Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Serendipity June 21st Blog Hop - Flower Pops Cards

I wanted a bright cheerful summery card.  I started by stamping the Background stamp on white card stock.  This serves as my border. I stamped images from the Flower Pops Solid cling set; then die cut the individual pieces and layered them onto white card stock with a cross stitched border.  I adhered this to a mat of poppy color card stock and foam taped it over the Summer Flower Pops Background.  "Summer" was die cut using the Seasons die set.  The word splendor I stamped with some alphabet stamps from my stash.  I like repeating elements from the front on the inside of the card. Had so much fun, I kept going...

For this next card I wanted a softer look. I used the Flower Pops Detail cling set, heat embossed flowers in white on watercolor card stock. I masked the flowers and leaves to get the arrangement I wanted.  Then I watercolored the flowers, leaves and background with Distress inks.  I masked the entire floral arrangement and spritzed water over the background to add a little interest. Finished with a simple stitched frame.

For the third card, I used distressed oxide inks to create a background, then stamped the Flower Pops background using a purple dye ink first followed by a pearlesent pigment ink. Misti makes all this and more possible! I used the same inks and stamped part of the Sisters cling stamp on the front.  The rest of the stamp I used as the inside sentiment. I hate waste so the oval cut out went on the inside.  To finish off the card, I traced the oval scalloped outline with Kirarina Wink Dandelion pen to give it some depth, fussy cut a couple of the pop flowers from the background stamp, one for the front and one for the inside; gave them some sparkle with a few brushes of Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen. Embellished with linen bow and pearl on the front

The Flower Pops set of stamps and dies from Serendipity are so versatile!  Have fun creating with your own set of Flower Pops!!!

Supplies used and available from Serendipity Stamps:
Seasons Dies 083N
Flower Pops Background Stamp 1316BK
Flower Pops Solid Cling set 1318QCL
Flower Pops Detail Cling set 1304QCL
Flower Pops Dies 033D
Complete Summer Flower Pops Detailed and Solid Stamps and Dies 1318SSD
You and I are Sisters stamp 1413F

Please hop onto to the talented Serendipity design team and see what they have created for the second June blog hop.  Do leave your comments for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to spend at Serendipity's online store.

Thanks for visiting, your comments are much appreciated!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Fun with Petunias

IO Stamps Friendly Florals Challenge

IO makes some fabulous background stamps.  One that is new in my stash is Solid Petunias.  I inked the stamp with 3 different colors of the new Distress Oxides inks and stamped the petunias onto metallic Black Pearl cardstock.  I added the IO die Smile in the front, embellished with Nuvo crystal drops and a bow.  On the inside I heat embossed the birthday sentiment using one of IO's new releases, Birthday Bloom stamp.

Supplies used:
IO Stamps Solid Petunias CC271
IO Stamps Smile die DIE378-E
IO Stamps Birthday Bloom F20237
Distress Oxide Inks - Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, Faded Jeans
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Wedgewood, Wisteria, Rasberry
May Arts ribbon

Friday, June 9, 2017

Summer Seaside

Serendipity Stamps Summer Card

When I think of summer, inevitably I come up with images of the ocean and seaside.  Using the Serendipity Stamps Lighthouse die and stamp set I created this card.  I layered Distress oxide inks over Distress inks on the lower two thirds of the card. For the sky I applied Tumbled Glass distress ink with a blending tool.  The lighthouse is die cut and colored with Copic Markers.  I added a little shine to the windows with a Glaze pen.  Quote on the front and the shell on the inside are both part of the Lighthouse stamp set.

Have fun creating your summer seaside scenery!

Supplies used:
Serendipity Stamps Lighthouse die and stamp set 031GDCL
Distress Inks - (from top to bottom)Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen, Salty Ocean
Distress Oxide Inks - Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Faded Jeans
Sakura Clear Glaze pen
Copic Sketch Markers - R46, 27, 24; B000, N5, 3, 1, 0

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

It's Teatime Year Round

Serendipity Stamps June 7th Blog Hop

Delighted to be included in this month's Serendipity Stamps Blog Hops.  For the Summer Cards theme, I used one of my favorite teapot and teacup dies. A bit unusual it may seem...but I love tea and anything related to tea. Even in the summer, I still drink hot tea almost everyday! 

Supplies used:

Please hop onto other "cooler" Summer Cards created by the talented Serendipity Design Team. Leave you comments as you go for as chance to win $20 gift certificate to spend at the Serendipity Store. Mary will select a random winner to be announced at the next blog hop.

Love your feedback, much appreciated!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Vellum hydrangea

Fun with Flowers IOStamps Blog Challenge

Colors inspired by one of my favorite flowers - Antique hydrangeas.  I colored the back of heavy duty vellum randomly with Copic Sketch markers, die cut the flowers and adhered to the base.

Supplies used from IOStamps:
Hydrangea Die set DIE-044Y
Cover A Card background stamp CC151 C-A-C French Text
Greetings Die Set DIE174-W

Copic Sketch markers - R39, R0000, G21

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Compared 2 watercolor papers and gearing up for Valentine's

Playing with the CTMH new paper packet Hello Lovely and January stamp set of the month - Adore You.  Cards inspired by the CTMH Seasonal Expressions catalogue.

While making these cards, I wanted to test different watercolor papers, but first a disclaimer, I am NOT a watercolor artist...Compared the Strathmore 300 series cold press watercolor paper with Fabriano's hot press Studio watercolor paper.  What a difference!  I like the smooth surface of Fabriano; much easier to stamp on. I stamped the words Adore You on the watercolor paper with VersaFine pigment ink, then applied a wash of Sea Glass diluted ink for the background.  I find it easier to brush color on the Fabriano.  They are both 140 lb weight, but the Fabriano feels lighter to me.  The hearts were colored with Copic Sketch makers on White Daisy card stock.  However  I wanted to match the Hello Lovely colors for the flowers so I used CTMH inks and watercolored them.  I can water color on the White Daisy card stock but I have to work pretty fast.  Based on this comparison, I'd say Fabriano is worth the premium price.

Please leave a comment at the bottom of this post and share your experience with different watercolor papers.

Supplies used:

Close To My Heart (CTMH) Hello Lovely papers and White Daisy cardstock
Fabriano Studio Watercolor hot press paper
Strathmore series 300 cold press watercolor paper
CTMH January 2017 Stamp of the Month - Adore You
MFT Stitched Rectangle die
CTMH Exclusive Inks - Sea Glass, Sorbet, Fern, New England Ivy, Blush
MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink
VersaFine Black Onyx Pigment Ink
Copic Sketch Markers - R0000, R00
Offray - 1" translucent and .25" satin ribbons
CTMH - Blush Shimmer Ribbon
May Arts - white lace ribbon
Royal Aqualon watercolor brushes


Valentine Explosion Box

The Hello Lovely papers from Close to My Heart are gorgeous and make crafting with them easy peasy.  I used the CTMH January stamp of the month Adore You, the Hello Lovely stamp & thin cuts bundle to make this explosion box. M size sentiment stamps with similar script to the Adore You set are my go to stamps for Valentine's.

Frames are cut from MFT Stitched Scallop frame dies.  The base of the explosion box was cut from white linen paper at Impressive Ideas in Norcross GA.  Buy the paper there and use their Accut dies for free.

Leave a comment below if you are interested in making this box and or would like the "recipe".

Happy Crafting!