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Thursday, June 23, 2016

So Loved

I am playing, for the first time, with Inspired by 
All the Little Things challenge #20.  
I could not resist the inspiration photo this week!


here it is


I immediately thought of a typewriter in a dreamy aqua colour...


I was a very lucky girl in May and won a Mini MISTI and this beautiful 
You are Enough stamp set from Concord & 9th.  My typewriter is a stamp from (not quite sure..Hero Arts?) that I stamped in an aqua colour and then used a couple of Copics to deepen the colour.  I also used glossy accents on the coloured areas, but it does not show in the photo.  The gorgeous floral was stamped with SU Cameo Coral and then I went over with Copic markers.

Thanks for peeking in and have a great day!

Chriss


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Share the Love Week Day 1

It's Share the Love Week with Winnie & Walter featuring Essentials by Ellen!


Here is my entry for this first day of the event, calling for florals.


I used the Bohemian Garden designed by Julie Ebersole set of florals from Essentials by Ellen and gold heat embossed onto Arches (using my MISTI) and water coloured with distress inks.  I used the In a Word: thanks cutaway die and cut from a scrap of patterned paper and white fun foam and adhered together.  I also sprayed with some gold paint (Heidi Swapp) for added texture from the splatters.  I made 4 of these and feeling pretty happy to have ready to send off in the post!
Thanks for peeking in and have a great day!
Chriss


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Sending you...MCV

It's my turn for Muse: Christmas Visions !




I am going with some non traditional colours this time!  Greys and blues and a pop of Embossed red.  
This week's card was inspired by a Christmas card that we received last year from a financial advisor and I wanted to recreate the penguins and the general organic and peaceful feel.  It was an all grey/black/white card that looked like a copy of a waddle of hand painted penguins.  Yes, a waddle, not a raft.  I have decided that they are standing on land and are not in water!
  I wish that I could say that I free hand painted them, but not so!  haha!  I did some reverse engineering and cut the card up into two parts and using the parts as a template, painted fine lines around with the lightest grey Zig w/c brush onto Arches card and went from there.  The background was created with sponged distress inks and some colour was picked up with the water droplet method and a cloth,allowing some white of the card to show through.
This is not the first iteration, but the third...you see, I am not that talented when art presents in the form of drawing...or painting for that matter!
Anyway...I am pleased with the outcome and like the addition of my blues and the red sentiment.  
I would love to make a bunch of these cards, but with a layering stamp!  Any stamp companies out there thinking of layered penguins?

I would love to see you in the gallery with a penguin or other critter or neutrals or whatever might inspire you this week!

Thanks for peeking in!
Chriss
Can you believe it?  Just a little more than 6 months to Christmas!

Friday, June 3, 2016

A masculine Thank You card

Hello and thanks for stopping in!
I have a card today featuring water colour and the Winnie and Walter (Kindness with Evelin T. ) and one of the cutaways In a Word:Thanks die products.  This stamp set has so many possibilities and I love the two sizes of the trees!
I first stamped in black Memento ink onto Arches cold pressed w/c card and used a combination of Zigs and Gansai Tambi w/c paints.  I left the background free of any wash of colour or splatters, going for a CAS feel and cut the sentiment out of glossy black card and then layered onto a black fun foam Thanks and adhered to the front.  I cut the panel down to 3 3/4" across and 5 1/2" and then layered onto a little larger black panel and then onto a PTI Tropical Teal card front. This card is headed over to the (new to me) CASMixUp challenge for June, the 
Stamplorations CAS with optional colour blue and 
Addicted to Stamps and More where they are open to "Anything Goes" challenge.
























Saturday, May 28, 2016

Masculine Birthday

My son's birthday is tomorrow and we will be celebrating his 25th!
I made a card for him this morning, playing with stencils and distress inks.  I used a SU stencil for the background that I placed on an angle and applied the cracked pistachio and mermaid lagoon inks lightly with an ink blending tool.  Over that, I used a Heidi Swapp triangles stencil and applied a dark grey ink on a few and the same distress inks.  I cut out some numbers from Bristol board that I had applied the inks to, some blended and some just direct to the Bristol and arranged.  The Happy is a Technique Tuesday die and that was cut from black mirror card, as were the PTI t and h letters.  I am happy with the outcome and the process reminded me how simple it is to create with stencils.  Must play some more with these!  I am entering into the SSS http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes- challenge where "Anything Goes" and featuring Technique Tuesday products.
Thanks for stopping by...have a wonderful weekend!
Chriss


Friday, May 13, 2016

Pinterest Inspired Father's Day


 This month's May Pinterest Inspired challenge immediately caught my eye and I wanted to finally participate in a challenge as I have been very quiet on the blog and in my blogland commenting.  I am finally feeling like I will have a bit of Mojo and some scheduled time for getting back to creating again.
  I made some Father's Day cards using PTI inks in Canyon Clay, Parakeet Green, Teal and Hawaiian Shores.  The pattern was made with a leftover strip of white CS that I has used to die cut a Hero Arts dragonfly shape from the April HA monthly kit.  I was left with a home made stencil...so I sponged the four colours onto card fronts and I like the colour combo for a more masculine type card.  I decided to go very simple with the sentiment treatment and white heat embossed one of the PTI sentiments from Boutique Borders Father onto black CS and adhered coaster board to the back for added dimension and glued to the card front.  Pretty easy!  Although my allover pattern is not random and my colours are not at all like the inspiration piece...I was TRULY inspired to create with inks and an organic feel shape because of the PI challenge!
Thanks for popping in and have a wonderful day!
Chriss

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Muse Christmas Visions

Hello friends!
So, have you been playing along with MCV challenges?  
Not that many months left before Christmas is here!  I know...Summer weather is really just what we need right now, but just a little less than 7 months 'til we need to mail!

Time for another MCV challenge and I am hoping my card inspires.  I made a little sponged woodland scene with pastel colours over some white heat embossed bottle brush trees from PTI.  I have learned that I can only achieve non blotchy blending on Bristol board card.  To quote Laura Bassen, the colours blend like buttah!  (Although Laura can blend on all surfaces!)





For a little drama and dimension, I backed my PTI Joy die cut with another, cut from black fun foam.  I did the same with my MS punched bunny.  I was not sure if the punch would go through the fun foam, but it did!  I really wanted the bunny on this card as I think she appears to be looking onto this scene with joy and amazement.  I think I need to add a little mini pompom over his tail.
The trees and ground snow are totally winked and shimmery IRL and seeing the photo, there is a more silver area on one of the trees and on a part of the bunny.  I can't explain why, although I suspect that the abandoned coral distress ink did not want to play nice with Stella.  Anyway...hope that you are inspired by the pastels, white heat embossing, ink blending, critter or whatever you associate with Joy to create a Christmas card!  

Make it simple and make a bunch!  Hope to see you in the gallery :)

Have a wonderful day.
I will be back later this week with an update on what I have been up to...
Chriss

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Muse Christmas Visions

Hello there!  It's time for the Muse Christmas Visions weekly challenge and
I am up for the MCV team this week with an easy concept to hopefully inspire you today!



Patterned paper background, a framed sentiment and a little embellishment.  An EasyPeasy jumpstart for the Christmas card stash.  
How many will you make?
Here she is...



The PP is from a 6 X 6 pad from a few years ago with pinks and greens and the colours prompted me to make a little ink layered poinsettia from the first Hero Arts monthly kit.  I even embellished the center with some rhinestones.   The little die cut holly leaves are from Savvy.  
 I am not saying that my stash of PP and rhinestones will diminish anytime soon, but it felt good to use these neglected items :)

Have a wonderful day and I hope to see your creations in the gallery!

Chriss