Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Bashful Blue Birthday Blossoms


A sympathy card for a stamping friend who lost her husband. I used a Bashful Blue base, clear embossed Hero Arts filigree background. Silver embossed Birthday Blossoms flowers then colored in markers, adhered with dimensionals and added a clear rhinestone to the center

Monday, August 22, 2016

Just Keep Swimming!

A fun and easy clean and simple card for the challenge at Splitcoast today. It's always good to have some encouragement cards on hand in case you know someone that just needs a little lift.
The stamp set is Hero Arts color layering Goldfish stamped with the ColorBox rainbow pigment inks on SU's Whisper White card stock. Edges were inked with Cool Caribbean.
Thanks, Dory, for the good advice!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Hand Painted Koi


This card was made for today's SCS Inspiration Challenge, to use a book page as your idea base. I found a really old, yellowed at the edges book in (I think) Japanese to use. Hand painted some Koi using Mijello Gold Mission watercolor paints. Card base is SU's retired Confetti Cream. Wish they would bring this back, I really loved this neutral.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Blue Skies


Oh, the airplanes... We should have guessed buying a home a few miles away from Boeing. When we were buying the house we never heard a one, now I can just about go outside and wave to the pilot as he roars by. Couple of times I thought I might have to hit the deck they sounded so low! Anyway, enough of my rant, these smaller planes don't seem to bother us at all when they go by so I thought I'd honor them with a card today :)
Supplies used are Stampin' Up! for the color and sketch challenges this week.
 Stampin' Up!: Pool Party and Always Artichoke card stocks, Clouds embossing folder, Sky Is The Limit stamp set, Cherry Cobbler ink and black marker for plane, vellum circle for propeller with a silver mini brad, popped this up with adhesive dot. The felt ribbon "road" is SU's retired Alpine Ribbon Originals.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Watercolor Tree


Still practicing with my new watercolors. I did a wash for the sky and when it was dry I stenciled a basic tree form and then filled in some branch detail with the sepia Pitt marker. Dabbed some artichoke ink onto tree limbs and then did another wash in two shades of green and a bit of ocher. Sentiment is SU God's Beauty, watercolor paper and Cherry Cobbler card stock.  

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Blue Butterfly

For today's Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoast they featured a lot of color blocked dresses to choose from. I chose the blue and black one and used the Stampin' Up! All Dressed Up framelit die with black glimmer paper on a Whisper White card base that was embossed with a Tim Holtz folder. The butterfly stamp and sentiment are from retired SU set God's Beauty- one of my all time favorites of theirs. Added a little rhinestone to the belt line for a little extra pizzazz!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Midsummer Night's Dream

This beautiful August monthly Hero Arts kit hit my doorstep today so I had to set my chores aside to make something with it. I love how they ship this product, wrapped so pretty with tissue paper and ribbon. It felt like my birthday or something special! Everything you see here was included: the card base paper, A Midsummer Night's Dream stamp set with matching die cuts, the Star Dust Stickles for the glittery wings, the rhinestones, even the background which was the cardboard piece that the dies were attached to. Had to use it too! The oval cut frame was made with Stampin' Up! card stock in Old Olive which I dabbed with a sponge and Always Artichoke ink. I stamped the sentiment in HA Forest Green and then carefully went over it with a black super fine point marker since the green alone was just a little schmeary, the cardboard had a bit of a glossy quality to it. Love all of the stamps in this set and the sentiments are lovely too! Purely magical.