Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CASology: Prickly

I'm back today with a new cue from CASology!


I lived in the desert for 3 years, so my mind immediately went to the cacti that was abundant around my neighborhood.


I decided to mask a few images to create a clean and simple little scene. I stamped my first post and heat embossed it in white and then covered it with some masking paper to stamp the cactus so that it looked like it was inside the pot. I heat embossed that in white as well and then masked it off. I stamped my second pot with the same technique (heat emboss and mask) and then stamped my final cactus. I removed all of my masks to reveal my little scene.

I used several colors of distress ink and a paint brush to watercolor my little scene and then roughed in a little background for my pots to sit on. I stamped my sentiment using some black ink and then attached my watercolor panel to a card base. That's it! Easy-peasy!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CASology: Safari

Hello, everyone! I'm back with a new cue from CASology to play with!


I immediately thought of all the amazing animals you can see on safari and that led me to these sweet little elephants from My Favorite Things.


I knew I was going to color with Copics and that they tend to bleed, so I started by cutting a panel with a stitched rectangle die. I stamped my elephant using my MISTI to make sure he was centered and then stamped my sentiment below him to ground him.

I used my Copics to color him in. I used warm grays for the elephant and then used cool grays to add a slight shadow around him to help him stand out from the stark white of the panel. I added a little bit of grass below him using my yellow greens.

I adhered my panel directly onto a card base using a tape runner and I was all done!

Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to see how you're inspired this week!




Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Challenge 94

Hello, everyone! It's time for a brand new inspiration photo from The Challenge!


My eye was immediately drawn to those cute cupcakes, so I broke out my Sweet Shoppe set from Sunny Studio Stamps to create my own sweet treat. I decided that my cupcake looked awfully lonely, so I added a little orange soda and a candy to keep him company!


I started my card by stamping my cupcake and candy and then coloring them in with my Copics. Even though I hate fussy cutting, I did it this time because I wanted to get as close as possible to the lines as I could. I went over the white edges with a memento marker.

I cut my soda bottle from some watercolor paper and then blended in some Carved Pumpkin distress ink. I splattered water drops across it so it looked carbonated. I adhered a blue strip of cardstock over the top for the label and then stamped my heart and fussy cut it before adhering it on the label.

I stamped my sentiment on a piece of scrap pink cardstock and then heat embossed it in white powder. I clustered my images where I wanted them and then used a piece of washi tape to keep it all together while I added some foam tape to the back of them.

Meanwhile, I cut a stitched panel from some watercolor paper and then blended in some Tumbled Glass ink to the bottom right corner where my images would sit. This helps them stand out from the stark white of the paper and adds a little bit of faux dimension.

I adhered the panel to a white card base with some double-sided tape and then adhered my images on top of my ink blending using the foam tape.

To finish, I added a sprinkling of clear sequins with some multi-medium matte.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CASology: Juicy

Hello, everyone! I'm back today with a new cue and a new card for the CASology challenge!


What's better than a nice, juicy pineapple! Yes, my obsession with pineapples continues...


I mashed up 3 different sets from 3 different companies for this one. I love, love, love tropical sets and there are so many fabulous ones out there!

I stamped my pineapple and flowers and then used my Copics to color them. I cut them out using my Brother Scan N Cut and then set them aside to work on my sunset.

I grabbed a piece of scrap white cardstock and then used my blending tools to blend together 3 different Mama Elephant pigment inks. I love pigment inks for getting lovely, deep color like this. I then took that piece and cut a circle from it with a stitched circle die. I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment on top of it with some black ink.

I adhered my circle to the top part of a top-folding card base and then used foam tape to adhere my previously colored images over the top of it. Super simple, but absolutely sweet!

Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to see how you're inspired by our cue this week!