Thursday, July 28, 2016

Beautiful Day Altenew July Inspiration Challenge Card

The Altenew Inspiration Challenge for July is weddings & the colors are shown below.  Right away I reached for my Beautiful day stamp set.  I am pretty sure it is my favorite stamp set right now.  I love the sayings as well as the images.  I decided to keep this card very simple with just one focal flower in the bottom corner. I thought this would be a great time to use my new Prima Confections watercolors for something other than to make a color chart.   I watered them down quite a bit, but I really enjoyed working with them.  Please scroll down to watch my video.  If you need any of the supplies I used I have links for them below.  Thanks for stopping by!  Jil


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Art Impressions Windows to the World with Distress Markers

My dads birthday was last week & this was his birthday card.  I did the video of his card before I gave it to him, but it took me a few days to edit it & post it.  It was a very easy card to make & took me just over an hour to make.  I used my Tim Holtz Distress markers to color the image & it took about 15 minutes to color.  I always enjoy making interactive cards.  Thanks for stopping by!  Jil



Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Stampfest 2016 Haul

Summer Stampfest was in Lakeland this year & we decided to go.  We spent quite a few hours wandering around taking in what we could.  I just got around to posting this video showing you some of the highlights of the show.  I'll have some pictures below.  Joey & I had a great time.  I didn't buy too much, it was more about the people we spent time with.  The stamping & scrap booking community is so genuine.  Check out the links at the end.  You can find everything but the Me & Carrie Lou Stamps.  Thank you for stopping by! Jil

                                           Here I am with Ted from Stampers Anonymous.

                                             This is Emma Lou from Heartfelt Creations.

                                             Dyan Reaveley was tons of fun to be around.

                      This is the tag that Ted made for me.  The texture is out of this world.

                 I made this flower with the stamp I bought from Heartfelt Creations.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Altenew Congratulations Card With Watercolored Background

It's no secret that I love water coloring.  I've been plying round with my Gansai Tambai watercolors that I got some time ago. I didn't love them at first, but they are growing on me.  I really like some of the pre-mixed colors in the set.  I made several cards for many different people using the same flower & background & I changed out the greeting.  I waited to post this video until after I sent out the final cards.  I like that it can be used for so many different occasions. The card I made in the video is a graduation card, but I also made a Thank You, Get Well, Thinking of You & an Anniversary card.  I can think of a few other cards this would also work for.  It is really easy to make.  I chose to fussy cut everything, but you could make the whole process even easier with the die cuts.




Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rainbow Challenge Pretty Pink Posh

Pretty Pink Posh: Rainbow Challenge

I have been working on my card for the Pretty Pink Posh (P.P.P.) Rainbow Challenge for quite a few days.  I got the e-mail June 11th and had several ideas pop into my head.  I had my order from P.P.P. sitting out & there were rainbow challenges all over You Tube.  I knew I would have to narrow down my ideas before I started anything.  I wrote down some ideas so I could sort through them the next day.  Well, that next day was June 12th.  I woke up to the news that an Orlando nightclub was the location of a mass shooting.  We now know that nightclub to be Pulse nightclub & it was the most deadly mass shooting in American history. I didn't lose anyone, but it still shook me.  I live in Kissimmee, Florida which is about 30 minutes from where it happened  This was WAY too close to home.  I have always seen the rainbow as gay pride, but now I will also see how it united Orlando.  I didn't feel that I could enter this challenge without mentioning my city.  If you can make a donation this is a place to do it. This week has been devastating but it has also brought many people together.  There are rainbows everywhere I look.  Here is mine.

I used Heather's card as my inspiration.  I loved the rainbow colors coming out of the windows.  I used my Gansai Tambai Watercolor Paints to make the pastel rainbow in the background.  The P.P.P. animals are colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to reinforce the rainbow colors.  I made the frame on my Silhouette Cameo using the P.P.P. frame dies as the basis for my designs.  I added a stitched border around them.  It can be hard to see.  I filled my shaker with just the sparkling clear mix of sequins.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Altenew Academy "Beautiful Details" Homework Day 1

I am taking the newest Altenew Academy class Beautiful Details with Marika Rahtu. I really enjoyed the other classes I took so I've been jumping on each new class offered.  They have been offering these six day classes for under ten dollars & have a 20% off discount that is good until the day before the class starts.  My class was just over seven dollar.  It's an incredible value! Check them out here

The first day class was about taking a bold image & making a different image with it & then drawing in the details of what you see.  I started by looking through my bold Altenew stamps to see if any shapes jumped out at me.  I looked through them a few times before I suddenly saw the Peach Tree stamp set different & thought it might work perfect as a hydrangea.  After a few tries it did!  Once I found the right color markers, It came together. I used the two colors of markers to stamp the two larger parts of the tree in a bunch to look like flowers.  I used the same inking more than once.I then added in the leaves from the Painted Flowers set.  I covered up quite a bit of the color when I added in the petal shapes with my Copic MutiLiner, but I really think the card turned out great n the end.  The background is sponged with Distress inks & then I added some drops of water to get the white spots.  I also splattered it with some perfect pearl spray. A video is in the works.

STAMPS:  Altenew- Beautiful Day, Painted Flowers, Peach Tree

INKS: VersaFine Onyx Black Ink Pad, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads- Shabby Shutters, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Tim Holtz Distress Markers- Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Copic MultiLiner .2, Pilot Medium Tip Silver Marker

PAPER: Cryogen White Paper, Recollections Gold Sparkle Paper, Tan Scrapbook Paper, Recollections 65 lb. Black Paper

ADHESIVE:  1/2" ScorTape,  Foam Tape

OTHER: Perfect Pearl Mist, Strathmore 300 Series 140 Lb. Cold Press Watercolor Paper, Distress Mini Foam Applicator Tools, Dispress Sprayer Bottle

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Altenew Video Challenge #6

Today is the last day to participate in the Video Challenge on the Altenew blog.  You can find the details here . I am in love with their stamps & they keep coming out with more new one's that are just stunning.  The May 2016 release was jaw dropping.  

I am really cutting it close but the last few weeks have been crazy. At least I got this video edited & done in time.  My brother & his family got the whole family Disney passes & we can't stay away from the parks! I will have to post some pictures because we can get our pictures taken anywhere in the park & download them as part of our new passes.  You just won't see me posting any of our pictures from us at the water parks!  LOL!

The rose is the focal point on my card so I went with bold colors.  I used the re-inker flooding technique.  I just added a very generous amount of water to the image & dropped in some watered down re-inker.  It mostly stays in the lines because the image is embossed.  Then I just dabbed off any excess water.  It's a give & take process from there until the image looked right.  All of the images were that way.  I used the Cryogen white paper over watercolor paper & it doesn't even buckle a bit.  You can also use the Stampin' Up! sparkle paper. Have fun with this technique.  I sure did. 

STAMPS:  Altenew- Beautiful Day, Penned Roses

DIES & PUNCHES:Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Celebration Words - Script, Anna Griffin Die, Sillhouette Cameo Cut File

INKS: Versamark Watermark Ink Pad, Tim Holtz Distress Re-inkers - Spun Sugar, Aged Mahogany, Forest Moss

PAPER: Cryogen White Paper, Recollections Gold Sparkle Paper, Tan Scrapbook Paper, Recollections 65 lb. Black Paper

ADHESIVE:  Multi Matte Medium,  Foam Tape

OTHER: Pearl Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz Distress Pallette, #4 Round Paint Brush