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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Birthday America!

Happy Birthday, America!
Wishing you all a safe and memorable holiday weekend filled with friends, family and freedom!

My card is very much clean and simple, the way life should be, right?! I've combined a Simon Says Stamp and Sweet Stamp Shop along with a little Zig Clean Color Brush Marker color on the lower 48 (sorry east coast, I had to cut you off!).

I'm off to Alaska today, so wish me well and keep a look out for new grand baby pictures over the next week. Squeal, so excited!


Friday, July 3, 2015

AEI♥U Challenge: Sparkle!

Happy Friday! Are you all looking forward to the weekend? I sure am, because I just happen to be making my way to Alaska tomorrow for a quick visit with my daughter who is expecting her first baby any day now! Talk about adding a little sparkle(r) to your life, huh?! Speaking of sparkle, I'm making my inaugural participation in an AEI♥U Challenge, and this one just happens to be all about the sparkle! 

I wasn't really sure how or where I was going when I set out to sparkle-ify Avery Elle's Fabulous Florals set (and they are fabulous), so I played around with the idea of creating a stamped background using a couple of the stamps in black ink. Then I took a look through my glitter drawer and couldn't take my eyes off a tube of green glass glitter. Since the glitter is fairly coarse and therefore heavy, I filled each of the open leaves with Ranger Glossy Accents and then sprinkled my glitter on top. I was thrilled with the staying power of the Glossy Accents and the sparkle of that awesome glitter!

Wanting my sentiment to hold its own against  all that sparkle, I embossed it with clear embossing powder after stamping it in Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit today and take a minute to check out the AEI♥U Sparkle Challenge! A list of supplies used on my card is listed below.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

You're Swell

Hi there! I'm playing along with the Paper Smooches SPARKS Designer Drafts sketch challenge today. After coloring up a few of the uber cute fish from Surf & Turf yesterday, I wasn't quite ready to put it away and picked on mr. pelican for today's card.

After consulting my go-to resource for all things in life (Google) to see how pelicans should be colored, I decided to go rogue and brighten him up a bit using my Zip Clean Color Brushes. Man, they're fun to play with, and Paper Smooches images are perfect for coloring!

The gals over at the PS SPARKS blog have even more inspiration for you, so be sure to check in there. You have a couple more days to play along with the sketch challenge, so why not give it a whirl?! Products used on today's card are listed below.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Jumbo Watercolor Gift Tags

I have a couple of jumbo gift tags today pulling double duty as gift wrap slash birthday card. George is invited to a birthday party for a twin brother and sister, and I thought this was a fun way to go since I was wrapping for two. I'm also linking up with the current Simon Says Monday Challenge: Summer - I mean, what screams summer more than anchors aweigh and fishing, right?!

A closer look at each of the tags...

How to:
The stripes on the anchor tag were made by placing torn strips of Post It tape over my tag as a mask and then color washing distress ink in the open areas. I used the same technique on this card last week. 

I did something similar on the fish tag, this time creating a mask with the waves die from Paper Smooches and filling in the water colored background by smooshing ink from an acetate sheet onto the lower half. To create the mask, simple lay a strip of Post It tape on a piece of scrap paper, die cut it and then peel off the tape (the Post It tape won't stick to the scrap paper) which is now ready to be used as a mask that will stay in place. Cool, huh?! I'm sure I'm not the first one to have told you this trick, but I was so excited about it that I had to share.

Last little tidbit is the sentiment lure sign on the fish tag. After stamping the sentiment from Birthday Buddies, I drew in the sign boxes, fishing line and hook with a Sakura Pigma Micron Pen along with a few squiggles here and there. I actually used the inside straight edge and corner of the tag die as a guide but kept some of the lines non-parallel (is that even a word?) to keep them from looking too perfect. I finished off my luring signs (sorry, couldn't help myself) with my mid-grey Zig Real Color Brush for a matching watercolor look.

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