Cactus Blossom

Blossoms come in all shapes, sizes, and meanings. I really like this stamp set, which is by a local artist and sold through Scraps of Love, a local scrapbooking store. As SimonSaysStamp Wednesday blog challenge is Beautiful Blossoms, I’m going with these fun cacti and the beautiful blossom. Granted, this type of blossom would be on a Saguaro and not a Prickly Pear, so I made it pink, rather than the white a Saguaro bloom is. I am intending to do this panel in both alcohol marker and pencil, as well. But, have only finished the water color ones, so far.

Had fun creating these and two others. Did extra of the blossom and a couple of the cacti and popped them up to add some depth.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Have a wonderful rest of your week.

Blossoms

The SimonSaysStampBlog Wednesday challenge this week is “Beautiful Blossoms”. Bird of Paradise aren’t what everyone thinks of with “blossoms”, but I think they are beautiful. I was able to get the Altenew Bird of Paradise set recently, so used it for this challenge.

Had a lot of fun creating this one. I was gifted some wonderful stencils from my friend Bonnie recently and used two of them on this. First I took some watercolor paper and used a few Ranger Distress Oxide inks (Kitsch Flamingo, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans, and Salty Ocean) a bit of water and had some fun making the background. Used Nuvo Embellisment mousse (Cornflower Blue and Spring Green) through the first stencil Bonnie made for me using her Silhouette. Then I used some Art Extravagance Phoenix Effect Paste through a different stencil she made. I only went through parts of the stencils, as I just wanted some texture and shine here and there. Besides, I liked the background. The sentiment was from the Altenew Perennial Beauty set. Used some adhesive tape to attach the panel to my card base and some Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue to adhere the flowers. As they were going on top of textured areas, wanted to make sure they were securely attached. Used a lot of different colors of inks on the flowers and the sentiment. I will tell you, there are NINE layers to the Bird of Paradise flowers that I stamped. That was a LOT of work. I do, however, like how they turned out.

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One More

Had time to do one more card that works for both of the MFT challenges this week: sketch and color.

Had a lot of fun doing the background of strips of the correct color of card, then colored using those colors, as well.

I thought about using the full panel for the background, then figured I would show a way to cut it down, so it’s the same size as a small slimline, so perfectly follows the sketch challenge, while still being an A2 sized card. My piece was cut down first to just show a white border around the edges of an A2 card, then I cut it to 3 inches wide. Had fun changing it up.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Enjoy the rest of your day.

A Bit of Fun

The WeCraftCard.com challenge for this week was to make a card that shows why you are you, with your favorite color. The answer to that is God is who makes me and gives me purpose, so I went with the purpose He gave me: to encourage others. Added the MFT Color challenge into it, as teal is my favorite color, in it’s many shades.

So, as I usually encourage others with a card and/or a smile, I made a card, with some teal, that hopefully will bring a smile to someone’s face. This adorable set is from MFT and was designed by Birdie Brown. Now why any of the sets Birdie Brown designed would ever be retired is beyond me, as they are timeless, but apparently they retired this one. I used all the colors from the MFT color challenge in it and had some fun coloring, as well. Used alcohol markers on it, as well as pencils on the colored card.

Now, this next card was done for the MFT Sketch Challenge this week.

It is a slimline card, which is what their sketch was. This cute stamp set is from MFT, as well. Had fun making both the background and coloring this cute giraffe on a pogo stick. Adding this into the SimonSaysStampBlog Wednesday challenge, as well.

As I’m hosting the WeCraftCard.com challenge next week, I’ll give you a hint that this is one of my examples. Won’t tell you what the challenge entails, however.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Go enjoy the rest of your weekend and thank God for the many ways He has blessed you.

Textures

I do love adding texture to cards. So, the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday challenge of texture was no problem. The WeCraftCards.com challenge of something regarding live, laugh, and love was more difficult, as God is the answer to all of that.

Here is what I came up with:

Loads of texture in this as I used Gesso, as well as embossing paste that I colored yellow, glitter, heat embossing, watercolors, and layers.

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Shaking Up Some Fun

When I was checking my email today, I saw that the new A Blog Named Hero challenge was anything goes. Also saw a couple of videos on different ways of doing shaker cards (I’ve tried more than those). And, a friend recommended the Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge as a great place for challenges. Their challenge, which ends today is to use hearts in some way. So . . . I had some fun.

Had some fun, as well as some frustration. I LOVE the color layering stamp sets from Hero Arts. However, they have these tiny little stamps for details that are next to impossible to line up properly because they are so stinkin’ small. The beak and eye detail stamp kept moving on me and never did quite line up properly.

I used their Color Layering Peacock, as well as their Color Layering Koi sets. The sentiment is from the Koi set. I also used some Distress inks to blend the background and do the peacock. The shaker uses a shimmer sheet and lots of shaker elements from who knows where. There are several heart pieces in the shaker elements. You can actually see some of the orange ones in this picture.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Have a wonderful week.

Better Slimline and Resist

Simon Says Stamp Blog challenge for Monday is to use resist. Their Wednesday challenge is to do a slimline card.

The WeCraftCards.com challenge this week is to use a pun. I had started this and came up with 4 images from My Favorite Things and their punny sentiments. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

Here are the other 2 that I did. All 4 cards are slimline style and have a pun, only 2 were resist.

Once again, the color isn’t quite right in the picture. It really is super cute. Used an MFT Die-Namic for stitched sentiments. I heat embossed the pawprints in clear, then inked over them. Some are hidden, but it was fun to do. Used Distress ink and some blending brushes for the background.

This is my favorite of all 4. I used a Gina K Designs background stripe stamp to do my banner. Used the same MFT Die-namic Stitched Sentiment. Also colored these with Prismacolor Pencils. Colored last night, then did backgrounds and put them together this afternoon.

Smaller cards are quicker to do, but not as economical as A2. These were lots of fun to make.

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Slimline and Resist

Simon Says Stamp Blog challenge for Monday is to use resist. Their Wednesday challenge is to do a slimline card.

The WeCraftCards.com challenge this week is to use a pun. I had started this and came up with 4 images from My Favorite Things and their punny sentiments. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

Here are the first 2 that I did. All 4 cards are slimline style and have a pun, only 2 were resist.

This one is just using different patterned papers for the background. The papers look like their actual colors, but for some reason, the heart looks really dark. In real life it is a bright red color with some shading. The sheep is a lot more white, too. Pictures can be very weird.

For this one, I used a piece of card that had foiling on it and used that to resist the inking I did. There are actually 5 colors of Distress ink blended in that background. It was a bit difficult to get some shading to ground my llama, but used a dark gray alcohol marker for that. I also used a My Favorite Things Die-namic to cut the sentiment strip. Colored the images with Prismacolor Pencils.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me. I’m hoping you saved a bit more for part 2 with the other 2 cards.

Love Sentiment Card

This is a smaller card, but I used a small piece of Gina K Designs foiling paper, a bit of Deco foil, then inking on the background panel. Cut out the MFT Love die-namic four times from white and the 3 colors of Gina K ink I used on the panel. Mounted it all on a small card base, added some Glossy Accents to the top “love”, and was finished.

This was fairly quick and easy, as well as lots of fun to make. I generally give my husband more than one valentine each year, so this is one of the ones he will get. He loves turquoise and teal colors almost as much as I do.

This is also going in both the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday and Wednesday challenges. It is also for the ModSquad Challenge.

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Love Card

Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday challenge was to use either hearts, or the word “love”. I did both. Had fun with this. The Sending Love stamp set is from Concord and 9th. They have some amazing stamp sets.

The background panel was made using acrylic paint and a heart from a very old Stampendous set.

I embossed the heart, and then the arrow pieces using some glitter embossing powders, added a bit of inking on the background and a few random rhinestones. Had fun with this one!

Besides the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday challenge, it is also being entered in their Wednesday challenge “Love Is In The Air”. Also entering in the ModSquad All About Love challenge.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today. I’m going to be posting one more. I actually made a few more cards, but either haven’t finished them, or have a reason for not posting, yet.