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Just Hanging Around

I got an opportunity to watercolor the other day. This monkey set from My Favorite Things is perfect for practicing. I pulled out my watercolors (including Tim Holtz Distress markers that I used as watercolor) and got to work.

monkey-hi Those leaves and sentiment are also watercolored. Then I added some Glossy Accents to the “hi” to finish things off.

Joining in the MarkerPop watercolor challenge.
Also joining the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

 

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Celebration Cake!

Concord & 9th is celebrating big! And I was the lucky recipient of some giveaway goodies this month.

Another reason to celebrate: they now have a new Challenge Blog (Wherecreativitymeetsc9.com) started by the fabulous Jessica Frost-Ballas. So I thought I would play along in the very first challenge!

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The theme is “Celebration.” Here is my celebration cake card for the occasion:

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You guys, this cake from the Happy Day set is SO MUCH FUN to watercolor! I knew I wanted to use my very favorite colors (turquoise and yellow) on this card. And I wanted a chocolate cake. Yum. The frosting in between layers is sparkly (is there such thing as a sparkly frosting? I don’t know…but on MY cake there is!)

And I painted on the stripes using a new-to-me method I learned from my Instagram friend, Alba. (Thanks for the tip, friend!) I used a ruler and just painted on those stripes around the cake. (Awesome)!

I used my favorite Sophisticated Script set from Concord & 9th to spell “Enjoy.” I want to make about 100 of these cards in different colors. That’s how delighted I was at stamping and coloring this image.

Happy Birthday, Concord & 9th and Happy Celebration for the new challenge blog!

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Life is Good in a Tiki Hut

The Lawnscaping Challenge is all about texture this time.

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I haven’t used my “Life Is Good” set in a really long time, and I thought that little crab would enjoy some lemonade! I did some masking to make it look like the crab was holding the glass of lemonade. And then I made a “Tiki hut” for the background out of twine I had in my craft room (that’s the texture!)

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A little Stickles on that ice cold lemonade makes it look so delicious! I did a little inking around the edges of the wavy paper (with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink).

This card makes me think of Hawaii. It might be time to visit. 😉

Enjoy!

Also linking up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

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Beautiful

The current Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge is with Concord & 9th! I am loving both these companies lately…and I have a few of their sets. So today I thought I’d see what I could come up with for this challenge.

I used the Beautiful die from Concord and 9th and the Bold Blooms stamp set from Essentials by Ellen.

I was also inspired by Jennifer McGuire to try heat embossing on water droplets!

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Yeah, it’s a little crazy and organic, but I think it’s beautiful. Oh, I also silver embossed the sentiment about 3 times to get more dimension. It looks like a nice metal embellishment!

Entering the Ellen Hutson Mix it up Challenge. Thanks for visiting!

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So Blessed

I’m using a darling stamp set by My Favorite Things called ‘Best Friends.’ I was inspired to create this card from the current MFT Color Challenge here.

I paper pieced the dress, adding extra glitter and foam tape to the bottom of the dress (to make it more frilly!)

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I also paper pieced the dog’s sweater so it matched the dress of the girl. This is a fabulous relationship they have, can’t you tell? Lol. Best friends.

Here’s a close up of her glittery dress and bow:

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It’s difficult to capture the dimension of this card! She’s a cutie.
Thanks for visiting!

Entering the MFT Color Challenge.

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Hoppy Birthday

I can’t believe I have never used this Argyle stamp set from Lawn Fawn. It is so much fun to stamp, and it’s so cute!

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The inks I used are Simon Says Stamp in Fog and Audrey Blue. Then I took that blue ink and splattered some ink splotches on the background, making sure I covered that argyle border first so it stayed clean! I also used another darker blue for the background splotches (Gansai Tambi watercolor).

The kangaroo is colored with Prismacolor pencils.

Entering the Simon Says Stamp Make For the Border challenge.

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Also entering the Lawnscaping Challenge: Punny Time

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Have a beary amazing day

Nearly every time I make a card for my Dad, I use a different bear image. Today, I’m using the Lawn Fawn Dad set for the first time.

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I used my Akayashi Sai watercolor markers to color the bear, and some mustard seed distress ink to give a little color to the background. I love that Lawn Fawn paper I used on the bottom of the card.

This will be for my Dad for his birthday. Shhh! Don’t tell.

Entering the Lawnscaping Challenge: Punny Time.

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I like you more than I like bananas

Today I saw this little monkey on my desk and I knew he needed to be made into a card.

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A shaker card with lots of bananas! I heat embossed the bananas on some watercolor cardstock. Then I watercolored with Akayashi Sai watercolor markers and used the MFT Cheeky Monkey stamp set. Finished it off with some Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

I think my granddaughter will love that little monkey.

Joining in with the Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday-Peridot challenge.

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You are Fabulous

Yes, I think you’re fabulous. And I also thing card-making is fabulous. Put the two together and you have a whole lot of fabulous-ness!

Today, my card is inspired by the Ellen Hutson August Pin-Sights Challenge

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I combined watercolored stamping, a beautiful die, glitter paper, and Nuvo drops to create this Fabulous card.

I think I’ll give this technique another try soon!

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Thinking of Ewe

Here’s my last card entry for the MFT Camp Create Bonfire challenge.

It’s a single layer card. These cards take patience, and lots of masking. I now think I might officially be crazy because I cut that fencing out of masking paper in order to get that white effect when I sponged on the distress ink!

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I love this stamp set from MFT. It always makes me smile.

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Also entering the MFT color challenge number 51.

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