Saturday, July 20, 2019

age is just a number

So someone else in our house turned a big "23". All he asked for for his birthday was a chocolate cake - American style - box mix and canned frosting. To quote "nothing healthy!"
Yep, that's my boy.

Since I wasn't sure if I'd be able to make that happen (I was), I decided to give him at least a card with a chocolate cake. And the Concord and 9th cake was calling to me in all its glory.

Copic markers

I revisited Kelly L's video on coloring chocolate frosting (she's amazing) and gave it my best shot.

It's amazing how this versatile stamp set carries the whole card. Since this image is pretty feminine, I tried to go easy on the colors to not make it too girly. DS appreciated my ole college try!

I'm stopping by:
Watercooler Wednesday - AG Masculine
Bastel Traum - AG

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

STAMPlorations inspiration #225

Welcome to another Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team.

Back with another of my July theme- inking with stencils - for you today.
  
More fun ink blending. This time all over the card front using this stencil that has so much open space the white areas seem to become "an image". It's so easy to create a one-layer card with this technique, although I opted for a heat embossed sentiment on a vellum strip smack dab across the middle of the "image".

Distress inks
makeup brushes
vellum
white embossing powder

I chose to use pinks and yellows. Started with the lightest tones at the top and bottom and worked toward darker tones in the middle.

If you'd like to see this stencil in action on another card, check out this post.

You could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on this month's inspiration posts! Check out today's post here. Thanks for looking.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

happy birthday, darnell!

There's a birthday bash happening at CAS Watercolor Challenge in honor of the one and only Darnell K. You know her. And if you don't... you absolutely should. Don't drink coffee and read her blog posts at the same time though ;) You may end up with coffee all over your screen. Don't say I didn't warn you...

So here's my watercolor bouquet on its way to the belle of the ball.

Zig Clean Color Brush markers
Distress ink - Mustard Seed

I totally CASEd Erum T.'s amazing no-line watercoloring card, right down to splatters and some attempted shading (gag). I'm making another one without shading that's for sure!

But I do love the addition of the light stenciling to "ground" the bouquet.

Dear Darnell, you ARE my kind of wonderful. Hope your 71st year is as wonderful as you.

I'm hooking up at:
STAMPlorations - World Watercolor Month
Time Out - Inspired by Words
CAS Watercolor - Flower Bouquet

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

STAMPlorations inspiration #224

Welcome to another Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team.

Although things are quiet on the STAMP blog, the inspiration girls and I will continue to share projects with you throughout the summer and I have a theme for July - inking with stencils.
  
I love me some ink blending. But I'm keeping the ink blending CAS today.

Distress inks
makeup brushes

First I stamped the image and masked it. Then I tore a "circle" out of scrap paper and used the negative to cover my card. Then I put down the stencil and inked Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon through the stencil. Removed the stencil and masks and voila! Stamped the sweet little sentiment making this a truly one-layer card!

I've used this stencil here and here too.

You could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on this month's inspiration posts! Check out today's post here. Thanks for looking.

I'm playing at:
Addicted to Stamps - CAS Summer card (this was for a July birthday boy)
Always Fun - AG
SSS Wednedsay - Stars and/or stripes
Basteltraum - Summer

Friday, July 5, 2019

so raise your glass...

Someone in our household turned 60. And it ain't me. But it's still shocking!

The kids and I got DH tickets for Pink in Frankfurt. This is the card I made, inspired by the line in Pink's song AND the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. (OK, I missed the challenge due to a busy weekend) but still inspired by the sketch...

patterned paper
nail polish
Dymo label maker

Pretty self explanatory. But did you notice the polished nails? Yep, used red nail polish ;)


I'm joining the fun at:
Tuesday Throwdown - AG
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Any Occasion

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

spotlight on easy peasy summer design

OK. This might just be my very favorite card design this summer. You just can't beat a rainbow accompanied by lotsa white space and dramatic black.

OK, add a unicorn and maybe you beat it ;)

I'm over on the STAMP blog with a tutorial for this card.


I'm taking this to:
SSS Wednesday - AG
Pinspirational - #242
AAA Cards - One Corner


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

STAMPlorations inspiration #223

Welcome to another Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team.

Although things are quiet on the STAMP blog during the summer, the inspiration girls and I will continue to share projects with you throughout the summer and I have the first of my July theme- inking with stencils - for you today. BTW, did you see my Stencil Sunday post over at the STAMP blog. Check it out for more ideas. And you still have a couple days to leave a comment for a chance to win!
  
I love me some ink blending. It's so easy to create a one-layer card (my faves) with a stencil and some inks. Here's one inspired by the yellow peonies I saw on Instagram lately.

Distress inks
makeup brushes
white embossing powder

Love this stencil. Love this design - a bloom, lotsa white space and a heat embossed sentiment on a snippet.  Nothing original about it but it's always good.

You could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on this month's inspiration posts! Check out today's post here. Thanks for looking.

I'm playing at:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - AG
AAA Cards - One Corner (+ flowers)
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