Saturday, July 21, 2018

Just Us Girls - I'm the July Guest Designer! Color Week

I'm back again as the July Guest Designer for Just Us Girls!
This week is Color Week and here is the challenge!
I often have trouble creating when I am told to use certain colors (!?) it can mess with my mojo!  But this week was a breeze because I just got out the same stamps I used last week on my JUGS card since they are perfect for these colors! 
I cut a panel of water color paper, masked an area to create my section of 'ocean' and pounced the panel onto my craft mat where I had rubbed Ranger Distress Cracked Pistachio and then spritzed with water.  When I had achieved the coverage I wanted, I removed the mask and dried the panel with my heat tool.  To define the edges better, I drew lines with my 01 Black Micron Pen.

Then I got out the PTI Salt Air: Fauna and Salt Air: Flora stamps and dies. (The stamps seem to be back in the shop but the dies are still back ordered).  I selected what fauna and flora I wanted and stamped them onto the die cuts using Pale Peony and Aqua Mist PTI Inks.  I layered them over the 'ocean' strip with foam dots, stamped the Psalm verse from an older Sweet N Sassy set called Beauty by the Sea and added 3 enamel dots.

I layered the panel to a slightly larger Hawaiian Shores panel and then to a white card base.

So being told what colors to use wasn't so terrible for me this time! 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer - getting outdoors and enjoying yourself - maybe even getting to the beach?!  Looking at this card makes me want to go there!

So please join us over at Just Us Girls showing us your creation using aqua, pink and white!  You have until 9 pm EST July 26th to link up your card.  I'll be back next Saturday with my last creation as Guest Designer for JUGS.  What a fun month I've been having creating along this talented team!

I'm also linking my card to:
CAS Watercolour Card Challenge 

Stamps:  Salt Air: Fauna, Salt Air Flora - PTI, Beauty by the Sea (retired) - Sweet N Sassy.
Paper:  Water color paper - Canson, white, Haraiian Shores - PTI
Ink:  Hero Hues Black, Pale Peony and Aqua Mist - PTI, Ranger Distress Cracked Pistachio.
Accessories:  Eclipse Tape (for mask), craft mat, water mister, enamel dots, 01 Black Micron Pen, foam dots,  Salt Air: Fauna Die set and Salt Air: Flora Die set - PTI.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Always be a Mermaid

Today I'm playing along with the Color Challenge over on the Ellen Hutson, LLC Blog - I'm sneaking it in just a day before the deadline as I just found out about it!
I used a newly released Essentials by Ellen set by Julie Ebersole called Inner Mermaid as well as the coordinating die set
 I colored the background by smooshing Distress Inks in Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters and Twisted Cintron onto my craft mat, spritzing with water and then pouncing my watercolor paper panel onto the mat -  one color at a time - drying in between pounces - until I got the look I wanted!
I colored the mermaid tail, star fish and shell with Tombow Markers - spreading the color out with a Clear Glitter Wink of Stella so I could get 'dark to light' coloring.
I hope you can see the lovely glittery look in the close up below. (maybe click on it to enlarge?)
Ellen Hutson LLC has a new Facebook where members can post their creations using product from her shop and if you request to be a member now - she is offering a 15% discount in her shop!  Check it out here.

And here is the link to the color challenge on the Ellen Hutson blog.  
A random entry will win a $50 gift certificate to Ellen Hutson LLC!

Stamps:  Inner Mermaid - Essential by Ellen
Paper:  watercolor paper - Canson, Tropical Teal, White - PTI, Bristol Smooth Surface.
Ink:  Hero Hues Black, Ranger Distress Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters, Twisted Cintron.
Accessories:  Inner Mermaid Dies - Essentials by Ellen, purple dew drops, Tombo Glue, Clear Glitter Wink of Stella, foam dots, Tombow Markers.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mid Month Reminder - July CAS Mix Up Challenge - Color Your Dies!

I'm here today with a mid-month reminder about the fun July CAS Mix Up Card Challenge -  this month Bonnie has asked us to color our die cuts!
This time I water colored my die cuts using Ranger Distress Inks.
I used Lovely Layers dies from PTI to die cut my flower out of watercolor paper.  Then I picked out what color Distress inks I wanted to use - Mowed Lawn, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade and Frayed Burlap. I rubbed one color at a time onto my craft mat, spritzed the color with water and brushed the watery color over each die cut piece.
I dried each piece with my heat tool and then dipped my brush into clean water and splattered the water onto each piece one at a time, drying each piece with my heat tool.  I love the added texture the water spots create!
I adhered the flower layers to each other with foam dots accept for the smallest one, which I just glued on.  I added a little curve to the leaf/petals  pieces with my finger before adhering them to each other. I added a brown enamel dot to the center.  Then I adhered the flower to a white card panel with another foam dot.
I stamped the sentiment  from Lovely Layers Stamp Set from PTI beneath the flower and adhered the panel to a white card base.

So please join us in this fun challenge - to color your die cuts!  It's always fun to find new ways to use our craft supplies right?!

You'll find YouTube Videos of different ways to color your die cuts as well as some awesome inspiration from the Design Team  as well as our awesome guest designer Susan Joyce (Cat's InkCorporated) over at the CAS Mix Up Blog here.  You have until July 24th to link up your cards!

Stamps:  Lovely Layers Stamp Set - Papertrey Ink.
Paper:  Water color paper - Canson, white - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Mowed Lawn, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap, Hero Hues Black.
Accessories:  Lovely Layers Die Collection - PTI, foam dots, brown enamel dot, water, paint brush, heat tool.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Just Us Girls - I'm July Guest Designer! Trend Week

I'm back again as the July Guest Designer for Just Us Girls
I was asked because I was chosen Chic of the Week on May 18th.
This week it's Trend Week and here is the challenge!
There are so many wonderful techniques for watercoloring a background.  
Today I used Ranger Distress Inks - rubbed onto my craft mat and spritzed with water to make my background.  I did one color at a time - pouncing the watercolor paper panel into the wet water-based ink on the mat.  I dried the panel with my heat tool and then pounced it again into the wet ink until I was happy with how it looked (I like lots of spots!).  
Then I wiped off my craft mat and rubbed the next color on and spritzed with water following the same steps as with the first color.  I used 3 Distress Inks for my background in this order - Twisted Cintron, Mermaid Lagoon, and Hickory Smoke.
I also got to use my brand new stamps and dies from PTI 
(I love when I use new stuff right away! Often times it sits in my craft room until I forget I bought it!)  Salt Air - Flora and dies, Salt Air - Fauna and dies and Salt Air Sentiments.

Inside I stamped: Let's Shell-ebrate!  It's Your Birthday!  and I also stamped a shell.

So please join us over at Just Us Girls showing us how you watercolor a background!  You have until 9 pm EST July 19th to link up your card.  You'll find lots of inspiration from the wonderfully talented Design Team as well!

I'm linking my card to:
Seize the Birthday

Stamps:  Salt Air - Flora, Salt Air - Fauna, Salt Air Sentiments - Papertrey Ink.
Paper:  Watercolor paper - Canson, White, Hawaiian Shores - PTI
Ink:  True Black, Ocean Tides, Dark Indigo, Blueberry Sky, Orange Zest, Cocoa Bean - PTI, Hero Hues Black, Ranger Distress Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Cintron, Hickory Smoke.
Accessories:  Salt Air - Flora Die set, Salt Air - Fauna Die Set - PTI, foam dots, green dew drops, Tombow Glue, craft mat, heat tool, water mister.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Summer Wrapped Journal and Color Box Blend Inks

For the month of July, Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team will be posting projects using her innovative Color Box Blend Inks along with many of her dies.  

Today I have a Summer Journal to share that I made using her fun new Sizzix Wrapped Journal along with Heart and Soul Flower die, Spring Leaves die, Passport Die, Credit Card, sleeve and Tags Dies and Journaling Words dies!  
All that in this cute  5" x 4" x1 1/2" journal!!!
I have a few photos to show you how I put this together.
I found this lovely Aztec design fabric remnant at Joann's for 50% off!
I used it to die cut several Heart and Soul flower pieces which I then covered with Matte Mod Podge to give the pieces some body and durability as I would be using them on the cover of the journal.
I die cut the leaves from Spring Leaves out of Sizzix Paper Leather and inked them with Bay Color Box Blends.  See that interesting ink container with the sponge on the end?  You press the sponge onto your craft mat which releases the ink -  then you can either sponge onto the item or paint it on with a brush!  I just sponged right onto the leaves.
I found another remnant at Joann's of tan Marine Vinyl - also 50% off!   
(I got some in Navy blue as well but that will be a project for another day!!)
Note:  Always cut vinyl with the backing facing the die so the score lines don't cut through the vinyl.
 I painted veins on the leaves using Flagstone Color Box Blend ink mixed with a little water on my craft mat as I didn't want the color to be too dark.
The lining of the Marine Vinyl is a netting of sorts with a very light grid pattern on it (perhaps for cutting guides?)  I inked it all over with the Bay Color Box Blends.   It took quite a while to dry probably because of the kind of material it is - I used my heat tool on it and also laid it out in the sun for the afternoon!  By the next day - it was dry to the touch.
I pulled this sheet of tags out of the DCWV Electric Jungle Premium Stack - a wonderful 12"x12" pad of summer designs and tags.
 I die cut the tags using the Credit Card Sleeve and Tags dies to make smaller tags out of them.
I also cut pieces from the image pages of the Electric Jungle Premium Stack for the tags to slip into.
I used Eileen's Passport die to cut my pages out of water color paper -  I made 4 signatures of 3 pages folded in half, making 6 pages in each signature.
I water colored the background on every other page using Color Box Blends in Bay, Flagstone and Golden mixed with water on my craft mat.  These blank pages will be used for journaling or adding photos.
I hand stitched two pieces of twill tape to the cover using black button hole thread.  One piece wraps around the back and the other is on the front edge.
A tad messy on the inside but I covered the piece in the middle with a strip of card stock.
Some photos of the completed book inside.
The front page -  JOURNAL is from Eileen's new Journaling Words die set.
A page for journaling with watercolored background.
A small tag slipped in the slot for notes
A large tag slipped in for notes.
I used the loop piece left from die-cutting the slot on the bottoms of the panels to add a little interest!
Side view showing the dimension of the flowers and the black elastic cord used to hold the signatures.  They are knotted in the middle of each signature inside.
Back view - plain and simple!
And from the top! I looped a piece of Mandarin Bakers Twine through each of the tags.

Please check out Eileen Hull's blog all this month where the Inspiration Team's projects will be gathered together showing the versatility of these Color Box Blend Inks.  
They are Crafters Ink in an easy to hold innovative applicator and they hold more than 10 times the ink of a traditional ink pad.  They can be sponged on with the applicator attached to the container or you can press the ink onto a craft mat and paint the color on with a brush.

I'm linking my little journal to:
Mini Album Makers

Paper:  Arches Watercolor Paper, Green Parakeet, Tropical Teal, Orange Zest, True black - Papertrey Ink, DCWV Electric Jungle Premium Stack - JoAnn, white Paper Leather - Sizzix.
Inks:  Color Box Blends - Bay, Flagstone, Golden
Accessories: Tan Marine Vinyl, Aztec Print fabric remnant - JoAnn, Wrapped Journal, Heart and Soul Flower die, Passport Die, Credit Card Sleeve and Tags Dies, Journaling Words - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Hand Written Vacation - TH/Sizzix, Tombow Glue, Scor Tape, black button hole thread, big eye needle, Mandarin Bakers Twine - The Twinery, Matte Mod Podge, sponge brush,  Twill Tape - Martha Stewart, paint brush, water, mini stapler, large brad.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Poinsettia Blessings

It sure is summer here in MA - we had quite a heat wave last week - what better time to make another Christmas card to try and cool off at least in our minds?!
I used an older Nestability die set called Layered Poinsettias.  I seem to have lost my foam mat that you need to use with these dies so that the leaves get embossed as you die cut them -  so I die cut them and then sponged over the dies with Fired Brick Distress ink before taking the flowers out of the dies.
I layered them over each other - the bottom two layers with foam dots.  I added Copper Micro Beads to the center.
I made the background using the Splash Watercoloring technique which you'll find over at the July CAS Watercolour Challenge.  I rubbed Ranger Distress Hickory Smoke Ink over my craft mat, spritzed with water and pounced my watercolor panel into the ink on the mat.   My sentiment is from Signature Christmas from PTI.

I'm joining in these challenges:

CAS Mix Up Card Challenge

 My box of Christmas cards is getting filled up!  What a great feeling!

Stamps:  Signature Christmas - PTI
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy - PTI, Arches Watercolor paper.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Fired Brick, Hickory Smoke, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Layered Poinsettia Dies - Nestabilities, Copper Micro Beads - Prima, water mister, craft Mat, Blending Tool, Tombow Glue, foam dots.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Just Us Girls - I'm the July Guest Designer! Word Week

I am so thrilled and excited to have been asked to be the July Guest Designer over at Just Us Girls!  I was asked because I was chosen Chic of the Week on May 18th.
This week is Word Week and the word is 'CITRUS'.
It appears that I don't  have any citrus stamps in my craft room (!?!?!?!) so I used citrus colors - orange, lemon, and melon
Here's a little explanation of how I made this lovely stenciled background for my card.
First I laid my stencil over a panel of watercolor paper, shook 3 different colors of Brusho over the stencil.  Then I spritzed water over the stencil until the colors were activated to my liking. 
I removed the stencil, turned it over so the watery Brushos still on the stencil were facing down and laid the stencil onto another panel of water color paper and pressed over it with a paper towel.  This gave me a negative outline print of the stencil. 
 I dried both with my heat tool.   Then I laid the clean stencil over the negative print of the stencil (bottom left) and sponged Distress Inks over the stencil. (Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters)  Top left is the original stencil print using Brushos and water over the stencil.  Bottom left is the negative print of the stencil sponged over with Distress Inks.
Another view -  on the right below is the negative print of the stencil before sponging and on the left  is how it looks after I sponged color through the stencil.  
 (I made a bunch of these panels because I was so excited about how wonderful they came out - so these below don't match each other but they do show before and after!)
Another look at the negative stencil and the inks and Brushos used (Lemon, Orange and Grey).
I know this may sound difficult as it took a lot of words to explain it (!)  but it's really simple when you just do it! And isn't the result beautiful!?!
So please join us over at Just Us Girls showing us how the word Citrus inspires you!  You'll also find lots of inspiration from the creative Design Team!  You have until 9 pm EST July 12th to link up your card.

I'm also linking my card to:
The Card Concept
my card is mixed media, inspired by the orange blossoms and green leaves

Stamps:  Sentiment Staples: Birthday - PTI
Paper:  Watercolor Paper - Canson, Orange Zest, Limeaide Ice and White - PTI
Ink:  Hero Hues Black, Ranger Distress Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters.
Accessories:  Bloom Boldly Stencil - Artplorations, Brushos Lemon, Grey and Orange, green enamel dots, foam dots.