Monday, June 29, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Summer

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Summer.

For me Summer is going to the seafront and swimming with the fishes (in a good way ;-) )
this little girl got dressed up as a mermaid and is enjoying the cooling effect of the waves , well maybe that's just me wishing I was her ...lol...
The stamp is from Lili of the Valley (little  mermaid 1) and I colored it with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.
Sequins as bubbles and sentiment is from Joy Craft.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this





Saturday, June 27, 2015

Less is More challenge #230


Less is More challenge #230.
I've rotated the card and made the two areas (one big and one smaller) on one piece of water colour paper, separate but together ;-)

The image is from Lili of the Valley (Christmas angel, round bauble) and the sentiment is from Avery Elle (let it snow set) i've stamped it with pigment ink.

The colouring is done with Peerless watercolours, stamped with Stazon.
Some mandatory Wink of  Stella on the bauble, ofcourse. Mounted the panel with foam tape.

For more information on the Less is More challenge, see this


Friday, June 26, 2015

CAS(E) this sketch! challenge #129


CAS(E) this sketch! challenge #129.

I think I've never been so literal with a sketch before, it's certainly CAS but i wonder if it's a bit too empty?

 might have to have a rethink ;-)

I´ve used one of the 11 dies from the Crate paper set called confetti with the special foiling paper I´ve developed and used glittery gold foil from Wow!
the sentiment is from Sizzix happy birthday set


Fore more information on the CAS(E) this sketch! challenge, see this






The Friday Mash UP! challenge: #215 it's all about 3

The Friday Mash UP! challenge: #215 it's all about 3.

I've die cut 3 stars  from Nellie Snellen (6 point star) with my special foiling paper and then folied them with Decofoil from Thermoweb and FAb foil from Wow!
the sentiment is from  My favorite thingd (bold statements) and i've stamped it with some blue pigment ink.

For more information on the The Friday Mash UP! challenge, see this









Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesdays Challenge: refreshment

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesdays Challenge: something that shows refreshment.

I chose to use the Lili of the Valley stamp called blowing bubbles, but I masked off the bubbles so I could draw in some droplets as if the cute little elephant is showering itself.

You know like they do for real when they're in need of cooling down or refreshment.

Colored the lot with Distress inks and I used Alleene's paper glaze for the droplets. (it's like glossy accents).

No sentiment as, frankly, I didn't want to detract from the coloring and now it's good for more occasions ;-)

For more information on this months Work it Wednesday, see this






I was one of the lucky winners to this challenge...thank you Simon Says Stamp as always fabulous challenges and prizes

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Freshly made sketches challenge #192

Freshly made sketches challenge #192

I must be crazy as this is my 3rd Christmas/winter card this week and I'm just so happy summer has finally started...anyway...

I've diecut 3 snowflakes out of thick white cardstock.
3 because one was too small and things look better in 3 ;-)
the sentiment is from Avery Elle let it snow stampset.
the dies from Marianne design creatables.

Mounted the front panel with some foam tape to a shimmery blue sheet, not glitter, but shimmery non the less, pretty...slightly offset it from the middle because I like how it evens out the balance.

For more information on the Freshly made sketches challenge, see this






Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: anything goes with SSS exclusives

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: anything goes with SSS exclusives.

I;ve used the SSS Stencil circle dots
 as "stamp"for the background.
I inked it with Distress inks( picked raspberry, twisted citron and squeezed lemon) and then sprayed it with water and lifted a print onto watercolor paper.

I've used the sentiment from SSS Birthday Balloons,
which is already a semi circle and dotted it around the circles.
Mounted the watercolor panel with SSS foam tape

Was tempted to add some sparkles or sequins, but I think the background is quite busy as is.
Also made a panel first with the little pig and ballon from SSS baby party animals, but i really didn't want to cover this, in my humble opinion, gorgeous panel ;-)


Also I first used the stencil the "proper" way, didn't like it  either, i'm so fussy lol...
I have my eye on this new die for my next order the SSS birthday circle die, it would have been perfect I think for this card in a contrasting color...

For more info on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this



Monday, June 22, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: stamp and mist

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: stamp and mist.

I've used a stamp from Stampendous (changito in space). Colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers, sentiment on the banner is also from that stampset.

Now for the background, which I obviously spent the most time on... It's supposed to look like a nebula of some sorts.
I googled pink nebulas, you know cos pinks and purples are my favourite colors.
I've used a variety of watercolors mostly Talens ecoline but the green bits are Distress spray stain (it's that fabulous new twisted citron),so are the white and silvery specks (picket fence and brushed pewter)
If I had more sprays I could have done the whole background, but alas....
It's on 300grams (140lbs) hot pressed smooth watercolor paper from Schut.
This is actually my second take the other is on the back of this piece..messed that up...lol.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: stamp and mist, see this


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy birthday fish


I've been doing a lot of stencilling this week for various challenges, and now I've even combined 4 challenges!
Wow, because I usually don't, but am running out of inspiration and time a bit too fast this week, so my apologies...

The themes are : 
paste and or stencilling for AAA cards,
SPLASH for Addicted to CAS 
One layer challenge #62 CAS on Sunday
and
Wild for Inkspirational, I  mean a fish is a wild animal, right?

I've used two stencils from Simon Says stamp (waves and falling snow upside down to make rising bubbles).
The bubbles are also covered with texture paste and some blue glitter mixed in the paste.

The fish jumping out of the water and splashing the bubbles to wish you a happy birthday, a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp (happy 3x4) the fish is from Ranger Dylusions set clearly under the sea, which I coloured in contrasting colour to the blue sea to make him pop.

wow i impressed myself with these 4 in one challenges ;-)
hope you like my creation.




Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Friday Mashup Challenge #214 Stencil this!

The Friday Mashup Challenge #214 Stencil this!

Ok so Summer starts tomorrow and this is the second Christmas/winter card i've made today!...I guess it's because I had some of the supplies out and I really like the blue tones for a frosty look.


I used the Dutch Doo Ba Doo stencil as  a stamp, meaning you slather the stencil in dye ink (Distress in my case) then spray it with water until soaking.

you remove it from the spot it was otherwise you'll pick up the water and maybe colour in the "holes" bits of the stencil too.
I laid a piece of watercolour on top and let the dye soak in for a good 30 seconds I think.
wherever the holes there should be a crisp white image.
the sentiment is from Avery Elle (let is now) and the snowflake die is from Marianne Design.

For more information on the Friday Mashup Challenge, see this


I first  made a different version, but that wasn't monochromatic and I wanted to mash things up ;-)
I've sponged the Distress inks (inlcuding the new twisted citron, fast becoming a favourite) and then mixed translucent embossing paste with iridescerent glitter, hope you cans ee the shimmer in the photo, i'll keep this for another card ;-)


Monday, June 15, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Don't cut, just paste

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Don't cut, just paste.

Isn't the title already such fun, you just want to get stuck in?
Well I thought so and stuck in ;-)

I've used the Simon Says Stamp Feathers die and
cut out a stencil for the feathers background.
To help me line up the die (which I didn't separate) I've stuck some gridded paper on the heavy cardstock.











Then Sponged the  feathers with Distress inks (mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers and a mix of twisted citron with cracked pistachio as just citron was too bright for me).
I've then mixed some fine white/iridescerent glitter with the Wendi Vecchi  translucent embossing paste, and slathered that over the stencil.

I've die cut the small hello from Simon Says stamp and feathers and foiled them with Wow foil and deco foil from Icraft/thermoweb.
Hung the feathers from the sentiment and glued it in place.
I've mounted the feathered panel with foam tape and sponged the card edges with mermaid lagoon.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this


















Thursday, June 11, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: friends or superhero

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: friends or superhero.
Showcasing Mama Elephant products.
Sadly I have none, I have my eye on some, but they´re not in my possession...yet.

So I went down the route of friend with a Lili of the valley stamp (on the garden wall) and a Joy craft sentiment (cherry blossom tree).

Stamped with StazOn and watercoloured with Talens ecoline, Peerless watercolors for the hair.
Smooth hot pressed watercolor paper.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this




Monday, June 8, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: for the love of plants

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: For the love of plants.

I've used Lawn Fawn stamp and die set Gleeful Garden.
For the sentiment  I've used Simon Says Stamp Tilted banner sayings stamp and die.

Colored the images with Spectrum Noir Alcohol makers and the window background is sponged with Distress inks, including the fabulous new Twisted citron.

The panel with the circle windows is raised on foam as are parts of the images to make them pop out of their frame.
Was in two minds about using a colored banner, but chose white in the end, to keep all the focus on the lovely colored bits.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this



Saturday, June 6, 2015

Addicted to CAS Challenge #65: Butterfly

Addicted to CAS Challenge #65: Butterfly.

Excuse the awkward angle, the card is all good and square, but the angle I shot it at was a bit off ;-)...

I stamped the butterflies in Memento black ink and coloured them with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.
The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp (birthday balloons).
3 matching pearls.
CAS at it's max and I love it...;-)
The paper is special Neenah classic crest blending paper, i've glue taped it to the card bas, as alcohol markers will bleed through on one layer cards.

For more information on the Addicted to CAS challenge, see this






Less is More Challenge #227: sunset colours

Less is More Challenge #227: sunset colours.

I've googled and found a stunning sunset picture.
Wanted to slather the whole cardfront in those colours, but that's not CAS ;-).

I've used Distress inks (dusty concord, picked raspberry and ripe persimmon).
On hindsight maybe a seedles preserve or a chipped sapphire instead of dusty condcord, would maybe match the photo better, but I really like the gradient as it is. I've also opted to have my gradient go horizontally as the strip is so narrow, in the photo the gradient is vertical.
Used Simon Says Stamp Small hello to diecut it from the front panel.
Mounted a black apnel behind it as the  shrubbery in the photo, no real dimension, just flat layers.
3 iridescerent rhinestones to help your eye focus.


For more information on the Less is More Challenge, see this










Thailand beach sunset wallpaper, not sure who to credit, found it with search engine.








Friday, June 5, 2015

Pretty Pink Posh water color blog hop

 Pretty Pink Posh water color blog hop.

I  got this gorgeous Penny Black Stamp (fresh) yesterday and I had to use it for this blog hop. It's perfect for (water)coloring.

I also got the new Distress ink (twisted citron) and had to incorporate that as well of course.
I used also Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink (re-inkers) for the background and even mixed the two to get that darker green. I wanted to frame the flowers from the opposite corners by making those darker.
Part of the choice to use Distress inks and not just my Talens ecoline is because I wanted to splatter water on the background to get that Distressed look.

I've stamped the flowers with StazOn and colored those in with Talens Ecoline, a fluid very vibrant watercolor, i've used two reds and a brown and a yellow and an orange and two greens.
Extended the stems where needed to reach the bottom of the page.
I've used 140lbs hot pressed smooth water color paper from Schut.
A few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkly sequins to frame the arrangement.
Mounted everything with foamtape on a cardbase.

I really like the vibrant feel to this card, also really enjoy pastels, but for Paulina I wanted it to pop and be bright and cheerful and festive I guess is a good word.

Great blog hop over at Pretty Pink Posh, so please be sure to go over there and hop along and then even add your own masterpieces (not that I call mine that lol)

For more information on this blog hop by Pretty Pink Posh, see this







The Friday Mashup! Challenge #212: let's ombre

The Friday Mashup! Challenge #212: let's ombre.

I just got the new Distress colour: twisted citron, and I just had to use it.
Although I have a similar if not the same colour in my Talens Ecoline stash...

I've used it straight out the re-inker bottle and washed the 140lbs pound hot pressed smooth water colour paper from Schut.
wow that's a mouth full...anyway splattered some undiluted ink near the bottom left corner.
Used the Simon Says Stamp feathers for the foiling and some metallic floss.
used StazOn on the vellum, tried to make that ombre too by applying less pressure on the left, not sure if that worked or if it just looks like I messed up the stamping...the sentiment is also from Simon Says stamp (birthday balloons set).

For more information on the Frisday Mashup! Challenge, see this.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: make it masculine

 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: make it masculine with Cas-ual Fridays and Waffle Flower products.
I have non of the above, so sorry.

This is my entry. I've used watercolor paper, white embossing powder and the stars from the SSS birthday balloon set and the sentiment is from Sizzix.


At first I stamped loads of star clusters around the sentiment. I'd used sprakly clear embossing powder, but somehow the water color got underneath, Not quite sure how or why. 
So i tried my hot pressed smooth water color paper, but on that one the sentiment was worse (on all cards I used the same white embossing powder for the sentiment and glittery stuff for the stars on card 2 and 3). I was so torn cos I really love the water coloring, but man that embossing....

Well anyway...
For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this






Monday, June 1, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #107: calling all critters!

Lawnscaping Challenge #107: calling all critters!

I've used the critters from the gleeful garden set.
I've die cut squares and stamped a part sentiment of the same stampset by Lawn Fawn.

I was trying new color combinations out yesterday , so yay me had a whole stash of critters and flowers and fungi to get going ;-)
The back of the windows is sponged with Distress inks and I've also sponged a yellow border so to frame the raised panel.
the images are all adhered on different levels, peeking out their frame and off the cardbase, i think it's adorable.


For more information on the Lawnscaping Challenge #107: calling all critters!, see this




Virginia's View Challenge #15: ombre & monochromatic

Virginia's View Challenge #15: ombre & monochromatic.

I've used the Simon Says Stamp Waves stencil first and sponged an ombre effect from left to righ, but also from top to bottom, which is harder to see in the photo, but it's there ;-)
then I used black ink and the Penny black stampset Trims to add to the background.
I was in doubt at first, told myself I can always redo the background, but now I think it adds depth to this funky retro wallpaper background..groove out! lol

Then I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says stamp birthday balloons, onto a strip of vellum, also in real life the tiny birthday is darker and more prominent, I've tried to photograph it differently, but it just won't show up...sorry

For more information on the Virginia's View Challenge, see this