Watercolor seashells card

6.2014 shell thanksI am loving the watercolor look right now. It is just such a pretty addition to cards.  It definitely steps up an ordinary card.

So for this one, I am always needing more masculine card ideas. I have TONS of girly feminine ideas but the masculine cards always seem harder since they are usually more simple and sometimes simple can translate into BORING.  I hate boring!

Here are the supplies I used…

20140630_192536I used $1 stamps from Michael’s, Hero Arts Everyday Sayings StampsVersafine Onyx Black InkTim Holtz Distress Ink in Salty Ocean, Strathmore 300 series watercolor paper,Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker,We R memory keepers washi tape, a Fiskars 2″ circle punch (not pictured), and an adorable paper pad collection from Michael’s. You could easily find a similar pattern in your own stash I am sure.

QUICK TIP: I like to stock up on my basics like notecards and watercolor paper when my local craft store has their 40% or 50% off and sometimes like this week, Michael’s is having an additional 15% off all items. That way I am never run out of my go-to supplies when I feel the creative urge.

I started with punching out three circles with my Fiskars circle punch. You could use any circle punch you have, or just trace around a circular item and cut out.  I am using a standard A2 notecard (also from Michael’s). I then stamped all three seashells in Salty Ocean Distress Ink. I spritzed the stamped images with just a few squirts of water and then with my fingers I spread the ink around until it looked the way I liked it. There will be a faint trace image of the seashell. I then used my tweezers and held onto the stamped images and then used my heat gun to dry the stamped watercolor images. After I was sure it was dry I stamped the same seashells with Versamark Black ink. I stamped them a bit offset.

20140627_133728I really liked the ghost blue image and the darker black image. You could use any color combo that speaks to you. It looks like the image got stuck in the rain and left a great watercolor background I added some Wink of Stella glitter marker to the seashells for a bit of sparkle. Guys can appreciate some sparkle too!

I then just cut  my patterned paper to fit the note card and used some brown We R Memory Keepers washi tape (that I found at Costco of all places!) as a border. It added enough extra interest, but because it was brown like the background it doesn’t take away from the seashell circles.

I then used my Hero Arts Everyday Sayings Stamp Set to add a variety of “thanks”. I only inked up part of one of sentiments to add just the word and not the original entire phrase. I love how versatile this set is for cardmaking!  I could easily add a happy birthday sentiment and change this to a masculine birthday card as well.  I really like the technique that I used here and I will definitely be trying it out again.

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Experiment with some watercolor stamping today. The great thing is that it is very forgiving and you can experiment away without too much worrying. Too much water?  Just use  a dry cloth to blot it up. Not enough water?  Just spritz some more.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

4th of July wreath

IMG_20140630_162433I found a great sale at Michael’s today. All their 4th of July stuff was 50% off. I had been wanting to make a new wreath and with that sale I couldn’t resist picking up the materials I needed. Stay tuned….assembly in progress.

IMG_20140630_175625Here is the finished product. For the burlap ribbon, I used floral wire and looped it through the spaces in the ribbon to keep the big loops I made from falling apart. I also used floral wire to keep the flowers in place.  It was just a pretty organic process and I just played around with it until it looked good to my eye.

I love a good bargain, and I finally have a 4th of July wreath.

-Lisa

P.S. I can never leave a project alone, especially a wreath. I added some more of the star burlap ribbon. I am not sure if I will keep it. I will keep readjusting it as I look at it more. I can’ t seem to help myself. 20140630_184243P.P.S I really need to paint my door. My other wreath that is normally there is bigger and it has definitely scratched the paint. Ouch!

 

Love u! SSS Monday Challenge

6.2014SSS Monday love uI was excited by the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week because I love the idea of making use of all the great stash I have but haven’t used in a while. My product “I ought to use more of” is EYELETS.  Actually if I am being honest, patterned paper is another product I ought to use more of as well. I am a patterned paper hoarder and I just hate to use it up. I just love to look through my patterned paper because it is so pretty!

I created a simple card with some yummy soft muted colors. It reminded me of sherbet. Who doesn’t love that?  In my last post I used a  strawberry lemonade color scheme. The summer color palette is really  speaking to me lately. It is making me hungry!

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I used a fun paper pad from Michael’s, my Making Memories eyelets, Ranger Glossy Accents, and the new Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners Die Set. I used a premade kraft note card. I cut out three of the smaller banner shapes and the heart die with the Stitched Party Banners set.I love this set. It is so versatile and the stitching adds just another textural element that adds interest to the card. I love the look of stitching on cards but hate to drag out my sewing machine, so I like that I can get that same effect SO easy. I only used half of the third banner and was able to cut out my heart shape with the other half. I  have to be frugal with my beloved patterned paper!

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I used the glossy accents on the heart and “u”. I cut out the “u” with my Cricut (1″ Cricut classic font). I added just a little sparkle with my Wink of Stella Clear Marker under the glossy accents. I love the dimension and shine that they give to this card.

It is a simple card,  but I just love the clean lines, and I enjoyed revisiting my eyelet stash. Don’t forget those oldies but goodies you have stashed. What’s old can be new again!

–Lisa

 

 

 

 

Embossed Happy Birthday card

6.2014 American arts bdayI was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week and made two cards. I chose the other card to submit, but loved the bright colors of this card  as well, so I figured I would share this creation as well.

20140627_151927I used Strathmore Watercolor Paper because at first I was going to do more blending and use more water, but as I stamped it out I liked the vibrant yellow color so all I did was take a Tim Holtz Waterbrush and fill in more yellow to fill in the blank spots in the flowers. I used Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade for the flower base.

QUICK TIP: Make sure to use your heat gun to dry the flower bases first before you emboss. I also recommend using a powder bag to make sure no embossing powder sticks. I had TONS of embossing powder stick my first time I stamped these, and so I used a broad stiff paintbrush and swiped ALL the embossing powder off the images. I then used my heat gun again and then restamped withVersamark in Frost and started all over.

I used the same My Favorite Things Sweet Roses Stamp set as the previous card.  I then stamped the outline in Versamark frost ink and heat embossed it with gorgeous American Crafts Embossing Powder in Grapefruit and it so reminded me of Strawberry Lemonade when I was done. It is such a fun summery color combination.

20140627_133559I cut out the sentiment using my Cricut ( 2 3/4″ Alphalicious font) and adhered it with Tombow Mono Multi Glue . I dry embossed the whole thing using  a Paper Studio Chevron Embossing Folder BEFORE I added the sentiment.  I glued the watercolor paper onto a premade notecard from Michael’s, and left a little room on the top and bottom for the black to peek out.  I added some black sequins  that I found clearanced out at Hobby Lobby using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

6.2014 American arts bdayThis card is so cheerful and I just love the color contrasts. It shows you can use black and still make the card look cheerful and fun! Now I am thirsty for some Strawberry Lemonade.  🙂

–Lisa

 

Watercolor Embossed Birthday Card–SSS Wednesday Challenge

6.2014 SS CA challenge2I started this card as an entry into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and I wanted to use my American Crafts Opaque White Embossing Powder to create a watercolor floral image.

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20140628_131742 I love the look of white on kraft cardstock, and my Derwent Inktense Pencils give a rich vibrant color that really stands out.  I stamped the flowers from the My Favorite Things Sweet Roses stamp set.  For the coloring I used VERY little water because I wanted the color to be truly intense. I used two pencils close in color for each flower. So, the shading is subtle. I figured the pencils are pretty vibrant all their own and I wanted each flower to be a bit more monochromatic.

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20140628_114402I cut out two hearts using my Sizzix heart dies on a page of foil paper I found clearanced out at Michael’s. Gotta love a good deal! I used foam dots to adhere the hearts to add some dimension. I added the “Happy Birthday” using my Cricut ( 1 3/4″  Classic Cricut Font). I adhered the “Happy Birthday” with some Ranger Multi Medium Matte, and added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the sentiment. I tied a bow with some berry colored ribbon from Michael’s. I used glue dots on the ribbon to keep it in place and cut a slit on the fold of the card to insert the ribbon through the back. I used more glue dots to keep the ribbon in place in the back. I made sure the ribbon was cut long enough so that it overlapped in the back for a more finished look. I think the bright colors really stand out nice from the more plain kraft cardstock.

QUICK TIP:  Practice your coloring first on a scrap piece of paper to make sure your color combos are what you want them to be before you commit them to your final project.

6.2014 SS CA challenge2Summer makes me think of bright colors and you can let your imagination run wild. Experiment with some bright colors today!

–Lisa

 

 

Love you to the moon and back…Inspired by card

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This card is inspired by the awesome Jennifer McGuire and is based on her post: http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2014/05/video-ink-splatter-new-hero-arts-discount-code-giveaway.html

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I took some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers and a blending tool to layer on some color to the white cardstock I used.
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I think used my Derwent Inktense pencils to splatter on some more color. I love the Inktense pencils because they add a vibrant color to your project. I used a cheapy paint brush to splatter some of the color onto my card stock. I got the paint brush wet first and then rubbed the tip of the paintbrush to the tip of the pencils and then flicked the color onto the cardstock.

QUICK TIP:  Use a craft sheet or plastic placemat or some other surface that you can easily clean when you are done. This can definitely make a mess.  Also, I recommend doing a few trial runs to figure out the amount of water versus color you want to use. You can always use the trial pieces for other projects.

This is what it looked like when I finished. I used my heat tool to dry the color between applications so the color would not get muddy.

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I then used my punch bunch MegaGiant (around 3 inches) circle punch and my Fiskars circle punch (around 2 inches). I didn’t have the exact punches that Jennifer used so I adapted it to the ones I had. I had a star punch that I used but you could easily use any die cut stars you have on hand. I used glitter paper from Recollections ( a Michaels’ brand) but you could use any glitter paper you have on hand.

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I cut out the big circle and then cut into the big circle with the smaller one to make a moon shape. You could make the moon as full or crescent as you would like.

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For my sentiment I used my computer to print it out. I found fonts that I liked together.  I printed out a bunch so I could make multiples of this card.

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I simply adhered the elements to a standard size note card and added some yellow bling. I cut the sentiment into a banner shape and adhered the moon and sentiment with double sided adhesive so it popped off the page.
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You could have so many different color combinations for this card and it will be unique every time.  There are a lot of elements but this was a pretty simple card to put together.

–Lisa

Sparkly Flowers Card

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Summer makes me think of flowers and brilliant colors.  I made a sparkly flower card for Mother’s Day, but this card could easily be transformed into a thank you, birthday, or just a general hello card with a switch of the sentiment.

Die cutting and glitter are really popular right now, and I found another way to achieve those looks, especially if you are in a hurry.  I found some gorgeous glittery paper from Michael’s, and I used my Martha Stewart flower punch to create a glittery die cut look without sprinkling any glitter. I also used my Spellbenders floral ovals dies to help create the sentiment.

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The glitter stays put and you get a dramatic statement for your card. The nice thing about using glitter is that the rest of your card can be pretty simple since the main attraction is that glittery element.

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Last, but not least, I used silver embossing to create the sentiment and the hearts. I die cute the hearts using my Big Shot, and then double embossed the hearts using Hero Arts Silver embossing powder. I just used my tweezers and embossed the heart once and the let it cool and them embossed it again to get a more textured raised look to the cardstock heart.  You could also temporarily adhere the hearts to cardboard and emboss that way so the hearts don’t move on you. I couldn’t resist adding a bit more bling and adhered two jewels to the hearts.

QUICK TIP: When double embossing make sure the embossing has time to dry. If you touch it too soon you will smudge and crease the embossed area and it will ruin the nice smooth image.  This was part of the reason why I added the jewels.  I learned this the hard way. Although I will say it was a happy accident.  🙂

I used a pre-made 5X& notecard, but you could easily use any notecard or create your own notecard using cardstock and the Martha Stewart Score board.  4005002msscoreI love using floral designs in my cards  and they add a touch of elegance to any project.  Give it a try!

–Lisa