Monday, July 25, 2016

SAF2016: Master Color Recipes


I have one last creation to show you tonight! I chose this color "recipe" from Van Gogh's Green Wheat Field to make a nature-inspired card.


And here it is:


{Today's Brew: Spring Woods stamp set and dies (PTI), Phrases and Praises stamp set (PTI), PTI inks and card stock, doily, washi tape, sun stencil}


I hope you've enjoyed my cafe creations! Thanks so much for visiting the cafe for the Stamp-a-Faire celebration!


Blessings from your barrista!

SAF2016: Pointillism



I'm not rushing the seasons! I promise! But when I wander through the yard, I do see a colorful variety of leaves that blow from the trees and shrubs in my yard...green, purple, red, and even a few gold.

I decided to use leaves to try my hand at pointillism. I used some small dots from the stamp set Twig Wreath, stamped the leaves and dots on water color paper, and did a little wet brush blending.


{Today's Brew: Leave It Be stamp set (PTI), Twig Wreath stamp set (PTI), Phrases and Praises stamp set (PTI), PTI inks and card stock, PTI Button twine, SU ribbon, PTI gingham paper}

SAF2016: Watercolor Like A Master




Did you ever start a project that kind of went off the rails? You thought you were heading in one direction, but through the magic of the "creative process", you end up somewhere completely different.

That's what happened with this card.

I started with water coloring...stamping on water color paper, using a wet brush to blend and add a few splatters.

And then I added some lines.

And then I added some washi tape, and some more washi, and then some more.

I added an enamel dot.

I added a little scallop awning.

And I almost added some ribbon before the little voices in my head said "Enough already!"





{Today's Brew: Ruby Rose stamp set (PTI), PTI inks and card stock, scallop die (MFT), enamel dot (MME), washi tape}


This is a far cry from "watercoloring like a master", but hey, even the masters had fun once in a while, right?

SAF2016: Floral Impressionism


Hello, cafe friends! I'm serving up a cool concoction for a hot day. This card is for the SAF challenge "Floral Impressionism", and I think I got just the right combination of soft and sweet. I used Soft Stone ink and card stock for this project, and I have to confess...my ink cube was still sealed when I grabbed it. What?! I've never stamped with Soft Stone ink?  I opened it, tried it, and swooned with happiness...I LOVE it! Soft and vintage, just what I was hoping for!

The peonies were embossed with white ink, and then colored using my Prima watercolor pencils and a water brush pen. Ah, I love these pencils from Prima! Best craft purchase this summer!



{Today's Brew: Pretty Peonies stamp set and dies (PTI), Background Basics Sheet Music stamp set (PTI), Soft Stone ink and card stock (PTI), Proma watercolor pencils, SU seam binding, MME pin}


I thought this card needed a big frilly bow to go with those big frilly peonies. Something tells me this bigger and bulkier card will need to be hand delivered this summer. :)

SAF2016: Masterpiece Inspirations


Good morning, cafe friends! I'm serving up nice iced lattes today for some summertime inspiration! And what could be more inspiring in the summertime than Van Gogh's sunflowers?



{Today's Brew: Simple Sunflowers stamp set and dies (PTI), Ruby Rose stamp set (PTI), PTI inks and card stock, SU seam binding, Simple Stories Gingham paper, MME stick pin}

I'm a little low on birthday card inventory right now, so this will help increase my stash for the friends and family who have birthdays in the summer. (I think I need to get busy on a few belated cards, too! Oops!)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

SAF2016: Mastering Drips and Spatters


This challenge was inspired by Jackson Pollock, also known as Jack the Dripper. I love to add a little spatter with my wet brush dipped in Gansai Tambi water colors!


{Today's Brew: Friends Til The End stamp set (PTI), PTI card stock, Gansi Tambi water colors, rhinestones}


I added a little bling to the flower's center with some adhesive rhinestones.

SAF2016: Gilded In Gold


I love adding a little gold to my projects, so the Gilded in Gold challenge was a fun one!


I combined gold washi tape with gold ribbon and gold embossing for triple the gilded!


{Today's Brew: Meadow Greens stamp set (PTI), Pretty Peonies stamp set and die(PTI), Phrases and Praises stamp set (PTI), PTI ink, gold embossing powder, washi tape and ribbon from Target dollar spot}


More projects to come tomorrow, so stop back to the cafe for some iced latte-style inspiration!