Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Watercolored Sunshine

Another Mix-Ability challenge for the heck of it...

MIX58 - Washy Washy

This challenge asked for a watercolor wash background. I've been doing quite a bit of watercoloring lately, so I'm in!

I created the water and sky watercolor wash background. After stamping the sun and skyline reflection (reflection technique), I smoothed out by adding water from my brush. Fun, fun!

Stamps: Calling All Heroes, Ray of Sunshine; Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Watercolor paper; Ink: Hello Honey, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Memento Jet Black; Accessories: White gel pen, 1-3/8" Circle punch.

Monday, July 28, 2014

MDSM75 More Awesome!

Happy Monday, Everyone!  Tara has a new MDS Monday sketch for us today.

This was my daughter's first taste of brussels sprouts. Do you think she liked them? I actually had her eat more, so I could get the photos.  Poor thing!

Here's Tara's sketch -

Make sure you join us!

MDS Elements: Frames with a Flourish, Retro Fresh DSP, This & That Retro Fresh embellishments, Mis-Stitched; Font: You Are Loved.

Friday, July 25, 2014

FM170 Kintsukuroi Leaves

Hey there!  Time for another Friday Mashup challenge.  Today, we are playing with the Delft tile technique and a sketch.  First I'll share my card, and then I'll give you the background.

Playing along with Splitcoaststampers Mix-Ability challenges as well, MIX57 is inspired by the following - 

I love the last part of that definition!  My interpretation was to grab some In Colors, Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist, sponge on tone-on-tone ink in the center and darker color to edges, spritz, crinkle and ball up, and then unroll to dry.  Once dry, I added a bit of Baked Brown Sugar sponging to the wrinkles, cut the card stock pieces apart to create "veins", and laid them out on a Sticky page.  I was able to apply gold leafing to the exposed sticky areas of the "veins".  The last step was to die-cut the leaves.

In order the mash it up, I stamped the Hardwood background image, then I sponged along the edges of the wood planks in the Delft tile method. This challenge was a lot of fun.  I had these leaves ready to go, and Tara's challenge fit quite nicely in getting the card done.  Thanks, Tara!

Here's your Mashup Challenge -

  • Create a project using the "Sketch".
  • Create a project using the "Delft Tile Technique". Tutorial here
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project using the "Sketch & Delft Tile Technique".
Stamps: Hardwood BG, And Many More; Paper: Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Smoky Slate; Ink: Tangelo Twist, Real Red, Hello Honey, Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Gray; Accessories: Basic Metal button, Linen thread, Gold leafing, Sticky pages, Stampin' Spritzer, Sponge, Bitty Banners framelits, Autumn Accents die, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mixing It Up II

Continuing to play with the Mix-Ability challenge on Splitcoaststampers, in an effort to leave my stamp funk behind. 

MIX56 - Through the Mist

While Miss Lydia was busy enjoying Convention, I got to be inspired by her challenge. Here we use a scrap piece of cardstock to clean a brayer of acrylic paint. Very cool backgrounds can result.

I made quite a few of the backgrounds and picked a couple to finish into notecards.  For this card, I used the reflection technique.

And the second card, I painted in some sticks and stumps with acrylic paint.  I stamped the trees and softened the look with a wet watercolor brush.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Branch Out, Le Jardin Botanique; Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White; Ink: Memento Jet Black; Accessories: White gel pen, Black acrylic paint, Brayer, Paint brush.

And while I was making these backgrounds, I discovered the three C's of stamping...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mixing It Up!

I am still in a stamping funk.  I was bound and determined I was going to finish a card (or two) just because.  Playing along with a challenge is the best way to get the creativity juices flowing again.

MIX55 - Clear Love

I've been stuck on this Mix-Ability challenge for a while. So much so, the challenge at which I had left off had drifted to the second page on Splitcoaststampers.  Yikes, better get moving!  This challenge calls for incorporating a clear element, plus two or more different media.  Here I have translucent embossing paste and vellum.  My media are embossing paste, dye-based ink, and Encore ink with clear embossing powder.  Guess that last one also qualifies as a clear element.

Here's a good angle of the texture from the embossing paste.

Stamps: Perfect Pennants; Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Gold Designer Vellum; Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Encore Gold; Accessories: Gold sequin trim, Clear embossing powder, Translucent embossing paste, Hearts & Stars decorative masks, Banners framelits, Big Shot.

And here are this week's Weekly Deals -

Bitty Banners Big Shot Die Framelits
Bitty Banners Big Shot Die Framelits
Price: $14.95 $11.21
Calypso Coral Celebration Add-on Kit
Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On Kit
Price: $9.95 $7.46
Celebration Basics Kit
Celebration Basics Kit
Price: $14.95 $11.21
Crushed Curry 3/4 Chevron Ribbon
Crushed Curry 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Price: $8.95 $6.71
Curly Label Punch
Curly Label Punch
Price: $16.95 $12.71
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
Price: $15.95 $11.96
Pumpkin Pie 3/4 Chevron Ribbon
Pumpkin Pie 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Price: $8.95 $6.71
Summer Happiness Kit -- Digital Download
Summer Happiness Kit - Digital Download
Price: $9.95 $5.97

Monday, July 21, 2014

Wonderland Tea Party Cont'd

I'm back again with the two additional pages from the Wonderland Party kit that I started last week.

Here's the second page -

and the full spread.

Don't forget you still have time to join us at MDS Monday for our current challenge (left page layout).  The challenge is open until Saturday.

There's a third page, which doesn't have a matching facing page.  No matter, right?  :)

MDS Elements: Wonderland Party kit, Natural Composition Overlays, Simple Stitches Vanilla, Stitching Straight Vanilla, Basic Pearls; Fonts: Bernard MT Condensed, Digs My Heart, Bodini MT Poster Condensed.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Lovely as a Tree

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This time we are hopping along with a classic stamp set, Lovely as a Tree.  If you are hopping around in a circle, you have just come from Cindy's blog.  There is no end to Cindy's creativity!

As part of the Friday Mashup Challenge #168 about a week back, I created this birthday card for my dad using Lovely as a Tree.  Lisa's challenge called for the color combo mashed with a summer-themed card.

Most summers growing up, we would go to my grandparents' cabin in Canada.  I created a shoreline watercolor card for him.  Visiting the lake definitely says summer to me.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, And Many More; Paper: Mossy Meadow, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Early Espresso; Accessories: Aquapainter, Painter's tape.

And this past Friday I hosted a small shoebox swap at my house with the sympathy/get well theme.  These are the type of cards you need on hand for a quick note to a friend or family member.  Often I find myself looking for a sympathy card for a guy, so I went with a masculine flavor.

Our shoebox projects had to be created in 10 minutes or less, to keep us on schedule.  Here I used Stampin' Write markers to ink up my stamp.  Once I stamped the image, I went back with an almost dry aquapainter to fill in the tree color.  HINT: The thick baker's twine is, well, thick.  You can't just layer on top of it.  I used one layer of Dimensionals under the left panel, and then one layer of Dimensionals on the left side of the banner and doubled-up (stacked) two layers on the right.  I used a recent sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, #144.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, A Dozen Thoughts; Paper: Mossy Meadow, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Lullaby DSP; Ink: Mossy Meadow, Baked Brown Sugar; Accessories: Baked Brown Sugar thick baker's twine, Aquapainter, Arrows EF, Banners framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Now make sure you check out the next stop to see what lovelies the fabulous Wendy Weixler has put together with Lovely as a Tree

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