Sunday, April 23, 2017

Faith The Fairy - Stamping Bella

Hi Everybody,

I was asked to make a very special card.  My friend's Father was in hospice and asked her to get a card for her sister's 40th birthday because he knew he wouldn't be here for it and wanted to write in it and let her know how much he loved her.  My friend asked me if I could do it and then a few days later her Father passed.  I felt horrible that I wasn't able to make the card for him in time so that he could see it and write in it.  My friend asked me to make it anyway and she gave me the wording her Father wanted on the inside.  I looked at fonts for days trying to pick a good one that looked like handwriting.  I was going to have the Silhouette write it out with the pen.  None of them seemed good enough.  Then, I thought, what if I get a man to write it out so it's a man's actual writing.  My fiance' wrote a sample out in print and cursive and she was so excited because his script writing looked very similar to her Father's.

He always called her Princess and she loves pink poodles so she asked if I could put a pink poodle beside the image I chose.  The good thing about us cardmakers is that we can do almost anything we want.  I found a digi poodle image, colored it with Zig markers using water so it would be lighter than the dress and colored the main image with Copic Markers.  Here's what I came up with:









It was sad for me in a way because of the circumstance but I was so happy and honored I could do it for her.  My friend gave her sister this card on last night at her party and sent me a video of her opening it.  OMgosh, it was so emotional to watch.  If you are friends with me on Facebook, the video is posted today on my page.


Supplies Used:

  • Recollections 110# white cardstock for base, Gina K Designs, Passionate Pink, Black Onyx
  • Stamping Bella, Faith the Fairy
  • Gina Marie Designs, not sure of the name of this scalloped rectangle die
  • Heidi Swapp glitter cardstock, 
  • Heidi Swapp patterned paper, Favorite Things
  • Heidi Swapp glitter cardstock, Marquee Love
  • Copic Markers
  • Zig Real Brush Markers
  • Poodle Clipart
  • Quick Kutz  English Rose Alphabet Dies
  • Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins
  • Craft Medley Pink Sequins


To my cardmaking friends.... just remember, we can make ANY situation better with our creations.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Regina



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Altenew Watercolor Wonders - Color My World

Hi Everybody,

I love flowers so I instantly fell in love with Altenew stamps.  The first stamp set of theirs I bought was called Watercolor Wonders.  I used it today for the first time because I was intimidated by all the stamps but once I looked at the diagram on the back of the package showing how to put different stamps together to layer, I couldn't stop stamping!  I don't really think you can mess this one up.  No matter what colors you put together, it will still look good because it's abstract or watercolor.  I stamped each part of this card 3 times to get it to look dark.  You can also take a paint brush with water and go over it to give a lighter watercolor look.



How fun is this card!  I also jumped on the black sentiment strip with white embossing bandwagon lol.  Seems that everyone is doing this.  I thought it really worked here.

Supplies Used:


  • Recollections white 110# white cardstock for base, Gina K Designs Passionate Pink and Black Onyx and Bristol Smooth Paper
  • Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamp set
  • Right At Home, Color In Sentiments stamp set
  • Inks used:  Tim Holtz Spun Sugar, Work Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, and Twisted Citron, Memento Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout and Dandelion, Gina K Designs Sweet Mango and Bubblegum Pink
  • Zig Markers, Pink and Dark Pink (to color sentiment)
  • WOW white embossing powder
  • Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen
  • Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins

I do have to say I stamped this on the Bristol Smooth Paper and regular white cardstock and it looks so smooth on the Bristol as compared to the cardstock.  I know a lot of people like to use Bristol as a watercolor paper.  If you just want to color a layer or maybe two, Bristol can work for you, like what I did above, coloring in the Thank You sentiment stamp.  I have tried to use watercolor paints with this paper and it can't take several layers.  The fibers of the paper start coming up.  That's just my opinion.  For stamping it is great because it produces such a smooth result.

So go PLAY, STAMP, and don't be intimidated like me.  Have FUN most of all!


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



Regina

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Copic and Prismacolor Scenes

Hi Everybody,

I'm working on some cards and I have one that I can't wait to show you but can't post it until after this person gets it Saturday.  I take Copic Marker and Prismacolor Pencil Classes from Kit and Clowder and someone asked why I never post anything I've done and I don't really know why I haven't.  These are the best classes I've taken, I learn so many techniques in each one.  Here are a few that I've done over the past few months.

I just finished this scene with a Mo Manning image using Prismacolor Pencils.  I may blend out the blue in the sky with some gamsol.  I used a colorless blending pencil but not sure that I like the way it looks.  We learn how to draw in detail to our stamps and scenes.

Prismacolor Pencil Class



Copic Class



Prismacolor Pencil Class

Prismacolor Pencil Class




Copic Marker Class



Copic Marker Class
(I drew in these curtains, very challenging but 
look how awesome they are, we learned the 
translucent technique here




Copic Marker Class



Prismacolor Pencil Class




I was so amazed when I saw colored images and scenes and found out they were done using pencils, because it looked like marker to me so I had to find out how to do it.  I had colored pencils but didn't know the proper way to use them.  These classes are a lot of fun, relaxing, and the teacher's Australian accent is nice to listen to as well. :)


I hope you like my colorings.  Just wanted to show that I do this when I'm not making cards.  If you would like more info about these classes go to Kit and Clowder's webpage.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!


Regina

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easy, Colorful Easter Cards

Hi Everybody,

I haven't made cards for a few days because, wait for it..... I GOT ENGAGED!  My boyfriend and I went to Hermann, Missouri, where wineries are.  We go each Fall and he surprised me with a 2 day trip last week and that is where he proposed.  It was a great time and now when I look at my ring (which I LOVE by the way), I will think of our place, Hermann Hill Inn.  If you're looking for a nice trip, like wine, and want to stay in an awesome Inn, look up Herman Hill Inn.  Highly recommend it!

Anyway, I made three quick Easter cards.  I tried to use stitched oval dies with an Easter egg shape and it doesn't exactly look perfect but that's okay.  They're for our parents so they'll love them no matter what right? :)  I bought this Happy Easter Egg die by Memory Box last year and didn't have time to use.  I like it because it is large and scripty.  It cut really good too.




I colored the tulips with Copics on the inside of this one.  



I made this one a window card.  I love the floral patterned paper.  I made these 2 cards around this paper.  



I put oval frames around the die here.  Not perfectly lined up and centered but that's okay. 



I made this one a window card



Supplies Used:


  • Recollections 120# white cardstock for base
  • Stampin' Up Watermelon Wonder cardstock
  • Gina K Designs Jellybean Green cardstock
  • Memento Bamboo Leaves Ink
  • Memory Box Easter Egg Die
  • Gina Marie Stitched Oval Dies
  • Copic Markers (the tulip image is from the Nature Class at Kit and Clowder)
  • Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins
  • Eyelet Outlet White Enamel Dots
  • Stampin' Up Fine Tip Glue Pen (Love this!!)

Have you made your Easter cards yet?  I always try to make cards so complex, don't know why. Sometimes it's fun to go back to basics and just cut and glue. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



Regina





Thursday, March 30, 2017

Cas-ual Friday Stamps Challenge - No Dies

Hi Everybody,

I am taking a Copic Marker coloring class at www.kitandclowder.com and I love them!  Alyce Keegan is such a wonderful teacher and friend.  The leaves on the card are from the Nature Class colored with Copics.  How realistic are those droplets.  She teaches how to add detail to your images such as that to make them realistic.  I stamped and embossed daisies on the background with the Ranger Silver Pearl Embossing Powder that I love.  It's so much softer than white I think.  I wanted a light, soft, pretty background and have the leaves popped up to stand out and be the star of the show. I used Platinum pigment ink, which I never use, for the background.  It called out to me for some reason and I colored the flowers with Zig Watercolor Markers.  I added a few black dots.  I always tend to lean toward using sequins but the dots seemed better for this one to me.  Then used the Misti to stamp the sentiment at the bottom.









I am entering this card into a challenge over at CAS-UAL FRIDAYS STAMPS.  Have you been to their store to check out all of the cute stamps and dies??  Here's a link to their ONLINE STORE.  The challenge this week is NOT to use dies on your card, only stamps.  Lately I've been using a lot of dies, not only because they are quick, but also because there are so many cute word dies out that I tend to use one on most of my cards now.  I probably would've used a Hello word die on this one but I really like how the stamped sentiment looks on this card.

The name of the challenge is CFC-170  No Dies Allowed.  Pretty simple so check it out and enter for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the fabulous store.


Supplies Used:


  • Gina K Designs 120# Heavy Base Weight White for base, Grass Green
  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Technique Tuesday, Budding Poppies
  • Gina K Designs, Especially For You
  • Versafine Black Onyx
  • WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Silver Pearl Embossing Powder
  • Brilliance Platinum Planet Ink
  • Copic Markers
  • Zig Watercolor Markers
  • Faber-Casteel Black Waterproof Pen for the black dots
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



Regina



Monday, March 27, 2017

Silver Pearl Dandelion Sympathy Card

Hi Everybody,

Seems like I have been making more sympathy cards and thinking of you cards than anything else.  I used to dread making sympathy cards but now I look at it as a way to send something pretty to the recipient that hopefully will make them smile and feel a little better.  I do not use drab colors for sympathy cards.  On this card, I struggled with whether to add sequins because I don't want anything flashy but it needed a little something so I added a few clear sequins.





 I apologize if this is a little difficult to see. The silver pearl embossing powder is hard to photograph I'm finding out.

Supplies Used:

  • Gina K Designs White 120# Heavy Base Weight for the base, 80# for layer and Turquoise Sea
  • Stamp Sets Used:  Technique Tuesday, Dandelion and Close To My Heart One Way Borders
  • Ranger Silver Pearl Embossing Powder
  • Versamark Ink
  • Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins
I originally thought I would emboss the dandelion in white but I thought that looked too bright, I wanted something softer so I think the silver pearl turned out good.  I went over the border a couple of times with the embossing powder to make it look more even.  

I have made brighter color sympathy cards in the past but only because I knew the recipient loved the colors.  I hope I inspired you to make your sympathy cards with pretty colors, not just neutrals.  

I am entering this card into a challenge over at CAS-UAL FRIDAYS STAMPS.  Have you been to their store to check out all of the cute stamps and dies??  Here's a link to their ONLINE STORE.  The challenge this week is NOT to use dies on your card, only stamps.  Lately I've been using a lot of dies, not only because they are quick, but also because there are so many cute word dies out that I tend to use one on most of my cards now.  I stamped the border, dandelion and sentiments outside and inside with Versamark Ink and Embossed with Ranger Silver Pearl Embossing Powder.  

The name of the challenge is CFC-170  No Dies Allowed.  Pretty simple so check it out and enter for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the fabulous store.  



Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Regina

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Altenew Layered Daisy Thank You Card

Hi Everybody,

I made a card that I think is so pretty I may make one for myself lol.   I love the colors in this card.  I used the Altenew layered Daisy stamp set.  I think this set was something like $4.99, well worth the money for sure.






If I went a little overboard with the sequins, it might be because I'm covering up a boo boo lol.  I'm going to also put some glossy accents on the thanks die to shine it up a bit.  Who wouldn't want to get this in the mail right?  As you can see I'm not planning on writing very much in this one. :)


Supplies Used:


  • Recollections White 120# for the base
  • Neenah 80# White, Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet and Patterned Berry Sorbet Paper Pack
  • Hero Arts Thanks Stamp and Die Set
  • Altenew Layered Daisy Stamp Set
  • I used these inks for the flowers:  bottom to top, light to dark... Tim Holtz Spun Sugar, Gina K Designs Innocent Pink, and Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet.  
  • I used these inks for the leaves:  bottom to top, light to dark... Tim Holtz Twisted Citron, Gina K Designs Jellybean Green and Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn
  • Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins

I spent a lot of time playing with ink combinations for the different layered stamp sets I have which was actually fun to do.  Some of them surprised me looking so good and some surprised me looking so awful together. 

I don't think you can go wrong sending someone a card with the layered flowers on them.  I hope I inspired you to try them if you haven't.  Like I said the Altenew set I used has 6 stamps, 3 for flowers and 3 for leaves and is around $5.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Regina