Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Flower Challenge #12

The Flower Challenge has a tic tac toe board to use for inspiration this month and I found it very easy to make a card using either the up and down center or top row across.

I had heat embossed in gold the flowers from Altenew and they'd been sitting around waiting for a card and a color.  I watercolored them with Abandoned Coral and Mowed Lawn DI.  For the sentiment I cut the word die from Popystamps in gold and layered it on two layers of Berry Sorbet.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

CAS Mix-Up September

How does time fly by so fast?  Here it is past the mid-point of September and I'm just getting my card into the CAS Mix-up Challenge.

We are to do a watercolor wash for our cards, so I stamped the Painted Flowers from Altenew and washed the flowers in Worn Lipstick, the leaves in Peeled Paint and the background in Black Soot Distress Inks.  Once dry, I cut the panel with the N&T scalloped die and added a coil of silver thread before attaching my heat embossed sentiment from PTI.

I've not been happy with my photography lately.  Mainly because they aren't bright enough, especially the whites.  I've fiddled with my point and shoot camera settings and also with my photo editing program but I'm still not happy.  Next stop may be my iPhone.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great week.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Time Out #92 and CAS Watercolor

There's a new challenge at Time Out featuring this phrase: Paint the Flying Spirit of the Birds rather than it's Feathers. That is wide open to interpretation and this is how I interpreted it:


I smooshed Distress Oxides on Mixed Media paper then stamped Natures' Friends from PB in HA India Ink Black several times using my MISTI.  I trimmed the panel before adding it and the sentiment from Technique Tuesday onto my card front.

I trimmed the panel to  make my card a little more CAS so I could also send it to CAS Watercolor where they want to see a silhouette on your card.

I'm so glad your dropped by today.  I hope you'll come back again.





Saturday, September 16, 2017

Muse: Christmas Visions #84

I almost forgot that Muse:Christmas Visions went to a bi-weekly format until I looked at my challenge list.  My card has been done but I've been posting for other challenges thinking I had plenty of time for this one.

Kimberly Weiner is the Muse for this challenge and she made this lovely card.

I have the same SSS die cut ornament so I used that for my card with a different background.

A Distress Oxide smooshed background to be specific, which I mounted on some Spring Moss cs. The ornament and TH sentiment are cut from from gold paper.  I love smooshing those DOX inks.  You get such great layering and sometimes surprising results.

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CAS Watercolor September Challenge

Heaven knows I have a number of silhouette stamps so making a card for the CAS Watercolor Challenge was a no brainer.  In fact you may see a second card soon.  But first let's take a look at this one.


I did watercolor block stamping for my background.  Actually I did a double stamping because I wasn't liking the first sky color and the green was too light.  This is much better.  The silhouette is from PB and the sentiment is a NBUS one from TT.

Happy Little Stamper has a CAS Challenge that is asking for a silhouette so I'm sending this to them too.

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Addicted to CAS #120

I love florals.  Don't you?  If so you're in luck because that is the word our host Jaydee has chosen for Addicted to CAS.
I have a lot of floral stamps so the difficult part was choosing which one to use.  I decided to go with one of my newest ones.


I colored the poppy from PTI's Stemmed Statements with Inktense pencils and framed it with a new die that I ordered from AliExpress.  A number of blog friends have ordered from them - inexpensive but it takes a while to get the product.  I popped the frame up with fun foam, added the tag and sentiment from the same set and tied on some twine.   I got lots of dimension while still keeping my card CAS.

Our sponsor for this challenge is STAMPlorations.  They will award a $10 store certificate to the winner so get out those floral stamps and get busy making your clean and simple card. ;)


Just Us Girls #411 - Color Week

Maria is our host for the color challenge this week at Just Us Girls and she has chosen
Rather "Fall-ish" looking to me and although that's where my head went first it took a U-turn and I ended up with this:


I cut the Concord and 9th leaves from patterned papers in the challenge colors although the patterns are so subtle that they are hardly noticeable. Sorry about the blurriness of the photo.  I think it's the shadows made from layering the pp on colored cuts to make them more stable.  

It took a while to decide how to present my leaves. I had them straight up and down but then how would I do the sentiment, and on what?  I angled them and liked that arrangement better.  I remembered a die cut from Avery Elle that I knew would fit in the corner and then stretched the rules a little and cut it from cork.  You can use neutrals with your design and I figured my cork was a neutral.  The sentiment is from My Craft Spot (closed). 

What do you think of when you see these colors?  Let's see you translate that image into a card for the gallery.