Fall Thanks

I really enjoy participating in Kathyrac's coloring challenges.  I created the front card panel in today's project during the Fall 2015 30 Day Coloring Challenge and here is the final card - finally!  The design is inspired by the Starbucks cup that Kathy colored during that challenge.  This was very fun to do since I love to color with Copics so much!  In fact I have at least one more stamped panel waiting to be colored!  

The images are from an older GinaK set called Sunkissed Autumn and the thanks die cut is from the MFT Many Thanks die cut set.  

Fall Thanks 8.29.16

Thanks for visiting and happy inklings!

Trish

 


Smile!

Today's project is an entry in the Simon Says It's Hip To Be Square Challenge featuring the Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers and Happy and Smile Stamp Sets.  

First, I cut a square from Smooth Bristol cardstock and white heat embossed the flowers around the perimeter of the square.  The flowers are watercolored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  The greeting is heat embossed with gold in the center of the panel.  The center panel and card base are splattered with paint.  Also, I used a Jennifer McGuire trick to add emboss "splatters" to the card base.  Just put some water droplets, added embossing powder and heat set.  Pretty good trick!

Smile 8.28.16

 

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Trish


Essentials by Ellen Warm Fuzzies and All Inside

Today's project is an entry in the Essentials by Ellen Pin Sights Challenge - here is the inspiration photo.

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I decided to use my newly arrived Essentials by Ellen Warm and Fuzzies set along with the Essentials By Ellen All Inside Set.

Hugs 8.22.16

First, I colored the bear with copics, inspired by a post by Dawn Woleslagle on the WPlus9 Blog.  I wanted to try to achieve a lighter color for the bear - it always seems like my critters end up being too dark.  I liked how it turned out!  After cutting him out with the matching die, I adhered him to a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock that I had masked off and loosely watercolored.  The greeting that the bear is holding is from the Warm Fuzzies set and was white heat embossed.    The Hugs greeting is from the All Inside set stamped with black versafine ink embossed with clear embossing powder.    

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Trish


12 Giftable Tags of Christmas # 2

Today's project features the Mama Elephant Reindeer Games set and is part of my series of Christmas Tags for 2016.  First, I prepared the tag by cutting one of the tags from the Large Tag die from Simon Say Stamp using navy cardstock.  Then to give it more night sky dimension, I sponged on some Black Soot Distress Ink with an ink blending tool.  Next, I used the SSS Falling Snow Stencil and some white pigment ink to create the look of snow.  The cute reindeer and pine tree from Mama Elephant Reindeer Games are colored with copics and cut with the matching die.  To finish off the tag, I put a snow border under the reindeer using the MFT Snow Drifts Border Dies.  A little Wink of Stella finished off the snow drift.    

Reindeer Games 8.17.16

This project will be entered in the Simon Says: Make for the Border Challenge.

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Trish


Lawn Fawn Smart Cookie - Graduation Card

I made today's project several months ago for a family friend that was graduating from high school.  First, I used the Lawn Fawn Smart Cookie stamp set to stamp the cookie and graduation cap, then used the matching dies to cut them out.  The cloud border at the bottom was cut from patterned paper using the Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud die.  Also from Lawn Fawn, is the Script Congrats die.  I used two of the die cuts and offset them a bit.   The greeting on the inside really pulls the card together saying "You're One Smart Cookie."

Congrats 6.17.16

 

Congrats inside 6.17.16

 

This project will be entered in the Lawnscaping Challenge Punny Time and the Simon Says Challenge Make For The Border.

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Trish


Mama Elephant Woodland Gifts

Today's project is another entry into the Simon Says: Let's Go Wild Challenge.  I love critter stamps and the bear and bunny in the Mama Elephant Woodland Gift set are great!  The look on the bear's face so cute!  The background was masked off on all sides and then I used my new Clarity Stencil Brushes to make a soft background with some distress inks.  Love using the stencil brushes - they made the putting the color down very easy.  

All the images - bunny, bear, log and balloon were colored with Copics.  To give the balloon more dimension, I added some glossy accents.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

Woodland Gifts 8.15.16

 

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Trish

 


WPlus9 Unforgettable

WPlus 9 Unforgettable is one of my favorite stamp sets!  I colored one of the elephant images for Kathy Rac's recent 30 Day Color Challenge.  Here is the finished card after I added a background, balloon and sentiment.    For the background, I used a cloud die to cut some masks and then blended on some Distress Ink.  I wanted the card base to match the front panel so I used the same ink to color the edges.  

Unforgettable 8.14.16

 

This project will be entered in Simon Says Stamp Lets Go Wild Challenge

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Trish


Wishing You Lots of Happy...

Today's project is a piece that I started during one of Kathy Rac's 30 Day Coloring Challenges.  The flower images are from an older set of cling stamps from Hero Arts Luscious Bold Flowers.  I stamped the flowers in Distress Ink and then smudged each flower a bit with a damp water brush.  I used a Distress Marker to add a little accent color to each flower.  The background is lightly watercolored with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Happy and Smile set. I added a little sparkle with a Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen. 

Happy 6.27.16

 

This project will be entered in the Simon Says Add Some Shimmer Challenge

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Trish


Essentials By Ellen All Inside

I'm all about stamp sets that have critters - especially bears!  And this bear is special because the die cuts out his arms so he can hold things.  I decided to use the Essentials By Ellen All Inside set to make my husband's Fathers Day Card.  The sentiment "You Are My Sunshine" is great!  This project will also be entered in the Essentials By Ellen June Pin Sights Challenge.  Here is the inspiration picture...

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And here is my project...

 

First, I applied some blue and yellow ink with an mini ink blending tool.  Then I stamped all the images and colored them with copics.  I used the dies to cut the shapes and popped everything up with foam tape.  The "Sunshine" sentiment is stamped directly on the background and the "You are mine" sentiment is white heat embossed on black cardstock.

 

You Are My Sunshine 6.22.16

 

Thanks for visiting and happy inklings!

Trish


Graduation Centerpiece

Just thought I would share the graduation centerpieces that my daughter, Katie, and I made for my son's graduation.  It is simply a mason jar with a sand filler.  We used BBQ skewers to as the "sticks" for the different decorations.  Katie wrapped the neck of the jar with some jute twine.  They were fun to make!

Graduation Centerpiece 6.17.16

Thanks for visiting and happy inklings!

Trish