Thursday, August 24, 2017

Watercolor + Salt ...Card #2

I really did have fun experimenting with adding salt to wet watercolors on paper! Here is another color scheme I tried (my first card is in the post below).

I think this one was a bit dry so the salt did not react as well as with the blues on the first card...but I still like it. It makes a softly textured background that somehow has "depth".

Other ingredients used:
Memento "Black Tuxedo" ink
Stampabilities "Get Well" stamp
Simon Says Stamp! "Look for the Miracles" stamp set
Copic and MEPXY markers
Kaisercraft yellow rhinestones


As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Another Experiment...Using Salt!

The CAS Watercolour challenge asked participants to use salt with watercolor paints and enjoy the variety of results. So I tried it and love the amazing texture, "splotchiness" and color washes I got!
It is so pretty that I didn't want to cover it up very much. I need men's cards right now so kept this one very simple.

I used regular (kids') watercolor paints and added sea salt, both a coarse and a fine type. I like how they both reacted. The stamp is from called "Big Sable Point Lighthouse" (near Ludington, MI).The ink is "Black Licorice" from FSJ; a little Stickles "Star Dust" to finish it off. Oh, the "Hello" die is Hero Arts.
Challenges I'm entering this one in: - #194 Under Sea or At Beach

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Its a Baby Girl!

Another "new" baby stamp! Well, new to me anyway...the set is from Stampin' Up and is at least 10 years old. But since not all babies are girls I am going to have to make a few "boy" cards too! LOL (I think I actually have an "Its a Boy" stamp, too!)

card stock/paper - Paper Studio, Georgia Pacific, 3BugsInARug
stamps - Stampin Up "Baby Talk", "Birth Announcement"
 punches - Martha Stewart "Doily Lace", Paper studio "Heart"
corner rounder - Creative Memories
twine - Karen Foster "Magenta"
Stickles "Star Dust"
foam adhesive squares - Scrapbook Adhesive


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Experiments with Watercolors

Last night I got out my little plastic box of watercolors...just like the kids use in school! I had seen a couple different techniques online that I wanted to try: adding salt, and stamping over a watercolor wash. This card is the 2nd technique.

To make the watercolor wash background I placed drops of watercolor paint (Prange) on my craft sheet, spritzed it with water, then laid the white paper on it and pressed it with my fingers. If it seemed too light I did it a few more times then let it dry most of the way. I added splatters of the paint on the blank areas. I stamped the flower image (Paper Peddler "Pansies") after it was all dry and went back in and painted the leaves shades of green and touched up the blue flowers where needed. I added Stickles "Crystal" last, then trimmed my water-colored paper to fit the card front. The twine (FSJ ) was added before adhering it to the front. The Get Well sentiment (Stampabilities) is stamped in "Tuxedo Black" (Memento) then die-cut using a Spellbinders "Standard Circles Lg" die. The scalloped circle behind that is also Spellbinders..."Big Scalloped Circles Lg." KaiserCraft rhinestones were the final touch.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges: - #30 July Challenge

Friday, August 4, 2017

Card of Encouragement: "Prayers"

I recently found an A2-size stamp at a thrift store and was not sure I'd like how it stamped...but I do! I think it is a small bundle of lilacs (a favorite of mine!). I used TH Distress Ink "shaded lilac" on the whole stamp, then wiped off the leaf part and added TH Distress Ink "peeled paint" with a sponge dauber. After stamping it I added a bit more "shaded lilac" on the left corner, again using a sponge dauber...and finished up by adding Stickles "Star Dust" glitter glue.

Inks- TH Distress Shaded Lilac & Peeled Paint, Memento New Sprout
Stamps- Paper Inspirations Lilac Fresco, FSJ Doily Blooms, StampingScrapping Sentiments
Daubers- Tsukineko mini daubers
Dies- FSJ Tag Elements
Glitter Glue- Stickles Star Dust
Ribbon- from my stash
The bow was made using my Craft-DeeBowz bowmaker.

Challenges I'm entering this card in: - August, AG w/bow - #30 July Challenge - #169 AG - #294-295 - #8 AG, One for the Girls/Ladies

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Welcome, Baby!

Tonight I'm posting a simple baby card that I hope to enter in a few challenges. I've been rather short on baby cards this past year and finally got a few new baby stamps and images.The odd color combination is the requirement on Paperplay Sketches.

Dies - Spellbinders Scalloped Squares
Stamps - Stampin' Up Baby and Welcome Baby
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug Anna Griffin "Acanthus"
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Card stock and paper - Paper Studio
Colored pencils - Crayola Watercolor Pencils
Ribbon - Offray 1/8" & 1/4" peach & hot pink
Bow-maker - Craft-deebowz
Punch - Martha Stewart Frond
Stickles Star Dust
Sequins - Little Things Disco Lights, Simon Says Stamp Crystal Reflections
Paper flowers - I Am Roses

Challenges: - Recipe: 3 layers, scallops, hot pink

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

You're A Star!

Now who would you send a card like this to? 
I'm trying to decide if this is a birthday card, a congratulations card or maybe just a "you're special" card. I guess I can use it for whatever I want!
I made it because I really liked the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches AND the color theme at Catch the Bug. (I'm too late to enter the TMS challenge but just HAD to try that sketch!)

Once again I'm rather disappointed with the way my phone camera is distorting the colors I used. Last time it wouldn't capture pinks and reds and now its aquas and blues! This card is really not mint is aqua! Really!

I'm entering this in a few challenges: - #30 July (Stickles)

Card stock - TPS, Georgia Pacific, Studio G
Stamps - FSJ "Star Marquee"
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, FSJ Pineapple Smoothie,
Stampabilities Lime green, TH Distress Peacock Feathers
Glitter Glue - Stickles Crystal
Metal charm -Jewelry Basics star
Twine - FSJ black licorice

Friday, July 14, 2017 Guest Designer Spot #2

Hello Crafty Friends! I'm back today with another card made especially for the Cropstop blog! This is my 2nd week as Guest Designer! I consider that quite a privilege!

This time I "built" my card around an unusual item: some antique, pink, dotted Swiss vellum stationary that I found at an estate sale. It is behind the die-cut circle. I began with the ivory card base and added layer upon layer, ending with the flower arrangement and tucking in the twine bow last of all. I call this one "my little summer bouquet".

And here is my list of ingredients:
-print card stock is from K&Company called "Julianne", and
ivory card base is Paper Studio
-dies: Spellbinders "Anglaise Lace Circles" & "Standard Circles",
Elizabeth Craft Designs "Garden Notes Sm Poinsettia",
Joy Crafts "Vintage Flourishes", Gina Marie Designs "Fronds"
-flowers: StampingScrapping "Micro Rose" & "Gardenia", 
I Am Roses "Mulberry Paper Flowers", Pizzazz Aplenty "Mulberry Rose Buds"
-twine is Karen Foster "Scrapper's Spools, Tawny"
-adhesives: Zots glue dots, Scor-Tape tape

Challenges I'm entering this card in: - #192 Tic, Tac, Toe (twine, stamp, papers)

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy crafting!