Good Saturday morning. My project today was inspired by yesterday’s CLASSroom post showing projects using bright colors with black and white. I love Julie’s Mondo Hydrangea Stamp Set and the coordinating Mondo Hydrangea Die Set and paired them with a white sentiment layer cut using the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges. I don’t watercolor nearly as often as I used to and I was excited to pull out my Distress reinkers and give it a whirl. I thought the hydrangea colored in bright pink and bright green foliage would be so pretty against the black polka dot paper. I didn’t want to use black for the stamped image so I turned to gold embossed lines. I think it is so pretty. My pictures just don’t do it justice.
I applied embossing magic to hot pressed watercolor paper, set the paper and stamp in my MISTI and stamped the images with versa. I applied gold super fine embossing powder and heated with my heat gun. Next I used a fairly large round brush to apply water over the hydrangea image and then applied a light layer of Spun Sugar reinker. I applied the ink outside of the flower lines so when I die cut it there wouldn’t be a while outline as I don’t like that very much. While the flower was still wet I dipped my brush in full strength Worn Lipstick reinker and dabbed around the wet outer center of the flowers. Next I applied full strength Scattered Straw ink to the center of each blossom and allowed the ink to spread a little out of the line to highlight. I repeated the same technique for my leaves using Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint reinkers. I secured the dies in place over the images with painter’s tape and ran through my Big Shot.
I applied the polka dot paper to the card base using ATG adhesive. The sentiment was stamped on the white scalloped layer and embossed with gold powder. I applied ATG adhesive across the straight edge of the white layer and thin strips of mounting tape along the scalloped border and attached to the card base. The hydrangea and leaves were attached to the card base with mounting tape.
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Thanks for coming by today. I hope you have a great weekend.
Card size: 5.50” x 4.25”
Good Sunday morning and Happy Mother’s Day! I especially remember my mother today with love and appreciation. She has been gone for many years but never gone from my heart.
My project today was made using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Notes Jasmine, My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Basic Edges and the sentiment from Essentials by Ellen Amazing Women.
I started by adding color to the flower centers and the tips of the stamen using scattered straw ink and a mini applicator. I wasn’t happy with the darker shade of yellow so I lightly added a touch of squeezed lemonade ink to brighten. I formed the stamen by rolling it around the tip of my tweezers and applied glossy accents to the outer edge to secure closed and removed it from the tip. I applied Crafter’s Pick glue to the bottom of each stamen, secured them in place in the flower centers and set them aside to dry. I applied crushed olive ink to the leaves and stems to add more depth of color. I heat set the ink with my heat gun and then added vein lines using the leaf tool and pad.
I cut the scalloped border on the card base and then inserted it in my MISTI, set my sentiment stamp in place, applied black versafine ink and stamped. As it turned out I didn’t get full coverage of my sentiment so I inked up the stamp again and stamped it again. I can’t tell you how much paper I have lost in the past by not getting a good stamped image the first time. I love my MISTI. I applied crushed olive ink to the border of the green layer so it would match the green of the leaves. I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the sentiment base and attached the green border. I applied mounting tape to the back and attached it to the card base.
The leaf sections were cut apart, arranged and attached in place using glossy accents. The flowers were attached to the leaves using glossy accents. I wanted the simple white background to allow all the focus to be on the floral arrangement and sentiment. I love how elegant the flowers and leaves are.
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Please Note: The BCRF Fundraiser Courage stamp and die set will not be discounted. $25 from each sale will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Any sales of the set by the end of today will help qualify for a match by the BCRF corporate sponsors.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.
Card size: 5.50” x 4.25”
Good Saturday afternoon, I’ve had a busy work week. It’s been a few days since I have been at my desk and I was anxious to come in and play this morning. I have a clean and simple framed sentiment and floral project to share with you using the Impression Obsession All The Best, Sizzix Small Tattered Florals and My Favorite Things Stitched Square Scallop Edge Frames.
I cut the flowers, leaves, branch, sentiment and largest scalloped frame using hot pressed watercolor paper and colored using Memento markers. The small frame was cut using plain white cardstock but I wanted the outer frame to add one more element of the pink. I formed all the flowers using my stylus and molding pad and I lightly formed the leaves with my fingers. The leaves and flowers were attached to the branch using glossy accents.
I attached both frames and the branch of flowers with mounting tape. I cut very thin small pieces of mounting tape to attach the sentiment.
The photos make the the pink images look far more red than the pretty bright pink they actually are. I like how the bright green leaves add another bright color against the white.
Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend.
Card size: 4.50” square
Good Sunday afternoon! I have a sweet bunny scene to share with you today made using the Impression Obsession Sunny Bunnies Stamp Set and Sunny Bunnies Die Set. I created a scene around the bunnies using the Foliage set , Small Grass Border, the Lawn Fawn Grassy Hillside Pop-Up, tiny flowers made using the Fiskars 1/4” Flower Punch and framed the scene using the My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames and Mini Scallop Rectangle Stax.
I started by attaching the Small Grass Border and Grassy Hillside to the back of the frame using double stick tape. I attached mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the scalloped layer. I created the double matted frame using the largest scalloped frame in the set and a Spellbinders Nestabilities Matting Basics A.
I used my MISTI to stamp the images on hot pressed watercolor paper using black versafine. I stamped each of the images a few times so I could cut some of the main pieces to paper piece to create dimension. Sadly my paper piecing doesn’t really show well in the photos. I used Distress reinkers to watercolor the images by placing a small dot of ink into the lid of the matching ink pad. I paper pieced the head ribbon, yellow collar and arm of the girl bunny and the yellow and blue jacket of the boy bunny. I attached the pieces with rolled up glue dots. These sweet images are pretty small for a full sized card so I took a closer view so you can get a good look at how cute they are.
I cut the foliage sections and hand punched several of each colored flowers. I used my small tipped stylus and molding pad to form the flowers and attached them to the foliage sections with glue dots. I tucked the foliage sections in behind the grass layers and attached them with glossy accents. I attached both images to the card base using mounting tape.
I have gotten several of the Impression Obsession coordinating stamp and die sets. I am so happy that I have my hand held Dremel to make fast work of filing down the sharp edges of the dies once they are cut apart. I have mentioned the Dremel several times over the last couple of years but thought I’d mention it again. If you don’t have one of these wonderful tools and you use lots of dies then you will definitely want to add it to your wish list.
Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great week.
Card size: 5.50” x 4.25”
Good Saturday morning, My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge and a Pinterest Floral Arrangement Page was our inspiration site this week. I was inspired by so many of the floral arrangements that I sort of went into inspiration overload. I’ve mentioned in my blog posts many times that I grew up in my mother’s flower shop. Browsing down through all of the gorgeous floral arrangements on this site made me homesick for my parents. My mother would have loved my simple floral design made with the tulips, lilac and lily of the valley. I started with three different flower sets, Impression Obsession Lily of the Valley, Penny Black First Blooms and Elizabeth Craft Designs Lilac. I cut foliage using Impression Obsession Foliage, My Favorite Things Leafy Greenery and Penny Black Graceful Greenery. The frame was made using My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames and Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames.
I cut the tulips using hot pressed watercolor paper and colored them using Memento markers and a waterbrush. I used an acrylic block to create a palette, applied ink to the block and picked up the color with my brush and painted the flowers and stems. The lilac flowers was cut using purple cardstock, formed with a stylus and molding and then attached to the foliage using glossy accents. The lily of the valley was cut using white cardstock. The stems were colored using a green marker and I lightly colored the flower with a little washed yellow ink so the flowers would stand out a little against the all white background. All of the foliage was cut using green cardstock.
The frame was attached together using mounting tape and then attached to the card base with another layer of mounting tape. I started creating the bouquet by attaching the larger foliage together using glossy accents. When I had a substantial foliage base I started tucking the flower stems in between the foliage and attaching them in place with glossy accents. Once all the stems were in place I attached a large piece of mounting tape to the back of the bouquet and attached it to the card base. I attached a few small pieces of foliage to the bottom of the bouquet to cover up the raw foliage stems and attached them in place with glossy accents. I tied a white multi loop bow and attached it to the base of the bouquet with glue dots. I added a touch of sparkle to all the flowers using a clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.
Here’s a little closer view of the bouquet. I love the lilac and tulip colors together.
While I was digging around for flowers and foliage for my project I realized that I have two of the Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Notes Tulip. I thought it would be fun to offer it as a special springtime blog candy gift. All you have to do to qualify for the gift is leave a comment on this post. You will have until Friday, April 21 at 5:00 pm to comment and I will announce the winner on Saturday morning.
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Thanks for coming by today and I hope you are enjoying this special Easter holiday weekend.
card size: 5.50” x 4.25”
Good Saturday morning. I have been trying to get up the nerve to try and play with the Art Impressions Old Barn Mini Set and today’s Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to put my big girl panties on and take the leap. The Moleskine Pinterest page provided so much inspiration with lots and lots of watercolor artwork. I also used the Art Impressions Watercolor Flower Set and Watercolor Foliage Set. You can watch a wonderful video tutorial by Bonnie Krebs to see the steps to create the barn scene. I learned a couple things while trying to accomplish making this a pretty scene. I got way to heavy handed with my colors and need to back off a little. I also learned that I need toi stop myself much earlier in the completion of my scene. I kept adding touches here and there that weren’t really necessary and made my scene look to heavy.
I watched Bonnie’s video and then followed the step by step instructions provided on the back page of the packaging.
I used several Memento markers to apply ink directly on the stamps and also applied ink on an acrylic block and used it for my palette. I used a tiny brush to work on the images to pull the color out into the open spaces of the images. I used a larger brush to fill in the sky area around the trees and along the ground area.
I used My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames and Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames for create a double matted frame for my scene.
On the whole I like how this turned out especially for my first attempt. I will do it again soon and use lighter colors and a lighter touch to create my scene.
Thanks for coming by today and I hope you are enjoying your weekend.
Card size: 5.50” x 4.25”