Fairy Happy Birthday

I enjoy vintage style fairy images. This Fairy Queen stamp set from Stampendous had been showing up on my radar alot lately so I decided to get this one stamped and colored.  I used a less "loose" form of watercolor and pretty much stayed in the lines for this one. I love the tiny bird that was included in the set and made it into a birthday "bluebird of happiness". 

card size: 5" x 7"

Stamps:   Stampendous- Fairy Queen set, Papertrey Ink- Inside/Outside Birthday I & II

Specialty Paper:   BoBunny Enchanted Garden Collection 6x6, Ranger Watercolor Paper

Inks:   Distress ink pads & markers, Zig Wink of Stella clear glitter marker


True Colors

Today I have a simple card with only two layers added. It just features some watercolor "play". I've had this series of wood mounted rubber stamps for a long time so I'm not sure if they are still available. My purpose was just to blend a variety of Distress Inks( using some which you wouldn't maybe think of blending) and work on a more "seamless" style background.

card size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Sandi Miller Original Art Stamps- Ginkgo Leaf, My Favorite Things- Sentimental About Art set

Specialty Paper:   Ranger Watercolor paper

Inks:   Versamark,  Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Misc:   Hero Arts- white embossing powder


Travelin' Birthday Boy

I needed a boy style  birthday card...well actually this was going to be for my husband. My husband is a world traveler and especially enjoys hiking and climbing trips. Well he happened to sneak up come into my stamp studio mid-process and asked me if this card was for my grandson.  The worst of that was when he then proceeded to lecture me that the card was too "young" for said 15 year old grandson. Oh Snap!...So I kind of agree and disagree. I personally receive cards which feature children delivering the "message".  I love them! ...but I guess this saved me from giving my husband a card that he wouldn't really "get". I will be going back to the drawing board and probably delving into my beloved "Mr. Tim" stamps to create a suitably grungy, worldly and adult- Traveling Man Birthday card :)

card size: 5" x 7"

Stamps:   Penny Black- Explorer, Stamper's Anonymous/Tim Holtz- Simple Sayings Set & Hash Tags set

Specialty Paper:   Authentique- Abroad Collection 6x6

Ink:   Distress Inks pads and markers- Scattered Straw, Pumice Stone, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Frayed Burlap, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Antique Linen, Festive Berries   Wink of Stella-brush glitter Clear

Tools:   Kelly Purkey-Phone die set (locator) , Cheery Lynn- Ships Compass die, Poppy Stamps- Classic Ribbons die, Little b- Block Out word dies



Since this will be a busy holiday weekend for me I am making two posts today. Both cards are floral and both watercolor so they sort of match with each other.  This is a "no line" type watercolor for which I actually painted a background :)  I'm sure flowers of this type don't occur naturally in this color but it is what I was feelin' the day I colored it. I love this Avery Elle sentiment set and really hope they will make more in this style.  The handwritten look is so pretty and I like the length of the image.

card size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Impression Obsession- H8924 Daisies(?), Avery Elle- Oh Happy Day set, Mama Elephant- Many Thanks set

Specialty Paper:   Ranger Watercolor Paper

Distress Inks:   Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Faded Jeans, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo

Tools:   Poppy Stamps- Tall Stems die, variety of small flower punches

Embellishment:   Memory Box Jewels- Cherry Red

Just Me Smilin'

I have been continuing to play a bit with watercolor. The card for today features the weekly color challenge at Splitcoast stampers. I had trouble with my 'straight eye" this week.  A quick fix for sentiments that are a little off is to tip the image at an angle which is what I needed to do here.

card size: 5 x 5"

Stamps:   Serendipity Stamps-Hydrangea, Hero Arts- Just Find Me set

Specialty Paper:  Carta Bella- Hello Again 6x6, Ranger- Watercolor Paper

Inks:   Distress Inks- Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Victorian Velvet, Scattered Straw

Embellishment:   Swarovski Crystals- Vintage Rose, Martha Stewart- White Pearls


Spreadin' A Little Love

I tried another watercolor floral...a rose this time. I think I did ok with the flower but those leaves still "fight" me. I'll just have to keep practicing. I also did a little spatter and that was so tiny.  I just need to loosen up :)

card size: 5 x 7"

Stamps:   Impression Obsession- Alesa Baker Open Rose,  Mama Elephant- Everyday Greetings

Specialty Paper:   Carta Bella- Hello Again collection 6x6,  Echo Park- Head Over Heels pink/red 12 x 12

Inks:   Archival Jet Black,  Distress Ink Pads- Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers, Antique Linen

Embellishment:  Impress- Clear Pearls, Martha Stewart- White Pearls, Want 2 Scrap pink pearl

Tools:   Cheery Lynn- Horizon Fishtail Banners


You Make Me Smile

I can't believe that I got this Online Card Class Watercolor homework  "assignment" done.
It's a bit on the bright side but I was also trying to work in a color challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.  I stamped the floral image with Antique Linen Distress ink. This gave me a light outline to follow when water-coloring. I was frankly terrified to try this but I gained confidence after watching the how-to videos. This is making me look at my stamps in a whole new way. I should have made some sort of watercolor background but maybe next time I will not be so panicky to do that :)

card size: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4

Stamps:   Penny Black- Dahlia Dance,  Verve- Blue Skies set

Specialty Paper:   Ranger- Watercolor paper, Doodlebug Designs- Kraft In Color-Color 6x6, 

Embellishment:   Doodlebug- Mini Pearls

Ink:   Distress Inks- Antique Linen, Barn Door, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers

Tools:   Cheery Lynn-Double Scallop Border die, Spellbinders- Circle dies


Jingle Dancer

Well...I have finally broken the ice.  While on the hunt for a certain stamp image I discovered that it was a digital "stamp".  I love Mo Manning's rubber stamps and have never tried her digital designs.  I found this Jingle Dancer image which instantly melted my heart. My younger granddaughter is a jingle dancer while my older granddaughter prefers traditional shawl dancing.  Native American designs that are not cartoon characters are far and few between.  This little girl is very authentic in detail. Sweet!

card size: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4"

I had no natural light today so am trying "plan B". For this card I printed the image on my Epson Artisan 810 printer using the Epson cardstock. I had no trouble with the printed image smearing but I used mostly color pencil with touches of Copic for blending.  I will not use that cardstock again as it is very "clingy" for color pencil. Any loose waxy bits of color pencil stuck to the cardstock and I had to use an adhesive eraser and a mini exacto to remove it. I will definitely experiment with digis some more but prefer my rubber stamps no doubt. This image would have been fun to watercolor.

Stamps:   Flourishes- Just My Type set,  Mo's Digital Pencil- Jingle Dancer line drawing

Color:   Berol Prisma Color Pencil,  Copic Markers,  Zig Wink of Stella clear glitter marker

Tools:   Lil Inkers- Stitched Layers dies


Cheer Up!

It's the night before mom's day and all I am doing is worrying about if it will rain tomorrow.  I am cooking picnic style so the barbecue grill is going to be fired up...baked beans and salads will be made...topped off by a triple chocolate cake. Yes- I am the Mom but it is far and few between when the whole family is together which is my most favorite Mom's day gift. This card came together pretty easily today. Working on it took my mind off the weather...until now :)  I water-colored the image with Distress markers.

card size: 5 x 7"

Stamps:   My Favorite Things- Sunny Thoughts Set

Specialty Paper:   Basic Grey-Fresh Cut 6x6, Carta Bella- So Noted 6x6

Embellishment:   Darcie Heater Designs- Never Walk Alone flat backed "tin pin"

Ink:   Archival Jet Black, Distress Markers

Tools:   Lawn Fawn- Spring Showers dies, Mama Elephant- Landscape Trio dies, Paper Smooches- Clouds dies


She Sells Seashells

While I was in watercolor mode I thought I would try water-coloring this Tim Holtz Blueprint design.  I used a mostly wet on wet technique with some drying between layers. To create a highlight on the shell I lifted off some damp color with a piece of cotton towel.  I used my imagination to figure out colors for the shell as I'm not a shell expert.  I did some water flicking to imitate bubbles. My goal was to have a happy South Beach color vibe to the card. And of course... the shell was liberally slathered with clear Wink of Stella glitter. 

card size: 5 x 7"

Stamps:   Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz- Nautical Blueprints,  Avery Elle- Oh Happy Day,  My Favorite Things- Chalkboard Greetings

Specialty Paper:   Ranger Watercolor Paper,  Prima- Fairy Rhymes A4 paper pad

Ink/Color:   Versamark Ink,  Hero Arts- White Emboss Powder,  Distress Markers and Mini Distress Ink pads,  Zig Wink of Stella- clear glitter brush marker

Tools:   Cheery Lynn- Sand Dollar & Starfish dies, 


Thank You Deer

I've been taking an online card class called "Watercolor for Cardmakers" at Online Card Classes.  While I have been water-coloring on cards for years I enjoy seeing the variety of options available. I also enjoy seeing the old become new again. I have been stamping since 1985 so I have witnessed many "cycles" of what is popular and I am really glad that watercolor has come back "in fashion" again. To be fair- with the addition of many new products on the market there are always new or updated ways to get creative with watercolor style techniques. I would recommend the class especially if you have always wanted to try watercolor but thought you couldn't succeed at it.

card size: 5 1/2 x 4 1/2"

Stamps:   Savvy Stamps- Arrow Patterns, Mama Elephant- Many Thanks set

Specialty Paper:   DoodleBug Designs- Kraft In Color: Color 6 x 6

Inks/Color:   Versamark Ink, Stampendous Detail White embossing powder, Mini Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, Evergreen Bough, Spiced Marmalade

Tools:   Memory Box- Deer Trio, Tim Holtz Idea-ology- Tiny Attacher

Embellishment:   The tiny star wood veneers are either Studio Calico or Lawn Fawn


Color Pop Birthday

This card is a bit outside of my comfort zone...but I like it.  It started out as a mistake correction.  I had muddied my mini Distress Ink pads and swiped them on a piece of water color paper to clear the mud.  I sort of liked the color combo so I spritzed the cardstock rather heavily with water and just left it to dry.  The watercolor paper was pretty warped so I decided to use a piece of it as a floral background die cut.  What I like is the ombre effect on the petals.  I'm sort of in a "boho" phase right now so mixed some patterns again to create a bright and cheerful birthday card.

card size: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Paper Smooches- Sentiment Sampler

Specialty Paper:   DoodleBug Design- Kraft In Color: Color 6x6 

Embellishments:   Cloud 9 Design- Rain Dots

Tools:   Memory Box Dies- Lovely Peony (flower) & Lovely Aster (leaves), Taylored Expressions- Banner Stacklets #1, MFT DieNamics- Simply Scallops

Inks:  Archival Jet Black, Distress Inks- Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw


Artsy Hello

This was such a fun image to color.  It was the perfect image for using colored pencil.  I layered a couple of tiny print patterned papers to give the card a little bohemian flavor.

card size: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Taylored Expressions- When Your Heart Speaks , Waltzing Mouse- Fancy Phrases 

Specialty Paper:   Basic Grey Lucille Collection 6x6

Ink/Color:   Archival Jet Black inkpad, Berol Prisma Color Pencils, Viva Perl Pen White,  Zig Wink of Stella glitter pen clear

Tools:   My Favorite Things- Pierced Stax Rectangles die