Today’s Ways to Use It Challenge is to use washi tape. Actually, I think the challenge may have just been to use tape, but that translates in my head to “use up some of that washi tape you’ve been collecting”. I needed a card for my godson’s birthday, and, well, you’re never too old for Baby Yoda, am I right? I bought this “Baby On Board” set from The Ink Road Stamps purely because I wanted to put hats on his head. The party hat is from a Fiskars birthday set. I printed the sentiment and stamped on Fabriano Hot Press paper, so I could watercolor him with my Spectrum Aqua markers:
So quick and easy. I said that I bought this stamp set to put hats on Baby Yoda, and while that is true, I also couldn’t quite resist this image that I put on the inside of the card. The sentiment is one of my favorites from the Power Poppy “Short Stacks” stamp set.
For the background, I dug through my little drawer of washi tape and picked out the most silver, metallic, space-age tapes that I have. I thought it would look the best randomly taped over a galaxy-type background. For this galaxy background, I grabbed a piece of blue cardstock and randomly sponged a few different blue and black Distress Oxide inks all over it. Then I smeared some black Stickles around the paper and finished with a splatter of white acrylic paint.
I’m entering this card into two “Anything Goes” challenges today:
I made these cards for this week’s Color Challenge. Mary gave us some lovely colors this week that were just perfect to play with my new turnabout stamps.
I matched these Stampin Up colors the best I could with Distress Oxides and Spectrum Noir/Copic Markers. I substituted Peacock Feathers and SN BT5/AB3 for Just Jade, Mustard Seed and Y08/Y15 for Bumble Bee, and Worn Lipstick and SN PP3/PP4 for Rococo Rose.
I’ve been wanting to try these Concord & 9th Turnabout Stamps for some time now and finally got some thanks to smilynstef. She ran a giveaway on her Instagram and I won. What a fantastic box of goodies I received!
These sweet hedgehogs by The Ink Road Stamps were also in there. I also can’t wait to try out those color layering hummingbirds. But in the meantime, I am obsessed with the Turnabouts:
In addition to all those fabulous stamps, I also received some really great paper pads:
Lots of fun bright colors–right up my alley. And she included quite a few different fun embellishments:
Wow! Stef’s crafty goodies found a good home here and will be properly loved.
Today’s Featured Stamper is Martinaskaartjes. What a fun gallery Martina has. I had such fun browsing for a card to CASE. When I found this one I knew it was the perfect opportunity to use both the seagull stamp set and this die that I keep forgetting I have.
Thanks for the inspiration, Martina! The inside of my card is “How gull-ible do you think I am?” Hehehe.
And Stickles add just the right amount of sparkle:
I was one of the lucky winners of an earlier Waffle Flower Weekly Challenge and I picked up the coordinating dies to this Heatwave layering stamp set. I was really glad to get these dies since these stamps aren’t very easy to cut with my ScanNCut. You know that I find it important to order some extra stamps when a company is kind enough to give me free stamps, so be on the lookout for the rest of my new Waffle Flower stamps in future cards!
I matched my colors the best I could using Distress Oxides and then did my best to match to some cardstock. They are sending friendship notes to seniors in nursing homes. And to really stick with the sewing/stitches theme, I did some wonky stitching with my sewing machine.
You may know that my company was recently acquired by Farmers Insurance. I’m excited to be part of Farmers now and this week at Farmers is “Spring Into Service Week” and we’ve been introduced to the GlamourGals #MYDEARFRIEND card campaign. Click on the link to sign up and send notes of your own!
Also, I had a pleasant surprise this morning when I woke up to find that Barbara chose my card as her favorite from last week’s Color Challenge. It was another Waffle Flower card and was a really fun one to make:
I got a chance to use my brand new stamps from Honeybee Stamps! I was a lucky winner of the Loads of Spring stamp and die set in their giveaway for the Kit and Clowder Facebook group!
Of course, when a stamp company is kind enough to send you free stamps, it’s important that you buy some extra to support them. I got some great deals, plus and extra freebie! Stay tuned for cards using these sweet stamps!
These stamps were fun to color, easy to die cut and made such a cute card. And as always, it wouldn’t be finished without a little sparkle:
Today is Inspiration Challenge day. Kia gave us Burnett’s Boards to browse for inspiration today. Sure was overwhelming. There was so much great stuff to look at. I ultimately was drawn to the hand-lettering board and found this:
It’s been awhile since I did any hand-lettering, so I thought today was a good day for it. I was a little shaky and out of practice, but I’m happy with the result. I took a photo of the sentiment before I finished the card and scanned it to create a PNG file that I can use on other cards. I did a little bit of editing and used LunaPic photo editor to get a transparent background. You can save it to your own computer and use it yourself if you like it:
Isn’t this Kraftin Kimmie image so fun? She makes me miss going to the gym so much. I cut her out with my ScanNCut and colored with Copics (Skin: E11, E00, E000 / Hair: E23, E25, E29 / Clothes: C10, C5, T4, T2) and Spectrum Noirs (Clothes: CR6, CR4 / Floor: TN4)
The current Kraftin Kimmie Challenge #576 is to Use a Circle. So I sponged a little circle spotlight behind my fun gal. I colored the floor with a marker and swiped Distress Inks across it for a wood look. Kept it pretty clean and simple today.
Today’s Watercolor Wednesday was really fun and easy. We followed this video for how to watercolor a field of lavender. It’s just the right amount of loose, random watercolor that’s right up my alley. I set myself up like I usually do for Watercolor Wednesday, with two pieces of Fabriano Hot Press and my Spectrum Aqua Markers scribbled onto my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion:
First steps were to wet the paper and paint a very loose background using the wet on wet technique. The artist then sprinkled sea salt onto her paper. I don’t have sea salt. I tried kosher salt. It didn’t make nearly as big a splash as hers did. I really should get some sea salt.
After it dried, we applied more defined grasses, stems, and flowers, as well as some splatters. It was nice to see my lavender field form:
After I finished, and set my paintings aside to dry, I did my clean up routine. I hate to waste the pretty colors left on my art station, so I spritz them with water and mop them up with some pieces of cardstock. The layers upon layers of mopping up ink, or cleaning off stencils make interesting backgrounds that I keep in my background drawer for die cutting or other use on future cards.
I finished my card by lining the border with gold Wink of Stella and adding a bit of splatter with it. And I added my sentiment by stamping the “Thinking of” from a Papertrey Ink sentiment and a Catherine Pooler die cut from black fun foam.
I stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist and embossed with clear EP. Then I sponged Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberry, and Spun Sugar based on the MFT Color Challenge #163.
I thought it would be a good idea to splatter some water on it, but it wasn’t. Oh well. It’s fine. It needed a critter and I guess I have bunnies on the brain since Easter is coming tomorrow, and I turned and spotted the MFT Sunny Vibes stamp set hanging nearby.
Today’s challenge is Graduation/Congratulations. I do need a graduation card, but I needed a Congratulations card more. My nephew got engaged this week!
I got the digital image as a freebie last year from Jessica Lynn Original. It’s based on the move Tangled, which I know is one of Maggie’s favorites. They are both into cartoons and fantasy, so I thought they would appreciate this fairy tale theme. And I had a lot of fun coloring up the card to match their photo.