Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It's Your Day

I love sunflowers, and unfortunately, I did not grow them this year.  I was so focus on getting my garden all settled with the essentials and getting another bed ready for asparagus this fall that I forgot to pick up some sunflower seeds.  I love the mammoth size they could be, and they are so bright and happy to me.  Of course, when I saw sunflowers blooming everywhere, I had to pull out Lawn Fawn Our Friendship Grows set.  If you have been following me, you would know that I would be coloring it with watercolors.  :-P 

I stamped the largest sunflower with Distress Wild Honey Ink and then masked it to stamped the smaller sunflowers on watercolor paper.  I used a wet brush to soften the edges of the sunflowers and drag the colors out to color the flowers.  I went in with Distress black soot to color the center of the flowers.  Then I used a Distress marker, wild honey, to outline the flowers to make the sunflowers pop out.  I added this card to the blue cardstock die cut with My Favorite Things Blueprint #13 and layered it onto a white card base.  I stamped the banner and sentiment from Lawn Fawn Penelope's Blossoms set in Brilliance black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I colored the banner with watercolors and added Wink of Stella on top before mounting it onto the card with foam adhesive.



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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Cup Full of Happiness

I have been on a watercoloring kick, ever since I saw this video from Dawn of Wplus9.  When I showed Honey some of my creations, he said,"Why can't you do this without stamps?"  I'm happy that he thinks my artistic abilities are so great that I can draw and paint now, so I did have to enlighten him and burst his little bubble.  :-D  Anyway, I made use of those tiny flowers that came with the Hero Arts set, Everyday Sayings.  I rarely ever use the little flowers that come with sets like this, but now I know what I can do with them.  I love making the most use of my stamp sets and they were the perfect size for this bouquet.

For the card, I just stamped part of the cup from Hero Arts/Basic Grey Let Them Eat Cake set.  All the inks I used for the cup and bouquet are Distress ink pads and markers.  Then I stamped the flowers and the leaves.  I did use the leaves from Lawn Fawn Penelope's Blossoms to help make this fuller.  Then I use a wet brush to soften the edges of all the stamped images.  I also used watered down Distress Stormy Sky ink to create a shadow of the bouquet.  To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment in black Brilliance ink.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

"Snappy Birthday" Card

I have to admit that I have been enamored with My Favorite Things stamps and dies lately.  I knew I had to get this set to match all my camera dies and stamps.  I wanted something bright and colorful for a birthday card so this pattern paper was perfect.  I got these Close To My Heart My Reflections Lollydoodle pattern papers as a gift from my scrapbooking retreat, and I love how happy and bright they are.  When I went through my stash of 12x12 paper, I felt like it is Christmas all over again, especially since I don't go through them as much as I like.  So finding this in my stash made my day.
First, I layered white cardstock with pattern paper.  Then I stamped the sentiment in black Brilliance ink and ran it through the Fiskars Fuse twice with die from My Favorite Things Blueprint 14 to give it a border.  I layered the sentiment from My Favorite Things Picture This set with gray cardstock and adhered it to the card.  I cut a banner tail on a strip of polka dot pattern paper before adhering it to the card with foam adhesive.  Then I stamped the camera in MementoLuxe ink before fussy-cutting it out and adhering it to the card with foam adhesive.  I finished the card with enamel dots from My Mind's Eye.


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watercolored Flowers In A Planter

Call me weird but I love rainy summer days.  It means my garden gets watered, and I don't have to be running around outside, and possibly get to be in my craft room.  It's like a mandatory day of rest from Mother Nature.  Also, I love lightning storms.  Anyway, I made this card similar to my watercolored bouquet card following Dawn of WPlus9 video.  I love having flower pots on my porch so it was fun to pick the flowers I want growing in them.

First, I stamped the flower pot from Lawn Fawn Our Friendship Grows in Distress vintage photo ink.  Then I stamped stems and flowers from Lawn Fawn Penelope's Blossoms.  I used a wet brush to soften the edges of the stamped images.  I also drag some of the green from the stem to fill in the white gaps between the flowers.  I used watered down Distress ink stormy sky to create the shadow.  I layered the card onto a blue panel die cut from My Favorite Things Blueprint #13 and a white card base.



Challenges:
- Lawnscaping Challenge: Summer Colors Combo

UPDATE: I'm honored to be picked as honorable gnome for this card. Thanks!





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Watercolored Bouquet

I made this card with my brother in mind.  Instead of enjoying the summer, he has been in the hospital for weeks and it is all from a spider bite.  His wife has been a rock for him despite all that she has to deal with and do.  We are all so blessed to have her in our family.  Anyway, I realized when this happened that I did not have any get well cards, which is great since that meant my friends and family have been fairly healthy.  I made a conscious effort to be appreciative of the fact that I am healthy too.  Okay, back to the card.  I decided to create a stash of emergency quick card.  As you know, watercolor is pretty trendy right now.  So when I saw this video from Dawn of Wplus9, I had to create my own watercolored floral arrangement.

I stamped on watercolor paper with the vase from Lawn Fawn Our Friendship Grows set in Distress tumbled glass ink, making sure that I wipe the top part of the vase off.  Then I used the stamps from Lawn Fawn Penelope's Blossom to create a bouquet of flowers with Distress inks (worn lipstick, concord grape, mustard seed, tumbled glass, mowed lawn).  I stamp everything first, then used a wet brush to soften the edges of the flowers.  For the shadow, I used watered down Distress ink, stormy sky, and brushed it at the bottom of the vase.   I created little dots to hint at a flower that has tiny blooms before stamping the sentiment from Our Friendship Grows set.  To finish the card, I layer this watercolored card onto a cardbase with blue cardstock die cut from My Favorite Things Blueprint #13.  I'm addicted to the embossed dashed lines.
I had to make another one since it was so easy and fun to make.  This time with a sentiment from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings set.




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Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunshiny Birthday Wishes

I've been wanting to craft more but the past two weeks has been super hectic.  I decided to change my craft room from a deep red to a bright sunflower yellow.  I just go with the colors I like and guess what?  They are the two hardest colors to paint with and to cover.  Yes, five coats of paint later, I'm calling it done.  I actually did not like the first color I used since it is my hallway color, a light yellow.   I felt it did not have the same wow factor as my old craft room.  I always try to make life as difficult as possible.  I think it is programed in my genes to do that.  :-D  I think it carries over into my crafts too.  It takes me a long time to make some cards.  I love looking at clean and simple cards for that reason.  I used to do more clean and simple cards when I was always pressed for time.  Now I do spend more time on cards.  I have to admit when I was making this card, I almost changed directions to make it easier and faster.  However, I told myself that I would not be satisfied unless I follow through.  The very same thing I told myself when I was painting my room.  Anyway, when I showed this card to Honey, he told me that I broke some law of cuteness.  :-D  Too Funny!  He knows how much I love this girl from from My Favorite Things Everyday Is A Picnic.  She is just soooo adorable!

First, I die cut blue card stock with MFT Blueprint #13 to get the dashed lines around the border.  Then I die cut a circle opening on both the blue panel and card base.  I layered the cardbase with clear plastic film and blue cardstock.  I cut a strip of yellow and dark orange card stock and use the same die to get the embossed dashes lines.  Then I stamped the sentiment from MFT Blue Skies Ahead on the yellow cardstock and cut banner tail on one side.  I stamped and colored the MFT Everyday Is A Picnic girl before gluing her onto a white card and fussy-cutting her out.  I was trying to cover up the marker that bled through.  I placed her on the card before adhering both the yellow and orange cardstocks on top.  I added some die cut butterflies from Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings Embossilits and stamped the swirls.  To finish the card, I used a glitter pen on the swirls and Wink of Stella on the flowers on her outfit.
For the inside, I die cut a blue panel with MFT Blueprint #13 and clouds from Impression Obsession.  I also stamped the sun in Memories yellow ink from MFT Everyday Is A Picnic set.  Then I stamped the birthday sentiment from Stampendous Birthday Wish in black Brilliance ink.  



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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Baby Shaker Card

Most of my friends are done having babies, so I rarely get to make baby cards anymore.  So I was happy to find out that a new friend of mine is having a baby.  I met her through my son and she is just so funny and matter-of-fact but not matter-of-fact mean.  I love people like that!  Anyway, I was itching to make a shaker card again, and sad to said but I've never use this stamp set and it is over a year old.  The more craft blogs I read, the more I discovered that I am not alone.  My basket is getting full of stuff that have never been used before.  Is my hoarding tendencies coming out?!  :-D  I have to admit that I have been better about it, now that I have this huge basket sitting on my desk.  Also, the basket is a reminder to hold off buying more stamps.  This is my second year of seriously papercrafting again, so I am getting a better idea of what I use and.  But that doesn't necessary mean that I don't have a long wish list.  I know, it is so hard to be on a budget.  :-)  Okay, enough of that.  Back to the card.
First, I used My Favorite Thing Blueprint #14 die to create the top pink panel.  I just love the stitched borders!  Then I stamped the tiny dots from Hero Arts with Versamark and glue clear plastic sheet on the back of the opening.  I stamped the giraffe from Recollections Zoo-licious and color him in with markers.  I added pattern paper from Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6x6 pad to the square cardbase before stamping the sentiment from Fresh Squeezed Stamps. Then I placed foam adhesive around the pink cardstock opening and added sequins from Lawn Fawn Let's Polka and Hello Sunshine.  Once I popped the pink panel up, I added the giraffe that I fussy-cut and tied a pink embroidery floss around its neck.




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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Watercolored Floral Thanks A Bunch

I'm loving the watercolored look on cards that I see everywhere.  Of course, I can not get enough my Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold And... collection.  They just are so perfect for so many different types of card.  As I type this long name for the stamp sets, it reminds me of my blog name.  I have to admit that I am toying with the idea of changing my blog name to something a little simpler.  I still love my blog name, because I do like to poke fun at myself, but typing this long name gets a little tiresome and also, a mouth-full to say.  I admit that when I came up with the blog name, I was not thinking about spreading the word about my blog, in fact, quite the opposite.  Well except to close family and friends.  As someone recently called me, I am the secret blogger.  Ha, ha!  :-D  If you follow me, you know that I am very shy about my craft, and it's mainly because anything handmade by me is personal.  I'm like a parent watching a kid on Christmas Day where I'm excited to see him/her open my gift.  Anyway, I will give it some more thought to the name change, but in the meantime, I want to thank you for visiting my blog.  The paper craft community is fun to be part of and to get to know.  If you have an opinion about the name change, please leave a comment.  As always, love to hear from you.     
I stamped the roses from Winnie&Walter The Big, The Bold And Extras set with versamark ink and sprinkled Wow fine white embossng powder on watercolor paper before heat embossing.  I used Distress ink pads and markers mixed with water to color in the images and create a background.  I've never flicked a paintbrush in my life, but decided to give it a go and I love it! I'm extending myself to go beyond the lines whick is a stretch since I'm one of those stay in the line type of girl.  :-D Ha!  Anyway, I stamped the sentiment from Winnie and Walter The Big, The Bold And You set in black Brilliance ink before I round the corners and mount it onto the card base with foam adhesive.




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