Friday, March 30, 2007

Technique Friday!

It's Friday! And you know what that means! It's time for Technique Friday! :)
I know, I know, it's late! But hey, it's 10:59 p.m. so technically it's still Friday! LOL

Anyhow, this weeks technique is Faux Stitching! I got the Crafter's Tool Kit thanks to the enabling of my friend Belinda who also happens to be my SU demo, who also happens to be my upline. LOL She has been demoing the tool kit for a few months now and I just had to have it! What can I say, she's good at her job. LOL So I decided this week would be faux stitching! I had to make an Easter Card to send to DD so I figured I would go ahead and make her card using faux stitching and it would kill two birds with one stone so to speak.
Supplies: (Most items are Stampin Up!) Pretty In Pink CS, Barely Banana CS, Whisper White CS, Crafter's Tool Kit, White Gel Pen, Baskets Full Of Fun Hostess Set, Tags So Much Hostess Set, All Year Cheer Set, Basic Black Ink, Various Stamping Write Markers, Q-Tip, Moss Gingham Ribbon

I got the long envelopes (6.75X3.5) recently and have been wanting to do a long card. So I made a card for my secret sister reveal package that was very similar to this. (only a few changes, but I forgot to take a pic of that one before sending it to her, but my main image was different and I used glitter on my SS's card, and a different sentiment) Anyhow, I decided to start out with Pretty In Pink since it was a spring time Easter Card. I cut my CS to be 6.5 square. Then I scored it at 3.25 and folded. This makes my finished card 6.5X3.25 so it fits perfectly into the envies I got! Then I put down a scrap piece of paper and stamped the flowers from Baskets Full Of Fun using Versamark ink on the right side of my card and then on part of the bottom. I then went over this with the Pretty In Pink pastel by using a Q-Tip. I then took my Paper Piercing Tool from the Crafter's Tool Kit and used that (along with the included guide and spongey thing) to make my even holes. Then I drew white lines where the holes were to create my faux stitching. After that I set the card aside and stamped the bunny from Tags So Much onto my Whisper White CS using Basic Black Ink. Then I colored the bunny and eggs using my markers. I don't remember exactly which colors I used though, sorry! Then I matted this with Barely Banana CS and attached it to the card. It was missing something so I got out my Moss Gingham (not sure of the maker but it's non-SU) and added that under the bunny. To finish it off I stamped Happy Easter using Basic Black Ink in the upper left side of the card. And Viola! A cute Easter card for DD!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

My First Bella Cards!!!

I was playing with the Bella images that Alli sent me the other day. So I had to post what I made. I actually made all three of these the same day that I got the package from Alli but I have been busy since and haven't been able to post. So here are my Bella cards! :)

I love this first one, the colors are a little different then what I would normally pair together but it turned out so darn cute! This is DH's favorite of the ones I have done so far. He says the Grumpabella is perfect for me. *insert raised eyebrow smilie here* (Dude! How should I take that? LOL ) You can't see it in the scan but her robe is actually watercolored Bashful Blue.
Supplies for Grumpabella card: Apricot Appeal CS, Bashful Blue CS, Watercolor Paper, Print Pattern BG, It's Your Birthday Set, Grumpabella, Apricot Appeal Ink, Basic Black Ink, Paper Piercing Tool, White Signo Gel Pen, Watercolor Crayons, Aquapainter

This next one is going to a special friend! I swear it doesn't look this blochy in person.
Supplies for Javabellas Card: So Saffron CS, Pretty In Pink CS, Watercolor Paper, Print Pattern BG Stamp, Sincere Salutations, Javabellas, So Saffron Ink, Basic Black Ink, Watercolor Crayons, Primas, Brad, Aquapainter

And you know I had to do a purple and green card right? So here it is! The flowers in the BG are from the foam stamps that Alli sent!
Supplies for Flowahbella Card: Mellow Moss CS, Pale Plum CS, Watercolor Paper, Foam Flower Stamp, So Very Set, Flowahbella, Watercolor Crayons, Mellow Moss Ink, Basic Black Ink, Paper Piercing tools, White Signo Gel Pen, Aquapainter, Moss Gingham Ribbon

These all look so much better in person! I am totally hooked on Bellas now and I have to get some! Thanks Alli for sending me all these images! Can't wait to create more! *grin*

On a side note, I finally got the last of what I needed to finish Allison's gift and I have been finishing up Leah's and Dorinda's. DH is on leave right now so I haven't been spending much time stamping. We have plans tomorrow but I plan to spend Saturday putting the finishing touches on everything so I it can all go postal next week!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Wonderful mail day!

I have had the most wonderful mail day! I got the sweetest package from my friend Alli!! All the way from England!! Thank you Alli! You totally put a smile on my face and brought tears to my eyes with your sweet words and kindness. Check out this package! Alli was so kind to send me some great foam stamps, some way cute Jolee stickers, an awesome pack of brads, a yummy box of chocolates, and adorable card! And a HUGE stack of stamped Bella Images!!! I can make Bella cards now!!! Yay!! Thank you so much Alli! If you haven't checked out Alli's blog, Rubber Rambles you have to! She does awesome work! Here's a close up of the card:

Didn't I tell you I had awesome friends! And boy are they talented! Thank you Alli!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Technique Junkies Friday!

I am this month's featured stamper on A Shade Of Blue. I entered a contest and I won so I became the featured stamper. My winning card was a glitter window card. Someone on ASB asked me how I did my card so I thought that Glitter Windows would be the perfect technique for this weeks challenge. Here is my sample card. (Sorry for the bad pic, it looks better IRL. My camera is on the fritz so I had to use my scanner)

Supplies: Whisper White CS, Barely Banana CS, Banana Ribbon, White Organdy Ribbon, Colluzle Oval cutting system, French Script BG Stamp, Heartfelt Thanks Set, Everyday Flexible Phrases Set, Certainly Celery Marker, Apricot Appeal Marker, Packing Tape, Double Sided Tape, Dazzling Diamonds, Barely Banana Ink, Basic Black Ink

First I used my cutting system and oval template to cut an oval window in my Barely Banana CS. Then I inked my French Script BG stamp using Barely Banana Ink and inked up my window piece. After that was done I placed that over my Whisper White CS (don't attached yet) where I wanted my window to be. Then I inked my flower using Apricot Appeal on the flower and Certainly Celery on the stem. (I don't have a Barely Banana marker so that's why I used AA) Then I huffed on it (remember to remoisten the ink before stamping) and I stamped it through my window. This is so when you pull it away your image can be seen through the window. Then I removed the window piece and inked up the outline of the flower with Basic Black ink and stamped that on top of my flowered image. Now comes the glitter part. Then you take your packing tape and attached it to the back of your window. When you flip your window around you should be able to touch the sticky part. Then you sprinkle the glitter (I used Dazzling Diamonds from SU) onto the packing tape. The glitter will attach to the sticky part of the tape. Tap of the excess and put it back in your glitter container. This actually takes very little glitter. Then you take your double sided sticky tape and attach it to the back side of your window and attach that to your image piece. You should now be able to see your previously stamped image through your newly created glitter window. Finish your card as desired. I finished mine by attaching my window to my Whisper White card base and adding some Banana ribbon and then some Organdy ribbon to the left side of my card and stamping then "thanks friend" in the bottom right hand corner with Basic Black Ink. And Viola! A glitter window. It sounds more complicated then it is. It is actually sooo easy! You can also use small punches of different shapes and sizes to created multiple windows.

This is my winning card from ASB:
This is a card that I did for a VSN on SCS, it shows the glitter window technique with multiple windows:

Speaking of VSN!!!! Stop by SCS tonight and tomorrow! It's VSN time!! What is VSN you ask? Why VSN stands for Virtual Stamp Night. Every few months on SCS we have a Virtual Stamp Party. Every hour a new challenge will be posted. You have 45 minutes to complete that challenge. Here is a link to the VSN forum on SCS where you can see complete rules and it's also where the challenges will be listed!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


So I just couldn't live with that last card! I had to redo it! Here is the card with some adjustments. It's better, but still not great.

No More Mojo!

Where oh where has my mojo gone, where oh where can it be?! It's official, my mojo is gone! Waaaaaahhhh! I thought I would try my hand at the sketch challenge today on SCS and then decided to combine it with the color challenge on ASB. This is my yucky results:

O.k. so it isn't terribly yucky, but still. My only consolation is that it looks better in real life.

Supplies: Watercolor Minis Stamp Set, Words Of Wisdom Stamp Set, Aida BG Stamp, Pale Plum CS, Certainly Celery CS, Whisper White CS, Perfect Plum Ink, Lavender Lace Ink, Certainly Celery Ink, Basic Black Ink

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Hey look! 50 posts!

Well, I have actually made it to 50 posts on my blog! Cool! LOL

O.k. so my real reason for posting is, I tried my hand at a few challenges today. The cards are way easy so I'm not going to go into details. I'll just give you supply lists.

Card #1:
For the TLC challenge on SCS The challenge was to do a coffee and cream card (a.k.a. a card using only chocolates and vanillas, but the catch was, it couldn't be a card with coffee related things on it.)
Supplies: Close To Cocoa CS, Very Vanilla CS, Close To Cocoa ink, Chocolate Chip ink, Chocolate grosgrain, Chocolate primas, Sincere Salutations Stamp Set, Watercolor Minis Stamp Set

Card # 2:

For the color challenge on SCS and the sketch challenge on ASB. The color challenge was to use Really Rust, Brocade Blue, and Marigold Morning. I don't have any Marigold Morning so I used So Saffron.

Supplies: Really Rust CS, Brocade Blue CS, So Saffron CS, Whisper White CS, Basic Black Ink, So Saffron Ink, Really Rust Ink, Brocade Blue Ink, Mellow Moss Ink, Always Artichoke Ink, Bluebird Grosgrain Ribbon, Aida BG Stamp, Watercolor Minis Stamp Set, Everyday Flexible Phrases

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Sneak Peek!

I have finally finished the top secret project I have been working on for one of my blog readers. I still can't post it. Sorry! I promise I will post it sometime in the next few weeks though.

Since I am done with that project I decided to start on the contest winners blog candy! I started with Allison's. No, she wasn't a winner but she was so sweet to link my contest to her blog and I just thought I would do something for her to show my appreciation. So, I have done as much of hers as I can. I have to order something to complete it so until that item arrives, it's as completed as I can get it. Allison told me that she would love anything using earth elements. So I used Old Olive, Basic Black, So Saffron, Really Rust, and Not Quite Navy. I hope she likes it! I don't want to post a pic of the completed project until I have finished it all the way and it is at least on the way to her if not received by her. But I thought I would give a little sneak peek.
Now to go switch the laundry and get to work on cleaning the house! I don't know if I ever said anything (I know some of you know) but my sweetie has been gone for 6 weeks and he is coming home tonight! Yay!!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Friday's Technique Challenge

It's friday!!! And you know what that means right! It's time for Technique Fridays! :) For today's challenge on ASB I decided to do my favorite Technique. My favorite technique is DTP (Direct to Paper) Here is my card:

I recreated a card I made a couple of years ago for a Virtual Stamp Night challenge on SCS.

Supplies: Always Artichoke CS, Very Vanilla CS, Always Artichoke ink, Sahara Sand ink, Creamy Caramel ink, Always Artichoke marker, Elegant Eggplant marker, French Script BG stamp (SU), Stipple Stencils (SU), Sincere Salutations (SU), Vanilla Ribbon, Artichoke stitched ribbon

After I decided I wanted to do DTP for today's challenge a card I did a couple of years ago for the collage challenge for a VSN popped into my head. So I decided to recreate that card and add a few changes. So I started with my Very Vanilla Piece and stamped my French Script BG stamp onto it using Sahara Sand ink. Then I took my stippled stencils set and stamped the block randomly onto my VV piece using Always Artichoke ink. Then I used my markers to color the vine and grapes stamp from the same set and stamped that randomly. Now, here comes the DTP part. I took my cardstock and dragged it along the Sahara Sand ink pad on all four edges of the cardstock. Then I did the same with the Creamy Caramel ink (because I like the antique-y look that Creamy Caramel gives). DTP is that simple! It just gives your piece a slightly aged, yet elegant look. Then I decided to age it some more and use my stampin' sponge to sponge some of the CC and SS inks onto the BG. After that I added my ribbon. First I put some vanilla grosgrain that I got from one of my Secret Sisters. Then I layered it with some Artichoke stitched ribbon that I got from another Secret Sister. Then I stamped Thinking Of You from Sincere Salutations onto another piece of VV cardstock using AA ink. I decided to distress and age this piece a little as well so I DTP'ed the edges and sponged this piece as well using the CC and SS inks. Then I layered it with AA cardstock and added it to my piece just over top of the ribbon. Then I added the whole piece to my AA card base and Viola!

So what did I change from my original card? Well on my original one used slightly different ink colors, I didn't use ribbon and my sentiment was Happy Anniversary from All Year Cheer 3.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Sunday's projects!

O.k. so I needed to stamp and new sample for Friday's technique challenge. It was polished stone remember? So being the purple and green nut I am, I chose those colors. Well that, and I only have a few reinker colors and these were the only two that really went together. LOL
The marble effect from the silver reinker is so much better in person. Anyhow, here is what I did:
Mellow Moss CS, Perfect Plum CS, White Glossy CS, Aida Cloth BG, So Very, Chipboard, Button, white grosgrain ribbon, Black Staz-On, Mellow Moss reinker, Perfect Plum reinker, Silver reinker, Versamark, Mellow Moss Craft ink, Perfect Plum Craft ink, glue dot

First I took my glossy white CS and did the polished stone tech. I explained in Friday's post how to do that so I won't go into detail. Anyhow, once I got the effect I wanted I mounted it to my Perfect Plum CS. Then I decided to use some of the chipboard that my DH got me for Christmas. So I took out my Craft inks and dyed my chipboard the color I wanted it to be by pressing the chipboard directly on the ink pad until I got the desired color. I had to do the flower twice because it didn't cover completely the first time. (stubborn chipboard) Then I added some ribbon by looping it through the holes in the Moss chipboard piece. After that I added the flower by using a glue dot and then added the button to the center of the flower. (Wait until the ink is completely dry or the glue dot won't stick-- ask me how I know. LOL) Then I added the ribbon and chipboard to the polished stone piece. I liked it kind of near the bottom and off center (cause I'm slightly off myself *no comment from the peanut gallery*) but then there was alot of space at the top. I have been wanting to do a card using my So Very set since I saw my friend Alli's card on her blog (link at the right) early today using that set. So pulled that set out and stamped the So Very directly onto the polished stone using Black Staz-On. Then I went to add the stoned piece to the card base but thought that would be too plain. So I took out my trusty Aida BG stamp and stamped it onto the Moss Card base using Versamark. There, that was nice and subtle, I thought. So I then added the stoned piece to the card and then stamped the word Blessed at the bottom, again off center, because, well, that's me (I said no comment from the peanut gallery) using my black Staz-On. And Viola!

I also stamped a card for my niece who is expecting a baby girl at the end of the month.
Supplies: Paper flowers (white from Making Memories, pink from American Crafts), Yellow bling brad (MM), Pretty In Pink CS, Whisper White CS, White Grosgrain ribbon, Pretty In Pink ink, Versamark, Aida BG stamp, Delight In Life stamp set, Mini Mates stamp set

This card was easy. All I did was stamp the small flower from Delight In Life on the Whisper White CS using Pretty In Pink ink. Then I stamped the Aida Cloth (yes, I like that stamp. LOL) using Versamark onto the Pretty In Pink CS. Then I attached the two. It needed something to separate the two layers so I added some White Grosgrain ribbon and then added a small bow. Then I tried some paper piercing in the right hand bottom corner but that just looked yucky so I covered it up using my flowers and a yellow bling brad in the middle. I loved the look so I left it as is. On the inside I stamped Welcome Baby! from the Mini Mates stamp set. And Viola! Quick, easy, and darn cute (if I do say so myself!)

And the winners are......

So I realized that today was the 11th which means that yesterday was the last day for my blog contest. So today is the day to announce the winners!!! I have been overwhelmed by the response and I hope that you all have enjoyed reading my blog. I randomly put all of my subscribers into a spreadsheet and then I called my DH on the phone and had him pick two numbers. So the winners are:

Prize 1:

Winner: Dorinda (godsill7602)

Prize 2:

Winner: leah4837!!!!

Congratulations ladies! Email me at jandscrown at yahoo dot com with you color choices and your snail mail addy!!

If you didn't win this time, there is always next time. I plan to do another contest in a couple of months.

Also, since alot of my subscribers came from Allison I have decided that I would like to give a little something to Allison too. So Allison, if you will email me with your snail mail I will get something out to you as well!!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Technique Fridays! Polished Stone!

I know I am posting this early. I have a doctors appt. in the morning so I won't have time to post the technique challenge to ASB until after my appt. and after all my errands. So I figured I would post it now. After all, it's 1:30 a.m. so it's really Friday. lol Anyhow, I have been working on a project so I haven't had time to do stamping for anything else. (I can't post the project for a while because the recipient is a blog reader.) Since I have been so busy I didn't have any time to do a sample for the weekly technique challenge. So I dug way back into my stash of cards and found this one.
I made it a looong time ago so I apologize that it's so old. I promise I will try to find sometime to do a newer sample of the weekly technique. Anyhow, the weekly challenge is Polished Stone!

Mellow Moss CS, Basic Black CS, Glossy White CS, Brighter Tomorrow stamp set, Lovely As A Tree stamp set, Mellow Moss reinker, Jet Black Staz-On, rubbing alcohol, cotton ball

My card is very easy so I won't go into detail on how I made it. I'll just give you the directions for this fun technique!

1. Add a few drops of metallic re-inker randomly on your glossy cardstock. (I didn't do this step for this card.)
2. Soak your cotton ball with rubbing alcohol.
3. Add about two drops of each classic re-inker color onto your soaked cotton ball. (I only used one color for this card.
4. Dab the cotton ball over your cardstock.
5. Continue dabbing until you achieve the look you want. (If you are using multiple colors, the rubbing alcohol will cause the reinkers to blend. The metallic reinker -if used- will sit on top of the color and make your background look like marble.)
6. Let your cardstock dry and then seal with an acrylic sealer.
7. Finish your card as desired. If you choose to stamp directly on the polished stone piece Staz-On is the best ink to use. You can also use your polished stone piece as a background rather then stamping directly on it.

And Viola! Polished Stone!

I promise, as soon as I get the project I have been working on done and given to the recipient I will post it.

Only today and tomorrow left for my blog contest! I pick the winners on Sunday! Don't miss it! Click here for more details!

Monday, March 05, 2007

I know, more changes, but look! It's an owl!

I know, I know, I changed my blog again. Didn't I tell you I like to change things around. (Btw, my mom told me to tell you all that she still changes her house around every 6 months. LOL) Anyhow, my real reason for this post is to show you something that I created last Thursday but I had it in my book (funny how bookmarks end up in books lol) and I kept forgetting to scan it. So, as you know I am a huge Harry Potter fan. Well since I am re-reading all the HP books (for like the 6th or 7th time) in anticipation of the 7th book coming out this summer, I thought I would make a bookmark, just for my HP books. I know, I'm a little nutty, but hey, that's why my friends like me. LOLSupplies: Burgundy CS (don't know the maker), Whisper White CS, Basic Black Ink, So Saffron Ink, Going Gray Ink, Magical & Mystical Stamp Set (SU), Stars stamp (SU Incentive stamp), Blender Pens, Square Punch, small corner punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, Burgundy and Yellow Grosgrain Ribbon (yup, from the ribbon share that Jody did *wink*)

First I cut my Whisper White CS to the size I wanted it. Then I stamped the owl and the sentiment using Basic Black Ink. Then I randomly stamped the stars stamp. I then took my Going Gray ink and squished the pad to the lid to create the pool of ink in the lid. Then I took my blender pen and used the newly created ink pool to highlight parts of my owl. (You can see this a lot better in person) I highlighted my stars (and parts of the moon behind the owl) using this same technique and my So Saffron ink. After I was done with all the stars I mounted my piece to the Burgundy piece that was cut just slightly larger then my white piece. I then took my Square punch and punched a piece out of my scrap burgundy, then I used my corner punch on two of the corners in my square. Before attaching this piece to the top of my bookmark I folded it almost in half and I used the horizontal slot punch to punch my holes in the square. Then I attached it to the top of my bookmark (where the fold is) and again used the horizontal punch to punch the holes in the rest of my book mark. (using the slots I had already punched in the square as a guide of where to punch the other hole). Then I took my ribbon and attached it through the hole. And Viola! A Harry Potter themed bookmark in Gryffindor colors! *grin*

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Less then a week left!

Don't forget about my blog contest! One more week left! Scroll down to last Sunday's post for details.

Sunday's Projects!

I worked on some projects today and I thought I would share.

Project #1: Viola Picture!

Supplies: Whisper White Cardstock, Basic Black Ink, Viola Stamp Set (SU), Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, Black frame with mats from Dollar store

First I stamped the chef from Viola onto my Whisper White CS with Basic Black ink. Then I used my watercolor pencils and Blender pens to color my chef. I started out by drawing the color along the edges of the image. Then I pulled the color into the middle using my Blender Pens. After I was done with the chef I decided it was missing something so I stamped the sentiment from Viola on the bottom. Then I put it in my Dollar Store frame. And Viola! Finished!

Project #2:I made this for the reveal package for my Secret Sister on SCS. I filled it with embellishments. I hope she likes it.

Supplies: SAB Simply Scrappin' Kit, Pink Ribbon (from my ribbon share with Jody!), Paper Flowers from making memories (brad included in package), Pencil Box (99 cents from Michaels), Modge Podge, Brush, Whisper White CS, small corner punch, 1/16 hole punch, red tape, glue dot

First I took the stripped paper from the SAB SS kit and I cut the pieces to fit my Pencil Box. Then I used the brush to apply the modge podge little by little to the box adhereing the paper as I went. After I was completely done I went over the box with a thin layer of modge podge and let dry to seal the box. I noticed I had gotten a few smudges on the bottom of the box so I attached a piece of Whisper White CS to the bottom of the box using the same method I did with the stripped paper. Then I took the green square that says Create from the SS kit and attached it to a piece of whisper white that was cut to be just smaller then the green square. Then I used my small corner punch on three of the corners to mimic the rounded corners on the green piece. Then I used my hole punch to make a small hole on the left hand side of the square. I took my two sizes of flowers that came in the package and put the yellow brad through them and then put the brad through the hole I had just made in the square. I used my red tape (SU Sticky Tape) to attach the ribbon going all the way around the box. I then used a seperate piece of ribbon to tie a bow in the front of the box. I attached the box down with a small glue dot so the box wouldn't unravel and slide around. And Viola! An inexpensive, yet lovely pencil box.(if I do say so myself *giggle*)

Friday, March 02, 2007

A Special Birthday

My mom asked me to create a card for her Mother In Law's Birthday (my stepdad's mom). My mom said she likes quilting and the color blue so I used a card that I had done for my mom using this Rocking Chair from TAC as inspiration, making some minor adjustments of course.

Supplies: Whisper White Cardstock, Bliss Blue Cardstock (I had a spare piece that I needed to use), Bliss Blue Ink, Basic Black Ink, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Kit, Signo White Gel Pen, Rocking Chair (TAC), Ribbons (TAC), Fresh Fillers (SU), color pencils

First I started with my white card base (5.5 X 7.25), then I stamped the faux ribbon stamp from TAC using Bliss Blue Ink. Then I stamped my rocking chair onto a piece of white cardstock (5.25 X 4) using Basic Black Ink. I colored the rocking chair using color pencils and then matted the image piece onto my Bliss Blue Cardstock (5.5 X 4.25). I went to put my mono adhesive on it so I could attach it to the card and decided the card would look too blank so I took a piece of scratch paper and put it over where I stamped the ribbon. Then I stamped the Fresh Fillers onto the bottom part of the card again using the Bliss Blue ink (removed the scratch paper after that, the paper was just there so the fresh fillers stamp wouldn't effect where I had already stamped the ribbon). I decided it would still need something so I used the Bliss Blue to DTP the edges of the card. Then I decided to stick with the quilting/sewing theme and add some faux stitching. I took out my trusty mat kit and punched holes around the edges of the Bliss Blue Cardstock and then used my White Gel Pen to connect the dots and create the faux stitched look. Now it was time to use the mono to put the card together! Viola! Not my best work, but it's not bad either. *wink* I hope this is what my mom had in mind.

Technique Junkies Friday!

So if you have been following my blog you know my news from last Friday. If not, I'll tell you. I head up the Friday Technique Challenge on A Shade Of Blue. So each Friday I pick a challenge and do a sample card and post it on ASB. In addition, each Friday I will let my blog readers know what that challenge was and share my sample with you! So this week the challenge was watercoloring! Here is my sample!

Supplies: Gable Green CS, Positively Pink CS, Whisper White CS, Gerber Daisy (TAC), Canvas BG (SU), I'm not sure the name of the sentiment set but it's from TAC. Pink and Green Ribbon from a ribbon share with Jody a.k.a. Texasjodylynn (link to her blog). Versamark Ink, Basic Black Ink, Positively Pink Ink, Certainly Celery Ink (Gable Green ink was too light), So Saffron Ink, Blender Pen.

First I stamped my flower onto my Whisper White CS. Then I watercolored it using my blender pens and ink pads. (To do this you squish your ink pad before opening it so when you open it you have a pool of ink in the lid that you can use for watercoloring.) I loved how the watercoloring gave a dimensional look to the petals so I wanted to bring that color out. So after mounting my image to a piece of Positively Pink CS I decided to use pink ribbon as my main color ribbon. So I wrapped the pink around the CS then adhered it to the back. Then I took a piece of pink ribbon and green ribbon together and tied them to the front. I like tying ribbon off to one side instead of in the center because (in my opinion) it just gives it a little something extra. Anyhow then I went to attach the image piece to the Gable Green card base but I saw it was going to look kind of blank so I pulled out my Canvas BG stamp. I didn't want it to stand out, just kind of add a subtle look to the card so I stamped the BG stamp onto my card base using Versamark ink. Then I attached my image piece and finished it off by stamping the sentiment on the bottom using Basic Black ink. And Viola! Finished!

I'm going to send this to my friend Robyn (Chatter Robyn *wink*). I hope she likes it.