Sunday, August 13, 2017

CAS442 Healing Thoughts

Kia has a wonderfully interesting CAS challenge for us this week - CAS442.  She wants us to go monochromatic with a little twist.  Basically, your design should be mostly black and white, except for a pop of color on just one element.  So if you had flowers and leaves stamped in black, you would only color the flowers or the leaves, not both.  Or you could go really bold and just color one flower, and leave all the rest of the flowers and leaves alone.  

I decided to try something a little different.  I printed this gorgeous digi from Power Poppy called Graceful Still Life onto some Xpress It Copic paper. Instead of coloring the flowers or the leaves, I decided to color those little balls in the center of the flowers.  I used a combo of yellow and green Copic markers to color in those balls (stamens??).  

I also used a couple of gray Copic markers to go inside and around the flowers and branches.  I've become more attentive with my coloring and light sources, and it's been an interesting journey to finally be able to lay down my shadows.  Can you see the shadows I was attempting to color? I went very subtle with the shadowing because I didn't want to overwhelm the delicate yellow/green balls.  

To finish off my card, I stamped the healing thoughts sentiment from Power Poppy's Nice Things to Say clear stamp set with Versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder.  Because I've used both a digi and a clear stamp set on this card, it qualifies for entry into this month's Mix and Match challenge over on the Power Poppy blog. 

Check out the CAS challenge this week and play along with us.  If you have Power Poppy stamps, check out their challenges over on their blog as well!  Have a great week!!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Feel Better Azaleas

I'm back with another Power Poppy creation.  They have a fun challenge this month where they are asking us to mix and match their stamps on our creations.  On my other two cards from Friday and Saturday, I mixed a digital stamp with a regular clear stamp.  On this card today, I'm mixing images from two different clear stamp sets.  

I stamped the vase of flowers from the Azalea set and colored it with Copic markers.  This was cut out with an oval die and layered with a lacy scallop oval cut from green cardstock.  The sentiment, from Power Poppy's Daffodils set, was stamped in black ink, cut with scissors, and adhered below the vase of flowers.  

Have you checked out the Mix and Match challenge over on the Power Poppy blog?  Pull out your Power Poppy stamps and play along with us this month!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Dogwood Note

Power Poppy has a fun challenge going on this month to mix and match their stamps on a single card.  I love Power Poppy stamps and I have quite a collection.  I couldn't resist playing along in their challenge this weekend, so I combined a digital flower stamp with a clear stamp sentiment on my card today.

I printed the beautiful Graceful Still Life (dogwood) digi onto hot press watercolor paper.  I made sure I enlarged the digi so this would fill most of my card front and make it easier for me to see where I was coloring.  :-)  I wasn't exactly sure what dogwoods look like in real life, so I Googled some images of dogwood blossoms.  I pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers, laid down a little bit of color, and then spread it out with a wet paintbrush.  After this piece was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment from Natural Beauties up near the top.  It sort of looks like it's part of the branches, doesn't it?  :-)

I'm entering this into the Mix and Match challenge over on the Power Poppy blog.  If you have some Power Poppy stamps, why don't you play along with us this month?  

Friday, August 4, 2017

You Make Me Smile

Howdy!!  I'm back to share one of my watercolored cards with you today.  I recently bought some digital stamps from Power Poppy because I wanted to make the stamps nice and BIG so I could see where I was coloring.  See, I'm old enough that I have to wear bifocal glasses, and it's hard to color some of the smaller stamps that I have.  I end up taking my glasses off, sticking my nose up right next to the paper, and moving around the image as I color it.  LOL  

So with these digital stamps, I can make the flowers large enough to cover the whole front of a card.  That's what I did with this gorgeous Easy Breezy Coneflower digi.  I printed this on hot press watercolor paper and then I pulled out my Zig Clean Color watercolor markers.  I laid down a little bit of color on the paper and then spread it around with a wet paintbrush.  I just repeated that until my flowers were colored to my satisfaction.

The sentiment is a regular stamp from Power Poppy's Prairie Cheer set.  After my paper was completely and totally dry, I stamped the sentiment with Jet Black Archival ink.  I played around with adding some sequins or ribbon but they just didn't look right.  This is one of those times where you just have to keep it simple.

Because I used both a digital stamp AND a clear stamp from Power Poppy, it qualifies for their challenge that they are hosting this month.  I'm entering this into their Mix and Match challenge for August.  It would be fun to win a shopping spree!  I love Power Poppy stamps!!  :-)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Berry Sweet - DTGD2017

Are you playing along with the Dare to Get Dirty challenges on SCS this week?  This is one of the cards I made for one of the challenges yesterday.  I colored those strawberries with Copic markers and then tied some twine around the top with a tag.  I can't tell you exactly what the challenge was - that's reserved for the Fan Clubbers who are playing along.  Come join the Fan Club and play with us this week!!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Beautiful Life - DTGD2017

Hi friends!  This week, I'm playing along with all the Dare to Get Dirty challenges over on Splitcoaststampers.  This is the card I made for TexasGrammy's challenge yesterday, and I love how this one turned out.  We can't say what the challenges are - that's reserved just for the Fan Clubbers who are playing along.  So why don't you join the Fan Club over on SCS and come play with us this week??

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

CAS439 Eclectic Friend

Hi folks! The CAS challenge over on SCS this week is all about friendship. This theme is wide open for all kinds of interpretations, and this is what I came up with. I just got these dies and stamps from Stampin Up, and I really wanted to play with them. To me, this is clean and simple because the majority of this is just die cuts. The only stamping is the sentiment. 

If I were to make this even more CAS, I'd take two of the flowers and one of the leaves away and just have one flower, one leaf sprig, and the sentiment. But I was in the mood to play with these dies, so this is what I came up with. :-)

Want to play along with the CAS439 challenge?  Check it out here and share your artwork with us!