Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Anything Goes on the Flower Challenge

"Anything Goes" is always a fun challenge, and that's the September choice for Flower Challenge.  I stamped an old Hero Arts image in black, colored with watercolor pens and then applied the Cracked Glass technique.  The die is one of an unnamed collection, and I doubled it with the card and accent color cardstock.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Double D Challenge -- on Wheels

Let's 'POP' A Wheelie
(use anything that has wheels)

For my "wheels" card in the Double D Challenge, I chose one of my favorite images, this vintage auto from Stampers Anonymous. I've used it before as a masculine card; it's a natural on the kraft color of cardstock.  The little wooden arrow is from My Mind's Eye "Wood Shapes."  The sentiment is also from Stampers Anonymous. 

Cas(e)ing a Sketch

I'm trying to get back into the swing of card-making; I'm not sure what it is about being away for two weeks that deadens my mojo, but it did.  Today was "get in there and work" day, which helped.  I started with "Cas(e) This Sketch."   Today's sketch allowed me to use some pieces I created last week: the Stampotique flower in watercolors and the dry-embossed turquoise card front.  The sentiment is a new-to-me clear stamp from Impression Obsession. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Less is More with Black and White Llamas

Although I've really changed my habits about buying new stamps, I was simply attracted to this happy one from Technique Junkies, called "Cool Llamas."    It works beautifully with the Less is More challenge of "black and white plus one color."  The background paper is from Ellen Hutson: Modern Graphics by Julie Ebersole.  

Saturday, August 11, 2018

"Don't Bug Me" at Double D... a Dragonfly

"Don't Bug Me" is the challenge at Double D.  My favorite "bug" is always the dragonfly. For this card, I chose the square image from Stampers Anonymous and decided to "glitz" it up.  First, I stamped in black India ink, heat-embossed it with clear EP and then sprinkled two colors of Lindy's Gang Magical Shakers on the image.  Lots of water allowed the colors to move across the image as I applied heat.  Once that was dry, I spritzed the piece with Imagine Crafts' "Sheer Shimmer Spray." Continuing with the "glitz," I cut pieces of silver glitter cardstock from Crafter's Companion Luxury Cardstock pack to layer onto the dry-embossed blue piece and under it.   It shines! 

Close look at the shimmer

Stencil Monoprint

This is a fun technique for this month's CAS Mix Up, although I had to attempt it a few times before I created one that I was okay with!  I used a Craft Warehouse stencil, a PoppyStamps die, and a stamped sentiment from Heart and Soul.  The monoprint was created with Distress inkpads.  (The scribble die is the same cardstock as the border, but photographs much darker.) 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Sunflower Watercolor

I don't know why it is so difficult to start stamping and blogging again after a long break.  That has happened to me, so I worked diligently these past two days to "kick start" my crafting activity.  Major cleaning in my craft room (1) to simplify my life and (2) create a space for a portable crib for our baby granddaughter.  Simplification was often overwhelming and emotional, but I've taken large positive steps.  Our granddaughter --and her parents--weren't able to visit for a family wedding as planned because our son got stuck in Atlanta when his flight from New York was delayed.  

Once I started working on challenge cards again, I made a concerted effort to keep the craft room organized.  That's a first for me, and it feels good.  

For CAS Watercolor this month, I used a Penny Black sunflower image that was inked and spritzed before stamping.  (I've included the photo of a sunflower I took earlier this week.  Sunflowers are grown as a crop in this area, and this sunflower was one of thousands in a huge field.)