Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

May the good things in life be yours in abundance!

Just quickly popping in to wish all who celebrate a very Happy Thanksgiving! But even if you don't feast on turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc.  it's always a good idea to pause and be thankful for everything in our lives, right? I have many reasons to be grateful and one of them is for all of you who visit my blog and leave kind comments!

Because I had so much fun coloring this basket of apples for my Twofer cards last month I made another version. This one is colored with watercolor pencils and combined with some plaid patterned paper in fall colors.

Stamps: Stampin' Up (apple basket and birds), Hero Arts (sentiment)
Dies: Gina Marie Designs (oval)
Other: Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils

Be well and keep in touch!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Eraser Technique

A few weeks ago my friend Gundi from papierelle showed us this interesting eraser technique and has since produced many inspiring and fabulous examples. On her blog she explains really well how it works, both in German and in English. Basically you rub a pencil on a piece of fine sandpaper, dip a sponge in the resulting powder and rub it over a stencil. Then you stamp an outline image over it and when it's dry you erase the inside of the stamp. You can either leave it white or color the image. At the end you should spray hairspray or another fixative over it so that it doesn't rub off.

I was intrigued and thought the technique would lend itself well for my older son's birthday card. The stencil I used was probably not the best choice as it was very delicate and the thin strips moved a bit. But the effect is still cool! 

Stamps: Winnie & Walter (banner, sentiment)
Dies: Memory Box (city scapes)
Other: Memory Box (stencil)

Make sure to visit Gundi because she has come up with many variations of this technique. She has even created a challenge where you can win a cute snowman stamp, should you feel inspired to try the technique out!

Be well and keep in touch!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #11

Welcome to the November Twofer Card Challenge! This month we want to see what you can do with your wreath stamps, dies, or stencils. Yes, you read that right, Darnell added stencils to make it easier.

I don't have many wreaths stamps or dies, and no wreath stencils. I picked this older stamp from Hero Arts that I think I have never used before and made a Christmas card and a birthday card with it. 

Stamps: Hero Arts (wreath), Stamplorations (sentiment)
Dies: Simon Says Stamp (butterfly), Nestabilities (circles)
Other: Cuttlebug (embossing folder strip)

The butterfly and the dark circle are actually purple even though the look almost black on the screen...

Just realized that this card fits the current CAS Mix Up Challenge
My choice is die cutting.

Stamps: Hero Arts (wreath), WPlus9 (sentiment)
Dies: WPlus9 (sentiment), Simon Says Stamp (little star), big star unknown

The pink is sparkle paper. Hard to see on the photo.

Every month it's such a pleasure to see what you do with the prompt word! Have fun playing with your wreaths, be it a stamp, die, or stencil! Can't wait to see your creations in the gallery!

Be well and keep in touch!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Spooky Halloween

The current Inspired by... Halloween challenge looks quite spooky as does my Halloween card...

First the inspiration

then my card

Stamps: Recollection (sentiments), Stampin' Up (distressed background), Inkadinkado (little spider)
Dies: Sizzix (skull)

Stamped the sentiment set as it was as a background, added the distressed background, and sponged around the edges. Cut out the skull from watercolor paper for the texture. Mounted it on black, sponged a little around the edges, and added green sequins in the eye sockets.

Also sending this to

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Halloween/Spooky"

Hope I didn't scare you too much, hehe...

Be well and keep in touch!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #10

Happy October! Hope it started out well for you and that you are ready for this month's  Twofer Card Challenge #10 ! The word prompt is

Remember it's about making two cards for two different occasions using the same stamp or die and taking a picture of both cards together!

I gathered a basket full of crisp apples for you! The stamp is from a very old Stampin' Up set that I have never used but I felt it was perfect for the theme. I had lots of fun coloring it in using colored pencils on kraft and brush markers on white.

Here I added a little bird from the same set to the scene. The oval die cuts are from Gina Marie Designs.

The sentiment on this card is a gift from a dear bloggie friend. It's German and means something like "Best Wishes". It went to her for her recent birthday. I had admired the stamp one day on her blog but unfortunately it was no longer available. Months later she discovered it on eBay, ordered it, and sent it to me! Crafty friends are the best!
By the way the green strip is more Washi tape! If I continue like that I will soon run out, hehehe!

If you haven't checked out my teamies fabulous creations hop on over to the Twofer Card Challenge. This months guest designers are Crafty Linby and Liz ! Please be so kind to leave them all some love!

I can't wait to see what you will be harvesting and sharing in our gallery! Happy crafting!

Be well and keep in touch!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Hello Friend Tree

As soon as I saw the current prompt at the CAS Watercolor Challenge I knew I just had to play along. It's trees!!!! If you have followed my blog for a while you know that I love trees!

Stamps: Hero Arts (tree)
Other: Simon Says Stamp (stencil), Schmincke watercolors, Washi tape

I knew exactly which tree I wanted to use. I received this wonderful stamp a while ago from a dear friend (crafty friends are the best!) and finally made time to play with it. I created an evening sky and a hill for it with watercolors, added a strip of Washi tape (yes, again, I must be on a roll... soon I will run out of it, hehe), and some stenciled hearts using embossing paste.
I have to admit that I am absolutely in love with this card! Probably will have a hard time parting with it. Good thing that I made two... Might make more, I had so much fun!

CAS Watercolor September Challenge

Be well and keep in touch!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #9

The months continue to whizz by at top speed and here we are already almost in mid-September which means it's time for the new Twofer Card Challenge word prompt:

Very appropriate for the season and I am sure we all have several leaf stamps and dies. I chose a gingko leave from Impression Obsession that not only cuts but also embosses the veins.

Stamps: PTI (sentiment), A Stamp In The Hand (background
Dies: Impression Obsession (leaf), Nestablilities (circles)

Stamped the background in silver ink, cut the circle and the leaf from matte silver cardstock, backed it with a scrap piece made with Brushos, stamped the sentiment in black.
I prefer CAS sympathy cards, how about you?

Stamps: Stampabilities (sentiment)
Dies: Impression Obsession (leaf)

Made a background with Brushos and Watercolor. Cut out several leaves, then cut the same amount from yellow cardstock and inlaid them in the green background. Embossed the sentiment in copper on vellum. Tore the strip and attached it to panel. Mounted panel to a kraft card and used a piece of Washi tape (yay me!) which prompted me to buy four more rolls today on sale at Michaels. Sheesh!

 I just love the golden yellow gingko leaves turn in the fall. Have you seen a picture of this 1,400 year old tree in a monastery in China? Isn't it spectacular? No wonder it attracts many visitors in the fall...

Image result for ginkgo tree monastery

Did you know that gingko trees have remained unchanged for more than 200 million years which means it coexisted with dinosaurs?
(source: Bored Panda)

Well, I hope I have inspired you to play along. To check out what our fantastic Design Team and the two talented Guest Designers have created please click HERE.

Be well and keep in touch!

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