Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Shine Brightly

I'm back with another card featuring the brand new Like a Sunflower set from Sweet n' Sassy Stamps.




I started by creating an ink blended background on canson mixed media paper using tumbled glass and mowed lawn distress oxide inks along with the drifts & hills stencil from MFT. After I was done, I cut it with a scalloped stitch edge die and adhered to a white cardstock base. I stamped the images on canson mixed media paper with VersaFine Clair nocturne ink. Then, I colored with an assortment of Arteza and Altenew watercolor brush pens and fussy cut out. Next, I glued the stem down and then stamped the words with the same ink as images. Finally, I attached the flower head popping it up with foam tape.




Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

Karen

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Stand Tall

Sunflowers are my favorite flower! Love them so much! I am super excited for the release of the new Like a Sunflower set this month. Beautiful images with lots of ways to mix and match the sentiments!

When I first saw the half sunflower image, I immediately knew I wanted to try to make it into a full sunflower. It worked just like I imagined! I originally thought it wouldn't fit on an A2 card and was pleasantly surprised that it did.





I stamped the images on Canson mixed media paper with VersaFine Clair nocturne ink. I stamped the first half of the sunflower head, then cleaned off the stamp repositioning on the other side (lining up as close as I could) and stamped again. I did have some very minor gaps, so I used a permanent black marker and filled them in and you can't even tell.

I colored the flower and leaves with a combination of Arteza and Altenew watercolor brush markers and fussy cut out. I dry embossed a piece of Kraft cardstock with a honeycomb folder and then die cut with a stitched edge die. I stamped the sentiment with the same ink as the images and hand trimmed the banner ends. I assembled the card as seen popping up the sunflower with foam tape.

I am linking this card up to the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge , anything goes.


I hope you enjoyed today's card and thanks for stopping by!

Karen



Sunday, July 19, 2020

True Beauty

The new True Beauty set is gorgeous and I love the fonts! It's one of those sets that you don't truly appreciate the beauty of it until you start to create with it. I had an idea for a card and it turned out exactly as I envisioned it! Don't you just love when that happens?

For today's card, I chose to use just one of the floral outline images and leaves. I decided to heat emboss it with VersaMark and Sterling Silver embossing powder onto Canson mixed media paper.


I colored the images with Spring Garden watercolor brush markers (midnight violet, rubellite and moss) and hand trimmed. I die cut the white layering panel with a lattice panel die and attached with glue to my bashful blue card base. I die cut a stitched scallop oval from white and stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Clair nocturne ink. I popped up the oval with foam tape and attached the images as seen using foam tape under sections as needed.




Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day,

Karen

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps July Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sweet n' Sassy Stamps July Release Hop! The team has been having so much fun creating with this month's releases and we are so excited to share our projects with you! Hop along and leave a little comment love for the designers linked below and you just might be a lucky winner! One lucky comment from all the comments along the hop will win a $10 gift voucher to the Sweet n' Sassy Stamps shop. Winner will be announced on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, July 22th.

I am having a blast playing and creating with the new stamp of the month set, Summer Fruits! I am loving the sweet images and playful sentiments! I colored and stamped all my images and sentiments with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink on Canson XL Mixed Media paper. I used a combination of Arteza and Altenew watercolor brush pens to color the images.

For my first card, I chose a bright and bold color scheme and utilized a sketch challenge for the layout. The idea for the color scheme came about when I found the pattern paper in my stash. I used white, yo-yo yellow and pixie pink cardstock and double stitched edge dies from Gina Marie Designs. I attached the pattern paper and strip of pink cardstock to the white panel and then die cut out. I like the decorative stitching to show all the way around so this is my preferred method when creating these type of cards.


For my second lemon card, I stuck with a more traditional color combo inspired again by pattern paper. I am just a wee bit sad because this card uses the last piece of this paper. I have used this layout before and love it! I used Kraft cardstock from Michaels and the same double stitched edge dies as above. I die cut the circle from a piece I found in my scrap bin that already had a bit of texture on it from another project.


For my third card, I chose the cherries. I used real red, basic black and white cardstock. I added the washi tape before die cutting with a double stitched edge die and attached the layers. I splattered the circle die cut with black paint, then glued down the cherries and popped the circle up with foam tape. It needed something more so I added some black enamel dots for the finishing touch.


For my last card, I decided to feature the yummy strawberries. I colored this image before I knew what I was going to do with it. So originally the leaves were a much brighter green. I couldn't find any pattern paper in my collection to work with that color green. I did however, come across the piece in the photo and wanted to use it.

I didn't feel like redoing all my work so I did the next best thing. I wet down the brighter green with water and dabbed the color off, repeating until most of it was gone. Then, I colored the leaves again with a green that would coordinate with the paper I wanted to use for the card. Problem solved!


I had every intention of using the coordinating sentiment for the strawberries. Something happened that has never happened to me before, I misplaced the sentiment and can't find it anywhere. I'm pretty sure it's gone, but I'm still holding out hope that it is buried somewhere in the chaos on my desk. So, I used a sentiment from the previously released Friendship is a Blessing.




Have a fantastic day,

Karen

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Bee Sweet

I am sharing two cards I made using the cute beehive and small bee images from the new set Bee Sweet from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. This set is so sweet!





For both cards, I stamped the beehive and bees on Canson XL mixed media paper with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. I colored the images with Arteza Real Brush Pens and cut out. I used the following colors for the images, lighter beehive (chocolate, bumblebee yellow, olive green), darker beehive (walnut, sunset yellow, crocodile green) and bees (ginger, bumblebee yellow, ice blue).

For the first card, I dry embossed a white piece of cardstock with a honeycomb folder and die cut with a stitched rectangle. I stamped the sentiment on Cool Caribbean cardstock with the same ink as the images. I assembled as seen, popping the beehive, sentiment strip and one of the bees up with foam tape. I added a lot of sequins and a few more bees to the front. As the final touch, I added Wink of Stella to the wings of the bees.



For the second card, I used a sunburst stencil, fossilized amber distress oxide ink, white cardstock and the same rectangle die as above to create the panel. I stamped the sentiment directly on the panel with the same ink as the images. I added some green washi tape from my stash and assemble as seen popping the one bee on the beehive up with foam tape.

On both cards, I decide to bend the bee's wings up just a bit for some dimension and double stacked the bees on the beehives.


Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

Karen

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