Friday, April 29, 2016

Please perk up soon.

I made this get well card for my coworker who got some very bad news from the doctor this week. 

I'm hoping she not only feels better but IS better, as soon as possible.

The cup is made from a die from Simon Says Stamp, blended with Distress inks. The big sentiment is from an old set from Hero Arts, and the small one is from Pretty Cute Stamps' Coffee Sentiments.

I took this photo with my little Foldio, and I'm still trying to decide if I like it or not. There is a single strip of LED lights near the top of the front, and I'm not crazy about the shadow it casts. Also, I really don't know how to edit the color so it looks right. Learning curves are making me crazy.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Thanks, in the pink!

This is the first of many cards I will make with this awesome scalloped thanks border die from Simon Says Stamp.  

I'm also experimenting with the Birthday Flowers stamps from Simon Says Stamp. It's one of those that looks better to me if I set it aside and look at it again the next day. I also discovered that I don't have any yellow or light orange ink pads. The horror!!

I think I may have to place another order. Ouch, my wallet! 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Thank you for coffee.

Another one for today! The background is a watercolor splat, the banner is a Sketchy Banner stamp and die from Simon Says Stamp, and the coffee cup is blended with Distress inks and cut with a Simon Says Stamp coffee cup die. 

Now, true story. I placed an order last week for several SSS items in a sale they were having of their exclusive designs. I thought about the Birthday Flowers stamp all week. I must have had 10 different cards made up in my head in the few short days I was waiting for the stamp.  But, when I opened the package, the first thing I had to do was play with the coffee cup. Go figure. 

I guess it was a good thing I just happened to have this background mounted on yellow striped paper and a card base already, right?

Here are the other cups I did:

Now I think I'll go play with the flowers. I have 2 background stamps on order and I need to stop thinking about them until I've used at least half of what I got yesterday.

Happy bird-day!

Not much more to say about this one. It's a great big watercolor plop with the chicken from The Alley Way Stamp's "With Wondering Awe", and the sentiment from TAWS' "Birds of a Feather".

Friday, April 22, 2016

Even more watercolors. Really!

Today's cards feature more watercolor blobs and slops, and some Paper Smooches dies and sentiments. Above, we have the Dainty Flower dies, with the sentiment from Blossoming Buds, an old favorite stamp set. It is set off by way too many sequins.

Below we have some Trees 2 dies, and the "Thanks" is from Paper Smooches' Quote Tag die. I contained myself to three sequins on this one.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Watercolor experiments - again!

So for today's big experiment, I was dropping watercolor onto a heat embossed background. The embossing is from a Recollections music background, and I'm not very happy with it. It was fragmented and blotchy, but so was the water coloring, so, I guess it worked out OK. The sentiment is an old Hero Arts one that I've had for a LONG time.

The die cut is from a Simon Says Stamp die that I got the week after Easter. I was attempting to copy Amy R and Debby Hughes here, and it shows I need a lot more practice, LOL.

I kept this one very simple. After heat embossing the Scripty Thank You border from Lawn Fawn 3 times and heat embossing in white, I used my Zig Real Color brush markers to put down some swaths of color, and blended it out with lots of water. The background paper is from Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid 6x6 paper.

Now for the preview:

More watercolor experiments, coming to a blog near me soon. What do you think? Are any of these usable?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

We're gonna need a bigger cake.

Isn't she fabulous?  I needed birthday cards, so I headed off to the Avery Elle "Hello chum" stamp set that I have been giggling over for almost a month now.

She's just popping out of the front, so pleased to be there! The front "burst" is a die from Pretty Pink Posh that I've had for a while, too.

The inside has a cake from The Alley Way Stamps.

I figure I could send these cards to a guy or a gal. Or maybe a teen, but probably not a kid.

Incidentally, you know those card makers that can't stop embellishing? I'm not one of them. I was going to put on some sequins, but I think they are fine without.