Oct 27, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches #260

It has been a long time since I played along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog, I love sketch challenges so I am really not sure why it has been so long. Here is this weeks sketch

To make this card, I started with a Watermelon Wonder card base that worked perfect with the Christmas Perfectly Plaid design paper from Lawn Fawn. I stamped the poinsettia image from the set Reason for the Season from Stampin Up on watercolor paper and used Zig pens to color it. I used a stitched die from My Favorite Things to cut the design paper panel. To finish the card I added the sentiment embossed in white to the strip of Watermelon Wonder.
I also made this card for one of the Falliday challenges at Splitcoaststampers. 

Eat, Drink & Be Scary

Happy Thursday!
Halloween is definitely going to be different this year, for the past five years in Colorado we always went to halloween parties and loved seeing all the kids dressed up, this year I live in a small mountain town with neighbors that are only here on vacation, so there will be no trick or treating and no parties (insert sad face here) this year. 

For my card I used the Be Scary and the Halloween Tree, these two stamps go great together and the galaxy background is perfect.  So Suzy has lots of other stamps that this background will look great with also. 

To make my card I started with a Smoky Slate A2 Base and a white panel for the background. With the galaxy background there are several different ways to achieve it, I used distress inks, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Squeezed Lemonade, Blueprint Sketch, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot

I forgot to take a picture before I added the Hickory Smoke and Back Soot, but I randomly sponged all the other colors over the white panel, next I used Hickory Smoke and sponged very lightly over the entire panel to tone it down a little and added Black Soot around the edges. 

The next step is to take water and splatter it across the panel and let dry, then water down some acrylic paint to the consistency of milk and splatter it across the panel, I used the distress splatter brush for this step because it gives you little fine splatters that look like far away stars. 

The last step is to add your image, if you are adding it directly on the background like I did, then the MISTI is a necessity, because you will have to stamp it several times to get a strong image. I used Versafine black onyx, but you can use any archival ink. 

I hope you have enjoyed this little tutorial and will give it a try 

Happy Stamping!

Oct 24, 2016

Thanks and Giving

Another quick share for the Fallidays challenges at Splitcoaststampers. This card  is Lori's challenge of texture and uses a Ghosting technique. It was simple to make I started with a top folding white card base and a white panel cut with a stitched die. For the background I blended lots of distress inks, Carved Pumpkin, Rusty Hinge, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Mustard Seed. I used a leaf stamp from the Vintage Leaves Stampin Up set and wet it with some water and then let it sit on the paper for about 5 seconds, The distress inks reacted to the water and left the imprint of the leaf. I added a little more texture by using a stencil with Gathered Twigs and to finish it I added a sentiment from a retired SU set.

I am also entering this one in the 
CAS Mix Up Challenge 

Watercolored Christmas

Happy Monday!
 I am still making card for the Falliday challenges and today I am playing with some Concord & 9th for Joyce's challenge which was to use a set differently than it is intended.   I used a couple different sets to bring this card together. 
 To make my card I started with a top folding card base and a piece of watercolor paper. I randomly stamped images from the Wildflower set that is definitely not a Christmas set, and used Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens to watercolor them. The greeting is from the O Christmas Tree set also from Concord & 9th. To finish the card I ran the watercolored panel though my die cut machine using the Quilted Stitched pattern from Lil' Inker Designs.

I am also entering this one at Addicted to Stamps and More 
for their challenge of Anything Goes

Oct 23, 2016

Crazy Dogs

Happy Sunday! 
It's time for another challenge at AAA Cards, our sponsor for our masculine challenge is Stampendous and if you play along you have the chance to won a $20 gift certificate.

For today's card I am laying with  Tim Holtz' Crazy Dogs, they are the cutest. 
Making this card was so simple, I started with a top folding Crumb Cake base and a white stitched panel using my go to frame from My Favorite Things from the Blueprints 15 set. I stamped the image and colored it with Copic markers, then masked it off and used a stencil and some Ground Expresso distress ink to create the background. To finish it off I added the sentiment in the center.

This one is also for the Falliday challenges at Splitcoaststampers, The challengers are over, but you still have time to play along if you'd like. You have until October 31st at noon central time to upload your projects.

Oct 19, 2016

Dashing Through the Snow

Happy Wednesday! 
I am up on the Sweet 'n Sassy blog today, sharing this card 
I am still working on my Christmas cards as there is only 67 days until Christmas, can you believe it??
My card uses one of the new Christmas releases from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, Holiday Hugs. This is the sweetest set and I love all the images but this little penguin is such a cutie! 
I also used the Hillside Edges die set for the snow covered hill and trees.

I also made this card for one of the Falliday challenges at Splitcoaststampers. Are you playing along? there are lots of prizes to be won and you get a jump start on your holiday crafting.

Oct 17, 2016

Butterflies and Music

Happy Monday! 
Today we are featuring the Butterfly Music Stamp. there are several of us participating so be sure to check the DT blogs I have listed below for more inspiration.

To make my card I started with a side folding card base,a white panel cut with a scallop stitched die, the Butterfly Music stamp and the Wings to the Soul greeting which goes perfectly with the butterfly stamp.

I stamped the Butterfly Music stamp in Versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder. Next I took a stitched circle die and cut out the butterfly only and sponged the entire circle with Wilted Violet distress ink. 
At this point is when I decided that I wanted to make two cards with the same image embossing them in separate colors and then using the pieces separately, so I embossed another image in purple embossing glitter and placed the butterfly image I had sponged with Wilted Violet into the negative space of the Purple glitter embossed panel giving me this two tone effect. To finish the card I stamped the greeting at the bottom of the card.

For the second card I also used a white side fold card base, a white panel cut with a scallop stitched die and the same two stamps as above. I stamped the image from the Butterfly Music in purple embossing glitter and cut out the Butterfly image using the stitched circle die.
I took the panel that I had embossed in white and sponged Blueprint Sketch distress ink over it entirely and then placed the stitched circle die with the embossed image using the purple embossing glitter in the negative space. I used the same greeting at the bottom to finish my card. 

The MISTI tool was super helpful in making both of these cards, helping to line things up.

Here is a close up of both cards 

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to stop by the rest of the  DT listed below for more inspiration.