Saturday, March 26, 2016

March CCC at S.O.S.

Hello Friends,

Here's my post for this month's CCC card for the Society of Stampaholics.  It's in the mail to my recipient, Cat, so I  can post it here. Sure hope she likes it!

I am using the challenge sketch this time, calling for just a circle and a sentiment. Digging through my card parts, I found my experiment using US ArtQuest pigmented watercolor paint. This round palette of paints I found on sale at a local craft store and snapped it up! There are 10 colors, both duo and interference. Not sure what that means, but the label also says mica. I used the Duo Blue-Green, Interference Gold and Pearl White just playing with the colors and mixing with a water brush. Can you see the shine? So much fun and pretty, I think.

Anyway, some of the area of paint reminded me of our planet, so I cut out a circle with my Spellbinders die for the earth and the card came together quickly.  Friends are the best thing on earth, and this card challenge promotes friends around the globe, so there we go.

The sentiment is from Stampendous stamped with Versafine Onyx Black and inside I stamped ...and i think to myself What a Wonderful World from Studio Calico/Hero Arts. The papers are from PaperTrey Ink and Bazzill.

Thanks for stopping by. Today I am wishing for peace on our planet.

P.S.  Cat liked the card! Smiling big now.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Happy Easter and a New Challenge


Today I thought I'd post two of the three Easter cards I made for my grandkids. Forgot to take a picture of one card. Senior moment(s), you know.

This one is for my dear youngest grand daughter who is soon turning 13 and loves jewelry. She also loves all animals, especially her cat. Maddie's favorite color is purple, so I tried to incorporate some into her card, still making it Easter and Spring-like. I hope she likes this. All of my previous cards for the family have been saved in an album kept on a bookshelf at my daughter's house. That makes me proud.

This cutie little lamb is a new stamp set from Stampin' Up! called Easter Lamb. All the paper and pearls are also from SU. The label die is an old Spellbinders one with holes on each end that perfectly hold some larger pearls. I surgically separated this sentiment from the stamp in order to get more mileage from them. Markers were used to color each part of the greeting. A bit of Pretty in Pink (a retired SU colorsponging was done to enhance the focal point lamb. I saw a similar card on the Internet where someone used pearls to cover all the spots/fuzz on the lamb. Sorry, I don't know who posted it, so if you know,  please notify me so I can give proper credit.

My second card is for my only grandson. Using my new (NBUS), box die from Mama Elephant, I tried to make him a masculine yet fun card. The two die pieces were cut out of cardboard, with fold lines to shape the box. I followed a suggestion from M E to emphasize the angles by sponging the box outline with darker brown ink. The bunny is an old Verve stamp set called Some Bunny that I fussy cut out and colored the stripes with SU's Pumpkin Pie orange ink. This picture doesn't show the ink color very well, but it was also used for the sentiment. The removable bunny is placed in the natural open part of the box. Pretty clever die making, right? I had to wait list for the box die set but I got it! Yay! I can see lots of uses for it in the future for birthdays and Christmas cards. Gavin is too old at almost 15 to want to move and play with the rabbit, but I had to make it this way anyway. Teehee. He seems to enjoy the creative process I put into his cards over the years. Happy Easter was stamped inside using the same stamp as above.

Edited : This little bunny in a box card is pretty CAS, so I am linking it to AAA Cards Game #60. This challenge is new to me and I like it! 

So that's Easter from here in Minnesota. We had snow yesterday, but a lot of it melted today. I know Spring is on it's way as the grass is turning green and some people have seen robins.

Thanks for visiting. Come back soon to see my newest S.O.S. card.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

CTS #163 and CAS Mix Up


I am trying my hand at a couple more challenges that I spotted. The first is called CAS(E) this sketch! I love to look at challenges, don't you?

So, just last night I happened to spend quite a bit of time watching and re-watching LollThompson's video on how to do faux mother-of-pearl and looking at all her cards on Pinterest. My card is a complete CASE of her card on her technique video. Check it out on her blog, Stamping with

Here is my card! Can you see the shine? As you know, shiny things are difficult to photograph. This one was the best of many.

The pretty background piece was on my desk drying, when while using some Glossy Accents on another card, I accidentally spilled a diagonal stripe across by paper. Therefore, I am using the sketch at CTS, with a little different slant. I just cut down the paper a little bit.

Because I do not have all the supplies suggested, I had to improvise. Here's what I used: Champagne Mist  by Tsukineko, Tangelo Twist and Melon Mambo markers (scribbled onto an acrylic block with some water) both by Stampin' UP!, the Prim Poppy die by Memory Box and a sentiment from the Mini Clear stamps set called Thinking of You  by KaiserCraft. Additional supplies were white cardstock, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Stick It adhesive paper and my NBUS Cuttlebug embossing folder called Polka Dots. My original Swiss Dots embossing folder from many years ago cracked recently from so much use! LOL

The second challenge that I am linking the card to is the new challenge called CAS Mix Up. I think it is clean and simple enough and has some mixed media too. Because I had to mix a tiny bit of water with my markers so the colors would mix well with the above Tsukineko All Purpose Ink, I hope that will count for watercoloring.  Or not.

That's it for now. Phew, now I am tired after playing today with some more new supplies. A story for another time.

Good Night all.

Friday, March 4, 2016

NBUS #6 Watercolor and Stamping

Hello Friends~
Today I am submitting my card for Darnell's NBUS # 6 challenge to use our new and unused and unloved crafting supplies.

My NBUS is the Ken Oliver Craft Color Burst Watercolor Powder.  My  Goodness! What a mess and what fun to use! Sure took a lot of practice and wasted used up paper before I was able to feel good enough about it to try and make a card to post! BTW, Karen Dunbrook has a great tutorial on Splitcoaststampers that served as much needed inspiration to use this powder. She calls it "painting your stamps" which is what I did. Thanks Karen D!

The two colors I chose to use are called Violet and Ultramarine Blue from the Brights Assortment set that I bought in February at a LSS. Also NBUS is the stamp set I bought from Rubbernecker Stamps, called Flower Group #922. I watched a video from them on YouTube many, many times trying to get the hang of it. Here's a link for you: Rubbernecker. The demonstrator, (I could not find out his name), used a different stamp and slightly different colors. Great directions, though. I used Jet Black Stazon  as he did for the stem and the outline in this two-step process. After many false tries on plain paper, then on watercolor paper, I ended up stamping the outline first, then carefully placed the water colored and spritzed stamp on top. To help activate the Color Burst, I used a water brush with the spritzing. My cardstock is all Bazzill - the white, raven, and classic purple. I cut out the focal point rectangle with a Lil'Inker Designs die, which is now a staple in my crafting room. When I was mounting the flower layer, my thoughts were that the water colors were boringly dull, so I colored it all with Wink of Stella. I guess I am not used to water colors, yet. I also used the WOS on my sentiment, a die from Papertrey Ink. The light lilac polka dot ribbon is by Sheer Creations. I have not used ribbon in ages. Phew, done at last!

I've many other colors of the Color Burst left to try, so I am hooked. I would love to hear about any of your experiences with this fun product.

Bye for now! I hope you come back and visit me soon.