Monthly Archives: November 2015

A Day For Daisies: Add Watercolor Challenge Showcasing “Native Hearts” 11-20-15

It’s Friday and time for a new challenge at A Day For Daisies!  This week we are adding “Watercolor” to our projects using the showcase images from “Native Hearts”.  The challenge will run through Thursday, December 3rd at noon on the A Day For Daisies Blog!

For my card today I used the sweet image called, “Tree Top Dreams”  I began by using Ken Oliver’s Color Burst’s Watercolor pigments in Sepia, Yellow Ochre, and Burnt Orange.  I then applied Distress Ink through Tim Holtz stencils in woodgrain and Dot Fade. The grass was also created with Distress Inks and stamped with an Impressions Obsession’s crackle stamp.

The “Tree Top Dreams” image was colored in copic markers and distressed.  My “You” sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp die joined with a WPlus9 “Hand Lettered Thanks” image.  Finally, the stitched leaves are a Lawn Fawn die.
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We’d love for you to visit our Facebook Community Page where you can post your creations in addition to adding them on the blog.  Adding watercolor to your projects is super trendy and I can’t wait to see your creations this week.

Brown Sugar Challenge #173 Anything Goes

Happy Friday!  It’s time for a new challenge at Brown Sugar Challenges and today starts Anything Goes.  This challenge is sponsored by SLS Lines and Robyn’s Fetsh, both offering prizes for our random winner.

For my card today, I colored SLS “Pretty Girl” with Copic Markers to showcase my “Anything Goes” card.  My paper pad is called, “We Are Family” by Echo Park and my die cuts are from My Favorite Things and Simon Says Stamp.

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I can’t wait to see what your Anything Goes card looks like this week at Brown Sugar Challenges!

The House That Stamps Built: Photo Inspiration

It’s the third Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built photo inspiration challenge.  For November we have a beautiful dusk scene.

As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and use your creativity to inspire you.  You have until Tuesday, November 24th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.  If you use a Repeat Impressions stamp, you’ll get an extra entry!

Here’s the inspiration chosen by our Rock Stars:

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For my card, I used Repeat Impressions stamp “Cattails 2722-I which I repeatedly stamped with Archival Jet Black Ink.  For color I used my Kuretake Watercolors.


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Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner!  Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #127 – Twist: Lots of White-use embellishments for color

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with sketch #127 at From The Heart Stamps.  These are great challenges because you can use just the sketch, or if you’d like, add the twist. The only requirement is that you use a From The Heart image and the sketch.  The rest is up to you. The twist for this challenge is to use a mostly white card and add embellishments for color.

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I used only the sketch this week.  My image is a happy snowman called, “Catching Flakes” which I colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Markers.  I created the background using the My Favorite Things “Candy Stripe” builder background.  I finished off with the button embellishments and some diamond stickles for sparkle.

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Sure hope you’ll join us for Sketch #127 at From The Heart Stamps this week.  Also, don’t forget to stop by and join the FTHS Facebook group.  Happy Monday!!

 

Cards in Envy “Put Some Layers On It” Challenge

It’s Monday and time for another Cards In Envy Challenge.  This challenge is really unique with a theme of “Put Some Layers On It.” Instead of going for paper layers, I looked around at some of my digital images and found a “Layered Cake” by Sassy Cheryl Designs that I knew would be perfect for this challenge.

Before we get to the card, just a reminder that the Cards in Envy rules are simple and require only that your card fit into a A2 standard envelope.

For my card today I began by coloring “Polly’s Slice of Cake” by Sassy Cheryl’s Designs.  Unfortunately, she is no longer in the store, but you can find other great images by Cheryl for you image.  I added additional layers using American Crafts “Neapolitan” collection and stamped the background with a My Favorite Things Crosshatch background stamp.  I then added the balloons, which are also My Favorite Things dies.

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I sure hope we see you at Cards in Envy “Put Some Layers On It” challenge.  You have until December 6th to enter.

The House That Stamps Built; Project of the week: 11-16-15

Hello stampers!  The Crafty Nurse here with some creative play for The House that Stamps Built project of the week.   I can’t get enough of the Brushos Watercolors and today I’ve got a great way to use Brusho’s for adding color to your flowers and leaves. Don’t forget I’m offering a 10% discount to the Repeat Impressions Store (discount code on my blog sidebar).

For this project the supplies I used are:

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Before we begin, I wanted to share with you how I store my Brusho’s.  I use a push pin to create a hole in the top and then keep the pins in the bottle so I don’t lose any powder.  When you want to use the pigment, remove the pin and shake it out.  Easy as pie.

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To prepare our ink palette shake the Brusho’s pigment into the wells.I used Orange, Sunburst Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, and Sea Grass Green.

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Step 1:  Ink stamp with distress ink.  The first one I used was Fossilzed Amber.  Make sure the entire stamp is covered.

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Step 2:  With your water brush, apply a dabs of water to the surface of your inked stamp.  This is why we are using Distress Ink because it plays so well with water.  You can see that it’s activated that Fossilized Amber ink.

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Step 3: Dip your water brush into the dry Brusho’s powder and apply to inked and watered stamp.

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Step 4: After applying all your colors, hold up the image and give it a spritz of water.  Here is a sample of how much water should be used below.

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Step 5: Time to Stamp.  The trick here is to make sure you use watercolor paper and once you stamp down, hold it for a count of no less than 5 seconds and 10 if you are not too impatient.  That way the pigment makes good contact with the paper and really soaks in for the most vibrant outcome. 

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Step 6: If you need a little extra pigment you can always do a direct to paper application of the Brush’s with your water brush as I’m showing here.

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Step 7:  Choose some alternate base Distress Inks to change up the colors of the leaves.  I used Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick.

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You can see my sample and tell the differences in the base color. The top right is Fossilized Amber, The left is Dried Marigold and the bottom right is Worn Lipstick.

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Step 8: Finish stamping your panel and distress.  I used Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs.

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Here is my final card made by watercoloring with Brusho’s. To finish the card I cut out the panel using a WPlus9 stitched die, added Ellen Hutson Ribbon, and die cut a Papertrey Ink Thanks die which I topped with Pico Embellisher in shimmer.   I can’t wait to break this technique out on other floral stamps.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed how to watercolor with Brusho’s.  I hope you’ll join us this week for Karen’s Designer Choice Challenge at The House That Stamps Built  which focuses on “sentiments” where you will have a chance at a $25.00 gift certificate.

Beginning Wednesday, November 18th, we are having a “Photo Inspiration” Challenge that I know you’ll love!

I wish you a wonderful rest of the week!

The Crafty Nurse

Sketch Saturday Challenge #387

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp who is offering a very generous $25.00 gift certificate to their store for our random winner.  You have until Friday, November 20th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:

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For my card I chose to feature the October Simon Says Stamp Card Kit stamp called, “Here’s Looking At You.”  I die cut the faux stitching on a journaling card using my My Favorite Things Stitched Basics. I also used the gold chevrons and butterfly from the kit.

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I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!  Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the Sketch Saturday Facebook Page and give is a like!

A Day For Daisies: November Club Kit 11-13-15

It’s Friday and time for more November Club Kit goodness at A Day For Daisies!  In addition, we are still running the “Add Texture” challenge so I sure hope you’ll pop by the ADFD Blog by November 18th at noon to enter your card for a chance to win some free images!

For my Design Team inspiration, I chose “Flying Fairy Sweet” to color for you today.  I used Copic Markers in E04, E02, R12, R01, E43, E42, and E41. The background is colored with markers and

To create texture, I used a used a We R Memories Keepers embossing folder and added distress ink in Tea Dye.  My paper pad is “Fancy That” by My Minds Eye.

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We look forward to seeing your creations not only at A Day For Daisies Blog but also on the ADFD Facebook Community Page!

Crafting By Design – Guest Designer

Hello all.  I’m honored to have been chosen again as a guest designer for Crafting By Design.  Today, the challenge is “snowmen” and I knew that From The Heart Stamps would be a great choice to find a perfect snowman because Faith is in the middle of Project 100 snowmen.

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For my card I chose From The Heart Stamps “Snowman Drummer.” I colored him with Copics and used Lawn Fawn’s “Peace, Joy, Love” paper collection.  The great digi tree’s are from “In The Meadow,” also FTHS.  The snow globe digi is by My Favorite Things and the stickers are Basic Grey.

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Sure hope you’ll join Crafting By Design’s “Snowman” Challenge this week.

The House That Stamps Built; Designer Choice Challenge

It’s the second Wednesday of November which means it’s time for a Designers Choice Challenge at The House That Stamp Built!  Today, Karen is hosting our challenge and she has chosen “Focus On The Sentiment”  With the new sentiments stamps from Repeat Impressions, this is a fabulous idea!

As with our other challenges, we are offering a $25.00 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store for our random winner.  Don’t forget, if you use a RI stamp, you get an extra entry!

For my “Focus On The Sentiment” card I began by stamping “O Christmas Tree 3211-M”  with versamark and white heat embossed. I then used distress inks to cover the entire card and using a diffuser, dry embossed with a folder which allowed the sentiment to be the focus of the card. I added some silver glitter paper and a few sequins!

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Using the sentiment as a focal point is a great idea for holiday card making. Please show us your cards at The House that Stamps Built. Happy Wednesday!

 

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