Easy Water Colored Flowering Fields

Yep.  I’m still here.  And I’m still trying to conquer water coloring.  I think I found a way that kind of works for me.

I’m working with Narelle Farrugia’s fabulous sketch for Freshly Made Sketches challenge, and it features Narelle’s famous layers.  :)  I love sketches that feature Narelle’s fabulous and famous layers.  (I couldn’t resist typing that tongue-twister!  Sorry!)  I paired the sketch challenge with the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at The Paper Players.  My chosen squares were ‘flowers’, ‘pink’, and ‘ribbon’.

FMS222-Watercoloered-FlowerI think the thing that I like best about this card is the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  It’s retired, but they really should bring it back.  The primary colors are Pink Pirouette and Tip Top Taupe.  I used a die cut (sorry, I don’t remember the company… labeling got separated from the set, but I think it may have been MFT), that cuts scalloped frame and the inside stitched frame rectangle on the same pass.

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This was the easiest water coloring that I’ve done so far and I actually like how it looks.  I just painting the background in sky blue and made it sort of stippled with heavier drops of color or watered.  After stamping the flowers and buds, the buds all in Wild Wasabi and the flower petals in Rose Red, I dabbed very slight amounts of water to the petals and leaves.   No added color was needed.  After the panel was dry, I added a few touches of Wink of Stella, which gives the card even more dimension in person.  A few Pearls Basic Jewels added to a sentiment panel with “thanks” in a pretty script font and layered over the water colored panels and layers of Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim completed this Thank You card.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s card for our Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

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Be sure to stop by the FMS Blog to see the ‘Clean Team’s’ designs this week and come play along with us!  And don’t forget to check out the fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at The Paper Players:

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To Watercolor or Not To Watercolor?

It’s time for another challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is Karren Johnson, and since I love everybody on our design team, it goes without saying how much I love her talent and creativity.  Her sketch this week is wide open for your imagination, and I have to tell you, my imagination has gone wild with this sketch.  I literally have a list going of other card ideas to make with this sketch.

I made two cards for you to decide on:  both are birthday cards using Happy Birthday, Everyone and It’s My Party DSP.  One has watercoloring, but if you’re not into that, then I made a second card without watercoloring.  I basically did the watercolored version because I’m still not that good at it and need a lot more practice!  Here’s version one:

FMS221-It's-My-Party-DSPI used Prisma Watercolor Pencils and did some blending of colors to create a color similar to Melon Mambo and they already have colors similar to Crushed Curry and Pool Party, which go well with the It’s My Party DSP.  I used Tim Holtz watercolor paper because it’s very white and it has a smooth side (which is great for stamping on) and a textured side.  A quick matte of Melon Mambo and some clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, and it was done.

For those of you who haven’t started watercoloring, I made a second version with stamping on Whisper White cardstock, but I think it’s just as striking:

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For this card, I used a Melon Mambo card base as well as the Melon Mambo matte.  Note:  I did make the sentiment panel a little smaller on this second version to put more emphasis on the DSP.  Add a few candy dots, and this was a really quick and easy card that packs a punch.

So which do you like best?  Watercoloring or no watercoloring???

FMS221 KarrenI hope you’ll visit Karren and the girls at Freshly Made Sketches to see what they’ve made for your inspiration (it’s another showstopper week of creativity over there!).  I also hope you’ll join us and show us your version(s) of this sketch put to use.  :)

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Let Us Eat Cake (or Cookies)!

Wait until you see what Jen Brum has brought to us for our Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week!  Circles!  Lots and lots of circles.  Strange thing about that… Jen doesn’t like circles, and I’m not particularly fond of groups of them.  There were even rumors floating around the design team that an imposter was in our midst.  BUT, I have to say I didn’t even flinch on this one.  Maybe the invention of the Balloon Bouquet Punch put my circle anxiety to rest.  6 of the little ones worked perfectly (and quickly, I might add!).

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I love this new Balloon Celebration Stamp Set paired with the coordinating Balloon Bouquet Punch (buy it in the bundle and save 15%!).  With the different sentiments included, it’s great for so much more that Birthday cards.  It makes such a quick and easy card, yet with the fun font and sentiment options, it’s a lot of fun.  A few sequins (I’ve used some old ones), a few rhinestones, a black waxed string for a bow and a quick brush of Wink of Stella, and Voila!  It was ready to go.  I haven’t stamped anything on the inside so it’s ready for a birthday or other celebration, as needed.

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Coffee is my liquid of choice, but there are other options like hot chocolate, tea or even champagne!  Rather eat cookies?  That’s a choice, too!  In my opinion, this is a must-have bundle.  Pair it with It’s My Party DSP Stack, and you’ll be set for celebratory cards for a long time.  :)

FMS220 Jen BrumI still can’t believe Jen’s sketch has 6 circles.  But, as Jen said, there’s not a circle on her card… go check it out at Freshly Made Sketches to see for yourself!  And, if you love circles or you’re really good at substituting another shape for circles, come show us your stuff!  Are you up to the challenge?

Happy stamping!

 

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I Love Stamps!

Happy Tuesday, stamping friends!  I found a challenge at Fusion Card Challenge that I couldn’t pass up, and I thought this adorable little Pure Innocence Crafty Friends stamp set from My Favorite Things was perfect to use for the sketch part of the challenge:MFT-Watercoloring

Pure Innocence stamp sets are one of my biggest weaknesses.  They are all so adorable and include wonderful sentiments.  As a stamper, and with my passion for collecting stamps, I had to have this set.  These stamps force me to work on my coloring skills, too.  That’s a Plus-Plus.  I used Prisma Watercolor Pencils and an Aqua Painter to color this image.

Pure-Innocence-Crafty-FrienWhen I *thought* I was all done, I decided to paint the tabletop with Crystal Effects and add dots of it to her eyes and barrette.  The photography makes her eyes look a little scary in the picture above, but they aren’t on the actual card.  I used a tiny spot of White Gel Pen on each eye for that little glimmer in her eyes and it shows a little better in the first photo.

I also fussy cut the sweet little stamper from the tabletop up to place her against a background of DSP.

Fusion Challenge 1-20-2015Have you been to the Fusion Card Challenge blog?  It’s their 2nd Anniversary and the talent this week is jaw-dropping.  I drooled over the cards for quite awhile and almost reconsidered posting this card after seeing their inspiration cards.  I also put my “circle” element (heart in my case) on the wrong side of the oval; I had it in my head one way and when I went to post to the challenge, I noticed it was supposed to be on the top.  I don’t think the heart would have looked good on the bottom, so I’m glad I didn’t notice until it was too late.  :)  I would have had to do a complete re-design.

I hope you have enjoyed this spur-of-the-moment post and that something has spurred you to head to your craft space!

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Going Global – Lucky Stars

I’m back with another Going Global card today for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I’m hosting this week, so I had the opportunity to create a sketch that I could use for a “joy fold” card.  I didn’t have a stamp set in mind when I created the sketch, but quickly found that Going Global worked perfectly with the sketch and with the special fold.

FMS219-Going-GlobalThis was another quick and easy card that’s masculine and can be used just to say I love you for any occasion: Valentine’s Day, Anniversary or even Birthday.  The Silver Glimmer paper star adds a bit of festivity and the Crushed Curry DSP gives it some color.

FMS219-Going-Global-and-GoiI love the “joy fold” and it can be cut and scored to suit the card you’re making.  The measurements do not have to be specific.  For me, the important thing is the overlapping flap and an element to tuck it under to create a closure.  By only putting Stampin’ Dimensionals on the upper and right portions of the star, it allow the flap to tuck underneath the left side to keep the card closed.

FMS219-Card-InteriorI used a few more glittery stars and one tiny glittery heart (from the Owl Builder Punch) to adorn the sentiment.  I believe this sentiment is from an older My Favorite Things stamp set.  Unfortunately, I didn’t keep the wrapping, but the font is like other MFT stamps that I have.  I think this will be a Valentine’s Day card (if I can wait that long to give it to my honey!.  :)

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I hope you’re inspired by my sketch and my card and I would love to see what you create with it.  Please join us for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week, and don’t forget to visit the blog to see what my fabulous teammates have created to inspire you!

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Going Global on a Man-Card

I think this is going to be my favorite stamp set from the 2016 Occasions Catalog.  I’ve already reached for it twice (watch for my Freshly Made Sketches card on Wednesday for a totally different look with this stamp set).

Pals Paper Arts has another awesome sketch this week, created by the uber-talented Mary Fish.  Everything she does is golden!  It’s one of those sketches that the minute you see it, you know you want to make something with it.  So…

PPA282-Going-Global…I did a take on a map app for this card.  Where in the world is Cindy Hall?  She doesn’t even know.  The idea came to me as I was having my husband help me with an app that gives voice directions over the weekend.  I really would be lost without him!  The coordinating Going Places DSP provided me with the map background.

This stamp set is the greatest for making non-feminine cards for that special someone who doesn’t love the foo-foo.  With the help of an arrow die from the retired Label Cards Thinlits (I’m sure you have an arrow die or punch somewhere in your stash!), this card came together in a snap.  The little “pin” was hand drawn and cut, and I used the White Gel Pen to add the question mark.  The other stamping (compass and sentiment) were done with heat embossing.  A stamp set that’s good for any day or Valentine’s Day or an Anniversary.  Who could ask for more?!

PPA282 Mary FishI hope you are inspired by my card and by Mary’s sketch and that you are now on your way to your craft room!  Haven’t bought the Going Global and Going Places DSP yet?  A couple of my clients didn’t see the potential in this set by just looking at it in the catalog, but I know they are now.  Click on the appropriate link below to order now!

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My Favorite SAB Stamp Set

Yay!  It’s time for the first Freshly Made Sketches challenge of 2016!  It seems like the extra time between challenges was a lot longer than it actually was, and I’m ready to stamp!  Kim Singdahlsen is our talented sketch designer and host this week, and I love the sketch she created for us.  It is so wide open for interpretation and use.  AND it gave me the opportunity to use my favorite stamp from the new Sale-A-Bration promotion, and it’s the little birdie from Honeycomb Happiness.  And best of all, it’s FREE!

FMS218-Cindy-HallIsn’t that little guy the most adorable?!  I colored the stamp up with markers: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and VersaFine Black Onyx for my outlines, and then used an Aqua Painter and the same inks to color him.  I added a little Smoky Slate with the Aqua Painter to cast a shadow and give little tweety a base.  I added Wink of Stella to the upper part of the beak and a dot of While Gel Pen to the eyes and then gave them all a little layer of Crystal Effects.

FMS218-Happy-Birthday-EveryThe birthday sentiment is from Happy Birthday Everyone (the “to you” on the balloon is from the Honeycomb Happiness set) and was first stamped with Basic Gray and then slightly off set and stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.  I love how it really makes the letters pop.

FMS218-Honeycomb-HappinessBecause I couldn’t give up the idea of using the large birthday sentiment, I needed a larger card, so I created a 5″ x 5″ card and made a matching envelope with the Envelope Punch Board.  The DSP on the card and for the envelope are from the new It’s My Party DSP Stack in the NEW 2016 Occasions Catalog.  The colors are actually the same, Crushed Curry and White, but they look like two different shades of yellow in the photo.  Hindsight is 20/20, and I wish I would have used the paper that I used for the envelope on the card, too, because it sort of looks like little birdie footprints.  :)  Can you tell I’m a bird-lover????

Here’s Kim’s sketch, which I pretty much followed except for the card size/shapeFMS218 Kim SI hope you enjoyed today’s card and were inspired by it.  I also hope you’ll stop by Freshly Made Sketches to see what Kim and the other designers created to inspire you with this sketch.  And I hope one more thing (kinda like three wishes with a genie in a bottle), that you you’ll play along with us.  We love it when you make it hard for us to pick a King/Queen of Clean and Princes/Princesses!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy stamping!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Happy Birthday Everyone, Honeycomb Happiness;  Paper:  Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Gold Foil and It’s My Party DSP Stack;  Ink:  Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, VersaFine Black Onyx and VersaMark;  Tools and Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Gold Cord, Crystal Effects, Wink of Stella, White Gel Pen, Aqua Painter, Glue Dots and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

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