Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Beach-y Birthday

  Good morning! How has your week been going? 
I've been on a roll with stamping and needed a masculine card this week. Nothing like a beach-y scene for a summer birthday!  I loved making the sponged background with Distress Oxide inks. 

Beginning with stamping the fence, I added embossing to the horizontal links. Love the way the fence image adds perspective to the scene. I also embossed the white ropes on the end post, and the sentiment. 

The posts and the bird images are layered tone on tone to give depth.

I'm playing with the Retro challenge again. I went searching for just the right stamp for the sentiment and came up with one from a very old set, Winter Woods. 

Retro Rubber Challenge 111

Completing the bottom line of elements was fun! Every beach scene needs birds, right? And a bit of white paint spattered randomly. Thanks for coming by! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: PTI - Fenceline Summer, Winter Woods
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Kraft
Accessories: embossing powder - white, pewter

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Just A Note

Hello. friends!
It's amazing how crafting takes twists and turns. My beginning idea of a simple card with an older stamp set evolved into a project using a variety of supplies and techniques. Here's my second card using Sketch Ranunculus from SSS.

 I absolutely loved stamping the cluster of flowers and greens for the focal point and assembling them on the beautiful oval cut with the Shape Shifter's Oval 2 Die from Papertrey Ink. 
Again, I embossed the large flowers in white and colored them with Zigs. 
Playing along with the challenge below, I added an embossed woodgrain panel that gives a warm rustic look, and a banner sentiment as in the photo.

Inspired By ...Welcome
I'm also playing along with Laurie's Favorite Challenge at the Ink to Paper blog.   Pink and Green with a hint of Violet  are my current summer favorites. 

Thanks for joining me today! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: SSS - Sketch Ranunculus, WPlus9 - Autumn Blessings
Paper: Neenah Solar White, kraft
INK: Plus 9 - Old Gold, Versamark 
Accessories: white embossing powder, Shape Shifter's Oval 2 Die, clear drops

Monday, May 27, 2019

A Sketchy Birthday

Hello! It's a long weekend here in the states. And we're having HOT temperatures over the next week. That means chances to stay cool in the craft room in the afternoon.

 Just so I'm not always playing with the new stuff, I am working through some older stamps and using them to make one or two new cards. First up, the Sketch Ranunculus set from SSS. I forgot how fun these flowers are to color! 

I embossed them in white onto Ranger watercolor paper and colored them using Zigs. 
I loosely modeled this after the sketch below and blended Distress Oxide inks on the the main panel. 

 I may want to try this sketch again with a more graphic design.
Hope you're having a beautiful day! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
         Make something beautiful!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Fun Filled Birthday Wish

I have a fun card for a child's birthday today! It began with the frame that was inked and sat around on my desk for a couple of months waiting to be caught up in my creative process. 

Today was the day! 

Although the frame was inked in pale pink and blue, I wanted to use critters. I combined Avery Elle More Stories for the hedgehog and bunny. The other images and sentiment are from WPlus9 Curious Forest Friends.  Using a stencil I added clouds to the top panel behind the sentiment.

I used watercolor for the hedgehog, bear and raccoon. The bunny was cut from a piece of the inked paper and I dotted his tail with a white gel pen. 

I'm happy to be playing along with the Fusion Card Challenge for May. It gave me great motivation to pull out the hedgehog stamp! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Layers of Ink - A Blending Technique

Hello, welcome to my blog! 
I have two cards to share with you today. I love ink blending but for these cards I took it just a step further. 
Both were done the same way using the same colors, but the fun of this layering ink technique is that no two cards will look the same! 

I began with Bristol Smooth white card stock, and added a light layer of inking in Twisted Citron and Tumbled glass Distress Oxide inks. Next I stamped and embossed clear the leaf images over the inked panel.

 Lastly, I added deeper shades of the first inks, plus Peacock Feathers over the first inking, and spatters of ink and water. I achieved a wonderful textured background rich in color variations. 
The second card has even more depth of color and the embossed resist design highlights the image details.

The leaf images are from PTI's Meadow Greens stamps. Sentiments are from PTI Inspired Prayer, and  WPlus9 Modern Pansies.

I have to say, the second card is my favorite. You know I love my sequins!
Hope you have a wonderful day!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rosy-patterned Birthday

I asked a sweet little girl I know what she would like for her birthday. "A glass with flowers all over it," was her reply. She will be four soon.  I don't know how she pictured the drinking glass, but here's the card I came up with for this little gal who loves pink. Think she'll like it? 

I began with cream card stock and stamped the entire background pattern using small flower, leaf and dots images in shades of pink and berry. I love doing this and made another couple of panels while I had the stamps out for later cards. 

The focal point is made up of a layer of vellum embossed with a ruffled edge, a white panel, and the sentiment panel stamped with a berry border, on top of foam tape. Added a few die cut images to embellish, and voila!

I just want to add, that I when I tried using only cream card stock to make everything matchy-matchy I really lost a sense of definition and contrast. In the case of this card, using cream and white together makes the sentiment panel pop and a gives a much prettier result. I think the off white almost takes on a pinkish hue with all the flowers stamped on it. I also dotted white gel pen onto the flower centers.

Thanks for coming by today! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

I'm playing along with the Krafty Chicks Challenge to make your own background and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge For A Special Lady and Addicted to Stamps and More, Anything Goes

Supplies used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Let's Fiesta,  Stitched in Time and  coordination dies
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Papertrey Ink - Vintage Cream, Vellum
INK: Papertrey Ink - Berry Sorbet, Pale Peony, Simply Chartreuse, Versamark
Accessories: White embossing powder

Monday, May 13, 2019

Simply Striped

A rainy weekend meant I had time in my craft room to stamp and sunshine was on my mind! I chose bold colors, simple stripes and softly watercolored images for my clean and simple card. I combined a few sets to make this, and was so happy to find the envelope from the Somebunny Love set was just the right size to pair with the cute bird. 

It was a delight to make using the rectangle stitched frames layered on the card base. I love it when a card turns out quickly, don't you? 
I'm playing with these challenges.

Thanks so much for your visit, have a great day! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: PTI Sending You, WPlus9 - Hello and Thanks, SSS - Somebunny Love (2 years old)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, PTI Bitty Big, Ranger Distress Watercolor paper
INK: WPlus9 - Warm Wool 
Accessories: Zig markers used for watercoloring, PTI - Pierced Feature Frames.