Addicted to Stamps and More #150

It’s a photo challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More this week:

Now isn’t that a lovely bit of inspiration…watercolor, birthday cake, flowers, ummm wine…lots to choose from!  
This will be my final Addicted to Stamps and More Design Team card, as I’ve chosen to step down. So to honor the lovely Kylie, I elected to do a watercolor butterfly.  It’s been stamped with several shades of distress inks, and while it was still wet it was overstamped and then I added some Brushos.

Kylie, thank you so much for this amazing opportunity, I’ve enjoyed each and every month of the last year on the Design Team.  And speaking of the Design Team…what a wonderful bunch of sweet and VERY talented ladies to work with…lucky me 🙂

Our sponsor this week is Sweet Pea Stamps and up for grabs…four digis from their store:
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  distress watercolor and Neenah solar white
Ink:  distress and archival
Stamps:  Visible Image and Simon Says Stamp
All the other stuff:  waterbrush, Brushos, adhesives and sequins
Back soon with more my sweet friends…

One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #8 Reminder

Just a quick reminder that there’s still time to play along with us at the One Layer Christmas card challenge:

All the challenges are “anything goes”, and require a one layer design.  And, the optional twist with this challenge is “trees”.  Using the optional twist will get you an entry into the monthly random drawing.  Every card that you enter with the twist = 1 entry into the drawing and you can enter as many times as you’d like!

And here’s my one layer design featuring trees:


I’ve opted for some soft pastels this time around and used one of my favorite techniques – a stencil monoprint.  My stencil has been inked with three shades of Distress Inks, misted with water and placed on some watercolor paper.  After stamping the sentiment, I then added the snow.  Now, I’ve taken some serious artistic liberty with this snow, but if Prince can have “Purple Rain”, then I think I can have “Lilac Snow”.  LOL

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor
Ink:  Aquamarine Archival Ink and Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks
Stamps:  Verve Merry Wishes
All the other stuff:  TCW stencil, Simon Says Stamp stencil, Liquitex Blended Fibers, spatula

Challenges entered:
You can check out the rest of the Design Team’s amazing designs right here.
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Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies Day 2

My homework for day two of the Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies class:

This is not a CAS card by any means.  Lots of steps and lots of fun!  Kristina Werner showed us this amazing technique today with floral dies! And I couldn’t wait to play, but had something else in mind!

I’ve water colored paper with a Distress Ink and a few Brusho colors.  There are also die-cuts in craft metal, as well as the sentiment, which I’ve backed in black card stock to make it a bit more prominent.

And here’s a close-up that shows the gorgeous metal, the effect from the Brushos;  and the dimension achieved by this technique:

Seriously, if you haven’t taken any of these classes, this is a great one to start with!

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Strathmore 140# watercolor
Stamps:  not a one!
Ink:  Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Winnie & Walter Big Bang Confetti Cutaways, Winnie & Walter In a Word: Cheers Cutaways, Winnie & Walter The Party Confetti Cutaways, foam adhesive, Add a Little Dazzle craft metal in Lovely Lavender and the reverse side of the metal (silver), Brushos, Simon Says Stamp Balloon die

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Bright and Sparkling

I’m back with another Design Team card for the current One Layer Christmas Card challenge:

I’ve used a die and  two-sided tape to create the snowflake and then stamped a simple greeting that works perfectly with a glittery card!  Kept it very monochromatic and totally CAS.  
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Simon Says Stamp
Ink:  Avery Elle Fog
Stamps:  Hero Arts 
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Scor-Tape, Simon Says Stamp Eliza snowflake die, Stampendous Silver Crushed Glass Glitter
Would love for you to play along!  Using the optional twist will get you an entry into the monthly random drawing.  Every card that you enter with the twist = 1 entry into the drawing and you can enter as many times as you’d like!

Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team right here.

Back soon with more my sweet friends…