Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rose Wonder Watercolor Wash ~ CCMC412

Hello fellow stampers and welcome to another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  This is color week and look at this beautiful color combination our leaders have come up with!  Isn't it gorgeous?!?
Well, believe it or not, my card uses only these three colors (plus gold which I consider a neutral!).  
I seem to be in a watercoloring mood these days and when you watercolor you can really manipulate and add or subtract the color you want.  
I started out by embossing the leaves from {Rose Wonder} in white embossing powder on shimmery white cardstock.  I swiped water across the whole thing and then washed on the Pool Party ink with my aquapainter.  I added some extra color to the leaves which is why they look darker.  While my background panel was drying, I white embossed the rose, also from {Rose Wonder}, on watercolor paper.  I used Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder ink to achieve the colors in the rose.  I fussy cut it out once it was completely dry.  After the background had dried I used several images from the {Timeless Textures} set, some stamped in gold ink and some in Pool Party.  I also sponged some extra Pool Party around the edges of the card.  
Next, I popped up the rose with demensionals, added some gold cord and gold thread, and a "For You" gold foil die cut that was laying on my desk....a discard from a previous project.  (You know how I love to used pieces on my desk!)
Lastly, I swiped some clear Wink of Stella on the rose and leaves to add extra shimmer.
The whole thing is layered on a base of Blushing Bride and Pool Party cardstock.

Make sure you hop over the the Create with Connie and Mary site and have a lookie at the other designers creations.....they do not disappoint!

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Rose Wonder, Timeless Textures
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Versamark, Gold
Paper: Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Shimmery White, Watercolor, Gold Foil
Accessories: Wink of Stella, Treat Bag Thinlits, Gold cord and thread

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sheltering Summery Tree ~ CCMC411

Happy Thursday everyone!  It's another great sketch challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  If you hop over to the challenge blog you'll see all the different ideas the designers came up's so cool to see everyone's interpretation!

I decided to stamp a scene on a 3"x 3" panel and then chop it up into the four squares to mimic the sketch.  I love this summery scene with the tree, sunshine and flowers.  

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Sheltering Tree, Kinda Eclectic
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky
Paper: White, Soft Suede
Accessories: corner rounder punch, Wink of Stella clear

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Lovely Blossoms ~ HSS240

It's time again for another Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge!  This time we've got a beautiful color trio chosen by yours truly!
Wedding season is upon us and I love these colors together for a wedding card.  I was married in the winter (February) and chose darker, richer colors for my wedding, but had we been married in the summertime these would have been my colors. 

I really love the texture, shimmer and shine this card has going on.  The combination of all those things makes me giddy!

I hope you'll stop over to the HSS blog and check out the other designers' work.....they are all wonderful!  We look forward to seeing cards in the gallery should you choose to play along!
Here's a list of my supplies......
Stamps: Botanical Blossoms
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Night of Navy, White, Gold Glimmer, Gold Foil Vellum, Gold Foil
Ink: Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Botanical Builder framilits, Elegant Dots EF, gold thread, Hello You Thinlits, Rhinestones

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Father's Day Mallard ~ CCMC410 & PP298

Hello everyone and welcome to another Create with Connie and Mary color challenge!  
I chose to go masculine with our colors this week so I've also joined up with the Paper Players 298, which is a Father's Day challenge.  
I water-colored practically everything on this card, except the embossed background!  

I inked the bird in black Stazon on watercolor paper and used my aquapainter to apply the color.  I used Crumb Cake on the body and darkened it a bit with some Soft Suede.  
I also sponged some Soft Suede ink over the Crumb Cake Boho Chic embossed layer.  I love the dimension this gives.  
For the Bermuda Bay panel, I stamped the leaf image onto watercolor cardstock with the archival black ink.  I thought this image looked kinda like a feather.  Then I spritzed it down and ran my brayer loaded with Bermuda ink over it.  I then took my aquapainter and dropped little drops of water all over the whole panel.  I let it dry and like the effect it gave.  I sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink as well.  I used the same process to make the little yellow strip of paper.  

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: The Wilderness Awaits, Thoughtful Banners, Botanical Blooms
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Stazon and Archival black
paper: Watercolor, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Boho Chic EF

I hope you find time to play along with us for this week's color challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!  
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Wonderful Hummingbird~CCMC409

Happy Thursday everyone!  We're back with another fantastic challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  It's sketch week.  Take a look at this gem.....

I decided to go ahead and use my hummingbird from {Picture Perfect} since I had used all the other images in the past few challenges.  
I used the sketch flipped upside down, kinda.  The flower and leaves are supposed to mimic the corner banner.  

Don't you just love these colors?!?!!!  They are all new except for Soft Sky.  I used Dapper Denim (which will be one of my favs, I know!), Flirty Flamingo, and Emerald Envy.  They are so rick together!  
I love how tropical this turned out.  That's actually not the direction I was going, but I love it!  
I hope you'll find time to play along with us in this weeks challenge.  Be sure to check out the CCMC site and leave some love for the designers' great projects!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

HSS 239 Inspiration Challenge

Hello stampers!  It's time for another Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge!  This time we've got an awesome inspiration challenge chosen by Linda.  Isn't it fresh!  There are tons of directions to go here!  I had several ideas but couldn't nail down which way to go.  I finally settled on using my new-to-me set, {Remarkable You} again.  I chose to use the colors from the inspiration photos (plus black) to watercolor this beauty of a flower.  I used Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, and Pear Pizzazz, along with my aquapainter.  
I love inspiration kinda leaves things wide open for interpretation!  
I also used this fun sketch from The Challenge #75.

I tried a variety of different backgrounds but finally ended up just embossing the leaf design on a piece of Very Vanilla with clear embossing powder.  I like the way it turned out.  My original idea was to emboss and then run my brayer over it using Flirty Flamingo ink, but I decided I liked it plain better.  I think it's more elegant.  
I also used a couple pieced of DSP....the green gingham from Farmers Market and the black and cream is from the fun new stack called Playful Palette.  

Everything is layered on a base of Peekaboo Peach.  I must say that the new In-colors from the new catalog are yummy!  They remind me of my last favorite set that included Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe and  Baked Brown Sugar.  I used those colors a TON!  I can see these new ones will be well loved as well!

I hope you can carve out some crafting time and join us in this fun challenge!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Playful Lilies ~ CCMC408

Well, well, we are!  Another Create with Connie and Mary has rolled around and it's color challenge week!  I love a good color challenge and this one is so pretty!  These colors are soft and beautiful and were screaming out to me to be made into flowers!  LOL! 
Believe it or not, this is a brand-new-to-me set.  I've hemmed and hawed around and admired many a card made with this {Remarkable You} set.  Finally, after seeing it was going to be around for at least another year (in the new catalog) I made the leap and ordered it.  Boy, am I glad I did!  It can go casual or more formal as well!  
I watercolored the pair of Cala Lilies with my aquapainter and Blushing Bride ink.  I painted the stamen So Saffron.  The leaves were colored with Mint Macaron.  I fussy cut everything out and mounted it on a So Saffron Tag.  The whole thing is layered on a base of BRAND NEW designer paper from a stack called Playful Palette.  I just love this cool crosshatch/plaid black and cream pattern.   

I also added a layer of Wink of Stella to each flower and the leaves.  It adds such an elegant sparkle.  
Lastly I added a healthy sprinkling of black sequins and rhinestones.  I figured on giving this away as a wedding card, so the more sparkle the better! :)
The "Congrats" sentiment is from {Cottage Greetings}.

The whole thing is tied together with some Blushing Bride cotton ribbon.

I stamped the lillies again on the inside of the card and also the greeting "Wishing You Ridiculous Amounts of Happiness" from {Cottage Greetings}.

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Remarkable You, Cottage Greetings
Ink: Stazon Black, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Mint Macaron
Paper: watercolor, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Black, Vanilla, Playful Palette DSP
Accessories: Metallic Sequins, Blushing Bride cotton ribbon, Rhinestones, Wink of Stella clear

Make sure to check out the other designers fab work at the CCMC site.  
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!