Guess what?! I’m now a Simplicity Sister! I’m so very excited to join all the ladies in this group. If you’ve been following my blog, I tend to gravity to the clean and simple look. Watch out for more this Thursday!
And to check out my “sisters” past work, click on here.
I’ve been playing with watercolors and attempted to color with no lines.
SUPPLIES Stamps: Divine (40-372) Dies: Hooray (51-038) Color: Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn Distress Ink (Ranger) Other: Foam (Michaels); Colored Cardstock (Michaels); Bristol Paper (Strathmore); Misti Stamp Positioner, Craft Worksheet (Ranger)
I made tried to make it easy for myself. I used the Misti Stamp Positioner to ink Divine (40-372) on my Bristol card panel. I stamped the flowers first using Tattered Rose Distress Ink. I then stamped the stems using Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.
I directly pressed various pink hues of Distress Ink on my craft sheet and lightly sprayed each color with water to create my color palette. These hues were used to color the flowers. I first started with the darkest colors and blended the lights into the darks.
Once the panel was dry, I die cut “Enjoy” from the set Hooray (51-038). I die cut “Enjoy” 2 more times and adhered it to the first cut. Colored card stocking matching the colors of the flower were added to the panel. I added a slightly smaller rectangle to the back of the card panel and adhered it to the base. Finally, I adhered the die cut back into the panel to complete the card.
It’s been a relaxing summer. I’m still enjoying time with my family and I’m loving it.
Here is a card I made a few weeks ago.
SUPPLIES Stamps: Softly (40-319); Wishes (30-103) Color: Koi Watercolor Field Sketch Set (Sakura); Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko); Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Ranger) Other: Watercolor Paper (Strathmore); Arcrylic Paper (Strathmore); White Embossing Powder (Ranger); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Versamark (Tsukineko)
I love the cling stamp Softly (40-319) and thought I’d play with it again and do a little watercolor. It’s simple. I stamped and embossed the image with white embossing powder. I then colored the image using my Koi Watercolor Field Sketch set. The sentiment was from Wishes (30-103). I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to create the background. Once my watercolor paper panel was dry, I mounted it on a arcrylic paper panel. The card was mounted on my card base and voila!
Simple as can be.
I am submitting this to the SSS Monday Challenge: Anything Goes
Until next time!
I finally am making time to share a card before the month ends. My family is on vacation and I just didn’t have the time to post during all the preparation and packing. We are away for a month escaping the heat and visiting family.
My husband’s birthday was a few months ago and I had made 2 cards for him. This is the second card also using the clear set Man’s Best Friend (30-120). As you may know, I adore this set.
SUPPLIES Stamps: All Penny Black Man’s Best Friend (30-120); Sprigs (30-284); Snippets (30-283) Dies: Flower Portrait (51-114) Patterned Paper: Painted Blooms (80-009) Color: Prismacolor Pencils; Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT); Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko); Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Ranger); Green Hills Midtone; Field Greens Midtone (Hero Arts); Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko) Other: Scoreboard (Martha Stewart); Clear EP (Ranger)
I just love this little dog image and I thought I’d have him run through some “grass”. I used an image from the Sprigs (30-284) set which I stamped with various shades of green ink. I used blue shades of Distress Ink to create the sky. Taking patterned paper from the Painted Blooms (80-009) collection, I created a frame using the Flower Portrait (51-114) die set. Finally, I used my scoreboard to create narrow vertical lines on my card panel.
Ths is my favorite of the two. It just makes me smile.
Hope you enjoy your week.
I have another teacher’s card to share. I made this for my daughter’s 6th grade Language Arts teacher. He retired this year . He was well loved among the students including my daughter. She was so disappointed when she found out knowing her brother won’t experience the “awesomeness” (her words) of his class.
SUPPLIES Stamps: Smarty Pants (Paper Smooches); A Good Apple (Lawn Fawn) Color: Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT); Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko); Prismacolor Pencils Other: Glossy Accents (Ranger); Patterned Paper.
I used two teacher clear sets for htis card: Smarty Pants (Paper Smooches) and You Rule (Lawn Fun). The stack of books were masked to make them higher. I colored and cut the teacher/professor on a separate piece of cardstock and adhered the image on the panel with dimensional foam. I also added glossy accents on the spectacles for dimension and fun!
Have a great weekend!
Here are a few more tags that I created to add to end-of-the-year teacher gifts. In total, my kids distributed gifts to 12 teachers and I just didn’t have enough time to create so many cards. Tags, to me, are always the solution – easy to mass produce and just simpler.
SUPPLIES Stamps: Robust – uppercase (30-001); Sprinkles and Smiles (30-297); Summer Fun (30-107) Dies: A Pocket Full (51-053) Color: Various Pigment Inks – Memento Luxe (Tsukineko); Avery Elle, Adirondack (Ranger); Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko) Other: Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Tiny Attacher (Ranger); Corner Chomper – Angle/Cut (WRMK); Small Clothespins (Michaels)
I cut equal size strips of paper and used my Angle/Cut Corner Chomper to create the tags. I pulled out my favorite alpha set (unfortunately retired), Robust – uppercase (30-001) and stamping “SUMMER” along the side of the tag. To keep the letters all uniform, I lightly drew a line to where I wanted the top of each stamp aligned. To further assist with my alignment, I laid the tag on graph paper to keep all the letters straight. In addition, I partially stamped each letter leaving a little of each letter off the tag.
Each letter was stamped with a different pigment ink color. I tried to keep in happy using “summer” colors. Once I stamped each letter of “SUMMER”, I heat embossed the word with clear EP.
I then die cut a small banner using a die from A Pocket Full (51-053). I stamped “happy” with black dye ink from a sentiment found in the Sprinkles and Smiles (30-297) clear set. To continue the summer theme, I stamped a watermelon image pigment ink from the Summer Fun (30-107).
Once I completed all the tags, I attached each banner to the tag using my Tiny Attacher. Each tag was attached on a decorated colored gift bag using a small decorative clothespin.
I usually bake teacher’s gifts and this year was no exception. Each bag included 3 homemade honey buttermilk biscuits with a jar of either honey or preserves.
Hope you’re enjoying the weekend.
I’m sharing an anniversary card I made for my husband. May is SUCH a busy month that our anniversary was on the back of my mind. I finally came round to thinking about it (the night before) and had to quickly make a card.
SUPPLIES Stamps: Dude (Technique Tuesday) Dies: Simply Said Love (Avery Elle); Mini Hearts Set (Simon Says Stamp) Color: Copic Markers; Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko) Other: Glossy Accents (Ranger); Clear EP (Ranger); Arcrylic Paper (Strathmore)
I’ve had the Avery Elle Simply Said Love die gathering dust in its container for quite sometime. Time was not my friend so something simple was needed.
On a arcrylic paper card panel, I die cut the sentiment sllightly off-set in the center. I die cut several times on scrap pieces of cardstock as well as a piece of patterned paper . I adhered them together with the patterned cut as the first layer. I added a piece of foam behind my panel and adhered it to my card base. The die cut was then placed in the negative space of the panel. I partially stamped a sentiment from Dude by Technique Tuesday. I also added hearts that I colored and added Glossy Accents.
Pretty simple and my husband loved it.
I’ll be adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.
Until next time.