Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Butterflies Twofer Challenge #29

Hi everyone,  I thought I would finally submit a couple of cards for my friend, Darnell’s Twofer Challenge. I think this is the first time I’ve submitted for her monthly challenge.  You can check out the challenge here.

I love stamping butterflies and so this was a fun challenge.

I’ve had this watercolored panel for quite awhile and just wasn’t sure what to do with it.  Finally on Sunday inspiration hit. I love Nichol Spohr’s one layer cards and she helped with my inspiration. I had used TH Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade and twisted Citron DI and randomly water colored them on the panel. I let it dry for weeks 😊. I think if you let it dry overnight, it would be fine. I then stenciled SSS Butterfly Trails in TH Seedless Preserves, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean and Spiced Marmalade DI.  Before I embossed the butterflies from SSS Beautiful Butterflies in White, I used the embossing buddy liberally so the embossing powder didn’t stick where I didn’t want it. The sentiment is from the same set and embossed in white, too.

The next card was just as fun. I started with cream colored cs and stamped PB Vintage Postcard
stamp in Memento’s Toffee Crunch. I took TH Antique Linen DI and sponged over the panel lightly. Next I stenciled some of the butterflies in the SSS Butterfly Trails stencil with the Antique Linen ink.  I used the same butterflies from the SSS Beautiful Butterflies set and stamped them randomly with SU’s Chocolate Chip ink (stamped off once).  I colored them with Prismacolor Pencils and added some glitter with a glitter pen and stamped Happy Birthday (from PB’s Special Wishes) in SU’s Early Expresso ink.  I also sponged Early Expresso ink around the edge of the card before adhering it to SU’s Crumb Cake cs.

Thank you for stopping by.  I love it when you do.  Enjoy the rest of your week.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Smackin Acetate with Gina K

Gina K has been helping me get my mojo back. It’s been fun.   If you haven’t been watching her videos on Mon, Weds and Fridays, you should.   Her Facebook page is Gina K Designs & StampTV friends.   She also has a YouTube channel, Gina K. designs.

This past Friday was “Smackin Acetate”.  Here are the six cards I made with this technique...

I used TH watercolor paper on all of my cards, along with GK heavy weight white cs and orange and turquoise blue cs from my stash.

This first card features GK’s ink cubes, Moonlit Fog, Bubblegum Pink and Turquoise Sea.  The flowers are from a retired SU stamp set and “hello friend” is from GK. It must have been a freebie as it doesn’t show a name of the set on the packaging.

I used the same ink cubes and “grateful for you” is in the same GK set that didn’t come with a name. The cattail Stamp is from Paper Inspirations.

This card again uses the same ink cubes and sentiment by GK.  The stamp is from GK’s “Framecape Winter Trees”.

This card, I used Peach Bellini, Turquoise Sea and Moonlit Fog ink cubes.   The grasses are from Sweet ‘n Sassy “Wetland Grass”

I switched to Tombow markers for this card. The orange is  #933, the pink is #703 and the blue is #371.
The hello is from WPlus 9 “Hand Lettered Hello”.  The trees are from GK’s “Seasonal Sentiments”, which I stamped 3 times on the card panel.

This is my favorite.  Again I used the same Tombow markers as I did in the card above. The stamp set is from GK “Framescape Winter Trees”.

This one I’m saving for Father’s Day to give to my hubby.

I usually don’t have much success with this technique, but I will say I like the way my panels with the Tombow markers turned out best. I think I’ll be using this technique in the future with other Tombow markers.

Have a great week.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Gamsol & Colored Pencils

Hello everyone!  Yes, I'm still here.  It's has been quite awhile since I posted on my blog.  Time flies.  Life sure does know how to throw some curves!  Just as I'm starting to emerge from the curves into the straightaway, COVID-19 hits!  I'm praying for everyone who has been affected by COVID-19.

I've been enjoying Gina K's "Stamp & Chat" on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm central time.  Here's the link to her Youtube page. 

Last week she worked with Gamsol and Colored Pencils.  I haven't used Gamsol or colored pencils in a very long time, so I thought I would color right along with her.  Here's the cards I ended up creating from March 27. 

The stamp sets and the sentiments are all by Gina K.

Have a great week.  I do hope I will be able to start posting on a regular basis again. 

 Take care...stay safe...stay healthy...wash your hands often!!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Go Tell It On The Mountain

One of my favorite Christmas carols, especially sung in a gospel style. I used my new stamp set from Penny Black as my jumping off point for this card.  Again, the color throwdown gave me a bit of a challenge.  I don’t think of black much when I think of Christmas and just this week, I saw a news blurb about black Christmas trees, but I don’t think I could ever buy one.  So here is what I came up with for this week’s Color Throwdown #521.    I’m also entering this card at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge “Anything Goes.

I used GIna K white luxury cs, SU black cs, SU merry music dsp, SU ribbon, PB manger die and He is Born Stamp set & die set.

Thank you for stopping by, I love it when you do.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Tall trees

Penny Black’s Tall Trees is one of my favorite dies that I haven’t had a chance to use until today. Yay!  This week’s color throwdown was a bit of a challenge for me, but I like how my card turnedout and it was fun to make.  What is also great is I can use this card for three challenges.   Simon Says Monday ChallengeSimon Says Wednesday Challenge and Color Throwdown #520 Challenge.blob:

SU Almost Artichoke and Crumb Cake CS
SU Crumb Cake, Close to Cocoa, and Early Expresso Inks
Gina K Pure Luxury Cream CS
MFT Let It Snowflake Too dies
PB Tall Trees dies
Concord & 9th Plaid Background Stamp
PTI Wet Paint Holiday Tags Stamp set
The little snowflake came out of SSS Naughty & Nice Stamp set

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Have a great week.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Christmas card making

Every year I procrastinate making Christmas cards and I send out about 100 or more.  Each year, I tell myself I’m going to start early, and yet again, I’m behind the 8-ball.  So after seeing the colors for this week’s Color Throwdown #519, I knew whatever card I designed would be one to use for this year’s stash.

I really love how it turned out too.  I smooshed the background and added snowflakes and heat embossed snowflakes in silver, too.  This will be an easy card to mass produce!

Supplies used:
TH watercolor paper and Weathered Wood Ink
Gina K’s Ocean Mist and Sea Glass Inks and layering White CS
SSS Retro Deer Die
PTI’s In The Meadow Silhouttes dies (the birds)
PB’s Into the Woods die
PTI’s In the Meadow Stamp set (snowflakes)
MFT’s Simply Snowflakes
SU’s Silver EP
Duvo drops in Autumn Red
Embroidering Floss

Monday, November 12, 2018

Fall and Winter

These two cards are for November Twofer Challenge.  This will be my first time since Darnell started the challenge that I
could even think about entering. I hope my entry qualifies.  Darnell please let me know if it doesn’t.

One of the cards is for the Color Throwdown 518 using blue yellow and brown.

List of stamps...MFT’s BB Harvest Mouse and I don’t remember which set the Happy Birthday came from.  SSS Naughty & Nice Elves and MFT’s Hand Lettered Holiday. The wreath die is Wreaths Confetti Cuts from Reverse Confetti.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

A Fall Birthday

Hi everyone, It’s nice to be back stamping again. I’ve had this stamp for at least a year and finally had a chance to ink it up. I bought it at a local craft show.   I think this stamp is an obvious “watercolor me” stamp.  It’s called Shady Path by the Artful Stamper by SOI.  I took a bit of liberty and made the path a creek.   I used my SU stamps for watercoloring: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake and Pool Party.  The Happy birthday stamp is from HA CL661.  I’m entering this card into the Color Throwdown #517 and Simon Says Stamp Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge “Anything Goes.  As always thank you for stopping by.  I love it when you do. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

Can you believe that this Wednesday is already Valentine's Day?  I can't either.  It is also Ash Wednesday.  It's hard to believe Lent is beginning this week, too.  

I spent last weekend in NYC wedding dress shopping with Sarah, maid of honor, Jessica, and Paul's mom, Lorraine.  Sarah, said "Yes to the Dress", but not at Kleinfeld's.  We didn't even go there.  They are just a bit out of our budget but we did find two places that fit our budget and the last dress she tried on was the one!  I wish I could show you the dress, but I just can't.  Here is a picture of us all at brunch later that day.  Sarah's friend, Theresa, was also able to join us.  Sarah, Jessica and Theresa introduced Lorraine and I to a drink called the Barnstormer--so good!

Here's my card for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge #479 and both of Simon Says Monday Love is in the Air and Wednesday It must be Love Challenges.  I started out by doing a light watercolor wash using Shimmers Aqua Heuz in Hottie Pink.  Then I put a bit of Simmerz Silver Bells on my craft mat, added a little water and used one of the Simon Says Stamps Frozen Fractal stencil and put it in the Silver Bells and stamped it over the dried watercolored panel.  After that dried.  I took a paint brush and dipped into Shimmerz Royal Red paint and splattered that color on top of the watercolored panel.  After everything dried, I die cut 4 times Simon Says Stamps Super Heart Border from the watercolored panel, red and two shades of gray cardstock.  I inset the hearts and dots from the red and gray cardstock and then attached the watercolored panel to a piece of Smokey Slate cardstock.  I stamped Happy Valentine's Day from Simon Says Stamp  Hello Beautiful stamp set in Momento London Fog ink and embossed it with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl EP.  I really liked how the stencil looks on this pink watercolored background. 

Thanks for stopping by, I love it when you do.  I appreciate your comments, too!  Have a great week.