Give Me Wings

Most of my cards lately have been inspirational.  It seems most of the time I am creating cards for special people in my life or at the least they are in my thoughts while I'm coming up with ideas. This card is a standard 5 1/2 x 4 1/4".

I have a ton of paper scraps so I decided to make a quick paper pieced card.  I also used the new Wink of Stella glitter pens to outline the inspirational circle words, "sew" lines on the scallop border, add twinkle to the paper border,and to fill in the birdies feet.  They don't look very pretty in the photograph but are nice and twinkly "in real life".  The glitter in the pens applies very easily and doesn't smudge off once dry.

Stamps:  A Day for Daisies-Birdie Birdie and Give Me Wings clear sets

Specialty Paper:  BoBunny- et cetera collection,  Kaiser Craft-Secret Bird Society

Color:  Archival ink-Coffee,  Pebbles I Kandee iridescent chalk,  Zig-Wink of Stella pens

Tools:  Martha Stewart-Flower(cosmos?) and Leaf punches,  Marvy Lever Circle punch


Celebrate Today

I love to color the pretty vintage ladies images from B-Line rubber stamps.  I used Copic markers for "Anastasia".  The new thing that I tried for this card was the Pink Paislee Artisan Papers.  They are white matte card stock covered with a clear varnish pattern. 

I wanted this card to be fairly "clean" ( no sponged edges or paper distressing ).  I used a Distress ink pad swiped directly onto the Artisan Paper.  I rolled a paper towel over it to remove some color.  I can see that these papers will be really fun to play with for future projects.  The patterns in the collection are both vintage and modern looking.

I left the inside plain as I'm not sure what  occasion this card will be for yet.

Stamps:  B-Line  "Anastasia",  W-Plus 9- Vintage Greetings set

Specialty Paper:  Pink Paislee Artisan Papers,

Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Milled Lavender,  Archival Jet Black

Tools:  Epiphany Pennant punch,  Oval Punch,  Spellbinders lacy dies


Go Confidently

Today I am showing my more whimsical side.  I have been playing with mixed media technique on this card.  Each card is another learning experience.

I started out by applying gesso to watercolor paper.  I then stenciled a 4" swirl pattern randomly using white embossing paste.  I sponged over the dried paste with distress ink with the stencil in place.  I added some more stencil shapes and color sponging on the edges but the background got so busy that I ended up washing over the whole thing with thinned acrylic paint to tone it down.  I spritzed it with water, wiped off over the stenciling and once dry I sanded some of the original color back out.  I used Archival inks to stamp some background designs. The main image is from Crowabout Studio B (Nancy Baumiller). I cut that out, coated it with Judikins Microglaze and then painted with multi medium matte.  I mounted the image plus an extra cut out heart image onto a thin cardboard so it would have some dimension.  I edged the yellow layer with the Distress ink to tie in some color.

Stamps:  Verve-Words of Wisdom set,  Invoke Arts-vine flourish, Savvy- Dot Swirl,  Hero Arts- Cancellation,  Magenta-little triple dot

Embellishment:  Tim Holtz Idea-ology Chit Chat,  Rain Dots-gold

Color:  Paper Artsy Fresco Paints,  Archival Ink- Jet Black, Venetian Orange,  Monarch Orange, Rose Mader,  Tim Holtz -Distress ink Scattered Straw

Tools:  stencils 4" swirl and splatter,  Studio 490  emboss paste,  Judikins Microglaze

Focal Image:  Crowabout Studio B ( Nancy Baumiller- Deviant Scrap)



I like to join in on card sketch challenges because it is a challenge for me to do a clean and simple card design.  After creating such a busy card yesterday I decided to do this weeks Wednesday Sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.

So this flower piece was ready for the circular file...I had purchased a bunch of Pan Pastels and decided to give them a go.  It's been years since I chalked and was unhappy with what was happening with my chalking.  I had one flower bud color colored - didn't like it so I proceeded to "dot" it as a final frustration doodle before tossing.  Then I thought I might as well finish the piece because maybe I would remember how to chalk again.  I did remember to use my Blair workable fixative between layers and that helped some...but now I had to dot everything to "match".  Naturally this had to be a "smile" card because it's sort of goofy with the dots but it grew on me.

I think the verse on the inside is perfect for the wonkiness of the card.

Stamps:  A Day for Daises- Flower Windows,  Impression Obsession-Word Frames Set,  Fiskars- Laugh With Me Quotes

Specialty Paper:  Graphic 45- Secret Garden (8x8)

Color:  Pan Pastels

Misc:  Judikins Detail Clear Emboss powder, Pentel Clic eraser, Pan Pastel applicator tools


Just For You

The inspiration for this card is what I see when I walk into a "Junque" store.  I love re- purposed vintage stuff brought up to date with a quirky splash of color.  I also adore what would have been rather mundane household or farm goods that get a new lease on life as an art object.

This is a big card at 6" x 6"...and as "busy" as heck.  I started out with a much simpler idea in mind but now that I can actually see my options better in my studio...it just kept changing.

Stamps:  Just Rite Stamps- With Gratitude set,  Papertrey Ink- Inside/Outside Birthday II

Specialty Paper:  Kaiser Craft-75 cents ,  BoBunny-et cetera Collection,  Basic Grey- Two Scoops,  Tim Holtz- Kraft Glassine paper

Ink:  Distress Ink-Old Paper,  Archival Jet Black

Embellishment:  Christy Tomlinson- Doily rub-ons,  Funkie Junkie-burlap twine

Tools:  MFT dies- Sunflower, Fishtail  Impression Obsession die-Paper Cone,  EK Success and Punch Bunch- small flowers variety,  Martha Stewart fence punch


Just Be

Welcome to my new blog!  I didn't know if I would come back to "blog land" after discovering inappropriate content within my old blog.  It was a shock.  I deleted my blog immediately.  I have since learned... at least at that point... no one else could see what I was seeing but I was not willing to take a chance.  I have also learned to never ever click on "traffic sources"...no no no.

In the meantime I transformed my studio which I will be happy to share in the coming days.  It was a lot of work but my "happy place" is finally clear and much easier to work in.  I am back to creating {she smiles}.

On to my card today-
I am very much into the trend of using mixed media technique in cardmaking.  As a teenager I enjoyed painting with acrylics on canvas.  It's really fun to create on a much smaller scale.  I applied gesso to a batch of cut down watercolor paper and let it dry overnight.  For this card I used 3 colors of Paper Artsy Fresco paint as a base keeping in mind where the face would be stenciled eventually.  I stenciled the blue diamond pattern and dot lines also with Fresco paint, letting them dry between layers.  I then used black embossing paste through a 4" stencil for the girls face.  Since I did mess up a tiny bit on the left side I used rub-ons to cover and added more around the piece to balance. 
I stamped the golden stars using acrylic paint.  I found a matching flower but altered it a bit with a vintage brad.
I carried the doily theme to the inside. 

Stamps:  Verve Words of Wisdom set, Tim Holtz star strip
Color:  Paper Artsy Fresco Acrylic Paint-snowflake, bora bora, sage, blood orange
            Golden Fluid Acrylic Iridescent Gold Deep, Dick Blick green blue light
Embellishments:  Christy Thomlinson rub-ons, Petaloo Maroon Magnolia Blossom
Tools:  I Stencil- stencil 4" face, Crafter's Workshop diamond 6" stencil, Prima dots stencil