Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy Fall -AAA Cards #21

Game 21 Fussy Cutting

I do enjoy a bit of fussy cutting sometimes. Just in case you are not familiar with the term 'fussy cutting' it is using scissors to cut out shapes and/or designs in stead of die cuts and punches.

My oak leaf stamp is very old but I love it. I used the rock and roll technique to add the browning edges to the leaves. I first stamped the leaf in the main colors (DI fired brick and crushed olive) and then rolled the stamp around the edges in DI brushed corduroy.

I can't wait to see YOUR fussy cutting in the AAA Cards Gallery!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mums and Roses TCC #19

There is so much inspiration happening in this week's photo at THE CARD CONCEPT
But it's a color challenge which is taking me away from using fall leaves. My husband will often bring home flowers in fall colors and his favorite ones are red roses and bright yellow mums. 
So of course that's what inspired me to make a mum and roses card.

I've used two different daisy punches from ek success for the mum. The center of the mum and the roses are Impression Obsession's small spiral floral dies and border die. The greenery is memory box "Wildflower Corner die and the sentiment is from Verve "On Occasion" set vs-0193.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Golden Anniversary

Julia's bright and dazzling card is inspiring in so many ways! I needed a fall anniversary card, and so, I've used Verve's "Feel the Sun" set quote stamp as my sunny inspiration along with a Sizzix Bigz "primitive hearts #2" die. The flourish is Impression Obsession "heart and flourish" die. 

Show us how you are inspired by this week's challenge at AAA Cards!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Blue Moon Wishes - AAA Cards #19

 AAA Cards  

#19 ENJOY Moon Sketch

I never think about the moon in greeting cards so this was a welcomed challenge. I'm not good at sponging to create scenes so I used a memory box "Cottage Globe" stamp that I could create a background for the moon. I stamped the image with Memento 'Nautical Blue' ink and then I placed a dot on the stamp over the area where I wanted the moon behind the cottage. I then added a little shading with a C1 cool gray Copic marker. The craters are a byproduct of the paper dot displacing the blue ink. The circle behind the square is leftover from stamping the cottage in practice.

Join us at AAA Cards this week with your MOON Card!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Birthday Dots to you

Had to give Julee's sketch a try this week because I just purchased Verve's "On Occasion" set of 11 and die. The frilly label and bold pink flower are a feminine contrast to the gray panels. This flower is so much fun to color (with copics) and fussy cut.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Watercolored Sunflowers #18 AAA Cards

AAA Cards Game 18
Play with Watercolors

 I can't believe it's game #18 at AAA Cards already and we're playing with watercoloring some more! I'm still getting acquainted with the technique and have not moved to paints yet. So today I've used an outline stamp (as opposed to a solid image stamp). With Distress Inks applied directly to the stamp in the colors you see - onto watercolor paper. Again I'm using the aqua brush to push the colors inward from the edge to fill in the the image colors. This is quick and easy. Why make it difficult if time is limited? The sunflowers are hanging on and still beautiful here in New England. Soon it will be the reds, burnt orange and browns of fall.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Golf Course FMS 151

 Freshly Made Sketches 151 

I always need masculine cards and wanted to use up some stickers from several golf packages. This sketch is perfect for any style, and I will use it again. To achieve the grass mound I used Lil' Inker Anytime tag die along with the stitched mats rectangles. The birds are from WPlus9 Dockside set and the sentiment is by Gourmet rubber stamps. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Vellum Thank You

 Old Calypso Lagoon 

For the color challenge over at Splitcoaststampers the hostess presented us with the colors


I stamped in versamark onto vellum and heat embossed the image. At first this was not one of my favorite stamps and so I wanted to try some -close-to-the- colors above on the back side of the embossed vellum floral image. I tore the bottom edge for no specific reason and tied some lightweight ribbon with wire from Michaels around the front. I actually like the way this one turned out.