Saturday, August 29, 2015

Another Nautical Card

Hello friends!
Can you believe that summer is almost coming to an end?
I am not going  to dwell on that, but instead, I will share the last Nautical card for this year.

This card is nearly 100% water-colored.
she stood in the storm
This is one great thing about watercoloring. It is very liberating to use watercolors, especially with creating the sea water. I started out with the darkest shades of blue and gradually built up the shades of blue. The sail boat was completely colored with Spectrum Aqua Markers.
Enjoy the rest of the summer.
Don't forget to enter and comment in my giveaway post (see top right side bar under the blog banner).
Here is a Craftsy class "Lovely Layered Cards From Top to Bottom" that you might want to check out. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Another Flower Card with The Ton Stamps

Hello friends! How is summer treating you? 
I can't believe that it is the end of August. 
How is your garden growing?  
It's time to share another card with this stamp set "Fresh Cut Peonies" from the ton.
 Here was the previous one that I share last month.
(click on the photo and it will take you to the right post).

Here is my 2nd card from the same stamp set. This time I used the smaller closed blooms.
think happy thoughts
I stamped the vase a few times with the help of MISTI. I then cut out the vase in positive and negative images (on a piece of thin paper). I then used the cutout as my MASK. Basically I created a stencil , so I can ink up the water with distress Inks. 

Once I got the vase stamped and inked, I started stamping the flowers as if I am making a flower arrangement. During this process, I think about colors, layers and composition. 
Finally, I stamped the sentiment and added the tiny flakes of sequins from Martha Stewart. I also added Tea Garden pattern paper to bring out the colors more. Hope you like it!

Lastly, I just want to share some Craftsy classes with you. There are a few that are on sale right now. If the class is valued around $15-$20, then it is a great deal!

(just click on the following photo and it will take you right to the classes)

I am sending you happy thoughts you way. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

FREE Mini Craftsy Classes (and a video)!

 Hello friends!
Did you know that Craftsy offers free mini class? 
The following classes are free and you can sign up with Facebook ,Twitter account. 
As a Craftsy affiliate, I want to pass on these free class information, in case you are intrigued about how they work. Here are the most popular ones:

Here are the paper crafting classes that are currently on sale/available.

I am currently taking Watercolor Cards class and loved it so far...

I think "Inventive Ink", "Vibrant Stamping", " Patterned Paper Play", "Fun with Mixed Media", "Cards with Dimensions" are of great value. I took them all and would recommend them. This one called Lovely Layered Cards from Top to Bottom is NEW!

I am not leaving you without sharing a fun video.
This video was taken last summer while we were leaving Venice on the cruise ship.
It gives you an overview of what Venice looks like from a cruise ship.
I apologize that the video may be a bit too fast-paced. I guess since David didn't want to miss seeing anything, he was zooming in and out faster than usual :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #331


Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !! Thank you for joining us for the Back to School Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too :-)

This week the challenge is...

Anything Goes

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

For my project, I used Hero Arts Hibiscus stamp set for the layered stamping. 
so very thankful for you
I started out with stamping the sentiment first. I then stamped it again on a thin piece of paper, cut it out and used it as a mask. It was a tedious process to stamp these one layer cards...but because the colors and depth are so interesting, it is so worth the time and effort . Just make sure that no one comes and bothers you for good 20-30 minutes. 
Alone time is so important :) 

 This following card was my initial attempt for the challenge. 
I thought I would share it here, too.
Happy Day
For this card, I stamped the far left petal first and worked my way around it (with more masking). I added the gold element to the stamped hibiscus and also applied gold stencil paste for the extra interest. The sentiment was stamped in Delicata Gold.
 I love making one layers! Hope this post inspires you to try with color-layering stamps.

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, August 25, 2015

TWO Diamond Cards!

For my official CAS-ual Fridays Farewell post, please click here.
Hi friends!
A girl can never have too many diamonds, right?
Well, I have not one, but TWO diamond cards created with The Ton Stamps today.
Whether you a fan of alcohol inks, this post will make you want to reach out to these vibrant inks and create!

For my first card, I purposely used vellum to cover some of the diamonds that I created and only let one diamond be the focal point. The sentiment is perfect for this design, don't you think?
let your inner light shine
As for the diamonds, I created a few "diamonds" with Alcohol Inks, Blending Solution on glossy paper. Then I stamped and cut them out. The gold shine that you see are from Delicata Gold ink.  As for the glitter and shine? They are Martha Stewart's glitter and Glossy Accent! And that's it! 
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What can I say, my diamonds are mighty gorgeous and very very inexpensive!!

My 2nd card is similar, but I created the frame with gold embossing powder.
may you sparkle
I kept the color scheme simple and feminine. The layering is the key in this design.
Bits and pieces do go a long way.
For more details about the cards, please visit The Ton Stamps.
Thanks so much for stopping by!