Archive | May, 2014
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When the Moon hits your eye like a big Pizza Pie…

I just couldn’t resist making this card! It’s another for the Paper Smooches Designer Drafts challenge and this just hit my funny bone. You know that song, right? “When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie, That’s Amore!”

And that’s how this card was dreamed up. Ha, ha!

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I don’t have a stamp that says “Amore” so “Love” will have to do!

I used FIVE different Paper Smooches stamp sets to make this card. (For the pizza “Think Fast,” for the love “Falling for You,” for the sky — star from “Hang ups,” swirls from “Friendly Flowers,” and open dots from “Swanky Snowdudes.” )
I love how it came together!

Here’s the inspiration designer draft:

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Oh, and I popped up the crust on that pizza so it looks like it’s larger than life!

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I’m craving pizza for dinner now. And I think we’ll have to eat it under the stars. I don’t hear any complaints from my teenage son…except for maybe my constant singing of this song.

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My husband thinks of “Pizza in the Sky With Diamonds.” But that’s a different version altogether! It’s a good thing I’m not doing a video for this card because you would all hear these songs while I’m making the card!

Anyway, doesn’t tonight sound like a  good pizza night?

Also linking up to the Simon Says Stamp- Anything Goes Challenge.
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Enchanted Mushroom Villa card

So for Memorial Day I made a card. You’d think it would be patriotic or red, white, and blue…but instead it turned into this Enchanted Mushroom Villa. No relation to Memorial Day!!

That’s because I’m playing along with the Paper Smooches Designer Drafts Challenge. Here’s the challenge designer draft:

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My first thoughts were to design a moon, or a gumball machine, or a pizza. (And maybe I still will!) But the first stamp that jumped right out at me was this adorable mushroom house from the Fanciful Fall Paper Smooches set. I turned the designer draft upside down and created an enchanted mushroom villa! Here’s my card:

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Here’s a close up of some of that glitter on the bee and the ladybug (those are from the Spring Fling Paper Smooches set, and so are the four-leaf clovers)

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I wish these pictures were a little better, because in real life this card makes me SMILE! I have it on my desk in my craft room right now and I just love it.
I used Inktense watercolor pencil for the coloring/painting. And a bit of Wink of Stella on that “hi” die (from My Favorite Things).

Hope you enjoy!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Sweet Bear card

I’ve been playing around with watercolors this week. I just received a new Paper Smooches stamp set in the mail…and I had to watercolor that bear! This one is a grizzly bear and he has stolen some poor camper’s marshmallows.

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I’ve found that I LOVE to watercolor with distress inks. The ink pads, that is, because I don’t own the distress markers *YET.* But, my birthday’s coming up and guess what’s on the wish list? 😉

This originally started as a single layer card, I stamped the bear and then covered him up with rubber cement. After that dried, I painted the watercolor background. Then, I peeled up the rubber cement. I wasn’t happy with the results (it was my first try, after all, and I got some ink all over that bear!)

So I decided he needed to be popped up on the card, along with those marshmallows. Now it looks like he has multiple sticks of sweet, toasted marshmallows! Perfect.

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I love the look of that watercolor!

Joining up with paper smooches sparks challenge this week: anything goes! (And there goes the marshmallows…ha!)
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This card went to my Dad, who loves bears and is celebrating some sweet victories this week. Congrats, Dad, you are just awesome!!

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Have a sweet day!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Watercoloring with Paper Smooches

Today I was inspired to make some watercolored stripes for a background to my card. I also used “no line” stamping to make all the images look softer and cleaner. Here’s the card:

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That little squirrel just cracks me up! The scallops on the bottom of the card are actually a purple color, but they turned out really dark in these pictures.

I’m joining up with paper smooches challenge this week. Here’s the inspiration photo:

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Seriously having too much fun watercoloring these cards this week. <3
I am sad to reach the LAST day of the Online Watercolor Class…I will keep on practicing these techniques, but I sure wish it would just go on for a few extra weeks! See you next time.

Supplies Used:
Distress Inks: Concord Grape, Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade, Orange Marmalade
Watercolor pencils: Derwent Inktense
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Other: Sequins
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Freehand Watercolored Cactus card

Homework from my online watercolor card class is to FREEHAND watercolor paint a card. Oh, boy! I normally would not choose this subject matter, but I have cactus on my mind because I’m thinking about a baby shower I’m helping with. And the theme is cactus. That should make for a very unique baby shower!

So, I started out freehand painting a prickly pear cactus with some bright pink flowers.

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Yes, I think I need a little practice. But I certainly had fun with this one! I wanted to make the sky look like an Arizona sunset, but it really had a mind to be more stormy…surprise!

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I’m going to keep working on this freehand watercoloring. I’m finding that I love working with not only watercolor paints, but also distress ink pads. Sometimes I throw in a bit of inktense watercolor pencils. And what I really love is the surprise of seeing how it all looks once it dries.

Well, cactus flowers…let’s give it another go. I’ll share more later!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Faux watercoloring (daisy) card

Lucky for me, I learned a shortcut for watercoloring an image in the Online Card Class! You ink up a stamp with distress ink, then watercolor over it! Oh, I have to say that I love this technique because it looks like I painted it all by myself, but actually, I got a little help. :)

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I love how the gerbera daisy turned out. I did a simple wash with broken china distress ink for the background. The daisy was painted with worn lipstick and fired brick distress ink.

I can’t wait to play with this technique some more!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Stamping with watercolor card

I was completely inspired by the online card class (watercolor) when I created this card. I have this sunshine stamp and I used some distress ink to stamp and then to watercolor on top of it.

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This is my only other Stamping Bella image (and I think I might be hooked!) I used watercolors to color the image, and to work up the sunshine a bit. You might be able to see the Wink of Stella glitter I added to the sunshine in this picture:

day-4-fabric-flag  And the banner is made of fabric tape! Yes, fabric tape…so fun! I added some stickles to her petticoat for a little more glitter shine.

day-4-sunshine-girl I used this card for my mom for Mother’s Day. Inside I stamped “You are blessed.” And she is (my mom, that is). But seriously, can you image anything better than eating a giant ice cream cone on a beautiful sunshiny day?!

 

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Watercolor & Keep Believing card

I’m still having a great time in the online watercoloring class! Today I played with a new Stamping Bella stamp, distress inks, and some silver stars. I used a technique to splatter on some ink to the background. I think it looks a little magical.

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I actually tried this a couple times. Here’s my second card:

day-2-second-believing-fairy This time I made her blonde and added a silver glittery “hi” with a few more splatters by her wand. I just love this magical fairy stamp.

Which one do you like better?

 

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Dude, it’s your birthday card

My brother’s birthday required me to veer away from all girly-ness and focus on a making a more masculine card. This is good practice for me! I pulled out my Paper Smooches stamps and found just the right pup from a Christmas stamp set!

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I love this little dog and bird and I thought it would be fun to create a distress background on just a small portion of the card. So here’s the sequence: Stamp, mask, tape, distress, remove, color, emboss, adhere, VOILA!

I used inktense pencils on the little characters and a Kelly Purkey stamp set for the “Dude!”

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I am going to enter this into the Paper Smooches Anything Goes contest.

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So what do you think…more masculine card? I hope so. My brother liked it (right, Jon?!) Ha!

Well, I’m off to make a few more cards! See you next time.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Paper Smooches “Santa Paws”; Kelly Purkey “Dude”; Simon Says Stamp “Happy”
Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Forest Moss, Mowed Lawn
Colored Pencils: Derwent Inktense Pencils
Paper: Neenah Solar White
Embossing Powder: White, Snow
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Watercolor with Distress Inks

You might find it funny that I created this “watercolor” card without using any watercolor or brushes! Instead, I was inspired by Laura Bassen and used Distress Inks and an acrylic block!

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Oh, these distress inks create a beautiful and vibrant watercolored background! I used these colors of Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, and Peacock Feathers. I love the results. And of course I had to add a glittery die cut “Hello.”

I’m loving this watercolor class right now, learning lots. I’m sure I’ll have more watercolor practice up soon!

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Oh, and that beautiful sentiment is from My Favorite Things…cut 5 times in black, and 1 time in glittery silver.

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It creates a beautiful pop of dimension. The heart is cut from the Reverse Confetti Love Note die.
I’m really excited for the next class!

Joining up with the Simon Says Stamp Challenge.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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