April 20, 2017

Playing With Inks

Hi, I have a couple quick simple cards to share with you today.
After I make a card, if it is not specifically for someone
I will leave it on my desk until I type up a blog post.
Well, I have a bit of a back up on my desk so I am going to
have a few cards in this post that I have made playing around
with inks, Distress, Distress Oxide and Catherine Pooler Inks.
The first card I created the background using the Distress Oxide inks.
At first, I started out by just painting on stripes using Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber, it di not come out the way I envisioned it but the great thing about the Distress Oxide is that once it is dry you can layer the colors.  I added some Spiced Marmalade and Iced Spruce.  In the end I really liked it and did
not want to cover it up too much so I just added a Gina Marie die label
and stamped the happy birthday.

The next two cards again I played around with the Distress Oxides.

Both of these cards were made with the same piece of paper.
I really didn't like the way the paper came out after I had added the
Oxide inks, so I thought what the heck let me try using the 
Joseph's Coat technique on it.  I grabbed some CTMH solid flower stamps
and randomly stamped using Versamark and then clear embossed them.
I then used Distress Walnut Ink I just covered over the stamped piece using my blending sponge.  It was amazing to see this come to light, so I turned my
not so nice piece of paper into a pretty usable piece.  I cut it in half using a wavy die and used the two pieces to make a couple cards.

Finally, the last card of the day is one using Catherine Pooler Inks and Unity Stamps. 
The Cather Pooler inks are so vibrant and work pretty much like
the regular Distress Inks.  I just spread some ink on my craft mat
misted it with water and drug my watercolor paper through it.
I then stamped the Unity Stamps flower from the "Rebuild Your Life" set and
the sentiment is from "Bunches of Love" set.
After I stamped the flower and went back in and added some water from
the petals and dabbed it with paper towel lifting off some of the color.

Thanks for stoping by, would love to hear which card is your favorite.
Challenges entered:
Aud Sentiments - use a stamp for your sentiment - ends 4/30
Crafting with Attitude - anything goes - ends 4/30 
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes - ends 4/30

April 15, 2017

Spring Boot - Bugaboo

Well, it's that time again, time for the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge
over at the Crafting Circle
Each month starting on the 15th there is a challenge to
use any Bugaboo image on your project.  You have a
whole month to join in the fun and maybe win 
some Bugaboo images.  There are also Freebies every
Friday over at Bugaboo.

This month I chose to use the image called 
Spring Boot which was one of the freebies a few weeks ago. 
I colored it used my new Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.
I absolutely love these paints, they move so well so you can
paint lightly or darken your colors.
You will be seeing a lot more projects from me using these fabulous
So come on over and join in the fun at the
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge.

April 13, 2017

A Beautiful Feather

I love how this one turned out.  I made it a few weeks
ago but never got around to typing up a post.
Lately, I have had an addiction to Unity Stamps, I am sure they
love it but my wallet doesn't, they have way to many great
sales and tempting stamps.  Not a good combination for me. 

This card I used the beautiful feather stamp from the
"Beautiful is Never Perfect" set.  This stamp has to be
way at the top of my list of favorites with all it details
and flowers.
I started out with some watercolor paper and using my new
Distress Oxide Inks.  Oh my, do I love these inks!  I used 
Broken Chine, Cracked Pistachio (ha ha ha I am sitting here
cracking pistachios and eating them while I type this) and Wilted Violet. 
Once I got the background the way I liked it I stamped it with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder.
I am not very good sometimes at combining the right inks colors so I 
can not take full credit for this one.  I saw a card done by
Lin over at the Sending Hugs blog and knew I had to give it a try.
I stamped and heat embossed the happy birthday on a Gina Marie
die cut.  You can check this and her other dies HERE.

Well I am so glad you stopped by would love the hear what you this
of my card.
Challenges entered:
Aud Sentiments - Happy birthday/7 - ends 4/17
Crafting with Attitude - anything goes - ends 4/30
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes - ends  4/30
Moving Along with the Times - birds and/or feather - ends 4/25

April 8, 2017

Hamburger Boy - Bugaboo

Hi back again to share another cute Bugaboo BBQ image.
Our sponsor this month at Crafty Awesomeness Challenge is
Bugaboo stamps, showcasing her new website. 
This burger looks lip smackin good, or at least my lil 
hamburger boy thinks so.  I colored this one using my Copic markers then
placed him on some BBQ papers by Sweet Shoppe I printed to go
with the BBQ theme.  I love using these as there is always
coordinating elements to go along with the papers.   I also print
and cut the sauce and mit using my Cricut Explore then covered
them with Glossy Accents.
Well thanks for hanging out with me at my BBQ for a minute,
come and join in the fun at the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

April 7, 2017

Oh Happy Day - BBQ

Hi, I have a cute summer themed card to share with you
today.  This month at the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge out sponsor
is Bugaboo Stamps.  Jodie has a whole new website set up for you
to make your shopping experience easier.
For this month I chose to use some of Bugaboos cute older
This is actually 2 separate images that I merged together and printed on 
kraft cardstock.  I colored them using my Polychromos and I think a 
couple Prisma Pencils to get the correct colors.  Are they just the cutest?
The clouds and sun are Gina Marie dies that you can get here at the
Scrapbook Outlet.  She also revamped her website, must be something 
in the air, ha ha ha.
And that is it, a pretty simple card, I'll be back to share another card 
using a BBQ image, this one I call Hamburger Boy.

April 6, 2017

Get Well Wishes - Mojo Monday

Hi, I got to play along this week at Mojo Monday, one of my
favorite places to play.  I love making cards following sketches and
they always have great sketches.

Here is this weeks sketch, plus since it is the first Monday of
the month it is also prize week.

I made my card using some papers from one of my older 
K&Company paper stack.  It is two sided paper so it was easy to 
match up what papers I wanted to use.  The back pink panel
I die cut using a Gina Marie die.  The piece where the sentiment
is stamped is a stitched edge die cut.
I embossed some of the pieces to add some texture.  The
sentiment I stamped using a Verve stamp from the 
"Treasured Words" set.  The prize for this week's 
challenge is a set of Verve stamps of your choice.  Not a bad deal, 
their stamps are great.  So make sure you head on over and
play along at Mojo Monday, the more entries the more winners.

Challenges entered:
Mojo Monday - sketch - ends 4/9
The House that Stamps Built - add a die cut - ends 4/11
Addicted to Stamps - anything goes - ends 4/10
Crafty Creations - anything goes - ends 4/11

March 31, 2017

A Bit More Time to Craft

Hi, I am here to share my April project for 
A Bit More Time to Craft. I used the challenge sketch
from Retro Rubber to create this card.  

I used a digital paper from "Regal" for the maroon background
and the upper corner is from "Merry Christmas".
I added some faux stitching around the edges.
The qualify at Retro Rubber you need to use a
stamp that is at least one year old.  The happy birthday stamp I used is from Scrappy Cat and is probably 5+ years old.
  I placed a button on the corner to
add some dimension.

March 23, 2017

Lots of Layers Birthday

Hello all, last month one of the sketches at the 
Crafting Circle message board had a bunch of layers and
elements to it.
Finally while looking through some of my digital downloads
from NitWits I found the pattern papers I wanted to use and the
card just fell right into place.
The collection from NitWits Collections that I used is called Promises
I love the NitWits Collections because they all coordinate.  They come with                                      many embellishments and coordinating papers. 
I just imported the pattern papers into my Cricut Design Space and
then I print and cut out the shapes the sizes I needed.
I cut a dark purple rectangle using a Gina Marie loopy die.
I stamped the Happy Birthday with a Gina K Designs stamp and then
water colored with my Zig Clean Color pens. 
I just so happened to pick up those flower stickers at Michaels a couple
days before I made this card and they were perfect!
Well, that's it, thanks for stopping by.

Challenges entered:
Crafting with Attitude - anything goes - ends 3/26
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes - ends 4/6
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes - ends 3/31

March 16, 2017

Beautiful Feather Flowers

So excited to share this card.
I had just received an order of Unity Stamps ❤ that had
one stamp in that I had my eye on for a while, along with several
other sets (I know I was bad).
Then on the Unity Show & Tell Facebook page they announced the
next challenge which was to use watercolor.
I knew right away that I wanted to use the "feather" from the set called
I stamped it on Bristol Smooth paper and watercolored it with my
Zig Clean Color pens.
I made the card a long 8 1/2 by 4 inches, so I cut along one
edge of the Briston paper using a stitched border die.  I had to run it once
and then line it up and run it through my Big Shot again and I 
DID IT, I lined it up perfectly. :)
I used one of my favorite color combinations teal and purple and matted by card.  The image panel is popped on top of the matting so
it has some dimension. I hardly make a card without popping part of it with craft foam or foam tape. 
I hope you like my card, would love to hear what you think.
Challenges entered:
Unity Show & Tell - watercolor use a Unity stamp - ends 4/3
Southern Gals - Pop with foam - ends 3/22
Through the Purple Haze - anything goes - ends 3/22
Crafting With Attitude - anything goes - ends 3/26
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes - ends 3/31
The Flower Challange - must use a flower - ends 3/25

March 15, 2017

Monster Love!

Well Hello, it is that time again, time for another
It is a fun challenge, starts the 15th of each month and runs all
month long.  You can make anything you would like as long as you
use a Bugaboo image, the images are so cute that is easy to do.
Plus Jodie has a Freebie every Friday.

The image I chose to use is call "Love Monsters" and it is
just too cute. 
As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to color it in bright colors using only
primary and secondary colors.  Felt like I was going back to school, ha ha ha.

I colored him using my Copic markers and layered him on a bunch of matching colored paper that was embossed with a variety of patterns. 
The card matches the sketch this week over at 
Tuesday Morning Sketches, with the addition of a couple
small elements. 
I added a corner die cut from My Little Paper World, this was an afterthought to cover up a small tear that happen in the corner of my picture after
I colored him(don't ya just hate when that happens?).  I had used washi tape
to tape the Gina Marie die so it would cut exactly where I wanted it, well when
I lifted it up it torn the paper.   I added a Spellbinder die cut in orange
so I would have some where to stamp the sentiment using a Unity Stamp from the.........So Glad you were Born set.
A little funny story about this image, I had it colored and laying on 
my desk when my 2 1/2+ year old great grandson came in and saw it.  He
picked it up and got all excited and tried to take off with it "OH NO".
So I knew right then and there what I was going to use this for,
his birthday card. Perfect!!!
So that is my card for today, be sure and head on over
to the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge and join in, you have till
April 14th to post your project. 
Challenges entered:
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch - ends 3/19
Creative Moments - anything goes/twist blue - ends 3/21
Inspiration Destination - anything goes - ends 3/28
Fab n Funky - Children - ends 3/21