with white powder. I "puffed" some Color Burst powder on and sprayed with a water bottle.

It is so fun to watch the color come to life on the paper.

After allowing the paper to dry, I mounted it onto a heavy weight white card base. I die cut a frame and stamped "thanks friend." I added a very light watercolor wash to try and soften up the stark white and help it blend into the background.

I really love the watercolor "craze" that is happening right now. I hope it stays around a long time. 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!