Monday, January 18, 2016

Blessing Eggs

I've been playing around with some Art Neko stamps, and I pulled out these beautiful Hungarian Decorated Eggs.  I stamped them and colored them with Copic markers, and then I cut them all out.  After playing around with a layout, I was inspired to add a fifth egg but with a sentiment.  So I looked around at my sentiments from Art Neko, and I chose this Japanese Kanji Blessing stamp because it was the perfect size.  

I stamped another egg but with a very very light application of ink.  I then cut it out, turned it over and colored it with the blue marker before stamping the sentiment on it.  I also colored the blue mat with the same pale blue marker as the eggs.

I hope you all enjoyed your holidays.  Things are getting back to normal now and I have lots of stamping to do and share with you.  :-)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Minty Dove

Howdy folks!  I know it's been a while since I blogged.  It's been a crazy busy time, but I did manage to stamp some cards to share with y'all.  This one is my favorite.

A friend of mine, Miss Bev, was telling me to try white embossing on the new Mint cardstock from Stampin Up, so of course, I had to test it out.  I embossed this Dove of Peace with Versamark and white embossing powder and it was gorgeous.  As I was looking at it, though, I wondered how it would look if some areas were just a bit darker than others.  I didn't want a bold color at all.  I just wanted a nice subtle change.

So I pulled out a Versamark reinker, squeezed a tiny bit onto a palette, and painted in some areas with a tiny paintbrush dipped in the Versamark reinker.  You can't tell the difference right away - you have to give the Versamark a little bit of time to dry.  When it does, the effect is stunning.

I loved this so much, I didn't want to change a thing.  I kept it all very clean and simple by adhering it to a white mat and then adhering that to a Mint card base.  

Can you imagine doing this technique with tons of other colors?  Wouldn't this make a wonderful gift set for someone who needs Christmas cards?  I can't wait to make some more cards like this in different colors!  :-)

If you want this Dove of Peace stamp set, you'll have to hurry.  It is in the Holiday catalog from Stampin Up, and it will only be available through January 4, 2016.  Contact your demonstrator today!  

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Thank You Bouquet

Are you playing in the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over on SCS this month?  My challenge is up today, and I hope you come and play along.  It's an easy one, I promise!!!

For my Thanks Bunches challenge, I am asking you to make a thank you card with a "bunch" of something on it.  What's a "bunch?"  It could be anything - a bunch of flowers bundled together, a bunch of sequins, a bunch of twine wrapped around your card, or a bunch of leaves falling down. 

On my card, I used a bunch of flowers bundled together as well as a bunch of twine wrapped around the card.  I also used a bunch of colored pencils to color in this image.  This gorgeous flower image is from Power Poppy's Countryside Bouquet set and I colored it with some Polychromos pencils.  I wanted a vibrant autumn bouquet, so I chose yellows and oranges and fuchsia and even a tiny touch of purple.

Head on over to SCS and check out the Hope You Can Cling To challenges.  We'd love to see what you create, so come on and join the fun!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Blackberry Ombre

Hi folks!  Have you been playing in the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over on Splitcoaststampers?  There is a new challenge (sometimes more than one) every day during the month of October.  Today's challenge is to use the ombre technique.  I love the look of ombre on cards, so I was excited to make a sample for this challenge.

I picked up my Blackberry Bliss ink pad and a sponge and started sponging the ink onto a piece of white cardstock.  I concentrated the color on one end and blended it up, over and over.  I then colored the flowers in my image to coordinate with the ombre background.

Check out the challenges over on SCS and join us in our card drive for Hope You Can Cling To!!  I hear there are prizes to be won!!  :-)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Spread Your Wings

Have you heard about the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over on Splitcoast?  For the entire month of October, there will be at least one new challenge each day.  Some days might have 2 or 3, and they are all so fun and unique.  The purpose of these challenges is to get folks making lots of pretty cards for a card drive for MD Anderson, a hospital in Houston, TX.  

This card is for one of the challenges that was introduced on the first day.  Dina challenged us to use our fingers on our card or use an image that shows a hand.  I chose to fingerpaint, and I had so much fun.  I pulled out some Dylusions paints (pink, purple, and white) and just dipped my finger into the paint and smeared it onto some watercolor paper.  I colored this gorgeous dove from Stampin Up in colors to match with the fingerpainted piece and then I fussy-cut it.  The sentiment is from a JustRite stamp set.

Go check out the challenges over in the Hope You Can Cling To forum on SCS.  We'd love to see what you create to help the patients and their families this month!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Share the Joy challenge #4 - Happy Harvest

Have you played along in the Share the Joy challenges?  They are fun challenges where you can choose to do the sketch or the other challenge (sometimes a color combo, sometimes an inspirational picture, etc...), or you can combine both of them together.  

I decided to try combining both of them this time - the sketch and keeping it CAS.  I watercolored a circle of white cardstock with some yellow and orange inks and glued it behind the beautiful tree silhouette circle.  The tree die cut is from Taylored Expressions and it's called Beauty Lies Within 2.  The sentiment is from the Autumn Wreath set from Taylored Expressions.  The camera had a hard time focusing for this picture so that is why the tree looks a little blurry.  Just pretend the wind is making the branches move (*wink*).

Go check out the challenge over on the Share the Joy blog.  Make a card using the sketch or make a CAS (clean and simple) card and enter it into the challenge.  You could be the next winner of a fun shopping spree!  :-)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Share the Joy Challenge #3 - Fall Prairie

It's time to play with the Share the Joy challenge again, and this time I've decided to go with the tic-tac-toe game instead of the sketch.  I chose to go with the embossing (by using an embossing folder), sequins, and twine.  

I started by sponging green, yellow, and orange inks onto some cardstock, and then I ran it through an embossing folder.  I used this gorgeous new embossing folder from Taylored Expressions called Prairie.  I then stamped the sentiment (Autumn Wreath stamp set from Taylored Expressions), added the sequins, and wrapped the twine around the bottom.

Go check out the challenge over on the Share the Joy blog.  You can do the sketch or the tic-tac-toe challenge, or you can do both!  It's a fun take on doing challenges!  :-)