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Monday, May 18, 2015

Another challenge entry

Good morning.  I got to play some this weekend (it was my birthday), and I made another card for the Mod Squad Challenge .  I never really entered challenges before because I just didn't have time to figure out what I was doing, then do it, then post it, but these are kinda fun.

Anyway, the challenge was to use 2 or more sets of stamps in the entry.  I used two of Melanie Muenchinger's stamp sets, which are available from Gina K. Designs.  The first was Triple Play Frame, and the other was Gifts from the Sea.  I love both sets, so it was easy to combine them.

Here is my entry:


I embossed the turquoise cardstock then bunched it with a circle punch to fit in the circles.  The shells are cut out and popped up, and the gems between are turquoise.  I put a tiny bit of glitter on the sand part to reflect the light (but you can't see it here).  I love the way this card turned out and have just the person in mind to receive it.  :-)

My other entry I made last week also uses the Triple Play Frame, Fabulous Frame, and the Flowers and Frame Stamp TV Kit. I don't know who made the script stamp.  I just rotated the Triple Frame Stamp to get the side view.  I punched the butterflies and but little gems on them. The flowers have gold micro beads for the centers.  They are popped up off the fram.

I hope you have enjoyed, and I hope you get to do something crafty today.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

More watercolors....

I had to do it....

I made a couple more watercolored DTS (Direct-to-stamp) cards for the challenge over at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog.

The first one uses the carnation stamp from the Frames and Flowers Stamp TV kit from Gina K Designs.  I used markers to watercolor the image and spritzed with water before stamping on cardstock.  I like the crisp, clean image and the clean and simple card.  I bought this set as an anniversary present to myself. (Today's my anniversary).

The next card features the same seashell stamped 3 different times with different colored markers. I matted on black then on white cardstock. 

The last card also features a rose stamp from the Frames & Flowers Stamp TV kit, Gina K. Designs. The underneath part of the rose is stamped with inks that have been spritzed with water, then the top part used a different color ink. The same goes for the leaves.  Two-step watercoloring. 

I hope you have enjoyed my final watercoloring endeavors. I really like the look, so I'm sure you haven't seen the last of it.  But enough for now.

I hope you get to do something crafty today.

Monday, May 11, 2015


Hello!  I've been playing with my watercolors again.  There is just something that I like about the look that I love, and even though I haven't mastered the technique yet, I'm getting closer.  I just need to practice more (a good excuse to stamp, I'm thinking).

I wanted to enter the Mod Squad Challenge, so this is what I came up with:

I used a Hero Arts stamp and colored it with markers.  Then I spritzed it and stamped it on a watercolored background.  I spattered the blue with my paintbrush.  I love the softness.  It's just a clean and simple card, and I like that the watercolored image is the focal point.

The next card is on a watercolored background.  I used the flowers from Gina K Designs Frames and Flowers kit and a Heidi Swapp sentiment.  The centers of the flowers are watercolored and I used gold micro beads for the centers.

The next card is also from the Frames & Flowers set from Gina K. Designs.  I colored the carnation stamp with markers and stamped, then I stamped the jar with a black Palette stamp pad and watercolored the water, along with more watercolors on the carnation.

On the following card I heat embossed the image with black embossing powder then watercolored the background.  I like the way it turned out.

The fish stamp from My Paper Moon was stamped with Noir (black) Palette ink. I have found it doesn't run like the Memento ink when it's spritzed with water.  I watercolored the fish and his background, then matted it and placed it on a watercolor splatted background. I used various shades of blue sequins for the air bubbles.

So, as you can see, I got to play a little bit this weekend.  Practice makes perfect, so I'm hoping to get a little more practice in this week.  :-)

I hope you get to be crafty this week!