Sunday, August 24, 2014

summer. . . .

isn't really "over" until September 23rd.  But, we tend to think that it is over when the Labor Day weekend arrives.  I finally got a card made for The Mixed Media Card Challenge which is a monthly challenge hosted by Shery Russ, creator of Stamplorations.  Her challenge this month is to create a summer card.

Here is my card:

The background is acrylic paint that was brayered on cardstock as I cleaned it off while making Gelli prints.  I tinted some Liquitex modeling paste with peeled paint Distress Ink and applied it through the stencil.  Then I covered it with Martha Stewart glitter.  The sentiment is from Hampton Art and was white embossed.  The dragonfly is from Impression Obsession and was white embossed on vellum, cut out and popped up over the fern stencil.  Shery has a fun stamp set called Celebrate Artsy with various shapes in it.  I used one of them to add a bit of interest to the corners, which seemed bare to me.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 22, 2014

animals. . . .

is the theme for this week's Less is More challenge. 

My supply of ANY animal is severely limited.  I tend to buy flowers, butterflies, swirls, leaves, etc.  Here is the card I managed to get made today in hopes of getting it submitted before the deadline:

I remembered that I had this Memory Box cat die, so I cut him out and sponged on some distress ink to give him a bit of color.  The balloon dies from Paper Smooches just arrived at my house this week (love them!) so I decided to make another birthday card to add to my stash.  I cut the balloons from vellum and colored them from the back with Memento markers.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  The Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle die is one of my favorite shapes for making a card.

Also sending this over to Pretty Pink Posh for the blog hop that is in progress this weekend.

Hope your weekend is a good one.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

butterflies. . . .

are a favorite of my granddaughter.  I usually incorporate one or more in the birthday cards I send to her.  Here is the one I made for her this year:

I used more of my new goodies from SSS for this card.  The background was created with distress inks and the Tim Holtz doily layering stencil.  The "happy" is from Winnie and Walter, the "birthday" from a Hero Arts set and the butterfly dies are from Memory Box.    I love this doily stencil and just know it will be well used.

Submitting these to:

Simon Says Stamp summer challenge

Seize the Birthday anything goes challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 18, 2014

stencils and pastes. . . .

are the media of choice at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge for August.

Here is my card:

I colored some Liquitex light molding paste with Archival reinkers and applied them through a Heidi Swapp polka dot stencil.  The sentiment is from Winnie and Walter and the flower is from Wendy Vecchi.  Some black gems and splatters were added for embellishment.

Also sending this to:

Just Us Girls for the color Challenge.

Simon Says Stamp for the summer challenge.

Seize the Birthday for the anything goes challenge.


Have a wonderful week and enjoy these last days of August!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

a wendy vecchi birthday card. . . .

for a friend:

With my SSS gift certificate, I purchased an SISI (stamp it, stencil it) Wendy Vecchi set.  After stamping the images, I masked them and placed the Heidi Swapp trellis stencil
over the card and sponged distress inks randomly through the stencil.  I removed that stencil and then put the flower part of Wendy's stencil over the blossom and applied distress inks through the stencil.  Then I placed the leaf portion of the stencil over the leaves and applied inks to the leaves through it.  I added some shading and highlighting to the flowers with an aquabrush.  The trio of black dots is from a SSS stamp set and the sentiment is from my new Wplus9 stamp set.

Submitting this card to the current challenge at Seize the Birthday where anything goes.

Also sending this to SSS for the summer challenge.

Thanks for your visit!

Friday, August 15, 2014

a shape card. . . .

for Virginia's View challenge for this month.  I am just getting this done a few days before the deadline.

My mitten was drawn freehand and covered with some Basic Gray patterned paper I had in my stash.  The large snowflake die is from Impression Obsession and the blue gems were amongst the many others in my drawer.  I used a Pilot metallic silver marker to outline the mitten.  Inside I silver embossed a greeting "enjoy the season" from Hero Arts.  (didn't take a photo of that).

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

stamps and die cuts. . . .

are the challenge at STAMPLORATIONS.

I do have a few stamps from Stamplorations, but my card features Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous and Ranger products this time. 

The dragonfly die/embossing folder comes in a set.  While in Colorado, my son gifted me with a few things from a stamp store we found in Estes Park; this set being one of them.  The background was created with two stamps from Stampers Anonymous using shaded lilac and dusty concord distress inks.  The sentiment was stamped with Versafine black ink.  The dragonfly was cut from white cardstock and colored with shaded lilac distress ink and then sprayed with Ranger's heirloom gold spray.  Clear rhinestones from my stash were added for some bling.

While walking around a small local pond the other day, I spotted two dragonflies.  So, I am submitting this to the SSS Wednesday challenge which is "summer".  I also would like to say that dragonflies are not as pretty as some of the stamps/dies I have seen of them.  That's what happens when you add "artistic license" in the mix!!

Thank you for your visit to my blog.  I love hearing from you.

edit:  also submitting this to the following challenge:

Die Cut Divas Hot August Nights