Thursday, June 14, 2018

Nashville Sky ~ CCMC514, J1318

Hey there stampers and friends!  This week at Create with Connie and Mary we continue with our CASE the Catalog month and our card comes from page 5 of the new catalog.
I'm also using the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge from The House that Stamps Built.  I chose the middle column for Masculine/Embossing/Background wash.
You may be looking at my card and thinking, what in the world is that stamp???  Well, there's a little story behind my card.  My little brother Nick is a real estate agent in Nashville, TN and deals with apartment leasing.  He commissioned me to make some thank you cards for his special clients.  We both decided it would be fun to do something relating to the Nashville skyline, so I did some research and saw some cityscape cards made using the straight line stamp from our Waterfront set.  
For this card I wanted to try the emboss resist technique, so I stamped my city in white craft ink on watercolor paper and then embossed it with white embossing powder.  I misted the entire piece with water before I added the ink with my aquapainter.  I used shades of aqua and blue (Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, and Night of Navy) since my brother likes those colors.  After I had the colors the way I wanted them I mixed up a bit of tombo glue and water in an old embellishment lid, picked some up with my aquapainter and flicked it onto the main panel.  I sprinkled it with silver glitter and set it aside to dry.  In the mean time I embossed the Night of Navy card base with my Brick embossing folder (retired).  I think the brick goes good with the city building theme.  To make sure this looks like the Nashville city skyline I used my white gel pen to add the spires to the tall building, making it look like the Batman building which is so distinctly Nashville.  
I backed the main panel with a bit of white and then set it off with some Bermuda Bay.  The Tailored Tag punched thank you sentiment definitely needed to be included to make this a good CASE.  I backed it with a bit of circled silver thread which ties together with the silver glitter speckles. 
Brian Buckley nashville city skyline Art Print | DENY Designs Home Accessories

I'm excited to experiment a little more with this skyline and play around with a few more techniques and colors for some of the other cards I'm making for him.  
So, if you are needing to find an apartment in Nashville, TN look my brother, Nick Holte, up at Nashville Apartment Locators and he can fix you up!

Nick Holte

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

New Catalog Case ~ CCMC513, WWC173, Fusion

Hello Stampers!  It's our first Create with Connie and Mary challenge for June and this whole month will be dedicated to casing the brand new catalog!  It's gonna be fun!  Our first CASE comes from page 48 in the 2018-2019 Catalog.
Before I started working on my card I HAD to clean up my desk!  It was long, long overdue.  You probably know what I'm talking about and can relate!  I had lots of peices of cardstock laying around and as I began cleaning I ran across a piece of white cardstock that already had these bird and roses images stamped and colored!  Jackpot!  I also found the bit of Smokey Slate in my pile.  I grabbed some Powder Pink for my base, a bit more of white run through the Big Shot with the Basket weave TEF for the background, a scrap of Old Olive for my cut-out square and voila'!  My card was practically done!  I added a little bit of silver trimmed white ribbon and a faceted button and it was complete.

I'm also adding my card to Watercooler Wednesday 173 feminine Anything goes challenge and Fusion Floral Cupcake challenge.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Starfish Collage ~ HSS291, JUGS443, RRCB88

Hello Stampers!  Welcome to another challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments!  We've got an inspiration challenge for you this time, which are among my faves!  One of our designers has chosen this cool ocean collage to be inspired by. 
I'm also sharing my cared in Just Us Girls "Outside" challenge #443
 I picked out the coral starfish to be the main "star" (haha) of my card.  I think just about every stamp I used on my card is retired and because of that I'm joining the Retro Rubber "Anything Goes" challenge #88.  The one new thing on here is the orange/coral color.  It's one of the new in-colors called Grapefruit Grove.  I toned it down a little bit by sponging it with Crumb Cake.  


Thanks for taking a peek and I hope you'll be able to join us in this week's challenge!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Remarkable Anniversary ~ CCMC512, WWC172, ATSM294

Hello stampers!  This is Create with Connie and Mary's last challenge before we switch over to the new catalog!  I had to use another flower from the retiring set {Remarkable You} and once again I did the no line watercolor technique.  I love, love, love this!  I also wanted to use the fabulous Foil Frenzy DSP.  I have a bunch of it left and when it comes time for things like this to be retired I'm always kicking myself for not using them up!  I find myself saying I should have used this stamp more, or I should have used more of this paper!  Ugh, every darn year!  I guess it's not like I can never use them again but there's so much fun new stuff coming!!!! 
This is our sketch for the week:
I also joining my card up with Watercooler Wednesday 172 - anything goes, and Addicted to Stamps and More 294 - Clean and Simple.

So, along with the couple retiring items, this card also showcases some new as well!  The Pearlized Doily behind the flower is a wonderful new accessory added this year, and the sentiment banner as well as the metal flower are from an embellishment kit called Share What You Love.  

I have an 50th wedding anniversary party coming up and this special card with be going to that special couple!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Navy Blooms ~ CCMC511, PP394

Hello stampers!  My card for today is for our latest color challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary.  They color trio is so nice and cool.  
I've been on a watercoloring kick lately and couldn't help myself from making some pretty blue blooms using the no line watercoloring technique.  And since my card is all about the flowers I'm sharing it on the Paper Players clean and simple blooms challenge #394.

I inked up one of the floral images and leaves from {Remarkable You} in Sahara Sand ink.  I applied lots of layers of Night of Navy and Emerald Envy ink, letting each layer dry in between.  I washed the entire background with Pool Party.  
I wanted a nice bold sentiment so I went with {Lovely Inside and Out}.  Both of the stamp sets I used are retiring. :( 
To finish off my card I added some Pool Party shimmer ribbon, Emerald Envy 1/4" ribbon, and a few silver sequins.  I popped the main panel with dimesionals for added interest.

I hope you'll join us at the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page with your color combo creations.
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Spring Bike Ride ~ HSS290

Hello stampers! Today's card is for Hand Stamped Sentiments color challenge #290

I've been itching to use this bicycle set and figured these fun colors would do just the trick! I think I was right! The blue was perfect for the bike color and the purple and green for the flowers in the basket! I added the fun little puppy dog with a rich razzleberry scarf, too! So cute! 
I used retired dsp's but the razzleberry velvet ribbon is a new item available in the new catalog and can be ordered on June 1st! It's so pretty and soft! 

I hope you'll be able to join us in our challenge! In the mean time take a look at the HSS home blog and check out what the other designers have made!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Yellow Blossoms CCMC510, TSOT, CC&S272

Hey there stampers!  It's Thursday again and that means it's time for a new Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  It's sketch week this time.  CC&M will hosting some different challenges in June, so stay tuned for that!  
I also used Try Stampin' on Tuesday's Tic-Tac-Tuesday #3.  I chose to go diagonal with green, blue, and stripes.  I was also excited about the colors from CAS Colours and Sketches #272 and worked my card around those!  Have you ever looked at colors for a color challenge and are sure you've got it right only later to find out that your were wrong?  Well, that's what I did here.  I was sure the yellow was Daffodil Delight and not So Saffron, so my card is made with Daffodil Delight instead.  Whoops!

I played with the no-line watercoloring technique for this card.  I stamped two of the flowers from Birthday Blossoms in Sahara Sand ink on watercolor paper and colored them with Daffodil Delight ink and my aqua painter.  Birthday Blossoms is on the retiring list as well as Brushstrokes, the stamp I used for the striped background.  The Sahara Sand dots are from Petal Palette.  
The Pacific Point panel is embossed with the Basket Weave TEF.

To finish the card off, I added some paper doily on each side of the flower bunch and a linen thread bow.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!