Saturday, April 12, 2014

C4C231: Most Egg-celent

Hello – It’s time for another challenge from Crazy 4 Challenges! With Easter quickly approaching we are going with an egg theme this week. For all the details and more inspiration head over to the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog.


For my card I used a couple of cute stamps from Easter Doodles (Taylored Expressions) for the bunny image and the sentiment. To create the background I painted some watered down Distress Paint (Ranger) onto watercolor cardstock. In particular, I used these new colors: Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, and Tattered Rose. Once dry I added a bit more texture by stamping a script image in Watering Can Archival Ink (Ranger). Note - to tone the gray a bit I stamped off once before stamping on the watercolor paper.

Next I stamped the bunny and sentiment onto the background. I stamped a second bunny on Choice Snow White cardstock, colored with Copic markers, and cut out.


To finish I chomped some corners and adhered the layers together with foam. Hope you enjoyed this card. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thinking of you, brother

Hello -

The other day when I made the purple background for my butterfly card I was really in the mood to play with inks. So I whipped up a bunch of different backgrounds using a variety of techniques. I now have a little pile of very colorful background papers to use on projects.

I used one of these papers to create this Thinking of You card.


For this background I started by stamping the gear image from Mini Blueprints 3 in Jet Black Archival ink on specialty stamping paper from Ranger. The ink doesn’t immediately dry on this paper so I hit it with a blast from a heat tool. I used liquid masking fluid to cover the parts of the image that I didn’t want to be colored. Once the mask dried, I sprayed the piece of cardstock with Postbox Red and Fresh Lime Dylusions Ink Sprays. Since I’m impatient I dried the ink using the heat tool again. For a final touch I splashed some Barn Door Distress Paint here and there.


After letting the paint and ink dry, I removed the mask. To embellish I rounded some corners and matted on black cardstock; stitched white twill ribbon; added a sentiment flag and chit chat word; and finished with some enamel dots and a clip.


Any questions just let me know!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Butterfly Hellos

Hey sweet friends -

How about an inky project today? As in Reinkers, paint brushes, and watercolor paper. Just a few of my favorite things. And speaking of favorite things that is the theme of this month’s inspiration challenge which you can check out on the Inspiration Emporium Blog. And there is a great prize – so I recommend you check it out. We’d love to have you participate.

And here is my inky project featuring a few favorite things: favorite technique of water coloring a background, die cut butterflies and some pretty contrasting sequins.


For the background I used Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, and Pumice Stone Reinkers. After the background dried I heat embossed the hello from Bold Buzzwords in white. I then chomped some corners, matted on black and stitched with heavy duty white thread.

For embellishment I diecut a couple of butterflies from designer paper and black cardstock using the Mini Butterflies Movers & Shapers dies. I then layered them together and embellished with a couple of white enamel dots. After embellishing the card based with a bit of tissue tape and a small strip of matching designer paper I adhered the butterfly in place using a foam dimensional.

It needed just a bit of contrasting color so I added three aqua sequins (another favorite).


So what are your favorite crafty things? I’d love to hear about them. :)

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

C4C230: Veggies

With Spring arriving, it is time to think about planting a garden. Or if you are like me, just a pot or two of peppers. And speaking of gardens, this week’s Crazy 4 Challenges theme is to use Veggies! Be sure to head over to the C4C blog for more details on the challenge and to see more samples.


For my card I used the Anna Wight – Farm Fresh cling set from Whipper Snapper Designs to create a layered scene. The little cobs of corn in the trailer take care of the veggies on my project.

I used quite a few dimensionals and dimensional tape to add some depth to the scene.


Hope you like today’s card! Let me know what you think in the comments. Smile