Saturday, September 23, 2017

Watercolor Birdhouse Card

Hello and happy Saturday!  I hope you are doing well today.  Last night, I got out my Art Impressions watercolor stamps and got working.  It usually takes me a little practice to get back into the technique, but it does not take a long time, and luckily, watercolor paper is very forgiving because you can stamp on both sides.


I used stamps from several sets, and then added two straight lines to make the pole for the birdhouse to sit on.  I like to use dry embossing, using my scoreboard, to create a frame on my mats.


I am including a little photo of my practice attempts, too.  I wanted to share a tip and tell you how I went wrong in these.  First off, I was adding too much marker and too much water.  I learned  to be careful with the marker (or stamp off once) and to really keep the brush dry.  My tip is to use a fine liner brush when working with the little animals. (You can see how many times I practiced the bird to get it right!) That way, you do not lose the detail.  Also, I used a black marker to emphasize the bird's eye.  It makes a difference.


If you have some AI stamps and have any trouble at all, I hope these tips might help.  But definitely watch their YouTube channel and then go practice!  

Supplies:  Art Impressions Bird Bath set, Flowers and Foliage set, Tombow water-based markers, Pebbles Family Ties 6x6 paper pad, Spellbinders Labels 4 dies

I would love to play along with the Art Impressions Flowers and Foliage challenge and The Flower Challenge Tic Tac Toe Challenge (I used embossing, watercolor and blue).  

Thanks for stopping by! 


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Chinese Lanterns

A couple years ago, we had some Chinese Lanterns growing in the garden as weeds.  That was a fun surprise, although they have not come back again.  


I used colored pencils on this beautiful stamp.  It was such a lovely day yesterday, I was able to sit outside with a few pencils to color.  How is the weather where you are?

Supplies:  Power Poppy Sunny Day stamp set, Sentiment is from Simply Camellias, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Prismacolor pencils , My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose 6x6 Paper pad.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I am happy to participate in the Power Poppy Power and Spark Cozy Crafty Coloring challenge and The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Peacock Feather notecard

Hello!  Thank you for visiting today.  I am not sure if my blog reader is working correctly, there haven't been as many posts as usual and I feel like I might be missing some.  If I haven't come to visit you lately, leave me a comment.  Hopefully that will clear up soon!


I have a very clean and simple card today.  I used three colors of Distress Oxide - Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers -  today to stamp this pretty peacock feather.  I knew that these would look great on colored cardstock.  I know that Tim Holtz recommended not contaminating the inkpads this way, but I have not had any problem with it. If another color gets on the inkpad, I just wipe it right off with a baby wipe.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber stamps Peacock Feather, Just a Note wordblock, Distress Oxide Ink Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Versafine black ink, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles die, cardstock and embellishments from my stash.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Autumn Birthday Card

Hello stamping friends!  I hope you had a good weekend.  Ours felt busy with sports and other events, but it was lovely weather with a bit of time to relax too.  I made a card yesterday afternoon that I think will work well for my mom's fall birthday.


I kept it very clean and simple. I colored the image with pencils.  After experimenting with different colors for the word die, it worked out well to just layer the green happy over a black happy.  A few Nuvo glitter drops finished off the front.


I do not often share the inside of a card, but I especially like this one. I used the second generation stamping of the wreath.  The happy die I have is part of a combo stamp set, so I was able to stamp that on the inside along with the word, "birthday."  It was easy and it goes perfectly.


Supplies:  Power Poppy Sunny Harvest stamps set, Hero Arts Happy stamp n cut set, Versafine Onyx black ink, Prismacolor pencils, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles dies, Nuvo glitter drops in Copper

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

I am happy to enter these challenges: SimonSaysStamp Wednesday - Clean and Simple, Tuesday Throwdown - Happy Birthday, The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Eggplant, Green & Gold

Hello!  Yesterday, I decided to do some heat embossing.  Although I love the look, it is not my favorite technique to do.  BUT, totallly worth the effort at times. I am going for FALL colors, maybe a strange color combination, but I love the look.


The heat embossing is done on eggplant cardstock.  It is very dark, but is a nice alternative to black.  I then cut an oval out of it with a die.  I originally heat embossed the sentiment, but it did not show up as well as I would have liked on the green, so I got out my matching eggplant ink and used that.  

The butterflies are stickers.  I did stick the big one onto green cardstock, trimmed it out and put gold stickles inside.  

Supplies:  Hero Arts? Flower background, Verve Stamps Brighter Days set, Versamark Ink, Gina K Edible Eggplant cardstock and ink, Recollections cardstock from an old autumn mix, Spellbinders Oval die, other items from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I am happy to enter these challenges!

ModSquad Challenge Blog - The Heat is On
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

You are a Rare Bird Card

Update 9/14/17: I was so thrilled to see that my card was chosen as an Honorable Mention at Art Impressions' Off Kilter Challenge!  Thanks so much!

Hello cardmaking friends!  I originally was going to make this another teacher thank-you card, but at the last minute, I remembered this fun sentiment I have in my stash, and used it instead.

The owl was colored with alcohol markers and then trimmed out.  The woodgrain is a stamped panel I had in my scrap box.  I altered that with distress ink.  The rest of the card came together with the help of a sketch.  I am just starting to feel ready for fall crafting.  


I had really wanted to pop that owl up with one of those Action Wobbles, but I absolutely cannot find the little package of them!  I hope by posting this, that they will somehow magically show up. I have only truly lost one crafting item ever (it was a doily die) and everything else was just misplaced.  I think I accidentally threw out that die.  

Supplies: Art Impressions (with Hampton Art) Stamp and Die Fright Night set, Great Impressions Rare Bird sentiment stamp, Hero Arts Woodgrain background stamp, Memento and Versafine black inks, Distress ink Tea Dye, My Mind's Eye Darling Dear paper pad, Gina K Honey Mustard Cardstock, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies, Gina Marie X Stitched circles dies, other products from my stash.

I would love to play along in these challenges:
Art Impressions Off-Kilter Challenge
Cute Card Thursday - Autumn

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Teacher Card

I sortof missed the back-to-school crafting (and I am really not quite ready for the fall holidays) BUT I am using this period to get excited about making some teacher thank-yous for later use.  I combined several challenges to make this card.

I colored the image with alcohol markers and then cut the cardstock with a tag die.  I also cut a scrap of red cardstock with the same die and trimmed it out to create a sort of border.  


The papers are all scraps and I was able to get just enough to follow a sketch.  In the end, I tilted the tag a bit, just because it felt right at the time.  

Supplies: Stampendous School for Changito stamp set, Versafine and Memento Black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Tim Holtz tag dies, My Mind's Eye Summer Fresh 6x6 paper pad, other cardstocks from my stash.

I would love to enter these challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches #419
The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge
Word Art Wednesday  - Anything Goes
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge - Stamp It


I truly appreciate your visit today and especially to those of you that follow my blog and/or left a comment today.  Thank you for your time!