Friday, July 22, 2016

My Favorite Things Color Challenge #49

Whoop! I received my recent order of new stamps from My Favorite Things and decided to participate in their current color challenge.

I pulled out my Brusho pigment powders and the stamps/dies from the Celebrate with Cake set.


I embellished each layer of the cake with some iridescent glitter and some white liquid pearls.
Then added some flowers with some jewels centers.


For my sentiment I heat embossed a red banner strip in white and then added some smaller banners on each side in contrasting colors.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Good morning everyone! After seeing the photo prompt for this month's PTI blog hop I was super excited to join in on the fun. This photo is so artsy and I think it will be super interesting to see what everyone comes up with! This is the photo...a piece of artwork by the artist Yellena James.

I knew right away that I wanted to use my Color Burst pigment powders. So I started layering and then taking away some color. I focused mostly on the colors and those anemone or flower like looking things. 


The anemone/flower like things were made by using big droplets of water that I let dry and then I stamped the flower inside and drew in the lines. Super fun to do as this was a look that would never have come out of my brain without the inspiration photo!


Stamps: Make It Market - Color Pop Florals
Bloomin' Cute

Dies: Bloomin' Cute Sentiments

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a look see!


Friday, June 24, 2016

Color Throwdown

Wow, it's been a while...a little dusty here! I've had some spare time lately and thought I would use that time to join in on some fun challenges is the card making world.

First up is a card that I made for the latest Color Throwdown challenge, challenge #398. Here is the latest color scheme and inspiration photo.

I had some "leftovers" sitting on my desk from a previous card that I had made, so I put those to use and just added a little bit of that lime green. Here is the card I came up with...


I used the One Big Happy stamp and die set from Papertrey Ink for this. The background panel was made by using all of the images in the stamp set and some yellow ink. The frame was one of the pieces from the Pretty Frame Die, also from PTI. The rest of the flowers and the sentiment were all just die cut and stamped and then layered together. Lastly, I embellished with some sequins and a little green gem in the middle of the heart.

Thought I would also share with you the card that I first made (the one that the leftovers came from).


Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. Hope you all have a great weekend!


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.


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.


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!

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. 


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...


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!


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.

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.


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!


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.

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