Sunday, September 11, 2016

Many Thanks for CTD #409

Another card for another challenge.  I'm not late for the deadline this time...lol!  The colors this week for the Color Throwdown Challenge #409 were black, turquoise, yellow and white.  I decided to use a set I received last month, but hadn't had a chance to use yet..

Gina K's Pure Luxury White cs
SU's Tempting Turquoise cs
SU's Black cs
SU's Daffodil Delight ink
circle punch
Die-namics Stitched Flowers Dies
Die-namics Flashy Floral Dies
MFT's Flashy Floral Stamp Set
VersaMark Ink
Clear Embossing powder
Die-namics Many Thanks Dies
GinaMarie Die (lattice work)

I don't usually just make die-cut cards.  The only stamping I did, you can hardly see.  I stamped the vines of the leaves, which are black, in VersaMark ink and heat embossed them in clear.  I felt Birgit's energy making this card today.  Birgit is the die-cut queen.  If you haven't seen her blog, check it out here!


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

Gold, Black & White for MM #212

Hi everyone!  I just couldn't resist Merry Monday's Gold, Black & White Challenge this week.  Who doesn't like these 3 colors together.  They look so elegant.  It took me all week to figure out what I wanted to do, though...LOL!

Here's what I came up with...
Gina K Pure White Luxury cs
White Linen cs from a local stamp store
Gold mirror cs from a local stamp store
SU's black cs
PTI's Think Big Favorites #21 Stamp Set
VerseFink Black Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
PB's Winter Garland
PTI's Petite Places: Nativity Die Set
PTI's Tag Die #4
Black/White Baker's Twine

It's pretty self explanatory.  I really like the way it turned out.  I'm thinking this may be one of my Christmas cards for this year.  I've been in love the Nativity set from PTI since last year when I saw what Amy Sheffer did with this set.  You can see that card here.  Such a beautifully striking card!

Well, I didn't get my card posted in time for MM #212...shoot!  I was thinking I had until 5pm not 12pm.  Oops!  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!  




Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Winter Joy

Hi everyone,
I fell in love with Jill Foster's card and just had to try CASE her.  I've been watching her use Shimmerz and they have quite the shine to them, even though my picture doesn't do them justice.  Please check out Jill Foster's how to video here.  This video was actually showing us how to use the MISTI for a multi colored sentiment.  Here's a picture of her finished card.  Isn't it gorgeous?





TH water color panel
VersaFine Black Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
PB's Winter Joy Stamp Set
PB's Rejoice with Joy Stamp Set
SU's Real Red Ink
Tuxedo Black Ink
Shimmerz paints in Berry-lious, Jilted Jade, Sunflower and Royal Red
Shimmerz Aqua Huez in Ivy League

My card didn't turn out quite like Jill's.  I only stamped 3 poinsettias, used a different sentiment that worked better on my card and my blending on the background needs some work.  It's not as gorgeous as Jill's, but I still really like the way it turned out.  This may be one of my Christmas cards.  If you haven't tried the Shimmerz paints, here's my 2 cents worth.  I like how bright the colors are and how easy they are to use.  I'm not an art major and my no means a water color expert, but they worked just as well as my Peerless and the Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi color set I have, too.


Thank you for stopping by, I love it when you do.  Have an awesome week!




Monday, September 5, 2016

CTD #408 - Butterfly Charmer

Just a quick post for Color Throwdown Challenge #408.  Using yellow, blue, red and green.

Gina K Luxury White cs
SU's Cherry Cobbler cs
PB's Butterfly Charmer cling stamp
PB's Sprinkles & Smiles Sentiment set
SSS's Wavy Scallop Stitches Die
Tuxedo Black Ink
VersaFine Black Ink
Copic Markers: Y13, &15, G14, YG09, B66, B28, R29, R46,  B01, B000, B0000 and B60
Clear Embossing Powder
Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Pen

Pretty straight forward card.   I inked Butterfly Charmer with Tuxedo Black ink and colored the butterflies with Copic Markers.  I trimmed up the card with the SSS Wavy Scollop Stitches die and inked up "Bring on the Happy" with VersaFine Black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

I finished off the butterflies by adding some clear glitter to each butterfly.  You can see the glitter in the second photo.

I'm also submitting this card for SSS Wednesday Challenge--Anything Goes.

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





Sunday, August 28, 2016

Fabulous birthday and a First Anniversary

Hi everyone, just popping in with a couple of cards.  The first one is for CTD #407.  This week's color challenge is to use Yellow, Lime Green and Teal.  I love these colors together.  My card is pretty
simple.  I used my Misti to make this card.  I used Distress Markers and colored the stamp with the three colors and spritzed the stamp with water and inked up the watercolor cs.  I set the panel aside to

dry.  I then took the Broken China Distress Marker and scribbled on my mat and spritzed it with water and used a small paint brush to add my ink splatter.  After adding my sentiment, I mounted the watercolor cs to a piece of black cs.  I  mounted the lime green paper to a piece of white GK cs and added black cs to the watercolor panel and attached that to the card base.  I finished the card off with sequins. 

TH's watercolor cs
SU's Black cs
Gina K Luxury White cs
Doodlebug 6x6 paper from Spring Garden
PB's Bejeweled Stamp
PB's Heartfelt Stamp Set
Distress Markers in Twisted Citron, Broken China and Squeezed Lemonade
SSS Intense Black Ink
Yellow Sequins


Oh Yea!  I just noticed that Darnell is having NBUS Challenge #7.  Both of my cards qualify.  The PB stamp I've had for months and it hadn't seen any ink until this weekend.  The SU Flourish die cuts I just got last month and used it for the first time last weekend.   If you want to participate in Darnell's NBUS challenge #7, you can do so until September 5.  Have fun using your "Never Before Used Schtuff".  You can enter up to three cards!!   Thanks, Darnell, for helping me actually use my NBUS.  I have way too many. 

This card I made last weekend for my son, Nick and his wife, Danielle's first wedding anniversary.  It's hard to believe they have been married a year, already.


TH's watercolor cs
Peerless watercolor
Gina K cs
SU's Smoky Gray cs
PTI's Wet Paint stamp set
PTI's Wet Paint dies
SU's Flourish thinlits

Again, a pretty simple card.  I used the colors purple, gray and white, which were the colors they used on their wedding day, too.












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


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 perfect...lol!



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
Sequins

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
Rainstones

 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!!