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Such a beautiful day!

I have been loving the weather we’ve been having the past few days. I’m not a lover of a lot of heat and humidity, so temps below 80 degrees Fahrenheit and lows in the 50’s are greatly appreciated! I also love dedicating time during the day to making things for people who are special to me (and sometimes for charities that work to make people I don’t know feel special), but today I’m sharing a card I made for someone who I used to work with. She was the kind of person who made me feel special and appreciated and respected so I wanted to make her a card to let her know I was thinking about her.

I am a slow cardmaker, so this card was created over the last week. It all started with this sketch from My Favorite Things:

It sparked an idea because I knew I had some border dies from My Favorite Things that I could use the create the curved lines at the bottom of the card and I wanted to do some ink blending so I got to work.

Here’s the finished card so you can see what I am talking about it while I describe its creation:

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(All products are from My Favorite Things unless I specify another brand name.)

I used Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB Smooth Solar White for the background ink blending. I started with cutting the curves from Stitched Basic Edges 2 Die-namics (retired) and then ink blending them using Gumdrop Green and Elf Green (retired) inks with my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes. I was OK with some variation in color because I thought it would add some texture and interest.

The sky was done with the Sun Ray Mix-ables Stencil from My Favorite Things (retired – but similar to Sunrise Radiating Rays Stencil) I blended Pineapple ink onto the background and used the stencil to add the Orange Zest layer which I let fade out as I worked away from the sun at the center. With so much going on in the background, I could keep the card fairly flat, which makes for easy mailing.

Next up came the flowers. I used Versafine Onyx Black Ink with stamps and Die-namics from the Beautiful Day set (retired) on Arches 140lb hot pressed watercolor paper. The flowers were painted using my Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Color Set and my Silver Black Velvet Brush Size 4 Round which was great in the tight spots. I tried to keep it a bit loose and I wanted to have the colors stay generally bright.

I created enough flowers and mushrooms to add some to the envelope.

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The sentiment is also from Beautiful Day, stamped with Onyx Black Ink on vellum and die cut with the Starburst Sentiment Strips Die-namics (retired).

I hope at the very least that this card makes my friend feel appreciated and hopefully it’ll also bring a smile to her face!

I’ll be entering this into Simon Says June Instagram Challenge which is Ink Blending, as well as My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #493.

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Thanks so much for sticking with me. I like to share what I’ve used just in case someone reads this and wants to make something, too. I hope you have many beautiful days ahead!

Ruth

 

 

Artists’ Watercolor 101 Day 4

Hi! This is my 5th post about Altenew Academy’s Artists Watercolor 101 for Paper Crafters class. Today I am sharing the day 4 homework project and admittedly I am the least satisfied with this project. The goal was to use watercolor wet on wet for the background and to use light glazing to color in images on top of that. I was trying for a bright and happy feel by using warm colors for my wet on wet background as well as for my glazing. I think in the process I created a background that didn’t really impact the flowers that were painted on it because the background was too light. This definitely could use some more playing and experimenting. Here’s what I created:

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I tried to use mostly yellow in the background because I know from color theory that using green on top of red will really dull the green and I wanted things to remain bright. I think I maybe should have gone for a more intense yellow in the background and it might have had more of an impact.

The stamp I used is called Exotic Garden and at times I had to use my #2 round brush to get into some of the really tight areas since my Silver #8 round was much too big for them. The stamped image was heat embossed with gold embossing powder. (A smaller {possibly #4 round} Silver brush is definitely on my wishlist. I do have a #4 brush as well as a #6, but they don’t come to a point the way my Silver brushes do so I really feel like upgrading might be a good plan.)

The sentiment is a Sizzix die from Stampin’ Up cut from the gold foil Altenew Specialty Paper Sampler and the twine and sequins were from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to continue to work on the next homework which is no-line watercoloring, but I definitely need some kind of deadline and less time commitments for me to do so… I will share my progress on Instagram.

I’ll be linking this up for the Altenew Educators “For the Love of Flowers” Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway. I love that all my watercolor homework has involved flowers because they are so very lovely and perfect for so many wonderful people who I know and love. Anyway I hope you have a chance to join in!

Ruth

 

Artists’ Watercolor 101 Day 3

Hi! I know that it seems like it’s been a while, but basically I was working on the painting portion of homework for 3 days worth of the Altenew Academy Artists’ Watercolor 101 for Paper Crafters class since last I posted. Today I finally assembled two of the cards for the class and I am still working on the watercolor portion of Day 5’s class, which is really taking a while but is hopefully well worth the effort. I also am trying to get as much done now while my daughter is still at school since she’ll be home for Spring Break at the end of this week and I have all my supplies set up in her room so I don’t have to put everything away each time I work. It’s such a time-saver.

Let’s get to the project!

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I used Shades of Purple, Cherry Blossom, and Fiery Sunset for my Ombre background. I really love Fiery Sunset as a color and could not resist using it in my Ombre. I stamped and used white embossing powder on the sentiments from the Mega Greetings 3 stamp set and the images were stamped in Lavender Fields and Forest Glades ink and are from the Watercolor Roses stamp set. All of the above supplies are from Altenew and I’ve linked to them for you.

I once again couldn’t resist using the Nuvo Dream Drops in Cloud 9 for a little bit of shimmer and dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are having a lovely day!

Next up: watercolor wet on wet background with stamping and glazing on top

Ruth

P.S. I forgot to mention there is a linky party going on for Altenew to celebrate their Certified Educator program. It’s called For the Love of Flowers and that is definitely something I can get on board with!!! Check it out (I’ve linked it a the name of the challenge.)

Artists’ Watercolor Day 2

I’m back. I’ve never enjoyed doing homework as much as I am for this Artists Watercolor 101 for Paper Crafters class. It’s so much fun and pretty quick and easy.

The focus was on using watercolor paint to color and shade a stamped and embossed image. I chose the Altenew Build-A-Flower: Magnolia stamp and die set. This set allows for so many options from how to color the flowers (you can used layered stamped images to fill in the flowers, stem, and leaves or you can color using the outline only.) It also includes a ton of options for sentiments. I bought this set for its versatility and I am very happy I did!

My image is heat embossed with white embossing powder to create little pockets for the paint to sit in. I felt like the white was a good choice for this image since I love the soft colors of magnolias over the more intense ones.

Here is the completed stamped image along with the color swatches I hurriedly added after I was done painting:

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I did add some white over the top of the green because I love how magnolia buds are fuzzy and I wanted to try and create that look.

I will enjoy practicing doing shading more in the future, but I am generally pretty happy with how this turned out!

Here are some images of my finished card:

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For the background I cut a piece of 110 lb white cardstock with the Altenew Ornate Cover Die. I’ve added the sentiment (from the same stamp set as the flower) in Cotton Candy ink from My Favorite Things and the accents were created with Nuvo Dream Drops in Cloud 9.

Now to figure out who to give this to. I think I probably could have made a dozen of these and maybe had enough to send to all the wonderful people who this applies to!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope all is well with you and that you are feeling inspired yourself!

Next lesson is an ombre background.

Ruth

Artists’ Watercolor 101 Day 1 Part 2

I have to say it’s hard to complain about anything on a day when the sun is shining brightly in Illinois in late February and I get to make lots of rainbows with bright happy colors!

As I mentioned in my post yesterday I have received my Altenew Artists’ Watercolor pan set so today I played with them. And as I mentioned above they really brought me so much joy! Such a great selection of colors and I can’t wait to paint more with them.

First I created a chart looking at transparency/opacity of the colors.

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(see what I mean about bright and happy colors?)

Our instructor, Emily, shared a way to make a simple chart using the pan wraps and lines drawn with a black waterproof marker (I used a Bic Mark-it because they are acid free and I don’t mind the odor.) It’s really convenient that the pan wraps are sticky so they just adhere pretty easily to the chart! I also made a swatch chart with the names of the colors in same rainbow order that you find them in the palette that will fit inside the palette at the same time as this transparency/opacity chart to save time. All the pans have the names of the colors printed on them which is really awesome, but the chart helps when you just want to pick the colors you are looking for.

Here is a closeup of some of the biggest revelations when it came to transparency:

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Pure White was to be expected, but Summer Afternoon was a bit of a surprise

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Also surprising was Fall Harvest

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And Lapis Lazuli had less transparency than expected along with Shades of Purple to a small degree.

Next I created a chart for a limited number of colors for glazing. I used Red Cosmos, Warm and Cozy, Summer Afternoon, Rain Forest, Sea Shore, Lapis Lazuli, and Shades of Purple, which were the same colors Emily used in class.

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I struggled a little with keeping the colors on the first layer from mixing as I added the color on top. It is possible that the first layer wasn’t dry enough or that I had too much water in the my paint for the colors. In retrospect I might do this chart again with more space between each line of color. That might help things as well.

Next up: Making a card with a stamped and watercolored flower!

Thanks so much for stopping in! Have a fabulous rest of your day and enjoy leap day tomorrow!

Ruth

Artists’ Watercolor 101 Day 1

I love taking online classes and when Altenew announced a new watercolor class I decided it was definitely one that I wanted to take. I’ve taken a few Altenew classes and have really loved what I’ve learned, but they are also very inexpensive and are generally pretty easy to at least watch all the lessons when they go live. My challenge comes with actually applying what I’m learning by doing the ‘homework’. I always feel inspired and thankfully there is time after the lessons go live to complete the homework but I don’t always commit to doing it. This time even though I don’t have the Altenew brand paints the instructor used I decided to just go ahead and start in on some of the lessons. So these are part of my ‘homework’ from day 1 of Artists’ Watercolor 101.

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Emily Midgett was showing different techniques to use with watercolors and how different the paints can look just with different techniques. I’ve used Daniel Smith watercolors for these exercises. Quinacridone Pink is on all of the panels except the lower right. I’ve added Permanent Yellow Deep and Carbazole Violet in the lower left and Carbazole Violet in the lower middle. I used Quinacridone Coral, Transparent Pyrrol Orange, and Permanent Yellow Deep in the lower right. I am least excited by how the wet on wet section came out – definitely need to work on my technique there, but I’m in love with the Ombre panel. I think I might be doing a whole lot with this color combination in the future!

Next I was thinking ahead to the next lesson and decided to work on finding a green that I thought would go nicely with the Quinacridone Pink for leaves of the flower I was planning on painting as well as what color would layer up nicely on top for shadow. This is what my experiment looks like.

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I started with Green Apatite Genuine on the two left swatches and Sap Green on the two right ones. I then added Indanthrone Blue to both greens and then Carbazone Violet to both greens. As I expected, the far right swatch turned out very brown because Sap Green has a lot of yellow so color theory told me that adding violet would make brown. I am undecided as to whether or not I’ll go with the Sap Green with Carbazone Violet or not.

***During the time between when I started the swatching and when I was writing this post my Altenew Artist Watercolors arrived, so I should be able to use the same colors that Emily used in class going forward. I’m glad I tried this, though, since I own these Daniel Smith colors and I am sure I can use this information in the future!

Thanks for stopping in! I’m looking forward to getting to know my new Artist Watercolors through the coming exercises and projects!

Ruth

Ho, ho, hope you’re having fun!

I’ve been so inspired by Tracey McNeely’s The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019! It’s been hard to focus on other Christmas tasks when there are so many ideas running around in my head, so I’m here with one more tag.

Day 16 brought in Waffle Flower as the sponsor. This one was a little bit of a no-brainer since I own the Waffle Flower die that was used to create this fun tag, but I kinda needed easy-peasy and my inspiration came from Rebecca Keppel. She used felt on her Waffle Flower Santa Tags die tag and also backed the felt with paper for easy writing, which I thought were wonderful choices! Check out her blog for her fun design!

I tweaked a couple of details, but essentially this die creates this specific design so there’s not a whole lot of space to get too original.

Here’s my take:

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I used the Waffle Flower Santa Tags Die set. The red layer is red felt, the white is coconut velvet paper from s e i, I used a shiny black paper for the belt and pearlized cardstock in silver for the belt buckle and buttons. I decided to sandwich the ribbon between layers and I sewed the buttons on the front of this tag because hey, why not? Well, I realized later on that maybe I should have used red thread because I could see the white thread on the backside of this tag. Here’s a tag back without sewing:

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I love how the felt looks through the letters from some MFT tag die sentiments!

These were so much fun! I can’t wait to make the rest of this set (I’m making sets of ten to give as gifts to family and friends.)

I hope you have lots of time and inspiration for getting crafty! Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Ruth

 

 

 

 

 

Tag along with me!

Hi, again! Thankfully for me, the Christmas season is also the challenge season so I’m here to share another challenge that provides tons of inspiration! These challenges really make it easy to create lots of (hopefully) wonderful projects to help to celebrate this most wonderful time of the year! My plan is to use what I create to share joy. I hope it works!

This time the inspiration is coming from Tracey McNeely’s The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019. Each day of inspiration comes from a specific stamp company or shop. Check out the details on the link above – you won’t regret it!

The inspiration for today’s tag comes from Day 1 when Altenew was the sponsor. Svitlana Shayevich shared this tag:

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I loved pretty much everything about this from the colors to the graphic nature of the design. I also knew I had the elements necessary to create something similar so I went digging through my supplies and came up with a plan.

Here’s how mine turned out:

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Three different sentiments from a Close to My Heart stamp set.

I really liked the elongated banner shapes, so I extended my MFT banner tag die to make it work. I decided on gold cardstock from Recollections instead of kraft and I added a piece of washi from Paper Source to act as a base for the sentiment since my numbers were harder to read with the sentiment over them. Number dies are from Lawn Fawn and the snowflakes are from Concord & 9th. The sentiments are from CTMH and Elle’s Studio. The ink is from Altenew – hey, I didn’t even realize I actually did use something from the sponsor for this day! Small victory!

Here are the other two sentiments:

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Elle’s Studio sentiments – it was definitely fun to be able to vary the sentiments for this set of tags!

Well, I think that about wraps up this post (see what I did there ‘wraps’!)

I hope you feel inspired or at least excited about creating for Christmas!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and a very Merry Christmas!

Ruth

Hi! Remember me?

OK, so it’s not that I haven’t been creating, I just haven’t been blogging. I enjoy contributing to the Caring Hearts Drive and when I saw a sketch challenge that encouraged me to use products I have to create cards for this drive I thought it would be a fun thing to blog about!

The sketch is from the Wednesday Sketch Challenge at My Favorite Things.

Here’s the sketch:

Here’s my take on it:

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I love how this wintery scene turned out! I created another slightly different design using a different sentiment.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing these and if you haven’t created cards for the Caring Hearts Drive please consider making some cards for those who are in nursing homes for Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ruth

Inspired!

Hey, there, blogging world! So, no I haven’t been posting on my blog, but I have been creating and today I’m finally sharing something with you!

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I have loved all the great tutorials (camp craft videos) that My Favorite Things has put out and was so inspired by a number of things that they have created and techniques they have shared during their two Camp Create sessions this summer!

I really adored pretty much everything about the 

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in June from MFT! July and August have the birthdays for both of my kids and my hubby and the bright fun colors in this kit along with the fun dies and the hearts in the flames meant that I really wanted to have the kit for creating for them!

Next, Barbara Anders shared this card:

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with a fabulous watercolor look and one of the best sentiments in the stamp set, especially for those birthdays with more than a few candles and I was on my way to creating something from the heart for my hubby.

And lastly, 

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inspired me to think outside of the box for how to use the dies from the kit!

So, onto my project!

I cut the candle and flame dies from the kit out of recycled printer paper and ran them through my Xyron X with the temporary adhesive cartridge. I have to admit I did a number of these cuts because I did some experimenting with colors and layout before my final card. It was easy to cut a lot of them since they are in groups of five! After I randomly placed the candle and flame masks on my watercolor paper I used my ink blending tools with the Cornflower, Green Room and Lemon Drop inks from the kit, but found that I liked just using Lemon Drop and Cherry Crisp instead (I had a theme – which had to do with the sentiment on the inside!)

Here’s a photo of the masked candles with the ink blending.

 

After I removed the masks I stamped the hearts on the flames in Cherry Crisp and flicked on some water then some Cherry Crisp ink refill mixed with Sheer Shimmer Mix-ables Mist:

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Feeling like I wanted a little more shine on the background I also added bigger splashes of the Mist:

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I loved the look of the sentiment on vellum so that the background could still be seen on Barbara’s card. I created a card base out of Cherry Crisp cardstock, created a mat out of the Lemon Drop striped paper from the kit, wrapped the vellum sentiment strip around the background and adhered it all together. Lastly, some red felt hearts from Spiegelmom Scraps shop finished off the front. And the inside was simply the sentiment that was my inspiration for the colors and a little more decorative stamping from the kit stamp set in Versamark ink!

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So, I’ve earned my badge for this project at least! I’m inspired by all the great ideas shared in camp and will definitely be using them as I create! Be sure to check it out if you like to get creative with paper!

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Thank you so much for visiting today! I might post more of my projects here again, soon, since this was really pretty fast to do, even with all the links!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

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