Sunday, March 1, 2015

Watercolor Bokeh Technique

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

So I gave it a try and I like it! This technique is not very hard to do and the results are very striking. Split Coast Stampers has a video on how create this  technique called Bokeh. I am sure you can find many others who have done great videos as well.

Today I am going to show you the results of my experiments and the cards I created from them.

This example I used Old Olive, Marina Mist and Wisteria Wonder re-inkers.

This is the card I created from this sample, showcasing elegant Pearls
here is a look at the inside.

On this sample  I used Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz and Rose Red re-inkers.

This is the card I created from it using lots of Shimmery Stars, Sequins and Rhinestones

and a look at the inside.

For the final card I used Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and touch of Tangerine Tango re-inkers. Actually, this was my first attempt and didn't get the watercolor paper wet enough to have the re-inkers run together like they are supposed to do.

Here is the final card from this group using Buttons and Bakers Twine

and a look at the inside.

Wow is right! I had fun experimenting with different color combinations and learning how to do this technique. You should give it a try too! It really does provide beautiful backgrounds and interesting looks using various ink combinations.

Stay tuned I have another technique I am going to try using DSP and a White Craft Pad???

Chat soon,

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #133

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I had some time today to play along with the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch- PCCCS #133.
This was a very fun and playful sketch! So many elements and challenges to it.

This is the card I came up with.

I love the jazzie background paper. It actually came from one of the Christmas Kits.It is one of the card bases that I did not use.  The focal image sentiment is from the Bravo stamp set and I embossed it in Cherry Cobbler this gave the sentiment  more texture and shine. Looks like I followed the sketch almost to a tee but there are still a few little changes. Why mess with perfection I say on this one!

The main card stock colors are Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black and Whisper White. Rhinestones were added to the punched Bitty stars for sparkle and bling. I used the two smallest Star Thinlets to make the larger Bermuda Bay star.

Here is a look at the inside.
I wanted to show you the whole inside because I made a mistake and stamped my hand made stamp on the inside of the left side of the card. It should have been on the back of the card oops! So, I cut another Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black strip to cover it up. Only you and I will know I made an oopsi daisy there RIGHT!lol.

Have a great weekend my friends. I hope you find some time to create something fun. Try this sketch out, it makes a very fun card!

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Oh and here is a sneak peek of one of the new techniques that has been going around the Internet that I just had to give a try. I received an e-mail from Split Coast Stampers SCS Weekly Inkling #454 Watercolor Bokeh that had the tutorial. I made three different color patterns and three cards. I'll try to show them to you tomorrow.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday 2/27/15

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

It's another SFF Sketch Challenge day. Yah! I am always so amazed when a week flies by and here it is again Friday. Wow, how did that happen? Time flies when you are having fun I guess!

As of late my personal life has gotten so busy! It is a good thing because I am not just sitting at home idle any more! I have been out more this winter than the last two winters put together. I guess I'm acclimating to the weather conditions here? I get stir crazy sitting in the house all the time I need to get out even if it is cold.
 However, I'm going to have to start writing things down in a calender just to keep up with everything that is going on! I guess that is a good thing right!

Kim Innis created this weeks sketch and I loved working with it! Thanks Kim for the inspiration! Here is her sketch;

this is what I came up with.

I don't know why but, when I saw the circle part of the sketch, I thought the Woodsman from the Wood You Be Mine stamp set would look fun hanging out of his log cabin window wishing the receiver of this cards a Happy Hello! I just love this little guy don't you? I fussy cut him out and popped him up on dimensionals. I used Marina Mist for his shirt and various SU Markers for the rest of him. Happy Hello is from the Crazy about you Stamp Set. There are lots of fun word combinations you can make up using the single words found in this set. The sentiment is stamped on one of the Essentials Wooden Elements pieces in Mossy Meadow. All these elements coordinate so nicely with all the other woodland elements on this card. 

The Washi Tape was fun to use here too. Because the tape is almost transparent, I often adhere it to a scrap of white card stock first depending on the look I am trying to achieve. This is one of those cases where I wanted the tape to stand out so I used my white card stock trick to do so.

I punched the leaves in Wild Wasabi using the Bird Builder Punch and the Bitty Butterfly was punched out using Tangelo Twist card stock. It is such a great orange color!

Here is a look at the inside;

The inside sentiment is from the Hello Life stamp set! It was stamped in Mossy Meadow. I think it is such a great shade of green it has a very soft look to it!

Thats all there is for me today. I hope you give this weeks sketch a try we would love to see what you create from using it. Here is a link to our blog.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you too find some time to create something fun.

Chat soon,

Monday, February 23, 2015

Couple more cards for ya.

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

As promised, here are a few more of the cards I created last week for my friend.

I just love how this card turned out. Pink, Black and White are one of my favorite color combinations. The colors combined with the floral image from the stamp set Butterfly Basics really make this card pop!

and here's  a look at the inside.

I used some new, retired and non SU stamp sets on these projects.

I love the little foot steps on the bottom of this card. A friend game me the two stamp sets used on this card for Christmas. The sentiment reminds me of the poem " Footprints".

I had fun making these cards using old sets and "Contraband" sets are fun from time to time.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you too find some time to create something fun for yourself.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Paper Creaft Crew Card Challenge #132

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

It finally stopped snowing thank goodness. At least we are not snowed in like some people are. I could not imagine! Stay warm and safe everyone!

I found a really fun card challenge over at the Paper Craft Crew Blog today and thought I would give it a try.   
I just loved working with this sketch. There were so many details on it that made it so fun.
Here is the sketch;

I needed a birthday card for a friend so I thought this sketch would be perfect for a fun birthday card. This is what I came up with,

I really liked the way this card turned out. This card is fun bright and very festive. I know she will like it.

I left the inside blank so far because I'm not sure if I am going to have a bunch of friends sign it yet? It just depends if I can get everyone together in time or not!

Here is a look at the inside.

I used the Birthday Bash DSP and the Balloon Bash stamp set to create this card. I think the most difficult item to make was the focal image piece. I had to stamp the HB stamp three different times. The large HB once in Bermuda Bay. The Crushed Curry and Mossy Meadow floral side pieces once and the Happy Birthday sentiment in Calypso Coral once. Cut each part out and and reassemble it all back together again. The floral side part of the stamp was stamped directly on to a Whisper White scrap using markers and then I ran it through the Big Shot using the Framelits Labels Die. Then, I was able to cut out the HB Banner and the Happy Birthday sentiment separately and place them on top of the labels Die piece. I used the Boho Blossom Punch to make the flower images. I had a strip of a white Doily left over from another project that worked perfectly tucked in the space required. I had a strip of Lost Lagoon Ribbon that I used as well as adding a strip of Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine to make the bow.

That's all there was to this card I sure hope you give this weeks Paper Craft Crew's  Card Sketch a try. I thought it made for such a beautiful looking card.

Chat soon,

Snow Day

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Wow, the weatherman was right we did get a bunch of snow at least five to six inches so far! That's a good bit of snow for us anyhow lol. It's supposed to start back up again this evening with rain and ice YUCK! I'm done with Winter I mean it is pretty and all... but, I'm not liking the cold! Do you feel the same way?

I made a bunch of cards for a friend this week and thought I would show you  a couple  more of them today. I think I'll show you the flower ones, as it hopefully will get us all in the mood for Spring.

Believe it or not my inspiration for this card came from the Paper Craft Crew blog header! My interpretation of it anyhow. The dress form is from a retired Framlet called Dressed Up. I just loved that set! The large Thinlits Butterfly and coordinating Butterfly Basic stamp set can be found in the Occasions Catalog.

Here is a look at the inside.

I'm not used to such a thin card it doesn't have any full paper layers in it, just the dress form and the butterflies are the only layers. I like it despite the weight and feel of the card and it will mail very easily.

Here is another card I created. There was not any real inspiration just longing! Hurry up Spring!
I drew the three little birds in the background for interest and depth. I cut the stem and leaves for the flower freehand. The flower and sentiment came from the "Crazy about you" stamp set. The more I look at this card the DSP in the background looks more like heat waves (wishful thinking) ha, ha!

Now a look at a very clean and simple inside.

That's all there is for today, if the weather persists I'll be back tomorrow with a few more to show you.

It's 6:00pm and I have a house full of hungry men to feed (Husband and three animals) lol.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday 2/20/15

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Wow!  I fell asleep at 8:30 pm last night! I totally forgot to put my post up???
I even woke up a few times but must have been totally out of it I guess? So sorry my friends here our sketch.

This sketch is even mine (silly smile) How could I forget to post that?

This is what I cane up with.
I like that it feels so much like Spring! It is so cheery and fun.
Each butterfly has a different body and matching antlers. I cut a Calypso Coral Pom Pom in half on the first butterfly and then lined up four Bermuda Bay Sequins on the second. The last butterfly had to have a row of elegant pearls on her. Pink and pearls are a go to match up don't you think that it adds a little touch of elegance?
I chose a couple strips of DSP instead of ribbon that element of the sketch. The DSP strips are from the Painted Blooms paper pack that is found in the Occasions Mini. There is also a small flower in the lower right of the card in Blackberry Bliss that I punched from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack it has a cute little round clear Epoxy Sticker on it for some extra interest and texture. those stickers really do come in handy for a little extra interest on a card or any other project.
The sentiment and butterflies are from the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set.

This is a look at the inside.

I kept the two same strips of DSP for consistency on the front and back of the card. Then, just added three matching Bitty Butterflies instead of the larger butterflies that are found on the front so there would be room to write a little note. The card stock and ink colors are Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo.

I think that about does it for this card. Please give our sketch a try we would love to see what you come up with. Here is our link

Have a great week everyone I hope you all get a chance to create something fun!

Chat soon,