Monday, October 31, 2016

Covered Bridge in the Fall

Hello! I have been watching a lot of videos of water coloring techniques. Although you can not always control the results of water coloring it is always fun to see the end results and knowing when to stop.   On this card I used the Misti to stamp with a Heartfelt Creations stamp on watercolor paper using multi colors of Distress inks and stamping multiple times and also using a water brush to spread the colors and layer on more color.  I made this scene become a fall scene even though the stamp has bare tree branches by adding multi color leaves on the tree and on the ground. I started out making the covered bridge  aged wood tones but changed it to an aged red color.  This card was somewhat a mix of stamping with inks and water coloring-not sure what to call it.  But I caught that abstract, impressionist look that I wanted. After I finished the stamping and water coloring, I added Versamark  ink to the clean stamp and stamped again and heat embossed with Clear EP. This step helped set the colors. I then sponged on some more blue to the sky.
I die cut the image, added a layer of craft foam to the back and assembled the card on a base of Grass Green CS, a layer of GKD pattern paper that picked up the colors of the leaves, and  another layer of green that was stamped with words from Repeat Impressions Vertical stamps heat embossed with Copper EP.  I like the way the pattern paper frames the image and sentiment.
Retro Rubber: Challenge 50 Fall Colors.  I know I must have purchased this stamp about 2013 if not earlier.
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #217 Make Your Mark
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says Anything Goes
 Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Bouquet of Leaves

Welcome!  Fall is in full swing with leaves falling quicker than we can rake! I love making fall cards, I guess because I love the richness of fall colors.  I was playing with some older leaf stamps and fall colors on green Vellum and White CS.  On my card I used a panel of Vellum stamped with oak leaves and some fussy cut leaves on Vellum and CS.  I gathered the fussy cut leaves into a "bouquet" adding some ribbon snippets and a twig.  I assembled the card with a card base of Fresh Asparagus CS and a Pattern Paper from The Simple Things pad both from GKD.  On the Vellum panel I attached the bouquet with foam tape. The sentiment from GKD A Year of Leaves was stamped with Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink on ivory CS.
The leaf stamps used are a PSX Maple Leaf from 2000 and a Rubber Stampede Oak Leaf  which I have owned over 6 years.
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Challenge 375
Retro Rubber: Challenge #50 Fall Colors.  All  the stamps used are over 5 years or more.
Addicted to Stamps: Challenge #134 Lots of Layers
Simon Monday Challenge: Simon says Autumn.
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge:  #175 Shades of Autumn

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

Rose Background

Hello! This card was made using a die cut inlay background.  I used Memory Box English Rose Stem die to create the background on a Shimmery Pink CS and Stick It adhesive.  I simply attached the panel to a Shimmery Gold CS and added some Pink and Green sequins for texture and interest.  I did not add any sentiment to the front but will add inside.
Outside the Box: Memory Box Challenge #17 Sequins
Crafty Catz: Challenge #344 Anything goes with a Twist to use Die cuts/Punches

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

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Forest Of Trees

Hello! Welcome to my blog!  I was inspired by Cheri's project of the week posted on The House That Stamps Built using soft shadow resist technique in the making of this card.   I stamped Repeat Impressions Large Pine Forest on white CS with Versamark and heat embossed with White EP.  I then added Memento Bamboo Leaves ink and SU Bordering Blue ink with a stencil brush and wiped off the ink on the embossed area. I also added Liquid Pearl snow.  I die cut the image and layered on a square of Green CS assembling my card following the Challenge Sketch below.  My Glossy White card base,embossed with Darice EF Snowflakes, was inked with Green Copic- not the neatest way to this. Next time I would use a layer of Green CS instead.  Finished with some Snowflakes, Blue Grosgrain ribbon strips and Blue Rhinestones.  Snowflakes were die cut with a Cheery Lynn die from Build a Flower Dies. Also used Nesties square die.

The House That Stamps Built: What If? Wednesday Sketch #02616.  I always try to use Repeat Impressions stamps for my entry.
Shopping Our Stash Weekly: Challenge SOS275 is Three Trees-use at least 3 trees.
Die Cut Diva: October is the time to emboss.  Used both dry and heat embossing with dies for "snowflakes" and squares.
Alphabet Challenge Blog: R is for Recipe Challenge-use at least 3 of the recipe ingredients. Used Stamps, Dies, Embossing, and Ribbon.

After posting the photograph, I realized that my image was not centered on the Green Panel. OOPS! I will correct the position before using the card but will not take the time to redo the photo.
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Friday, October 28, 2016

Watercolored Cardinal

Hello!  I used Gina K Design stamps from Peace & Joy to create this card using watercolor paper and water coloring with a water brush.  Using my Misti I stamped the images and then added colors and re-stamped  to give definition. 
Other Supplies: Inks-Distress Inks Aged Mahogany, Barn Door, Wild Honey, Brushed Corduroy, Crushed Olive, Broken China, Memento Cottage Ivy and Rich Cocoa for stamping; Pattern Paper; GKD Grass Green CS.
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge: #219 Birds
Tuesday Throwdown: #317 Add a Border
Double D Challenges: Theme is Plaid
Addicted to Stamps and More: 217 Make Your Mark
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: 304 Use a sentiment.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: October Challenge
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: October Challenge
Crafty Creations Challenges: #327 Watercolor
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Anything Goes

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

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Birthday Blossoms

Hello!  Taking a break from holiday cards to make this birthday card with Gina K Design stamps from Wild Blossoms.  I inked the Floral one with Memento Olive Geen and Lady Bug inks using the red just on the 3 flowers.  After I stamped on GKD Ivory CS,  I added metallic touches with Gelly Roll Gold and Copper pens.  The photo below captured the shine of the metallic inks. I stamped Birthday Wishes with the red ink and inked the edges with a Green Copic and attached to a Background of GKD Pattern Paper from The Simple Things pad  which frames the image.  I love the simplicity of this stamp and card.

Stamp TV: STV16MON43- Mix It Up Monday Cat asked us to use Just a Touch of Red.
Seize the Birthday: Theme is Anything goes with the option of Lots of Leaves.  My image does have a lot of leaves but to be safe I will just enter this birthday card for anything goes.
Simon Says Wednesday: Simon says Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: October Challenge


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

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Vellum and Embossing

Hello!  I was playing with Vellum, Metallic Gold CS, and Heat Embossing when I made this card.   I used a stamp from Gina K Designs A Year of Flowers that I stamped twice with Versamark on Red Vellum and heat embossed with Ranger Gold EP.  I fussy cut one and trimmed the other for use as a panel placed between the front panels of the  Gold Metallic Card Base.  I adhered the fussy cut  Poinsettia with Vellum  tape.  The sentiment from Annabelle Stamps was embossed with Red EP.
Less Is More: Challenge #299 Recipe is Vellum or Acetate. Used Vellum.
Happy Little Stampers: October CAS Challenge - Embossing on Vellum
Happy Little Stampers: October Christmas Challenge - Embossing
Crafty Catz: Challenge Anything Goes with Twist Add Embossing
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Made with Real Leaves

Hello!  When I saw the inspiration photo at All the Little Things challenge, I immediately thought of  some patterned paper that I created a few years ago by collecting fall leaves, arranging them on my scanner, scanning them and printing my own paper design.  I made the quick  and easy card  by simply adhering a panel of the paper on an Orange Card base and attached words cut from Brown CS with Cheery Lynn designs.  I don't think this will be considered a real entry for the challenges but just wanted to share how you can make your own pattern paper with Little Things from Nature.
Inspired By All The Little Things: #29 Photo
Simon Monday Challenge: Theme is Autumn. My card is very simple but screams Autumn.
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Monday, October 24, 2016

Happy Haunting


Hello! Halloween is almost here!  One more card for challenges.  I made this one for The House That Stamps Built challenge which is a photo challenge shown on the left.  I did not plan to copy the photo so closely but it just turned out that way.  But I added the witch and spider to keep it my creation.
Supplies: Stamps-Repeat Impressions Pumpkin, MFP Black Cat, GKD Basket; Memento Inks and Copics; Crafty Catz Dies; White, Sage Green, Orange, Black, and Kraft Card Stock; Darice EF Tree; Plastic Witch and Spider Confetti
The House That Stamps Built: WIW 01619 Photo Inspiration.
Just Us Girls: Photo Week #366 Black Cat and Pumpkin inspired the card.
Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge: #274 Hey Gouhlfriend-Halloween Cards
Cute Card Thursday: Challenge 448 Halloween

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

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Falling Leaves

Hello!  The leaves have being falling really fast with the rain and wind that we have had in the last few days.  Just waiting for them to dry before raking begins. But in the meantime, I made this card with falling leaves.  I used SU More Mustard, Old Olive, and Really Rust Reinkers and Ink pads with an old PSX Leaf Stamp and a GKD Splatter stamp.  I also did some water coloring on the leaves with a water brush and added some gold to the edges with a Pilot Gold Marker The MFP Stamp was heat embossed with Gold EP. A Grass Green card base and a layer of pattern paper from my stash finished the card.
Inspired by All the Little Things: Photo Inspiration #29
Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge: #70 Tic Tac Toe-Top Row-Leaves, Green, Patterned Paper
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper: October Challenge

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

Embossed Impressions

Hello!  Today I was playing with a technique doing embossed impressions using a die with Versamark to make an impression on CS and then heat embossed with EP.  I saw this technique on a Jennifer McQuire video and just had to try it.  It is easier to watch how to do this than explain it in words.  I used an Ornament die to make my impression and created this holiday card.
Supplies: Die Marianne Christmas Bauble; Stamp Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament; Versamark Ink; Zing Metallic Silver EP; Blie CS, White CS, Silver Metallic CS; White Satin Ribbon; Sakura Metallic Silver Pen.

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #304 Use a sentiment.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: October Anything goes Christmas
Winter Wonderland: Christmas Challenge Frosty or Wrapped Up. Used Cold Colors of Blue and Silver.
Allsorts Challenge: Week 386 Sparkle and Shine

I am not going into details on how hard it was to get a good photo of this card but was happy with this one after doing a lot of editing on Photoshop to get the colors correct.
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Chevron Pumpkins

Welcome!   I have another Pumpkin card.  I found this pumpkin stamp from the past and just had to ink for this quick and simple card.  The stamp is unmarked but I think it is from PSX.   I stamped the Pumpkins twice with Memento Espresso Truffle ink - once on a creamy paper and once on orange CS. I colored the vines and stems with Copics and fussy cut the orange pumpkins.  I embossed the pumpkins with a Chevron EF and inked the raised stripes with Brilliance Platinum Planet ink before attaching to card.  The verse is form GKD and stamped with SU Always Arthichoke ink.  I finished the card with an Orange card base and a couple of Dew Drops.  I love how the texture of the Pumpkins pop out of the photo.
The Card Concept: #60 Chevron Pumpkin.  I consider the style of this card Clean and Layered as I used paper piecing and embossing with some embellishments.
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Friday, October 21, 2016

Plaid for Christmas

Hello! I am back with another Christmas card that I am entering into a few challenges.  I started with a Penny Black Tree stamp from the Wonder Collection.  I stamped it on white CS with Memento Cottage Ivy ink and added balls of Gold with Metallic Gold Gelly Roll pen. The GKD Peace & Joy Sentiment was stamped in SU Ruby Red. Following the Sketch from Tuesday Morning ,  I assembled the card with Plaid Pattern ( Digital paper printed) , White CS, and GKD All Spruced Up CS.  I finished up with GKD White Organza and Gold Ribbon and Bow.

Tuesday Morning Sketches: #374 shown below
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge: #218 Plaid
Double D Challenge: Theme is Plaid
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: # 386 Christmas
Crafty Ribbon: Challenge 172 Ribbon or Lace

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

Shades of Fall

Hello!  The Mix It Up Monday challenge at Stamp TV is to CASE a card by DT Karen Hightower.  I chose her card Christmas Greenery #1 (shown below) and stayed true to her layout and use of pattern papers but changed the theme to  fall, the twine to raffia, and the colors to autumn shades.  Supplies used: GKD Pattern Papers from Sunkissed Autumn and The Simple Things pads, Ivory, Pumpkin Spice, Sweet Mango CS; GKD Stamps from Stippled Nature (Leaf) and Old Country Roses (Verse); SU Really Rust and More Mustard inks; Raffia from stash.
Stamp TV: CASE a DT-Karen Hightower
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: October Challenge
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge: 175 Shades of Autumn

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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sea You Soon

 Hello! Today I am taking a break from creating cards for the holidays and playing with the photo challenge at Always Playing With Paper.  I was inspired to use the colors of the pillows and used a beachy theme using some stamps from Gina K Designs Gifts from the Sea and a Seahorse stamp from Mark's Finest Papers.   I stamped the images with Versamark and embossed with Seafoam White EP. The sentiment was stamped with Pear Tart ink.  I embossed the blue panel with Spellbinders Impressabilities Sea Scape.  I am showing a closeup photo as it is hard to see in the card photo. Looks much better in real life.

The Challenge: #82 Photo Inspiration
Alphabet Challenge Blog: Q is for Quick and Simple
Addicted to Stamps: Challenge #133 is Embossing Wet or Dry
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Trio of Pumpkins

Hello!  I have been playing a lot with pumpkins and there are a lot of challenges featuring them in blogland.  I took color inspiration from the challenge at Inspired By All The Little Things  and some glitter from the challenge at Curtain Call.  I stamped Gina K Designs pumpkin from Signs of Autumn on Oyster Pearl CS with Versamark ink and embossed with Gold EP.  I colored with Copics and added more gold with Gold Metallic Pen.  I placed this on a mat of Gray CS that was also used as the card base.  I die cut Happy Thanksgiving with Cheery Lynn dies from a Shimmer Gold CS used as the background for the image.  Finished with colored sequins for some sparkle and texture.
 Inspired By All The Little Things: #28 Used colors and pumpkin theme from the photo inspiration.
Curtain Call: Inspiration Challenge Glittery Gourds. Inspired by the gold glitter.
Tuesday Throwdown: #316 Festive Pumpkins

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

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Glittery Pumpkin

Hello!  I have combined pattern paper, gold metallic CS, die cuts, and a fussy cut pumpkin to create this card.  The Repeat Impressions pumpkin was stamped on an Oyster Pearl CS with Versamark and embossed with Gold EP.  I decorated the pumpkin with Metallic Gold Dots to make even more glittery. 
Supplies: DCWV Shimmery Gold CS, Metallic Gold CS, MME Stripe and Dot Pattern Paper, Cheery Lynn Dies Happy and Thanksgiving, Sakura Gold Metallic Pen, Repeat Impression Stamp.
Challenges to enter:
Curtain Call Challenge: Photo Inspiration Glittery Gourds
Tuesday Throwdown: Challenge #316 Festive Pumpkins
The House That Stamps Built: DCC1012 Food or Beverage
Pals Paper Arts: Challenge PPA322 Sketch
Sweet Stampin Challenge: Seeing Spots and/or Stripes.
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa