Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Rainbow Cool Treats Birthday Card

I have a friend at work, and her birthday is tomorrow, so I wanted to make her a birthday card. I've had this idea floating around in my head for a while, so I decided to use it for her card.

Take a look:

 All supplies are from Stampin' Up!:
Stamp set: Cool Treats
Ink Pads: Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Lemon-Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Archival Basic Black
Card Stock: Whisper White Thick
Accessories: Big Shot, Frozen Treats Framelits dies, Aqua Brush, Watercolor Paper, Sprinkles Embellishments (retired), Fine Tip Glue Pen, Dimensionals


I taped the piece of watercolor down (all four sides, using some washi tape) and I spritzed it really well with water. Then I took my Aqua Brush, and starting on one end, I "watercolored" a swatch of color, then a second color, overlapping  them some to blend the colors as I worked my way across the watercolor paper. How do you like it? Me? I LOVE it! The bright colors really made me think of popsicles, and that is why I used the Cool Treats stamp set. What a fun birthday card for an end of the Summer birthday!

Thanks for stopping by,
Kathryn

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

You've Got This Birthday Card #tgifc119

They have a really great color challenge over at TGIF Challenges this week. The challenge was to use the three Stampin' Up! colors of 1.) Pool Party, 2.) Crushed Curry, and 3.) Lemon-Lime Twist (one of this year's In-Colors...and I love it!).

I don't know about you, but I seem to use more birthday cards than anything else, so I made my card a birthday card. (I really should try to make more masculine cards, but I know more women to give cards to than men, except for my family, who are all men. Except for one of our cats...LOL!)

Anyway, take a look:


All supplies are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise specified:
Stamp Sets: You've Got This, and Beautiful You
Cardstock: Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Whisper White Thick
Inks: Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Lemon-Lime Twist, Archival Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 
Watercolor Paper, Aqua Brush, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Paper Snips


I stamped the large flower image on some watercolor paper, using SU!'s Archival Basic Black ink. It is waterproof and I knew that I wanted to paint it with the ink colors from the challenge. I used all three ink colors when I painted the stem and leaves. Lemon-Lime Twist was just a little too bright of a green for my liking for this large Peony-like flower, but it was the color in the challenge, so I had to figure out how to make it work. The three colors together make it really interesting. I also used the Lemon-Lime Twist for the center things of the flower, with a little bit of Pool Party thrown in for good measure! What do you think?

Here is the challenge graphic from the TGIF Challenge Blog:

Anyway, I hope you like my card today! I really liked making it and I'm really happy to share it with you!

Thanks for stopping by,
Kathryn

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Garden Girl Emboss Resist Challenge (#tgifc118)

Boy this was a tough challenge for me. My collection of stamps did not lend itself well to what I wanted to do for this TGIF Challenge. Nothing like taking it almost right down to the wire either! LOL!

I am really glad that Stampin' Up! decided to bring back their Glossy Card Stock too. You can do some really cool ink blending with this stuff! My card is a Z-Fold card, with a background made using the emboss resist technique, which is what the challenge was. So many cute samples over on the TGIF Challenge blog! Take a look at my card:

All supplies from Stampin' Up!:
Stamp sets: Garden Girl, Better Together
Cardstock: Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Glossy Cardstock
Inks: Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Archival Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Lots of Labels Framelits Dies, Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Sponge Daubers, Stampin' Write Markers (Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo) Clear Wink of Stella Brush, Delicate White Doilies, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals

It is hard to tell in the big picture, but in the close-up you can see that I painted over the little butterfly with the Clear Wink of Stella Brush to give it a little touch of sparkle.


And here is the challenge graphic from the TGIF blog:


I hope you enjoyed my card! Thanks for stopping by,
Kathryn

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I've Got the "Summertime Blues"! #tgifc117

What a fun challenge this has been this week over at tgifchallenges.blogspot.com! The theme is "Summertime Blues" and the idea behind it is to use blue...any shade, as many shades as you want, etc...as long as there is some blue, you are good to go! (I don't think you had to stick with just blue, though, as long as there is at least a touch of blue in your card!)

I had this thought in my head about what I wanted to do. It turned out a little different than I was imagining, but I really like it! Take a look:

All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated:
Stamp sets: Beautiful You, Bunch of Blossoms
Inks: Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Pool Party, Archival Basic Black, Powder Pink, Crushed Curry
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Night of Navy
Accessories: Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, Big Shot, Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder, Sponge Daubers, Delicate White Doilies, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Linen Thread, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, Blue Sharpie (not from SU!)

If you are wondering how I colored her dress, I used the Sponge Daubers. I tapped the dauber in the Pool Party ink pad and then colored 1/3 of the stamp. Then I did the same with the Marina Mist ink pad, and then the Night of Navy ink pad last, using a different sponge dauber in each color. I lightly over-lapped each color to help them blend a bit. Then I breathed onto the stamp to moisten the ink back up and and carefully stamped over the top of the outline of the lady. It turned out really cute, I think! I just used an Aqua Brush to add color to the hat (Pool Party), and her skin (Powder Pink).

Now you might be thinking, "Hmm, Stampin' Up! doesn't make blue rhinestones!" I used a blue Sharpie pen to color a couple of Rhinestone Basic Jewels to get a little bit of blue sparkle on my card!  And the little blue hearts? They came from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. It has the cutest little heart on it!

Check out the other cards over at TGIF Challenge Blog, and join in on a challenge or two! Here is the inspiration starter from their blog this week:


Well, I hope you like my card this week! I had a lot of fun making it!

Thanks for stopping by,
Kathryn

Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Truly Artistic Color Challenge -- #tgif115

I love to do the challenge blogs. I know I haven't done very much of it lately...because...well, you know...LIFE. Anyway, I was checking out some of my favorite ones, and saw this one over on tgifchallenges.blogspot.com. It was a color challenge this week, using some of Stampin' Up!'s new In-Colors for 2017-2019. The colors are: Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, and Tranquil Tide. I really like how it turned out. Take a look:


All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated:
Stamp sets: Feathery Friends, Just Add Text, and Thoughtful Banners
Cardstock: Whisper White Thick, and Whisper White Regular
Ink pads: Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide, Archival Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Blender Pens, Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals, Foam Adhesive Strips

Just a few things about how I made this card. On the background, most of the blocks of color I stamped off once on a piece of scrap paper, so they wouldn't be quite so dark. And I fussy-cut the flower stem embellishment. I know. It would have been nice to have a die that cut it out, but I guess we can't have everything we want. (LOL!) The upper piece of Whisper White card stock is mounted on the Foam Adhesive Strips to give it some extra lift. And the die-cut circle and flower stem are just lifted up on regular Stampin' Dimensionals. I colored the flower stem using the ink pads and a blender pen. I gave a little shading to the leaves and stem with a touch of Tranquil Tide.

How do you like it? I think it turned out really cute! Leave me a comment and tell me what you think, okay?

Anyway, go check out tgifchallenges.blogspot.com and have some fun with their weekly challenges too! (Here is the graphic for this weeks challenge.)


Thanks for visiting,
Kathryn

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Too Late to Participate :( (#tgifc114)

I have been trying to get some mojo going, so I thought,"Why not participate in a challenge?"  I have always enjoyed the tgif challenges blog, so I went to work. Lucky me! The challenge this week has been to "case" a member of their design team, Elizabeth Price. I love Elizabeth's work!  So I set to work trying to come up with something "challenge-worthy". 

Here is my card:

All supplies are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamp sets: Bunch of Blossoms, Just Add Text
Card stock: Whisper White Thick, Berry Burst
Inks: Berry Burst, Old Olive, Powder Pink, Archival Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Blossom Builder Punch, Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, Linen Thread, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

So I got ready to download my entry onto this weeks linky, and what do I discover? The challenge has already closed!! Oh, well. I have a pretty card. Actually, I don't have it anymore. I already gave it to someone! Yay!

Thanks for visiting,
Kathryn

Saturday, April 1, 2017

I Died and Fell off the Earth...But Now I'm Back!

Don't you just hate it when life gets in the way of your fun?!

I had to get a full-time job, and it has seriously put a crimp in my crafting time, what with having to take care of my family, cooking, shopping, cleaning, laundry, etc... I am really having a difficult time getting up to my desk to create! But recently, my sweet husband helped me out with dinner duty so I was able to sneak up to do some card making.

Stampin' Up!'s 2016 Occasions catalog is my source of inspiration for this card. Take a look:


All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated:
Stamp sets: Carousel Birthday, Thoughtful Banners
Card stock: Peekaboo Peach, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral
Inks: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack, Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Marker, Blender Pens, Paper Snips, 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (from Sale-a-Bration), Clear Wink of Stella Brush, Paper Snips, Large Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals



In the close-up you can see the sparkle and shine from the Wink of Stella brush. And the gold shine on the ribbon is so pretty in person, but it just doesn't show up in the photograph.

Anyway....I hope you like my card. And I appreciate you all who have kept coming back to visit even though there hasn't been anything new to see. I hope to correct that in the near future!

Thanks again,
Kathryn