7/07/2020

Ocean Deep

Happy Tuesday!  Today is a color challenge at CAS Colors & Sketches and I thought the colors would be perfect for this little mermaid.
 Here are the colors for the challenge:
The "waves" are hot foiled and watercolored with the Pacific Point  and Gorgeous Grape.  I used the challenge colors and neutrals for the mermaid.  Details on creating the card will be on the Cottage Cutz blog on Friday.

Stamps: Stampendous
Dies: Cottage Cutz Mermaid
Hot Foil Plate: Spellbinders Hand Drawn Waves

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7/02/2020

Road Trip!

I'm very excited today!  This is my first day on the design team for the Tic Tac Toe challenge AND I am the featured designer.  That means I designed the board.  So depending on whether or not you like the elements this week, you have me to thank or blame.  LOL!

I've mentioned this challenge a few times before.  I find it especially fun because I get to choose the elements I want to include on my card.  Like in Tic Tac Toe you choose a row, column or diagonal and use those items.
My card used the far right column from this board - road trip, stencil, die cut word.
I'm a convertible girl and I've owned two red ones in my life (now and back in college.)  I really wanted to make the car red but I liked the turquoise car better for this card.  Maybe I'll remake it with a red one.

I hope you'll join us for the challenge.  It ends on Tuesday at noon central time.

Dies: Spellbinders Sunday Drive, Stampin' Up! Sweet Silhouette (word), Stamps of Life Scalloped Rectangles
Stencils: Lawn Fawn Hillside, MFT Mini Clouds

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6/30/2020

Timeless Tuesday Double Challenge Card

Today is the fifth Tuesday of the month and at CAS Colours & Sketches it means we have a double challenge - both sketch and colors.  The sketch is always one that was used previously and the colors are all retired Stampin' Up! colors.
I like these challenges because I find it fun to revisit old colors even though there really is nothing from stopping me from using them now.  But like so many things, when something new comes along I gravitate towards it.

This week the colors are Blush Blossom, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue.  I used the current Bloom and Grow stamp and die set along with the Parisian Flourish embossing folder.  The image is watercolored using the reinkers. This did take a little while as I wanted some depth and shading so I layered the colors.  This requires that the colors dry between applications.  I used a very light brown ink for the stamp and was considering restamping the image once colored (I used my Stamparatus) but decided against this as I liked the soft look without sharp lines.  I list substitute colors below which are currently available and are close to the challenge colors.

Here is the challenge:

Inks: Blush Blossom - retired, substitute color Petal Pink; Certainly Celery - retired, substitute color Pear Pizzazz; Bashful Blue - retired, substitute colors Balmy Blue or Seaside Spray
Cardstock: Whisper White Thick, Certainly Celery - retired, substitute Pear Pizzazz

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6/29/2020

Peace, Love and Coloring

Good evening! I told myself I would not buy so many stamps this year and the ones I did buy I would make a sincere attempt to use them right away.  I'm not doing the best on this resolution, however this card uses two new stamps and I'm using them within a month of receipt.  I'm feeling good about that!  I had tons of fun coloring her; I think I may do the same card in Christmas colors - wouldn't that sentiment be perfect for the holidays?
This version is for the color challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week - Gorgeous Grape, Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point.  I admit to a little cheating - the smiley face on her shoe shouldn't be in a non-challenge, non-neutral color.  But if you remember when happy faces came out in the 60s you'll remember they were only yellow, so.....I needed to be accurate.

She is colored in Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils.  Here she is in rough layout and before the pencils.
I hope you'll find time to join us this week at Splitcoaststampers for the color challenge!

Stamps: Stamping Bella Oddball Hippe and Good Vibes Sentiment
Inks: Copic markers and Prismacolor (PC #s) Gorgeous Grape V000,V12, V15, V17, PC932, PC1008, PC1026; Bermuda Bay BG10, BG11, BG45, BG49, PC905, PC 992; Pacific Point B00, B02, B05, B06, PC1024, PC1040, PC 103; Skin E50, E51, E11; Hair  E53, E35, E3, E29, PC943, PC945, PC946, PC947; Shoes E30, E31, E33, E35 PC939, PC997; Other C00, C01, C02, C03, PC1065
Dies: MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2

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6/24/2020

A Quick Card with Pampered Pets

I have a very quick card today with the Pampered Pets set from Stampin' Up!  I like the stamps in the set and I LOVE the paper.  I'm not really a patterned paper person - I definitely use them more as accents - but I'm going to try using the paper as the main focus on later cards.  This paper pack has some great designs!  Stay tuned!
The paper design is very graphic but the stamp set has a more sketchy feel.  In keeping with that I used watercolor pencils to loosely color the dog and bowl.  I'm pleased with how the dog came out but not as much with the bowl.  Watercolor (at least for me) is one of those things you just keep doing until you get it right.  I can't control it like I can my markers; it comes out different every time.  Ultimately, I liked the bowl enough to use the card.  Part of doing loose coloring is embracing the imperfections!

The layout here is simple and the card went super fast.  Less than 45 minutes.

Here are the supplies I used:

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Pampered Pets
Paper: Watercolor or use Shimmery White, Playful Pets Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Watercolor pencils, Playful Pets trim combo, Playful Pets trinkets
Playful Pets Suite (stamps, dies, DSP, trim and trinkets!), Playful Pets Bundle (stamps & dies only)
The stamps and dies are 10% off when purchased as part of the suite or bundle!


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