Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dandelions

I hope you are having a good day! I have a card to share with you today that I really enjoyed making. I started with a piece of watercolor paper and then did a watercolor wash using a couple colors of orange, yellow and blue. Blending those of course gives you green :)


After my background was done and dry I stamped the lovely Seeded Dandelions (G298) along with the Blowing Seeds (A118). I did a split panel so that I could stamp a few more of the blowing seeds to create a feel of movement. I decided to leave off a sentiment as I think the images do the talking. What do you think? 

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!




Monday, September 29, 2014

Masculine Card

Hello! I know that making cards for guys is one of the most challenging projects we crafters can do so I love it when a set that isn't necessarily masculine themed has an image that can work for that. The new Inspired By Stamping, Australian Nature I set has just the image for guy cards, a Forest Kingfisher.

 I paired this gorgeous guy up with the new Diamonds set. For my matting I used Fancy Labels 2 dies and Fancy Labels 3 dies. I added a few brads and more matting to keep it suitable for a guy. I hope you like it! Thanks so much for coming by!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Watercolored Butterfly Note Cards

Hello! I hope you are having a good day :) I have a set of 3 note cards for you today using some new images from the Inspired By Stamping release going on right now. I love butterflies so the new Australian Nature I set jumped out at me right away! I wanted to watercolor them,surprised? I didn't think so;)


I stamped my butterflies onto watercolor paper in Antique Linen Distress ink so that the stamped outline wouldn't show once I was done watercoloring. I used my Tombow markers to do my watercoloring using the ink to craft mat, pick it up with a damp paint brush method. My sentiments and frames come from another brand new set called Teeny Tiny Greetings. I love this set! All the sentiments fit into this frame as well as another one in the set and all the previously released ones!
 For this butterfly I just chose colors that I am naturally drawn too and went with it.
 I thought this sweet sentiment would be perfect for a golden butterfly.
 This color combo is more true to what the real butterfly looks like. I added a gray matting and machine stitched around each one. I plan to package these up for a Christmas present for someone this year! I hope you like them. Thanks so much for stopping by, I really do appreciate it!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Diamonds

Are you enjoying the new Inspired By Stamping release? I hope you are popping over to see all the gorgeous creations and commenting for a chance to win!

Today's set being released is called Diamonds and it's the free set this month when you order $50 or more!


I paired my diamond back ground with the Autumn Blessings set. I love how many different patterns there are in the Diamond set, for my card I chose the small dotted outline and the polka dots.
 I added tiny pearls to accent the diamonds and die cut the bow for my wreath using the coordinating cut file. Be sure to see all the other lovely projects today! (click!)
I'm so glad you dropped by!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DV+GI Projects from Leah

Hello Great Impressions friends! I hope you've already been making your way through the fun hop we are doing with the Die-Versions DT. To get all the details of the hop and all the details on my project please visit my blog HERE
Hop along to have a chance to win some fun goodies from Great Impressions and Die-Versions. Here's my project!





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Old World Merry Christmas (E739) 

Lacey Dots  Die-Versions


Be sure to join the hop! (click!)


Inspired By Stamping Release~ Autumn Blessings

Hello! Today I am so excited to share with you one of the fabulous sets being released this month from Inspired By Stamping. I just adore this set and all the versatility it has as well. Autumn Blessings is full of images for fall but I can also see Christmas cards using it and spring! I stuck with an autumn theme for my card today though ;)


My most favorite image in this set is the wreath. Isn't it gorgeous?! And there are tons of options for filling it with beautiful things such as flowers, leaves and berries. I used the cut file to die cut my leaves and flowers using my Silhouette Cameo. For my leaves I first inked them in green and then lightly rolled the edges in a dark orange. I colored the center of my flowers and then added 3 little dots to emphasize the middles. Around my wreath I used the 3 berry image in a kraft color and added a little dark spot on each to give the berries more definition. The very bottom of my card was stamped with a background building image also in the set.


The stitched die cut that my wreath is on was cut using my Silhouette Cameo and the free IBS newsletter download, Stitched Frames. The sentiment is also from the Autumn Blessings set. For my other elements I used some paper from the Spring Lilacs paper pad and some crochet Fabric Tape. I added twine, embroidery floss, buttons and pearls to dress it up. I hope you like it! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Autumn Blessings
Autumn Blessings Cut File
Stitched Frames Cut File




Monday, September 22, 2014

Die-Versions + Great Impressions: A Blog Hop!


Welcome to the Die Versions + Great Impressions designers' blog hop! We've got both talented teams hopping today with a chance to win prizes from both of these craft suppliers! Our theme for this hop is "Tis the Season" so get ready to see some beautiful holiday creations! You should have arrived here from Irit Shalom's blog. If you haven't and would like to hop with us, please go back to the Die Versions blog to see the entire hop list and to start at the beginning for the maximum chances to win!

Here is my Christmas project!



I started by cutting a box using my Silhouette Cameo and then used a couple of gorgeous Die-Versions dies and a beautiful Great Impressions stamp to create a gift set.

I stamped my sentiment which is called Old World Merry Christmas (E739) in Memento Black so that I could color it with Copics. I trimmed it out and then die cut the beautiful Whispers-Poinsettia Flourish. For the middle flower I die cut just the flower several times and layered them together attaching them with a jeweled brad. I added some clear rhinestones for some extra sparkle.

For my border all around the box I die cut the lovely Whispers-Lacey Dots. I love  how long this die is!

For my matching card I used all the same elements in a bit of a different way. I created a layered flower again by die cutting just the flower part several times. I then cut the rest of the Poinsettia Flourish die out of green cardstock and selectively cut the sections I wanted to frame my flower. I stamped the Old World Merry Christmas sentiment (E739) and colored it with Copics. I then die cut 2 Lacey Dots borders and layered them on top of each other, added some stitching and a few rhinestones to finish. I hope you like my gift ensemble!
Thanks for stopping by today! Your next stop in the hop is Lisa Fish's blog! We hope you're inspired all along the way! Grab all the goodies used from the Great Impressions and Die Versions stores!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Detailed Watercoloring


Hello! I don't know about you but since watercoloring became trendy in the stamping world I have really fallen in love with the technique and experimenting with all the different looks you can achieve. I wanted to challenge myself and do a more realistic look with a lot  more detail.

I started by pulling out the gorgeous sunflower image that is in the French Country set from Inspired By Stamping and stamped it in a very light ink. You want to use a water soluble ink so that as you add your watercolor colors the outline will not show on the finished piece. I used Antique Linen Distress Ink. 

I like to use Tombow Markers for my watercoloring but you could use Distress Markers, Distress ink pads or traditional watercolors. I like the Tombow's because the colors are very vibrant and you can color directly on the paper or lay down color on a craft mat and pick it up with a paint brush. I used both techniques of coloring for my sunflower. For very light colors I color directly onto the watercolor paper and for darker colors I lay down color on my mat and pick it up with my brush.

I started with my lightest color and slowly built up adding more shadows and depth. In watercolor you don't want to color all of the image as the white paper is what acts as your highlights. If you add too much color to an area you can add a good amount of clean water to the spot and dab off with a paper towel. Most of the over saturated color will lift off.

As you build up color go slowly and add shadow colors as well. For my sunflower I used about 6 colors including a gray for shadows and a couple of browns for the deeper tones. Once my flower was completely colored I went back over the whole flower with my Tombow marker using the very fine brush tip and added in the more crisp lines to get more detail. I went back over the lines with a damp brush just to soften. Not filling in every single petal with the same color or intensity will add to the depth and realism of the image as well. 

I hope my tips are helpful! Just take your time, build up color slowly and enjoy the process. Thanks so much for stopping by and I'd love to hear what you think!
Have a great day!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Country Gable Box

Hello stamping friends! Today I have a fun little country inspired gable box to share with you. I pulled out the wonderful Inspired By Stamping set, French Country to build my focal images. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut my box and did lots of stamping on it before assembling.

 For my script background I used Background Basics III and for the red border used the border strip in French Country. I die cut a Fancy Labels 1 die and stamped it in kraft ink. I then stamped the grapes in green and purple ink. The rooster was stamped and trimmed out.

I tied some twine around the top and added a tag from Creative Tags and trimmed it out. I think some little treat will be perfect housed in this box for a gift for someone, what do you think? I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Country Scene

Hello there! Today I have a fun little scene card to share with you using a fabulous image from the Great Impressions store called Country Setting (G344). I just love this sweet scene and colored it using Copic markers.


For my background panel I covered the whole thing using the fun Chicken Wire (E96) image. My sentiment is called Roots of Hope (C298). Some twine, stitching and a bit of punched border finish off this peaceful card. I hope you like it!


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!






Friday, September 12, 2014

Blog Hop!

Hello, friends! Today some of the Inspired By Stamping design team members are sharing some very
special cards for our teammate, Grace! Grace is having a little baby boy and we decided to hop and 
celebrate with her! If you arrived here from Kylies's blog, you're 
on the right track! If you haven't and would like to hop with us, please start at the Inspired By Stamping
blog and start from there!


For my card I pulled out Big Congrats and Chevrons. I went pretty CAS with this and added lots of machine stitching and some gold sequins. Congrats to you and your family Grace!

Your next hop stop is Lisa's blog! Thanks for taking some time to
hop with us--please leave some love with Grace on her blog, In Her Shoes, as well! Happy hopping, 
friends!

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Big Congrats 



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thankful


Hello! I have a bit of a fall card to share with you today. I pulled out the Autumn set from Inspired By Stamping called Happy Fall and got to stamping and trimming out several leaves. I layered my ink colors on top of each other to add some depth. I die cut the label using Fancy Labels 2 and stamped the coordinating frame and chose the "thankful" sentiment. Some twine, tiny felt flowers and little berries of Stickles finishes my card. I hope you like it! Thank you for stopping by!

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