Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Card and a Challenge

Wow! I can't believe it's Wednesday already. This week has just flown by as well as the summer. Summer Card Camp 2 is almost over as well. It's been a few days since I posted any homework. Ok...five days...but I've found this week's sketches and color scheme really difficult for me. Typically the ideas start in right away and I can't wait to get started. Not so much.

I finally sat down today determined to conquer my creative block. I actually really like the colors, it's the sketches I struggled with. The color scheme we were given was two shades of brown, two shades of purple and an aqua color. I chose the last of three sketches which as you can see on the card, follow on the diagonal. For the three circles under the sentiment I decided to do flowers. I actually learned this stamping technique in another online card class while back and love it still.

I took Jennifer McGuire's advice and tried to use small amounts of the colors that I was having difficulty working in and I think it turned out ok. What do you think?

Simple copic coloring and a white gel pen and we are back in business...I hope.

Hope everyone else out there is having a great time with this week's challenge. It's definitely taught me to think outside of my comfort zone and still have fun. 

Happy Stamping!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Bold Bright Butterfly

I am finally back. This week has been a busy one with lots of family. My son is off to Japan for a couple of years so our house was full with well wishers. 

I chose to pattern this card after the third of three card sketches we had to choose from this week. I took my lead from Julie Ebersol and flipped the sketch around. The color scheme was a couple of different shades of green, a turquoise color, cream and brown. I chose to leave out the cream color and use white for the card base instead. I did cheat somewhat and added a touch of yellow to the butterfly. 

I had SO MUCH fun coloring this butterfly. I colored him while my family watched a movie and it took the whole time. I tried the technique of flicking two different copic markers from opposite ends to come up with a third color in the center. It was a lot of fun. 

I also did the paint splatters using the tips out of couple of Dylusion spray bottles and flicking it over the card base. I love the bright color. Color makes me happy. Have I said that before? I do have one very stained finger so I'll have improve on my method a little. 

In this close up of the butterfly my obsession with the white gel pen surfaces again. Of course I also used some liquid pearls and white enamel accents on the tips as well as Stardust Stickles for some glamour. 

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcake

A quick card share today. 

If you haven't noticed, I've done a LOT of birthday cards lately. Partly because my daughter's birthday is this week so birthdays are on my mind. Also, I seem to go through phases and I'm in the mood to beef up my birthday card stash so that's what I've been doing. I haven't posted a card using the Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit yet and it is perfect for birthdays. I definitely wanted to try out that adorable cupcake stamp. I've also been in the mood for chocolate and I hadn't seen any mint chocolate chip cupcakes so that is the direction I went. 

I'm always surprised how much I love the white against the Kraft and wonder why I don't do it more often. The white heat embossing, vellum, and the faux stitching soften the over all look. The Impression Obsession Fluff background stamp is one of my favorites when I want to go for a tone on tone look. 

I added Star Dust Stickles to the cupcake frosting and than I went over the chocolate sprinkles again after the glitter dried to darken the color. You can see the difference between the two pictures. 

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Go Bananas

Just a quick card to share this morning. This fun little guy came together quicklly with several odds and ends laying around on my crafting desk. Sometimes that just happens and I love it when it does. He's so cute, I just had to share him. 

He is a hodge podge of Lawn Fawn, Avery Elle, HEro Arts and Impression Obsession and so cute I just want to feed him another banana. I think my nephew will love him. 

Here's a little peek of the inside. 

Happy Stamping!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Thinking of You in Yummy Colors

Yea! It's Friday and I am so happy about that. I love the weekends when the family is all together. 

Here is my card for today. I was so happy to check in with my online card class this morning and find fun and new color schemes to choose from. I chose pink, yellow, grey, and aqua. I wasn't sure how the colors would work but found that sometimes giving yourself a challenge helps you create something you wouldn't have otherwise...and you like it!

I went back to the same sketch as Monday's card. It just seems to be my favorite. I used Stamp my Story, Brush along with a variety of coordinating paper pieces for the edge of the card. I love this sentiment from Simon Says Stamp and find I use it frequently. "Thinking of you" sentiments are great for versatility.

The colored inks are Hero Arts Shadow Inks: Soft Granite, Butter Bar, Mint Julep, and Bubblegum.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Stamping!