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 


Happy Hello Tulip

This is another quick pop-in to show a card that I created for a challenge this week at Splitcoast Stampers. The challenge was to draw your own banner. What a great idea as I sometimes want to use a die banner only to find I can't find one to fit the saying I want to use. I stamped the saying and then drew a banner around it with a Pigma Micron #01 and 005 black pen. I drew the "tails" separate and cut them all out. The main piece is popped up on dimensionals.

The tulips themselves are pre-printed on a Ranger Distress watercolor panel. I used Daniel Smith tube watercolors to paint them. I added doodling on the leaves with my drawing pens. I also added highlights using a Berol Prisma color pencil in a very light gray. The stamped saying in the banner is from a Paper Smooches set called Fun & Flirty.

These are the wonderful designs in the Simons Says Stamp Suzy's Full Bloom watercolor panel set. There are many of this type of set available. I prefer the nice open designs such as these so this set is my favorite.


Poppy Faerie

This is a quick post today since I've been a little busy with company. This image is from Aurora Wings. I colored her with Copic markers and Berol Prisma Color pencil for highlights. I didn't take a picture of the inside because it is only just a white
blank card layered onto a red mimicking the front design. I've been making mostly "unassigned" cards this year so they can have more options when I use them. 


Life Is Short

I'm working on a collection of cards reserved for my grandson Trey. He likes my vintage cards. At 19 years of age he is remarkably responsible. Sometimes I wish he could be more silly and carefree. Life is too short. This card is just basically a collage  featuring a vintage gentleman that I have added silly touches to and a Fibonacci background. 

The background was embossed with a detail clear powder. After taping the watercolor paper down I liberally wet the entire area. Then I sprinkled the watercolor crystals on. After moving the color around a bit I sprinkled a tiny bit more crystals on to sit overnight. In the morning I spattered with gold acrylic paint and assembled the bits and pieces.

Stamps:   Visible Image-Fibonacci

Specialty Paper:   American Crafts- DYI Shop, Kaiser Craft-Story Book

Ink/Color:   Infusions-Sage, Distress Oxides-Peeled Paint & Walnut Stain, Hero Arts-Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder

Embellishments:   Idea-ology Paper Dolls & Ephemera Pack, Prima Metal Embellishments


Sweet Tea Fairy

It has been a very long time since I have posted. I feel like everything is finally good after my move. I have been working in my studio all along but the lighting was horrid. I finally got the lighting that I need so all is well. This made such a difference for me. I will try to catch up some of my card posting from my stash of cards created since the move. In the meantime this card is freshly done.

I have rediscovered my joy of watercolor. This sweet image from Character Construction was stamped onto Arches hot press watercolor paper using Archival Jet Black ink. I water-colored in layers drying in between with a heat tool. 

I recently purchased a sheet of butterflies printed onto clear acetate. These make great faerie wings. I could have colored them from behind with a Copic Marker but thought it was pretty to see the background through them.

Stamps:   Character Construction-Adventures In Tea #9

Specialty Paper:   Kaisercraft Romantique Collection 12x12"  Butterflies on acetate

Color:   Daniel Smith-Watercolors, Archival Jet Black ink, Wink of Stella- clear


Here For You

I created this card for a challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  Can you guess what the challenge was?  Umbrellas!  This was a fun card to make because it has just enough "putsy" to make me happy.  I love adding those little details

I scribbled a Speed Ball Elegant Writer onto a palette to watercolor the cloud background.  The diluted ink breaks up into some interesting colors as it dries.  I used Distress Inks for the sky (Stormy Sky and Peacock). I spattered some acrylic paint for texture. The whole background is spritzed with a fine clear glitter.  Swarovski crystals and glitter drops add even more shine. I backed the petite umbrellas with an adhesive before die cutting which saves me so much time.  The 'brellas are popped up on dimensionals.

 Card Size:   A2  5.50" x 4.25"

Stamps:   MFT- Umbrella Set(I'm here...),  MFT-Blue Skies Ahead(cheer up)

Specialty Paper:   What the Doodle Water Color Sheets 

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks,  Speed Ball Elegant Writer Pen,  PaperArtsy Fresco Paint- Mermaid,  Nuvo Glitter Drops- White Blizzard,  Sheer Shimmer Spritz

Dies:   Waltzing Mouse- Scalloped Stitched Rectangle Layers,  Memory Box- Petite Umbrella

Embellishment:   Swarovski Crystals- Aurora Borealis and Peacock,  Taylored Expressions- Sequins


A Little Merry

It's been some time since I've put a blog post up.  We have everything ready to start building our house which will begin within the next 2-3 weeks.  The weather has been rainy so the final details needed to get the land ready have been delayed.  Since everything has been delayed I've felt like I'm in a weird limbo.  I can't start the big "pack up" too early because we're still living here after all.  I'll have 6 months once that basement is dug.  Logically I know I should be doing it right now though.  I hate to get comfortable playing in my stamp room because that's the first place I need to "weed out".  Yikes 

I've been thinking about making Christmas cards...heck any kind of cards really.  I don't know if I can commit to making all of my Christmas cards this year but I might as well start and see where it goes. I fell in love with this Mo Manning digital image.  What I like about her is that she can represent any season as you can color her any number of ways.  I used Copic Markers and colored pencil for shading in spots. 

Card Size:  5"x 5" 

Stamps:   Hero Arts-Joy To The World(Merry & Bright),  Hero Arts- Frosty Wishes(Wishing You The Magic),  Mo Manning- Little Gnome Tilli (digi)

Specialty Paper:   Doodlebug- Rainbow Petite Prints 6x6

Color/Ink:   Copic Markers,  Berol Prisma Color Pencils,  Wink of Stella, Archival Ink- Red Geranium and Jet Black,  Sharpie Extra Fine Point Paint Pen White

Dies:   Savvy Dies- Bough Banner,  Martha Stewart- Pine Sprig punch,  MFT-Stitched Scallop Square and Stitched Square

Embellishment:   Taylored Expressions Build-a-Scene Christmas- sequins