May 16, 2017

{SCENT with LOVE}

I often like to look through my holiday stamp sets to see if I can come up with a way to use them outside of the holiday they are intended.  It takes a bit of imagination sometimes, but usually turns out just fine!


For this card, I used the "Spice It Up" stamp set by Power Poppy.  It's a Winter/Christmas themed set, with gorgeous citrus and clove pomanders, a bit of mistletoe and pretty ribbons, and some cute sentiments like 'Smells Like Christmas' and 'Comfort And Joy'.  But, it also has this 'Scent With Love' sentiment that can be used any time.  I paired it with the single wrapped pomander; I wouldn't mind if my house smelled like oranges and cloves and cinnamon all year, would you?


I stamped the sentiment and image onto watercolor paper and watercolored them with Distress Ink markers, water, and a paintbrush.  I added some white details with a white ink gel pen.  I chose to color the ribbon in a pretty turquoise color that looks great with orange, but also to avoid the typical Christmas color scheme that I would normally use with this set.


I made a die-cut frame to surround the main image.  I used the same pomander image and stamped it multiple times around the outside scalloped die-cut.  I then used orange Distress Inks to blend on some color.


I used some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to create dots and splatters on the card base background, along with a bit more blending of the orange Distress Ink.  I finished off the image with a wrap and bow of baker's twine, some glitter pen coverage, and a few orange and iridescent sequins placed here and there.

I think I could totally give this card to someone at any time of the year, especially alongside a pretty yummy scented candle or a baked treat.  What do you think?


I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{MARKER POP} - #120 Rainbow Fun
{POWER POPPY Power & Spark} - May: Frame It Up


Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Apr 21, 2017

{HELLO, BEAUTIFUL}

I recently bought this gorgeous "Peonies On Parade" stamp set from Papertrey Ink, after searching the hundreds of pretty floral stamps available right now from so many different companies.  It was hard to choose, but I couldn't stop thinking about watercoloring this set, so I made it mine!


I stamped the images onto watercolor paper and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I then painted them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, water, and a paintbrush.  I followed a color challenge, which fit perfectly with what I had in mind for these stamps.

I cut out the images arranged them over a die-cut paper panel, inlaid with a lighter patterned paper, both designs also from Papertrey Ink.  I added a stamped sentiment from Altenew's "Meadow Flower" set, and a few silvery sequins to finish it off.  It was hard to capture the true brightness of this card in photos, but it's super cheerful and lovely in real life!


I'm linking up to these fun challenges:

{COLOR THROWDOWN} - 439 Red Orange Yellow Purple
{SIMON SAYS STAMP WEDNESDAY} - Showers or Flowers
{PAPERTREY INK: Make It Monday} - Pattern Behind Die Cut Window

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Apr 20, 2017

{LOVE YOU} A Floral One-Layer Card


This was a super-quick card to stamp and color, since it's a one-layer panel card.  I didn't even worry about the images overlapping, since I knew I was going to do some quick, messy watercoloring... it just enhanced the look!

I stamped the images from Concord & 9th's Wildflower stamp set around a die-cut watercolor paper panel to create a frame.  I stamped a simple sentiment in the center, then I watercolored the panel with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, water, and a paintbrush.  I added a few dot highlights with a white ink gel pen and a black Micron pen.

I'm linking up to these fun challenges:

{CURTAIN CALL} - Tulip Inspiration
{WHERE CREATIVITY MEETS C9} - One Layer
{SIMON SAYS STAMP WEDNESDAY} - Showers or Flowers


Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Apr 15, 2017

{HIP HOP HOORAY} Easter Gift Tags


These tags were so much fun to create, and they are so Springy and cheerful!
I started by stamping the bunny girl (from My Favorite Things) onto watercolor paper and colored her with Distress Ink markers, water, and a paintbrush.  To save time, I only colored the parts that I knew would be seen when she pops up out of the Polaroid film die (from The Greeting Farm).  I then fussy cut the images.  I added some highlights with a white ink gel pen.


I then gathered my supplies for the tags themselves.  I had some corrugated shipping paper from a recent crafty happy mail order and I love how it adds a ton of dimension and detail.  I laid out everything on large Kraft tags from Ranger/Tim Holtz, grabbed some papers and a bunch of flowers from I Am Roses and started laying out my plan.  These colors were making me so happy!


Before adhering all of the layers together, I inked around the edges with Distress Ink for a distressed and uniform look.  I placed the bunny girls inside the Polaroid frames and added the HIP HOP HOORAY sentiments using small letter stickers (singing the song the whole time, naturally... bless you Naughty By Nature).

I then layered on the papers and die cuts (loopy leaf die from Paper Smooches) and flowers and added a Kraft doily to the backsides of each tag, and tied them with a long piece of jute ribbon.  I used the following paper flowers and leaves from I Am Roses:  ZQL20-426... R40-426... R77-15... CA1-426... S10-40... S10-210.


Then I tied them onto their gifts.  These are Mother's Day gifts for my mom and aunt, who also love to make cards and do papercrafts, and I wanted them to have some of my favorite 110lb heavy-weight cardstock paper from Papertrey Ink.  I'm giving them the gifts on Easter, so I figured Easter tags were a cute way to go.  I hope they love them, because I sure do!


I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{SIMON SAYS STAMP WEDNESDAY} - Spring Color Inspiration
{I AM ROSES} - Apr IAR Challenge

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Apr 11, 2017

{BIRTHDAY WISHES} Guest Star Stamper with The Color Throwdown


I'm super excited to be the Guest Star Stamper for this week's challenge over on {THE COLOR THROWDOWN} challenge blog!  The challenge colors are some of my favorites, I can't wait to see what everyone creates with them.

The colors for this week are coral, yellow, green, and white:


I created a birthday card with a giant cupcake and candle for making a big wish.  The cupcake die set is from Paper Smooches.  The sentiment letter dies are from My Favorite Things.

I used Distress Ink to create a quick watercolored background in a pinky/coral/orangey shade.  I cut the cupcake shapes twice, once from patterned paper and once from thick kraft paper, and layered them together.  I inked around the edges and popped them onto the card using foam tape for extra dimension.  I finished it off with a few coral pink and iridescent sequins.


Be sure to hop on over to {THE COLOR THROWDOWN} blog to see all of the designers' inspiration creations and to play along in the challenge!

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Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Apr 6, 2017

{FRILLY EASTER BLESSINGS}


When I bought the stamp set that included this cute basket, I knew I wanted to create an Easter card with it holding eggs.  I'm glad it turned out pretty cute!  I started by blending some Distress Ink onto watercolor paper and flicking on some gold/brown Glimmer Mist to create the egg speckles.


I then used a small oval die to cut out the egg shapes.  I added some extra Distress Ink around the edges to give them a bit of dimension.


I then placed them into the basket.  I layered on some die-cut cardstock and design paper for the background, added some gold crinkle ribbon for a bow, a button and twine, and some punched butterflies to finish it off.


I'm linking up to these fun challenges:

{MARKER POP} - #117 Desert Pastels
{CURTAIN CALL} - Speckled


Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Apr 3, 2017

{SHOWERED with LOVE}

I recently got these cute rainbow and cloud dies from Paper Smooches and they are so much fun to play with!  This card doesn't have any stamping or coloring on it... just die-cutting, ink blending, glimmer mist flicking, and sequin-gluing.


I cut the rainbow a bunch of times from different colored cardstocks, which in the end, created six separate rainbows to use on different projects (awesome).  I die-cut a circle from my background panel and inked it with Distress Ink.  I also flicked on some blue Glimmer Mist spray to tie in the blue background to the main panel.  The LOVE die is also from Paper Smooches.  I added a few iridescent sequins as raindrops to finish it off!


I'm linking up to these fun challenges:

{SIMON SAYS STAMP MONDAY} - Make A Rainbow
{PAPER SMOOCHES} - April Showers

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Mar 30, 2017

New Favorite Stamps From {STAMP ANNIETHING!}

Besides having a fabulous name, STAMP ANNIETHING, a new-to-me company, has THE CUTEST chibi-style clear stamps and I have become totally smitten!  I placed my first order and as soon as they arrived, I couldn't wait to get inky with them.

... which I why I decided to color all of my images at once!


Cute, right?!  I stamped all of the images onto watercolor paper and watercolored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, water, and a paintbrush.  I love how large the images are... images that practically fill the whole card front are so much fun to color.

I kept things simple by using the same basic layout for my card set, only changing the colors and flower placements.  Here's a glance at all of them individually:






You'll be seeing these images often as they'll have a semi-permanent spot on my desk, at least until I get more to add to the collection.  Heh.



I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{SIMON SAYS STAMP WEDNESDAY} - Anything Goes
{STAMP ANNIETHING} - Theme Week #15 Watercolor
(challenge entries link up on their facebook group called "Stamp Anniething's Stampers" so be sure to search for it and join in the fun!)


Thanks for visiting,
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Mar 29, 2017

{You're Tweet}


It's so Springy!  These cute stamps are from a set by Some Odd Girl and they were calling out to me to get inky today.  Super cute and super-fast coloring, too.  This card came together really quickly and I love how it turned out!

I stamped the images onto watercolor paper and watercolored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and paintbrush.  I added a few highlights with a white ink gel pen.  I then used a stencil and some yellow and blue Distress Ink to make a quick background for the main panel to sit on.  I finished it off with some sparkly sequins.


I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{COLOR THROWDOWN} - Yellow Green Blue ctd436



Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose