Saturday, July 26, 2014

Embossing Paste + Powder

Happy Saturday!

I love Saturdays, don't you? And because I'm trying to join in more challenges, I played with some embossing techniques last night so I can add it to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

I used a stencil from Studio Calico. It's one of their Huey's Masks called, Bubble Mask.

After spreading some Embossing Paste over the stencil, I sprinkled the area with Verdigris Embossing Powder from Ranger. It has the most wonderful sparkle with little bits of gold in it. Sorry it doesn't show up very well in the photo. After letting the paste dry for awhile, I used my heat gun to emboss the powder.

The little strip of gold was cut from DCWV Glitter Cardstock. The big, bold sentiment is from the same set I used on this card. It's called, Made With Love by Hero Arts and I heat embossed it with the same powder.

I was lucky to find a few gold pearls in my stash to finish off the card.

Enjoy your Saturday and happy crafting! ♥


Friday, July 25, 2014

More Peerless Watercoloring

Hello and happy Friday! 

I can't seem to put away my Peerless Water Colors! They are so fun to play with. This time I used a deep red color called Scarlet Lake and mixed it with Marigold Yellow. I added lots of water to tone down the red a bit. The colors in the photo look so much more orange than in real life - the card is actually very peach-y looking. I tried everything to correct it but nothing helped. Oh, well!

See the whiter spots in the background? Those were created by dripping dots of clean water from my paint brush onto the dried background, letting them sit for a few seconds, then dabbing them dry with a tissue. Works in the same way as Distress Inks - so fun!

The Bubble Parade Die is from Simon Says Stamp. I popped up a few of the circles for a bit of dimension. I added the enamel hearts and tiny strips of white and black cardstock to the left side. Love doing that - I think it helps to finish off the card. 

Oh! And that fabulous, big, bold "Hugs" die-cut was a gift from my sweet friend, Martha and I've been wanting to use it on a card for so long. I think it's perfect for this one. Thank you again, Marth! I love it!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! ♥

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! ♥