Ok, So I went on a bit of a Binge...

...A card-making binge!!

Hi Everyone!

It is President's Day; Monday February 20. Most schools have the day off and I'm pretty sure the banks are off. UPS is working because I just got THREE big boxes full of Stampin' Up! stuff. Woo Hoo!!

Time to play. But first, here is what I've been doing the past 12 hours or so. And yes, I got about 7 hours of sleep somewhere in there as well.
 This first one is in honor of our upcoming holiday, the one where we always wish each other the sweet, sweet sentiment, "May All Your Chocolate Be Solid!"  What a sweet thing to wish someone you truly care about lol. For this soft, spring-themed card I stamped everything in Basic Black and then colored it in with the watercolor pencils and used blender pens to blend to the best of my ability. I never claimed to be an expert at the whole watercolor phenomenon. I just promise to do my best every time. That isn't always so great, but hey. We are all a work in progress; that's my perception!
I used card stock and designer paper from the Subtle Collection.

 The two previous cards are a bit bolder. I used two techniques that while they sound tough, are easy to do with a bit of practice. First, the background layer is made by using the watercolor wash technique. Basically just applying thinned out ink with an aqua pen (a pen-like brush with a reservoir of water) and using silver embossing powder (and a heat tool of course) on the sentiments. Then I had the second layer made by using the silver foil card stock. I could have added a bit more bling in the way of the silver 1/8" ribbon but I forgot. It is still pretty!
Lastly, I saw one of my teammates doing this technique and I was intrigued. It looked super technical and very, very complicated. It turns out it was just a tiny bit technical (you need to make a mask of the lighthouse) and not too complicated. It was only my first try and I imagine this is the type of thing that gets better with you getting more experience. Sort of like everything in life, right? After I made the whole card I figured that I didn't really need to mask off the light house at all, just the sandy island. It is mostly sponging on (dry sponging) a bunch of blended colors and then Adding the lighthouse on top of it. In this set "High Tide) the lighthouse is stamped using a 'two step' method where you stamp one of the images in black (in this case) and the second image in red over top of the first image. It turns out pretty! The sentiment I took from "Suite Sayings" because it was more size appropriate to the card. I layered it in DSP from the Subtle Collection and the card base is Island Indigo card stock.

Oh, speaking of UPS trucks, my paper just got here for my paper share. I have to get busy cutting and splitting it up. My ladies will be so excited. I have some extra goodies to put into their paper share packages. What fun is it to get mail without a surprise here and there??

On that note, I wish you a wonderful rest of your Monday. There is still time to enter my Monday evening giveaway (Lucky Elephant!!) just leave me a comment. Last call for entries is tonight at 7:30 pm pst. Sorry I can only ship to the US.

Good Luck!