Friday, August 18, 2017

#TGIF121 Girl Power

You got this girl!!!  Check out my card made with the Hand Lettered Stamp Set for our #TGIF121 Challenge.
For this challenge you can make anything as girlie as you want.  Stamp it, sparkle it, share it, and send it to that special someone who makes you smile and be better person.
The Hand Lettered Alphabet stamp set is not one of the most popular sets in the catalog, but it is super versatile and fun to make whatever greeting you need.  I stamped with Versamark ink on Watercolor Paper and then heat embossed the letters with Gold Embossing Powder.  A quick wash of Calypso Coral and Sweet Sugarplum inks made for the perfect girlie background for the girlie greeting.
Beautiful Bouquet flowers, Basic Rhinestones, Glitter Enamel Dots, and Dazzling Diamonds are just what I would want in a girl powered card, so I used lots of each!  


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Painted Background and Bouquet

Today I have another "Tie Dye" hand painted background card to share for Hand Stamped Sentiments  #270 color challenge.  For this background I sponged stripes of Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, and Pool Party across a sheet of Water Color Paper.  Then I used an Aqua Painter to water color the the ink into a cool striped effect.  

To see more of and how to make these super cool "Tie Dye" painted cards click on over to an earlier post. 
For this card I added a colorful layered floral accent made from the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle.  I stamped the flowers and leaves on water color paper, blended the ink with an Aqua Painter, and then cut them using the matching framelits.  My favorite twine right now is the Flirty Flamingo color.  I tied a bit of that into the flowers and then stuck a couple Glitter Enamel Dots on the two main flowers.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Creation Station August in My Neighborhood

This month's theme, "August in My Neighborhood," is sure to be an exciting one for the Creation Station Blog Hop.   Why so exciting?  Because the members of the Creation Station Design Team are from all around the world and each of us celebrate something different during this time of year.  The possibilities are huge and that is what makes this particular month's blog hop super unique--you're going to see all kinds of stuff.
In my neighborhood in the month of August it's hot and there is lots to do.  My most favorite activity for this time of year is to head over the hill, a thirty minute drive, to the beach.  I specifically love to go to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.  I get a hankerin' for a ride on the Giant Dipper and an all beef sueprsized corn dog!!
If you have been to Santa Cruz California you know it's a beach town with a super laid back attitude.  To match that feeling I was on the hunt for a cool tie dye technique for paper crafting and found just what I was looking for at Pat Stamps Technique Junkie Newsletter.

The Designers there shared this awesome watercoloring process called Tie Dye Circles.  So, I started out making circles like the tutorial shares, then I ventured off on my own and tried stripes,a rainbow, hearts, and freehand.  You can tweak this technique to make it uniquely yours!  The possibilities are endless.  Here are just a few of my painted backgrounds.
For all three of these cards I used the Lovely Words and Flourish Thinlit sets to make sleeker shaker cards.  What's a sleeker shaker card?  It's a typical shaker card made with a clear envelope instead of window sheets and dimensional.  It's faster and flatter.
Each card has been embellished with Vellum Card Stock floral embellishments, Glitter Enamel Dots and a shoestring tie of bakers twine.
Just take another look at all these awesome Tie Dye watercolor papers that I whipped up.  
I hop you enjoyed checking out what I enjoy in my neighborhood in August!!  From here your next stop is with the super cool Linda van Wely-Zwolle.  
Linda
Mikaela


Friday, August 4, 2017

#TGIF119 A Color Crush

Welcome to Seeinginkspots and the latest TGIF challenge.
#TGIF119 mixes three warm summery colors for a sassy combo that is super versatile.
These three analogous colors make me smile, I mean Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist are two of my "go to" colors.  Lately I have been in a watercolor mood, in fact I have used all my sheets of watercolor paper.
A quick Pool Party watercolor wash on a tag made for the perfect base for my Oh So Eclectic flowers and leaves.  I cut the greeting using the Layering Ovals Framelits and then added a few Glitter Enamel Dots to add a bit of shine and prettiness.  I like to combine textures and colors when adding ribbons to tags.  For this one I grabbed 3/8" Metallic Gold Ribbon, Mini Gold Sequin Trim, and Pool Party Bakers Twine.
In the Annual Catalog there are some great Striped Treat Bags that are perfect for lots of little gifts.  I attached my tag to the bag with the Gold Library Clips

Sunday, July 30, 2017

More Eclectic for Monday Montage

Welcome stamp friends to our Monday Montage Blog Hop.  I have a second Oh So Eclectic card to share today using pieces I cut from a sheet of my own hand painted watercolor paper.  I used Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Calypso Coral ink to make a one-of-a-kind sheet of patterned paper.  From that I cut a bunch of flowers, leaves, swirls, and more flowers to make some cards.
Thanks for stoppin' by and have fun clicking through the entire hop!
to Kaitlyn
to Dani

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hand Stamped Sentiments #269 Inspiration Challenge

We are taking it to the waterfront, beach, dock, or where ever your summer time happy place may be.  For me I love the beach and the boardwalk.  For my spin on this inspiration challenge I decided to create a watercolored underwater kind of vibe for the Hand Stamped Sentiments #269 challenge.
I started by watercoloring a piece of watercolor paper with Calypso Coral, Pool Party, and Bermuda Bay Reinkers.  Then I cut bunches of things out from thinly sets like Swirly Scribbles (didn't use those yet), Lots of Lables (not those either), and Eclectic Layers.  I putzed and layered until I found a look that was workin' for me using the Eclectic Layers and Oh So Eclectic stamped images.  To bring it together I decided it needed a big banner.
One that looked like it was floating under water, so I pulled out the Bunch of Banners.
I love the sequins and how they kind of look like bubbles.


Friday, July 21, 2017

#TGIF117 Summertime Blues

#TGIF117 is a theme challenge and we are stampin' up anything that cures the Summertime Blues. 
Let's be real, we would all like to play everyday of the summer, but life includes reality checks and the includes earning of pay check!  Yes, this summer I did spend a beautiful week in the fabulous Tahoe Forest and it was awesome, but now I am back home and back to work.  The great thing about my home is that I live by the beach, lots of beaches.  After work we head over to Santa Cruz to play and soak up the sights, smells, and tastes of summer.
To help with the summertime blues I've put together a cute card honoring our homes and neighborhoods!
I started with a Very Vanilla Thick Card Stock base and then added a layer of Bundle of Love Specialty DSP.  Look close and you will see Vellum Card Stock details cut with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to add a bit of textural background.  Then the fun part is the little street made with the In the City Stamp Set.  My ink colors include Dapper Denim, Marina Mist, and Pool Party with Basic Black all stamped on Very Vanilla Card Stock.  Little splashes of Pink Pirouette are added here and there for fun.  And, as always, I added some bakers twine.  The Flirty Flamingo Bakers Twine is so SO versatile--it goes with everything!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Monday Montage #97

For Monday Montage I am sharing a cute card made with the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and Framelit Bundle.  Both the set and the framelit are MUST HAVE items for any stamper!  You know what else you need?  The Foil Frenzy DSP.  It's a pack of card stock weight patterned papers  glistening with awesome foiled colors.
to Dara
to Julie



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hand Stamped Sentiments #268

It's a cute sketch for the latest challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  Here is my take on the sketch.
My colors include Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Grey, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, and Peekaboo Peach.  The stamp images are from the Bike Ride and Banners For You sets which were both super easy to cut thanks to their matching framelits.  For some added depth I included the Petal Burst and Softly Falling TIEFs.


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