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Witchy Halloween card–Distress Ink

9.2014witchWell, I am starting to feel a bit ready for fall. I do love Halloween and although I don’t really send out Halloween cards I may have to rethink that because this sweet witch stamp is too cute not share!

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I stamped the witch with Ranger Archival Ink on some Strathmore watercolor paper.  I really like this paper. It is a good value and gives great results.  I then used my Distress Inks and Distress Markers to color her. I used Black Soot and Seedless Preserves on her dress and hat. I used Peeled Paint and Seedless Preserves on the stripes on her hat, dress, and stockings.  I used Spiced Marmalade for the pumpkins. I just layered the color to add some shading and darker colors. I ended up using my heat gun to dry things so I could keep going.  I used Crushed Olive for her hair and added some white dot detail using my Gelly Roll pen. I couldn’t resist adding some Wink of Stell to her dress and hat for a little sparkle.

I love how she turned out.

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I then used some purple cardstock (from the multi-color packs from Michaels) behind my image and for the “Trick or Treat” sentiment. The Trick or Treat sentiment is from an old Stampin’ Up set. A similar sentiment would not be hard to find.  I embossed the Trick or Treat sentiment with Wow Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing powder.  and cut out with my Fiskars circle punch.  I added some white dot detail with Gelly Roll pen too.  I used foam tape to pop the image off the notecard. I finally added some Paper Studio Baker’s Twine for a bit more detail. I sometimes find it hard to stop myself and didn’t want the card to be too busy. I think I prefer a more clean and simple design. I am not as good at the shabby chic look.

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Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you enjoyed, and I would love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments!

—Lisa

 

Fall Sympathy Card—SSS Wednesday Challenge

9.2014flowerfallsympathytwineUnfortunately I needed a sympathy card for an extended member of the family this week. I am reluctantly heading into the fall pallette of colors and wanted something simple. Sympathy cards are tough sometimes, because I want to cheer the person up, but don’t want the card to be blingy or colorful.

For this card, I used a pre-made kraft cardstock notecard from Michael’s. I embossed it with the big dots embossing folder from Lifestyle crafts.

20140907_143653I stamped the flower stamp (Savvycrafts) using red orange, yellow, and green distress inks on watercolor paper. After I stamped all the images, I used my paintbrush to fill in the petals of the flowers. It has a watercolor effect but it is not too splotchy, since the distress inks don’t have complete coverage on the paper when I stamped them.  If you don’t have a flower stamp like this one, you could use hearts, leaves, or any other medium shape that would work.  I made sure to be careful to wipe my brush clean between flowers so that the ink wouldn’t bleed into each other and get a muddy effect.

I used two sentiments. On the front, I embossed “sorry for your loss” from Hero Arts, and then stamped “Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you”  from Recollections on the inside with black Ranger archival ink. The newsprint vellum is from K&Company. I had it in my stash. I adhered the vellum to the watercolor piece and then used foam tape to pop the whole thing off the notecard.

I added white hearts in the middle of my flowers with my gelly roll white gel pen, and the used Forest moss distress ink to color in around the flowers. I smooshed the ink pad on my craft sheet and then sprayed it with a lot of water. I took my paintbrush and then painted the background of the  flowers. I made sure that my flowers were dry before I did this so the ink wouldn’t run.

Finally, I added some Paper Studio(Hobby Lobby) bakers twine around the top of the sentiment.

I am going to enter this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Check it out and all the other fantastic posts for STAMPTEMBER!

Thanks for stopping by!  If you have any comments or questions, I would love to hear them!

–Lisa

 

 

Modeling paste cherry blossom birthday card–SSS Wednesday Challenge STAMPTEMBER!

9.2014flowergirlbdayI am not ready for fall so I wanted to create a fun Springy card! I just got an awesome order from DickBlick and some modeling paste was in it. I tinted the modeling paste with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and then applied it to a cherry blossom stencil, also new from Dick Blick.20140904_175559

I used a pre made white notecard from Michael’s and was very pleased with the results of this modeling paste. It was firm opaque and took color great!20140904_175723I wanted the cherry blossom paste to be the star, so I chose a cute Penny Black Stamp as an accent. I colored her in with my Derwent Inktense Pencils (LOVE LOVE THEM!).  The colors are so rich. I added some dots on the dog’s and her bow, her scarf,and re-outlined some of the black lines with my Le Pen.

9.2014flowergirlbdaycloseI WISH Penny Black had dies for their sweet stamps. Fussy cutting that out is a PAIN! I used a sentiment from Paper Smooches, and rounded the corners.  It is pretty simple, but the modeling paste makes a bigger statement, so I think it is still balanced.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!  Love me some STAMPTEMBER!

Thanks for stopping by!  Love to hear your comments and questions!

–Lisa

 

 

 

Birch tree birthday card–SSS Wednesday Challenge–Anything goes!

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I am finally back at my craft desk! School started this week and between getting three kiddos off to three different schools and teaching full-time my brain was fried. I need to get back into the swing of things and find a balance again with crafting and work and home.

Lucky for me Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge is ANYTHING GOES!  Check it out here!

My hubby’s birthday is coming up and I wanted to create something elegant and masculine. I just received this My Craft Box birch tree stencil from Dick Blick and knew I wanted to use it.  I wanted to create a warm sunset feel to the card.  The inspiration came to me this morning while I was brushing my teeth.  Creative ideas always come to me at strange times.

20140830_133433I used these colors to create my background.

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I used painter’s tape to tape down my stencil on my craft sheet. I used a Tim Holtz sponge tool to dab on the color. It was just trial and error. I love distress inks because it gives me such versatility and the ability to play around with the inks. It is very rare that I have to scrap a piece when I used distress ink. I can ink it, add water, dab water off, and it always manages to work.
20140830_134507This is what it looked like when I was finished. I trimmed it down, and added it to a black 5X7 notecard.

20140830_143053I added a Computer font greeting (Nokie Brush MK) and gold embossed hearts (the heart is from the love you S’more Lawn Fawn Set). I knew I wanted that greeting and I thought it went nice with the background trees setting. It reminds me of happy memories of our vacations up north Wisconsin at sunset.  I also added some gold Wink of Stella marker lines (also new from Dick Blick) to the black card. They are a little hard to see in the picture, but they show up nicely in person. I punched out some hearts to break up the black notecard.

This card turned out exactly how I had hoped it would. Thanks for stopping by!

-Lisa

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Crabby sandcastle card–Jane’s Doodles and SSS Wednesday Challenge

8.2014crabsandcastlecloseI found this sweet FREE digital file from Jane’s Doodles. I immediately feel in love with it and was so grateful that Jane was letting us have it for free!

I knew this would be perfect for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

8.1014crabsandcastlecloserHere is a close up of this cute file.  I used Derwent Inktense and regular watercolour pencils to color this in. I also used some Distress Markers to tweak my coloring technique. It really is just some trial and error.  Have some fun and play. I find that is when I usually hit on a winning technique. I then outlined all of the images with my Micron black marker to make the edges crisp.

I then used some Elmer’s glue and spread a thin amount on the sandcastle. I sprinkled some Martha Stewart glitter onto the sand castle with the glue and with my fingers mixed it around to make a pasty sandy appearance. I really liked the result. I used darker brown for the opening of the sandcastle to keep the shading. I then used my Micron marker and outlined the edges of the images again since some of the glitter spread over the edges. I used an Xacto blade to scrap some of the glitter that went over the edges as well and the worked really well to clean it up. I find that if I waited until the glue/glitter dried it was easier to outline it and the glue/glitter mixture didn’t goop up my Micron marker.

I then used two coats of glossy accents on the crab. I added some white dots (inspiration from (Nichol Magouirk) on the crab on top of the glossy accents. I punched out a little heart and put glossy accents on that too. I think I may be addicted to glossy accents.

I then used Distress inks to create the background. I just played around until I liked the results. It is a pretty forgiving technique. You can dab up what you don’t like with a towel and make changes pretty easily.  I added some more concentrated color with Derwent watercolour pencils/Distress Inks and a paint brush and flicked the color onto the images.

The image is cut out of the banner shape from the Lawn Fawn Die set. I then cut out a piece of chevron paper from a Recollections paper pad I have. I tied a bow with some Paper Studio Baker’s Twine and added some clear sequins. It is all on a pre made kraft notecard from Michael’s.  I think this would be a fun card to duplicate and try different coloring combos with it.

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QUICK TIP:  I did not put any kind of sentiment on this card yet. It would work well for so many different types of cards. Have some generic cards that you can dress up easily with a sentiment if you need to when the moment arrives. I could add a banner above the sand castle to say “Happy Birthday!”  I could add a “Thanks” to the other claw of the crab, or I could stamp a sentiment right on the sand. There are so many cards that could work for many different situations, so if you have some cards that are all ready to go besides the sentiment you can add something quickly and be ready to send it out!

Check out the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Nautical card–Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge

8.2014nautigalSince it is summer and I am not even remotely ready for fall yet, I wanted to use some nautical colors, stamps, and my favorite stamp set, Paper Smooches –Chit Chat. I am entering this card in their current Sparks Challenge.

I can’t afford to buy new products with every release, so I am always looking for stamp sets that I can use in MANY different ways. The Paper Smooches–Chit Chat set is one of those. I love the variety of sentiments, fonts, sizes, and styles in this one set.  I am so happy I spent my money on it.

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So, for this card, I used a pre made notecard that I had from Michael’s, as the base. I cut up some white cardstock, and stamped anchors across it with a variety of Hero Arts inks. I first lightly drew some diagonal lines with a pencil on the cardstock so I could line up the anchors relatively straight.

20140804_163043After I had the anchors completed I inked up some white cardstock with my Navy blue hero arts ink to match the ink on the anchors. the anchors came from a little set from Prima at Hobby Lobby.  I then used some twine I found in the garden section at Wal-mart to make some circles that I adhered with glue dots.  The garden twine at Wal-Mart comes in a big roll and you can separate it into three sections so you can use thinner or thicker pieces depending on what you want for your project.  I think making a cute nautical knot would have been a cute option too.

20140804_162808Before I adhered the twine to the sentiment flag, I created the sentiment flag using words from the Paper Smooches–Chit Chat Set. I used Limeade Recollections Detail Embossing powder from Michael’s and the Butter Bar Hero Arts Shadow Ink. I found these cute little dot sponge applicators at Wal-mart and used them to sponge on the color. They make a circle  with a bit of splatter around it. I loved the effect and the sponge applicator were only a couple of dollars at most.

20140804_16295420140804_163010I then cut out the flag shape at one end of the sentiment and cut out a little heart with an old heart punch. I made flags from my We R Memory Keepers Washi tape and glued those behind the sentiment.

For the finishing touch, I sponged dots onto a white piece of cardstock with Orange Soda Hero Arts Ink, and  I cut out three hearts from my Sizzix Framelits dies. I added glossy accents for some shine and dimension and used foam dots to adhere them to the notecard. I used foam adhesive to keep the anchor/sentiment embellishment popped up off the card.

Check out the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge here! I really love their cute little critters sets too!

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Thanks for stopping by! I am happy to hear all your comments!

–Lisa

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Hello Card

8.2014flowerhelloIt is nice to have some general cards on hand that could be used for birthdays, thank yous, or just  thinking of you cards. I am going to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challlenge—Anything Goes!

I started with the idea of wanting a soft watercolor flower look. I used my Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint Distress Markers to color in the flower image (from Doodlebug). I then stamped the image onto Strathmore watercolor paper and it left a soft imprint with some blank spaces. I then took my paint brush and added some water and scribbled a bit of each color on my craft sheet to lightly fill in some of the image, but being careful to leave some white space. I think that is the biggest challenge for me when it comes to watercolor is embracing the white space!  I think it is the leftover childhood refrain of color everything in that still rings in my head.  With watercolors, though the white space it what makes the creation.

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I added some white dots (ala Nichol Magouirk) on the leaves for some interest. I glued a purple sequin into the center of each flower since this stamp and die cut it leaves that area perfectly blank.

I dry embossed the image on some tan cardstock with the Cricut Cuttlebug Birds and swirls embossing folder.  Opps!  I forgot to include it in my supply shot!

I added a sentiment from the Paper Smooches Chit Chat Stamp set with the banner die from the same Doodlebug set. I used vellum for the sentiment. The vellum added some more softness that went well with the softness of the watercolor. I embossed the sentiment with American Crafts Copper Embossing Powder. I just bought this and I LOVE it. The copper color is really great.  I used foam dots to pop the flowers  up off the card a bit and glued the sentiment down carefully by adding some Ranger Multi Medium Matte so it would not show.

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I tied some purple bakers twine from Paper Studio around the tan embossed piece and adhered it to my notecard. Before I attached the notecard, however, I added little white dots with my Gelly Roll white marker to break up all that tan and tie back into the dots on the flowers. I used some Hero Arts Lime Green Shadow Ink to make an outline on my notecard to break up the more  neutral palette of this card.  Finally,  I added some white lines around the lime green edge of the notecard.

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Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Heart Die Cut Birthday Card–Avery Elle Challenge

8.2014everyellebdaycloseupI’m back!  Whew. It has been a busy couple of weeks. We went to the OBX with my in-laws and then as soon as we got home it was our son’s 17th birthday and then my mother came to visit for a week.  It has been a whirlwind of plans, celebrations, and visiting.  It has been wonderful, but it has kept me away from my crafting!  I have enjoyed seeing all the creations on Instagram, but I was itching to create my own things!

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I am getting back into the groove with an Avery Elle Challenge. I love the Cake and Candles stamp set I have and wanted to use it with their die cut challenge.

I had the idea of the hearts as a design on my notecard at first.  I am in love with all things chevron right now and had this paper from a sale pack of Recollections paper from Michael’s. I had not plan where I was going and once I put the hearts on the notecard I was stuck.  I decided to keep it simple, but sparkly!  I embossed the sentiment with Hero Arts Silver Embossing powder and took a Elmer’s Silver Paint Marker to make the silver dots on the front of the card.

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I had some leftover peach Bazzill cardstock that I layered behind my sentiment (also on Bazzill cardstock) and popped it up with foam dots for added dimension. It is a simple card but incorporates a few different techniques.

Hope you enjoyed!  As always I love to hear your comments.

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Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Birthday fishes

7.2014fishesbdayI have been really inspired by the cute summer cards that I have seen on Instagram lately. Since my family just spent a week in the OBX, summer and beach is  definitely on my mind.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge fit in perfectly with a summer theme.  I have this adorable stamp set from Recollections that features lots of sea creatures. I stamped a whole bunch of them on Strathmore Watercolor Paper, and got to coloring!  I used Derwent Inktense Pencils to create these vibrant fish. I practiced a lot of different color combinations and  finally settled on a rainbow scheme with charcoal grey. I liked the cohesiveness of the fish using that color combination.  I have a bunch of other fish that I colored in other combinations that I can use on other cards.

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QUICK TIP: To keep the fish looking neat and the color staying in the lines, I drew in the colored sections of the fish first, and then let them dry before I colored in the grey parts. Since this stamp is pretty small, I was finding that the color was bleeding into the other areas of the fish if I tried coloring the whole fish at one time. I know the point of watercolor is a soft flowing look, but I just found the effect too messy for this project.

After I colored in the fish, I added glossy accents to make them look wet and shiny. I forgot to add the Wink of Stella to the fish, and that bums me out since I think that would have looked really cute.

I made the background with Strathmore watercolor paper and all the Distress Ink blues that I own. I layered the color so that the lightest blue would be at the “top” of the ocean with progressively darker colors of blue as you would go deeper down.

I cut waves out of vellum, and attached them to the background with Multi Medium Matte. I put a navy piece of cardstock behind the water scene to give it a little more dimension. I added sequins for a bit more shine and sparkle. I stamped the bubbles and colored them in with a distress marker and added glossy accents to make them look like water.

For the sentiment,  I printed it out on my computer using the font Wacky Action BTN 22pt. I used grays, going from lighter to darker to mimic the gradually descent into the deep parts of the ocean. I used foam dots for the sentiment and the fish. I was inspired by Nichol Magouirk, who made up her own sentiments. Since I didn’t have any ocean related sentiment stamps, this was a good solution. Inside the card, I have another fish, and the sentiment says “…and hoping you have oceans of fun on your birthday!”

I love this card, and I am going to make a few more like this, since the little fish is so cute! This is a 5X7 notecard, but I think I will make a few A2 size.

Check out the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  It is full of great inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear any comments or questions you may have.

–Lisa

 

 

More kitty birthday wishes….spots and dots SSS challenge

7.2014kittybannerinsta   I couldn’t resist another attempt at the cute Penny Black kitty stamp. I don’t have a supplies picture this time but I did use a Paper Source note card ( from Michael’s), We R Memory Keepers washi tape ( from Costco), twine ( from the garden section at Walmart), and the birthday sentiment is from the Avery Elle Cake And Wishes Stamp set. The sentiment was stamped on the circle I punched out for my previous card. I added some glossy accents and some Wink of Stella to the kitty’s party hat. I used  Hero arts soft granite and tide pool shadow inks for the sentiment.

I used my Cricut for the “best wishes”. This card was easy to create and it would be easy to replicate.

I am joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge…Spots and Dots.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa