Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Watercolored Hedgehogs

Hello! I know it's not the season for Valentine's Day cards, but my local county fair is coming up next month and I always enter my cards into the fair! One of the categories is Valentine's Day and I didn't have a card...so I made one! I took a lot of inspiration from Yana Smakula. She made a card a couple weeks ago where she watercolored circus images in lines. You can find her card here! Here's mine! 






The Sending Hedgehugs stamp set from Lawn Fawn is an older set, but it's one of my favorites...and it's my husband's favorite, too! I used Versafine ink and clear embossing powder to stamp and emboss the two hedgehogs and the heart all over my watercolor card panel. Then I used Distress Inks to watercolor the images. I used Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, and Vintage Photo for the hedgehogs, Festive Berries for the hearts, and Hickory Smoke for the shadows under the hedgehogs. 






I stamped the sentiment from an old Simon Says Stamp set and adhered it with foam squares. I used Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins to add some sparkle! That's it! Super simple, but I'm in love with this card! And now I'm ahead of schedule for Valentine's Day 2018! See you next time!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Fruity Backgrounds

Hey, there! Fruit stamps seem to be all the rage this summer! When I saw the Fruity stamp set from Studio Calico and One Little Bird I knew I had to have it! I have 2 card examples using this cute stamp set!






I love how you can make so many different kinds of fruits with the same stamps! I made watermelons and limes today, but you could use the same stamps to make lemons or oranges, too! And there are stamps to make peaches and strawberries in the set as well!






I used a Watermelon and Key Lime inks from Simon Says Stamp for the watermelons and Key Lime and Jellybean inks also from SSS for the limes. Add some black spatters, a sentiment strip, and some Pretty Pink Posh droplets and these cards are done!






These were so easy to make! I'm going to make more using different fruits. I'll have a whole farmstand of fruity cards! See you next time!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Floral Watercolor

Hey, everyone! I have 2 cards to share with you today using the Floral Bliss stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. 






I stamped the floral image and sentiment on to watercolor cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink and used clear embossing powder over the ink. I used a few colors from my Gansai Tambi watercolors to color over the flowers. I did 3 layers to really build up the color.






I added black watercolor flicks and die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die. I die cut a piece of patterned paper with another stitched rectangle and mounted everything onto a black card base. I added white Nuvo drops for some texture.






I liked the design so much that I repeated it using a blue Daniel Smith watercolor. I used a different patterned paper and card base and I used gold Nuvo drops instead of the white.






I can't decide which one I like better! These were so quick to throw together, but I really love them! See you soon!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Galaxy Bears

Hello, everyone and happy 4th of July! I hope everyone is having a great day! Today I have a card that reminds me of 4th of July as a kid! I used to love sitting in a friend's lawn watching fireworks! 






I stamped the bears from the Bear Hugs stamp set from Mama Elephant. I colored them with Copics and added a few layers of glitter from my Spectrum Noir sparkle pen. I used a stitched border die to cut a piece of watercolor cardstock into a hill shape and used Distress inks to add color.






The background was the most involved and even that wasn't super card! I used a basic galaxy background technique with Distress inks and added flicks of white paint for the stars. I think the background could be a galaxy...but I think it has the subtle hints of fireworks.


Thanks for joining me today! See you soon!


Monday, June 26, 2017

One of a Kind

Hello! Today I have a cute, simple card to share with you today! I made this interactive slider card for my sister. She gave me some wonderful Mother's Day gifts and I'm finally getting around to giving her a thank you card!






I started by stamping a few images from the Lawn Fawn Clawsome set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and I colored all of the images with Copic markers. I added a few coats of shimmer with my Spectrum Noir shimmer pen. I used a die from the Slide on Over die set from Lawn Fawn to create a slider panel.






I wanted a simple background, so I used a striped stencil from MFT and some Heidi Swapp metallic mint embossing paste. After it dried I added more clear sparkle pen all over the white areas.

Check out my Instagram page for a video of this interactive card! Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Floral Bliss

Hello! I have 2 super quick cards to share with you! I've been loving watercolor lately...well...I suppose for the past year! It's so easy and really helps me to relax!






For this first one I did a gradient of color with my Gansai Tambi watercolors, and then crinkled up some plastic wrap that I stole from my kitchen cupboard. I've had the same role since my freshman year of college! I'm glad it's finally getting used! I only let the background sit for about 30 minutes and it was dry! It was 94 degrees here today...so it didn't take much time at all! And this was the result! I stamped the floral image from the Simon Says Stamp Floral Bliss stamp set and added a sentiment. I used a marker to draw a fake banner to keep it a one layer card. I added some white Nuvo drops and some clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh. The background does all the work!






I did this card almost exactly the same, just a different color scheme! I did just a regular watercolor background...no plastic wrap this time!


That's all for today. These are super quick and easy to recreate! They would be perfect to make a set of identical cards and give them as a gift!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

On the line.

Hi, again! I have another clean and simple, easy peasy card for you today! I'm using just a few stamp sets and some gorgeous paper and embossing powder!






I picked up some gorgeous metallic paper from Neenah at my local craft store the other day and I just couldn't wait to use it! It has such a beautiful metallic sheen that I love! I thought it would look pretty with some Liquid Platinum embossing powder from Hero Arts. I stamped and embossed the large floral border from the Honeybee Stamps Zen Floral stamp set. I used my Versamarker to add a defined edge to the bottom of the flowers. I added a sentiment from the Right at Home Script Greetings set and added some sequins!






I tried to capture the sheen of the paper, but it was so difficult! You'll just have to take my word for it that it's gorgeous in real life!

See you soon!