Saturday, August 2, 2014

Copic fun!

Hi everyone!

I'm popping in really quickly to share a card that I made using Copic markers. I made a bunch and have been putting different sentiments on them and this one just happened to have a Mother's Day sentiment. I'm by NO means an expert with the markers but I have been playing around with them and trying to learn. It's quite therapeutic to sit and color awhile. I'm entering the card at the Simon Says Stamp! anything goes challenge and the Inkspirational website that challenged us to use markers or pencils. Here's my card:
The stamps I used were a gift. I believe they are stamps from a company that is no longer in business (Autumn Leaves) but I still use their images. These are a lot of fun to color in. I wanted a really bright and cheery card that had tons of colors. I used the colors I had on hand to just have fun and add some slight shading to the card. I cut a panel out of the colored portion and then lined the panel with strips of black cardstock to help define the area a bit more. The faux stitching also helped add a nice touch to the card. The sentiment is from the dollar bin--LOVE when you can actually use those.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great month--I probably won't get a chance to blog while on a road trip for 3 weeks!
Pat

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jesus is the Reason

Hi again,

I know it's July but I just completed an order for Christmas cards! I thought I'd share one of my favorite cards. I'm also entering it in the latest Simon Says challenge which asked us to emboss something. Here's my card:
I started out with some red pattern paper from a Christmas stack from DCWV. I also used little strips of silver glitter paper--LOVE this paper from DCWV--and strips of black paper that helped separate the main image/sentiment from the pattern paper. I added some faux stitching to the black strips which helped make it stand out more. The image is from Hero Arts, as is the sentiment, and I silver embossed both. Super quick card but I love how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!
Pat

A Precious Gift

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their summer. We are gearing up for a 3 week camping trip that will include stops in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. To say that I've been busy getting ready for that is an understatement. But today, I wanted to play. I haven't had much time to play in my room so today, I declared it to be "NO PLANNING FOR CAMPING DAY" and I played in my room instead.

I'm entering the following card in several challenges. First, is the retro sketches site. I really liked the sketch for this week. Next, the Lawnscaping site wanted us to use watercolors and gelatos were calling my name. Next, the Simon says site wanted us to emboss--which I combined with the watercoloring. And lastly, the Color Throwdown site provided the color inspiration for the card.

Without further ado, here's my card and the challenge badges will be at the bottom of this post.
There's a new mom at our previous church that just had a baby. What a great excuse to make a card! I knew I wanted to use gelatos as my watercolor medium so I grabbed this Hero Arts background cling stamp (sorry, I couldn't find the name of it anywhere on the Hero Arts site) and white heat embossed it on watercolor paper. I used the yellow gelato color and, honestly, I had forgotten just how vibrant these gelatos are. The yellow was so strong that I added a lot of water to the paper and kept taking some of the color off to see the white resist better, too. Because I was following the sketch, I chose to add strips of turqoise to the side panel and then add vellum as the banner. I punched out some circles and then used a Wplus9 die for the onesie. I used a dollar stamp and some distress inks to stamp the flower on the onesie and then added gems to the center. The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo and I used StazOn ink to stamp on the vellum. Very fun card to make and I'm sure the new mom will smile.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a great weekend!
Pat

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Back after a long absence!

Hi friends!

This summer is proving to be one of the busiest summers! I hope everyone is enjoying theirs so far. I'm sharing a card today that I'm entering into the colourQ and Word Art Wednesday sites. I've been making tons of cards with Copic markers and I'm glad I can finally take some time to share one today. Here's my card and the color badge that challenged me.I know the colors aren't a perfect match but I hope I got the general gist of the challenge! :)

Over a year ago, my son received a very gracious gift from a well-known crafter. She sent him a huge binder full of Autumn Leaves stamps. Although he plays with the stamps, I admit that I've been using them, too! I stamped this image several times on cardstock using Memento ink and then colored in the image with Copic markers. I've only started using these markers so I'm by no means an expert. BUT, they are really great to work with! It's incredibly relaxing to sit and just color an image in and see the depth of the final project. Once the panel was colored in, I added some black strips and then stamped the sentiment. Yes, I'm starting early for next year! :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Pat
Thanks for stopping by!
Pat

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Father's Day card

Hi everyone!

Sorry for the long absence...but I'm finally here sharing a card I made for Father's Day. I used the sketch provided by the Freshly Made Sketches site. LOVED the sketch! And, I'm entering the card in the Word Art Wednesday site, too. Here's the card and the sketch below:

With the World Cup madness in high gear, I figured I'd make a card for my husband that showed what he loved most--soccer! Every 4 years, everything stops so that he can keep up with the matches. I sometimes watch a match with him--but not often! I followed the sketch pretty closely and really liked it. I used a dollar stamp set that I got from Michaels several years ago. I used the green, red, and white colors from the Italy and Mexico teams (some of my husband's favorite teams) to make the card extra special. I also added some glossy accents to the soccer balls so there's tons of texture on the card when you touch the soccer strip. Easy card to make but really cute! I can see myself using the sketch for different themes, too--especially a baby theme! Maybe have a cute little onesie strip...adorable!

Have a wonderful day celebrating the fathers in your life...I know I thank God for the blessing of having a wonderful father and of marrying a man who is also a great dad. Thanks for stopping by!
Pat

Thursday, May 22, 2014

More watercolor fun!

Hi again!

I'm here to share another fun card I made while finishing up the Online Card Class that dealt with watercoloring. I'll also be submitting this card for the latest Simon Says Stamp! challenge. Our challenge is to do something botanical. Here's my card:
I wish I knew who made this stamp but I won it at a local craft store years ago. I chose to begin by stamping the image using versafine ink and then masking off the flower. I then colored in the background. I didn't want to risk the blue color getting on the flower so masking made it easy to color in. I then colored in the image using a combination of distress markers and inktense watercolor pencils. I LOVED using these two mediums together!

The hardest part about watercoloring is waiting for everything to dry so I confess that I did use a heat gun a couple of times. I also stepped away a few times so that I could get a "fresh" look at the panel once I returned to the room. That helped a lot actually! I came back a few times and realized where I wanted to add a bit more color and shading. The sentiment is from Hampton Arts. I added some twine at the top of the card and the card was done.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you try using these two mediums also.
Pat

Textured watercoloring

Hi everyone!

I finally got a chance to play in my craft room and I used a technique taught in the Online Card Class that is finishing tomorrow. The class was all about watercoloring. Some of the techniques were probably a bit out of my league but there was one that caught my eye and I've been dying to try it. I'll also be entering this card for the latest Lawnscaping Challenge that was all about distress mania. Here's my card and the challenge badge.
After making some horizontal and vertical score lines on the watercolor paper, I went ahead and used my distress ink pads to create this watercolor background. I chose the colors I wanted and used my nonstick craft sheet to swipe the pads and water them down a bit before pressing the watercolor paper on top. I started with a light blue color and dried after each color application. That way, the color kept building and I could control it a bit better, too, from just getting too muddied up. After several layers of colors, I added some flicks of paint to the panel also. The butterfly is an old stamp from Inkadinkadoo (I think) and I colored it in with distress ink also. I used it as a watercolor and didn't add as much water to the ink when I wanted the color to be brighter on the butterfly. I cut out the butterfly and realized I wanted some shine on it. I added some liquid pearls to it and now it has a lovely shimmer to it. The sentiment is from Hampton Arts and I really like it because you can see through some of the letters but it's still bold enough to make the statement.

This was a really fun technique and it really didn't take as long as I thought it would. Hope you guys try it out, too!

Thanks for stopping by!
Pat