Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Coloring with Intkense Pencils

I knew I had taken a break from card-making and posting, but I had no IDEA it's been over 2 weeks! 
Last post I said I was puttering, and I guess I continued in that mode. A few things have been going on, and well, life happens! 

One of my creative days involved a spurt of watching videos and coloring a bunch of images with Inktense pencils. My favorites were these adorable mice from MFT (Harvest Mice). I used an aqua brush to spread the color and added a few layers of color. While it's still not the medium I'm most comfortable with, I did get better with practice. 

I learned that keeping the aqua brush just barely damp worked best. The background areas of ground and sky were sponged with Distress Oxide Inks.

The sentiment is one of such nostalgia for me because it's from a song my Mom used to sing to us. If you do a search for it, it's good for a chuckle. Makes me feel really old, lol. But then Mom lived to be 96 and never thought she was old. So sing a chorus for her!

I hope I will get back into some stamping soon. Thanks for visiting today! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

What I Love: Spattering!

Hi, it's Wednesday!

 I LOVE a day to putter - putting things away, doing a chore here and there to get my house in order, but nothing too daunting or pressured by time constraints. My time in the stamp room today involved puttering, and lots of spattering too! 

Sponging a blended background with Distress Oxide inks is one of my favorite techniques but the best part comes when I spatter it with water, then flick on a darker shade of ink, white Acrylic paint, and Gold watercolor. 

I enjoyed pulling out N-B-U-S (never before used stuff) from Neat & Tangled, the Oak Leaf set. I've always loved the mosaic look of this image. I embossed the leaf in gold, then colored it in with Zig markers and fussy cut it out. For shine I whisked the leaf with a clear glitter pen, and placed a nest of gold thread behind it. 

As always, I am grateful that you come to visit my blog. I hope to be back tomorrow! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Neat & Tangled - Oak Leaf
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Tim Holz Distress Watercolor Paper, SU - Chocolate Chip
INK: Versamark, Distress Oxide - Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick
Accessories: White and gold embossing powder, gold thread, Zig markers, White paint, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Transformation Tuesday with Papertrey Ink

Hi there, thanks for popping in to see me on Papertrey Tuesday. It's been awhile since I was in sync with my own blog plans I had for posting Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday each week. I'm working on changing that!

I love the Transformation Tuesday Challenge at PTI where we are encouraged to do a remake on a card we have created in the past. There are lots of good reasons to do this. I find it is a tool for increasing my design skills, even if it's just to fine tune what I love and don't like. Not liking the way a card turned out is another option for re-creating it, or changing up the season or colors, for example. 

My card today has a layout that I really DID like from one card and using it again for a second card really helps when wondering what to make next. 
Here's the first card. 

And here's the remake. And the link HERE if you want to see how I made it. 

I chose to make my new card in the same layout and even using the same background DSP and die cut white piece. I added vellum on top to mute the brightness and the print a bit for my fall themed card.   I also wanted to give the style an update from elegant to more graphic. Thus, I used less layers, and instead of sequins I added twine and a wooden leaf element at the top. 

The supplies are from Papertrey Ink's Mini Market Kit: Color Pop Autumn which was in my stash. The printed die cuts were provided and it feels good to put them on a card! 

Thanks for coming by today! It's turned into a beautiful afternoon here and I will be having a time on the lake to fish this evening. Making the most of the nice weather while it lasts. 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Beautiful Butterflies

How are things going for you on this last Saturday in September? Officially it is fall, but the weather is still quite warm today! I have hated seeing summer end, but in my craft room with new stamps I can still make Beautiful Butterflies and think of summer. 

I'm popping in with a quick post using new sets from the WPlus9 release which I just love! 

Today's card uses a simple color scheme, of one color plus pops of white and black. I stamped the butterflies in Peacock Feathers and then sponged over it with Cracked Pistachio, adding details to the body with a black gel pen.

I'm sure I'll long enjoy using these hexagon dies because they  are classic, make a bold statement and I love being able to add dimension by placing the center pieces with foam tape. 

Here's the sketch that inspired my card, you can the check out the challenge HERE and see many more wonderful designs. 
That's it for me today. Enjoy your weekend! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies stamps and dies, Butterfly Mandala and Hello and Thanks stamps and dies for the sentiment
Paper: Neenah Solar White, SU - Bermuda Bay
INK:Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black, Distress Oxide Inks - Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio

Accessories: Clear Cut Stackers Hexagons, White embossing powder

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wednesday: I LOVE new flower stamps!

Leaves in autumn hues. Colored pumpkins, striped gourds. Pumpkin spice everything! 
I know it's time for fall and Christmas in the card making world but you know, I can't stop using things I love! 

Since today is What I love Wednesday, I'm featuring once again the beautiful Mandy's Flowers stamps designed by Nina- Marie Trapani. I was totally amazed by THIS card of hers using watercolored images with a sweet scene as the backdrop and multiple layers. 

My card CASE combines these elements with a newsprint in pale gray and a floral DSP from my stash. Making something so busy was out of my comfort zone but you know it's fun to change things up once in awhile. I'd love to know what you think! 

I am glad you came by for a peek. Thanks! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Papertrey Ink September 2018 Blog Hop

It's blog hop day at PTI and I am jumping in with a card to share. 

I've needed a sympathy card and thought the fall images and colors would be a refreshing theme. Here's the photo  depicting a gorgeous autumn table scene. 

I was inspired by the plaid, formal place settings and the textures of the cascading leaves and gourds. 
I chose the Stitched Flowers set because of the striped lines and textures, layering the die cut stamped images over the gingham paper. 
I used black ink and clear embossing for the sentiment stamped directly on the designer paper. 

Thanks so much for stopping by to have a look. I appreciate you sharing your time and comments with me! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps:  Stitching Garden Stamp Set  and coordinating dies, 
Paper: Neenah Solar White, SU - Tangerine Tango
INK: PTI - New Leaf, WPlus9 - Wild Mango, Flamingo, Siren Song

Friday, September 14, 2018

At Christmas Time - Soft Pastels

Hey, it's Friday! How are things going? 
It's the end of the week and I don't usually post, but I just had to jump in for the Create Along With Us September 2018 challenge at PTI. If you haven't been inspired to begin on Christmas projects yet, check out the gorgeous variety of samples from the talented DT this week and it will get you going for sure! 

I was inspired by so many of the projects but was totally WOW'ed by Laurie's card from day 1 using soft pastels and subtle layers. 

I began by inking white Bristol Smooth card stock with Distress Inks in Broken China, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon. I went for a darker ombre look on the rectangular panel, and a softer inking on the die cut panel (Mix & Mats: Pretty Brackets).

I looked for an image that would lend itself to soft coloring and that had lots of white and decided on the poinsettia image from Botanical Blocks IV.  I stamped the image in black and embossed it, then watercolored with these PTI inks: Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, and Pure Poppy. After outllining with Copics, I added the final embellishment of Nuvo drops in Red Berry.

Here's Laurie's card, see why I love it? The colors and design are just gorgeous!

Here is the LINK.

Thanks so much for visiting today. My prayers go out to all those on the coast who are getting the full brunt of the storm. Thankful to God for it's smaller effect, I am praying for protection for those of you in its throes. 

From my safe and warm kitchen, where my dog lies snoring and my cup of tea is in hand - hugs!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!