Monday, June 24, 2019

Seaside Birthday

Hello friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers! Mary is hosting this week and has chosen Real Red, Blueberry Bushel and White with a dessert option to make a patriotic card.  I don't send cards for Independence Day but do need a bunch of cards for upcoming birthdays, so dessert is not for me this week. I also joined the current Free For All challenge at SCS, where the theme is Summer (use the link above to the SCS front page to access both challenges).  And finally, I'm joining the current color challenge at Sunday Stamps, which worked well with the SCS Color Challenge.

I started with a lighthouse scene, stamping in black pigment ink on watercolor paper, embossing with clear embossing powder and watercoloring using SU reinkers in the red and blueberry colors, plus some Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow (SU neutrals) plus brown and gray distress inks.  The Blueberry Bushel reacted beautifully to water, so I was able to get a darker blue for the water and a nice lighter blue for the sky.  Once dry, I used a white gel pen to add some highlights to the windows, then die cut the panel and the larger blueberry layer, along with the heat embossed sentiment.  

The focal point was adhered to the embossed panel, wrapped with some retired Crumb Cake twine, then added to a card base with foam tape.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you have a great week!


Stamps:  From the Vault Beach and Sea (Hero Arts), Big on Birthdays (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Ranger watercolor, Real Red, Blueberry Bushel, Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Versafine Claire Nocturne, Versamark, Real Red, Blueberry Bushel, Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow; Hickory Smoke and Ground Espresso Distress Inks
Other:  Hero Arts Ultrafine Clear embossing powder, Layering Squares & Stitched  Shapes framelits, Sentiment Labels dies (SSS), Seaside embossing folder, Crumb Cake Thick Baker's Twine, Sakura White Gellyroll pen

Friday, June 21, 2019

Shimmery Thanks

Hello friends!  I have a shimmery card to share with you that I made with the sketch from the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, using the colors from the current Color Throwdown challenge and am also joining The Flower Challenge current challenge. 

I started by taking most of the stamps from the Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flowers stamp set and creating an A2 size background.  After stamping, the images appeared a little too far apart, so instead of starting over, I found a little dot stamp from another stamp set and used it to fill in the spaces. 

Copic markers were used to color the flowers, leaves and background.  An aqua shimmer pen added all that spectacular shimmer on the flower petals, and after the card was put together, I used Tonic Nuvo Glitter Drops to add sparkle to the little background dots too.

The panel was trimmed down to fit with the sketch, added to the white card base, then two narrow card stock strips were adhered on the top and bottom.  The die cut sentiment in white card stock was also covered with the aqua shimmer pen, adhered to the black die cut shadow and popped up on foam squares.

Thanks so much for visiting, I appreciate it so much!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Stamps:  Delicate Flowers (SSS)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Black, Cotton Candy (SSS)
Ink:  Gina K Jet Black Amalgam
Other:  Script Thanks die (SSS), Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen and White Blizzard Glitter Drops
Copics:  RV23, 21, 00; V15, 01, 000; BG13, 11, 0000; G000; C7, 5, 3, 1

Monday, June 17, 2019

Celebrate You!

Hi there!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Chris is hosting this week and has chosen the beautiful combination of Pineapple Punch, Coastal Cabana and Basic Gray, with a dessert option to add anything round.

A new SU stamp set provided the perfect floral spray for the challenge colors.  I used a stamp positioner to stamp the spray on each end of the card panel, then centered the sentiment in the middle.  I used Copic markers to color, then the panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle die and mounted to a slightly larger panel of Coastal Cabana.

The layered panel was popped up on fun foam and added to a Basic Gray card base.  Since I used yellow to color the flower petals, I decided to use a silver metallic gel pen to color in the flower centers.  A light blue-green marker added a glow around the panel, with sparkle added to the flower petals with an aqua shimmer pen and a few clear sequins.

That's the card for this week!  Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a greet week ahead!


Stamps:  Bloom & Grow (SU)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana
Ink:  Gina K Jet Black Amalgam
Other:  Stitched Rectangle die (Simon Says Stamp), Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Sakura Silver Metallic Gelly Roll pen, Copic Multiliner
Copics:  V01, Y08, 04, 00; C5, 3, 1; BG49, 13, 11, 0000

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sketchy Rose

Hi there and welcome back!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Barbara is hosting this week and has chosen Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Mint Macaron, with a dessert option to use designer paper.  I opted not to go for dessert this week.

I decided to use another of Suzy's Watercolor Prints from Simon Says Stamp, this time with these lovely roses.  I used Copic markers to color and was going to use mint for the background on the print but didn't want to have a sentiment on my card, which the print does, so I ended up fussy cutting the image.  I'd forgotten how "fun" it is to fussy cut watercolor paper, and then I had to use my craft knife to cut out a few of the interior areas, which is REALLY outside my comfort zone.  But hey, we do what we must for our art, right?

For the background I die cut a piece of white card stock with an A2 sized scallop rectangle die, taped off the outside edges, then inked up a background stamp inked with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink.  I stamped it off once to get a lighter impression, then stamped the background.  Once done I decided to splatter a bit of the same ink along with some Black Gesso.  Once dry, it was adhered to a white card base then the fussy cut rose was added with foam tape and added a few of my favorite clear sequins.  I opted not to add a sentiment so it could be used for any number of occasions.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always appreciated!


Stamps:  Sketchy Lines background stamp (SSS)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Suzy's Watercolor Prints (SSS)
Ink:  Gina K Black Amalgam, Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide
Other:  Scallop A2 Honey Cuts die (Honeybee Stamps), Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Wendy Vecchi Black Gesso
Copics:  R27, 22, 20; YG97, 95, 93, 03

Monday, June 3, 2019

Mermaid Thoughts

It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers and I am hosting this week!  I chose Balmy Blue, Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist, with a dessert option to create an ocean scene or make a masculine card. 

I chose these colors with the intention of making an ocean scene after recently acquiring one of the awesome From the Vault stamp sets by Hero Arts.  I was totally smitten with the mermaid in the set, using her in coordination with another HA ocean scene stamp set.

The background panel was lightly ink blended with Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire inks, using a white gel pen to create the look of ripples in the water.  The sailboat and sentiment were stamped in black ink, then the panel die cut to a size to fit inside a navy frame. 

The clouds were die cut and adhered to the panel, the overhanging bits trimmed off.  Separately the mermaid was stamped and colored with Copic markers, plus I used a light gray marker to add shading to the clouds.  The frame was layered four times to add some dimension, adhered to the card base, then the main panel inserted inside the frame.  I intended to add some sparkle to the mermaid tail but forgot as I was in a rush to photo the card.

Thanks for visiting! 


Stamps:  Color Layering Sea and Sky, From the Vault Beach and Sea (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, Night of Navy
Ink:  Gina K. Black Amalgam, Versafine Claire Nocturne, Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire Distress inks
Other:  Color Layering Sea and Sky frame cuts (clouds), MFT Stitched Rectangle Frame die, SSS Stitched Rectangle die, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen
Copics:  Hair-E79, 57, 35; Skin-E13, 11, 00, R20; Tail-YG17, 23, 01, 00; Rocks & shells-C3, 1, 0, E53, 50