Thursday, July 28, 2016

Seize the Birthday - Toppings Pink and Brown

It is time for another Seize the Birthday Challenge. 

I would like to welcome our surprise quest for the Months of
 June and July ...... Mynn Kitchen 

you can check out her blog  here.

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!
The toppings for this challenge, Use Pink and Brown
If your not a toppings kinda person, can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!
Here is my example 

There comes a time when a birthday card should be a funny one.  I wanted to do just that this month and I when right to my Tim Holtz  Crazy Birds.  I colored and fussy cut the bird out and added a feminine hat.  The sentiment is from Cas-ual Fridays, Whole Shebang. 
I added an swiss dot ribbon colored pink and some swirls of shiny rhinestones. 
Here is another view. 

Check out the inside sentiment, also from the Cas-ual Friday stamp. 

Be sure to check out what all of the other design team have done for you
 at Seize the Birthday 
Thanks for stopping to see more.  I will be looking for your entries at Seize the Birthday this month.

Monday, July 25, 2016

"Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge".

Look at all of the inspiration that this photo brings.  It will be fun to see what others are inspired by from it.  I loved the pattern of the rug and the colors of Aqua Mist and Berry Sorbet.
Here is the card that I was inspired to make after looking at the photo.
I used a Sizzix embossing folder with the pattern from the picture, and wiped white pigment ink on it, then embossed. The paper is Stormy Sea by PTI a bit darker in my photo than in real life.  Next I stamped the flowers from the Vintage Linens stamp by PTI with versa mark ink and Platinum EP onto water color paper.  They are then colored with the Berry Sorbet and Aqua Mist and my water brush.  I made a mistake here with the leaves and I loved the mistake and left it.  I sprinkled EP on the leaves forgetting that it would stick to the entire leave.  So I brushed some off, and heated the rest.  I wish you could see it better. The sentiment is from Phrase Play #11 stamp set.

I will be linking this up to the Blog Hop today at Papertrey Ink. Take a look at what others are doing with the inspiration photo.

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you have left a comment,  Thank you!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Double D Challenge Shades of PURPLE

Look at all of these gorgeous shades of Purple.  It can be a vibrant color or a very soft one.  The choice is yours.  Today's card  started out as one that I was making for fun.  I had some new stamps and really wanted to try them out.  As soon as I picked up my colors to start, I remember seeing somethings about a purple challenge.  Sure enought, it was The Double D Challenge this week. 

                                                              Here is my card

The stamp set that I used is the rather new one from Gina K designs.  I finally got it as it was out of stock.  Thanks Donna Phelan, for letting me know that it was back in.  Quick as a rabbit, I ordered it and now I can play with it.  I love hydrangeas, they remind me of my grandmother's garden. Hers here pink, but I love the purple ones as well.  So I just stamped the flower down the water color card stock, randomly with white EP.  Then colored with with my Distressed Markers in Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord.  Using a water brush, blended them in.  The layer of purple paper was been stamped with the same technique using white EP with a linen like stamp from Stamp in Up. The die cut border is from Penny Black and is called Border Edges.  
I added the little tag and sentiment from the same stamp set and a few sequins from my stash.  

That is it for me today.  It is terribly hot here today.  Heat index of 105 with the humidity.  One would think that I would be staying in and crafting, but no, I am not.  I will be picking up the grand kids and going to a friends pool today.  I think a good day for it.   Friday, I will be painting my bathroom.  Not really the kind of coloring that I like to do, but it has to be done. 
Thanks so much for your comments, I surely do appreciate them. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Altenew Academy - Color Your Day

I am really enjoying this class from Altenew Academy., the instructor is Therese Calvird.    It has been making me think more about how I make my cards, and all that goes into them.  Making decisions with knowledge is so much better than just picking up paper and ink.  I am behind on my home work as we were not home when class started, so I  have combined a few of the lessons.
Lesson one was to be inspired by something you have seen.
Lesson two is information on the color wheel.
Lesson 5 is Change it up.  Adding color in another way.

I really stepped out of my comfort zone with this card as I usually like more solid lines.  My card for today is much more free flowing than I do.
Here is the inspiration picture that I was inspired by.
I started with the yellow and took the Analogous colors from the color wheel.  That would be the ones next to the color of choice.  In this case, green and brown.  To accomplish lesson 5, I used water colors and white embossing powder. 
 I used the yellow and green and I never would have thought to use the brown, but I did use it on that background.  Very watered down.  It looks rather pink here, and the yellows look different that in real life.

 Here is another picture of the flowers, and the watercolor effect. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I am anxious to get my lesson tomorrow. 

Make It Monday #256: Spritzed Stamps

We have had a busy traveling summer so far.  We just had a wonderful weekend in Minnesota and are now back home for the next 5 weeks, and I am ready to play in my craft room with all of you. Melissa, At make it Monday, has shared some tips and tricks with us for spritzing your stamps to make an watercolor effect.  

I played around with several different stamps sets before I found the one that I wanted to use.  You really need a two or three step stamp set that will give you the best effect.  I used the never before used stamp, Text-style leaf prints.  Boy do I love how this stamps set works and I will bring it front and center more often. I also used the Stamping Simply Swoosh, both from PTI.  The only colors that I used are Tim Holtz, Distress inks in Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, and Forrest Moss.  

I stamped the images of leaves randomly onto watercolor paper with the first color, using the technique the Melissa showed how to do in her video, and then stamped the second darker color over the top. I used a dark brown ink for the sentiment and then placed the panel onto Dark Brown card stock and a base of Simply Asparagus.  to finish, I spritzed the lightest green and some gold into the entire card.  I made this a birthday card as I will need plenty of them in the month of August.  I think this card will do for a masculine one.  August is right around the corner and I an wondering where the summer has gone.  

I will be entering this card in the Make it Monday challenge.

Thanks for stopping in to take a closer look and if you have left me a comment, Thank You! 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Seize the Birthday Challenge Bold and Bright

It is time for another Seize the Birthday Challenge
I would like to welcome our surprise party quest, Mynn Kitchen.
You can find her blog here

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!
The toppings for this challenge is Bold and Bright
If your not a toppings kinda person, can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!

Here is my example 
For this card, I did some coloring.  Really, in a coloring book.  I was traveling and took my Prismacolor pencils and my coloring book along.  I used the picture of the roses that I colored along with a die cut from Spellbinders.  I sure is bright and bold! This card is 41/4"  X 6".

 Let's see what you can do on your project! Be sure to check out what all of the other design team have done for you at Seize the Birthday 
Thanks for stopping to see more.  I will be looking for your entries at Seize the Birthday this month.
 Thanks for leaving your comments, I really appreciate the love them. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Altenew July Inspiration Challenge

This is the inspiration photo for this months Inspiration at 
challenge at Altenew.  
Check out the bright colors, as this month the added 
theme is Weddings.  I don't think I have ever made, or 
thought of a wedding card in these colors. There is the challenge!  

Altenew July Inspiration Challenge - Wedding Season!  
I picked out the corresponding color from my Zig Clean color brushes and stared on my card. 

Just using watercolor paper, and my Zig pens and the stamp set from Altenew, Persian Motifs, I colored the flowers.  Love how they turned out.  I used a die from memory box to die cut the corner,  it is Distressed Windham Collage and I picked out the one that seemed to go with the Persian theme. The paper behind the die looks black, and not bad in the picture that you see, but it is really Fresh Asparagus from GKD.  I think that color would make  better wedding card. I cut a border of watercolor paper to put around the edge.  The sentiment is from the Altenew stamp set and heat embossed with Platinum.   That was it!  
I will be entering this in the challenge, of course, at Altenew July Inspiration Challenge 

Thanks for stopping by, there is time for you to enter as this challenge goes for a month.  
Love your comments! 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Power and Spark Challenge B Happy and Double D Simply Gingham

The challenge for this month at Power Poppy is to B Happy.  Start with a image that starts with B and go from there. You will find more details here.
This is my second card for this challenge.  While making the first one, I remember that I had a digital image of strawberries that I had wanted to learn how to color.  So I printed it out and heat set it and let it be, while I made my first card.  Allison Clope  does a wonderful job on teaching how to make the strawberries look so real.  I will make it easy for you, click here to see how she does it.
Here is my project. The B is, of course the Berries.
Yes, that is a matching envelope that you see in the bottom right.  I had left over gingham paper.
Digital Juicy Strawberries,
Copic markers
GDK gingham paper and card stock
Frantic Stamper Fancy Frames #1
Pearls and red satin ribbon from my stash.

I am also entering this card in the Double D Challenge for this week, Simply Gingham.  here

Thanks so much for making my day when you leave your comments.

Power and Spark B Happy

The challenge for this month at Power Poppy is to B Happy.  Start with a image that starts with B and go from there. You will find more details here.   I wanted to make a soft pastel card and I used the Short Stacks stamps set from Power Poppy to give me my B.  First I pullout out some papers and when I decided on the ones that I would use, I took the colors from them to color my image.  I stayed with soft sand, peach and a little orange. and green.

 I even finished the inside of this one.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set and stamped in London fog, a soft gray color.  After coloring the image, I fussy cut it and put used foam tape to attach it.  The green hearts I have had for so long, I don't know where I got them. I usually come across them after I finish a project and have used something else.  This time, I was glad to have them. This is a 5 1/2" square card.

I have another idea for this challenge and will be going back to create that one too.
I appreciate that you take time to leave comments.  They make my day.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Make It Monday #255: String Art Using Die-Cuts

We just back back from a very nice road trip into Canada and to the east coast.  Some where along the way, I lost Mo and Jo!  I think when you are not able to make a card, your MOJO leaves for awhile.  I think that is what happened.  When I was able to get into the craft room, nothing came together...... until this card. 

Amy, at Make it Monday challenge posted a video on using string art on your card and die cuts.  It reminded me of those cards that we had a little kids, where you could pull yarn through holes and make a design. 
I knew right away what die that I would use for this one.  It had stitch marks along the edges, easy to use them at holes for my needle.  Check out Amy Here.  Then take a look at my card.

This card really has lots of dimension as I cut the die three times. I only stitched on the top layer. 
The die that I used is PTI Quilted: Spring, white and grass green card stock from GKD.  Inks are grass green and sweet mango by GKD.  For the thread, I took some thread and used my grass green ink to make it match.  A few dots of yellow Crystal Drops and faux stitching with my white jell pen. 

I will enter this in the challenge at make it Monday #255

Hello,  Good Morning!  Cindy Horvath and I will be your hosts this week for the challenge at The Mod Squad
The Challenge

For this challenge, we would like to see something
 on your project that makes you think of the
           Lazy Days of Summer.  
 It maybe something that you do with your family every summer on vacation or simply a cool drink.  There are lots of things connected with summer days.  Lets see your ideas!

This Weeks Sponsor is Gina K Designs

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For my example, Believe me, I looked at a lot of Theresa's vidoes.
I could not think of anything more lazy than this sunrise.
Here are the supplies that I used for this card.
Stamp, By the Sea@ Gina K Designs by Theresa Momber
Cloud stencil that I made
Gina K Designs inks in Powder Blue, Warm Cocoa, Black Onyx
Gina K Designs card stock in White and Powder Blue.
Distressed Ink in Rusty Hinge

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