April 10, 2017

Concord and 9th - One Layer Challenge


Today I'm joining in with the "Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge", which is the Concord & 9th Challenge Blog.  This week's challenge is to make a (mostly) one layer card.

I discovered Concord & 9th a few months ago through Jennifer McGuire's blog and their stamps and dies are so innovative!  I've had this awesome "Hello Lovely" stamp set (available HERE) for a couple months but haven't shared it here in blog land yet, so today is the perfect opportunity.

I stamped the floral outline image with Versafine Black Onyx ink and then used distress inks with a water brush to watercolor the image.  Then stamped the Hello sentiment and the stamped splatters with the same black onyx ink for a nice crisp image.  I added some white dots to the flower center with my white Signo gel pen.

Then I mounted the panel on to a matching card base for a lovely (mostly) one-layer card!

This stamp set comes with these awesome mid-and half-tone stamps that match the flowers and leaves and they create this faux-watercolor look... very cool.  Haven't tried that, yet, but it's on my list!

Hope you enjoyed today's card - and if you're up for a challenge, why not join in this week's fun, and have a chance at winning a $25 gift card to Concord & 9th!  Click HERE to join in the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ ellen

March 22, 2017

You Are Pretty Amazing - Color Throwdown Challenge


I've been following Amy Rysavy's blog (Prairie Paper & Ink) for the past few months and got intrigued by the Color Throwdown Challenge, so I decided to play along this time.  The colors for this challenge are orange, turquoise and yellow.

I designed this card a few months ago but haven't gotten around to sharing it yet.  I used several products from the "You Matter" release by Simon Says Stamp.   I got the coordinating background stamp, stamp set, and die.  All linked below.

I started by stamping the You Matter background stamp in tumbled glass distress ink on white card stock for a simple, subtle background.  Then I die cut the word "You" from turquoise patterned paper (from one of the SSS monthly card kits) and stamped the "are pretty amazing" with black onyx Versafine ink, which always gives crisp, clear results.  I stamped a few random hearts around the greeting to draw attention to the sentiment and add a little "love" to the message.

I added a strip of patterned paper which I die cut with a ribbon die by Elizabeth Crafts, and then mounted the card panel onto a top-folding A2 size turquoise card base.

To finish it off I added some glossy accents over the "You" and the hearts to add some shine.

I linked to most of the supplies used below.  Hope you enjoyed this card, and if you haven't checked out the Color Throwdown Challenge yet, head on over and join in the fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ ellen

March 10, 2017

Die Cut Coloring Page Cards


I've been looking through some of my older dies lately and came across this great washer border die by Tim Holtz.  I love repeating circle patterns so this washer die really spoke to me.  I was trying to think of a unique way to add lots of color to the die without a lot of tedious work, and once again, coloring book pages came to the rescue!  

I ran it through my Vagabond and adhered it diagonally to the front of a white card panel.  I was able to get several cards out of one coloring book page, but I loved them so much that I've already mailed some of them out to friends before I could take the pictures.

I die due a few sentiments using the Avery Elle "Sentimental" dies from black card stock and placed them at the same diagonal angle on the card front, and stamped the coordinating messages (from the same Avery Elle set) with black versafine ink for a crisp, clear impression.  I love this simple design that lets the colored die cut shine. 

Hope you have a great weekend.  They are calling for SNOW (really??) over the next couple days.  I am so ready for Spring!  

~ ellen.

January 9, 2017

Dimensional Coloring Book Cards


Today I have a few more coloring book cards to share.  As you know, I've been coloring up a storm, and when I completed these pages, they just seemed to lend themselves to adding some dimension, so I got out my detail scissors and did some fussy cutting, added some white craft foam to the different layers, and... voila!

This next set is more geometric...

I'm leaving most of my colored cards blank until I'm ready to send one out, then I just add a simple sentiment for the occasion.

Hope you have a great Monday.  It's C.O.L.D.!!  Stay warm!

~ ellen.

January 1, 2017

Original Sketched Watercolor Cards

Hello and Happy New Year!

I thought I would kick the year off right with a quick blog post.  Hope you all had a wonderful New Year's celebration - I spent the afternoon with a crafty friend making melt and pour candles - the whole house smells like fragrance oils... we used lavender, clean linen, sweet pea and vanilla.  Then had a quiet evening watching the Downton Abbey marathon with hubby - wild times I tell ya!  Hee!

I wanted to share a few finished cards I made recently.  The sketches were done quite a while ago, but I finally finished them with watercolors and turned them into cards.

I did the sketches with a black fine tip pen onto cheap drawing paper (I didn't know at the time that I would use watercolors later... would have gotten even better results using watercolor paper), then used Winsor & Newton watercolors to fill them in, trimmed them down to card size, and matted them with coordinating papers and tiny trips of corrugated cardboard onto a card front.  I will leave these blank on inside and out and let the sketch be the only focus.  Here are a few shots of the individual cards.

First-up, one of my favorite flowers, the California Poppy.

No sure this is an official flower, but it's one of the only truly original flowers that I draw/paint well, and was the basis for one of my flower stamps for PaperArtsy.  You can find it HERE at the Frantic Stamper if you're interested.  Or HERE at PaperArtsy in the UK.

And of course the Coneflower... a classic... this is a super simple version with little detail, but I like it's simplicity.

I've been coloring up a storm lately so I'll have lots of coloring cards to share soon.  Enjoy your New Year's Day!  I "might" need to hit the craft store... just sayin'... :)

See you soon,

~ ellen.