Friday, January 30, 2015

Gettin' Sketchy...

Hello stamping friends!

It's FRIDAY and WOOO HOO...Time to get stamping!  I've got the whole weekend to have some inky fun and tonight, I got the weekend started with some watercolors, some ribbon and a little sketchie-poo!

Here's the sketch:
And here's my TAKE on the sketch...
I'm loving the sketch challenges at MFT and this week the sketch led me into a not-so-typical-for-me direction.  This week I tweaked the sketch from the regular A2 cards to a 6x6 square card.  It seemed all the while I was adding the layers for the central focus of the card, SQUARE was CALLING to me.  SOooooo...I listened.
I am continuing to honor my goal of using up my stash so I pulled out the patterned paper (Old MME) and some older/retired Tim Holtz Visual Artistry Collections stamps called Heartfelt.  I really love the sentiments in this set and find them perfectly suited for cards I send to close friends and family.

To create the colorful watercolor panel, I used blues and reds on a wet canvas then spritzed with some Creamsicle Glimmer Mist and rubbed a bit of Gold Gelatos on it.  I stamped the edge of the MME paper using Tea Stain Distress Ink and the filagree stamp in the set.  I also distressed the papers with the Tea Stain ink.  

To finish the card off, I added a ribbon; ric-rack replaced the scalloped edge, the pink ribbon replaced the banner in the sketch, a button for the circle, and some sparkly Stickles over the blue portions of the watercoloring.  I also added a few sequins, just for kicks. Distressing the card base helped unite the base with the "aged/distressed" look of the front panel.

I hope you enjoyed this card- now I'm off to my room to play some more!!! :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hop, Hop...

Hello stamping friends.  I'm joining the Heartfelt Creations Alumni team this month as we share cards and projects created with fabulous Heartfelt Creations products.  I'm excited about the new releases coming out after CHA!

***Our hop begins today and will end Friday, January 30 at noon EST.  One lucky commenter will win 25.00 Gift Certificate to the Heartfelt Creations store BUT to be in the drawing, please make sure to leave some love on each post in the hop.  When the winner is announced on Saturday, January 31, He/She will have just 72 hours to claim the prize.  so come back here (or to any other blog in the hop) to see if you are the big winner and to find out what to do (other than the backflips you are already doing).***

I'm sharing two cards with you this month...I just couldn't get enough!  LOL

My first project is a card I made with some scraps from a Gelli printing escapade I had a few weeks ago.  I love that I can slather yummy acrylic paint all over it and stamp with my stamps, stencil, doodle with a stick, and sprinkle glitter all over it, slap a piece of cardstock or fabric onto the plate and then peel it off to create the most beautiful backgrounds!!!
I applied gold, taupe and brown acrylic paint to my Gelli plate with my Speedball Brayer.  I used the sentiment and the fern (both HC Retired) onto the wet paint on the Gelli plate before printing.  This lifted some of the paint and left a slight stenciled effect.  I then stamped and cut the flower from another scrap of painted paper.  I added some black lines with my black Copic fineliner and a little bit of Gold Stickles.  After the background was dry, I stamped with HC Ferns and the sentiment again. Spritzing the paper with some Gold Glimmer Mist helped give more dimension to the background.

I was able to cut four cardfronts using this printed paper.  Scoring some KRAFT cardstock with my Scor-Pal gave me the perfect gallery wall for my cardfront!  I think what makes this card most beautiful is the crocheted lace and ribbon- as well as the little Posy Patch flower that I diecut and popped up with some golden cording.  Perfect little card to send to someone special, just because.

Here's a closer peek at the posy.   I would have used some of my Golden Tailings Elements, but I ran out and need to shop for more!
Here's a closer look at the spritzed sparkle:
Yummy, delicious goodness, 'eh?!

My second card was created using some Clear Cardstock, Hanko Designs Tsumugi Pink Cardstock, and some Frosted Plastic Cardstock from my stash (for the flower). I think the brad is a MME, but I'm not sure.
I cut the clear cardstock into an A2 sized card and created a topfold crease using my Scor-Pal.  Then I diecut all of the dies in the Posy Patch die collection onto Frosted Plastic Cardstock. After cutting the flowers with my Grand Calibur, I stamped all but the big one with the flower in the Posy Patch Garden Delights set. Then I colored the back side of a few of the flowers using Copic R29 and R22. After that, I cut the pink cardstock using the Spellbinders Grand Labels 4.  I stamped this cardstock with the sentiment from Hope in the Lord set, then embossed it with clear EP.
To finish it off, I added some black ribbon and set the panel onto the clear card base with the brad. To cover the brad on the inside of the card, I glued an additional diecut Nestie to cover it up as well as to secure the ribbon on the inside of the "sandwich".  
I hope you enjoyed my creations and the hop thus far.  Please make sure to stop over to Glenda's blog for more Heartfelt inspiration!  

Here are the January 2015 hop participants just so you don't get lost.  ;)

Emilia van den Heuvel
Lisa Gregory
Kerry Urbatch- That's ME!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gettin' Sketchy...

Hey stamping friends!

I had such a fun time getting back into my stamping room for the MFT Sketch challenge and decided to do it again this week.  It's a SNOW DAY for me today (Not sure why because we have just a dusting of snow) so I headed into my stamping room with my pups and hunkered down for some all-day fun!

So here's the sketch:
Here's my first card:  
I just love the Pure Innocence stamps and they always put a smile on my face when I color them. This one is called "Better Get Better" and of course, it's retired.  I seem to only own retired MFT stamps right now GASP, so I know that's going to change this month.  I've already filled my shopping cart up a million times over!  LOL
I colored this little girl with Copic Markers.  These images don't take much time to color at all! Usually, I select the paper first- and choose Copic colors to match but this time, her dress and tights just called for a pinkish peach color (E01, E93, R22) and a little blue (B12, B97).  Teddy and her hair were colored with several brown colors (E09, 31, 33, 35, 37).  I used some standard peach colors for her skin (E21,50, 53, YR20).  Her shoes were colored with some warm gray colors (W3, 7) Teddy's bandages needed a bit of color too so I used Boooo and B52 to help them out.  
I popped the sentiment banner up on an oval Spellbinders die/coordinating scalloped die. Distressing the oval with Pixie Dust VersaMagic ink helped to add some depth and soften the appearance of the card.  The paper, well, that's from my stash.  I selected a piece of paper from the 6x6 My Mind's Eye "A Beautiful Life" paper collection that I've been hoarding for-ever!

My second card was created with the sketch elements swapped around enough.  After cutting out the scalloped oval for the previous card, I was left with a scrap perfectly suited for this card!
I stamped the xoxo sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed with clear EP.  Distressing a bit with a dry Onyx Versamark pad helped bring out more of the sentiment.  The background chevron image is from Recollections, and probably a few years old and hiding out in my stash-never used!  I stamped that image onto some lime green cardstock and clear embossed that too.  YUM!
The sentiment "LOVE" and the "xoxo" is also from a Recollections set I've had for a couple years and never used.  Coloring the sentiment with red watercolor and adding a bit of Stickles helped set the image.
I'm not one to use sequins on my cards but I find them quite fabulous on everyone elses cards, so I added a few here just for kicks.  :)

I hope you enjoy viewing these cards and I can't wait to check out all the other creations that are posted for this challenge!  See you later and thanks for stopping by!