Saturday, January 24, 2015

Floral Vines & Water

Hero Arts' stencils come in the newest and trendiest designs.
Check them out here.
For my card I used Floral Vines from Basic Grey's J'Adore line and a bit of H2O.

After ink distressing a piece of watercolor cardstock, I spritzed a bit of water
on the back of the stencil and lay it on the inked surface.
I left it on for a few seconds so the water would take away some of the color
under the stencil. I wasn't sure how it would turn out but I like the effect.

I cut the panel at a tilted angle and added a gold embossed sentiment on vellum.
A few gold sequins finished off the card.

I hope you'll give this technique a try. It's quite forgiving and 
you won't get the same results twice. And it's always a surprise when you lift the stencil!


Friday, January 23, 2015

The Card Concept 27--LOVE

I'm playing with The Card Concept Challenge #27 and here's the inspiration photo.

I created a card in the Clean and Simple style. My inspiration?
The woodgrain and ombré letters.

I ink distressed white cardstock in three colors of Distress ink before cutting out
 the sentiment several times and layering them. The tiny hearts are from
an Avery Elle set and the "you" is from Winnie & Walter.
I should try other card styles but when the white space starts to fill up,
I get a little antsy and always resort to a CAS card. Maybe one day...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch 107

N@ Ali creates the coolest sketches. Check out CAS(E) this Sketch 107.

Here's my simplified take on it.

I stamped and masked the pandas and heart and ink distressed the background.
The heart was colored with Copics and the sentiment is part of the set.
I'm proud to say this is a "mail friendly" one layer card, too!

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch
and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, January 29th.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Tag You're It! Challenge 13

Hello! Are you ready for more tag inspiration? It's a new year and a new term
at Tag You're It Challenge, and to kick things off, we have an awesome
guest designer joining us.....Heather Campbell! Here's her gorgeous tag.

And here's mine. I was inspired by the colors on her tag and the floral theme.

I inked up Mama Elephant's Sweet Havana and trimmed and mounted it
on a woodgrain tag. The banner sentiment is also from the set.
I finished off the tag with Pretty Pink Posh sequins and some natural hemp twine.

Visit Tag You're It Challenge blog to see how the other team members
were inspired by Heather's tag and join us if you can.
You have until Wednesday, January 28th to link up your tag.
Hope to see you in the gallery!

Edited to add: I am FINALLY entering Darnell's NBUS Challenge!
My new schtuff is the Sweet Havana stamp set. It just dawned on me that I've never
inked it up before so it qualifies for Darnell's challenge.

And since NBUS is the cue word over at CASology, I'm linking up there as well.
Thanks, Darnell!

If you've never played along with her NBUS challenge, I encourage you to visit Darnell's blog.
She's warm, welcoming, and just so much fun to visit!
You're guaranteed to leave her blog with a big smile and warm fuzzies.