Thursday, July 18, 2019

Just a quick Hello!

A quick hello....How often I start an e-mail or text this way, especially when the hello is overdue. Don't know how I missed posting this week as I had some cards ready to go. 

I recently pulled out some designer papers to use and today's card was planned around the pretty floral pattern from the Beau Jardin paper pack from Penny Black. I rarely use black as a background but decided it was about time to! Love the dramatic effect. 

Using the My Whole Life stamps and dies and the Welcome dies from WPlus9 made it easy to create the focal point.

I stamped a few black dots - meant to be flower centers - to anchor the sentiment die. The sentiment continues at the bottom of the card with "I just miss you" from the Hello and Thanks set. 
That's it for me today, hope your summer is going wonderfully! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

MACRA Made for You

Welcome! Here is one more for you.
I guess it's no secret that I've been enjoying my supplies from the June release at The Greetery! I spent my birthday gift money almost exclusively on these delightful sets.

 New to me is the Macra-Made for You die that depicts the cute macrame hangers I used to make for gifts for all the plant lovers on my list! (roll eyes here) -  LONG AGO. 

Isn't this just what they looked like? I die cut the pots and the hangers from watercolor paper that adds a bit of texture and painted a wash of Kraft ink over them to mimic jute. 

I die cut the smaller hanger a second time from dark green card stock and inserted those tiny pieces into the hanger like heart-shaped beads. Topped with a touch of glossy accents.

I couldn't resist adding the panel to lemon yellow polka dotted paper which just seems to fit the retro vibe. 
Hope you got a kick out of today's card. 

It came together much faster than the knot-tying of the real thing. And it makes me happy. Thanks for stopping by!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used from The Greetery:
Pot-Pourri Stamp set and dies, Macra-Made for You dies,
Sentiment Suite: Thinking of You stamp set

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Greetery - Robins and Wrens Tips for You

Hi everyone! I hope your July 4th celebration if you're in the USA was fun and happy. 

If you're like me, after all the hubbub of family visits and cookouts with friends died down, you got to refresh yourself in your craft space. I had a great time experimenting with the Robins and Wrens set from The Greetery over the weekend. I am head over heels in love with Betsy's innovative designs!

I kept my card simple and the lines clean for a summer birthday using the larger wren from the set. I love how pert and cute this little birdie looks on the branch.

Here are a few tips for stamping this and other multi-layered images:

  • Order of stamping - the first image includes all of the bird and the underbelly, the second layer adds detail. I found it really helped to stamp the second image, THEN the first image. That way they are easier to line up, since the darker image shows up and the first stamp image should be lightest.  
  • I found I could stamp the second image and then use the same color for the first image, by stamping it off once to make it lighter the way the underbelly would be.
  • Remember, you don't need four different colors of ink to stamp the bird. Experiment with generational stamping, or sponging the ink onto the image for a softer look.
  • As with all layering stamps - take time to set up your best lighting even if you use a stamp positioner. 
  • No worries if you don't line things up perfectly. These stamps are easy and so forgiving! 
  • I stamped all the parts of my bird, EXCEPT the beak and legs, then die cut the image. Stamping the beak and legs after the image was die cut assured that I placed them at the correct angle. 
  • Have fun adding details! I used a white gel pen on the wings area and Nuvo drops for the eyes and flower centers.
I guess those tips were more than a few, glad you read to the end! I hope that you've enjoyed my post today and found the tips helpful. I enjoy sharing the things I learn and create with you! Hope your Monday goes wonderfully well.

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: The Greetery - Robin & Wren stamp set and dies, Blooming Branch stamp set, Sentiment Suite: Birthday and Basics Dies
Paper: Neenah Solar White, WPlus9 - Fog card stock
INK: the blues on the bird are from Altenew
Accessories: twine, Nuvo gloss dots, Plus 9 - Clear Cut    Stackers Hexagon Dies, white embossing powder

Friday, June 28, 2019

The Greetery - Just Mason Around

Hello! Here I am back again with another post using my new supplies from The Greetery store. Nothing like very hot weather and new schtuff to keep me busy stamping, lol!
I played with the Mason jar from the Just Mason Around stamp set, stamping each of the three layering stamps in different color combinations and types of ink.

 I LOVE the way this jar image comes out any way you try it! So easy to layer, and with highlights and shading built in that make the jar appear almost three dimensional. 

Creating the rest of the card involved stamping the Summer Sketches florals with Warm Wool ink (WPlus9) and watercoloring the images with Zig Clean Color markers in a loosely flowing style.

 I assembled the card using gingham patterned paper, and elements of black for contrast. This set has a good variety of sentiments. With all the possibilities for filling the Mason jar, I'm sure I'll be using this set often!

I'm playing with the Inspired By Challenge, picking up on the barbecue party theme or in this case, a country kind of picnic. 

I hope good things are coming your way today! Thanks for coming by. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Greetery - Summer Sketches

Hey friends! What's up with this - I'm posting again! You can picture me playing with the new stamps from The Greetery every chance I get. 

Today's card features the Summer Sketches and Comforting Commands sets stamped with WPlus9 inks. I love the fresh clean colors of these inks, especially the pinks for layering! Old Gold was used to stamp the sentiment and is my new favorite neutral. 

I created a blended background in the top right portion of my panel using Distress Oxide inks in Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick. Adding spatters of Old Gold was the finishing touch.

That's all for me today. I do have other things I love to do in summer, and they are calling me! Have a great weekend. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Greetery - He Cares for You

Hi there! 
How are things going for you? We've had some delightful summer days. I've had snippets of time in the craft room to pull out my stamps from The Greetery. 

I've long been a fan of Bestsy Veldman's stamps and now that she has her own store, I'm inspired!  If you'd love to see her new offerings, check her out HERE

When I first got my new stamp sets, I die cut a bunch and stamped them in different colors. This bouquet was just laying around on my desktop.I stamped the sentiment with Oxide inks in layers of color, then with a paintbrush I softened them with a dab of water to give the look of watercolor.

I was inspired by THIS card from Kay where she used a paintbrush and water added to Distress Oxides to paint a background. I just had to try this! 

 I LOVE using the Scriptural quotes to encourage on my cards. Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope you've been cheered and inspired. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: The Greetery - Summer Sketches, Fleur Impressions, Comforting Commands and dies
Paper: Neenah Solar White, PTI - Lavender Moon
INK: Distress Oxides - Tumbled Glass, Broken China.   WPlus9 - Wild Mango, Miami Spice, Old Gold, Limelight, Little Piggy, V.I.Pink, Cockleshell, Bloomberry
Accessories: sequins

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Bright and Cheery Thanks

Hello,  how are you today? 
I'm in the mood for something bright and cheery, how about you?
Have a peek at the photo for the challenge at Inspired By. 
I fell in love with the bold patterns and the pop of pretty colors! 

My card uses the No One Else stamps and dies from WPlus9 Designs, featuring the color palette from the inspiration photo. 

The sentiment is embossed on white card stock that was inked with Lime Green.
Thanks for visiting today! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Summer Roses Gatefold

Hello, and a happy good morning to you!
Now that it is officially summer, I am pulling out the kind of roses that I grow - the ones in my craft room, lol! Well, I must correct that - we do have a gorgeous yellow rose bush by our back door. I am lucky if I can cut each bud before the deer eat it.

Let's get onto the card now! 
I'm in love with the Rose Builder stamps from WPlus9 Design and I had stamped and layered many images awhile ago in a ton of colors. I picked out aqua roses and a pale yellow rose for this card.

The card base (Fog card stock) has a stamped background that I heat embossed in white. 

I made an off-center gate fold card that begins with a panel cut 5-1/2 by 8 inches. The flaps are scored and folded at 2-1/2" and 1-1/4". I slid the A2 sized aqua panel for the inside of the card, and used a vellum belly band to hold the card closed. 

The sentiment and background images are also from WPlus9 Design, the Hello and Thanks stamps and dies. 
I'm playing along with the Flower Challenge that asks us to do some background stamping.

So happy that you stopped by! Hope you'll be back soon.

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Strawberry Smiles

I'm so glad to have you visit this morning, sweet friends. 
Sweetness is the theme here today along with sunshine and smiles! Hope your day is including some or all of those. 

My card is filled with a cascade of beautiful berries from the Corner Adorner set and dies from Papertrey Ink. 

I've been wanting to use the color combo of red, yellow and green, and the berries work well with the polka dotted papers.

Now that I've been calling them strawberries - I'm beginning to wonder if they aren't raspberries?  Guess it will make no difference to the recipient, do you think?  

After stamping, I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Red Berry to each berry and black for the flower centers. Thanks so much for your visit today. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
          Make something beautiful!

I'm happily playing along with the challenge at Mojo Monday. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Fleur Impressions Birthday

Happy greetings to you today! I had a birthday last week and guess what? I'm getting to play with some new stamps, the gorgeous Fleur Impressions set from The Greetery. If you haven't checked out Betsy Veldman's new business you should, you will be amazed at her beautiful collections.

I couldn't wait to ink up the layers in these florals. They were easy to line up and so forgiving! I chose really clean inks for this project as I wanted a crisp colorful look. I paired the pinks and purples with lime green leaves and a pale gray card base. 

The sentiments are from the Sentiment Suite: Thinking of You set which includes many sayings in different fonts and sizes that pair up well. The matching dies provide lots of mix and match options.

To dress up the card I chose simple pearls and an intricate die. So grateful for your visit today!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: The Greetery - Sentiment Suite: Thinking of You, Fleur Impressions and matching dies
Paper: Neenah Solar White, WPlus9 - Fog, SU - Basic Gray
INK: WPlus9 - Shell Pink, Little Piggy, V.I.Pink, Sweet Gelato, Miami Spice, Bloomsberry, Cockleshell, Wild Mango, Silver Lining
Accessories: WPlus9 - Ironworks Background Die, white embossing powder 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

What I Love - Challenges

Hi there! 
It's Wednesday and I remember awhile back setting this as a day to post what I love. Today I'm focusing on my love of card challenges.

I especially like sketch challenges. They help me think outside of the box in choosing stamps and themes, and sometimes I'm surprised!

Sketches limit your supplies automatically. I looked through my stash for small images that would work with the sketch and buttons. 

The sketch is very straight-forward but my approach took some liberties. 

CAS(E) This Sketch   These images are great for creating scenes, but I went with a collage-y row of little things. 

I had in mind a few specific things for the Retro Rubber Challenge - buttons and bows! Working them in with the layout was easy with the set called Beautiful Ride from SSS. I think it's over 2 years old?  Glad to pull it off my shelf and use it again.

This card makes me smile. I hope you're glad you came by to visit. Make it a great day!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Circle of Love Watercolor

Hello, how are you today? 
We had a fun and busy weekend but in between the activities I found some moments to watercolor. I have two cards to share with you today.

I fell in love with the Circle of Love set from Papertrey Ink.  I know I'll enjoy using the solid fill-in images for this floral bouquet on future projects. My desire was to be able to watercolor the images and feel pleased with the results. It's a very humble beginning!

The first card is a CASE of this card done by Betsy Veldman. Nothing like trying to imitate a master, right? Stamping in pale ink, I used the no line watercolor technique, with loose coloring. What you see is my second attempt at this, and I am pleased enough to post it. Number one was for the trash can. 

I added a few sequins, keeping the card very simple. 

For the second card, I embossed the image in gold and then watercolored. While this was easier, I'm not as pleased with the result because the embossing seems to stand out more boldly and the colors seem to get lost. I paired the die cut image with some patterned paper, and added a bow from gold thread.

I chose the Oh happy day sentiment because the card could be for a birthday, wedding or anniversary depending on the greeting inside.  Stamping the trio of hearts was a fun addition. 

I am so grateful to be able to share here on my blog. Many thanks for coming by to spend a little time with me today. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps:  Circle Of Love and coordinating dies
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Canson Cold Press watercolor paper, DSP from Penny Black - Beau Jardin 
INK: Versamerk, WPlus9 - V.I.Pink, Bloomsberry, Fairy Dust 
Accessories: Watercolors - Kuretakd Gansai Tambi, sequins

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Framing Summer Citrus

Do you love lemons? In your tea, in water, in a pretty bowl on your table? I do!
I bought the Summer Citrus set when it first came out last year. I googled lemon illustrations and although I found amazing ideas, I never got around to using them. You could say the card with this set and color combo has been steeping on the back burner of my mind for a year. 

Turns out I really like how it turned out. I call it SWEET when that happens!

I've been focusing on appreciating and using what I have. The result?  I've never had more fun creating projects.
Achieving the right mix of Hero Arts inks was important for the lemons to look real and bright enough. I stamped each image repeatedly to add more color and detail.

I took a second photo in better light today so you can see the tone on tone background stamped on the Night of Navy card stock. Thanks for your visit! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: WPlus9Designs - Summer Citrus, Tropic Fever, Welcome Wreath
Paper: Neenah Solar White, SU - Night of Navy
INK:Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black, SU - Night of Navy; Hero Arts - Butterbar, Lemon; Plus 9 - Wild Mango
Accessories:  WPlus9 - Welcome Die 


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Framed Sentiments

Hello and welcome! 

I've been enjoying my stamping and have new-never-been-used-stuff to inspire me for today's share. 
I'm playing along with Laurie's Favorite Challenge to show our favorite way to frame sentiments. 

I love using an elegant die cut to provide impact for sentiments, and then surround them with flowers. You knew flowers were a favorite of mine, right? 

These flowers make stamp layering a breeze. I love that there is an outline as well as the solid stamps to add to their versatility. 

I'm also playing along with the Inspired By challenge for this week. I kept the colors fresh and summery and used the detailed circle die to represent the lacy fabric in the photo.

That's all from me today. Thanks so much for your visit and your kind comments! Supplies are listed below. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Sentiment is from PTI - Circle of Love; flowers from WPlus9 My Whole Life and companion dies
Paper: Neenah Solar White, PTI Bitty Big papers
INK:Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black, WPlus9 - Lake House, Hayride, Queen Bee, Lime Light Dye inks, SU - Marina Mist

Accessories: PTI - Shape Shifters Circle Die, black enamel dots.