You Are Not Alone

This is the second card I created this week using challenge ideas at Splitcoast Stampers.  This represents the color challenge for this week which included seven color choices.  I might actually have most of the colors and then some included in this vase of flowers.  I also wanted to point out that I used the same collection of 6 x 6 patterned papers on this card that I used yesterday.  This is the only paper collection that I've re-purchased this year as the variety of colors and patterns suits my summer stamping well.

5" x 7"
 Stamps:   Stampendous- Vase of Flowers,  Verve- Here For You set

Specialty Paper:   Doodlebug Design- Kraft in Color-Color 6 x 6,  Ranger Watercolor paper

Ink/Color:   Distress Ink Markers,  Zig Wink of Stella clear


I Miss You Much

I needed to perk up my creativity so I played along with a couple of challenges on Splitcoast Stampers this week.  This one is a sketch challenge.  I accidentally cut my focal image down too much but I made it work anyways.

 card size:  5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

I photographed this card in two different lighting situations so I could pick up the glitter on the card... so sorry for the wonky colors ;)

Stamps:   Impression Obsession- Rose Bud,  Power Poppy- Azalea Set (word phrases)

Specialty Paper:   Doodlebug Design- Kraft in Color-color 6 x 6

Inks/Color:   Distress Ink Markers,  Zig Wink of Stella Clear glitter

Tools:   My Favorite Things- Mini Delicate Doilies Dies,  Martha Stewart- Multi Heart punch,  Spellbinder Nested Circle die


"A-Pear-ently" a Favorite

I found another Sandi Miller collage style stamp in my collection that was begging to be colored.  I like the look of these designs embossed in white.  I used Distress Inks to watercolor the image.  Many people think these inks are rather dark and "grungy" but they are very capable of a summery pastel look.  When I made my color chart for Distress Inks I was surprised myself to see what colors emerged when some water was added to the full strength ink.

card size: 5" x 7"

Stamps:   Sandi Miller- Pear Collage,  Simon Says- Friendship Messages

Specialty Paper:   Memory Box- Gossamer Collection 6x6

Inks:   Distress Inks,  Versa Mark ink,  Hero Arts Embossing Powder White


I Dream

I haven't made a vintage collage style card for ages.  I had a painted embossing folder background that hadn't come out quite like I wanted so I stamped a Tim Holtz image on top of it using Vintage Photo Distress ink.  While the ink was wet I went over it with a water dampened/wet paint brush to add a painterly look to the image.  I then went on a mission to find some bit and pieces to illustrate a vintage gentleman's dreams. 

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

Stamps:   All of the stamps are Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz stamps- the vintage man, the word phrase inside and the star border.  

Inks/Color:   Distress Paint- Salty Ocean,  Distress Ink- Vintage Photo & Antique Linen

Embellishments:   A Flair For Buttons (on Etsy) - Flair Button "I Dream",  Basic Grey Basics- Metal Studs Stars,  Bo Bunny- Noteworthy Ephemera Somewhere in Time,  Tim Holtz Idea-ology Thrift Shop Ephemera pack,  K&Co Flora & Fauna Accents (butterflies)

Tools:   Craft Concepts- Embossing Folder Star Background


Just a Note

My stamp studio is in our walkout basement. When it's hot outside you can be sure the lower levels of the house will be freezing. I took advantage of a couple of beautiful days when the polar vortex returned to spend some quality time enjoying some creativity while the air-conditioner took a much needed break.

card size:  5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

I'm still enjoying water color and floral images.  There are so many pretty floral designs available this summer.  I admit I'm also getting drawn to fall and Christmas already too so we will see what I'm up too in the next few weeks :)

Stamps:   Stampendous- Lace Rose Background,  WPlus9- Hand Lettered Hello,  Impression Obsession-  Large Rose

Inks:   Archival Jet Black, Distress Ink Pads & Markers (images stamped in Antique Linen)

Embellishments:   Zig Wink of Stella clear glitter pen,  sequins-pearl finish