Thursday, April 17, 2014

A fun new die

Hi all! It's been awhile since I've posted but I've been busy getting cards prepped to show soon. I did want to stop in quickly, though, to share a card I'm entering in a couple of challenges. The first challenge is for the Party Time Tuesday site that asked us to use a die. The second site is the Word Art Wednesday site that has an "anything goes" challenge. Here's my card:

This was a fun card to work on. I used a QuicKutz die which was new for me and that gave me the beautiful polaroid cut. The main image is a reverse image stamp from Hero Arts so I stamped it using Memento Brilliance ink. To my surprise, the ink stayed wet enough so that I could add water to it and even out the color. I then colored the image using inktense watercolor pencils and distress markers. I stamped the sentiment and added some gems and the card was done! I will definitely be using this die many times!

Thanks for stopping by! And check out these challenges--there's still time to play along.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Thinking of You

Hi friends!

Just a quick post to share a card I made last night. I'm entering the card at the Unscripted Sketches site because they provided the fun sketch for the card. Here's the card and sketch.

I really wanted to use some perfect pearls for this one layer card. So, I chose a butterfly stamp (Teresa Collins) and a flourish (not sure which brand of stamps) and used the blue perfect pearl dust. I made sure to put some antistatic powder all over the card first, though, so that the perfect pearls wouldn't stick to anything except the image. After I added the perfect pearls, I used a swiffer dust rag to get the excess powder off and then used a slight mist on the card to set the pearls. I wanted a bit more color, though, so I put a small amount of red and gold perfect pearls on my work surface, added a bit of water to both of them and used my stylus to add some "random" dots and some gold on the butterfly. Super quick card to make--but a lot of fun b/c of the perfect pearls. There's tons of shine to this simple card.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mother's Day

Hi everyone!

Yes, I'm here with a Mother's Day card. You can never start too early, right? :) I knew I needed to start working on it early because the next few weeks are going to be really busy. I used the sketch from the retro sketches site and really like how it turned out. Here's my card and the sketch:

I love cards that have tons of black in it with pops of color. I knew that I wanted to do some embossing and that I'd be using a die cut from Simon Says Stamp! I chose to use silver pigment ink and repeat the pattern (Penny Black Lace Trim) and then clear emboss it. I used DCWV's Metallic paper for the center panel (silver) and also for the die cut (a lovely magenta/fuschia color) to add even more shine to the card. Then I stamped the sentiment (dollar bin) and the card was done! Super quick but has tons of shine and texture.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Special Birthday Card

Hi everyone!

I know, it's been a LONG time since I've posted. Sorry! I wish I had more time to just play but life gets in the way. But it's Spring Break and, even thought we homeschool, I really needed the break. I played in my room today and had loads of fun! I'm sharing this card on several websites. The first is the Simon Says Stamp! Wednesday Challenge site. Their challenge was to make a birthday card. The next site is V's Sweet Ideas. Their challenge was to use a favorite technique. And last, but not least, is the Word Art Wednesday site. They always have an "anything goes" challenge and I try to play along there whenever I can. Here's my card:

With my mom's birthday coming in a couple of weeks, I knew I needed to start working on a card. I've been playing with Copics lately and really enjoying the shading those markers allow. Plus, the vibrant colors can't be beat! Although I still need tons of practice, they've proven to be a lot of fun to play with! The stamps are from Penny Black. I wanted to add a strip of black to add some more contrast to the card and then added some faux stitching to the card, too. The sentiment is from the Recollections brand.

Although the card took a while to finish, it was so much fun! Thanks for stopping by!