JUST A NOTE:

Thank you for your time to visit my blog. I hope you enjoy it and visit often :). If it inspires you feel free to use my ideas, but don't forget to give credit and back-link to my blog. Thanks again and have fun browsing! Cornelia

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #110

Hi , 

its challenge time at Addicted to Stamps and More! This fortnight we have a gorgeous inspiration picture for you:




I used my favorite Papertrey Woodgrain embossing plate, which I inked up with grey Memento Luxe ink and ran it through my Big Shot using light grey card stock. The beautiful daffodil stamp is by TAMPlorations -  Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments. I heat embossed it in silver and colored it with Copics. The sentiment is from the same set.


Some how this card turned into a Sympathy card - did not really plan to make one, but the end results fits that best. I hope I won't need it soon......

We have a generous sponsor this week - its


The winner will receive 3 free digis of her choice!

So come on over to the ATSM challenge blog and get some inspiration from our wonderfully creative DT and we hope you find time to join in the fun!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Dream Valley #89 Flowers




Its time for a new challenge at Dream Valley - the theme is Flowers. You have two weeks to play with us.


I pulled out this lovely Hero Arts poppy stamp from Delicate Blossoms and heat embossed them onto watercolor paper. I wet the paper with water and then colored the poppies with water colors. If the paper is really wet, it gives a nice halo around the flowers. Although I think I need a bot more practice with that technique. 


I still like the outcome! Added the sentiment  - Hero Arts Heart Felt Messages once the card was dry and added some splatters. I rounded one corner - it softens it a bit. And added some Stickles in the center of teh poppies. 

For this challenge we have a wonderful sponsor:


The Paper Shelter

If you are looking for fun, cute and lovely digi stamps for your paper-crafting or web design projects, The Paper Shelter is your one-stop boutique! This growing catalog of high-quality digi stamps with many different kind of options offers a multitude of themes such as everyday items, holidays, special occasions, children, adorable characters and creatures. Stamps are available in standard black and white line art, as well as in pre-colored 
format.Images are wonderful for coloring and make perfect additions to greeting cards and scrapbook albums.

 The winner gets $20 gift voucher!

I will also be linking this card with the 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spotlight on Water Color Emboss Resist with STAMPlorations!



Hi, Cornelia here today,

I want to share a water color emboss resist technique with you, using two of the sentiment builder sets - Thank You and Happy:




The technique I used varies a bit and I have a tutorial for you below.



For the Happy Birthday card I also used those circles form the Holiday Artsy set and some sequins, as you can see.


For the Thank You card I heat embossed oink vellum with that pretty little flower from the Vignette Eclectic Florals and added distress Stickles to the center.

I made a collage to not bore you with too many images....
You see my supplies - water color paper, Versamark, clear embossing powder and my ancient watercolors that I used when I was in school.....nothing fancy....

After clear embossing the sentiment I took a brush and applied some water color around the letters and misted them with water, using a mini mister. See fist picture in the second row. Added some more colors and misted again, as needed. Once I was done and the paper dried I cleaned off the embossed sentiment - middle image last row.


The Thank You card I made slightly differently. I clear embossed just like before, but I wet the paper, before applying my watercolors. 




You get a slightly different effect - a somewhat softer blend of colors. You also have to work quite fast - the paper dries very quickly......and then you get borders rather than a smooth blend of colors. I kind of like both effects - depends on the card you want to make. And the overall feel of the card can be influenced with different tyes of embellishments. 


                   

So here they are next to each other and you can compare - which one is your favorite?

And if you click HERE it will take you to the STAMPlorations blog.
I am also linking up the birthday card with Seize the Birthday - anything Birthday

 Just to let you know - I am still on vacation and I won't be able to comment. But I still will enjoy reading yours and I sure will catch up with you once I'll be back home again. 

Have a great day and thank you for visiting!

Monday, August 18, 2014

STAMPlorations Sketch Challenge #18

Hi Everybody, we have a new sketch challenge for you at STAMPlorations




I used this fabulous Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments, for the flower picutres. For the background strip I used the Vignette: It's Your Day and the litlte celebrate is from Sentiment Builders: Celebrate. I added a thin strip of Washi tape and some Stickles.

So here is our sketch:


 


Our team has fabulous inspiration cards for you, so head over to our BLOG and we also have a wonderful guest designer this month - its Carol from Just me:C - she is an amazing card maker and very creative. Go and visit her and leave her some love!

This challenge ends August 29; the winner will be announced  August 31.

Just to let you know - I am on vacation and I won't be able to comment. But I still will enjoy reading yours and I sure will catch up with you once I'll be back home again. 

I am also linking up with Seize the Birthday - anything Birthday

Hope to see you there! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #108

Hi , 

its time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! For the next two weeks we like to see your holiday cards - any holiday for that matter, it does not need to be Christmas.



But I felt like playing around with my favorite Christmas stamp set from STAMPlorations - its called Holiday Artsy. I heat embossed it in different shades of green and then sponged around it and added some splatters. 
Here you can see it a bit better. I also added some Stickles for sparkle...


The sentiment I cut out and mounted it on chipboard. 

We have a wonderful sponsor for this challenge - its




The winner will get 3 digis!

I am also linking this card with  Wow embossing powders challenge - the theme is Monochrome.
and with Simon Says Wednesday challenge - make it sparkle - added Stickles to the stars

Just to let you know - I am on vacation now for the next two weeks and I won't be able to comment. But I still will enjoy reading yours and I sure will catch up with you once I'll be back home again. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Dream Valley Challenge #88 - Wedding

Its time for a new challenge at Dream Valley - this time we have a really interesting theme - its 
Weddings
for the next two weeks!

 Remember is doesn't have to be a card to enter our Challenge, you can enter anything at all as long as it follows the theme!




I used  a silhouette stamp by Recollections for this card. the sentiment and little red hearts are by the same company. Added some red metallic thread and some coral beads to pep up this one-layer card.

Our sponsor this time is:



Lacy Sunshine  Stamps offers  beautiful original and imaginative  digital stamps  for all your paper crafting needs.  

All images from Lacy Sunshine are  hand  drawn and designed by Heather Valentin, a professional artist, muralist and  illustrator  and my dad, professional artist, G.P. 

From the art desk of Lacy Sunshine's creator....
"I am one  who loves creating timeless pieces from my heart and  soul, creating an extraordinary world filled with magic and whimsical friends.... one drawing at a time.  Come  journey with me now into my Lacy Sunshine World".  

The winner gets 3 images


Now come on over to Dream Valley and let our DT inspire you and perhaps I'll see your creations on the blog - looking forward to see you there! 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Cure for the Monday Blues in Gold

My favorite neighbor is moving away....she also loves my card and is one of my best customers....I rummaged through my card supply to give her some as a good bye present and I made that tag for her to go with the cards:



The inspiration for this I got from Taheera's Cure For The Monday Blues inspiration picture and since I used gold embossing powder I am also linking this up with Addicted to CAS.

And since I had so much fun making the tag I made a second one:


 Same color scheme - same challenges.

And here is another picture:


Its really hard to bring out the gold in the picture....



Supplies: Mama Elephant tag die, Mama Elephant Full House, the script dies are by Papertrey 


Saturday, August 9, 2014

TAWS challenge and Hello to my New members!

I can welcome two new members to my blog - 

and
Pauline from Crafting with Cotnob

both are from Great Britain and are experienced an well versed card makers - I am so happy you joined! I also want to thank my new members  - the ones without a picture that end up at the end of the member list - I have not been keeping track of you - so sorry and I also have by now a few email subscribers - again I am not keeping track - but nonetheless I value that you joined my blog and stayed with me! And for all of you I have a welcome picture:


 I took this photo on one of my last trips into New York City - it is taken from the Highline - that former elevated subway line transformed into a park. The mural depicts a soldier kissing a nurse and is painted by Eduardo Kobra. The original is a statue by Seward Johnson
As you easily can imagine it appeals to me on many levels - but foremost the fabulous use of color! I hope you  like it as much as I do!

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I made a card for the TAWS challenge - had to get that in before I finally leave for vacation on Monday....I know I have been talking about that forever now.....


I just love this fun set called Sea Mates. And it begs to be used with that fabulous Memory Box stencil. I flipped the stencil over and sponged with two different kind of blues to get more motion in those waves - and also to mimic the inspiration photo more closely. 




The fish I colored with Inktense pencils - love those - and fuzzy cut them. Added some white pen to the tendrils of that jelly fish and added glossy accents to the air bubbles. I added a black line around the speech bubble to make it look more like the air bubbles and mounted it with foam tape. 

I am also adding this card to the The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge - Zoo
Inkspirational - use markers or pencils
CAS Colours and Sketches - see colors below


Friday, August 8, 2014

STAMPlorations August challenge - Stamps and Die-Cuts

Its challenge time again!

 For the whole month of August we at STAMPlorations would like you to get out your dies and combine them with your stamps - we do that all the time anyhow, right?
And since Christmas is coming soon......... ;) I pulled out my Christmas supplies for this card.

I just love this STAMPlorations set - I got that a while ago, with Christmas far in the future. Finally time to use it! it is called Oh, Christmas Tree!


I first spritzed the card with Smooches spray and then stamped the trees in various shades of green. I added the sentiment. First I stamped it directly onto the card, but the green shone through and you could not read the sentiment very well. So I stamped it again onto white card stock, cut it out and glues it over the stamped one. Lastly I added the die cut - its from Memory Box. I doubled it up with thin cardboard to make it more stable and mounted it with foam tape. Put some Stickles on 3 of the stars.



Our team has amazing inspiration card for you , so head over to the BLOG and we also have a fabulous guest designer this month - its Karen Dunbrook from Snippets - I am sure you all know her, if not you better go and check her out - you won't regret it, I promise!

This challenge ends August 31; the winner will be announced September 4.

I am also linking this card with A Blog named Hero - die a little or a lot
and with Colour me...! monochromatic green
Simon Says Wednesday challenge - make it sparkle - added Stickles to the stars
and my all time favorite challenge - the Snippets Playground - use a snippet  - the die cut is one
Hope to see you there! Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Spotlight on Celebrate Artsy - Rainbow Medallions



Hi, its Cornelia here!

Today I want to explore some options with this fabulous set from STAMPlorations called Celebrate Artsy.






I have already played around with it in the past (click HERE if you want to see more),  it has so much potential! Recently over at Papertrey's Make it Monday Dawn McVey made a great video about rainbow medallions. I really wanted to try this out, but did not have time for it. Besides that I thought the STAMPlorations stamps are perfect for this and I could not have used them for Papertrey..... I did do this a little bit differently than Dawn - I have some pictures below. But first the cards:
For the first card I used that stamp that in my eyes looks like a fish (I made a fish card with it previously)





The sentiments are from the Sentiment Builders set: Happy. I fuzzy cut the HAPPY. Rounded the corners of the card.

For the second and third card I used the open oval and also  the Sentiment Builders set: Celebrate, with which I did some generational stamping and then colored it with Inktense pencils. I used the paint that was on the brush to lightly color the second generation imprint. 





The third card I splattered with yellow and orange and used a enamel dot for the "flower" and rounded one corner.




So, how did I do my rainbow medallions?

I first selected my inks. I never really care what ink I use for what - I mainly care about the colors. I do love those Memento Luxe inks, but the green is just a bit on the dull side, so I went with my Adirondak ink instead. Sorry for the upside down ones - still have to learn how to do those posts more "professionally"....



You see that I started out with  faint pencil marks on white card stock. You do need to mark the center of the "medallion" as a starting point. In the Papertrey video Dawn used 8 colors, but I found that too little. So I used 3 different colors for each quarter of my medallion. I did not measure this, just eye-balled. I did choose a starting point on the stamp, which I tried to line up every time with my pencil crosshatch to get the stamping exact. 


And if you get this right, then a pretty pattern emerges. No need to cover it up, really. although I did cover it  in the first card above. 



 Of course you have to erase those pencil marks - something I always have trouble with. Once you stamp over pencil it gets hard to remove, which does not matter much for the darker colors, but it really matters for the lighter colors - any suggestions? I tried all sorts of different erasers, but find no difference....

And here is my personal favorite from my three cards again:


Wanna give it a try? Go for it - it works with all sorts of stamps!

Thank you for visiting me today and if you click HERE it gets you over to STAMPlorations!

I am also linking this card with Time Out Challenges - Celebrate with optional butterflies
and with Simon Says Wednesday challenge - anything goes
and my all time favorite challenge - the Snippets Playground - use a snippet - the first card has the central round and the happy 

Edited to link up with Seize the Birthday - anything Birthday

Monday, August 4, 2014

STAMPlorations Sketch challenge #17

This is my second post today - please scroll down (or click HERE) for the House of Cards post there is a challenge starting there today too!
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I just love the STAMPlorations sketches - they are always a little different from what else is out there in blog land and make you think differently. This sketch I really liked.



I used the using Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments set here. I first stamped the daisy with Versamark and heat embossed it in white. I then took a square punch and some recycled card stock to use as a stencil and sponged in yellow. I rotated the stencil and masked off the yellow square and sponged the remaining triangle in orange and repeated it once more to sponge in pink. I outlined the squares with a black pen to give it more definition and stamped the sentiment. Splattered black and yellow all over the card and added the enamel dots. 

Here is the sketch:




Our team has fabulous inspiration cards for you , so head over to the BLOG and we also have a wonderful guest designer this month - its Kim M from Art Keeps Me Sane - I am sure you all know her, if not you better go and check her out - you won't regret it, I promise!

This challenge ends August 15; the winner will be announced  August 17.

I am also linking this card with  BIZZY BEC'S Challenge - "ANYTHING GOES"

Hope to see you there! Thanks for visiting!