Thursday, September 3, 2015

White Wash Technique

Welcome!  I always have fun trying new techniques and today I am sharing a card using a White Wash technique that I read about on the Mod Squad challenge and saw on a video by Melanie Muenchinger here.   I love the pearlized look this gives the image.  I used GKD Stamps Buds & Vases and sentiment from The Northwoods.  Other supplies: Kraft and Innocent Pink CS, Versamarrk, White EP, Inks Brilliance Moonlight White, Memento Rose Bud, Olive Grove, SU Always Artichoke, Ribbon and pearls. I added the satin ribbon by running it through slits made by an exacto knife.

Mod Squad Challenge: Let's see your white wash. Love the look of this on Kraft.
Time Out Challenge: Take time to Make Your Mark.  Used water brush with inks to make my mark.
AAA Cards: Use spectacular Embossing.  Used heat embossing on my card.
Creative Corner Challenge: Flower Power

I hope you give white washing a try.
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Gateway to a Garden

 Hello!  I was  tested by the recent challenge at Mrs. A's Butterflies.... her guest selected A for the challenge and we were asked to use an Arch on our butterfly cards and I had no idea what to use for my arch.  Then the light came on and I thought I should use a gate with an arch leading into a garden.  I pulled out Our Daily  Bread Gilded Gate die and a frame die from Spellbinders Card Creator and used white glossy paper to build my gate with an arch. I only used the top part of the frame and attached with the gate.  I used a pattern paper from ODB Shabby Rose Collection Paper Pad to create the garden filled with roses and butterflies. I added green vines cut with Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish die and Prima Pink Roses with layered butterflies punched from pattern papers and pink CS.  I decided to not use a sentiment on the front but used that on the inside (shown below)  of the card finished with more of the pattern papers and a sentiment from Repeat Impressions.

Butterfly Challenge: #37 Butterflies and letter A for Arches

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Use pattern paper on your card

Clear It Out Challenges: Theme is Anything Goes and Stash is Anything Goes. Everything is from my stash....roses are very old stash.

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Have a Slice of Melon?

Second Post today.  If you are looking for my card for Retro Rubber please go here.
I was playing with the sketch from The House That Stamps Built and came up with a "sweet" treat using Repeat Impressions stamps.  I used colors  featured in the challenge at The Kraft Journal showing a watermelon theme. 
Other supplies: Black, Kraft, White CS, Scrap of Check Pattern Paper, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Black Glaze Pen, Copics, Rectangle and Oval Dies, Gingham EF, Ribbon.

What If? Wednesday: Sketch #A2615 on right.
The Kraft Journal: Color Challenge #239
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown: Challenge is Cool Treats
Crafty Catz Challenge: Golden Oldie-use stamps one year or older.
Both stamps are over a year old.

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Anything Goes at Retro Rubber

Hello Everyone!  I am thrilled to  have won a guest designer spot at the Retro Rubber challenge blog. The challenge this week Anything Goes, shown in the graphic above, is always a favorite for everyone.  The fabulous ladies have asked me to join with them for this challenge using a stamp that is at least 1 year or old.   Since it will soon be fall (where did August go so quickly?) , I decided to create a fall theme card using one of my favorite Leaf stamps and a sentiment from a GKD set A Year of Leaves.  I know I have had this set since 2009 since I bought it right after it was released and I seem to resurrect it every fall when the leaves start to change colors and fall.

I stamped the Maple Leaf 5 times on Ivory CS with Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger Copper Embossing Pearl Powder.  I also stamped the sentiment in the same manner. I colored the leaves with Memento Markers Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo and Pear Tart, distressed the edges, and sponged the layer with Distressed Ink Antique Linen.  I stamped and colored another 2 leaves in the same way but fussy cut them to attach to the top with foam tape. My card base is GKD Tomato Soup CS layered with a mat of Metallic Copper CS from my stash.  The Copper CS and embossing really shows up with a lot of metallic shine in real life.  This is the first time that I have used Copper embossing powder with this set.

I hope you all join in with the could not be any easier!

Since the Retro Design Team Ladies share childhood photos on the blog,  I thought that I'd share a childhood photo too.   That's me about 3 years old.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunflowers with Butterfly

Hello! Where did August go??  It seems it was just yesterday that I was wondering what happened to July. 
Don't you just love to see Sunflowers in bloom? .... they are such happy flowers!
I love coloring this Power Poppy digital image of Sunflowers cut with an Oval Die.  I used Copics and framed the image with Cheery Lynn Swedish Spring Oval Frame die cut from Gold CS.  I cut the frame a second time in Green CS and used some of the small green pieces to "inlay" in the frame.  I love the extra touch of  color on the frame.  I placed the image on an embossed Card Base of Pumpkin Spice CS that I had wrapped with a plaid ribbon with gold threads.  I added the word Thanks cut with Cheery Lynn Thanksgiving die.  As an afterthought I added a layered butterfly die cut with Cheery Lynn Small Exotic Butterfly and Angel Wing dies.

Cheery Lynn Designs Blog: Challenge #200 is Frame It.  Used 4 Cheery Lynn dies in my design.
Addicted to Stamps: Challenge # 108 Die Cuts
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: #270 Thing with Wings
Craft Your Passion Challenge: #277  Always anything goes
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says anything goes
Crafty Ribbons Challenge:  #125 is Butterflies and Birds-use one or both with ribbon.
Alphabet Challenge: N is for No Design Paper.

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ticket for Traveling

 Hello!  I hope your weekend is going great!  I took time to make a card for some challenges about travel and tickets.   I was thinking about a bulletin board made with ribbons to hold memorabilia  as I designed my layout so my card resembles a board holding tickets attached with paperclips on bands of organza ribbons.   I stamped the Baggage Claim Ticket (cut out from pattern paper) with a sentiment from Heartfelt Creations with Memento Espresso Truffle ink.  This ticket was attached with a brad so the ticket can move to reveal a message underneath.  I will add that when I use the card and thought it would be appropriate to wish Bon Voyage, Happy Retirement or even  Happy Birthday, etc.. All pattern papers are from Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey Collection papers.   The card base is Oyster Pearl Glossy CS from my stash. Tiny paperclips are from Ranger and ribbons and brad are from stash.

Simon Says Stamp:  Monday Challenge is Ticket, Please!
City Crafter Challenge Blog: Week 276 World Traveler. Inspiration board on right.  Inspired by the tickets and colors.

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Jar of Flowers

Hello!  I do not ever remember seeing 2 challenges have the same photo for a inspiration challenge and especially posted on the same day.  So, I am doing double duty with one card.  I stamped the Jar with a GKD Stamp from Buds & Vases, masked the jar, and then stamped the flowers from the same set again using Memento Tuxedo Black.  I colored the image with Copics R22,24,27, Y06,13,28, G21,82.  I added some sparkle with Sukara Clear Star pen and with Yellow sequins. The sentiment is from Repeat Impressions Vertical Sentiments.  I used a Pattern Paper from MME Market St. pad because it has all the colors in the, green from the pencils ....also black, reds, yellows. I also embossed the sides of the image with EF Gingham inspired by the stripes in the photo  and angled a bit for some interest.

Curtain Call :  Oops missed the deadline for this one.
Sparkle & Shine:  Photo Challenge on right.  Made this a Thank you card since you sometimes need one for Back to School.  Inspired by the jars, flowers, colors.
AAA Cards: #46 Challenge is Maskerade-I used the masking technique.
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sunny Day with Sunflowers

Welcome to the studio!  Today I have been playing with Power Poppy new Sunflower digital image and created a bouquet of  sunflowers  using Photoshop.  This is kind of like using the masking technique with stamps but I layered and grouped the sunflowers digitally and printed as one image.  I am showing the stamp from Power Poppy below which shows the single sunflower that I used.  To be able to alter and change digital images is one of the benefits of using Digis.
After printing the image on white CS, I colored with Copics Y13,17,38,E34,37,97, YG 03,63,9,95. I framed this with a Layer of GKD Fresh Asparagus CS to which I made an opening with an Oval die.  This was embossed with Cuttlebug EF Anna Griffin Acanthus.  I used this EF because I think the embossed design has a vintage feel.  I sponged the image and embossed surface with Distress Ink Antique  Linen to also add to the aged look that I was going for. I used a card base of rust/brown CS. The sentiment from Power Poppy Summer Harvest was heat embossed on clear vellum with Wow Chestnut EP and attached with vellum tape. 
The Shabby Tea Room:  The challenge for Week #258 ABC-123 is to make a card inspired by the photo on the right.   I was inspired by the sunflowers and colors.  To tie in with the title of the challenge, I used 1-2-3 Sunflowers in my design.
Power Poppy: Power & Spark Challenge is Shabby & Chic.  I used sponging with distress inks and embossing that gave this card some shabbiness and I think the Sunflowers are so Chic, don't you. 

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lavender and Lace

Second Post Today

Hello! I had 2 challenges in mind in making this card--the challenge at Stamp TV to Count Your Layers and the Mod Squad Challenge Lavender and Lace.  From my stash, I pulled out some solid and pattern lavender papers and ribbon and lace to begin.  I stamped the lacy doily from GKD Nana's Needlework on white CS with Memento Lilac Plum and cut with a circle die.  I layered this on a lavender pattern paper embossed with EF Gingham and added Satin Ribbon layered with White Lace.  This was attached to a White layer and then a textured Bazzill Lavender card base.  I added the fussy cut sentiment from GKD Nana's Needlework Sentiment that I heat embossed on Lavender Vellum with White EP. Added some Rhinestones and touches of lavender Gelly Pen for sparkle.
I count 5 layers of papers plus the ribbon and lace layers.  The vellum and the ribbon are more the same color than they appear in the photo.

Mod Squad Challenge: Judy's challenge is Lavender and Lace.
Stamp TV: Mix It Up Monday STV15Mon33-Count your Layers.
Tuesday Throwdown: Challenge is Texture
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge: #146 is Birthdays

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Summer Fun

Hello! Have you been enjoying the flowers of summer?  Today my card is a collage of sorts with summer flowers and insects inspired by the Photo Challenge at The House That Stamps Built.  I pulled colors, the theme of flowers,  and the layout (similar placement of colors) from the photo shown below.  I used 6 stamps from Repeat Impressions and one from GKD, a Rose, with Distress Inks, Memento Inks, a Blue glaze pen, Versamark ink, and Red EP.  Papers were all from stash including a strip of Vellum for the sentiment.  This is a different look for me.....a cross between abstract, watercolor, collage and just a bit of fun of doing whatever! Great for all those Anything Goes Challenges.
The House That Stamps Built: WIW Photo Challenge A1919. See Photo.
Craft Your Passion Challenges: Anything Goes. 
Crafty Sentiments: Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash: Challenge 215 is Layer It On
Alphabet Challenge: N is for No Designer Paper
Crafty Catz Challenge: #289 is Flowers

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa