Sunday, October 23, 2016

CAS400 Glittery Noel Angel

Over on SCS, we are celebrating the 400th CAS challenge this week.  Wow!  In honor of this huge milestone, Miss Lee is asking us to create a card using items that begin with the letters CAS.  For my card, I chose the following:

C - Christmas
A - Angel
S - Sparkle

I stamped the angel with Lost Lagoon ink and let it dry.  Then I added 1/8" tape to all four edges and covered them with white gold glitter.  I cut out the Noel sentiment from a sticky tape sheet and covered it with the same white gold glitter.  I love how this glitter looks with this Lagoon ink and cardstock. :-)

Come play with our celebratory challenge this week! Check out the CAS challenges in the forum HERE.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sunflower Smiles

I'm back again today with another Falliday Fest card to share with y'all.  Patty has a very unique challenge up on SCS today which is part inspiration challenge, part color challenge, and part cooking/recipe challenge.  You'll have to read all about it HERE.

I colored this beautiful sunflower from Power Poppy with my Prismacolor Premiere pencils.  (I looooooooooove those Power Poppy stamps!!!)  I had a lot of fun keeping with the theme of the ingredients for apple pie - green and red apples, vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  These ingredients translated into the colors I used on my card.  For a fun little touch of whimsy, I added some sequins here and there.

Come play in the Falliday Fest challenges with us!  Tomorrow is the last day, so hurry on over and check out the challenges HERE.  Happy Friday!

In Praise of Sunflowers - Power Poppy
Prairie Cheer (sentiment) - Power Poppy

Chocolate Chip, Strathmore Bristol Bright White from Paper Temptress
Sugar Hill dp from Farm House

sequins, sheer brown ribbon, Prismacolor Premiere pencils

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Denim Kinkade Christmas

Hey folks!  We are almost in the home stretch for the Falliday Fest challenges over on SCS.  One of the challenges today was to make a blue Christmas card, so I immediately thought of my Thomas Kinkade stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms.  This is one of the original stamps with the wood block, and the easiest way to ink this up is with a brayer.

I inked up the brayer with denim blue ink and rolled it all over the top of the Kinkade stamp.  Then I placed my smooth white paper over the top and held it in place while I pressed the paper onto the stamp.  When I pulled the paper off, this beautiful image is what resulted.  I found a sentiment that would fit across the top and stamped it with the same blue ink.

I love making clean and simple cards like this, and I love making them flat and mail-able.  That is so important when mailing out tons of Christmas cards every year.  :-)

Go check out the Falliday Fest challenges and play along with us!  You have until the end of the month to finish the challenges and upload your cards for a chance to win an awesome prize from one of our sponsors!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Steampunk Feather

Hi again!  I'm back with another Falliday challenge card, and this is the one I created for Bev's (TexasGrammy) challenge.  She challenged us to randomly smoosh Versamark over cardstock and emboss it with any color of embossing powder.  

I pulled out some black cardstock and dotted that with my Versamark ink pad.  I covered it with gold embossing powder, but when I was shaking off the excess powder, I accidentally hit the edge of my scratch paper.  This left a "line" where the embossing powder was scraped off.  After looking at it, I actually liked that look. so I jabbed the scratch paper at my black cardstock some more.  I then hit it with the heat gun and I got this cool looking background.  

I thought this background would look perfect with some steampunk images, so I pulled out my Steampunk Fun stamps from Art Neko.  This steampunk feather was just calling my name, so I stamped it with Versamark and covered it with the same gold embossing powder as the background.  I love the way this looks with that handmade background!

Check out the Falliday challenges over in the SCS forum HERE.  Play along with us for a chance to win prizes!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy Holly Days!

Hi folks!!  I'm one of the hostesses for the Falliday challenges over on SCS, and my challenge is up today.  Falliday is two weeks of fun holiday challenges and tutorials designed to help you get jump-started on your fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas cards.  You can find all the challenges over in the forum HERE.

For my challenge - FF16hbrown, I want to see what you create with holly leaves and berries.  I pulled out this holly background stamp from Impression Obsession and embossed it with Forest Green embossing powder.  I colored the berries with Hot Cinnamon Twinkling H2O's paint, and then I covered the berries with Glossy Accents.  This helps seal the paint so it won't run when it is sprayed with water or shimmer spray.  I sprayed Old Lace Glimmer Mist all over the piece for a subtle gold shimmer.  While that was drying, I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  

Head over to the Falliday forum and play along in the challenges with us.  Be sure to use this keyword - FF16hbrown - when you upload your card for my challenge.  :-)  Happy Holly Days!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Pink Watercolored Flowers

As promised, here is the card that I worked on last week.  I showed some sneak peeks of this on Facebook, and now you can see it in its entirety.  :-)

I embossed this gorgeous flower from Art Neko's Flowers and Whimsy sheet with clear embossing powder onto some Fabriano Studio Hot Press watercolor paper.  I then pulled out some Zig Clean Color markers and had a blast watercoloring these flowers.

I started with a pale blue around the edges of the flowers and leaves.  After I let it dry, I then added some deep green color to the edges of the leaves, and then I used a wet paintbrush to pull that color out to the rest of the area.  I love that splotchy, uneven-ness of watercoloring.  :-)  I waited again for the green ink to dry before starting in on the flowers.  I actually used a deep red color, but when I pulled the color out with a wet paintbrush, it turned into this vibrant pink color.  That was a fun surprise!  :-)

After the piece dried completely, I cut it down and matted it with some Garden Green cardstock.  I found this magenta ribbon that coordinated perfectly with my flowers, so I tied it around the bottom and then adhered this piece with some foam tape onto a Sahara Sand card base. 

The sentiment, from Art Neko's Friendship, Get Well, and Thank You's sheet, was stamped with Garden Green ink onto a scrap piece of the watercolor paper.  I cut it out with a circle die and then adhered it with foam tape next to the flowers.

Go check out the flowers and sentiments over at Art Neko.  I think you'd be pleasantly surprised at the variety of stamps there.  :-)

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Gold Paper Weaving with Vase

Hi everyone!  I just posted this card over on the Art Neko Galleries blog, and I wanted to let y'all know.  I did some more paper weaving, this time with black and gold cardstocks.  I used a much tighter weave and it reminds me of a placemat or a rug.  I had a lot of fun playing with this, just experimenting with the tightness and looseness of the weave.

I stamped this image with Versamark and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  This is from Art Neko's Tea Time in the Orient sheet.  I thought this was a vase, but when I read the description on the website, it says it is a tea cup with a cover over it to keep the tea warm.  How neat!  It's fun to learn something new!