Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Starry Fish

Hi All,

Here is the final card in my Watercolor series.  This one is actually a watercolor print that we made in my workshop last week.  I usually don't do a lot of 'techniques', but I wanted to create a card featuring this starfish and a watercolor background seemed like a perfect fit.

The starfish is from the Picture Perfect stamp set.  I had actually bought this set specifically for this image, but ended up playing with the hummingbird first.  The starfish is a two-step stamp.  I stamped the first image in Baked Brown Sugar (stamped off first) and the second image in Crumb Cake (stamped off first).

Item # 140520 Picture Perfect $27.00

The watercolor technique is pretty easy to do and fun to play with.  I squirted a bit of the Island Indigo reinker in the lid of my Island Indigo stamp pad.  I then grabbed an Aqua Painter and added a bit of water from the brush tip till the ink was a bit watered down.  The more water you add, the lighter blue you will get.  I then brushed it onto the Watercolor Paper.  I like cleaner lines, so I did diagonal brush strokes, but you could do circles or curly-cues if you prefered  Tip: I did try this on regular cardstock and watercolor paper.  The watercolor paper works much better.  It helps absorb the water and blends the colors together nicely.

Item # 122959 Watercolor Paper $5.00

Item # 122932 Island Indigo Reinker $3.25

Item # 103954 Aqua Painters $17.00

Item # 141487 5/8" Burlap Ribbon $7.00

The beach is one of my favorite places to be.  There is just something so calm and serene that draws you in.  I think this card captures a bit of that.  If you'd like to add any of these products to your collection, just pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Stamps: Picture Perfect, Happy Harmony
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar & Very Vanilla Cardstock; Watercolor Paper
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake and Island Indigo Classic Pads & Island Indigo Reinker
Accessories: 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Aqua Painters, Brown Brads and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Watercolor Wash

Hi All,

Keeping with my watercolor theme,  I have a nice big watercolor background for ya!  It doesn't get much easier than this.  Grab your stamp, ink it up and stamp away.

I found that I was having a hard time getting a clean image from my stamp pad onto the stamp.  I was getting lines from the stamp pad edges. At my workshop, someone suggested using a brayer to smooth out the ink.  I didn't think of that at the time, but will give it a shot.  What I did do, was grab my Color Box Chalk pad as it had no edges to leave lines.  It also leaves a chalkboard like texture. Really cool effect and the color was pretty gorgeous too {Rose Coral}.

I paired the coral up with gold.  What a great combo!  The sentiment is embossed in gold embossing powder and the butterfly is die cut with Gold Glimmer paper and Vellum.  I attached the butterflies together at the body and added a few sequins to cover the adhesive point.  I had gotten the idea for the butterfly here from Michelle over at Stampin' 365.  So, so pretty!

Item #: 139538  Watercolor Wash $15.00

Item # 137360  Butterflies Thinlits Dies $25.00

Item # 133719 Gold Glimmer Paper $5.00

Item # 132983 Gold Sequins $5.00
This background creates a simple touch that could be paired up with just about anything. It could be as soft or as bold as you like.  If you'd like to add it or any other products to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Watercolor Wash & Another Thank You
Paper: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Gold Glimmer Paper, Vellum Paper
Ink: Rose Coral Color Box Chalk Inkpad & Versamark Pad
Accessories: Butterflies Thinlits Die, Gold Sequins, Fine Tip Glue Pen and Gold Embossing Powder

Saturday, August 20, 2016

You Light Up My Life

Hi All,

I just had a workshop on Thursday and it turned out that Watercolor would become my theme.  Didn't start out that way, but just kinda ended up that way.

My first card has a splash of watercolor.  This pendant light is from the Pun Intended set.  I bought this set because it has a super cute camera stamp, but saw this card by Linda Callahan and had to share with my group.

How clever was it to use the watercolor swoosh for the light???  Love it! The swoosh is from the Work of Art stamp set.

The Pun Intended set can only be purchased with Hostess rewards on a $150 order.  It's really one of the best Hostess sets that SU! has had in some time.

Item ID: 141804 Pun Intended $9.50

Item# 134114  Work of Art $22.00 
Both of these sets are must haves.  They are so versatile and can be used for many different occasions.  If you'd like to add this or any other products to your collection, pop me an email or click on the Order Online icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Pun Intended & Work of Art
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red and Whisper White Cardstock; Flashback DSP
Ink: Jet Black Stazon and Crushed Curry Classic Pad
Accessories: Real Red SU! Marker