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!