11/13/2018

Painted Flowers

Today's card combines challenges from two different sources - Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge and CAS Colours and Sketches Sketch challenge.  The colors at Splitcoast Stampers this week are very close to the colors from last week's color challenge at CC&S.
Here is the sketch:
The colors are Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green, Balmy Blue and Rich Razzleberry.

I used a curved scallop die instead of a straight one (I don't have a straight one) and a stamp set that I've had for some time but have never used.  A NBUS (never been used stamp) is the dessert option this week at SCS.  This Alenew set is beautiful but it took me some time to really figure it out in terms of lining up the images.  Thankfully, the style is loose so precision in alignment isn't necessary!  Instead of using two colors for the flowers I opted to stamp off the first layer and stamp the second layer full strength.  I tried using the berry over the yellow but did not like the look.  I also stamped off the green to make it lighter.
To add my touch of Razzleberry I decided upon a single glitter enamel dot.  I thought the green, yellow and blue were so pretty together I didn't want to overpower it with the berry.

Stamps: Altenew Painted Flowers
Die: Simon Says Stamp
Paper: Stampin' Up! Subtles DSP stack

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11/06/2018

A Little Bird and Card Challenges

It's Tuesday and another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I made two cards this week.  Not by design but because after I finished my first card I realized that it was perhaps a bit off the mark for the challenge.  I went back to the drawing board (so to speak) and came up with this card.
The posted challenge:
Simple enough - fairly straight forward.  The birds above use a two step stamp set.  I used one color 
per bird and splattered the Balmy Blue ink using a watercolor brush.  The brush was wet when I dipped it in the ink but I did not add water to the ink so that the blue color wasn't diluted.  Since I didn't add water, I REALLY had to load the brush with ink to get it to splatter.

My first card (below) uses the same birds but a different sentiment set.  While I really like this card, there were several issues with it so I decided not to use it as my Design Team card this week.

I like to watercolor my backgrounds and did so here.  I know that blue and yellow combine to make green but in person you can see the layers of blue and yellow on the panel. The green in the background is not SO green.  I was afraid this made it look like I had added another color.  And after adding all the layers I decided the card was just a bit too far from being "clean and simple" - part of the name of the challenge! As part of the design team I didn’t want it looking like I went rogue!


That said, all card challenges (at least the ones I participate in) are for FUN!  While "following the rules" is what makes them challenges, fun is the most important element in them.  I enjoy entering them because they often get me to think outside of my comfort zone, use supplies that I haven't used before, or make part of the design decision for me allowing me to focus on other parts of the card.

Stamps: MFT Mod Birds, MFT Sassy Pants Best Friends, Picket Fence Levels of Friendship
Dies: MFT Mod Birds, MFT Peekaboo Window

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11/04/2018

Pumpkins Everywhere

Happy Sunday!  I hope you are having a good weekend.  The card that I'm posting today has no stamping - just die cuts.  While I know many of you are stampers, I also know that there are those who prefer dies.  In fact, I have a friend who makes only die cut or punched cards.  She has a Big Shot, but only a couple of stamps!  And they're sentiment stamps  - no images.
The card was inspired by this week's Fusion challenge:
I chose to use both elements of inspiration - the sketch and the theme. I interpreted things pretty literally just changing the oval to a pie. There are times when doing challenges I interpret things in a looser way.  But I love fall colors so I just had to go with a total autumn look.
I die cut the various pieces in colored card stock and tipped the edges with ink to add dimension.  Often I will cut the pieces from white and use markers or ink to color them but this time I felt the colored card stock was best.

And of course I added sequins for some sparkle.  (I just organized my sequins so you'll be seeing more of them in upcoming cards now that I know what I have!)

Dies: Cottage Cutz Pumpkins and Vines, Pumpkin Pie & Latte,  Double Stitched Circle Set
Paper: Echo Park Celebrate Autumn

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11/02/2018

Fur Baby Congratulations

Happy Friday!!!  Are you looking forward to the weekend?  I am!  Today I have a simple card that is perfect for those friends who have just become fur parents.  (My husband would just die if he heard me say that.  He hates when I call our dog the fur baby!)
 
This cute little guy is a new die from Cottage Cutz.  Although he can be for Christmas (he comes with reindeer antlers and a Santa hat)  I chose to make him without costume.

Very simple to make.  The dog is all die cut and the sentiment is heat embossed on a panel slightly smaller than the die cut frame.  I embossed the white panel using a paw print embossing folder.
The framed panel is popped off the embossed panel using foam tape and the whole thing is adhered to a red top folding A2 card base.  This is super simple to make, but sometimes that is just what you need!

Dies: Cottage Cutz Dakota the Husky and Stitched Wide Frames
Stamp: MFT New Best Friend

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10/30/2018

Mermaid Dreams

I was going to post this Monday and say it was "Magical Monday" but my internet connection was so poor last night I couldn't do it.  AUGH!!!! technology...  And that's why I love my art!  It's low tech.
This card is for the color challenge at Splitcoast Stampers this week - Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler and Blueberry Bushel.  This really was challenging for me and I had a tough time thinking of an image to use.  Then I came across this Laurel Burch stamp.

I have loved her artwork since the 80s and when I discovered that some of it was being released in stamps I was so excited!  If you are not familiar with her, her art is very graphic, colorful and whimsical.  Unfortunately she passed away in 2007, but has left beautiful art as her legacy.

When coloring this I tried to stay somewhat true to her style.  I used ZIG Kuretake brush markers in order to get depth of shading.  The most difficult part of the card for me was the layout.  I wanted it to be somewhat organic.  I used a swirl embossing folder on Vanilla card stock and the distressed that with sand paper and some Distress Oxide Antique Linen ink.  The mermaid panel was too pristine so instead of die cutting out the panel I ripped the edges - always a hard thing to do!
The dessert option this week is to add some shimmer or sparkle so after tearing I touched the edges with both Antique Linen and shimmer paint.  It is all mounted to a shimmery piece of card stock that my mother-in-law gave me.  I have no idea what it is, but it's pretty!  I cut the word Dream from the same card stock.

Stamp: Stampendous Laurel Burch Mermaid
Die: Penny Black
ZIG Kuretake Brush Pens: Persian Blue, Turquoise Green, Wine Red, Olive Green, Beige, Flesh Color, Dark Brown
Ink: Distress Oxide Antique Linen, Stampin' Up! Frost White Shimmer Paint
Embossing Folder: Stampin' Up!Swirls and Curls


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