October 15, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Color Coordinates

Today’s Simon Says Stamp Challenge was based on Shari Carroll’s color coordinates look here 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. So I played around with some ideas and came up with this:




I used Simon says Stamp’s new Ugly Sweater stamp and dies set. I colored the two sweaters after die cutting them with my Copic markers and adhered them to me green Bazzill card stock. I used my lawn fawn banners die to cut the green apple Bazzill card stock and taped them to my Simon Says Stamp grey tri-colored pack of card stock which actually when it came did not list the colors that come in the pack of 3 grey colors so it’s like light grey, medium grey and dark grey. 

I think I need to do another card because I’m not feeling this one. …..

And here it is:




Im going to do a detailed description tomorrow but wanted to post it before I forgot.



Love, 
Beth
xoxo

October 13, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

For the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge the theme is O. The letter O. I came up with this card using all the colors of October like orange, brown, green and  I made a leaf card. Fist I stenciled distress inks in ripe permission, tattered rose, barn door, and gathered twigs. Then I spritzed a little water  and voila I had the background. For the Main part of the card, i decided to glitter paper and cut leaves out of my Simon Says Stamp new leaf stamp and die set. I just got the hugest most amazing order of stamps and dies and embossing powders oh my. I have never in my life bought so much in one order but to be honest I was in awe of all the pretty new stamp sets from Simon which to be honest are my fav stamps and dies. I love all the other companies but when they come out with new stamp sets I get giddy. 
I used the word OCTOBER as my theme and stamped "Happy October" with my lawn fawn alphabet stamps and gold princess heat embossed it after I versamarked it. Do you like how I make verbs out of all my products?



I love doing these challenges and I Luv Stamps!

Enjoy and if you are in the mood to try one of these fun challenged they happen Mondays and Wednesdays with different themes. 

Enjoy the Holiday Monday!!!!!!

LOVE,
Beth
XOXO

October 11, 2014

Playing around with Watercolors





These 3 cards are ones I played around with while I had my distress inks out and my kuratake watercolor inks out. I also combined my inktense pencils to get a little mixed media action going. 

Had so much fun making these cards I love watercolors....
Love, Beth

PRODUCTS USED
1. liquid platinum embossing powder by Ranger
2. mini distress inks from ranger
3. kuratake inks

October 8, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge…….Watercolors

I always want to do all the amazing challenges online especially on simon says stamp. I don’t know if it’s fear, intimidation or lack of inspiration or excuses but I made myself a promise to join in this week. Today’s theme was watercolors. My favorite. I never really knew how much watercolor was so me. I absolutely love love love playing with paints, distress markers, pencils, sprays, I love all of it. I can literally make 10 cards per day. I love it more than any other kind of medium. I made 4 cards today. I AM GOING TO SHOW YOU EACH ONE.




Todays card was fairly simple. I used versa mark ink to stamp the 3 happy words vertically. These are the Winnie and Walter stamps. I then took my mini drisress inks in squeezed lemonade, salty ocean, peacock feathers, and weathered wood and made horizontal stripes I took a little broken china as well and added them tp the stripes. I then took the Ranger water spritzer and very lightly sprayed but not a lot. I added it to a 110 lb neenah solar white card stock. 

Okay heres the next card

Using the same words made another card the same way with different distress inks.

Heres the last card




Same idea different colors used glitter paper to cut out love you. Thanks so much for coming here i’m so excited to enter my 3 cards. 


LOVE,

Beth
xoxo

October 1, 2014

Online Card Classes Copic Coloring for Card Makers

So…………..Today I am so excited to finally reveal some of my progress from the Online Card Class by Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire (my crafting idols) because this has been my 3rd online card class from them and I have really loved them all. My favorite is so far has been Stretch Your Stamps2 but this class was really needed for me because I learned about Copic Coloring. The first 7 days were a lot of techniques and practice pages which I didn’t want to upload to the gallery because honestly they weren’t anything I was really proud of but today the ballerina I did and turned into a card I really am happy with. So without further ado.




It looks my little ballerinas ( my daughters). For those of you who don’t know my daughters are dancers and they are really into it and dance everyday. They both dance competitively and are in companies. So I love coloring ballerinas. I love topic coloring hair and skin. 

Thanks for watching. 

XOXO
Beth

September 22, 2014

Copic Coloring for Card Makers

Today was the first day of the Online Card Class I’m taking and it was really fun playing around with my new Copic Markers. My head was spinning from all the numbers this weekend in preparation and anticipation for this class but watching Jennifer Mcguires’s Video from class really alleviated some of my concerns about natural blending pairs of markers because she said all you really need is a light marker and a dark marker to have a possible good pair. Obviously not every light can be used with every dark she encouraged us all to play around have fun and that was really what I needed to hear so I can stop obsessing about what markers go with what. Thanks Jennifer, you rock!

Here are my practice sheets. I have been getting better and better every time I try and I really love playing especially with long flawy beautiful hair pictures oh my!!! But let’s start with the practice cheers they gave us.


September 16, 2014

Water Color Bat Mitzvah Cards you will feel proud to give.

The last couple of days I have been a card making maniac. I am really enjoying the watercolor class I’m taking from Jennifer Mcguire’s Online Card Classes and since then I have been banging out cards non stop. I can’t wait to take the Copic Marker Class which starts soon. I just ordered a set of Copics from Amazon but to be completely frank I really am having some reservations because lately some of the craft supplies I have bought from them have been less than satisfactory. I have ordered some Hero Arts Inks that were completely dried out and the particular company that seems to have most of what I need has been really poorly handling my feedback. In short I get no response from them. Then I had to order reinkers for the dried out ones and they came cracked in the box. Can you just believe? No bubble wrap on a glass jar. So now I have distress inks with no reinkers and hero arts dried up shadow inks with the wrong colored reinkers. I bought them on Amazon instead of Simon Says Stamp who I love and trust because honestly the Amazon price of just around 300$ you can’t beat. Simon Says Stamp has them for 500$ and change. But here's my dilemma…..I am probably not better off going to SSS because the markers will be juicy and in good condition but I feel for the price. Anyway that’s that and now for the beautiful card I made for various special people in my life. This card is a Bat Mitzvah card. I am Jewish. My daughters go to a lot of Bat Mitzvahs and the cards that are out there are much to be desired.  I needed to take care of that problem and what better way then to have people buy my cars for such a special occasion. So without  further ado here’s my beauty.






It’s hard to see the pretty rhinestones but they are there. I love this card and I’m selling them at various card shops in my area who have a lack of pretty Bat/Bar Mitzvah cards. For your information a girls is a BAT mitzvah and a boys is a BAR mitzvah. 

So now that I have that one done I am heading back to the shop to get try my hand at some of the other techniques Ive learned. Besides using the techniques the classes do something and sparks my creativity so I make tons of great cards from one lesson. It’s so fabulous it’s my second class and I can’t recommend them enough. It’s like they are all so fantastic sounding which one should I choose. 

TECHNIQUE
Tape off a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper with a one inch or so border of blue tape to your craft sheet. Wait before that you have to white heat emboss the message centered. Then do the taping I said above. Then I took 3 colors of mini distress inks, picked raspberry, shaded lilac and spun sugar and applied each of them using each ink pad as my tool.I made 3 horizontal stripes but left a little space between each color. Then I took my Ranger mini water spritzer and voila I had magic. I then applied it to Neenah solar white 110 lb card stock and then applied that to bubble gum bazzill card stock with my 1 inch foam tape which is my new love. The bubble gum Bazzill card stock may be my fav. Love how thick and sturdy it is. Thanks my friends!

Materials
Neenah Solar White Cars Stock
Avery Elle Alphabet Stamps (louie)
Distress Inks in picked raspberry, spun sugar and shaded lilac
Blue painters tape
Bazzill Pink Lemonade card stock
Theres Collins tape runner(my fav)
Judikins Embossing Powder in Opaque White



LOVE,
Beth
XOXO