By your side…

CCREW817INSPHere is my inspiration card.  We were given images to look at and asked to make a card based on those images.  I chose the beach scene as I was reminded of a vacation I took to Maine a couple of years ago.  I knew exactly what stamp set I was going to use.  High Tide.  This is an amazing set that will allow you to create a multitude of different beach scenes.  The image below (not sure why it’s so small) is one of the “grids” we were given.  Anyway, if you don’t have this stamp set yet, GET IT!!  It’s fantastic!!

final-product-mood-board-3-638So, what I did to create this card (and what’s really hard to see) is the Pool Party sky I watercolored onto water color paper.  I then stamped the “water” image, the sand, the sea grass, the birds and finally the sentiment.  On a different sheet of whisper white paper, I stamped the light house images.  I stamped off on the full image (Cherry Cobbler ink), then full on with the outline stamp.  I think this came out great!

Some of the products I used are:  Pool Party Ink and paper, Crumb Cake Ink and paper, Soft Suede Ink, Old Olive Ink, Basic Gray Archival Ink.  I used an aqua painter, Watercolor paper, Whisper White card stock, Stitched Shapes Framelits, the Stampin’ Up! stapler and the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.

Glossy Technique

CCREW817TECNow that we have glossy paper back, I wanted to do my Technique challenge for the Creative Crew on Splitcoaststampers using glossy paper.  So, I chose, Joseph’s coat.  I learned a couple of things and I wanted to share it with you.

First, you must use Classic Basic Black Ink.  I tried it first with Archival Basic Black.  It wiped right off.  YIKES!  Finally, don’t use pastel colors.  I sponged Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder on the background and only the Elegant Eggplant showed up through the clear embossing powder (you can see it on the edges).

I used the following products on this card:  Dare To Dream Hostess Stamp Set, Postscript Stamp Set (it’s a background set).  I also used the decorative ribbon punch, Crushed Curry Mini Chevron Ribbon, glitter enamel dots, 5/8″ burlap ribbon (just one of the strings pulled from it) and the Stampin’ Up! Stapler (yes, it’s no longer available but I still have mine and it works great!)

Here’s the link in case you want to try this great technique!  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/josephs_coat/

 

Color Challenged

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Sometimes, I have a really hard time choosing colors.  I tend to be very monochromatic.  However, when someone says, “here, use this color combo,” I feel more at ease with branching out and using something different.  Today’s post is about the Color Challenge we were given.  This color combo is WAY out of my comfort zone and I really didn’t think the pink in the card would work with my vision.  I wanted to make a masculine card.  Below, you will find a copy of the image they shared with us.  I interpreted the colors as Early Espresso, Crumb cake (because they are YUMMY together), Pool Party, and Lemon Lime Twist.  There’s another green in there… but I just couldn’t add that in… LOL35dd37dd3d6179bdeb8243bc0b82d5ba

So why motorcycles?  Well, they are a mode of transportation right? And you need a mode of transportation to travel…. no that’s not right.  For the 4th of July weekend, my family went camping and we brought our ATVs and motorcyles with us!  It was a blast!  We came away with only minor scrapes and bruises to boot.  LOL.  I threw in a picture below.  Where we stayed was sooooo green and so beautiful!  I can’t wait to go back!!  You can see the motorcycles on the trailer, the cabin we stayed in and oh yeah, that handsome man in the photo is my eldest son!

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Bee Kind to a Friend

CCREW717INSPHere is my inspiration card for this month’s challenge.  In the image below, we were asked to use the photo for inspiration.  I found another really neat color combo that I wanted to use and decided to use the bees that are in the photo.  The color combo here is Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Crushed Curry.  I used the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp set and the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits to make this card.  Watercolor paper was used as was an aquapainter to color the watercolor paper in Marina Mist.

summerWhile I got this card layout from my upline, I did change it a bit.  The DSP used here is Naturally Eclectic as I thought the pattern went nicely with the dots stamp in the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.  I also really liked the pop of color from the Glitter Enamel Dots.  I used a tiny piece of doily and a thread from the burlap ribbon just for fun accents on the card.  I really hope you like it!!  I am thinking about sending this card to a friend… but who?  Do you want it?? Comment below!  I will pick one person randomly!

Marbleized Background

CRREW717SKSo Here is my sketch card for the month.  We were given a sketch and told to run with it.  Summer Lovin’ was this month’s theme.  So I found a photo on pinterest of the ocean during sunset.  It had these gorgeous summer colors in and I tried to recreate that color scheme here.  I used Dapper Denim, Tempting Turquoise, Flirty Flamingo, Rose Red and Daffodil Delight with Whisper White.  It does have a Summer-y feel doesn’t it?  The Marbled background stamped on each of the panels reminds me of water.  On the star, kind of reminds me of a shooting star…  The sentiment came from Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  I also used the Glitter Enamel Dots for little pops of color.

ccrewsketch-001Anyway, here’s what the sketch looks like.  I like the way the card turned out though.  Oh! I forgot to mention where the star came from…. We used to have star shaped thinlits  (Well I still have mine… LOL) but they retired.  So, I pulled out the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits!  Yay!!

Embossing Paste Colorized

CCREW717CLRSo, yesterday, I blogged about using embossing paste and the lighting in the photo was a bit wonky.  You couldn’t really see the beautiful texture on the white on white background. WELL!  Here’s a card for you!  This card was for the Color Challenge for the Creative Crew on Splitcoaststampers.  As you can see below, the color challenge was Real Red, Island Indigo and Very Vanilla.  ccrewsketch-002I took literally 2 drops of real red ink and mixed with Stampin’ Up!’s Embossing Paste and smeared it all over the brick texture from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  I also did something that I have never done before.  I watercolored a doily! My upline has done it NUMEROUS times and I kept thinking… when will I ever use it?  UGH!  I love it!!  I used the You are So Sweet Clear-Mounted stamp set and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit to cut out the sentiment.  I fussy-cut the border.  So what do I love about this card?  Well, besides everything?  It’s a mix of urban and elegant… It’s ele-ban-t (there you have it folks, I created a new word!)

Wedding Card Done two ways

CCREW717SIPSo the Creative Crew has us doing cards with the Summer Lovin’ Theme and this challenge is called Step It Up.  What says Love more than Summer Weddings?  The first card is “plain.”  It is a simply elegant card.  White on White.  Stunning!

I used Copper Embossing Powder and the new Copper ribbon!  I also used the new stamp set called, Special Celebrations and I used the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlets.

The “For a Special Couple” is stamped in versamark first (on vellum) then covered with the copper embossing powder.

CCREW717SIP-stepped upThe photo below is the stepped up version.  This is the same exact card but for a few exceptions.  I added a TON more pearls and a few purple flowers.  Plus (and this is really hard to see!), I added embossing paste and the “diamond” pattern from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  You will also noticed a Wisteria Wonder matte behind the top Whisper White one.  I am not sure which card I like better… But… I know where each of these cards are going since I have two weddings to go to this year, so far!