Tuesday, July 31, 2018

It's going to be owl-right

Stamps by Unity Stamps

Time Out Challenge - Challenge #114
Craftaholics R Us - Birds

For this card, I used my Koi watercolor paints on watercolor cardstock. I painted some blue stripes and let that dry.

I stamped the owl onto watercolor paper and colored him with the Koi watercolor paints.

I love this owl!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Just wanted to say thank you

Stamps by Flora & Fauna
Sentiments by Lawn Fawn
Die by Lawn Fawn
Washi tape

I love this die by Lawn Fawn. It made this card super easy!!

4 Crafty Chicks - Interactive card #413
Moving Along with the Times - Wild Animals
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Summer Vacation

My first gel press card

So I have never tried making a gel press card before and I got an email from Unity Stamps the other day about how easy it was so I decided to give it a try. Then, I remembered Frugal Crafter Lindsay had made a you tube video doing it, so I watched hers too. You can see hers here.  Its fun!!

For the challenge at Inkspirational, we had to make a card in 10 minutes or less. I think it took me longer to cut out the dog than it did make the actual card but I got it done right at 10 minutes.

I made this for a friend who recently had hand surgery.

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Challenge #294
Inkspirational - Designer's Choice (10 min or less)

All stamps by Art Impressions

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Another Christmas card for ya!

Christmas Crafts All Year - Christmas Tree
Creative Craft Cottage - The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (is Christmas for me)

Stamps by Stampin Up
Sentiment by Hero Arts
Stockings printed online
Star die by Lawn Fawn
Stickles glitter on star
Tim Holtz Oxide inks 

Fa La La La Llama

For this card, I used the grid technique with my Koi watercolors that I learned from the online watercolor class with Kristina Werner. I'm thinking now maybe I should've left a few spots white and not colored everything in but I have it done, so here it is ... For the llama, I used my Tombow markers to color directly onto the stamp, spritzed it with water and stamped it onto watercolor paper and let dry.

PIN}spirational - Christmas in July #220
Papercraft - Christmas in July
Crafty Gals - Christmas in July
Mod Squad - Christmas
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - Christmas in July

Stamp by Inkadinkado

Friday, July 27, 2018

Birthday wishes flamingo style

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Challenge #294
Always Happy Birthday - July challenge - Optional birthday cake
Traumfabrik - The Beach
Cards in Envy - On the Beach

This background was created by making tiny squares with a ruler and then watercoloring each square and letting each square dry before moving onto the next color. I learned this in an online watercolor class last week with Kristina Werner. It was a really fun class and we learned so much!! You can still sign up for her class here, even though its past the time we did it. You can take the class whenever you want.

Flamingo by Stampin Up (retired)
Sentiment by Amuse Stamps

Hello Friend

Color Throwdown - Sketch #503
Back to Basics and Beyond - Use an Embossing Folder
Sunny Day Crafting - Add a Animal

Stamp, sentiment and embossing
folder by Sizzix

Thursday, July 26, 2018

So happy about your happy news!

Stamps by Stampin Up

I was excited to get this stamp set by Stampin Up. This is a brand new set called Abstract Impressions and I just love it!!

I am entering this in the following challenge:

Allsorts - Flowers All Over
Tuesday Throwdown - Heatwave #402
Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark
Southern Girls - Flower Power

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Keep Calm and Float On

Stamps by Avery Elle

You can see how I made this girl float in the pool
by watching Julie Ebersole's video here. It's very
easy once you watch her you tube video.

I googled the paper and just printed it off from my computer.

I am entering this in the following challenge:

The Library Challenge - Hollywood Wives
Paper Minutes - Summer
Daisy Chain - Summer
Scribbles - Fun in the Sun
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Summer Vacation

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

You're how old?

CAS-ual Fridays - Rainbows and Butterflies
AAA - Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Dog by Stampers Anonymous
Sentiment by Stampers Anonymous
(Both from the Tim Holtz Collection)
Rainbows by Taylored Expressions using my Distress Oxide inks

Happy Birthday Tim!

I dug out some old stamps, some old cloud cardstock from Amuse Stamps and an old punch to make this card. I always did love Riley stamps and this one was one of my very first Riley the moose stamps I think.

Stinkin Inkers - Planes, trains, automobiles

Monday, July 23, 2018

Just Because

Moo-Mania - Butterflies
Cute Card Thursday - Bugs or Butterflies

Stamps by Stampin Up
Sentiment by Stampendous

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Dogs are my favorite people

Just Us Girls - Challenge #450
Ellibelle's Creative Corner - Summer
Addicted to CAS - Summertime #141

Stamps by Echo Park
How cute are these stamps?
I found them at Oozak.com

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Happy birthday VW

Stamps by Flora & Fauna
Sentiment by Lawn Fawn

I am entering this in the following challenge:

Stinkin' Inkers - Planes, Trains, Automobiles

Paru's Card Making - Birthday
Seize the Birthday - Optional Stripes
Inkspirational - Birthday

Hello Gullfriend

I am entering this in the following challenge:

Color Throwdown - Challenge #502
Less is More - One Layer with stripes

Friday, July 20, 2018

Day 5 - Simply Watercolor Class with Kristina Werner

Today was the last day of our watercolor card class with Kristina Werner and it was all about flowers and leaves. I really love how they all came out. Again, no stamps. Just watercolor.

I sure had a great time all week learning all about watercolors. This is what I learned:

1) It's important to use painters tape to hold your card down when applying watercolor. It really does help with the warping.

2) Just have fun with it. Don't OVERTHINK it!

3) A heat tool really DOES help speed up the drying process.

4) Your watercolor paper CAN make a difference so make sure you get a good quality watercolor paper.

5) Watercolor brushes also make a world of difference! I was completely clueless before this class that there are many different types of brushes.

6)  Kristina Werner is the best teacher ever!!

Life is Better in Flip Flops

Die cuts by Impression Obsession
Sentiment by Rubber Cottage

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Inspire. Create - Challenge #022
Words 2 Craft By - Flip Flopping Away
Crafty Sentiment - Add a Sentiment

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Day 4 - Simply Watercolor Class with Kristina Werner

Today is Day 4 of our online watercolor class with Kristina Werner. It's all about landscapes and nature. Again, no stamps. Just watercolor and paints.

I will be honest and say I was scared to do these but once I got them done, I think they came out ok. (The jury is still out on the sky scene with the stars. LOL)

Colorful Pineapple

I learned this watercolor grid technique from my online watercolor class with Kristina Werner this week and I wanted to try it out with this pineapple stamp for this week's challenge at City Crafter.

City Crafter Challenge - Pineapples
Bastel Traum - Anything Goes

Stamp by Unity Stamp Company

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Day Three - Simply Watercolor Class with Kristina Werner

So today was day 3 of the Simply Watercolor class and I would say this was more of a challenge for me as I haven't always loved my own handwriting.  Here are the cards I did.

She had us print off a big letter in different fonts and then color them using water and watercolor paints. I did learn how the paint color moves on your paper once you put your paint onto wet paper. I decided to print off the word MOM and I used my Microsoft word and made the font size to be 150 and it was the "Aharoni" typeset. Then I just wrote Happy Birthday over top. It's perfect for mom's birthday in September.

How to Have a Beach Body

Your Next Stamp - Challenge #93
Crafty Sentiment - Add a Sentiment

Stamps by Taylored Expressions
I love this grumpy bear by Taylored Expressions. When my local stamp store went out of business last year, I had to grab this set up because it has the cutest images with sayings in it. I don't think I've even used the stamp set yet until now but I had to have it!! You know how it is, right????

Anyway, I used my Tim Holtz Oxides ink onto watercolor paper. I just set each ink pad onto the paper and squirted some water to get this cool watercolor background. I used: Worn Lipstick, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio and Squeezed Lemonade.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Day Two - Simply Watercolor Class with Kristina Werner Cards 1-3

For today's online watercolor lesson, we learned how to draw simple animals and critters. Well, let's just say this cat was not easy but I think I mastered him "ok". No stamps, just used watercolors, a Sharpie marker, a fine line Zig marker and white acrylic paint in spots.

This card is 5x7 and was a "bonus card".
I need to work on my shading :).