Sunday, November 11, 2018

Holiday Cards 2018 - Painted Nativity - 7/50


Hi there!  Just stopping in with two more Christmas cards!  These two were pretty quick because it's all about the dies.  Both of these pretty Nativity dies are from Taylored Expressions.  The card above has a simple watercolor wash background.  The sentiment is from Avery Elle.  

And this next card, I used a combination of blended Distress Inks and some liquid watercolors.  


These cards make a total of 7 towards my goal of 50 by the end of this month.  Still moving slower than molasses, but a gal's gotta have goals;)

Thanks for stopping by!
JJ

Friday, November 9, 2018

Holiday Cards 2018 - Watercolor Cabin 5/50


Sometimes it's the little things that can make you happy!  This is so true of this little stamp from Altenew.  Using my watercolors, I painted in some background trees and a bit of light in the cabin.  The sweet sentiment is from Mama Elephant.  

This card is number 5 in my goal of 50 holiday cards by the end of November.  I'm still running behind, but I really have enjoyed all my crafty time.  

Have a great weekend!

JJ

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Holiday Cards 2018 - Sweet Nativity 4/50


Just sharing another card for my Christmas stash!  This card uses the nativity set called Away in a Manger from Hello Bluebird.  Such sweet images in that set!  For the background, I wanted something soft, so I used the Cityscape 1 die from Paper Smooches to create a mask.  I blended some Antique Linen Distress Ink over the mask to create the silhouette background. 


Still working my way to my goal of 50 cards by the end of November.  This one is 4 of 50:)  

JJ

Monday, November 5, 2018

Holiday Cards 2018 - Plaid Gift Boxes 3/50


Happy Monday!

Got a few more cards to share from this weekend.  This one uses the Avery Elle Gift Box Card Holder die, Concord & 9th Plaid Background stamp, and Mama Elephant Little Snowmen Agenda and Little Reindeer Agenda.  

Still working my way to my goal of 50 cards by the end of the month.  These 2 make 3 total.  

Have a great week!

JJ

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Holiday Cards 2018 - Mama Elephant Yappy Joy - 1/50

Hi guys!

I've finally got the craftroom in the new house set up enough to do some serious crafting!  Now that I have a good place to spread out the mess, I can start working towards my holiday goal of 50 cards by mid December.   I'm a really slow cardmaker, so 50 is a lot for me.  

Let's start off my quest for 50 with an easy clean and simple card using some Mama Elephant stamps and dies (Yappy Woofmas stamps and Joy Ornaments dies).  Using dies with image stamps is an oldie but a goodie:)


I will keep posting my progress as I work through my cards and, hopefully, I'll get to 50!  Thanks for stopping by!

JJ

P.S.  I just got a new kind of ink to use with my coloring from Gina K Designs.  It is the new GinaK amalgam ink.  I really like it!  It's a deep rich black and it doesn't smear at all.  And it works with alcohol markers, watercolors, and colored pencils.  If you've been curious about it, don't hesitate to try it out!  JJ

Friday, October 5, 2018

Waffleflower October Release Blog Hop


Hi guys!

I've been so busy this summer moving to a new house, but I'm so glad that I got my craft room together in time to join in the Waffle Flower October Release Blog Hop!   

This release has a fun mix of Fall and Winter sets and some really cool 3D card dies.  Speaking of which, for my first card I used the Pull Tab Tree Die.  This die creates a 3D tree that lays flat for mailing, but can be popped up with a pull tab.  It's like magic I tell ya.  Here's a look at the tree laying flat.  I love all the Kamo kid stamps, so I couldn't resist adding a little one to my card.  


See that little pull tab to the right?  If you pull that tab, the tree pops out and you can anchor the tag to keep it popped up.  How cute is that?  


Speaking of cute, this release has another kid stamp set illustrated by Kamo called Yippee!  These stamps are irresistibly cute.  And so much fun to color with Copics!   They just make me smile:)  I used all the kid stamps in this set to create this fun card for my niece.

There's lots of other great products in the release, so go on over to Waffle Flower to see them all!  And check out the other release projects from these amazing folks!
Waffle Flower (Nina)
Amy Rysavy
Channin Pelletier
Rebecca Keppel
Nichol Spohr
Laura Bassen
Yoosun Hur

Did I mention the giveaway and bonus gifts?  To celebrate the blog hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners.  You can leave a comment on my blog and along the hop by 11:59 ET on 10/8/2018 for chances to win.  Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts on this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower blog on 10/10/2018.

Plus, to celebrate the new release, all orders placed by 11:59 ET on 10/5/2018 will receive a mystery gift (limited one per customer while supplies last).

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
JJ

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Watercolored Aloha

Hi guys,

I want to share a card that I made for a friend of mine recently.  You know I'm originally from Hawaii and it's like a state requirement that you must embrace all things pineapple (and rainbows;).  Lucky for me, I have this super cute set called Stay Golden that was designed by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson.  The hand-drawn pineapples in this set are super cute and are perfect for watercoloring.  

I started by stamping the outline pineapple stamp with a tan ink (used non-waterbased ink from MFT I think).  I painted it in with some yellow and orange watercolors.  Then I stamped the solid pineapple crown but used Distress Inks (Peeled Paint) this time.  I painted over the stamped crown first with water and then with green and yellow watercolors.   Makes the crown look like it was painted freehand, right?  


For the aloha sentiment, I die cut the painted piece with some alpha dies.  Instead of inlaying the letters, I adhered them with foam tape.  It makes them stand out just a little bit more, but doesn't take away from the overall stamped background.  

Now I gotta get this baby in the mail:)  Thanks for stopping in!  Enjoy the rest of the week!

JJ