Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Visiting Hip to be Square

Hello all, I am joining the lovely designers at Frilly and Funkie where Cec Wintonyk is hosting their challenge "Hip to be Square" and this is what she says about it....

"Let's go retro and make a project influenced by the brighter colours and/or images and patterns of the hippie era of the late 1960's/early 1970's. Your project must either be square or include at least one square element."

I created a 5 1/4 square card base with layers of square and a new tile die from Spellbinders using some patterned papers in oranges and blues. The patterns and colors remind me of the 60's.
My main focal image is an ATC size watercolor panel that I stamped with versamark ink and white embossed a Prima stamp on to, I then used my Peerless watercolors to paint the background. I love the way it came out.

I added two rows of lace, skeleton leaves and a wire butterfly along with an ombre bow in the yellow to orange palette. Love this ribbon.

For the inside I did a simple layer of more of the pattern paper and a second generation stamping of the same stamp.

Thanks for stopping by to look at my card, I hope you will also visit Frilly and Funkie and check out the challenge. Have a wonderful day.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Splattering, Spritzing and Smooshing

Hello, I know it has been such a long time since I have posted on my blog but I wanted to share what I created this week using the current challenge at Stamps and Stencils where they ask us to use some splattering, spritzing or smooshing. I have created a post it note holder for my craft room with some of my favorite colors and words to inspire me, I also used one of my favorite folds, the easel.
It started with a 5 1/2 inch square of water color paper, I used distress inks in peacock feather, squeezed lemon and cracked pistachio which I smooshed onto a palette of acrylic and after spraying with water I took the acrylic and smooshed it around the paper until I was happy with the colors.

After my water color had dried I used crackle embossing paste through a heart Heidi Swapp stencil, I love the look of crackle especially after dusting it with the cracked pistachio when it dried. There is light stamping in the background with Bo Bunny and Prima stamps using Archival watering can ink. I also tried Autumn's technique and stamped the butterfly and flowers in the lower corner with Perfect Pearls.

My patterned paper is from an old Memory Box pack and my art words are a Stamplorations stamp. After stamping it in Versafine onyx black I trimmed the phrases apart and adhered them to the canvas. I also used some varigated twine , a miniture clothespin with a flower glued to it and a dragonfly from Frilly and Funky with the clasp snipped off. I also found a chipboard piece that blended in perfectly with the colors, I added a bow and clear button.

I hope you enjoy my post it note creation and will check out this fun site.