Saturday, December 20, 2014

Watercolor Background Tutorial

Today I wanted to share a tutorial on three different ways to make a watercolored background.  I am such a big fan of these and I think you will be too once you start making them.

Watercolor paper
Distress Ink
Markers (not alcohol-based)
acrylic block
dye ink

Using the distress ink is super easy, especially if you have a Ranger silicone craft mat.  Just swipe the ink pad on the mat, spray it with water, and lay your paper in it.   You can use a few different inks to get a multicolored background as well, Just swipe the ink pads near one another on the mat and then spray with the water.  This is what it will look like after; it will be much softer once it dries.

The second method is using reinkers. This one feels so very artsy to me.  I am not a painter, but this gives me a chance to play one.  Just drop a little ink on your mat, spray your paper with water, and then paint!


Finally, the last one uses markers and an acrylic block.  Super easy.  Just color on the block with the markers, spritz with water, and "stamp" it on your paper.   

Here's a look at the three panels once they've dried.  You can get many different looks depending on the colors and shades of inks/markers/reinkers that you choose.   You are only limited by your imagination.  

I ended up going with the first panel for my project because I wanted to cover it with vellum and it seemed to be the best choice for that.   For my card I just embossed the gorgeous JJ0017 Believe stamp on the vellum and then layered it over my watercolored panel.  I added some other blue and silver details and I am loving how it turned out. 

I hope you'll give this a shot and come share a link to your project in the comments! I'd love to see them. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FMS Panda!

It's Wednesday and time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our lovely queen of layers, Narelle, is our sketch designer this week.  I thought I probably should mat each of my layers in Narelle style, but then I got lazy.  lol  Jason's birthday is tomorrow, so I made this cute little card for him and will stamp a happy birthday message inside.   I hope he likes it.  :)

Remember you can interpret the elements many ways.  I think the team did a great job of illustrating that this week!  I stayed pretty true to the sketch.  Again, lazy.  :)   I love this new panda set I got from Mama Elephant.  It's been on my wishlist for ages and I got it with some of my Christmas money. Yay!

She's just about quit napping for me, but we do have quiet time every day where she can play in her crib or go to sleep.   After she likes to snuggle with me on my bed and we watch a PBS show together.  It's nice and relaxing for us both.  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Coffee with MFT

I am really enjoying my Black Friday order from My Favorite Things, especially this coffee die and stamp set!   :)   Isn't that cup just the cutest?  I love it!   I used those, plus a die from a Blueprints set and the new scallops die to play along with their sketch this week.


I'm off to enjoy my first cup of coffee and snuggle with this cute, silly girl.  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Prickley Pear Monday Inspiration

It's Monday and time for some new inspiration from Prickley Pear!   I did a bit of a weird color combo for a Christmas card, but I really loved this sheet of designer paper and pulled the colors from there.   It's a very simple card, but I love it.  :)

Stamps: EE0074 Flourished Partridge, FF0092 First Day of Christmas

My sweet girl.  :)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I recently got some goodies from My Favorite Things and I just had to break them in.   Amy is hosting another Coffee Lovers blog hop, this time a holiday one, so I thought I'd go for a holiday coffee (aka red cup!).    I stuck with red and kraft since they are so awesome together.  :)

Stamps:  Stampin' Up! Endless Wishes
Ink:  Stampin' Up! Real Red
Paper:  Stampin' Up! Real Red, Crumb Cake, Pebbles Home for Christmas 
Dies/Accessories: Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles, MFT Coffee Cup Die-namics, sequins

Chef in training?  :o) 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Santa 'Stache for FMS

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Yay!   Karren is our hostess this week and she gave us a fun sketch with endless possibilities.  I feel like I say that every week, but we just have such a great team.   I love these girls so much.   (Smooches!)  

I was SO not going to get this set from the holiday catalog...  then Amy used it so awesomely (is that a word?) that I caved.   Laila loves looking at it too, so it will eventually make its way into her bin of stamps I'm sure.   We worked together on a card with it today for my parents in fact.  Anyway...  I used a stencil from Winnie & Walter with some embossing paste for my background and then colored the Santa with Copics.  

Have a great week and I'll be back tomorrow with a fun coffee card!  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Welcome Baby

Here's my last card with all the cute little Mama Elephant images that I recently colored.  I just love this one!   Someone have a baby so I can send it already! lol

I am so happy as I finally got some sleep last night!   The cats have been waking me up at 4:30 the past few nights and I was so tired.   They were nice and I didn't wake up until Laila was singing to me through the monitor this morning.  I feel so much better.   Whew!

We ventured out to Target yesterday and took our usual tour of the holiday department.  Laila just loves all the Christmas stuff so much.   She likes to hold all these critters.  We've went over being gentle with them and she is so careful.   She thought this one had a cat hair on it and you can see by her face how she felt about that.  Ha!