5 Feb 2016

Life is short…

Good Sunny Morning and it is FRIDAY!! ….(remember when that was a really big deal?)

Oh my - there are a few crafty challenges floating around the stamping world this week - namely - Reverse Confetti's Sketch For You To Try,  The Color Throwdown #378 and todays Splitcoast Stampers challenge - to make a masculine valentine - done and done.  I am diving right in.

Easy As Pie is a Reverse Confetti stamp set with cutie matching dies and I have been eyeing it for a few months now ---I finally broke down and purchased it woohoo! and it is just as sweet as I imagined it to be.

I'm calling Artistic License on this one - hah!  I just could NOT picture gray pie crusts- so I layered vellum overtop of my patterned paper to create a gray shade (okay? okay.)

I die cut the pie "crust" from kraft cardstock and the pretty pink stripe paper for the "pie tin" is Papertrey Ink's (almost) newest colour Lovely Lady.  Both of the precious hearts are from Love Note Confetti Cuts.

I added lots of "sugar" (glitter) to the pie crusts - men LOVE that, and a shiny red heart sequin on the top.  My pies were layered onto a tag die which was tied with ribbon, twine and an aqua mist button.

Why don't you hop on over to any of these fabulous challenges and give it a go - use your Artistic License!!

3 Feb 2016

Create Together!

I am very pleased to be a guest in a crafty collaboration called Create Together with Marcie Sharp on her blog today. She just happens to be my very talented daughter and has been crafting for many years - I'm so very proud of her crafty accomplishments!!

Marcie sent me this beautiful inspiration photo for us to work with - I absolutely fell in love with it!

I definitely used the colours and glitter to create my card and I pulled out my Vintage Linens Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink (again - I can't get enough of those flowers!)

Embossing the images with white embossing powder is always a great beginning when water colouring.  The watercolours stay where you put them - within reason of course - and the end result is so pretty!

I die cut the images after embossing and watercoloured with my Zig Real Brush Markers. I added some gold glitter in the middle with a gold Wink of Stella pen.

Using Mama Elephant Madison Avenue Frame Tags Creative Cuts (what a long name……) and DCWV Mat Stack glitter brights & neutrals, I die cut a frame from the blue glitter cardstock.  I also die cut the frame using the gorgeous Papertrey Ink Gold Luxe Foil Patterned Paper Collection.  - it is so shiny and…..Gold!!

I inlaid the middle panel of gold stripe into the blue glitter frame and adhered it to my white cardstock card base.

I stamped the sentiment, from Papertrey Ink Choose Joy stamp set onto the die cut tag and popped it up onto the gold striped cardstock.  I popped up the flowers and added ribbon and some pretty gold glitter baubles to finish my creation.

Thank you for visiting today - and get out those water-colours and play!!

1 Feb 2016

Thanks from all of us!

I really liked this week's sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and so I played along….

I began by simply "smooshing" a watercolour background onto Ranger watercolor cardstock using pinks and yellow re-inkers and setting it aside to dry.  I decided to buy the 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock and cut it into quarters - it saves a bit of money and that's a good thing….

I die cut the Simon Says Stamp "thanks" sentiment from Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz cardstock and then actually HANDCUT a piece of white cardstock with my paper trimmer and stamped the sentiment (from Mama Elephant Photobomb).

So weird…..I looked for a die that would cut a piece of white cardstock and nearly panicked when I couldn't find the size of die that I wanted…..soooo dependent on those dang dies….. haha!

Using my "smooshed" background, I die cut the Single Roses Wafer Die - I had not even separated the dies yet, but I thought it looked great.  I only used the positive part of the die cut - (at least I think - I was never too good with my positives and negatives) I will save the positive (?) die cuts for another project.

I die cut my background cardstock with Your Next Stamp Stitched Rectangle Dies and adhered it to a white card panel.

I adhered my two sentiments together,  popped it up onto the background and adhered it to a Raspberry Fizz cardstock base.

Okay that is all for today - Thanks for coming around!

The Challenge - Hello there, Birthday Girl

I am pretty excited because today I am a guest designer for The Challenge and this week we are using a very cool sketch!

I must say - I was kind of pumped when I saw the sketch - I was able to use my new Papertrey Ink Bold Blossom Watercolor Sheets!

These are so easy to use - the design is already printed so all you need to do is paint to your heart's content yay!  There are also Bold Blossoms Colouring Sheets available in the same patterns - so you can use your markers - just perfect.

I simply brushed water over each flower and then used a Zig Real Brush Marker in a shade that was pretty darn pleasing - in my opinion :)  I also placed some glossy accents, in dots, on the flowers to mimic the rain - I think I could have added more …it looks rather sparse now that I look at it.

The sentiment is also from Papertrey Ink - Scripted Stamp Set - I die-cut "Hello there" and then stamped the matching sentiment.

Stamping, die-cutting and watercoloring - What could be better!!?

Won't you join us at The Challenge?

29 Jan 2016

You Moooove Me

This week is all about "Adore" on the CASology challenge!

My Avery Elle Hogs and Kisses Valentine stamps  and dies were the perfect choice to use!

Using the fabulous smoosh technique and Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst and Harvest Gold re-inkers, I made three different backgrounds.

I dripped my inks onto a piece of acetate and sprayed with water.  Then, using Tim Holtz watercolour cardstock, I laid it flat onto the inks three different times to make my three backgrounds - no wasting here.

…and three different looks!  I die cut the watercoloured cardstock with Your Next Stamp Stitched Rectangle Dies.

Since I don't have my Copic markers with me in Florida, I watered coloured the little cow, pig and lamb with Zig Real Brush Markers.  They were die cut and popped up onto the background.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge has an Anything Goes theme this week also - so my little Valentine's are going in there, woohoo!

Oh, and by the way, the chocolates are long gone…..hehe
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