Monday, May 28, 2018

Hi Kitty

Hello friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers! Barbara is hosting this week and she has chosen the bright and beautiful color combination of Tempting Turquoise, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight and Berry Burst, with a dessert option to add flowers. 

For my card I decided to use an image of a kitty walking through the flowers from Waffle Flower.  I used this same stamp a couple of weeks ago, but thought the charming image would work perfectly with the challenge colors.  I also used Copic Markers to color the scene.  I am just learning to use these markers so my blending still needs some work on larger images, but I am enjoying the process of getting acquainted with a new media.

Isn't she cute?  I started by stamping the image on Bristol paper with Copic friendly ink, created a mask to cover the cat and large flowers, then used Distress Inks to create the grass and use with a cloud stencil for the sky.  Using Bristol paper with Copics is not optimum because they are harder to blend and the paper absorbs more ink, but I chose to use it because Distress Inks blend so much better on it, and most of the images were small, requiring minimal ink.

Once that was done, the masks were removed and I used Copic Markers to color kitty and the flowers.  I left the stamp in my Misti so prior to die cutting the panel, I put it back in the Misti and inked up the stamp in Versafine Onyx Black ink to get a nice crisp line.  A wonky rectangle die was used to trim down the panel, which was then adhered to a slightly larger panel of Tempting Turquoise.

The sentiment was die cut 3 times, layered and adhered to the panel, then an aqua shimmer pen was used to add some glitter to it as well as the flowers.  Lastly a few white Nuvo drops were added to the panel.

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


Product details
Stamps:  Smiling (Waffle Flower)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Mermaid Lagoon and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Strathmore Bristol
Other:  Copics, Hello There die set (MFT), Wonky Rectangle die (SSS), Tonic Nuvo Simply White Crystal Drops and Aqua Shimmer pen, Clouds for Days stencil (SSS)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Watermelon Birthday

It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  It's my turn to host this week and I've chosen the colors Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive and Smoky Slate, with the dessert option to use a die cut sentiment/shape/image.  A link has been added above, I hope you'll be able to join us this week!

Recently, Altenew sent a beautiful floral stamp to customers as a free gift for shopping with them, so I decided to use it for my color challenge card.  It was stamped on Ranger watercolor paper then watercolored with Distress Inks, Stampin' Up ink and colored pencils. 

I initially covered the petals with Abandoned Coral, then used Barn Door for the shadows, which are clearly detailed on this pretty stamp.  Finally, I deepened the shadow more with a Crimson Prismacolor pencil.  Old Olive was used for the petals and a light bit of Smoky Slate painted around the edge of the image.  Once dry, a white gelly roll pen was used to color the stamen, a shimmer pen was painted on the flower petals and then I fussy cut the image so it could be popped up on foam tape over the die cut border.

The sentiment was die cut once each from Watercolor Wonder and Basic Black, then layered just offset with the black acting as a shadow, then covered with crystal glaze.  Simply White and Ebony Black Crystal Drops were added as final embellishments.

I've used the current sketch challenge at Fab Friday as inspiration for my card design.  I've added a link below, so be sure to head over there and check it out!

Thanks for visiting, it's always so appreciated!


Product details
Stamps:  Altenew free gift
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black, Ranger watercolor, A Little Foxy paper pack
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Old Olive; Distress Inks:  Abandoned Coral, Barn Door
Other:  Prismacolor Premier colored pencil; Flourish Thinlit border die; Brushstroke Birthday sentiment die (MFT); white Sakura Gelly Roll pen; Tonic Nuvo:  Aqua Shimmer pen, Simply White and Ebony Black Crystal Drops, and Crystal Glaze

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Spring Kitty

Hello, friends and welcome back!  Today I've got a quick post with a card I made for the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  It seems like forever since I've had a chance to join this challenge, however the timing worked out this week and here we are!

To accommodate the stamp I wanted to use today, I flipped the sketch 90 degrees so that the smaller panel was on the bottom of the card.  I stamped one of the darling kitties from the Waffle Flower Smiling stamp set on a panel of Bristol paper and colored with various Zig Markers.

Ms. Kitty looks very smart in her hat and bows, strolling amongst the flowers and a couple of snails, so I thought the sentiment worked perfectly.  I stamped two extra flower images, die cut them and added them to the panel with Dimensionals  Grass was added to ground the images, then a light blue was scribbled on the sky portion and spread around with a waterbrush.  The Bermuda Bay panel was embossed with a retired SU clouds embossing folder to complete the "scene".  The flowers were painted with an aqua shimmer pen but I didn't have the right light to capture it when I took my photos (it looks sparkly and pretty IRL!).  I didn't have the right color of paper to go under the sentiment circle, so I use the Purple Zig marker, scribbled it on a scrap of Bristol and blended it with a waterbrush.  It's turned out a bit florescent but adds a fun pop of color.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated.  I've added a link to the challenge above, so be sure to head over there and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  Smiling (Waffle Flower), Circle of Spring (SU)
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, Cloud ef, Layering Circle and Stitched Shapes Circle dies, Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pne, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins

Monday, May 14, 2018

Swinging By at Sunset

It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Karen is hosting this week and she has chosen the lovely combination of Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry and Pear Pizzazz, with a dessert option to include a pocket.  I wasn't quite sure how I was going to add a pocket but finally came up with a plan to create a pocket for tag with the sentiment.

I started with a panel of Bristol paper, stamping the silhouette images from the latest My Monthly Hero card kit, then used ink blending tools to create the sunset and hills in the background.  When done, the angled top was die cut and the remainder of the panel trimmed down to fit on the card front.  The card base was layered with a panel die cut from Peekaboo Peach card stock, then the ink blended panel was added with foam tape, making sure to leave room for the tag.

The sentiment on the tag was stamped along with a couple branches, then peach ink was blended around the edges.  Peach ribbon and Baker's Twine was added to the top and a few sparkling sequins finished things off.

Thanks so much for looking!  I hope you'll use the link above to check out the Color Challenge and join us this week!


Product details
Stamps:  Tree of Life (My Monthly Hero Kit 5/18)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Peekaboo Peach, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Ranger Mini Ink Blending tools, shipping tag from my stash, Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon and Baker's Twine, Papel Picado Confetti Cover die (HA), Card Front Element Builder die (SugarPea), Sparkling Clear sequins (PPP)

Monday, May 7, 2018

Mambo Hugs

Hello friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Mary is hosting this week and she has chosen Melon Mambo, Lemon Time Twist and Black, with a dessert option to make a last minute Mother's Day card.  I opted for no dessert this week.

My card ended up being so different from what I originally planned to make, which was to watercolor a floral image (no surprise there to anyone that follows my blog!) but just wasn't  inspired and wanted to try something different.  I decided to use the SugarPea Card Front Element Builder dies for my card design.

I started by die cutting both the white panel and Melon Mambo designer paper with the scallop border die, then used the angled border die to cut the dsp a second time.  After adhering to the white panel, the sentiment was stamped and heat set with clear embossing powder.  I added the hearts with Melon Mambo ink and later covered the hearts with shimmer and Glossy Accents.  I let the glaze dry overnight then layered the die cut panel on slightly larger pieces of Lemon Lime Twist and Black card stock.

The embellishments take me back a few years when I always added ribbon and buttons to my card.  I have a good sized stash of SU buttons and while I rarely use them anymore, I have not yet been able to relinquish ownership (maybe at my next Garage Sale).  So I thought it would be fun to give my card this bit of retro embellishment.

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


Product details
Stamps:  That Is All (WPlus9)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Brights dsp stack
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Melon Mambo
Other:  Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder, Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen, Glossy Accents, Black Baker's Twine, Neutrals button, SugarPea Card Front Element Builder dies