Sunday, January 14, 2018

A fun new technique, and Fusion's 4th anniversary

Yes, my 2nd card for the Fusion challenge.  I came across this technique while searching for something else on youtube.  It's from Jennifer McGuire again, I just love her style.  This one uses your dies to stamp with. Actually, you emboss using it.  I had a terrible time with my die moving when I took it off after running it through the Big shot, but that is my fault. All my clear plates are so warped!    It seems like it's the Precision Plate that does it.  I really love my plate, so I've decided that I will order some new plates and just use the old ones only on the Precision plate, it's hard to do much of anything on those warped plates.

This time I think I got both the sketch and the photo in my card.  I love this, but I can see where I sure need some practice.

Here is the challenge.Go here to join in.

I used Tempting Turquoise, Dapper Denim and Whisper White.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Journey with a friend, FMS#319

What a fun little set this stamp set is! I couldn't wait to get it.  I also got the Brusho in the same order. How fun is this?!  All I did was just sprinkle a tiny bit of the Brusho powder on the paper and spritz with water, done.

I used the watercolor pencils for my coloring. Then very lightly went over them with the Blender pen. For such a small image, the Blender pen gave me more control then the Aqua painter would have.
The sentiment came from the Host set Cozy cottage and I stole a die from my Petal and more die set to cut out the sentiment.

My sketch came from Freshly Made Sketches.
It's hard to believe all the wonderful products that are out for stampers these days. The hard part is just waiting to get your hands on them.   Click Here to check out the challenge.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Be Creative, #TGIF141

I haven't played with this must have set for a long time. A lot of my stamp sets were put aside for the Christmas season. I'm pretty much focused on Christmas cards from the time the new Holiday catalog comes out, in order to get enough done for sending.  I think next year, I'll make 2 of each one when I do them and get done that much faster, I'll get them sent earlier and have more time to do other cards and projects.

This one is going out to my friend who's husband is on hospice. It's been a long time and as much as she wants to get in her stamp room, she isn't taking care of herself.  I worry about her as she needs to take her mind off everything for a bit each day so she doesn't feel so overwhelmed.

Here are the challenge colors:

For my background I used Fresh Florals DSP. It comes in the new incolors and the designs are gorgeous.
I cut it slightly smaller then my card base, then layered white on the center to place my design on.
I first used my Aqua brush to pick up color from my ink pad.  Just squeeze the top down to put some color on it from the pad, then you can use as much water from the Aqua brush as you need to get the light/dark that you want.  I got my brush very wet and tapped it on my finger to have the drops splatter.

Then I painted and fussy cut the pot and brushes, added them on with dimentionals and added my sentiment. Before I glued down the last white piece I added the Fresh Fig ribbon, and topped it off with pearls.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Charming cafe and TTT#029

Starting out 2018 with a Tic Tac Toe challenge. Here is the board.
I choose the top across and middle row down. I have found a really enjoy creating scenes. And Stampin Up has so many cute sets now for doing that.   Does this one remind you of a little french cafe?  I thought the crackle paper for the building worked out very well subtle, but neat.

I used my Watercolor pencils for this one, and instead of the Aqua brush, I used my blender pen to even it all out.

Colors are Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Espresso and black.
The set is called Charming Cafe, and has a set of dies to match.  I used those to cut my table set out and my plants, but there isn't one for the window. I had to fussy cut that. Pretty easy cut though.

New Occasions and SAB catalog, come get your free stuff

Check out the video of the all new Occasions catalog for 2018. And don't forget about the free items from the SAB brochure as well. Spend at least $50 and start getting free stuff.

So, now I have this cute little card.  Unfortunately I hit a knot in the wood (LOL) when I stamped my sentiment. I'm going to fix it, but meanwhile, it's still a cute little card. I'll post when I fix it too.

My little kitty on the chair is from Mediterranean Moments in the Annual catalog, but the sentiment and little bird ( isn't he just so cute?) are from Friendships Sweetest Thoughts in the new Occasions catalog. The images from that set are so adorable as well.
I used Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler, and painted with Blends.

In addition to everything else you get for placing an order from Jan 3rd to Mar 31, you will get extra goodies.  Freebies for each $50 or $100 order depending on what you select for your free things.  $150 order will get you 2 or 3 items depending, plus your $15 host credit for anything you want.

Place a $250 order and get all those SAB free items, your host credit plus an additonal $25 to spend.
This is sure the best time of year to order, you come away with so much!

Thanks for stopping.  Happy shopping.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Friendship, peek at new Occasions set, FMS#318

Yes, it's been a few days since I've posted.  It's been a bit crazy here, combine a terribly sick kitty with Christmas.  Poor little thing is still having issues so I'll have to contact the vet again tomorrow.
Freshly Made Sketches is leaving the current sketch up through the holidays, so there is plenty of time to play. Here is the sketch.
 Go here to play.

But today I had some calm time and was able to play with a new set from the Occasions catalog.  This is my favorite set from that catalog, I love how light, airy and whimsical the images and the fonts in this set are. 

I don't have the whole set of Blends just yet, (SU's new alcohol markers) but I used some of the colors I do have  and sponged the yellow background in.    I wanted to just color in the long stems on this embossing folder, but I had to use the back side to do that. Well, I could have sponged on color after embossing, but I decided I liked the "wrong" side just fine.  And is it ever wrong if you like it?  I encourage you to try coloring each side of your new embossing folders and see what comes of it.

I used my Memento Black as I was using the alcohol markers, you want to use a dye based pad for  alcohol fill in and an alcohol based pad for dye based markers or water based.  It was a fairly quick, easy coloring job and so cute!

Well, Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

For a friend, Freshly Made Sketches #317

A brand new stamp set today. It's from the upcoming Occasions catalog that goes live Jan 3rd.  Don't miss out, along with this catalog comes the SAB (Sale A Bration), you'll get free choices for your spending.   This set is called Charming Cafe.  I didn't use them, but there is a wonderful set of dies that matches this stamp set.  One kind of neat thing you can do is cut both the outside edge and inside edge of this flower frame. I choose to white emboss and color in using my Blends markers, and then put my sentiment inside the frame.

Go here to check out the challenge.