Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sketchy Floral

Hello,
      I'm so happy you could come by. Just a quick stop in to get a card up before the challenge closes.
As stated in my previous blog I love the combination of gray leaves with my flowers. One of my Favorite techniques is watercolor and this card has lots of that. I used Altenew's Sketchy Floral stamps, Altenew-Antique Silver embossing powder, TH distress ink, (Milled Lavender + Dusty Concord) for flowers and (Pumice Stone + Hickory Smoke) for leaves. The Sentiment is form Altenew- Beautiful Inside set. I used Canson #140 watercolor paper and black Recollections
for the card.
     I silver embossed this beautiful stamp on my Canson paper and then using the distress inks water colored it. I wanted a clean and simple card so I only added a few black pearls around the sentiment.
I cut it down to 41/8" x 53/8" and adhered it to my black card. 

      I will be adding this card to these challenges:
Altenew- 2018 April Inspiration Challenge
AAA Cards-#112-My Favorite Technique
Penny Black and More-April- Black, White plus one
Casual Fridays #196-Spring Fever
SSS Wednesday Challenge-Happy Birthday
 

Well thanks again for stopping in, if you like what you see, please leave me a comment, I'd love to here what you think.
Have a wonderfully crafty day!
God Bless,
Karen

Wishing You a Lovely Birthday

Hello again,
     Another dreary day for us here, but lucky for me I have a craft room to escape to, and a husband that doesn't mind if I spend the day in it.
     Lately I've been experimenting with colors and have found that I really like gray leaves with my flowers, that doesn't mean that I won't be using green ever again, but I do really like the effect that gray leaves gives to my cards. With that said I have a few cards that I would like to share. The first is below, the second will be in my next blog.
     This CAS card was fairly simple, I stamped the flowers on Neenah #110 white cardstock. I used
Altenew's Remember This stamp set Shades of Purple mini cubesRock Collection Mini cubes and some black glitter washi tape I picked up at Michael's. For the Sentiment I used Build-a-Flower-Sakura-Blossom also by Altenew.
     Since I don't have the dies for the Remember This set I fussy cut the flowers and stems. I used Recollections #110 card stock for my card cut 2 pieces of washi tape and placed them side by side on the front left edge, off setting them. Then I glued down the stem and flowers, adding just a touch of dimension. I stamped my sentiment added a piece of card and washi tape to the inside and I was done.
     I will be adding this card to these challenges:
Altenew April 2018 Inspiration Challenge
Penny Black-Black White plus one
Freshly Made Sketches #331
SSS-Wednesday Challenge- Happy Birthday
Casual Fridays- #196 Spring Fever
Thanks for stopping by,
Have a wonderfully crafty day!

God Bless,
Karen

     
   

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Hope your day is amazing

Hello again,
     It's a gray day here in Rochester, NY and only 29 degrees. A normal Spring for early April, but I sure wish the sunshine and warmth would hurry up, lol. I  have been working on Spring cards to make waiting a little easier. I just got this beautiful new stamp set from Altenew's March release
Sweet Rose Bouquet I love it ! I Also Got the Hope Stamp set  and a while back I purchased Create-a-Wreath-die set with these I created this card.
                                      
     I also used Altenew Ink sets Pocketful-of-Sunshine-oval-set and Green-Fields-oval-set and for the stitched edge Stitched-rectangle-dies-by-kat-scrappiness.
     I wanted something special for my Sister-in-Law's birthday and these stamps were perfect for that. I stamped the leaf stamp using only the lightest of the greens, so that I knew where I wanted the image to be. Then I stamped the 4 layers to complete the flowers and finished the leaves. Next I used the stitched rectangle die for the edge. I stamped the sentiment and cut the oval with the create a wreath die. I adhered the background on a 41/4" x51/2" yellow card, then using fun foam on the back of the wreath, I placed it so the stamped images matched, giving dimension to the wreath. The center image was then glued down to the card inside the wreath also matching the image. I took it a little farther by stamping the image on the inside, using only the lightest green and the lightest yellow. for the roses I used the 3rd layer of the stamps to get a very light partial image. That's it.
                                                            
I will be adding this card to:
Time Out challenge #106 Altenew 4th Birthday
CAS-ual Fridays #196 Spring Fever
Mod Squad Simply Clean Challenge
SSS Wednesday Challenge-Happy Birthday

That's it for now, thanks for stopping by!
Have a wonderfully crafty day!
God Bless,
Karen




Sunday, March 25, 2018

Prismacolor Penoy

     My card today is another I made using my Prismacolor pencils. I've really enjoyed playing with them and have made several others that I will share in the future.
     I put together to stamp companies to create this card. the first being Stampendous. My friend Lynda came over to stamp with me and brought along some new stamps. This one is called Cling Fresh Peony,  Stampendous Cling Fresh Peony-Amazon, and Altenew's new dotted washi tape, Altenew- Dotted Washi Tape and Thank you from Flower arrangement die set, Altenew-Flower-arrangement-die-set,.
Other supplies used:
Prismacolor Premier soft core pencils
Michaels Black glitter washi tape
Recollections White 65# cardstock
Recollections Black  65# cardstock
MFBGOLD-1212-1 gold mirror cardstock
3M Dimensional tape
Sharpie fine tip pen black
Zig glue pen
     I colored the Peony and then traced all the lines of the flower to make then more defined, I did the same with the leaves.
     The background was very simple, I just layered the Washi tape over a piece of cardstock, smoothed it down, and trimmed the edges. Then I added the black glitter washi tape. For the Thank you I cut one in Gold and 5 in white, and using my Zig glue pen, glued them all together.  I needed the sentiment to be the same height as the flower.
     I used dimension tape and some glue to adhere the flower to the background. I needed the glue because the finish on the washi tape doesn't allow the dimensional tape to stick well, but a little white glue and it's perfect. 
 I will be entering this card in these challenges:
Freshly Made Sketches #329
Power Poppy-Inspired by Fabric
Card Concept #89-Spring has Sprung  (I used the Yellow from the inspiration photo)
Thank you for stopping by.
Have a wonderfully crafty day!
God Bless,
Karen
    


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Floral Birthday

     Just a quick post to enter some challenges.
     This card was made using my stash again. It's so bright and colorful just like the way I feel while looking at my garden, in the Spring after a very long winter.  All the flowers were embossed in gold, water colored and fussy cut. I took them from my stash and started gluing them to 4 x 51/4" piece of white card stock, then I mounted the large Pink flower using dimensional tape. With my Clarity brushes I added yellow distress ink along the edge of the flowers for sunny glow. I stamped the sentiment and adhered to a pink card.  Time to create, about 15min.  
Supplies used:
Altenew Adore You stamp set
Altenew  Antique Gold embossing powder
Altenew embossing ink
Ranger Archival ink
Ranger distress ink
MISTI
Recollections cardstock
Happy Birthday-unknown
I will be entering these challenges:
Altenew Inspiration Challenge March 2018
HLS March Watercolor Challenge
Time Out Challenge-4th Birthday
Have a wonderfully, crafty day!
God Bless,
Karen

Altenew _March 2018_Inspirationphoto


Happy Birthday Bling

     Blue skies and sunshine, what a wonderful way to start the day!  We had a great visit with Chris, Lindsey and the kids last night, dinner and conversation, always a joy to spend time with family. Michael, Kari, Mark and Logan are moving back to NY in June, and in July, Dale and I will welcome our newest grandson Carter James, we can't wait. We love being a grandparents. Well enough about my life, for now, lol.
     Today's card is one I threw together using my stash of pre-stamped and water colored flowers.
I've mentioned this before in a previous post, New Year Hello,  I really love having premade florals for quick cards. This one took about 10 minutes to make. Yes, I stamped directly onto the glitter gold washi tape, doesn't it look amazing, I love it!  I adhered the tape to a strip of white card and centered it on my card using 1 narrow strip of dimensional tape down the middle. I adhered the flowers behind the strip with glue, but only along the bottom edge of the flowers, to give them some movement and dimension. Then I did the same with the leaves.
Supplies used:
Altenew Adore you Stamp set
Altenew Glitter Gold Washi Tape
Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder
Ranger Distress ink (Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Mustard Seed)
Ranger Archival ink
Recollections mini sequins
Recollections 110# White cardstock
Canson watercolor paper
Stampabilites  Clear Stamps (Happy Birthday)
I will be entering these challenges:
Altenew March 2018 Inspiration Challenge
HLS-March Watercolor Challenge-Anything Goes
Time Out Challenge- 4th Birthday
Have a wonderfully, crafty day!
God Bless,
Karen
Altenew _March 2018_Inspirationphoto       





Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Watercolor Birthday

    So here we are, the first day of Spring in Rochester, NY. It's sunny with a few clouds, you know the white fluffy ones, and 30 degrees. Not very warm, but you can't have everything, I guess.  I can't wait to be able to open my windows and let the fresh air in, it's been way to long.
     My card today is one I made using a technique I saw in one of Jennifer McGuire's
 video's, I love this technique and have used it many times, with beautiful results.
     First I stamped my image on Canson watercolor paper. I inked up my stamp and spritzed it, quite a lot. and then stamped it. It came out even better than I expected and I set it aside to dry. I don't like to use my heat tool for drying as it might spread the ink where I don't want it, and sometimes warps the paper. Once dry I used my blue painters tape, (I stuck it to my arm to remove some of the stickiness first) and framed my stamped image with it. Then I took one of my background text stamps and inked it up, stamped it off on another piece of paper, then on my background. I repeated this several times using only a small section of the stamp. I used my blending tool and distress ink to color the background. When I took off my tape I had a center background with parts of the flower and branch outside of the inked area.
      I stamped my sentiment, trimmed down my card to 4" x 51/4"added some fun foam and adhered
it to a card.    
                                    
Supplies used:
Penny Black  #40-450 The Unfolding
Penny Black #30-413 Birthday Love
Distress Ink (Dusty Concord, Forest Moss, Shaded Lilac, Gathered Twiggs, Vintage Photo)
Ranger Archival ink (Black)
MISTI
Canson 140lb. watercolor paper
Recollections ivory 110lb. paper
Fun Foam
Blue Painters tape
I will be entering this card in these challenges:
CAS-Watercolor-March Challenge-Garden
Penny Black Saturday Challenge-Anything goes
Time Out Challenge- 4th Birthday
The Flower Challenge-#18 Anything goes

    
As always I hope you have a wonderfully, crafty day.
God Bless,
Karen