Monday, August 31, 2015

colourQ challenge #305 (part 2)

I needed a quick card to send to some friends that we've been missing at church so naturally, I used this week's colourQ challenge colors! I used PTI's Splat set, which I LOVE and is so great for easy cards! The sentiment came from a Paper Smooches set that I recently bought from a friend. Have a great night!!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

colourQ challenge #305

Hey, there, friends! For this week's colourQ challenge, I'm trying a batik technique that I saw on Heather Nichols' blog. Hers is GORGEOUS!! Mine, not so much. I'm so timid when I try new ideas that I don't really get in there and experiment, I tried twice to get something I liked and this is the better of the two. I had to sub Bermuda Bay for Taken with Teal and Daffodil Delight for So Saffron (I can't believe I don't have that one!). I used PTI's Daydreamer set and Keep it Simple: Praying for You. I stamped the sentiment on vellum and embossed with clear embossing powder which set and brightened the Bermuda Bay ink. The button was a last-minute addition to anchor the vellum strip. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!!

Monday, August 24, 2015

colourQ challenge #304

I am getting my card in just under the wire this week! I absolutely LOVE the colors in this week's colourQ challenge!! This is such a bright and happy color combo and I am super excited about my card, the inspiration for which I found on Pinterest. I know I would be thrilled to receive this card, and it's simple to make. I used Papertrey Ink's Splat stamp set and their Wonderful Words Birthday stamps and die. Additionally, I used Tim Holtz's Festive Berries distress ink - I had the rest of the colors. Thanks for stopping by - I hope this card brightens your Monday a bit!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back to School

Here in East Tennessee, most kids have been in school for more than a week, except for the preschool set, who may NEVER start, but I digress! A good friend of mine is starting a new adventure as the school year begins - she is going back to teaching full time and her kids are changing schools to be with her. Wow! Big, exciting changes for her family so, of course, I thought she needed a card to commemorate these events! I found the inspiration for this card on Pinterest and fell in love with the paper pencil! I scored, corrugated, rounded corners, used decorative scissors and almost every other trick in my craft room to make it! I freehanded the doodles and added a few hearts for color. This would be a perfect card for any kid - or teacher - who is heading back to school. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy this rainy day!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

colourQ challenge #303 (part 2)

One of my best stamping friends is a teacher and she started back to school recently. Sadly, she had to change grades and give up her beloved classroom for one that was decidedly subpar so, today, I made this card for her (using this week's colourQ challenge colors) and included a Starbucks gift card because we both LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our coffee fixes!! And this little coffee stamp set from PTI could not be any cuter! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!

colourQ challenge #303

This week's colourQ challenge colors are gorgeous! The addition of Taken with Teal makes the rest of the color palette pop. Sadly, my Taken with Teal ink pad has seen better days so I subbed Tim Holtz's Peacock Feathers which is an absolutely beautiful shade of turquoise and one of my very favorites. Two friends of mine (sisters) lost their mother this past week unexpectedly so I made this card for each of them, along with a chocolate chip pie. I hope this little token will help them feel loved and supported during this very difficult time. My 14yo daughter accompanied me to the receiving of friends since she knows the grandchildren and, in true 14yo style, was very uncomfortable with the whole scene. I explained to her that these times aren't really about her but about the family who's grieving and just being there means more than she'll ever know. I read an article several years ago entitled "Always go to the Funeral" and it made a profound impression on me because we are all too willing to celebrate happy occasions with others, but often reluctant to mourn with them. The article reinforced to me how it may be even more important to mourn with a family than to celebrate because it's so much harder to do. Thanks for stopping by for today's story time! Have a blessed weekend!

Monday, August 10, 2015

colourQ challenge #302

This week's colourQ challenge colors are lovely, especially Bermuda Bay! I saw a card on Pinterest that I wanted to create - a watercolor background with a bokeh design. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light." The bokeh effect in this project is very subtle. I used Hero Arts unicorn pigment ink which is my favorite white ink. I used watercolor paper and a regular paint brush and an aqua painter to apply the colors, but I didn't like how light the colors were so to add some bold colors, I applied the ink directly to the paper and then softened the lines with a wet brush. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

colourQ challenge #301 (part 2)

I was super disappointed with my first colour Q challenge submission for this week, but I found the inspiration for this card on Pinterest and was re-energized! I still don't particularly like these colors together, but the simplicity of this card makes them a little more palatable. I cut out some white birthdays but thought the white on the strips above and below the colorful birthdays would be enough for this layout. I am so impressed by anyone who can achieve crisp white images because I have tried many times and never really perfected it. For the "happy" and "to you," I used Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink and then embossed with SU! white embossing powder. Still not perfect, but the embossing powder really helps the images pop. Thanks for stopping by again and have a great week!!