Saturday, May 31, 2014

Textured Background

A quick 'Thank You' note!
I had the butterfly already colored (with colored pencils) and just waiting to be made the center of attention!
I textured the background with a Sizzix embossing folder ( TH Gridlock), tore the edge and added a bit of aqua ink and Stickles "Star Dust"...just for interest and depth. Then I stamped the simple "Thanks" (Stampin' Up) on a scrap of yellow cs, tore the edge....put it all together with 3M adhesive tape...all done!

The Stickles really sparkles alot more than it shows in the pictures...quite pretty!
And the butterfly is part of a set called "Tab Basics 1" by (who really is Cindy Echtinaw...the one who designed the new Spellbinders tool called "Tool N' One"...clever gal!)

Challenges: - #208 Things with wings

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Watercolor Blooms

Today I tried that technique of using water-based markers (Promarker) on stamps, but this time I did not spritz it with water, I just "huffed" on the ink and stamped it. That does not work quite as well so I got out my Pearlescent Watercolors and stamped the same flowers and leaves again (slightly off-set on purpose) after painting on the stamps. I then added a bit more detail in watercolor with a fine brush. These paints are shimmery and do a beautiful job!

The flower centers and random dots are Liquid Pearls "Platinum Pearl" and I also flicked a bit of the yellow Pearlescent paint here and there.

The stamps used were Hero Arts "Watercolor Petals", Woodware USA "Daisy Sysq" and Stampabilities "Thank You" (stamped in Memento "Tuxedo Black").

I am entering this card in just a few challenges:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Thank You Cards

Finally finished making baby announcements for my new granddaughter and got a good start on the Thank You notes my daughter asked for. Trying to keep them very simple so they are quick to make! So far, so good! Here is one with a little HouseMouse. She is colored with colored pencils and has a little extra pink on her, plus a flower on her tail so you know she's a SHE.

Stamps - Stampabilities "Contented Mudpie", & "Thank You"
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, TH Distress Vintage Photo
Card stock - Imaginesce "Baby Powder"
Border punch - Martha Stewart "Doily Lace"

Challenges: - #131 Anything Goes

HMFMC Team Blog CANDY - Enter to WIN 2 ADORABLE HMD STAMPS!! Hurry, this Candy ends May 18th
And here is some HouseMouse Candy being offered on their blog with the instructions:
Simply BECOME A FOLLOWER of the HMFMC BLOG, post this CANDY pic to your Blog linking it back  to HMFMC, and leave a comment THERE.  That's it! 
So that's what I'm going to do!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Pink, Pink and MORE Pink!

Good morning, Friends!
Our news today: we have a brand new granddaughter!!
Yes, my daughter had a girl...after 3 boys, this is SO special! Of course, we LOVE our grandsons but my daughter, Chris, really needed a little female companionship in that house of males! Now there are pink and ruffles everywhere! And I DID get to give them the girly baby card I made a few weeks ago! 
Here is Alicia Joy: