Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #450

Hello friend!  Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The latest challenge is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's not a sketch.  I decided there are so many techniques out there that I want to try that I thought maybe you'd enjoy the variety, too.  The Blank Canvas Challenge will be featured the last Tuesday of each month.  This week's blank canvas needs to feature watercolor, the color blue and make it a kindness card.

Here's my take on that challenge....


My card features Beautiful Branches by Concord and 9th.  I've had this set for awhile, I just haven't been able to use it yet.  I did use watercolor paper and used Distress Ink to color the background.  At least that's what I think I did.  I made this card a few weeks ago and now I can't remember what I did.  It might be diluting some color from a Zig marker.  Anyway.... after it dried overnight I stamped the branches using VersaFine Black Onyx ink.  I then stamped the flowers with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them using Nuvo white embossing powder.  I then went back to the Black Onyx ink to stamp the details for the center of the flowers and used clear embossing powder.  If you do this I totally recommend, if you try this, to use your MISTI or other stamp tool because the ink will slide on the already embossed flowers.  The color isn't as vivid but still looks cool!

I do hope you'll play along with us this week.  If you don't do watercolor, don't sweat it!  Join us anyway - use watercolor patterned paper.

You simply must see what the team made, too!  They are so awesome.

Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #449

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I am so glad you decided to visit me today.  Thank you for the lovely comments you leave me, too, they mean a lot to me.

This week's sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is by Debbie.  It's a really fun, easy sketch.  My card features stamps and papers from the April 2018 Simon Says Stamp monthly kit.  The stamp set is called Beautiful Day.  I tried to create a focal image that would make on think of sun catchers.  I need to perfect this technique, so please be kind.



I used some embossable acetate from Judikins.  I stamped the image using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then added some clear embossing powder.  Even though I had my gun preheated the acetate still warped quite a bit.  Then I turned it over and filled in the different spaces on the butterfly with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Duck Egg Blue, Green Apple, Bubblegum Blush, Mountain Dew (clear - I thought it would have some shimmer but in the end, it's just clear), Silver Lining and Ebony Black.  Then underneath the acetate, on the card base, I stamped two butterflies in the ink colors that came in March's kit.

The focal image did come out bigger than I originally intended but I wasn't about to start over.  I cut open an aperture in the decorative paper and put the acetate piece in it's place.  Then adhered to the base.  Then it still needed something, so while I was video chatting with my oldest son, I started playing with sequins.  I couldn't do exactly rainbow because I don't have a lot of different colors of sequins but this seemed okay.  Well, truth is I actually hated it at first and was going to scrap the whole thing, but the more I looked at it the more I kinda liked it.

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit the design team - they did an amazing job.  They always do!
Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #448

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a very nice one by Janice.

My card features the March 2018 Kit by Simon Says Stamp but there isn't a single stamp used!  Nope, I finally used more of the elements that came in the kit - the papers and stickers.  The only thing I added to this card was some Nuvo Jewel Drops.


My second card I used Nuvo  Crystal Drops and some twine.



I love how they both turned out but it wasn't until I was done with them that I noticed I forgot the horizontal element in Janice's sketch - the first card it's obvious, the second card I could say I dropped it lower on the card by using the paper I did with the row of garden pots.  But if I'm honest, that is a happy accident.

These papers are so pretty that I picked up the digital paper pack for half off over the weekend.  I still have plenty to use up, but now I won't run out.  I really love this paper! 

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit the design team - they did an amazing job.  They always do!
Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pink and Main Challenge #29

Hi - well look here.... I haven't had two posts two days in a row in forever.  But I'm excited that I finally get to play along with Pink and Main's challenge.  I always discover them when they announce the winners!

My card features Pink and Main's Inspire stamp set and Beach Bum paper.  The challenge is Spring Theme and I can't think of much else than butterflies to remind me of Spring!


The larger butterfly and sentiment I embossed using Simon Says Stamp Steel Navy embossing powder. The smaller butterflies I stamped using Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick ink and then over-stamped the image with VersaMark embossing ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I did have to doctor the picture a bit so it's brighter.  It's night-time and the original picture is hideous.

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #447

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a super easy one.  It's another blank canvas with easy elements.

My card features the Stippled Flowers by Gina K Designs.  My sister gifted me with this stamp set as well as the Wreath Builder set which was part of Gina K's release last month.  So I found this set rather challenging to use, but in the end, I made two cards and I'm pretty happy with them both.

The first card I white heat embossed the images using Nuvo white embossing powder on Bristol Smooth cardstock.  I colored the image using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush.  I then layered the circle dies and partially cut out the circle and fussy cut the rest.   The horizontal images are from a Washi Patterns by MFT Stamps.  I finished it off with some tiny sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.



My second card, which was actually my first attempt which my sister encouraged me to make the card.  I'm not real happy with this but she thought it was pretty.  For this card I stamped the images using Distress Oxide inks in Tattered Rose and Bundled Sage.  I then tried to blend in the color but it wasn't moving very well.  I think I should have used watercolor paper, maybe??  So I tried adding some detail with the Zig markers again.  It's... meh.


I embossed the panel with Fleur di lis embossing folder and then colored the panel with Tattered Rose.  Oh!  Here's not what to do - turned mistake creative opportunity.  I put down washi tape to mask off the horizontal lines.  Then embossed and then did the ink blend.  The washi tape became permanent under the pressure of the embossing so when I attempted to pull it off, it tore my panel.  But I actually liked the distress is left behind.  So I went with it.  I don't know why the sequins look like hot pink in this photo, they actually match the ink color very well in real life.

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit the design team - they did an amazing job.  They always do!
Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #446

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I am so glad you took the time to visit me, please leave me a comment so that I know you were here.

The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's another fun one - really easy to work with.  My card features stamps from Gina K Wreath Builder set but I did not use the template that came with this bundle.  I used various inks by Fun Stampers Journey and Papertrey Ink.  I also used 3 embossing folders by Cuttlebug and Darice, dies from MFT Stamps and Spellbinders, Nuvo Drops is various colors and finally Distress Oxide ink in Peacock Feathers.


I also didn't mention one other ink but I was super excited that my idea worked.  I also used Ink on 3 Fade Out ink.  This is the coolest ink.  It's designed to make no-line watercoloring easier.  Well I pretty much stink at that but I decided to give it a try on this card.  I used it to stamp a circle that came in the set.  Then I used that circle to be my guide to stamp the leaves in Limeade Splash (FSJ) and then more leaves in Vintage Jadette (PTI).  Then I just filled it with little flowers.

Now this Fade Out ink is so unique, what this does is it takes on the color you apply which is why it's so handy with no line water-coloring.  I don't know if this works with Copics.  But if you're interested in this ink you can find it here.

To finish my card I lightly inked one corner of the base with Peacock Feathers and then added my other elements.  Since I used a dark card stock I made a coordinated panel for the inside.



I hope my card inspires you and that maybe you learned about a new product.

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit the design team - they did an amazing job.  They always do!
Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #445

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I am so glad that you did.  The newest sketch is up at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and it's a great one by Janice.

My card was actually inspired by a card I found on Pinterest.  I was talking to my sister on Sunday (we FaceTime every Sunday) and she was saying that she needed a Bridal shower card and a Wedding card.  I was looking on Pinterest and found a pretty card, I knew I wanted to use an umbrella.  I also recently applied for the Dies R Us design team (I don't know if I made it) but I thought to keep with the theme I would try to use just dies.

So here's my card, it features umbrella die (old and retired) from MFT Stamps, stitched oval dies from CC Designs, flower punch that I've had forever so it's probably from EK Success.  The stamped stripes is from a set called Brushstroke Messages by Simon Says Stamps, sentiment from a Raisin Boat sentiment set, Oatmeal Cookie ink by Fun Stampers Journey and Black and Buttermilk Nuvo Crystal Drops.


The paper is from a DCWV stack and the card stock is SU! Not Quite Navy, So Saffron and Apricot Appeal.

I hope that you like my card and that it inspires you to use some tools that you may not have used in awhile.

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit the design team - they did an amazing job.  They always do!
Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.