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

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 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

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Stampin' Up! ~ From Land to Sea in Watercolor

I'm really excited to post today's card!  A few weeks ago it was my sister and brother-in-law's 20th anniversary so I wanted to make something special for them.  They do like the outdoors, not sure if they like the beach and sand though! ;)  But I have to tell you I had a lot of fun creating this card that was inspired by Try Stampin' or Not on Tuesday's sketch challenge #276.  There is an optional theme that I didn't do this time around, but it's polka dots!  If it was stripes I'd be all in! :)


As you can see by the sketch I chose to turn my card 90 degrees to the left.  I do that every now and then...keeps things interesting (or helps me create a card instead of wondering what I'm going to do since nothing is popping into my mind!). Make sure you check out the other great cards created by the design team for this sketch HERE.  As always...if you get a chance to play along we'd love to see what you create!



I'll tell you a little bit about how I created it down below, but first here are the colors I used to created this "painting"...




To create this card I started with watercolor paper cut at about 3-1/2" x  3-1/2".  I used masking tape to cover about 1/4" all the way around the paper since I wanted a framed look on this card.  Note:  I always clean my aqua painter before using the next color unless I want them blended together.  I won't be writing that every time I switch colors. :)  Using my aqua painter I wet the top 2/3 of my paper and added Marina Mist and a touch of Island Indigo to the top left corner and let it bleed and blend.  I then added So Saffron to the rest of the watercolor paper where it was wet, but left a bit of a space between the blue and yellow...I didn't want a green sky!  Then I quickly added a touch of Wisteria Wonder between the blue and yellow and at the bottom of the horizon.  While that was drying I inked up the light house from the stamp set From Land to Sea.  I inked the top and just a touch of the bottom with a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.  Then using a Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker I colored the more pronounced stripes on the lighthouse.  The last color I used was Smoky Slate and colored in between the red and at the very bottom under the black, but I didn't go all the way to the bottom.  I knew I was going to cover that part anyway with something so I didn't want it on at all because I'd have to cover it.  Once the stamp was inked I huffed on it a few times and stamped it where I wanted it on the picture.  Using my aqua painter I carefully wet all of the Cherry Cobbler on the lighthouse.  Then I did the top carefully so you can still see some of the detail, but not all of it.  Next I blended the smoky slate in between the red pulling from the outside in on each side.  The last thing I blended was the bottom of the lighthouse.  The sky and lighthouse were the simple parts for me!  Then I was stumped.  I can't visualize what I want to paint at all so I pulled up a lot of other paintings to get an idea of what I wanted to do.  I just decided to add some green to fill in for small bushes or grass.  First I wet the horizon area and a little bit below it, but made sure it wasn't too wet.  Then I started dabbing Pear Pizzazz all over and let it dry a little.  Before it was completely dry I added Old Olive so it would bleed and blend a little, but not too much.  I did the same thing with my last color Mossy Meadow.  Each time I added them I made sure I did less of each color so I didn't lose the different tones.  Painting a beach and water just does not work for me, but I took a stab at it any way.  I wet the rest of the paper below the grass, then I added a touch of Crumb Cake for sand, then quickly added Marina Mist and a good amount of Island Indigo.  After the sand and water were dry I added more blue that was a mixture of Marina Mist and Island Indigo here and there.  I'm glad I did because I thought it looked better that way!  Once it was dry I carefully took the tape off, then finished assembling the card.


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 & masking tape


Stampin' Up! ~ From Land to Sea in Watercolor

I'm really excited to post today's card!  A few weeks ago it was my sister and brother-in-law's 20th anniversary so I wanted to make something special for them.  They do like the outdoors, not sure if they like the beach and sand though! ;)  But I have to tell you I had a lot of fun creating this card that was inspired by Try Stampin' or Not on Tuesday's sketch challenge #276.  There is an optional theme that I didn't do this time around, but it's polka dots!  If it was stripes I'd be all in! :)


As you can see by the sketch I chose to turn my card 90 degrees to the left.  I do that every now and then...keeps things interesting (or helps me create a card instead of wondering what I'm going to do since nothing is popping into my mind!). Make sure you check out the other great cards created by the design team for this sketch HERE.  As always...if you get a chance to play along we'd love to see what you create!



I'll tell you a little bit about how I created it down below, but first here are the colors I used to created this "painting"...




To create this card I started with watercolor paper cut at about 3-1/2" x  3-1/2".  I used masking tape to cover about 1/4" all the way around the paper since I wanted a framed look on this card.  Note:  I always clean my aqua painter before using the next color unless I want them blended together.  I won't be writing that every time I switch colors. :)  Using my aqua painter I wet the top 2/3 of my paper and added Marina Mist and a touch of Island Indigo to the top left corner and let it bleed and blend.  I then added So Saffron to the rest of the watercolor paper where it was wet, but left a bit of a space between the blue and yellow...I didn't want a green sky!  Then I quickly added a touch of Wisteria Wonder between the blue and yellow and at the bottom of the horizon.  While that was drying I inked up the light house from the stamp set From Land to Sea.  I inked the top and just a touch of the bottom with a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.  Then using a Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker I colored the more pronounced stripes on the lighthouse.  The last color I used was Smoky Slate and colored in between the red and at the very bottom under the black, but I didn't go all the way to the bottom.  I knew I was going to cover that part anyway with something so I didn't want it on at all because I'd have to cover it.  Once the stamp was inked I huffed on it a few times and stamped it where I wanted it on the picture.  Using my aqua painter I carefully wet all of the Cherry Cobbler on the lighthouse.  Then I did the top carefully so you can still see some of the detail, but not all of it.  Next I blended the smoky slate in between the red pulling from the outside in on each side.  The last thing I blended was the bottom of the lighthouse.  The sky and lighthouse were the simple parts for me!  Then I was stumped.  I can't visualize what I want to paint at all so I pulled up a lot of other paintings to get an idea of what I wanted to do.  I just decided to add some green to fill in for small bushes or grass.  First I wet the horizon area and a little bit below it, but made sure it wasn't too wet.  Then I started dabbing Pear Pizzazz all over and let it dry a little.  Before it was completely dry I added Old Olive so it would bleed and blend a little, but not too much.  I did the same thing with my last color Mossy Meadow.  Each time I added them I made sure I did less of each color so I didn't lose the different tones.  Painting a beach and water just does not work for me, but I took a stab at it any way.  I wet the rest of the paper below the grass, then I added a touch of Crumb Cake for sand, then quickly added Marina Mist and a good amount of Island Indigo.  After the sand and water were dry I added more blue that was a mixture of Marina Mist and Island Indigo here and there.  I'm glad I did because I thought it looked better that way!  Once it was dry I carefully took the tape off, then finished assembling the card.


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 & masking tape


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Stampin' Up! ~ Happy Birthday to You!

Today's card is one that I made for my niece's birthday.  I asked what her favorite color was and I was told "Lovely and sparkly...so sparkly". lol  Well I made it sparkly!  I actually made two cards one for my niece that is turning three and one for my niece who turned one...and I forgot to take a picture of the second card...err!  It was exactly the same except the butterflies were Real Red, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight.  Wink of Stella sure can make things sparkle! :D


I used clear Wink of Stella, but the color of paper you put it on changed the look of it a little.   It might not seem like it in the pic below, but the orange butterfly looked kind of like dazzling diamonds, the pink one looked slightly gold and the purple one looked a touch like silver.  Not that I'm complaining because it was exactly what I was looking for!




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:




Friday, June 10, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Mega Deal!

Just another reminder about the great deal you can get on Paper Pumpkin if you're a first time subscriber.  It's only $5....yeah!! 
Thanks to all of you who have signed up!  I'd love to have more of you join me. :)
All of the info is in my previous post HERE if you're wondering what it's all about.  If you're ready to order click HERE and when you subscribe make sure you put in ONEDAYDEAL and it changes the price to $5.  Fill out the rest of the info and you're good to go!


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!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Mega Deal!


Today's post is a bit different for me, but I want to share a great deal with you that Stampin' Up! is offering.  No, I'm not going to ask you to be a demonstrator (but won't stop you if you'd like to be!).  I've been ordering a monthly kit that Stampin Up! offers called Paper Pumpkin.  Some months they include cards, other months are cute little projects or both (I'll include pics of a few past kits below so you can see what they've offered in the past).  About 6 months or so I started putting them together and they are a quick way to have cards or a gift on hand to give to someone. Anyway this kit normally runs $19.95 a month and for almost 31 hours Stampin Up! is offering it for only $5 USD to anyone who is a new subscriber!  That is a GREAT!!! offer and I would love it if you would give it a try!  
This amazing offer starts tomorrow, Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 PM (EST) and ends Friday, June 10 at 1:50 AM (EST).  Technically that’s just shy of 31 hours—a little more than one day, but it will go by in a blink! 
You will have to use the promo code: ONEDAYDEAL when signing up and order it HERE and it is available only between the hours I have listed.  
  • Just a couple of details/reminders...
  • The price of the kit is $5 USD.
  • Use the promo code: ONEDAYDEAL
  • Sign up through me HERE.  
  • This $5 offer is open to first-time subscribers only. Discount applies to one kit for June 2016. After the first month, the price for the subscription will return to $19.95 USD.  You can log in and cancel your subscription anytime after June 11 if you don't want to continue receiving the monthly kit, but I would love for you to continue with it!  If I have enough subscribers (for those of you who live close to me) I'll consider doing a once a month get together where we put the kits together at my house (no buying something with the intention of using it, but  instead sits around!).  If you want to change things up and go beyond what the kit shows you would be able to use any of my supplies.  All you would have to provide is two-way tape just like at my stamp a stacks.
  • Offer starts on Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 PM (EST)  and ends Friday, June 10 at 1:50 AM (EST).
  • This is only available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.











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!




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