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 :)


Monday, August 19, 2019

Do you keep an eye out for Freshly Made Sketches?


Hope you're having a wonderful day!  I wanted take part in 
from the inspiration sketch they had up last week.  I was a bit behind in getting it 
completed in time to add it to their Blog Contest but better late than never and I 
just adore that they keep me inspired to create!

Here is the sketch

I used the Dylusions stencil "fishtails" by Ranger Ink and used my glue pad to 
add the blue glitter background.

A few papers from the Carta Bella Beach Boardwalk DSP pack and then I stamped the seahorse
 in Mango Melody, Balmy Blue and Night of Navy inks by Stampin' Up!

The gold heat embossed shell is a double stamp from the set that I layed down 3 layers 
of powder and then used the detail stamp to impress the lines into the 
melted gold glimmer embossing powder.  It gives the shell a super realistic look!

Can you see the cool texture on that shell?  I love how it turned out!

Thanks for reading and I hope you too get inspired by Freshly Made Sketches.  
It's such a great resource to use, especially when you need a little nudge to get creating!

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

It's time to Party Like A Panda!!!

Hello Everyone!

I so enjoy getting my Card Kit every month by Simon Says Stamp- its like a class in a box. 
This month (August) the kit was all about Pandas and it is such a fun stamp set!  

Here's my first card made with the kit.  There are a sheet of samples included in every kit to use for inspiration but I prefer to jump right in and see where my creativity takes me.

For this card, I started with a white card base that I white heat embossed using the present stamp.  I then used the fabulous blending brushes by Picket Fence Studios to add my Distress Inks in the colors of Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry.  I just love how blending these two made purple at the transition line where the two colors blend together!

You can see that I used black embossing powder to heat emboss my Panda and the Happy balloons.  I colored my balloons using various shades of Chameleon Alcohol Markers.  

I then layered some Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Pen in Clear pen over top of the balloons to give them more of a glittery sheen.  This fun pen was included in the Card Kit as well.

Here's a look at the stamp set that came in the kit.  
I adore the different sized fonts in the greetings and sentiments - so many possibilites!

The rainbow paper strip is also from the kit.  They always include a handful of beautifully coordinating 6x6 papers.  I used these to gather my color scheme while creating this fun card.

I hope my sweet and cheerful Panda brightens your day!  
Thanks for taking a look today.  Hope you have a fabulous week!


Thursday, August 1, 2019

A Little Slice Of Summer

A little summer treat today.....Watermelon!!!  
My absolute favorite fruit.  I have turned our kids into Watermelon FREAKS too :)  
It's so good when its perfectly cold and oh so sweet!

For this card, I started with a white card base and used an old Stampin' Up! mask to lay down some Distress Ink in the shade Worn Lipstick using a brush made by Picket Fence Studios.  These brushes lay down THE smoothest color and I just adore them!

After getting my background just so, I went ahead and stamped my images using Memento Black ink by Tsukineko.  I then colored my melon slices with the Stampin' Blends in various red and green shades.

The greeting comes straight but I curved it on my clear block to follow the oval shape and heat embossed using my Versamark ink and black embossing powder.
I chose the stitched oval die cut and the scalloped oval die cuts to pop my focal images up on the card front.  Both die cut pieces were adhered together and then I popped the whole thing up on foam.

I added a few clear dots, epoxy green stickers and some Stickles in Emerald Green.

This is the sweet stamp set I used called "Little Fruit" by Stampendous.  

Don't you just adore the catchy greetings that go perfectly with the little fruits?

Hope you enjoyed this little slice of summer!
Thanks for stopping in to see my latest project.  
Let me know if I can answer any questions - I'm happy to share!