Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Watercolor Dragonfly

Hello All,

Today I am playing along with Fusion and Just Us Girls. I love this card! It is full of glimmer and sparkle but not too intrusive to interfere with the design. Anyway, you be the judge. Here is my card for today, enjoy!


The watercolor panel was stamped using Distress Ink and Zig Markers. I then added water to dilute and spread the color around the dragonfly. I dried the panel to add more water to pick up some extra color. The Fusion sketch shows a large circle with a smaller circle. I decided to use the space of the smaller circle for the sentiment and embellishments.
Above: The background was stenciled using a Hero Arts stencil that came with one of their monthly kits. I usually do not like symmetry but in this case, the dragonfly image, embellishments, and sentiment seem to break up the symmetry very nicely. Below/Left:  You can see the shimmer in this photo very clearly. The wings, body, and eyes were painted using Pearl Ex. It gives it just the shine it needed again without being too intrusive. The background was stenciled using silver ink. Again giving the design just a bit of bling. Bottom/Right: The frames material consists of heavyweight watercolor paper. That is important because when I die-cut the frame it didn't cut all the way through 140lb paper; what a happy accident! Leaving the pieces intact gives the frame an embossed impression versus a die-cut with gaps. It also reflects the Art Deco pattern of the background. 
  

Challenges Entered:
Fusion: Dragonfly
Just Us Girls: Week 509- Frame It!

 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me. I hope you all have a fantastic day and lots of good crafting vibes headed your way.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Feather Weight

Hello All,

For today I am entering challenges from CASology, Color Throwdown, and CAS Colours & Sketches. I have had this die cut for quite a while and wanted to use it for just the right challenges. Well, here we are. My card for today. Enjoy!


Lots of white space and some colors highlight the dimension of the feather.
This beautiful feather goes so nicely with CAS Colours & Sketches.
I used colors only in the boxes provided by the sketch requirements.
An illustration of using layers as a form of defining space.
 Challenges Entered:

   

I thought about this design long and hard. My dilemma, is this considered CAS or not? But, the more I thought about it the more I thought, yes, it is CAS. So, let's push the limits. Here is my argument... The design is mostly white space with splashes of color and it can be recreated lickity-split. My thought, of course, were the layers. The layers are part of the CAS design by using shadow and texture to define space and not exemplifying the layers. If anything I think all the white makes it look cohesive and as one, hence CAS design. It is a simple clean design where the layers are used with CAS in mind. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me. I hope you all have a fantastic day and lots of good crafting vibes headed your way.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Monochromatic Sympathy Card

Hello All,

For today I am entering challenges from The Paper Players, Sketch SaturdayPaper Craft Challenges. Here is my card for today. Enjoy!





Challenges Entered:
Sketch Saturday: #584
The Paper Players: Theme Challenge- PP462
Papercraft Challenges: Challenge #47- Monochrome 




Thank you so much for stopping by and I do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me. I hope you all have a fantastic day and lots of good crafting vibes headed your way.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Never Alone

Hello Everyone,

I have the pleasure to be a guest designer at Time Out Challenges. I was touched, surprised, and humbled to be asked by such a fantastic group. I am also happy to announce their theme for this fortnight is 'encouraging'! I believe you can't have too many of these encouraging cards in your stash. So, without further ado here is my card today, enjoy!

With the exception of the heart, ribbon and its flower embellishment this entire card is completely digital and one layer. However, I do have to say the background flowers and leaves were hand-colored.
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The sponsor for this challenge
Newton's Nook Designs
Newton's Nook Designs
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Photoshop Elements does a fantastic job when designing digital cards! All I did for the sentiment strip was blocked a portion of the background and set the flowers to be a white silhouette. Then I added a layer for the sentiment and one for highlighting 'never'.  I honestly do recommend photo editing software. It takes your digital stamps and makes them so versatile and you can manipulate in ways you could never do with traditional stamps.
 Thank you so much for stopping by and do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend it with me. Also, I want to thank my hosts, Time Out Challenges for this gracious honor! I do hope you join their challenge. For me, it was great fun and I am sure it will be for you as well. Thank you all and I hope you have a fantastic day with lots of good crafting vibes headed your way.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Peaceful Candle

Hello All,

For today I am entering challenges from Inkspirational. Here is my card for today. Enjoy!

This card is so peaceful during a season that can be awfully hectic.
Lots of layers and, although not intrusive, the piercing provides a subtle frame for the lantern.
It becomes an essential part of the design.
Another look at the piercing framing the beautiful lantern.
I added black strips to the back of the piercing.
This way they wouldn't be so lost on the card and be more visible.
I die cut the sentiment from glittery foam with adhesive back. I just placed it on the layers of holly which were diecut from various shades of green PP. 
Challenges Entered:


Thank you so much for stopping by and I do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me. I hope you all have a fantastic day and lots of good crafting vibes headed your way.

 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Country Tea Cups

Hello All,

For today I am entering challenges The Paper Players and The Card Concept. Here is my card for today. Enjoy!


Lots of patterns, textures, and dimensional elements adorn this card.
I was designing with the country cottage in mind. I love the teacups by Stampendous.
The vellum adds a nice frame for the cups. Adding a bit of detail on the
edges of the vellum seem to make all the difference.



 Challenges Entered:
The Paper Players: Sketch Challenge- PP460
The Card Concept: #120- Cozy Cottage



Thank you so much for stopping by and I do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me. I hope you all have a fantastic day and lots of good crafting vibes headed your way.

 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Kindness Matters

Hello Readers and welcome back, again!

I have been so inspired by the Color Throwdown. However, I do promise this will be the last Color Throwdown challenge card. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

I originally laid the light green panel over plain ivory CS. It was too stark it needed something, maybe a bit of texture. So I pulled out my collection of embossing folders and found this one. I think it adds just enough interest without making it too busy plus, the light green is void of any texture which is a nice buffer. 

I used the leftover die-cut from my inlaid card and used it for this card. This was done by die-cutting the lighter green leaving the negative space open. I then added the teal behind the light green. I inlaid the origami butterfly only by its body so that its wings could be projected out. Lastly I gently placed the sentiment on the wings.

A close up of the origami butterfly showing the teal showing through the light green negative space. Over those layers is the purple origami butterfly. Just fantastic!
Challenges Entered:
Color Throwdown: ctd561


Thank you so much for stopping by and I do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me. I hope you all have a fantastic day and lots of good crafting vibes headed your way.

 

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