Monday, March 31, 2014

clean and simple. . . .

is becoming more popular in the card making world, it seems.  Here is my card for several challenges:

I used a stencil from Michael's with some coral ink, which doesn't look as soft as it does IRL.  The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch and the sentiment is from A Muse Art Stamps.

The first challenge is The Card Concept challenge under the category of clean and simple. 

The second challenge is CAS(E) this sketch, which is a challenge I don't think I've ever entered.

And, the last challenge is Simon's Wednesday challenge which is anything goes with buttons.

Thanks for visiting and Happy Monday to you!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

a card for . . . .

this month's challenge at Magenta:

This is one of their stylized flower stamps and the papers used are also from Magenta.  I used Prismacolor pencils to color the images and added gold accents to the dots in the design.

Here are some ATC's I also made from Magenta stamps:

I have a lot of Magenta stamps, but mostly older ones, and they have always been a favorite company of mine.

Have a good day!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

hello. . . .

for a friend:

This is an old Hero Arts set, but I think it makes a lovely card.  I have so much patterned paper and I like the tiny polka dots on this double sided sheet.  The flowers are a Memory Box die. 

Still chilly here today; maybe a bit warmer from here on out!  Can't wait!!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

dream. . . .

is the theme for Hels Sunday Stamper challenge which has been going on for 300 weeks now.  What a milestone.  Here is my card:

I used Wendy Vecchi's background technique using Archival inks for this card.  The stamps (sentiment and accent stamp along the edges) are from Tim Holtz and the flowers are his tattered flowers die. 

Have a great day!

Monday, March 24, 2014

white wash technique. . . .

was featured on a Stamp TV video recently and I wanted to try it.

This pretty tulip stamp is from Stacey Stamps and I have had it for a long time.  I am not sure if these stamps are still available.  The word, Tulips, is a stamp from Impression Obsession. 

This technique is easy and I think it makes the flowers look like vellum.  You just use an aqua brush with white ink to color the white embossed image.  Add a bit of color by scribbling a marker on a palette and picking it up with the same aqua brush.  Or, leave it all white if you choose.

Don't know of anything to link this to, but I am planning to send it off to an online friend. 

Have a great day!

Friday, March 21, 2014

glitter. . . .

is the theme for the Simon Says challenge this week.  Here is my card:

A Sakura clear star glitter pen was used to color the flowers and stems on this card.  Of course, it doesn't show up very well in the photo.  But, it is very pretty in person and I think it compares favorably to the wink of Stella.  The only big difference that I can see is that the wink of Stella has a brush tip.

For the background I used more distress inks smooshed onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water.  (Can't seem to stop making these backgrounds)!  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and the glitter epoxy dots are from Kathy Davis Designs and they are so pretty IRL.  I got a bit carried away with the splatters, but still like this card a lot.

Sending this off to a friend today.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

add a button. . . .

is one of the requirements for the current House of Cards challenge. 

I chose to do a clean and simple card:

This is for one of my grandsons who will be 17 years old next week.  (so hard to believe!)  The button I used is a silver one and the photo is so bad that it does not look silver here. It has been raining the entire day and the lighting is terrible.  I used the Penny Black Madison  6" paper pad to make the banners.  The sentiment and stars are from Hero Arts.  A pretty star embossing folder helped jazz this up a bit.

Did I mention that Alex is a handsome boy??

This was taken in 2012 and he was dressed as a cowboy for a Halloween party.  He is even more handsome today than he was then.  :)

Have a good day!

Monday, March 17, 2014

seize the birthday. . . .

currently has as their challenge "anything goes" with the option of stitching. 

Here is my card:

I didn't do any stitching - my sewing machine is in need of repair and I am not too fond of the faux stitching.  I used some fabric tape that I purchased at Michael's last week while shopping with Lin and Carol.  The SSS flowers were paper pieced and I used a punch for the black centers with tiny pink sequins added.  The sentiment is from an Inkadinkadoo set.  Patterned papers are from various  6" pads I have; the dotted one is actually from a Christmas pad!

Also sending this to:

Word Art Wednesday

Addicted to Stamps

Have a good day!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

one more. . . .

watercolor card for Virginia's View:

Here is my card, which I made for a friend's birthday:

 I do like to color stamped images with watercolor pencils, but one of my most favorite things to do is use distress inks spritzed with water to create a background.  Ripe persimmon, festive berries and peacock feathers distress inks were used here.  The image is an oldie but goodie from Stampers Anonymous and was stamped over the background with Versafine onyx black ink.  I placed an iridescent sequin with a small black gem in the circle on the bottom left.

A Sakura stardust pen was used on the body and wings of the dragonfly and I then sprayed the whole panel with Ranger's Heirloom gold spray.  This is so much prettier in real life - it is so gloomy here today that the photo doesn't show the shimmery goodness much at all!   A Pilot metallic gold pen was used to edge the panel which was popped up on the white card base with foam tape. 

There has been an amazing response to Virginia's new challenge blog and we are allowed to enter four cards - this is my third and probably final one.  The entries are all SO fabulous and I am just sending my entries over in support of Virginia, not really with "winning" in mind.

Thanks, Virginia, for all of the fun!

Monday, March 10, 2014

another card. . . .

for Virginia's View challenge:

here is my card:

I smooshed distress inks onto a craft sheet and spritzed them with water and then pulled white cardstock through for the background.  Two Memory Box dies and sequins created the focal image.  The Anna Griffin embossing folder is new to me and I love all of the pretty designs in it. 

A birthday greeting was stamped inside and this card was given to a friend this morning for her upcoming birthday.

Have a great evening!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

virginia's view. . . .

is a new challenge being hosted by the super talented Virginia Lu on her Yes, Virginia blog. 

Her first challenge is to use her inspiration photo for our guide plus add watercoloring.  Here is my card:

I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder that is a frame of flowers.  My Derwent inktense watercolor pencils were fun to use for coloring the flowers.  I then added some pearls and gems randomly to the centers.  The Hero Arts sentiment was heat embossed with my clear sparkle powder.  Then I used my Sakura glitter pen (in lieu of having a wink of Stella) to outline the raised edges of the flowers and frame.  The tiny Memory Box butterflies were also watercolored and then covered with the Sakura glitter pen.

Thanks, Virginia, for a fun new challenge! 

Also sending this to Simon Says for their current challenge  which is anything goes with pearls.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

february ccc. . . .

has been posted by Deborah and here is the card I sent to Loly in Alabama:

I sponged colors through the Hero Arts stencil and heat embossed the design with some clear sparkle embossing powder.  The sentiment is from PTI and the black sequins were on clearance at JoAnn's for 50 cents!

This card chain challenge is so much fun - go to Deborah's blog for all the information to join in for March.

More snow on the way for us - guess I will go into hibernation again.  :)