Monday, May 2, 2016

May Inspiration Challenge {Waffle Flower Crafts}

Hello friends,

A photo inspired Waffle Flower Challenge started yesterday and continues through the May 25.  This month, we are taking inspiration from this pretty sitting room nook.


I was inspired by the colors in the photo to create a card using watercolors and the Potted Stamp Set


I stamped and heat embossed the large succulent planter with white detail embossing powder onto a watercolor panel.  Next I added color using my Zig Clean Color brush markers.  I typically scribble the marker onto a stamp block or plastic pallet and then transfer the color to my canvas using a water brush.  Adding the extra water really softens the colors and allows for more of that lovely watercolor variation.  Once the panel was dry, I stamped a sentiment from the set with gray ink. 

Find out all the details about the May Waffle Flower Challenge here including rules and how to link up.  I can't wait to see what you create! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Life is a Wonderful Experiment

Hello friends,

I have a card to share today that's just for fun.  Last weekend, I went to a crafty weekend with my girlfriends and it was good.  Good to catch up with everyone... good to establish a new set of inside jokes... good to be away from the daily grind... and good to be crafty.  I made a bunch of cards that I will be posting on my blog in the coming weeks, but I also had time to scrapbook and make some project just for fun.  This card is one of those.


I have been experimenting with MFT's Undeniable Chemistry stamp set by Laina Lamb for a few months.  I have made many, many cards with this set that for some reason of another, didn't feel right to me.  Not one to be deterred by past experiences and bolstered by the encouragement of my crafty friends, I decided that I would give it another go.   First I die cut the flasks from vellum and the liquid from watercolor paper so that I could add hue with my Zig Clean Color brush markers.


So far so good, so I decided to line the flasks up in rainbow order and borrow some inspiration fro my layout from Sketch 276 from the MFT Card Challenges blog.  I die cut the white panel with the Die-Namics Stitched Strip and stamped the sentiment with the help of my MISTI.  Finding the gray grid patterned paper in one of my old Studio Calico Project Life kits really made the colors pop.   I thought that the "Life is a Wonderful Experiment" sentiment was truly fitting for this card.  Goodness knows I have done my fair share of experimenting with this stamp set, but that's definitely been part of the fun.

That's all for me today, but if you are interested in checking out more of my projects that aren't featured on my blog (as well as the ones that are), I'd love for you to follow me on Instragram.

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, April 29, 2016

Floral Thank You Card {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

I'm on the Avery Elle blog today with a card I made using the beautiful Floral Frame stamp set.  All Avery Elle supplies are linked below. 

I stamped the Floral image with Versamark onto watercolor paper.  I heat embossed the the image with white embossing powder and watercolored the flowers and leaves using Zig Clean Color markers. 

Next, I die cut the stitched and scalloped banner from the Scalloped Banner Ellements die set.  I stamped the "thank you" sentiment and embossed it with gold embossing powder.


I adhered the banner layers and floral die cut to a Silver Fox note card from the Midnight Collection. I adhered a strip of striped paper from The Neutral Collection paper pad.   As a finishing touch, I added a frosted gem to the center of all the flowers. 

Supplies: 

Well that's it for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration from the Avery Elle team.  

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, April 22, 2016

Floral Canopy Birthday Card {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

I am on the Avery Elle blog today with a card I made using the Canopy stamp set.  All Avery Elle supplies are linked below.


On a panel of watercolor paper, I stamped the large floral image from the Canopy stamp set in navy archival ink.  Next, I added color using my Zig Clean Color markers.  To soften the colors of the markers, I scribbled them onto a stamp blog and then use a water brush pen to add the color the the card.   Stamping the floral image at the top and bottom of the panel made for a pretty busy background, so I die cut "Happy Birthday" from the A Tag for All Ellements in gold and adhered it to a circle cut with the Double Pierced Circle Ellements. I decided to not punch out the insides of the letter loops for a different look and to carry over the gold, I added a little gold spatter ink to the background before adhering the die cuts to the card.  

Supplies: 

Well that's it for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration from the Avery Elle design team. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Succulent Rock Garden {Waffle Flower Crafts)

Hello friends, 

Just popping in to share a quick and easy card I made using Waffle Flower Craft's Succulents stamp set and die.  I paired the Succulents with the Rock My World stamp set for a little indoor gardening. Or maybe I should call it indoor CARD-ening. :)  


There is something so zen and peaceful about rock gardens and even more so when tough little succulents are added to the mix.  On a panel of white card stock, I stamped the smaller rocks from the Rock My World stamp set in earthy tones of moss, charcoal, gray and tan.  Next, I inked up and stamped the succulents.  I rolled the outer edge of the stamps in a darker ink tone to give it a little added dimension.


Speaking of dimension, I used foam tape to plant these little guys in their rock garden.  I adhered the stamped panel to a kraft note card and stamped the "hello" sentiment in black ink.  I just love the Succulent trend- these low maintenance plants are right up my alley, so I hoping this one sticks around for a while. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, April 15, 2016

Sentimental {Avery Elle}

Hello again, :)

I am on the Avery Elle blog today featuring a card using Avery Elle's Sentimental dies and the Double Pierced Square dies. All Avery Elle supplies are linked below.



My card features the Double Pierced Square dies and let me tell you... if you like making clean graphic cards, this die is a must have.  I die cut the connected squares on scraps of cardstock (coral, pink, aqua, light blue, light green, pale yellow, white and black).  I arranged the die cuts into 4 squares which I adhered to a note card and trimmed off the excess.  I had enough scraps left over to make a second card.



I die cut the word "celebrate" using the Sentimental Dies in black card stock and adhered it to a strip of white card stock matted with more black card stock.


Supplies:

Well, that's it for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration from the Avery Elle design team. 

Thanks for stopping by! 
Katie

Party Time {Waffle Flower Crafts}

Hello friends, 

It's Friday!  Time to party!!!! To celebrate, I am over on the Waffle Flower blog with a collection of fun party ideas featuring balloons.

Balloons served as the inspiration for my card, so I pulled out the Congrats stamp set and created a Celebration card featuring a line up of balloons in rainbow colors.   

I did some simple masking to stamp the balloon line onto Bristol smooth paper.  I added color using Zig Clear Color markers and a water brush. 


I stamped the sentiment at the bottom of the card in black in and used a black pen and ruler to draw in the balloon strings.  I adhered the completed panel to a green note card and voila, all done and party perfect!

Please stop by the Waffle Flower blog for even more party inspiration starring balloons!

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie