Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Monoprinting with a Stencil

The current challenge at CAS Mix Up is monoprinting with a stencil. I was inspired by all the fabulous cards of the DT and by the videos they provided that I wanted to have a play. Looking through my stencils I came across this flower one from Plaid Folk Art which worked really well. I made three cards to use every scrap of the panel! (I thought I had plenty of time to enter them but then time ran away from me and now I am entering almost at the last minute...)

I recently ordered the German label sentiment set from Altenew! I send a lot of cards to my German relatives and friends and even though they all understand "Happy Birthday" I thought it would be nice to make some cards with German sentiments for them.

This German sentiment is a wood mounted stamp by an unknown company that a friend gave me. The flower is a punch. Not sure I have ever used it before...

On the first two cards I used the Avery Elle Rose Gold embossing powder. My blogging friend Greta was kind enough to send me some of her sequins that match the EP perfectly and I used some on the second card! Thanks again, Greta!

Be well and keep in touch!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunflower Cards

Hello creative friends,

The current CAS Watercolor Challenge asks for sunflowers and since I love them and had some time this weekend I decided to see what I could come up with. I picked a very old stamp featuring a framed mosaic sunflower that I hadn't used in a very long time. And then I couldn't stop playing with it!

On the first card I colored it with markers and spritzed it with water to create a watercolor look. Because I used watercolor paper that wasn't bright white I used a kraft card base, added a little stenciling, a little spritzing, and a small sentiment.

When I used this stamp in the past I always colored the frame in blue because this color combo makes me so happy. I thought I was done but then I began wondering how it would look like with a green frame... So I pulled everything out again and had to try it. I have to say I really like the fresh look. It's almost as if it is surrounded by leaves... Since I liked the stencil (doesn't it mimic the mosaic style of the stamp?), I kept the layout, etc. the same, just changing the sentiment. 

Stamps: Rubber Stampede (sunflower frame), Hero Arts (both sentiments)
Other: Memory Box (stencil)

After all the spritzing I was curious how it would look when I colored it with markers and huffed on it (anybody remember that "technique"?). The colors are not as vibrant as when you spritz them with water but I still liked it. Since I used regular card stock I was able to use a white card base using the same stencil with some embossing paste.

Stamps and Stencil see above. The sentiment is from Print Works.

I had so much fun inking and spritzing this stamp that I ended up making three simple bookmarks with it! Sorry, forgot to take a picture but it's basically the image on a strip of watercolor and some ribbon on top.

CAS Watercolor August Challenge "Sunflowers"

Addicted to Stamps and More #304 "CAS"

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!
Be well and keep in touch!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #8

Another month went by and it's time for a new Twofer Challenge! Visiting the gallery last month really made me thirsty! Thanks to all who played along!

This month we would like to see you using geometric shapes. As always you have to use the same die or stamp to make two different cards for two different occasions.

I chose to play with my new (to me) Altenew triangle stamps and dies. I made a birthday card for my younger son who just turned 15! He loved the cool geometric design.

The second card is an encouragement card. I used the same tiny triangle die for the sun that I used for the silver accents on the birthday card. I also used some of the same stamps to make clouds. What do you say? There are no triangle shaped clouds in your neck of the woods? That's strange...

Stamps: Altenew (triangles), PTI (sentiment)
Dies: Altenew (triangles)

Stamps: Altenew (triangles), Hero Arts (sentiment), PSX (swirl in the sun)
Dies: Altenew (triangles)

If you haven't checked out what the amazing Design Team has come up with and our Guest Designers, Cheryl from Paper Panacea and Brenda from Inkspired to Stamp please click here and then get creative and play along! Hope to see you in the gallery!

Be well and keep in touch!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

A Mermaid and a Chef...

I know my title sounds like the beginning of a joke but it's not... Sorry. 
Instead I have two cards to share with you, one featuring a mermaid the other a chef hence the title.

The mermaid card I started with my Thursday night stamping friends, also called the Cardologists, and finished at home. The stamps belong to one of my friends but I believe they are from Stampin' Up. I think this mermaid is very graceful and pretty. I glittered her tail with a shimmery gel pen and Stickles, used the latter to create a frame and added sequins. Very sparkly in real life! The background was created by sponging glossy card stock.

Sending it to

The Library Challenge #12 - Mermaid

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen and illustrated by Christian Birmingham. Love this story too! Again, very sad though, definitely does not have a Disney ending

Seize the Birthday - Water

The second card I made for my German brother-in-law who is a fantastic baker and cook. When a friend gave me this stamp I though it would be perfect for him. It comes with a variety of accessories. I used the silverware to create a subtle background on the white card. The black panel is patterned paper from my stash.

Stamps: Loralie Art Stamps (chef), Create a Smile (sentiment)

Sending this to

The Male Room Challenge #91 - Birthday
which is celebrating it's 5th Birthday - Congratulations

Addicted to CAS #142 - Masculine
Hope it is CAS enough...

Time Out Challenges #115 - Food and Drink
Birthday cake is food, right? It might be a whole food group...

Hope to see you back here on Friday for the new Twofer Card Challenge!

Be well and keep in touch!

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