Wednesday, June 27, 2018

ink smooshing a sympathy card

Did you see this card by Natasha? I'm a total fan of ink smooshing with a black silhouette and thought it would be fun to take it up a notch with that frame idea of hers. So I made this.

Sizzix square die

I kept my colors a bit limited and less rainbow - Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, Fossilized Amber and Peacock Feathers. Dabbed some onto acetate, spritzed with water and smooshed down onto my cardstock.

Die cut the square frame and popped it up with craft foam. There is a spritz of perfect pearl mix for some shimmer too.

Off to watch the second half of Germany-South Korea... First I'm taking this over to:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything Goes
Craft Stamper, Take it Make it - June
AAA Card Challenge - #118

Friday, June 22, 2018

simon says stamp classic bicycle - rainbow

I hope by now you've checked out the Simon Says Stamp Good Vibes release. I've got two more cards made with one of the fun dies from this release - Classic Bicycle.

Can you say ROYGBIV?

distress inks

I'd wanted to use just a portion of the bike and had the idea of looking out a window at it. But that detoured into this more artistic version. Whatever. Pretty basic. Cut a mask. Stamped the stripes. Spritzed with perfect pearls/water mix. Adhered the die cuts. Adhered the frame. 

For the second card I die cut the bike from Neenah CS and Copic colored it with a rainbow. Easy peasy. I put this bike on a 4" circle card. Fits into a regular envelope.

Copics (13 colors!)
white embossing powder

That's all for now folks. Have you checked out the Simon Says Stamp blog for the entire release and hop yet? Thanks for coming by my blog today.

I'm taking these over to:
SSS Wednesday challenge - Bright and Cheerful
Fusion - Primary Bookcase
Just Add Ink - Window or Frame
Happy Little Stampers - June AG with Dies

Thursday, June 21, 2018

simon says stamp classic bicycle - girly version

Have you checked out Simon Says Stamp Good Vibes release?

I've got two cards made with one of the fun dies from this release - Classic Bicycle. Today's are fun and feminine fantasy bikes. Wouldn't you have loved a watercolor bike as a kid? Heck, even today!

Simon Says Stamp Classic Bicycle die
distress inks
Studio Calico PP

To create my fantasy bike I first pulled out a watercolored-with-leftover-Easter-egg-dye piece (I used the lower left panel in the photo on that blog post!) and die cut the bike from it. Then I decided to perch a fun-loving poodle on it and fill up the white space with a giant sentiment, cut from the same watercolored piece. Basta.

For the next card I die cut the bike from Neenah CS and Copic colored it with a fantasy pattern in pink, purple and yellow. Right down to those thingies on the spokes... What were they called?

Simon Says Stamp Classic Bicycle die
white embossing powder

 As if it wasn't already girly enough - how about that debossed heart BG on the white panel ;)

Thanks for visiting. Come back tomorrow for my rainbow versions ...
And be sure to check out the Simon Says Stamp blog for the release blog hop today.

I'm playing at:
The Paper Girls - Bicycles
Cuttlebug Mania - Summer is Magic
Die Cuttin Divas - Embossing - Heat or Dry
Happy Little Stampers - June AG with Dies

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

simon says stamp classic bicycle - his, hers, theirs

Know what today is? It's Simon Says Stamp Good Vibes release day!

I've got a few cards made with one of the fun dies from this release - Classic Bicycle.

First, for him. Wouldn't necessarily have to be, but I was thinking masculine when I made this. Perhaps cuz I have a DH who goes on a bike trip once a year with his buddies. And I have no idea if there are wooden bikes, but if anyone makes one, probably a fabulous, young company in Detroit called Shinola ;)

I thought the illusion of a forest was a fitting background. And why not stamp a little sentiment onto a geocaching tag? Getting some good summer vibes?

Simon Says Stamp Classic Bicycle die
distress inks
Studio Calico PP

Next, for her. A shiny red one. In a nod to Kate Spade...

 Simon Says Stamp Classic Bicycle die
recycled red packaging
distress inks

And how about one for the kids? Balloons are always a good idea, agree? I dabbed Distress Ink onto vellum and die cut the balloons from it when it was dry.

Simon Says Stamp Classic Bicycle die
distress inks, vellum, thread

FYI, I'm currently crushing on this method of getting adhesive onto intricate die cuts ;)

Thanks for stopping by. If you enjoyed these, come by tomorrow for two more...
And be sure to check out the Simon Says Stamp blog for the entire release and there'll be tons of inspiration on the blog hops on Thursday and Friday too.

I'm stopping by:
SSS Work it Wednesday - Summertime
SSS Monday Challenge - Transport it
The Paper Girls - Bicycles
Cuttlebug Mania - Summer is Magic
Happy Little Stampers - June AG with Dies

Monday, June 18, 2018

tropical 60th birthday

... times two.

There's a couple in town who are both turning 60 and celebrating together. So of course I had to make them a "120" birthday card, right?

I absolutely love this photo and let it inspire my card. This is what the inside looks like. They are dancers ;)

The paper is from a Paper Studio pack I picked up at Hobby Lobby. Loving tropical lately. You too?

I'm playing at:
Simon Says Stamp - Work it Wednesday May
Daring Cardmakers - Anything but White
Watercooler Wednesday - All about Occasions
Happy Little Stampers - June AG with Dies

Friday, June 15, 2018

watercolor background meets simon says die

My leftovers from this rainbow watercoloring session are dwindling, but when I was making these cards I remembered the piece and pulled it out.

And then I pulled out this fun die and made a twofer. First I die cut the image. Pulled out the kids' watercolors I'd used (back in 2015!). Painted some stripes onto my cardbase roughly where the color areas of the die cut would line up, adding orange and yellow too. Cuz rainbow! Splattered some gold paint (from same watercolor set - not pretty) and adhered the die cut. Voila!


And cuz I couldn't bear to throw away all the negative pieces with all their watercolored goodness, I made this card too.

PP, Nuvo drops

Funny story. The negative pieces were trapped in the die after I'd carefully removed the positive (the first card). It's a closed one. I thought it might look cool if I put them onto a B/W PP circle. So I took a coloring book page, die cut a circle, put adhesive on all those little pieces stuck in the die, pressed the circle onto them and after they'd dried a bit carefully pulled the whole thing up. Great way to get the pieces out intact, but the first time to see what it looked like on the crazy B/W pattern. Imagine just those watercolored negative pieces on a wild and crazy B/W pattern, will you? Not pretty. That's when the positive die cut, cut from black and adhered slightly offset, came to my rescue. Whew. I think this works now.

And in case you're wondering how I got adhesive onto all those little pieces. Multiple times.

Check out Koren W.'s post.

What's your favorite method for getting adhesive onto intricate die cuts?

I'm playing at:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Frame it (I love the black frame around the watercolored bits on card #2)
Cuttlebug Mania - Frame it (same reason as above!)
Happy Little Stampers - June Watercolor (no twist)
Happy Little Stampers - June AG with Dies

Thursday, June 14, 2018

experimenting with stencils

Hey! You may have seen this card I made for the June release week at Neat and Tangled...

To achieve that background I put the stencil down, applied some yellow ink through it, randomly changed the position of the stencil and inked with orange and then randomly positioned the stencil again and inked once more with pink ink. The resulting background adds interest without being too "graphically stenciled."

Today's card was actually the forefunner to that card. As in, graphically stenciled ;) But the idea for changing the position of the stencil originated here.

Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Picked Raspberry distress inks
embossing paste
Stampendous Moonstone embossing powder

For this card I inked the entire panel with yellow through the stencil which was placed square on the panel. Then I rotated the stencil 90 degrees and inked with orange. Then I shifted the stencil slightly (half a square) and inked with pink. Then for the icing on the cake I shifted the stencil a little again and added some pearlescent embossing paste onto random areas. The paste absorbs a bit of the pigment from the Distress Ink. Talk about an experiment! And mixed media fun!

I heat embossed the blooms onto vellum and then loosely adhered them to white die cuts so they wouldn't get lost on the background. The sentiment is heat embossed onto a black cardstock snippet.

As the sentiment says "beauty is everywhere". Try experimenting with your stencils to create beautiful, unexpected backgrounds. And have fun doing it! Thanks for looking.

I'm joining:
SSS Work it Wednesday - Summer
That's Crafty - A Summer's Day
The Flower Challenge - Use a Previous Challenge (vellum/acetate)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

everything's coming up CAS and rainbows

Having some fun for a couple challenges. How could I not participate when the themes are:
AAA Card Challenge - Geometrics
 Addicted to CAS - Rainbow

Here's what I made.

Altenew inks

Had this die cut square (geometric) laying around. So I pulled out some geometric stamps and rainbowed them with eight Altenew ink colors in rainbow fashion. Added a Paper Smooches sentiment in bold black. CAS pure.

And then flipping through my Paper Smooches dies looking for that "hello" above, I ran across this cutie that may well be NBUS. Not any more. 13 Copic markers later this rainbowed die cut was adhered to a 4" circle (geometric) card. Fits perfectly into a normal envie. Voila!


I'm joining these challenges too:
Pinspirational - #217 (card #1)
 CAS Colors and Sketches - #276 (card #1)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

spellbinders heart like a wildflower - patterned paper play

Back with more creations using Spellbinders Heart like a Wildflower etched die from the Stephanie Low collection. I just love nature themed dies so I'm very grateful I received this die to play with. Today I actually used them as they are intended ;)

I wanted to try out the intricate + shadow look using black and gold. Here's the first one with the leaf in black on a gold shadow.

STAMPlorations Trendy Spring Blooms stamp
circle punch
gold embossing powder

I chose a PP pack (an Aldi special!) and the rest was pretty easy. Mixed a couple PPs, added another black circle punched from CS with my sentiment and the leaf branch. Cool, no?

Then I used a recent sketch and more PP with the other die cut.
Thank you so much Team Spellbinders. I've truly enjoyed playing with these lovely dies. I'm playing at
Crafty Hazelnut's PP Challenge - June
Happy Little Stampers - June AG with Dies
The Flower Challenge - #21 Use Previous Challenge (using #2 Occasion and entering card #2)
Crafter's Cafe - Tic Tac Toe (I've used white, PP and embossing)
and a new to me challenge The Library - Breakfast at Tiffany's (I think these cards exude a "little black dress" vibe worthy of Audrey)

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