Dec 23, 2016

{JOY}

This might be my favorite Christmas card I've made to date:


I had an idea in mind when I sat down to make it, and I started putting it together by laying out all of the dies I wanted to use and layering them up.  I then die cut all of the pieces and put it all together.

The only stamped images on this card are the red flowers, which are from Concord & 9th's Wildflower stamp set. I heat embossed them in white on red cardstock and layered them to look like a poinsettia.  All of the other elements are die cuts.


The rest of the dies are from My Favorite Things:  blueprints sets, borders, circles, snowflakes, alphabet.   There are a few dies from CC Designs and Reverse Confetti thrown in as well.  I think it turned out super cute and super festive!


I'm linking up to the current MFT Card Challenge Sketch 312

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Dec 18, 2016

{WARM WINTER WISHES}

Do you ever have those moments when an idea for card pops into your head and you just have to sit down right that second to create it?  And then to have it actually turn out the way you planned?  That's the best part... it doesn't always end up that way for me, it sometimes ends up in the trash. haha

I started by stamping the sentiment with Concord & 9th's 'Sophisticated Script' set in VersaMark ink, onto a watercolor paper panel, then heat embossing it with white embossing powder.  Once that was set, I stamped two sizes of flowers from the 'Wildflower' set the same way and heat embossed them as well.


I then used two blue Distress Ink colors and blended them onto the panel, keeping the center lighter and the edges darker.  I then flicked on some water drops and patted them up with a paper towel to create a snowy, wintry look.  I finished off the card by adhering iridescent sequins to the middles of the large flowers.


I'm linking up to the following challenges:



Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Dec 16, 2016

{A Cheeky Li'l Christmas GIFT BAG}



Oh, this monkey... I love him.

This stamp set is "Monkey Business" from Reverse Confetti and I love how it can be used for any holiday or celebration that calls for a cheeky little monkey on a pile of presents! 



I stamped the images in Memento black ink and colored them with Copic markers and added a few highlights with a white ink pen. I then cut them out using the coordinating Confetti Cuts dies.


I added a couple of die-cut snowflakes (with button centers) to make this more of a Christmas/Winter card, but without them, it could be an anytime card... I love these reds, pinks, and greens together. So cheery!  I stamped stripes onto the background panel then die-cut it from a stitched scallop rectangle from My Favorite Things.  I placed the panel onto a paper bag, used a border punch on the top, folded it over and tied it with a big shiny red bow.


I'm linking up to the following fun challenges:

{REVERSE CONFETTI} - SFYTT #43
{COLOR THROWDOWN} - ctd #423
{MARKER POP} - Winter #110


Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Dec 6, 2016

{If KISSES were SNOWFLAKES...}

...I'd send you a BLIZZARD!


I love this sentiment. It's from a Darcie's Heart & Home stamp set called "Snowflake Kisses" and I thought it would pair perfectly with this Wintry snowflake scene I created.

The adorable deer stamp is an older one from The Greeting Farm called "Forest Friends."  I stamped the images in VersaMark ink then heat embossed in white embossing powder. I didn't have a stamp for the ground, so I simply drew my own line with a VersaMarker and embossed it just the same.


I then watercolored everything with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, water, and a paintbrush.  I added a few highlight dots with a white ink gel pen.


To finish it off, I backed it onto a white card base, added some die-cut vellum snowflakes and a few sparkly pink sequins to the middles... and the deer's sweet little nose!


I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{THE GREETING FARM} - December SPARKLE

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Nov 29, 2016

{I Happen To ADORE You}


This was a fun card to make!  I started by die-cutting a panel from white watercolor cardstock, then I stamped images from Concord & 9th's "WILDFLOWERS" stamp set in VersaMark ink, heat embossed them with white embossing powder, then watercolored the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.

Once dry, I spritzed the panel with some yellow and gold shimmery Glimmer Mist sprays and patted it off with a paper towel so it wasn't too dark. This did smear some of the watercoloring, but it just added to the effect and looked pretty cool!


Once the panel was dry, I stamped a small heart and the sentiment from Concord & 9th's "LOVE YOU. MEAN IT." stamp set in VersaMark ink and heat embossed them in gold embossing powder, to make sure they stood out and had lots of shine!


I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{WHERE CREATIVITY MEETS C9} - #3 Sparkle and Shine
{MARKER POP} - #109 Color Challenge



Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Nov 21, 2016

{THANK EWE}

A quick card share today to play along with a couple THANKFUL challenges.

I created my background by stamping the little sheep (or ewe, if you will) from Lawn Fawn's "Critters On The Farm" stamp set multiple times onto kraft cardstock. I then colored in the wool with a Copic marker and added some white gel ink dots and outline highlights to make them pop a bit.


I stamped the sentiment using Lawn Fawn's "Quinn's ABC's" onto vellum paper using VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I used the same Copic marker to color in the spaces of the alphas, on the reverse side, so they would wouldn't fade into the background.  I adhered the vellum strips on an angle and placed it onto a card base, and that's that!

I'm playing along in these fun challenges:

{LAWNSCAPING} - Thanks
{MARKER POP} - Give Thanks

 

THANK EWE for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Nov 17, 2016

{THANKS}


A quick Autumn/Thanksgiving card for you today!

These cute foxes are from the My Favorite Things 'Forest Friends' stamp set, I stamped them onto watercolor paper and painted them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers, water, and a paintbrush.  I used the MFT Blueprints 27 dies to create the rest of the card.  I blended some Distress Ink to create the orange/yellow background in the die-cut pieces. I added some orange sparkly enamel dots and some white ink gel pen dots to finish it off.


I'm playing along with the following challenges:

{MARKER POP} - #108 Give Thanks

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Nov 16, 2016

{Wishing You All Things MERRY}

Today I'm playing along in the {POWER & SPARK} challenge over on the POWER POPPY blog!  The challenge this month is THINK PINK CHRISTMAS, so I grabbed the only Power Poppy stamp set I own (so far...) which happens to be Christmas-themed and got to stamping:


This stamp set is gorgeous!  It's called "SPICE IT UP" and it's full of citrus and spice and all things holiday nice. The orange and clove pomanders, the berries, the star anise, the ribbons, and the sentiments are so perfect for creating holiday cards.  Who doesn't love the smell of Christmas?  I actually love it all year long.


I stamped one of the pretty citrus groupings into a pattern on some watercolor cardstock in black Archival Ink (which is waterproof).  I then colored each little bit with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers, water, and a paintbrush.


I then stamped and watercolored another image from the set, the single large orange pomander with the big bow and mistletoe and I turned the card into a shaker card filled with iridescent sequins:


I die cut a tag from Kraft cardstock and heat embossed one of the sentiments from the set in white, and tied it to the card with matching pink ribbon.  I love how it turned out!  It's going to be hard to give this card away... it may stick around in my stash for a little while. :)


Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Nov 13, 2016

{Decorate Your Holidays With HAPPINESS}

I'm sharing a quick and easy watercolored Christmas card today:


I stamped the ornament images and sentiment from the Hero Arts "Decorate Your Holiday" stamp set in clear VersaMark ink onto a die cut watercolor paper panel and heat embossed them with white embossing powder.

I then spritzed the panel with water and grabbed a few colors of Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers and smooshed some color around, keeping the red mostly on the ornaments and sentiment and the greens as more of a background cover, sort of like ornaments hanging from a Christmas tree.


I then backed the panel onto a white cardstock base, added some sparkle and shine to the ornaments with a Wink of Stella glitter brush, and some pink and white iridescent sequins. I added a few white ink gel pen dots to finish it off.


I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{SIMON SAYS STAMP MONDAY} - Shine Bright/Sparkly
{A BLOG NAMED HERO} - November Holiday Theme

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

P.S. I'm playing along with Kathy Racoosin's {The Daily Marker} 30 day coloring challenge over on my Instagram page (@annie.rose.makes.things) come check it out and play along!

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Oct 27, 2016

{Like A Sister}


The birthday card I'm sharing today was made for the {WHERE CREATIVITY MEETS C9} challenge blog for Concord & 9th.  The current challenge is 'Watercolor'.

The best part is that this card was made for MY ACTUAL SISTER!  Haha :)


I used the "Sophisticated Script" stamp set and a pen (to fill in any stamping mistake spaces) to make my sentiment.  I stamped it in black Archival Ink so it wouldn't smear when I applied the watercolors.  I also added a few floral stamps from the "Love You. Mean It." stamp set.

I used some of my favorite bright colors of Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers and water to smoosh the color around the card panel.


I backed the panel onto black cardstock, added a few iridescent sequins and a touch of glitter pen, then backed the whole thing onto a standard A2 sized white cardstock base.


It's simple and pretty... and I left the inside blank so she can pay it forward to a friend who isn't her actual sister, like I am.  Heh.



Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Oct 26, 2016

{BOO!}

I've got one last Halloween card to share today:


This adorable little "Cheshire Bean" stamp (an older limited edition) from The Greeting Farm is one of my favorite stamps that was released back when I was on the TGF design team.  Her little cat ears, tiny cat fangs, and the way she's holding up her 'paws' is just too cute!


I stamped the image onto a die cut watercolor paper panel with VersaMark ink, added white embossing powder, and heat embossed it.  I watercolored the image with Distress Ink Markers, water, and a paintbrush.

I colored her with different shades of brown for an old, sepia look... like a spooky old photo. I found some cute sparkly designer paper in matching Autumn colors, added some die-cut leaves, a button and twine, and a heat embossed BOO sentiment.


I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{THE GREETING FARM} - October Spooky Fun

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Oct 16, 2016

A Very {HAPPY} Autumn


My card today combines both the current {SKETCH} and {COLOR} challenges from My Favorite Things.  I took a bit of liberty on both, as the red ink I chose turned out to be quite pink, but the inspiration from both is still present. :)

I started with a panel of white watercolor paper and die cut 6 of the 'Layered Leaves Die-namics' from it, as I wanted the leaves to remain bright white.  I then used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers to layer on some ink, then spritzed it with water and smooshed it around with a paintbrush to give it the abstract watercolor look.


While that panel was drying, I cut a panel from kraft cardstock and stamped it with the 'Woodgrain Background' rubber stamp in brown ink.  This panel will be seen through the die cut leaf openings on the painted front panel.  I then adhered them together and inlaid the leaves into their open spots.


I added a stitched rectangle cut from kraft cardstock to middle of the panel and topped it with the 'Happy Duo Die-namics' die that I cut from white cardstock.  I inked the top section with some light pink Distress Ink, then applied some gold embossing powder just to the tops of the letters.


I finished it off with a few gold sequins.  I really like how it came out!



Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose