Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Flapper Twirl Girl

Today's design team project with Lemon Shortbread Digital Stamps uses the gorgeous Flapper Twirl Girl. I will also be entering her @ Southern Girls Challenge for " Tic Tac Toe" (using the middle horizontal row), @ Craftaholics R Us for "Turquoise", @ Unicorn Challenge for "Stitching Real or Faux", @ Pile it On for "Vintage/Retro" and @ Crafty Calendar for "Totally Girly".

I used a square punch to cut the patterned paper squares, die cut and layered the "amazing" and hand stamped the "you are". 

The faux stitching around the oval was done with a die cut and Distress ink was blended around the image to help with the vintage/retro look. 

I used Prismacolor pencils to color the Flapper Twirl Girl image in shades of turquoise and highlighted her jewelry with a sparkle gel pen.

The card base is a flecked and speckled ivory card stock cut to 5 x 7.

Until next time~

Monday, July 9, 2018

OWL Always Love You!

Today's design team blog post with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge was a fun way to take out some stencils that were in need of love! 

First, I matched my inks to the cardstock colors and then used a feather stencil on the  sea foam background. On the kraft layer I went with the circle pattern and on the peacock blue I layered two different stencils -both the tree rings and the paint splotches.

The owl and sentiment are from a cute stamp set from CTMH and I stamped using Memento ink so that I could color with Spectrum Noir markers.

We are headed to the beach here for a few days, so.....
Until next time~

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Jolly Holiday

Today's design team project is another Christmas card with Happy Little Stampers and this month's optional theme is SANTA!

I did some simple layering and colored the image with decorator chalks on the red part of the hat and on the beard plus clear Wink of Stella pen on the trim parts of the hat.

Simple and sweet -that's all for me today~

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Sunflower Sailor Girl

Today's design team project is with Lemon Shortbread and uses their Sailor Dress Sunflower Girl digi stamp along with the sketch from Your Next Stamp. I will also be entering her @ Dragonfly Dreams for "Summer", @ Stamping Sensations for "In My Garden", @ Crafty Hazelnut for "Using Patterned Papers" and @ Country View for "In The Summer Garden".

I colored her up using one of my new favorite combinations....first I laid down the basic colors using my Spectrum Noir markers and then add the shading and details using colored pencils. I coated the "lovely" sentiment die with Glossy Accents to get that gorgeous dimension and shine.

  The patterned papers are all older- came from my stash that goes back about 10 years or so -and the banner tails are super simple to make using the Triple Banner Punch from Stampin' Up. The small white layer was run through an embossing folder and some giant sequins added the finishing touch.

Until next time~

Monday, June 25, 2018

Bridal Congrats

Today's design team project for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is a bridal shower card for my niece who is getting married in October. I will also be entering it @ Angie's Digital Stamps for "Anything Goes -BINGO" , @ heARTful Stamping Challenge for "Anything Goes + a stamp" and @ 613 Avenue Create for "Anything Goes + Button and Bows". 

I used the "Ribbon/Twine - Glitter - Embossing" diagonal row, as the dress and sentiment are embossed with black holographic embossing powder...the dress is colored with clear Wink of Stella  glitter pen and then I added the blue bow.

A touch of patterned paper on the inside carries over the theme from the front.

After die-cutting the main image with the pierced rectangle, I added the subtle touch of some pale blue chalk all around the dress image and sentiment stamp.

Until next time~

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mermazing Waves

Today's design team project is a 5 x 7 size card with Lemon Shortbread digital stamps and uses Mermaid Waving along with alot of die cuts and even some dry embossing!

I will also be entering her @ Di's Digi Challenge for "Summer Fun", @ Allsorts Challenge for "Use at Least 2 Dies", @ Dragonfly Dreams for "Anything Goes", @ Crafting From the Heart for "Anything Goes" and @ My Creative Scoop for "Color Inspiration Link Up #35".

I first colored her up with my Spectrum Noir markers and then did some layering over top with colored pencils. I highlighted her jewelry with a sparkly gel pen and added some shimmer over her tail and hair with a Wink of Stella clear marker.

I used a wave embossing folder on two different colors of jade cardstock, sanded it and then fussy cut around the edges. I die cut all the tropical plants from Spellbinders to resemble under the sea plants to coordinate with the beautiful patterned paper I found in my stash and layered everything on.

Until next time~

Monday, June 11, 2018

Happy Bird-Day

Today's design team project uses the latest sketch from Atlantic Hearts and a cute layering bird stamp set that I received with one of my British craft magazines several months ago and am just finally getting around to using for the first time! 

Since the branch and leaves are all one stamp, in order to get them to have two different colors I had to color the stamps up first with water based markers -after stamping the image I then went over everything with a water brush to try to help the colors flow better. It didn't work perfectly, but it'll have to be good enough, lol!

The bird layers I stamped in 2 shades of brown plus the slate blue. This stamp set also came with 2 matching die cuts, so I used them to cut out the bird and his wing for dimension on this otherwise CAS card.

After stamping the sentiment in the slate blue, I then die cut the whole stamped panel out and layered it on to the front of a slate blue card front.

Until next time~

Friday, June 8, 2018

Sweet Treats

Today's design team project with Craftin' Desert Divas is a fun triple shaker card! I started by printing 3 of the icecream images from the Cool Treats digital stamp set and coloring them with colored pencils.

I die cut the smallest rectangle from the Crazy Stitched Frame Dies set 6 times -3 for the fronts and 3 for the backs of the shaker boxes. For the front pieces, I then cut out the centers to make frames and for the backs, I ink blended the polka dots in 3 different distress ink colors using the Sorted Shapes 2 stencil.

After building the shaker boxes, I filled them with microbeads in 3 co-ordinating colors. The "Sweet Treats" sentiment is from the Simply Said Clear Stamp Set but I'd like share a little tip here for stamping sentiments with Distress Ink...sometimes Distress Ink gets splotchy if you try to stamp sentiments with it, so if you first press your stamp on to a Versamark ink pad and then on to the distress ink pad it seems to help the ink cling to the stamp and gives better coverage that way.

That's it for me until next week~