Sunday, May 20, 2018

Peony Bouquet

Got a chance to go to my favorite stamp store Buffalo Stamps this weekend, and bought my first Altenew set with dies...Peony Bouquet.

Had a scrap frame stamped with the Canvas Cover-A_Card background from Impression Obsession and also used a Striped Backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms. The sentiment is from the Artsy Flowers set from Simon Says Stamp. Also bought my first set of Catherine Pooler inks! This peony is stamped in 3 of her yellows...Shea Butter, Tiara  and Sauna. So fun!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Summer Florals Throwdown

This week at the Color Throwdown Challenge are some fresh and fun colors to, pale yellow, and grey! I  chose to use WPlus9 Studio's "Southern Summer Florals" stamp set and dies
for my card...

Also used a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp, popped up some flowers, and added Nuvo Jewel Drops in Limoncello. The paper is from an older DCWV pad.

Hope YOU have a beautiful day, too!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Make it Monday:Spot Color Word Die Cuts

This week, Betsy Veldman had the coolest technique for Make it Monday that I had to try out! It's called Spot Color Word Die Cuts seen HERE. You stamp an image in black, die cut the word out of the center and color only the word, then place it back in the image that's left uncolored (and don't forget to keep the little die cut leftovers and put them back uncolored, too!)

I used the Friends 'til the End stamp set and Wonderful Words: Hello for my die.

I colored the "hello" die cut word with pink, yellow, and aqua Copics, then added the Friend" sentiment heat-embossed in black.

Added some translucent and jewel Nuvo Drops in a rainbow of colors! An eye-catching technique that can be done relatively quickly, SO fun!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Let's Doodle

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, the challenge is Let's Doodle. We were to doodle, as little or as much as you liked! I'm not a very good artist, so I chose WPlus 9 Studio's "Doodle Buds" set to help myself out!

First, I stamped the flowers on watercolor paper, then colored them with watercolor pencils. I die cut the Brushed Rectangles die from Papertrey Ink, and used the negative as a stencil to trace an outline frame with a fine black Sharpie. Then, I stamped the doodle zigzags all along the edges to make the frame look more professionally doodled :)!

Before adhering the flowers, I added a background color wash inside the doodled frame.
I just ordered my first set of Nuvo Drops and they are so much fun! Went a little too crazy trying them out, I think. These are the Translucent Jewel Drops in Orange Marmalade, Limoncello, and Key Lime. What a fun challenge!


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Make it Monday: Graffiti Word Art

Playing along with Lexi Daly's fun Graffiti Word Art Challenge for Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink. She challenged us to ink up and stamp our die cuts to make our designs.

Here is my card featuring the Headline Alphabet dies and part of a sentiment from Think Big Favorites #1.

I used Watercolor Wonder and the confetti image from Birthday Style to create my background. I cut the letters from black and white cardstock to give them a shadow effect.

Then I added splatters of watered down acrylic paint in pink, black, and white all over, and even smeared it here and there with a paper towel when it went on too thick.

What a fun way to get inky on a Saturday! Thanks for the inspiring technique, Lexi!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Make it Monday: Stitched Stems

Playing along with Michelle Leone's  Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink! She had the sweetest technique called "Stitched Stems" in which you use a paper piercer and thread to stitch stems to combine with stamped flower images, sooo cute!

I used "Butterfly Blooms" with flowers and a sentiment from "Bloom and Grow," and the
"flight dots" from "Baby Button Bits." There is more to this story...I made the butterfly at Michelle Leone's house!!!  She lives about 10 minutes from me, and she hosted a little get together for Karen Walker and me! We had the best time chatting (and snacking, and tea-ing), and managed a bit of stamping.

Michelle shared some of the embossing thread she used in her video, and it got me thinking that I wanted to see the butterfly from last month's new set "Butterfly Blooms." She showed Karen and I her gorgeous sample card from the release last month, and then we got talking about Nuvo Drops (we were easily distracted)! Michelle die cut us some butterflies, and I twisted Karen's arm to play along with the Nuvo Drops to color the dots.

When I got home, my plan was to use a Sakura Clear Glaze pen on the black butterfly outline (Michelle had heat embossed hers with black powder and it was amazing!), but alas, I had thrown it away because it dried up!  So I used a Sakura Stardust Glitter pen instead :). I wanted black and white paper and this newsprint paper's headlines summed up our afternoon perfectly :).

This get together was so much fun, but may turn costly! I left with a shopping list on a post-it...Butterfly Blooms, a Bit More Butterfly Blooms, more Corner Adorner stamps and Shape Shifter dies, Nuvo Drops in lots of colors, a stamp shammy for cleaning, new watercolors by Gansai, and an Instant Pot for cooking!

Thanks so much to Michelle and Karen for making my dreary Rochester, New York, Saturday afternoon (while we awaited an ice storm in April!)...bloom!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Make it Monday: Outline Images

Playing along with Stephanie Gold's Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink. This week, she challenged us to make a card using outline and shadow images, but in a different way to make an abstract pattern. I used the "Color Pop Floral" Make It Market mini kit for my background.

I  stamped and used the stencils in the kit for my background flowers and leaves. Then I die cut a circle, added some vellum on the back, and heat embossed a sentiment from "Sentiment Staples: Birthday."

Stenciled and die cut some more flowers to match, then a few little Glossy Accent details to finish my card. It's kind of retro springy, and I think I like it!