Dearest Friend

869A1CFF-EAB2-4A85-AA99-82AAAE145FDA.jpegSoft and dreamy colours for my card today. Still managing to keep up with the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Yay me!

The background was made by smooshing three colours of Distress Inks on my craft mat, spritzing it with water and dragging my cardstock through it till all the colour was soaked up.

Next I heat embossed these gorgeous florals from Altenew in white. Then I added more colour with my Distress Markers and a damp paintbrush.

A simple heat embossed sentiment from the same set and my usual smattering of sequins/confetti complete the card.

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Paper: Neenah Solar White, vellum and Canson Bristol

Ink:  Versamark and Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass

Stamps:  Altenew Dearest Friend

Misc:  heat tool, Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder, embossing buddy, paintbrush, craft mat, Simon Says Stamp Gelato Confetti and adhesives

In Sympathy

20118987-4DC7-4784-809F-EB608E04C284Another card for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

My “default” colouring medium is watercolours. It’s just what I gravitate toward. Today I’ve used Distress Inks.  No great detailed watercolouring today…just loosey goosey so to speak.

The background has been made with Altenew’s Dotted Scales Debossing Plate. Next I used one of their stencils to heat emboss a piece of white cardstock, and then die cut the frame.

The flowers, leaves and sentiment were all heat embossed in the same colour. Then I watercoloured the flowers and leaves with Distress Inks. Did you happen to see the cool sentiment design from Hero Arts?

For the final touch…a few gold seed beads to the centre of the flowers.

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Canson Bristol

Ink:  Versamark and Distress Inks

Stamps: Altenew Hibiscus Bouquet and Hero Arts Florals Rose Stem (sentiment)

Misc: Altenew Rose Gold embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy, Altenew Layered Dahlia A stencil, Altenew Dotted Scales Debossing Plate, Altenew Fine Frames Rectangle die, gold seed beads and adhesives

Beautiful Day

0409CB8B-300B-4C18-8343-3EA0F1061DD1This card has more layers than I usually like, but it works.

My Nuvo Shimmer Powders showed up today, so of course I wanted to play. After swatching them on some Bristol paper I wanted to see if they played nice with some black cardstock.

imageI chose three different stamps from Altenew’s Crown Bloom set and heat embossed each, die  cut them and then mixed up a bit of the powders with some water. Very little is needed…it’s highly concentrated and has such a lovely shimmer.

The background was made by stamping the leaf image repeatedly and adding a bit of washi tape. The sentiment was heat embossed on some black cardstock and I added a smattering if sequins for a pop of colour.

My photos will be different for a while. I’m using my camera for photos and editing as our PC is on its last legs…poor thing. Also using my camera to post to my blog.

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Stamps:  Altenew Crown Bloom and Beautiful Day

Ink:  Versamark and VersaFine Clair Morning Mist

Other items:  heat tool, Altenew Rose Gold embossing powder, Nuvo Shimmer Powders in Catherine Wheel and Green Parade, Altenew Crown Bloom dies, misc. washi tape, Lucy’s Little Things in Rainforest


Toni’s Birthday

A birthday card for my sweet cousin, Toni.

I’ve heat embossed the flowers from Altenew’s Persian Motifs in gold and then just loosely watercolored with some Distress Inks.  When it was dry I added some splashes of Peerless Transparent Gold watercolor.  This is a one layer card using Arches 140# cold pressed paper.

A simple sentiment from Altenew’s Superscript 2 and a smattering of fun iridescent white beads and sequins from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.  That little heart is actually iridescent but shows up pink on my photo…one of those little things that make you go hmmm????

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  one layer
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Addicted to CAS:  code word bloom

ColourQ:  calypso coral, melon mambo, pink pirouette, gold and white

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Canvas Flowers

I’m a Color Challenge Guest Designer over at Splitcoaststampers this month.  The colors this week are Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Soft Suede; and for dessert…make a “thank you” or “Thanksgiving themed card.

Played with some canvas resist fabric from Prima today.  I first stamped the Penny Black “Charming” image in black archival ink and dried it with my heat gun.  Then I added color with Prima Berry Wine Color Bloom, as well as Peeled Paint and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks.  Again, I dried that thoroughly with my heat gun.  Next, the edges were distressed with a distressing tool and more ink and I added bits of Peeled Paint Distress Stickles to the leaves.

The sentiment was stamped in archival ink onto some tissue paper and adhered to the card with some matte gel medium.  I left some of the edges lifted to add to the “distressed” feel of the card.

Challenges entered:
Virginia’s View Challenge #20:  All About Textures

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Addicted to Stamps and More #146 Anything Goes

Hello all!

I’m back with another Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge...our theme this week is anything goes.  Up for grabs is a $10 gift certificate from our sponsor, STAMPlorations, this week:
The floral image has been colored with Twinkling H20s and then outlined with a white gel pen. And, just had to add that smattering of sequins 🙂
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Simon Says Stamp
Ink:  archival jet black
Stamps:  Altenew
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Reverse Confetti tag die, white gel pen, foam tape, sequins, adhesive, Twinkling H20s, waterbrush
Check out what the rest of this amazing Design Team has for you this week and join in the fun!  And, there’s also information on the Design Team call for the July to December 2015 term.  
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One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #9

I’m back with another One Layer Christmas card challenge.  As always, it’s an “Anything Goes” challenge, and the optional twist this time around is angels:

Here are the rules for the challenge:

CHALLENGES start on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month and end on the Monday before the next challenge begins!Winner & Honorable Mentions are announced the following Tuesday.
* Ensure that your entry is a One Layer Christmas card.
* Link directly to your entry, not just to your blog.
* Link back to this challenge blog in your post.
* Please only submit new work; don’t enter cards you’ve posted prior to the start date of the challenge.
* Feel free to enter as many times as you wish, as long as each entry is different.
* You may combine a maximum of 10 challenges (9 other challenges plus ours) for each card you submit.
* Please turn off word verification on your blog to make it easy for us to comment on your work.

Enter cards with the twist and you’ll get an entry to the monthly random drawing. 1 card with the twist = 1 entry; players can enter as many times as they want.

Got out my Brushos for this one 🙂  and made a 3.75″ x 5.25″ card this time round.  And did an twist on the optional twist by just using the word “angel”.  Other than that, it’s pretty self-explanatory.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor paper
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  Altenew Lyrical Script and Impress Rubber Stamps
All the other stuff:  Brushos, spritzer tool, water mister, Hero Arts Gold embossing powder, E.K. Success powder tool, heat tool, MISTI

Challenges entered:
Altenew May Challenge:  Places from Abroad – Tunisia

Check out the amazing cards from the rest of the Design Team.

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