Friday, May 22, 2015

Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit

Hello friends!
It's that time of the month...I got to play with the June Card Kit.
What can I say? This card kit is all about smiles and happiness. If you spend too much time on it, you might just become giddy and silly. There is nothing better than playing with the craft supplies and have the happy music playing...for starters, I came up with two cards ( more to come!).

Here is my first take:
Smile #2
I love the pattern paper and the Smile die from this kit. The stripes in the stamp set are super fun to play with.
Here is my 2nd card:
you make me smile
I had to play with the Washi Tape and pattern paper and I even added some dies and a doily. I also applied white Pico Embellisher over the pink watercolor paper for extra interest.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Waffle Flower Challenge

Hello friends!
It's no secret....I love playing challenges!
 Challenges help me stretch my creativity and supplies.
I love it so much that I started Virginia's View Challenge in March 2014! I can't believe that I am still at it. The fun just keeps on going and going... :)
When I saw the Waffle Flower inspiration (details here), I had to give it a go!
 I was inspired by the doily, colors and daisies.

I stamped the background with the Pattern Play (love this set!!) with the help of MISTI.
 Once I did that, I used the cream colored doily die and green circle to ground the flower images. The tiny flowers were stamped as an after-thought...I love creating a bit of flowing motion in a design like this. 
Hope you are having a great day! This card is going to be sent to my dear former neighbors. Over the weekend, we stopped by at their condo in Toronto unannounced. She and her hubby were gracious to let us pay them an impromptu visit and we all had a lovely time!
Friends like that are the can just pick up the pieces ANY time.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #317

Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !! Thank you for joining us for the Color Swatch Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too :-)
This week the challenge is...

Stencil It

 We are using The Crafters Workshop this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some, we love to see them used :-) 

With this challenge, I used The Crafter's Workshop ( Mini Whimsical Vines). When it comes to stencils, we often think of designs as one dimensional ( at least, I always thought so). In order to give the design multiple layers and depth, I deiced to use the stencil with layers of colors.

especially for you
 I started with the yellow and orange vines. With some light inking, I was able to give the vines shades of colors and hues. Then I decided to take it up another notch...I then added shades of greens.

 I was careful not to let the greens dominate the design, so I only stenciled it around the edges of my design! I love how it turned out. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted and I added a piece of pattern paper, sequins, vellum and Pico Embellishments to give the design more interest and depth. See the shine on the vines? I painted them with the mixture of water and Perfect Pearl.
As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
So now it's YOUR turn ! Happy Crafting !!
There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog . If you haven't subscribed by email, you may want to do so you don't miss out.
You have until Wed. 8am Eastern Time to join in :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Playing with Mixed Media

Hi friends!
Have you tried something different lately?
I bought a jar of Gesso a while ago and I hardly used it. Since I have been taking the Craftsy Class (click my side banners for more info) for Mixed Media, I thought I should try to incorporate it into my card-making.

What is Mixed Media?
Here is the definition from Wikiepedia
Mixed media tends to refer to a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media. For example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a "mixed media" work...When creating a painted or photographed work using mixed media it is important to choose the layers carefully and allow enough drying time between the layers to ensure the final work will have structural integrity. If many different media are used it is equally important to choose a sturdy foundation upon which the different layers are imposed.
A phrase sometimes used in relationship to mixed media is, "Fat over lean." In other words: "don't start with oil paints. Plan to make them the final layer."

I find the above definition helpful. Sorry about the copy and paste....
I do that often when I need an answer in a jiffy and I usually resort to Wikipedia or simply just....Google it! Remember the good old days of checking those books in the library? ...Yeah.
Here is my Mixed Media card
 My creative process:
1. apply Gesso over a gold chevron paper, let dry
2. stamp the bird multiple times with multiple inks, with the help of MISTI
3. add stenciled leaves at the bottom
4. apply Distress Inks to all edges
5. add Rub-ons for the sentiment and stamp subtle sentiment around the edges
6. adhere strips of Washi tape and pattern paper (see left)
7. add Perfect Pearl droplets for the final touch
8. add small droplets of ink splatter (mixture of water and Distress Inks)

What I love about this is that you can have layers and layers of images and textures, yet the surface stays flat! I will definitely use more Mixed Media for my card-making. The end result is almost always rewarding. Even better, the creative process is liberating and therapeutic.

Thanks so much for stopping by!