Thursday, July 20, 2017

Altenew July 2017 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome to the next stop on the Altenew July Release Blog Hop. You should be arriving from my very talented friend Laura's blog. If you did not come from Laura's blog and would like to hop along you can find a full list of all the blogs at the bottom of this post.

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For my first card I used the New Arabesque Medallion Stamp. This set has solid stamps so that you can fill in the shapes with other colors but I really wanted to do some emboss resist as soon as I saw the set.  I embossed it in white then blended tumbled glass, broken china, faded jeans & chipped sapphire distress inks over top.  I added some flecks of water so that the ink would react and create some texture.

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I used some metallic watercolors to fill in select areas of the design and I added some flecks of gold & white watercolor paint as well.  I finished it off with some sequins and a sentiment from the Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set embossed in white.

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For my second card I used the new Summer Swirls stamp set to create a sweet and yummy card.  I stamped a background on pink cardstock with pink ink then popped up my copic colored ice cream cones with foam adhesive.  I also layered some silver thread behind them for some extra fun.

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After stamping the sentiment in black ink I added some dots of pink metallic pen to fill in the background more and finally embellished with clear droplets.

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My final card uses the same layout as the first but for this card I colored the whole background with distress markers then sprayed it heavily with pearlized water. There is a lovely sheen on it which is hard to pick up on camera but very pretty in person.  I think this technique created an aged, faded look which is nice.

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Finally I added a sentiment from the Heartfelt Sentiments set along with some white pearl embellishments. Thanks for stopping by today, the next stop on the hop is Yoonsun Hur

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to FIVE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog or/and Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, July 27th at 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Card/Scrapbook blogs on Sunday, July 30th.

Blog Hop List:
Nicole Picadura

Altenew Arabesque Medallion Stamp Set
Altenew Summer Swirls Stamp Set
Altenew Heartfelt Sentiments Stamp Set

Monday, July 17, 2017

Lawn Fawn Fall/Winter Sneak Peek Week!

It's Sneak Peek week for the new Fall/Winter Lawn Fawn Release and this is a great release! I don't have any cards to share here on my blog because my mojo seems to have gone on an extended hiatus. But be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn Blog all week to see all the new goodies coming your way for the fall & winter season.  In addition to really cute stamps as always there are some fantastic new paper lines coming out and some innovative dies as well! I think there are even some giveaways going on! :)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Lawn Fawn + Tombow Blog Hop

Welcome to your next stop on the Lawn Fawn & Tombow Blog Hop.  If you came from Nichol's blog then you are in the right place.  There is a list of all the stops along the hop at the bottom of this post if you missed any.


For my card I used the Dual Brush Markers with water to create the background.  I created the background by watercoloring in layers using the markers.  For my first layer I wet the watercolor paper first then added the marker ink by scribbling it on the blending palette then picking it up with a wet paintbrush.  I added the drops of ink to the wet background to add a light layer all over the paper. Once my first layer was dry I scribbled some areas on the top portion of the paper then added water but stopped 1/3 of the way down the piece creating a diagonal line between the two layers.  Once dry I did the same with my third and final layer.  I used more marker in darker colors for the very top stripe of sky.  After all my layers were in place I flicked some drops of water on it to create the starry sky.  This piece really started as an experimentation on what I could do with these markers but I liked where it was going to I just went with it!


The images themselves are also colored with the Tombow Dual Brush markers using both a water brush as well as the blending marker to blend my colors together.  I didn't have a grey marker but using the black with lots of water made a very nice grey color.   I added some gold stamped stars and matted everything with a black stitched rectangle. I used Tombow Extreme adhesive to adhere down my large rectangle pieces.  I love that this stuff really sticks and it is what I used for almost all my large background pieces.  It especially works well when you have something like a watercolored piece that may be a little warped and not perfectly flat.

The last stop on this hop is the Tombow Blog.  If you missed any of the designers along the way there is a complete list below.  Thanks for stopping by, have an amazing day!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Thanks Bunches

Today I have a card using the new exclusive Love 'Ya Bunches stamp set.  This set was designed by Lawn Fawn exclusively for Ellen Hutson LLC and it is just too cute!


I paired this cut set up with some Watercolor wishes paper to create a big pile of bananas for my cute little monkey to stand on.  My monkey is colored with colored pencils and blended with gamsol.


I didn't want to cover up the banana pile with my sentiment so I decided to put my sentiment on a vellum banner.  Pick up this cute set of stamps and matching dies while supplies last!  Here is a look at the full set and you can find it HERE.


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