Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Which way is the candy?

Hello again!    Fall has started and I am getting out all my fall and halloween stamp sets.      I love this time of the year.   The only thing that I will miss is the longer days.    Soon, it will be dark when I leave for work and dark when I get home.    I will only see my house in the daylight on the weekend. I watercolored the witch image from the Birdie Brown set, Which way is the Candy?    I used my Zig markers and water colored the image.    The background was done with Distress inks instead of the Zig.  I find it easier to make the background with them.   This little witch always makes me think of Samantha on Bewitched, for the younger crowd, that is an old TV show.   For the watercolor background, I really wanted a lot of spots and marks to reflect what I love about watercoloring.   You dry your background in-between coats and you will get the cool spotted look.    

Stamps:  MFT Birdie Brown Which way is the Candy? 
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint
Papers: Carlson Watercolor paper, SU Basic Black
Tools: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Recollections Black Rhinestones

Happy Haunting!  

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - No designer paper

Happy fall!    For this challenge, I used a new stamp from Purple Onion stamps to create a cute Halloween card.   The image was colored with Copic markers and then I die cut it with a circle die from My Favorite Things.     Lot's of sparkle was added to the card with my Wink of Stella pen.  I added to the hat on the cat and the harlequin stamped paper.    This is a 5x5 card and most of the layout was from a My Favorite Things Blueprint 14 die.

Stamps:  Purple Onion Midnight, MFT Balloon Strings Background stamp 
Inks: MFT Hybrid Black Licorice, Grout Grey die, Hybrid Sour Apple, Hybrid Slate
Papers:  Copic Xpress it, MFT Grout Grey, Sour Apple, Tangy Orange, PI Kraft
Tools:  MFT Blueprints 14, Cross Stitched Circle Stax, Clear Wink of Stella, Sakura White Gel pen, Copics 

I am entering this card in the Simon Say Wednesday Challenge  for No Designer Series paper.  

Hope you have a great week! 

My Favorite Things Weekly Sketch Challenge - Delicate Poppies

Happy Sunday!    I decided to pull out my Zig Clean Color Markers to color up the poppies from this stamp set.    They are very vibrant and blend nicely on Bristol paper.   The Bristol paper provides a smooth surface for blending the colors.   To keep the color vibrant and intense, I did not add water but blended just with the markers.  

I have had the original stamp set from MFT Lisa Johnson Pretty Poppies, I really loved when she came out with a matching set that was line images that are great for coloring with watercolor or any type of marker.   This was my first time using the Poppies in the Delicate Pretty Poppies set.   I ended up coloring a bunch of them so when I need to make a quick card, I have some all ready to go to make other cards.  

Check below for all the items used on this card.    I used vibrant reds to make the poppies really pop. You can barely see on the white panel, I stamped with the Linen Background Stamp and used some Sea Glass Blue ink and just lightly ran my hand along the panel as I was inking so that there were uneven places in the stamping.    All the edges of the Steel Blue Card Stock were inked with Distress ink in Pumice Stone to give them a vintage feel.  

All products My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted below. 

Stamps:  LJD Delicate Pretty Poppies, Linen Background stamp
Inks: Hybrid Black Licorice, Distress Ink Pumice Stone, SSS Sea Glass, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (Carmine Red, Light Carmine, Light pink, Olive Green, Mid Green, Dark Brown, Mid Brown)
Papers: Steel Blue, Smooth White, Jelly Bean Green, Strathmore Bristol 
Tools:  Stitched Recthangle Frames, Pierced Fishtail Flag Stax, LJD Pretty Poppies dies, Blueprint 12, Stitched Horizontal Strips, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear 4 mm and 6 mm sequins, Sakura White Gel Pen 

The color is so vibrant with coloring directly with the Zig markers.   They blended very easily on the Bristol paper.    I applied two coats with the markers.    The picture below shows the dimension created with foam tape and the sparkling sequins add the final touch of sparkle.   

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch! Purple Onion Stamps

I am trying a new sketch challenge this weekend.    I am joining the CTS#141 and used some new Purple Onion Stamps that I got this week.   I am always looking at the cards on this challenge blog but never played.    I colored up this cute little owl and used some other products that I had out for another card I made and it came together so quickly.      

Stamps:  Purple Onion Sweetheart, MFT Sweater Stitch Background, SU Itty Bitty Banners
Inks: MFT Hybrid Black Licorice, SSS Fog, Versamark
Papers: MFT Smooth White, SU Lucky Limeade, MFT Grout Grey, Copic Xpress it 
Tools:  MFT Blueprints 13, MFT Layered Leaves,  MFT Blueprints Tag Builder 3, SU Itty Bitty Banner, Copics, PPP Sequins, SSS Mini Hearts Set 

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A Christmas Mouse - My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge

I just love this MFT Birdie Brown Harvest Mouse stamp set.   I have made several cards with this set so far and this little images are so adorable.   I decided to make one of the images into a Christmas Mouse for a Christmas card.    I used some non traditional Christmas colors for this card.    When I looked at the sketch I thought of MFT Snow Globe die set.  I looked for a small tree but did not have one that fit in my little scene.   I will be on the look out for a tree to use with this little mouse and thought it would make some cute Christmas cards.       

All Products My Favorite Things unless otherwise indicated. 

Stamps:  Birdie Brown Harvest Mouse, Snowfall Background, Sweater Stitch Background, Linen Background, Cheerful Christmas Greetings
Inks: Steel Grey Hybrid, Black Licorice Hybrid, Versamark, SSS Fog, Distress: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire
Papers: Smooth White, Steel Grey, Copic Xpress it, Razzle Berry
Tools: Snow Globe die, BB Harvest Mouse die, PPP Sequins, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Copics, Blueprints 8, Stitched Snow Slopes, Martha Stewart Clear Glitter  

Thanks for stopping by today!!!   

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Peek a boo card for the My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar Contest

One last card that I am entering into the My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar contest!   I used my new Birdie Brown Harvest Mouse set and the Stitched Interactive Window Trio to create a peek a boo card.   I started with some MFT Tangy Orange card stock and stamped with the Gingham Background stamp with Tangy Orange Ink.    I used the Blueprints 13 Stitched Frame to cut the panel with a nice stitched edge.   I then die cut the Stitched Interactive trio out and trimmed out two of the panels flaps and left one for a surprise the to card recipient.  

I penciled the open areas to stamp the image from the Harvest Mouse set and colored the images in with Copic Markers and then added some Wink of Stella clear and White Gel Pen as accent to the pictures.   The sentiment is from Lisa Johnson Designs Cheerful Blessings from My Favorite Things and stamped with Versamark and embossed with Gold embossing powder.   I added two Pierced Fishtail flags to the stop and stamped one with the Swiss Dot Background stamp.    

Stamps: My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Harvest Mouse, Gingham Background, Swiss Dot Background, Cheerful Blessings 
Inks: MFT Hybrid Black Licorice, Tangy Orange, Versamark
Papers: MFT Tangy Orange, Chocolate Brown, SU Soft Suede, Copic Xpress it 
Tools: MFT Blueprints 13, Stitched Interactive Window Trio, Pierced Fishtail Flag Stax, SU Gold Embossing Powder, Sakura White Gel Pen, Wink of Stella Clear, Copics 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge 254 - Gnome Sweet Gnome

Hope you are having a great day!    I have a card to share for this week's Wednesday Sketch Challenge with My Favorite Things     I looked at the sketch and thought my little Gnome could use a house, so I used the dog house die from MFT to make a gnome size house.   I colored my images with Copic Markers and then used my two favorite background stamps.    The finished card is 5x5 square.  

Stamps:  MFT Birdie Brown You Gnome Me, Swiss Dot Background, Linen Background, Lawn Fawn Milo's ABC
Inks:  MFT Hybrid Black Licorice, Sour Apple, Sno Cone, Versamark
Papers:  MFT Smooth White, Sour Apple, Copic Xpress it, SU Basic Black 
Tools: MFT Pierced Fishtail Flag Stax, You Gnome Me Dies, Dog House die, White Embossing Powder and MFT Blueprints 14, Stitched Snow Drifts 

Thanks for stopping by!    Hope you have wonderful day. 

I am also entering this card in the My Favorite Things 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Ink Smooshing with Stencils - My Favorite Things Card Design Contest

I used my stencil and Distress Inks and did a smoothing technique on some watercolor card stock to create a background for a fall themed card.       Using a stencil on the backside, smooth some Distress inks in various spots.   For my card, I used Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade and Gathered Twigs.  Then spritz it really good with some water and flip the stencil over and smooth it on to the watercolor paper.    I use some copy paper to place on top and run my hands over the stencil and watercolor paper to press the ink into the paper.   You need to really spritz it with some water and get the colors moving before you flip it on to the water color paper.    I then water colored my Pure Innocence stamp with distress inks on water color paper. 

Stamps:  My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Thankful Friend
Inks: MFT Hybrid Hot Fudge, Versamark, Distress Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Gathered twigs, Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive, Brushed Corduroy, Spun Sugar, Tattered rose, Vintage Photo
Papers: SU Early Espresso, Vellum, Watercolor 
Tools:  MFT Pierced Circle Frames, MFT PI Thankful Friend Die, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, SU Gold Embossing Powder, MFT Circle 1 Stax, MFT Wonky Chevron Stencil 

I am entering this card into the My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar contest. 

Thanks for stopping by!    

Monday, September 7, 2015

Distress Ink Stamping Part Two - Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Make it Colorful

Here is my second card sharing the same method of my prior post, except this is the first generation stamping the image and I save the second generation stamped image for another card.  This time I used Distress Inks of Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade and Gathered Twigs.    I spritzed water on the stamp after inking and then stamped the image on watercolor paper.   I then spritzed with water again and stamped a second image with the ink left over on the stamp.  I saved that for another card that I will share later.      I made this into a Mother's Day card with a sentiment from a Simon Says Stamp set called Best Mom Ever.  

Stamps:   Stampendous Butterfly Trio, SSS Best Mom Ever 
Inks: Distress Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade and Gathered Twigs, Versamark
Papers:  SU Soft Suede, Watercolor paper
Tools: MFT Blueprints 20, SSS Mini Hearts die, Heidi Swap Gold Color Shine, Ranger Liquid Pearl Embossing Powder

Distress Ink Stamping - Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Make it Colorful

Today I am sharing two cards (separate post for the second card) created using Distress Ink Stamping along with water to make an ink blended background.    First up is a card created with blues and brown distress ink.    I used Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Gathered Twigs.   I used a stamp from Stampendous called Butterfly Trio.     I inked up the stamp with the Distress inks and spritzed with water to get the ink moving.    Then I stamped the image on watercolor paper.    I actually stamped two impressions. The image below is the second generation of the stamp.   I spritzed with water and stamped on watercolor paper and then stamped.  Spritzed with water and stamped again to get a lighter impression and used for the card below.    I saved the initial image for another card.    I used some more distress ink and water and then flicked the card with some ink splatter.   I added some Heidi Swap Gold Color Shine to add some sparkle.

Stamps:  Stampendous Butterfly Trio, Verve Scripture Melody 1
Inks: Distress Inks Cracked Pistashio, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Gathered Twigs, MFT Hybrid Hot Fudge, SU Soft Suede(sponged edges)
Papers: SU Soft Suede, Watercolor, Misc paper pad scraps
Tools: Avery Elle Finished Frames Die, MFT Blueprints 5, Heidi Swap Gold Color Shine, Sewing machine

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

My Favorite Things Card Contest - Card Design Superstar

I have another card that I am entering into the Card Design Superstar contest.    I used the new Fall Florals stamp set and created another card with this set.     I wanted to make a soft card and I think that this set creates a vintage vibe.    I added a sentiment from MFT Lisa Johnson Designs Cheerful Blessings, this is one of my favorite sentiment sets. 

This is a wonderful stamp set that I can see myself using a lot.    I have not bought a whole bunch of flower builder sets but I loved the twiggy branch and florets that came with this set.    Fall is my favorite time of the year.    

Stamps:  My Favorite Things Fall Florals,  LJD Cheerful Blessings
Inks: Versamark, ME Pigment
Papers: MFT Grout Grey, Berrylicious, Whip Cream
Tools:  MFT Four Way Chevron Cover up,  Double Stitched Ovals, Fall Florals Dies, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Ranger Liquid Pearl Embossing Powder

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My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge and Fall Florals

I got my new goodies this week from the last MFT release and just love this new Fall Florals set.   I am ready for Fall!    Football has started and that means the start of Fall.    If the weather would just cooperate and cool down!      I started off with an orange base stamped with the Gingham Background stamp.     I die cut and stamped several flowers using various pigment inks.   I then layered every thing up and added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins to add some sparkle.   I then sponged the edges for a vintage vibe.  

Stamps:  MFT Fall Florals, Gingham Background, Burlap Background, Linen Background
Inks: MFT Tangy Orange,  Hybrid Kraft, Versamark, ME Pigments, SU Soft Suede
Papers: MFT Steel Blue, Berrylicious, Tangy Orange, Whip Cream
Tools:  MFT Double Stitched Rectangle Stax, Pinking Edge Rectangle, Fishtail Flag Stax, Pierced Fishtail Flag Stax, Fall Florals dies, SU Gold Embossing Powder, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins

I am entering this card in the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge and Superstar Card Contest

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