Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy 20th Rachel!

Today's card was made special for my "baby".  She turned 20 yesterday and I had to make her something right?!  Since I love the new set from Stampin' Up! called Remarkable You I decided to use the water lily for her card (at least I think it's a water lily!).  I wanted lily pads to go with it too so I ended up making a stamp for that using the carving kit that I bought a while ago from Stampin' Up!  I don't believe it's available anymore, but I have to admit it did the trick!  It took a bit of time to carve the stamp out, but I think it was definitely worth it in the end.   My daughter said I carved a new stamp just for her.  Hmm...I don't know if I did it "just" for her because it's for me too! ;)  Hope you like today's card. :)






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Sara

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Newborn King

Today I have a sparkly card for you!  I was in the mood for lots of shimmer and shine so that's what I did for our next challenge over at 'Tis the Season.  We have a fun color challenge for you and this is what I came up with...


Here are the colors we worked with.  I used Night of Navy, Sahara Sand and Elegant Eggplant.




I have to tell you, it sure is hard to get a good picture when there's a lot of shimmer going on! lol  If you look at this card just right all you see is the shimmer with a little color behind it.  You have to move it around just right to see what's actually stamped.  I used Elegant Eggplant to stamp my scene, inked the whole piece of card stock with VersaMark, poured on heat and stick powder and used my heat gun to melt it.  Then I poured on dazzling diamonds, used my heat gun one more time and it was ready to put on the rest of my card stock.  Make sure you head over to 'Tis the Season to check out all the other great Christmas cards using these colors.  We'd love to have you play along too!


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Sara

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Wilderness Awaits - Elusive Elk

I have another masculine card for you today inspired by this week's sketch challenge at Try Stampin' or Not on Tuesday.  I have to admit I used the sketch rather loosely and didn't do the twist, but the first thing I started out with got wet after I had done all of my sponging and stamping and I was too frustrated to start that over. :(  I decided to just come up with something else and since I never seem to have enough masculine cards I pulled out the new Stampin' Up! set The Wilderness Awaits.


I stamped the elk on watercolor paper using StazOn Black ink.  I extended the rock just a bit more so the mountain top that he is standing on is longer than the actual the stamp and goes to the edge of the card.  Then I colored him in using an aqua painter and Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso inks from Stampin' Up!  I colored the rock under him with Sahara Sand, then Smoky Slate.  The last thing I did was punch out a circle and placed it where I wanted the moon to be, then colored in the sky using Soft Sky ink.




I hope you enjoy today's masculine card.  I love making them as much as all the feminine cards I make. :)  If you get a chance check out all the other great cards HERE made using this week's sketch.  We'd love to have you play along too if you get a chance! :)




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Sara

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Wilderness Awaits

Today I have a nice Father's Day card for you.  I also made it as a birthday card, but it could be a great masculine card for any occasion too.  It's from the new Stampin' Up! set The Wilderness Awaits.  It was also one of my stamp a stack cards for this month.  It's not difficult to make at all just takes a little time since you do a bit of water coloring.  I always try to make most of the cards pretty simple, but have one card that takes a bit of time. They still keep coming even when some of them are hard, and I'm SO thankful for each of them!  

A pic of both cards together.  I made them just a bit different because I didn't have one solid strip for the background and was too lazy to cut one out of a new sheet of paper so I just took two smaller strips that were already cut and used them instead. :)




Just a close up of each of the cards.


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Sara

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Beautiful Blue Butterfly

I just wanted to get a quick post out showing a cute card I made using a bit of the old with a bit of the new. :)


It's one of the cards I'm having the ladies make for this month's stamp a stacks.  It's a very simple one to make so I know they'll like that! :)


Just a bit of a close up for you to see...


Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Holiday Home Happiness

I've been enjoying some warm weather here in Michigan...finally!  So what am I doing making Christmas cards?  Making them for 'Tis the Season's Christmas card challenge blog of course.  This week we have a fun inspiration challenge for you.  I looked at the sketch waaaay back in April and knew what I was going to do.  Then I started working on it and have to admit I did not think it was going to turn out at all.  I started with the red sleigh, brown reindeer and green trees since I embossed them.  I took one look and thought, "That is U G L Y!". lol  Glad I stuck it out because I had fun making this card and seeing it develop into something even better than I imagined it would! :)


This is the inspiration challenge.  Make sure you head over to 'Tis the Season HERE to check out the rest of the design team's cards because they are so fun!  What will this picture inspire you to make?  We'd love to see it and have you play along!


I had to stick this picture in because it shows a bit of the shimmer I spritzed onto the card after my sponging was done. :)



I hope you had as much fun looking at this card as I did creating it...just a lot less time on your part! lol



Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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Supplies used on this card:

Sticky Notes
Holiday Home Stamp Set (retired)
Stampin' Write Markers used since I can only list the color groups:
Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake,
Soft Suede, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy & Pacific Point


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Clean and Simple Birthday with 2015-2017 In Colors

Today I have a very clean and simple card for you using this week's sketch from Try Stampin' or Not on Tuesday using the new 2015-2017 In colors from Stampin' Up!  I never know if I'm going to like the next set of In Colors when I first see them and that was definitely the case with this group...I was pretty skeptical, but thought I'd better get them out and try them before I judged them too harshly.  Well I ended up really liking them so I can't complain! lol


Here's this week's sketch from Try Stampin' and I love it!  I just really like the sketches we have over there.  They are usually pretty simple, but help me create a lot of cards that I end up loving. :)  Head over to their blog HERE to see all the other great cards by the team's designers and play along with us too.  We'd love to see what you create!




Just a couple more pics to check out...


Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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You're in My Thoughts

Just a quick post for now since I want to join the Pretty Pink Posh Watercolor Blog Hop and don't have a lot of time left.  I kept telling myself I had plenty of time when it first started, but the time to play is about done!!  I couldn't resist playing because I've been messing around with water coloring a bit lately, but boy do I have SO much to learn!  Next I get to enjoy looking over hundreds of cards that were entered just to check out everyone's water coloring.  I have a feeling that's going to take a while, but it will be so fun to see what everyone else does!  






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Sara

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Best Thoughts in Watercolor

Today I a have a couple of cards to show you that are made with the same stamp but using different colors.  I've had this new stamp sitting around for over a week and I've wanted to try some water coloring and finally had a chance to do it.  As I was looking through some blog challenges I noticed that the Friday Mashup is all about water coloring with a very open sketch.  Perfect for what I wanted to do.


I made these for my daughter's best friend and her mom.  They lost their grandma and mother so I wanted to make something special for each of them.




I know...I have a lot of pics so I hope you'll bear with me while I post a few of each.  I've enjoyed trying out water coloring ever since I saw a video by Heather Telford on Splitcoast back in November or December.  She makes amazingly beautiful cards and I've sat down and made a few here and there because I enjoy it so much and because I wanted to have my images colored in.  I figured I'd use my aqua painters and ink since Stampin' Up! got rid of their Blendabilities and I couldn't color things in with them anymore.  Oh...if you'd like to check out Heather's work click HERE.  This link will show you one of her videos, then you can scroll through the rest of her blog if you'd like. :)




I forgot to add that I actually started with this card because when I think of hydrangeas these are the colors I think of.  When I wanted to do other colors for the second card I looked for pics of orange and yellow hydrangeas and they are actually out there too!  I knew there were blue, purple, green and pink, but I didn't know they come in orange and yellow too.  Guess I learned something new today. :)  Both of these cards were pretty easy to make.  I just used sponges and sponge daubers to get the colors on my stamp, but used a marker for the leaves.  I spritzed the stamp a couple of times and stamped it onto my watercolor paper.  After that I used an aqua painter to fill in the colors of the flowers and leaves.  I did use my stamp-a-ma-jig to re-stamp the image because I didn't think it was defined enough anymore.  I actually just re-spritzed my stamp instead of re-inking the whole thing again.  To get the blue background on each of the cards I just made sure the watercolor paper was wet...not too wet, but not so little wetness on it that it would dry right away.  I started going around the flower, leaves and stem and let the wet watercolor paper pull the color out away from the flower (the flower is dry when I do this!).  If I want it darker I just go back in and repeat making sure my aqua painter isn't quite as wet (but the watercolor paper still is) and get some more ink from my ink pad (in the lid).  I did tape off each of these pieces before I painted them to give them the border you can see.  I used masking tape and carefully pulled it off when the ink was dry (yes, I use my heat gun if I get sick of waiting for it to dry! lol  I also run it through my Big Shot if the paper is warped.  I just put it under an embossing folder instead of inside it.  That straightens it out in a jiffy!). 




Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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Water Color Paper


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