Tuesday, July 22, 2014

One Layer Watercoloring


I'm back again today with another one layer card for the Hero Arts challenge.

If you missed yesterday's card, using masking and stamping, you can see it here.

I wanted to enter another card for the challenge but this time with watercoloring. The Peerless Watercolors are amazing! The colors are so vibrant but you can also create softer looks by using more water, like I did on my card today.

The flower was white embossed against my watercolor background. I then added more intense color using the same shades. Both the image and sentiment are from the Hero Arts set called, Making The World a Better Place.

I'm also entering this into the challenge over at A Blog Named Hero

It's a beautiful day here so I am heading outside. Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Fast and Easy - One Layer Card


I finally got around to creating a card for the Hero Arts, One Layer Challenge.

I used four different Hero Arts clear stamp sets, which I've listed at the bottom of this post.

I masked off the center portion of the card with an oval die-cut before stamping my little floral images and tiny dots.

This was an easy, quick and fun card to make. I had forgotten what a joy it is to use only inks and stamps!

Thanks for the visit - enjoy your week! ♥
   Hero Arts; Butterflies and Wildflowers, Night and Day Flowers, Luscious Patterned Flowers, Made With Love.            
   Simon Says Stamp; Flower Friend. (leaf image)
   Simon Says Stamp; Lemon Chiffon, Mint, Sea Glass, Cotton Candy, Lavender, Green Apple

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Card For a Couple Challenges

Hey there!

I love all the different challenge blogs out there but never seem to enter very many. I don't know why. Maybe it's because there are so many and it seems overwhelming. Maybe it's because after checking them out, I forget about them! Or it could be that I'm online a lot, looking at my favorite blogs, commenting and really enjoying all the creativity and talent out there. Probably a bit of all three!

I've decided I really need to take more time for card making and less time for what I call card gazing. The thing is, I absolutely LOVE seeing what all of you create out there and find myself wanting to comment on everything. It's really hard for me to NOT do that. Anyway, I'm hoping, by jotting down the challenges on a calender and really concentrating more on my OWN card making, I will be able to join the fun in more challenges.

So, I have a card to share with you today and it just so happens to work for two challenges - yay! The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, which is to use a household product, and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is all about spots and dots.

Can ya guess what my household product is? See that gray and white patterned panel behind my circle die-cut? That was cut from an empty Kleenex box. I created my own stencil by die-cutting the Mini Stars dies from Simon Says Stamp, then used their Green Apple Ink on the Green Apple die-cut circle, for a tone-on-tone effect. The Small Hello die-cut is also from Simon Says Stamp. I layered five or six of them, offsetting the top, black layer to give a shadow effect on the sentiment.

I mixed some Hero Arts Soft Granite Ink with my white embossing paste and used Tim Holtz's Speckles Stencil for the spotty, dotty background. A few matching, Enamel Dots finish off my card.

Have a wonderful Sunday! I'm hoping to be back soon with another card - maybe it'll even be for another challenge. Fingers crossed! ♥

Friday, July 18, 2014

Virginia's View Challenge #5

Hey there!

I've been trying to come up with something different and creative for the 5th Challenge over at Virginia's View. A fun idea finally popped into my head, and just in the nick of time too! 

You might remember the card I created here using Simon Says Stamp's Full Card Hexagons Die. It was showcased on the SSS blog in one of their "Spotted" posts awhile back. In that card, I used two of the Full Card Hexagons die-cuts to create an optical illusion of cubes.

So, I pulled out this fabulous die again last night, cut it out a few different times and just started to play. This is what I came up with.

I inked up the background with different shades of blues and greens, using Distress Inks, before adhering the layers of die-cuts. It was fun placing them down on top of each other to come up with that cool pattern. See the circle portion in the center? That's the third layer. I just cut off pieces of the die-cut to form the circle.

The sentiment was stamped and clear embossed on Vellum. It's from Hero Arts' clear sentiment set called, Friends.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope ya have a happy weekend! ♥

SSS This Is The Life Release Blog Hop Winners!!

Hi there!

Simon Says Stamp has randomly chosen the winners from their new release blog hop! One winner was chosen from the comments on each of the blogs along the hop. Here is the list of lucky ladies!

Rachel Ober
Teresa Ciarleglio
Anna Zuniga
Penny Ward
Ashley Harris
Christina Hicks
Chris Weber
Holly Waller
Stephanie Rafos
Dee Miranda
Anne Harada
Ruth Gauss
Priscilla Joseph
Carol Cel

Congratulations to everyone! You can find the winners post here.

I'll be back later today with a new card using a really fun die-cut! ♥


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit!!

Hi everyone!

I was lucky enough to receive an August Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp to play with and is it ever a fun one! It's called Summer Dreams. There's a stamp set included in the kit called, Ice Cream Dream which is so adorable! There is also some patterned papers, cardstock, fun little paper embellies and two Distress Markers - Squeezed Lemonade and Peacock Feathers! I've created three cards using products from the kit.

All the papers you see are from the kit. I colored the ice cream bar with Copics, cut it out and covered the chocolate area with Glossy Accents. I stamped the tiny hearts, colored and cut them out before adding them to the card. And I love that cute sentiment included in the stamp set!

My next card has a few layers, using more papers from the kit.

It's difficult to see in the photo but I added some dimension by popping up the frame, popsicle and hearts. This time I colored the image with the Distress Markers that came in the kit. I had fun layering some of the cardstock, stripey frame and circle smile. I also stamped those hearts and used a tiny circle punch to cut them out. See that dotty green strip? That's one of the stamps from the kit and I stamped it using Green Apple Ink from SSS to get a tone-on tone effect with the Green Apple Cardstock. Then I used a white gel pen on a few of the dots. The sentiment was (very carefully) cut apart to fit my design.

And one more card.

Here, I used all three ice cream images from the stamp set. Again, the papers are from the kit, the yummy treats were colored with Copics and the Distress Markers from the kit. I white embossed the dots to frame out the center panel. I added colorful sprinkles to the ice cream scoop and I couldn't resist adding the cute smiley face (included in the stamp set) to the ice cream bar! Here's a close-up so you can see the sparkle from the Wink of Stella. (Can't stop using it on everything!)

Another adorable sentiment too!

If you're trying to decide whether to buy this kit, all I can say is, I KNOW you'll love it! It's so happy and fun and just perfect for summer cards!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tulip Stencil - CAS Cards


I'm back again today to share a couple of cards using the, Bouquet of Flowers Stencil from Simon Says Stamp's, This is the Life, new release. 

This stencil has six flower images, two stems and a couple of leaves. I immediately fell in love with the tulip image and created two cards.

This first one was so quick and easy. Just some paper, ink and the stencil. I think it came together in about 10 minutes. That's one of  joys of stencils!

Distress Inks and a Mini Blending Tool made it so easy to use the stencil! That beautiful sentiment is from a set called, Friendship Messages. I adore this set and have been using it a lot lately. It has so many sentiments, perfect for lots of different card making occasions!

My second card has another very simple design but this time I used some Embossing Paste.

I colored the paste with Distress Paints before spreading it on the stencil. The sentiment is, again, from the Friendship Messages set. It's too bad you can't see the shimmer on the image from the Wink of Stella pen - so pretty in real life!

Please stop by tomorrow when I will be sharing a card or two using the Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit! Can't wait to show you!

Thanks for coming by to visit! Hope you all have a good week! ♥
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