Monday, September 17, 2018

Magnolia

Hi there!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Karen is hosting this week and she has chosen the lovely combination of Berry Burst, Pool Party and Soft Suede, with a dessert option to use a solid stamp, which I chose to pass on this week.


The beautiful magnolia stamp was inked up and stamped on Neenah card stock, then colored with Copic markers in colors similar to the challenge colors.  For the leaves, the color is similar to Mossy Meadow and the halo around the flower akin to Pool Party.  The trimmed down panel was layered on a piece of Soft Suede card stock then popped up with fun foam on the scallop edged Berry Burst panel.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set as the magnolia (listed below).  The final touch was to add a few Ivory Seashell Nuvo Drops.


Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I hope you'll use the link above to check out the Color Challenge and hopefully join us this week!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Magnificent Magnolia (Clearly Besotted/Simon Says Stamp Stamptember collaboration)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Soft Suede, Berry Burst
Ink:  Gina K Amalgamate Jet Black
Other:  Small Oval punch (SU), Card Front Element Builder (scallop die/SugarPea Designs), Tonic Nuvo Ivory Seashell Crystal Drops; Copic markers:  RV00,02,04,06,09,E33,35,YG61,63,BG1,B0000
 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sending Hugs

Hi there, crafty friends!  I have a card to share that I made with the new Fall Friends from MFT.  This stamp set has so many cute images, I am just over the moon about it.  To create my card I used the current challenges at Color Throwdown and MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge.  I'm also joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to "Pop it Up".






I started with a panel of Neenah Solar White, stamped the images with MFT Extreme Black ink then set about coloring with Copic markers, using the Color Throwdown colors.  Once colored I used the companion dies to cut out them.


To create a scene for our cute pumpkin sitter and her squirrel friend, I die cut olive card stock with a couple of hillside dies then added to a small panel with some stenciled clouds.  I then added the images and sentiment popping up the squirrel, sentiment and back of the girl with foam tape.  For the base I stamped a pumpkin, acorn and various leaf images, along with a dot stamp with Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige ink, then used foam tape to adhere the focal panel.


That finishes up my card.  Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added links to the challenges above, so be sure to visit and enjoy all the wonderful inspiration!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Fall Friends, Greetings Galore (MFT), Kind (3 dot stamp/SSS)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Desert Storm, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  MFT Extreme Black, Versamark, Barely Beige, Tumbled Glass
Other:  Fall Friends Companion dies, Stitched Hillside dies (Lawn Fawn), Hero Arts White embossing powder, Clouds stencil (MFT), Copic markers:  R14,20,24,29,35,37,39, YR04,07,12,15,18,21,23,24,27,Y0215,17, E00,11,19,31,35,37,50,51,53
 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Sticky Note

Hello there friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Jeanne is hosting this week and she has chosen the combination of Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight.  The dessert option is "Make it Summer", a last fling with the bright colors of summer before the onset of fall in a week and a half.


I've been looking forward to coloring up these darling cacti from Penny Black and Jeanne's colors gave me the perfect reason to do so.  Using Copic markers, I followed the suggested coloring on the stamp set package because it was very similar to the challenge colors.  It also worked out to keep the vases white with a bit of gray to create shadows, so I could add the aqua and bright yellow background.  There wasn't much territory in the scene to add the flamingo color other than the small cactus flowers, so I stamped a different tiny flower with Flirty Flamingo ink next to the sentiment.


After the coloring was complete I trimmed it way down, mainly because the yellow was just so overwhelmingly bright!  Layering the panel on black and adding the black and white Baker's Twine helped tone things down a bit too, plus reducing the size of the panel provided room above to add the sentiment.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added a link to SCS above so I hope you'll head over there to check out the Color Challenge and hopefully play along!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Happy Together (cacti/Penny Black), Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches), Smiling (flower/Waffle Flower)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Black
Ink:  MFT Extreme Black, Versafine Onyx Black (sentiment), Flirty Flamingo
Other:  Black Baker's Twine, Copic markers:  Y02, 06; YG01,13, 17, 67; BG 11,13,15;
B000; R32,22; C1,3,5
 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Happy Blooms

Hi there friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  I am the host this week and have chosen the colors Gorgeous Grape, Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam and Highland Heather, with a dessert option to use ribbon or twine.



I'm also joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (link here), where the theme is Anything Goes.

I chose the challenge colors with the floral stamp I used in mind.  An area of our garden brims with these lovely purple flowers for much of the summer and I enjoy them so much.


I used Stampin' Up inks in the challenge colors to watercolor this panel, also including Mossy Meadow for shading on the stem.  I knew I wanted to create a blue butterfly and when looking online found out about a local one called Fender's Blue Butterfly.  They are pretty rare, currently on the Endangered Species list.  I used the online photos to get as close as possible to the real life color.


When the panel dried, I trimmed it down and mounted a scallop panel of Balmy Blue on the back.  After wrapping with a bit of Linen Thread, it was popped up on an embossed panel of Soft Sea Foam card stock. 

Thanks for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added links to both challenges, so be sure to check them out, and I hope you'll be able to join us for the SCS Color Challenge this week!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Happy Together (Penny Black)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Soft Sea Foam, Balmy Blue, Arches 140# Cold Press watercolor
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake
Other:  Layered Leaves embossing folder (SU), Card Front Element Builder scallop rectangle die (SugarPea Design), Simon Says Stamp Ultra Fine embossing powder, Linen Thread
 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Morning Aroma

Hello and welcome back!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Pam is hosting this week and she's chosen the wonderful combination of Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler and So Saffron with a dessert option of "Back to School".  My card isn't specifically for back to school but I think it would be an important component of any parent's early morning while getting the kids ready for school!

I'm also joining the current challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch.


When I saw the sketch I immediately knew my yet unused August Monthly Hero stamp set would work perfectly for both challenges.  The sentiment and coffee cup were stamped in Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink.  When dried I colored it with Copic markers in colors similar to the challenge colors, plus a little gray to create a shadow and ground the coffee cup image.


The panel was cut with a wonky rectangle die and mounted with foam tape onto the Early Espresso card base.  The only embellishment was the addition of a bit of crystal glaze over the heart on the cup and a bit of white gelly roll pen for a few highlights.


Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added links to both challenges above, so be sure to check them out!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  My Monthly Hero 0818
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Early Espresso
Ink:  Distress Oxide Walnut Stain
Other:  Copics:  Y11, 13, 15, B000, R35, 37, 39, E55, 57, 59, W0, 3; Wonky Stitched Rectangle die, Sakura Gelly Roll pen, Tonic Nuvo Crystal Glaze
 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Hello and a Color Challenge Contest!

It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  This week is very special because it marks the 700th SCS Color Challenge and there are going to be prizes!  The Design Team members have chosen their favorite color combination from when they hosted between the 600th and 700th challenge and will be giving away individual prizes for their favorite. 

In addition, there will be a grand prize winner to be chosen from those that make cards for all five of the DT members challenges.  It's very exciting and I hope you'll use the link above to join in this week!

For my favorite, I chose CC654 - Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Fresh Fig, with a dessert option to use metallics.  That challenge was my first time as a Color Challenge hostess.  Here are my cards from CC654...






...and my new card for CC700 using the same colors.


For my current card, I heat embossed the leaves in gold on Bristol paper, ink blended the 3 challenge colors, splattered with gold metallic paint then applied the same paint around the edges of the panel.  When dried it was added to a Fresh Fig card base.  After die cutting the sentiment from glitter paper, I used Score Tape to adhere to a strip of Gold Glimmer and added that to the card with foam tape.


A simple card but I think it really showcases all the colors.  Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated.  I hope you'll use the link above and join us this week for our 700th SCS Color Challenge!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Vintage Leaves (SU)
Paper:  Fresh Fig, Strathmore Bristol, Gold Glimmer, Glitter Paper Pack (SSS)
Ink:  Fresh Fig, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Versamark
Other:  Hello There die (MFT), Altenew Antique Gold ep, Gansai Tambi Starry Colors metallic paints

Monday, August 6, 2018

Friendship

Hello again friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Karen is hosting this week and she has chosen the lovely color combination of Rich Razzleberry, Berry Burst and Old Olive.  The dessert option to use a touch of gold, to which I say "Yes, please"!  I'm also joining the Free for All challenge at SCS (link here), where the theme is "Let's be Friends" and the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (link here) to create your own background.


I used the new Sketchy Lotus Flowers stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp for my card.  It was first stamped and heat embossed with gold embossing powder on watercolor paper, water colored with the challenge colors and when dry, it was die cut with the companion dies.



For the background I taped down a panel of watercolor paper to a hard board, added three pools of water then dropped in the inks and let it spread to a degree.  I purposely used a damp paintbrush to lighten the edges of the pink colors because I didn't want it to mix much with the Old Olive and create a muddy color.  I let the panel dry, splattered with metallic watercolor paint, let that dry, heat embossed the sentiment then die cut with a stitched rectangle die.


I wanted to highlight this sentiment, the words are so very true and the bonus is the wonderful font!

Thanks for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added links to SCS and SSS, so be sure to head over and check out all the challenges!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Sketchy Lotus Stamps
Paper:  Ivory (SSS), Arches Cold Press 140# watercolor
Ink:  Versamark, Berry Burst, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Other:  Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder, Gansai Tambi Starry Colors Metallic watercolor paints, Sketchy Lotus Flowers companion dies, Stitched Rectangle die (SSS), gold sequin mix
 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Be Merry!

Hello friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Jeanne is hosting this week and she has chosen Poppy Parade, Lemon Lime Twist and Garden Green for the colors this week.  As we did last week, the dessert option is again "Christmas in July", so we can continue to build our stash of holiday cards!

I was running short on time this week so I pulled out one of the cute Suzy's Paintable Prints from Simon Says Stamp and used mainly Distress Inks similar to the challenge colors to watercolor the print.  With the SCS Color Challenge team using Stampin' Up Neutral colors, which now include Mossy Meadow, Merry Merlot and Night of Navy, I used Merry Merlot and a Distress Ink similar to Night of Navy to watercolor my panel.


With the playful nature of this print, I kept my watercoloring very loose, not worrying about staying in the lines so much but having fun coloring the panel.  I started by adding a light background of Chipped Sapphire, then used the wet on dry method to watercolor.  When the panel was dried completely, I used a black gel pen to trace around all the images and the sentiment, a white gelly roll pen to add white highlights on the poinsettias, then splattered everything with white gouache.  When the gouache was dry the panel was trimmed down to 3.75" x 5", adhered to a slightly larger black panel, wrapped with gold cord, then popped up with foam tape on a Lemon Lime Twist card base.


Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added a link above to the color challenge, so I hope you'll be able to join us this week!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  None
Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Black, Suzy's Paintable Prints
Ink:  Merry Merlot; Distress Inks:  Chipped Sapphire, Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron
Other:  Gold Cord, White Gouache, Tonic Nuvo Midas Touch and Glitter Gloss Aqua Shimmer pen, Pilot Black Gel Pen, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen

 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Picked With Love

Hello friends!  I'm sharing a recent card made using the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I recently purchased the latest card kit from Simon Says Stamp with some delicious floral garden images and decided it would work great for this challenge.  I'm also joining the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


The stamps used for this card includes a bunch of tulips in a mason jar and a cute picket fence, both colored it with Copic Markers then fussy cut as the dies won't be available until next month.


For the background I used a background stamp also included in the kit, the Modern Rose Blooms stamp.  I inked it up with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink, stamped it off once, then dabbed it lightly with a paper towel before stamping to get a very light impression on the white card stock, which was then die cut with a stitched scallop rectangle die.. 


After the card was assembled I added a Jute twine bow and a couple of wood hearts, then used an aqua shimmer pen to add some sparkle on the flowers.

Thanks so much for visiting, I appreciate it so much!  I've added a link to the challenges above so be sure to check them out!

Stef


Product Details
Stamps:  Mandy's Flowers, Modern Rose Blooms (SSS)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Basic Black
Ink:  MFT Extreme Black, Versamark, Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide
Other:  Card Front Elements Builder dies (scalloped stiched rectangle die) (SugarPea), Stitched Shapes Circle Framelit (SU), WOW Super Fine Bright White embossing powder, Jute Twine, Copic Markers, Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen, Hearts & Stars Elements (SU)
 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Bearing Gifts

Hello friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Mary is hosting this week and she has chosen Berry Burst, Granny Apple Green and Smoky Slate for the colors this week.  The dessert option is "Christmas in July" which is always fun!

I decided to use one of my favorite Christmas stamps for this challenge.  I used Copic Markers in colors as close as possible to this week's colors.  I really liked using the markers because they are great for getting into tiny spots and this image has plenty.


After coloring the children, the wreath and the bear's Santa hat, I used a bit of brown to create some dirt to ground the image.  While the polar bear is white, I used some warm grays to add shadows.  Once the coloring was complete, the panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle die, then mounted onto a white card base.  I thought about using a snowflake cover die cut from glimmer paper for the background but it was just too busy, but I did decide to adhere the snowflakes and dots left over from the die cutting for some fun bling.  A bit of shimmer pen was used on the "fur" of the hat and a white gelly roll pen added a bit of brightness to the white polka dots on the gift bag.


Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  Be sure to use the link above to the Color Challenge and hopefully join in the fun!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Bearing Gifts (ret. SU)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White #80 and #110
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Snowflake Confetti Fancy Die (Hero Arts), Stitched Rectangle die (Simon Says Stamp), Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen, Copics:  Clothes: RV23, 25, 29, YG03,17, C 1, 3, 5; Bear:  W0,1,3,5; Ground: E35, 37, 29; Hair: Y02; BV17, Y17; Background:  B0000

 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Dahlia Celebrate

Hi there and welcome back!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Pam is hosting this week and she has chosen the vibrant colors of Calypso Coral, Pineapple Punch and Pear Pizzazz, with a dessert option to include a tropical treat on your card.

I love this color combination but instead of a tropical treat I decided to watercolor a new-to-me Dahlia image from Hero Arts.  I painted each petal first with an intense amount of Calypso Coral at the base, pulled the ink part way up the petal, then added Pineapple Punch to the tip and used a damp brush to blend.  I loved how the colors mixed and while the water coloring was a little time consuming, I love the process and the end result.  Using good quality watercolor paper also helped the colors from bleeding outside of the area being water colored.  I say this because I only recently started using Arches Cold Press and I am so very pleasantly surprised at how it holds water.


After the floral image dried, it was die cut with the companion die.  In the meantime, I was so happy to find in my stash a card base of Calypso Coral already layered this long retired Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper.  I used a scrap of watercolor paper to create the horizontal panel, layering on Calypso Coral and Pineapple Punch inks with lots of water mixed with Perfect Pearls.  After drying with a heat tool, I used a punch on one end, wrapped with twine and added the sentiment tag.  After mounting to the card base with thin foam squares, the floral image was adhered on top and a few bright yellow Nuvo drops added.


Thanks for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've included a link to SCS above, I hope you'll be able to join the Color Challenge this week!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Hero Florals Dahlia Stamp & Cut, Happy Birthday Gorgeous (SU)
Paper:  Calypsos Coral, Very Vanilla, Arches Cold Press watercolor, retired SU dsp
Ink:  Versafine Claire Nocturne Pigment ink, Calypso Coral, Pineapple Punch, Pear Pizzazz
Other:  Perfect Pearls, Eyelet Border punch (ret. SU), Hero Arts companion die, Linen Thread, Tiny Tag punch, Tonic Nuvo Dandelion Crystal Drops
 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Rockin' Birthday for The Paper Players

Hello friends!  I've got a post tonight with a card for The Paper Players 400th challenge!  Woo Hoo!  Love this challenge and the awesome design team, so I knew I wanted to join in this party!


In keeping with the "Celebration" theme, my card was made for my middle grandson's birthday.  Sigh, who turns 16 later this week.  Where does the time go?  I made him a "rockin" grunge card I'm pretty sure he'll like.


Starting with a panel of Bristol paper, I ink blended several Distress inks, sprayed with water, flicked with black Gesso and when dry, heat embossed various images from an old Inkadinkado stamp set with silver embossing powder.  Next I inked up a couple of images from Stampin' Up's Timeless Textures and Gorgeous Grunge Black Soot Distress Ink and stamped them around the panel.  Finally, I distressed all the edges, used Black Soot to ink blend around the edges and adhered to a black card stock base.


Thanks so much for coming by and visiting, it's so appreciated!  I've added a link to the PP challenge above, so be sure to head over there and enjoy the great inspiration, plus there are still a few days to play along and there are prizes to be won!  Have a great week!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Rock Star (Inkadinkado), Timeless Textures, Gorgeous Grunge (SU)

Paper:  Black card stock, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Ink:  Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
Other:  Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder,Black Gesso
 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Happy 4th!

Hello again!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers and I am hosting this week.  In honor of Independence Day, I chose Real Red, Blueberry Bushel and white or vanilla with a dessert option of an Americana or July 4th theme.


I didn't have any stamp sets with Americana or celebrating Independence Day so I remedied that recently by acquiring a really cool grunge flag image.


The flag stamp is 4x6" so I stamped it on a slightly larger panel of Very Vanilla card stock with the red and blue inks, then trimmed it down slightly to 3 3/4" x 5 3/4", then distressed the edges.  Next I die cut the word "happy" and the number 4 three times, adhered together then covered with a shimmer pen then crystal glaze.  While those dried I wrapped the stamped image with jute twine and adhered to a Desert Storm card base.  I searched my sentiment stamps to fin the right size birthday stamp, stamped it in red ink, then trimmed down the "th" to be added behind the 4.


Thanks for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added a link to SCS above, so I hope you'll check it out and join us for the Color Challenge this week!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Grunge Flag (Joy Clair), Brushstroke Messages (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Desert Storm, Real Red, Blueberry Bushel
Ink:  Real Red, Blueberry Bushel
Other:  Happy sentiment die (Lawn Fawn), Bigz Alphabet Typeset die (ret. SU), Jute Twine, Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen and Crystal Glaze
 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Spread Your Wings

Hello friends!  I'm back with a card I made for the current challenge at The Paper Players, where Laurie has given us a great sketch to work with this week!  I'm also joining the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where this week's theme is anything goes.

 



I recently bought some Penny Black stamp sets, including a mini set with lovely flowing branches, which I used to stamp around the edges of my white card base in the new Stampin' Up ink Soft Sea Foam.  I decided at that point to use the Spoken Bird stamp set and when I settled on the sentiment I knew how I was going to put the rest of the card together.


The center panel was created with a cloud stencil and some Tumbled Glass ink, and I discovered to my delight that the new SU color Balmy Blue is almost a near match to Tumbled Glass so I could create a slightly larger blue layer.  I used the Layered Leaves embossing folder for the small green panel, mounting both it and the center panel with a bit of Fun Foam.  The bird was stamped in Balmy Blue and die cut with a companion die, adhered to the sentiment circle then added to the card with foam tape.  Another happy coincidence is that I found a pack of sequins that were also a great match with both the blue and green.  I love how this turned out...I think I have a new favorite color combination!!


Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've included links to both challenges above, so be sure to head over there and check out all the beautiful inspiration!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Spoken Bird (My Monthly Hero Feb 2018), Serene (Penny Black)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam, Koh-I-Noor Smooth Bristol
Ink:  Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Spoken Bird companion die (HA), Stitched Shape Circle Framelit (SU), Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder (SU), Spring Meadow Mix Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), retired SU heart button, Linen Thread
 

Monday, June 25, 2018

It's Time to Party and Enjoy a Peaceful Sunrise!

It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers and this week Jeannie is debuting as hostess!  She has chosen the lovely combination of Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo and So Saffron with a dessert option of balloons.  I ended up making two cards for this challenge, entering one in the CAS and Free For All challenges at SCS (linked below). 

For my first card I used a new-to-me stamp set from Penny Black with these cute, cute critters.  I colored them with Copic markers and fussy cut them.  I ink blended the background with Distress Inks on Bristol paper, then popped everything up with foam tape.  In order to have the kitty floating down to the waiting dog, I made this an oversized card and will make a custom envelope when I send it.  The balloons were painted with a shimmer pen then covered with Crystal Glaze to make them nice and shiny.


Here's a close up that captures some of the shimmer on the balloon.


For this next card, it came together pretty quickly this afternoon.  I'd stamped the image a few days ago and decided to try some blending of reinkers, challenging myself to develop a variety of greens and in the end, the rust color for the tree leaves.  I started by using a light wash of color for the sky, first pink, then yellow and finally the turquoise, blending with clear water on my paint brush.  Next I began color mixing on a palette with a drop each of the yellow and turquoise, then kept adding yellow as I went along to get different green colors.


I waited to watercolor the leaves of the large deciduous tree until the last, first coloring with yellow, then mixing the pink and yellow to create the rust color.  I had so much fun doing this!  The only bit that I'm not fond of is the color of the stream, which is only Bermuda Bay ink because mixing yellow would make it green and mixing pink would make, well, mud.  However, my husband said he has been on streams nearly that color in some remote places in the Rockies, so I decided I was okay with it.  When dry I added white ripples in the stream with a Gelly Roll pen.

I kept the card pretty simple, adding the corrugated white die cut frame to a Flirty Flamingo card base, then added the die cut water colored panel with Fun Foam.  I didn't think any embellies were necessary and may add a sentiment if appropriate when I send the card.

 

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated! Below are links to the challenges at SCS.

CC 693

Free For All "Just Over the Holler"

CAS "Water Works"



Stef


Product detail
Card #1
Stamps:  Time to Celebrate (Penny Black)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Audrey Blue (Simon Says Stamp), Koh-I-Noor Smooth Bristol
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Inks:  Frayed Burlap, Peacock Feathers
Other:  Cloud Stencil (MFT), Hillside Border die (Lawn Fawn), Paper Snips, Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen and Crystal Glaze, Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Copic:  W1, 3, 5; R20, 22, 30, 43; Y11, 02, 08; BG11, 13, 15

Card #2
Stamps:  Peaceful Places (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Canson XL, Flirty Framingo, White Corrugated
Ink:  Stazon Timber Brown, Flirty Flamingo, Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Hickory Smoke Distress Ink
Other:  Stitched Rectangle Frame (MFT), Hero Arts Nested Infinity Rectangle die, White Gelly Roll pen
 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Gardenia Birthday

Hello, friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Karen is hosting this week and she has chosen the soft combination of Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron and Very Vanilla, with a dessert option of vintage. Be sure to use the link above to check out the challenge and hopefully play along with us this week!

I'm also joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where this week's theme is "Frame It". 


I like using frames, most of the time as a way to ground my image and sentiment rather than actually frame anything, because it still acts to bring the eye to the center of the card.


The Gardenia is a layering stamp from Altenew and since I was only using Blushing Bride for the flower, I had to make sure I had enough contrast between layers.  So I skipped the solid base layer and stamped the first shading layer but using 2nd generation stamping so I had a very light color for the petals.  Then, when I added the next shading layer, I stamped it 2-3 times full strength.  I then stamped the outline stamp to pull it all together.  I used a similar process to stamp the leaves.  I do know that I'm stretching my artistic license with this flower since most Gardenias are white, and those few that are a very light pink are not this same shade.  But hey, it's card making not fine art, right?


With the soft challenge colors I knew I needed more contrast to the base, so I chose a neutral, using Desert Storm card stock, then layered on a piece of vanilla card stock die cut with the Marilyn cover die.  I dithered between Mint and Blushing Bride for the frame, but in the end the pink looked so much better with the craft card base.  After adhering the frame, flower and leaves, and sentiment, I added some clear sequins and iridescent jewels for a bit of bling.  I also used a shimmer pen on the flower but my photos don't pick up how sparkly it is IRL.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I hope you'll use the links above and head over to both challenges!

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Build-A-Flower: Gardenia (Altenew), Watercolor Trio (ret. SU)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Desert Storm
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Soft Suede
Other:  Marilyn Cover Die (SSS), Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame (MFT), Stitched Shapes Oval Framelit (SU), Gardenia companion dies, Lucy's Little Things Iridescent Jewels, Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen
 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Flower Cluster

Hi there friends!  Today I'm pleased to share with you a card made for reminder post for The Flower Challenge, where I am honored to be a guest designer this month! Be sure to use the link below to check out all the beautiful inspiration by the Design Team.


This month the challenge is to use any previous challenge, so for my reminder card I chose to use Challenge #14, which was to create a CAS card.  Over the years I have found myself creating more CAS type cards, without too many design elements.  For my card today, I used the Flower Cluster die, and inlaid leaf and petal pieces colored with Zig markers.

 
I die cut the image 3 times, once from white card stock and twice from Bristol paper, which I find works best for blending Zigs.  I adhered the white card die cut onto a white panel, colored the flower center pieces with a yellow marker, and then, after the Bristol colored pieces were dry, I transferred them into the main panel.  The remainder of the card construction is pretty self-explanatory, and the finishing touch was to add some iridescent jewels.


Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I hope you'll be able to join The Flower Challenge this month, it's fun to be able to choose your own challenge.

Stef


Product details
Stamps:  Watercolor Trio (long retired SU)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Black, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Flower Cluster die (Simon Says Stamp), Stitched Shapes Oval Framelit (SU), Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, Lucy's Cards Clear Iridescent Mix jewels, score board