Thursday, December 7, 2017

Make it Monday #306: Fan Brush Trees

Betsy has us getting "artsy" this week, using fan brushes to paint trees. While she used re-inkers, I got out my watercolour paints. It took me a couple of tries. I think my fan brush is defective! Lol. A 1" flat brush worked better for me, for the first layer, as well as for the sky, but I went over the trees with a darker paint, using the fan brush. I also used the fan brush to layer the "snow", using acrylic white paint. There is Wink of Stella over the white paint, which doesn't show up in this photo.
Thanks for the fun challenge, Betsy!

Thanks for looking!!
Dies: In the Meadows
Stamp: Snowfall Style (sentiment)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Blog Hop for Dawn

We Love Dawn

I am so glad that we're honouring Dawn in this way! (Please see more info here, if you haven't heard why we're doing this for Dawn.) I was happy to make a card for her, and realized that I have many stamp sets and dies that she has designed. Dawn loves colour, so I made this with bright colours, ones I've seen her use often. I have already mailed this to her, and hope that it brings a smile to her face.

I used a pre-printed watercolour sheet, from "Bold Blossoms, and painted the flowers using my Daniel Smith watercolours. The sentiment is from "It's the Thought". On the inside, I stamped a sentiment from Dawn's "Tucked In:Thinking of You".

A close up of the sparkle I added to the flower  centers.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

PTI October 2017 Blog Hop

Well, I must admit that the inspiration photos had me quite stumped for ideas this month! I finally decided to focus on the blues in all the photos, especially the Phthlo-type blues, which can be seen in the middle to bottom portion of my focal panel. October is Pastor appreciation month, so this will be going to our husband and wife pastor team, and a thank you for all that they do.
This one was done using Daniel Smith watercolours, and Year of Psalms:April, which was heat embossed in white.

I made a second one, using Distress Oxide inks. Why make one, when you can make two??

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Make it Monday #300

Wow! Have there really been 300 MIM Challenges? Time flies!

For this challenge, Melissa has us building wreaths. I'm in need of more Christmas cards, so went with a Christmas theme. I don't think I've ever used kraft card stock for a Christmas card before, but I kind of like how this turned out. I used a Tim Holtz stencil to sponge the background on, using Classic Kraft ink, and the Mega Mat Stack 4 die, with Rustic White paper (same die that Melissa used on her cards--she inspired to get mine out.). I then built my wreath using Twig Wreath stamps and dies. I added a couple sprigs from Beautiful Berries: Winter, and topped it off with a tiny bow from Memory Box. Have a great day, and thanks for looking :)

Inks used: Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, Green Parakeet, Prairie Grass, Dark Chocolate, Classic Kraft

Monday, September 25, 2017

PTI-September Blog Hop

It's time for the Papertrey Ink monthly Blog Hop, and here is the inspiration photo.
Blog Hop Inspiration

I went very literal with my card. Anne (of Green Gables) would say that, "I have no imagination". Lol. I just wanted to try this colour scheme, as it is something I never would have dreamed up on my own. Thanks for looking, and for your kind comments!!

Stamps and Dies: Spring Woods, Grateful Garden, Banner Sentiments
Other: Unibal White Gel pen, white embossing powder, Pencil crayons for details and shading.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Make it Monday #297 - Mixing Florals

I'm glad for another chance to make another Christmas card! Using Dawn's technique, I mixed 4 different sets to make this card, plus a 5th stamp set for the sentiment (Bells and Boughs).
One more card make, another 30 to go!!

PTI Stamps and dies: Painted Poinsettia, Peaceful Pinecones, Holiday Greens, Spruce and Sprigs
Frame is from SSS.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Create Along With Us-Sept. 2017

Wow. I haven't posted a card for at least a couple of months! It's good to be back :)

I loved Nichole Heady's card this morning! Her colours are really unique, and I love the softness of it all. (And I just now realized I've forgotten to add a few clear sequins--you'll have to guess where I put them, later, when I have time.) Here is Nichole's card.
Peace & Joy Card

And here is mine.

I've sponged on some Pure Poppy ink over the "O Tannenbaum" tree, as well as around the edge of the Mix and Mat diecut, as the Perfect Pearls just covered up the tree. I like Nichole's card better, but I might try this again with pine sprigs around the outside of the panel, which will be more in keeping with how Nichole has laid hers out. The sentiment is from KIS: Merry Christmas.
Thanks for looking, and for your kind comments!!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Make it Monday #290: Stencils and masks

Can it really be #290 for PTI's Make it Monday's? Wow. Time flies... This week "that Betsy" does it again, with a wonderful idea for one-layer cards. I don't have the stencil she used, so I made one out of the oval in the A2 dies set. I used Humming Along stamp set for the first time, and enjoyed seeing the hummingbird and flowers come to life. (It did take me two tries to get all the bits and pieces lined up properly...sort of...but I didn't have the time to try it a third time.)
So without further ado, here is my effort.
Thanks for looking, and/or leaving encouraging comments!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

June 2017 Blog Hop

It's time for Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop, and there is a wonderful inspiration photo!
Blog hop inspiration
Don't you just love those vases and flowers! I would've loved to have painted this whole picture with watercolours, but I just know it wouldn't have been very pretty. I think glass is actually quite difficult to paint. Instead, I used "Just the Jar" stamps and dies, heat embossing the image onto vellum, then used some Copics to colour them in. My PTI ranunculus stamps were too large for this composition, so I substituted flowers from Gathered Garden. I added the glass highlights with a combination of glossy accents and white gel pen. The background is Soft Stone paper. I look forward to seeing what everyone else has done for this challenge!
And here's another look at it in daylight, instead of florescent lighting.

Thanks so much for looking, and I always appreciate your comments.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Create Along With Us-June 2017

I was inspired by Michelle Leone's card, seen here:
I loved the colours she used, but I had one of these Mix and Match diecuts already cut out in Lavendar Moon paper, and since it is Sunday night, and down to the wire, I thought I'd better use it!

So here is what I came up with. I used a few of the Beautiful Berries:Spring diecuts in various shades of PTI inks on top of the Mix and Match diecut. (But I still like the neutrals and greens of Michelle's card better...)
Thanks for looking!