Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Medallion Framed Life

Howdy!  My card is up on the Art Neko Galleries blog today, so please head over there to check it out.  I've created a fun and easy card using medallion stamps from Art Neko.  I love this fresh new color combo as well - I was just playing around and came up with these three colors (Emerald Envy, Pumpkin Pie, Dapper Denim) by accident.  Love those happy accidents!  :-)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

CAS391 Grateful Butterfly Rainbow

Hi friends!  I'm hosting the CAS391 challenge over on SCS this week, and I'm asking everyone to show me their clean and simple cards with sunshine or rainbows or both.  My card is a one layer card, and I masked off an area and sponged the following colors onto the card base for my rainbow effect:

Cajun Craze
Pumpkin Pie
Daffodil Delight
Emerald Envy
Dapper Denim

The sentiment was stamped with black ink and it is from Power Poppy's Nice Things to Say set.  A delicate white butterfly was cut from a Cheery Lynn Designs die and adhered onto my rainbow.

Come play along with us and show me your CAS cards with sunshine or rainbows or both!  When you upload, please use keyword CAS391 so we can find your cards.  We'd love to see what you create!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Copper Tin Beauty

Good morning!  This card is up over on the Art Neko Galleries blog, so please head over there to see how I created this.  This gorgeous sentiment is from Art Neko, and it was just perfect for this card.

If you've been hesitant to look around the Art Neko store because you think it is only Asian themed stamps, please look again.  There are LOTS of non-Asian stamps there.  This sentiment is only one of hundreds of beautiful stamps in the Art Neko store.  There are some gorgeous florals and a state bird/flower collection as well as Western cowboy stamps and Victorian silhouettes.  Have a look around and you'll be surprised at the wonderful variety of stamps at Art Neko.  :-)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Verdigris Pagoda

Hello everyone!  I have some exciting news to share with you!!!!

The very first post for the new Art Neko blog just went live today!  My card, pictured above, is shown in the post over there and I have described how I created this.  Please visit the Art Neko Galleries blog and check it out.

While you are there, please take the time to subscribe to the Art Neko newsletter.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and on the right side, you will see a box to enter your email address.  Enter your email address and then click on the blue "Subscribe" button.  You will receive a confirmation email and you just follow the directions in the email to confirm your subscription.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks as the rest of the Design Team settles in and starts posting to the new Art Neko blog.  You're going to love their artwork!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Buzzy Bee

Have you been playing in the Dare to Get Dirty challenges over on SCS?  It's a week of stampy fun with tons of challenges.  This card is for one of the challenges from Day 1 (Saturday).  I can't tell y'all the details of the challenge - you have to go over there and see for yourself.  

I had a great time putting this one together.  I stamped all the hexagons in black ink and punched them out with a matching punch.  The bee was die cut and then stamped with the matching stamp in archival black ink.  Because I used the archival ink, I could not use Copic markers to color in the bee.  So I pulled out some Wild Honey distress ink, squooshed it onto my craft mat, and watercolored the little bee's body.  I used the same Wild Honey distress ink direct to paper and inked up some white cardstock for a background layer behind the hexagons.

I'm behind on the challenges because I didn't do any of them yesterday.  I was at my niece's baby shower and it was a wild and fun day.  I've got a lot of catching up to do!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Gold Hexagons

Have you been drooling over the stamps at Art Neko?  Every time I visit their website, I find more and more stamps that I want to play with.  One such stamp was this one, called Hexagons and Flowers.  

I really wanted to see how they would look with some shimmer paints called Silks.  I pulled out some greens and pinks and a pale blue paint and colored them with a paintbrush.  I used some Emperor's Gold Silks paint for the hexagons in the stamp and then I used the same gold paint on my hexagon background die cut.

For the blue background on my card base, I sprayed it with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Spray Stain, and then I decided it needed some shimmer.  I sprayed it again with some Patina Glimmer Mist, and then with some Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist.  I love the shimmer on this card!

To help tone things down, I added some simple white butterflies with some hot pink rhinestones.  There is so much shimmer and gold going on, I didn't want the butterflies to overwhelm the card with yet more color and shimmer.  :-)

Stamp: Hexagons and Flowers from Art Neko
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento
CS: White
Paint: pink, blue, and green Silks paints, Emperor's Gold Silks paint
Other: Mermaid Lagoon Distress Spray Stain, Patina Glimmer Mist, Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist, hexagon background die, butterfly punch, hot pink rhinestones

Monday, July 25, 2016

CAS387 Shimmery Mistletoe

Happy Monday! The CAS challenge over on SCS this week (CAS387) is Christmas in July. I love making Christmas cards. When I saw this challenge, I knew the time had come for me to try something with my newest Christmas dies. 

I pulled out this winter foliage frame from PTI and cut it from white cardstock. Let me tell you - it was a PAIN! The first two were abject failures. I tried again with lots and lots of shims and finally got something that was almost decent. There were a couple of fussy pine branches that did not cut through completely, so you know what? I cut those babies off. LOL If you have this die and you're wondering why mine looks so different, there ya go. LOL!

Sooooo after a little water break, I decided to spray my frame with some green Mistletoe Glimmer Mist. I love Glimmer Mist! I set this aside to dry and set about cutting out the sentiment. These sentiment dies from Penny Black cut like buttah - noooooo problems! Whew! I cut it from white cardstock, and then I decided to color it with a dark red Copic marker for that traditional red and green Christmas combo.

Instead of adhering these to a white card base, I jazzed things up by using some shimmery Poison Ivory cardstock for my base. It feels like a real extravagance when I use shimmery cardstocks for my bases. :-)

Escape the heat dome and come play along in our CAS387 challenge this week. We'd love to see what your Christmas cards look like!