Sunday, May 29, 2016

Ridin' the Wave--Happy Birthday!

CAS(E) This Sketch #174

Good morning all! Today is going to be a great day for me! My hubby will be watching racing all the livelong day, and I will be doing exactly as I please....making cards, scrapbooking, watercolor, you name it! 

I've enjoyed playing around with my new stamps from Papertrey Ink: What the Doodle Waves and Simple Seashells. Our vacation to Orange Beach, Alabama is getting closer, and I can hardly wait. In the meantime, my plan is to dream about the ocean while making cards!

I CAS(E)d the sketch below for my card. I had so many techniques in mind, that I forgot the sentiment was part of the focal point!! Oh, well, I think it turned out okay! Below is the recipe. Thanks for stopping by!!
CTS #174
Card Recipe--
PTI: Aqua Mist, Spring Rain, Simple Seashells, What the Doodle Waves, Sketched Shapes, Stamper's Select cardstock

Aquarelle watercolor paper, Versamark ink, white embossing powder, fun foam

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Masked Background MIM #250

Happy Father's Day!!
Hello everyone! My card is inspired by PTI's Make It Monday #250--Masked Background. Laurie Willison demonstrated masking off an area of the card in order to sponge a unique background. I decided to make a Father's Day card, so my design incorporates bold stripes and citrus colors to represent summer.

I used different widths of washi tape and sponged some Orange Zest, Green Parakeet and Summer Sunrise between the taped-off areas. When I pulled the tape off, I decided I needed to finish off the corners as they were too white. I added some more tape and sponged the corners with Summer Sunrise.

Masking with washi tape

For the frame I used Center Style Masculine stamp and die set from PTI. I stamped the center frame with Green Parakeet onto white card stock. The frame was cut from some card stock I had on hand. For the sentiment, I used Orange Zest again using Keep It Simple: Father stamp set. I will probably give this card to my Dad on Father's Day. Thanks for stopping by!!

Make It Monday #250

Thursday, May 26, 2016

SSS Anything Goes!!

SSS Anything Goes! May 25th
Hello everyone! I've been super busy wrapping up testing, curriculum writing, and winding school down so we can get it started again!  Last night, our son and dear DIL visited us last night. When they left, I was hoping to enter the card above in Papertrey's May Blog Hop. As luck would have it, I missed it by 'that much!'

I was excited to see that Simon Says Stamp opened up their Anything Goes! challenge for May, so I'm taking advantage. We are encouraged to use Technique Tuesday products, but sadly, I don't own any of their stamps or dies. I have taken a look, though, and I know I'll be adding some of their sets soon!

In the meantime, the design above is inspired by the photograph below. It uses pastels and repeated patterns to create the graphic. Another element is the bold sentiment in the middle of the graphic. For my card, I decided to use a tried and true artistic technique popularized by Andy Warhol. In his pop culture pieces he used vibrant, monochromatic colors of a subject in groups of four. 

Blog hop inspiration

I recently received a PTI haul which included "Simple Seashells" stamp set and dies. My husband and I are planning a fishing trip to Orange Beach, Alabama, this summer, and in honor of that, I decided to make an ocean-themed card. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome, and I'll probably use this recipe again!

Card Recipe:

Using watercolors of yellow/browns, blues/greens, purples/red, wash a piece of watercolor paper so that it resembles the ocean. Using the same shell stamp, stamp four images using different pastel colors. Use a light brown ink, such as Classic Kraft, to stamp the intermediate layer. Finish it off with a deeper brown, such as Burnt Umber for the third layer. Use sparkly gold tape or paper to edge the left side. Tear the right edge in a deckle style to represent the waves of the beach.

Thanks for stopping by. There's plenty of time to join the SSS Anything Goes! challenge and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the store.


Thursday, May 5, 2016


Hello everyone! So far, May has been a great spring month for us in Central Texas--not too cold and not too hot--just right!! Because of that, we have May flowers everywhere!!

Today, I'm entering two challenges: Make It Monday #247--Watercolored Card Sets and Freshly Made Sketches #235.  Both challenges work well together!

For Make It Monday, Melissa Phillips used a Bold Blossoms watercolor card set that was pre-printed onto watercolor paper. I don't have that set, but I do have the Bold Blossoms stamp set, so I used my Mini Misti and some masking techniques to create a similar look. I then smushed [I'm told that isn't a word] some ink onto a stamp block, primed my watercolor brush, and dove in! I think the card turned out pretty okay! I appreciated the simple touches Melissa used in her card, and I replicated the techniques in my card to expand my card-making repertoire. To finish the card, I added the 'congratulations' sentiment at the bottom. This matches the Freshly Made Sketch. Above and below are links to both challenges as well as the card recipe and peeks at the process and inside.

Thanks for stopping by!

Watercolor closeup--and a peek at the inside 
I used my Mini Misti to help layer the flowers 

Supplies & Process [Products are Papertrey Ink, unless noted otherwise]:

Inks: Green Parakeet, Lovely Lady; Summer Sunrise;  Hawaiian Shores; Aqua Mist; Raspberry Fizz; Lavendar Moon; Classic Kraft; Spring Rain; Lemon Tart; Simply Chartreuse; and Stazon Tuxedo Black for the flower outlines and centers.

Stamp Sets: Bold Blossoms; Swoosh; and Stampendous Flourishes

Canson Aquarelle Cold-press Watercolor paper, 140 lb.

Another panel for Lasting Hearts Card Drive

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Step Away From the Card!

Hello everyone! Today I will enter two challenges: Simon Says Anything Goes and Freshly Made Sketches #234. For this card I used the sketch from Freshly Made (see sketch below). I love it's simplicity, and so far everyone is making fantastic cards using the design. I wanted to make a summery birthday card for my boss, and this was the perfect layout.....except......I kept messing with it---

Happy Birthday!

All was going well until I began gluing the panel to the card base. I wasn't careful and smudged orange ink on the card. My solution was to add some fluttering butterflies. I think that was a happy accident, so no worries there. Then I noticed one of the flowers could use a little more ink. I should have stepped away from the card because I've been fussing with that flower all night and into today. I finally got the look I wanted, though.

Watercolor Leaves/Wink of Stella & Stickles
The process/Supplies:

  • Flowers/Sentiment--PTI's Flower Fusion #2 and Sketched Shapes Stamp & Die; Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist, Orange Zest, Pink Lady, Fine Linen, and Burnt Sienna
  • Butterflies--Lemon Zest and Green Parakeet, fussy cut around the stamped images from Cocoa Daisy's April stamp set I call Just Bloom
  • Panel/Accents--PTI's Stamper Select white and orange scrap paper. I used Orange Zest and the smaller bloom from Flower Fusion #2 to create the border. Then I used Stickles Diamond and Wink of Stella to add some shimmer.
Thanks for stopping by! There is plenty of time to play in the challenges. Links are above and below. Have a great Sunday!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
SS: Anything Goes
FMS #234