Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Birthday Wishes

Hello!


     I can't believe how long it's been since my last blog. I've been so busy! I've  made lots of cards for lots of  Birthday's, Anniversaries and Mother's day. My Daughter-in-Law Graduated from college and we went on vacation to visit my In-Laws they're 93 and 90 and have had a rough year but they came out on top and are in good health.
     I'm itching to get back in the swing of things and I'm starting with this card I made for the Altenew May Inspiration Challenge.
     I've been trying to work on and perfect my water coloring and shading so I've been practicing, a lot. I embossed my image first, for a little extra help keeping in the lines of the petal. For this card I used Remember This and Beautiful Day stamp sets and my Sentiment is from Floral Frame.
     Using my MISTI, I stamped the flowers and leaves on Canson watercolor paper using VersaMark ink and embossed in Ranger Queen's Gold embossing powder. I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens to color the rose buds, leaves and small rose. For the larger flower I used Ranger distress inks to watercolor. Then I fussy cut all the pieces out.
     I used 110lb Core'dinations white card stock for my A2 card and a strip of  SU gold paper for the edge. After affixing the gold strip to the card I laid out all the leaves and the buds where I wanted them and adhered them to the front of the card, then I use dimensional tape to adhere the larger flowers. I stamped the birthday wishes with VersaMark and embossed it using Queen's Gold again.
     Using my Clairty brushes and Tumbled Glass distress ink I shaded around the flowers. I added some blue Queen and Comp. pearls and was done.  
     I really enjoyed making this card, and I think I'm going to have a hard time giving it away, LOL.
I hope you like it as much as I do.
       Well that's it for today have to go make dinner. Happy Crafting

     I will be entering this card in these challenges:


                                                                                Altenew May Inspiration Challenge
                                                                                Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by.
God Bless
Karen

Monday, March 6, 2017

Day 6

Hello,
     Just a quick pop in for day 6 of The Daily Marker 30 day challenge. Today I decided to work with my Zig Clean Color Pens. I cut some Strathmore Bristol paper to 4 x 51/4 then using my MISTI I stamped on one side of the paper the flipped it and stamped on the other side so the flowers would be framing the sentiment.
     I used my Zig pens and a paint brush to water color the flowers and leaves. Stamped the sentiment in the center and mounted it on a blue card. That it!
Products used:
Strathmore Bristol paper
Altenew Best Mom (flowers)
Altenew Fresh Freesia (sentiment)
Kuretake Zig Clean Color real Brush Pens
Ranger Archival ink black

Card stock core'dinations
I will be adding this card to:The Daily Marker 30 Day challenge (Day 1)
Thanks for stopping in.
God Bless ,
Karen



Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge-(Days 4&5)

Hi All,
      Had some difficulty linking my project to Kathy's blog, but I finally figured it out. I guest when I read the first blog I forgot that all Links are to the first 30 Day challenge blog. I did post them on the 30 Day challenge Facebook page, but now that I know where I'm going I will be posting through my blog post.

       So (Day 4) was a Penny Black slapstick/cling and my Altenew markers. I haven't used the markers much yet but after watching several YouTube videos I went to work coloring this beautiful stamp. When I got done I decided to fussy cut it out, I love to fussy cut, and pop it up on a spellbinders A2 card creator die. I was very happy with the result.


Products used:
Penny Black #40-428 scented beauty
Altenew markers set A
Spellbinders Card Creator #S5-218 for A2 card

     For (Day 5) I went back to my Prismacolor pencils to see if the card I created with them on day 3 was a fluke. LOL. I used another Penny Black stamp and went to work. This one, I got for Christmas from my Hubby and I just love it. It has several different flowers and leaves so I could use lots of color, I was very excited to see how I would do.
     After I finished coloring it I went back and used my black pencil, very sharp tip, and  outlined the leaves and some of the flowers, this made everything pop and I love it.

I then added a few extra touches. I used my Tim Holtz brick stencil and some distress in to create a wall in the background and a sentiment from Penny Black. I used foam to pop the whole thing up on the card.
Products used:
Penny Black #40-466 Flower cascade
Penny Black #30-105 gratitude
Prismacolor soft core colored pencils
Tim Holtz Brick Stencil #THS038
Ranger distress ink
Ranger Archival ink
I will be linking these cards to: The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge (Day 1)

Thanks for stopping by.
God Bless,
Karen

 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Prismacolor pencils #The Daily Marker 30 Day

Hello,
      Well here it is day 3 in, The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge. I got a set of 132 Prismacolor soft core colored pencils for Christmas, from my wonderful hubby, and to tell you the truth I was having a little trouble getting used to them. Water coloring is my go to, but I really wanted to expand my knowledge and do something different.  So, I watched some YouTube videos on Prismacolor pencils,
I saw several different ways to use these pencils and picked the one that I thought would work best for me. Then I got to work. For a first try I think I did well.
      I used 3 shades of red and 3 shades of green and a black. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out and I will definitely be working with my pencils again soon.
       After I colored the image I fussy cut it out and using my Xyron I adhered them to another piece of card that I had stamped my sentiment and the outline of the flower, I used Distress ink to shade and popped it up with some foam on a gray card.
Products used:
Penny Black divine #40-372 and heartfelt #30-286
Prismacolor soft core colored pencils
Ranger Distress ink
Ranger Archival ink
I will be linking this card to:The Daily Marker 30 day coloring challenge
Thanks for stopping by.
God Bless,
Karen

Friday, February 17, 2017

Love you bunches

Hello again,
     Recently I celebrated my birthday and one of the things I got from my good friend, Lynda Plecken
(http://paperartscafe.blogspot.com/) was a pad of  Bienfang 170# Canvas paper. Well, I was itching to try it out so I grabbed my stamps and inks and got started.
     First I took a piece of computer paper and stamped out the outline for what I was planning. Then using my MISTI, I stamped and masked until my card looked like my outline.
    
     I just love Altenew stamps, they are so versatile. I stamped the outline of the flower with Archival ink with my Misti, then used my Ranger distress ink to stamp and watercolor the flowers and leaves. I used Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick for the pink flowers and Barn Door and Fired Brick for the red, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss for the leaves. Then I used Stormy Sky to shadow.  Because of the texture of the paper stamping without water coloring left lines and dots in my flowers but after adding water they still had texture but the lines and dots were gone. I love the way it looks and I love this paper.
     I stamped the sentiment (Hampton Arts#jb0198) and added a few sequins. I'm very happy with this card and I will definitely be using this paper again.
     Products used:
Altenew Peony Bouquet
Bienfang 170# canvas paper 
Misti ( My Favorite Tool)
Hampton Arts #jb0198 sentiment
Inkadinkado masking paper
Ranger Archival and Distress inks
     I will be entering this card in:
Thanks for stopping by.
God Bless,
Karen








One-Of-A-Kind

Hello,
    I've been doing a little experimenting, trying to see if I can make my own glimmer paste. I have some Dreamweaver's translucent embossing paste and I wanted to make a pretty textured background for my card. I took about a tablespoon of the paste and added some Martha Stewart green glitter, about a teaspoon. I didn't measure it, but when I mixed it, it was very green. I used a stencil and pallet knife to apply the paste to my card and let it dry. I was thrilled at the result. I will definitely use this technique again. the best thing is no glitter mess coming off the card.
 (for full instructions http://simplypaperaddress.blogspot.com/2017/02/be-mine.html)
     I stamped Altenew's One-Of-A-Kind mini flower on watercolor paper, colored it with my Zig clean color pens and fussy cut it out. I used a spellbinders die, and dimensional tape to pop-up the flower on the die. Then I used a 1" piece of white paper, stamped One-Of-A-Kind, and used my Ranger distress ink (Picked Raspberry) and my blender tool to color the strip and the edges of the frame. Then popped up the front panel on a white card with foam.
     Here's a close up of the glimmer
     Products used:
Altenew mini stamp One-Of-A-Kind
Dreamweaver translucent embossing paste    
Martha Stewart Malachite glitter
Spellbinders die
Joggles stencil#30-33714 (branches)
Bristol vellum surface paper By Strathmore
Core'dination cardstock
Craft foam
3m dimensional tape
     I will be entering this card in these challenges:

Happy crafting!
God Bless,
Karen
      

Monday, February 13, 2017

Be Mine

Hello,


     I've been spending a lot of time in my craft room this past week, trying new techniques and some old ones that I've forgotten about. I was reminded of one that I used to teach years ago, by Vicki Papaioannou ( Birthday Card/ Aqua Flow pens/ Novo Glimmer Paste/video).
     I don't have any Novo Glimmer paste (http://goo.gl/1DZxhR) but I do have tons of embossing paste from my classes and some Farber Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel.
    I started by selecting the stencil I wanted for the background, I have tons of stencils so finding the right one took me a while. Once I had it, I cut my paper down to the size I wanted, because once the paste dries it would be impossible to cut on my trimmer. I used a 110lb cardstock for this to give it stability, but 65lb works just as well. I taped down my card stock, using Scotch removable Tape, I love using it because it doesn't stick to my card ever. Then I aligned the stencil where I wanted it, and taped it down. Using my pallet knife I applied the FC Glass Bead paste to the stencil in a downward stroke, using just enough pressure to apply the paste, then in an upward stroke in the same place. By doing this it fills in all the spaces you might have missed on the first stroke and gives a more even layer. Then I removed the stencil and placed it in a warm soapy water bath so the stencil would clean up easily. I removed the tape from my paper and move my background to a safe place to dry while I made my flowers.
     I stamped out my flowers using Altenew's Beautiful Day stamps, and Distress Ink. Then I fussy cut them out. By the time I was done my background was dry and I could put my card together.
     Using glue dots I placed my leaves where I wanted them on the background. then I cut a circle for the back of one of the flowers, to give just a little more dimension from the leaves. the second flower was popped up using dimensional tape. I cut a small banner of pink and stamped Be Mine from my Clearly Posh stamp set (POSH-CST-024). Then matted in pink and adhered it to a white card.
      I love the way the card turned out and will be using this technique more often from now on.
                                            
I've added this close up for a better view of the glass bead background shimmer.

I will be entering this card in these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by,
God Bless,
Karen



                                                
 


Monday, January 30, 2017

I Love You More

Hi all,
      Well Valentines Day is just around the corner and I find that I don't have many valentine stamps.
I searched through my stash and found these cute little Owls and a sentiment stamp from Impression Obsession that did nicely. Hope You Like it.
     I stamped the owls in brown Archival ink, masked them, then stamped the branch. I used a piece of vellum over it to position the branch. I had to stamp and move it a couple of times to get it right. (The vellum was placed over the image and then stamped until I was able to get the branch in just the right place). Then I positioned the sentiment stamp and stamped it in Archival black. I used my Prismacolor pencils to color the owls, and distress ink for the branch. Then a little edge of Tumbled Glass around the branch and Owls. Then using a Red Gelly Roll sparkle pen I wrote Happy-Valentines-Day-Be-Mine around the edge. I Matted in Red and attached to a white card.


Products used: Impression Obsession stamps- (Owls-E7760) and Sentiment (C14534-More Today)
                         Ranger Archival ink (black and brown)
                         Prismacolor soft core colored pencils
                         Canson watercolor paper
                         Gelly Roll sparkle pen (red)
                         Canson cardstock (red and White)
I will be entering this card in: Impression Obsession challenge(love is in the air)
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy crafting!
God Bless,
Karen

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Black, White and a spot of Red

     Today's card took me out of my comfort zone, big time. I love to use lots of color on my cards and the challenge was to only use Black, White and Red. I think I dreamt about it last night, LOL, because when I got up this morning I knew exactly which stamps I was going to use to make it. I love the way it turned out and I think I will be trying this again soon.

Products used:
Altenew Stamp Sets( Beautiful Day and Peony Bouquet)
Ranger Archival Ink ( Black and Grey-Watering Can)
Ranger Distress ink (Fired Brick and Aged  Mahogany)
Ranger Distress watercolor paper
Hampton Arts sentiment
Canson red cardstock
Inkadinkado masking paper
Misti
     I started by stamping out the different flowers on scrap paper to get my positioning just right. Then I started stamping the first flower by using  Black to outline, then I used the Grey over the whole flower and stamped the shadows in Black, creating my focal point in the bouquet. I then masked it and stamped the second flower and the 2 smaller flowers in Black and the shadows in Grey. Again, I masked the Flowers and stamped the leaves in Black and masked them.
I stamped the rest in Black and then removed the masks. I was very happy with the result. I put down a light layer of Pumice Stone ink and water to give it depth and stamped, Thank You in Red. I finished by matting in Red.
I will be entering this card in these challenges:
                                        Make My Monday ( Black, White and a spot of Red)
                                        Addicted to Stamps and More (Anything goes)
                                         Tuesday Throwdown Challenge ( Anything Goes)
                                         Simon Says Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes)
Thanks for stopping by,
Happy Crafting.
God Bless,
Karen

Monday, January 23, 2017

To a special Lady

     I made this card for a very special Lady. She turned 80 yesterday, and she is my Sister-in-law's Mom. Many years ago even before my brother met his wife, I was on a ladies bowling league and she was on one of the teams; coincidently with my other sister-in-law's Mom. Small world. So we've known each other for a time. She's a great Lady.
     I wanted to make her a special card to let her know how much she means to me. One of my very favorite stamp sets that I got for Christmas was The Altenew Beautiful Day set. I just love it and have been using it a lot.  So here is the card that I made for this very special Lady.

 



     I was so happy with the way these blue flowers came out that I had to do a little on the inside too.

 
     Just a little to pull it al together.
Supplies used:
     Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp set
     Ranger distress Inks(Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Stormy Sky, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint,
Mustard Seed)
     Canson Card Watercolor paper
     Inkadinkado masking paper
     I used my favorite stamp set with My favorite inks to create this card for one of my favorite people. 

I will be entering this card in: The Flower Challenge Blue and Yellow
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy crafting!
God Bless,
Karen
    
    

  

 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Happy Birthday

     My card today is for a very special young women. She is my son's wife and mother to my grandchildren. I've known her since she was a child of 12 and can tell you she is and amazing women. She takes care of a house, 3 kids, a husband, a cat and dog, she's a part time nanny and she somehow goes to college full time. I love her as if she were my own daughter and so I wanted to make her a very special card for her birthday.
     For Christmas my husband went all out and got me some amazing stamps by Penny Black, Zig clean color pens, and tons more. This card was made using some of them.
     Using Penny Black Slapstick/Cling #40-447 Poppy Gems I stamped with Versa Mark and embossed in black on watercolor paper. Then using my Zig pens I colored in the flowers in 2 colors using some black seed beads for the centers. I stamped the Happy Birthday from a  Stampabilites clear titles set. The butterfly is from Hampton Arts Cling,( Once upon a time springtime set). I added Light blue zig pen around the flowers, and fussy cut 3 butterflies for the front and inside the card.
     I hope she likes this card as much as I do.
I will be entering this card in these challenges:
My Favorite Things Color Challenge #61
Penny Black At Allsorts
Penny Black Saturday Challenge


Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Crafting!
God Bless,
Karen



A Winters Walk

Hello again,
     I made several cards for Christmas this year and was so busy I didn't have time to blog so here's
one of my favorites.
     I will be entering this card in the Make My Monday Challenge( A Winters Walk) and Simon Says
Monday Challenge (Chill Out)






 Make My Monday
                                                                                 Simon Says Monday Challenge


      I used Stampendous' #CRP169 Cling Snow Bird, Ranger Distress ink, Farber Castell glass bead glitter gel for the snow, the sentiment is IO B5462 Christmas Joy, the snow flakes are unknown.








Thanks for stopping by,
Happy Crafting!


God Bless,
Karen



































































Snowman Shaker card

Hi all,


     Made this card for Christmas and decided to enter it in the Addicted to Stamps Challenge-
( Frosty Friends) I loved how this little guy turned out and I hope you do too. By the way, this is my first shaker card.




     The Snowman is From AI and Hampton Arts the set comes with 2 snowmen, 2snowflakes a sentiment, a snowman and snowflake die #ASTM D4236. 
The trees are from Fiskars, snow globe mini set. The snow globe is just a spellbinders circle die and the base is a digi. I colored using Ranger distress inks. I used Recollections stars glitter shapes for snow.
     The card was a big hit with my family and friends I hope you like it too!

Thanks for stopping by.
Happy crafting!
God Bless,
Karen


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Beautiful Day

     Today is not such a beautiful day outside, but in my craft room, it feels like heaven.  I finally get to play with all my new stuff I got for Christmas. YAY!!!

      Altenew Beautiful Day, and Best Mom were just a few of the excellent gifts I received. My cards today are made from these two sets and I couldn't be happier with the way they came out.


I will be entering both cards in the Altenew Inspiration Challenge



My first card was made from the Best Mom set.

It is a simple card but I love it.

I stamped in Archival black, on Bristol paper then used my new Zig Clean Color Pens to color.  BoBunny's Hello (#10105761), a few sequins and some splashes. A little strip of pink card stock
 along one edge and I trimmed 1/2" off the other, then popped it up with fun foam.

My second card was made using the Beautiful Day set.
















I just love this stamp set. I did a splotched background of Distress ink (Squeezed Lemonade and Antique Linen) then  I stamped in Archival Black. Using my Distress inks, (Barn Door, Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany) I then stamped each stage. I was using Canson Watercolor paper, which has some texture so on the first full background stamp, after stamping, I used my water brush to fill in and make the background color smooth. Then I continued with the rest of the stages. I masked the flower when it was done and stamped the leaves.(Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint) I stamped the Hello with the Just Rite set (CL-02138) and Archival ink. Some splashes in and a few sequins, some
Sunflower yellow pearls from Queen & Comp., a  matt of Colormates (Deep Berry Red) card stock
on an off white card.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a Beautiful Day!!!

Karen