Wednesday, July 31, 2019

You are in my thoughts | Woodblock Wednesday + Guest Designer

Hello and welcome to the fourth edition of Woodblock Wednesday.  Today's project isn't in my traditional style, which I think is clean + simple.  I'm featuring Impress Large Hibiscus [5636H] + retired A Muse Studio In My Thoughts [9-8633C].

My base panel is bristol that has been cut using the Kat Scrappiness Wonky Wavy Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I did quick stenciling with an older memory box stencil and Crushed Olive Distress Oxide.  

The Large Hibiscus has been inked up with Versafine Onyx on Bristol.  Keeping things real, I inked this up before and watercolored it with Peerless but didn't like the overall coverage.  This image is quite hefty so after I had photog'd it [I always make last minute decisions during photo editing], I went back to the drawing board on the main image.  I used the same Versafine and Bristol but instead used 4 different shades of Pink Zigs:

Sugared Almond Pink  |  Peach Pink
Pink  |  Dark Pink

I may have gone a bit overboard with the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Gold but generally when I do paint splattering it doesn't come through in my photography.  This certainly did but I have to tell you, the shimmer is AMAZING.

So, I decided to whip up another project that more closely aligned to my style.  It still uses the beautiful Impress Large Hibiscus [5636H] + a different sentiment, Savvy Stamps - Oh Hello Friend [1481E].

My original intention was to not overlap the hibiscus but I did by accident, stepped back and decided I liked it.

I absolutely LOVE that sentiment.

The pop of color is a Melon Mambo panel by Stampin' Up.

Today, I'm so excited to introduce you to my first Guest Designer for Woodblock Wednesday:

Oh my goodness, don't you LOVE her project?!  She used the same main image [love it inked in pink!].  For all the details on her project, please visit her BLOG + IG.

Thank you so much Kimberly for joining me today!  Her use of bright + vibrant colors is always gorgeous!

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Coffee + Kitties | Evelin T Designs

Hello and Happy Monday!  Can you believe this is the last week of July?  Where is the summer going?  I'm up on the Evelin T Designs blog sharing two cards, here's a peek at one of them.  I'm featuring the Coffee Loving Critters + Coffee Art sets:

I challenged myself to not use any black ink on this.  That's a challenge for me as I stink at no line coloring.  I always gravitate to black with my copics but thought that since this is a coffee themed project, the Memento Rich Cocoa would be perfect.

I started off with some quick stencil work using Distress Oxide - Antique Linen.  I fussy cut the stacking mugs from Coffee Art and the bunny from Coffee Loving Critters.  I've actually been enjoying fussy cutting these days.  It's been super relaxing for me.

My copic colors I used:

Y15 | Y19
BG13 | BG15
E0000 | E51

 My card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches:

Don't forget to pop over to the Evelin T Designs blog to see my other project too!

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Friday with Amy: Avery Elle | Sound the Alarm

Hey, Happy Friday!  I'm up on the blog with a fun birthday card design.  Here's a bit of a sneak:

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Berry Sweet | Woodblock Wednesday

Hello and welcome to another edition of Woodblock Wednesday.   So, I literally whipped this up this morning.  I had a couple ideas swirling around last night and played around with some stamps and paper but nothing was hitting me.  I'm working in slow mode these days and my memory is totally shot, more on that in a smidge.

Today I'm featuring Impress Strawberry Patch [5691G] + Berry Sweet [5692C].  

You'll understand my non-traditional color palette in a bit but for now let me tell you that I love gingham.  I had to pair it up with those sweet strawberries.  I stamped the image out three time and took some extra leaves from the third image to 'fluff up' the berry clusters.

Keeping things real.  I've been using my Zig's a bit more and originally I colored those berries with me grabbing the ink from a scribbled surface.  I'm in cleaning/organizing mode so I have a bunch of the clear packaging from stamp sets.  I scribbled the Zig Pink marker and grabbed the color with my watercolor brush.  Total user error, those berries looked horrible.  I really noticed them while photo editing my first batch of photos.  I promptly went downstairs and colored those berries in via zig to paper directly.  The little orange blooms are via scribbled surface.  The leaves are zig to paper directly followed up with the Zig blender...people, you need this in your life.  Thanks to Toni for introducing me to this miracle blender.

The images have been stamped on Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock.  It can take light watercoloring...anything more than that and it starts to pill.

I was inspired by Color Throwdown:

I challenged myself with that particular image and the color challenge, yipes, no green?  I actually like the grey leaves, it certainly makes the berries pop!  I tied it all together with the Cement Gray cardstock base.

My card was inspired by THIS card.  It originally inspired THIS earlier card of mine.

You know what's 'funny' about this card?  This is my third installment of Woodblock Wednesday and somehow I didn't remember my first post used that same strawberry image [sigh].  I have soooo many woodblock stamps and I use the same image twice in 3 weeks.  Oh well, I had fun using it, both times.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you join me again next Wednesday when I'll be teaming up with a fabulous Crafty Friend.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Belated Birthday Wishes | My Favorite Things

So the other day I scooped up some My Favorite Things stamps over at  So much fun, I inked up Flowers in Bloom + Bitty Birthday Wishes.

I love seeing all the MFT DT inspiration for the Flowers in Bloom set and decided I really loved them colored in aqua.  I'm a sucker for Aqua + Peach.  The copics I used:

YR00 | YR01
G00 | YG41
BG13 | BG15

The Memory Box stenciled background uses the Dried Marigold Distress Oxide.

Love using Cement Gray Cardstock.  I'm channeling my inner Joy Taylor.

I know that I can't be the only one but I'm perpetually late on birthday cards.  Sigh.  This is for a dear friend that celebrated a birthday earlier this month.  I think that sentiment will be a staple for my birthday cards.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Friday with Amy: Avery Elle | Colorful

Hello!  I'm up on the blog with a fun + colorful project.  Here's a bit of a sneak:

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Coffee Loving Cardmakers + Graciellie Design Collaboration Hop

The Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Design Team is so excited to be hopping with Super Sponsor Graciellie Design in celebration of National Tea Day!  If you hopped here from the, Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog then you're right on track.  If you stumbled upon this post, make sure you start on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog.  

Make sure you leave comments along the way for more chances to win!  There will a $25 Graciellie Design Gift Code!

I had so much fun with the Tea for the Soul set:

First up is the "Fill Your Cup" card:

I printed the main images on Canson Watercolor 90 lb  Cold Press paper.  This works beautifully with our laser printer, doesn't get jammed.  I used my Zig Clean Color Markers with that beautiful Tea cup image.  

I generally feed my digitally printed images through my Scan 'n Cut but this time I fussy cut both.  Sometimes I find it therapeutic to hand cut.

I used a coffee ring stencil in the background, that has been inked up with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide.  

The pattern paper on both cards is a vintage Stampin' Up pad, Moonlight Designer Series.  I love the color palette.

Next up is my shaker card:

I colored this image with the same colors as my first card.  This tea cup is a bit darker.

Can I tell you that this shaker sounds especially glorious with those big iridescent sequins?  Gotta love the sound of a shaker card!

That's it for me, next up is my fav teamie,  Robyn Jordan!

The full listing is available on both the Graciellie Design + Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Greetings | Woodblock Wednesday

Hello and Welcome back to Woodblock Wednesday.  I'm going to be honest, I didn't think I was going to have a project for today.  This card took multiple tries but I'm happy with the overall outcome.

Let me introduce you to the stamps:

[retired] Art Definition - Stampers Anonymous - V1-929
Antique Bee and Flowers - Hero Arts - K6224
Greetings from the Northwest - Impress - 5254D

I had a heck of a time with that Stampers Anonymous text design.  I tried with both dye ink and distress oxide and settled with the Distress Oxide Pumice Stone on Reverse Confetti Stone cardstock.  

I heat embossed the Antique Bee and Flowers image with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl.  I absolutely love the kind of all goes with the uneven text stamping. 

That stone panel was stamped on both sides so while I was giving it a go on the 'original' side, I didn't realize the backside picked up ink from my work surface...sigh.  I then proceeded to use the backside for what ultimately became my front panel.  It all goes with the distress look don't you think?

Before you go, guess what the girl and I did on Sunday afternoon:

For you green thumbs, it doesn't seem like a big deal and you're probably shaking your head thinking it's late in the season to do this but I'm so happy with how they turned out.  Honestly before this, there were dead sticks in there...LOL.

I have yet another plant for the inside of the house too.  I couldn't resist the coffee drinking gnome:

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