Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Beautiful Birthday Blooms

I've been on a floral kick lately...
Water coloring flowers
Copic coloring flowers..
It's been all about flowers.

Today I'm sharing a birthday card...created what the branch., leaves and blooms
from the Bird Blossom stamp set by Stampendous.

In addition to the stamp set...to create this card I used:
Distress Oxide Ink(s)...GMUND Limba Wood Paper...
Metallic Card Stock and Copic Markers.
The sentiment is by Stampin Up.

I stated out by creating the inked background panel by blending Distress Oxide Ink(s)
and then misting the panel with water.
I stamped out the flowers...leaves and branches...used Copics to color each image
then used the coordinating dies to cut at colored image out. 
I matted the wood grain paper...and the inked panel with metallic card stock.
Then I created the little hand cut and matted sentiment banner.


and..this is what the finished card looks like

This card has lots of dimension.
The matted inked panel was positioned what fun foam..a
and the blooms were positioned with foam dimensionals.

The GMUND wood grain paper is a favorite of mine.
I love that it's somewhat sheer.

I like this Stampendous stamp and die set...a lot.
The bird image is really great and I've created cards with it in the past.
This time, though...
I just felt like creating a card with the blooms...branch..and leaves
and I'm planning on making a few more cards like this one...with an assortment of sentiments.

Thanks for visiting today, my crafty and creative friends.
Wishing you a wonderful and creative day!
Michelle.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Water Colored Daisies

Sometimes.
I have stamps that I really love...
and use often
DAISY THANKS...by Stampendous...is one of those stamp sets.

This being said...
I haven't used this daisy stamp set in quite a while.
But...I felt like water coloring..and thought that I'd ink up the daisies..
and create a few cards.

I stamped the images onto Spectrum AQUA card stock with Hero Arts INKTENSE ink
and water colored the images with ZIG markers and a water brush.
Each of the backgrounds were painted with Distress ink.
I used an assortment of sentiments for a few different stamp sets
and chose metallic card stock colors that went well with the water colored images
for all of the matting.
To finish each card..I added a few Morning Dew (clear drying) Nuvo Jewel Drops.

I really enjoyed water coloring this daisy image.
Adding and blending color with the ZIG markers allowed me to get the color 
that I wanted for each bloom.
And...using Distress Ink (original...not Oxide) to paint the background was almost magical...
as I was adding different colors to create a background that complemented the daisies.
I chose to add a sympathy sentiment to the first card
I LOVE the combination of Chocolate Brown metallic card stock and Gold metallic card stock 
for matting the layers on this card.
The brown and gold metallics look great with the daisies and their colors.

You can see the Nuvo Jewel Drops in this close up


I added this sweet sentiment ..by Stampin Up...to the 2nd card

When the third and final card was complete...
I splattered a little bit of peeled paint Distress ink on the image panel...
and added a birthday sentiment and Jewel Drops to finish the card


I think that it's easy to see why this DAISY THANKS stamp set is a go-to favorite of mine...
Especially for the times when I feel like water coloring.

Thanks for visiting...
Have a wonderful and creative day, my friends.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Roses of Life...Two Color Palettes...and a Beautiful Quote

Quite a while ago
I ordered a small collection of Carabelle Studio stamps, masks and templates.
I was attracted to the Carabelle style because of it's "art style"
(I have always liked "artistic" stamps)

Finally!!
I had a chance to ink one of them up to make a few cards!

In addition to this Carabelle Studio "The Roses of Life" stamp set...
I also used an assortment of Distress Oxide Ink colors...
metallic card stock for matting 
and Copic Markers to color one of the rose images.
The other rose image was colored with Distress Inks.

For first card that I created ...I used a blue and green color palette...along with some yellow.
I created the background by blending ink colors ...
then used a Tim Holtz splatter stencil to add some green inked dots of color
Next I misted the entire piece of card stock lightly with water to allow the Distress Ink to react.
I let the inked and misted card stock dry completely.
When the card stock panel dried...the roses were tinted with distress ink.
I used gold and dark blue metallic card stock for matting
and positioned the image panel with fun foam for dimension.

The card colors are all very subtle and soft on this first card


For the second version..I wanted a kick of color...
I wanted to go a bit brighter than the first version above.
So I switched up the ink colors for the background...
blended some brighter colors...
used the Tim Holtz splatter-like stencil to ink on some green spots
then misted the entire piece of inked card stock with water.
I also stamped a second image (the roses)...colored them with Copics...
cut them out...
and positioned the colored flowers with leaves over the image  
that was stamped on the inked piece of card stock song foam dimensionals.
I stamped the beautiful quote on an inked piece of card stock
and hand cut the sentiment banner
and..I  also matted the banner with the same  gold metallic card stock 
used to mat the image layer.
Once the banner was completed...I positioned it with fun foam.
The largest mat layer is metallic green.

I like this brighter version of this card..
and I really like the flowers layers over the original stamped image.
(Adding dimension always appeals to me)

You can see the banner and flower dimension here in this photo...
along with the reactive spots on the blended ink ...from the misting

I'm so glad that I had time to ink up this stamp set for the first time.
I like the simplicity of this art-style stamp..
and ...being a quote stamp lover...I can add that I REALLY love the quote.
I've got quite a few more brand-new-never-inked-up Carabelle Studio stamps...
I'm hoping to give each of them a try ...one at a time...in the near future...

Thank for visiting today, my crafty and create friends
Have a spectacular Sunday!
Michelle.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Short Stack of CAS Water Colored Cards

I got out my YOU ARE ENOUGH stamp set (by Concord & 9th)
with the intention of creating one card...for a friend.
But was enjoying water coloring so much...
so I decided to create a short stack of assorted CAS water colored cards..using the same stamp...
and adding an assortment of sentiments from a few different stamp sets.

In addition to the Concord and 9th stamp set...
I did all of the water coloring with ZIG markers.
Background water coloring was done with color from Tombow markers
I used sentiments from Reverse Confetti...Stampin Up...and Hero Arts.
For matting...I used some matte card stock on a few of the cards...
and Metallic card stock on the others.
To finish the cards I added Clear Drying  Morning Dew Nuvo Jewel Drops to one card
and Crystal sequins to the others.

This is the original card that I wanted to create for a friend who is fighting a huge cancer battle

I continued on with another pink version...
and switched up the sentiment.

I love this large flower...
The design is beautiful...and is ideal size for an A2 card...and is very CAS
(Right up my alley!)
I also love that it gives the appearance of being transparent.

I used a sympathy sentiment of the last of the 4 cards
and switched to Nuvo Drops (instead of sequiins)
Sequins just never seem be appropriate for a sympathy card...
they're a bit too bling-y, I think)

I am a lover of water coloring...
for me..it's relaxing..and enjoyable..
I stopped myself after creating 4 cards...because it was getting late
but truthfully....I probably could have just continued on and made many more.

Thanks for visiting today...
have a wonderful Saturday...
Michelle

Friday, August 18, 2017

Poppies.....Two Ways

Hello my crafty and creative friends!
I've got some poppies to share with you today...
Two versions...
Both created with Penny Black's POPPY GEMS stamp
One water colored with Ink(s) (Regular and Distress)
and the other is Copic colored.

I'll share the water colored version first..
I am only partially pleased with this card...
because I hoped to wind up with a deeper red.
I chose black and red card stock for matting...
and finished this card with Nuvo Jewel Drops (Morning Dew...Clear drying)

The second version was colored with Copic markers...
and I WAS able to achieve the depth of color that I wanted.
I am openly saying that THIS version is my favorite of the 2 cards
because the red tones are exactly as I wanted them to be.
I chose the same red and black card stock for matting...
and finished this card with a few crystal sequins.

It felt good to get into my studio for a few hours...
lately my days are dedicated to our newest family member...
who requires LOTS of attention
(and who I can't stop hugging and smooching!)
This little guy is a sweetie...
and I am totally smitten with him
(Look at my boy, Jackson!...And his freckly belly!..Isn't he adorable?)
He was snoozing while I made the poppy cards.
                                       

I hope to take Jackson into the studio with me again tomorrow...
and get back to making a few cards each and every day.
(I adore this puppy...but have REALLY missed being able to spend time in my studio every day)

Have a fabulous Friday, my friends!
and 
thanks for visiting today!
Michelle.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Creating a Stack of Similar....But Different Cards

Hello my crafty and creative friends...
I'm FINALLY back to share a few cards...

Life is a bit topsy turvy these days..(but in a GOOD way)
Our first week with our new puppy, Jackson, hasn't allowed me much time for card making
or anything else for that matter!
It's amazing how one small adorable sweet wonderful puppy 
can somehow change what goes on..or what is routine...in a household & family.

This little guy has been keeping us VERY busy
He is a smart pants...
and is doing great with being trained...sleeping all night...and walking on the leash.
AND...
Jackson now understands "SIT"...and happily gives his paw
(He is a lefty!)
We adore him. 

I DID get myself into my studio twice this week
and enjoyed creating some cards.

I create a stack of 11 cards..
similar..but different...
with a stamp set that I had ordered during one of HSN's crafting days.
The set is called Happy Birthday Critters....by L.D.R.S
Truth be told:
I ordered the stamp and die set because it was kinda cute...
and...
the price was ridiculously wonderful.
This is the set...(by a company that I had never heard of)

I've had this set for quite a while...
and thought that I'd ink it up to create a stack of children's birthday cards.
I used an assortment of prints from different paper pads
and an assortment of solid colored card stock from Stampin Up and LCI
All of he images were colored with Copic markers...
and although this set includes dies..I opted to use my Scan N Cut to cut out each shape
because there were so many.

Each of the large base mats for all of today's cards were embossed with different patterns...
some are embossed with stars...some with dots...
(all are difficult to see in the photos....wish you could see the embossing)
The coral-like color here has small embossed dot -trios.

each of the prints is matter (monochromatically...
in the same color as the larger background card stock.
This card has scattered stars embossed on the large blue layer

The scalloped rectangles were all positioned with fun foam for added dimension
and each the elephant's were positioned using foam dimensionals.
This card was embossed with tiny dots

I stamped and hand cut each of the sentiment banners.
The end of the banner to the far left has a foam dimensional under it...
the right end of the inner has regular adhesive under it
so that it would be balanced over the elevated scalloped rectangle
Each of these large layers are embossed with a tiny star pattern

I enjoyed creating this stack of cards with this nice stamp & die set.
It felt great to spend few hours in my studio
and I'm hoping that as jackson settles in that I can get back to making cards daily
(Wish me luck!)

Thanks for visiting today...
Have a marvelous Monday!
Michelle



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Thinking of You...and My New Sidekick

Hello my crafty and creative friends!
I've been MIA lately
and THIS is why!

JACKSON!

After many years...14 to be exact...
we have a dog again!
and..
we are thrilled...smitten...and overjoyed!
Actually...
we have had 2 puppies this past week.
Both are rescue puppies.
The first little guy was with us for one week...but had concerning aggression issues
and we were encouraged to return him to the shelter.
We were heartbroken...and knew that we wanted to have a dog
and so....within 24 hour...
we met this sweetie...a rescue puppy from South Carolina
who was being cared for and fostered by a small local rescue organization.

Jackson is a doggy dream come true and we are totally in love with him!
He is smart...a big love... cuddly mush...
and he is the ideal puppy for our family.
and..
like any other puppy...
he requires lots of attention!
(Which has kept me out of the studio...and away form my card making)

Last night, though...
I did manage to create a few cards...
and am happy to share them with you today.

I had a great THINKING of YOU Tammy Tutterow (Spellbinders) stamp that hadn't been inked up ....yet
and thought that I'd match it up with some awesome
GMUND Urban Brasilia Dust Wood Grain Paper (LCI).
I colored the images with Copic Markers
and finished each card with a few clear (Morning Dew) Nuvo Jewel Drops.

and...
this is what I wound up with...
6 CAS cards...3 of each ...3 pink flowers...3 purple

This is the first version...with a purple flower.
I LOVE this GMUND Brasilia Wood Grain paper..
It's kinda like vellum...and kinda not.
It's softer than vellum (more flexible)...it's a bit transparent....and the texture is fantastic! 

I also created 3 cards with a pink flower with turquoise tones.
This one may be my fave
I love the white with the blue...it's so clean bright and crisp looking

I am a fan of Tammy Tutterow's stamp designs..
I really like the font style ..
it's fun...has a casual look...
and it's BIG...the ideal size for an A2 card.

I'm happy to be back today after one week of not having time to create a card.
and I'm happy to share this set of 6 CAS cards with you.

and now...
I'm off...and heading out of the door..
It's time to walk the puppy!
(who, by the way...gets an A+ for his efforts with being housebroken!

Have a GREAT day my friends...
and thanks for visiting!
Michelle




Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lots of Color...Lots of Water Colored Flowers

I felt like water coloring.
So I did.

It was relaxing...
and I enjoyed it as much as I always do!

I kept it simple...
Using Altenew's Spring Daisy stamp set...
Zig  markers
some metallic card stock for matting
and a stitched rectangle die.
I used an assortment of sentiments by Penny Black & Honey Bee Stamps.

I usually lay my marker or ink down on a tile...
and pick it up with a paint brush when water coloring.
This time...I added color directly to the images with the Zig markers...
then blended with an aqua painter (aka water brush).

I've got lots of color to share today...
(*The beauty of water coloring....color possibilities are endless!)
To create each sentiment piece I die cut the rectangle shape
by placing the die on the center of the water colored panel.
**The "hole" in the center of the water colored panel doesn't matter...
because it is "covered" by the matted sentiment piece and isn't visible
The matted sentiment pieces on each of today's cards was positioned with fun foam.

I added a few clear drying Nuvo Jewel Drops to each completed card.

I wanted to use a different color palette for each card...
and different sentiments for each card as well...

I used metallic card stock for all of the matting on each of the 5 cards

I really enjoy going through my sentiment and quote stamp collection
to find a sentiment that seemed suited to the look of each specific card.


This sentiment is a favorite of mine...


Water coloring is my number one fave thing to do...
and creating this stack of 5 cards was pure enjoyment for me...
The size of the floral image is perfect
for the cards I had envisioned in my mind prior to creating them
and the ZIG Markers offer lots of fantastic color options.
I'm happy to add each of these cards to my "stash"

Thanks for visiting today...
Have a wonderful Monday!
Michelle.



Saturday, July 29, 2017

Something Itty ...Something Bitty

I'm so excited about today's card sharing.
Yesterday... my crafty pal Debbie (M) joined me in the studio
for  day of card making...
We were in the studio doing nothing but card making from 11 am until after 8 pm...
We barely ate....forgot to hydrate ourselves...
and between us only 3 trips were made to the ladies room
(One trip of which was mine!)

We were in our happy place...our card making zone..
and nothing was going to interrupt it!

When Debbie arrived...she took out a stamp set that I instantly became smitten with.
She was so kind...and invited me to stamp out some  images 
to create some cards my own.

I took her up on the offer!

I stamped out 8 of the large image from 
Neat and Tangled Itty Bitty Welcoming Committee...
I got out my Copic and Markers....and started coloring.
When the images were colored....I cut them out with the Scan N Cut.
I chose some dotted Papertrey Ink in two different colors...
and...some solid colored card stock for matting....
I got out some fun foam and some foam dimensionals...
My Big Shot...and MFT's Mini Scalloped Rectangle Dies...
Clarity Stencil Brushes...
and a few ink pads.
and then...
 the card making began!

I created 8 cards total...
4 in colors that are ideal for welcoming a baby boy...
and 4 in colors that work well for a baby girl.

First....the boy-friendly version...
The bunny and the banner are both highlighted in a turquoise-like color...
I used fun foam to position the scalloped layer..
and foam dimensionals for the large image piece and the tiny little chick.
Adding dimension to this card was the way to go!
Can you see why I was immediately and totally  smitten with this stamp set?
I LOVE this stamp set!
(I MUST HAVE THIS STAMP SET)


The baby girl-friendly version is identical to the card above....
except for the color palette...and the addition of the tiny pink bow.
(I created blue bows for the card above...but opted not to use them...
to my eye....they just didn't seem to sit right on the bunny or lamb's neck...)

It as love at first sight for me and this stamp set...
and it was the same kind of love when I finished creating this stack of 8 cards!
I have a feeling that now..
after seeing these cards...
that YOU understand the "smitten"....and the "love at first sight" thing...  

As for me...
I am on my way NOW to order this wonderful stamp set.
Thank you Debbie M for you'd kindness in sharing this stamp with with me!

Have a great Saturday, my crafty and creative friends!
Michelle.

Friday, July 28, 2017

A Beautiful Crate of Flowers

Hello my crafty and creative friends!

I'm excited to share some cards with you today...
Each created with the Petals & Pallets stamps & dies
by Concord & 9th.

I've created 6 cards....similar...but different.
In addition to the Concord and 9th stamps and dies...
I used Stampin Up's Thoughtful Banners stamp set for all of the chosen sentiments.
The Kraft colored card stock (tag and crate) are by LCI
and the print is from a large 12 x 12 paper pad
All of the images were stamped with an assortment of Altenew Crisp Ink
The wood grain was stamped with Stampin Up's Crumb Cake Ink.
I used LOTS off foam and smaller foam dimensions to position the crate and each flower...
as well as the hand cut sentiment tag.

I started out by stamping and die cutting all of the flowers.
 Next..I die cut 6 crates from the kraft colored card stock.
Then...I Used my MISTI to add the wood grain to each crate with the Crumb Cake ink.
I prepared the matted print layers...and set them aside.

I didn't want the crate to lie flat on the card front
(as I've seen on most cards created with this die)
so I opted to score each end of each slat on each crate...and fold it under
to give some dimension to the crate.
I positioned the crate on the card front with foam dimensionals.
This is what the scored crate looked like prior to being placed on the card fronts.
I used Scor Tape for a secure "stick"
I placed foam dimensionals at each corner...and at the bottom center....
and also at the center of the crate.


Once the crate was in position and secure on each card front
I began building the flower groupings...
placing each flower in position with fun foam and/or dimensionals.
I placed the leaves where I wanted them to be using ATG adhesive.
Then added the stamped sentiment tags to each card


Here are the individual photos...of each card..with the assortment of sentiments
Some of the flower groupings vary slightly..with regard to the colors..

I inked the edge of each tag...and finished the tags with a little bit of linen thread  

I don't make friendship cards often....
so this card was designated to be a much needed friendship card.

 I created 3 birthday cards..
I seem to need birthday cards most often

 This group of cards required lots of stamping and die cutting ...
and lots of time create...to their completion.
In the end...I didn't mind that they required a lot of my creative time
because they were worth it
and..
Because the set of 6 cards was so enjoyable to create.

Thanks for visiting today..
Wishing you a fantastic Friday!
Michelle.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Brown Magic

Hello my crafty and creative friends!

Today, I'm sharing a card created with a twist ...
Instead of creating a card with the Black magic technique of coloring...
I'm creating a "Brown magic" card
by using brown metallic card stock as the base for stamping and coloring the image.

I stamped the chosen images from
Penny Black's DAHLIAS stamp set
onto brown LCI metallic card stock with White Stampin Up Craft Ink.
The ink is thick...and takes quite a while to dry...
so I sped up the drying process with a heat gun.
After the ink was dry...I colored the stamped images with Faber Castell  Polychromos pencils
making sure to choose colors that would blend nicely together.
When the images were colored..
I chose metallic card stock colors that complemented the image... for matting.
I positioned the matted image layer with  large rectangular piece of fun foam for dimension and lift.

Somewhere along the way...
the colored images started taking on an Autumn look...
So I chose a Thanksgiving sentiment to finish this card.


This stamp set is a go-to stamp set for me...I've created cards with it countless times.
The images are a nice size for coloring....
They're great for both water coloring...and pencil coloring
and the images work well when stamped together in a grouping...
as I did today...
Or when used alone.

Now that I've given "Brown magic" a try...
I am wondering what other "Magic" colors I should consider trying....

Have a great day...
and thanks for visiting!
Michelle.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Brutus Monroe Botanical Background ....Day 4....Version 4

Well...
It's Day 4...and Version 4 of my Brutus Monroe Botanical Background card making!
I've color splashed the  BOTANICAL BACKGROUND image.
I've colored the image with Spectrum Noir (alcohol) markers...
And...I've colored the image with Polychromos Pencils.
and then...
It was time to heat emboss and water color the image.!

I am excited to share this card with you!
You know how I LOVE to heat emboss and water color!

Here's what I did:
I stamped the image with Versamark ink onto a piece of Spectrum Aqua Card Stock.
Next...I heat embossed it with Sparkle n Sprinkle Bronze Embossing Powder
Then..
I got out some Altenew ink pads..and a Stampin Up Turquoise ink pad..
my paint brushes..some tiles to lay the ink down on...and pick it up from
and an H2O misting bottle...
I also needed a large oval die...I chose a stitched oval die....
Some LCI metallic card stock...and print paper
(Both the print and metallic were chosen after the image was painted...
I chose a sentiment from Penny Black's Heartfelt (Thanks) stamp set.
When I had everything out on the studio worktable... got busy water coloring.


Heat embossing & water coloring 
are probably my favorite things to do when creating a card.
I TRULY enjoyed creating this card from start to finish.
I don't use bronze embossing powder often
and I'm glad that I chose it for this card.
Although, I have to note: Because the images very details...there's lots of embossing ...which sometimes doesn't translate to looking nice.
BUT...even tho I had some reservations abut the embossing on this image once it was done...
I wound up liking it (a lot) after the image was painted and die cut and made into a card.
(At first...I wasn't so sure, though)
You can see all of the embossed detail that I'm describing...in this photo


After the image was water colored..
I set the stitched ova die...offset...over the image
and die cut the shape that I wanted ...with one flat straight cut side.


Next.I stamped the sentiment and hand cut the banner and matted it.
 I began putting the card together...
and this is what I whipped up!

The bronze metallic card stock works well as the larger mat for this card
and I'm happy with the barn wood print and it's contrast to the mat...
as well as the way it coordinates with the water colored image.
I'm also happy with my choice to create the flat-sided-oval

A large oval shaped piece of fun foam adds nice dimension to this card



I have so enjoyed creating cards with this fabulous Botanical Background stamp.
The image is wonderful..
It has a bit of a vintage look...
and worked nicely with each of the "coloring" techniques that Ive tried during these last 4 days.
The blooms looks beautiful when color splashed...
and...the image is so lovely when colored with Polychromos Pencils
and..
I love the look achieved with heat bossing and water coloring

I like knowing that in the future..
I can take this stamp out..
and will always have multiple options for creating cards.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing the versatility of Brutus Monroe's
Botanical Background stamp.
Thanks for visiting...and for following along 
as I shared these 4 days of  Botanical Background cards with you!
Michelle
PS
I should have mentioned this early on...on Day 1
I am not affiliated with Brutus Monroe.
I am just a card maker like each of you...
who enjoys sharing what she creates.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Brutus Monroe Botanical Background...Day 3...Version 3

Today...I am sharing the same image...
with full on color.
I'm happy to share this card with you today
so that you can see the versatility of this stamp.
It;s a great stamp to color wash
(as i showed you yesterday and the day before)
and is also a great image to color as I've done with today's card.

I used Polychromos Pencils to color the image...
adding its of colors on the varied blooms of the image.
I chose a floral print 
and shimmery purple LCI metallic card stock for all of the matting layers.
The print matting layer is a very busy print..
but it worked well with this stamped and colored image
because only a small amount of the print is visible around the matted image layer.

(I'm actually very happy with the print layer and how it looks on this card)
As I always do what larger layers...
I used fun foam for a sturdy lift when positioning the image layer
I chose not to add a sentiment...which allows me to use the card for all occasions.

The large set of 150 Polychromos offered enough colors for me 
achieve the look that I wanted with this Botanical Background image.
I had plenty of colors to work with...blend..and create blooms that looked as I'd imagined them to be
when I first envisioned this card in my mind.

I'll be back tomorrow with one final look at another way to create cards with this fantastic stamp.
So..be sure to stop by tomorrow... to see what I've got up my sleeve next 
for Brutus Monroe's Botanical background!
Thanks for visiting!
Have a terrific Tuesday!
Michelle.
PS..If you missed the color splashed cards from Day 1 & Day 2......
take a look at my blog posts from yesterday....and the day before.