Sunday, September 29, 2019

Color Throwdown Challenge #562

 Hello friends! I wanted to catch up with a few challenges this week and loved the colors with the Color Throwdown challenge:
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I used my Peerless Water Colors in Robin's Egg Blue and Cobalt Blue. If you haven't tried Peerless Water Colors, they are amazingly vibrant, portable and easy to use. Here is their own description on their website:
"Nicholson's Peerless Transparent Watercolors have been in creation since 1885.  
We continue to create each color by hand in the same manner they were produced 130+ years ago. All of our products are 100% non-toxic and suitable for all ages."  

I used Ranger Water Color Paper in the 8 1/2" X 11" size cut in half. Using the MISTI, I stamped the Impression Obsession Stamp - Alesa Baker Design #E8750 with Versamark on the smooth side of the paper (first treating with an Embossing Buddy). I sprinkled with Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder and heat set with my Wagner Heat Tool.
Once dried, I taped them to an acrylic board using Frog Tape for Delicate Surfaces.
I wet the surface with a wide brush and clean water. Next, I picked up a bit of color from the Peerless Water Colors (one at a time) and drop it into the wet areas using a Silver Black Velvet Brush #8.

I let dry several hours and then using a black Tombow marker I added black to an acrylic block. Next, I flicked the ink onto the card with a paint brush for a splattered look. I stamped the Impression Obsession Kaleni Allred Design #C14071 on each card using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and Versafine Black Ink.
I ended up making 2 cards each a little different. The colored card stock is all by My Favorite Things, Black Licorice and Blu Raspberry. The quality is outstanding.
To finish, I used Ranger Enamel Accent in Black and added a few drops on each card. I love the way they turned out! Color challenges really help you create combinations that may not have used before.
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Freshly Made Sketches #404 Challenge

Welcome back, friends! It's been a little while since I posted and you may notice a few changes on my blog. I am no longer with Stampin' Up! simply because I wanted to branch out and discover more products, mediums and stamp companies. Stampin' Up! is, and will continue to be, in my opinion, a wonderful, creative, supportive company.

I've reached out to a few companies and they graciously allow me to be an affliate. This means that I will receive a slight compensation if you click on any of the links below and purchase from the shop. Most of the shops are small businesses and this helps drive business to their shops. If you look at my tab at the top "Affliate Sponsers" I've listed the companies with which I am working.

But enough about that, let's look at the card for the challenge. Here is the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #404:
I had previously colored all the cut little images from the My Favorite Things, Snow Special stamp set. They are just darling! I used my Spectrum Noir alcohol Markers and a silver gel pen to add a few details to the images. They have a matching die set so that made the cutting easy.
Next I used this Stampendous Cling Winter Blizzard stamp in my MISTI. The is a 6 X 6 set which has a snowflake that pops out to give you flexibility in design. I used Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio to stamp the image a few times to get a nice clear image. I used Neenhah 100 lb. paper.
Next I ink-blended with both Distress Oxide and regular Distress Cracked Pistachio ink so that the image would stand out from the background. The background was die cut with Pretty Pink Posh's Scallop frame. I popped up the outside frame with 3M double sided foam tape and the center panel was adhered with Tombow Liquid adhesive.

Our little penquin was glued with Tombow Liquid Adhesive to an oval die cut out of Neenah Classic Crest 80lb card stock using the Fun Stamper Journey Ovals. These ovals have layers so that you can cut just an oval or an oval with a dotted edge. I did a little stamp surgery for the sentiment from Snow Special. Instead of "Let's Chill Out Together" I cut it to read "Let's Chill". Doesn't hurt the stamp and it's easy to put back together in case I want the whole sentiment at some time.
The inside sentiment is from Pink and Main's Hummingbird set. I thought it was just perfect for this card. A little girl penquin was adhered on the inside with Tombow. Cutie Patoodie!

The card base is My Favorite Things Black Licorice card stock. A beautiful quality and scores and folds beautifully.

I used a few clear bubbles from my stock to finish the card.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoyed this card and maybe got inspired to create your own card!

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Monday, September 16, 2019

CAS Watercolour Challenge Sept 2019 Reminder - Guest Designer

I've been invited by the Design Team at CAS Watercolour to be the Sept. 2019 Guest Designer. Yah! Fun!  The challenge runs every month - from the 2nd to the 24th with a reminder on the 16th. This is the reminder blog post and here is the challenge:
For my first card, I used Violet and Yellow as the complimentary colors. For this card, I am using Red & Green. Complimentary colors can make "mud" or a brown color. For my first card, I wanted mud, but in this card I do not. Here is the color wheel I created with Waffle Flower's stamp and die set called Color Wheel. I used Stampin' Up!'s Pigment Sprinkles to create this completed color wheel. A very good way to swatch your different types of coloring tools to see how they work together.
Here is the Color Wheel with the Challenge:
I created 2 cards for today's post, both with a watercolored background, using Stampin' Up! ink refills, Melon Mambo and Granny Apple Green. I taped a piece of Fluid 100 watercolor paper to a board and wet all of it with a large brush using clean water. I dropped in the 2 colors here and there with a round watercolor brush. Next I gave it a careful spritz with water using the Stampin' Spritzer. The colors moved, but did not blend together to make mud! Success!
Once dry, I ran a section, carefully chosen, through my Big Shot with a Rectangle Stitched Die. I then stamped on this piece using my Stamparatus, the simple, but classic, sentiment from Winter Woods stamp set. I wanted to be sure there were plenty of white areas left. The trees from Rooted in Nature stamp set were stamped in the corner using a mask between the front 2 trees (1 stamp) and the back tree. Memento Black Ink was used for all stamping.

Once all stamped and dry, I mounted the piece to fun foam (from Amazon) with Tombow Liquid Adhesive.  The scroll background is a 4" X 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock created with the new Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder (from the new Holiday catalog). The card base is an A2 size with Granny Apple Green card stock.
I did create two cards, the background was created the same way for both and I used the same stamp sets, but different images. The large tree has a sentiment from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set across it. The sentiment was cut with a Rectangle Stitched Die. A gold star finished the top keeping the card clean and simple. 
A big thanks to Loll Thompson and the Design Team from CAS Watercolour Challenges for choosing my card as the winner in July and giving me the opportunity to be a Guest Designer! How cool is that?
I hope you play along this never know where it will lead you!!!

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Birds of a Feather with #GDP206

 Hi friends! I am pleased to be joining the Global Project Design Challenge for my first time. I saw this sketch challenge and thought is was perfect for my continuing love of the Birds of a Feather stamp set. Let's make a fun Thanksgiving card!
To create the horizontal stripe, I used the Polka Dot stencil now available in the Holiday Catalog...set of 4 different stencils for $6.00:

I used a Stampin' Sponge section to ink blend the color onto Whisper White card stock:
Once I removed the stencil, I stamped the dotted row from the Swirly Frames set in Blackberry Bliss.
The background circle was cut from Blackberry Bliss using the Stitched Shapes Dies. I next stamped the sentiment from the set "give THANKS" with Crushed Curry, multiple times, on Whisper White card stock and then die cut it out with a smaller Stitched Shapes Die. These dies leave a beautiful stitched line around the edge.
I stamped the fun turkey image with Memento Black ink and colored in with Stampin' Blends of various colors (shown below). I fussy cut it out with our Paper Snips. Everything was adhered together with Tombow Liquid Adhesive, except for our turkey, which was popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals. The final touch was a few curry colored Holiday Rhinestones here and there.
The inside was just a simple sentiment from the same Birds of a Feather stamp set. 
I hope you enjoyed this card with our Holiday Baking Turkey! Thanks for sticking to the end and if you would like to purchase any items shown and make your own fun holiday characters...think place cards, gift tags, labels on the back of envelopes, etc. just click on the links below!
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