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Friday, August 5, 2022

Trying new things!

 Trying new things doesn't have to be scary! Look how easy (and pretty) new things can be?!?


It all started with an instagram reel I saw by Ellefedynak where she was cleaning her blending brushes by immersing them in water, then brushing in a circular motion on a piece of watercolor paper until the ink was no longer coming off the brush. Then I saw another reel recently by Gina K Designs where she stenciled using a brick stencil as a background for a focal piece. So the yellow ink blended watercolor panels were on my desk.  I grabbed one, and my brick stencil (back alley by the rabbit hole designs) and some hickory smoke distress oxide and blended away!  The rose is from the February 2022 Whit Kit by Unity Stamp Co. called Lovely Reminder. The kit came with the matching die for the rose. I did fussy cut a little bit more...closer to the image, then I colored it with Tombow ABT markers. The sentiment is also from Unity a kit called Aging Gorgeously. I added some pale yellow jewels (pink fresh studio).

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Monday, August 1, 2022

{BYSHC} Sketch Challenge 25

 {BYSHC} Sketch Challenge 25 starts today! Each month there is a new sketch and each month is a chance to add more cards to your holiday stash! (p.s. there is a prize to be won at the end of the month!)

Not all cards have to be complicated! For example, this one was easy peasy! White card base, black background, a double sided sheet of paper from Fancy Pants Designs - Saint Nick (circa 2011) which had the light blue on one side and polka dots on the other. The embellishments were sent to me by a friend clearing out her craft stash. They are from memories of the heart, called mini tags lights (circa 2006). Sentiment is from a Gracielle Designs from Unity Stamp Co. called Cheery Christmas. Foam tape to the tag and some Nuvo Drops in postbox red to finish it off!

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Happy Crafting!



Friday, July 29, 2022

Three for today! {BYSHC} 2022 Christmas in July Linky Party!

 


As today is the last day to enter cards to be eligible for the fabulous prizes.....here is my 3rd card for today (8 for the entire week)! I have lots of things to do today....I'm clearly procrastinating! LOL


White cardbase, used paper from Fancy Pants Designs from 2011 called Saint Nick. Stamped image from Unity Stamp Co. (Holiday Joy Christmas Tree) an absolute FAVORITE of mine! One of the first stamps I purchased from Unity and it's been well loved! Watercolored with Tombow ABT markers and a waterbrush. Also used some vintage photo distress oxide on the edges. Added a ribbon and some sequins from my stash to finish it off.  I followed the current challenge sketch at {BYSHC} Sketch #24.




And one more.....{BYSHC} 2022 Christmas in July Linky Party!

 


Let's see how many more I can get submitted today! So far it's 2!


This was the first attempt at the ink resist technique. It's not my favorite....too much red and the sentiment is stamped over some of it....but we are our worst critics! 

Again I started with a white cardbase, took a panel of white cardstock and brushed over it with my homemade anti-static pouch.  Stamped the large swirl from Unity Stamp Co. kit called embrace you using versamark embossing ink.  Sprinkled on Gina K. fine detail white embossing powder and watched the magic happen once I hit it with the heat tool! I ink blended over the top Gina K. premium dye ink in red hot. I die cut that panel with the largest rectangle and then the black with the largest scallop dies from the scallops and rectangles nesting die set.  The sentiment is from Colorado Craft Company called merry merry mini, stamped in Versafine Clair in Nocturne.  Added some white jewels from Pink Fresh Studio and in the stash it goes!


Today's the day! Last Day for the {BYSHC} 2022 Christmas in July Linky Party!

 


Today is the final day for the {BYSHC} 2022 Christmas in July Linky Party! Be sure to get your entries posted by 11:59 pm EST today July 29th!

Today's card was inspired by a pinterest card! Gina K. ink resist technique! 




I started with a white cardbase, then took a panel of white cardstock and brushed over it with my homemade anti-static pouch.  I stamped a large swirl from Unity Stamp Co. kit called embrace you using versamark embossing ink. I sprinkled on Gina K. fine detail white embossing powder and heated it up! I then ink blended over top some Gina K. dye ink in fresh asparagus and dusty rose. I die cut that panel with the larger rectangle from the scallops & rectangles nesting die set from Unity. The black panel was die cut with the largest scallop die. I backed everything with a base of green cardstock from Fancy Pants Designs from Saint Nick collection.  The sentiment comes from Colorado Craft Company and is called Merry Merry Mini. It was stamped using the Versa Fine Clair in Nocturne.  I added a few jewels from Pink Fresh Studio Essential Jewel mix.

I can see myself making many more of these! It's a fun technique!

Thursday, July 28, 2022

One More! - BYSHC 2022 Christmas in July Linky Party

One more card to add to the stash! Just in time for the last couple days of the BYSHC 2022 Christmas in July Linky Party!

My card today features an image and sentiment from one of our sponsors, Angie Blom Digital Designs.  This friendly guy can be found by searching Hey, Santa!


I did end up following Sketch 16 again.....just love that one! Started with a white cardbase. The brick background was created by using a stencil from The Rabbit Hole Designs, called Back Alley. I blended several different distress oxides/inks to get to a color I was happy with. They included Crackling Campfire, Wild Honey, Frayed Burlap and then some Black Soot. The dotted paper is from a kit by My Mind's Eye called Holly Jolly. I printed the image on watercolor paper and that's when the struggle began. This is the third printing and attempt at coloring! I know....the struggle is real my friends! The method that finally worked for me was using the Tombow ABT markers as watercolors by coloring on an acetate sheet, adding water and using a water brush to move the colors around to where I was happy with the saturation! Still not sure I'm 100% satisfied, but I did like this one the best! I then added a few jewels from Pink Fresh Studios.

Entering as #149!



Wednesday, July 27, 2022

{BYSHC} 2022 Christmas in July Linky Party - Few Days Left!

 There are a few days left to get your cards entered to be eligible for some amazing prizes at the {BYSHC} 2022 Christmas in July Linky Party over on their Blog!

My card today was inspired by a post on the Unity Stamp Co. page for this Colossal Snowflake stamp and matching die!  Alaine Tanner, thanks for the inspiration!


If I'm being totally honest....I stamped and die cut the snowflake for a different project, but thought it needed to be used for a card!  Die cut the snowflake, then lined up the stamp (per Whitney Magnuson's instructions) and stamped with versa fine clair (nocturne) and then versa mark embossing ink. I then used some old stamp 'n' bond clear embossing powder. I embossed the white panel with a sizzix embossing folder, mounted on the same red, then on black.  Easy peasy!  The "Merry Christmas" was a leftover piece from printing some digital stamps from Angie Blom Digital Designs!  Both of these amazing companies are sponsor's on this party!

I'll enter this into the mix....should be entry 125!