Friday, April 29, 2016

From The Heart Stamps Monthly Challenge

Hello Friends! I barely made it in time, but here I am! Each month that I participate in the Monthly Challenge with From the Heart Stamps, I am gifted one FREE digital stamp set. The challenge is fun and easy and anyone can join in. You can read about the challenge HERE.

This month, Faith has given us another beautiful set. This one is called Time to Bloom and it's loaded with lots of good stuff. Take a look...


Pretty, isn't it?! And versatile, too. Well, I chose to use the butterfly/moth and the small flower cluster and I decided to make a few thank you cards with the "Many Thanks" sentiment. Please click on the pictures to enlarge them.



This was really quick and easy to do. I set everything up in a Word document and then printed it. I used a stitched rectangle die to cut them out and colored them with Copic markers. I kept the card design clean and simple, so I could make multiples quickly. After I finished the coloring, I added Clear Wink of Stella to the wings.


For the inside of the card, I used the small flower cluster and colored them with the same colors as the butterflies. Sweet and simple.



I matted the focals with black card stock and then adhered them with dimensional adhesive. A sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins added the finishing touch!


That's all I have to share with you today. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate the visit. Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings~



supplies~
digital stamp set: Time to Bloom(From the Heart Stamps)
card stock: Neenah 80lb, 110lb  Basic Black(Stampin' Up!)
patterned paper: Chalkboard 6x6 paper pad(WeRMemoryKeepers)   Green Leaves Collection(Papertrey Ink)  
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: 4mm Sparkling Clear, Pink Peonies, Mossy Green sequins, 6mm Tangerine, Pink Blush sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)   Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)

coloring medium: Copic markers

Monday, April 25, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Juicy Strawberries

Hello Friends! I've got some yummy Power Poppy goodies to share so let's jump right in...

Marcella has given us a cluster of Juicy Strawberries to play with. Just look at it!

Sweet, huh? And those sentiments? Those are quotes from some of the ladies on the Design Team. Like my dear friend Cheryl, she always greets me with "Hello Sweet Friend". And I usually close my emails to Marcella with, "sending you a big ol' juicy hug". LoL! I love that she took our sayings and incorporated them into a digi set! Soooo very cool!

When I first saw this image, a few ideas came to mind. I knew I wanted to watercolor it and I knew I wanted to use gingham paper. And that is what I did here...click the photo to enlarge it.


I printed the image onto a die cut piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card Stock and I used my new Aquarelle watercolor pencils to color it. After the focal was dry, I matted it with the yellow card stock and tied on some Baker's Twine. Then, I mounted it onto the card base with foam adhesive.  I printed the sentiment onto a scrap of TH Distress Watercolor Card Stock and then used a Stampin' Up! punch on it. The yellow mat was die cut with a Scallop Circle Nestie. To finish off the focal panel, I added clear Wink of Stella to the blooms, Crystal Effects to the berries and I put on a few Sparkling Clear sequins to add a little more va-voom! Here, you can a teensie bit of the juicy shine on the berries...


And that was that! Please take a moment to buzz by the Power Poppy blog to see what my Teammies have for you. Marcella released two beautiful sets today and I am only showcasing one of them. So, you'll want to stop by and see the other one. It's called Created to Create and it's a doozie! Here's a peek...


It is gorgeous! Those delightful daffodils and the watercolors...ahhh! It's perfect and I plan to use it really soon. I think this would be fantastic enlarged to 5x7 or 8x10 and watercolored, then framed. I may do that and hang it in The Hive.

Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate the visit. Have a marvelous Monday!

Blessings~




supplies~ 
digital stamp set: Juicy Strawberries(Power Poppy)
card stock: 100lb Neenah Solar White   Lemon Tart(Papertrey Ink)
patterned paper: Heavenly Blue Gingham(Close to My Heart)
specialty paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card Stock(Ranger)
punches: 1 1/4 inch circle(Stampin' Up!)
dies: Classic Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)  Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)  4mm clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
coloring medium: Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils(Faber-Castell)
other: Buttercup Baker's Twine(The Twinery)   Crystal Effects(Stampin; Up!)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Playing With Aquarelle Pencils

Hello Friends! I picked up a few sets of Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle Watercolor pencils from HSN and I couldn't wait to share them with you. The ones I purchased came in color family sets, with nine pencils, including a metallic pencil in either silver or gold and a paint brush. I purchased the reds, the greens, the blues and the yellows. There were a few duplicates, but I don't really mind.


The pencils are smooth and creamy and they blend very well. I tried a few different techniques before I found the one that gave me the look I wanted. I used a damp paint brush and picked up color from the pencil lead and then applied that onto my image. I achieved this look with three pencils...


 Then, after everything was all dry, I decided to make a card...click on the photo to enlarge it.


I stamped the image onto a piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card stock, using Versamark ink. Then I sprinkled white embossing powder over that and melted it down with my heat tool. I let it cool for second and then started my watercoloring. And...I had to add a little sparkle, so I punched a bitty butterfly from some glitter paper and I went over the image with a Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush. Another thing I like about these pencils is that once they are dry, they are permanent, which means that the WOS will not reactivate the pigment and change the color of the finished project.

That is it for me today. Thank you for stopping by! I hope your week has been great, so far!



supplies~ 
stamp set:Sunshine and Smiles(Clearly Besotted)
card stock: Neenah Solar White 110lb   Hibiscus Burst(Papertrey Ink)
patterned paper: Botanical Tea(Graphic 45)
specialty paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card stock(Ranger)  Glitter paper(American Crafts)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
punches: Dotted Scallop border(EK Success)  butterflies(Martha Stewart Crafts)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella Glitter brush(Zig)  4mm Sparkling Clear, Pink Peonies and 6mm Lemon Meringue sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
coloring medium: Aquarelle watercolor pencils(Faber-Castell)
other: Fine Detail White embossing powder(Simon Says Stamp)


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Layer Cake Number Deux

Hello Friends! Happy Tuesday! I have another Layer Cake card to share today. I printed out several of these, so I could color at whim and create a few birthday cards...some for my stash and some for my card boutique.

This one is not as flashy and sparkly as the first one I shared but, I like it just the same. Have a look...


Isn't it scrumptious?! My favorite cupcake bakery sells the most amazing cupcake. It's chocolate cake with strawberry buttercream, called Strawberry Hill and it is delicious! The cake is dark and moist and the buttercream is flavored with real strawberries, so there are little strawberry seeds in it and it's tinted a pale pink. That was my inspiration for the color palette I used.

I printed the cake image onto smooth white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. I die cut the focal panel and while it was still in the die, I dusted on a little Antique Linen Distress Ink. I went over the banner and cake plate with a Clear Wink of Stella. It's a shame I can't capture the sparkle better. It's subtle, but still very nice. My card base consists of lots of oldie's but goodies. I was digging thru my old Close to My Heart 12 x 12 paper stash and came across this paper pack. I thought it was perfect for my card. I love the little coffee/tea drips at the bottom. Cake and coffee/tea, what could be better?

And that is all I have to share today. Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the visit.

Blessings~


supplies~
digital stamp set: Layer Cake(Power Poppy) 
card stock: Neenah Solar White 80#   Vanilla(Close to My Heart)  Chocolate Chip(Stampin' Up!)
patterned paper: Notebook(Close to My Heart)
ink: Antique Linen Distress Ink(Ranger)
dies: Scalloped Oval Petite, Classic Oval Petite Nestabilities(Spellbinders)   Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp) banner from Stitched Journaling dies(Lawn Fawn)
punches: Scalloped Edge(Stampin' Up!)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
other: button from the Porcelain Collection(BasicGrey)  chocolate embroidery floss(DMC)


Monday, April 4, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Dancing with Daffodils Birthday Card

Hello Friends! Today is your last chance to take part in the festivities on the Power Poppy blog. All digis and in stock clear sets are on sale for 20% off and there is a darling Layer Cake digi set, especially created for the occasion, that is only TWO dollars! You'll want to add that to your collection. Trust me.

Today, I have a card to share that I made for a friend, who mentioned in passing, that she was having a birthday today. She also mentioned that she liked daffodils. I knew immediately that I had the perfect digi set...Power Poppy's Dancing with Daffodils. I have used this image a few times before. Click HERE and HERE to view those cards.

Here is the card I made for my friend...


I printed the image onto smooth white card stock and I colored it with Copic markers. I added Clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to the snail-couldn't resist!-and I went over the daffodils with a little WOS, as well.


I love my Wink of Stella brush and I tell you what, I always have one on reserve in a drawer, because I NEVER want to be without it. It just adds the perfect finishing touch, in my opinion. To finish off the focal panel, I adhered a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins around the greeting.

Here's a look at the inside of the card...

I stamped the sentiments using my MISTI to make sure that I got perfect placement.

And that is that! Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a marvelous Monday!

Blessings~


supplies~ 
digital stamp set: Dancing with Daffodils, "Thinking of You" sentiment from French Lilac(Power Poppy) 
stamps: "Happy Birthday"(Stampin' Up!)   Perfect Day(Hero Arts)
card stock: Neenah Solar White 80lb  Sweet Corn(GinaK Designs)
patterned paper: 2008 Bitty Dots(Papertrey Ink)
ink: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive(Stampin' Up!)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)   4mmMossy Green, Marigold, 6mm Cornflower sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
other: Glossy Accents(Stampin' Up!)  MISTI

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Layer Cake Card

Hello Friends! Happy Saturday! In case you haven't heard, Power Poppy is TWO! There's a big celebration going on over on the Power Poppy blog. You'll want to buzz by and take part in the festivities! Marcella created an adorable new digi set for the occasion and right now it's on sale for only TWO BUCKS! It's called Layer Cake and I had fun making this card with it...please click to enlarge.



I printed the image onto cream colored card stock and I used ink pads and a Dove Blender to color it. I went with one of my favorite cake flavors; lemon cake with lemon frosting! Yum-o! I added Crystal Effects to the dots and TONS of glitter on the banner poles and cake plate. What's a celebration without glitter?! No. Fun. So, I piled it on and man oh man, does this card sparkle! I sprinkled a few iridescent stars around the banner, too. The "Happy Birthday to You" sentiment is from another digi set, called Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher. You can read all about that gorgeousness right HERE.

Anywhooo...I used one of the sentiments from the set to create a panel for the inside of the card...



And that's all there was to it! Quick and easy! This is a super fun set to work with and every collection needs a good cake image.  Go grab the Layer Cake digi set and make a few cards to add to your stash!

That's it for me today! Thank you for stopping by!

Blessings~



supplies~ 
digital stamp sets: Layer Cake, Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher(Power Poppy)
card stock: Very Vanilla, Raspberry Ripple(Stampin Up!)
patterned paper: Birthday Basics(Stampin' Up!)
ink: Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cantaloupe, Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, Bermuda Bay, Smokey Slate(Stampin' Up!)
dies: Stitched Rectangles(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: Tourmaline glitter, Iridescent stars (Martha Stewart Crafts)  
other: Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Power Poppy is TWO!

Hello Friends! I've got some exciting news to share...there is a birthday to celebrate because Power Poppy is turning 2! Whooo hooo!


Come celebrate with us! There is a whole lot of partyin' goin' on, on the Power Poppy blog. There's a HUGE sale happening and Marcella created a really 'sweet' two dolla' digi set just for the occasion!


Sweeeeeetnessss! Isn't it special? You can add this scrumptious Layer Cake set to your collection for just two bucks! I hope to have a card made with this one real soon.

And as a gift to all of YOU...Marcella is having a BIG OL' SALE on all digi sets and in stock clear stamp sets. NOW is the time to pull out your wish lists and load up your cart with all kinds of botanical goodness. NO ONE does botanicals like Marcella Hawley. Buzz on over to the Power Poppy blog right now, because this party ends on Monday, April 4th!


That's it for me today! I hope you all are having a fabulous Friday! Happy April!

Blessings~