Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Color Throwdown # 357- Awesome!!

Good Morning!! It's time for another Color Throwdown Challenge and this week's colors were chosen by Joan!! Oh Lord... if only I had a tiger image and could color it exactly like the pic!!


Here's my card....

Trying to post this quick... this girl is packing for the beach...HOOT HOOT HOORAY!! AND.. hubs is getting the kites out- added nectar to the humming bird feeder and birdseed for the birds.. those last minute chores that the youngest may not think of- oy to be 23 again!!

The flowers are Altenew Persian Motifs and sentiment from Painted Butterflies. The flowers were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black onto watercolor cardstock. Colored with SU inks and added a few "strokes" or maybe that's "swishes" around the images. Finished with a Julie Ebersole Bokeh Dot image in black.

Don't forget to stop by  Lindsay Amrhein of Note to Self  our Guest this month.  

Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD357 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd357 and/or #colorthrowdown.  Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT!!

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stampin a Latte
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor

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Serendipity Stamps Blog Challenge- Anything Goes!!

Good Wednesday Morning!! Can you believe it is the end of August already... time sure flies!! After the heat of this summer... you would think I'd be welcoming Fall with open arms... and I am.... in a way :) Ready for some cooler temps as we have had above normal this year BUT, I so love summer... and fall brings winter, Ugh!!

Time for the next installment of this month's Serendipity Stamps Challenge. This month is Anything Goes.... so many options!! I was still in a Zig Clean Color Brush markers kick and thought these Serendipity Sun Garden flowers would be perfect for an emboss resist technique. 

I am still experimenting so even though this looks CAS- I water colored that background 4 times until I got the blend of colors I wanted.

Here's the full card...

Added the Serendipity Enjoy die cut several layers and popped up in black for some contrast! Makes the background white embossed flowers and color stand out!! 

Our favorite design will receive our winner blog badge and one random winner of this challenge will receive a $20 discount off their next order from Serendipity Stamps.You have until midnight US Eastern Standard Time on September 7 to link your project. The winner and our next challenge will be posted on September 9.

Want to go shopping? The 50% off Stamp of the month for August is Large Veggie Basket (shown above).

Here's the link to the challenge with all the details

For more inspiration there are samples from the design team on the challenge blog or you can visit them directly and get all the details by clicking on their names below.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SFYTT- you're wild!

Played with another color wash background using distress inks and some new goodies from Reverse Confetti!! This gator is adorable and the Weather It Together Sun and Clouds are perfect!!The white panel was embossed with a new SU triangles embossing folder- perfect with the gator scales and teeth!! Ha- maybe those green teeth were a little too much... 

The color wash background was created using Distress Inks and Zig Clean Color Brush markers I  used to color the clouds, sun, and gator!! FUN!! The colors go so well together!!

Used this month's SFYTT sketch for my layout.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Freshly Made Sketchs- Hugs!!

Happy Sunday!! I had a relaxing day- a little spin on the boat and out to eat with the family!! There was a little rain off and on so we cut the lake trip short and went to lunch. Used to be a group of four and now we are at 10 minimum!! 

Anyway- I had a chance to play with the Freshly Made Sketch this week- they're celebrating 200 sketches!!

I played with my new PTI Fall Florals- love this set!! The card didn't turn out like I envisioned in my head- don't you hate it when that happens!! But, I do love these colors together. Did a lot of second generation stamping and offset stamping. 

Here's the sketch...

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Curtain Call- Autumn Splendor!

Happy Friday!! I have been playing with watercolor backgrounds.Trying out different color combinations and techniques. I have searched/stalked the blogs and so many artists seem to create them with ease  I learned that I had to spend time on both color combinations and techniques and there were many, many throw aways!!

This is one background I liked. AND... I was thinking of the Curtain Call Challenge when I played (even though it may not be apparent when you see the inspiration)

The inspiration photo is full of bright colors but. when I was pondering the inspiration...and creating my water colored background... I was thinking fall. School - fall- they just seem to go hand in hand.along with canning and Mason Jars-it's harvest time! 

The background was created by smooshing distress inks on to a craft mat- spritzing with water and pressing TH watercolor cardstock on top. Let dry and then stamped the leaves from Verve's Autumn Splendor in gray ink. The sweet Mason Jars are from Clear and Simple Stamps. The largest jar was die cut and stamped with  Verve's Bountiful Backgrounds and topped with an image from the Clear and Simple Stamps set. I created another small shaker mason jar and added a little twine. 

Here's the inspiration pic.

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