Mar 27, 2015

Bokeh Background and Dandelion Blooms

Happy Friday and happy (almost) weekend! Hope you have some fun things planned and that there is some sunshine in your forecast!

Today is my turn to share a creation on the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps blog, and I decided to give the "Bokeh" technique another try - it's so much fun!! I found my white craft re-inker, so this time I didn't use gesso, but craft ink instead.

If you haven't tried this technique yet, you really should. Super easy to do!! I don't have a specific tutorial to link to, but there are several on pinterest and youtube.

These are the steps I used:
1.  Mask off edge of watercolor paper using washi tape.
2. Wet paper with a clean watercolor brush.
3. Add your watercolors to the paper (be sure the whole paper is covered with paint
with no white space in between).
4. Let dry or use heating tool for quicker drying
5. Create a homemade stencil using different sized circle punches.
6. Simply use this stencil to add white craft ink to the background
7. Try different intensity for different sized circles (I tried to have my smallest circles be the most intense).
8. Your background is now complete and you can create the card with it :-)
(Be careful when removing the washi tape if you like to use the border in your card design)

You don't have to use watercolor paints, you can use dye ink-reinkers too. Gelatos would probably work too. 

Product List:
both from JFF
watercolor paper by Canson
watercolor paints
white craft ink, versafine onyx ink
MS butterfly punch, sticky rhinestones
washi tape for masking, heating tool
circle punches for making stencil, sponge

I would love to play along here:
Stampotique Designers' Challenge - Your Favorite Background Technique - Bokeh is my current favorite
Loves Rubber Stamps -Create your own background
Cheerful Stamp Pad -In the Garden
Crafting from the Heart -  Always Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes

Thanks so much for visiting!!

Mar 25, 2015

You are Fabulous

Happy Wednesday! Hope you're having a great day so far! Cloudy day here, hopefully the sun will peek out later... 

Last night I colored this cute image from Whimsy Stamps, today, I just added some shading with a pencils, and created a card with it.

The image is a new rubber stamp from Whimsy's Mi Ran collection, just released earlier this month. She's been stamped onto xpress blending card, colored with copics and pencils, and then fussy cut. 
I thought these ticket sentiments were prefect for the image. They are from an older sentiment set - Fun Life, and I used the ticket die to cut them out.
Papers are all from my stash. I embellished with some glitter, a button and twine, and some die cut stars.

Products used: 
(both by Whimsy Stamps)
(both by Whimsy Stamps)
Papers by Bo Bunny, DCWV, SU, neenah
washi tape, glitter, button, twine

I am  playing along here:
Inky Impressions -  Bold and Bright
Little Red Wagon - You're A Star
Ruby's Rainbow -  Buttons & Bows (Week 2 of 2)
Simon Says Stamp -  Anything Goes
Wonderful Wednesdays -   Always Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly  A Cut Above - die cutting, fussy cutting, punches
Thanks so much for visiting!! 
PS: This card is going to be up for sale in my Etsy *Card* shop :-) 

Mar 21, 2015

New Stamps / Stencils Just Arrived

If you are looking for the Monday Morning challenge link up, simply scroll down, or click HERE.

Happy Weekend!!
The NEW 2015 Penny Black stamps have finally made it to my house too :-) :-)
These are from the *New* "Bring on the Happy" release.
Just listed them in my Etsy *Stamp*  shop. 


Aren't they gorgeous!! 
Not sure yet which one of these from my own collection I will ink up first :-)

Happy Stamping everyone!!

Mar 19, 2015

Bees and Bunny

Yesterday I had some time to color up this cutie and create a water color wash sky for it, and then today I decided to make a card with it. I also had water color painted grass for my background, but decided to use some diecuts instead for the grass part.

I used water color paper for the background. The cute image has been stamped on xpress blending card and I used copic markers for coloring. It's been fussy cut and glued to my watercolor paper.

Sentiment is from a Penny Black clear set.

A little closeup...

This stamp is currently available brand new in my Etsy *Stamp* Shop for $8.50.

Also, don't forget to play along in this month's Monday Morning challenge. The theme is "Think Spring". I have a set of 12 Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils to give away to one lucky participant (USA entry).

Product List:
Bees and Bunny, Wonderful
(both by Penny Black)
Prima flower, glitter, brads
Papers by SU, xpress, and watercolor paper
copics, watercolor paints

I am playing along here:

DoubleClick Skittles F - Use a Bunny, Basket or Easter
 Crafter's Cafe - F,  What Season Are You In?
Wonderful Wednesdays -    Always Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Easter Critters
 Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes 
Bunny Zoe's Crafts -  Spring Colours
 Card Mania  Spring
 Cards in Envy - Spring
 Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes
 Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes 

Thanks so much for visiting,

Happy Stamping!!

PS: I just listed this card for sale in my Etsy *CARD* Shop. Link on sidebar. 

Mar 18, 2015

Skunk with Rose for Whimsy Challenge

This is my second post for today, scroll down if you'd like to see the other cute card I posted earlier.

It's the 3rd Wednesday of the month, and that means it's time for a new Whimsy Stamps challenge.
This month, the challenge theme is "use a die cut".

I inked up the cute "Skunk with Rose", just released last week from Whimsy Stamps, illustrated by Crissy Armstrong.
Stamped using versafine onyx ink, and colored using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. I fussy cut the skunk to make him fit my card design.
The papers are by DCWV and Bo Bunny.

The fun sentiment is from last month's release "Happy Birthday". For my die cuts I used the stitched border dies from Whimsy and a circle nestabilities shape. I embellished with a punched out butterfly and sticky pearls and a little glitter on the rose.

Here is a closeup at the cute image. Not sure if you can tell, but the head was stamped twice and then popped up using 3D tape.

I would also like to play along in these challenges:
Papertake Weekly   Happy Anything
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion -  Always Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Animals
  Thanks for visiting!

Penny Black and More - Midway reminder

Did you play along yet in this month's Penny Black and More challenge? If not, or if you'd like to enter again (you may enter up to 3 times), there is still some time. As always, we have some fantastic prizes to give away from our generous sponsors - Penny Black, All Occasion Dies and Crafty Ribbons. 

 Our challenge theme is Blossoms and Bows.

For my card I used the stamp "Baby Hammock".

It's been stamped with memento ink and colored using copic markers. I used polka dot papers, as I feel polka dots always work well with baby cards. I have also added white polka dots to the hammock using Faber Castell's pitt marker.
The yellow in the photo looks darker than it is in real life. I used SU's barely banana.
Embellished with a glittered layered flower and vine die, some lace and twine and did machine sewing around the edges. 

Above is a close up of the cute stamp.

The sentiment is from an old stamp set by The Angel Company. I punched the words out separately to attach to my card as little tags. I used the Whimsy Stamps vines die set, and the layered flower was done using a MFT die.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Mar 13, 2015

Bunnies and Tulips

Happy Friday! Another week that just flew by, spring seems to have arrived in my part of the world and definitely on my blog :-)

I played with my new stamps from Just For Fun rubber stamps yesterday, and just couldn't stop, so I have 3 cards to show you today...yes, three!! 

First up, I just couldn't wait to ink up this gorgeous tulip stamp, and I made two cards using the stamp.

For the card above, I used my new Newton and Windsor water color paints, that a very dear blogging friend sent to me (thanks so much Linda!!). I really need to practice my water color skills, I so love the look, but mine never look as nice as water colored cards I see all over blogland. The card is kept simple, I just stamped the sentiment and adhered the watercolored piece onto designer paper, then onto a white card base.

Entering this card here:
Above is the second card I made with this stamp, and I also used Just For Fun's Michelangelo background for the words. And then I decided to add more stamping using a postmark and cancellation stamp, both also by JFF.  Inked the edges using distress ink, and then added the sentiment, which I layered onto striped vellum. I did some messy sewing around the edges.
Stamps used:
all by JFF rubber stamps

Entering this card here:
Creative Knockouts - In Stitches (Real or Faux)

I also couldn't wait to use this cute Easter stamp, which is one of the newer stamps from JFF.

This was a very quick card to make, although I did fussy cut the "peeps". I started out by stamping the doodle background from the new double sided stamp, then I adhered the peeps. The two smaller ones were adhered using pop up dots. Sentiment is also a new one. Finished the card by embossing the bottom portion using my dots embossing folder, and added some twine.

Stamps used:
Happy Easter sentiment

Also entering  this card here:
Dream it Up -  Marching Into Spring
Little Red Wagon - Cute,Cute,Cute

Since I have more than one card posted today (which rarely  happens), I'd like to know which one of these is your favorite?