Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge – March 2017 – Watercolor- Smoosh

 Welcome back to Happy Little Stampers’ Watercolor Challenge. We are very excited about this challenge and are guessing by the number of you who joined us last month that you are too!

This month’s challenge:

As always at Happy Little Stampers’ challenges……..we have a prize for you!

We would like to welcome our Guest Designer, Linda, for this challenge!

Here’s my card using Mix Mash, HLS Doodled Flowers and Butterfly Birthday.img_6196_edited-1

To start, I “smooshed” some blue and green paint onto the card front with my stamp press.

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Then I created a “background stamp” of sorts by adhering lots of stamps fromMix Mash, Doodled Flowers and Butterfly Birthday onto my stamp press all at once.

I love this stamp press! So much so, that I have 2.

I have to give a shout out to Fiskars. I had an issue with one of the presses (some of the hardware, little rubber O-rings, got stretched out and went missing) and after telling them about it via their website they sent me a new one! I did not have to return the one with the problem.

 img_6177_edited-1Using my “background stamp” I stamped the butterfly and flower images all at the same time, making 4 cards for a private challenge while I was at it. img_6163_edited-1These cards remind me of The Secret Garden, the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Image result for the secret garden black and white imagesWith loving, tender care the children in the book, with the help of an elderly gardener, discover the joy of caring for a neglected garden. They see life flourish in the garden, and in themselves, as they spend time there nurturing it.

My family and I enjoy listening to an Audio Drama version of the book. Here’s a link in case you’d like to check it out.

The Secret Garden (Audio Drama), Focus on the Family Radio Theatre

After smooshing and stamping, I added the fussy cut flower, the sentiment, and some white gel pen accents.

img_6193_edited-1I love how these cards turned out! Try making your our “background stamp” and let me know what you think.

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All of our Happy Little Stampers’ Watercolor Challenges are Anything Goes with an optional twist. The only rule is that you use water coloring or a watercolor technique on your entry. You may enter as many times as you like and you do NOT have to use HLS products to enter.

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My teammates and I are excited about this monthly watercolor challenge and we sure do hope that you are going to enjoy joining in too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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Chasing Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin – CASEing Angela Tarasenko

Hi! I’m back again Chasing Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin. 🙂 This is a great idea that Ksenija had to help us get back into the creative mode after Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. I’ve been having a lot of fun CASEing multiple cards from those offered up at Sweet Kobylin.

I’ve been so inspired by many of the cards and would love to CASE them all! I wonder, is it possible?

For this card, I CASEd the lovely Kraft card by Angela.

Here’s my CASE, using a here-to-for uninked background stamp. NBUS!

slide01Stampers Anonymous Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Stamps - Vintage Lace Background Stamp WVBG015 slide03I’m pretty new to coloring on Kraft, so I kept it simple by heat embossing the large image and coloring in the spaces. slide02How about a rainbow in snowy January? slide04

I added some rainbow hemp cord that I won a few years ago from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Hemptique Rainbow Hemp Cord Twine 62.5mI added a big “Thank You” which I heat embossed onto vellum. I fussy cut away most of the vellum in order to expose the card-front.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

Melissa

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Winter 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – Stacked Cups 3

Hi! I’m here with another card for the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

To start this card, I printed this free stacked cups image from here at Beyond the Fringes Crafts. 🙂

Thanks for the free digi, Carmen!slide01I love Carmen’s digital image and have designed 5 different cards with this particular digi for the Winter CLBH.

Here’s a peek at the last one that I will post later this week.

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If you closely look at the cups, you can see that I also used another Jillian Vance Design stamp on the cups/masks on today’s card. slide01_edited-1

slide02Thanks for stopping by!

Grace, Peace & Merry Christmas,

Melissa

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Winter 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – Stacked Cups 2

Hi! I’m here with another card for the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

To start this card, I printed this free stacked cups image from here at Beyond the Fringes Crafts. 🙂

Thanks for the free digi, Carmen!

These particular cups are recycled masks from a couple of other cards I made. 🙂
slide04   I printed Carmen’s free digi image onto removable mailing label and cardstock, then I fussy cut the image out.

Like I said, I recycled the cups on this card. I had originally used them for masks on 2 other cards that I will share later on in the week.

I loved how the masks looked after I was finished using them, so I could not throw them in the trash. 🙂

slide02I made the white curls in the background by stamping and heat embossing with a prize stamp from the Fall CLBH. 🙂 slide03edited_edited-1 I love this gorgeous background STAMP!

Curls Background Builder Cling Rubber Stamp

I used this stamp to make 3 different cards for the Winter CLBH.

slide01editedClick on the photos below to go to the posts about the other two stamped curly-swirly cups-o-creaminess cards that I made with this fabulous background rubber cling mount stamp.

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Thanks, Jillian!

I love Carmen’s digital image and have designed 2 more cards (for a total of 5 different cards with this particular digi) for the Winter CLBH.

Here’s a peek at the 2 others that I will post later this week.

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I also designed my own sentiment and printed it onto vellum.

You are welcome to print some of these for your own use. 🙂slide1slide03If you closely look at the cups, you can see that I also used another Jillian Vance Design stamp on the cups/masks on today’s card. slide01_edited-1

I also used a couple of ARTplorations stencils,

Chevron Crazy and Dots All Over.

preview-web-stencil-035-chevroncrazypreview-web-stencil-077-DotsAllOverslide02edited_edited-1Thanks for stopping by!

Grace, Peace & Merry Christmas,

Melissa

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Winter 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – Stacked Cups

Hi! I’m here with a card for the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!!!

To start, I printed a free stacked cups image from Beyond the Fringes Crafts. 🙂 Thanks for the free digi, Carmen!

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I also printed the image onto removable mailing label and cardstock, then I fussy cut the images out. I also created a mask and then sponged on the silvery-gray shadow of the cups onto the background, to the left of the cups.slide02

Here’s a closer look at the “shadow” that I sponged on:slide03

I  fussy cut the sticky cups apart and then sponged on different Christmassy colors. Then, to add some rigidity, I restacked the sticker cups onto the cardstock stack of cups. I made the curls by stamping and heat embossing with my prize stamp from the Fall CLBH!

I love this gorgeous background STAMP!

Curls Background Builder Cling Rubber Stamp

I added gold to some of the swirls with a glass pen. I stamped the curly-swirly, steamy background with the JVD Curls background stamp too.

Thanks, Jillian! I love this stamp and have designed 2 more cards for the Winter CLBH with it. slide01

I designed my own “stacked” sentiment (see the bottom right below) and printed it onto vellum.

You are welcome to print some of these for your own use. 🙂slide1slide02Thanks for stopping by!

Grace, Peace & Merry Christmas,

Melissa

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