Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thinking of You

Hello! I have a card today to join in over at the Cute Card Thursday challenge which is to use a stamp! Right up my alley ;) I chose to use the Great Impressions F517 Bird in Roses image which I watercolored using my Tombow markers and B195 Playful Thinking of You. I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Little Elephant

Today I have a sweet baby card to share with you. When I saw this image in the Great Impressions store I just fell in love with it. Isn't the sweetest little elephant? 

I started by stamping my image F548 Elephant with Kite onto watercolor paper. I then watercolored the image and added in some flowers and grass as well as sky. I think this image would also make a lovely thinking of you card. 

 Be sure to join us in this month's challenge (click!) and if you use any GI stamps be sure to link up to the customer gallery (click!). Be sure to stop by the Great Impressions store (click!) and maybe treat yourself to a few new images...did you know shipping is free over $25?! 

Have a wonderful day!

Watercolored Note Cards

Hello stamping friends! Today I have a set of watercolored note cards to share with you and some tips that may help you when making a set of cards. I used one of the new beautiful sets from Inspired By Stamping for my notecard set called Spring Bouquet. This is an ideal set for making a set of cards as it has a lovely focal image as well as many sentiment options. Here are my three note cards.

I started by die cutting my base panel for all three cards out of watercolor paper. I then heat embossed the floral image in white. When making several cards I find it saves a lot of time to use heat embossing with the watercoloring as it gives you a lot more control and  you can color in a looser way. I also decided on my layout and stuck with it for each card but varied the sentiments. This gives continuity to a set but still makes them individual. 

Here is a close up of each card. I changed the color of the flowers for each one as well which also gives nice variety but again, since the image is the same there is still a feel of cohesiveness. 

Since I kept my cards one layer I really like to add the watercolor splatters. I think it adds a nice element of texture and depth.

I hope my tips were helpful to you if you choose to create a set of watercolored note cards. I am looking forward to packaging these up and giving them to a friend. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Valentine Pocket

Hello! Today I've got a post up over at the A Walk Down Memory Lane blog. It's a little Valentine idea. Here's a peek...I hope you'll go check it out.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Vintage Note

I have a vintage inspired card to share with you today. I pulled out a few older Inspired By Stamping sets to create my card.
My dress form is from the Vintage Dress Form set. Such an elegant image. I stamped the pretty script background using Background Basics III and for my sentiment used the "just a note" image from the Vintage Pieces set. I colored it using Copics. I love how these two sets work together! I added some machine stitching and lace and a few sequins. I hope you have a lovely day!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Vintage Inspired Flowers

Hello! Today I have a vintage inspired card to share with you and a few tips on how you can get this look using any floral stamps you may have. I pulled out the brand new Inspired By Stamping Flower of the Month: Pansy for my card. It's really the perfect type of image for this look!

To really get that old vintage look I stayed with sepia toned colors for my entire card. I chose browns to watercolor my flowers with and just mixed several different ones to still get color variance. It was fun to color these beautiful flowers in such subtle colors. My flowers were stamped onto a die cut using Fancy Labels 2. My sentiment is from the new Spring Bouquet set. I thought the love theme works so well with a soft vintage type card. To pull in the feel of old fabric more I stamped the background of my cream panel using the same pansy flowers but left them uncolored. A bit of distress ink, lace, sewing and pearls all add to the old shabby feel.

I hope you'll give coloring some flowers in sepia tones a try! I'd love to hear what you think and if you do try it out I'd love to stop by and see it! Have a wonderful day xoxo

Friday, January 23, 2015

Spring Bouquet and Big Hello

Hi there! Well today we get to introduce you to the last 2 new Inspired By Stamping sets. They are Spring Bouquet and Big Hello. Both have so much stamping goodness packed in them. Here is a peek at the sets.

I used the Big Hello set a bit earlier in the release so I decided to concentrate on the Spring Bouquet set. Here is my card.

I of course couldn't stay away from watercoloring for very long so that is what I did for this beautiful image. I used my Tombow markers and I like to use a #10 round brush. I have bought only inexpensive brushes so far and they have been working okay. I may splurge and buy a high quality brush to see if there is a big difference. But I hands down prefer round brushes. My panel is cut using the Fancy Labels I die and I trimmed out the "you" part of the sentiment. I hope you've enjoyed this new release! I know I certainly enjoyed showing you a bit of what you can do with these new sets. Have a great day!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tropical Paradise

Hello! Today's new set from Inspired By Stamping will make you want to escape the cold. It certainly makes me miss the ocean and beach! The set is called Tropical Paradise.

And my card :)

I started by die cutting my focal point panel using Fancy Labels I. I then stamped out a little scene using Tropical Paradise. I decided to use Copic markers for my coloring. It's much harder (at least for me) to achieve a kind of watery appearance with Copics than with actual watercolors but it was a fun challenge. After I was done I layered some banners under each other and stamped the large "thinking of you" sentiment from Everyday Greetings. Be sure to stop back tomorrow! I've got one more new set to show you!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Australian Birds

I hope you are enjoying the new Inspired By Stamping release! Today's set is another nod to our feathered friends and is called Australian Birds. Here's a look at the stamp set.

And my card using the Galah bird.

I decided to color with Copic markers this time. These are very pretty birds and without a photo would have had no idea what color they were! I die cut my panel using Fancy Labels 2 and did some piercing around the outside edge. My little banners are from Vintage Banners. Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Valentine Treat Boxes

Hello! This week at Great Impressions we are showing you fun and different ideas for making your own Valentine wraps. I decided to make some cute little pillow boxes, one for each of my kiddos.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut my pillow boxes and then stamped the E845 Twirly Background Sm. all over it, making each one a different color. I then stamped F583 Foxy onto watercolor paper, masked the fox and stamped some of the F599 Buttercup Flowers. I then watercolored each image. To finish my little boxes I added a tiny tag and hand wrote I (heart) U. 

 Be sure to join us in this month's challenge (click!) and if you use any GI stamps be sure to link up to the customer gallery (click!). Be sure to stop by the Great Impressions store (click!) and maybe treat yourself to a few new images...did you know shipping is free over $25?! 

Have a wonderful day!


Welcome to day two of the Inspired By Stamping release. Today's set is all about the littlest of birds...Hummingbirds! This set has so many possibilities. Here is a peek at the stamp set:

And here is my card.

I watercolored the images and find it very helpful to refer to a photo for colors and correct placement. Of course just coloring it how you want is fine too ;)  I used my Tombow markers and a no line technique on my hummingbird by first stamping in a light dye ink or Distress ink. That way as you color the stamped lines disappear and you replace them with your watercolors. My sentiment is from another new set out later this week called Big Hello. What do you think? I'm looking forward to coloring more of these lovely birds. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Snowy Layout

Today I have a pocket style layout on the A Walk Down Memory Lane blog. I love this style of scrapbooking and actually kept up with it for an entire year! I don't do weekly spreads but just consistently take photos of what inspires me or I want to remember and then scrap my favorites. It documents a year very nicely this way. Here's a peek: