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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

 

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.

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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!

 

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

Kitty Happy Birthday

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I had another bit of inspiration for the Virignia’s View Challenge featuring Die cuts!

I colored in this adorable kitty from the Penny Black Big Wish Stamp Set a few days ago with my Derwent Watercolour pencils and was  thinking of a way to make him into a card. I added some Glossy Accents to his party hat to make it appear shiny.  I also added a little Wink of Stella to the kitty to make him sparkle. I have found that there seems to always be a reason to use a little Wink of Stella.

I have an 8-year-old daughter and it is always wise to have a few kiddo birthday cards ready to go for birthday party invites.

I forgot to add the Sizzix Circle Framelit dies that I used to cut the circles with my Big Shot in the Materials picture!  Opps!

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I started by die cutting a circle into a square pre made notecard from Michael’s. I added some SEI patterned paper on the inside and attached my birthday kitty on some foam tape so it would pop up out of the circle. I played on a black and turquoise theme for this one.  I love that color combo and the cute kitty and bright turquoise work great to offset the small splashes of black that I have so it keeps it looking like a kid’s card. Although I could see this as a cute woman’s card too actually.

I kept this pretty simple by adding some sequins (found at Hobby Lobby) and a simple sentiment from the Chit Chat Paper Smooches Stamp Set. I used a border stamp from my Stampabilities Mixed Border Stamp Set(another Hobby Lobby find).  I embossed the sentiment with American Crafts Zing Black Embossing Powder. I added some Sakura Black Micron 005 Marker to the outline of the sentiment and border because for some reason I didn’t get a crisp enough outline like I wanted. I am wondering if I might need some more Versamark.

I spaced out my sequins to make sure they looked good to my eye and then I one by one glued them down with some Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

I love this sweet little cat and I can see myself using this stamp over and over again. This card would be easy to reproduce but yet is still so cute!

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I am entering this into the Virginia’s View Challenge–Die cuts! I am loving Die cuts right now, so this challenge has been great inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Little Girl Birthday Card

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I started with this cute little birthday girl from the Penny Black Big Wish stamp set.  I bought it so I could practice my coloring techniques. I used watercolor pencil (Derwent Inktense and regular Watercolor) and a little Sakura Micron Pen (for her bows) to color her in. I usually use a Tim Holtz waterbrush, but decided to break out my real watercolor brushes (DaVinci) to try this time.

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I added a bit of Elmer’s White Paint Marker for the dots on her hat and dress. I wasn’t terribly fond of the dots, so I added some tiny bling to the flowers and some glossy accents to the balloon and the dots on her hat.

I embossed some little hearts from another set onto the notecard because it was looking a little plain.  I used Recollections White tinsel embossing powder.  It embossed clear with some glitter.  I embossed the sentiment that also comes with the set,  with some Recollections Purple Detail embossing powder. I used the Sizzix Framelits Flower Dies to create the background behind the little girl. I used the 2nd to largest for the image, and the largest for the two background papers. I used that same foil paper and striped paper I mentioned in other posts from Recollections as well.

It felt like it was missing some more dimension/texture, so I added a washi tape banner. The washi tape is from We R Memory Keepers (bought from Costco) and I had some embroidery floss lying around that I used as the string for the banner. I used a ready-made note card again, and am pretty happy with how this turned out.

I am thrilled to enter this creation into Virginia’s View Challenge.  This week is die cuts!]

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I hope you enjoy ! Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

Color Challenge Birthday Card

7.2014chevroncolor challengeI created a Color Throwdown Challenge card. This was the pallette:

swatch+299 (1)I decided to use my Pale Tomato Hero Arts ink pad for the strawberry slush, Broken China Distress Ink for the Tempting Turquoise, and the flowers for the Very Vanilla.

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I took my chevron stencil and used round spongers to  blot and blend the ink onto my cardstock. I added some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker over the colored chevron for some sparkle.

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I added some Recollections and Making Memories paper flowers for a corner accent and brought in more of the red color with Doodlebug acrylic letter tiles. They spell out “luv”.

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The card looked a little too simple and so I added some silver foil paper from the Michael’s Recollection brand. If you don’t have silver foil paper, you could easily use plain paper and use silver embossing powder to create those strips of paper. I used my Xyron and some Tombow Mono Multi Glue to adhere the silver strips, and I preferred the Xyron strips. The Tombow didn’t work as good for this application in my opinion.

I stamped a happy birthday sentiment with my Avery Elle Cake and Candles stamp set onto some scrap vellum I had in my stash. I cut the banner shape and used glue dots to dug the sentiment banner under the flowers.

I used my Cropadile 1/2″ corner chomper to round the corners. I like the way the banner stands out a bit, and this pale red color and the turquoise offset each other nicely.

This one had me stumped at first, so I enjoyed the color combination since I wanted to use it for something other than a patriotic theme. I  have a glitter chevron  that I rejected for this challenge that I think I will finish up and post soon.

Thanks Color Throwdown for the inspiration!

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Thanks for visiting!

–Lisa

 

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

 

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