Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #225

I just completed the Cosmic Watercolor Class with Melanie April Art and had a plethora of planets hanging around the craft room.  I just had to use one of them in some type of project!

I used distress oxide inks to create the starry background and the new Lawn Fawn constellation stamps embossed in white.  I had so much fun blending with the inks - it really is one of my first attempts with these inks and they are so easy to work with!  I can't wait to try again and go a little lighter on the black soot distress oxide ink.  :)

'Your Future's Bright' is from Concord and 9th.
'Make a Wish' is from Lawn Fawn
'Wishing You' is from Winnie and Walter.
**all linked below**

I hope you'll join us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #225!

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Distress Oxide Inks

Lawn Fawn Upon a Star

Concord & 9th Sunshine
Winnie and Walter Sending You

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Rascally Raccoons!

Hey there!  These little critters just wanted to stop by and say 'Hello'!  These little guys are from Newton's Nook.  I stamped them on watercolor paper and colored them in with my Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers.  I die cut the grass and the 'Hello' sentiment and then started layering!  

This card is being entered in a few challenges this week.  This card was entered into the Creative Knockouts Card for Kids challenge as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

Happy Crafting!

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Newton's Nook Raccoon Rascals
Hero Arts Hello Stamp and Die Set
Sizzix Grass Thinlit

Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers

Sizzix Fox Thinlits - Card for Children 'Lookin' Foxy'

This little guy was so fun to make!  I believe I saw this die cut on an HSN craft day and I just had to have him.  I used this Sizzix set to create a gate fold Fox card.  There were a couple of great card challenges that had themes of 'Cards for Kids' and I instantly thought of this fox.  To finish up the card, I used a stamp from Unity Stamps and attached it to some twine.

This card was entered into the Creative Knockouts Card for Kids challenge as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge and finally the Crafty Calendar Card Shape Challenge.

Happy Crafting!

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Sizzix Fox Thinlit

Unity Stamps Lookin Foxy

Altenew Garden Treasure & Spotlighting

What a labor of love these beauties turned out to be!  I stamped several of Altenew's Garden Treasure flowers in gold embossing powder down the left side of the card.  Then, I created a spotlight of one of the flowers on kraft paper.  I used watercolors to highlight the flower and then used pop-it dots to place the flower directly over the earlier embossed flower.  

When I matted the card, I dragged my versa mark ink over the right side of the card to create the gold edging.  I think it completes the card.  And... since I couldn't figure out what type of sentiment the card needed, I decided to leave it blank!

My inspiration came from the 4 Crafty Chicks Spotlight Challenge and since I decided to use Altenew products, I am also entering this card in their August Inspiration Challenge.  The design was inspired from the Case This Sketch #234 blog challenge.  I very rarely combine card challenges - but this week it all worked beautifully!

Happy Crafting!

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Altenew Garden Treasure Stamp Set

Altenew Gold Embossing Power

Monday, August 7, 2017

It's Baby Berrier Time!

I was asked to create a baby card for Baby Berrier.... and what better than a strawberry!

Part of this card is an .svg file from svgcuts.com that I purchased.  I loved adding all the little touches and bling to this card.  I do hope the Berrier's enjoy their card and that Baby Berrier joins us soon!

This card was entered into the Crafty Calendar Challenge 'Shapes' for the month of August.   I just found their blog recently and was so excited to have a card I could enter into their challenge!

Solo attempt at work with Art Impression's Bunny stamp

A good friend and I recently took a watercolor class with Art Impression's Kendra Krebs at Impressive Ideas in Norcross, GA!  We had a great time and it just so happens that I had purchased a bunny and cat set of these stamps during my Seattle trip a few weeks back.  

Today I decided to see if I could use these stamps without an instructor!  I didn't have the scenery stamps like we did in class - but I did have a plethora of peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry!  They are a great company and are always running specials.  The peg stamps worked perfect my this project!  
I stamped the bunny in black soot distress oxide ink and the rest with the LePlume markers.  You actually use these markers directly on the stamp!  Then I used a damp paint brush and feathered out the ink and added some additional color.  Le Plume markers are water based and move feely with a little bit of water.

I die cut the sentiment from a sheet of blue Lawn Fawn watercolor paper and then added all the itty bitty pieces and mounted it all on dark blue yardstick.  I am so pleased with how this little bunny turned out on my first solo attempt!

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Case this Sketch Challenge

I wanted to play more with the distress oxide inks and my new IO stamp 'Happy Birthday' and really had no clue what would be the result!  I started with the three inks and blended them on white card stock.  I spritzed water on them and then flicked white acrylic ink.  It was a ton of fun!

I created the hydrangea from a stamp and stencil set and used my Martha Stewart punch to add some 3-D depth to the image.  I used Lawn Fawn Black Licorice ink to stamp the image and colored the flower in with my Spectrum Noir markers.

I finished the edges with the Lawn Fawn border dies.

I am entering this into the Case this Sketch Challenge #323.

Get your craft on!

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Distress Oxide Inks

Wendy Vecchio Hydrangea

Spectrum Noir Markers
Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders 

Martha Stewart Hydrangea Punch

Sunday, August 6, 2017

2 Crafty Critters Challenge #5 and Paper Craft Happy Challenge #4

OMG - I'm just swooning!  I just love this stamp set from Neat and and Tangled!

I used distress oxide inks to create the background.  Then I used whipped spackle and some pink glitter to make the polka-dots.

These critters are just so adorable!  I was looking for some inspiration and came across the 2 Crafty Critters Blog and went in search of some critters to play with!  It just so happens, a good friend just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Elowynn Joy!  I can't wait to get this in the mail to her and wish their family all the blessings in the world... and maybe some sleep.

Also while I was poking around Paper Playful, I came across the Paper Craft Happy Challenge #4 Animal.  I decided to enter this card in that challenge too!  How super fun!

Creative Knockouts also did a furry friends challenge!  This card is just so cute, I'm spreading it around!

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Neat & Tangled Itty Bitty Welcoming

Distress Oxide Inks  

Faber Castell Whipped Spackle

Rubberneck Stamps Challenge: Invitations


The next Rubbernecker Stamp Challenge!  I decided to make this nifty card to invite a girlfriend to lunch when I head home to Connecticut in a few weeks!

The background is from Concord and 9th - stamped four different times.  Two of them were embossed and the other two were inked.  The flower is from Altenew and the sentiment is from Impression Obsession.  I just love how all the colors worked together and I do hope my invite works!

Happy Crafting!

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Concord & 9th Stamp - Hello  

Altenew Floral Fantasy