Thursday, September 19, 2019

Dancing Watercolors

Good Morning Stampers!

Don't you just love watching watercolor dance across the paper?  I sure do!  I made this bright background not knowing what it would become but when it finally dried, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it :)  

Using the LetterIt stamp set Thank You by Ranger, it was the perfect greeting to heat emboss in a sparkly turquoise color.  I used Blue Tinsel embossing powder by Stampendous and I just love how bright it came out!

I also added random dots of Stickles and Nuvo Crystal Drops to add some additional interest.

I'm always grateful to get a little time to play with watercolors.  Hopefully I've inspired you to give it a try too!

Have a fabulous day!



Monday, September 16, 2019

Rainy Day....Bright Birthday

Hello Stampers!

Well, after many days of lingering heat and sun, we finally got a random rain storm
today!  That is my inspiration for this bright and cheery card.
I wanted to have some time to play with my Ecoline Liquid Watercolors and this 
was the perfect opportunity for me to create some background pieces and just watch the 
color dance across the page.

I then added some stamping using my Stampin' Up! Ink Pads in the colors of Melon 
Mambo, Gorgeous Grape and Bermuda Bay.  I used the stamp set called Find Your Happy 
by Catherine Pooler for my flower images.

This great stamp set also from Catherine Pooler is called Layered Greetings and I used 
this to heat embossing my greeting in white EP.

A few sparkly details and my card was complete.

I hope you enjoyed this fun card today.  Until next time, have fun creating!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Brave Butterflies

 Happy Saturday!

I wanted to share this card I created recently because I just love butterflies!  My garden 
is full of beautiful flowers this time of year and the amount of butterflies we get is amazing!  
I just love all their different colors and how they quietly fly along.

I used my favorite blending brushes by Picket Fence Studios.  The stencil is the 
Tim Holtz layering stencil "Bubble".  I chose two shades of Distress Ink - Shaded 
Lilac and Dusty Concord.  I really like how the brushes can help you achieve a soft edge 
depending on the look you're going for, I feel very much in control of just how much color 
I am able to lay down.

The stamp and die set I used for the butterflies is from a set that Sizzix and Hero Arts 
collaborated on a few years back.  It's called Butterflies #3 and is a great set of 5 
stamps and 5 coordinating dies.  To be honest, I bought it awhile ago and am only just now 
getting to play with it.  I had so much fun creating with it that it might stay on my desk for 
awhile - so fun to color!

Here is a pic of the actual set.

For the greeting, I wanted something inspiring since butterflies always seem so amazing 
to me when I get to see them up close in person.  I chose to use the Hampton Arts stamp 
set called Layer Butterfly.

I used Stampin' Blends for my alcohol markers to color in and blend the butterfly images.  
Then a bit of Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in Crystal Clear on the wings to shine them up a bit.  
A little tip for my punched circle - I did not have any cardstock that coordinated like I 
wanted so after punching the shape out of white cardstock, I colored it using one of the
 markers I'd used on my images so that it would all tie in nicely together.  

After waiting for that all to dry, I then heat embossed the greeting using Versamark
A bit of Nuvo Dream Drops in Indigo Eclipse and Fairy Wings for that final touch.

Hope you enjoyed my card today!  Thanks for looking :)