Many times a year I go out to watch the sun setting. Sometimes in my yard and sometimes I drive to a specific area close to home to enjoy them. I also love taking photos and of course I take lots of sunset photos. I have a very nice point and shoot camera that can go on auto or manual. Funny thing is that this photo came out pretty nice and I just took it with my Samsung phone.
Finally I got one in for the Merry Monday Challenge #240 with the theme of bells. I just got this stamp at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo a couple of weeks ago so I enjoyed being able to use it.
Background – Darice embossing folder Sheet Music.
The mats & image die cut – Spellbinder die Label One (S4-161).
The sentiment – Finding It Trading die. I cut it out of watercolor paper and colored it with a silver Wink of Stella pen. It doesn’t quite look like the bells which are also colored with Wink of Stella so I am thinking it was a different watercolor paper.
The image – Elizabeth Craft Designs Cardinal (RS021). Colored with Zig Clean Color pens and the silver Wink of Stella pen.
I thought I would share these since a lot of us enjoy using stencils. I was looking for some information about programming our heater controller and ran across a folder that said stencils. This is what I found.
The small ones are freebies from Leisure Arts magazine. The green ones are from Ben Franklin and I have no idea when I got them. Some of the holiday ones on the left are from a craft store in the city I grew up in down in Southern California. The ones that were purchased were 99 cents each. Maybe my Mom bought some of these to use but I think I probably did.
Funny how most of them looked like they were never used just like some supplies I have that I bought more recently (over the last several years). They were also made for a different purpose than card making but it is fun to see how for the most part there is very little detail compared to what we use today. I told my hub we could use them to add seasonal decor next to our house address on the curb. Ha.
I stamped these flowers from the Altenew Peony Bouquet set. I just love this set and have made several cards with it. Since I stamped the flowers quite some time ago I don’t remember the inks that I used. The sentiment which is rather crooked is a Simon Says Stamp die called Happy Birthday strangely enough and is cut out of the same brown that is the background for the panel. I guess I was in a hurry when I laid down the sentiment.
These are cards I made in a class at Stamp and Scrapbook Expo that was last weekend very close to me in Pleasanton. It was really nice to have my friend Beth come from Utah to take 2 classes and do some shopping. Always more fun to go with a crafty friend. I thought I was not in the mood to do holiday cards but they were fun and I like the way they turned out. Everything was cut out and some of it is a printed paper panel. We did inking on the snowflakes, snowman, skates, gate, wreath and flowers, the assembly and the glitter highlights. The gate on the second card opens which I would not have thought of doing. They make some awesome stamps and dies. It was fun to highlight with glitter which I don’t usually do to much of. I saw that it makes a big difference if you use the super fine glitter verses the chunkier stuff. Also using the right glue makes it look better too. I like the look of the fine glitter much better.
The theme for today’s Scramble, hosted by Greta, was use at least 2 of these 3 elements:
•Three of something
•Light blue or blue/green color
•Daffodils (any color) or a yellow flower
Ok today was just one of those days. I fumbled around a lot and didn’t quite make it by times up but here it is. Bumps in the road, road blocks, curves, dead ends. I’m just not jiving today. There are a few different flowers stamped and colored and a few backgrounds and card bases. The fun part is I finally came up with a card I liked and I used my Distress Oxide inks.
The card base is inked around the edge with Broken China Distress Oxide ink.
The mat is inked with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink direct ink pad to paper. I sprayed it with water. After it was mostly dry I stamped over it with Hero Arts background stamp Tartan Plaid (CG440) using Broken China Distress Oxide ink. I actually dropped the daisy stamp on it after stamping the flowers on the white paper. I wiped it off with a wipe and cut some off just in the process of making the card so whew at least that got saved
For the flower panel I used Hero Arts stamp Daisies (K5586). I colored it in with Zig Clean Color pens. I then cut the panel out using Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles die set (S5-090). The panel edge is inked with the Broken China Distress Oxide ink. I added a few dots from Queen & Co. that I just got at Stamp and Scrapbook Expo. The flower panel is raised with a foam panel.
So far I am loving the Distress Oxide inks. I like how they look when you spray them or not spray them. They blend nice which is a challenge for me. I like that they are soft creamy colors. I would say kind of pastel but I am not really a pastel fan usually. I have 5 colors so far. I don’t usually buy that many of things when they come out so that tells you something.
I had this background sitting around waiting to be made into something. I was experimenting around one time using sprays on different papers etc. to get some sort of look like Virginia Lu does. I didn’t quite get the same look but I really like this one. I guess you can’t really say any of them look alike but what I am saying is Virginia makes some really awesome sprayed panels that she does different stuff with such as this. Other times I think she sprays a panel and die cuts things from it.
I used Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays for this background I think on watercolor paper. I then heat embossed the two butterflies using black powder. The butterflies are from a Stampendous set called Butterfly Trio. I am not sure that I have used this stamps before. I like how it turned out. The greeting is die cut a couple times using a Spellbinders die from the Sentiments One (S2-082) set.
Recently I was playing around with my Hero Arts daubers and came up with this background. Well actually it was a smaller section on a scrap of paper but I decided to duplicate it. These are the only 3 Hero Arts daubers I have and I happen to really like these colors together.
Background – Hero Arts Long Leaves stencil (SA062). I used Hero Arts daubers in Tide Pool, Butter Cup and Pale Tomato all over.
Sentiment – Neat and Tangled die Hello There cut out twice using fairly thick black paper and stick-it.