Sunday, May 18, 2014

Celebrate Today

Another post tonight for Color Throwdown #292:



This card was actually kind of labor-intensive.  I colored a swatch of paper with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain and went to town die-cutting the CASual Fri-dies links.  After that everything went by slightly quicker.  Papertrey Ink stamps, Hero Arts Bubblegum Pink ink for the ‘jam’, Copics for the jar lid, and Studio Calico sequins.

Thanks for visiting!

PTI–cluster stamped sentiment

Tonight’s card is an attempt at PTI’s Cluster Stamped Sentiment:


I used the little circle from Irresistibly Ikat, fun to find a new use for a random circle stamp.  The stamp is Avery Elle and the inks are Hero Arts.  If I were to do this again I would emboss it in white instead of clear.


Thanks for the quick visit!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sunny Hello

And now for the latest CASE study!



This card was so fun to make.  My inspiration comes from the card in several places – the dots, the colors, and the floral.  Here’s how I made it:  the main white panel is embossing paste in a Heidi Swapp stencil.  I mixed up four small blobs of paste with deepening amounts of Distress Stain in Black Soot for an ombre effect.  The flower was made with a McGill lily punch and colored with Distress Inks and a copic to make it look more realistic, as well as a Wink of Stella, because who doesn’t want more shimmer!?

Here’s a close-up of the flower:


Thank you for looking, have a nice day!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Nautical Father’s Day

Second post for the evening, trying to fit everything in – it’s time for CASology – Metal!



I almost never use a black panel, but for Perfect Pearls it really is the best choice to make them stand out for their full potential.  I stamped this ship wheel and colored in six different metallic Perfect Pearls.  (It kind of almost looks like a gear too, which is also very masculine).  Very subtle and perfect for dad.  Sentiment from Avery Elle, anchor punch by Studio Calico.

Father’s Day is a great time to practice masculine CAS cards – a challenge within itself, no?

Sparkle & Shine

Finally got to squeeze some craft time in, yay!  Today’s card is inspo from Case this Sketch and Color Throwdown!


I loved those gems I went pretty literal with this one!


The stamp set is by Neat & Tangled, I used a solid image diamond to stamp it on my card base with Versamark and brushed Perfect Pearls over the images.  I used the two smaller outlined image diamonds to stamp in various Distress ink colors (Crushed Olive, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire) and watercolored with them.  the sentiment is stamped in Chipped Sapphire, with an overlay of Wink of Stella.


This card is incredibly difficult to photograph properly, so I took a couple shots of it.  Not sure which I liked better, so I thought I’d show you both!


Here’s close up of all the sparkle & shine so to speak!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

RIC and CASE This Sketch

I won’t waste time babbling, but I love this dual challenge – a great partnership with RIC and CASE this Sketch!


This card came about relatively quickly, I was predominantly inspired by obviously not only the challenges themselves, but Joni Andaya on the RIC DT and decided to set about making it my own.

The black panel is dry embossed, it’s actually Coredinations paper with white core, once I sanded it a bit deeper it really took on an alternate type of chalkboard look.  The flowers are hand watercolored with Distress Inks – Tattered Rose, Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, and Fired Brick.  The darker centers are Winsor & Newton in Ultramarine 660 WC with some white gel pen.  The leaves are Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, and Forest Moss.  Sequins and Pearls finish.  Oh and some Perfect Pearls Mists, here’s a close up:


The leaves have Green Patina and the flowers have Biscotti.

Thanks so much for joining me, have a great day!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Trompe L’oeil Card

I have no idea where the thought process for this card came from but I am so happy how it came out!

Inspiration thanks to CASology – Garden


So fun to make!  It is actually really simple; I embossed the dogwood flower image on the card front itself, and on a separate white paper.  I colored both the exact same way.  I ran the separate paper through my die cut machine a couple times with some various sized circle dies to create this look.  The coloring is done with Distress Inks and Markers in Victorian velvet, Shabby Shutters, and Mustard Seed.

Hope you give this a try, it is really easy with a great effect!