Watercolor

Art Impressions | Pumpkin Spice

Hi-ya,

Today I’ve got a watercolor card to share with you using the Stamptember special edition AI Pumpkin Spice stamp set. This image is adorable – these ladies look like the best of friends chatting over their lattes. Don’t you just want to know what story she is telling? Here is the video of what I came up with:

Here are some still shots of the finished card:

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I followed the packaging art for where to add in the shadowing but added some brighter colors to my scene.

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Such a cute sentiment – it’s definitely pumpkin latte season.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, hope I was able to give some inspiration. xoxo, Sarah


13 Days of Halloween

13 Days of Halloween – Day 1 | Stamping Bella’s Oddball Frankenstein

Hello everyone,

I’m here today with my first Halloween card of the season. I saw these new oddball stamps from Stamping Bella and while I wanted each and every one, I narrowed it down to this guy. Isn’t he just delightfully grumpy?

I always love a reason to pull out my watercolors and Stamping Bella images are some of my favorites to use them with. I’ve left in most of the coloring process – if you’re just interested in putting the final card together you can skip to the 3-minute mark.

Here is the full video:

And here are still shots of the finished card:

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Wasn’t sure what I would do with this sheet of glittery webbing when I picked it up but it was irresistible and I love how it looks as a background. The thick strands were easy to add glue to.

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I decided to keep the inside simple and just stamped a repeat of the monster using some Lawn Fawn Grape Jelly Ink.

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I stamped this image on Fabriano 140# Hot Press paper with Versa Fine Onyx Black Ink and heat set that with some Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail Clear embossing powder.

As always, thanks for stopping by. xoxo, Sarah


10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

10 Cards | 1 Kit – SSS August Card Kit (Part 2 of 2)

Hi There,

I’m back with part 2 of my 10 Cards, 1 Kit using the Simon Says Stamp August 2018 card kit. These florals are absolutely gorgeous and I had so much fun coloring all the images. Here are the rest of the cards I created:

Here are close-ups of the finished cards:

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This peony image is so beautiful and that background stamp was exactly what I needed to finish off the shabby chic look for this card.

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I love the look of a watermarked stamp, I really need to remember to do that more often.

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Ink: Simon Says Stamp Intense Black

Prismacolors: 912, 913, 989, 988, 1060, 1061, 1013, 928

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So sweet and simple, this mason jar is lovely. I just let the image shine here on its own and added the twine bow at the top to finish off a pretty country look.

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The top portion of this flower pot would look great all along the border of a card.

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Ink: Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige

Prismacolors: 122, 922, 1013, 1009, 995, 994, 912, 913, 989, 988, 992, 1086, 289, 1014, 122, 923

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This picket fence stamp is great to add to your scene building stash. Though it does take quite a bit of work to cut it out if you want as much detail as I do.

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I kept the inside simple since the outside was so detailed a grabbed a red ink to match that poppy flower.

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Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo

Copics: R17, YR07, RV66, RV63, YG45, YG25, E15, E13, E18, YR02, YR04

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These watercolor cards ended up being my favorites of the bunch (along with the rainbow card from yesterday).  I really like this technique of laying down the watercolor and letting it do its thing.

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I run out of ideas for the inside of cards sometimes – I think this is the first time I’ve mixed the different sentiment colors and really like the way it came out.

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As you may have guessed, the copics were my favorite way to color the poppy flower. Here I placed that wreath around an opening so you could see the sentiment on the inside. This would also be a great way to make a shaker card.

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I finished off the inside sentiment using some cardstock to match that poppy color and placed them so you wouldn’t see them through the opening.

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Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Copics: R17, YR07, YG45, YG25

So that will finish up the cards for this kit and whew, I’m feeling at least a little bit caught up now. I’ll be working on the September kit this week and get those videos up for you soon. Hopefully before the October kit arrives. I’m also putting together a Halloween kit – more on that soon, so stay tuned! xoxo, Sarah


10 Cards 1 Kit

10 Cards | 1 Kit – Love From Lizi July 2018 Card Kit

Hello there,

Hope you’ve all had a great weekend! Mine was cards, cards, cards – I completed the planning, filming, editing, voiceover (and now blog post) all in one weekend which I think is a record for me! I was just having so much fun I didn’t want to stop. Lucky for me I don’t have to because my SSS July kit came in the mail yesterday, lol. I think I’ll wait until tomorrow to start devouring that one.

As you know I’ve been eyeing the Love From Lizi Kits for quite some time now and was thrilled when they invited me to be a guest designer this month. I really enjoyed using all the stuff in the kit and there is probably enough leftover to make 10 more cards. Here is the video of what I came up with:

Here are some stills of the finished cards:

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The sand was such a great addition to the embellishment bag – it gave some fantastic texture to this scene. Isn’t that frog adorable?

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Ain’t that the truth?!? I am a beach girl and very much looking forward to my trip to Myrtle Beach this October!

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This card is my favorite. I LOVE that background stamp and was really pleased with how the coloring turned out.

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I love a punny sentiment.

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Zig Colors: 69, 21; 75, 72, 64; 94, 900, 901; 42, 49

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So cute! I love those little guys and the dimension of the decoupage is fantastic. I added the little wooden ship wheel under the puppy’s paws to make it look like he is steering.

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I used Lawn Fawn’s Milo’s ABC’s to spell out “you and me” so the full sentiment reads “By the sea, you and me.” I thought the font matched the thinner portion of the sentiment on the front really well.

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The photos don’t do this paper justice – it’s super sparkly and just gorgeous. I had originally planned to have 3 cones with the sentiment, but that background paper was so busy I decided on adding just one. I added some white cardstock behind that pink ice cream die cut to make it a strawberry/vanilla swirl.

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I used an old paper pumpkin stamp set to add this “Happy Birthday” sentiment and then added in some slots for a gift card.

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I was so disappointed when I saw the sand had shifted in front of those seashells. I thought I had figured it out!! Stay tuned, I’m going to sit down with this again and see if I can come up with a fix for you.

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Again, I love that punny sentiment and how about that gorgeous starfish paper? It was my favorite of the kit!

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This guy is too fun. I thought that frog was just adorable so I used him on quite a few cards. Here I’ve got him floating in the pool using a mini wobbler.

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Yes, indeed it is.

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This is my second favorite card of the kit. It took quite a bit of time to make but it was well worth it to have those doors open to reveal that lounging frog!

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Since the front was so detailed, I kept the inside super simple.

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This card will probably go to my niece – she loves the beach just as much as I do and will love all those little guys chilling in their beach chairs.

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Love that cat sleeping along the border there.

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This is a tie with the earlier stamped background card as my favorite. I love the subtle stamping for the beach and couldn’t be happier with how my ‘waves’ turned out.

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Since I used the Lawn Fawn Mermaid ink to dye the texture paste, I decided to continue that color on the inside.

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Again with the frogs – just too cute. I will probably send this to my nephew, I think He’ll get a kick out of them.

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Love that little guy splashing down in the inner-tube.

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This kit is already sold out, but you can still get the decoupage pages and a few of the other items on the Love From Lizzie website. I’ve linked what is available for you below.

As always, thanks for stopping by to check out my cards. Let me know which was your favorite in the comments!


10 Cards 1 Kit

10 Cards | 1 Kit – SSS February Card Kit (Part 2 of 2)

Hi-ya!

Hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend. It rained all day today (I’m typing this late at night, so to me it’s still Saturday) but that’s ok – it made for a cozy kind of day. I’m back with part 2 of the Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit. I think this second batch of cards is my favorite, so without further ado here is the video:

Some stills for you:

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I’m really happy with how this desk card came out – mine is SOOO much messier though!

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I used to be so fearful of cutting stamps, but once you jump in and do it you see how easily they go back together again.

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I almost never use embossing folders anymore – this card kit might get me back into them!

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It felt a little funny stamping this sentiment in black, but I think all the cameras added enough color for it to make sense.

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I wanted to include all kinds of craftyness with this card kit so I was glad I figured out a way to showcase painting.

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I have several friends from art school who would love this card – I may have to make a few more!

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This is my favorite of the bunch. It took me almost 2 hours to put this together but the end result was WELL worth it. Not sure who is going to get this beauty yet, but it will definitely go someone who will appreciate the time it took to make.

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I googled quilting sentiments and when this one came up, I thought it was perfect.

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The white overlay stripes really helped to sharpen up the lines of the quilt blocks.

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Super simple, but really fun. I think.

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The inside needs a little more. I may go back and add some stitching lines or a stamp or two of the scissors before I send it.

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Loads of dimension there, no foam tape necessary.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my cards. xoxo, Sarah

 

Here are some links to the additional products I used today:

Misti Precision Stamping Tool: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Simon Says Intense Black Ink

Lawn Fawn – Peachy Keen Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Lawn Fawn – Lobster Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Lawn Fawn – Fake Tan Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Lawn Fawn – Sunflower Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Lawn Fawn – Freshly Cut Grass: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Lawn Fawn – Minty Fresh Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Lawn Fawn – Deep Sea Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Lawn Fawn – Juice Box Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

American Crafts – Aqua Pigment Ink:

Sizzix Big Shot: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

MFT – Blueprints 32 Dies

Lawn Fawn Stitched Gift Card Pocket: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

ATG Gun: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

1/8 Inch Scor Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

1/4 Inch Scor Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

1/2 Inch Scor Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Stampin Up Foam Strips

Post It Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Fiskars Paper Trimmer: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Fiskars Fingertip Craft Knife: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Scissors: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Tonic Mini Guillotine Cutter: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Score Board – I’m using a Martha Stewart version (retired). You can still get them but the prices are outrageous. I’ve heard good things about this one but I have not personally used it.

Tim Holtz Ruler: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

I’d Rather Be Crafting 12 x 12 Paper

DCWV Cork: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

I’d Rather Be Crafting Tags & Ephemera: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

I’d Rather Be Crafting Ephemera: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

DMC Floss #3814

10 Cards 1 Kit · happy holidays

12 Days of Christmas | Mama Elephant – Yeti Christmas

HELLOOOOO

This is going to be a super quick one! My days at work are getting crazier and crazier as the week goes by so who knows what tomorrow holds. I keep staying late and that pushes me later with my filming, wrapping, baking etc. But…next week I’m on VACATION and I’m so ready. Today I’m working with Mama Elephant’s Yeti stamps – these are super cute, I ordered them right away and have way more ideas of things to try, so this might end up being a Christmas series tradition…

For those of you who maybe just like to look at the photos below…you should check out the video today:  (hint hint)

And here are the stills:

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He’s so cute!!

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I’m seriously ready to put those snowflake sequins on everything – you’ll probably see them again this series.

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That script font is to die for right?

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It’s such a feeling of satisfaction when I can match an ink color with card stock so closely. Is anyone else obsessed with that?

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Thanks so much for stopping by. xoxo, Sarah

 

Here are some links to the additional products I used today:

Misti Precision Stamping Tool: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Mama Elephant – Me & My Yeti

Mama Elephant – Sentiments form a Yeti

Simon Says Intense Black Ink

Lawn Fawn Ink – Mermaid: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Sizzix Big Shot: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

MFT – Blueprints 32 Dies

Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Bristol Paper: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

ATG Gun: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Glue Dots: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Stampin Up Dimensionals

Zig Glue Pen: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Ranger Multi Medium Matte: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Ranger Distress Rock Candy Glitter: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

(099, 049, 021, 041)

MFT – Sno Cone Card Stock

12 Days of Christmas · happy holidays

12 Days of Christmas | Art Impressions -Dairy Christmas

Whew…my day at work was so busy today, it was nice to unwind a bit doing this watercolor. Something about watercoloring in tiny spaces relaxes me, lol.

I found this Dairy Christmas set a while ago and had to purchase it, my Aunt loves chickens so this will be her card this year. I wasn’t sure what to do with it since the stamp I wanted to use is a bit smaller than what I usually watercolor, so first I thought I’d just make a mini card, but then I thought why not go bigger? I tend to always want to add things, but I try to stretch myself and leave white space every once and a while and this time I think it worked out.

You can check out the process video here:

And her are some still shots:

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Extra long. Extra cute.

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LOVE me a pun.

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I stamped this again after I was done watercoloring and it was slightly off, not off enough to ruin it, but enough to drive me crazy. I should have known better, the watercolor warped the page, so even though I left the stamp on my misti, it just didn’t work. Don’t do what I did.

Thanks for stopping by today. xoxo, Sarah

 

Here are some links to the additional products I used today:

Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Misti Precision Stamping Tool: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Art Impressions – Dairy Christmas: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Simon Says Intense Black Ink

Kuretake Watercolor Set: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Fiskars Paper Trimmer: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

 

Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

MFT – Poppy Card Stock