Monday, September 19, 2016

Birthday Balloons

This month at Altenew, May Park has provided us with a 'Craft Room' inspiration photo. You can check out the challenge here.

I was inspired by the colours, the circular shape of the washi rolls and the stripes. 

I stamped the balloon image from 'Birthday Wishes', inking with the lighter shade first, rock and rolling one side in a darker ink, then spritzing with water before stamping, which gave each balloon a cool marble look and made them all slightly different. After die cutting my card front, I lightly sprayed with home made shimmer mist. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, the word Happy coloured in with a copic marker and Wink of Stella. I popped the sentiment up on foam and adhered over a die cut piece of vellum. You can see the shimmer in the picture below.

Here is the inspiration photo:
Stamps - Birthday Wishes (Altenew)
Dies - Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers), A2 Matting Basics (Spellbinders)
Paper - Stampers Select White (PTI), vellum
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Cotton Candy, Tulip, Crystal Blue, Lagoon, Sunkiss Yellow, Sunflower (CTMH), Perfect Pearls, Wink of Stella, Copic BG01

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Papetrey Ink August Blog Hop - Bold Bloom

Hello all, today is the day of Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop. Nichole gave us an inspiration photo with some beautiful colours and texture.

Here is my card:

and here is the inspiration photo:
I created a few watercolour panels the other night with the intent of using one of them as a background for a card. When this particular panel dried, it looked so much like a flower that I decided to make it the focal point. I drew in some lines for petals and stamens (I feel that I should do more but am afraid of ruining it) and stamped the sentiment in Navy ink (I really do need to get myself a Misti - crooked again).

Stamps - Hands of Time (PTI)
Paper - Watercolour Paper (Strathmore), Stampers Select White CS for base (PTI)
Ink - Peerless Watercolours, Outdoor Denim (CTMH)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Peony Birthday Wishes

Hope you are enjoying the last days of summer. Haven't posted in a while. Today I have a card for Altenew's August inspiration challenge - you can find details here. I love the look of greys and pinks so when I saw the inspiration photo I knew I had to play along.

I stamped the beautiful floral image from Peony Bouquet in pinks and heat embossed the outline after the ink was dry with Silver EP. I die cut a card stock frame and heat embossed it with silver to match. Stamped my sentiment on vellum with StazOn ink, glued it between two frame die cuts then popped the frame up with 3D foam. I didn't have any black enamel dots so I heat embossed some green ones I had with black EP.

Stamps - Peony Bouquet, Birthday Greetings (Altenew)
Dies - Keep It Simple Frames (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS (PTI), Vellum
Ink - Morning Mist, Evening Gray, Lava Rock (Altenew), Baby Pink, Blush, Hollyhock (CTMH), Versamark, Silver EP, Black EP
Other - Enamel Dots

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Making Changes

Edited Sunday August 31 - So I have changed my header once again, actually to something a little simpler and what I was initially looking for. When I have more time I will figure out how to change the colours for my titles etc. to match my header. Hope you are having a good day.

Change is good right? So, I got it into my head yesterday that I wanted to update my blog header. Using Photoshop Elements and an image of a more recent card, I created a new header that I was fairly happy with. I wanted to see how it looked on my blog, so I removed my old header, added the new and wasn't 100% happy with it. When I tried to put my old header back into place it didn't fit properly and for the life of me I could not remember how I had resized it so many years ago. I have just enough computer knowledge to get done what I have to and just enough to also get me into trouble. So the new header it is. I wanted to change the colours for the rest of my blog, but again could not remember how I had done this in the past and did not want to find myself in the position of totally messing up my blog. Oh well, hopefully I can tweek it here and there in the next while.

Hope everyone is having fabulous long weekend!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop - Watercolour Wishes

I didn't think I was going to be able to get a card in for this month's hop at Papertrey Ink, but managed to make a quick watercolour card using Kay Miller's method from this past weekend's Stamp-a-Faire event. I was inspired by the colours and the florals in the pillow.

For the first card I created using this technique I used Distress Inks and for this one I used regular dye inks. I prefer the results with Distress Inks, need to get more colours.

Thanks for visiting!

Stamps - The Sweet Life, Hooray (PTI)
Dies - Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers)
Ink - Lagoon, Tulip, Sunset, Baby Pink (CTMH), Versafine - Onyx Black
Paper - 140 lb. Watercolour Paper (Strathmore), Stampers Select CS (PTI)
Other - raindrops (PTI)

SAF 2016 - Farewell

This year's Stamp-a-Faire event at Papertrey Ink is coming to a close tomorrow morning. I didn't complete as many of the challenges that I had hoped to, but did enjoy all of the inspiration and videos from the design team - I think this was my favourite year yet. Fabulous job girls! Here is a picture of what I did get done. I started a card for Lexi's Color Blocking, but just as I was finishing it up I messed up on my inking and didn't have the opportunity to start over. Great techniques and ideas to try in the future.

Thanks for visiting.

SAF 2016 - Watercolour Like A Master

Well, it is Monday afternoon and I only managed to complete one more challenge from this weekend's Stamp-a-Faire at Papertrey Ink. Kay Miller has a fabulous video on creating a watercolour masterpiece. This was so fun and I love how easy it was to create a pretty card.

I used 'The Sweet Life' stamp set for my florals and Ranger Distress inks. The sentiment is from 'Hooray'.

Supplies - The Sweet Life, Hooray (PTI), Watercolour paper (Strathmore), Versafine Onyx black, Copic black, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Antique Linen, Picked Raspberry Distress inks (Ranger)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

SAF 2016 - Masterpiece Inspiration

The 2:00 p.m. challenge is to be inspired by one of the Masters. I chose the beautiful floral piece by Georgia O'Keefe. I love large floral paintings and her poppy is gorgeous. The largest PTI floral image stamp that I have is Peonies on Parade, so I stamped it onto watercolour paper with versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I then watercoloured with my Peerless watercolour paints. I love the vibrant colour you can get with these paints.

 Supplies: Peonies on Parade, Hooray, Royal Velvet CS (PTI), watercolour paper (Strathmore), Versa Mark, White EP, Peerless Watercolours, Versafine Onyx Black, Black shimmer tape

SAF 2016 - Gilded in Gold

The 10:00 a.m. tutorial and challenge is all about gilding in gold. You can see Danielle's tutorial here. I created a birthday tag. I have a Krylon gold leaf pen that I haven't used for a while and first tried to use that, however the tip had dried out and I couldn't get good results. I then use some Testor's gold hobby paint that I have had forever and it worked beautifully.

I cut my tag from a coaster and my Branching Out die cut from heavy watercolour paper. Using post-its I gilded the bottom of the tag with gold and also painted the leaf die cut.

Supplies - Tulip Time stamp, Branching Out Die, Tag Sale Die (PTI), Versafine Ink, embroidery floss.

SAF 2016 - Starry Night

The 8:00 a.m. challenge at Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire features a video by Amy Sheffer on how to create a night sky. My first attempt ended up in the trash bin. When I added the water I didn't like how it affected my ink blending and my painted trees at the bottom didn't look much like trees by the time I was done. So I started over blending inks until I was happy, stamping images from Meadow Greens for my trees and spattering with white and metallic silver acrylic paint.

It doesn't show up well in the photo, but the upper right corner of my night sky shows pretty shades of pink, purple and green in real life.

Supplies - Meadow Greens stamp, Birthday Cheer Die, Soft Stone CS (PTI), various inks, silver foil CS, sequins, rhinestones, silver thread