Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Three-fer

Gorgeous day here in SE Wisconsin. Spent some time outside working on that credenza, and then inside making a card or three. Good day. I'll keep the chatter to a minimum on this post so you don't have to read tons before actually seeing the first card.

Once more I'm going to pop a card into the sweet Miss D.'s NBUS Challenge. I know I wasn't the only one to save a few things just for this reason, was I, lol?!! New stamps from SSS and new Peerless watercolors making an appearance for the first time. And since I unconsciously, and very luckily, followed the sketch for a new-to-me challenge called CanYouCaseIt?, I'm headed over there with this one as well.


CYCI#86

This is my first attempt at real watercoloring...at least that I'm sharing....


Started with a blue base, and some watercolor paper. Naturally, I stamped and painted before attaching the wc paper. The balloons are stamped with Antique Linen ink, and painted with Peerless watercolors. The bits of confetti are SSS from the same set, and stamped with some old gold ink. I drew the straight strings, and added the bows. Heat embossed sentiment on vellum. Had fun with the watercolors and might try them again!

Next up is a card for Tag You're It, #30. Celebratory cupcakes. Perfect. Check out Nancy's tag...


I did use a cupcake. And a cherry. And glitter. Mmmmmm.....glitter.....


All AE stamps on a Michaels white base fitted out with scraps of blue and light red. A snippet of hoarded cupcake paper from Geri G. (thanks BABE!!!) which she so kindly shared at the Lake House last year. The cupcake was stamped with Potting Soil Ranger Ink, and then the 'frosting' was colored with a Copic, lathered in glue and sprinkled in glitter. I added a bit of GA to the cherry. Some random ribbon, and the tag dies are from SC. A smattering of sequins to somewhat mimic the confetti. That glitter irl is just so darn sparkly!!

Lastly, is a card for the current Muse Challenge. No CAS here, no white space. And as rules are rules, I complied. First have a gander at Michele's card...


At first glance, my brain went, "um....no." Then it went PINGGGGG. Had some 12x12 paper that I bought years ago when scrapbooking was my thing. Not so much anymore, but I still have all this paper... Remembered this piece, and knew exactly where I was going with it.


There is no border around the card. The flowers go edge to edge. The dp is from Graphic 45. I faced a Michaels white base with a chunk, then found flowers to fussy cut from the remainder. I smeared clear Stickles on the four cut-out flowers and when they were dry, I popped them up, which of course you can't see and I'm too lazy to take an additional photo. Added a pair of tags and used a WPlus9 stamp which I heat embossed in gold. A bit of gold ribbon, and alllll done. For something rather busy, I like it! Thanks Muse team for helping me out of my comfort zone. And since I've held you captive long enough, I'll say happy dances everyone and move along....

48 comments:

Anita in France said...

Goodness, Bev, you have been busy ... with such gorgeous cards! Watercolour some more, my friend ... your balloons are fantastic ... they look all plump and air filled! Sweet cupcake with all that sparkly frosting ... and talking of glitter ... your popped up shimmery blooms for Muse ... wow ... just gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing pics of that credenza! Miss you ... hugs & bisous, bisous, Anita :)

artful-notions said...

Oh my, your cupcake is a yum yum! All your cards are lovely, but partial to the cupcake pocket tag/card. Those sprinkles look good enough to eat! That cherry too! Thanks for playing along at TYI!

Marybeth said...

Happy to see you felt well enough to make so many gorgeous cards and enjoy the beautiful weather. Love the balloon card and the one for MUSE with the pretty pink flowers all the way to the edge! That cupcake tag looks good enough to eat with that sugary frosting. Darling patterned paper to go with! Thanks for joining us at Tag You’re It!

I Card Everyone said...

DO make me come over there and give you a hug, Bev. Thank you so much for stretching your limits for Muse, and me =] LOve every darling detail, of all three cards - you sure do put some love in every card you touch! Thank you...
=] Michele

Nora N. said...

Oh WOW!! I am loving all these cards. Your watercolor balloons are so pretty in the pastel colors. The second card with the cup cake tag is lovely. I like the glitter frosting. I have wanted to do this challenge but have come up with nada!! The third card is GENIUS!! I love that you used that cool paper. Really, really pretty!!

Joyce said...

So much creativity and lovelyness in one post. Wow, where to start...first--your balloons are so festive and wonderfully colored. Love the bits of confetti and your sentiment on vellum--it's like a party on a card. Your challenge is new to me, and I need to check it out, as I love me a good sketch. Pure deliciousness for your next card. I love that you made your cupcake chocolate, and that glittery frosting looks good enough to eat. Thanks so much for playing along at Tag You're It, and with Nancy's amazing inspiration, how could you not play, right? And, last but not least, your patterned paper is gorgeous, and i love what you did to gussy it up a bit for your card.

Susanne Vargas said...

Dear Bev, I guess we have both been on a roll! I posted 4 cards, you posted 3 and yours are all very different! Light and airy balloons (love the water coloring), a yummy tag card and a flowery card for the Muse (your paper is perfect for it)! They are all fabulous, each in it's own way!
Hugs,
Susanne

Geri said...

My-oh-my...talk about a creative roll! Awesome, awesome cards!

LOVE your water-colored balloons - such a nice soft and dreamy look. Perfect smattering of the splatters and nice flowing sentiment that perfectly matches the ties on the balloons!

The cupcake is beyond yummy! Seriously...the cherry and icing look like 'for real wanna eat' treats! Nice DP...forgot all about this! Love where you tucked the sentiment too :)

The flower card...love it! Nice touch fussy cutting and glamming up just a handful of blooms. Love the tag and the wee bit of ribbon! And, I really like the 'border-less' look!

Rochelle Blok said...

Your ballon card is just gorgeous Bev! Beautiful soft watercolouring and gorgeous colour combo! Just stunning! Thanks for playing along at Can You Case It? Rochelle xo

Hannelie said...

Oh wow, what a beautiful line up Bev! I hope you keep the water color paint close by so we will see some more in the future! Yummy cupcake and fab take on the muse!
Hugs to you birthday girl!

Aileen (mum) said...

First off HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU BEV, hope its a brilliant day or was a brilliant day as being in Australia I usually come in after the event.
Love your cards tags one and all and so glad you were able to save a thing or two for the NBUS. Love your busy CAS card lucky you saved that bit of paper. Looks brilliant.

~amy~ said...

Tons of awesome eye candy...really love your watercoloring!
Here's to an AWESOME day!

Diane Jaquay said...

Popped in from Anita at France's blog and glad I did, hope you had a splendid birthday!! Your creations are beautiful, I think your watercolor turned out splendidly!

OH Babs said...

Anita sent me here so I could wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, so Happy Birthday Bev. May your day be as delightful as your blog, and not to mention your cards.

TK Watson said...

Three wonderful card! And Happy Birthday to you...

Chriss Blagrave said...

Happy Birthday, Bev!
I am happy dancing here for your day, the party, and all of this creative goodness here! You have been busy!
Loving your water Colouring on the balloons and the little celebratory splatters! The PP you dressed up for the Muse challenge is divine, and the chocolate cupcake tag...scrumptious!
Hugs xox. Hope your day is filled with all happy moments! All year long!

sandie said...

Happy Birthday Bev, I have been in Rome for 5 days and away from blog land and see today their is a little party for you. I hope you have a fab Birthday and all my love xx

Jenni's Jems said...

Beautiful cards Bev ...and I hear it's your birthday ,have a great day!x

Julia Aston said...

Three lovely creations - each so different in color and design!

Karren said...

Fabulous cards! Your cupcake card is just adorable and I am so impressed with your Muse card - my brain went "um...no" too and hasn't budged since :) Also, hope you have a wonderful and happy birthday!

lostinpaper said...

Happy Birthday Bev! You have the most amazing blog party happening around you , and then when I visit I also get to enjoy seeing your wonderful creations, and I gotta say that cupcake is making me hungry lol. (maybe I'd better go eat some brekky) Have a great day hon. x

conil said...

Well, Anita wasn't kidding. You ARE a mega-talent. Incredible cards, each and every one of them. That last one is breathtaking. I think I detect the odor of a winner. Happy, Happy Birthday.

Tracey McNeely said...

Fabulous cards Bev! I love those cheerful ballons, your cupcake tag and your take on Muse! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Tag You're It!

Barb Ghig said...

Such a wonderful collection of cards, Bev! Each one is beautifully created, yet I must say my favorite is the fabulous, yummy cupcake!
I'm so glad Anita encouraged us to stop by so I could see your lovely creations and wish you the Happiest Birthday ever!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Eye candy special today! LOVE the no white card - beautiful paper. Rumor has it it is your BIRTHDAY! Happy Birthday!!

Colleen said...

I am popping in from Darnell's blog to wish you the best Bithday ever!! You are on a roll with all these awesome cards...and I agree about the watercolors, keep them close by, I want to see more from you!! Happy Birthday!!

JD/ Jill said...

Your cards are all so beautifully done! Great job..

Also wanted to pop over to your blog to wish you a very Happy Birthday!

Helen F. said...

Fabulous cards!
Your pretty watercolored balloons are a fun celebration! That is a yummy cupcake tag and the flower card is stunning.
Also sending you a very Happy Birthday, Bev.

Kara Lynne said...

All three cards are fantastic, Bev! Wonderful debut of those SSS stamps and paints! I want to take a bite of that yummy cupcake frosting! Beautiful paper for your floral card, and such a gorgeous way to embellish it! I hear it's your birthday, I hope it was a wonderful day!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, your first two cards are both so fun.... and your last card is beautiful!

frommycraftroom said...

Fabulous cards.
Popped in from Darnell's blog to wish you a Happy Birthday. Enjoy :)

Rachel Jolley said...

What a talent you have! Just found your web site and am wishing you a very happy birthday, Blessed with lots of happy dances! Your cards are STUNNING! God Bless.

Brenda said...

Your cards are amazing Bev, but that's not why I'm here. A little birdie said it was your birthday, so I just had to pop in real quick and wish you a lovely birthday. I hope you were treated like a queen and I wish many blessings on you this year!! Hugs, Brenda

Brenda said...

Your cards are amazing Bev, but that's not why I'm here. A little birdie said it was your birthday, so I just had to pop in real quick and wish you a lovely birthday. I hope you were treated like a queen and I wish many blessings on you this year!! Hugs, Brenda

Kim S said...

It looks like you are in a birthday mood!! Happy birthday to you!! I hope you celebrated well.

You have shown us such a wonderful mix of cads. I love the softly colored balloons with the lighter edges. The cupcake is bright and bold and sparkly!! And your thank is just plain lovely. The paper is gorgeous and your popped, sparkly flowers add even more!

shirley-bee said...

Happy birthday wishes to you, Bev! Hope you're still celebrating :)
Love your gorgeous collection of cards, especially the third one and how you've added Stickly flowers!

Teresa Kline said...

hello Bev! this is awesome, so glad you played along with us at can you case it!

sparkle & shine *~*

Eva Bussom said...

Bev, adorable card I love how you did the balloons! Thanks for joining CYCI :) Eva

Joan B said...

fab cards here! your card for the Muse challenge is gorgeous!

Laura Nolan said...

Your card is so cute!! Love it! Thanks for joining us at Can You Case It!

Kim Heggins said...

Oh my....just look at you! So many wonderful and creative cards, love them all my dear. Your sweet cupcake tag card is my favorite of the bunch. Looks good enough to eat. Miss you lots!

Happy Stamper said...

I love your simple and beautiful watercolored balloons. great job! Thanks for joining us at Can You Case It?

Karen Mead said...

Beautiful and clever cards Bev - love them all xx

Bobby said...

You did a fantastic job on all three cards, Bev. Your watercoloring efforts look wonderful and that cupcake looks yummy enough to eat. I couldn't see your popped up flowers at first but they really add dimension to some already fabulous paper.

Anja Curvers said...

Wow you have been pretty busy love them all and especially the card for Tag You're It. Thanks for joining us over at Tag You're It.

cm said...

BEV! Talk about bypassing 'amateur' and heading straight to 'pro' status with your watercolouring! Totally in awe at your stunning real-life looking balloons! The shading: perfect! You've got the touch, my friend! Your cupcake: I'll take half a dozen, please! Yummo! The patterned floral paper, with the shimmery blooms...breath taking! Gorgeousness...
Hugs~c

Jen Mitchell said...

Well, these are just gorgeous. I love that you can take a bunch of challenges and make a bunch of totally different cards. That's talent, I tell you!

Kylie said...

I hope you will continue with your watercolouring as your first official attempt is lovely. :)
The cupcake on your second card looks almost good enough to eat!
And I love it when you PING because I always know that means we are in for something extra-special...and yes, we most definitely are! Gorgeous card!

Three beauties! :)