Friday, January 29, 2016

Another It Zips card!

I posted a couple of cards made with Art Impression's If It Zips Set (Sku #4669) a few weeks ago, and loved her so much that I made two more cards :o)  And our current challenge on the Ai blog is "Paper Piecing Party" so I'm going to enter her over there as well (I'm on the Design Team, so I can't win!):
Patterned papers are Caprice, CTMH; Cardstock is Chocolate & White Daisy; Ink is Tuxedo Black, Memento; Flowers are Cuttlebug dies; Speech bubble is from the Cricut Artiste cartridge, CTMH: Mocha Opaque Pearls, CTMH.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Paper Piecing Party

Our current challenge on the Art Impressions blog is called Paper Piecing Party!  We want to see your paper pieced creations.  I have one of the fun Ai Girlfriend's sets to share today: Cheer Set (Sku #4547):
 It's best to use smaller scale patterns for paper piecing, and even still, I opted to only piece two of their tops, for fear of it getting a bit busy!
 Head on over to the Ai blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has to share with you today, and we hope you'll link up your own creation - there are always wonderful prizes to be won.

Copics used: Skin E11, E00, E000, R20
Hair - W3, W1, W00, Y26, Y23, E50, E18, E07, E02
Corals - R24, R22, R20
Greys - W5, W3, W1, W00
Green - G43, G41
Aqua - BG75, BG72, BG70

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Blooming Birdhouse Watercolour

I'm back with another of the Ai Watercolor Mini sets: Blooming Birdhouse (Sku #4603).  As always, I painted several of the images and made up a few different card styles.  Here is a 5 1/2" square card:
 The next one is much smaller, I used the wonderful Scallop Easel Die (Sku #4700) to cut out my base, which makes for a 3 3/4" x 5" card.  I used pop dots on my matted oval to give it a bit more dimension, and added some tiny pearls to the oval and the scalloped edge.
**Watercolouring tip!!  On the easel card, I used my #4 paintbrush for the sky, which is what I used to soften the lines of my stamped images, and even though I like the end result, I thought that the sky came out a bit "scribbly".  So for the square card, I tried something different.  After I stamped my birdhouse, and before I added any leaves or flowers, I used a large brush to add a pale blue wash all around it.  The larger brush gave a softer, smoother sky - and then I stamped my flowers and foliage over top of it.  It's a little hard to see in the photo, because the sky is quite pale, but I loved this effect!
The set comes with the birdhouse, three flowers and a small leafy sprig; I also added a flower stamp from the WC Flower Set (Sku #4052) that I stamped to make my blue Lupines.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Alex's Birthday Card

Alex & I have never met.  He's a university buddy of my daughter, who somehow knows that I'm a cardmaker?  So he told Paige that for his birthday, he'd kinda like to receive a card that was handmade by her Mom.  Paige helped me select the design, and since they're in Business school and often have to wear business attire, we thought that this would be perfect.  If you've been around my blog for a while, you may recognize this as a knock off of a card that I made several years ago (which happens to be one of my most-pinned cards ever!):
 I used my Cricut Artiste cartridge to cut out the bow tie, and for this version I added a poof in a little breast pocket.  Here's a side view that shows the dimension of the card a little better:
 And I decided to customize the inside a little:
Happy Birthday, Alex!  From Paige's Mom.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Art Impressions Watercolor Mini

 I am posting on the Art Impressions blog today.  I had a great time this past weekend - I pulled out several of the Ai Watercolor Mini sets, my Tombow markers and Distress Inks, and I painted a whole bunch of watercolour images!  So today I'm sharing a couple of cards made with my favourite set from the last release: Clay Pot (Sku #4701)
 They're both the same, but I switched up the colours of the pot, and I tried a darker sky on this one:
 Once I find a design that I like, I tend to paint up several, and experiment a bit.  This set comes with the pot image, twig, berry branch and wildflower.  I added the two grass images from the WC Foliage Set (Sku #4051) and used the sentiment from one of the Try-folds: TF Garden (Sku #4203).  I'll be back next week with another Watercolor Mini set!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Winter Wonderland Challenge

The current challenge on the Art Impressions blog is Winter Wonderland!  We want to see your winter themed cards.  I am using half of the Snowman & Penguin Set (Sku #4508) - one of the sweet Ai Mini Front & Back sets:
 For this one, I cut a large oval on my Cricut, cut it in half and hand drew on the igloo details.
 This one has a hand drawn igloo, that I cut out and drew in the ice blocks.  Head on over to the Ai blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has to share today - Happy Stamping!
Copics used : C7, C5, C3, C1, C00, G46, G43, G41, YR16, B95, B93, B91, B00, B000, B0000

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

If It Zips it Fits!

 It's my first Art Impressions post for 2016, and I am sharing a couple of cards that I made with one of the newest Ai People: If it Zips Set (Sku #4669):
 I made two of the same cards, just changed up the skin tone & hair colour... and did a little paper piecing on her top.
 Don't you just adore this image??
 Don't forget that our current challenge is Winter Wonderland - we want to see your winter themed cards, be sure to link up your creation, as there are always fabulous prizes to be won!  Happy Stamping!
Copics used:  Skin tones - E11, E00, E000, R20, E37, E34, E31
Hair - E57, E55, E53, E51, E18, E07, E02
Jeans - B97, B95, B93, B91
Shoes - E24


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