Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cardabilites Sketch #106

Time for another card sketch folks!  

I'm actually up in Canada visiting my folks, so I'm a little proud of myself for pulling this one out of the hat that is my supply travel bag!  In a perfect world I'd have left home more prepared, but as it was, I just threw into the bag, some things that caught my eye and wanted to be played with.  Fortunately it all came together.

Here is the sketch we used:

And here is the card I made.
 Couldn't play without pulling out the watercolor paints and paper of course.  The sentiment is a Lasered Edge watercolor paper die cut that I painted and colored with a silver Wink of Stella Marker.  It's hard to see the glimmer in the photo, but it's there.
And I'll tell you what else!  I didn't bring my sewing machine along with me.  For obvious reasons.  But I still really wanted some stitching on this card, so I poked holes with a needle using a ruler to mark and did some hand stitching back and forth.  Fun, therapeutic and who would know!?
Be sure to stop by the Cardabilities blog to see what the other designers have created as well as, to post your own creation from this sketch.  AND.  There are prizes!!  Three of them!!  So your chances are good!  
Quick like a bunny now!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cardabilities sketch #105

Woohooo!!  Today is the first reveal for the new design team at Cardabilities!  Did I mention that I have the opportunity of contributing to this challenge blog for this term??  Yes, I do!  How much fun is this going to be!!

Here's the sketch for this challenge:

And here's my card!  You know me…don't like to adhere to the guidelines TOO closely; like to mix things up a bit!
I stamped with a text stamp, onto watercolor paper, and heat embossed with clear emboss powder.  Then I watercolored with yellow, peach and red to get this color mix.  The sentiments are gold heat embossed and die cut with the teensiest banner die I've ever seen (from Studio Calico).  The embellishments are a dotted vellum circle, a striped vellum butterfly and a button tied with gold thread.

Heartfelt Creations is the sponsor for this sketch reveal with 3 gift certificates of $30 each going to some lucky winners!!  Is that winner going to be you?  Make sure you getcha self the chance by making a card from sketch #105, and linking it up over at the Cardabilities blog!  As well, be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created with this sketch #105.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Some card ketchup

Or is that catch-up?  I have been a mean, green card making machine lately and I'd love to show you all of them, right here!  Right now!  

But all in good time.  Patience grasshopper.  

For now, I can show you these cards I made to showcase some of the watercolor techniques I'll be teaching in July in Canada at Love is in the Details.  The class cards won't look exactly like these, but the techniques will all be the same.  And I am EXCITED for this class!  It's going to be some fun! 

In a nutshell, the techniques will include washes with single watercolor paint colors, blends of 2 or more colors, masking, watercolor with distress markers and inks and watercolor stamping.  As well, we'll be using some of the newest Lasered Edge/Norine Borys chipboard designs!  

 I'm not sure if there are any spaces left, but you can check that and the details out…  I'd love to have you join me!  And thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Happiness is 3 Straws...

So, I made this layout and it's posted up at Love is in the Details today!  You can check it out there.

I used my new Tim Holtz Block Talk Alphabet die and some water-color painted paper to produce happy little piles of pretty alphabet letters.

 Just a heads up….this is my new favorite technique in the world and you're going to see a lot more of it.  Water-color alphabets.  And such.
Some details...

 A real vintage milk bottle cap, some sequins, jute and wood veneer.
But in the end, can we talk about the feet??  There is just something about toddler tootsies that kills me dead!  In such a good way!!

 Thanks for stopping by today!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Quiet Moments...

Last year this time we were in the midst of the wedding of the year!  For us at least!  I'm sure you know the hoopla that goes into the planning and execution of a really good wedding, right?  That was us times 12.  Don't get me wrong - it was FUN and I enjoyed every part of it, but it does get all consuming and you just need to take a break at some point.  

So two weeks before the big day, on a Sunday afternoon, Mr B and I, along with Jeff and Amy, drove up to Canyon Lake for a picnic.  It was Memorial day weekend so we could hardly find a place to park, never mind a picnic table to sit at, so we just pulled up a patch of grass and ate our sammiches happy as you please.  We walked around, waded in the cool water, chatted, laughed and didn't worry about a single wedding related thing!  I took this pic on my iPhone that afternoon.
The fun I had with this layout was the patterned paper circles.  I stamped the Prima stitched circles stamps onto my kraft paper, and white heat embossed them.  Then I cut out the inside of each circle and backed the opening with a piece of scrap patterned paper.
You know me, I love machine stitching on almost everything I do, but this was a really easy way to accomplish the same look without hauling out the machine.
The "moments" die cut is a Silhouette design by Kerri Bradford.

This layout was recently posted at Love is in the Details.  

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

An Experiment

Y'know how sometimes you just sit and look at the debris left on your scrap table, and some idea pops into your head and you actually say, out loud, "I wonder if you could….?"

That's what happened here.  I had the Prima stitched circle stamps out for another project, and there was a corner of some vellum paper peeking out and I just love messing with watercolor paints so there were two jars of water just waiting to be used, and I wondered if you could watercolor paint on vellum?

After I stamped and white heat embossed the circles, I gathered my Tim Holtz Distress markers for this endeavor, grouping them into color families of 3 or so.
Next, I colored patches on my craft mat, and using a wet brush daubed the color onto the circles.  I mixed the 3 colors and let it blend in some places.
After the first layer was dry, I spritzed the color puddles to re-hydrate them and then touched the circles down onto the paint so it could pick up color in a patchier way.
Here's where I noticed the one big fail of this idea.  The water makes the vellum curl.  And nothing I tried, not leaving overnight under a stack of heavy books, or reverse curling it around a brush handle, or blasting the backside with the heat gun, made the slightest difference.  But they were too pretty to throw away, so I decided to adhere the heck out of them.  I used a dot roller, thinking that if I have to see adhesive through the vellum, at least let it be kinda cool to look at.  
 Anyway…that's the result of an experiment.  

Can't say it's a raging success, but like I overheard in a store dressing room one time, a daughter helpfully telling her mom, "it's gross, but it's not horrible."  

 Lo, thanks for stopping by again today!  I hope you learned something!  

This card was posted recently at Love is in the Details.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Best of Summer and a New Gadget!

As very soon as I saw the first glimpse of this item coming...2 long months hence...I went to Amazon straightaway and preordered it.  I have a thing for polaroid photos, especially those of the miniature variety!  I have the little Instax Mini 25 camera and have taken quite a few nice pics with it….but it can be tricky, with lighting and all.  So a way to get polaroid prints, from home, of older photos, or better yet, to print off Instagram photos, from my iPhone, in polaroid format.  Well sign me up.  Where's the dotted line.

I was beyond delighted that my new Fujifilm Instax Share printer arrived before my vacation to Florida at the end of May, knowing that I'd be doing some scrapping there, and had no time or brain to decided on photos before hand.  And with the 3,500+ photos currently stored in my photo roll on my phone, I knew I had enough to choose from.

Yes, I know, I need to delete some of those photos before my phone decides its had enough!

Just to be on the safe side though, I went through a couple of old magnetic albums and snapped photos of some prints in there, so that they would be on my camera roll too.
In the end I only used one of the photos I printed but I can use the others on another layout.  And did I mention that both the camera and the printer use the same photo cartridges so I can use them in either gadget!  Bonus!
This is the layout I made.  Lots of patterned paper circles, mixed font title letters, sequins, phrase stickers, white jute and gold floss, and paint splatters.
Some details….

 And to give credit where it's due, I was totally inspired to create this design by one of my favorite scrap artists, Marivi Pazos, specifically this layout here.

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