Thursday, August 31, 2017

Happy Little Stampers September '17 Watercolor Challenge

Happy September to you! Oh yes, it's September all ready.
Kids in school, temperature cooling (Hopefully), and the colors change
from bright pastels to fiery hues! Love it!
And, to launch September HLS has a challenge for all the 
Watercolor fans, Anything Goes with an Optional Twist - Spritz

Here's some inspiration for you, stamping and watercoloring with your water based inks.
My sentiment is from Year of the Psalms April from PTI, stamped in Ranger's 
Archival Waterproof black ink. 
The berries are also PTI, a set called Beautiful Berries: Summer, which allows 
2 step stamping.
The inked images were spritzed with water before stamping on watercolor paper.
While still wet, the 2nd layer of defining stamps were added, bleeding just a bit,
not enough to blur the definition.
Some added color around the berries, and leaves, and then some Lindy's Stamp Gang
Starburst dropped onto the card, randomly.

Hope you play along this month. Remember winners receive a $25. gc to the HLS shop.
See you in the linep!

12 Kits August '17 Teacher's Pet

Hi Everyone! It's 12 Kits time!

The fabulous Lisa Elton from My Paper Tales, is our hostess this month at 12 Kits, 
and she gave us the most wonderful Back to School themed elements!
 I loved every bit, and made 6 cards, well, 
scratch that, 5 cards, and 1 milk carton. Take a look!

Loved reading to my kiddos when they were young, and now as a grandma, have read this precious book to all 11! When I saw this darling mouse holding a book, it reminded me of 
 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie'. The kids love it, and can quote most of it!

This darling milk carton die was included in the kit, along with the heart washi tape, bunny,
and sign sentiment. 

Crafting a card from all these darling elements was so much fun! Don't you love the hand buttons?

It takes 2 photos to show you this card. With the flap closed...

And with the flap open, to reveal the shaker.

Love that PTI apple!

And finally, a sweet little mouse making a wish. GAed 'great job'
Oh my! I have so much yet to play with. Thank you, Lisa, for a wonderful kit!

Thank you so much for visiting. Hope you enjoyed what I did with the August kit.
Be sure and visit the other 12 Kits teammies. It always delights to see what all
do with the same elements.
And there's a special guest too. Judy Marino from Judy's Craft Corner.
Welcome, Judy!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

SAF '17 10th Anniversary Tin with Laurie Schmidlin

Laurie Schmidlin and Tin & Aluminum celebrates the 10th and final

Year of the Psalms: April, Friendship Jar Fillers, 
Autumn Pumpkins.

SAF '17 2nd Anniversary Tradition - Cotton Michelle Leone

Michelle Leone made the cutest sachet for her Anniversary Tradition - cotton.

Using lots of things I had handy, 
Tag Sale #9
Happy die: One Liners
Birthday sentiment: Ivy & Bloom.
Borders die
The sachet is a vintage hankie, with lavender inside. Gives the card a lovely scent!

SAF '17 with Kimberly Crawford - Bronze

Bronze with Kimberly Crawford and using Perfect Pearls.
Initial Sentiments: Birthday
Made With Love: Tags 2 ( I cut off scalloped edge)

SAF '17 7th Anniversary Tradition Wool, with Heather Nichols

Heather Nichols and Wool, celebrate the 7th anniversary tradition. 
And she created the loveliest little notecards, 
and showed us a technique in which she sewed on the veins of leaves. 
I thought of my old friend, Lovely Layers, but couldn't bear to cut off those 
sweet scallops, as Heather did!

Stylized Autumn leaves stamped in the background, Canyon Clay Pattern Pack paper,
sentiment also from Stylized Autumn
PTI: twine

SAF '17 with Yana Smakula and Iron

SAF '17 with Yana Smakula, and Iron.
Yana gives a great tutorial on how to make a die cut look like iron.
Her graphic bg is gorgeous, and I just had to try her technique.

Large leaf is die cut into the bg.

Leaf Silhouettes dies,
Banner Sentiments
My mix to look like iron: Silver, Skyline Grey WOW Puff ep, Stampendous: Peridot

SAF '17 9th Anniversary, Pottery with Nichole Heady

Hi! And welcome back to PTI's SAF '17, and this post with Nichole Heady's tradition:
Nichole shares a dough recipe, and ways to use our stamps to create darling 
'pottery' tags!

I found a scallop star cookie cutter among my cookie cutter bin, and 
love the look with this technique.
The circle is the top of a cardboard tube. The holes are cut with the end of a straw.
Here's a few of my favorites.

I found a pumpkin cookie cutter and did a few for pumpkin loaf cakes
later on in the season.

LOVED this technique, did a dozen, and plan to do several more.
Thank you Nichole!
All stamps used: PTI (So numerous, let me know if you need the names of any)

Monday, August 28, 2017

SAF '17 7th Anniversary Tradition: Wool with Debbie Olson

Wool was represented by PTI's wool felt, and Debbie Olson crafting the 
cutest felt cookies I've EVER seen! 
I went with the cookie look for my 'wool' card.

Sweet Holiday Wishes Stamps and Dies.
Holiday Plaid paper.

SAF '17 4th Anniversary Tradition Amy Sheffer

Amy Sheffer and the 4th Tradition: Linen, has us using our stamps on the real thing.
And then using it as gift wrap. Gorgeous!

How impressive to present a gift with such a sweet wrap! 
Kind Of Corny
card: Autumn Scarecrow

Sunday, August 27, 2017

SAF '17 6th Anniversary - Iron with Betsy Veldman

The 6th Anniversary Tradition is Iron. Betsy Veldman's video shows how to turn
paper into iron. She's amazing. And so is the look she achieved. 
My husband does wrought iron and when saw I this Mix & Mat, it reminded me
of the fence he built in front of our house.

With a few die cuts from Humming Along my card is done.