Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Simon Says..........Seeing Stars


Happy Wednesday!  Welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Our theme this week is "Seeing Stars" and my teamies and I are playing with My Favorite Things goodies!  For my first card today, I used their star quilt die and some mini star-patterned papers:

SSS July 19

supplies: white cardstock, My Favorite Things Lucky Prints (star patterns), Quilt Square Cover-up, Let's Get Cozy sentiment, Altenew Warm Sunshine, Hero Arts Cornflower, BubbleGum, and Green Hills inks, mini MISTItiny buttons, Stick It

I've done this star quilt before, but never in pastels.  I also used a sheet of Stick It, and it was so much easier to do my paper-piecing that way!  I decided to continue the pastel theme in my sentiment by stamping in different colors, with the help of some masking and my Misti

For my next card I'm sharing the birthday card I made for our oldest grandson earlier this year.  I'm CASEing a design by Yoonsun - loved her idea!

Liam's Birthday

supplies: white cardstock and Bristol paper, My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangle die, Hero Arts Lower-Case alphabet dies, Simon's Birthday Bits sentiment, stitched star dies, Fossilized Amber and Broken China Distress Oxide inks, a puffy star sticker, Scrapbook Adhesive foam squares

I started by smooshing my distress oxide inks onto my craft sheet and spritzing them liberally with water, then I dragged my bristol paper through each one separately, drying each color before moving on.  I also wet a paint brush and flicked on some splatters before I finished.  After drying, that panel was die-cut with the Wonky Stitched rectangle.  Next I die-cut some stars from that panel, and then added my stamped and die-cut sentiment.  The panel was then popped above my white card base, and I popped up the stars, along with a puffy sticker to dot the "i".

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Summer Color Challenge

I see that Impression Obsession is having a Summer Colors challenge!  I took that as my sign to use these favorite Hollyhock dies!

IO Summer Colors challenge

supplies: white cardstock, picked raspberry, carved pumpkin, and mustard seed distress inks, mini sponging tool, Impression Obsession Hollyhock dies, Paper Smooches sentiment from Summer Groves, embossed in white, Paper Sweeties flower sequins

I've always colored these dies, or cut them out of colored cardstock, but this time I decided to make them into a kind of bright silhouette against the warm colors in the background, and I added some fun flower sequins in colors to match!

It's been a lovely summer here so far, probably because of the rains we've had - they're keeping everything outside lush and green and also keeping down the humidity!

See you tomorrow!

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Birthday Card for our Nephew

I needed a masculine birthday card soon, and pulled out Tammy's plaid stencils to make it.

Mark's Birthday

supplies: Hero Arts kraft cardstock and medium color in Pool Layering papers,  Bristol paper, Tammy's Mad for Plaid 2-step stencils, cracked pistachio, tumbled glass, and gathered twigs distress inks, mini ink blending tool, Winnie & Walter dotted line from Scenery Stripes stamp set, Lil Inker Boxed Up Birthday die, wood veneer leaves, sponged with cracked pistachio

I turned the stencils to make a diagonal plaid this time, and tried to choose some colors that most men would like, but I think that using the kraft stock and brown ink heads it in that direction automatically!  I also stamped a stitched stripe here and there to bring in a little more of that brown - you could easily do the same thing with just a ruler and a fine-tip marker......

I'll be featuring these stencils again on Friday, but with a feminine flair - I hope you'll stop by then, too.  Have a great week!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

CASEing Kelly

Yesterday Kelly had an interesting post on "Distress Ink Watercolor Backgrounds on Bristol" and her results were so nice that I got right up and had to try it for myself.  Here's my first result, using some old favorite Hero Arts stamps.

CASEing Kelly

supplies: white and periwinkle cardstock, Bristol paper, Hero Arts Hydrangea woodblock stamp and SparkleClear Simple Messages sentiment, VersaFine Onyx Black ink, embossed in clear, blueprint sketch and mowed lawn distress inks and water, MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle die

The only thing I did differently from Kelly was to first stamp and emboss my hydrangea, but I followed her wet on wet technique to add color to it, using just 2 distress ink colors.  This sure is an easy way to color up a stamp, and this technique updates this older stamp.

Thanks so much for coming by to visit me.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, July 14, 2017

More Splatters

Here's another card using a splatter stamp, this time a flower one.

Floral Hugs

supplies: white, purple, Hero Arts Pool, Simon's Green Apple and Green Leaf cardstock, Lil Inker Perky Posies dies, Wplus9 Folk Art Florals leaf die, Your Next Stamp Mini Flower Splatter, broken china and wilted violet oxide inks, My Favorite Things All Occasion Sentiments and Blueprints 20 die, VersaFine Onyx Black ink, enamel dots and sequins to match

Since I used warm colors on yesterday's splatter card, I thought I'd use cool ones this time.  Violet and teal have become a go-to combination for me this year, and I like it here again.  These splatter stamps are fun to play with - there are also ones that feature stars, bats, leaves, butterflies and plain old splatters!

As always, thanks for coming by!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

From My Heart

It's a little dreary here today, so I made a happy card.

From My Heart

supplies: white cardstock, Bristol paper for watercoloring flowers and leaves, Winnie & Walter Big, Bold &Extra flowers and leaves, Spectrum Aqua markers and water to color, VersaMark ink and white embossing powder, Your Next Stamp Mini Heart Ink Splatters, worn lipstick oxide distress ink, Tammy Tutterow Tiny Sentiments, VersaFine Onyx Black ink, adhesive foam squares

I'm in love with Tammy's Tiny Sentiments, and they really aren't that tiny - I'm finding they work for almost any situation.  And aren't those heart splatters adorable?  Your Next Stamp also makes them in flowers and stars, butterflies and autumn leaves!  I think I need them all - I always hold my breath when I try to splatter ink on my own!

This works for Your Next Stamp's Color Challenge #68, so I'm entering it there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Simon Says.........Use Plaid


Happy Wednesday!  Welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Our theme this week is "use plaid"!  And the DT are playing with Lawn Fawn Products.  You don't have to use Lawn Fawn, but we'd love to see your creations using them if you have any!

Both my cards today use Lawn Fawn's plaid papers and some oldie but goodie stamp sets from them.

supplies: white card base, vellum, dps from Perfectly Plaid Winter and Perfectly Plaid Rainbow, Flutter By butterfly and sentiment, VersaMark ink and white embossing powder, Simon Leanna and (retired) Chrissy  butterfly dies, sequins to match, Die-Namics Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle die

A closer look at the plaids in the butterflies - I stacked a stamped version over 2 die-cut butterflies, 1 solid and the other lacey.  The sequins serve a dual purpose: sparkle and a way to hide the glue underneath holding the vellum to the plaid cardstock.

SSS July12

My next card uses a sweet plaid in the background, and I pulled its colors to make my flowers.  At first I just paper-pieced the centers into the flowers, but everything looked too flat, so I added some buttons for a bit of dimension.

SSS July12

supplies:  white cardstock, papers from Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow and Let's Polka pads, flower, leaves and sentiment from Our Friendship Grows, Scripty Hugs die, Memory Box Pinpoint Rectangles die, assorted buttons

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Painted Flowers

I'm sharing 2 cards using the same sketch and supplies today.  A friend asked me to make a special card for a friend of his, and I liked how it turned out so much that I had to make another one, adding gingham to the mix.  Here's that one first:

Painted Flowers & Gingham

supplies: white cardstock, gingham from Simple Stories Wood & Gingham Basics 12" pad, Altenew Painted Flowers, Altenew Puffy Heart and Purple Wine from Rose Petal mini set, Warm Sunshine  and Sunkissed inks, Hero Arts Green Hills and Grass inks, sentiment from (retired) Simon/Mama Elephant Summer Garden, Winnie & Walter Noelle scalloped cutaway, Simon Stitched Circle die, adhesive foam squares, Tonic Detail Scissors

I bought the big Wood & Gingham paper pad for the wood planking papers, which I will use as my backgrounds for taking pictures, but the ginghams in it are a lovely bonus!

And here's the first card, with a matching envelope:

For Betty (David)

supplies: white and lavendar cardstock, Altenew Painted Flowers, Altenew Lavender Fields and Deep Iris from Shades of Purple mini set, Warm Sunshine  and Sunkissed inks, Hero Arts Green Hills and Grass inks, same dies and sentiment as above, lavendar and yellow pearls

These Painted Flowers were the first Altenew set I bought, and I love and use it just as much now years later!  They are easy to line up the layers, and easy to cut out by hand, which I almost always do, but they have matching dies, for those of you who prefer them.

Hope these brighten your day!  Have a great weekend!  

Friday, July 7, 2017

Two Step Stencils!!

It's time for my card for Tammy's Creative Team Friday post, and today I'm thrilled to be showing you one of her NEW 2-step stencils, made by StencilGirl!

TT July 7

supplies:  white, Audrey Blue, Green Apple, and Green Leaf card stock, Tammy's Petite Greens stencils and lucky clover, twisted citron, and mowed lawn distress inks, Simon's Stitched Rectangle die, 3-dot stamp from Simon's Flowers on my Mind, Winnie & Walter Happy cutaway, Memory Box (retired) Perched Reed Bird, Hero Arts (retired) Essential Messages

These new stencils are designed to be used in 2 steps and they are SO much fun and easy to use!

I chose 3 green distress inks and applied them first through the fern stencil, then through the accompanying leaf stencil.  That panel was trimmed with a stitched rectangle, framed with a green cardstock, and affixed to my white card base.  I stamped  little dots in the white spaces using the same inks.  The Happy cutaway was cut from 2 green cardstocks and glued together, offsetting the light one just slightly from the darker one below it.  The bird was cut and then sponged with more of the lucky clover ink for definition, and I used mowed lawn to stamp my "birthday" panel.

In case you missed it, I used another of Tammy's stencils, a plaid duo, HERE.

I hope you'll hop on over to Tammy's blog to see what my DT sisters made this time!  Tammy's products are expanding in all directions, so I know there'll be a lovely variety to see there!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Playing with my oxides

I decided today to have another play with my oxide inks and I have a finished card and an almost-finished one to share with you.

supplies: white cardstock base, Cornflower Blue cardstock, and Bristol paper, Broken China, Faded Jeans, and Cracked Pistachio distress oxide inks and water, Tim Holtz Flourish stencil and Nuvo Moonstone glimmer paste, Simon's Leanna Butterfly and Script Thanks dies, sequin

I smooshed each ink one at a time on my craft sheet, misted with water, and dragged my Bristol paper panel through it, then dried it, sprinkled it with plain water droplets, dried again, and moved on to the next color, doing the same thing.  After I got my panel to my liking, it dried well before I attached the stencil and  used the glimmer paste through it.   When dry, the panel was trimmed to the width of the stencil, framed in cornflower cardstock and attached to my card base.  Then I just added my die-cut sentiment (using the last little bit of the oxide panel) and the butterfly.

A little caution - pop that stencil into a bin of water as soon as you remove it, and wipe it clean asap.....this glimmer paste is glue, after all, and will leave a residue if you don't attend to it quickly.

Here's another variation, using more reminds me of a summer garden or a vibrant sunset!  And I'm so glad I got this beautiful Flourish stencil!

Oxide inks Garden

supplies: white cardstock, Bristol paper, worn lipstick, wilted violet, spiced marmalade, peeled paint, and broken china oxide inks, water, round ink blending tool, Tim Holtz Flourish stencil, Nuvo Moonstone glimmer paste

This time I sponged areas of each ink onto Bristol paper, then spritzed it with water and let it blend a bit.  I also splattered big droplets of broken china on it and sponged broken china through the stencil, then added the glimmer paste.  In this photo, the glimmer paste looks blue and green, but in real life, it adds a golden glitz to each of the colors.   I think I may try adding black accents to this one........what do you think?  Which is your favorite?

I hope you'll come back tomorrow - I'll have another use of stencils then, 2-step ones!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Simon Says.........Summer Sunshine


Happy Wednesday!  Welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Our theme this week is "Summer Sunshine" and my teamies and I are playing with Simon exclusive products.

supplies: white and kraft cardstock, various Doodlebug dps, Simon's Summer Flowers stamp set and Sunshine die, "sending" from Winnie & Walter Big, Bold Friends, My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched dies, sequins, natural twine

I used printed design papers to stamp my flower and cut my sentiment.  I added a little orange marker shading to the yellow gingham flower and surrounded the center with some sequins in coppers, oranges, and golds.

If you consider the floral motif above to be a feminine card, then I think this next one would be considered a masculine one.

SSS July5

supplies: white and aqua cardstock, unknown board dp, dotty gold dp,  tumbled glass, peacock feathers, and antique linen distress inks and blending tool, Simon's Hello Sunshine Frame and Sailboat dies, Zig red and beige markers to color sailboat, Memory Box Pinpoint Rectangle die

I die-cut the board paper first, then sponged on distress inks to simulate sky, water, and sand.  Next I die-cut the sun and sailboat out of the background, and then inlaid them back in.  To finish, I used just the sentiment section of the Hello Sunshine Frame.

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

In My Thoughts

It took me awhile to get the Kind Soul stamps, but I finally did, and here is my first use of them.

Kind Soul

supplies: Simon Green Apple cardstock, Tim Holtz watercolor paper, Wplus9 Kind Soul flowers and sentiment from Modern Petunias, Zig markers (light blue, cornflower blue, light green, and yellow) and water, Hero Arts (retired) Stripe Background cling, stamped in Green Apple ink, adhesive foam squares, Tonic detail scissors

As you can see I'm no colorist, but I wanted to try these in my favorite blues, so I thought watercoloring would be my best bet.  For the most part, I dampened the area first, then touched the marker to it, and spread it with a wet brush.  I've always loved florals mixed with stripes, so I pulled out this old Hero Arts one and did a tone-on-tone background.  I fussy-cut the bottom only of the floral panel, using my new detail scissors, then popped it above the card base.  

Thanks for stopping by - hope your 4th will be a safe and happy one!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Heartfelt Thanks

Heidi at Simon Says Stamps always makes sure that her DT members get something from each release.  Mine came a bit late this time, just as we were leaving for a mini-vacation, so I wasn't able to get anything done for the One of a Kind release, but, better late than never, here it is now!  I got the Script Thanks die set, and decided to make a simple design to go along with it.

SSS Script Thanks

supplies: white and Doll Pink cardstock, Simon's Script Thanks dies, Corbel Heart die, and Stitched Rectangle die

I like the way the framing sets off the sentiment.  Here are some other Simon sentiment dies like it: Believe, Thankful, Grateful, Delightful,  and Love.

I'll be back tomorrow - see you then!

A Summer Wreath

One of the reasons I bought the Bold Blooms was the thought that it would work nicely to make wreaths - it has a sweet variety of flowers.  Here's a card I made using them in that way.

Bold Bloom Wreath

supplies: white, black, and green card stock, Pretty Pink Posh Bold Blooms, Zig markers and various Altenew ink cubes to color, Simon's Sending and Big Hugs and Mini Outline Hearts dies, dot stamp from their Look for the Miracles stamp set, MFT Blueprints 20 scalloped rectangle die

I used a round die to lightly pencil in a circle on my panel, then stamped the various flowers and leaves around it.  The pencil line was then erased and I colored in my elements, using the solid stamps and a few markers for small details. I also stamped in some little dots to make the wreath appear fuller.  These sentiment dies weren't designed (that I'm aware of) to be used together, but they work nicely, don't you think?

Hope you're enjoying your holiday!