Thursday, October 9, 2014

Watercolor/Color Combo card

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone had a great week. I'm popping in to share a card. You know when you go to a local craft store and they have a huge sale going on? Let's just say I picked up the image on this card for a STEAL! I'll be entering the card in several challenges. First up is the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge site that challenged us to use watercolors. Second, is the Just Add Ink site. I loved the colors they chose. And last, but not least, is Word Art Wednesday that always allows us to just create freely with an "anything goes" challenge. Here's my card and the color swatch also:

I just LOVE this image! It's from Great Impressions Stickables and it's just so sweet! I really wanted to do some soft pinks and purples with the soft blue sky in the background. I used my distress markers to color in the image and also some of my Inktense watercolor pencils. Although the background paper has some additional colors from that of the color challenge, I didn't feel they were too blatant to distract from the main image that did have the main colors. The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Sure to brighten up someone's day! :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Sky's the limit on WCMD

Hi all!

Since I'm on the West Coast, it's still World Cardmaking Day for me. Tonight I got a chance to work on a quick card. I'm entering it in a few different challenges. The first is retro sketches. They provided a sketch and, as soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what I'd use. The second is the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge where they wanted us to use a transportation theme. Last but not least is the Word Art Wednesday site that always features an "anything goes" challenge. Here's my card and the sketch:
Isn't this a cute sketch?! I LOVED it! I thought the parachute kind of mimicked the question mark and sentiment at the bottom was like the period. I have been on a watercolor kick lately. This image (Hampton Arts) was colored in with inktense watercolor pencils and I added some slight shading with Distress Markers. I fussy cut the image and stamped the sentiment. VERY quick card to make....but so cute! You could even add some clouds in the background but I wanted to try to stick close to the sketch, albeit with my twist on it.

Hope you all enjoyed WCMD! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Not the Years but the Mileage!

Hi friends!

I'm stopping in to share a card. I got a new stamp set and I LOVE it! I'll be entering the card in the Simon Says Wednesday challenge and the Word Art Wednesday challenge site, too. Simon challenged us to have some form of transportation on our card and the Word Art site has an "anything goes" challenge every week. Here's my card:
This is a Hampton Arts stamp set that I bought at Michaels the other day. The images are so cute and the sentiments are hilarious! On the inside of the card, the sentiment reads, "It's not the years that count. It's the mileage!" :)

I stamped the image and heat embossed it on watercolor paper. Then I used my inktense watercolor pencils to color in the image. Once it was dry, I added some additional shading to certain areas with my distress markers--these two mediums play very well together! I then fussy cut the image and worked on the front of the card. I stamped the cloud by using a rocking technique. I covered the stamp with the lighter blue shade and then rocked the darker blue shade gently all around the edges--love the dimension it gives the clouds! The big banner was part of the set and I stamped and fussy cut that, too. I used dimensional tape on both the image and banner. Finally, I added some star dust stickles to the propeller and the white trim right under the pilot's arm. If you enjoy coloring, this is a fun image.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

You Mean the World to Me card

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I'm here to share another card with my latest Lawn Fawn stamp set--Wish You were Here. I'll be entering the card into three separate challenges. First up are two different challenges by Simon Says Stamp--the Monday challenge was to use stamps/stencils and the Wednesday challenge was "anything goes". The third site is Word Art Wednesday and they always have an "anything goes" challenge. Here's my card:

I LOVE this set from Lawn Fawn! The images and sentiments go perfectly together. I started out by stamping the image on watercolor paper and heat embossing it. This just helps keep the watercoloring in the lines a bit. Then I used my distress markers to color in the image. I used 2 shades of green (peeled paint and pine needles) and brown (vintage photo) for the land mass and 1 shade of blue (salty ocean) for the oceans. I then fussy cut the image and sprayed it with water that had perfect pearls in it. That added some shimmer to the card. I stamped the sentiment and the adhered the image with dimensional tape and the card was done.

I actually made three different cards with this same image. The only difference was how I colored the image. One had more green. Another had several shades of blue for the water. Each card looks slightly different but the same overall look. The distress markers worked great. I loved seeing how easily they blended. Each of my cards was unique and all I did was add more of the same colors to the image to achieve a different look. So much fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wish You were Here

Hi all!

I have a new card to share today. I'll be entering it in both the Simon Says Monday (use a stamp or stencil on a project) and Wednesday challenges (anything goes), as well as, in the Word Art Wednesday site (also an anything goes challenge). Here's my card:

One of my local craft stores that carries Lawn Fawn products was having a big sale this past week. I jumped at the chance to get the Wish You Were Here set. I LOVE this set! I stamped the USA image in black and heat embossed it on watercolor paper. Then, using my inktense watercolor pencils I added color to each state. This is much easier when it's heat embossed because the embossing helps you stay within the lines. Once the coloring was done, I fussy cut the image, stamped the "x" on the state of Washington and then adhered it with dimensional tape. Then I added the sentiment and the card was done.

This was a super fun card to make! Although the coloring took some time, it's so relaxing. And once the coloring is done, the rest of the card is really quick.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A card inspired by Manolo Blahnik?

Yes, indeed! Although Manolo Blahnik is known for creating shoes that women swoon over, he's now crossed over to inspire the cardmaking world! :) Using the picture of the shoes as inspiration, I had a lot of fun creating this card! I'll also be entering it in the Runway Inspired Challenge since they're the ones that had the idea of using the shoes. And I'll be entering it in the Word Art Wednesday site with their "anything goes" challenge. Below you'll find the card and the photo inspiration.

I wanted to use the color inspiration for this card. Also, the heels are so high that I wanted to make the card have an upward design. The stamp is from Hero Arts (Lattice) and I used my distress markers (dusty concord, ripe persimmon, antique linen) to color in the stamp using water on watercolor paper. I then matted the image by scribbling ripe persimmon distress ink on white cardstock. I also spritzed some water mixed with perfect pearls so that you can see a shimmer on the card. The sentiment was heat embossed and it's from Hampton Arts. Since every girl likes some bling, I added just a few purple gems and the card was done!

Using pictures for inspiration is one of my favorite ways to be challenged. LOVED this challenge! And there's still tons of time to play along.

Have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Christmas in September!

Hi all!

Yes, I've been absent for a very, very, very long time...and I've missed it! But, the summer was a one-of-a-kind summer! Our family drove all the way to Wisconsin (from Washington State!) and did tons of camping and sightseeing. We were home for about 2 weeks and then took off AGAIN--this time, to the beautiful state of Alaska via a cruise! We just got back a few days ago and we loved every single minute! So, now you know why I've been MIA.

I wanted to share a card I made using frantage. It's a product that's been out for a very long time but I just started using the stash I had a few months ago. The one I had was a mixture of pinks and gold. But I really wanted the teal frantage...and I think I love it even more than the pink! I'll be entering this card in the weekly Word Art Wednesday challenge. It's always an "anything goes" challenge and I try to play along when I can. The other challenge blog I'll be entering this card in is the A Blog Named Hero site that has us showing off our pattern paper.

Here's my card:
This Christmas set is from Hero Arts. I love it! The Christmas tree is nice and full of branches and that's one of the reasons the frantage works so well on this tree. It's a mixture of glitter and mica and thick embossing powder which gives the tree an amazing texture! The sentiment was gold heat embossed and then the gems were added to finish off the card. I knew I wanted pattern paper that would complement the tree's color so I used paper from the DCWV Luxury Stack. However, I didn't want to cover up the paper too much and I also didn't want the pattern paper to overwhelm the card so vellum was a great way to go for this card. I love it!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!