Wednesday, December 18, 2019

WWC252 - Marsha's Special 3- Week "Anything Goes" Challenge

Hello and welcome!  The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge is changing things up during the holidays and we have a three week "Anything Goes" challenge.  Marsha is our special hostess.
I ordered this adorable Simon Says Stamp  Li'l Gnome die this year and went a little crazy.  I made 18 gnomes to put on tags and Christmas cards.  I really like this "glitter" gnome. 

I took a sheet of Ranger Ink Silver Sparkle Cardstock and added alcohol ink.  The panel was very pretty.  I then die cut the gnome.  The beard and nose are cut from leftover scraps from previous ink smooshing projects.  I love how the blond beard has orange streaks.

For the background I used a scrap of Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid paper.  I also die cut a rectangle to act as a backdrop for the gnome. I felt like it looked like a plaid belt with a big white buckle.  

I heat embossed the sentiment (Stamps of Life Elves2Stamp) and attached all the elements to a kraft notecard.  

Little Red Wagon #528

Allsorts "Inspired by a Song" Challenge
My Inspiration was The Gnome Song The Gnome Song

I am so pleased that you stopped by!
Karen
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

WWC251 - Dawn's "All About Occasions" Challenge

Hello and welcome. This week we are making "Occasion" cards at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge which means holiday cards to birthday cards to sympathy cards...the list is vast.  Dawn is our talented hostess.
I chose to make some thank you cards to use during the holiday season.  I wanted bright, festive and fun so I opted to go with my Zig markers.  

I stamped, colored and die-cut my wreath.  My wreath has five Christmas colors. I wanted a clean and simple look but with a bit of interest on the background so I dry embossed an A2 panel.  I liked that the planks look snow covered when embossed on white paper. I also wanted a small sentiment that would fit inside the wreath and within the boundaries of the plank so I looked through my sentiments and found this cute little one.

I like the top folding cards I see online but I had never made one until this card. I do think it adds a fun little twist to cards.  While I was at it, I made a batch of top folding cards so I will be making more in the future.

ZIG Clean Color markers in 036, 031, 033, 053, 041, 200, 202, 029
Supplies:
Tim Holtz Alterations Wood Planks Embossing Folder
Bristol Cardstock
Zig Markers:  036, 031, 033, 053, 041, 200, 202, 029 + blender
Versafine Black Ink for wreath
Gerda Steiner Hedge Hog Sentiment (with Archival Jet Black ink)

I am submitting my card to:
Bright happy colors raise my spirits and bring me joy.  




UPDATE:  My card was selected as a Top Pick at The As You See It Challenge:

Thank you for stopping by!
Karen
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

WWC250 - Helen's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Hello and welcome. This week we are making "feminine" cards at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. Talented Helen is our hostess. 
I wanted to do a pretty thank you card so I started by stamping,  coloring and die cutting this favorite wreath.  I wanted a subtle white on white backdrop so I die cut a basket weave panel and affixed to an A2 card base. I love the pretty little sentiment which I heat embossed. 


Supplies:
Avery Elle - Festive Wreath stamps and dies
Frantic Stamper Basket Weave die.
Bristol Cardstock
Zig Clean Clear Markers (May Green 47, Pale Green 45, Lt. Carmine Red 21, Red 20, Light Blue 36, Cobalt Blue 31). 
Sentiment:  Photoplay Paprika

I am pleased to be entering my card in:



UPDATE:  My card was selected as a "Top Cup" at The Sunday Stamps Challenge:



Thanks for stopping by!
Karen
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

WWC249 - Karen's "All About Occasions" Challenge

Hello and Welcome!  This week is "All About Occasions" at the Watercooler Wednesday Website and I am the hostess.  Today, I am sharing a card I made in Laura Griffin's DFW Copic Class.

Impression Obsession Wreath Builder die
We used LOTS of die cuts on this card. For the door, we free hand drew the wood grain and stained glass inserts.  I personalized my Christmas door and added my mini-Aussie "Scout" to the front porch.  I think she looks adorable in her little Christmas cape and hood.

Supplies used:

  • Impression Obsession Front Door
  • Impression Obsession Wreath Builder
  • Penny Black "Brick Wall" background Stamp (Memento Rhubarb)
  • Hero Arts Fun in the Rain (dog)
  • Copic Markers
  • Brad for door handle
  • Vellum for stained glass windows
  • Ribbon bow
  • Gina K Connect glue
I've submitted my card to the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge

I would love to see the occasion card you created in our Watercooler Wednesday challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen


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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

WWC248 - Kath's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Hello and welcome!  This week at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge we are designing projects for the men in our lives.  Kath is our hostess.  I created a card for my brother who drives a pickup and is an avid surfer.  I love how this die set has beach accessories to fill the truck bed.
Nuvo Tonic Hot Chocolate embossing powder

I used Spellbinder's Truckin' Through the Seasons die and Nuvo Tonic Hot Chocolate Embossing powder for the sentiment (Ranger Letter It). The card stock is Bohemia Blue Bird and Barefoot Beautiful "All Boy".  

Can't wait to pop this card in the mail to sunny California.

I am entering this card in: 

The Male Room "Hobbies" Challenge I made this card for my brother who is an avid surfer.  

Lil Red Wagon Birthday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies Challenge


Thank you for stopping by!
Karen


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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.

Supplies:

  • Newton's Nook Flower Trio
  • Lawn Fawn Sentiment
  • Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
  • Assorted Alcohol Inks
  • Yupo paper
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Connect Glue
  • Foam Adhesive
I am entering this card in:

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen
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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.


I am so pleased that you stopped by!
Karen

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!
Karen

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.  

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

I am so pleased you stopped by!
Karen
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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.

I am happy you stopped by!
Karen


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



I am happy to stopped by!
Karen

Altenew 8”x11” Majestic Bouquet Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in Total Prizes)

Hello friends!   Today we’re celebrating Altenew's Majestic Bouquet  Layering Stamp release   and I have three cards to share.  This is ...