Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Squirrely Challenge - Embossing Folders

Previously I wrote how a couple friends and I have been setting up some new Squirrely Challenges for ourselves - it's been way too long since we done them! The next challenge is to use embossing folders.  Seems we have quiet a few in our stash, some more than others, and we need to use them!  I saw a card on Pinterest that inspired this card.  I sometimes am at a loss for using this gorgeous Stampin' Up folder.  

The butterfly punch was used to punch out a couple butterflies and then place another punched butterfly into the opening so it's flush.  Then I popped up the third.  The punch is from Martha Stewart.

Look on the right column of this blog  for a link to the squirrel girls Jennifer and Farley!

Squirrely Challenge - Easel Card

 This summer a couple friends and I have decided to get back to our Squirrely Challenges - this time around we all had some imput into what the challenges will be.  First up is to make an easel card.  Although there are some fabulous dies out on the market today to make these fun cards we challenged ourselves to do it the "old fashioned way".  I wanted to try something new to mix it up so I made a round card!  Fun to decorate it up with the Stamps of Life stamps and die set --- hot4balloons!
 Here you can see the side view to give you an idea how they go together.  I made a round card base by die cutting a folded piece of cardstock with a round die, making sure to leave one part of the die hanging over the cardstock to leave the fold in place.  Then Scalloped die pieces were attached and the decorating began! 

What have you challenged yourself to recently?
See the other Squirrels here ------>   JenniferFarley

Friday, July 25, 2014

Adirondack Chairs and Watercolors

When I saw these chairs on one of the sets from Unity I knew I had to have them!  As you'll see from the photo below they remind me so much of the peaceful spot in my backyard in the photo below.  I've had these chairs for 20 some years, sometimes they sit out on my front porch but for summer they are in the back.  Nice spot to sit, relax and enjoy a beverage as in the stamp!

After being inspired by the work of Swarup Murthy in my Online Card Class on water-coloring I thought I'd give it a go with this stamp.  Her work is amazing, so please click on her name to go to her blog, outstanding work!

I think my try at the technique turned out better than I had expected!  I used Distress ink and made the background piece with Distress inks and a stencil also.  I'm sharing this on the Unity blog for Friends with Flair.

Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sweet Strawberries

Sweet summertime... and every week I get some delicious strawberries in my farm box!  So the stamps from The Stamps of Life this month are just perfect for warm summer days!  Pretty easy to make, especially with the matching dies!

stamps and dies - The Stamps of Life
paper - Kraft & stash papers
ink: Distress Worn Lipstick, SU Pear Pizazz, Ranger Archival black
other - ribbon and fiskars edge punch

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Patriotic Hero Cards

These are just a few of the Any Hero cards I made for Operation Write Home.  I love that little Paper Smooches eagle!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Stencils and Watercolor

 This bright card is made with Distress inks for the medium.  The star background is Distress inks in fun, bright colors and then the cake is water-colored with Distress markers.  Celebrate is embossed with white embossing powder.

To get the background you apply ink to a stencil then spritz liberally with water and then turn it upside down onto some watercolor paper.  The new mini Distress ink pads make this super easy to do.  Then the cake is stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with white powder.  Then I used an acrylic block as my palette and scribbled ink onto it and water-colored the image.

Paper - Strathmore 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper
stamps - Unity (cake) Paper Smooches
Ink - Distress inks and pens in Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn and Mustard Seed.
other - Tim Holtz stencil, Stampin' Up ribbon

Friday, May 23, 2014

Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop

click image to go to the beginning of the blog hop!

Welcome to the OWH blog hop for Memorial Day!  I am sending this little Any Hero card out, straight from my backyard where there might be some holiday barbecuing going on!

I used sketch #191 from Operation Write Home, which you can find here.  They have so many sketches that I find it's a great resource.  I do love  sketches!

The papers are all from my stash, but I can tell you the patriotic papers come from an Authentique 6x6 pad called Pride.  The image and sentiment are from My Favorite Things. This little set is quite new to me and I've had fun coloring with my Prisma colored pencils. there are a few different sayings that fit onto her blackboard. The little button is an embosslit from Stampin' Up, I love buttons on cards and these "faux buttons" help keep the card from getting too bulky!

Thanks for hopping over to my blog - and please visit as many blogs as you can an leave a comment!  Let's show our troops how much we appreciate them this weekend and everyday!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Faux Hand Painting

Day 8 in my Watercolor for Card makers taught us some easy ways to get a faux hand painted look. I used my Loew Cornell tray of cake watercolors for this painting.  For this card I used a PaperTrey Ink die as a stencil to start the painting and then added to it.  The greeting is from Avery Elle (Laurels).

thanks for stopping by to have a look!

Watercoloring Stamped Images

Another catch up card from Online Card Classes - Watercolor for Stampers.

This card is taken from Jean Manis's lesson on watercoloring stamped images with Distress Markers.  I stamped the images in Ranger Archival inks and watercolored with various distress markers.  Then I die cut a few clouds (PaperTrey Ink) for the sky.  The background mat is embossed with a Stampin' Up woodgrain embossing folder.

The stamps are a new set for me from Darcie's called  Busy Beaver.  There's a beaver, skunk and squirrel with accompanying sayings.  I stamped part of the sentiment on the front and inside stamped the rest which reads "I missed your big day".