One Year + Giveaway

Hi everyone!  This month marks my one year blog anniversary.  I’ve learned a lot in this first year and am continuing to learn more. I thought I’ve heard of all the stamp companies out there, but I’m still discovering new ones!  I’ve met quite a few crafty friends (online of course) and love being part of this friendly, supportive and talented crafting community.  I am just having so much fun crafting..

So to celebrate, I have a card and a giveaway! I was planning to do this giveaway at the beginning of the month after updating the look of my blog, but I was at a loss at what to do until Loll stepped in. Not only is Loll a talented crafter, but she is so kind to help me out.  Thank you so much Loll. And now here’s  my card.

The images were stamped with Intense Black ink on scraps of X-press It paper, coloured with Copics and die cut out with the matching dies.

Distress inks were blended on hot press watercolor paper to create the sky and water.  A Wave stencil and border die were used to create the waves in the water.  Both were spritz with water and dabbed with a paper towel for some texture.

The sentiment was black heat embossed. To finish, clear shimmer was added to the mermaid’s tail and top and Glossy Accents was added to the turtle shell and dolphin.

 

I am linking up to the following challenges:
SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes
Crafts Friends – #56 Anything Goes
Pixie’s Snippets PlaygroundWeek 277 and 278 (paper)

 

 

Ready to win the Mug Hugs stamp & die? There are a few ways to enter.  You don’t have to do all, but your chances increases the more you do.  Each completed task equals an entry, so be sure to leave one comment per completed task.  One random winner will be chosen from all eliguble comments left on this post and announced on May 1 after task has been confirmed  Giveaway closes 11:59 pm PST this Sunday, April 30.  Open worldwide

1️⃣  Leave a comment telling me why you love to craft…or simp,y leave a comment.
2️⃣  Subscribe to my blog by e-mail (link on sidebar 👉).  Leave me a comment introducing yourself with your e-mail address and where you are from. I don’t have Blogger so there is no Follow option ~ sorry.  If you are already a subscriber, just let me know and say hi in your comment.  Please subscribe ONLY if you are truly interested in following my blog.  Unsubscribers will be disqualified from future giveaways.
3️⃣  Follow me on Instagram (link also on sidebar 👉).  Then leave a comment with your IG user name.  Once again, follow me there ONLY if you like my work and truly want to follow me.  Unfollowers will be ineligible from future giveaways.

Let’s play nice.  Thank you and good luck!

 

 

 

 

Wild Animals

Hi there.  I’m back again this time with a watercolour card, which is a little outside my comfort zone.  But it was fun nonetheless.

Not a lot of steps to describe here. Let’s just say there was a lot of stamping and masking starting from the truck at the bottom and working upwards. The images are from Party Animals and Go Wild stamp sets.

Black Archival ink was used to stamp the images on watercolor paper.  Only the truck was black heat embossed.  I was going to black heat embossed all images, but changed my mind after the truck.  Watercoloured with Zig markers and a watercolor brush.  For texture, spritz the sky and ground with water and dabbed with a paper towel.  Also, added some blue splatters.

Die cut with a Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle and mounted it on to a white top folded card base.  I was temptied to add some clear shimmer, but that would be silly for a wild jungle scene 😂, so Glossy Accents was added to the stamped sentiments and the headlights to finish.

Thank you for coming by.  See you next time

 

 

 

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:
MarkerPop – #118 Watercolor People & Animals
Mod Squad – Wheels
Cupcake Inspirations – CIC404 Animals
Happy Little Stampers – April 2017 Watercolour Anything Goes with optional twist Rainbow

Inlaid Happy Day

Hi there.  I can’t believe it’s the last week of April already and it was actually nice here today.  It also inspired me to make today’s CAS rainbow card using the inlaid die cutting technique.

Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame was used first to die cut an area of a white A2 panel then set aside for later.  The frame was then die cut from Bristol paper.  I wanted to create a sky scene within the frame, so the inside scallop rectangle was die cut with a cloud border die.  Distress inks were sponged on to the top piece in rainbow colours to create the sun rays coming out from the clouds.

The butterfly was stamped with black Memento ink on a scrap of X-press It paper, coloured with Copics and then fussy cut out.  Clear shimmer was added to the rainbow rays and butterfly for some sparkle.  The sentiment was black heat embossed on the bottom piece.

To give some depth to the frame once it was inlaid, gray ink was sponged around the perimeter of the negative diecut rectangle.

That piece was adhered to a white top folded card base and the frame was inlaid into that open space.  For dimension, a second frame was die cut from Bristol paper and stacked. The butterfly was mounted with foam adhesive and a few clear sequins were added to finish.

Thank you for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:
CAS Mix Up – April 2017 Inlaid Die Cutting (stamping, heat embossing, fussy cutting, spinging, glitter)
Addicted to CAS – #109 Rainbow
STAMPLlorationsApril 2017 Anything CAS optional twist Any Pastel
STAMPlorationsApril 2017 Theme and Sketch
STAMPLlorations – Things with Wings Linky Party
Happy Little Stampers2017 Anything Goes with Dies

A Birthday Flyby

Happy Sunday everyone.  I was tempted to make another rainbow and unicorn card, but instead I gave the unicorn a rest and created a rainbow and dragon card. 😉

The Rainbow Stripes were die cut from watercolor paper and coloured with Distress Oxide ink and a mini blending tool.  They were spritz with water and dabbed with a paper towel, then set aside to dry.  Once dry, clear shimmer was added to give them some sparkle.  It looks really pretty IRL.

The dragon was stamped on a scrap of X-press It paper, coloured with Copics and die cut out with the matching die.  The cloud was a leftover diecut piece from my bag of scraps.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock.

stitched rectangle was die cut from Whisper White cardstock and adhered to a white top folding card base before the card was assembled  Tumbled Glass distress ink was blended behind the dragon and cloud, which were popped up with foam adhesive for dimension. Several pastel sequins were added to finish.

Thank you for coming by and enjoy the rest of your day!

 

 

 

 

 

I am linking to the following challenges:
Freshly Made Sketches – FMS#284 Sketch by Karren
The Heart Desires – April 2017 #11
STAMPlorationsApril Theme Stamps & Wings
STAMPlorations – Things with Wings Linky Party

 

Spring Showers

Hey there.  It’s been a pretty wet Spring here and today is no different.  But where there’s showers, a rainbow is to follow, right? 😉  At least that is what my Spring Showers card is based upon. 😂  Love incorporating rainbow colours in my Spring theme cards.

A Wonky Stitched Rectangle was die cut from smooth Bristol paper.  Alice was stamped with Archival black ink.  She was masked, then the raindrops were stamped next.  DIstress inks were used to colour the ground in rainbow colour.

Alice and the umbrella were watercoloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a watercolour brush.  I think this may be the first time I used the black Zig marker.

The sentiment was black heat embossed.  The panel was adhered to a top folding white card base.  Clear shimner was added to the umbrella and raindrops to give them a glistening look.  To finish, a few Clear Rain Drops were added.

Thank you for dropping by.

 

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:
Inspired by All the Little Things – #52 featuring Renee Matarese
SSS Monday – Splash It On
Addicted to CAS – #109 RaInbow
MarkerPop – #118 Watercolor People or Animals
Paper Smooches – April 2017 Showers (sentiment from Sentiment Sampler)
Penny Black and More – April 2017 Spring
Happy Little Stampers – April 2017 Anything Goes Watercolour with optional twist Rainbow