Friday, July 31, 2015

MIM's #219 - Kissing Technique

Hi again,
Wow, I had time for two posts this week.  I had one more birthday card to make.  This card is for my future daughter-in-law's mother.  Sharon is such a sweet lady and it's been fun getting to know her over the past year, as we help Nick and Danielle prepare for their wedding (only 16 more days!).

I haven't had a chance to participate in a MIM challenge for awhile and Lizzie Jones showed us the "Kissing Technique" this week.  I haven't done this technique in a long time, so I thought I would on Sharon's card.  I really love how this card turned out.  It wasn't how I envisioned it in my head, though.  Lizzie suggested using a large solid images, and the PTI's Beautiful Butterflies set popped right into my head.  I also used the Ombre Builders set, too.  I loved Lizzie's card, so I CASED her card with a few minor changes.

I don't have a lot of PTI's ink colors.  I tried to use the ones I do have, but they were too juicy and didn't work well.  I ended up using SU's Certain Celery and Lavender Lace inks.  I loved how the circles came out on the Lavender Lace butterflies, but you can't see the triangles very well on the Certain Celery butterflies.

I finished off my card by die cutting Birthday from PTI's Swoosh die cutting set, and stamping birthday, from PTI's Swoosh stamp set, in white and heat embossing it in white, too, on an angle and placing the card back together again on a piece of Certain Celery card stock.  I added a few purple flower sequins from Simon Says Stamps to finish off the card. I am also entering this card into the Simon Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes, too.

Happy Birthday, Sharon.  I'm looking forward to giving you your birthday hug in a few weeks and sharing a few happy tears as we watch our children start a new chapter of their lives together!

I'm getting so excited for August 15!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Just a few birthdays...

Hi everyone,
I have a few cards I've made over the last week to share.  We celebrated my mom's 77th birthday and my brother-in-law's birthday this past Sunday at my sister, Kathy's new home, just off the river.  We had a great, hot day to celebrate on the water.  It was beautiful way to spend the day!

I recently watched a video, on Paper Smooches Educational Blog and Kalyn showed us how to watercolor and die cut from that water colored background.  It was an aha moment for me!  The way she demonstrated it was so easy and for the first time ever, I love how my water colored paper turned out.

I used Simon Says Butterfly Drift Craft Die for the first time (NBUS) and cut out the butterflies from my very pretty water colored background paper.  I then cut out the same butterflies in black and popped the water colored butterflies into the black outline to make them pop and added a pearl to each one for a bit of dimension.  I splattered yellow and orange water color on the Gina K Pure Luxury White card stock and stamped Happy from PTI's Wet Paint in SU's Tangerine Tango ink and Birthday, also from PTI's Wet Paint set in Tuxedo Black ink and mounted the card on a piece of SU's Tangerine Tango card stock.  My mom thought this card was awesome!

The second card is obviously a guy card for my brother-in-law.  Unfortunately he couldn't celebrate with us on Sunday, but my sister, Carla, delivered the card to him.

Almost everything on this card is from Stampin' Up.  The stamp sets are Moon Lake and Itty Bitty Banners.  The die cuts are Bitty Banners from SU and Simon Says' Shapes with stitches.

I inked up the image on a piece of watercolor paper with Tuxedo Black ink.  I used watercolor pencils to color the image.  I used SU's Mossy Meadow Card stock and ink for the happy birthday sentiment and also Gina K's Pure Luxury Ivory card stock.  I popped up the sentiment and put twine behind it, to finish off the card.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I love it when you do. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

You are beautiful

RI just thought I would post a quick birthday card for a friend of mine.  Her birthday is today, but we had fun celebrating last night. This card is a CASE card from Maile Belles. I love the cut out panels she does. Here's a link to her card.   I basically used the same colors she did.  Only I made yellow my primary color and I decided not to pop it up either and added speckles in yellow, orange and black.   I also embossed over the butterfly with some sparkly embossing powder.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have an awesome week. Only 27 days until the wedding!!!