Sunday, April 26, 2015

Persian Motifs for Mother's Day

Hello Friends! Happy Sunday! I've been a busy little bee, buzzin' around The Hive, making Mother's Day cards and I wanted to share one of them today. A customer requested a Mother's Day card using the colors aqua and gold, soooo I pulled out one of my favorite stamp sets. Yes, I've used the Altenew Persian Motifs stamp set again. I really can't get enough of it. It's so pretty and so much fun to watercolor! I want to make a set of all occasion cards with it and add different sentiments and different color combos. Maybe then I will get it out of my system! But for now, take a look at the color combo I used for today's card share...

First, I die cut a piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor card stock using one of the Stitched Rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp. Then, I stamped the floral motifs with Versamark ink onto the textured side of the card stock, sprinkled on some white embossing powder and melted that with my heat tool. I stamped the Happy Mother's Day greeting with Versamark and covered that with gold embossing powder and heat set that.  After I let it cool, I used painter's tape to temporarily adhere the card stock onto my watercolor board to make it easier to move the piece around and to help minimize warping. For this watercoloring session, I tried something different. I used Stampin' Up! ink pads. I just smooshed them onto my craft sheet and picked up the pigment and colored the image. After my piece was dry, I went over it all with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush. I really wish you could see this in real life...I love the way it turned out.

With the lighting in my studio, it was difficult capturing the true colors on this. And although, I would not think to pair aqua with gold, I think it looks nice. I took a picture of the card in the flat stage this time. I have scored my card stock, but I haven't creased the fold yet. I keep it this way because it is easier to stamp and sign the back and it also makes it easier to center the main panel onto the base. By the way, I use Neenah 110# card stock for my card bases. It's a nice heavy weight and it stands up well under lots of layers, and is the perfect card base for watercolor card stock.

  I finished off the inside of the card too.

I die cut another panel with the Stitched Rectangle die, then stamped the motifs with Delicata Gold ink. For the sentiment, I used Pool Party and Old Olive. This is an older set from Papertrey Ink, called Heartfelt Basics and I just love it. I reach for it all the time. I like it because it has a lot of different verses and words that can be mixed and matched. And that makes it easy to use different color inks. Fun stuff!

That's it for today. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate the visit.  Have a great week!


stamps: Persian Motifs(Altenew)  Happy Mother's Day(PSX) inside sentiment from Heartfelt Basics(Papertrey Ink)
card stock: 110# Neenah for card base  Pool Party(Stampin' Up!)
specialty paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card stock(Ranger)
ink: Versamark, Delicata Gold(Tsukineko)  Pool Party, Old Olive(Stampin' Up!)
dies: Stitched Rectangles(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
other: Gold Filigree embossing powder(Papertrey Ink)  White(Hero Arts)  #0 watercolor brush(Grumbacher)  #2 watercolor brush(Claudine Helmuth Studios)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Flowering Branches

Hello Friends! I hope your weekend has been restful and relaxing. I've been buzzing around The Hive this weekend, cleaning and organizing. But, I also managed to get a little watercoloring done, as well. A new digital stamp set was released from Power Poppy a few days ago, and of course, I had to get it. It's called Flowering Branches and it is lovely! Take a look...

I printed the images, the sentiment is included in the set, onto the smooth side of a piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor card stock and then used Distress Markers and a #2 and a "0" brush to watercolor it. I used a barely damp brush on this to insure that my printer ink wouldn't smear. But, I also printed this in gray and went over it several times with a kneadable eraser to pick up any excess ink. As usual, I let my piece air dry. And I came back and added my color in layers. It took me about 3 hours to paint this, including drying time.

After everything was completely dry, I die cut the piece using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die and adhered it to my card base. To finish off the card, I added rhinestones, went over the yellow centers with the Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush and added Glossy Accents to the berries/buds.

I finished the inside, too. I used a digital sentiment that I picked up HERE. I just printed it onto a piece of card stock that I die cut. I stamped the "Happy Mother's Day" sentiment using Lawn Fawn's Black Licorice ink. I fussy cut the butterfly from a scrap of the patterned paper I used on the front of the card and added a flight trail with a black fine tip pen. And finally, I added a few stamped hearts.

And that's all there was to it! Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate the visit!


digital stamp set: Flowering Branches(Power Poppy)
stamps: "Happy Mother's Day" from Spring Baskets(Waltzingmouse Stamp Co.) bitty hearts from Bee Mine(Lawn Fawn)
card stock: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink(Stampin' Up!)
specialty paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card Stock(Ranger)
patterned paper: Sweet Chamomile from the Botanical Tea Collection(Graphic 45)
ink: Strawberry Slush(Stampin' Up!)  Black Licorice(Lawn Fawn)
dies: Stitched Rectangles(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: clear rhinestones(Stampin' Up!)  clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
coloring media: Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Festive Berries, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass Distress Markers(Ranger)
other: Glossy Accents(Ranger) #2 paint brush(Claudine Helmuth Studios)  #0 paint brush(Grumbacher)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

His and Hers Birthday Cards

Hello Friends! I hope everyone is having a pleasant week.  I've been enjoying the nice Spring temperature and all the beautiful flowers that are blooming now. Spring is one of my favorite seasons and it seems to be the shortest here in my neck of the woods. Summer is fast approaching and that is the time I a big ol' bear! Anywho...

A while ago, I took an Online Card Class called His & Hers, where we learned how to create a feminine and a masculine card out of the same supplies. I turned to those lessons for today's card share. I am always in need of birthday cards, so I decided to create a His & Hers set of cards, featuring the Blueprint Cupcake by Tim Holtz.

I started out by stamping my image onto Very Vanilla card stock and die cutting with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle dies. I knew I wanted to paper piece the cupcake liner and also add dimension with the frosting, candle and flame, so I stamped all of those onto various scraps of patterned paper and card stock. I colored all of the pieces with Prismacolor colored pencils and blended them with Gamsol and a paper stump. Then, I fussy cut everything out, added dimensional adhesive onto the backs and assembled all the bits and pieces.



I used a Clear Wink of Stella on the flame and then coated it with Glossy Accents. It really produces a lovely effect...shimmery and shiny. And, I spread a thin layer of liquid glue onto the frosting and sprinkled on a little Crystal glitter to give that a bit of sparkle, as well. Wood veneer stars finished off the His version and I used gold stars from Pretty Pink Posh to finish off the Hers version.

Once I had the focal panels assembled, I worked on the inside panels of the cards. 

I added a humorous greeting to His.

And kept Hers short and sweet.

And that is it from me today. As always, thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend.


stamps: Blueprint Cupcake(Tim Holtz)  "Wishing you the happiest of Birthdays" from Cake & Candles(Avery Elle)  "Finally a day that really is all about you" from Really Good Greetings(Stampin' Up!)  stars from Birthday Balloons(Simon Says Stamp)
card stock: Very Vanilla, Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit(Stampin' Up!)
patterned paper: Print Poetry(Stampin' Up!)
ink: Walnut Stain Distress Ink(Ranger)  Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit(Stampin' Up!)
dies: Stitched Rectangles(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: Gold stars(Pretty Pink Posh)  Wood stars(Studio Calico)  Clear Wink of Stella(Zig)  Crystal glitter(Martha Stewart Crafts)
coloring medium: Prismacolor Colored Pencils
other: Glossy Accents(Ranger)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Hello Tulips

Hello Friends!  I've got a little something to share with you today. I am in the process of making cards with many of the images I colored during the 30 Day Coloring Challenge that I participated in last month. If you missed any of those posts, I have linked them all HERE.

So for today's card, I am using the panel I watercolored on Day Six of the challenge. Remember this one? I used Peerless Watercolors.

I trimmed it down a bit and matted it with patterned paper. Then adhered it to my card base. I created a dimensional element with my Mama Elephant Hello Script die, by running it thru my die cutting machine several times, on plain white card stock, and then stacking and adhering the pieces together, with the final piece being cut from some text patterned paper. I love this technique and it can be used with just about any die. After the die cut piece was dry, I adhered it to my focal panel and added a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish off my card.

And that is it for me today. Thank you for dropping in! Have a great weekend.


stamp set: Friendship Jar Spring Fillers(Papertrey Ink)
card stock: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor(Ranger)
patterned paper: "Just Because" from the Botanical Tea Collection(Graphic 45)
ink: Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black(Tsukineko)
dies: Hello Script(Mama Elephant)
bling: 4mm Sparkling Clear, 6mm Pink Blush sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
coloring medium: Peerless Watercolors
other:White Pearl Super Fine embossing powder(WOW)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Birthday To You

Hello Friends! I plan to keep coloring a little something every day. I may not post it, but I will share it eventually when it gets on a card. Today, I have a card share. I did a little watercoloring. I am still learning the ins and outs of my Gansai Tambi watercolors, so bear with me, while I practice. I have seen some lovely samples on the Internet using these watercolors and my goal is to master them and produce something that I can be proud of. Sooo it's practice, practice, practice.

For my card today, I die cut a piece of Strathmore watercolor paper with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die. Then I inked up the Stampin' Up! Pleasant Poppies stamp with Versamark ink, stamped it onto my watercolor paper, sprinkled on WOW White Pearl Super Fine embossing powder and heat set it. I let that cool for a bit. Then using Painters Tape, I taped it to my watercolor board and began painting. I used very diluted paints for this piece. I was going for light and airy.

Try as I might, I could not get a good photograph of this card! It really does look better in real life.
The colors are very soft and delicate. Not nearly as harsh as they appear on my laptop screen. After I let the piece dry, I mounted it onto a piece of Fun Foam. I have seen Jennifer McGuire do this and thought I would give it a go. I will probably not do that again. I like how sturdy it makes the card and there are no sagging spots,so that's a plus. What I don't like, is how high the focal piece sits. I don't know if Fun Foam comes in different thicknesses, I just used what I had on hand. I can see this working out just great for a shaker card, though.

Next,I stamped my greeting onto a strip of Neenah Desert Storm card stock, using Versamark ink, covered that with Hero Arts White embossing powder and heat set it. I clipped a banner end on one side and then adhered that straight down on my focal piece. Then, I went nuts with sequins again. I just love the Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. They are like little light seekers to me. And their sparkle is so pretty.
And that is it for today. Thank you so much for stopping by! I appreciate the visit.


stamps: Pleasant Poppies(Stampin' Up!)  Greeting: Handwritten Notes(Avery Elle)
card stock: Neenah Desert Storm(Simon Says Stamp)
specialty paper: 140lb Cold Press Watercolor Paper(Strathmore)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
coloring medium: Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolors(Kuretake)
other: White Pearl Super Fine embossing powder (WOW)  White embossing powder(Hero Arts)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Day 30 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Friends! It's day THIRTY! Whooo hooo! I made it. I have to admit that sometimes it was a real challenge getting my coloring done for the day. I'm glad I stuck with it, though. I made a few cards and I have a lot of images waiting to be used on cards and that is going to make quick work of adding cards to my stash. I'm pleased that I was able to participate. And I say a big THANK YOU! to Kathy for hosting.

Here is my cast of characters.

Since Easter is just days away, I wanted to color these fluffy bunnies again and make some treat holders.  I printed my images onto smooth white card stock and colored them with Copic markers. I just did simple coloring on my bunny. Leaving him white made it easy to complete the project quickly. After using a circle punch to cut them out, I dusted on Broken China and Shabby Shutters Distress ink, to create a little sky and ground.

Some of you have seen these before, because I made some a few years ago and they were a big hit. They are sour cream containers that I created to look like carrots! I used patterned papers to make the carrots and stems. Quick and easy!  They can be filled with your favorite Easter treats and tucked into an Easter basket or used as table favors.

The design of these is not my own. You can find instructions for these all over the Internet. I am sharing the video that I viewed, just in case you would like to make some carrots, too.

That's all I have for you today. Thank you so much for stopping by! I appreciate the visit.


supplies ~
digital stamp: Fluffy Bunny
stamp set: Friendship Jar Fall Fillers(Papertrey Ink)
card stock: 80# Neenah Solar White(Simon Says Stamp)  Colonial White(Close to My Heart)  Java(Bazzill)
patterned paper: Sugar Rush Collection(BasicGrey)  Evensong paper packet(Close to My Heart)
ink: Chocolate(Close to My Heart)  Broken China, Shabby Shutters Distress Ink(Ranger)
other: Copic markers  decorative edge scissors(Michael's)  paper crimper(Marvy)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Day 29 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Friends! Day 29! Can you believe it?! Almost 30 straight days of coloring for me AND blog posts! Well, let's get right to the coloring share.

Here is the cast of characters.

One of my goals when I started this challenge was to use all of the coloring media I own. You can see that picture HERE. And although I cut it really close, I was able to accomplish that goal today by using my Spectrum Noir colored pencils. You'll notice that I left my card base flat, rather than crease my score line. That's because I wanted to stamp my images onto the base and color them. Leaving it flat, kept the card from flapping up on me while I worked.

I stamped my images onto my card base, using My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid ink. This is such a good all-purpose ink and if you're in the market for a new black ink pad, I highly recommend this one. It can be used with all types of coloring media and it produces dark, crisp impressions. I colored the images and blended them with Gamsol and a paper blending stump.

I kept my card clean and simple again. I'm liking that style more and more. And now you can see why I stamped on my card base. I wanted to do a little something different, especially since I wasn't planning to use any patterned paper. I've had this idea in my head for weeks and I'm so pleased with how it turned out.

After I finished adhering the die cut panel, I glued orange gem stones onto the flower centers, brushed on a little Wink of Stella and added a few Sparkling Clear sequins to finish off the card.

And that is it from me today! Thanks for stopping by!


stamp set: Spring Baskets(Waltzingmouse Stamps)
card stock: Neenah 80# and 100#(Simon Says Stamp)
ink: Black Licorice Hybrid(My Favorite Things)
dies: Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Circles(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)   orange gemstones(Me&My Big Ideas)
coloring medium: Essentials Colored Pencils( Spectrum Noir)
other: Gamsol(Inky Antics)