Miss You Card

One of my favorite coloring mediums to use is watercolor.  While I keep my watercolor use pretty controlled, I really like that it is also forgiving.  Not quite perfection pairs perfectly with watercolor, which is great for me, considering I’m not an artist.  I was wanting to play with some watercolor and then do a very mild bleeding with it.  I thought the My Favorite Things Card Challenge Sketch 265 would be a good fit.

I modified the sketch a bit, I didn’t add the extra rectangles at the bottom and instead put a thread nest under my sentiment on vellum.  I really like how the card finished – a tiny bit of free form color bleeding but still very controlled.

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Supplies:
My Favorite Things – watercolor sentiments (miss you and hearts)
Bazzill – raspberry cardstock
Misc – gold thread & gold sequin, vellum, foam tape
Distress ink – picked raspberry, spun sugar, (and a red that I can’t remember!)
Ranger Perfect Pearls – gold

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Miss You

Color.  Good use of color doesn’t come naturally to me.  So I find the MFT Color Challenges to be very fun (and sometimes challenging) to pair good colors and expand my combination options.  I’m not sure I would have paired coral and plum on my own, but I really like them in this pairing.  So, I thought it would be fun to create a card with an image that was colored.  These colors seemed very girly to me, so I used a girly stamp.

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Supplies:
My Favorite Things – Miss you sentiment, Hybrid Black Licorice ink
Simon Says Stamp – Hot Mama hybrid ink, girl stamp
Neat & Tangled – sequin
American Crafts – gold glitter tape
Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens
Strathmore Bristol paper (I’ve been told this is the best for using Zig markers – I found the colors did NOT move on it – regardless of which side I used.  I’m sticking to my prefered Canson watercolor paper in the future as I found coloring this image extremely frustrating on this paper).

Thanks Card

I have several favorite stamp sets.  I usually use my favorites often, but there is one that I tend to forget about.  I love it, but I also find it more difficult to use.  Sometimes, I catch a glimps of it on another project and think “I need to use that stamp today!”  This card is one of those inspirations.  Honestly, I have no idea what or where I saw, I just remember seeing the stamp and thinking I need to use it!  (I think it was the sentiment used -which I didn’t even use on this card!)

Since the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is Anything Goes, I thought a thank you card would be perfect.  {I mean, am I the only one who doesn’t need more thank you cards?}

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Supplies:
Simon Says Stamp – Many Thanks stamp, Hybrid inks, thanks script die
The Ton – sequin
Misc – glitter paper
American Crafts – gold glitter tape

A Shameless Lift

I was scrolling through my YouTube subscription feed and saw a gorgeous card by Julie Ebersole.  I noticed it was foiled on watercolor paper.  I didn’t take the time to watch the video, but I became curious to see how well it worked.  Then I happened upon the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Love is in the Air and thought it would be a perfect reason to try to remake the card.

I stamped the sentiment using my MISTI with the Winnie and Walter stamp set.  I copied it using my laser multi-function printer onto watercolor paper.  Then I foiled with with the Minc.  It worked, but not quite as pristinely as I’d like.  I still think it’s beautiful though.  I did the foiling and watercolor, then later watched Julie’s video and added the Stickles.  I clearly need to practice application of Stickles (I’ve avoided them like the plague because I never allow them to dry long enough and always end up smudging them.  😦 )

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All in all, I really like this card and think I’ll try these techniques again to improve the execution.

Supplies:
Winnie & Walter Bold Sentiments
Thermoweb Decofoil – gold
Ranger Stickles – gold
Distress Ink – barn door, abandoned coral,
Canson – watercolor paper

Friend, You Warm My Heart

This card kicked my butt.  I’m still not even sure I like how it turned out, but I’m living with my motto:  Done is better than perfect {usually}.  Nothing came together as I planned (not that I plan my cards, I usually create as I go), this card was just not cooperative.

This card is using the sketch for My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge 264.

I also used the Simon Says Stamp Monday Card Challenge theme of Best Friends.  I plan to send this to a dear friend, along with some coffee bean chocolate.  You can’t get much better than that, I mean coffee, chocolate and a card together?  Perfect Vitamin C trifecta, right?

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I used the My Favorite Things Perk Up stamp set for both the cup and the sentiment.  The cup said “coffee” on it, and it just felt distracting.  I tried to ink blend it in, but it wasn’t providing good coverage.  So I pulled out a Copic marker and colored over the image.  (just one more thing that wasn’t going “right”).

Supplies:
My Favorite Things die (rectangle border), Stitched circle die, Perk Up stamp, Black Licorice hybrid ink
Simon Says Stamp (larger rectangle die, friend die
Mama Elephant (small heart die)
My Mind’s Eye (patterned paper)
Bazzill (pink cardstock)
Papertrey Ink (vellum)
American Crafts gold glitter tape
Misc, pink glitter paper, foam tape

Stinkin’ Cute Critters

Slowly but surely.  I’m getting the hang of alcohol markers.  I have found that my skills improved immensely overnight when I purchased Copic markers (I think that’s more of a comment about the quality of Copics compared to other markers than my skills :p).  I have this silly little thing about always wanting to color the darkest parts (shadows) on top.  That would give the illusion of everything having light coming from the bottom.  Yeah, except for some exceptions, that’s not reality.  But today, I discovered if I rotated my image 180° so I was coloring upside down, it was much easier to color so the shadow appeared on the bottom.  I just have to figure out how to trick my brain.  ha!

Coloring doesn’t come naturally to me, but I find these Lawn Fawn images a great motivator.  They are, after all, so stinkin’ cute.  They somehow manage to continue to invade my stash even though “cutesy” isn’t really my style.  Since they manage to make a home in my stash, I have to use them.  Maybe, just maybe, in simple cards like this I’ll learn to happily color and use cutesy.

Until it comes naturally, external challenges are also helpful motivation.  This week, it came via the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Critter challenge!

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Supplies:
Lawn Fawn stamp

SSS ink

DCWV foil vellum

American Crafts gold glitter tape

MISTI

My Favorite Things hybrid ink

Copic N0, N2, N4, N6, N8, 0, R32

Hello….Glitter Tape

When I was planning my Christmas cards, I was intending to use some glitter paper.  I knew I just wanted strips and I was having a hard time finding something that I liked, and thought the price was fair for both the product and shipping.  In a moment of frustration, I ordered American Crafts gold glitter tape.  Be still my heart.  Craft adoration.  I have been using it on everything!  I’ve used four rolls in the last six weeks, and just ordered another six.  I’m pretty sure that leaves me in “problem” status.  But, as long as I have glitter tape, I’m happy to be there.

Long before my discovery of glitter tape, a friend of mine introduced me to Neat and Tangled.  Oh, dear.  My wallet!  I have really enjoyed their adorable and creative stamps and dies.  And then, last week, I saw they have a monthly challenge.  How did I miss this?  (I mean, aside from my relative denseness….lol).

I was anxious to play along, and last week I created this card for Challenge #64 – Hello.  Knowing I had the perfect stamp, I set to work.  I still think this stamp is as pretty as the day I first saw it.

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Supplies:
Bazzill cardstock

Hammerhill Digital Color Copy Cover

PTI vellum

Neat & Tangled Hello stamp

Neat & Tangled Falling Heart stamp

Neat & Tangled sequin

Hero Arts pink to red ombre pad

Sunny Studios fishtail die

American Crafts gold glitter tape

Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder

Happy Birthday

I’ve not used much texture or embossing paste.  I’m a bit of a neat freak so I tend to not like wet mediums.  However, last Christmas, Sandy Allnock introduced me to gold embossing paste.  Swoon.  I find it so beautiful!

Using the gold embossing paste, I created a card with a stencil for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Card Challenge: Stencils.  I don’t have many stencils (as I don’t like wet mediums), so I made my own.  I used the butterfly dies from Simon Says Stamp to create a stencil.  Some gold embossing paste, perfect pearls an black soot distress ink splatters later I had a card that is not my typcial style – lots of we mediums!

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Supplies:
Simon Says Stamp Petite Butterflies die
Viva Decor Modellier Creme Gold
My Favorite Things stamp
DCWV gold foil vellum paper
WRMK washi tape
Perfect Pearls
Distress Ink black soot
Misc:  vellum, cardstock, enamel dot, glitter gemstone, rhinestone, transparency

You’re Amazing

It’s snowing pretty heavily outside.  There is so much snow, the pile outside my window is now about a quarter way up the window.  If we get the forecast 12″ of snow this weekend, I won’t be able to see out my craft room window!  Of course, the benefit to such a snowy day is that I can settle in at my craft desk an feel no guilt.  It’s football playoffs, snow and cards.  Blissful.

I created this card as a combination for both the My Favorite Things Color Challenge #37 and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Ombre.  Being as that I’m not an artist, I enjoy using water colors because they are forgiving.  Even I can pull of watercolor.

I tried to match my watercolors to this color palette by MFT.  I’m really not an artist – I’m not very good at matching colors :p

I’m honored to have my card featured on a post for the challenge!  Thank you so much Susan and My Favorite Things!

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Supplies:
MFT Stamps
Daler Rowney watercolor
Canson watercolor paper
The Ton sequin
Avery Elle dies
Hero Arts white embossing powder