Friday, July 31, 2015

Butterfly Get Well Wishes for Freshly Made Sketches #197.....

Hello everyone: I'm here again with a quick card for Freshly Made Sketches   in which there is not one single water colored image.  I know, I know, this is not really my style but, I wanted to step once again, out of my comfort zone and attempt to create a pretty card with NO water colored images and absolutely minimum stamping.  Here is my card.
As you can clearly see, there is just a little stamped sentiment down in the corner but not a drop of water or ink anywhere else. The butterfly die is a very, very old one from Marianne Designs I bought at Hobby Lobby possibly 4 years ago, so I really don't know if it still available.   Now, I punched the frame where the butterfly is sitting with the retired SU Dotted Scalloped Ribbon edge punch, to make this cool frame, I saw THIS video and I just loved it, it's super simple to do. Here is a close up.
You just cut a piece of 3"x3" card stock and center it, then punch all four sides. I made a mark on my punch with a marker on both sides of the punch, just to be more accurate.
I know this is a retired punch and some of you might not have it but I just wanted to tell you how I did it.  The video also shows other ways to use this punch.
Ok my friends, this is all for now, I hope you like my card today, please let me know in your comments, I read all of them, if you have a question, just let me know, I will answer you right away.
This is the sketch that inspired my card, thank you for visiting.   Many hugs to all of you.            Maria.
 
 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mice Love for Merry Monday #167.....

Hello everyone: I'm back with another card for you, this time for the Merry Monday  challenge with a theme of Hearts, Bonnie Klass  is our host,  your card has to contain a heart somewhere in the design.  This is the card I made with this adorable image from House Mouse.
I just love this little mice, no matter what they are doing, they always look so sweet and adorable.  This is a quick and easy image to color, as you can see, I only used 3 markers and a bit of sponging, for the "glare" on the candy canes I used my white Prismacolor pencil, for their rosy cheeks, I used the lighter pink.
The green panel was cut as a square and punched with a super old SU corner punch, I love the fact that the punched out corners also have teeny, tiny hearts in them, and by the way, I always save those hearts, they are just perfect, I used them to make THIS  card, can you see the sweet little hearts?
The candy cane DSP (one sided) is so old that I really don't remember where I got it, maybe at Hobby Lobby, but it's just perfect for my card, don't you think?
Here is a close up of this cutie pies.
A little bling on the corners of the green panel with SU Rhine Stones finishes this card nicely.
I die cut the image with SB circle dies and I snipped their little tails before I put the image on the die, that curly tail was hard to snip but it's so worth it.
Here is the banner that inspired this card.
I hope you like this card, please leave me a comment, you know how much I love reading them. If you have a question, I'm here to answer it.
Till next time, hugs and keep on stamping.
 
Maria.
 
 
  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mojo Monday Challenge #408.....

Hello again: I'm back with another card, like I said, I think I'm in a roll here, making a lot of cards but, if you love stamping and coloring like I do, you'd understand why I've been in my craft room so much, besides, the challenges are just simply irresistible.
I made this card for Mojo Monday #408   , it's a bit wider and shorter than the measurements suggested so I hope it's ok.  Here is my card.
This image is from a stamp set called Persian Motifs    by Altenew, and it's really so beautiful. I saw THIS   video from Jennifer McGuire some time ago and bought it immediately, I just fell in love with this images, she stamped them with Versa Mark and heat embossed them with WOW Silver Pearl embossing powder to give the lines that lovely, pearlescent look, then, she colored them with Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi  water colors, (which I do not have, but that's ok, I love my SU Markers).  I watched the video several times and then, I stamped the image, heat embossed it and colored it.  Here is a close up of the flowers and the embossing powder, I hope it shows.

It's so pretty in the real.  One of  the great thing about heat embossing to water color is that the embossing powder acts like a little barrier for your inks, they don't go all over, they stay inside the section you are working on.  One thing though, Jennifer said that you should alternate the areas you are coloring just so the inks wont bleed to the next section, I kind of messed up a little while coloring the big flower but, like I said, water color is very forgiving so, I just grabbed a piece of paper towel and wipe the petal clean. Here is another close up image, I think in this one you can appreciate the lines better.
I hope you like this card, please let me know in your comments. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. As always, I used my SU markers and the Aqua Painter.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, it's a thrill for me to share with you some of what I love to do. Reading your comments truly makes me happy.
Till next time, keep on stamping.  Hugs.
Maria.
 
Paper: Canson 140lb. watercolor paper, Elegant Egg Plant, DSP from my stash.
Inks: Versamark , SU Markers in Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi. SU ink pad in Costal Cabana.
Stamps: Altenew Persian Motifs. Sentiment, retired Flourishes.
Tools: Heat Gun, WOW Silver Pearl embossing powder.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sweet Strawberries for Tag You're It Challenge #26

Hello everyone: Here I am again with another card made with the SU Market Fresh stamp set, to participate in the Tag You're It challenge,  I just love all 3 of this images. This time I used the Strawberries and this is the card I made.
Simple and sweet image, Strawberries are my most favorite fruit and right now they are in season so we are eating them almost every day.  I colored the image with my SU markers, I know I've said this before but, they are really great for water coloring, they blend just great.  The background is stamped with the Hardwood background stamp onto Pistachio Pudding CS with Wild Wasabi ink, the butterfly is from a very old stamp and die set, can't really remember from where, I apologize for that. The twine for the tag and the bow is from the tag that came on a pair of jeans I bought some time ago, I thought it was just so beautiful, I was not about to throw it out.
Here is a close up of this luscious fruits, I hope you can see the little shimmer of my Wink of Stella glitter brush.
I also gave the image a little bit of shadow all around it, I didn't like how it look just flat on the paper.
So I hope you like my card, I'm enjoying coloring this fabulous images so much.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today, I appreciate your comments more than I can say, it's really thrilling for me to be able to share my cards with all of you. Here is the sketch that inspired this card.
 Till next time, many paper hugs.
                                                                                Maria.

Paper: Canson 140 lb. water color paper, SU Pistachio Pudding CS, the white and red CS is from my stash.
Inks: Stazon Jet Black ink pad, SU write markers in Real Red, More Mustard, Olive Green, Basic Gray (for the shadow around the image), Elegant Eggplant, Costal Cabana, Wild Wasabi ink pad.
Stamps: SU Market Fresh, Hardwood.
Punch: MS lace punch.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Corner Garden for PPA261.....

Hello again, everyone: Gosh!! it seems to me that I'm kind of in a roll making cards for challenges, I'm having a lot of fun, my friends, there are so many great challenges out there, with different sketches and color combinations and themes that I just can't help myself.
I like challenges because, besides being fun to have my cards out there for all of you to see, they provide me with the guide lines to create my cards.  Some really push me out of my comfort zone and others just give my mojo a sweet little kick to get me started.
This is the card I made for this week's Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge. I used the always pretty SU Corner Garden which is considered a background stamp.  So far,  I've only used it in parts, like in this card, but it can be use whole and it's gorgeous.                                  
I used my SU write markers and the aqua painter to color this image, somehow, at least for me, I find it easier to color just parts of it, instead of the whole stamp. Here is a close up of this pretty blooms. The little butterfly was stamped with the Papillion Potpourri and punched with the Bitty Butterfly punch.
The DSP is from Lily of the Valley and the CS is from my stash. I hope you like this card, please leave me a comment, reading your thoughts on my cards gives me so much joy.
This is the sketch that inspired this card, I just used it upside down. Hope it's ok.07-23 PPA 261
Till next time, paper hugs to all.
Maria.

Paper: Canson water color paper, Lilly of the Valley DSP.
Inks:  Stazon Jet Black, SU write markers in Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, More Mustard, Garden Green, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink. The stems on the flowers were done with a gold pen.
Tools: SB circle dies, SU Bitty Butterfly punch, SB tags dies.