Rose Bowl

When I'm in an off mood my colors can be a little off too. I'm glad that I needed to complete a couple of card challenges. One challenge was to include washi tape on the card. The other was to stamp a portion of the stamp design instead of all of it. This helped me to anchor the stamp image a little bit and add some more color with the washi tape. I enjoyed using gold embossing which has been off my radar for a long time. I'm always happy to see old favorites come back in style.

Card Size: 5.25" x 5.25"

Stamps:   Penny Black-Rose Bowl

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks- Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Tea Dye, Pumice Stone, Wink of Stella, Simon Says Stamp- Ultra Fine Antique Gold Embossing Powder


A New Day

I've been a little busy with some some traditional springtime duties such as clearing out the garage...and the not so traditional...washing rocks. I will be painting some "kindness rocks" to hide in our local area. A relative convinced me that it would be fun and I think it will be as we are going to form a group to do this. In the meantime it shouldn't interfere with my card making as it will act as inspiration and keep me in the creative part of my brain. 

Today my card is a vintage style collage to put in my grandson's "file". My goal for this card was to create paper that looked rusty. I used a new to me product Emerald Creek Baked Texture Chunky Rust to get the look I achieved. This is an usual textured embossing powder. I also began with Distress Oxides as a base on the lightweight tag board. 

The background of the card is one I created but turned out kind of not as planned but worked perfectly for this. I used another Emerald Creek embossing powder called Vintage Bees Wax on that for added interest. 

                       card size:  A6  6.25" x 4.50"

Stamps:   Stampotique Splatter

Ink/Color:   Archival Jet Black, Distress Inks, Distress Oxide Inks, 

Dies:   Seth Apter Spokes Collection #4

Embellishment:   Gear Stencil, Finnibar Ephemera, Tim Holtz- Idea-ology Quote Chips, Paper Dolls and Small Talk


One of a Kind

I was testing out some new watercolors by painting stripes across the watercolor paper. I liked the combination of color. It just happened that day I received a bunch of new "artsy" washi tapes so I decided to make a card using them on my test background. 

I also had some small tissue shapes to try out. I adhered all of the washi tapes and then used Gel Medium to adhere the tissue shapes randomly. I used Archival ink to stamp onto that surface once it was dry. I used a cap dipped in white acrylic paint to add some circles which were decorated with Swarovski crystals. This was a fun mixed media card experiment. 

Card Size:   A2  5.50" x 4.25"

Stamps:   Essentials By Ellen-Totally Random, Stampotique-Texture Cube, Renaissance-Tiny Lady Faces, Hero Arts-Luxe Cancellation, Clearly Besotted- Geometric Style set

Specialty Paper:   Ranger Distress Watercolor Paper

Ink/Color:   Archival Jet Black , Deep Purple, Leaf Green inks, Daniel Smith Watercolors- Green Gold Serpentine, Quinacridone Purple, Amethyst Genuine, Cobalt Blue Violet

Embellishments:   Swarovski Crystals-Opal, Impress-Light Green Drops, Prima Say it in Crystals Seashore, Jane Davenport-Confetti Tissue, Dina Wakley and Dylusions Washi Tapes


Dressed Up for Spring

I thought that now would be a good time to get my tulip sprite blogged even though it doesn't feel too Springy today. I still like to use some digital design images due to the ability to resize them. It seems to be a real possibility though that larger sized stamp designs are coming back in style...well at least flowers. This is a fairly big card and I wanted the sprite to be large enough to be a focal image. He was fun to color :)

                        card size:   A6  6.25" x 4.50"

Stamps:   Aurora Wings (digi)  Tulip Sprite

Specialty Paper:   Moda Scrap-Happy Travel Collection 6 x 6

Ink/Color:   Copic Markers, Berol Prisma Color Pencil

Embellishment:   Pink & Main- Glossy Dots Rainbow pkg.

Dies:   MFT-Fringed Scallop Border, Memory Box- Cross Stitched Frame Border


Love You Mush

I've been getting into doodling lately. Strangely enough the urge to doodle came from seeing some adorable "vintage"(60's/70's) doodled Finnish enamelware on Etsy. I also have been following a watercolor artist CeeCee who is on You Tube. I like that she uses doodling along with watercolor. For me doodling takes the pressure off of being a good sketch artist or realistic style watercolor artist. It's just fun. This is not Zentangle...just simple stuff.

I watercolored the  mushroom shapes first. My main goal was to make a variety but keep a balance. Then I just doodled over the shapes with whatever simple designs came into my head. 

                       card size:  A2   5.50" x 4.25"

Stamps:   Altenew Love You So Mush set (words only)

Ink/Color:   Daniel Smith watercolor, Pigma Micron .01 sketch pen, Elegant Writer black(used with water to make red mushroom stems)



My daughter recently graduated from college earning her B.A. degree. A friend who was attending the graduation festivities asked me to make a card for her to give to my daughter. That was kind of weird for me since I had made her a card from me too. I was trying to cover up my "style" but my daughter knew right away who made this card :) 

I used the wet on wet method of water color for the flowers. Starting with the lightest color I dropped in color which moved on its own. After drying I added some deeper color. I also used the Elegant Writer black pen watered down to fill in the "striped" portion of the flowers. Once that was dry I added some more floral colors to those areas.

                             card size:  A6   6.25" x 4.50"

Stamps:   Altenew Sketchy Floral set

Specialty Paper:   Fabriano Artistico Extra White #140 watercolor paper

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks, Elegant Writer Pen black, Hero Arts Detail Embossing Powders

Die:   MFT- Fishtail Die


Thinking of Tulips

Today I created this card for a challenge to use orange and turquoise as the main colors for a card. I decided to use this Mo Manning image. I'm still in tulip mode as we haven't gotten a chance to see them yet this spring. I used Copic markers for 99.9% of the coloring. I added some line decoration to the vase and some extra details for the kitten using a Sigma Micron .005 black drawing pen. 

Stamps:   AlteNew- Heartfelt Sentiments(Thinking of You), Mo Manning digital image-Boo & Tulips

Color/Ink:   Copic Markers, Berol Prisma Color Pencil white, Pigma Micron .005 pen

Dies:  Memory Box Meridian Border and Cross Stitch Frame Borders