Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sewing Machine Card

Made this sewing machine card for a friend who loves to sew.
My inspiration was from a 2013 Archiver's "Sew" Cute card kit
which included 4 Tim Holtz mini blueprint stamps.
I stamped the sewing machine twice, once on the blue printed paper background
and then on the brown printed paper, cutting out just the sewing machine
and adhering it with dimensional foam.
Used distress brushed corduroy to stamp Hero Arts zig zag around layer
and Hero Arts sentiment on top of layer.
Used fibers from my stash to wrap around the layer.
For the inside I used these sewing themed stamps:
Stampin' Up's Pattern of Friendship
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Haberdashery CMS 105.
Sentiment by Hero Arts.
Inks: distress iced spruce, brushed corduroy
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Watercolor Trio Variations

 Inspired by Silke Ledlow's card
I made these three variations 
after Lynette and I made this card at out June 22 Stampfest.
Lynette's left over strips of the gray printed paper on my stamping table motivated me!

Stamps: Stampin' Up's watercolor trio

 Inks: Stampin' Up! going grey, distress fossilized amber inks.

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Another Lady Face Card

With colored pencils I sketched another "lady face"
inspired by
Dina Wakley and Jane Davenport.
A friend gave me the dry embossed background layer. 

Stamps: Michael Strong, Inkadinkado/Studio K
Distress inks: twisted citron, worn lipstick
Versafine black onyx
Stick-on pearls.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Card of the Day-Friday

Happy Friday!
I am using a watercolor and embossed layer from my stash.
It's nice to make extra, when you have your watercolor paints out.
Makes it quick and need to wait for the paint to dry!
Today I sponged the edges with distress distress weathered wood.

As I've mentioned before, I love Michael Strong's mini flowers.
For today's card I stamped them in distress festive berries and abandoned coral 
(which was a 2nd impression to get the lighter look).

After seeing YouTubes by Dina Wakley and Jane Davenport in the last few months,
I have been compelled/obsessed to try and draw faces! 
...with the emphasis on trying!
Every time I give it a try, my faces look different. 
I wish I could control the look, but in the meantime, it's been therapy just drawing! 

I thought I'd share my attempts. 
I didn't like the brown or blonde/yellow for the hair.
Was inspired to use blue after seeing Jane Davenport's pictures with pink and blue hair.

 Stamps: Michael Strong Mini Cloisonne shapes
Hampton Arts Dreams to life

Inks: distress festive berries, abandoned coral, weathered wood
Stampin' UP! bliss blue

Sizzix Airmail Texture Fades (embossing folder)

Additional: colored pencils, adhesive pearls, Sakura Jelly Roll glitter pen XPGB#700, fun fur fibers

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Card of the Day-Technique Thursday

Happy Technique Thursday dear friends!
Today I'm revisiting one of my favorites:
Wrinkle Free Distress Technique.
You can find many tutorials online. Click here to see my method.
Distress inks used on background:
festive berries, mowed lawn and wild honey.

Inked Mike's acacia branch with distress mowed lawn marker and stamped randomly.
Stamped word Friend  with black soot marker
(from Hero Arts set of 4 stamps, Bouquet of Smiles).

On a separate sheet of cardstock 
 in distress abandoned coral. Then I clear embossed it, fussy cut it and attached to card with dimensional foam.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Card of the day-Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!
Today's card of the day for the Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps Yahoo group
was inspired by a Hawaiian shirt I saw at Summerfest music festival last Wednesday.
As I was sitting waiting for the show to begin,
I pulled out a post it from my purse and made this sketch:
I thought Mike's mini flowersleaves and little fish from the mini creatures stamps
would be fun to use for my water scene.

I used colored pencils to draw the mountains, palm trees, shore and the water ripples.
The flowers, leaves and fish were stamped then fussy cut and attached with dimensional foam.
Added some gemstones to jazz up my simple card.

Stamps: Michael Strong
Inks: distress dried marigold, abandoned coral, shaded lilac and broken china.
SU certainly celery ink.

I'm not claiming to be an artist. 
I just had a lot of fun trying to sketch the scene and make a card later.
Maybe my feeble attempt will inspire someone else! 
If you do something like this, I'd love to hear about it and see your creations!
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Card of the Day-Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!
Today's card of the day for the Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps Yahoo group
 has a special digital sentiment created by Hetty Sanders!
"Time to drink some coffee".
Hetty printed it for me while we visiting her in June.
Thanks so much, Hetty!
The base of my card is kraft cardstock.
I sponged distress antique linen on the edges of the sentiment layer.
You can barely see the tea staining on the white layer.
I used loose tea leaves after making a few cups of tea for iced tea.
Not too thrilled with the results-

very light brown coloring
...and a mess dealing with those tea leaves!
 I have to tell you something funny about it.
My daughter happened to be visiting
while my my paper with the tea leaves was drying on the kitchen table.
She thought the loose tea leaves were BUGS!!!
I probably should have used coffee grounds in keeping with my coffee themed card, right.

I sponged the edges of my tea stained paper with distress worn lipstick.
Then stamped SU's coffee beans from SU's Espress Yourself
using distress walnut stain ink. 
Wrapped pink & white twine on right edge.

Added distress picket fence distress stain to a piece of corrugated paper. 
Stamped Michael Strong's mini hearts in distress worn lipstick and faded jeans 
then fussy cut them. 
To make the cup, I stamped the heart in worn lipstick on white cardstock. 
Then using Versafine black onyx ink, I stamped the cup
from Coffee with Friends by Flourishes Stamp Simply, then fussy cut it.
Using dimensional foam tape. I attached the sentiment, hearts and cup layers. 
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Card of the day-Monday

Happy Independence day to my United States readers!
 This week I'm card captain at the Enjoy Michael Strong Yahoo group.
For this card, I was thinking "fireworks" bursting in the night sky!
Not sure if that image in my mind's eye has been transferred to my card?
Probably not!...but that's ok! I had fun with this. Love Mike's mini flower!
Have used it so many times! You will see it again later this week.

Stamps: Michael Strong's  Mini Cloisonné Flower, Stampin' UP! Everyday Expressions
Ink: Stampin' Up!'s Ballet Blue
 Stars Cuttlebug embossing folder.
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

June 22 Stampfest with Lynette

Lynette and I spent the day stamping at my house on June 22.
Well, we did a lot of visiting too, not just stamping :-)
These are the cards we made.

Lynette brought a sample of this card and strips of printed paper so this was easy to make.
Pinterest pin here.
Stamps: SU-Watercolor Trio-including the birthday sentiment
Inks: SU-going grey, TH distress- fossilized amber
This card was CASE'd from this Pinterest Pin It's a shame the pin does not lead to a blog. I would love to know who originally made the card, so I can credit her.
We decided not to have a navy blue card base and made 2 versions.
One on Kraft paper above and one on white paper below.
Stamps: SU- A Beautiful Thing, Hydranges (small flower) and Best Blossoms (leaves)
Savvy stamps-happy birthday sentiment
Inks: TH distress spun sugar, worn lipstick, abandoned coral (stamped off for large flower and first stamping for the little flower inside), dried marigold
SU-wild wasabi for leaves

This card was inspired by Viv's card on her Daizy-Mae Crafty Blog.
Pinterest pin here.
Stamps: SU-Fast and Fabulous, Hero Arts-sentiment
Inks: TH distress-chipped sapphire, shaded lilac

This card was inspired by Joanne Travis' card on her Sleepy in Seattle blog.
Pinterest pin here.
Stamps: SU-Day of Gratitude-white embossed, Silhouette Sentiments-bird and sentiment
Inks: TH distress faded jeans

Thanks for visiting! I hope you return tomorrow! I am card captain for the the Enjoy Michael Strong Yahoo group, sharing a card each day til Friday.