Wednesday, November 13, 2019

WWC247 - Marsha's "All About Occasions" Challenge

Hello and welcome! It is all about Occasions at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge Website and Marsha is our hostess.

Several friends have been sick or have had surgery, so I was in need of some Get Well cards.  I thought this one turned out bright and cheery.

I put a light glaze of blue distress ink on watercolor paper for the background.  I then die cut the flowers and leaves from scraps of alcohol ink/Yupo panels. Since it is fall, I went with yellow-orange leaves.


  • Newton's Nook Flower Trio
  • Lawn Fawn Sentiment
  • Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
  • Assorted Alcohol Inks
  • Yupo paper
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Connect Glue
  • Foam Adhesive
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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Ink Smooshing with Altenew Mega Alphabet Die

I felt inspired by Altenew's November Inspiration Challenge and those lovely pink flowers.  I just received several Altenew Mega Alphabet dies plus Altenew's large thanks die and wanted to play with them.  I was thinking thank you notes and personalized stationary.

I decided ink smooshing on the Mega "T" die would be interesting.  I applied two shades of distress ink: Spun Sugar and Pickled Raspberry to a 6x6" acrylic block and then sprayed with water.  I put the spun sugar at the bottom and the pickled raspberry at the top because I wanted gradient color.  I put the ink/water side onto watercolor paper, weighted it down with a book and let it sit for 5 minutes.  When that was done, I took a piece of cardstock and sopped up the remaining color for my background panel. I wanted the same colors but in a more muted watercolor look.  There is a bit of pinkish linen in the color swatch so I did the same smooshing technique with Antique Linen.  After the watercolor paper was dry, I die cut the "T".  I also die cut the "Thanks" die cut from Elm Green textured paper that matched the color in the inspiration color swatch.  I then die cut small flowers from the antique linen, and pink watercolor panels.  The leaves were left over from a previous project and I thought they added to the layout. 

I assembled the card by putting the second generation sopped up ink smooshed panel behind a die cut cover and then arranged the die-cut elements.  

I always give my mom a packet of cards for Christmas and I think I am going to include this one.  

I am pleased to be entering this card in Altenew's November Challenge.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Using Scraps for a Rainbow Inlay

I had a collection of colorful alcohol ink scraps on Yupo paper left over from a batch of cards I made this summer.   I thought the scraps would be fun to inlay into Sunny Studio's Frilly Frame cover die.

Hello Bluebird Rainbow Script.
I first die cut my white panel and then cut the rainbow alcohol ink inlay pieces.  After everything was die cut, I glued the cover panel to an A2 card.  I put a line of Gina K Connect glue in each open space and then placed my alcohol ink scraps into each slat.  I love how bright and glossy the strips are.

I black heat embossed the sentiment (Hello Bluebird Rainbow Script) on a die cut sentiment strip.  Since my card used rainbow colored scraps, I thought the sentiment was very appropriate.

Easy, bright and eye-catching.

I am entering this card in:
Use Your Stuff's "Use Your Scraps" Challenge

I am so pleased that you stopped by!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

WWC246 - Tristan's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Hello and welcome!  This week is all about "feminine" cards at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Talented Tristan is our hostess.

This summer, we went on a wonderful driving vacation through the American Southwest and I discovered some stamps by Judy Duke with B&J Art Stamps in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  I LOVED these sunflowers and thought they would be fun to watercolor.  

Sunflower Stamp by Judy Duke (B&J Art Stamps)
Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigment Paper
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Kuretake Watercolors

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Monkey Coffee Break

Hello and thank you for stopping by!  I always love a good scene card and I came up with the idea of "Monkey Coffee Break".  Of course my monkeys are mischievous and are fighting over the cup of coffee!
Simon Says Stamp SSS Sketchy Lines Background Stamp plus Alcohol Lift Ink.

I am so excited to be joining the The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

My card process:

  • My first step was creating this fun background.  I started by making an alcohol ink background with blues and greens.  After the panel was dry, I used Simon Says Stamp Sketchy Lines background stamp with Alcohol Lift Ink to create the striations in the background.  I really like the end result.
  • Next, I stamped the images, colored with Copic markers and die cut.  The monkeys are from Photo  Play "We Bought a Zoo".
  • I wanted to frame the vignette so I used MFT's Stitched Rectangle dies.
  • I embossed the sentiment:  Simon's Says Stamp - Beautiful Ride.
  • I adhered the monkeys and frame with foam tape.
I think this is a fun card and I am so pleased to be submitting it to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Coffee Time

Hello and thank you for stopping by!  I always love a good scene card and I came up with the idea of a Coffee/Tearoom as seen from the street for the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's fun blog hop.  I just love their hops! 
Coffee scene card using My Monthly Hero January 2019 and April 2017.
Card Process:

  1. I started by inking Citron Distress Ink on the background. I wanted the bottom to be darker and then fade upward.  
  2. Next I created my scene.  I used the following stamp sets and colored with Zigs:  My Monthly Hero January 2019 (shoppe and bike), Altenew Garden Grow (table and bird), My Monthly Hero April 2017 (dog), Life Time Tea set.
  3. I embossed the sentiment:  Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Ride and then assembled the card.  
This card reminds me of the beautiful little shops you find in Europe.

I am so pleased to be submitting this card to: The Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

WWC245 - Anything Goes Challenge

Hello and welcome!  October has five Wednesdays and that means it is "Anything Goes" at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  We would love for you to submit your creation!
Handmade Card with Memory Box Perky Happy Birthday die
I came up with the idea for creating a fall birthday card with dark cardstock for a seasonal look.  Prior to die cutting, I backed the patterned card stock with adhesive paper  then I die cut the three blooms and sentiment which  made constructing the layout very easy.  I like the clean autumn look of this card.

Supplies Used:
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Daisies dies
Memory Box Perky Happy Birthday sentiment die
Bohemia Barefoot Beautiful Card Stock #BH1062
Hershey Brown textured cardstock
Sizzix adhesive sheets

The Card Concept: Bountiful Blessings Challenge  I was inspired (by the beautiful brown door, fall flowers and autumnal color palette in the inspiration photo) to make a clean and layered card.

Die Cuttin' Divas Anything Goes Challenge  My card includes lots of die cuts...the flowers, the sentiment and the stitched card base.

Tuesday Taggers Colors of Autumn Challenge I chose browns, yellows and oranges for my colors of autumn.
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Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

WWC244 - Helen's "All About Occasions" Challenge

Hello and welcome!  This week is "All About Occasions" at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge website and talented Helen is our hostess.  I chose to make a Fall card for my daughter.  I adore this sentiment and really like the pumpkins, autumnal foods and lattes.

I thought  some pattern stamping would be bright, fun and seasonal.  I used Copic markers on this card but did a similar one with Zig Markers.  I like to do   different versions changing up the supplies and then compare when they are finished. 

Jane's Doodles Pumpkin Spice stamp set.
Jane's Doodle's Hello Fall stamp set
Copic Markers

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

WWC243 - Heidi's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Alcohol Ink, Yupo paper sunset.
Hello and Welcome! This week we are creating Masculine Cards at the  Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and Heidi is our hostess.

I've been on an alcohol ink/Yupo paper roll and thought I would do a masculine sympathy card.  I love the unpredictability of alcohol inks but I wanted to create a sunset background where the sun was setting over trees and a lake.  I like the end result.  The tree is a die from Simon Says Stamp.  The sentiment is my favorite for sympathy cards:  My Sentiments Exactly - Sympathy.

I am entering my card in:

UPDATE:  My card was selected as "Featured Artist" for the As You See It Challenge.  
As You See It's "Trees" Challenge

Clean and Simple "Masculine" challenge
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

WWC242 - Marsha's "All About Occasions" Challenge

Hello and welcome...I am so pleased you stopped by!  This week is "All About Occasions" at The Watercooler Wednesday Website and Marsha is our hostess.    There are so many occasions and this week is a bit unique for me.  My niece recently pledged my college sorority and I wanted to send her a card for initiation.  Kappa's colors are blue so that was my color theme.
A handmade card for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
I recently purchased WPlus9's New Home stamp and die set and their Wood Planks stamp.  I put them together to create this welcome home scene card.  

WPlus9 New Home stamp and die set
WPlus9 Wood Planks stamp
Bristol Card Stock
Versafine Onyx Black ink
White embossing powder (Welcome sentiment)
Foam Tape (planters, light and wreath)
Connect Glue
Zig  Clean Color Watercolor Brush Markers:
  • Siding/light/planters:  Gray 90, Light Gray 91, Cool Gray 99 and blender
  • Walkway:  Cool Gray 99 and Beige 72.
  • Rug:  Beige 72, MidBrown 65
  • Door: Deep Blue 35, Prussian Blue 32, Blue Haze 303, Blender
  • Greenery:  Mid Green 46, Olive 43.
I am entering this card in:
Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge using topiaries, a potted plant and wreath as my optional botanicals.

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Sisterhood of Crafters - Wood  I stamped wood siding on my house and used the wood planks stamp for the ground.

Happy Little Stamper "Die" Challenge.  Lots of die cuts on this card:  Door, mat, topiaries, wreath and light.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

WWC241 - Dawn's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Hello and welcome!  This week we are making "feminine" cards at the Watercooler Wednesday website and Dawn is our hostess.
Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid designer paper.

I was in need of some Get Well cards and I thought some daisy paper pieced inlays would be "feminine" and fun.  

  • I glued some Lawn Fawn "Perfectly Plaid" paper to cardstock and then die cut with Sugar Pea's Element Builder frame.  
  • I die cut the daisy from Newton's Nook Flower Trio from both the plaid paper/cardstock and then white card stock.  
  • I stamped the sentiment
  • I die cut the pink inner flower from a scrap of Yupo paper with alcohol ink. 
  • Next I inlaid the white daisy, added the pink layer and then added the center from the background.  

I really like how the card turned out.

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WWC247 - Marsha's "All About Occasions" Challenge

Hello and welcome! It is all about Occasions at  The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge Website  and Marsha is our hostess. Several friend...