Saturday, April 26, 2014

Make It Monday-Watercolor Background with "Splashes"

... well at least that is what I am referring to it as! Such a fun challenge this week and here is my take on it:
I inked up the background with Tim Holtz's Distress Inks in Raspberry, Mowed Lawn and Lilac and followed with "splashes" of water. Let it air dry and then cut the panel in half and popped it up with dimensional adhesive. I layered it on to a coordinating card base, upon which I also heat embossed the lovely sentiment from Cutting Garden. Finished the card off with 3 pink rhinestones and matching twine. Simple and fun!

Friday, April 25, 2014

PTI Bloghop Entry #3

Yes, another for you...

For this card I felt rather clever, I wanted the word 'blessings' to complete the sentiment from Birthday Basics April but it was in the larger image... well, I simply pulled out my son's Crayola (yes, Crayola!) markers and found a matching Teal color, put down some color only on the "blessings' part, did a "huff breath" and stamped!
Birthday Classics: April Mini Stamp SetThe stamp set so you can understand what I mean in terms of my cleverness :) Aren't I incredibly modest?

As for the wreath, I used my fresh out of the box stamp set from WPlus9, Fresh Cut florals... just love it!! I should also mention how much I love the newest Teal color from PTI-- had nothing like it in my stash!

Thanks again for stopping by... enjoy your weekend!

PTI Bloghop Post #2

April-Blog-Hop-InspirationAnother entry for this lovely bloghop inspiration! This card was such a blast to create as it was a new technique I decided to give a try: I began by selecting a thick, heavy coverstock in cream from Paper And More (my very favorite cardstock supplier!) and ran it through my Big Shot with an Anna Griffin for Cuttlebug Poppy embossing folder. Then, I got out my Faber-Castell water soluble penciles and started laying down color in the debossed areas. Then, I went in with my Aquash brush (LOVE!!) and started moving color around. Next was die cutting and stamping the large "Happy" sentiment from embellished elegance (looove) . I placed dimension adhesive both under "happy" and the watercolored panel and mounted it on a cream cardstock base. I selected the "everything" sentiment finished once again from Embellished Elegance and finished it off with 3 purple pearls. I think it came out quite well... hopefully you do too! :)

Here is a close up. I actually clear embossed this sentiment with Ranger Ink's Holographic Embossing Powder... I just love the added depth and 'bling' it gives, while still not being too overpowering!

Papertrey Ink's April 2014 Blog Hop- Embroidered Inspiration

Here is the inspiration for this month's bloghop
Lovely, isn't it? The cards that I will be posting today were certainly inspired by this image but not necessarily a traditional, embroidered look. It's rather the emotion, the colors, the feel of embroidery that I attempted to instill in my cards. Hope you enjoy!
This card was not only inspired by the bloghop challenge, but also by the Senior Design Team newsletter edition by Maile Belles... I just absolutely loved the simple but striking technique of divided panels! 

Here is a close up-- quite simple but I felt that the colors gave it such a punch that it didn't quite need much more!

More to come...thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Card Chain Challenge--Last Month's

Another card for another challenge but one that is also a swap-- I shipped this card off to another lovely lady that is as addicted...uh passionate about cards as I am! We had to either use the above color scheme or following sketch or both. I opted for both! :2014-03Here is my take:
I actually masked off and painted the background using some water, Hero Arts' Shadow Ink Navy. Then stamped the Rosie Posie and Cutting Garden sets from PTI using Mint Julep and Soft Sky Ink. To soften it up and add another level of texture, I stamped white pigment ink topped with clear embossing powder on some vellum. A satin bow and a CAS sentiment to top it all off. Can't wait to send this out tomorrow!

That's all for now, have a lovely night!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Paper Crafting Challenge #7: Masculine

So Kimberley from the Wienerhoneymooners blog suggested I sign up for the new-ish challenge over at the blog, especially since I have quite a few masculine cards recently made! Here is one of my submissions--
This card came together fairly easily and I think it turned out to be both maculine and rustic while exuding a bit of elegance... precisely what I was going for! Unfortunately, for the life of me I cannot recall which patterned paper stack I used  but I used two different designs from the stack, backed with thick, cream cardstock from Paper And More. Then, using Versamark, I stamped a fern from the Green Meadows stamp set from PTI and sprinkled gold embossing powder over it. The sentiment is stamped on a Recollections heavy, textured cardstock and "Sail Away" is from the masculine monogram stamp set from Just Rite. I did some scoring and folding to turn it into a dimensional banner and popped it on some foam tape. To finish it off, I used some natural, rustic twine.... and there you go!
Here is a close up of the sentiment so that you can see the added texture, which I feel added depth and dimension.

And here is a close up of the embossed fern--such a beautiful stamp set!

That's all for now, thanks for stopping by!