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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Amazing You Fuchsia

We have the most beautiful fuchsia in our garden, just off the patio of our bedroom. My dh has built a trellis out big round bamboo to hold it up over the years, and it has grown into a lovely tree. It's blooms are gorgeous and the hummingbirds are in heaven. 

For this very simple card, I stamped the Magenta fuchsia onto watercolor paper and painted it with a watercolor brush and ink from Fresh Fig and Wild Wasabi with a touch of Flirty Flamingo. Added yellow sequins.

Stamps: Magenta, SU Express Yourself
Paper: Watercolor, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Fresh Fig
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Vanilla, Fresh Fig, Wild Wasabi

Accessories: Yellow Sequins, Framing Dies


Stamps: Spring Song
Paper: Canson Watercolor, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Powder Pink, Tempting Turquoise
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, More Mustard, Garden Green
Accessories: Watercolor pencils, Stickles Starburst EF, green gems, Edge punch

Techniques: Watercolor

Home For Christmas

I watercolored and fussy cut the house, tree and snowman and glued them down to a circle cut from the same background dsp. Made the shaker elements and attached them over the scene, added glitter and sequins and sealed it with acetate and a die cut out frame. 

Added the strip of dsp and lace then the shaker element which sits on top of the DSP.

Die cut snowflakes from SU Colorful Seasons, holly leaves and sprigs from Tim Holtz dies, added some bells, ribbon, floral stamens, and pearls.

This is really pretty when you shake it up and watch the snow fall.

Stamps: CTMH Christmas Village
Paper: Thick Cream, CTMH Frosted DSP
Paper Size: 5" Square
Ink: Watercolor Pencils
Accessories: Die cuts, sequins, glitter, pearls, bells, ribbon, floral stamens, lace

Techniques: Shaker, Layering

Fluttering Butterflies

Stamped the sentiment at the bottom of the card in VersaFine black ink.

Stamped the butterflies in greens, added black bodies, and fussy cut. Made the shaker elements, and filled with a flower leftover from a recent SU Paper Pumpkin kit and some sequins. Die cut a frame for the shaker.

Stamps: CTMH Your Own Kind of Wonderful
Paper: Thick white, Acetate
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Certainly Celery, Lemon Lime Twist, VersaFine Black
Accessories: Sequins, Darice Foamies, dies

Techniques: Shaker

Friendly Fan

Colored a piece of thick vellum with real red re-inker and a sponge, set aside to dry. When dry stamped the little flowers from Colorful Seasons onto the vellum in Fresh Fig and Crushed Curry, scored the vellum and created the fan fold. Pierced the base of the fan with a large upholstery needle and threaded the gold thread with a dental flosser, folded a gold jewel element over the base of the fan and tied the string to hold it in place. Added another gold element and used gold crimps to keep everything on the string.

Stamped the bamboo onto watercolor paper after stamping off twice to give it a lighter watercolor look. 

Punched out a ticket shape from the SU ticket punch and hand printed the characters for "Friend", backed with gold foil. Added a strip of gold foil to the back of a piece of the Fresh Fig card stock between the card stock and watercolor paper.

Stamps: SU Colorful Seasons, Unknown Bamboo
Paper: Fresh Fig base, Watercolor, Vellum, Gold Foil
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Real Red, Fresh Fig, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Ticket punch, black Copic marker, jewelry elements, gold thread

Techniques: Fan Fold

Finger Painted Art

Spread some satin acrylic paints onto my pallet and swiped them each across my watercolor paper, added black dots for interest. 

Stamped and die cut the sentiment, added two jewels colored black with a Sharpie. A strip of Washi tape and done. Quick easy, and so much fun.

Stamps: CTMH Your Own Kind of Wonderful
Paper: Watercolor, Thick White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Acrylic Paints, VersaFine

Accessories: Tag die, jewels, Washi Tape

Ice Cream, Yum!

I used the "Swipe Your Credit Card" technique to apply White, Brown, and Pink to thick card stock, dried it with my heat tool and cute it out with a dotted edge die. To decorate the card I die cut the ice cream, the word yum and the ovals to frame the ice cream. Looks yummy!

Stamps: SU Cool Treats
Paper: Thick Cream, Brown, Pink
Paper Size: A2
Accessories: Stiff Card, Frozen Treats Dies, Ribbon

Techniques: Acrylic Painting

The Mountain's Are Calling

I cased this card design from the Stampin' Up July 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit. I cut out thick card stock hills and mountains, using the pieces from the kit as a guide. Then covered the pieces with Washi tape. The stars were stamped with SU Carols of Christmas.

Stamps: CTMH Do Your Best
Paper: Mossy Meadow base, Whisper White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Mossy Meadow

Accessories: Washi Tape x 3, silver embossing powder

Loving Heart Shaker Card

I have been saving this piece of Stampin' Up DSP for a few years, I love the quote "A loving heart is the truest wisdom" by Charles Dickens. Don't you think that is is true?

I die cut two nesting hearts to make my shaker frame, and another piece of the dsp with the word love all over it, a piece of acetate, and a piece of Darice Foamies peel and stick foam and added some Sprinkles embellishments.

I hope you like it.

Charles Dickens Quote is imprinted on the DSP
Paper: SU More Amore dsp, Primrose Petals
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Primrose Petals
Accessories: Heart dies, Foamies, Sequins

Techniques: Shaker Card

Shaving Cream Technique for August Cards

August means a birthday celebration at my family, the background for the mighty lion 
simulates fire the element for Leo.

Stamps: SU Zoo Review, Thoughtful Banners
Paper: Glossy, Thick Cream, Chocolate Chip
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Dies, Burlap Ribbon
Techniques: Shaving Cream

This was my second pass through the shaving cream.. I love this fun technique and don't play with it often enough.

Stamps: SU Elements of Style, Thoughtful Banners
Paper: Thick Cream, Chocolate Chip, Flirty Flamingo
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Real Red
Accessories: Calypso Coral Ribbon, Dies, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder
Techniques: Shaving Cream

When I'm 64

Who doesn't like the Beatles....I always liked the upbeat melody to "When I'm 64" from the St. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album so I decided to make a card with the number 64.

Paper: Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress

Accessories: Number Die Cuts, Music Embossing Folder

Sea My Horse

One of my favorite watercolor techniques is to wet the paper add lots of color then sprinkle it with course salt, I love the effect that it creates making a perfect background for this little hippocampus.

I cut out a stencil on the Cricut for the seahorse and used three Tim Holtz stencils for the other textured elements. 

Sorry about my photography, I hope you can see the teeny tiny diamonds and pearls that give this image a lovely sparkle. I should have taken the photo before I put it in the frame. I don't think that this will hang around long once my granddaughter sees it.

Paper: Watercolor
Paper Size: A7
Accessories: Texture Paste, Stencils, Tiny Pearls & Diamonds, Glitter Enamel Dot, Course Salt

Techniques: Watercolor Background

Wedding Box and Card

I designed a wedding card to go with a gift box that I also made with the same design and papers.

To make the background design, stamp a flourish stamp all over the card stock in VersaMark and heat set in gold embossing powder. Then add you embellishments.

For this card I applied ModPodge to piece of bleached burlap and let it dry and stiffen, then I die cut the flowers and leaves which were also cut from parchment paper. Added a button with gold thread and some flower stamens.

Stamps: Flourish (unknown)
Paper: Thick Cream, Pink Pirouette
Paper Size: A2
Ink: VersaMark
Accessories: Gold embossing powder, floral stamens, dies, burlap and parchment paper.

Made the base and lid out of kraft paper. Used pink pirouette card stock and stamped with a flourish design in VersaMark and heat set gold embossing powder.

Embellished the box with toile, burlap and parchment paper flowers and leaves, pearls, sequins, pre-made flowers, oh and lots and lots of hot glue strings, lol.

I also made a matching card for this gift box.

Stamps: Flourish (unknown)
Paper: Kraft, Pink Pirouette
Paper Size: 4" square box
Ink: VersaMark
Accessories: Pearls, flowers, button, gold thread, Sequins, die cuts, toile, burlap

Colorful Hugs

Kicked it up a notch and made this bold background. I did several of these watercolor background pieces in different colors.  I decided that this one deserved to be the showcase that it is and off set the framing with Elegant Eggplant and Gold Foil, some gold twine and the word hugs. 

Stamps: Snuggles & Smooches, Perpetual Birthday Calendar, Circle
Paper: Watercolor, Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant, Gold Foil
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Ken Oliver's Color Bursts
Accessories: Lovely Words Die, Frame die, gold embossing powder

Techniques: Color Burst Watercolor

Bouncy Baby Card

The cute little elephant bounces, or wobbles, when you shake the card, or tap it with your finger. Cute card for a First Birthday.

Stamps: CTMH Baby Cakes, SU Little Cuties
Paper: CTMH Baby Cakes, Thick Cream
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Momento Black
Accessories: Action Wobbler, Sequins, Ribbon
Techniques: Interactive Card