Be a Pineapple


Hello friends!
If you are sensing a theme, you might be right lol!  I am sharing another fruity card using the stamp set Funny Fruits from Technique Tuesday.  It is one of the stamp sets in the June release.  The full stamp reveal is over on the Technique Tuesday blog. I almost made this card using the peach, it was a hard decision, but the pineapple prevailed!


The pineapples were stamped in black ink repeatedly, then colored in with alcohol markers.  The sentiment didn't quite look right stamped onto the white cardstock above the pineapples. Instead it was stamped onto the same yellow paper, as the card base. 

It is day 43289 of rain. Ok thats a lie, but it has been raining here in FL for about 3-4 weeks now, which is a recipe for being lazy. The gloomy sky is an energy suck. Hopefully today, the sun decides to show his face. I don't think its going to happen, but one can always hope!


Life With You is Sweet

Hello friends!
Can you believe the year is half over? I for one, cannot, still in denial lol.  What I am happy about is summertime, and this sweet stamp set called Summertime Treats from Technique Tuesday.  The June release is upon us, and boy is it a good one! 

For my card today, I stamped the fruit images in black ink, that is alcohol marker friendly. I always reach for Memento Tuxedo black ink when coloring with any kind of alcohol markers, it is my tried and true, never fail ink.  So, after I stamped the images, they were colored in with a few different brands of alcohol markers. 
Now that I am looking at the card, I could have added a strip of pattern paper or a bold colored card stock at the bottom of the card, which would help ground it a bit.  But, there really is nothing quite like a clean card with lots of white space.


The full reveal of this stamp set is over on the Technique Tuesday blog, as well as another stamp set and several dies!!

Technique Tuesday Meets My Sweet Petunia


Hello friends!
Something awesome is happening today. Technique Tuesday and My Sweet Petunia, have joined forces for a blog hop, and giveaway.  One person will win a $50 gc to Technique Tuesday, as well as someone receiving a $50 to My Sweet Petunia.  So simple, all you do is leave a comment, thats it.  All comments need to be left by May 28th, with winners announced on the 29th.

You are at my blog currently (Latisha(, and next up is Jeanne! Below is a list of all the blogs providing you with beautiful ideas and inspiration today. 




I am sharing with you a card, where the image was stamped three different times, in different positions to create a scene.  Below is a short photo tutorial of the process. For those of you new to the MISTI tool by My Sweet Petunia.  The MISTI is a stamping platform, that enables the stamper to stamp multiple times perfectly in the same spot.  Magnets hold the paper down, and the grid allows for perfect placement.  It truly is a stampers ultimate tool.


First the image was placed in the center of the white cardstock, held in place by the two magnets. The stamp set is from Technique Tuesday called Budding Poppies.


Removing the stamp, cleaning it (to prevent unwanted ink marks), repositioning the stamp, then inking it again.  The goal is to create a flower scene.



After the image was stamped in three different spots using Memento Tuxedo black ink, the poppies were ready to be colored in.  The coloring medium for the flowers is a variety of Copic Markers.


Red copic markers can sometimes bleed, so i like to start with the lightest colors, moving on to the darkest in a color family.


Once the coloring was completed. The stamped panel was placed back into the MISTI, for the sentiment to be stamped.


The panel was layered onto red cardstock with foam adhesive, then adhered to the card front.

I hope you enjoyed my project today, and inspired you to create a fun scene using the MISTI tool and stamps.

Enjoy the hop!


Planner Page


If you are a planner person, I am sharing one of my planer pages over on the Fancy Pants Designs blog, using the Pool Side paper collection.

Manatee-rific


When I started working on this card, I mostly was playing around with watercolors, trying to find a muted ocean color.  I live close to the ocean, and sometimes when the sun hits the water just right, you see gold.  Thats why there is gold in the blue. 
To be honest, I know I have see manatees, but don't remember what color they were. So, i made a pretty ombre of pink and purples.
Just a card with a pretty wave and colors for you today.  Its fun to be free in cardmaking at times instead of overthinking a design.
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, where there are seriously amazing samples, they are crazy good!

Happy Birthday


If you are a fan of the critters that Lawn Fawn creates, then you are going to love this new set!  Its called Concert Critters, and they are playing instruments! So adorable!

I started by coloring the background of the panel, doing a was of brown and blue.  Next the images were stamped onto watercolor paper and water colored in.  Instead of using the dies that perfectly coordinate with the set. I chose to fussy cut the images to get as close to the border as possible. 

Once the panel was dry, the sentiment and music notes were stamped in black ink.  The critters and stand were adhered to the card front using foam adhesive. To embellish further Aquatic Mist Nuvo drops were added.


Once the card was complete, it needed something.  Applying Wink of Stella in clear was the perfect choice!

Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog for more great inspiration, as well as a chance to win the latest release!!

My Deepest Thanks


Hello friends!
Let me first say, watercoloring is not easy lol. I am on a mission to get better.  Since I have been using copic markers since 2005 (13 years) it is my go to way of coloring, its second nature.  So using watercolor as a medium where I feel I have less control has been a learning process for sure!

With that said, todays project is a muted pastel water colored card.  The watercolor paper is from Arches, so its a nice thick paper, it also means it takes longer to dry.  So on one panel I created the background, then on the other I stamped the image and die.  I did not want a white edge along my girl diver, so I fussy cut along the edge of the stamped image.

You cannot really tell from the photo, but the diver and the porthole diecut are adhered with foam adhesive giving the card a little more depth.

Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, to see amazing project using new product as well as a chance to win the release!!

Let's Roll


Hello friends!
The next few days, I will be sharing projects from the Lawn Fawn summer release.  I am warning you now, you will want it all.  They are just so cute!
The card above has a few new products on it.  A stamp set called Coaster Critters, and a die set called Bunting Borders.  If i see a banner stamp set, stickers or dies, I instantly need them.  Anyone else? They just add a nice festive touch to basically everything.
So, I die cut water color paper with the Bunting die, then water colored each banner.  The roller coaster was stamped onto the front panel in permanent black ink, then the grass and sky were water colored.  The cart, critters and ticket booth were stamped onto water color paper, colored in, fussy cut out, then adhered with foam tape onto the card front. 
The design team has made such great samples using this set, I encourage you to go check them out over on the Lawn Fawn blog.  There also is a huge giveaway!

You Are On My Mind


Hello friends!
Technique Tuesday is having a big release of new stamps and dies.  If you have been following along on the TT blog, then you might have seen a few images of the sets.  I am sharing a card using the Lilac stamp set.  This set is a mini set, I don't know the measurements off hand, but I'm pretty sure its a 3 x 4 inch stamp set.  There is the big lilac image, a few petals, and then some wonderful sentiments.


When creating this card, I had a friend in mind who could use a little bit of happy mail.  So, I spent a little extra time coloring it all in.
The lilac image was stamped several times in a light grey ink, as well as the small petals. Then colored in using watercolors.  I used 4 colors, 2 different purples, a green and a yellow.  Once the panel was dry, it was adhered to a card base (4.25x5.5 in) using foam adhesive.  Then a white panel was die cut using a rectangle die.  The sentiment and petals were stamped in a black ink, and only the petals were colored in.  The diecut panel was adhered using foam adhesive, and to embellish a bow was added.

Do you ever put a little extra care into a card?  I hope this puts a smile on my friend face!

 

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