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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

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

Let’s try it again with red!

Hi, I’m back (as promised). I have another card that I created, this time using Barn Door Distress Stain.

I was talking about inspiration and for all of these cards there was the spark of the Holiday Style Online Card Class (I was a very lucky lady and won a spot from a giveaway by Jennifer McGuire.) There was a day of Soft & Subtle designs that had a lot of watercolor and different ways to do that and that was especially inspiring because I love doing watercolor techniques!

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The theme of the card was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Simon Says : Christmas and the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Next, the stamp set I chose was inspired by the latest Lawnscaping challenge:  IN WITH THE OLD which made me think of the Ornate Ornaments stamp set from Lawn Fawn. The colors I chose for this card were inspired by traditional Christmas colors, with the addition of the shine of gold!

Enough of the inspiration, on to the project!

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I love how I could get more intense color in spots as well as very soft color all with the same Distress Stain using water to help things along. I think these sketchy, informal ornament stamps go well with the relaxed feel of the watercolor. And I like how the Pebbles Basics card base compliments the cute and fun feel (thank you, Kathy Martin for sending those Pebbles cards to me!)

I hope you’re inspired! These are really fun and easy! The Caring Hearts Card Drive cards are due on Friday, the 27th, but you should definitely send some if you have a chance!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

 

 

 

Where do you find inspiration?

Hi! I’ve been busy creating, but haven’t taken the time to share (some deadlines looming), but I wanted to share a couple of things and chat a bit about inspiration.

My projects today were definitely inspired, but inspiration for me usually has many different dimensions. For these cards there was the spark of the Holiday Style Online Card Class (I was a very lucky lady and won a spot from a giveaway by Jennifer McGuire.) There was a day of Soft & Subtle designs that had a lot of watercolor and different ways to do that and that was especially inspiring because I love doing watercolor techniques!

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The theme of the card was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Simon Says : Christmas and the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Next, the stamp set I chose was inspired by the latest Lawnscaping challenge:  IN WITH THE OLD which made me think of the Ornate Ornaments stamp set from Lawn Fawn. The colors I chose for this card were inspired by my Mom and her love of all that is purple. (One of these will be going to her and one to the Caring Hearts Card Drive.)

Enough of the inspiration, on to the projects!

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With an AC cardstock kraft card base

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With a Pebbles Basics card base

I loved how dreamy and soft these turned out, with a touch of Color Shine to add some shine and shimmer in spots. I am glad I tried the purple because it surprised me how well it worked for these Christmas cards! I used Dusty Concord Distress ink along with some Milled Lavender around the middle. The branches were inked with Distress Ink, too, but I don’t remember which one. I just love that no matter what, they coordinate really well together!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to hear about what inspires you! I have more to share, so stay tuned ;-)!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

 

A few of My Favorite Things to play with!

Hi! I’ve been busy, but just not with creating blog posts! I sure hope you’ve been getting some happy crafting done, too!

I love creating Christmas cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive which delivers cards to the elderly living in nursing homes. It makes me feel good to think I could make someone’s Christmas a bit prettier and hopefully happier knowing someone is thinking of them!

For inspiration, I used the current sketch for the My Favorite Things sketch challenge:

along with the current Cut it Up Challenge #81 – Back to Nature, because winter is always a magical time for nature for me!

I loosely used the three lines and the rectangle from the sketch with some awesome My Favorite Things dies and stamps and an older Basic Grey collection for the papers (Dasher.)

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I cut three different papers with the MFT Die-namics Tree Lines (I cut the trees off the darkest paper) and used the MFT Die-namics Tag Builder Blueprints 2 dies for the tag, stamping the sentiment and number from MFT LLD Insert It Document it December stamp set in Versamark ink and then embossing with Inkadinkado White Linen embossing powder.

I love the serene scene I was able to create and the wonderful sentiment tag to top it all off!

That’s it for me today, short and sweet!

Have you started creating Christmas cards yet? Do you make cards for charities or are you someone who is always making cards to send off as happy mail for those who you care about? I’d love to hear about your projects! Be sure to leave a comment and I’ll come by and visit your blog and see what you’re up to!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons Smarty Pants Blog Hop

Banner imageHi, there! Welcome to the blog hop! If you came here from Nicole’s blog, you must be a smarty pants;-). If you just stumbled upon this post and would like to start from the beginning, you’d be smart to visit the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog. You’re going to love what the design team has put together for the hop!

Today we are sharing projects we created with a Smarty Pants theme (nerds, school, etc.) using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. I went nerdy – because we embrace nerdy-ness in our house.

So my daughter is a whovian (someone who watches Dr Who) and she has pretty clear ideas when it comes to which Dr she likes, so for her birthday I make her a 10th doctor TARDIS box card. Thankfully, she was too wiped out from Band Camp to really notice me designing it and cutting it out. I assembled and photographed it when she was out with friends. Anyway, enough rambling, here’s the card, laying flat ready to be made 3D.

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And everything on this card is from the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store from the cut files, to the digital stamps, to the fill patterns. It’s really awesome to have all of that to play with!

Here is the “front” with it opened up:

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The Allons-y and Don’t Blink are from Lisa’s The Doctor Sentiments Digital Stamps (I use a couple of others, too…) and they are written on shapes from the Speech Bubbles Cutting Files. The TARDIS, sonic screwdriver, 3D glasses (gotta have that for a box card, right?;-) and Dr Who are from The Doctor Cutting Files. The Wheeping Angel is one of the enemies that I used from The Enemies Cutting Files and she is sitting on a label from Layered Labels 1 Cutting Files and the flap is filled with Halloween Bats & Swirls digital paper pattern. The background behind The Doctor is filled with Man, Oh Man Pattern Pack 1 Diamond Plate pattern. Everything is pretty much print and cut which makes for very fast assembly with no guessing about what’s going to match, etc.

Here’s another enemy, I loved the sentiment Lisa had that was perfect for this card:

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Yep, my head is now filled with a dalek voice saying “celebrate”. Lots of shapes are repeated here, but this speech bubble was a special one that came with the enemies set.

Here’s the back (really the door) I printed each layer and had them all cut up then glued them all together.

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Lots of wonderful detail! Very cool in person and fun to put together!

And on the last side of the box:

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Yup, no new files here, but just loving getting to use these files!

Thanks so much for taking a peek at my daughter’s birthday card! I was inspired to create this fun design for her! Are you inspired?

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Oh, hey! Would you look at what just popped up? The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store. For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog and leave a comment on each blog. For extra chances, you can also “LIKE” Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Newsletter. A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Tuesday, August 11, 2015.

Be sure to pick up the Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday of the hop, only…then it will be available for sale in the store. It’s these cuties that Lisa shows off on her blog combined with the Friday Freebie (bookmarks file) which is still available for free in the store. You’d be smart to pick up both of them while they are free!

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I sure hope you’ll join in our PPPR Smarty Pants Challenge. The projects can be anything that are school or nerdy themed and feature Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. You can find the rules and the linky tool here: Monthly Challenge. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR.

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Thanks so much for visiting! To keep on hopping, head to Sarah‘s blog to see her project.

Here is the rest of the hop, in case you are lost…

Lisa

Kathy

Katy

Leah

Melissa

Nanne’

Nicole

Ruth (you are here!)

Sarah

Shannon

Gloria

Michelle

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