Monday, October 26, 2015

freshly made sketches sketch #209

happy Monday!
I took on the latest sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, sketch #209 - a clean and simple sketch open to lots of interpretation, I love it! 
I just simply wasn't in the mood yet for a Christmas card, so here is my bright, watercolory interpretation instead! LOL

I created the smooshed watercolor background with some distress ink on watercolor paper. I used PTI Vintage Linens stamp set to create this card. I stamped the stems using the watercolor smooshing technique. I stamped the flowers with a dark pink ink then used a paint brush to watercolor the inside of the flowers with two different colors of pink distress ink.

I am new to watercolor painting, but I have to say that I really enjoyed playing around with this technique and can't wait to look up some tutorials and learn more about it!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Reverse Confetti October Sketch for you to try #29

hello hello!
here today with my take on Reverse Confetti's October Sketch For You to Try, which you can see below or HERE on the Reverse Confetti blog.

I just LOVE Reverse Confetti's stamps and dies!! I don't have a huge collection (YET!), but I have been slowly adding to my stash as I get some extra crafty money to spend!!
Recent favorites of mine are the Shine From Within stamp set and the Circle Garland Confetti Cuts die, both of which I used on my card.

I used some fun complementary patterned papers, as well as some gold and glitter glittery paper, and a few sequins for more 'sparkle', and voi1à, a sassy, sparkly finished card!

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visit!!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sparkle and Shine Challenge 16

hello hello!
I don't think I have yet played along with a challenge from Sparkle and Shine... and I don't know why it has taken me so long... who doesn't love sequins and sparkle?!
I was intrigued by their latest challenge, which is this inspiration photo, you can also see it HERE on the Sparkle and Shine challenge blog.
Those glittery pumpkins really spoke to me, but I knew that I didn't want to go with my initial instinct to outright add glitter to stamped pumpkin images.
So, I went for the trendy watercolor look instead by watercoloring them with dye inks. This was a fun, new to me technique to try. The stamps that I used are from Winnie & Walter's Moonlight stamp set.
I was further inspired by the neutral background in the inspiration photo, and I mimicked that with the colors of the patterned papers that I chose for my card... the tans and creams and black.
All in all, this was an 'outside of the comfort zone' card for me, as I don't normally work with purples, and I have to say that I really like how this card turned out!
Thanks for stopping by to take a look.
Can't wait for the next challenge!!
Until then..

Fusion: All Hallow's Eve

I haven't made any Halloween-themed cards in quite some time, so I was eager to accept the latest challenge from Fusion
I chose to use the inspiration photo and also follow the sketch to create my card.

I dug through my old stash of patterned papers to pull colors that resembled the colors in the inspiration photo. The stamps are that I used (trick or treat, '31', bat) are from the Moonlight set from Winnie & Walter. The flag banner die is by My Favorite Things.

Great challenge, so glad that I got to play along!!
Until next time...

Simon Says: Color Inspiration

Hello hello!
I played along with Simon Says Stamp's latest challenge which is a Color Inspiration challenge, which you can see below, and here on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog

I don't experiment much with color, so this challenge provided me with the perfect opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and play with some color.
Here is the card that I designed based on the inspiration photo:

I raided my scrap paper bin and pulled out some papers that were representative of the colors in the inspiration photo, found some embellishments that would fit a fall-like theme, and used this delicious sentiment from an old Simon Says Stamp stamp set.
I think I got pretty lucky finding that plaid paper that pretty much encompassed all of the colors from the inspiration photo!
Another great challenge Simon Says Stamp, so glad that I was able to play along!!
Until next time...