Monday, July 25, 2016

SAF - Impressionistic Florals with Melissa Phillips

This was a fun card to make, too.  Melissa had lots of steps and I had to keep pausing the video so I could catch up with her.  I pretty much used the same colors as Melissa, even though she didn't always tell you what colors she was using and there were a couple she used, I didn't have.  But I really liked how it turned out, even though I wasn't really sure about the double embossing part.  It was hard to tell where you embossed the first time.  Glad it didn't have to be!

Gina K Pure Luxury White CS
Bitty Dot Basics Patterned Paper
TH Water Color Paper
PTI's Floral Sketches, Mini Blooms, Friendship Jar Flowers, Just the Jar: Pint, Background Basics: Text Style, Background Basics: Super Gingham Stamp Sets
PTI's Floral Sketches and Be Happy Dies
PTI's Inks: Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Mint Julep, Aqua Mist, Lavender Moon, Pale Peony, Autumn Rose, Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, Hibiscus Burst and Sweet Blush.
SU's small label punch.

Thank you so much for stopping by and be sure to check out the beautiful cards showcasing Impressionistic Florals here

SAF - Master Color Recipes

I have always loved "Date in the Park" by Afremov.  The water colors are so vivid and fall is my favorite time of the year, with summer a very close second!  I knew my card was going to be inspired by him.

TH's water color paper
SU's Taken with Teal and Summer Sun CS
PTI's inks: Terracotta Tile, New Leaf, Tropic Teal, Summer Sunrise and Scarlet Jewel
PTI's Petite Pots and Wet Paint Stamp Sets
PTI's Wet Paint Dies

I must confess, this was not an easy card for me.  Everything I tried (I threw away at least 4 attempts) was just not working. I was trying my hardest to recreate this painting.  Not an easy task when you don't know much about water coloring or even painting, in general. 

I finally took my ink pads and put the color on a large acrylic block and spritzed with water and laid my paper over it to come up with the background and added the flowers.  I finished the card off with the die and sequins.  The colors are just not as bright as the painting, but I still really like how it turned out.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to check out the beautiful cards made with all the Master Color Recipes here

SAF - Watercolor Like A Master with Kay Miller

I was so excited to watch Kay Miller do a watercolor video.  I adore her water coloring talent!  Kay needs to do more water coloring videos.  It was awesome and I learned a few new things, too.  Thanks, Kay.  My card is CASEd, except for the sentiment. 

Gina K White Luxury CS
TH's Water Color Paper
PTI's inks: Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, Spring MOss, Simply Chartreuse and Ripe Avocado
PTI's Mum's the Word Stamp Set

 This was such a fun card to make.  I've never really water colored like this.  It was great to experiment with a new technique to me as I never took an art class passed 6th grade.  Not one of my strong suits.

Be sure to check out the other beautiful cards made using Kay's water coloring technique here.  They all look great!

Thanks for stopping by, I love it when you do.

SAF - Starry Night with Amy Sheffer

Hi everyone,  here's the first of a few posts as I try to catch up from SAF.  I know I won't be able to do all of them before 7am tomorrow morning though.  There just aren't enough hours in a day.  LOL!

I didn't quite have everything Amy used, but made do with what I had.  I think I should invest in some black and white acrylic paint and some makeup wedges.

Just a few minor changes were made...

Gina K Pure White Luxury CS
TH's watercolor paper
PTI's inks: Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, Aqua Mist, Mint Julep, Winter Wisteria and Pale Peony
SU's Mossy Meadow Reinker
PTI's Inspired Prayer Die
PTI's Inspired Prayer Stamp Set
Sequins and Silver thread
Perfect Pearls

As you can see, I did try to make my own trees with my green reinker.  The first tree (3rd one in from the left) was a bit too wet.  The rest of them turned out pretty good considering it was the first time I ever tried to "paint" trees with a paint brush.  Also, my Perfect Pearls were too wet and spread out a bit too much.

This was a fun card to make.  Thanks, Amy for the challenge.  It was a lot of fun.  There are some beautiful starry night skies here

PTI July Blog Hop

I wasn't sure if I would be able to pull a card together for PTI's Blog Hop, but did so last night.  This month's inspiration photo was awesome.  I would love to have those colors in one of my rooms. 

At first, I was a bit overwhelmed with all that was going on with the colors and textures that I was coming up blank.  I looked at again last night and decided to pull the colors off the pillow and the triangles off the wall and the color of the rug and incorporate it all into a single layer card.

Gina K Pure Luxury White CS
PTI's Orange Zest and Aqua Mist CS
PTI's Painted Petals Stamp Set
MFT's Geometric Grid Stencil
PTI's inks: Soft Stone, Spring Rain, Orange Zest, Aqua Mist, Smokey Shadow and Blueberry Sky Spectrum Noir's Clear Glitter Pen
Orange Sequins

Thanks so much for stopping by, I love it when you do!  Be sure to check out the other fabulous cards on today's blog hop!  Happy hopping!!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Life is a wonderful...

Celebration..Enjoy it!  What a great saying.  This is one of the reasons I bought Penny Black's Sentiment collection.  If you don't have it, check out the other wonderful sentiments it has.  One of the other ones that I really like is "All you need is love and a dog"  Perfect saying for a dog lover in your life.

My mojo is still sitting on the back burner.  I decided Friday afternoon to stamp a few images in black and just color to see if would help me get out of this slump.  I went to see what the colors are for this week's Color Throwdown #402 and pulled out Copics close to green, orange, purple and aqua and settled in to color while listening to the Hallmark Channel.  I finished up the card this afternoon as I couldn't decide how to finish it off before today.  That seems to be where my mojo has left me.

Gina K Pure Luxury White CS
SU's Apricot Appeal CS
SU's Awesomely Artistic Stamp Set
PB's Sentiment Collection
SSS Intense Black Ink Pad
Copics: V04, YR12, YG11 and B000

The Apricot Appeal just made this card jump off the page and I really like how it turned out.  I did put a bit of Spectrum Noir Clear glitter on the center of the flowers.  Hard to see in my picture though.

Here's a picture of my other image I colored on Friday afternoon.  I've been wanting to ink up this stamp from PB for awhile now.

Gina K's Pure White Luxury CS
SU's Summer Sun CS
Lil' Inkers Border Builder die
PB Good Neighbors Stamp
Copics: W4, RV09, B12, B000, B0000, B21, RV63, YR12, YR16, YR21, Y08, Y02, G82, YG63, V22, V17, BV11, V04, V15, Y17, B34 & RV55
Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Pen
PB Sparkles & Smiles Stamp Set
SSS Intense Black ink pad

Again, I didn't finish off the card until this afternoon, but I really do like how it turned out, too.

I'll be back tomorrow afternoon for PTI's Blog Hop and to also post some of my creations from PTI's Stamp-A-Faire from yesterday.

Thank you for stopping by, I love it when you do!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

PTI's July's Create Along With Us

Hi everyone, I've been somewhat on a break.  I find summer a hard time to stamp.  When it's beautiful out, I would rather be out in the sunshine.  Especially when I think of how much I really don't like the cold.  The hot weather and humidity doesn't bother me.  My mojo is missing, too, which isn't helping either.

I did make a card today for PTI's Create Along With Us.  I'm also submitting the card in Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge "Flora and Fauna".  I really liked the card Danielle Flanders made using the new stamp set "It's the Thought".  I didn't realize it was a card front from last month until I started making the card and couldn't get the colors to match.  I went back and re-read her post.  For some reason, I never saw these card fronts last month...Lol.  Oh well, I had to improvise a bit.
Gina K Pure Luxury White CS
SU's Smoky Slate CS
Simple Stories' Snap Color Vibe 6x6 paper pad
PTI's ink colors in Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Autumn Rose, Ripe Avocado, Limeade Ice, Pure Poppy and Blueberry Sky
Hero Art's Pigment Unicorn ink
PTI's Floral Sketches stamp set
SU's Canvas stamp
VersaMark ink
Sequins and twine

I used the White pigment ink on all the leaves and flowers first, then went back and stamped over the white with the PTI ink colors.  I also used the white pigment ink for the outline of the flowers, too, and the sentiment.

The only thing I wish I had done differently was heat embossed the sentiment.  The colors are a bit more subdued than the card front Danielle used, but I'm still happy with the way it turned out.  Be sure to check out the other wonderful cards made for this month's Create with Us and this week's SSS Monday Challenge.

Thank you for stopping by.  I love it when you do.  Have a great week!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

It's another Birthday

Hi everyone.  I'm back again with a birthday card for MIM #253 and for SSS Wednesday Challenge: Add some shimmer.

For Make It Monday challenge this week, Betsy has us using the reverse stenciling technique.  I have stencils, but not from PTI, so I used one of my latest from Hero Arts.

SU's Green Galore CS
Gina K Pure Luxury White CS
PTI's Amethyst Allure and Vintage Jadette inks
Hero Art's Bold Floral Stencil
Memory Box Isabella Butterfly die
PTI's Big Basics Birthday Die
PTI's Tip Top Die
Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Pen

The Green Galore CS looked too plain, so I did stencil it with the same HA stencil and also used my new Clarity brushes, too.  They give such a soft look. 

After I put the card together, I decided it needed some glitz, so I pulled out my new favorite Glitter Pen by Spectrum Noir and glitz the butterfly and the birthday wishes sentiment.  I like it better then Wink of Stella.  I think it has more shimmer.  Little did I know that Simon Says Wednesday challenge was add some shimmer until I looked before starting my blog post.  Yea!  my card works for two it when that happens.

Thanks, Betsy, for a great technique, and for making me pull out my brayer!  I had to search for it, though!  Thank you for stopping by, I love it when you do and have a great week.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

PTI's June 2016 Blog Hop

What beautiful artwork "The Reef" is by Yellana James!  I just fell in love with the colors and the movement.  Just stunning.

Here's is my take on our inspiration photo.  I instantly thought of the technique Jennifer McGuire calls "Watercolor Lifting".  You can see her youtube video here.

Peerless Watercolors
PTI's Floral Sketches stamp set
PTI's Super Swoosh Dies
Gina Marie Design Dies
Gina K Pure Luxury White CS
Tim Holtz's watercolor paper
VersaMark ink
Hero Arts Pigment White ink
White & Clear Embossing Powder

My colors didn't quite turn out like Yellana's, but I really liked how my watercolors blended together.  I won't lie, it did take a few tries to get the blending I wanted.  My embossing wasn't perfect, but I still like really like the way my card turned out.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I love it when you do.  Happy hopping!  I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with either!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Create-a-card background

I picked up this stamp last week after taking a class with Marcia at a local stamp/needle works store.  We love to take classes there to keep our mojo up and running.  We didn't get to play with this particular stamp, but Kris had some cute samples for us to see.  Marcia, another friend, Julie, and I got together on Friday afternoon and decided to use this stamp to make a couple of cards. 

Gina K Pure Luxury CS
SU's Perfect Plum CS
IO Create a Card - Leaf Flourishes
SSS Circle Sayings stamp set
Wow! EP in a mix of Vintage Peacock & Vintage Amethyst
White EP
PTI's Branching Out die
WPlus 9 Happy Trio Dies

Gina K Pure Luxury White CS
SU's Marina Mist CS
VersaMark ink
 IO Create A Card - Leaf Flourishes
Wow! EP in Verdigris
PTI's Branching Out die
White EP
Wplus 9 A Whole Lotta Happy stamp set

 Of course, I just couldn't put the stamp away and made another card with it today for this week's Color Throwdown #393, using Blush, Rose, Gray and White.

TH's Watercolor panel
SU's Smoky Slate CS
IO's Create A Card Leaf Flourishes
White EP
TH's Distress Inks in Tattered Rose, Festive Berries and Hickory Smoke
Cas-ual Fridays Love Ya Fri-die

I even made a few more card panels with this same stamp for future cards.  Such a fun background stamp. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, I love it when you do.  Have a great week.