Monday, January 15, 2018

PGCB #144 - Watercolors

Our latest challenge topic was watercolors. I thought this will be a cinch! Then I start overthinking things. So I scrapped my first project and came up with this card. I wanted to use this giant sentiment but also incorperate some flowers I could color in. This IS a watercoloring challenge after all. I ended up needing to mask off one of the flowers to fit the letters. I like how that turned out. I also painted a color float around the outside of the flowers and around some of the letters. That made a big difference in the end product.

Last of all I used a Wink of Stella to accent the flowers. It just adds that little bit of subtle shimmer that really takes a card to the next level. Unfortunately, it is really hard to photograph.

I really hope you have a chance to join in on this challenge. It really is so relaxing to sit and watercolor. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

PGCB #143 - Glitter

This was one of my favorite cards ever to make. I really wasn't sure what the heck I was going to so with glitter when I started stamping. Then I remembered that I had all of these Tim Holtz glitters in my stash that I hadn't even opened yet. Anyway I started out by embossing the butterfly in black and then added glue with my fine tip glue pen to add glitter selectively to the areas in the wings one color at a time. I'm really happy with the finished product.

To join in on this challenge go to The Paper Girls Challenge blog  and add your project to the linky.

Monday, December 18, 2017

PGCB #142 - Holiday Fun


This week we are celebrating the Holidays at The Paper Girls Challenge blog. I needed to send of some Christmas cards ASAP so I made some super simple one layer cards to make sure I got them out in time. It is a little hard to see but I added some dots of glue with the SU fine tip glue pen. The glue dries clear and dimensional so it is an easy way to add for a water droplet look.

I also made some Waldorf stars this month. I saw some on Hunter Hammersen's  blog. It is really an awesome knitting blog but I was inspired to try some of these stars out myself. I really likes making them. You do need to buy the right paper to get the right effect. It is called kite paper. It's a cross between a parchment and a tissue paper. Instead of a glue stick to adhere the layers together I used my ATG and that worked perfectly. Anyway, I hope you have a lovely holiday season and have some crafty time too.


Monday, December 4, 2017

PGCB #141 - Stamping Fun


Another batch of my Thank You cards from when I had surgery on my foot. There were so many people who offered rides for my kids and meals for my family. I felt an overwhelming sense of love from my friends and from people at church. Anyway, I knew it made more sense to make a big set of cards that were similar thank to make unique designs. I embossed the sentiment in clear and stamped the circles over the top to make the sentiment pop. This is a fun technique whether you are a stamping newbie or an old hand. I hope you also get a chance to join in on this challenge before the Holiday Season gets too crazy!

Monday, November 20, 2017

PGCB #140 - Gold


Ok, the latest challenge at Paper Girls Challenge blog is Gold. My sister-in-law needed help making a money envelope for a traditional Chinese wedding she was going to. She texted me and asked if I had any stamps with Chinese characters on them. I had a stamp set made in 2000 called Kanji that had the character for Love. I was really nervous that it was Japanese and not Chinese and I would be sending her with the wrong language on it. Thanks to Google image search we were 99% sure we would be ok. We checked for the right colors and voila! We ended up with red and gold. We stamped a matching insert so my Brother and his wife could write a message to the bride and groom. I think sometimes have a million stamps on hand comes in handy! It was also nice to have some if these foil snowflakes to add as an embellishment.

Monday, November 6, 2017

PGCB Challenge #139 - Honoring Our Veterans


My grandfather is a WWII veteran and I decided to make a card to honor him for Veterans Day. This is definitely a very loose interpretation of the American Flag. I used the Work of Art stamp set to stamp the stripes and the blue section of the flag. The stars are from the Confetti stars punch. The large stars are older punches I have from Stampin' Up years ago. 

Join the rest of us at The Paper Girls Challenge blog and share your projects honoring your veterans.

Monday, October 2, 2017

PGCB challenge #137- Wooden Elements

I'm in the midst of needing to make  a lot of thank you cards because of all the help I've been receiving after having surgery on my foot.  I thought  a wooden element on this stamped stump would be the perfect touch for this card. It was fun to finally play with the Foxy Friends stamp set and coordinating punch. My daughter has used it quite a bit but I hadn't had a chance since I bought it.

It was so good to get into my craft room again -  I hope you also get a chance to join our challenge this round at The Paper Girls challenge blog.

Monday, September 18, 2017

PGCB #136 - Harvest

I am super excited to break out some of my new things from the Stampin' Up Holiday Mini Catalog.  This stamp set is called "Count My Blessings". I'm just a sucker for fall images. I just knew those leaves would be so much fun to watercolor. They take me back to New England in the fall. I also used one of the foil snowflakes from the mini catalog as a backdrop for the stamped image. I can think of so many uses for those. Lastly, I had to use the Quilt top textured impressions embossing folder. Thanks for checking out my project! Now head on over to The Paper Girls Challenge if you haven't already. Let's see your Harvest projects!

Monday, September 4, 2017

PGCB #135- Labor Day

Labor Day weekend falls on or around my oldest child's birthday. So Labor Day took on a new meaning for me. I decided to do a "Then and Now" page for this challenge. It's been amazing to watch him grow and become the responsible man child he is. This last year he started driving which is terrifying and exciting all at once. It's hard to believe how much time has gone by.

Remember to add your projects to the linky at PGCB!

Monday, July 17, 2017

PGCB Challenge #132- Space Age

I had soooo much fun making this card. I seriously pulled out all kinds of things to make the background on this card. I started with watercolor paper since I knew it would hold up to lots of layers of ink and water washes etc. So I used some of my Ken Oliver Colorburst powders first. I used Ultramarine, Pthalo Green, Lime green, Chartreuse, Orange, Violet and Turquoise and spritzed the heck out of it until I got the look I wanted. After it dried - I had to run the kids to swim anyway - I pulled out some spritzes I've been hoarding, I used Smooch Spritz in Pearl and Silver foil, Mr Huey's in white, and Heidi Swap Color Shine in gold and turquoise. So needless to say there's a lot going on here.

I stamped the Studio Calico To the Moon and Back moon first and I watercolored it before using the die to cut it out. That way it could dry first and it wouldn't warp as much. Then I was able to use the moon as a reference for placing the words from the sentiment. Fair warning some of the inks from the spritzes attracted the embossing powder so I had to use a paint brush to tidy things up before using the heat gun.

I can't wait to see what people come up with! Be sure to check out what the Paper Girls have created.