Thursday, January 28, 2016

Water Color Class and much more!

I decided to take the Watercolor for Cardmakers class and the more I play with water colors the more I like them.  Can't say that I'm really good at water coloring yet, but it's fun to play with them.  Here's a couple of cards that I made for the class....

For this first card, I decided to paint a bouquet using the wet on wet technique (for painting the blooms).  I kind of like how this turned out...not too sure about the yellow background, but overall not too bad.  I used Koi water colors on this card.  Tied a ribbon around the water color panel and added a sentiment from Flourishes.

I wasn't sure where this was headed when I started painting it.  I think the most difficult part of water coloring for me is the lack of "control" I seem to have over it!  I do like having "control" over things I do!  I also find it very difficult to wait for things to dry, as I'm anxious to see the finished project! I used Koi watercolors and Canson watercolor paper.  I painted the sentiment tag with the same colors used on the "flowers", added a sentiment from SSS.

Now...I've mentioned before about making cards for the widows group at my church...well, this week I've really been playing catchup, because last week we mailed 15 cards!  I know we only mail out cards once a month, but I didn't realize that I'd need quite so many cards.  However, it these cards are an encouragement to some of the ladies, then we definitely need to keep sending them out...Fair warning...very photo heavy from here on...

I've left all the photos small, but if you want to see them larger, you should be able to click on them and see them larger.

The "hello, hugs, happy, and smile" cards were made with the Cameo.  I designed the panels in the Silhouette program and cut them out to layer on top of the card base.

The bird cards are all Tim Holtz crazy bird stamps colored with Copics.  The sending caring thoughts card was made by die cutting the flowers and adhering them to the back of the white panel.

If you have any questions about any of the cards and how them were made, just shoot me an email and I'll try to get back to you as soon as possible. If you hung in there for all of this....bless you!  

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Lots to's been a while!

WARNING:  This post is very photo heavy! 

I've been making quite a few cards lately.  I'm trying to get a good backup of cards to use in our widow's group.  One thing we hope to do more of this year, is try to send cards to each of the ladies in the widow's group, so that they get some "happy mail".  Don't you just love to open your mailbox and find a hand-addressed envelope rather than another bill or circular?  So, that's our goal this year, and I seem to be the one designated to get the first batch of cards together.  We have a number of our widows that are in assisted living facilities, so I think they'll be delighted to get a card to let them know that someone is thinking of them and praying for them.  Here's some of the cards that I've put together so far.

This round card was cut completely on the Cameo.  I stamped the flowers with a TH stamp.  I cut 4 additional sets of the word "celebrate" and layered them for dimension.  I inked the edges of the circle with distress ink and colored the flowers with Prismacolor pencils.

Super simple card - SSS feathers layered on a brown card stock and edged in the same yellow as the feathers.  I inked the edges of the feathers.  Added a bit of jute string and a bow to finish it off.  The sentiment is heat embossed. (can't remember who makes the sentiment)

I used a pink card base for this card.  The "hello" tag was made with water colors on water color paper using a "smooshing" technique.  I cut the SSS hello from the watercolor piece and from a piece of green shiny paper, then inserted the green into the water color piece.  Super quick and easy!

This is probably one of my most often made cards.  I love this layout with the inset flower (SSS), and you can add almost any sentiment and it makes a perfect card!  The sentiment is heat embossed and is from Paper Smooches.

Another card just like the previous...just added a few sequins, and a PTI sentiment.and a slightly different flower die.

This butterfly is enormous!  I cut him in white then colored him with Copics.  The sentiment is stamped on an inked strip to match the colors on the butterfly and heat embossed in white.  I dry embossed the background with a wood grain embossing plate.

Back to the tried and true...I really do love this layout....Sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

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Case This Sketch 155 and Merry Monday187

WHERE has the time gone!  I had no idea it had been so long since I last posted!  I've been busy...oh, so busy....made LOTS of cards, but never seem to get around to posting them!  I have a couple of cards to show you today that I made for the CTS #155 challenge and one for the Merry Monday #187 challenge.

First's my cards for the CTS challenge.  I have totally CASEd Hannelie's card.  Seriously, isn't it the best card EVER!  I have a Cameo and I just need to use it more often! Thanks for the inspiration, Hannelie!  Since I had to cut it twice to get the two different colors...what's better than to make two cards reversing the pattern!  Score 2 for 1!!

This next card is my contribution for the Merry Monday challenge this week which is to make a card with plaid on it.

I made my plaid with red, green, and gold inks and the SSS stripes stamps.  I think the gold is a little to prominent, but overall, I'm pleased.  I masked off the upper portion of the card base and stamped my plaid across the bottom.  I removed the mask, inked up a strip of white card stock with some of the Delicata Gold ink and added it where the plaid and white meet.  I stamped the sentiment in black and heat embossed it in clear.  The holly leaves and berries are a die that I've had forever and I have no idea who made it - probably Quikkutzs.

I have several additional cards to share with you also, but I'll create another post for those.

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