watercolor for cardmakers

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Applying day 5 of Holiday 5 workshop

Well I have been busy at my little desk and it is sure a mess trying out some of the cards from Day 5 of the workshop.  Here are a few of the things I learned while making my mess.....

Liquitex  Modeling Paste does work like embossing paste.  It drys white and you can emboss with it while it is still wet.  Good thing because I have a whole jar and a little goes a long way!!!!  I also used some bling I have had for a few years.  Scrap what you have!!!

I need to do a better job in cleaning up embossing powder before I heat it though....
Made a stencil of a branch with my cameo....  so I learned to cut out stencils and it work quite well  
This should save me a little but it is nice to have the stencils out there because they don't take as much work!!!

I used my cameo to cut out the green paper with my tree shape!  and I also did not have a die for my banner which I found on my silhouette site but had a hard time with the star.  The stripe is a piece of scrap I found laying on my desk so I guess the mess was somewhat useful!!!  No stamping except
for the sentiment!!!  The tree is some washi tape I have from last xmas.  I think I might be making more of these!!!!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Catching snowflakes*****

Last season i bought this Sizzix snowman die on clearance and didn't have a chance to use it!!  I love snowman for the holiday season.  Snowman last well beyond Christmas!!!!!  I have been taking the Holiday Card Workshop and learning so much from each of the lessons and trying to incorporate an idea of technique from the classes in the cards I have been making.  I used a Martha Stewart snowflake punch and put some Wink of Stella (which I Love) on the snowflake and finished off with a Pearl in the center. Curved my sentiment stamp (new to ME) .  Used paper from last years Reflections  "Blue Christmas" keeping blues the predominate colors and it seemed to work with the touch of few colors for details.  All in all I think this has worked!!!  Off to make another and thanks for stopping by and taking a look!!!!!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Another christmas card..... a little stamping and die cutting to boot....

Playing with my stamps and a few old and new dies I have and never used.
This Holiday Card Workshop makes my mind work faster than my hands......

Card number 2 from Class 4 of the Holiday Workshop

I so enjoyed making the first card of Shari Carrols stamped card that I tried another using a different stamp set with snow flakes and got the inspiration of colors from MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS paper pad from MY MIND" Eye.  I am loving the Recollections Silver embossing bowser it really embosses smoothly.  I also found that you can use dazzle Versamark (which I got on clearance at a wonderful price) works the same as regular versa mark!!!  

This will be so easy to duplicate for multiple cards to send out!!!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Day 4 Holiday Card Workshop 2013

Blue & Green Tree Cards by Shari Carroll

Layer Stamping and Embossing

I followed Shari Carroll's card almost to the tee but changed up the stamps.  I find that if I follow along I am able to use what is taught on something of my own to design.  I loved the colors on the cards she used and played around with the ink pads that I have.  All the little tips that are given in these classes make your cards turn out so much better.  I love watching the videos and following along. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Second Class cards fromHoliday Card Workshop 2013

Haven't gotten thru all the videos for the second class and there is so much more to learn and do.  I really enjoyed all that I have watched and tried a few different ideas from what I learned today!!  I haven't tried modeling paste with a stencil but I see how this could become addictive.  It really gives some texture to your cards.  This lesson of the card is using your die cuts.  Up until recently I have used the Cricut and last year I invested in a Silhouette Cameo, so needless to say my wafer dies are few but I have been purchasing some recently.  Love Love Love them!!!

Here I the first card I made using the second video byDebbie Hughes as inspiration!!!

used the same background but added a die cut made with my Cricut and added a hand cut tree with sequin star at the top!!!

not quite finished but think i will put a pocket inside for a gift card!!!!

Thanks for taking a look!!!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

I am taking a Class

Well it sure has been a while since I have done any constructive work and I have really wanted to get back at it so I decided to take a class.  Today was the first day and I thought I would follow along with each instructor and duplicate as close as i can to the card that was made.

The first one was one Kristina Werner  * The pocket card

I didn't have her cute penguin stamp and this little guy would be so hard to cut out so I circle punched him after I used Copic to color him in and put a vellum pocket on the inside of this card .  Practiced those bows too!!!

Card number 2 was byJennifer McGuire  * Unique Fold

 Now on mine I used more traditional Christmas colors but this went together so fast and loved working on it I stamped my own background (most time consuming thing on card)  found some sparkly paper for the tree and added a star sequin on top,  I did use gold embossing on my sentiment and it shows up better than on the picture.  (Will be making more of these to send out easy and looks great!!!

Card number 3 byJoy Taylor

I did try her method of layering but couldn't get my silhouette to cut it clean might of been the paper so I opted to use my Distress inks and used three different colors to get the same look and be cause I didn't have the die I found a font pretty close and welded and cut the peace out and used the negative on the front and the word on the inside.  I used a different snowflake but all in all looks pretty close don't you think!!!!

I didn't get to the forth card but hope to get it worked on tomorrow won't be the same but I am aiming for pretty close.  Lots of ideas floating thru my head now and feel a little more inspired to try a few more .....

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bunnies are Peeps Too!!!

One of my favorite things about Easter times is  Peeps!!!!!Yummy!!!  And  marshmallow bunnies taste just as good!!  These were my inspiration for my card!!!

I cut the bunnies out and then applied flocking in different colors to give them a Peep look!!  Added some enameled dots for their little bunny tails.   I wanted to stay with the primarily white look but ran the bottom of the card thru an embossing folder for texture.    Simple card!! But used some of the tips that I learned about in Pattern Play to make it work for me!!!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Patternplay Day 3 Homework

My Picture is not the best but I am trying to make simpler and flat cards for mailing to try to keep the cost of postage down.  I used Kristina's lesson for this card and cut a circle and frame out of the front to let the sentiment inside the card show thru as part of the design.  I have this paper from K&Company for a long time and love the bright bold large colors and the larger prints in this pad which always seemed a bit much for a card.  This class has really big help inspiring different uses of paper that seems to pile up in my scrap room untouched and waiting for use.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pattern Play Day 2 Homework

This class has been so informative so far with lots of hints and techniques that you can use to make fast and simple cards with the supplies you have on hand.  i dug out my Tim Holtzs sizzix bird with bird cage die and die cut bird and stamped with a $1 stamp I had to embellish the card and used some layered flower stickers I found in my stash that the colors went along with.  I then gave ink resist a try with some clear embossing on some pattern paper and a little walnut stain distress ink.  My sentiment stamp needs some breaking in but i used Simon Sys Stamp Flowered friends for that.  I will be doing this again and did not use any solid papers with the exception of the bird which i stamped on to give it a pattern also.  I think I will try another technique I watched today and make another card.

Pattern Play Homework for Day 1

Not a very original title but trying to get my mojo back thus taking the class.  Really need to use up some of the paper I have accumulated so I can buy more without guilt!!!!  Here is my first attempt using  the tips that were given in the first day of class.

on to learn more and hope to find more time to add more.

Friday, February 1, 2013

love you

Well I have been dabbling a little in my scraproom and starting to work on valentines!!!  I got the Teddybear Parade cartridge and loved the little cupid bear so much I just had to make a valentine!!!I am determined to get back to it and blogging a little about what I am up to!!!!!

I cut the clouds from cricket craftroom and then punched the heart out of one and layered with pop dots and did a little stickling!!!