Friday, January 12, 2018

January Challenges

Hi there! I'm back to share a few cards that I created for Loll and Bonnie's fabulous January challenges ~ My first card is for the CAS Watercolor Challenge and the theme is 'Birthday' 

I used Brushos to create a watercolor panel for the foliage and I mixed pink and orange from my Koi watercolors to create coral for the bloom. I made a big mess with my distress inks for the vertical striped pattern, so I finally stamped them with dye inks to get a crisp image.


My 2nd card is for the January CAS Mix Up Challenge and this month, they are asking us to use 'Cling Wrap' ~ So FUN! Loll and Bonnie always provide links to video tutorials and for my card, I used Lydia Fiedler's Technique for my watercolored panel~

I created 5 panels before I was happy with the colors, and I still wish it was a little brighter. The curved die cut is from MFT, and I thought it was a fun way to reveal this technique. Besides using Cling Wrap, I stamped the bird, hat, and sentiment and 'my choice' for this card is die cutting.

That's it for me...wishing you all a wonderful and relaxing weekend!
Thanks so much for stopping by ~

Card #1:
Stamps: MFT Distressed Patterns, Up in the Air
Dies: MFT Stitched Flowers, Fab Foliage, Slanted Sentiment Strips
Ink: Brushos; Koi Watercolors; SSS Audrey Blue, Duckling; MFT Coral Crush; Versamark
Misc: Stampendous Detail White E/P

Card #2:
Stamps: I'm Tweet on You, Up in the Air
Dies: MFT Blueprints 25, I'm Tweet on You, Up in the Air
Ink: Peerless Watercolors; Versamark
Misc: Glad Cling Wrap; Stampendous Detail White E/P; Lucy's Gems; Copic Markers; White Gel Pen


Ina G said...

Card 2 Love the soft effect you got here with your wonky die cut Barb. Nice touch with the bold Birthday Greeting and topped perfectly with that gorgeous wee bird. Like how the hat stands out. I loved playing with this technique.
Card 1 is so colourful. So fresh and inviting. Love the layout and that pretty die cut flower.

Karren said...

The curved die-cut on your second card is such a fun layout choice - gorgeous card! And your watercolored card is beautiful - especially the striped pattern in the background.

Betty said...

two wonderful cards, Barb - love the stripey background for your pretty flower and the cling wrap colors behind your cute little bird is perfect!

Loll said...

Your first card is so pretty with the background vertical stamps and your pretty watercoloured bouquet. What a wonderful birthday card for a special friend! And I love your second card with the sweet little bird and that gorgeous panel of cling wrap ... the colours and design are so pretty! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour! xx

lostinpaper said...

Your cards are both wonderful Barb! I've never tried the 'cling wrap' technique, but the results are marvelous, I really must give it a go!

I Card Everyone said...

Barb I have to tell you that MFT brush strokes stamp looks amazing - now why doesn't it come out to play at my house more often? Two beautiful cards - LOve your tweet little party chick, and this design!
I'm coming over to have you teach me that cling-wrap trick... think we'd get it done? ha!

Bobby said...

The multi-colored stripes make a wonderful background for your watercolor flowers, Barb. I like the soft look of the curved strip of the cling wrapped panel, especially with that cute little bird.

Anita in France said...

Two delicious CAS cards, Barb ... those sweet blooms are gorgeous against the cool brush stroke stripes ... and that little party bird against the swoosh of cling wrapped watercolour ... he's adorable! Hugs, Anita :)

Judy1223 said...

Hi, Barb! Just stealing a minute online and happened to see these beautiful cards! I am in love with the first card, I love the colors and the it all! The second card is so adorable, I must remember to try this layout! Thanks for the inspiration...times two!

Christine Alexander said...

both cards are so pretty, the second has such a subtle effect. Love the peakaboo effect of the die cut. Great card for the CAS Mixup challenge :)

Bonnie said...

I love the pretty strips of color behind the gorgeous flower and foliage, Barb! And the cling wrap piece has such an interesting die cut! Love that sweet little bird too. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour and CAS Mix Up!

nancy littrell said...

I love your springtime colors in both of your beautiful CAS designs, Barb. Your wonderfully creative design behind your pretty floral arrangement is wonderful.

Your sweeping cling wrap background and sweet bird is perfect for a spring birthday. TFS and joining us at CAS Watercolor and CAS Mix Up. Hugs..

Julia Aston said...

Two lovely card designs Barb - wonderful die cut strip of your cling wrap technique - love the greens and the sweet little bird! thanks for joining us in the CAS mix Up! Julia xx

cm said...

Your stripey floral card is lovely; a breath of Spring! Your little birthday bird is charming! You've showcased the cling wrap technique wonderfully!

Jo said...

Such a fun CAS design Barb. Beautiful pastels in your strip and birthday birdie.
Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Mix Up!

Susan said...

Two great cards. Love the coloured stripes in the first one and the unusually shaped slash in the second. Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour.

Cat Craig said...

Barb, both cards have wonderful strokes of color coming down from the top. Fabulous designs.

Nora Noll said...

LOVE both of your cards. I like the fun birthday card that you created with the pretty colors. Your second card is so fun. I like the little bird and the painted strip. Great design.

Kirsi said...

I love both of your cards. The colours and design are fabulous!