Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Another Heart Creation

Anniversaries are a celebration of love.  The heart is used as a symbol of love.  So today I'm showcasing another card project using my favorite "lovely" symbol.  

I used a die that I like very much.  It's a Memory Box die and I love how the hearts are entertwined.  That's how marriage is by the way.  Two individual people who link their lives together.  They work as one unit to enrich the world around them and complement each other.  No matter what challenges they face they work it out and don't give up.  Marriage is serious but also fun and exciting.  

Each individual grows as the years go by.  But as a couple the bond is very strong and cannot quickly be torn in two, especially if the marriage has Jehovah God as the threefold cord.  

I colored the reverse side of the vellum with a marker that matches the card base and the hearts.  I love how it turned out.  So soft and pretty.  The sentiment is heat embossed with silver powder.  
We only celebrate anniverseries once a year but hearts and what they mean as a love symbol should be celebrated every day!

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Double Hearts

Sometimes you have stamps and dies that just stand on their own.  Like these fancy heart dies.  A special friend gave me this set so it only seemed appropriate that I make her a thank you card using them.  

As you can see, the coral heart is layered over the white one.  It's the same die but it looks extra special because of the overlay.  

I raised the edges so that you can see the heart below.  I cut a scalloped edge rectangle and then a stitched edge rectangle as a base for the double hearts.  I think it adds to the elegance.  

It's always fun working with my cardmaking friend.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Share The Joy Challenge #4

This is the last week of the Taylored Expressions Share The Joy Challenge for September.  I've been able to participate each week.  My card this week features an older TE stamp Autumn Wreath.

Here's the challenge sketch.

The woodgrain paper is from My Mind's Eye, a 6x6 paper pad called On The Bright Side.  A label on the back says 2012.  Seriously trying to use some of my paper stash.  I love the rusty color and the faux texture look it gives to the overall look of the card.  I used a dark chocolate card base and a mat of Very Vanilla.

After stamping the wreath I colored it with Copics.  I rounded the bottom right corners just like the sketch.  

 I colored the cute squirrel and cut it out to add to the side.  

I added a pretty ribbon behind the wreath circle before adhering it to the card base.  I love how a card comes together even better than the idea in your mind.

My father, who is almost 90 and walks 3 miles a day, loves squirrels.  There is a squirrel joke he tells to EVERYONE he meets.  So dad, this squirrel card is going to remind you that I am nutty for you!

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Watercolor Flowers

This card is really beautiful.  The photo doesn't do it justice.  I used water color paper and heat embossed the stamped image with silver powder.  I used my Zig markers and blended the colors until I was happy with the overall look.  

I used Pool Party card stock as my base and found a pretty brown pattern paper that complimented everything.  The sentiment is matching Pool Party embossing powder.  

I love how elegant this card looks.  

Happy Anniversary Bob and Deb!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall Comes Tomorrow

 I've lived in the sunshine state close to 2 years now.  I've heard people say one of the things they miss the most from the north is the change of season, particularly fall.  I admit, there is nothing like seeing a hillside of orange, red and gold.  I miss picking up the perfect leaf and pressing it into a book.  I suppose it's a way of preserving the season into the long winter months.  Now, that I don't miss!  Since tomorrow is the official calendar date of fall I'm showcasing a special card I made. 

I am evaluating a new paper for stamping and coloring.  It's Strathmore Bristol smooth surface paper.  It's heavy weight and acid free.  And it is SMOOTH.  Really nice.  I stamped a leaf design all over my piece.  I colored in the leaves using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  It's so easy to blend the colors using these.  You don't even need water.  

They almost look real.  So pretty!

I heat embossed the sentiment using Golden Glitz Delicata ink.  It's the perfect finishing touch.  

So happy Fall everyone!

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Share Joy Challenge 3

This week another card is due for Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge.  

Here's the sketch and rules.

To play along with the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge pick any three project elements in a row (vertical, horizontal, or diagonal) to use on your project. Use either or both challenges, it's up to YOU!

I chose to go with the sketch this time.  I used TE's Birds of a Feather.  I stamped and cut out the branch and added the cute birds.  Of course the birdcage with the heart is my favorite and I punched a small hole at the top and threaded some soft twine for a hanger.  

I love the font on the sentiment.  Several are included in the set but I can always use lots of thinking of you cards.  In fact, I could send dozens of this same card to all the friends I'm thinking of.  

So today, just know that I'm sharing the joy of card making with all of you.  Have a great one!

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Coral Roses

I have another watercolor card to show you today.  This one, however, is a more controlled design.  I used the smooth side of my favorite paper and stamped a flower design in the corner.  I used a crisp black pigment ink that doesn't smear.  This is especially important when you're using water based markers or paint.  

I decided to color in the leaves with a couple of different grays.  And then I went to work on the roses, making them a coral pink.  When I started this card, I was playing with the blending of the colors and it turned out so well I decided to make it into a card.  

Pretty, right?

The sentiment reminds me of that TV show The Golden Girls.  The theme song had that phrase, "Thank you for bein' my friend".  

Hey, I think I'm pretty golden, at least in years and beyond.  How about you?

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Kissing Daushounds

Hello.  Hope you're having a good week.  I send a lot of anniversary cards and needed one recently.  

This is a stamp from Taylored Expressions.  I believe it's retired now and no longer available.  But look how cute and certainly appropriate for an anniversary.  I used real red cardstock along with some So Saffron and striped paper in my stash.  I stamped the kissing daushounds on white and colored their bodies and the hearts.  I then paper pieced their sweaters, matching the colors so that it would all coordinate.  

I finished it off by stamping the sentiment and adding some silver heart sequins.  The daushounds remind me of a real one we had growing up.  His name was Snoopy.  Love you Linda and Scott.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pretty Butterflies

I recently created a watercolor collage of embossed butterflies for a wedding gift.  It was so much fun.  Let me show you the process. 

I started with my favorite watercolor paper, Strathmore Cold Press 140 lb.  I guess I must use more water than most because I have trouble with other papers pilling up.  It's the fibers in the paper that just fall apart when soaked with water.  I don't have any problem with this paper.  It's heavy enough to hold up and it also has a smooth and a textured side.  It's nice to have a choice depending on your project.  I stamped the large butterfly imge, Swallowtail from Stampin' Up!, in Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with Ranger Liquid Platinum silver powder.  

I painted a soft blue wash for the background and then began painting each butterfly individually, choosing the colors and seeing how they blended.  A lot of practice and trial and error.  However, painting with watercolors is not an exact science so there really is no right or wrong.  

Here's the final panel and the one I sent as my gift.  

More blues and greens.  I love it!  
Thanks for stopping by to see what I've been creating.  
Have a great day.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Share Joy Challenge 2

I've made a card for this week's Share Joy Challenge at Taylored Expressions.  This is week 2 and here is the inspiration photo.  

The rules state that you can use either the sketch or photo or both.  I chose the photo as inspiration for today's card.  

I used three different Taylored Expressions stamps and dies to create this card.  As soon as I saw the sprinkles in the photo I thought of this sentiment stamp.  It's called Leave a Little Sparkle and is a stand alone stamp, making it a good value and also allows for lots of creativitity.  I made the stamp the focus of my card.  

My mind went from sparkle to sparklers and decided to create a few on either side of the sentiment.  At least I hope that's what they look like.  The wand of the sparkler was stamped from the Hey Sweet Tea stamp set.  It's actually a straw but I loved how it had a striped design and was extra long so I could stamp it in various lengths to create my frame around the sentiment.  

I found the perfect size star on another Taylored stamp and die set.  It's called Birthday Bash and was the stamp of the month for February 2014.  I used the die to cut stars in different colors for the sparklers.  After coloring the sentiment I added a few silver star sequins to give it extra sparkle.  

And here's the finished card again.  

I am really loving this weekly challenge because I'm personally challenging myself to create projects using some of my older stamps.  It's so much fun!  Thanks for coming along on my "Joyful" journey.  

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