Tuesday, October 25, 2016

heaven sent...

 Hello my fabulous friends!

I've been crazy busy lately getting 50 birthday cards done for the Primary kids next year... They ended up being ridiculously labor intensive and took a LOT longer than I had hoped... However, the kids are worth it. :)

I also have been quite busy with a new addition to my family... (more on that in a future post)

Speaking of new additions...  my cousin is going to have a baby girl any day now!!! I needed a baby card to send her, and I recently got this BEAUTIFUL hummingbird stamp as a free gift with a magazine. I knew it would be perfect for a simple yet elegant card.

I kept the card design simple, but I wanted it to have fun movement, so I made it a shaker card.
The hummingbird is a free gift with the Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 153, the sentiment is Unity Precious Little One, the circle die is We R Memory Keepers Circles, the border die is Essentials by Ellen Stitching Lines

The hummingbird was colored with Zig Clean Color markers, then given a  wash of a mix of water and Ranger's Perfect Pearls to give it a beautiful shimmer. 

I'll be honest, this hummingbird is about the 5th attempt... I tried several different mediums to color it, and they all ended up too dark. I love the bright almost luminescent look of the Zig markers. 

A quick tip... To get the line around the circle window, I simply left the die in place after running it through my die cutter, and traced around it with a fine tip marker. I use this trick a lot to get frames or outlines on die cuts. 

Well, I've got to get busy while the little one is sleeping! ;)

Have a wonderful day!



Thursday, October 20, 2016

October Pin-Sights challenge

Hello my fabulous friends!

I'm super excited to be a guest designer today for Ellen Hutson and their Pin-Sights challenge!

The Pin-Sights challenge is a super fun monthly challenge over at theClassroom blog.  It is based on a Pinterest inspired photo.  You simply use the inlinkz on the challenge post to enter... 

The best part?

 One randomly selected entry will win a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store!!! 

The rules? 

 You MUST use Essentials by Ellen products, and the inspiration photo as your inspiration. 

Super simple!

Here's Octobers inspiration photo:

Amazing, right? So many different ways to so with this!

Here's my take...

I loved the gorgeous flowers in the center of the picture... The contrast of the oranges with the bright green leaves against the white background... so pretty!

I started out by stamping the Mondo Peony by Ellen Hutson and leaves in Versamark and heat embossing...

I used various shades of Distress ink to paint in the petals and leaves... I have to admit, when I first started painting, it looked like a hot mess. Don't let that deter you when you are watercoloring... After a few layers and time to dry, it is amazing how the "hot mess" turns into magic!

The sentiment comes from another Essentials by Ellen stamp set Fancy Thanks. I wanted to ground the side of the card with the sentiment, but I wanted to keep it subtle... So I used one of the Stitching Lines dies... I LOVE this set!

I hope you join us for this months Pin-Sights challenge!