Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Color Throwdown #335 - Guest Designer



This is my last week as a guest designer over on the Color Throwdown blog.  I have had a fabulous time playing with these great gals and coming up with different cards for all the different color combos this month.  Thank you for having me as your guest designer!!  Today Vickie is the hostess, and she found a beautiful inspiration picture to pick her colors from.



This week's colors are red, aqua, and light yellow.  I stamped this gorgeous butterfly from Art Neko and colored it with Copic markers in the three challenge colors.  There is some shading around the butterfly using a combination of yellow and yellow-red Copic markers.  I added a die cut word (Penny Black die) and kept it simple.  I plan to mail this so I didn't add any bumpy things.  :-)

I loved the colors this week!  I hope you join along in the Color Throwdown with us.  Remember, be sure to add CTD335 to the keywords section when you upload your cards to an online gallery so we can find your creations.

You will find all the challenge details on the Color Throwdown Blog.

Check out what the Color Throwdown DT has created for you today:


Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Joan Ervin - Stamping With a Passion 
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Color
Lori Tecler - Inking a Loud
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
Monika Davis M.A.D Stamper
Jodi Collins - Stamping a Latte
Holly Brown - Glitter, Stamps, and Ink (Oh My!) - March Guest Designer (that's me!)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Color Throwdown #334 - Guest Designer



Hey folks!  I'm having a blast guest designing over on the Color Throwdown blog this month.  This week Tammy is the hostess, and she has picked some fun colors to play with this time.  We are using navy, pink, and orange for our creations this week, and these colors just called for a bright, summery card.



I started by clear embossing a background stamp onto some watercolor paper, and then I went to town spraying all over it with some orange and pink Distress Spray Stains.  I used Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry and in certain places the color got a bit too intense.  It's easy to fix that - I just sprayed some water over those areas and blotted off the color with a tissue.  This is where using watercolor paper really comes in handy.  :-)

My friend just got back from Costa Rica, and I was thinking of her while making this card.  I'm sure she had at least one colorful drink while she was there, so this trio of pink and orange drinks is dedicated to her.  Hee hee hee!!!

Aren't those some fun colors this week??  I hope you join along in the Color Throwdown with us.  Remember, be sure to add CTD334 to the keywords section when you upload your cards to an online gallery so we can find your creations.

You will find all the challenge details on the Color Throwdown Blog.

Check out what the Color Throwdown DT has created for you today:


Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Joan Ervin - Stamping With a Passion 
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Color
Lori Tecler - Inking a Loud
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
Monika Davis M.A.D Stamper
Jodi Collins - Stamping a Latte
Holly Brown - Glitter, Stamps, and Ink (Oh My!) - March Guest Designer (that's me!)
Julie Beech - Handcrafted by Jules - Guest Star Stamper of the week

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Framed Tiger Lily


I fell in love with this gorgeous Framed Tiger Lily stamp from Art Neko when I saw it on this Tigers Galore sheet.  (You can also buy this stamp separately - Framed Tiger Lily stamp here.)  I colored this with some watercolor pencils, blending it a little bit with a wet waterbrush.  I didn't want to obliterate the little orange "stripes" in the flower petals, so I blended those very lightly.

The gorgeous black and gold paper is also from Art Neko, and you can find it here - Black Gold Handmade Thai Paper.  I have a small collection of these handmade Thai papers and they are stunning.  I love to use these as backgrounds on my cards.

Check out what Art Neko has to offer.  They have tons of stamps, gorgeous papers, and fun embellishments for your cards and scrapbook pages.  Keep checking back on my blog as I will be giving away free Art Neko stamps to some lucky winners throughout the year!  :-)


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Color Throwdown #333 - Guest Designer





Hi everyone!  I'm back with my second card for my guest designer stint over on the Color Throwdown Blog.  This week, Monika is the hostess, and she has picked some gorgeous colors for us to play with.  The colors are lavender, light gray, green, and white.  




I was inspired by the flowers in the inspiration picture so I started by spraying some white cardstock with Lilac Walnut Ink spray.  It was darker than I wanted, so I sprayed over it with some white Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain.  This white spray mutes darker colors very nicely, and after the cardstock dried, it was a lovely shade of lavender.  I cut a bunch of flowers out of this sprayed lavender cardstock with a Cheery Lynn Designs die and assembled them together.

For my card base, I simply folded a white card in half and then I sponged some light gray ink over a stencil directly onto the white card.  I lifted the sponge up as I went toward the right corner so the gray stenciling faded away.  I then stamped this beautiful sentiment from Verses Rubber Stamps onto the white corner.

After I placed my flowers where I wanted them, I needed some green foliage.  So I pulled out two more Cheery Lynn Designs dies and cut a bunch of leaves and vines and then glued them down next to the flowers.  This card is going to a friend whose mother just passed away, and I hope it gives her some comfort.

I loved the colors this week!  I hope you join along in the Color Throwdown with us.  Remember, be sure to add CTD333 to the keywords section when you upload your cards to an online gallery so we can find your creations.

You will find all the challenge details on the Color Throwdown Blog.

Check out what the Color Throwdown DT has created for you today:


Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Joan Ervin - Stamping With a Passion 
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Color
Lori Tecler - Inking a Loud
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
Monika Davis M.A.D Stamper
Jodi Collins - Stamping a Latte
Holly Brown - Glitter, Stamps, and Ink (Oh My!) - March Guest Designer (that's me!)
Betty Wright - Crafting with Betty - Guest Star Stamper



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Color Throwdown #332 - Guest Designer



Hi folks!  I have some fun news to share with you today.  I have been asked to be a guest designer for the Color Throwdown Challenge this month!  Each week on Wednesdays, there will be a new color challenge posted and I will share my cards with you both here and on the Color Throwdown blog.

This week, Lori is the hostess and she picked a fabulous inspiration picture for her colors.  The colors are kraft, navy, red, and turquoise.



I loved the bold stripes on that rubber boot, so I used that for my background.  I added a kraft sentiment and a quill and inkpot die cut from kraft cardstock.  Those bold stripes really take command against the kraft card base and it helps the kraft die cuts stand out.

Such fun colors to play with this week!  I hope you join along in the Color Throwdown with us.  Remember, be sure to add CTD332 to the keywords section when you upload your cards to an online gallery so we can find your creations.

You will find all the challenge details on the Color Throwdown Blog.

Check out what the Color Throwdown DT has created for you today:


Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Joan Ervin - Stamping With a Passion 
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Color
Lori Tecler - Inking a Loud
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
Monika Davis M.A.D Stamper
Jodi Collins - Stamping a Latte
Holly Brown - Glitter, Stamps, and Ink (Oh My!) - March Guest Designer (that's me!)
Kevin McDonald - McCrafty's Cards - Guest Star Stamper


Friday, February 6, 2015

Masculine Valentine's Card


Howdy, friends!  Are you ready for Valentine's Day?  It's next Saturday, so I decided I better get a move on and get one made for my sweet hubby.  I just got some stamps from Art Neko, and all of the stamps that I used on today's card came from this sheet:

http://artneko.com/displayItem/A157-FSHT

Did you know that Art Neko has lots of non-Asian themed stamps?  There's literally TONS of stamps in this store!  There are Western cowboy stamps, Victorian girls, Valentine's Day, Christmas, and even US state birds and flowers to name a few.  Go check them out and see the variety of stamps they offer at Art Neko.  All of their stamps are wonderfully deeply etched rubber and you can order them as just plain rubber or with cling mount on them.  I've really been enjoying playing with their stamps.

For this card, I used a kraft card base and I stamped the sentiment with Chocolate Chip ink.  I stamped the heart background with a pale pink ink and cut it out and mounted it onto a Chocolate Chip layer.  After wrapping the top of the pink background piece with some twine, I stamped the larger heart with Chocolate Chip ink and cut it out.  The smaller heart was stamped with kraft ink and then cut out.  I adhered both of the hearts with some foam tape and then adhered the whole piece to the kraft card base.

I wanted to use masculine colors because this will be going to my hubby next weekend.  He's not a pink and red and lace and ruffles kind of guy, so I think this card with the kraft and dark brown colors and the twine will appease his male ego, even though there is just a wee touch of pink on it.  :-)

Enjoy your weekend!



Friday, January 30, 2015

Gelato Drips and Winnie the Pooh


Hi folks!  I was looking this week's colors for the Color Throwdown Challenge #327, and I thought I'd try these colors with the Gelato Drips technique from Technique Junkies (December 2014 issue).  I love these colors together - they work beautifully when they blend together and drip down the cardstock.  

I paired this technique with this sweet quote from Winnie the Pooh.  This stamp is from Verses Rubber Stamps and it can be found here (scroll down near the bottom of the page - QQ0860-D).  This card is so vibrant and alive, I just couldn't think of anything else to add to it.  I did not want to cover up all those gorgeous drips with any ribbon or butterflies or anything else.  Sometimes it's best to keep it very clean and simple!  :-)