Snow Fun

So the Double Trouble Challenge has a challenge for this week: Thing 1 – make something new (I used a new stamp set that I got last month), Thing 2 – snow, and Thing 2 – link to other previous partners’ challenges.

I had lots of fun making this one. You certainly can’t tell in the picture, but all that “pink” is actually red, except for the 1 different snowperson. Also, all the snow people are glittery where they are snow. It really does look better in person.

So, this should fit for the following challenges:

The Crafter’s CafĂ© Challenge Blog and the Use Your Stuff: #411 Mood Board challenge. I really liked the green and red colors throughout the mood board. So, I used green and red (it really is a nice red, not the pink it looks) for everything but the 1 snowman (goes with the sentiment inside). I also really like the warmth of the fire, the lights, and the cocoa, which made me think of it being cold outside.

Here’s another snowperson card I made:

You can almost see the glitter of the snow people on a couple of them on this card.

As my son will never look on here, this is a card I made for him for Christmas day:

My silhouette was not playing nice, so you can still see some rough edges, even after I sanded them down. Oh well.

I used the Newton’s Nook stamp set: Frozen Fellowship.

Thanks for spending some time with me today! Enjoy the rest of your week.

Challenging

Some friends played along with a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge by Double Trouble. I’d never seen any of their challenges, so I went and checked it out. Had fun with this one, which is also going towards 2 other challenges, one for The Paper Funday Challenges, and one for Hero Arts.

To make this, I used 3 different patterned papers. Two were from a Gina K Designs set and I don’t remember where the third came from. I also used two Hero Arts stencils for the background, the first was a leaf like one with some crackle paste that I added green acrylic paint to. It was a pretty rich green when I mixed it, but dried to this aqua color. Then used some ink and some Nuvo sparkle spray through another, over the top. The pumpkin was from a brass embossing stencil that I used ink through, them embossing paste. The Thanks was die cut with a Stampin’ Up! set of word dies.

I had fun with this one, as I tried different things to create it.

For the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge on Double Trouble Challenge, for Thing 1, I used the Pumpkin, Patterned Paper, and Embossing or Stencil down the left column. Hey, I even got the top row: Pumpkin, Leaf, Dies; and the cross top left to bottom right as I used fall colors. Got the top right to bottom left cross, too. Okay, this is fun. For Thing 3, it is a sentiment card. For Thing 2, I did the Paper Funday Challenge of a Thanks card. Hero Arts was also a Thank You card challenge.

Thank you for taking the time to check out my Thanks card for all these challenges. Have a great rest of your Thanksgiving weekend!

Even More Watercolor

I’m going to show you what I did for Days 6, 7, and 8 of the Simply Watercolor Christmas class on Online Card Classes, here.

Desert Night Sky

I liked what Laura Bassen did for her take on it, but decided rather than doing wiggly pine trees along the bottom and sides, I wanted to do some Saguaro cacti, as I live in the desert. The night sky wasn’t easy, as I started off with Crayola watercolors. Did 3 layers and it was still incredibly light. So, added some Zig Clean Color brush colors on top, then blended with water. That worked much better. Did I draw those cacti? Absolutely not! They are a stamp from the Out West 2 set designed by Theresa Momber (Gina K. Designs). I really like the way this one turned out.

This was my take on the Words and Typography of Day 7. I can print, and I can actually make fun letters, but they take a lot of practice and time, so . . . I took the easy route and used the computer. I printed in a very light gray, then used the watercolor over the top. It certainly wasn’t perfect, but it’ll do.

Day 8 was a Santa card, but I didn’t want to do a Santa, so I followed what Debby Hughes did. Definitely not exactly, but close enough for me.

Joy

I did freehand that Joy with gold watercolor and a brush. It turned out better than I figured it would. This is pretty messy, but I still like it.

And, that was the end of the class. I did do a black piece of paper with gold and a few light colors splattered on, but the gold is all that really showed up. I’ll have to get some other colors on that and do something with it, but at this point, I’m done with watercolors for a while.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Go enjoy the rest of this day that God has blessed you with.

More Watercolor

Day 3 in the Simply Watercolor Christmas class was Simple Trees. Well, my masking fluid and I are having a fight. So, decided to do my small trees using clear embossing powder, then doing the background around them. I really liked the background idea from the class. I even painted my big tree with watercolor. I used a sparkling dark green for the tree. If the light hits it right, it shows up with gold hints.

Day 4 was Large Tree Card. I liked her tree, but wanted to do my own thing, so went with ice and a penguin.

You can’t see it in the picture, but I put some Wink of Stella on the white areas that were masked off. It highlights the areas a bit, too. The penguin was colored with colored pencils and a bit of Sakura Stardust pens to add some shine here and there, too.

Now, Day 5 was Plaid Patterns. YIKES! I wound up doing 2 watercolor plaids and one I did with spray acrylic paint. The first was done freehand and wound up with wiggly stripes. So, used some tape for the next 2 tries.

Used very similar colors in all 3, light blue, darker blue, turquoise, and purple. Here’s what I made with one of these pieces.

I had planned this out while at work, yesterday, but my idea didn’t quite work. So, went with a whale “holding” the balloons (I had wanted a flying bird). Used the MFT Sketch Challenge for this week as the layout. After I had gotten it all figured out, I checked the MFT blog again and found that the birthday challenge was using balloons. How fun! As there were balloons on it (out of the plaid), I used the MFT Friends with Fins set and their heart balloons dienamic and this will go in both challenges.

Hopefully I’ll have time to try out the rest of the classes. Maybe after I have the chance to go through them, and get those posted, as well.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

Water!

So, I have been watching the Online Card Classes new Simply Watercolor Christmas class. It is very basic information, but that may be because I’ve done most of what they’ve colored so far, before. Anyway, here’s what I’ve come up with using watercolor so far.

Day 1

These were what I made from Day 1. They really do look better in person.

Day 2

These were what I made from Day 2’s instructions. My masking fluid is a squeeze bottle, so painting things wasn’t too easy. So far, the most difficult part of making these water color cards is getting the watercolor paper to adhere to my backgrounds. I’ve tried tape runner, which works okay, as long as I’m adhering to a perfectly flat piece of card; liquid adhesive (glue), which works fairly decently, but still not great; and last, but not least, Multi Medium Matte, which is supposed to work with EVERYTHING. Ha! It did work better than any of the others on an embossed background, but still has areas that are popping up.

I had hoped to work on Days 3 and 4, but haven’t had time, yet. However, I did make time to make a rain card for the WeCraftCards challenge and it also fits the MFT Sketch Challenge for the week. The intent was to make a sympathy card, as I’ve been needing way too many recently, but decided I needed to make something cute, instead. This made me happy.

Singing In The Rain

The small panel is done all with colored pencils and a few touches of Sakura Stardust pens to add touches of sparkle to imitate the rain and raindrops.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Have a wonderful week!

Bear Hugs

I have been wanting to make a bear hugs card to send to a friend. I didn’t actually get that done the way I had imagined, but did make a bear card for her.

Had some fun creating this one. I used vellum, as that is the WeCraftCards challenge this week. But, I mostly followed the MFT Sketch challenge, too. Granted, I put a vellum piece over the top of the sketch, but I used the Birthday Bears set, as well as the Adorable Elephants set to make this bear holding heart balloons.

I stamped and embossed the images, using masking, on the vellum, then used alcohol markers to color them. The colors are pretty close to the heart strips of the pink and blue. The purple matches the purple in the striped paper behind, which goes with the background panel. I dry embossed that back panel to make it a bit cuter. 3D embossing folders are so much fun to use. It’s a pillowy texture background. I used purple on the bear in a couple places so it all goes together.

Definitely had fun making this one. Thanks for sharing some of your valuable time with me! Have a wonderful week.

Sea Sketch

MFT Sketch

Made this following the MFT Sketch Challenge this week. Used their Friends with Fins set, as well as a piece of background watercolor paper that I made and some fun Elizabeth Craft Designs Shimmer Sheetz that I embossed. There is also a vellum circle behind the dolphin.

Whale Slider

Had a lot of fun using the same set and some other background paper that I made a while back to make this slider card.

Thank you so much for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

Off Sketch

Sending Love

So, for the MFT sketch this week, I started with this, which isn’t exactly the sketch. Definitely had fun making it.

I also made a splatter card that has nothing to do with the MFT sketch, but was super fun to make. I was really glad I put work clothes on and took it outside.

Splatter

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time checking these cards out. Enjoy the rest of day, or evening that God has blessed you with.

What do you get?

What do you get when you combine 3 challenges? A doggone glittery card.

I used the current MFT Sketch Challenge, the current ModSquad challenge, and the current Double D challenge to come up with fun one.

The ModSquad challenge is to “Step Up Your Stencil. The Double D challenge is “Colorful”.

So, I used one of my MFT stencils and put some Deco Transfer Gel through it. Pulled it up, then started adding glitter that went along with my Kleenex box piece. (Yes, I do save the sides on the pretty tissue boxes.) After that was dry, I chose some ribbon that went with my colors, as well as some sequins. Definitely had a lot of fun dressing up my stencil with glitter and sequins, as well as some matching ribbon. The stamp set is also an MFT set. Every Corgi I color winds up looking somewhat like my dog. But he’s absolutely adorable, so it’s understandable.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me this weekend. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Josh Set 2

This is the other half of the set I made for my nephew’s 20th birthday.

His last one is the one on the right.

These were a lot of cards. I made all but these last 2 on the same day. It was a great way to use up pieces that I had done for other cards, but weren’t quite right. It was also looking at pieces and figuring out what I could do with them that would be fun cards. A few I adjusted to make work, too. My “pieces” bin is much emptier, now. I did get to have fun creating. And, he will have 12 cards to give, as needed.

Thanks for spending more of your valuable time with me today. Go enjoy this day of rest God has given us. Yes, do rest, it helps.

As my parents put an air sterilizer on their house, that works with their air conditioner, we are having a small family party for my nephew. It’s safe and we’re still a small group, so it’s nice to be able to get together with family. It’s been way too long, too.