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!

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!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Birthday 2 You

Hi friends!
Well, the snow is here and my husband has already been out once to shovel the driveway.   But that meatloaf and mashed potatoes I made earlier warmed him up - yum!   I'm his favorite gal today (she winks).

This afternoon I decided to play in the CAS challenge on Splitcoaststampers. It's been a while since I've stamped and I feel a little rusty.  The challenge is to make a clean and simple card using a number some where on your card. Either stamp, die cut, or in designer paper.  However you choose to design the card using this criteria. 

My card uses a stamped image within the sentiment itself - perfect! All I added was the party hat!   I wasn't happy with the card photo I used for my gallery upload so decided to make some changes to the card AND change my camera lens to a 50 mm fixed - much better she thinks.   I added some Pan Pastel to the pom pom (for contrast) and used a little BG 0000/00 for some highlighting around the birthday greeting.   Sometimes I am happy with a card and sometimes not.   Today I saw my mistakes once the card was in photo form - ever happen to you?    I think I may remake the card tomorrow a little differently.   The important thing is to have fun and love what you do - right?

Thank you everyone for all the nice comments on the new blog look.
Be safe and stay warm!

Hearts and Roses

The cold winds blow, and the snow is on its way.   But, my beloved, this month brings colors of spring and puts a song in our hearts.   Clothed in red and pink, dipped in chocolate, and wrapped in laced filled cups, February is still with us.   And for those born in February, may your month be filled with love and birthday blessings.

I have created another fun shaker card for you today.  This time using a pre-made shimmer pink card base from Simon Says Stamp, and a fun Build a Blossom stamp set from Papertrey Ink called, The Sweet Life.  This set also has matching dies - yay!   The beautiful sentiment stamped and embossed is from Papertrey Ink as well.  It's one of their sweet Birthday Classics: February, and was designed by Dawn McVey.  I love these little offerings because they really pack a punch for the cost.   My inside sentiment is from Wplus9: Sparkle and Shine.  The window frame is cut using the Holiday Apertures die also from Wplus9.    I think I like these pre-made card bases.  It's nice to have several basics like this in your crafty tool drawer.

On the menu today:  Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and a nice salad; my husband's favorite.    I don't know of a man yet who doesn't like good ol' comfort food.   Maybe a little chocolate valentine heart on the side to let him know he's still my favorite (she winks).

Stay warm friends, spring is just around the corner!

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