Thursday, July 20, 2017

CTS #231: Just Keep Swimming!

Hey ya'll!  Long time no see!  Or hear from??  Either way, I'm back for a quick post today!  I've been having such a crazy busy summer with the littles that I've hardly had time to write posts or create much of anything!  Anyhow, I'm thrilled and so honored to be guest designing for one of my favorite sketch challenge blogs today!  The sketches on the CAS(E) this Sketch blog are always fun and really help me to stretch my creative muscles...let's have a look at this week's challenge:


I swayed from the sketch slightly, but here is what I came up with!


I was in the mood to use this fun layering set by Hero Arts.  The layering sets that they have come out with recently are fantastic...I love them all!  The detail that they have on each layer is unbelievable...so realistic!


I started by stamping my goldfish with Hero Arts inks in Dandelion, Orange Soda, Soft Cantaloupe, and Ultra Pink.  I added the eye and gill detail with Walnut ink by Lawn Fawn.  The sea weed strands are done in Tide Pool and Green Apple, also by Hero Arts.  For the watery background, I cheated and used the Watercolor Brights paper pack by My Favorite Things...so easy!  The square cutout also hails from the MFT die collection.  Its one of my new favorites!

  
The sentiment is where I really had some fun...I wanted to make it look like a broken wood plank...think shipwreck! ;)  I die cut the plank shape from one of the MFT Blueprints sets and then stamped it with a woodgrain background stamp.  After doing this and then inking the edges with the same Walnut ink, I stamped the sentiment in black.  So cool right?! 

All my pieces are adhered with TomBow Mono Multi liquid glue with the exception of the one larger fish...I couldn't resist popping him up with some foam tape.  For the finishing touches, I added clear Wink of Stella on the fish and sea weed,  and finally some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.

Thank you so much for stopping by today...I hope you're having a "fintastic" week!

Hugs,  

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Friday, June 30, 2017

June Card Chain Challenge featuring MFT Doodled Blooms

Hey y'all!  Summer is well under way here in Georgia!  The temps are climbing and my kiddos are loving all of our outdoor time!  So, its time for another Card Chain Challenge reveal post... If you're new to The Card Chain Challenge, let me tell you, its wonderful!  Card makers from all over the globe get to exchange their beautiful creations and its quite inspiring!  What a fun way to make new friends! 

So, as with any challenge, there are a few rules.  You must stick with any one (or more if you are so inclined) of four different options.  For June, our options were:

1. Color Palette option:


2. Sketch option:


3. Theme option:  Stripes / Houses / Friendship

4. Product option: Penny Black / Glitter / Sewing

This month I had the pleasure of sending my card to Marga in Spain!  This is the first time I've sent a card internationally, so that was exciting for me!  Marga, I hope it brought a smile and I can't wait to see what everyone else created!


I chose the Doodled Blooms stamp set by My Favorite Things.  I hadn't gotten a chance to use this set yet and it was burning a hole on my table!  :D  I just love how cheerful and whimsical these blooms are!


I started out by inking the rays onto a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock with Apricot ink by Simon Says Stamp.  The Radiating Rays stencil by MFT is one of my favorite tools right now!  It yields fantastic results every time!


Next, I colored the blooms using copics and cut them out with the coordinating dies.  While at it, I also die cut the landscape and borders from the Homespun Gingham paper pack, also by MFT.  It seemed to fit my theme perfectly!


My last step was to add the sentiment, adhere everything into place and add a few embellishments!  I used the Big Chat stickers by Tim Holtz for the sentiment.  I inked the edges of the stickers and then added some Star Dust Stickles to give a little sparkle. :D


I'm really happy with the way that this one turned out!  In case you're interested in joining in on the challenge, the July sign-up is open, but only for a few more days!  Head on over to the CCC blog and add yourself to the linkup...you'll be glad you did!

Until next time, go get your craft on!

Hugs,

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Supplies Used: My Favorite Things Doodled Blooms stamp and die set; MFT Homespun Gingham 6x6 paper pad; MFT Radiating Rays Stencil; Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 3 die set; Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders; Tim Holtz Big Chat Stickers; Simon Says Stamp Die Ink Pad in Apricot; Copic Markers; Star Dust Stickles; Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew and Dandelion Yellow; Bristol Smooth cardstock; Corner Rounder punch; White Gel Pen  

Sunday, June 18, 2017

SSS June Card Kit: Blissful

Hey y'all!  I wanted to start the week off with a post featuring the Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit...I've had these cards sitting on my desk and just haven't had tine to put a post together so let's get to it!  First, here's a glimpse at what was included in the kit: 



Don't you just love it?!  Although this kit was heavily themed towards weddings, I did try to sneak some cards in that could be used for occasions other than that...but the wedding theme was so predominant that there are many wedding cards here! 


Card 1 was inspired by a die that I haven't gotten to use yet.  It was a My Favorite Things 'Free with $60' several months back and I just didn't have a use for it at the time, but love it with this kit!  I inked a scrap piece of cardstock using the Distress Oxide ink pad from the kit and a regular Distress Ink pad from my stash, splashed them with water and then die cut the rose.  I in-laid the die into some black cardstock that I'd painted with a clear glitter pen.  It really makes it stand out, and that sparkle gets me every time! 


I painted the scalloped frame with silver Distress Paint to mimic a wooden frame, and then attached all of my pieces to some of the patterned papers from the kit that I'd layered onto a black card base.  Lastly, I backed the sentiment, which I'd stamped and die cut, with foam tape and placed it along the bottom of the frame. 


Card 2 is pretty simple...I really wanted to use that big floral stamp!  I heat embossed my image onto some black cardstock using Ballerina Pink embossing powder by Nuvo.


I fussy cut around one edge of the floral arrangement and then layered it onto some patterned papers using foam tape.  Add a few Nuvo drops,  the sentiment, and this one's done!


For card 3, even though there was a Daniel Smith water color sample card included in the kit, my Zig's were calling my name...and they yield such lovely, happy colors don't you think?!  I used the individual stamps in the set to create my own pattern and heat embossed the images (and the sentiment) in white.


I think when you're doing a custom panel such as this, it always helps to add a bit of shadow or muted color to the background to really make the images pop!  A few sequins never hurt either! ;)


Card 4 is another simple one...the large floral image is stamped twice in mirror fashion and then heat embossed in silver.  The sentiment is heat embossed in pink onto a piece of vellum, attached to a strip of patterned paper from the kit and then wrapped onto the main panel. 


A few silver Nuvo drops and two pink gems add a bit of interest.  Voila!


The ivory envelope that came in my kit had been creased pretty badly during shipping, so using it for one of the cards was definitely out.  To keep it from going to waste, I decided to use the parts of it that weren't damaged!  So, for card 5, I stamped and clear heat embossed the main image onto the envelope, sponged some of the Distress Oxide ink over the image and flicked it with water.  I decided to edge it using a scalloped border die. 


Then, I made several flags out of scraps from the patterned papers that I'd used so far and arranged them underneath the envelope panel.  You can't really tell from the photo, but the panel is cut from a piece of pewter shimmer cardstock that is gorgeous in person!  This is the first time I've used these gemstones by Studio Katia, but it definitely won't be the last...they give a glorious sparkle when they hit the light! :D


For card 6, I was in the mood to color again!  This time I chose to use Copics and went with a slightly darker color palette.  I stamped the sentiment directly onto my colored panel and then layered the panel onto one of the patterned papers and a strip of black glitter washi tape.


I love using a white gel pen to add tiny details when you use darker colors...it really makes a difference! 


Card 7...I relied mainly on some of the patterned papers for this one!  With the different metallic shades, this is probably the closest I can come to making a masculine wedding card... ;D


The image is heat embossed using Rose Gold embossing powder onto the other side of the ivory envelope, and the sentiment stickers actually came from the last Love From Lizi card kit...how convenient!


For cards 8 and 9, I was back into water color mode...and this time I used the Daniel Smith dot card! 


I made this one into a thank you card and the next one into a wedding card...


Between the two cards, I think the results are so different for only having 4 colors to work with! 


I really, really like these water colors...I feel a water color upgrade in my future! :D


And last but not least...card 10!  I think this one may be the least time consuming of the batch...I die cut the panel from patterned paper, die cut the HAPPY word die in the center, back with gold glitter washi tape, stamp the big floral image with Distress Oxide...


Stamp the smaller sentiments onto pink paper, mat with black cardstock, pop them up with foam tape, adhere the whole panel onto a pink card base, and done!  Twenty minutes tops!

I had great fun with June's kit...I don't know about you, but my crafting takes a back seat to the kiddos when they're out of school, so mine is few and far between but still so rewarding.  Thank you so much for dropping by today...I hope you're able to find some time to be creative this summer!  

Hugs,

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Other Supplies Used:

Dies: My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax; MFT Happy Greeting Die-namics; MFT Blueprints 1 Die-namics; MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges; MFT Stitched Oval Scallop Edge Frames; MFT Roses in Bloom; MFT Stitched Sentiment Strips; Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles; SSS Scallop Stitches

Embossing Powders: SSS Ultra Fine Gold; SSS Ultra Fine Rose Gold; Nuvo Ballerina Pink; ZING! Silver; Wow! Opaque Bright White

Papers: My Favorite Things Black & White Basics 6x6 Paper Pack; DCWV Shimmer Matstack; Black 110 lb. cardstock; White 110 lb. cardstock

Misc: Studio Katia Crystals; Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins; Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers; Copics; Black & White twine; Glitter Washi tape in black, silver and gold; gold rose washi tape; Nuvo Drops in Silver Lining and Silver Moondust; Star Dust Stickles; Silver Distress Paint; Love From Lizi Peel Off Stickers; Pink Mini Rhinestones by We R Memory Keepers