Friday, October 20, 2017

Art Nouveau and Taos New Mexico

I decided to combine this card with Taos because they are both colorful :)

This is another set that goes with a cardmaking magazine but this one came in a package of goodies I bought at the garage sale at my local stamp store.  I had to google Art Nouveau in order to know what colors to use, this is way outside my usual that's for sure but it is good to challenge ourselves I think.

Colored the image with markers, cut it out and then found a die I thought would be nice with it for framing, and matted that on a background to match the colors I used in the image. After I was all done and putting my dies away I found another set that would have been perfect for this so maybe next time :)

Art Nouveau stamp set from cardmaking and papercraft magazine, colored with markers
Shaded with distress ink - Antique linen
Spellbinders- Labels 8 and Exquisite Labels 11
Gems have been colored with marker

After leaving Colorado we drove down to New Mexico and spent the night in Taos New Mexico, we just drove around the city that night and had a Mexican supper since we got in a bit late, but the next morning we headed into town.  All the buildings, even the restaurants and people's homes were all in adobe style, it was really neat.  The following pictures are of Taos Plaza.

I don't know if you can tell but those are all peppers hanging from up there.

I just had to take a picture of the above sign, I love how they are asked not to throw snowballs, after coming home I had to google thinking they are in the desert how much snow do they get and on average they have 32 inches in a year.

This rose had such a waxy shiny look it almost didn't look real, so pretty.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I wish you a lovely weekend.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sketch challenge

With this challenge we were to use (4) 1 inch strips and (4) 1 inch circles from the same papers to make this card.  And we were to use our scraps.  Well since I make mostly A2 cards 41/4 x 5 1/2, I had many strips from the same paper pack that I used on these two cards.  You over lap the circles over the strips and to hide that you place a one inch strip across the bottom, well I thought that looked a little plain so I got out my ribbon dies set and cut some borders with the left overs I had from cutting the 1 inch strips.

BasicGrey-- Picadilly papers
Hero Arts -- Zinnia flower stamp, colored w/markers
Spellbinders - Leaf die
Cheery Lynn Designs -- Alison's ribbon die

On this card I just used some butterfly stickers for my image, the largest one I placed on patterned paper from the same set and cut around it.

BasicGrey-- Picadilly papers
Hot off the press -- Butterfly Dazzles over pattern paper
Cheery Lynn Designs -- Alison's ribbon die

Hope this gave you a good idea for using up your scraps, I loved the challenge, it helped me catch up on my birthday cards that needed to go out and a plus when we can use up those piles of scrap papers we have :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,


Monday, October 16, 2017

Tarnished Foil Technique

I have been seeing on Pinterest a whole bunch of these Tarnished Foil cards and our stamping group is having a challenge week so this is what I picked for a challenge.

You can see the tutorial for the technique HERE.

I first took the foil carstock and swiped it with my Stazon ink, then repeatedly stamped the sunflower all over the backgound with my versamark ink and added enchanted gold embossing powder, well I think that was my first mistake because it is too light for this challenge I believe, you just can't see it very well.  Then I embossed with my embossing folder. Used gold and copper embossing to add to the embossing.  I think it turned out ok but I guess not what I was hoping for, and as a whole card it just seemed to busy to me, so I cut it in half and I will use the other half on another card.   Now I am thinking of adding a corner treatment of some sort to the right corner, I feel it needs some balance.  I stamped the sunflower again onto brown cardstock and embossed in gold.

p, embossed w/ Enchanted gold embos

DCWV - Foil cardstock (silver)
Hero Arts - Sunflower stamp (embossed with enchanted gold on background and gold on brown cardstock for focal image)
Cuttlebug -Textile embossing folder
Gold and copper embossing on the after dry embossing
Our Daily Bread Designs - mini tag die and mini tag sentiment stamp

Let me know if you decide to give it a try would love to see what you come up with.
Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a great week!


Saturday, October 14, 2017

No line coloring

Well I tried my hand at no line coloring again, although I can see a bit of lines still but there is a funny story behind this one.

I stamped the image with distress ink planning on watercoloring the image, Well I had bought some Spectrum Aqua markers and also some Illustrator markers which are alcohol based not water based, well yep you guessed it I grabbed the Illustrator markers by mistake when I was going to color this, I just couldn't figure out why the ink wasn't blending well and I even added some directly too the flowers and finally gave up and added some distress inks to them and after I was all done and had come back to it after some housework and was putting away the markers I realized I was using the wrong ones, I am surprised it came out as well as it did.

Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine-- tag and stamp, colored w/markers and distress inks
Spellbinders -- Majestic Labels one and lavels one dies
Teresa Collins -- He said she said papers
Wink of stells - clear glitter pen

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today and I hope you have a lovely weekend!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sunflowers / Colorado

When we were on Vacation out in Colorado I picked up a Papercraft Essentials magazine that had a few sunflower stamps in it along with some papers, and I used those for my card today. 

In this stamp set the pumpkin seeds, the seed packet, sentiment and center flower are all separate stamps, so you can decorate the packet anyway you would like, I colored it with markers and added some more burlap decorations to frame it, along with some pearls and Washi tape.

Papercraft Essentials magazine -- Sunflower dreams stamp set and paper, colored w/markers
Burlap stickers
Queen & co. - Yellow sunshine pearls
Washi tape

Sharing a few more pictures the first too taken around Red Mountain area in Colorado, just couldn't get over the color of the water due to all the minerals in the area.

The last two are from Pinkerton Hot springs that are on the San Juan Skyway

The colors in the rock where so cool in person, I couldn't quite capture it well in the pictures.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,