Thursday, May 24, 2018

I appreciate you

May was a splurge month for new craft supplies!  I keep seeing things I love and there have been some awesome sales.  I played a lot today with Hero Arts - Thanks Stamp & Cut, and Flowering Nasturtium stamp and matching die cut.  Three cards all using different techniques: a resist on glossy CASEing a Jennifer McGuire card, a watercolor, and

this card inspired by Tuesday Morning Sketch #454

The image was stamped in Versafine Black, colored with Copic markers, and die cut.  Then I stamped again on a panel all around the edge.  Using two Hero Arts Infinity rectangle dies, I cut a frame from the stamped 41/5" x 51/2", and an inside frame from black card stock.

The sentiment (from the Thanks set) was heat embossed with Hero Arts White.  The flower and sentiment were popped with foam tape.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Thinking of You AHSC

This card was inspired by the current  Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #265 and Close to My Heart products - retired now, I'm afraid.  I have quite a stash of all their beautiful stamps, papers and inks. Kaleidoscope paper, Beloved Bouquet clear layering stamps used with Pixy, Sorbet, Sweet Leaf and Garden Green inks; Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings stamped in Versafine Black.  Pearl embellishments also CTMH. I did use some Zig clean color markers to add some color shading to the flowers.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

For a Special friend

This weekend I have several dear friends in need of some hugs and support.  Sometimes difficult to design a message that can send sympathy, caring, and concern.  The inside of this one uses a sentiment "The best thing about this card is the person holding it."

I've used Close to My Heart stamps and dies- A Bunch of Love, and papers from my stash.  The flowers were colored with Distress inks and a water brush. I did add some Nuvo drops for a bit of shine.

I am linking it to Tuesday Morning Sketches #453.  Sketch challenges are my favorite way to nudge the creative mojo! 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Thinking of You

It has been fun to play with a set from Lawn Fawn, Fab Flowers.  I had finished recreating a card seen at my local craft shop, and was left with a piece of card stock with these butterfly cut outs....I don't have any of those beautiful background die cuts because they are so costly; so I wasn't about to toss this sheet I'd created. I did some ink blending with Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade on glossy paper before matting the butterfly sheet on top. My photography skills are not great. The blended colors are a bit more vibrant in person, and also have that gloss from the paper. The sentiment from an older CTMH set was heat embossed. The Sunset card stock is also from CTMH.

This was perfect timing for both Less Is More #366 'Monochrome' theme and
AAA Card Challenge #110 "Ombre'. 


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

St. Patrick's Day

It's use your stash day here as I am trying to justify getting some new things!  Such a good feeling to use up some products and have some happy mail to send out.
This is a card that got inspiration from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #254.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Hello Hummingbird

One of the things I love about my yard is the birds. They entertain and delight my grandchildren, too.  We enjoy watching the feeders and identifying our visitors.  So it was exciting to see the new hummingbird stamps and dies being released.  The die on this card is from Hero Arts. It was water colored with Yatsumoto shimmer colors, and then cut.  The sentiment is from Mama Elephant, embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum. 

Linking to CAS(E)this Sketch #260  and  Just Add Ink Challenge #397, 'Just add 'H'

Just Add Ink

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Life is a Garden

Just a few weeks ago the sun was shining, the temperature in the high 50s -low 60s...I mowed the lawn and inspected the daffodil sprouts, the tulip sprouts, the forsythia buds. And now it is below freezing, and all that green is covered with snow!  But I know this too shall pass, and I'll be back out there soon. Meanwhile I can dream about it with some sweet stamps from Impress and watercolors.
Design from Sketch Saturday Challenge,  #501