Friday, May 29, 2015

OCC Mask-erade Day 4

The lesson today demonstrated using freezer paper as the masking technique.  Shari Carroll used a word die masked with freezer paper, which I wanted to try.  I have to tell you I had some problems with this, mainly I don't think that my iron was hot enough and the freezer paper didn't stick as well as it should have, but finally I got it!

This is a Paper Smooches die.  Using the masked word I watercolored over it on watercolor paper.  I trimmed the watercolored piece, backed it with a piece of solid cardstock and then used washi tape on the sides (this is something Kristina Werner did in another lesson today) to frame it.  I added sequins, but I think I went a little sequin crazy here. :) I do like the way this turned out, I just have to remember to get my iron really hot!

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

OCC Mask-erade Day 3

Today we learned to mask using liquid masking techniques.  I have used rubber cement as a masking fluid before and I liked the results.  I purchased the Fine Line masking liquid for this class, and I decided I would like to use that for my card.  Shari Carroll demonstrated a card that I really liked however I didn't have any of the stamps or stencils she used for her card, so I had to go in another direction.

I used Tim Holtz's Crazy Birds stamp set, I just love this set.  I stamped him using StazOn ink and then covered him with the Fine Line masking fluid.  After letting that dry, I used a dots block stamp to stamp in grey ink.  Next, using the Tim Holtz Splatters stencil, I colored the background with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  Somehow Shari used the stencil in a way I couldn't get right no matter how I tried. :/.  So what I did was dilute the distress inks with water, and applied them directly to the stencil. onto the paper.    I think I will try this using in a different color palette soon.

Until next time........

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

OCC-Mask-arade Day 2

Today's class continued techniques using masking paper. I really, really like the technique that Jennifer McGuire demonstrated.  So I attempted to make a card using this technique.  Jennifer created a mask made from a thin piece of plastic.  Cutting a word die from the plastic you can use either the positive or negative mask.  This is the card I made:

I didn't have a large word die as Jennifer did, so I created one from Lawn Fawn's Quinn's ABC's die cuts.  I used the tiny flowers and leaves from Simon Says Stamp Life is a Journey stamp set, to stamp the  'you', from the mask. I also used Winnie & Walter's The Big, the Bold, and You stamp set.  I really think this is a lovely technique, and I didn't have the time to do it justice, so I will be practicing this more.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Online Card Class-Mask-erade Day 1 Part Two

Second post today for Online Card Class Mask-erade.  I wanted to try Laura Bassen's technique, because it looked so interesting.  Laura actually made her masks, one from acetate and one from card stock.  I tried her technique using card stock.

Cutting the card stock into a wave shape creates the mask.  Inking between the two pieces of paper creates the wave shape.  Laura made this look very easy :).  This is my first attempt, but I am going to keep trying so I  can get better.  Not sure about my color choices either, lol.  I did add some enamel dots, because it didn't pop enough for me.  The sentiment is from Essentials by Ellen Wish Big.

Until next time......

Online Card Class-Mask-erade Day 1

The new Online Card Class Mask-erade is all about different ways to mask.  Debby Hughes demonstrated today and I love anything Debby Hughes so I created a card using her technique. Her technique was Positive and Negative masking.

I created this using masking paper.  I used Wplus9 Spring Blooms for the floral images and Paper Smooches Lovely Thoughts for the sentiment.  Cutting a circle in the masking paper created the mask.  Using the negative mask, I inked the circle shape, and then I covered the circle shape to stamp the florals. I added a few sequins 'cause they're pretty. :) I think I will be using this technque a lot and since you can save the masks that you create you can use them over and over. 

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge May 17-23

The week's Paper Smooches Challenge is Anything Goes.

This is the card I made:

This card was inspired by my daughter's pets.  They know when she is due home from work and they go to the window and look out and wait for her to come to the door.  Seriously they look like they are smiling while they are waiting.  :)

I cut strips of paper and distressed the edges to give the effect of siding on the house, die cut a window and also distressed it a little. I did put a piece of clear acetate to simulate a window, but it doesn't show up well.   I used Paper Smooches Chubby Chums for the images, and I colored them with Copics.  I stenciled the background behind the window.  The flower images are from PS Spring Fling and Perky Plants and I paper pieced some of them, and colored others.  In the Paper Smooches Stitch Wise Dies, there is a little piece that reminds me of grass.  I am not sure if that is what it is but that is what I used it for. :) I die cut it about 10 times and then glued them to the card front.  The sentiment is from PS Sentiment Sampler, heat embossed in white on black card stock.   I hope you like this as much as I enjoyed making it.

Till next time.......

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #106

Try a New Technique is the current challenge at Lawnscaping Challenge.

I pretty much will try any new technique if I like it, but have never done a  partial die cut border. I love cards with this technique.  I have my eye on a border die that I like a lot, but haven't gotten around to buying it yet. So, I didn't really have a border die that I was interested in using, I did this instead.

I used Lawn Fawn's  Our Friendship Grows stamps and dies on the border of this card.  I cut the border using the separate dies in the set.  After trying twice to get it right, the third time was the charm. :)  I heat embossed the images in white and water colored them and the background with distress inks.  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Happy Everything. I do like the way this turned out but I think it would have been easier with an actual border die. Lol. 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ellen Hutson's Mix-It Up Challenge

Ellen Hutson's Mix-It Up Challenge sounded so interesting I wanted to try it.

The challenge was to use Avery Elle and Essentials by Ellen products on a card. I love this idea!  :)

This is the card I made:
I recently purchased Essentials by Ellen Wish Big stamp set, I thought it was super cute, all the images are so versatile!  I paper pieced the hippo and hat and he (well I guess it could be a she) turned out so cute!!  The balloons are also from the set, I stamped them, colored with Copics, used some Clear Wink of Stella, and then I covered them with glossy accents, sorry it doesn't show up that well.  I added the sentiment from Avery Elle Oh Happy Day stamp set.  I liked the way this card turned out. :0

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge -May 10-16

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge this week is a Picture Perfect Challenge.

This is the challenge picture.
I have to admit that I did not realize that this was a picture of a table. :)  Then I saw the flowers and the place setting and then it dawned on me! duh!   I liked the chevron pattern in the table, so that became the background of my card.

I stenciled the background using distress ink.  I used Paper Smooches Zoo Crew stamp set for the giraffe, colored him with Copics, and added a googly eye (can't resist googly eyes). The balloons are die cut using PS Balloon dies from white card stock and colored with Copics. The dots, stars and stripes were added with a jelly roll pen. I used embroidery floss to attach the balloons to the giraffe.   The giraffe and balloons are mounted on foam squares as is the sentiment.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Hullabaloo, heat embossed in white on black card stock.  I think it is very cute. :)

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #122

CAS(E) this Sketch #122 features this sketch. 

I saw this sketch and was looking at a few stamp sets to decide what I was going to make.  I saw the umbrella image in the  Simon Says Stamp Abby's Spring Flowers  stamp set and knew I had found my design  This is what I made:

First I mixed clear embossing paste with distress ink and stenciled in the background using Simon Says Stamp Rain Rain Go Away stencil.  For once I had purchased the dies for this stamp set, so I didn't have to spend so much time fussy cutting. :)  I heat embossed the sentiment on the tags in white. This was pretty easy to put together and I like the result ;-)

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #105

Lawnscaping Challenge #105 is Watercolors!

I love watercolors, and I need to get waaay better at it! :) I have been using an inexpensive watercolor set, but felt I needed to step it up a bit. It was fine for basics, but I couldn't get consistent colors and when I mixed colors I wasn't happy with the results.    Last month I  bought a Sakura Koi watercolor set, and it has such beautiful, vibrant colors.   I didn't want to spend too much money and this set seemed to fit the bill right now.  This is the card I made.

I watercolored the tree and leaves freehand and used Lawn Fawn's Home Sweet Home stamp set for the rest of the images. I did watercolor and cut out the nest and eggs so I could mount it on some glue dots for a little dimension  I masked the images with rubber cement and then watercolored the sky.  Recently one of my daughter's friends announced a pregnancy and I am going to send her this card.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Honorable Lawnscaping Gnome

I was chosen again as a Honorable Gnome for this card from  Lawnscaping Challenge #104.

I am honored whenever one of my cards is chosen for recognition.   Thanks Lawnscaping Challenge!!

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Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge

Paper Smooches Challenge for May 3-9 is Anything Goes.

This is the card I made for the challenge.

I used Paper Smooches Fancy Frames to cut out frames from patterned paper and arranged them on the card front.  The flower images are from Paper Smooches Lovely Thoughts and Blossoming Buds. I stamped some with ink and others were colored with Copics.  I cut them out and used glue dots to attach to card front, the glue dots give just enough depth  and no bulk like foam squares would.  I added some enamel dots because the empty spaces were bothering me :-). 

Now I am going to go outside and enjoy this beautiful spring day!

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