Thursday, August 22, 2013

Watercolor Wash

Here are more cards that I made using the color wash background that I made for the CAS challenge on Monday, August 19. Each one turned out so differently. Love this background technique. I made a total of four different bacgrounds.


There was a sketch challenge at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps challenge blog, "The Sweet Stop," that I wanted to participate in. The challenge also had a spin to it and that was "sunflowers". I thought about the challenge for several days and this is what I came up with.

A friend was clearing out some of her stamps a few months ago and gave me this stamp. I was also watching a video on how to color images with water based markers on kraft paper; so, I thought that I would give it a try. I embossed the image with white embossing powder and colored the image with water based markers. I was pleased with  how easy it is to do that. All the different pieces of card stock were laying around in my craft room -- just had to resize them. I also had to rotate the sketch to make a better fit for my stamped image.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SC 450

Another really cool sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.

Card base -- SU Pool Party card stock stamped with a background stamp from Impression Obsessions. Designer Papers are also from SU. White card stock and Rich Razzleberry CS was used  for layering.
Inks -- SU Pool Party and Rich Razzleberry
Stamp Sets -- SU Wetlands and Fresh Vintage
Ribbon -- SU Pool Party

Monday, August 19, 2013

CAS 234

The CAS challenge at Splitcoast Stampers today was to use paint or watercolors instead of ink. Ink could only be used for the sentiment. Where to start? Well, there were several techniques that I have always wanted to try but just never did them. I guess today is the time to start.

FIRST—I got out some watercolor paper and taped it down to a craft mat. Got out my husband's watercolor paints that he purchased some time ago. (That’s another story.) Wet the paper with water in a small spray bottle and worked at applying color to my paper. It created a color wash background that I love.

Second—I found a sentiment that I wanted to use. It was from Our Daily Bread Designs “Faith” set. I used black VersaFine ink to stamp the message.  For the leaves, I used a stamp from “Rubbernecker” colored with a green and blue watercolor crayons. (Never tried that before.)

Third—I finished the focal image by layering it on black card stock and using SU Pool Party CS for the card base. Finally, I added three black pearls to finish the card.

This was truly a challenge that encouraged me to try techniques that I had never done before.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


This morning when I went down to my craft room, I had every intention of making a masculine birthday card for this sketch challenge. I need one in a few days. Well — this card is far from being a masculine card, but this was what evolved. I guess I go back later today and work on the masculine card that I need.
This is a list of the supplies that I used --
SU Pale Plum CS for the card base and SU Designer Paper.
SU Rich Razzleberry CS for the accents.
The flower (Perfect Plum CS) was created with my new Cheery Lynn die, and for the leaves I used a Martha Stewart punch.
The greeting is from SU's hostess set Express Yourself.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


I made this card for the sketch challenge at Sweet 'n Sassy's blog "The Sweet Stop".

For the background I used Our Daily Bread Design's "Stitch Background" stamp and Impression Obession's "Roses" background stamp. Both were stamped with SU Primrose Petals ink. Then I stamped over each piece with Impression Obsession's "Scratches" background stamp inked with Memento Desert Sand. You don't really see it that much, but it did tone down the white a little. The sentiment is from Sweet 'n Sassy's ""Faith" stamp set. The flower and little leaves were cut with Cheery Lynn Dies. All the pieces were layersed with SU Primrose Petals card stock.

Monday, August 12, 2013

CAS233 at Splitcoast Stampers

Today for the CAS challenge, we were to use the gallery of "kshelly" as inspiration. Harriet has such beautiful cards in her gallery. This is the one I chose--

And here is my card--
The image is a Rubbernecker Stamp colored with SU markers--Marina Mist, So Saffron and Old Olive. I used SU Marina Mist card stock for the accent color.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


I am having trouble posting to my blog from the desk top computer. My laptop has been down for almost two weeks. I got a virsus and the computer experts are having trouble getting rid of it. Here is my card for this week's sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


This is my card for the sketch challenge at "The Sweet Stop"--Sweet 'n Sassy's sketch challenge blog. This past Saturday I purchased several stamp sets from Sweet 'n Sassy at the Heirloom Rubber Stamp Show in Novi, Michigan. This image is from the set called "Poppies and Greetings". I used copic markers to color the image. I really love the images created with these stamps.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


This was my card for the sketch challenge SC447 at Splitcoast Stampers yesterday. The focal image was created with a stamp from Stampin' Up's set called "Fresh Vintage". The sentiment was from Our Daily Bread Designs. Rich Razzleberry was the color of choice.