Merry Making – Day 4

Merry-Making---Day-4

As with each and every day this week, so many wonderful ideas.  Today I chose to follow the wonderful Julie Ebersole’s lead.   Julie has such a clean, amazing sense of design!

So while I followed her basic idea, I made it my own by stamping the images from the Penny Black Festive Florals and watercoloring the background making sort of a tapestry look.  A few of Tim’s stars and done!

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You Are Loved That Is All

While I’m waiting for one of my projects to dry, thought I’d play along in a couple of challenges. There’s a lot of shimmer on this that my camera does not show in the larger picture…so here’s a close up:

This is a stencil monoprint made with Distress Inks and Perfect Pearls.  I wanted an aged copper feel, so that’s how I chose the colors to work with.  Easy-peasy, quick as a wink card.  Added a bit of Copper Inka Gold around the edges and a few drips of Copper Perfect Pearls Mist.  And, of course, my usual smattering of sequins.

Not familiar with the stencil monoprint technique?  Here’s a video tutorial that I did last year.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  watercolor and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Distress and Versafine
Stamps:  WPlus9 That Is All
All the other stuff:  TCW 630S Mini Chickadee Post stencil, MFT Wonky Rectangles die, Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls Mist, Copper Inka Gold, misc. sequins

Challenges entered:
CAS Mix Up Card Challenge:

Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge:  stencil monoprint

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Hello Flowers

I’m playing along with a few challenges today…just having some fun!  And yet, another layered design…hmmm…

The sketch from Cardabilities was my jumping off point for this design.  After die-cutting the rectangle from designer paper, I added the circular designs with a Copic Multiliner and a round die. Thought it would be fun to add three types of circles!  Next comes some stamped splotches in turquoise.  A die-cut vellum stem, some die cut leaves, some Prima flowers, followed by more die-cut designer paper for the stamped sentiment.  And finally, a smattering of sequins.

It’s always fun to step outside your comfort zone and just simply try different things.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Simon Says Stamp, vellum and Prima Madelaine (in my stash forever)
Ink:  MFT Black hybrid and Avery Elle Aquamarine
Stamps:  MFT Abstract Art and Paper Smooches Fancy Frames
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil’ Inker Stitched Rectangles (yes, I do use those a LOT!), circle die, Essentials by Ellen Bold Blossoms die, MFT die-namics Fishtail flags, Prima Archivist flowers, sequins, adhesives, Copic Multiliner

Challenges entered:
Cardabilities Sketch #122

TIME OUT Challenge #30:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  anything goes showcasing Prima products

Virginia’s View Challenge #14:  layers and dimension

Dazzling Diva #73

This will be our final Dazzling Diva challenge, and our theme is spring/new life:

 

All good things must eventually come to an end and after much consideration Monica Weaver from Add a Little Dazzle has decided to close the Dazzling Diva Challenge. The blog and boutique will continue being open offering unique creations and Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets. I invite you to continue following the Add a Little Dazzle blog.

Many years ago, I walked into our great room and look out the window into our backyard.  Two of our large ornamental crabapple trees were covered in Monarch butterflies.  You could hardly make out the trees for the Monarchs!  It was an amazing sight, and one that I shall cherish forever.  Sadly, my camera was out of commission at the time and I have no pictures to share…but I retain that amazing scene in my memory.

So with that thought in mind, here’s my final Design Team card:


A simple design with a whole lot of butterflies 🙂  I’ve die cut the butterflies with my Tim Holtz Butterfly Frenzy die and then placed them in an embossing folder.  Instead of running them through my Big Shot Pro, I’ve just used a brayer to emboss them…works like a charm!

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Amy Tangerine Stitched and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  MFT Hybrid Black
Stamps:  My Sentiments Exactly
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Fishtail Flags Layered STAX, Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched circles die, Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched Rectangle die, Tim Holtz Butterfly Frenzy Sizzlit Decorative Strip, Ectasy Crafts embossing folder, brayer, adhesives

Challenges entered:
Uniko Challenge #20:  things with wings

Please check out what the rest of the Dazzling Diva Design team has created this week.  And please join us for our final challenge:

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Dazzling Diva #71

I’m back with another Dazzling Diva Challenge and here’s our fabulous inspiration for the week:
I love the gorgeous florals on the inspiration piece and here’s where it took me:
I ended up using a piece of Golden Glimmer and marbling it with Inka Gold and PITT Artist Pen Big Brushes. You still get the gold coming through, but the marbled effect gives you yet one more option for working with the metals.  
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Amy Tangerine Stitched
Stamps:  Altenew
Ink:  My Favorite Things Black Hybrid Ink
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil’ Inker Stitched Rectangles, Ellen Hutson Essentials by Julie Bold Blossom Stand-Alone, Inka Gold, PITT Artist Pen Big Brushes, sequins, adhesives and Add a Little Dazzle craft metal
Golden Glimmer Metal Sheet
The rest of the Divas and I would love to have you join our Dazzling Diva ChallengeUse of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we’d love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.   If you use AALD craft metal you’ll receive an additional $5 in merchandise…BONUS!


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Light It Up Blue Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to the Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Blog Hop!  We have so many fantastic sponsors that have shown their support for Autism Awareness and you can see the complete list here.
If you would like a chance to win a prize from one of these fabulous companies, please leave a comment on this blog, as well as any of the other blogs participating in the hop today!  Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday, April 6th.

I’ve added this link for all sorts of great info on autism including research, fund raising and a whole lot of other information.

Here’s my card for the hop:

I’ve started with a piece of watercolor paper that’s been stamped with a houndstooth pattern.  I wanted more of a hit and miss look, so just partially inked up the background stamp and pressed it to my paper with my fingers instead of a stamp block or my MISTI.

Next, I stamped the poppy and then added some blue shades of  watercolor.  While that was still wet, I added in some more blues, this time with Brushos.  Once that was completely dry, I “painted” the flower with a light layer of Stickles.

The sentiment has been cut from white fun foam.  It adds such dimension and is just so easy to do. A smattering of blue sequins and done!

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Ranger watercolor and Neenah Solar White
Stamps:  Penny Black Poppy Time and MFT Houndstooth Background
Ink:  Ranger Watering Can and Jet Black archival inks
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched Rectangles, Kuretake Gansai watercolors, Brushos, Stickles, sequins, adhesives, white fun foam, MISTI

Come join the hop...here’s a peek at some of  the amazing sponsors:

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Dazzling Diva #69 Some Bunny Loves You

I’m back with another Dazzling Diva Challenge.  Look at these cute little peeps 🙂  We are doing a color challenge this week.  Use any one or combination of the following colors on your card:

Can you tell I’m a sucker for these gorgeous stitched bunnies from Lil’ Inker?  Don’t they look wonderful in the craft metal?
I inked up my craft mat with three shades of Distress Inks and sprayed with water.  Then I dragged a piece of watercolor paper through it.  The clouds are die cut in felt and I’ve added some metallic thread behind the set of clouds.
These are stylin’ bunnies in their metal coats and little black bows!  The metal has such an impact doesn’t it?
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor paper, Gina K. black card stock
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival and Rusty Hinge, Broken China and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil’ Inker Designs bunnies and bows die set, MFT die-namics cloud trio, MFT felt, metallic thread, adhesives and Add a Little Dazzle craft metals in the following colors:
Outrageously Orange                                         Pucker Me Pink
Outrageously Orange Metal SheetPucker Me Pink Metal Sheet
Ocean Blue Metal Sheet
The rest of the Divas and I would love to have you join our Dazzling Diva ChallengeUse of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we’d love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.   If you use AALD craft metal you’ll receive an additional $5 in merchandise…BONUS!

Don’t forget to check out all the amazing designs by the Divas this week right here.
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