Thursday, February 26, 2015

Circles, Swirls,.........SNOW!

I think this is enough with the yellow. Seems that is what I've done the last three or four cards. I liked this card better when it was just swirls of color but I decided to add circles for a watercolor bokeh tutorial on Splitcoaststampers. Hmmmmmmm.......my white ink circles should have blended more with the watercolor background. I really liked mine better when it was just a swirl background. I guess practice would make perfect.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Paint for the background. The lady doing the tutorial used re-inkers. My circle stencil was made with my Spellbinder circle nestabilities putting two or three together and cutting. Instead of using only white ink which I put down with a dauber, I sponged inside the circles with ink the same color as my background.

My flower is watercolored  and the butterfly die cut (rather large, isn't it) was cut with blue paper and then vellum on top. It was glittered.  I used Tim Holtz stickers for the sentiment.

This card went into the Dirty Dozen Fan Club Central Theme for February, CT0215. The theme this month: For the Love of Friendship.

Guess what?????? We got snow late yesterday and last night. Donna (Designing Keepsakes), you're off the hook for sending snow.  Here's a photo in the back yard. Yes, we do get excited when it snows down south. :-) It's beautiful. All you  who have had 70-80 inches, don't laugh.

Recipe:
Stamps-Crafting in Croatia (digital)-Flower
Paper-Stampin'Up! Marina Mist, watercolor paper
Ink-Tim Holtz Distress Ink/Wild Honey and Peeled Paint
Accessories-Tim Holtz Distress Paint/Broken China, Peeled Paint, and Wild Honey, watercolor brush, Spellbinder Card Creator Matting Basics A, Spellbinder circle nestabilitie, Cheery Lynn #2 butterfly, Comotion glitter embossing powder, Tim Holtz Idea-ology ChitChat

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Yellow Lace


I won some wonderful blog candy recently from Mary H at Carolina Cards. The embossing folder I'm using, GooseBumpz Lace (set of 2), and the stamped flower, Stampabilities/Floral Silhouette2,  are part of the goodies she sent me. Thank you so much, Mary.

I did a Ways to Use It challenge, WT519, on Splitcoaststampers this morning. The challenge was to use buttons and lace, faux or real. My lace is faux, using my lace embossing folder. I ran my Tim Holtz Distress Paint in wild honey over it before running it through my Cuttlebug. I love the way it turned out. I am using the white buttons for the centers of the flowers.

I added a sentiment from Mark's Finest Papers and Stamps/Welcome Poppies set.

I cut out the flower and sponged some blue for the sky behind the flower. The frame is a Spellbinders Card Creator A-2 Matting Basics A and I popped it up with mounting tape.

It is so cold here. The deep south should never be this cold. Brrrrrrrrrr   It was supposed to be 8 degrees last night..don't know if it fell that far or not. It is 17 degrees right now. I hate winter!!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Oriental Poppy and Ice

We had a lot of ice yesterday. I had rather had snow. But, the ice is very pretty and I have a photo below.

My card was entered into the MIX107 challenge on Splitcoaststampers:Sentiment Mash-Up---Create a new sentiment from at least two sources and use at least two mediums. Also, my card was entered into the Dirty Dozen Central Theme Fan Club Challenge for January, CT0215-For the Love of Friendship--There were several ideas for interpretation. I decided to feature a special sentiment about friendship.

I made the background doing a color wash with Distress Ink, Tombow markers, and water for a color wash. The poppy was watercolored with a brush using Tombow markers and water.

I've used two stencils and embossing paste.

Recipe-
Stamps-Lindsay's Stamp Stuff/Oriental Poppy digital image, JustRite/Just the Right Words, Rhonna Farrer for Autumn Leaves
Paper-PTI white cardstock, Stampin'Up! Always Artichoke
Ink-Tim Holtz Distress Ink/Antique Linen
Accessories-Tombow markers, Tim Holtz Distress Paint/peeled paint, Heidi Swapp Pink Paislee stencil/Lattice, Hobby Lobby mini borders #1-#W9306 StenSource Int'l-single stencil, unknown die cut letters, gold sequins, watercolor brush, craft knife

Icy trees in woods behind my back lawn. This doesn't happen too often in my area of AL...maybe a little snow coming this week, too. I sure hope so. Donna (Designing Keepsakes), maybe you won't have to send me any snow. Ha Donna was going to send me some by mail because she has piles and piles of it. Wonder how that would have worked????? We're both thinking not very well.






Saturday, February 14, 2015

Mixed Media Love



 I'm glad to be here posting today. I was so sick Thursday night and felt bad yesterday. I'm not sure, but think I may have had food poisoning when I went out to eat. It could have been a virus. I don't think I have ever been as sick. Anyway, that is over and I feel good today.

This was for a challenge on Splitcoaststampers---Mix106-I Heart Colors-Use lots of color in a love themed project

I added a cork heart and some small hearts to go with the two large hearts and did a bit of distressing.

I lost my stencil and can't remember the name of it. Do you lose things in your craft room? I bet you do. :-)  I used embossing paste with the stencils. I cut up little scraps of paper to glue over the smaller heart just for a mixed media look.

This card will go to my hubby since it doesn't have a lot of pink. I don't know what he will think of all the mixed media business going on. :-)

 I hope everyone has a very sweet Valentine's Day and a great weekend.

Recipe
Stamps- Hero Arts/Valentine Flourishes set (sentiment only), Stamps by Judith/bold modern heart
Paper-PTI white cardstock, watercolor paper, SU Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories-Sizzix Bigz die/Hearts, Primitive, Little Yellow Bicycle/cork hearts, Darice embossing folder/Henna, Americana acrylic paint/Margarita, snow (white) titanium, and Georgia Clay, stencil


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Raindrops Keep Falling..But Not On My Head


Good morning! I got a decent night's sleep so I am feeling chipper this morning. I have trouble with my sleep....took after my mother. Believe me, it can make life miserable when you get about three hours a night. Duh......

The raindrops on my card were a bit of a challenge for me. I did this card for the mix-ability challenge, MIX105. It was about two weeks ago and I just now had time to get it done. The challenge was given by Lydia/UnderstandBlue, the community manager on Splitcoaststampers. She had a waterdrop technique she wanted us to use. She explained how to draw different shape raindrops . Well, I can't draw. I tried one with my roller pen and it went into the garbage. Then, I got wiser and a pencil was used so I didn't immediately destroy my flower.  I went over it with my roller ink pen when it was o.k. She wanted us to stipple a little inside and outside. Also, we were to use a white gel pen inside the shading. Hmmm....I just about covered up my shading.  I managed to get three droplets made, two on leaves and one on a flower.

I colored the flower with Copics. The background was made with a color wash of distress paint. I used a couple of stencils, added a sentiment and enamel dots....finished.

Recipe:
Stamps-Stitchy Bear digi/unknown name, Mark's Finest Papers and Stamps/Bring on the Sun (sentiment)
Paper-PTI white cardstock, watercolor paper
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories-Memory Box heartwood stencil, Dylusions alphabet border-small stencil....though, I didn't use the alphabet part, green enamel dots, Tim Holtz distress paint/peeled paint, broken china, and wild honey

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

In the Garden


My card is for the CAS311 challenge on Splitcoaststampers to use rainbow colors. This was such an easy card. I swiped my Distress Paints on a Ziploc bag, misted it and crumpled. I opened it up and placed it on my image and that created all the wonderful colors. Distress paints, stains, and inks are so much fun and you can use them so many ways for a color wash.

Recipe:
Stamps-Crafty Individuals/Dancing Dragonflies, Inspired by Stamping/Big Wishes II
Paper-PTI white cardstock, Bazzill Candy Heart cardstock
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories-Copics for postage image, Tim Holtz Distress Paint/Wild Honey, Broken China, and Barn Door


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Ton of Love


I'm sure you all will be glad to see I am back to posting just one card at a time...me, too.

This card was for the CAS310 challenge on Splitcoaststampers.

This valentine will be for my four year old granddaughter. I wanted to send her a ton of love. So, Ellie the elephant was the perfect image for that. Some people on Splitcoaststampers said she has a heart tattoo.  Ha

The little dots are just remnants of paper from something I die cut or punched..can't remember which.
I colored with Copics.

Recipe:
Stamps-High Hopes/Ton of Love Ellie
Paper-PTI white cardstock, Stampin'Up! Cherry Cobbler
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories-paper dots, Copics

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Bird, Christmas, and a Jumbo Tiger Lily


I'm going to finish up my posts that got left out while I was away. I have three today and then I'll be back to posting as I make my cards.

This card was for CAS305 on Splitcoaststampers. The challenge was to welcome the new year.
I almost never make new year's card and this is a bit different from the usual new year's card. I did add a star at the bottom for fireworks....hmmmm........

I colored with Copics, added a shadow, and some snow made with my DecoArt snow writer.

Recipe:
Stamps-Penny Black/Winter Perch, Stamps by Judith/AA-02-Solid Star 
Paper-PTI white cardstock, Stampin'Up! chocolate chip
Accessories- DecoArt snow writer, Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A & B-(B for sentiment die), Copics, Stamps by Judith/AA-02 Solid Star

 My next card is a Christmas card made for the January Christmas Fan Club Challenge/SCSCCJan15.

I colored  the image with my markers and then colored the trees in a bit with green, used my DecoArt snow writer for snow and added some glitter. 

Recipe:
Stamps-Impression Obsession/Winter Scene 1, Mark's Finest Papers and Stamps/Ice and Snow (Sentiment)
Paper-PTI white cardstock
Ink-Memento Bamboo Leaves, Stampin'Up! Cherry Cobbler
Accessories-DecoArt snow writer, Star Dust Stickles, Spellbinders Card Creator, Copics, Stampin'Up! Dazzling Diamonds

And, my last card is using a Jumbo Tiger Lily. It was made for Splitcoaststampers TLC518 challenge (try a new technique) and WT516-use beads.  The new technique was to stamp your image in white ink on white cardstock, then emboss and color. That was really fun and I'll probably do that again.

I did cut off the stem from my stamp because the image was too large for my 5 x 5 card if I used it.

Recipe:
Stamps-Stampendous/Jumbo Tiger Lily, JustRite/Just the Right Words
Paper-Bazzill white cardstock
Ink-white
Accessories-pink sequin, Copics, beads from bridal dept. 
I'm sorry for the long post but I'll be back to normal posting now. My next post will be a valentine.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Calm and Wintry, Poinsettia, and a Winner


 I'm sure most of you are aware it is Groundhog Day. I sure hope Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow so warmer temps and Spring will be coming sooner. :-)

I'm still trying to catch up on my posts from when I got behind. I so enjoyed making this card and made three. I rarely make multiples but I was having fun with the snowbanks. Besides this one, I needed a couple of birthday cards. With each one the snow looked different. You just need some curved paper and sponge just above it. It took some practice for me but I am pleased.  Hope to get
better each time I try. The trees were hand cut and I used a snow marker for the falling snow. My card was cased from this card: http://craftinginthecountry.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-simple-christmas-at-st-lukes.html  
Isn't her card beautiful?

This card was entered into a Splitcoaststampers challenge:CT1214. That is the Fan Club central theme for the month-Calm, Cool, and Collected.

Recipe:
Stamps-Inkadinkado Flower Garden set (sentiment)
Paper-PTI white cs, SU Night of Navy cs, PTI/Bitty Dot Basics, Graphic 45/By the Sea Collection/ EK Tools/Assorted wood sheets 
Ink-Stampin'Up!-Night of Navy
Accessories-Marvy snow marker, sponge, Taylored Expressions Build a Scene Rolling Hills die, Spellbinders card creator-Matting Basics B

My next card is using a Power Poppy Poinsettia set. 
Did you notice something here? I left off the dots for the letter 'i' in my sentiment. I am quite sure I went back and added them before mailing....sure hope so. This card was made for a Splitcoaststampers challenge: QFTD239

Recipe:
Stamps-Power Poppy Poinsettia (not including sentiment)
Paper- PTI white cardstock, Bazzill peanut cluster, World Win spring green dp, Core'dinations light green small dot
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories-Stickles/yellow, Copics, Spellbinders long classic scalloped rectangle die, Tim Holtz/Holiday Words die
Now, down to the business of choosing the winner of my Garden Weave die from the January 28  post. My hubby chose (without looking, of course) a name from the commenters. It is .............................................
MiamiKel, one of my faithful followers. Good for you, Kelly. If you will send me an email from the address I have listed under my profile, I will get this in the mail for you. Enjoy!


Friday, January 30, 2015

Prickles is in Love and Sunny Day Rooster


I have several cards I made for Splitcoaststampers that I haven't uploaded so I think I'll do two or more at a time. Today, I want to show you Prickles. I think he is such a cutie. This was one of the items my sister gave me for Christmas.  I think he makes the cutest valentine.

I made this one layer card for a clean and simple challenge on Splitcoaststampers, CAS308.  I colored Prickles with Copics and did a shadow with the Copics. I just made my own grass with the Copic marker, also.

Recipe:
Stamps-Stamps by Judith/Prickles M-21, Stamps by Judith/AA-69 Bold Modern Heart, Stamps by Judith/Family Memories/SK-LG-209 (sentiment), Prickley Pear/Branch with Hearts (used partial stamp-heart he has in his hand)
Paper-PTI white cardstock
Ink-Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories-Copics, Glossy Accents

My next card was really simple and mostly designer paper. It was for the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club Central Theme-January, 2015. I made a card for a chicken or farm theme, although mine is a rooster. It is also for someone feeling sick and hopefully will cheer them. It is already in the mail.



The only stamps used were for the sentiment and the sunflower.

Stamps-Make an Impression/Garden Fence Punch-In Stamp-used partial stamp (sunflower only), Mark's Finest Papers and Stamps/Bring on the Sun set (sentiment only)
Paper-PTI vintage cream cardstock, Graphic 45 French Country
Ink-Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories-Sassafras/In a Stitch Blossoms-Kraft, raffia, Copic E70, Gold Stickles 

I hope you're having a sunny day and looking forward to a great weekend.