Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Water Colours!

Water colouring is all the rage right now and I have had the water colour pencils from CTMH since last year. I have used them a few times and wanted to incorporate them into this years Christmas Card workshop as a new technique.  

A few things to know when using water colours, you can get special water colouring paper which I would suggest for large projects but for a little one regular cardstock will work. I do recommend using a permanent ink like CTHM's Archival Black or a Pigment ink. Also, a LITTLE water goes a VERY long way.

When I first saw the Joyful Garland (B1489) stamp set (this is a hostess rewards set) I knew that I wanted to make a cute little rustic Christmas card with it. 

Sorry but this picture really doesn't do the colours justice. I tried adjusting but was making it worse not better!

When using water colour pencils you can colour your images in dry and then go back with a wet paint brush or you can dip the pencil into the water and then colour. I did have some of the black ink bleed into my project, I think with future projects I will let the ink dry for a few hours before applying any water. I like that my project isn't perfect, the smudges and little bit of colour bleed just makes it more original to me!

This weeks challenge from Between the Fold is Watercoloring so I am going to enter this cute little card!  

Happy Crafting!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Atlantic Hearts #126, BTF #7 and Color Dare #160

Been feeling so MIA lately! Been very busy with back to school for my little guy (of course) AND I got the back to school bug. It was just a cold for most but for me it is lingering going and round and round from my ears to my sinus to my lungs. So annoying! Anyways, I have also been very busy working on this years epic Christmas Card Workshop, this is my 4th year and my crafty peeps do 20 cards (2 each each of 10 designs) in one day. This year has a few changes and I can't wait to share... soon, very soon!

To take a little break from Christmas, I decide to make a card using the La Vie En Rose paper packet. My mother-in-law needs an extra special Thank You card and I thought these papers would be perfect. With this weeks design challenge from AHSC, I am also doing a few other challenges. This weeks colour challenge from Color My Heart was to use Black, White, Ruby and Goldrush and this weeks challenge from Between to the Fold is Quotes. 

Some other news for me... I got a Cricut Explore Air! My Expression 2 has been having issues for awhile (I wore it out) and my dear husband kept poking at it for me but it just wasn't cutting properly anymore wasting paper and time so I took the leap. I was worried about having to do everything through the Cricut Design Space website and have actually found it to be very user friendly so far. And the redesigned Cricut machine is wonderful, my cuts are so clean and precise. I am a happy crafter this week. To see how clean the cuts are the ruby flower overlay that I used on this card was one that I my old machine would have had problems with by not cutting all of it or chewing parts of it up. 
One thing about using Cricut Design Space, I can search for all my loaded CTMH cartridges but it doesn't label which collection they are from so I think the flower border is from CTMH's very first Art Philosophy Collection and the banner/frame overlay is from our newest collection Artistry.

The sentiment is from Finding the Words (D1646) and I stamped it using black ink.  To add a little more detail I hand drew in lines on the banner/frame using a journaling pen. I lightly sanded the ruby flowers and goldrush card stock pieces to bring out the white core and added a few sparkles and enameled faceted gems to the flower centers to finish off my card.

Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments. Please follow the link to check out all the great artwork submitted to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. I hope you get inspired and decide to come play along. We love to see what you create and you might get voted as one of the top 3 picks of the week.

Also, please don't forget to check out Color My Heart#160 and Between the Fold Challenge #7!

Just realized I completed another challenge! At Heart to Heart Challenges this week it is Doodling, which I did around my banner/frame. :)

Happy Crafting!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Atlantic Hearts #124

I love to use the sketches from Atlantic Hearts and often the cards I create from those sketches become the samples from my monthly creative clubs. When I saw this sketch a few weeks ago, I actually squealed "sewing!" because a focus of the creative clubs is to learn new skills and I knew most of my crafty girls had never sewn on paper... (maniacal laughter!) So the classes were last week and many did sew, a few chose not to and we did discuss alternate ways we could create the look without actually sewing like hand drawing the lines with a journal or fine tipped pen, using the stitch guide and piercing the pattern but not actually sewing it or by stamping with a "stitch" stamp (CTMH had a great one a few years ago and currently there is a pretty one called Stitch Wonder C1564).   

So the most helpful step for sewing on paper??  Use a stitch guide and CTMH has two! The first one is a ruler with a simple sewing pattern and the second is much larger. It is still shaped like a ruler but it has all sorts of patterns that you can punch using your piercing tool and a foam mat. It is a super fun way of putting patterns and that little something extra on your projects.

For this card the pattern paper is from the Zoe Paper Packet and the pretty flowers are from September's Stamp of the Month, Paper Garden (S1509). The border (which I cut out in Gypsy Cardstock), flower and leaf shapes can all be found on the Cricut Artiste Collection. I stamped the flowers using Gypsy, Thistle, Pixie, Smoothie and Canary inks and the leaves are done in Pear. 

For the stitching I adhered the pattern and cardstock pieces to my card and then using the guide punched my stitch pattern. I then sewed using 3 strands of embroidery floss. 

You will be able to see the stitching on the inside of the card so either keep it tidy or plan to put a piece of card stock over it.  I decided that this card did not need a sentiment on the outside and plan to stamp one inside when I use the card. 

Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments. Please follow the link to check out all the great artwork submitted to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. I hope you get inspired and decide to come play along. We love to see what you create and you might get voted as one of the top 3 of the week.

Happy Crafting!