I thought I'd share some of my Halloween card making I've been doing. I absolutely love these images by Rick St. Dennis, C.C.Designs, and My Favorite Things. I hope they inspire you to make your own spooky cards!
This last weekend I had the privilege of putting on my daughter and Son-in-Laws vow renewal. It was absolutely magical. Everything was perfect. We all had such a wonderful time and the kids had a day straight out of a fantasy. Her theme was Enchanted Forrest, and I did my best to make it as magical as I could. We were in a remote location in the middle of the Idaho woods, and her brother catered the whole event by himself. Diane looked breathtaking, and I have never seen my Son-in-Law smile so big in his life! I am so blessed to call this big wacky group of people my family, and I am blessed to have shared such a magical day with them all.
I have a great little set of sample strips for my Distress Inks. They show what the colors look like stamped 3 times, stamped with water, 2nd generation stamping, and even tone on tone. I love them and use them all the time.
You can get your own blank set at Simon Says Stamp HERE.
So when I was putting together different blends one day I thought "Hey, wouldn't it be great to have this same keychain sample for my Distress Ink blends!" So I decided to make myself a set!
On the back of each blend is a list of what colors I used and the order I used to create it.
When it was all done I placed it on a ring and I can continue adding to it as I create new ones. I've made blended backgrounds before and then weeks later go to recreate it only to forget exactly which ones I used. This makes it so easy!
It was really nice to use it to create this simple card. I love this one blend of Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, and Broken China. When it blends together it create a beautiful purple.
Then I place a Tim Holtz stencil over it and pounced(do not rub) white pigment ink on to it.
This will take awhile to dry. After it's dry I created this cute little card using C.C.Designs Kissy Smoochy Stamp set!
I think these blending sample will also be really great as a way to determine watercolor blends when using my Distress Inks as watercolors. If you would like to create your own blends simply cut white cardstock into 1 1/4" x 4 1/4" strips. Use blending tools and inks to add color. Print the blend samples and cut, and adhere to back of corresponding sample!
I found a blog that does some pretty cool ink blends as well. Be sure to check her out!
I wanted to make an underwater card so I thought I would try something totally different and paint my background instead of coloring it. I have never done an underwater painting , but I think it's important to push your self to try new things. I found a great video on YouTube by MuralJoe. I played it several times (paused and rewound it even more), and after 3 tries I came up with something I was happy with. I think I am even going to try it again!
Happy Birthday to one of the most lovely, talented, amazing, and inspiring ladies I have ever had the privilege to know! Your talent and kindness have been a wonderful blessing in my life, as well as your humor and encouraging words. Love ya lots!
Enjoy your day, and continue on your birthday hop my dear!
For those who regularly check my blog, I would like to share why I have been absent. I recently had some health issues that required me to pull back and do less. This meant taking a small break from crafting...BOOOOOO....right? But I am slowly making my way back! Here are some fun cards that I hope inspire you to make some of your own! I can't wait to get back into sharing with you all ; )
Here's a card making my own patterned paper!
A cut out card with a picture message!
No line coloring to create a cartoon look!
And finally colored pencil on craft paper to create a colorful patterned paper!
Have a crafty weekend and check back soon for more crafting fun!
Polynesian Paradise Pattern Paper....say that 5 times fast! Just having a little fun with Polynesian Paradise stamp from My Favorite things. I created some handmade pattern paper with the stamp set, and am thinking about how I could use other stamp sets to create more pattern paper!
I used cardstock and Copics:RV14, R20, E04 , E11, E21, EOO, Y11, Y15, YGOO, YG03, GO2, BG34, BOO, BOOO, BVO2, BVOOO, E33, E35, E37
It's our final day of our 2 week hop!!! We are hopping with these fine folks to bring you lots of House-Mouse inspiration:
House-Mouse and Friends Monday Blog Challenge Design Team
Stampendous Stamp Design Team
Woodware Craft Connection (UK distributor for Stampendous)
The Stencil Specialists (Australia distributor for Stampendous)
Of course there will be prizes but this hop is based on the House-Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog. So to be entered to win you must play in the challenge.
Three entries from the House-Mouse and Friends Linky gallery, chosen at random, will win 1-House-Mouse Designs® Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp, 1 – Large Dreamweaver Stencils Background Stencil, and 1 – Jar of Embossing Paste. This contest is open to everyone!!
My last card I am sharing is with a sweet stamp called Cat Nap.
Here's what you'll need:
HMP46 Cat Nap
SSC1222 Cat Sayings Clear stamp set
SSH57 Jumbo Perfectly Clear™ Acrylic Handle
DP100 Detail Embossing Powder – White
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink By Tsukineko MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper