Thursday, June 23, 2016

No Scraps Left Behind

First off, I want to thank everyone who bid or left a comment on my cards for Blogging for Boobies.  I have not heard a final number (in total) but I'm sure that a generous donation is being made!


So, on to new things!  I have been on vacation, and was really busy before, and after (laundry anyone?) and so I went several weeks making nothing.  Nada. No Crafty at my house. :(  This past weekend, I finally got around to at least doing some coloring.






I'm in love with the flamingo and pineapple trend!  I don't have any pineapple stamps (yet) but I have a few of the flamingo sets out there!  I played around with my Copic markers to color these guys.


I also colored some flowers that I'd stamped awhile back.  I'm not a good blender at Copics.  I've never had a class, and completely self taught.  I love coloring, but I find some of the blending very challenging.  I made this card for a friend with my flowers I'd colored. 


I absolutely love this Sketch Ranunculus set from Simon Says Stamp.  It's so cute, and so forgiving, and so different of a floral.  It's whimsical! 


I also made this card with the scraps and remnants of cards I'd started, flowers I'd colored, etc.  I keep a little basket on my desk with homeless card parts in it and I find myself reaching in to try and figure out a way to use my scraps up.  It's fun!  Some of my best creations come from the hodge podge of experiments!


Anyway, that is my post for today.  I need to figure out what to do with my flamingos!


Peace,
Jacquie

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Blogging for Boobies Blog hop and auction!

Last month, Heather from Skipping Stones Design asked if I would be a part of her blog hop, called Blogging for Boobies.  This blog hop consists of over 60 fabulous card makers in the crafting community who have created beautiful cards that are up for auction.  All the proceeds from these auctions go to the Susan J Komen foundation.  They are dedicated toward finding a cure for Breast cancer. 


I have created 3 cards that are being auctioned as one set.  They are all A2 size and come with envelopes as well as some other fun goodies, including the stamp set I used from Skipping Stones Design and some of the clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.   I hope you like what I have created.






I'll be honest, I've never thought about auctioning off my cards, however this is such a worthwhile cause. So many of us have been touched by breast cancer in our lives. My Grandma had breast cancer, and so have 3 of my friends. My BFF Mom passed away from breast cancer.

Here are some close ups of the individual cards.  I really enjoyed making these.


Of course, they needed to be pink, the color for Breast cancer awareness!


This may be my favorite one, I love the light pink embossing with the ombre effect watercolor wash.



This is the beautiful stamp set that will accompany these cards to the winning bidder!

There is also a blog hop that you showcases all the beautiful cards for auction.  Click on the link below to see them all!


Please enter your comments (and bids) in the comment section below.  If you have any issues commenting, please email me directly at ashwyness@gmail.com

Thank you all so much!
Have a blessed day and let's stamp out breast cancer!

Jacquie

Monday, May 23, 2016

It's Margarita time, and stamp sale!


I've had a few really cute stamp sets sitting on my desk for a few weeks and finally got around to playing with them last weekend.  This one is called Margarita Birthday and it is by Skipping Stones Design.  You can find it here .

I love Margaritas and Margarita stamps are even more fun!  I stamped a card panel with several different color inks with the Margarita glass.  I cut a few banners out of white cardstock and then colored them with ink pads so they matched.  I stamped the sentiments on these in Versafine black ink and mounted the banners with foam tape.  I thought the card still needed another focal margarita, so I used brush markers to color the margarita stamp and then fussy cut around it and mounted it with foam tape.


I finished off the card by die cutting the panel with my wonky stitches die and then added some sequins and a little bit of "salt" around the rim with Stickles and Wink of Stella.  Isn't it a fun, bright birthday card for a friend?

I'm also going to be participating in a fun blog hop called Blogs for Boobies next month.  See some details below!

I hope you will support this cause!

Back soon!

Jacquie



 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

No Line Watercoloring with Mama Elephant and The Ton

If you are like me you have seen some beautiful cards done with a technique called "no line coloring."  This technique basically involves stamping the image with a very light ink, and then coloring it until you blend the lines to make it look like there are not any lines on the finished piece.  Sounds easy enough...and if you watch the many talented artists on YouTube, you might even think to yourself "I can do this."


So, I was feeling brave and decided I could try this.  Let me tell you, it's NOT easy.  However, it is very relaxing and fun.  And I think with time and lots of practice, you can do a passable job.


My first card was done with a stamp I purchased at my LSS, called "Organic Blooms" from Mama Elephant.  It's a beautiful lined stamp bouquet.  I snapped this image shortly after I began.
  You can see I had used a very pale ink to stamp my image.  I stamped on watercolor paper, using Altenew crisp ink to stamp the image.  And I used distress inks to color my piece.  I was very careful to not color areas that were touching and to wait until they were dry to bring in water.




This is after the entire image was colored.  I added some more blending and details before the card was completed.


I don't think by any means I am now an expert on this technique.  In fact, it is very challenging, but also SO relaxing.  I encourage you to try it.  I had so much fun, I made a second card.  The second cards was using the Ton Loose Peonies stamps.  And quite frankly, this was a practice piece I made on the back of a scrap piece of watercolor paper (that had other stuff on the other side, LOL) and I decided to cut it out and use it, even though I know it is very amateurish.




I hope you've enjoyed my blog post today!


Peace,
Jacquie

Monday, April 11, 2016

I've Moved!

I decided to join blogger since the format is much easier than the old account I had.  Never fear, all the content on the old blog is still there.
Stay tuned for more frequent posting of my cards and other random stuff.
Peace,
Jacquie