Tuesday, August 22, 2017

HSS #271 Trick or Treat

It's that time of month for a Hand Stamped Sentiments sketch challenge!  For this one I have used the Spooky Cat stamp set along with the coordinating Spooky Night DSP found in the new Holiday Catalog.
I pulled out my Layering Ovals Framelits to cut the pieces for the focal point.  To add a bit of texture and interest I tucked in Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Stitched-Edge Ribbon and Black Mini Sequin Trim.
I did edge the trick or treat banner with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter just because I love glitter and haven't used any since Friday ;0)  There are both Bright Enamel Dots and Black Rhinestone Jewels added to frame the greeting.  Those new Black Rhinestones are super YUMMY!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Monday Montage #99

Monday Montage is getting more of my tie dye hand-painted backgrounds.  A while back I shared a post about ALL the tie dye water color papers I have made.  Once the one-of-a-kind were made I had to start turning them into something.  This something is a fun and funky thinking of you type card.
My ink colors for the tie dye background are Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Lemon Lime Twist, and Emerald Envy.  To sponge the ink in perfect graduating heart shapes I used the Sweet and Sassy Framelits as stencils.  Then I use the same framelits to cut layers and create dimension.  The Sunshines Wishes Thinlits and Sunshine Sayings stamps added just what I wanted to make a spunky and spirited card.
to Melissa
To Cathy

Friday, August 18, 2017

#TGIF121 Girl Power

You got this girl!!!  Check out my card made with the Hand Lettered Stamp Set for our #TGIF121 Challenge.
For this challenge you can make anything as girlie as you want.  Stamp it, sparkle it, share it, and send it to that special someone who makes you smile and be better person.
The Hand Lettered Alphabet stamp set is not one of the most popular sets in the catalog, but it is super versatile and fun to make whatever greeting you need.  I stamped with Versamark ink on Watercolor Paper and then heat embossed the letters with Gold Embossing Powder.  A quick wash of Calypso Coral and Sweet Sugarplum inks made for the perfect girlie background for the girlie greeting.
Beautiful Bouquet flowers, Basic Rhinestones, Glitter Enamel Dots, and Dazzling Diamonds are just what I would want in a girl powered card, so I used lots of each!  

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Painted Background and Bouquet

Today I have another "Tie Dye" hand painted background card to share for Hand Stamped Sentiments  #270 color challenge.  For this background I sponged stripes of Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, and Pool Party across a sheet of Water Color Paper.  Then I used an Aqua Painter to water color the the ink into a cool striped effect.  

To see more of and how to make these super cool "Tie Dye" painted cards click on over to an earlier post. 
For this card I added a colorful layered floral accent made from the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle.  I stamped the flowers and leaves on water color paper, blended the ink with an Aqua Painter, and then cut them using the matching framelits.  My favorite twine right now is the Flirty Flamingo color.  I tied a bit of that into the flowers and then stuck a couple Glitter Enamel Dots on the two main flowers.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Creation Station August in My Neighborhood

This month's theme, "August in My Neighborhood," is sure to be an exciting one for the Creation Station Blog Hop.   Why so exciting?  Because the members of the Creation Station Design Team are from all around the world and each of us celebrate something different during this time of year.  The possibilities are huge and that is what makes this particular month's blog hop super unique--you're going to see all kinds of stuff.
In my neighborhood in the month of August it's hot and there is lots to do.  My most favorite activity for this time of year is to head over the hill, a thirty minute drive, to the beach.  I specifically love to go to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.  I get a hankerin' for a ride on the Giant Dipper, a few games of skeeball, and an all beef sueprsized corn dog!!
If you have been to Santa Cruz California you know it's a beach town with a super laid back attitude.  To match that feeling I was on the hunt for a cool tie dye technique for paper crafting and found just what I was looking for at Pat Stamps Technique Junkie Newsletter.

The Designers there shared this awesome watercoloring process called Tie Dye Circles.  So, I started out making circles like the tutorial shares, then I ventured off on my own and tried stripes, a rainbow, hearts, and freehand.  You can tweak this technique to make it uniquely yours!  The possibilities are endless.

Step 1.)  Use Watercolor Paper and HEAVY layers of sponged ink.  Try sponging lines, squiggles, and through stencils.  I made stencils for the layered hearts.
Step 2.) Use an Aquapainter to paint with water and create the tie dye look.   Paint from the inside out  for the circles or hearts.  To get the ink to make the darker lines you will have to paint over and over to "move" the ink to the edges and lighten in the middle of the color.
For all three of these cards I used the Lovely Words and Flourish Thinlit sets to make sleeker shaker cards.  What's a sleeker shaker card?  It's a typical shaker card made with a clear envelope instead of window sheets and dimensionals.  It's faster and flatter.
Each card has been embellished with Vellum Card Stock floral embellishments, Glitter Enamel Dots and a shoestring tie of bakers twine.
Just take another look at all these awesome Tie Dye watercolor papers that I whipped up.  
I hop you enjoyed checking out what I enjoy in my neighborhood in August!!  From here your next stop is with the super cool Linda van Wely-Zwolle.  

Friday, August 4, 2017

#TGIF119 A Color Crush

Welcome to Seeinginkspots and the latest TGIF challenge.
#TGIF119 mixes three warm summery colors for a sassy combo that is super versatile.
These three analogous colors make me smile, I mean Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist are two of my "go to" colors.  Lately I have been in a watercolor mood, in fact I have used all my sheets of watercolor paper.
A quick Pool Party watercolor wash on a tag made for the perfect base for my Oh So Eclectic flowers and leaves.  I cut the greeting using the Layering Ovals Framelits and then added a few Glitter Enamel Dots to add a bit of shine and prettiness.  I like to combine textures and colors when adding ribbons to tags.  For this one I grabbed 3/8" Metallic Gold Ribbon, Mini Gold Sequin Trim, and Pool Party Bakers Twine.
In the Annual Catalog there are some great Striped Treat Bags that are perfect for lots of little gifts.  I attached my tag to the bag with the Gold Library Clips