Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sparkle & Shine Challenge #29

It's May 1st which means that it is time for the new challenge over on the Sparkle & Shine challenge blog. Today's inspiration is all about spring time flowers.

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I started this by using three different floral stamp sets from Altenew and stamped, masked, and heat embossed to create the flower arrangement. Then I watercolored in the images with my Peerless watercolors.

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The sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink set and I heat embossed that with gold and finished the rest of the card off with some Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

Here is the inspiration photo for this challenge...


Click HERE to come and join us over at Sparkle & Shine. One lucky winner will receive a gift certificate to the Create A Smile stamp shop!


Products:
Stamps: Golden Garden, Wild Hibiscus, Beautiful Day (Altenew) 
Keep It Simple Mother (Papertrey Ink) 


Friday, April 15, 2016

Sparkle & Shine Challenge #28

Hey all, it's time for another challenge over on the Sparkle & Shine challenge blog. Here is our inspirational photo for this time around...

 

For my card I pulled out my Color Burst pigment powders. I started with a blank panel of watercolor paper and sprinkled pigment powders onto the surface of the dry paper. Then I saturated the paper with water using a Mini Mister. 

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After that dried then I used the Altenew Oriental Orchid stamp set to stamp the images. Then I pulled out some bleach and painted in the images with the bleach to turn it all white. It was pretty amazing seeing the magic happen. Those flowers and leaves were all just as dark purple as the rest of the paper. I would recommend using a better quality watercolor paper for this though. I used a really cheap one and you can see where the bleach bled beyond the borders of the flowers in some spots. With a good quality paper the water will stay only where you put it.

We hope you come and join us in the challenge. One lucky random participant will win a $15 gift certificate to the Right at Home online store. Click HERE to be taken to the Sparkle & Shine blog.



Friday, April 1, 2016

Sparkle & Shine challenge #27

Today is April the first and no fooling' that means that it is time for another challenge over on the Sparkle & Shine challenge blog. The inspiration photo for this time around fits right in with the "April showers brings May flowers" saying...


However, we have been having the most gorgeous sunny and warm days here in Portland that I  couldn't bring myself to make a card that had anything to do with rain. I just know that it would jinx us and the rain and grey clouds would come back. So, I went with the happy bright colors...

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I recently received the 6 new Caribbean colors in the Color Burst pigments and I used all six for this card. On the background panel I simply sprinkled some powder on a dry piece of watercolor paper and then sprayed it with some water from a spray bottle. Set it aside to dry completely and easy peasy...done!

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I die cut the thanks out of a piece of watercolor paper that had been painted the same way as my background panel. I also cut two out of white cardstock and layered the three together to give it some added dimension.  Once I had that done I went to add the sequins and decided to join in on the Make It Monday this week at Papertrey Ink, so I dry embossed some lines leading down to each sequin. 
I know, I said I was avoiding the whole concept of rain, but then when I was done I thought those lines and sequins together looked an awful lot like rain drizzles and drops. 

We'd love for you to join us in the challenge over at Sparkle & Shine. Just click HERE to be taken to the challenge. Once you add your project to the link up then you will be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to the Create a Smile store. 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Products:
Stamps and Dies: Bloomin' Cute (Papertrey Ink)
Pigment Powders: Ken Oliver- Color Burst (Fuchsia, Tangerine, Chartreuse, Lime Green, Turquoise, Orchid)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sparkle & Shine Challenge #26

Middle of the month means it's time for a new challenge on the Sparkle & Shine challenge blog. Since we are getting close to Easter the inspiration photo features a bunny and of course some orange and green.



For my card I opted to just use the color scheme since I don't have any cute little bunny stamps.

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I'll be honest, this card didn't come together very easily for me, it was a comedy of errors. I started with a sheet of watercolor paper and heat embossed the 'happy' and 'to you'. This is a cheaper and thinner paper then what I normally use and when I painted in the letters the water and color spread past the heat embossing instead of being contained within it with other papers I have used. So, I had to find a way to try and cover that...thus the grey shadows. Then I wasn't happy with the plain white background. Enter the blending of the orange ink, which is suppose to have water splatters. However, when the splatters dried they were not even visible and since I used Distress inks, I'm blaming the paper again. Lastly, I had to blindly adhere my shaker panel to the front of the card and ended up leaving way too much white space at the top and this sucker was stuck down nice and tight to the card. So I pulled out some glitter tape and stuck a strip at the top. Oh well, crafting isn't always perfect!

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I die cut the 'birthday' three times and adhered them together for some extra dimension and went over the top with a Wink of Stella pen.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Right at Home. Come and join in and you could be the lucky winner of a $15 gift card to their store. Just click HERE to be taken to the challenge.


Products:
Stamps and dies are both from Create a Smile 
stamps: Crystal Letters Upper
dies: Cool Cuts Birthday



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Sparkle & Shine Challenge #25



Happy March everyone! It's the first of the month which means that it is time for another challenge over on the Sparkle & Shine challenge blog. This month we are inspired by green shamrocks and gold glitter. Here is our challenge photo...

Here is the card that I came up with. I didn't think that I would probably give a St. Patrick's themed card to anyone, so I chose to go with the colors as my inspiration.

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I started with the Oriental Orchid stamp set from Altenew and watercolored in the images. After that was dry I added some shimmer to the orchids with a Wink of Stella pen. Lastly I ran the panel through an embossing folder to achieve that basket weave look.


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Then to pull in the gold glitter I added a strip of glitter tape and heat embossed the sentiment in gold on a strip of watercolored paper.

We'd love to have you come and join us in the challenge. One lucky random winner will win a $25 gift certificate to the Create A Smile store.

Click HERE to be taken to the Sparkle & Shine challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tonya





Monday, February 15, 2016

Sparkle & Shine Challenge Time

Happy Monday everyone. It's time for a new challenge over on the Sparkle & Shine blog. Are you a fan of chevrons? If so, then the photo prompt will be right up your alley!

Here's the card that I made...

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I started by die cutting the grey panel and then traced all of the little chevron and diagonal openings onto a piece of white cardstock to give me a guide for all of the stamping.

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Then I die cut and stamped the frame. The sentiment was cut three times and then the three pieces were adhered together for some added dimension. Topped it all off with a trio of sequin stars.

Here is the photo inspiration for this challenge...



We'd love for you to come and play along with us...just click HERE to be taken to the Sparkle & Shine blog. The sponsor for this challenge is Right at Home and one random participant will be the lucky winner of a gift certificate to their online store.


Products:

Stamps: Diagonal Additions, Fillable Frames #12 (Papertrey Ink)
Dies: Wonderful Words, Diagonal Additions, Fillable Frames #12 (Papertrey Ink)

Thanks for stopping by!

Tonya


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Papertrey Ink: a Make it Monday installment

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! It is a beautiful one here today the sun is shining and it's warmish.

The boys are watching the Superbowl and I am crafting some cards. Thought I would take the opportunity to join in on the latest Make it Monday challenge over on the Papertrey Ink blog.

This time around it is all about the ombre. I started with the Butterfly Cover Plate and cut it out of white cardstock, then went to town with some Distress Ink blending (Holly Berries, Fresh Picked Raspberry, and Spun Sugar to be precise). I didn't want the background piece to go to waste, so I placed a second piece of white cardstock behind the butterflies and used them like a stencil. Here's the first card that utilizes the positive space of the die cut.

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Here is the second card that uses the negative space...

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Both cards were then embellished with some glitter, felt die cut hearts, sequins and jewels.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!