Thursday, September 25, 2014

Simon Says Stamps Challenge - Anything Goes

      Hello!  Today I am sharing a card that  I  am entering into The Simons Says ... Anything Goes Challenge.




A dear friend of mine recently had surgery  and I wanted to send her a cheery get well card.  I started with this pretty pattern paper from Pebbles.  I love all the blue flowers! Then I  added this large sentiment  from Waltzingmouse Stamps.  To finish off the card, I  stamped and cut out a coordinating flower and greenery  from Avery Elle.  I used a bright blue card base to bring  everything together. When my son saw the card he said "Wow, that's a lot of color"  He liked it, so I hope my friend does too.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!
Susan







Saturday, August 2, 2014

Avery Elle Die-Cut Challenge

     Today I have a card to share  with you that I made for the Avery Elle Die Cuts Challenge.   The die cuts I used were the Avery Elle Gift Tags and coordinating  stamps.

 
 
 
Challenge 12
 
 
 
 
The  squirrel and  acorns as well as the sentiment are from the Happy Camper stamp set by Avery Elle.   After the tags were stamped and colored, the layered tags were placed onto a wood grain background.  A little red heart and some yellow and orange twine finished off the card.
 
That's all I have for today.  Now I have to get ready to watch the Red Sox game.  Since they traded away most of their pitchers, the next few months will certainly be interesting.  I can't wait for next spring when hopefully they can make another run for the trophy.  I never expected them to win last year!   What a great playoff season it was.  Who knew they could get past the Tigers and Cardinals to win it all? My youngest son always had faith, but I had my doubts.  Thank goodness for Ortiz!  
 
Thanks for visiting and have a great day!
 
Susan

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Watercolor Stamping With Distress Ink

     This is the last card I made for my watercolor class. This card used distress inks to color the stamped image.  As you can see, a little of the red ink bled onto the paper. I tried in vain to remove the ink but I had no luck.  I'll have to keep practicing to avoid the ink running onto the paper. The poppy stamps I used are from Penny Black and  the distress inks I used are red barn and spiced marmalade


 
 
 
Overall I liked the effect you receive with the distress inks and how the colors blend.   This is one technique that takes some practice to perfect. 
 
This class was so much fun and I learned so many new techniques.  Now I have all summer to work on practicing all the techniques  we learned in class.
 
Thanks so much for visiting!
Susan

Watercolor Stamping With Gelatos

     Tonight I have another watercolor card to share that I made using Gelatos.  For this card I used  a different silhouette stamp and  lighter shades of the Gelatos.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches and the stamp is from Hero Arts.


 
 
 
 
I like how this stamp image turned out. It has more of a soft watercolor look then the card I did with the darker shades.
 
Thanks for looking,
Susan
 
 
 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Stamps Speifically For Watercoloring

     The card I am sharing today uses a flower silhouette stamp and Gelatos to create a watercolor effect.  Gelatos are concentrated pigment sticks that come in brilliant colors.  When used with water, a watercolor effect is created. 



 
 
 
 
 
As you can see from the few stray spots of color, I still need to practice more with this medium to get better results. However, I love the bright colors you can achieve from mixing several shades of color.  To add some texture to the card, I used embossing paste and an honeycomb stencil.  A stamped sentiment from the Avery Elle stamp set, Brushed completed the card. 
 
Thanks for visiting and have a great day!
 
Susan

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Watercolor Stamps

     In watercolor class we were shown how to use stamps made for  watercoloring.   I have to say, I love these stamps!  Joann's had the stamps on sale so I was able to pick up a few sets and I am so glad I did.  The stamps are from Art Impressions.

 
 
 
I like these stamps because they stamp beautifully, no two cards will ever be exactly alike and  you can create so many variations in design and color. Plus each card looks like a little piece of original artwork.   My husband bought me a  box of premade cards and I wasn't really sure how I would use them, but I think this wood grain image on this card works well with the watercolor image.  All in all this was a fun technique.

Thanks for stopping by,

Susan

Soft Watercolor Washed Background With Stencils

     The next technique I learned in my watercolor class was another watercolor washed background, but this time I used a stencil to create the texture background.  Once again it only took me five or six tries to finally get a background that I liked!  I then used a watercolor flower and leaves  to compliment the background.  The stamps I used were from the Avery Elle sets Petals and Stems and Oh Happy Day.






 
This card was entered into the Avery Elle Botanical Challenge.
 

Challenge 7
 
Thanks  so much for stopping and  if your interested, keep checking back to see the other cards I made from this class.
 
 
 
Susan
 
 
 

Vibrant Watercolor Wash Background

     The card I am sharing  with you today was made for the on-line card class, Watercolor for card makers.  I absolutely loved this class, but since I was sick for the first week of class, I was not able to make as many cards as I would have liked using all the amazing techniques we were taught.  Today's card uses distress inks to make this watercolor background.  It only took me five or six tries to get a background that I really liked!  It looked so easy in the lesson, but through trial and error, I think I finally got the hang of it.


 
 
 
It's hard to tell from the  photo, but  the sentiment consisted of five layers of card stock in the same colors as the ink I used -  red, pink orange and yellow. I trimmed the color wash and use foam dots to add dimension to the card. All in all this was a fun technique. I'll keep sharing more cards until the card class gallery closes on Thursday.
 
Thanks for visiting and have a great day!
 
Susan

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Avery Elle Mother's Day Challenge

     Tonight  I have a card to share that I made for the Avery Elle Mother's Day Challenge.  I  used the Simply Tags Christmas stamp set to make this Mother's Day card.  I love this stamp set because it is so versatile and can be used for a variety of  occasions year around.  I started the card by stamping the star, heart and sentiment. After the images were cut out, I used foam glue dots to adhere the pieces together.  The word Mom and the stamped image were adhered to a notebook bracket cutout from Paper Smooches.  Some patterned paper and twine completed the card.





 
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful Mother's Day!
 
Susan

Friday, April 25, 2014

Avery Elle Color Challenge

     This week Avery Elle  has a color challenge.  The colors are various shades of green. I used the following Avery Elle ink colors;  sea glass, aquamarine and lemon grass. 



Challenge 5

 
 
I went for a more formal card today  with embossing and satin ribbon.  Laurels  and  Oh Happy Day stamp sets were used for the flowers, leaves and sentiment.    The embossed background is from an  Anna Griffin embossing folder that was highlighted with sea glass ink.  I like that little hint of color.  A satin bow  and a few colored dots finished off the card.  It's hard to tell from the photo but the ribbon and aquamarine ink are a perfect match.  I photographed this card numerous times, and this photo was the best I could get to reflect the true color of the ink and ribbon. 
 
Had it not been for this challenge, I never would have thought to use these colors together.  I can see using this color combo again because it so pretty.    Now all I have to do is find my lost die.  When I was cleaning up, I noticed one of my leaf dies was missing.  I hope it shows up soon, because I love the leaves in this stamp set!
 
Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!
 
Susan

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Avery Elle Watercolor Challenge

     Today I have another card to share that I made for the Avery Elle Watercolor Challenge.  This card uses the Circle It stamp set. 


 
 
Challenge 4
 
 
 
I began with watercolor paper and stamped the circle image in gold ink.  Then I use Goddess Gold embossing power which added a subtle sparkle  to the card.  Using pink, purple, blue and green watercolor paint, I blended  the colors together.   I used gold foil to mat the sentiment and a few sequins finished off the card. 

Thanks so much for visiting and have a great weekend!

Susan

Friday, April 11, 2014

Stencils and Watercolor

     Good morning! Today I am sharing a card that I made for the Moxie Fab World Styling With Stencil Challenge and the Avery Elle Watercolor Challenge.  Starting with my DCWV circle stencil, I taped the stencil to my paper and used watercolor paint to color in the circles.  I kept water to a minimum to keep the paint dryer and thicker.  The result was these brightly colored circles.  I then outlined each circle with dashes and stamped a flower on each circle.  Both the flower and the sentiment came from the same Avery Elle set, Oh Happy Day.


 
 
 
Challenge 4
 
 
I love the vibrant colors of the paint  and how well the paint stayed within the stencil.  I would definitely use this technique again and hopefully achieve the same results.
 
Thanks for visiting,
Susan

Thursday, March 27, 2014

OCC - Textural Effects

    My final card used embossing paste to give texture to a single layered card.  I loved using the embossing paste with  a stencil.  It is so easy to use and it looks so nice when finished!  For added color, I sprinkled blue and white glitter over the paste to add just a hint of color to the left side of the card.





 
Thanks once again for stopping by.
 
Susan

OCC - Textural Effects

     This card uses dry embossing.  Specifically, this card uses selective dry embossing that leaves a portion of the design flat while the remainder is embossed. I liked this technique and it opens up a whole new way to use all those embossing folders I have!






Thanks for visiting,
Susan

OCC - Creative Coloring

     This is one of  the last few cards I made for the on-line card class -  Clean and Simple One Layer Cards.  This card uses creative coloring to achieve a water color effect.  Copic markers were used to create the flowers on this card.  This is a fun technique, but  I'm not really pleased with how this card turned out.  This card just didn't turn out the way I had envisioned it.  However  the copic markers really do create a nice water color effect.





 
 
Thanks for visiting,
Susan

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

OCC- Masked Background

     This card was so much fun to make!  The technique used  to create this  plaid background was masking.  The only stamping on this card was the sentiment.  I used distress inks and an ink  blender tool to create the plaid background. I added a little sparkle to the card with a Wink of Stella brush and applied it to both the stripes and the blue border. 






 
Thanks for stopping by.
 
Susan

OCC - Optical Illusions- Stamp Layering

     Today's one layer card uses stamp layering to create a quick and easy card.  For this this card, I started by stamping a wood grain background with grey ink.  I then stamped rows of triangles in bright hues of green, yellow and orange.  What I like about this technique is that the pattern of the background stamp appears through the colored triangles.  The sentiment stamped in black ink, really stands out against the layered background. To finish the card I lined the inside edge of the card with green Washi tape.




 
I used the following stamp sets on this card, The Craft's Meow - Happy as a Lark, My Favorite  Things - Trendy  Triangles and Vertical Greetings.
 
Have a great day!
Susan
 
 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Avery Elle Embellishment Challenge

      Tonight I have a card to share  that I made for this weeks Avery Elle Challenge.  The theme for this this weeks challenge is embellishment.  My embellishment is this pretty flower using the Avery Elle flower and leaf die. 

 
 
Challenge 2 
 
 
I used  inlaid die cutting for the flower background and the sentiment.  So the leaves would stand out a little better, I outlined them with a little black ink.  The stamps and dies used on this card are from Rounded Diamonds  and the sentiment is from Thanks a Bunch. Both stamp sets are from Avery Elle.
 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
 
Susan
 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Faux Layered Die Cuts




     I decided it was time to learn some new card making techniques so I enrolled in the online card class , Clean and Simple Card Making.  The first lesson  taught is how to make Faux Effects.  For this card,  I practiced  the technique of inlaid die-cuts.   This technique involves inlaying die cuts back into the cardstock they were originally cut from.  The result is a smooth, one layered card.  This was my first attempt  using this technique and although it's a little tricky, I like the end results. 







 
 
 
I used Memory Box dies and cardstock along with some Echo Park Dots and Stripes paper.  One thing I noticed is that  a little thicker cardstock would have worked a little  bit better, but being my first try at this technique I was happy with the results. 
 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
 
 
Susan

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Avery Elle Birthday Challenge

     The card I am sharing today was made for the new  Avery Elle Challenge Blog.  The theme for this weeks challenge is  Birthday.



 
 
 
I used two different stamp  sets on this card; Bright Days Clear and Framed Fonts Clear.  To get the wood grain effect, I used a technique called velveteen stamping.   Using white pigment ink I stamped a wood grain pattern onto white card stock.  I  then used dye ink to stamp the rays and the wood grain pattern came through the ink.  Isn't this a cool effect?   Since I like birthday cards that are bright and sparkly, I added some diamond Stickles. My husband recently watch the Beatles 50th anniversary show on  CBS  and  in addition to the music,  he loved the art work of Peter Max.  I think this card has a little of that Peter Max vibe to it so this will be perfect for his birthday. 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!
 
Susan

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Card Concept

Good morning,
Today I have a valentine card to share that I am  entering into this weeks Card Concept challenge.  The challenge  for this week is to make a card using monochromatic pink. I wish the card would have photographed a bit better, but the card is in the mail box so unfortunately no do overs.  Oh well.....





Here is  the inspiration photo for this weeks challenge, so pretty.
 
 
This clean and layered card uses various shades of pink from the pale pink striped cardstock, the darker pink flowers as well as the bright pink bow.  Touches of glitter finished off the card. In person the card has a nice shimmer.   I'm mailing this card to my Mom so  I hope she likes it!
 
 
Best wishes for a happy Valentine's Day and thanks for stopping by.
 
Susan
 
Supplies:
 
Stamps:  Avery Elle Thanks a Bunch, Avery Elle Love Notes
Ink:  Hero Arts - bubblegum, Fresh Ink- limeade, Color Box - gold
Card Stock:  Anna Griffin
Misc; Stickles, foam tape

Friday, February 7, 2014

Paper Smooches.....Caught a Bug?


Good Morning!

The card I am sharing today was made for this weeks Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge.  Paper Smooches makes the cutest stamp sets and the set I used for this card is titled Healthy Vibes




 
 Using the pattern paper as my inspiration , I  thought  bright pink dots would make a great background for these friendly germs.   Now all I need is for someone to get sick so I can cheer them up with this happy card!
 
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Susan


Supplies:

Ink:  Fresh Ink Lemonade, Palette Ink Noir
Paper:  Memory Box Navy, American Crafts Everyday
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Health Vibes, Hero Arts

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Constellations

 Today I have a card to share with you that I made for the Moxie Fab World Constellation: Trendy Star Power Challenge  as well as the sketch challenge at Case This Sketch.  Years ago I bought some astronomy themed stamp sets and when I saw this challenge, I couldn't wait to finally put my stamps to use.  I created the constellation background  by spritzing white card stock  with Smooch Spritz in the colors of frosted grape and gingersnap.  Then using violet ink I stamped over the  background with an astronomy background stamp.  The stamped image was then layered under the cut out image of the heart. I  stamped the sentiment  on this pretty orange card stock to give the card a little pop and added a few rhinestone stars for a little sparkle.






 
 
 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek.  Have a great day!
 
Susan
 
Supplies:
Paper:  Memory Box grape and gourd
Stamps: Astronomy background stamp CHF, Reach 4 The Stars CHF
Ink:  Color Box violet
Dies:  Spellbinder hearts and rectangles
Misc:  Foam tape, star rhinestones


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