Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Mashup 153

Good Morning everyone!! It's Friday and Sara is bringing us this week's challenge over at The Friday Mashup! I really liked this challenge. It was water coloring and just let me say, watercoloring is not my my thing. However, I tried it and I am pretty pleased with the results.

Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  1. Create a project using the colors "Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi & Perfect Plum".
  2. Create a project using "an Aqua Painter or a Blender Pen to create a Watercolor Effect".
  3. Or mash it up and create a project with the "Colors above & a Watercolor Effect".

Here is my card

So believe me when I say, I am not an artist. I usually try to steer clear of water coloring. However, I do have a few tips to help you out.
-Always try to use water color paper. It allows things to blend better than regular paper.
-I like to use blender pens as opposed to Aqua Painters. I think they are easier to control. That having been said, I did use an aqua painter to do the yellow flower on my card.
- Last, take your time. This is not a technique that can be rushed through. Always remember to do some shading and blend from dark to light.

Well not it's your turn. Head over to the challenge blog and see what the other Design team members have done. 

And always remember, Happy Stamping!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Ahoy Matey.......tis Friday!

Ahoy Matey! Tis Friday and it be time for another challenge from The Friday Mashup! Ok, enough of the pirate talk. However, it is Friday and Lisa is bringing our Mashup this week. It's a Nautical theme mixed with a one layer card. This was so hard for me, but I did it!

Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  1. Create a project using a "Nautical Theme".
  2. Create a "One Layer Card".
  3. Or mash it up and create a project with the "One Layer Card with a Nautical Theme".

Ok, so Nautical is sooooooooo in right. Stampin' Up has the cutest DSP that would totally fit this challenge. However, I have not had the chance to order it yet. So I went back to the drawing board trying to figure out what I was going to do with this theme. I don't really tend to buy stamp sets that are nautical. 

Then it hit, what is more nautical than a pirate right? 
Arrrrrrrrrrrr, then my idea came to me and this be what it is.........

I must admit, the "one layer" was more of a challenge than anything. I started with some Crumb Cake cardstock. Next I took my Versa Mark ink pad and used it with the "X" marks the spot stamp. Then I stamped the cute little pirate in Early Espresso. I colored him in with Pacific Point, Real Read and Basic Black. I stamped the little parrot on his head, because who doesn't need a parrot on their head? The last thing I did was add some ribbon. I hope this doesn't break the "one layer" rule, but I needed some dimension!!!!!!

Well, I hope you like it. I would strongly suggest you head over to the Friday Mashup 
and see what inspires you. 

And like always, Happy Stamping or Walk the Plank. Whatever floats your boats today!!j
Hee Hee, another pun!!

Have a Great Day!!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Stampin' Celebration!!!

So I never post on Saturday, but today I have some exciting news. I have been selected to be on a new Design Team!!! It's the Stampin' Celebration Design Team. I am really grateful and excited for this opportunity. Head over to the website and check it out. They do a challenge on the 1st & 15th of the month.

Here is today's challenge:

It's a sketch!!!

So I love sketches! Here is my card:

So first, I wanted to do something with Spring because things are warming up around here and flowers are starting to show. I decided to pull out my Mixed Blossoms stamp set.
 I haven't used this one in forever!! I also wanted to try a technique I saw on another blog. 
First you take water color paper, stamp the flower and emboss it with white embossing powder. 
Next I took Pool Party, Blushing Bride, & Wisteria Wonder and scribble them over the embossed flower.
 Then I took a spritzer filled with water and sprayed the entire card. The markers should bleed a little. Last, I dried it with my embossing gun and put the rest of my card together. 

Now here's your challenge. Go and visit the Stampin' Celebration website. Visit the other ladies blogs and then create something based on the challenge. I can't wait to see what you create!!

Happy Stamping 

Friday, March 14, 2014

What's at the end of the Rainbow?

Top of the morning to ya!! I'm not Irish, but I think that's what they say. It's Friday morning and that means another Friday Mashup Challenge. I really liked this week's challenge.

Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  1. Create a project using the "Sketch".
  2. Create a project with "Rainbows or Rainbow Colors".
  3. Or Mash it up and create a project with the "Sketch and Rainbows or Rainbow Colors".

I had so much fun making this card. It was fun to pull out all the rainbow colors and although arrows are usually a Valentine's thing, I thought they worked very well for St. Patty's day also.

So I started by grabbing all my ink pads from the Brights family and laying them out in the order I wanted to use them. Second I started stamping. Just a note, I did not use a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig here. I did all of this by hand and honestly, it wasn't that hard. Especially if you have the clear mount stamps. Anyway, after the arrows were stamped, I cut my little banner, embossed it and added a few buttons. Last I stamped my sentiment with markers and finished with the little wooden heart. It was actually a pretty easy card.

Alright, now it's your turn to head over to the Friday Mashup Blog and get your "charm" on today. I can't wait to see your cards, I know they will be Magically Delicious!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Vroom, Vroom... Friday Mashup Time

Welcome to another Friday morning. 
Today has been relaxing because my kids have the day off from school.
So it's time for another Friday Mashup. Holly is bringing us the challenge this week.

Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  1. Create a "Masculine" project.
  2. Create a project with some "Stitching/sewing on it".
  3. or Create a "Masculine project with Stitching on it".

So funny thing, I didn't exactly "mash" the challenge this week. 
I actually did the challenge for next week and when I realized that I needed a masculine card 
with stitching it was really late at night. 
I also didn't have my sewing machine, so today you get just a masculine card.

Rev Up the Fun is probably one of my most favorite stamps in the current catalog. 
I have 4 boys so this stamp set was a must have.

I really like how this card turned out. I love the look of the foil sheet embossed with the honeycomb folder. 
I also took the tire tracks, stamped them in Tangerine Tango and Bermuda Bay (my fav) and made them look like washi tape.

Now it's your turn to head over to The Friday Mashup and take on Holly's challenge.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

M-I-N-N-I-E.... M-O-U-S-E!!!!

Last October, we took my daughter to Disney Land. She's not very old, only one. She didn't really understand the Princess thing. However, she found this little plush toy of Minnie Mouse and was instantly hooked. Ever since then, everything has been Minnie this and Minnie that.

Well it just so happens that her birthday is coming up soon, so I thought I would attempt to make her a Minnie card using punch art. I am always very fascinated with the way people can make things by just putting shapes together.

So after studying Minnie herself for a few minutes, this is what I came up with.

Isn't she cute? I really like how it turned out. So to help you out, here are the punches I used:
Head-2 1/2 circle punch
Ears- 1 3/4 circle punch
Mouth- Extra Large Oval
Eyes- Large Oval 
( Tip: I used the Large oval for the black, white and flesh color of Minnie. 
I just used the punch to cut down the normal size of the oval)
Nose- Small Oval
Bow- Retired Butterfly & 1/2 Circle

I drew the mouth on with my Stampin' Write markers and then punch the saying out. 

I really hope my little girl likes it. I can't wait to give it to her.
Have a great day and Happy Stamping!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Go for the GOLD!!

So I really wanted to get this posted last week, but time ran away from me. Anyway, my club was a week ago and I thought it would be fun in honor of the Olympics to center our cards around that. Plus it was so easy because there are so many gold & silver things in the Occasions Catalog.

So first we have the "Bronze" card.

This card was based on a card I saw on Erica Cerwin's Blog
This card featured:
-Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock
-Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape
-Gold Baker's Twine
-Champagne Glitter Paper

Plus it uses two different Sale-A-Bration items.

Next we have the "silver" card.

Isn't this a great card? It would totally work for someone's 25th anniversary. 
This card features:
-Silver 1/8" Ribbon
-Scallop Tag Topper Punch
-Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels

The heart you see is done with the "Burnished Glitter" technique.

And last, but certainly not least, we have the "GOLD" card. Now I do have to say, that I had to add some color to this card. However, I firmly believe that Bermuda Bay is a winning color so 
drum roll.................................

This card is simple yet elegant. It's features include:
-Bermuda Bay Cardstock
-Fancy Foil Designer Vellum
-Gold Baker's Twine
-Gold Metallic Encore Pad
-Pearl Basic Jewels

Both the SILVER and the GOLD card used the Gold & Silver glitter as well.

So there's my contribution to the Olympics. It was fun watching people fly through the air and glide on the ice. It was also fun to watch my craft room win GOLD for the "Messiest Craft Room Ever"

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!!