Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hello Friends


Hey, I've been thinking of you!   It's been a while hasn't it?   I'm always two steps behind it seems (she smiles).   But, please know I've been visiting your galleries and loving everything you've been creating!   From Power Poppy's sweet digi's to the fresh and fun stamp sets of Simon Says Stamp and MFTstamp sets from Birdie Brown, and the wonderful sets from Wplus9 -- I love them ALL!   Can a girl have to many stamps I ask?!

I have several cards to share today, and a practice sampler too.   So let's get started shall we?

First up is this wonderful compilation from Simon Says Stamp,  JustRite, Papertrey Ink, and Penny Black.   I love it when I can combine stamps and dies from different companies and have them compliment one another.   The background die cut is from Papertrey Ink and is stamped with the beautiful background stamp from JustRite called, Floral Flourishes, on cement cardstock from PaperSource and embossed with a pearl fine detail powder.   The fun floral blossoms are from the Simon Says Stamp set called, Artful Blossoms.   I just received a beautiful set of watercolors from Kuretake Gansai Tambi - believe me when I tell you the color is absolutely amazing!   My sentiment is also from the same SSS set.   I do think in retrospect I would have used a larger sentiment for this - next time (she smiles).   I finished the card with some colorful sequins from Taylored Expressions, a Wink of Stella, and some Glossy Accent in the center of the flowers.   Even though I have popped up some of the blossoms it goes inside a handmade envelope like a dream - love that!


My next card is a soft, loose watercolored image of peonies.   I used the builder set from Wplus9 called, Pretty Peonies, and again, used the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp set, Artful Flowers. This little card is a small square 4 x 4 notecard.   I colored the middle peony stamp with Rangers Distress Markers, Worn Lipstick, then spritzed it with water before stamping.   The result is a very loose image of the peony.  The leaves are a little more detailed.  A little wash using Scattered Straw around the bouquet, a nice friendship sentiment, and some Krylon gold leaf pen finish the card.   Wouldn't a set of four notecards tied with a pretty pink ribbon be lovely to give to a neighbor or friend?


I loved playing with the Wplus9 Builder Set, Pretty Peonies, but I have to say it takes some practice to be able to achieve Dawn's gorgeous watercolored florals.   The photo below shows the difference between the loose design and stamping the image then pulling the color away to form a petal.   The little image on the left is from the set, Coming Up Roses.


I get so much satisfaction and relaxation from this type of watercoloring.   I hope you've enjoy my little offerings today.   I've been thinking of you!

Warm spring hugs to all!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Artist

Hello friends!

Yesterday I took my coffee into the sun room and colored!  Blissfully colored in my pajama's while drinking my coffee - ahh!  How lazy is that I ask?!   Truth be told it was wonderful (she winks).

And today, much to my pleasant surprise, Splitcoaststampers had a challenge for my newly colored piece of art work (I love it when a plan comes together).   The Ways to Use It challenge asks, "Are you a tortoise or a hare?   How long does it take you to create a card, and do you have any tips.

I am a tortoise.  No surprise there huh?  I am a tortoise because I love the process of art from beginning to end.  I am not one who gets up and decides to make a card quickly.  Nope, that's not me. Now if it happens I'm definitely okay with that, but the norm for me is the aforementioned tortoise.


What are some of my tips?   When I color a large piece I normally don't create a fancy layout.   I want the focal image to do the talking (so to speak).   Because of that I add interest to the card with other mediums.   In this instance I used glossy accents to the pan paints and to the tips of the paint brushes.   I also used a Copic Multi-liner 0.3 pen to add some depth to the stamped line on her jeans pocket and the cuff - a little here, a little there.   I also added some fun flowers on her tennis shoes.  The center of the flower is just a dot of white Signo pen.   Several things about coloring:  I add a little bit of V20 around the shaded side of the face or under the bangs.  It blends very nicely with flesh tones and gives nice depth. The back of the artist drawing tablet is colored with E81.  I wanted to add some paper flecks, the kind you might see on cardboard.  I used a small piece of textured fun foam and inked it very lightly (that's the key word) before stamping off and gently tapping it on the image.   I also decided to give our young artist a pair of "dirty" jeans and used W3 after coloring with my B93 and B95.

I didn't stay to the original artist color scheme completely.  Instead I colored the shirt coral.  A young red-head always looks good in coral.

Now, for those who feel they like a little embellishment, I created the card again and used a die cut from MFT's (Artist Palette).  I only used the paint brushes and a few of the paint splats.   A little glossy accents on those too. 
Copics used are:  Hair: Y32, E97, 99; Skin: E00,01,11,13 and V20; Cheeks: R20,21; Lips R20,RV29; Jeans: B93,95, and W3

Copic used for the back of the drawing tablet E81 with a bit of texture from Rangers Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
So, are you a tortoise or a hare?  Whatever you decide, do something today that makes your heart sing!





Supplies: StazOn Ink (Jet Black for sentiment only),  Image stamped with MFTs Hybrid Ink (Black Licorice), Ranger Distress Ink (Vintage Photo).  Paper: PaperSource (Lake), SU (So Saffron), Penny Black Dp (Gentle Whisper), and Neenah Solar White.  Dies:  MFTs (In & Out Stchd Rnde) and Avery Elle (Finished Frame).  Rangers Glossy Accent, Uni-ball Signo White pen, and a Copic Multi-liner 0.3 black pen.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Thinking of You


  No card today friends,  just a little practice session.    I think it's always important to put your best foot forward, but I also think it's important to let others know that you make mistakes along the way as well.

  I thought about some mistakes I made over the weekend.   Words misunderstood, feelings hurt.  It happens to the best of us.  I'm thankful God forgives those mistakes aren't you?

  I know this little girl.  She is eager to please, and wears her heart on her sleeve.  She's still learning to be quick to listen, and slow to speak.   She isn't perfect by any means.   Her name is little much afraid.  But she's on her way to the mountain where prefect love casts away all fear.

  I made quite a number of mistakes on this little piece, but that's okay.   Believe it or not this is the first time I've used Inktense pencils.   Whew, I'm tired now.   I'll try again tomorrow.   Because I serve the God of second chances.

  Good night beloved.   Sleep tight.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Breath of Spring


Hello friends,

  Today is the last day of February and there are only 20 days until spring -yay!   I thought playing in the Splitcoaststampers challenge, Ways to Use It - Monochromatic (green) Challenge was definitely a nice way to herald in March.   Let us hope the lion of March will be gentle this year and go out like a lamb.   One thing is for sure, in a couple of weeks sweet narcissus and daffodils will spring forth and throw off winter's blanket to breathe color into our landscape once again.


  I chose an older stamp set from Flourishes called, Spring Blossom, and coupled it with three sentiments from Power Poppy called, Good Thinking: Renewals.   I think the sentiments set the stage for these beautiful daffodils from Marcella Hawley.

  Monochromatic coloring is one of my favorite ways of coloring.   I used several shades from the green family, including BG90 for the background and around the edges of the image.  The beautiful color mimics our grey skies of late.
You can click on the photograph to enlarge
  The design of the card is simple.   The color and shades of green are colors of nature, and symbolize growth, harmony, and freshness.   It also has great healing power, and is the most restful for the human eye, therefore, I wanted to continue that feel and let the illustration take center stage along with the sentiments.   I hope you agree.

  Now, breathe in, now out.   Can you feel it?   Spring is on it's way!
Blessings,

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello Birthday Girl!

Hi Everyone!
  February is almost gone and I have several birthday girls on my calendar.   I'm afraid I've been a little remiss about getting things done lately, but I'm pretty sure I'll be forgiven (she smiles).

  While reorganizing my stamp supplies I came across several Pink Ink Stamp Company block stamps.  I have really purged a lot of my block stamps because they are to difficult to store.  But these little sweeties are remaining on the shelf.   I love to color little things.  There is just something about small images that make me what to touch, hold, and send to another with a wish and kiss.  
  Today I created a nice layered, clean and simple card, using Canson Watercolor paper as my base and secondary panel.  The little image is stamped on Neenah Solar White cardstock.   The illustration on the card is called, Tub of Flowers.  I colored this little with Prismacolored Pencils.  I added a little BG0000 and BG000 around the edges to highlight (be careful not to get the tip of your Copic on the wax of the Prismacolor pencil though).

  I decided I wanted my "tub" to have a more basket look, so I cut a piece of tiny polka dot scrap paper and paper pieced it.   I gave the secondary panel a watercolor wash with some Ranger Distress Inks (Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, and Tumbled Glass) and mounted it on the card base using some fun foam.  I really like using the foam because it gives the larger panels a nice even lift on the card base. 

  The smaller panel is popped up with some dimensionals.   To give this card some pizzazz I added Wplus9's Hand Lettered Hello sentiment and Die to the card.  I just love the new gold trend and the hand lettered styles we're seeing lately.  Edging both the secondary and illustration panel with a Krylon Gold Leafing pen was a nice way to bring the card together.
  But wait...there's more!  Have you seen some of Kristina Werner's envelopes using masking fluid?! Oh be still my heart!  If you haven't seen them, you must - they're divine!   I didn't have any masking fluid unfortunately, so instead I used my second stamp from Pink Ink Stamp CompanyFlowery Frame.   Both stamps are in the Spring/Summer collection.   I took the photograph before hand lettering the recipients name and address for privacy purposes.   And BTW: my masking fluid is on order (she winks).

  So that's it for today beloved's   Stay warm and safe.  Before we know it we'll all be at our local nursery and ready to get our hands in the soil again!

Blessings and I'll see you next time.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

No Place Like Home

Hi friends!
I've got another card today.  This week over at Splitcoaststampers we had a challenge in positive and negative.  Since I'm somewhat a city gal now, I thought it might be fun to use a new stamp and die set from Papertrey, Ink called, City Scene to create a positive and negative design.
This builder set uses stamps to add layers of detail.  Kay Miller has a card today featuring this same stamp set.  And it's the cutest ever! I hope you'll pay her a visit today too.

If you're interested in trying your hand with a positive/negative design, here's a great Make it Monday video from Papertrey, Ink with some great tips and ideas.

Until next time, Blessings to all.

Miss You

Hello friends!
  Are you staying warm this frigid snowy weekend?  For those of us who live in the mid-to-eastern states it is so cooold!  I believe this snow will be our biggest this season - we have at least 10 inches of new snow today!   And for those in the southwest, you can continue to sweep the sunshine off your driveway (she smiles).

  Yesterday I was thinking of my sister; bless her heart, she would be curled up in a fetal position if she had to live back east (laughing).   This month she celebrates a birthday and I wanted to let her know how much I miss her - especially on her special day.

  When we were teenagers we use to jump in my chevy and haul ourselves to the beach in sunny southern California - yep, we were SoCal gals (she smiles).   We didn't move to Arizona until 1965.   We still love the water to this day, and memories of jumping off the side of the pool in tippy tubs, gliding in on the night waves next to the pier in Huntington Beach, or hiking along the beaches near our grandparents home make me smile.

You're never far from my heart, sister.
   I used a no line stamping technique that produces a natural look for this card.  A soft watercolor to compliment a coastal western sunset.
  So let's start here.  Hero Arts Shadow Ink, my image from Unity Stamp Company, and some Ranger watercolor paper.  I used a variety of watercolor mediums (Ranger Distress Inks, Grumbacher pan watercolor, and Art Grip Aquarelle pencils).   I also taped my paper to my board with blue tape before painting. Taping your watercolor paper will give your piece a nice border and won't allow the color to leak outside the designated area.  Waring: this blue tape can cause your paper to tear when removing it.  I prefer micropore tape, but didn't have any at the time I created this card.  
  I stamped my image with a nice soft color that won't show once I lay down my watercolor.  Once I finished, I mounted the piece onto teal cardstock and cork for additional texture.   The winds may howl, and the snow swirl, but the memories of ocean mist, salty spray, and laughing gulls dim the distance between two hearts that grow older.   I love you my sister.   Happy Birthday!
Surfs Up!
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