Thursday, April 28, 2016

Revamped Rose Wedding Wishes

Ever make something you just don't love?  The original version of this card was very different!  I had to keep remaking it, pulling off the focal pieces and adding something new.  Third time is the charm I guess!  The background swirled lines were causing the problem as it made everything so busy!  Finally got it to look great!

Stamps: Rose Wonder, Chalk Lines
Ink: Memento Black, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Mossy Meadow
Accessories: Rhinestones, Rose Garden Thinlits, Cherry Cobbler Linen Ribbon

The swirled lines were stamped using the MISTI and then colored in with a marker.  Rhienstones added to centers.

Rose was stamped onto Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow Cardstock with black ink, cut out and adhered together, then adhered to card with dimensionals.  Added a few rhinestones.

Sentiment stamped in Cherry Cobbler, cut with the Rose Garden Thinlits.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hillside Golfing Retirement

Hi all!  This card is for a co-worker who is retiring 10 days from now!

Stamps: Wild About Flowers, Lovely As a Tree, In The Meadow
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz, Always Artichoke, Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate, Markers: Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, White Chalk
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Brushed Silver, Cajun Craze
Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Brayer, Sponges, Markers

I started with a 1/2 sheet of cardstock, trimming 1/4" off the sides to layer on the card base.

I tore a piece of scratch paper (thinner is better) and used it as a mask to brayer the green hills, using Wild Wasabi ink.  After moving the scratch paper and brayering a few times to create a set of hills, I brayered Pear Pizzazz underneath the Wild Wasabi areas.  

I used the reverse edge of the torn scratch paper (the torn off piece) to mask the top hills, and stamped the evergreen tree from Lovely as a Tree in Always Artichoke...but only the top portion, hence needing the mask.  Using a sponge with Always Artichoke, start adding the color all along each section of the hills.  Don't worry about masking so much.  I tapped but also smudged the ink with the sponge, to blend the colors a bit more.

Using markers in a couple areas of the hills, I randomly sprinkled various colored dots as distant flowers.  Stamped the grass image from In The Meadow in Pear Pizzazz and Wild Wasabi along the bottom green along the first hills.

Brayered the Sky in Soft Sky, using the reverse mask to cover the green hills.  Stamped the sentiment in Lost Lagoon.

For the Golf Club, I used retired Brushed Silver cardstock, cutting a 1 3/4" circle, then trimming the edges for the flat sides of the golf club head. It needed a little something, so using a Smoky Slate Marker I drew the lines, and used a sponge with Smoky Slate to add a bit of shading.

The golf ball, punch a white 1 3/8" Circle.  I use the end of my Stampin' Pierce tool (it has a rounded small tip), and with the circle on a foam pad, dipped the end of the piercing tool in Smoky Slate, pushing into the ball in lines.  It started to get out of alignment so I just did my best.  Turned out pretty good, looking a bit grunge.  Shaded with a sponge and a bit of Smoky Slate.

The golf tee is Cajun Craze, I merely cut the piece by hand.

Thanks for looking!  I hope the directions made a little bit of sense!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Spring TIME Cuter Bunnies

Happy Saturday!  I wanted to participate in some challenges on Splitcoast Stampers today.  I have not done any of the Fan Club challenges in a very long time, so I thought I would give it a go today!  I managed to combine 4 different challenges!

Stamps: Made With Love
Ink: Early Espresso, Tip Top Taupe, Melon Mambo
Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Melon Mambo Core'dinations, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Accessories: Star Confetti Punch, Heart Confetti Punch, Large Polkadot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Silver Cord, Blender Pen

Challenges are as follows:

1.  Central Theme: Spring.  In this case I used something that springs/hops...this adorable bunny!

2.  More is More: Create a simple card, then step it up for another card.

3. Sketch Challenge using this layout.

4. Word Play: Use elements with the letters of the word "TIME".  T= Tip Top Taupe color, I=Impressions (as in Textured Impressions Embossing Folders), M=Melon Mambo Color, E=Early Espresso Color.

The bunnies are colored with ink and blender pens.  I used the Core'dinations Melon Mambo Cardstock to bring out the hearts a bit more.  Otherwise both are pretty simple cards!  Thanks for a wonderful set of challenges, Fan Club!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Fab Friday 85 - Golden Vanilla Rose

Hey All!  It's time for another Fab Friday post!  This week's challenge found here: Fab Friday 85

Here is the sketch:

I had some scraps sitting on my desk from a previous creation, I decided to use them as the basis for my creation!  There are no stamps used on this one!

Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Gold Glimmer Paper
Accessories: Deco Labels Framelits, Rose Garden Thinlits, Gold Thread, Star Confetti Punch, Gold Wink of Stella, Hexagon Punch, Dimensionals

I had the golden rose and leaves cut out, which is what I used for the idea of my card.  Adhered the rose and stars onto black, then using the Gold Wink of Stella, colored inside the rose!  It's absolutely gorgeous in person, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get a picture that would quite do it justice!  Also hard to get the right colors in the pic.

Made the banner with a 1" strip of cardstock, using the hexagon punch to snip the banner ends.

Looped some gold thread a few times to adhere to the deco label layer.

Over all it's a pretty clean and simple card, with some breathtaking elements!  I cannot get enough of gold right now.  It seems like I am in the minority, but I find it to be so elegant!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ivory Golden Piano Bravo!

This gorgeous card came together thanks to inspiration from a couple different places, one on December 2014 (Scroll Down Page) from Lyssa Zwolanek in which I recreated the piano keys with the Bravo sentiment (except in "Ivory" color instead of white) and another few cards which cut a rounded piano top which I don't have a link for.

Stamps: Bravo
Ink: Memento Black
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Gold Glimmer
Accessories: Rose Garden Thinlits, Basic Pearls, Black Raven Lace Trim

First, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock to 3 1/2" x 5 1/4". Stamped the Bravo in black ink. Along the long edge, cut into seven 3/4" pieces (they will be 3 1/2" x 3/4" each).  For the black keys, I cut strips into 1/2" width and 2" length pieces.  Adhere together for the keyboard.  I took the fine tip of a Sahara Sand marker to give the Vanilla keys a slightly distinct outline.

For the Piano card base.  Take a full 8 1/2" x 11" piece of black cardstock, fold in half.  Using a pencil I lightly drew a curved edge from the top for the piano lid, then cut along the line carefully with paper snips.  It's not perfect but I like it just the way it is.  I traced the top edge along some Very Vanilla cardstock to create the inside of the piano lid card (you can see underneath the lid that there is a slightly smaller layer inside, blank for writing).

Cut rose and leaf pieces using the dies, first from Very Vanilla, then from the Gold Glimmer for the inside pieces of the shapes.  Fine-Tip glue pen is perfect for the gluing.  I recommend lining up your outline pieces first, gluing the leaves one section at a time first while holding the others in place.  Place the gold inside first, before laying the rose outline overtop then filling in those sections again with gold.

For a little added something, used a piece of the black lace trim along the folded edge of the card flap, and a few pearls here and there.

A bit of work but so pretty!  Thanks for looking! <3

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Summer Grapefruit Thank You!

Ok, I have to say, my SU! Team came up with a Tuesday Tint Challenge, so this week I thought it would be fun to participate.  Wow what awesome colors these are together!

Wild Wasabi - Watermelon Wonder - Pool Party - Daffodil Delight

Here is what I came up with:

Stamps: Apple Of My Eye, Watercolor Wash
Ink: Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Rhinestones, Sponges, Dimensionals

I stamped the open half fruit in Daffodil Delight, punched with the punch, then stamped a separate piece in Watermelon Wonder, cutting out around the pulp, then adhered inside the Daffodil rind.  For the whole grapefruit, I inked up the solid piece in Daffodil Delight, then taking a sponge and a very tiny amount of Watermelon Wonder, sponged lightly onto the Daffodil ink then stamped.

The stem is stamped in Wild Wasabi, then colored over with a Daffodil Delight marker for a brown color.

For the Watercolor background, I have a hard time inking it so I used a brayer to evenly ink up the stamp surface.  Stamped a few of the burst images in Pool Party onto the watercolor stamped background, adhering rhinestones in the centers.  Plus a couple of rhinestones on the open face fruit for a little glimmer drop!

Sentiment stamped in Wild Wasabi.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Old Elegant Bermuda World Changing Congratulations!

One more card for the day, this one a color challenge on Splitcoaststampers!  Using some pretty awesome colors!

I have a lack of graduation card cards in my stash, so here is another graduation themed card!

Stamps: Something to Say
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: White Glitter Tape, Itty Bitty Accents Punches, Rhinestones, Banner Framelits, Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, Sponges

Love how this turned out!  Had this banner scrap from the card this morning, so I stamped the sentiment on it in Bermuda Bay.  I stamped the star in each of the three colors, punching with the little star punch.

I took 3 strips of the white glitter tape, and stuck them onto the silicone mat with space between each, then using a sponged dabbed ink generously onto each strip!

Embossed the white layer, then diagonally placed the three strips of tape, banner on top in the middle.  Added a couple rhinestones to the stars for extra bling.