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. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Skinny Birthday Blues

 For this week's Tall and Skinny Sketch my card (3.5" x 5.5") will fit in an A2 envelope. I've substituted the rectangular panel with the Spellbinders Labels 18 die. My flower is colored with copics and fussy cut. Sparkly stickers are applied to the center. 

 Card Ingredients: Verve's Birthday to You sentiment VSPJ-0077, Verve Flower VSA-10-018, Spellbinders Labels eighteen and Petite oval, Anna Griffin Cuttlebug embossing folder and random greenery.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Yellow Daisies AAA Cards #17

AAA Cards - Game #17 CREATE with Stenciling

I have so many different types of stencils in my crafting stash. Metal, plastic, dry embossing stencils and who knows what else. These daisies are from one that I did not know that I had! I thought the image was perfect for this time of year. I sponged with Distress Inks in mustard seed, fired brick and peeled paint. I'm pretending that they are sunflower look-a-likes. The sunflowers are in full bloom here in New England and just glorious! The gingham ribbon gives them a country feel.

Show us your creation featuring Stencils at AAA Cards!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My Anchor

Good morning! I am so thrilled and honored to be guest designer for this week's 
fabulous sketch by Leigh at CAS(E) this sketch! 

I'm making it my business to try more masculine cards. My 25th wedding anniversary is coming up in September. My husband loves sailing and he truly keeps me from running aground.

Card Ingredients: WPlus9 sentiment and stamping from "Dockside" set and dies. Bazzill basics "Flintstone" , Memento tuxedo black and gray flannel inks.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Card Concept Celebration! #17

Good morning all! I am so thrilled and excited to be a new Design Team member for
My assignment is  'Classy & Elegant' designs.  I’ll be trying my best to make my creations simply classy and elegant. Thank you, Lesley Croghan, for the honor of having me on the Team!

The inspiration photo looks like a celebration to me. Fresh clean bedding and a bright cheerful pop of color with the white is wonderful. I made my card to celebrate anything that makes someone happy; weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and for me a good night's rest.

I looked for anything in my stash that reminded me of the pattern of the big blossom. I've used a Spellbinders Lotus pendant die cut under the panel with a similar pattern. The small bouquet is added to make the clean simplicity in the photo into classic elegance.

Make sure you stop by The Card Concept to check out what the design team's presenting and to add yours as well!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Masculine Birthday Game #16 AAA Cards

Card Ingredients: Spellbinders "Parisian Accents" Medallion, cut out clock face dp, brown ribbons, WPlus9 sentiment, Lil' Inker stitched rectangle die.

It's our turn to case Jane's sweet and very lovely birthday card! I love this bright and sunny card but I love her design also. I wanted and needed to make a masculine card because I have four brothers, a son-in-law and etc... Here's my masculine version using Jane's sketch. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sweet Summer - AAA Cards Game 15

I have lots of favorite summer foods; fresh corn on the cob, beef steak tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers and sweet watermelon is near the top. I have a feeling you can tell even without the editorial. This is my take on summer food. 
SHOW ME YOURS! Join us at AAA Cards this week.

Card Ingredients: Lil' Inker Designs "On the Diagonal Die and Swirls cover up die for seeds, 
Verve sentiment, twine, black button.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Watercolored Hollyhocks AAA Cards Game 14

It's BACK! Creating with watercolor techniques sure is fun. This week I've used Derwent Inktense water soluble ink pencils. I die cut the hollyhocks out of watercolor paper and partially colored areas of the blooms. I use the aqua brush to move the colors around for blending. When I was finished with the sections I flicked the brush on the card base. Let's call it hollyhock pollen. Anyway, it was fun.

I hope you join us at AAA Cards this week for some watercoloring too!