Saturday, August 24, 2019

Colorful Butterfly

Hello my friends.

Today is the last day to play at CAS Watercolour and I have
one more colorful butterfly to show you.


Our sweet host for the challenge this month is Marcia and she chose....

My butterfly was stamped on mixed media paper and heat embossed in gold.
The embossing helps to corral the watery color.

I've wet each section and dropped in a bit of re-inker and just let it spread
within that section.

The color was a bit too intense in some sections so I used a wet waterbrush
to sop up some of the color.  The brush needs to be cleaned often or the color
won't lighten.

When it was dry, I let Stella generously wink it.

Love that shimmer.

I found this sentiment piece in the UFO box, already stamped
and embossed.

This month our design team is joined by Amy (Miss Lomax Art) as
our Guest Designer.  Be sure to check out her beautiful butterflies as well
as the rest of the Design Team.  Lots of wonderful inspiration there.

Then watercolor some butterflies and join us at
CAS Watercolour.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Butterfly (Ali), Script Sentiments #2 (Inky Antics)
Ink:   Encore Gold, Black
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series)
Other:  Gold EP (SU), SU Re-inkers (Island Indigo, Primrose Petals), Floral Affection EF (SU)


Friday, August 23, 2019

Tagged Poinsettia

Hello friends. Are you ready for the weekend?

Today I'm joining the Jingle Belles Challenge.


Tag! You're It!

While pawing through my background, I found this tiny piece of stenciled
snowflake card.  It was a perfect size for a tag.

I'm not sure whether I sprayed some watercolor on a stencil or sprinkled
Brushos and spritzed. Whatever I did, it was messy and didn't leave a crisp image.

I'd been thinking that I hadn't used my favorite poinsettia yet this year,
so I pulled the die out and made several while I was at it.
I've sponged the edges and shaped the flower, then added some gold
micro beads in the center.

I found a large sparkly snowflake cut from glitter paper and cut it in half
to add some interest behind the tag. 

It's all on a piece of textured cardstock.

I'll add this to the CAS Christmas Challenge gallery too.
This challenge is open until the 24th so you've still got a little time.

I love seeing how that Christmas stash is growing.
I'll especially love it when it's time to start mailing those cards.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Real Red (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Linen (Darice), Mixed Media, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (SU)
Other:  Layered Poinsettia Die (Splbndr), Snowflake Duo Die (PB), Winter Snowflake Lace Stencil (MB), Ornate Tag Punch (ret. SU), Gold Twine (ret. SU), Gold Microbeads (Michaels)


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Doggone Shaker

Hi there. I'm so glad you stopped by.

Today I'm playing with the Christmas Kickstart Challenge.

Here's my card.

I always check my UFO box hoping to use up some of that left behind stuff.

This time I found a badly colored image from SSS.

But this pooch didn't look too bad.  So I fussy cut him out.

I had cut the windows for something else and ended up not using them.
The piece was just sitting there and it all came together.

By the way, the Christmas Kickstart Challenge is
Dachshund Through the Snow.
Hope you'll forgive the punny title! For this challenge it's all about Christmassy canine companions, so break out any doggie stamp of your choosing and come join the fun.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!


Card Recipe
Stamps: Furry Christmas (SSS), Tin of Tags (SU)
Ink:   Baked Brown Sugar (SU), Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Naturals White (ret. SU)
Other:  Square Windeow Trio (Honey Bee Stamps), Acetate, Foam Sheet, Sequins


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Framed

Hello crafty friends.  I hope you are doing well and finding lots of crafty time!

Today I have some framed art.

While at the ESCR Retreat, Christine gave us some cardstock
with wide Washi tape on it.  Dolly had brought the Washi tape and we had
painstakingly smoothed it on that cardstock.

This wasn't the prettiest Washi tape but after this technique, I really loved it and
thought it made an awesome background.


First we covered the piece with gesso.  The piece above was covered in clear gesso.
The piece below covered in white gesso.

We cleaned our brushes and let the pieces dry.


Once the gesso was dry, we stamped on the pieces with Archival ink.

When that was dry, I colored the inside of the flowers with DOX inks that
I smooshed on my craft mat and spritzed with water, using a damp waterbrush.

I added some subtle stamping around the main design.

I loved these pieces so much that I asked Dolly for some more Washi 
covered cardstock so I could make some more.

She contacted Christine who had some pieces and she graciously sent me
another piece.

I cut it in half and did this one.

Then I did this one.

And I was lucky enough to find the frames at the thrift store.
The mats cost more than the frames!

Now to get them on the wall.

I'll enjoy seeing them and remembering the awesome time I had
with these wonderful, talented ladies.

You can see pictures from the retreat by clicking on the 2019 Retreat
button on the top bar.

Now all I have to do is get the grouping on the wall.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!


Card Recipe (1)
Stamps:  Scented Messages (PB), Timeless Textures, French Foliage (SU)
Ink:   Archival Jet Black, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen (DOX)
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  Clear Gesso, Wide Washi Tape (Alt.)

Card Recipe (2)
Stamps:  Elegant Weeds (ret. HA), Texture (Drkrm Dr), Script Background (PB), French Foliage (SU)
Ink:   Archival Shadow Grey, Versafine Onyx Black, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen (DOX)
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  White Gesso, Wide Washi Tape (Alt)

Card Recipe (3)
Stamps:  Botanical Asperula (Stmpnds), Timeless Texture, French Foliage (SU)
Ink:   Archival Jet Black, Archival Shadow Grey, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen (DOX)
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  White Gesso, Wide Washi Tape (Alt)

Card Recipe (4)
Stamps:  Enamor (PB), Timeless Texture, French Foliage (SU)
Ink:   Archival Jet Black, Archival Shadow Grey, Versafine Smokey Gray, Broken China, Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint (DOX)
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  White Gesso, Wide Washi Tape (Alt.)


Monday, August 19, 2019

Dancing Daisies Split

Hi there.


I placed this stamp in my MISTI and inked the flowers with Distress Mini Cube Inks, 
using a damp waterbrush to move the color a bit and re-stamping as needed.

After the flowers were dry, I used some Tumbled Glass ink smooshed on my palette 
and my waterbrush to do a wet on wet wash in the background.  And then
 added some highlights to the flowers with Prismacolor pencils.


My dear friend, Nancy taught us this split card technique at the ESCR Retreat.
It seemed like the perfect fit for this card.

I'm sharing with The Flower Challenge
Blackeyed Susans are one of my favorite flowers.
They always bring forth happy memories.

ANYTHING GOES OPTIONAL WATER AND/OR WATERCOLOUR



Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Dancing Daisies, Special Sentiments (PB)
Ink:   Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint (Distress Mini cube), Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs (Distress Markers), Tumbled Glass (DI)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 Series), Chocolate Chip (SU), Linen Texture (Darice), Neenah
Other:  Prismacolor Pencils, MISTI, Waterbrush, Papercutter


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Glitter for CAS Christmas

Hi there.

There's still time to join in at
CAS Christmas.


This month my awesome friend Loll is hosting.

I used glitter paper and a Penny Black die.

Here's a close up so you can see the sparkle.

Our Design Team and Guest Designer, Michelle have lots of
sparkle to inspire you.

Go by and take a look then I hope to see your glittery Christmas cards
in the gallery at CAS Christmas.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Scripty Holiday (GKD)
Ink:   Real Red (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Green Glitter Paper (Hampton Art), Red Foil (SU)
Other: Whirl Wreath Die (PB), Subtle EF (SU), Nuvo Crystal Drops (Autumn Red) 


Friday, August 16, 2019

Big Blue Butterfly

Hello crafty friends.  I'm so glad you stopped by.


Our talented Marcia is hosting the CAS Watercolour Challenge this month. 

I've stamped this big butterfly with white pigment ink on mixed media paper
and used white embossing powder to heat emboss.

Then I carefully sprinkled Brusho powders on the piece and spritzed with water
using a brush to help move the ink where I wanted it.

It doesn't show in the photo, but the top layer beneath the butterfly is dry embossed
with a Subtle Embossing folder and the sentiment is heat embossed.



Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Butterfly Trio (PB), Thoughtful Messages (SSS)
Ink:   Whisper White, WOW Embossing pad
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media
Other:  White EP (SU), Midnight Teal EP (Lindy's), Subtle EF (SU), Brushos (Cobalt, Turquoise)