For our 4th of July family cookout, I wanted to make a shark fruit salad/centerpiece that I had seen in an issue of Taste of Home. So, we bought the fruit, my husband did the measuring and cutting while I did the fruit chopping and assembly. I think it turned out very cute, but what was the grandkids' favorite part of the whole thing? The red Swedish fish candies that were scattered around the base of the shark! :)
To document our masterpiece, I used the July 15th sketch from Stuck?! sketches.
Here's my take on the sketch.
Now I'm wondering if we could do a shark pumpkin for Halloween?????
Back with another card for the Jingle Belles ombre challenge. This time I used a candy cane stripe stamp and three red Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Fired Brick.
After stamping the background and adding the sentiment, the card still needed something, so I added the stamped and diecut penguins, with their tree and gifts. Just to get more in the spirit of things, I had I Heart Radio's "Christmas in July" station playing.....glad I was home alone so my family couldn't roll their eyes at me!
The current challenge @ Jingle Belles is to create a card with ombre coloration. I don't know why, but this turned out unexpectedly difficult for me, which just made me more determined to get a card made, LOL!
This card was made with the Hero Arts Tide Pool to Navy ombre ink pad, along with the Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I added some mats from silver glitter paper and a few crystals to add a little sparkle.
This is another project for the first Summer of Creative Chemistry challenge over at Online Card Classes. I stamped the leaf background stamp with four colors of distress ink, starting with Crushed Olive in the center, then moving outward using Rusty Hinge, Aged Mahogany and Vintage Photo. The stamp was spritzed with water and stamped on watercolor paper, then left to dry.
I've had this background stamp for years, and tend to use it with Versamark ink and embossing powder as a card background, so it was fun to try something different with it.
Online Card Classes is hosting a Summer of Creative Chemistry. In anticipation of Tim Holtz's new Creative Chemistry III class which will begin later this summer, Tim is reviewing his Creative Chemistry I and II courses, with challenges for those who took the classes earlier or are taking them now. I'll admit to need a refresher in the techniques from Creative Chemistry I, so was glad to join in the first challenge to revisit some of the Distress Ink techniques.
This is a four-color tag using Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral, Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean. After blending the inks, I lightly sprinkled the tag with water and then dried with a heat gun to get the bleached spots. The image was then stamped with black archival ink.