Hello World, How are you?

Hello everyone!  I’m in such a great mood today, I can’t stop smiling.  I’ve been working really hard at my craft and slowly by surely its paying off.  So, I’m really proud of myself.

I’m here today with a card for the Muse Challenge #69. This is my first time playing along with them so I hope I don’t disappoint them.

Cornelia was chosen to create the Guest Muse this week and her card is full of bright colors, a cool technique and FUN!

Here is her card:

Cornelia

My job is to use the Muse card as inspiration and create one of my own.

When I looked at Cornelia’s card, it reminded me of my all time favorite technique, WATER-COLORING!!!  I love how she made the colors mix with one another and the splatters across the card.

So I knew right away that I had to pull out my Koi watercolors.  I decided that I wanted to use colors I hardly use that are bright and will stand out on the black cardstock I wanted to use.

Before I painted, I scored the watercolor paper to give it added texture.

I used colors #3, 12, and 16 to create my sentiment and hearts. You can see the colors on my swatch here.

Like Cornelia’s card I wanted to create a one layer card so I decided to create an inlay card with my sentiment and hearts.  So, I die cut my sentiment and hearts from the watercolor piece.

helloswatch

After I cut out all of my pieces that I need to create my card, I realized that I wanted my card to have a stitch edge so to create that I had to use my large journal stitch die, which in turn cut off a portion of my card.  I was ok with that because I love the stitch edge. That idea came from Nichol Magouirk.

After that cut, my card was no longer a one layer card.  I put all of the piece together and here is what I came up with.

Here is my card:

Hello

I added sequin, enamel dots and rhinestones to resemble Cornelia’s paint splatters.  I choose colors that were close to my watercolor sentiment and hearts.

Sooooo, what do you think? No stamping required. I love how it came out.

Supplies used:

Canson Watercolor PaperKio WaterColorsBasic Black CSLargeStitchedJournalingCardScripty HelloHello Sunshine Mixed SequinsBrights Candy DotsBasic Rhinestones Jewel AccentsStampin' TrimmerSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsclassiccrestsolarwhtieWe R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

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What is Texture?

Happy Friday everyone!!! Today couldn’t get here fast enough.  The week was dragging and cold.  To keep my cool, I joined Addicted to CAS Challenge this week.  Their code word is Texture. How interesting!!  How often do you get a card with texture on it.  Think about it.

So, the question is what is texture?

According to Webster, texture is the visual and especially tactile quality of a surface.  For example a rough texture.

Well that is interesting, who wants a card with a rough texture.  When you think of cards, you think pretty, smooth, subtle, funny, and bright.  So how does texture play apart on a greeting card.

I will show you, take a look at the card I came up with.

Life

Can you say texture?  Yes, you can!! Guess what, it is rough!!!  It’s a pretty rough card!!

Life side

You can see the thickness of this textured butterfly.

Life close up

I saw Laura Bassen create a card like this and I wanted to give it a try.

1. I die cut 4 butterflies from Papertrey Ink’s Life is Beautiful die cut to create a butterfly stencil.

2. I attached the stencil to my white cardstock.

3.  I mixed two distress inks colors with embossing paste.

4. I spread a thick coat of the color embossing paste over my heart stencil.

5. Once I was done applying the paste, I lifted the butterfly stencil and WALA!!

Have you notice that one of my butterfly antenna’s are missing.  I think that is the beauty of this card and that is why I use the sentiment “Life”!  Life isn’t perfect and sometimes neither are we.

I hope you like my card just as much as I like it.

BTH: My seven year old daughter made a card for this challenge as well, take a look here.

Supplies used:

Basic Black CSWhisper WhiteStrawberry SlushDaffodil Delight CSDistress Ink Mustard SeedDistress Inks Picked RaspberryLife is Beautiful DieLife is Beautiful Stamp SetWe R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

 

Please leave me a comment below and let me know what you think.

~Kymona

Watercolor Butterflies

How beautiful are butterflies??  Have you ever seen one up close and personal? Did you know no two butterflies are alike.  How amazing is that!!

Today’s card is of beautiful butterflies that were created with water-coloring!!  Amazing, simply amazing I must say.  If you’ve been following me for the past 4 weeks, you know that water-coloring is my favorite and I vowed to create a card once a week.

Well here it is.  My watercolor butterflies!! I made this card to play along with Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #166:Debossing Stamped Images.

Before I show you the card, I have to say this was the hardest card I’ve ever made.  The stamping was easy, it was the debossing that had me stuck for a while.  I just couldn’t do it like Dawn Movey showed us in her video.

She used her die to deboss instead of cutting the paper.  I kept cutting the paper instead of debossing.  So to fix my problem I turned the die upside down and debossed my butterflies like that.  I was able to create detail but not as much as Dawn did.  The inside of the wings didn’t deboss.  When I finally finish the card, I didn’t mind the look.  The watercolor really made the card for me.

What do you think?

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

I used my Koi Watercolors #2,12, and 20 for the beautiful colors on my card. I created a swatch that you can view here.

To accomplish that look I:

1. Added the three different colors to my clear block one color at a time, mixing the colors where they meet.

2. I misted the colors with water then pressed my stamp onto the block.

3. I stamped my cardstock 3 different times, picking up more ink after every stamp.

4.  After the watercolor dried, I stamped my sentiment in Versafine ink.

5.  I turned my butterfly die upside down and debossed 3 different times.

6. I added iridescent rhinestones.

The instructions are simple but I had the hardest time doing the debossing.  I tried to make this card 5 times before I came up with the card above.  The water-coloring was fun!

Supplies used:

Canson Watercolor PaperKio WaterColorsLife is Beautiful DieLife is Beautiful Stamp SetStampin' TrimmerSnail AdhesiveBig Shot Die-Cut MachineMagnetic PlatformDiamond GemsOnyx Versafine

Please let me know what you think.

~Kymona

 

My Weekly Wishes #2…Yayyy

Last week, I introduced everyone into my private life by listing my weekly wishes.  Its time to see if I’ve  accomplished them and to list my new wishes for this week.

Weekly-Wishes-Button

Last Weeks Wishes #1 were:

1. To create a gratitude journal – I haven’t had a chance to start this.

2. To take a photography course – I register in a course that will start June 30.  I’m excited about this.  I will take all of you on this journey with me.

3. Set up an email newsletter on my blog – I haven’t completed this but I did start.

4. Set a date that my daughter will post on her blog – The date is Friday, that way both of us have time to sit and work on her blog.

5. Get some sleep – I’ve made a conscience effort to get to my bed before 12 midnight.  I want to bring that down to 10 but that might be a little hard.

 

This Weeks Wishes #2 are:

1. TO CREATE A GRATITUDE JOURNAL

2. COMPLETE MY EMAIL NEWSLETTER FOR MY BLOG

3.  STICK TO AN IMPORTANT DEADLINE

I was asked to participate in a creative blog hop and I have to stick to my deadlines.  This is a first for me so I’m so excited.  I want everything to go right!

I only have three wishes this week because my last wish is a big one for me.  I’m so excited, I’m getting things done and having fun doing it.

If you want to join in on the fun, you can either click the Weekly Wishes banner above or click here.  Hope to see you there.

~Kymona

Flowers Any One….

Hello everyone, I’m back again with another card for CASology Week 96: Flower challenge.  I am pushing this one.  I only have 1 hour and 58 minutes to submit my card.

This see how I do under pressure!!!!

I stopped at McDonalds to pick up a large coffee for my mother yesterday morning and I saw these leaves that was just watered and the water was just sitting on the leaves.  They looks so pretty, I had to take a picture of them.

Water on the leaves

What a great way to start the morning!!  They leaves were so still that the water drops just sat there so peacefully.  I love it.

My card today gives me that same feeling.  Very peaceful with very vibrant colors.  I used Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit to create my card.

Love is everything front

The inspiration for this card came from Sarah Moerman.

No long talking today, I only have 1 hour and 45 minutes to get my card in.

What do you think?

Supplies used:

SSS June Card Kitpure poppyPTI Tropical TealPTI Summer Sunrise Inkblueberry skyCN Enamel heartsMME Enamel DotsSnail AdhesiveStampin' Trimmer

Please leave me a comment.

~Kymona

 

Simply Beautiful….Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

Hello everyone, I’m back again for the second time.  I’m here joining Papertrey Inks BIG monthly Blog Hop!!!

I’m so excited.  I’ve never been on a blog hop before!

I must say it was exciting to create a card in a matter of minutes for the world to see.  Ok, so it took me more than a minute, I started making this card an hour and a half ago.  But the results are amazing, to me at least.

The challenge was to use two colors: Aqua and Melon!!!

Aqua and Melon

That should be easy, right, wrong!!

I had a Aqua Mist ink pad but I didn’t have any melon color.  No ink, paper, embellishments, nothing.

How was I going to participate if I didn’t have melon.  I started to fret.  I knew the colors for a little while but I procrastinated on buying the melon ink that I needed.

So what is a girl to do????

Ding, Ding, Ding…..the bells went off in my head.  Water-coloring is my favorite so why not create the color yourself!!!  OMG, I can create the melon color that I need.  That is what I did!!

Light melon

So this is what I came up with first.  It looks so close but it was too light so I decided to go at it again.

darker melon

Much better!!  I love how it turned out.  I feel like a true artist now, LOL!!  I used my Winsor & Newton Water Colours!  The colors that I mixed were Burnt Sienna, White and Alizarin Crimson, respectfully.

I took my time and mixed one color at a time, cleaning my brush in between.  When it was to red I added Burnt Sienna and when it was to white I added a little red until I got the color you see above.

I was jumping up and down because I can participate in the hop!

So enough with the long talking, here is the card I came up with!

Have a Beautiful day

What do you think?  Does my butterfly past the Aqua and Melon test?  I love WATER-COLORING!!!!

 

close up of butterfly

For the butterfly, I attached the out butterfly to the body using foam adhesive so that the wings would stand out.

For the card base, I just sponged the edges with the Aqua Mist and then I used my mini ink blender tool and bought the softer color towards the center.

I stamped the sentiment and Wala!! My card is complete.

Supplies used:

Winsor & Newton Water ColourCanson Watercolor PaperLife is Beautiful Stamp SetLife is Beautiful DieAqua MistBlending toolclassiccrestsolarwhtie3M Mounting TapeSnail Adhesive

Please let me know what you think.

~Kymona

Who Doesn’t Want A Hug?

I’m back again today with another card for Less is More Week 173.  Today’s card is very simple and clean!  I’ve combined my love of water-coloring and die-cutting to create my card.

For those of you who don’t know a couple of weeks ago I start a watercolor class and absolutely loved it.  Before, the class started we were instructed to practice using our “stuff” and I created a couple of single pieces.  I had hoped to use my pieces during the class but never did because I create other cards.  So, when Less is More decided that their recipe this week would be Die Cut, I knew I had to use this piece on my card. No need to throw anything away, especially a big Hug as pretty as this.

Hugs

I know I wanted to keep my card very simple because the watercolor image is so powerful by itself.

Hugs top view

I die cut out 4 hugs and attached them to my watercolor piece to create some dimension on the front of my card.

Side note: I’ve been working on improving my photograph.  The background of these pictures are a little dark but I like the effect.  It gives the card a warm feeling which is what I love in the words of Olaf, “I Love Warm Hugs“!!

So, what do you think? Do you like “Warm Hugs” too?

Let me know.

Supplies used:

classiccrestsolarwhtiePelikan WatercolorbighugsOnyx Versafine Ink

I also used Stampin’ Up! Bring on the Cake stamp set that retired.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona