Wednesday, February 27, 2019

More Coloring - Zig Clean Color Markers

As you can tell from the title, there has still been more coloring going on as I explore the different mediums I already own. There has been furniture re-arranging, curtain washing, and I even pulled out the ironing board today and used it. Gasp! The world did not stand still. But you aren't here to here about my spring cleaning.

Again, taking a break to color is for my sanity. This time I pulled out the Zig Clean Color Real markers and used them for a child's card. Nothing too complicated, just fun to color and make into a basic layout. 

I was hugely inspired by THIS video from Kelly Latevola. Her results are amazing! I learned the hard way how much water was too much as I had some bleeding. I will keep practicing though and do what Kelly suggests: use as little water as possible. 

Thanks for your visit today! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp -  Showers and Flowers, Stampendous - Friendly Phrases
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Ranger Distress Watercolor Paper, SU - Bermuda Bay,Basic Black
INK:Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black, Versamark
Accessories: Zig Clean Color Real Markers, Stitched Circle Dies, white embossing powder

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Congrats card with Derwent Inktense

Good Tuesday to you! 
I've been wanting to do something that feels "normal" today. You know we have our daughter's wedding in a little over two weeks, and our other daughter and our daughter in love are both having babies in a month or two! You can imagine the busy-ness all these wonderful events entail. Truly they are such a blessing. 
I just needed to regroup today. For me that means making a card, and posting! 

Lucky you! 
I'm sharing this card I made recently to add to my stash. 

I intended only to do some coloring with my Derwent INKtense pencils to better my skills. You know that I love coloring but I still don't have a favorite medium. I've been debating adding a new product.  Polychromos Colored Pencils. I know what your'e thinking.  I said the same thing to myself. Admonishing that I must first decide if I really LIKE coloring with pencils and second, to make sure a new choice of pencils that I 'think' will be better actually WILL. 

That's the story behind me pulling the Inktense out and using what I have. I learned this time that I get a much better result if I color softly in a circular motion and then wash over it with a paintbrush that is barely wet. Also, adding water to the darkest part and moving the brush to the lighter part of an image helped. It's important to clean your brush in between images, otherwise, you will just spread the dark ink and that defies the idea of shading totally. 

I appreciate you sticking with me through this long post! Thanks so much for visiting. If you have any comments on your favorite pencils, I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps:  PTI - Circle of Love, Fresh Bouquet
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Stampin' Up! - Basic Black and Cantaloupe Crisp
INK:Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black
Accessories: PTI - Scalloped Stacker Dies - Large

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Laurie's Fabulous Favorites

Surprised to see me post two days in a row? Well, I am surprised too. 
I'm inspired again by Laurie's Fabulous Favorites Challenge at PTI for this week. Stand alone dies? Count me in! I just got a brand new one in my order that arrived today and couldn't wait to use it. 

I paired the new die and sentiments set up with the beautiful Orchid Expressions set that I worked with yesterday. 

Now I'm delighted to have two anniversary cards ready for my stash. I don't often work ahead on Anniversary cards or send them often. But I love the choice of sentiments in the Huge Sentiments stamp set. I will get lots of use out of that as well as the Huge Banner Die and the Huge Congrats die.I love that this die is actually two dies so that you get a larger layer to use behind your word for extra depth. 

My colors are Soft Stone card stock, and Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Amethyst Allure, and New Leaf inks for the blossoms. You know I'm not much of a gray person, but I love the way the colors pop against this pale neutral gray. 

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
          Make something beautiful!

Other accessories: 
Mix & Mat Pretty Brackets Die, Cover Up Hexagons Stamp set

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Win It Wednesday with Laurie

Hello, I'm wishing you a happy day before Tuesday flies by! 
Sorry my regular posting has fallen by the wayside. Today I was happy to spend some time stamping so I could play along with Laurie's second challenge for Papertrey Ink called Laurie's Fabulous Favorites. For this week we are to choose our favorite card stock color. 

I made my card with a monochromatic color scheme of Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores and Simply Chartreuse, on a card base of Vintage Cream. I was so inspired when Michelle used these colors for her darling baby card HERE that I couldn't wait to use them. 

My photo isn't the best, we're having dreary weather today! 
Most supplies are listed below. Thank you so much for visiting! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted *
Stamps: Orchid Expressions, Circle of Love and dies
Paper: Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist
INK: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Simply Chartreuse, Harvest God, Honey Nut; WPlus9* Old Gold for sentiment
Accessories: Scalloped Stackers and Mix & Mat Pretty Brackets Dies

Monday, February 11, 2019

Stitching Garden: A favorite

Hello, and welcome!
I am posting today as part of Laurie's Fabulous Favorites Challenge at Papertrey Ink. Who could resist the challenge to feature one of our favorite sets? It was a hard choice, I love all the florals, but Stitching Garden is hands down my favorite. 

 I layered the beautiful Scalloped Stacker Frame over Bitty Big paper in Green Parakeet, and built my florals on top of a layer sponged with polka dots for added softness. I bit of pink luster drops highlight the flower centers.
It's rainy here and I'm ready for a stay at home day today after a busy weekend. Hope your week is getting off to a great start!