Monday, July 25, 2016

Stampin' Up! ~ Detailed Floral Birthday

Wow, I see I've been a little lazy with posting lately, but summer is flying by and I feel like I'm missing so much of it. :(  I've still been crafting, but taking a bit of a break from blogging.  I created today's card last week for my sweet sister's birthday.  She's very dear to me along with the rest of her family.



I wanted to use a new stamp set and thinlits that I bought and ending up only using the thinlits, but I'm happy with how it turned out. :)  I added a few pearls here and there along with some clear Wink of Stella to make some of the flowers shimmer.




Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Stampin' Up! ~ Sponged Florals

It's time for another sketch challenge from Try Stamin' or Not on Tuesday.  I decided to play with a new set that I bought, actually a new thinlit for this week's sketch.  I had to turn the card to get my idea to work, but I'm very happy with how it turned out. :)


This is the sketch for challenge #280.  Make sure you check out all the other cards HERE using this sketch.  They are all so fun and yet very different!  We'd love to see what you create if you get a chance to play! :)








It's hard to tell when looking straight at the card, but I popped the big flower up and tipped the budding flowers up with a glue dot.





Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Stampin' Up! ~ Penned & Painted with Sympathy

I don't know about anyone else, but for me making sympathy cards is the hardest when it comes to making cards.  I want to make sure the person or family I'm sending the card to knows that I truly care about them and what they're going through.  Since I am NOT a writer at all I have I hard time expressing my feelings, so I want the card to help in that area...and that's why I say sympathy cards are the hardest for me to make.  


I almost forgot to take pictures of these cards , but managed to quickly snap a couple of pictures of the group.  I was taking off for a few days and needed to get them mailed out ASAP!




Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Stampin' Up! ~ Happy Birthday Bloom

Today I have a fun shaker card to show you that I made for my daughter's birthday last month.  Boy are shaker cards hard to get a good picture of!  The light wants to glare off the window sheet!  I finally managed though...whew!  I used some of the left over glitter from this month's Paper Pumpkin kit to put inside.  And I was picky and had to pick through them because I didn't want some of the colors in there.  I also added some hearts in Pool Party using the Confetti Hearts Border punch to fill it up a bit more.




Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Stampin' Up! ~ Gift of Love

I did it again...I made my card for Try Stampin' or Not on Tuesday's challenge early (weeks early, believe it or not!), but didn't post it!  Today's card is pretty simple since the optional theme is blue and white...and I actually played along with the theme this time. lol  


This card was really simple to make.  I cut the card stock to the size I needed, stamped the images, did a little sponging on the edges of the white card stock and did a little dry embossing on the card base and blue background piece, attached the pieces together and I was done!





Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Stampin' Up! ~ Colorful Calla Lilies

I have another card to share with you today made with the set Remarkable You.  My cousin just had a birthday and I figured that was a good excuse to try my hand at watercolors again. :)
Can you tell which flower I painted first, second, then last?  My lines weren't as dark and harsh the more I worked it.  I painted the back flower first, then the one on the left and the right one last.  I really like the soft edges I did on the last one.  I'll keep on practicing, but I'm still happy with how they turned out over all. :)


To create this I taped around the edges of my watercolor paper with masking tape using the biggest Stampin' Up! block. Next I stamped the flowers with Sahara Sand.  Yup, with Sahara Sand (I'd use any really light color like Blushing Bride or So Saffron, depending on the color the flower is going to be).  Then I masked both the flowers and stamped the left one again back behind the other two.  I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to position it.  That's one reason my back flower is darker on the edges.  I stamped it with Pear Pizzazz on the stamp-a-ma-jig plastic piece and didn't get the stamp cleaned off well enough before I put on the Sahara Sand, so when I stamped it it was greenish brown...ugg.  I started by coloring the little "nib" in the middle with Daffodil Delight...which I shouldn't have done!  They're usually white if the calla lily is blue.  Too late...I was going with it because the yellow didn't lift as much as I would have liked.  After those were dry I started with the top flower by first getting the top area of the flower wet including the edge of the flower (in this case greenish brown! lol).  Getting the edge wet makes the color bleed and it will blend in with the color your using so it "disappears".  Then I used Island Indigo to color it in.  Basically I put it around the edges of the flower and let the water pull the color in.  That's why it's darker on the outside and lighter as it goes toward the middle of the flowers.  I did that with each part of every flower, making sure that the previous part was dry before going to the next so the colors didn't bleed into any other part of the flower.  I wet each of the stems, then added Pear Pizzazz starting that was diluted with water and before it completely dried added more in, just not quite as diluted.  Once the flower and stems were completely dry I did my background by wetting the whole thing and dropping in Pear Pizzazz by the stems and a very diluted Island Indigo around the flowers.  I made sure I kept the watercolor paper wet so the colors flowed outward.  I wanted the color a little darker closer to the flowers and stems and lighter as it got farther away.  As that was drying I added the "splashes" with my paintbrush using the same watered down colors.  Once it was completely dry (believe it or not I never used my heat gun with this card!!) I pulled off the masking tape and put it on card stock.






Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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Supplies use on this card:

Watercolor paper and various paintbrushes from local craft store





Thursday, June 23, 2016

Stampin' Up! ~ From Land to Sea in Watercolor 2

I have another card to share with you today that was inspired by the card I posted the other day.  I had so much fun making the anniversary card for my sister and her husband's anniversary that I decided to make another one similar to it for my parents' anniversary. :)  


Since my mom's favorite color is blue I added more blue using Pool Party card stock for the background instead of watercolor paper.  I've enjoyed using "watercolors" (I say that because I'm not really using watercolors, but Stampin' Up! ink), but I still have a LOT to learn!  One thing I know is I'm glad I use stamps to help me with images because I can't draw worth a toot! lol 





Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

I would love to be your demonstrator! If you like what you see and want to order anything just click on any of the products that I've listed at the bottom of my blog or click on the "Shop Now" tab at the top of my blog. Any of them will take you directly to my website! If you have questions feel free to contact me. Just click "Contact Me" at the top of my blog . If you're thinking of becoming a demonstrator click "Join My Team". I'd love to have you join me!

Supplies used on this card:

Watercolor paper from local craft store

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