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July 2014

Playing Along with Retro Sketches #125

Hello, and welcome back! I have two cards today inspired by this sketch from Retro Sketches #125. For this first card, I made the sun rays from patterns in the Confetti Celebration papers and also stamps from the set Ray of Sunshine. For the stamping, I stamped off once after inking, sprayed the stamp with water and then stamped between each paper ray.



To finish it off, I added the greeting in a speech bubble and some gold sequins. I'm still loving the Ray of Sunshine stamp set, both the images and the greetings. The color combo here is Crushed Curry, Strawberry Slush, Tangelo Twist, Basic Gray and Gold.



Here is the sketch from Retro Sketches I used to inspire my cards. Isn't this a cute sketch? I love starting with either a sketch or a color combo in mind.

retro sketches : a challenge


For this second card, I started with the sunburst image in the Kinda Ecclectic Stamp Set. After stamping it, I added baker's twine stitched through some of the rays and a yellow button for the center. The Color Combo here is Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral and Gold.



There is a lot of texture on this card. Both butterflies have twine added, vellum for the greeting and also gold sequin trim. Isn't this a happy card?



What inspires you to create? Leave me a comment to let me know. Well, that is all for today. Thanks for stopping by!

It's All About You - Published Card!

Hello there, and welcome back! Today I have a card to share that was published in the August issue of Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking which you can see here. It was part of a section that featured clips of all kinds. On this card, I used clips from two different sets and made my own silver arrow from a die cut and Silver Foil. The Clips Essentials Hardware set is the arrow in the lower right. The arrow at the top left has been retired, but you can get another style of arrow clip in the Basics Hodgepodge Clips.



The silver arrow is cut from Silver Foil paper and the arrow is from the Label Card Thinlits Die. A little machine stitching finishes it off.



Well, that is all for today! I'll have more to share soon. Thanks for stopping by!


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Ray of Sunshine 1

Hello there! Today I have a card to share using the Ray of Sunshine stamp set. This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite sets! It makes great graphic-style cards as well as watercolor style cards, and the sentiments are some of my favorites. What's not to love?

For this card I used patterns from the Flower Pot Designer Series Paper, and stitched on the polka-dot pattern to my card front. I stamped the sun and rays in Calypso Coral on Whisper White, trimmed them out and popped them up with Stampin' Dimensionals.


To finish it off, I stamped the greeting in Jet Black Stazon on Vellum Cardstock, and added some Candy Dots and Baker's Twine. Isn't this a happy card?



Well, that is all for today. I'll be sharing some photos from the Stampin' Up! Convention this week, so stop by to see lots of new inspiration.

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Playing With Watercolor - 3

Hello, and welcome back! I have another card made using some watercolor techniques that I learned in an online class I took recently. I selected my colors from the new All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack, and the colors are Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush and Whisper White. I also used the Stampin' Up! Watercolor Paper sheets, and trimmed it to 3" x 4". I stamped two different flowers and the leaf cluster from Bloom With Hope Clear-Mount Stamp Set in Crumb Cake Ink. Next, I painted each flower with lots of water from an Aqua Painter first and then added color on top of the water. Because I stamped in such a light color, you really only see the added colors and it looks almost like I hand-painted the flowers. I love this effect! After painting both flowers and the leaf clusters, I also wet the rest of the background, added some blue, green and yellow into the wet background and then also splattered on some yellow and pink over the whole piece.



To finish I added a greeting from the same set in Jet Black Stazon, added some Strawberry Slush sequins and Thick Baker's Twine. This panel was popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals, and adhered to a Blushing Bride Card with a print from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack.



That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by!

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Independence Day Celebrated

Hello and welcome back. I'm a little late with my post, but I did make just a few decorations to celebrate July 4th. The pinwheels are from the latest Paper Pumpkin kit. I also cut up the straws from that kit, and stuffed some of the gray baker's twine wrapped in washi tape into the top so they look like fire crackers! They are surrounding the glass jar. I also added some sand so the pinwheels would stay put.

The art piece was cut with the Little Letters Thinlits dies and backed with Sahara Sand, Marina Mist, Night if Navy, Real Red and Cherry Cobbler card stock. The stamped stars and words (on the pinwheels) are from the June Paper Pumpkin Kit as well.

The inspiration for the color scheme and the whole art piece came from this week's Colour Q Challenge found here:

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

Independence Day Celebrated

Independence Day Celebrated

Independence Day Celebrated

Independence Day Celebrated

Playing with Watercolor - 2

Hello, and welcome back! I have another card to share today using some watercolor techniques. I started by die-cutting the 3x4 card from the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits from watercolor paper. I colored the background of it with Blushing Bride, Tangerine Tango and Crushed Curry. Then, I stamped the circle and rays each in Hello Honey Ink, and spritzed them with water before stamping. I love how this turned out! It looks like they were watercolored from scratch, but it's so much easier.



This Ray of Sunshine set is fast becoming one of my favorite sets. In addition to having lots of great sunshine building elements, the sayings and fonts are really unique! I'm going to be able to use this set for lots of different occasions. Here the greeting was stamped in Night of Navy, and I added some ribbon and gold sequins to complete the card.



Well, that's all for today! More watercolor cards to share later this week. Thanks for stopping by.

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