Thursday, January 31, 2019

Best Wishes Baby

Just in time for the baby card I need for a friend about to become a first time Grandmother♥
Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge #393 - this sketch and an option of 'tiny things'

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Playing with Techniques

This watercolor saran wrap technique creates some very fun designs.  It requires lots of water and color on the paper, and enormous patience in waiting for it to dry before you pull off the saran.  It's always a surprise.  This blue one was really one of my favorites!  I couldn't bear to cut it, so I used a new Xcut die.  After cutting the pieces of the dragonfly,  I rubbed them with Versamark and covered them with gold embossing powder.  I considered adding some golden sequins...but hate to distract from this lovely dragonfly.  The watercolor panel is popped up with foam.

Linking to several Challenge sites today:

and Tuesday Throwdown #424 Anything Goes

Tuesday Throwdown

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Love AHSC #301

My mojo has been seriously sleepy...I had several ideas for this sketch, but nothing very original. A day late....I was checking my blog emails, and saw a post from one of the quilting sites I follow.  Now, I haven't quilted for over 20 years (and then I made three and just quit), but I adore making quilted paper♥  It's quite addicting.  This leapt out and I got so excited because it was the sketch itself!

So thanks to and her January 28th post of her gorgeous quilt that I used for this sketch.  Head on over to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge to see what other folks are doing with the sketch.

I have a file drawer of patterned papers - filed by color groups.  It has some really old pieces of collections in there!  Any long time CTMH crafters out there recognize these?  The tiny cranberry dotted paper is from the company while it was called "Dots."  No judging folks, I have a serious paper hoarding problem :-)  which as you see comes in very handy when making tiny paper quilts. This one is a 3"x3" block.

Cranberry ink with stamps from an ancient CTMH set called Whooo's Your Valentine. I usually dry emboss these for dimension and to make them look quilted, but decided to leave this one plain...and regretted that once it was glued down.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Treasured Friend

This beautiful sketch at Freshly Made Sketches - #371- I have been wanting to get to for a few days.  There was a new die waiting to be cut, and when I saw the sketch, it seemed just right.  I cut two of the Elizabeth Craft Leafy Branch 5 out of slightly different green card stocks. They were distressed with Peeled Paint Distress ink.  On the Olive card base (5 1/2" square), I used the same ink and the 'Flowing Drops' stencil from Altenew for the background.  Ribbon is from my Stampin Up! stash, sentiment from a CTMH retired set called Friendship Bouquet. Inside, I used distress ink to create the leafy branch using the negative cut as a stencil, and another small font sentiment that says "your friendship means so much to me."

Friday, January 18, 2019

Hello! AAA #321

The sketch at AAA gave me the idea of how to use a little word bubble I created. Though I think the darker purple doesn't fit with the pastel twist option. Realized it might have been just fine with yellow and pastel green with the lighter blue....after fixing the bubble with foam tape.  So often the brain kicks in after glue or after photos, right?!

CAS and Color

Playing with a fairly new to me technique - alcohol ink background, and a new Simon Says die.
I made the background and let it dry overnight, I cut the leafy die out of white and sprayed it with Shimmer spray.  The I cut the background with the die and inlaid the sparkly white.  It was ok...just not what I thought it would be like.  But there was the delicate die cut left. That prompted me to create the card on white. I splashed some darker blue ink on the textured card stock, added a Lawn Fawn sentiment die, brushed with shimmer pen, added three clear droplets. And that is my card for the challenges at Color Throwdown #526   and Addicted to Stamps and More #324


Just a peek at the first card:

Monday, January 14, 2019

Valentine Shaker for AHSC #299

Mondays roll around pretty fast!  Here I am again with my card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #299 

I made three Valentine cards with my 4 year old granddaughter this weekend. She loves pink, hearts, and using the Cuttlebug and the Misti, so she really was having a blast. She made cards for Mom + Dad, and other grandmas. One was a shaker.  So with all those sweet sequins and beads still on my table today, I decided another shaker was just the ticket.  All papers came from my stash of odds and ends. The sentiments are from the Simon Says Stamp, Circle Sayings set.  I used  Spellbinders circle dies, and Versafine Black Onyx ink.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Unicorn Birthday Love

Inspired by Stephanie Klauck in this video

She made a fabulous slider scene with some of the newest My Favorite Things products.  I had been
trying for two days to figure out how to make a special interactive card for my granddaughter's 4th birthday party tomorrow. I stamped the unicorns and other images from a new Mama Elephant stamp + die set purchased especially for this. I colored them with Copics last evening, and was not sure how to go about putting them together with a slider.  Watching this video, I knew right away what I wanted to do.  I LOVE how it came out♥  Full of sparkle and fun.

It took me quite a while to figure out the size of the panels, and how to to this all without the slider die...I want one badly now!!  But it was worth it. Remember when all we had was scissors and wooden stamps? How did we manage without dies and a Misti?! :-)

The card base is a standard 5.5x4.25, the pink mat 5.25x4. Then on a white panel I blended distress ink, and spayed with transparent  Shimmer spray (this just refused to show up in my photos, but really looks awesome IRL). This is the piece that I cut for the slider. Not sure what Stephanie used for the little plastic piece in the slider - I used a penny.  A My Favorite Things die-namics  cut the grass, Lawn Fawn die for the clouds, Verve cut above for the stars. The dark on the castle and unicorns is actually purple though it appears black in the photos.  I used a gold sparkle gel pen, and a gold Shimmer pen for highlights.

I cannot wait to see her pull the tab and see the unicorns 'kiss'.  She adores all things unicorn, pink and purple.  And I had such fun using so many of my favorite products together!

Linking this to Seize the Birthday.