Thursday, April 26, 2018

Indigo Watercolor ~ CCMC507, SIP147

Hello stampers!  Today's card is for this week's Create with Connie and Mary color challenge #507.  Our colors are Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, and Old Olive.  I also used Stamp Ink Paper challenge #147 where we are to color our project using any color medium of our choice.  I chose to use watercolor!  I stamped the big flower from {Beautiful Day} in versamark ink on watercolor paper and then heat embossed it with white EP.  I colored the flower with my aqua painter and the three challenge ink colors and then fussy cut it out.  As an extra little detail I added a bit of paper doily to the bottom of the flower.  
For the background, I brushed on some Island Indigo ink on a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of watercolor paper.  after it dried I stamped it with the speckled stamp from {Waterfront} and then spritz the whole piece with water again.  The effect of that sort of reminds me of some of the cards I've seen using Brusho.  I also stamped the watercolor-like dots from {Petal Palette} across the bottom and a couple sentaments in Crumb Cake ink.  I had the Old Olive branch die cut laying on my desk from a different project so I nestled that behind my flower and decided I liked the way it looked so I continued to add a few more little vellum die cuts that were cut from Petals and More thinlits.  To finish everything off I added a strip of burlap ribbon, some sequin trim, an Old Olive banner, and some linen thread.  Lastly, I put some rhinestones in the center of each vellum flower and scattered a few more around the card.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Shabby Chic Tranquil Tulips ~ HSS288, FabFri135

Hello stampers!  Today's card is for Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge #288.  I was inspired by the pink flowers and wooden box.  I opted to go with the retiring set Tranquil Tulips, since it's springtime, stamped on top of a piece of Wood Textures DSP.  I also used the Fab Friday #135 sketch.  I used my Basket Weave EF on the Crumb Cake banner and sponged it with Crumb Cake ink to make it look a little shabby chic.  The Early Espresso background is stamped with the Hardwood stamp in Early Espresso ink.. I also sponged the Flirty Flamingo card base with Crumb Cake ink to further the shabby chic look.  It's just about wedding season, so I opted to make this a wedding card. 

I hope you'll be able to join us for our Inspiration Challenge at HSS!  I'm looking forward to seeing your creations in our gallery!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Yellow Palette Rose ~ CCMC506

Hello Stampers!  Today card is for Create with Connie and Mary's Sketch Challenge #506.  This was a very interesting sketch, I thought.  For the three elements on the top I used two different flowers and one set of leaves from the floral design dsp in Petal Passion designers series paper pack.  I colored them with my Blends markers and fussy cut them out.  I placed them on top of two big banners.  The smaller Bermuda Bay one is embossed with the basket weave EF and the bigger one was cut from A Whole Lot of Lovely DSP pack.  I layered the whole thing on a background of Wood Textures DSP, and then backed it with Crushed Curry and finally layered it on a Basic Black card.

I splattered on some Wink of Stella, to finish it off, but it's very hard to see in the photos.  
I hope you'll be able to play along with us and we look forward to seeing your work in our gallery!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Beautiful Bloom Right Angle Fun Fold ~ CCMC505, SUOC197, ATSM287

Hello stampers!  It's Create with Connie and Mary Challenge Thursday and it's color week!  Our colors are Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach (and it's retiring!), and Old Olive.

I've seen a few of these diagonal or right angle fun fold cards floating around the internet and thought they looked fun and simple to create.  Here's a good video explaining how to make the cuts and score lines. It's really very simple and makes a good impact for something different than your regular old fold!  
I used {Birthday Blooms} colored with my light and dark Calypso Coral Blends markers as well as the light Pumpkin Pie, which really resembles Peekaboo Peach.  I absolutely love the depth of color you can achieve with these markers and you don't have to be an artist at all to make it look good!  Because I used my Blends markers I'm also entering my card into Addicted to Stamps and More make your mark challenge 287.  I'm also sharing my card in the SUO Favorite Floral Challenge #197.  I don't think there's a prettier flower in the whole catalog than this one!  I've seen it colored up so many ways, and each one is always beautiful!
I paired my flower with a couple oval circles, the white one is from the stitched dies and the black one is regular.  I popped the flower up on dimesionals, but not before I added a loop of silver sequin trim and mini black sequin trim.  The DSP is from the Petal Passion series.  

I layered a 4" x 5 1/4" white piece on the inside and stamped it with the lone flower from {Birthday Blooms} and then stamped a nice sentiment.  I colored the inside flower with the same blends as the outside flower.

I hope you'll be able to join us at CCMC this week for our latest color challenge.  Make sure to hop over to the main challenge blog and check out the other designers creations!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Stained Glass Beautiful Day ~ HSS287

Hi there stampers!  Today's card is for Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge #287.  Look at these fun colors together!  I just love this combination. I CASE'd this card by Diane Barnes using the {Beautiful Day} butterfly. I stamped and embossed on vellum and then colored with regular markers on the backside for a stained glass look.  I also chose to use a bit of the Myths and Magic white glimmer paper for a background.  The sparkles pull the colors all together.  I also added a strip of Flirty Flamingo punched with my Decorative Ribbon Border punch to the bottom of the glimmer paper.  The sentiment is from the same set and is popped up on dimesionals.  The 1/8" ribbon is actually an old in-color called Lucky Limeade.  I had a bit left and thought it looked very similar to the Lemon Lime Twist.  I scattered a few iridescent sequins around and that completed my card!    

I hope you'll play along with us in this color challenge!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Always There Petal Palette ~ CCMC504, GDP132

Hello stampers!  It's sketch week at Create with Connie and Mary.  You might have noticed that the Create with Connie and Mary challenge site has had a bit of an update.  You'll also notice that the challenge sketches have been updated too!  
I used Global Design Project challenge #132 Case the Designer to help me with my CCMC design team card this week.  The cased designer is Stesha Bloodhart.  I actually happened to have these roses and the bird laying around on my desk already colored and cut out.  I was playing around with this set {Petal Palette} about a month ago and trying out different colors.  They were absolutely perfect for a Stesha case!  The stitched circle was also a cast off that had been laying on my desk for a while.  AND, would you believe the banner was yet another already done piece that had not been used on a previous project?!  With all of these elements already done all I had to do was cut my white cardstock and emboss it with the Petal Burst EF.  I also added a bit of silver thread behind the bird and some linen thread in the form of a bow to tie in the neutral Sahara Sand circle.  

It's really hard to see in the photo but there's a little sliver of Sahara Sand scallop trim under the black banner.  I punched it with Decorative Ribbon border punch.

Make sure to hop over to the CCMC blog and check out the other designers!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!