Wednesday, January 31, 2018

SAB 2018 #2

 This card was CASE'd from Pinterest - If you don't know what CASE'd means it is Copy and Share Everything. (So now you know that I do love to stamp even if it isn't an original design of mine.) It is another card that I made using a new sale-a-bration (SAB) stamp set,   Have you gotten any yet?  How do I get one you may ask, well I'm glad you did :0)   They are free from Stampin' Up with the purchase of  $50.00 from any of the current stampin up products. That's not so hard to do when you know there are many stamp sets to love and ALL the supplies to make a card start to finish right at your fingertips in the yearly and occasions catalogs like a one-stop-shop.  IF you don't have a demonstrator I'd love to help you.  I can send  you catalogs so you can browse at your leisure or you can check out the online catalogs here.  IF you would decide to order on-line and IF you don't have a demonstrator would you be so kind as to put my name in for the demonstrator.  Let me know if you do and I'll send you a free gift. free free, what can be better???    Free SAB item, freebie from me, and then all the many inspirations found in the catalogs.  Let's get to stamping and enjoying sending cards again!!  In this day and age that is almost a lost art BUT we can bring it back, when I receive a hand made card it just makes my heart smile.  I always feel so special because I know someone took the time to make it for me, even if it was CASE'd!!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Try Stamping on Tuesday #355

Here is the next two weeks challenge - do you know that in two weeks it will be Feb. 13th that's just one day before Valentines - possibly why the sketch has a suggested hearts and the suggested theme of Love.  I did try to follow this one to the "T"  how do you think I did?
Why don't you give it a try, remember that everything is just optional and our goal is to get you stamping so even if you decide not to use them that's okay. Stamp something for your sweety or for someone you care about if you don't have a sweety, or someone who your not so happy with and then maybe you will change and forgive them for upsetting you.  Remember it is always better to give to others and love.
Don't forget to check out the other designers you can find all the samples here. They always have such great cards and they are all so different to give you plenty of inspiration,  Thanks for stopping by and I do hope you'll come back.

 Optional Theme: Love 

Monday, January 29, 2018

SAB 2018 #1

Fun card to make with a sale-a-bration stamp set called Heartfelt Blooms it is just a lovely stamp!!  It is a new Distinctive stamp by Stampin' Up sort of looks like a photographic finish (this is a patent pending stamp by them) It comes with this beg stamp of flowers and three sentiments. I saw a card on pinterest very similar to this and I just made it "My Way".

Saturday, January 27, 2018

opps forgot!!

Hello to anyone out there reading/ checking out this blogspot. Is anyone out there?  sometimes on the other side one begins to wonder.  I forgot to post the other watercolor card I did so thought I'd do that real quick while I was on my laptop.  I do hope you're having a wonderful Sat.  My sister and husband stopped in to stay at my  "bed and breakfast" last evening -   I also serve suppers when requested to special customers only :0)

Here is the card would love to hear what you think, I know I need to practice more and more to get this down pat. Have a wonderful day.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Pheasant Hill stamping in January

I have a class at a 50's and over apartment complex, been going for a few years now.  I always keep the cards fairly easy as some of them that come have problems with their eyes or shakiness do to illness.  Our first class was Tuesday the 9th.  Here are the cards- I used new product from the  2018 Stampin' Up Occasions catalog.  This first card was made with Picture Perfect Birthday.  We stamped the flames first then added the base of the candle adding either dots are stripes to add depth to the candle.  Stamped the sentiment over the lightest middle candle.  I also showed them the stamp-off technique so the outside two candles weren't as dark as the dots.  (If you don't know how to do that it is quit simple just ink up your stamp and then stamp the candle base on scrap paper before stamping on oval/ Next ink up the top layer with the same stamp pad and stamp directly on the first stamped image).  The embossed background is lemon lime twist card stock.  The candles are lemon lime,  bermuda bay, fresh fig the candle flame was daffodil delight.

 This card is made with the Perennial Birthday set in the same catalog.  This set also has a Project Kit to match and I really thought it would be a great set for birthdays and other types of  events if you changed up the words.
I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest to use the "little" stamps in a set so we made this stamped background on a quarter sheet of card stock then cut an inch off the bottom to use on the inside of the card. We cut another three quarters inch off and put it at the base of the card and what was left at the top.  Heat embossed the sentiment, some used the happy birthday and some used other sayings from the variety of sets that I usually take so they do have a choice.  Inks used - flirty flamingo, dapper denim, old olive, wisteria wonder and a gold pad for the dots.  Dapper denim card base pearls were added I colored some with a copic marker to match the blue and then left plain for beside the sentiment.  Ribbon from JoAnns.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Water Color practice #2

Hello, and thanks for stopping by,  this is the second card that I water colored. I made this one one evening when I was talking to my sister in Florida. This first one was up yesterday for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday site I'm a designer for.  If you need some inspiration, card layouts or techniques in your card making just hop over and check out all the posts. The designers add their creations and we even have a top three cards badge you can get for your blog spot when you add your card and are chosen. 

I tried a no line watercolor technique here, I used my distress colors to stamp then took a brush and pulled the color out of the outline being careful to not do two petals side by side.  I've been watching youtube videos and that is what they say will help keep the lines in your flowers. When I needed more color I added it to an acrylic block and picked up the color with my brush, adding water if it was to dark. Whatcha think?  :0)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tic - Tac - Tuesday #1

Here we are at Try Stampin' with another new post and another new card challenge to try!!  :0)

This was fun to try to decide which way my card was going to follow, I'm thinking you'll be able to tell, if you think you know leave me a comment.  I love to hear what others think of my visions, as long as it is kind I'll even take your thoughts on how it could be improved.
I've been wanting to work with my Kuretake Watercolors and finally found some time to do a couple cards. Since this Tic - Tac lends itself to a Valentines Day theme I decided to do a couple birthday cards for sisters in law that have birthdays on the 13th and 14th of Feb.  They both really love flowers and that was great to try my water colors.

You can see if you look real careful that I have a stitched edge to the water colored panel.  The Happy birthday is die cut twice and layered. The rose and leaves were water colored as I said above with my Kuretake Water Colors. I added some wink of stella shine to the tips of all the petals but it doesn't show up on the picture.  I found my inspiration from a YouTube video that I watched - a new to me water color technique. What do you think???
Come back tomorrow and I'll have the second one up and you can see and let me know what you think. Have a blessed day and I'll be hoping and checking to see if you've joined us. 
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Try Stampin on Tuesday # 352

Hey there, it's time for another challenge!!  This one is a fun one and so very versatile, so many ways to use this Theme - Burst of color.  I decided to do a back ground with water color paper and color burst crystals (Stampin Up sells a set of 5 now in the new 2018 occasions catalog) The exciting thing about them is that no two will ever look alike .  Just wet the paper and sprinkle on the color it will actually BURST before your eyes when it hits the water OR you can sprinkle the color on and then spritz the paper and watch it BURST :0)   If you want lighter color you can add more water or dab some of the colored water off.  This piece can be stamped onto but be sure to either let it sit to dry or if your impatient like me use the heat gun and dry it.  If you decided you want more color just add it and water!  Note it is better to use a watercolor paper or Stampin' Up has a shimmer paper that holds up to the water. I haven't tried the glossy card stock if you have let me know how it turned out, please.

For this card as I said I used water color paper, sprinkled on blue, yellow a just a bit of red then I sprayed with water and watched it BURST- oh smiling face- I love how each color has many different shades to give a varied look and that I did end up with some green since blue and yellow mixed does create green - Duh you knew that!!!  :0) 
The strip down the center was hand made with some of the confetti stamps in the set I used - What is it you ask!!! well I'll tell you it is a new set in the Occasions Catalog and I needed to get something that WASN'T flowers to use! since I send a lot of birthday cards and to the many "males" in this family thought this set would work wonderfully!!! (Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight and just a touch of Real Red) It is called Picture Perfect Birthday and there are 18 different stamps to use (6 of them are words!!!YEA!!!)  The "blower" that I used is actually three pieces so it can be made to any colors you choose.  I stamped them with Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, and the in color - Lemon Lime Twist  Cut them out and then popped them with dimensionals onto the card .  Stamped the Happy Birthday form the set in the corner.  When I was writing up this blog I realized I hadn't added the top right corner decoration, thought about adding a few rhinestones...hmmm should I or shouldn't I??? that's one of the things I do like about out site, you can follow the sketch to the "T" or just do your own thing and not follow it at all.  So with that said what are you waiting for?  come join us with your card creation, we'd love to have so many cards added that it would be really hard to pick the top ones!!!!!   
I better get off here and go make sure my house is grandchild proofed :0)  their mother has been under the weather for a while and I'm going to watch them today!!!  I probably won't get any stamping done with them here but what about you?!  You know what they say - Just Do It, Do It, Do It!!!!!  :0)    Well whether you "Do It" or not thank you for stopping by and I do hope you'll check out the other designers cards just click here.

Optional Theme: Burst of Color 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Try Stampin on Tuesday technique challenge #1

Hello all, not sure this will get on the main page. I completely missed this on our demonstrator page and was to have it on the demo. page by  Sat. the 30th. (for Jan 2018) I had so much fun I made 2 cards! on the 31st. ending the year stamping!!!!    :0)

This year has been such a challenge for my family and I decided to make a card for my brother in law. My sister who we lost to leukemia in October loved cats and her husband is a vet and they enjoyed riding the motorcycle with the legion riders.  This card honors both of those loves. To make this card I sponged the sky and stamped the motorcycle on the back  panel then cut the cat shape and placed it over in my desired position.  Oh yes I ran the top through the bigshot to give it a bit of texture and then added the sentiment and the dots. (Pretty easy to figure that one out)

This next card was inspired by a card that I saw on Pinterest, don't you just love that site?  All the ideas and inspiration there are so helpful and I really love going and seeing what others have been making, Card ideas, techniques, and helpful tips!!!

This card came together very easily,  I did make a homemade mask though that would hold up to sponging.  I didn't want it thick so I  used a piece of copy paper, I put packing tape on it thinking it might hold up to more than one use. (I only did one side if I do this again, and I will,  I'm going to try putting the packing tape on both sides as a small area between two petals did rip). This tape covered  a big enough area that I could die cut the shape and be able to sponge my color onto the whisper white card stock.  (that is what I'd call the negative)  I had a second die cut that only cut the outside of this flower and that is what I used to cut the top piece of whisper white at the edge for the  flower and the hello word.  I used Calypso Coral and sponged, the whisper white layers were adhered to a calypso coral card base. When finished I added a little bling with the clear rhinestones.

If you would like to see the other cards from the demonstrators just click here!

TSOT 591. Fun panel card

 Our technique this time is layering. I decided to not follow the sketch and just do some layering. I’m not sure this is what they really me...