Sep 21, 2016

{CELEBRATE} with Concord & 9th

I'd been wondering how the Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers would work on vellum, so I gave it a try today, along with some heat embossing (which always looks great on vellum) and I'm happy to report that they work amazingly well!  They dry pretty quickly, so there's less time for blending, but the way I used them today, blending wasn't totally necessary:

Ooh la la!
I was inspired by the colors in the current {Color Throwdown} challenge, and boy do they pop right off the page!

I started off by stamping my flower images from Concord & 9th's "Wildflower" stamp set onto a trimmed piece of vellum paper, using clear VersaMark ink (sticky and slow-drying) and coating them with white embossing powder.  Once the embossed images were heat set, it was time to color.

As I mentioned, these inks dry quickly, so I didn't bother trying to do any fancy blending.  I colored on the back of the embossed images (as to keep the whites very white on the other side) with the marker straight to the vellum, no extra brush or water needed.

Once it was all colored, I flipped it over and adhered it to a die-cut card front panel.
It actually looked like crap when held up to the light.  haha...

...But, they way it'll be viewed on the card is beautiful:

The background of my card front has some dictionary print paper and a die-cut stitched circle in plain white.  I wanted to add a bit of extra oomph to the part that'll be viewed through the vellum window, and having the vellum backed by some white makes it pop a bit more:

I finished off the card front by stamping the word CELEBRATE with C9's "Sophisticated Script" stamp set in the Raspberry Fizz ink by Papertrey Ink, added a few iridescent sequins, and tied a bow with some hemp rope/twine.


I'm linking up to the following awesome challenges:

{MARKER POP} - #104 For The Girls

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Annie Rose

Sep 18, 2016

{COLOR CHART} Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

I think part of the fun of buying new craft supplies is getting to organize them in ways that are easy to use, and markers are no exception.  Having a color chart of some sort is always helpful, no matter what kind of marker or pen or paint it's for, knowing the colors you have and seeing how they can easily be mixed and matched is a definite plus.



I've been using my new Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers a lot lately, but I didn't really know exactly what colors I had in my set of 48 markers, so I sat down and created a helpful color chart:

I started by trimming a piece of watercolor paper to a standard 8.5 x 11 inch size.  I made score lines with my scoreboard and a bone folder, creating three columns of 16 lines each (48 total sections).  I left an inch of blank space at the top for my title design.

I brushed on color halfway through each section with straight color from the marker, then used a brush and water to pull the ink out to the other side of the section.  I can see the full-strength color on the far left, and the lighter fade on the right.

I did this with all 48 colors.  It's so pretty!  I then used a black Sakura micron pen to write the names and numbers of the markers into the middle of each section:

Oh, ho, ho, yesss... this makes me so happy!

I'm storing it in a plastic page protector to keep it safe and clean from any dirt of water sprays, or even just my dirty inked-up fingers when I grab it:

I'm sure I'll be using this card each time I reach for my markers.
It only took a couple hours to make, from start-to-finish, so it's definitely doable in an afternoon, I highly recommend it!

***  As I've mentioned before, I bought my set of 48 markers on for just about $50 dollars.  This was after researching prices online and finding that most craft supply sites are selling the same set of 48 markers for around $150+, that's triple the price!  THAT IS INSANE!  Don't pay that much, do your own research and shop around for the best price so you can save money to buy MORE craft supplies.  Heh. ***

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Annie Rose

Sep 17, 2016

{To Think Of You Is To Smile}

This is such a cute sentiment from the "Love You. Mean It." stamp set by Concord & 9th.  It can be used for so many different occasions.

I've got supplies from a bunch of different companies on my card today!  The dies are from My Favorite Things and C.C. Designs, the papers and inks are from Papertrey Ink, the sentiment is from Concord & 9th, and the splattered Glimmer Mist is from Tattered Angels.

I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder to get it to really pop on the gray cardstock.

The colors I used are from the current {Color Throwdown} challenge of peach, aqua, and gray.  No matter what I do, this aqua colored cardstock just doesn't photograph well... but it really is more aqua than green!  The Melon Berry paper is also more peachy than orange, but my camera hates it, apparently. Heh. 

I'm linking up the following challenges:

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Annie Rose

Sep 16, 2016

{What Goes Bump In The Night}

I've had this cute "Halloween Mimi" stamp set for a few years now and it never fails to make me laugh every time I look at it.  Each stamp in the set is adorable.  I used some of them to decorate a spooky treat box:

A few months ago I bought a small paper coffin box from a craft site having a sale, it was only like ten cents and I couldn't resist.  It's about the size of an ink pad... so tiny!

I gathered my supplies and got crafty:

I inked little Dracula and his bat friends onto watercolor cardstock and colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers (they are the cheapest on Amazon! Search there first before splurging somewhere else.. you'll save tons of money.)  I then fussy-cut them out and set them aside so I could work on the box.

I painted the coffin box in white gesso then rubbed and sprayed on some Glimmer Mist sprays in orange, green, purple, and black:

Ooh, Halloweeny!

I added a bit more decor to the box with a few little stars stamped in orange and a black die-cut gate/fence from The Greeting Farm.  I had a piece of Halloween decor paper with the perfect sentiment, so I cut it in a banner shape and adhered it to the box.

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He vants to give you a hug....blah  <---- read that like Dracula.

I'm linking him up to the following challenges:

{SIMON SAYS STAMP MONDAY} - At The Movies (Dracula)

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Annie Rose

Sep 15, 2016

{Love You} with Paper Smooches

I was organizing some of my crafty mess and found my long-lost colored pencils (among other cool things I forgot I had... heh) and I decided to do some quick and simple coloring on my card:

I just used the pencils as-is, no special blending, just quick and simple and fun.  I used the "Best Buds" stamp and matching die sets from {PAPER SMOOCHES}, along with the cool stand alone "Loopy Leaf" die.  I stamped the images onto some heavyweight white cardstock, colored them, then die cut them out. There is a bit of light pink around the banner, but it didn't want to show itself in the photos.

I created my own textured cardstock lined background with my score board and bone folder for a little extra dimension.  I finished it off with some white enamel dots.

I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{PAPER SMOOCHES} - Sept Anything Goes

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Annie Rose

Sep 14, 2016

{I Adore You}

How gorgeous is this stamp set?!
It's called "LOVE YOU. MEAN IT." by {CONCORD & 9TH} and I fell in love with it the second I saw it.  It has so many different elements that can be used in so many different ways.  You'll be seeing it a lot from me!

I used it today to make another birthday card.

I stamped the main panel images with all of my tiny cubes of Dye Ink from {PAPERTREY INK}... which are a fantastic way to try all of the colors before purchasing the whole pads.  I've had my little ink cubes for quite a while now, and they are still very inky and vibrant.

I inked the sentiment in Summer Sunrise ink, then lightly went around the edges with Raspberry Fizz ink to create a two-color image.  I added a few white dot highlights with a gel ink pen.

I finished off my card front by using an EK Success scallop border punch, and tied a bit of MFT Hemp Cord around the panel before adhering it to the card base with dimensional adhesive.

I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{WHERE CREATIVITY MEETS C9} - Celebration (birthday)

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Annie Rose

Sep 13, 2016

{Piggy Bank} with My Favorite Things

I'm sharing another card I made for the current {My Favorite Things} sketch challenge and Card Design Superstar contest:

This birthday card is for another niece and it'll be filled with cash... the perfect gift!

I love the heat embossed/watercolor combo so I started with a stitched rectangle die cut watercolor paper panel and stamped the cutie from the Pure Innocence Piggy Bank stamp set and the adorable little piggy from The Whole Herd stamp set in clear VersaMark ink and covered it with white embossing powder.  Once it was heated/melted, it was time to start painting:

I watercolored the images with Distress Ink markers, water, and a paintbrush.  I added a little bit of sparkle with a Wink of Stella glitter brush.  I stamped a few tiny hearts in a golden Distress Ink color to tie in the color of the coin.

I stamped the coordinating "Piggy Bank" sentiment onto a die cut "Sentiment Strips Die-namics" piece of pink cardstock and heat embossed it as well.  I backed the front panel onto a pink cardstock base with some dimensional tape and that was it!

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Annie Rose

Sep 12, 2016

{Oh Happy Day}

I recently got my first order of stamps by {CONCORD & 9TH} and I couldn't wait to play with them!  Concord & 9th just celebrated their first birthday... I don't know where I was this last year, but as soon as they were on my radar, I squee'd over how awesome their designs are.  I'm sure my C9 supply will start growing immensely soon.

There's also a brand-new challenge blog for C9 called {Where Creativity Meets C9} and their first challenge theme is CELEBRATION!  Since this is the time of year I need the most birthday cards, I pulled out my new stamp sets and got to work:

The first stamp set I saw that I fell in love with was the "Sophisticated Script" set.  Hello...It's amazing!  For those of us who haven't mastered the talent of gorgeous script handwriting, we can now fake it like a pro.  Hee hee!  The individual letters link up to each other perfectly for a cohesive scripted look.  I can't wait to create my own sentiments with this set!

I started my card with a panel of watercolor paper.  I stamped the script sentiment in the middle first, then I covered it with a round piece of scrap paper to mask it off.  I then stamped a plethora of images from the "Wildflower" stamp set all around the circle, making sure to overlap a few of them onto the masked circle, so the end effect of a clean and clear center would really pop!

I then quickly (and very imperfectly) water-colored the images with some Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers. I also flicked on some pink, yellow, turquoise, and black Glimmer Mist sprays which look super cute and sparkly.  Once the panel was dry, I removed the center mask to reveal this:

Woo hoo!  It worked!  Just the look I was going for. I wanted a flat, one-layer card that could be easily mailed, but I still wanted it to look like it had a little dimension.

I backed the card onto a matching orange card stock base, added a few extra decor details to the front, went over some of the elements with a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen for extra sparkle, and it was complete.  I love it and I hope you do, too!

I'm linking this card to the following challenges:


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Annie Rose

Sep 11, 2016

{Hey Cute Ghoul}

It's no secret that Autumn is my favorite season, and with it comes Halloween.  I don't send out a lot of Halloween cards, but I sure do enjoy getting crafty with spooky things!

I pulled out my favorite go-to Halloween stamp from {PAPER SMOOCHES} called "HALLOWEENIES"... hee hee!  It's such a cute set, filled with a bunch of adorably spooky images, including the witch, pumpkin, bat, star, and sentiment stamps I used on this card.

I stamped the witch and pumpkin on watercolor paper and colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers.  I used light, pastel colors that don't photograph well... her skin is green (of course, she's a witch!) and her clothes are a light pink with tiny white hearts that I added with a gel ink pen.

I created the background by watercoloring on a watercolor paper panel and then flicking it with black glimmer mist spray.  I die cut the "Duo Die 1" frame as an open spot to showcase Ms. WitchyPants.  I finished the background with a few stamps of the black bat and the tiny star stamped with Distress Ink. I tied the top with some pink/white bakers twine.

I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{PAPER SMOOCHES} - Sept Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting!
Annie Rose

Sep 9, 2016

{So Happy For You} with My Favorite Things

I sat at my desk today and got crafty with many {My Favorite Things} products so I could not only play along with their two current card challenges (color and sketch), but also enter into their 2016 Card Design Superstar contest!

I started by gathering the colors for the color challenge.  These were definitely a challenge for me, and my colors don't match exactly, but I used what I had and I think I made it work!

I started by cutting a panel of Ranger Watercolor Paper and heat embossing it the Woodgrain Background Stamp, VersaMark Ink, and white Embossing Powder.  Once it was embossed, I used the ink blending tool to rub on some Distress Ink... green on the bottom, blending into a coral pink on the top.  I adhered that panel to a stitched rectangle die-cut piece of kraft cardstock, which was then placed onto an A2 sized dark gray textured cardstock base.

I then die-cut a handful of solid and skeleton leaves from the Layered Leaves Die-namics set, in dark green, coral/orange, white, and kraft cardstocks and adhered them in gathered pile.

For the banner, I stamped the "so happy for you" sentiment from the 'Celebrate Big' stamp set and heat embossed that as well.  I added a gray banner underneath, cut from the Sentiment Strips Die-namics set.  I added a few coral/orangey buttons to finish it off.  The colors are much more cohesive in person, you'll just have to take my word for it!  Heh. 

Thank you so much for visiting, and a huge thanks to My Favorite Things for always providing us with fun challenges and now a chance for a huge SUPERSTAR prize!

Annie Rose