Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Framing Sentiments & Images

Framing Sentiments and Images
Greetings Creatives! Today's card was inspired by the technique shared by Laurie Schmidlin for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #312. I am also playing along with Inspired By All the Little Things #80.  In her tutorial, Laurie walked us through many different ways to create frames from various dies in our stash. I was drawn to this simple card of soft stone and white, accented with stamped flowers.
Laurie Schmidlin's Card
For my card, I wanted a little more texture in the background, so I used Soft Stone Bitty Big paper to add a little more white. My florals are from Beautiful Berries--Spring, and my frame is from A2 Noted. I used Papertrey Ink's Stormy Sea, Aqua Mist, Lovely Lady, and Berry Sorbet. The sentiment is from Graceful Gardens.

Aqua and pink are gorgeous together!
I drew my color inspiration from this photo on the Inspired By All the Little Things blog. Isn't this a gorgeous arrangement? Since I saw the frame in this photo, I knew this challenge would pair well with Make It Monday #312. The aqua and pink florals also caught my eye.

I was drawn to the "hello," beautiful pinks and aquas, and the frame


There is still plenty of time to play along with both challenges, so have fun creating!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Art Journal Update: Plants & Fungi

#World Watercolor Group Prompt: Mushroom
Greetings Creatives! Today's update centers on plants and fungi. I had a hard time choosing which piece to lead with, but I decided to highlight the mushroom because this was something I created on my own, 100%. Most of my practice is generated from watching tutorials on Instagram or YouTube, following along with Everyday Watercolor, as seen below with the cactus, or mimicking what I see in the art world. I've often wondered, will I ever develop my own style? The answer to that is I will, in time. First, I know I have to imitate in order to learn. That's why the mushroom, while not perfect, represents everything I've learned so far in my journey.

Everyday Watercolor - Day 12
Another February prompt for World Watercolor Group was cactus. I'm technically on Day 11 with Everyday Watercolor by Jenna Rainey [click here to see my book review], but Day 12 helped me with the prompt on February 9th, so I went for it. Overall, I'm pleased with the look of my plant, I just wish I could get my lighting going the way it should. I tend to sprinkle shadows on a whim!

My favorite herbs
My last post for the week is a collage of herbs. All of these herbs have grown in our garden at one time or another. I love how fragrant they are and how they are always a fresh addition to my dishes. Thanks for stopping by, and until next time...create something wonderful! 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Papertrey's 11th Anniversary-2018: Day 10

Thank you gift for teachers
Greetings Creatives! This is my final post for Papertrey's 11th Anniversary Challenge, and I just made the deadline by the skin of my teeth! Day 10's challenge is to use stripes, and that was so perfect for some gifts I have planned for some of my teachers. Teachers work so hard, and they are so willing to do anything asked of them. The gifts I've prepared are for three teachers who will help me with an upcoming professional development, and I truly couldn't be more grateful for them.

Papertrey's 11th Anniversary
It's hard to believe PTI is celebrating 11 years, but here we are, and I am loving the Bitty Big line of paper they have produced over the past few months. For my tag, I used Pure Poppy Bitty Big for the stripes because our school district is known as Big Red! I've been learning a lot from Heather Nichols and her unique style, so I decided to use Kraft cardstock for the upper layer as well as the floral for the tag.

Thank You tag using 2016 Anniversary Stamps: Painted Petals
For the florals, I used the 2016 Limited Edition Stamp set, Painted Petals. I stamped the flower using Pure Poppy, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, and True Black. For the sentiment, I used Simon Says Stamp "You Matter" and embossed that onto Kraft cardstock as well. I finally joined the two tags, PTI's Made With Love, with black Hemp cord by Hemptique. 

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope to finally get a moment to browse all of the awesome projects for future inspiration! Until next time...keep creating!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Papertrey's 11th Anniversary-2018: Day 8

Papertrey's 11th Anniversary-2018: Color Challenge
Greetings Creatives!! It's Friday, and I couldn't be happier because Saturday I need to clean my craft room. [Have I said this before?] Anyway, I'm playing along with Papertrey's 11th Anniversary festivities, and although I'm a little behind, there is still time today to play along with Day 8's challenge.

Keeway Tsao's Color Palette
I'm using Keeway Tsao's color palette for my card which is: Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, and she used Lilac Grace for the lavender color. I don't have that one so I used Lavender Moon instead. I also used the Birch Background Basics stamp with Soft Stone to create a subtle texture on the card front. 

Keeway Tsao for Papertrey Ink
I loved the circular element in Keeway's card, so I used Cutaway Tags Spring and incorporated all of the colors on Keeway's palette. I'm also playing along with Simon Says Stamp: Add a Die Cut. Along with the Cutaway Tag, I used Spellbinders circle die to cut out the top panel of my card. That way my focal point rests inside the card adding dimension.

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Simon Says Stamp: Add a Die Cut

As always, thanks for stopping by--go out there and create something gorgeous!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day Card Post #4-2018: For My Sweetheart

Valentine card for my sweetheart
Greetings creatives!! This is the last post of my Valentine's Day cards for 2018. I have had a blast creating Valentine's Day cards for my family. This card is for my dear husband who loves and takes good care of me!! I wanted to do something extra special, and I ran across a video by Kristina Werner demonstrating an easy watercolor card using metallic watercolors. I've experimented with them before, but she sold me when she said easy! To watch her demo, click here.

Sunday Stamps Challenge #172
The inspiration for the design comes from Sunday Stamps Challenge #172. I'm playing along with their challenge as well as Simon Says Stamp: It Must Be Love. I just barely made their deadline!! The die-cut heart is an SSS die called Heart of Roses.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a Happy Valentine's Day!!

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Papertrey's 11th Anniversary-2018: Day 5

Garden Grace Stamp Set--Retiring in 2018
Greetings Creatives! I am participating in Papertrey's 11th Anniversary Celebration: Day 5.This is sort of a sad post because Papertrey will be retiring a lot of stamp sets in 2018. Garden Grace is among those sets, and it is one of my all-time favorites. Of all the cards I've made with this set, I must say I think this one is my favorite!

Watercolor Detail
The watercolor technique I used for this card was to use StazOn Jet Black ink for the floral and leaf outlines. That way, when the watercolor is applied, the ink will not reactivate and smear. I used a mix of Permanent Rose and Alizarin Crimson to paint the roses and Sap Green for the leaves. Then I mixed a lot of water with a little Payne's Gray and Cobalt Blue to surround the flowers. All of the watercolors are Windsor and Newton.

Some of the supplies used for this card
To finish the card, I embossed the sentiment with Recollections Snow onto a strip of vellum. I added some Hemp Cord by Hemptique and adhered that onto a panel of Kraft cardstock edged with Fresh Snow. Finally, all of that was placed on a top-folding, A2-sized white card base. 

Day 5--Papertrey Ink Anniversary Celebration
I think this is one of the biggest celebrations yet for Papertrey! So many prizes will be awarded, so check out the blog for a chance to win. This challenge closes Wednesday, February 14th, so you still have some time to play along. Thanks so much for stopping by! Now I'm off to work on Day 4. [Yes, I'm always out of order!!]

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Valentine's Day Card Post #3-2018

Valentine's Day Card for My Nephew & Family
Greetings again, creatives!! This has been a wonderful day of creating card after card. Okay, I had planned to have all of my Valentines finished by January 30th...and that did not happen. In a way, it's been a good thing because I have been inspired by many fabulous cards and sketches. This card is inspired by Lizzie Jones with Papertrey Ink. I'm playing along with Papertrey's 11th Anniversary Day 1: Sketch Challenge.  All of the sketches are wonderful, but Lizzie's caught my eye. Isn't her card beautiful?

Card by Lizzie Jones for Papertrey Ink
Since I wanted to make a Valentine, I decided to stamp the sentiment on the heart so all would fit on the card. For the banner, I decided to go old-school and use ribbon. Below is my list of supplies. Now all I have is one more card to make! Thanks for stopping by!!

Card Recipe [all Papertrey Ink, unless noted]:
Paper: Hibiscus Burst, white cardstock, and Canson watercolor paper
Ink: Hibiscus Burst & Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolors mix
Die: Coverplate Circles and You Have my Heart heart die
Stamps: You Have My Heart and You Are So Loved
Clear embossing powder from Ranger