Thursday, February 27, 2014

Seize The Birthday - Watercolors

Yes, it's time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday!  As always, anything goes...as long as it's a Birthday theme.  No Toppings option this time.
Oh, the possibilities are endless, right?!  I decided to use a technique that I saw Julie Ebersole use recently in a video.  I've done a few watercolor cards in the past, but this technique was a little different.  HERE is the link, if you're interested.


You can click on any photo to enlarge it.


Wow.  It was fun to play around with distress inks and my aqua painter.  There's just something relaxing and therapeutic about it.  If you've never tried it, you might want to!

I used watercolor paper for my card front, but mounted it onto cardstock.  Instead of putting water in my aqua painter, I just put a bit of water in a plastic lid.   For some reason, I always end up with too much water on my project otherwise.  I swished and swirled on 3 colors, then dried them with my heat tool (instead of waiting for them to dry).  Then I stamped my images and sentiment.

Next, I spattered some Mister Huey's and Color Shine onto the card.  Then, to add a bit more shine, I adhered 3 sequins.  That's it!

I hope you'll play along with me and the rest of the Design Team.  We love to see what you create for each challenge!






Supply List ~
Cardstock: white (PTI), watercolor paper (Canson)
Ink: onyx black, delicata golden glitz (Tsukineko), peacock feathers, mowed lawn, spiced marmalade (distress inks by Ranger)
Stamps: happy trails, beautiful butterflies (PTI)
Other: aqua painter (SU), mister huey's color mist in gold (Studio Calico), heidi swapp color shine in teal (Pink Paislee), sequin mix crystals opaque (C Cartwright), water

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

CMCC No. 9 - With a Grateful Heart

This is my final post as the February Guest Designer at Colour Me...!  It's been so much fun to be a part of this talented team for 4 weeks.  Thank you Tara and Hayley!!!

Hey, it's time to take a look at the colors for this week's challenge...don't you think?

CMCC No. 9
Don't those berries look delicious?  Reminds me of summer...and warmer weather!

Click on a photo to see a larger view.

I used a technique that I haven't used in a while.  Masking and stamping.  I measured, then masked off that diagonal strip with large post-it notes.  I used the challenge colors + crumb cake to stamp my pattern.  It still needed a little something, so I added some sparkle to a few of the flowers with my Stardust Glitter pen.

Every time I use this technique, it's so much fun to pull of the masking and reveal the finished pattern.  It always makes me smile. :)

The 2 lines were done with a SU black marker, then I added the Hello sentiment.  Done.

Thanks, again...to Hayley and Tara!  It's been an honor to join you for the month of February!






Supply list ~
Card stock: basic black (SU), white (PTI)
Ink: bermuda bay, real red, smoky slate, crumb cake (SU), onyx black (Versafine)
Stamps: birds & blooms (PTI)
Other: stardust clear glitter pen (Sakura)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Incredibly Grateful

Hi!  Just a very quick post to share a card I made for CASE Study Challenge #179.  Danielle Flanders is providing such beautiful inspiration this month, that I had to find a bit of time to play along.
Take a look at her gorgeous card.





I was especially inspired by the bokeh technique she used in the upper left corner of her card.  And, since I STILL hadn't tried the technique...what better time than now.  So I created this.


I love the card.  But.  No matter how I edited these photos, the intensity of the banners colors is so much brighter than IRL.  Actually the colors in the banners are very close to my stamped dots.  Ahhh well.  Anyway, it was fun!
Thanks for stopping by!






Supply list ~
Card stock: white (PTI), barely banana -for the tiny heart on the pink banner (SU)
Ink: pink pirouette, sage shadow, barely banana (SU), onxy black versafine
Stamps: flowers - I used the back side of 2 flower stamps for my dots (CSS), handwritten sentiments (SSS)
Patterned paper: lost & found; market street (MME)
Dies: banner builder, love lives here (PTI)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Colour Me...! CMCC #8 - Let your dreams take flight

This is my third post, Guest Designing at Colour Me...!  I'm still so excited that Tara and Hayley invited me!  You know...these color combos just get better and more fun each week.  I love this week's trio of colors.
Take a look at the CMCC #8 inspiration.


I adore these soft, subtle colors.  Don't you?


Yes.  You're seeing the same feather stamp set that I used last week.  Well...it was still on my craft table and I just love these images.  AND this week's colors were just perfect for feathers.
That's my excuse. Lol!

I inked my feathers with all 3 challenge colors.  After stamping them onto watercolor paper, I misted them with water to blur the images a bit.  Once that had dried, I misted with Mister Huey's Shine color mist.  If you look closely at the first photo (click on it for a larger photo) I think you can see a bit of the droplets of shine.

This technique is so easy and so much fun.  Have you tried it?  Well, you'll want to see what the Design Team at CMCC has created...they're so talented.  Just click HERE!
Thanks for stopping in!






Supply list ~
Card stock: baked brown sugar, soft sky (SU), watercolor paper (Canson)
Ink: baked brown sugar, soft sky, pistachio pudding (SU)
Stamps: feather finery, happy trails (PTI)
Other: mister huey's shine color mist, water mister

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Cozy Quilt

Oh yes, we needs lots of cozy quilts this winter in the Midwest.   Sub-zero temps and mountains of snow are making me wish for an early Spring.  I know it will eventually get here and I'm trying NOT to be impatient.  This harsh winter will make me appreciate the Spring season even more!

So, I got a bit off-track didn't I?  I'm playing along with the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Cozy Quilt.  The inspiration photo is so inviting, that I had to find a bit of time to play along today.

I pulled out my quilt dies and got busy making this.

You should have seen the mess on my craft table with all of those little quilt pieces.  Ack!
It was a little like putting a puzzle together, but worth the effort.  I mounted my quilt pieces onto to black pinking squares to make the colors pop.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.  I hope you'll leave a comment!






Supply List ~
Card stock: naturals ivory, basic black (SU)
Ink: onyx black versafine
Stamps: simple sentiments (PTI)
Patterned paper: sunshine 6 x 6 pad (MME)
Dies: clear cut stackers pinking squares, quilt cuts 2 (WPlus9)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Seize The Birthday - Hearts/Love!

It's time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday!  The Topping option is Hearts/Love, if you choose to use it.  If not, you can always play along with any Birthday themed card.
It's your choice!

I chose to use our Hearts/Love theme for my card.

This will be a birthday card for my husband.  I hope he doesn't mind the floral patterned paper.  I just love the color combo, so I went with it anyway!

I used 3 hearts, popped up on foam tape.  I left one plain, one with the birthday sentiment and one covered in glossy accents.  Love that shine!

Thanks for spending a few minutes at my blog...I hope you'll play along with us.  Now click HERE to take a look at what my oh-so-talented team mates have created for your inspiration.






Supply list ~
Card stock: pool party, real red, whisper white (SU)
Stamps: with all my heart (PTI)
Ink: onyx black versafine
Patterned paper: fresh prints dsp stack (SU)
Dies: headline alphabet (PTI)
Other: heart to heart punch (SU), corner chomper, glossy accents

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Colour Me...! Challenge #7 - Hello!

I'm sharing a card that I created as the February Guest Designer at Colour Me...!  I'm having a lot of fun with these challenges.  The color combinations for the month are wonderful.  You'll want to check them out every week...trust me.  :)

Here's our inspiration for CMCC #7.


I used 2 neutrals along with the Rich Razzleberry and Pool Party challenge colors.

I used gold as one neutral, heat embossing my feather image and the sentiment onto Pool Party card stock.  That was matted onto Rich Razzleberry.  Then I used white as my card base.  The last touch was popping on the little sentiment banner.
Using these 2 colors together was a bit of a challenge for me at first.  You don't want to see my first attempt!  But I'm pleased with this card and had fun playing with this new feather stamp set I just received.
Thanks for stopping by.  Now it's time to go take a look at the inspiration provided by the Design Team at CMCC!  Just click HERE!






Supply list ~
Card stock: white (PTI), rich razzleberry, pool party (SU)
Ink: versamark
Stamps: communique curves, feather finery (PTI)
Other: gold embossing powder (SU)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Two Hearts Become One - CASE Study #177

Hi!  I'm sharing a card that I made for the CASE Study Challenge #177.  Take a look at the inspiration provided by their February muse...Danielle Flanders.  Love her work!
Gorgeous, right?

I was inspired by that bold chevron at the top of the Wow card, on the right.  I also love her use of vellum for the die cut stars...oh, and the bold use of gold.  Yes.  Love the gold.

Originally, I had planned to use a chevron patterned paper, but when I saw this bold triangle pattern in my stash I knew it was perfect for this card.  I used a Spellbinders die to cut a window into this panel.  Since this patterned paper wasn't very thick, I layered it with some white CS to give it a little heft.  Then I popped it onto the card base with foam tape, before adding the heat embossed vellum feathers.  The gold dots are brushed gold card stock that I simply punched out with a 1/4" hole punch.

This came together quickly and was so much fun to make.

I'll be placing this card in my Etsy shop soon.  I've not added anything to my shop in quite some time and I really want to devote more time to it.  Here is a link to MyLittleBirdStudio at Etsy.  Or there is always a link in my blog's side bar.  Keep in mind that I love doing custom orders, too!

Later!






Supply list ~
Card stock: pool party, whisper white, brushed  gold (SU), white vellum (The Paper Studio)
Stamps: love & marriage, feather finery (PTI)
Ink: versamark
DSP: fresh prints (SU)
Dies: deckled rectangles (Spellbinders),  feather finery (PTI)
Other: 1/4" hole punch, gold embossing powder

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Guest Designer at Colour Me...!

I've been invited to Guest Design at the new Colour Me...! blog for the month of February!  Yes...I'm just a LITTLE excited.  Colour Me...! is a challenge blog created by my friends (and former DT team mates at Dynamic Duos).   This will be a fun month, for sure!

The first challenge for February is CMCC #6.  We're using Wisteria Wonder and a neutral of your choice.
Gorgeous inspiration photo.  Makes you want to play along, right???

I used white as my neutral and made this Valentine card for my DH.  Not a traditional Valentine Day card, but I love it.



I started by stamping the "love you" sentiment in black ink, before running the card front through my Big Kick with a linen impression plate.  Yes, I DO like texture!  Next, came the time consuming part of this clean and simple card.  I die cut 8 "forever" pieces.  Three of Wisteria Wonder, five of White.  Then...I glued them together.   The Wisteria pieces became the sandwich filling, with white beneath and above.
By the time I was done, I was questioning my sanity.  Ack!  But, it was all worth it.  I'm very happy with the results.  Oh, I also stamped a few hearts in Wisteria...then swirled a dab of Wink of Stella over each of them.
Done!

I hope you'll click over to the Colour Me...! challenge blog and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration.

Supply list ~
Card stock: white (PTI), wisteria wonder (SU)
Ink: onyx black (Versafine), wisteria wonder (SU)
Stamps: with all my heart (PTI)
Dies: wonderful words, linen impression plate (PTI)
Other: wink of stella brush (Kuretake), tombow mono multi glue

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Love you! A Valentine card

I've created another Valentine card today (just one more to go!).  This one is entered in 3 challenges.
  *Just a reminder, if you receive my blog posts via email.  You can always click on the word Procraftination at the bottom of the email, to go directly to my blog!

ColourQ - CQC #226

City Crafter Challenge - CCCB Week 196 Love Story -  Include a Valentine theme or the word Story

CAS-ual Fridays - Over The Edge, CFC127

I used heat embossing, stamping and stitching to create this card.

Oh, this one was fun.  Actually, it was fun once I figured out where to use each color.  The first attempt ended up in the waste basket.  :(

I'm usually not a big fan of the color pink.  But I was really drawn to the color challenge at ColourQ.  I'm so glad I gave it a try!   I heat embossed first, then stamped the solid images.  Next the stitching, then the sentiment banner.  Oh, and a bit of sponging around the edges of the focal panel.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!







Supply list ~
Card stock: kraft (PTI), primrose petals (SU)
Ink: blushing bride, pink pirouette, primrose petals, crumb cake (SU), versamark
Stamps: stitches & swirls, solid stitches & swirls
Other: white embossing powder (SU), thread, sewing machine

Flowers for a cold winter day!

No card challenge this time.  I created this card for an Aunt, for Valentine's Day...just to remind her that we love her.

I had the idea for this card while I was waiting to fall asleep last night.  I wondered if I should get up and make a few notes.  I didn't though.   I probably should have, because it took me a few minutes this morning to remember that idea.


I began by sponging several inks onto the bottom third of the card.  Gray, kraft and green.
Then I stamped my stems and leaves before finally stamping the flowers.  I added the wrought iron fence in black ink.  The final touch was the sentiment strip.

You know what?  It turned out just as I planned.  I think that's twice in one week!

Anyway, thanks for spending a bit of time at my blog.  I love visitors!






Supply list ~
Card stock: white (PTI)
Stamps: birds & blooms, bb:wrought iron (PTI), handwritten sentiments (SSS)
Ink: always artichoke, old olive, kiwi kiss, raspberry ripple, calypso coral, crumb cake, smokey slate (SU), onxy black versafine (Tseukineko)