Tuesday, January 16, 2018

CAS Watercolour Happy Birthday Reminder!

Time for CAS Watercolour Birthday Reminder cards by the talented DT 
and our amazing Guest Designer, Birgit (Rapport fran ett skrivbord)

I am so pleased to have another Birthday card in my stash:-)

Here is a close up of the Magicals Mica Powder Shine!

I have been playing with a tripod this week given to me by Denny from his photography "Stash"!

It is a good backpack tripod with lots of loving nicks and scratches and memories:-)
Thanks again Denny and especially for the tips!

I am especially pleased with the clear and non-blurry close up.

I am also playing with my new Lindy's Stamp Gang Prairie Wildflower Magicals Set, which was a SSS gift from Loll.  Thanks again dear friend.

Here is another recent birthday card I made using the product.

I added Bells of Ireland Green powder to my paint palette well and reconstituted with water.  Then added Bachelor Button Blue to another well and reconstituted.

Now I was ready to do a wet on wet watercolor wash technique using a flat wet brush
onto Strathmore Mixed Media watercolor paper.  

I painted the green and then the blue Magicals letting them blend by tipping my paper.
I loved the result.  It is interesting how all the shine does not show up until the paint is dry.
Very Magical!

Next I die cut the frame using MB Stitched Rectangle die.
Then die cut the happy with CUTplorations Happy Word Die 3 times.  
Once from the watercolor background and twice with SU Thick Whisper White CS. 
I attached all 3 layers using SU Fine Tip Glue Pen, which made the hidden word pop up.

Then used my MISTI to stamp birthday.  
Added sequins for a bit more bling and fun foam to pop up the image
onto the SU Thick Whisper White card base.

I loved the color combination, shine and watercolor wash.  Hope you like it too.
You have until the 24th to join us at CAS Watercolour.  
Be sure and check out the DT, GD and Gallery cards.  So much Gorgeous Inspiration. Hugs...

Adding to STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes

STAMPlorations January CAS anything CAS with optional Twist: Silver.  I did not do the twist.

Stamps: SU Sunshine Sayings (ret)
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White. Strathmore Mixed Media watercolor paper.
Inks: Archival Jet Black.  Lindy's Stamp Gang Prairie Wildflowers Magical set: Bells of Ireland Green and Bachelor Button Blue.
Accessories: CUTplorations Happy Word Die. MB Stitched Rectangle Die. Flat paint brush, pallette, spritzer to reconstitute powders, SU fine tip glue pen, sequins from stash.

Monday, January 15, 2018

CAS Mix Up January Cling Wrap Reminder!

Time for our January CAS Mix Up Reminder cards!

Stunning cards by our DT and Guest Designer, Christine (It's a card days night)!
Be sure and check them out for more Inspiration!

Here is my card.
Using Stamping + Cling Wrap Brushos on Glossy Paper + Die Cuts.

I had the perfect Cling Wrap background using Brushos on Glossy paper in my stash:-)

I had sprinkled several colors of Brushos (scarlet, purple and leaf green) onto Glossy paper from my friend Christine, our GD this month.  Then spritzed liberally with water.  

Placed a piece of Saran Wrap larger than the photo paper 
and scrunched it up to make lots of wrinkles.
Then set aside for several hours to dry.

I loved the more pastel textured looking shades, perfect for a baby card.

Next I die cut the larger layer of SU Thick Whisper White CS 
with CUTplorations Crazy Double RunningStitch Rectangle die.  

Then die cut the Square Peek-A-Boo window.
Another gift from Christine.  Thank you again my friend!

I die cut my cling wrap technique piece with the square die then stamped
the sentiment and birdie using archival black ink.
Next inlaid the square piece into the center of die cut square frame.

Then stamped the bottom sentiment and added the cute melon mambo birdie that I had stamped 
and fussy cut.  Next I attached the pink birdie to the stamped black birdie.
The sentiments and birdie were from a retired SU set..Nursery Necessaties.

I attached the image layer to fun foam and attached to the SU Thick Whisper White card base.
I was very pleased with the results!

Congratulations Shery and David on your sweet baby "Winter Rainbow"!
Big sister, Kathryn must be thrilled too:-)


STAMPlorations: CAS January Challenge: CAS but no twist.

Stamps: SU Nursery Necessaties (ret)
Paper: Glossy paper.  SU Thick Whisper White.
Inks: Brushos: scarlet, purple and leaf green.  Archival Jet Black.  SU Melon Mambo.
Accessories: CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle die.  Die-Namics Square Peek-A-Boo Window Die. fun foam. SU papersnips.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Twofer #1 Challenge: Feathers by Darnell!

So excited to see the Launch of Darnell's (djkardkreations)

The Prompt for January is "Feathers"

There are wonderful cards from Darnell and her talented DT giving samples of their "Feathers" cards.
Be sure and check out all the rules also on the Challenge Blog!

Here are my two cards using my NBUS (not a requirement) Feathers from STAMPlorations"Trendy Feathers 2" stamp set!

 My Hello Card!

I began by stamping my STAMPlorations Feathers with Versafine Black pigment ink.
Next heat embossed with SU Clear EB powder.

Then sponged my Strathmore Mixed Media paper with Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn and Faded Jeans.  Really saturating the card front with ink.

Placed my NBUS ARTplorations "Flourishes" Stencil over my card front and secured with painters tape.  Then sprayed Tsukineko Frost White ink onto my T.H. blending tool and
dabbed the ink through the stencil.  Removed stencil and let dry, 
which gave the background design a very pretty glimmery white effect.

Close Up

Next I placed my card front in MISTI and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment 
from the Feather stamp set.
 Sponged DI Black Soot around the edges and added rhinestones.
Then added fun foam and attached to SU Thick Whisper White CS and Done!

Now to think about my 2nd card using the same Feathers:-)


Voila' My CAS Feathers Card!

This card design went together in just minutes with the help of MISTI!

My card looks like a One Layer design,  but actually I designed the Strathmore Mixed Media card front and then attached to the SU Thick Whisper White card base.

I stamped 2 feathers using Archival Jet Black ink in MISTI then cleaned, moved and stamped my 2nd set of feathers.

Next I used my Zigs to loosely watercolor all the feathers leaving quite a bit of white uncolored.

I looked at different sentiment sets for a sentiment that would
fit nicely in the middle.  I used a NBUS sentiment from PB "heartfelt thanks" that fit perfectly.
Added a rhinestone to each feather and done!

I have always liked this quote and it seemed appropriate for our dear friend, 
Darnell's aka Dolly's New Twofer Card Challenge:-) Thanks again for the Challenge, Dolly!

You have until the 24th to play along in the challenge! Hugs


Inksirational #151: Stamping Only

Card #1:
Stamps: STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers 2 (feathers and sentiment)
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White.  Strathmore Mixed Media WC paper.
Inks: Archival Jet Black. Versafine Black pigment ink. T.H. Distress Inks: peacock feathers, mowed lawn, faded jeans and black soot. Tsukineko Frost White.
Accessories: MISTI. SU Black EB powder, Heat Tool and spritzer.  ARTplorations "Flourish" Stencil. TM Blending Tool. painters tape. fun foam. rhinestones from my stash.

Card #2:
Stamps: STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers 2.  Penny Black Heartfelt Thanks..sentiment.
Paper: SU Thick WW. Strathmore Mixed Media
Inks: Zig markers and Archival Jet Black.
Accessories: MISTI. Rhinestones from stash.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

CAS Mix Up Cling Wrap Magicals!

Isn't it fun trying new techniques!

I am adding another new Cling Wrap Technique
to our CAS Mix Up January Challenge!

Here is my Birthday card using Magicals Mica Powders with Cling Wrap!

Here is a close up of my Magicals Mica Powder Cling Wrap background!
The shiny crinkles are so Beautiful!

To make my background I added a bit of one color of my Lindy's Stamp Gang Prairie Wildflower Magicals Set, which was from SSS,  onto my craft mat
and spritzed liberally with water. 
Next I smooshed my Strathmore Mixed Media paper into the ink.

While still wet I added a 2nd Magicals color and then placed a larger than my paper piece of 
Cling Wrap over my wet inks and scrunched up the wrap to make crinkles.

 I left my piece to dry for a couple of hours.  Removed the wrap to see a gorgeous 
shiny, crinkled background:-)

I used my SSS "Birch Column" Die to cut my Gmund Woodgrain CS from CutCardStock that was a gift from my dear friend, Leslie (Running with Scissors) along with matching envelopes:-)  Thank you again, Leslie.

As most of you know my DH Denny is a lover of all nature, but especially trees and CAS designs.  He is also having a milestone birthday this month...75..OMG!

I attached the birch tree column using SU Fine Tip Glue Pen and 
then stamped the OMG using MISTI and hand drew the 75 and Done!

A fun card to make and look at with all the shine and textures from the Magicals, cling wrap and pretty paper.

Enjoy and we would love to have you join us this month at CAS Mix Up.  There are so many Stunning cards and techniques from our very talented DT and GD Christine (It's a card days night).

You have until the 24th to play along! Hugs...

I am adding my card to CAS Watercolour  January Challenge: Happy Birthday.

SSS Blog Monday Challenge: Something New..New CS and New Magicals.

SSS Blog Wednesday Challenge: Something New:New CS and New Magicals.

Stamps: PB Happy Snippets
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White card base. Gmund Woodgrain CS. Strathmore Mixed Media.
Inks: Archival Jet Black.  Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals "Prairie Wildflowers" mica powders set..I used Yellow Rose of Texas and Peony Scarlet Red from SSS.
Accessories: SSS Birch Column Die.   Spritzer, Saran Wrap. MISTI. SU fine tip glue pen.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

CAS Watercolour January Happy Birthday!

It is exciting to start the New Year off with CAS Watercolour..Happy Birthday Challenge!
Be sure and check out the beautiful watercoloured Birthday cards by our 
very talented Design Team and awesome Guest Designer, Birgit (Rapport fran ett skrivbord).

I need several January Birthday cards.  Thanks Loll for the perfect challenge!

I had fun practicing my No-Line Watercolouring using PB "The Sweetest Sound".

I stamped the image in my MISTI using Distress Ink Tea Dye, which showed me the details.
I used Arches Hot Press watercolor paper.
I left my card front in MISTI to keep image secure when watercoloring.

I used my Zigs to watercolor all the images. except the birds. Used my aqua pens to help blend, lighten and highlight the Zig watercolors.
I colored the birds with Prismacolor Pencils.

I had more control over the different colors on the birds by using the pencils.
I used Gamsol to blend the colors with paper stump.

After (an hour) happy with the results I die cut the image with MB Stitched Rectangle Die.
Popped up with fun foam and added SU sentiment.
Then mounted on SU Very Vanilla CS. So relaxing to watercolor.

I hope you get to join us at CAS Watercolour.  You have until the 24th to play along.

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year !  Hugs...

Stamps: Penny Black "The Sweetest Sound".  SU It's Your Birthday (ret)
Paper: SU Very Vanilla.  Arches Hot Press.
Inks: T.H. Distress Ink: Tea Dye.  Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolors.
Accessories: MB Stitched Rectangle Dies. MISTI. Prismacolor pencils. Gamsol odorless mineral spirits. Paper stumps. fun foam. 05 art pen for eyes and beaks. SU Aqua Pen.

Monday, January 1, 2018

CAS Mix Up Cling Wrap January 2018

We are starting out the New Year with Loll's Gorgeous new "Splash" Badge!

I am hosting our CAS Mix Up Cling Wrap + Stamping + Your Choice.

Cling (Plastic) Wrap is the magic ingredient for creating interesting mixed media backgrounds
using any wet medium: acrylics, watercolors, pigment powders, alcohol inks, dye inks, etcs.
Your backgrounds can be used with die cuts, stamping,etc.
Remember, must be Clean and Simple designs.

 We would love to have you join our 1st 2018 Challenge.
Be sure and check out all the fabulous samples by our DT and creative Guest Designer, Christine (It's a card days night).

Here is my card using Stamping + Cling Wrap Technique with Brushos + Die Cuts.

I have a stack of 9 Cling Wrap Backgrounds using different watercolor and paper products.  Here are the 2 Brushos on Strathmore Bristol Paper that I used for my die cut flower.

I used this 1st  background that was mostly green Brushos to die cut the entire
flowers and leaves image.

I uses this 2nd background using greens and blue Brushos to die cut just the flowers.

I still have leftover pieces for a future project.  I used our GD Christine's technique to wipe off
some of the ink with baby wipes to get the colors brighter.
Worked Great!  Thank you, Christine.

We have several You Tube videos for you if you need help with the Cling Wrap Technique.

I sprinkled Brushos onto my Bristol paper and spritzed liberally with water.
Then placed a Cling Wrap piece (larger than paper) over the wet Brushos and
scrunched the wrap.  The hard part..waiting for the ink under the wrap to dry.
Be patient..even over night is not a bad idea.

When dry remove the Cling Wrap and admire your background.
You will see several different ways to use your backgrounds by our DT and GD.

After die cutting my MB Vignette Floral Branch once with each background I attached to
my die cut PB Vintage Frame using SU Fine Tip Glue Pen.  The flowers have 2 layers.  The green layer and then the blue petals.

Placed layer in MISTI and stamped my SSS Thoughtful Messages sentiment
with Archival Black Ink.  Added my rhinestones, sequins and
popped up using fun foam. Then added main image to SU Thick Whisper White card base. 

You have until the 24th to play along at CAS Mix Up.  I am looking forward to seeing your
creative Cling Wrap CAS designs:-) Be sure and check out our DT and GD's samples.

I am adding to CAS Watercolour January Challenge: CAS Watercoloring: Birthday.

SSS Blog Monday Challenge: Something New..new technique and sentiment set.

Stamps: SSS Thoughtful Messages sentiment.
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White CS.  Strathmore Bristol.
Inks: Brushos.  Archival Jet Black.
Accessories: Memory Box Vignette Floral Branch Die. Penny Black Vintage Frames. SU Sequins (ret) and rhinestones. SU Fine Tip Glue Pen. fun foam.Wink of Stella of flowers