Thursday, October 25, 2018

More Mice-y Blessings

Hello again! Not having much time to stamp this week but in honor of Take Out Thursday (my own blogging prompt) I assembled a few images from the Harvest Mouse stamp set (MFT) that were just spread out atop my desk from last week's coloring session.

The images were colored with Inktense colored pencils and I used a water brush to blend colors and layers. Sponging the background with Distress Oxide inks, I then spattered water and dots of orange. I used Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Antique, Wild Honey and  Mustard Seed. 

This will be the last of my fall cards. Heading on to Christmas! 
Hope you're having a great day, my friends. Happy stamping. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Sweet Wishes with Merry Mug

Hello on this Saturday night! 
Although it's not when I usually post, it's not too late to join in with the Create Along with Us Challenge at PTI.  We've been inspired with so many fabulous holiday projects for the new release and I just couldn't resist getting out some goodies to play along. 

I just fell in love with this card by Betsy and especially her color combo of Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet and Navy.

I was also itching to use my snowflakes stencil from the Fairytale Christmas Kit on a sponged background. 

I sponged using Distress Oxide inks adding Embossing paste with glitter over the stencil.

How about incorporating that snowflake pattern onto the cute striped cup from the Merry Mug set? I think it worked to pull to whole design together. 

Can you tell I had a blast making my card? And it will be so sweet for that special someone. As for the pink sequins, they are my favorite!
Hope you're having wonderful weekend, Thanks so much for coming by! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Coloring with Inktense 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.