Thursday, April 17, 2014

All Boy

The Simon Says Stamp May Card Kit is available, and it's chock-full of items involving boys!


Here are 2 cards I made using the supplies in it:

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One of the papers in the kit is a wonky red and cream stripe, and for some reason I decided to make it even wonkier and cut it up into angled pieces.  I attached them to the Neenah Desert Storm card base, and then stamped a sentiment and an image from the stamp set, colored them in, and framed them up, and attached that also.  Love that sentiment - isn't it the truth?

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And for this one I used a few of the papers again, cutting them into strips and lining them back up on an angle, then stamping another of the sentiments and a strip of stars.

If you have boys in your life, you may want to consider getting this card kit - it really is one of a kind!  A real little plus for this one is that it includes one of the new mini Distress ink pads in Peacock Feathers, and a new applicator and a few sponges to fit it - here's a great way to find out if these are something you can't live without!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Simon Says............Animal Antics!

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It's Wednesday and that means another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!


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We have a fun theme for you this week: Animal Antics!  Put an animal/bird/critter on your creation!  I've gone to the birds myself this week..........

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Stampendous makes about 3 of these little chicks wearing hats - this one is called Floral Bonnet Baby, and I'm sorry to say that all of them went out of stock at the Simon store since I got her.  I colored her with some Spectrum Noir markers and paired her up with some Doodlebug Designs Hello Spring design papers.  My sentiment is computer generated around my stamped "Easter" (from a discontinued The Craft's Meow Easter set).   And I've been humming this song ever since this card was conceived!

Here's another one featuring their BlueBird Branch cling stamp:

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This image just makes me smile, and brought to mind the term "bluebird of happiness", so my sentiment seemed right with it.  I colored these sweeties again with my Spectrum Noir markers, then cut them out into a Nestabilities Labels Twenty die, and sponged on some tumbled glass distress ink while it was still in the die.  I thought the blossoms from Simon's Thinking of You set were a good match to the ones in the main image, and I added leaves from Lawn Fawn's Stitched Leaves die set.

Now it's your turn!  What will you make this week?  As always, there's a $50.00 gift voucher to the amazing Simon Says Stamp Superstore up for grabs to a random player!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Announcing new cardstock, inks, and SEQUINS from Simon Says Stamp!!

Have you seen the post today at the Simon Says Stamp blog?  We are debuting our newest color collection, Daybreak, 7 new colors!

*Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye FULL DAYBREAK COMBO Cardstock and Ink FullDB
I'm loving the greys, Slate, Smoke, and Fog, plus that Lavender and the Lemon Chiffon!  AND there are new sequins, available in a round design, and cute little flowers!  Here are my favorites:

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Mixed Tiny Flower sequins

.....or you can get the flower sequins in separate colors - 7 different colors, and another metallic mix!  Aren't they fun?  You can click right on my pictures to take you right to the store, or use the link at the top of my post to go to the blog and see everything new being released today.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 14, 2014

What's blooming in our gardens, 4/14/2014

Spring is creeping in here, a step forward, and a step back.  We've heard that we're about 4 weeks behind normal, and I believe it!  We've had some lovely warm temps lately and that really has popped some flower and leaf buds.  Unfortunately we're to have a dip back into the 30's tomorrow, so I thought I'd better gather some of these up in case the cold ruins them......

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And a closer look to see the miracles of even the tiniest of flowers:

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The smallest are scilla; I have patches of the blues growing with the little daffodils and a small clump of the white ones out back.  The other 2 flowers are Lenten Roses.  The daffodil is tete-a-tete, about 2 1/2" across at its widest point, to give you a reference here; much smaller than a "normal" daffodil.  

What do you have popping up?  I'd love to see!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Painted Flower

I wanted to play with the Muse Challenge this week, and almost left it too long, but am slinking in at the 11th hour.  Vicki Dutcher is our muse this week, and I think it's pretty obvious that I was inspired by the solid flower, the mixed colors in the sentiment, and the red ribbon.

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supplies: Hero Arts Painted Flower, Made with Love (sentiment), Red Royal and mowed lawn inks

Here's Vicki's pretty card, which also used Hero Arts products:

Tropical Hello

I  immediately fell in love with the inspiration photo at the ColourQ challenge this week - don't know why it took me so long to make a card with these scrumptious colors!  They make me think of Florida!


I am not a Stampin Up girl, so I don't own a single one of these colors, but I tried my best to match them with what I have.....looks like I need to find that nice sherbety peach color.....all of my peaches are towards the pink side rather than the yellow......

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supplies: Technique Tuesday's Two Steppin, sentiment from Lil' Inker's Darling Diamonds, Adirondack Sunset Orange, Hero Arts Orange Soda, Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue inks, lots of masking, and sequins from Lawn Fawn to bring in that paler aqua color.

We're having a heat wave here - temps in the 70's - whoo-hoo!!  Unfortunately, they're forecasting a high of 35 degrees on Tuesday, so I won't be celebrating for long........

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Warm Thoughts

Still playing with distress inks and solid stamps.  This one is for the new Hero Arts Spring Sketch challenge, using their sketch #2.

HA Spring Sketch challenge, sketch #2

I used a solid butterfly from their Forever cling set and picked raspberry, orange marmalade, worn lipstick, and squeezed lemonade distress inks on watercolor paper, covering as much of the surface as possible.  Then I spritzed with water VERY liberally, until the colors were running and blending.  Next I blotted the whole panel with a paper towel, and dried it with my heat gun.  I made my own tag and chose this old Watercolor Coneflower wood stamp.  I smooshed picked raspberry, orange marmalade and mowed lawn on an acrylic block, spritzed them with water, then picked up the colors individually with a brush and painted right onto my stamp.  I tried making a banner as the sketch shows, but it covered up too much, so I decided to stamp it right over everything instead.  It's from their Find Joy clear set.  To finish, I added a coral ribbon and some sequins for sparkle.

And here's another, following sketch #3, and using a similar watercolor panel using the same Forever butterfly and distress inks as above.  For this card I took that big circle as a theme and used dotted washi tape, a border of dots, ad some circular sequins.  Other HA stamps used: Traditional Butterfly, and My Happy.  I stamped and clear embossed the butterfly, then used orange marmalade and picked raspberry mixed with water to paint in the colors.  

HA Spring Challenge sketch #3

The challenge runs through May 25, so there's lots of time for you to enter, too! There are FIVE $30.00 gift certificate prizes up for grabs!


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Just an update......

....... on yesterday's experiments with using distress inks as watercolors.  I wanted to understand why I got such different results, and so I played a little more today.   I think I understand now that, when using this technique, you need to cover up as much of the watercolor paper as possible, and then spritz the heck out of your stamped panel!  So much that you need to blot the panel.....don't be afraid to take a paper towel and lay it over the panel after spritzing......you won't lose any of the detail.  Here's my 2nd try using the cool colors of peacock feathers, salty ocean, broken china, and mowed lawn.  Same Avery Elle stamp set, Petals and Stems, and my sentiment today is a Technique Tuesday This is the Day, by Ali Edwards.

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I added a die-cut Leanna butterfly and a crescent-shaped sequin from Heather.

ETA: adding this also to the AEi♥u challenge, as this is my favorite of the 3 I did using this stamp set.

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Give this a try - you need a solid stamp to make it work.  If you do, I'd love to see your results.....leave me a link.  Thanks for stopping by - it's Friday again already!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Some watercolor hellos

I wanted to make another card for the AEI♥U Watercolor challenge.

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This time I used their Petals & Stems stamps, and stamped on watercolor paper using worn lipstick, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, and peeled paint distress inks.  When I had just about covered most of the white space, I then spritzed the panel until the colors started to bleed together.  They also got a whole lot brighter than they originally were!  Because of that I decided on the Hello sunshine as my sentiment, using the sunshine from their Simply Said Hello set.  The hello is die-cut, and I added some sequins (Teresa Collins and Lawn Fawn) for a little dimension and sparkle.

I decided to do this again, but use cool colors (peacock feathers, salty ocean, broken china, and mowed lawn distress inks) and the same supplies as above.  Look at the difference!

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This version hardly ran at all when it was spritzed!  I think I used the same amount of water, but here the colors faded instead of brightened.  These are all "newer" colors of distress inks......wonder if the formula has changed from the originals?  Or did I use the "other" side of the watercolor paper this time?  I don't know enough to know the difference.  There was more white space between my stamping here, but still, the colors barely bled........if anyone has an answer, I'd love to know it!

To change it up a bit, I added a "normally" stamped flower and leaves from the same set, using the same inks, fussy-cutting it out and popping it above my watercolored panel.  I like this version, too, maybe because these are more "my" colors........

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This was really lots of fun, and a great use for solid stamps!

ETA: I played some more after this post and got better results with my cool inks - see HERE.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Simon Says............Easter or Sweet Treats

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Happy Wednesday!  That means it's time for a new challenge from the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

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This week our theme is Easter or Sweet Treats......and the design team are using products from Basic Grey.  I went with the Easter theme this week:

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When I went looking in the Simon Says Stamp store, there were lots of possibilities for stamps with an Easter theme, but when I saw this Penny Black Easter Basket I stopped dead in my tracks and put it into my cart.  It's a nice size for cards, and was fun to color with my Spectrum Noir markers and a cream colored pencil.  I paired it with this pretty paper from Basic Grey's Fresh Cut 6" paper pad and some of their candy buttons in the corners.  My sentiment is in a Hero Arts set called Celebrate Everyday.  You'll see all my supplies listed at the bottom of my post.

If you haven't already, don't forget to visit the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog also, as my teamies once again made some fun cards this week!  What will you make for us?

We have another $50.00 gift voucher to be used at the Simon Says Stamp Superstore  for the random winner of this challenge.

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