Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Watercolor Circles

Hello. Man, am I loving the Arteza Real Brush pens. I know I have a long way to go with them but I love playing with the colors. Today's card was for the Simply Less is More sketch challenge. Then I through in a few other challenges too. My color palette is from the CLASSroom inspiration photo and I used the Tic-Tac-Toe board from the AAA Cards challenge also.
I started with a Soft Stone gray card base(PTI). I heat embossed the charcoal gray circles from the Essentials by Ellen Bokeh Dots in clear detail powder. Then using the Arteza Real Brush pens and a water brush, I filled in the circles. Drying the card stock between circles to control the warping. I don't like to watercolor on regular cardstock it kind of fuzzes up. So after it was dry I lightly sanded the surface smooth. I then stamped the greeting from Papertrey Ink Scripted set in the same charcoal gray and heat embossed it in clear detail powder also. Finally I mounted it with foam tape to the card front.

I followed the outside right row of the Tic-Tac-Toe.

The inspiration photo was used for my palette.
Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

One More Grad Card

Hey there. One more quick, one-layer card tonight.
I started by stamping the CAS-ual Friday's Shenanigans stamp set in various colors of ink to form a rainbow of greetings. I used six instead of three like the sketch. Six is divisible by three. Then I stamped the numbers in Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger gold tinsel embossing powder. I do not know the origin of the number stamps. They have been with me a long time. In fact the two tore in half when I peeled it off the plastic. Guess I will be looking for new numbers.

This is about as wild as I get, just ask my kids. Lol.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Time to Celebrate

Hello, hope you are enjoying your Sunday. Today's card is for the many graduations we will be celebrating in the coming weeks. 
My card started with Distress watercolor paper and my Arteza brush pens. Using a water brush I blended the colors from the Color Throw down challenge across the panel. Let it dry then gold heat embossed the images. Trimmed down the panel to 4" by 5.25" and die cut the letters. I also cut 3 layers of kraft card stock and layered them using the two-way glue pan.  Then mounted the watercolor panel and letters to a top fold, kraft card base. Finally heat embossed the greeting on a scrap of white card stock and mounted with foam tape to card front. Stamp sets are all really old retired sets from Stampin Up and dies from Altenew.

Simon Says Stamp "Time Out" challenge
Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Watercolor Stripes

Hey there. I was playing with a few challenges again tonight. I started with a piece of Distress watercolor paper and my Arteza Real Brush pens.
After I created the watercolor stripes for the sketch I used the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Magnolia set stamping both the flower and greeting with Versafine black ink. Then trimmed the panel and mounted it to a Brilliant Blue top folding card base.

Hoping April showers do bring May flowers and using the Pin-Sights inspiration photo for my color palette.
Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Tic Tac Toe

Hello. This is a quick remake of a card that I had made a while back. The original card used the Papertrey Ink set Worlds Greatest set. This card also uses it but I added the Hooray set from Concord and 9th also. I wanted a simple one layer card.
I used the AAA Card bingo chart to guide my direction. My Tuesday Transformation original card can be found on my Instagram account. It had 3 blue/1 Brown tie in a horizontal pattern.
Supplies: PTI white card stock, Spring Rain and Enchanted Evening ink

Simon's Wednesday challenge was Anything Goes.
Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Floral Sketch Ideas

Hello. I have had a busy weekend but I needed to have a little play time today so I worked on a couple of sympathy cards. I noticed my stock of them were gone and I wanted to have a few on hand.
I had just received the Uniko Beautiful Blooms set in the mail and wanted to play with the AAA  Cards bingo challenge. I followed the first row down to create my card. I heat embossed the images with Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder then water colored them with Arteza brush pens on Distress watercolor paper. I trimmed the panel down and mounted it to a top fold, A2 white note card.  Then heat embossed the greeting from Papertrey Ink on a scrap of white card stock and mounted it with foam tape sandwitching some gold thread to the card front.

My second card is pretty straight forward. I die cut the Tim Holtz floral spray out of a Kraft card stock panel and mounted it to a top fold, A2 white card base. Then heat embossed the same greeting on another scrap of white card stock and mounted it with foam tape holding the gold thread in place.

Both cards followed the sketch and May flowers challenges. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Manly Twofer

Hello. I think everyone kind of struggles with cards for guys. So when you make one you might as well stretch it to two if you can. For these two cards I used my die cuts and the negatives as well.

I started with a Strathmore watercolor paper and my Kuretake paints. Wetting down the paper I blended the colors using a wet on wet technique and the My Favorite Things color challenge palette. When the paper dried I stamped the wood grain background also from MFT in gray ink then stamped over it again using Versamark and my stamp platform. I then heat embossed the ink with clear detail powder.
I also stamped the charcoal gray card stock with the same wood grain background stamp in gray ink. The water color panel was then die cut with the speech bubble die from MFT and popped up on both cards with black fun foam. The "you" was cut from a scrap of the gray card stock and heat embossed with clear powder 3 times before mounting to the cards.

Both cards used the same supplies. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April PTI Blog Hop

Hey there. Kind of skidding in at the last minute for the blog hop. I have been doing some serious Spring cleaning before company comes this weekend and not much stamping.
Here is our inspiration photo. I do not own any stamps that have delicate cups. So I used the Warm Happiness set and the colors inspired by the photo.

Cup was gold heat embossed and stamped with Aqua Mist, Lovely Lady and Lemon Tart ink on 110 lb white card stock.
Thanks for hopping by, Sue.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Brilliant Blue Graduation

Hey there. Quick little grad card tonight.
I stamped the Concord and 9th Mosaic Turnabout stamp in four colors. I didn't get it lined up quite right but i still liked the effect. I then stamped the word bubble on a scrap of white card stock and die cut with a Spellbinders circle die. Popped the circle with some foam tape. 

Inside the card was also stamped with the Hooray set from Concord and 9th.

For me Spring is graduation season and my card also has the "Hooray" word bubble. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Inlay Die Cuts

Hello. This is one of those cards that when i started it I had no idea where it was going to end other than my color palette.
I started with some Distress watercolor paper, spritzed and smooshed Distress Ink to create the mottled panel. I then die cut the most solid flower from the Altenew Fantasy Floral die set out of the panel. Then die cut the leaves. I also cut the same pieces from white card stock and inlaid them in the watercolor panel. Using the piece of flower I had cut from the watercolor panel I used the second die to cut the next layer.
 I used that same die to cut 3 flowers from eggplant card stock too. All four layers were glued together and glued to the white flower. Last layer was cut from Essential by Ellen vellum and glued in place used Xyron sticker maker. I die cut the greeting from Papertrey Ink from eggplant card stock and attached it to a vellum strip across the card. Finally the panel was attached to a top fold, eggplant card base with fun foam. My card will be entered in the Pin-Sights challenge on the CLASSroom blog and the Altenew April challenge.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tuesday Transformation #5

Hey there. Working on a little card transformation today. This gives me a chance to go back and fix cards that I was not quite happy with over on the Papertrey Ink blog. The first card was a card I created back in 2013 for a Make it Monday challenge.
Here are the reasons I wanted to do a remake:
The color choice was to dark and staggering of the words was just to busy for me.

My new card was created with the same stamp set, Wonderful Words: Birthday and a softer color palette. I also popped up the black birthday with 4 layers of die cuts. The lines on either side help ground the greeting and were made with a journaling marker and ruler.

I will enter the card in the Uniko color challenge, the Less is More challenge to bring something back and the Papertrey Ink Tuesday Transformation challenge. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Word Bubble

Hello. When I get a new stamp set I just have it get it inky. I won the challenge over at Where Creativity Meets C9. I picked the Hooray set from Concord &9th. Thought it would offer a lot of versatility.
This card started with a white, top fold 110 lb card base. Mortarboard and circle are also cut from the same white card stock.  Word bubble and top of the hat are popped up with foam tape and tassel was made with bakers twine. Spring is graduation time for us so that is my take on the C9 challenge and I used the My Favorite Things color challenge for my color palette.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Warm Cup of Joe

Hey there. If I was to describe my perfect day it might be watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee in a beautiful, outdoor location. Then reading. Lol.
Today's birthday card was for several challenges. I started with 110 lb card stock for my card base. I die cut the bubble die from chocolate card stock and traced the circles on the card front. I used colored pencils to shade the circles and color the cup of coffee stamped from the Honeybee Coffee Break set. The vellum tag was stamped from the Technique Tuesday Snazzy Coffee set. Greeting is from Papertrey Ink. Cup and greetings are popped up with 
layers of foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Watercolor Circles

Hello. Man, am I loving the Arteza Real Brush pens. I know I have a long way to go with them but I love playing with the colors. Today'...