Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Yeah for Apples!

YEAH!!!  My apple card was chosen as one of the Top 3!!
So very happy...
I've been practicing my CAS and it paid off.

Thanks to Addicted to CAS!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Watercolor Me Fun!

Hello Friends! I hope you're having a wonderful week so far. Thank you for joining me for the Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge! If you're following along the hop you should have arrived here from Pam's spectacular blog...if you missed out you can head that way or go to the Artist Team Challenge post on the Club Scrap Blog for a complete list of participants.

This month's Artist Challenge is Watercolor ~ use any medium to create a watercolor effect.  Well of course you all know how much I love to play with watercolors so I jumped in and made several different projects with a variety of mediums.

All images - Orchard Kit 09/17

The first project I made was this bookmarker. I had a strip of leftover watercolor paper from a previous project and as it turns out it was the perfect size for this!  Initially I stamped the background with a text stamp from the Orchard kit in a brown ink. I then stamped the basket directly on the book marker, I stamped the fruit on another scrap of watercolor paper.  All of the elements were then watercolored using Prima Confections watercolor paints and a brush.  

A close up look at the basket of fruit.

My next card was made using a mask and Gelatos....

I colored the gelatos directly onto the mask, 

misted it with water and pressed onto the watercolor paper.

It was then removed and I let it dry naturally.  I added a bit of penwork and Bronze irRESISTible Pico Embellisher at the center of the sunflower.

All Stamps from the Lagoon Kit 08/17

My final watercolor technique is so much fun...Color Burst + Stencils.  I used the mermaid scale stencil from the Lagoon kit - placed it over a piece of watercolor paper then sprinkled on 3 different colors of Color Burst powder, leaving the stencil in place and I misted it with water.  

The first card was the piece of watercolor paper that I actually sprinkled the Color Burst and misted with the water.  Generation #1.  I LOVE how intense the colors are and how they pooled around the stencil. You can't see it in this photo but there is glitter on some of the scales.

This card was made with a piece of regular cardstock that I had pressed over the paper/stencil above after it had been misted.  Generation #2.

This final card is a piece of regular white cardstock that I pressed the still wet stencil onto. Generation #3.  I also added a mermaid charm I made a while back just for the heck of it.  It matched the sentiment perfectly don't you think?

Thanks again for joining me...hope you're inspired to pull out your supplies and play in the watercolor!

The next stop on the hop is...

Have a great day friends!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Lost My Marbles

Some days I really do feel like I lost my marbles but recently I found them...rolling around in shimmery ink - LOL!!

Today I am sharing how to make marble Delicata paper over on the Imagine blog!  This technique is so fun and oh so easy, you'll have a ball...or a marble - LOL!!  I ended up spending a whole afternoon trying out different color combinations, experimenting with different sizes of marbles, different ways to roll the marbles to get a variety of effect, etc.  Before I knew it I had a whole pile of goodness ready to be turned into something wonderful.  I decided that I'm going to use it to create my Christmas cards this year.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I Pick You!

I don't know about it where you live but fall is definitely in the air here in Indiana.  The daytime temps have been in the upper 60's to low 70's and it's falling down into the 40's at night! I love love love this time of the year.  If I could I would choose this weather all year long.  As it happens the newest Club Scrap kit - Orchard is a perfect match for our weather here.

I was looking around various challenges and low and behold I was able to create a card for 2 challenges all in one!  That normally never happens for me because I'm not a good "combiner" when it comes to challenges...I get a challenge in mind and go with it then totally forget about the rest. Anyway, here's the card I made today...

So I stamped the image onto white cardstock using Onyx Black VersaFine Ink then colored it in using a variety of Prismacolor Colored Pencils.  I used the blender pencil to really combine the reds, yellows and greens and I added a bit of white on top for a little shine. As you can tell I wasn't aiming for the usual Red Delicious apple, I was going for a Jonagold apple - they are my favorite this time of the year...sweet with a little tartness.  The best in my book! Actually it reminds me I need to hit up a local orchard and pick up some. 

So, as it happens Addicted to CAS's challenge #119 is Apples! and CAS on Friday Challenge #116 is Color Me Pretty using Colored Pencils or Markers.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hello Again...

Been awhile huh?  Let me tell you it's been wild around here. I hope you are all safe and sound...  As many of you know we own our own business IRL - dh repairs industrial sewing machines and we also custom sew/screen print components for various companies.  Well, we went on vacation the 23-27th of August thinking we were setting pretty well.  We got everything done we needed to and stuff set up, ready to go when we returned.  

Silly us....during the time we were gone one of the companies we work for decided to change how they do things which put us like 2-3 weeks behind - EEK!! So we have been working every single day since we returned...including Labor Day.  How ironic is that?  Anyway, we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  Hopefully I'll be able to get back to a more regular posting schedule again soon.  I have to say though that this long without art/crafting is not a good thing - LOL!!  Driving me batty not being able to relax and enjoy the process of it all.

I did want to share a card I made for the new sketch challenge at JFF Stamps...using some of their brand new just released stamps!

I love the new mason jar stamps...I can think of so many fun ideas on how to use them.  I love stamping them on vellum.

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JFF September Sketch Challenge

Here is the sketch in case you'd like to give it a try. The challenge is open all month long and a winner will be selected at random the 1st of next month.  The only stipulation is there has to be stamping somewhere on your card.  I hope you give it a try!!

I would also like to enter it into Just Add Ink's challenge - Just Add "D" - in my case Daisies!  Not too often I combine challenges but this time it worked out perfectly!

Have a great day...
to everyone in the path of the hurricane and forest fires...
please stay safe and take care!