Thursday, August 28, 2014

Crafty Friends Card

This past spring I had the privilege of attending a craft retreat in Cincinnati. Each of us were given a stamp crafted just for the retreat by Heather Ruwe and Hero Arts. So I finally figured out how to use this beautiful stamp after watching Nichol Magouirk's You Tube channel! The bunnies are from the Mama Elephant Honey Bunny set! Isn't this sentiment the best! I love Heather's hand writing!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

More Homework for Stretch Your Stamps 2 Day 10 Floral Builder Stamps

This was such a fun class! This card was inspired by Dawn Woleslagle! She used W Plus 9 Spring Blooms and Specialty Stamping paper to make a stunning card. Well I did not have any Specialty Stamping paper and needed to smoosh some ink to make this work so I used pigment inks and Neenah Solar White. I did have to stamp and smoosh the image repeatedly to get the right look but I love it! Then after shading in the background with Hero Arts Soft Pool put on craft sheet and adding alcohol ink, I used a black fine line pen to draw in the outlines! I got the splatters wrong but I never thought this would work but it did! I need more practice to get it to look better but I will be using this technique again!

Thanks for looking and God bless;

Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome Baby Cards

One of my dearest friends has become a grandmother for the first time and she is a fellow card maker! So I had to make her and the new parents each a card. I used stamps from Mama Elephant Hunny Bunny, Welcome Little One and Up and Away (balloons) and Penny Black Mother Goose for the little hat and booties. Got too much mist on the card base - I just cannot seem to get that quite right but practice makes perfect! The shelf die is actually the Grand Madison Window Box - I just love that die for stacking things on. One day I will use it for a real window box!

 This second one started as an experiment and ended up as a Glossy Accents accident! But I will send it anyway. I used one of the clay pots from W Plus9 Fresh Cut Container run through a basket weave embossing folder for the balloon basket...looked good until the explosion-:)

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

More Stretch Your Stamps 2 Homework Day 6

I really struggled to keep up with this wonderful class as there were soooooo many wonderful tutorials! I based this card off of a design by Debby Hughes using Clearly Besotted Fresh Flowers. She suggested stamping on something other than paper so I chose unbleached muslin. I stamped with a light brown Staz-On and colored in with Golden Liquid Acrylics. It did not come out as vibrant as I had hoped - I think I over-mixed the flower colors.  Nonetheless, it was a great learning experience. I used a Simon Says Stamp die for the sentiment - love Kristina Werner's handwriting!

Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SYS 2 Day 7 Graphic Stamps

Happy Tuesday!
Today's card is from Stretch Your Stamps 2 Day 7 Using Graphic Stamps with Online Card Classes. I used Debby Hughes's card from Day 6 for the layout as I thought that card was stunning. I just love how Debby's cards are so elegant. I used the Avery Elle Rounded Triangles set with another stamp set from SSS for the flowers. I really thought this stamp looked like a modern vase. The papers are from Studio Calico and the tag die is from Paper Smooches. I struggle with tags and this was no exception. The twine is still not quite right but Debby's video made making this card quite a bit easier. Please excuse the photo. It is a very dreary day!!

Thank you for looking and God bless!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Stretch Your Stamps 2 Day 3 Use Alphabet Stamps

I am back with my second card of the day inspired by Stretch Your Stamps 2 from Online Card Classes!!! I never make 2 cards in one day! I used an old stamp of the clay pot and used Copic Markers to color it. I also used Memory Box small rolled rose die to make the flower heads, Lawn Fawn Sally alphabet for the stems, an odd leaf and Memory Box Grand Madison Window Box die. To add "interest to the background" as Debby Hughes said I used embossing paste with a Dyan Reavely stencil. I was hesitant to do this but it did make a huge difference in how the card turned out!! Also I am sure I got this idea from somewhere but not sure who to credit!

Thanks for looking!

Stretch Your Stamps 2 Day 1 Using Background Stamps

Hi, I am taking Stretch Your Stamps 2 with the fabulous Online Card Classes. I love their classes and have learned so much and this class has been no exception! I just need to take my work up at least 10 notches! I made this card 3 times because I forgot to that the Hero Arts Silver Shadow Ink takes forever to dry even when heat set!!  Excuse the photo - our "real" cameras (note the plural) were either not charged or in use by my husband. Had to use my phone camera before the light faded!

I chose to not use the rainbow watercolor background that Kristina Werner demonstrated because she mentioned following the rainbow prevented color mixing to make greys! Well I LOVE to make greys and neutrals with my watercolors. So I mixed Winsor and Newton Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna to make the shades of grey and greyish blue on the strips of the background! Since this was so frosty looking I went with a winter scene which is unusual considering I really don't like winter-:)

Supplies: Hero Arts/Studio Calico Lattice Background with Zing White Embossing Powder and Winsor and Newton tube watercolors, Hero Arts Designer Snowflakes stamps,
Sentiment: Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland,  Palette Hybrid Ink in Prussian Blue, Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh, Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

God bless! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

So this is my first post on my first blog!!!! I want to thank my fabulous daughter Emily for naming the URL for me! She is incredibly talented. So blessed to have her in my life. I hope to add more cards in the future but here is one I made for my niece and nephew using Lawn Fawn's Life is Good set and coordinating die set. We were going to be at the beach and I wanted to invite them to visit our apartment that is in the same building. I colored the images with Copic markers. The sand was colored with Copics E31 and E33 and covered with Frayed Burlap Distress Stickles!!! Thanks for looking!