Celebrate You

Catherine Scanlon is an inspirational muse for for me as her stamp designs are so easy for me to be creative with.  After using the more Spring themed color palette I thought I would change it up with this card.  I used the Kuretake Brush Markers and as usual I am loving their pop of rich...bright color.  This is a set of 24 colors.  I think this set is perfect for water colored flowers.  I also use this smaller set to make bright rainbow colored watercolor backgrounds.  Since this stamp design was so "busy" I used a very simple card design.

Card Size:   A6  6 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Stamps:   Catherine Scanlon- Tiny Bouquet (available from Ellen Hutson),  Simon Says- Friendship Messages(outside),  WPlus9- Strictly Sentiments(inside)

Ink/Color:   KuretakeZig Clean Color real Brush Markers,  Berol Prismacolor White colored pencil,  Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen,  Sakura Pigma Micron Black Pen 05



I have another floral card today.  I used a Papertrey Ink Watercolor Sheet called Peonies on Parade.  These individual sheets are pre-printed in a card-sized collection with a featured floral ready to be water-colored. I'm trying to get better at leaving some light areas in my watercolor.  These sheets are perfect for practicing color skills.  Papertrey Ink also has sheets for use with markers or colored pencils.  I haven't tried those yet but I do have them :)

card size:  A2  5 1/2' x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Reverse Confetti- Posted Note Sentiments(Today),  Clearly Besotted- Fancy Sayings(Celebrate)

Specialty Paper:   Lawn Fawn- Perfectly Plaid 6 x 6,  PTI- Textured Vellum

Ink/Color:   Distress Ink,  Sharpie Extra Fine Point White Paint Marker

Dies:   Waltzing Mouse- Scalloped Stitched Layers


Thinking of Spring

I enjoy riding the rollercoaster of weather in the early Spring of Minnesota.  You just never know what you're going to get.  We had 9 inches of snow two days ago.  Today most of the snow is already gone.  You can tell the sun is finally warming more and more as the days go by.

I  finished assembling some cards today.  I've been on a bit of a flower binge.  I think Spring Fever has me...for sure!  This first card features Spring flowers in a birch bark basket.  I used an aqua brush and Kuretake Real Brush Markers to watercolor the blooms.  I added a touch of Berol Prisma white color pencil and a white extra fine point Sharpie paint pen for additional highlights.

Card Size:   A2   5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Stampendous- Birch Bouquet,  Clearly Besotted- Many Mini Messages

Ink/Color:   Zig Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Silks Acrylic Glaze- Ice,  Archival Jet Black

Dies:   Spellbinder- Scalloped Circles,  Memory Box- Circle Scallop Layers,  MFT- Stitched Circle Stax,  Technique Tuesday- Little Labels,  Pretty Pink Posh- Stitched Borders #1 (rickrack)


Sending Sunshine

Spring is just around the corner!  I love the extra light in the day although this time of year it's more like 50 shades of gray.  Perhaps that was the spark for a sunshine card. 

I used a pre-done watercolor background.  It was just water colored a pale yellow and blue.  It was a "spark" background where I know I need to add things to finish it.  I added a pastel tiny netting pattern over it using a pigment pad.  Then I stamped a small word type of background using an Archival Ink.  To make an uneven print I smudged off color before stamping. 

I was going to use the die that came with the stamp set to pop the whole thing off the background but I wanted the background to show through the mason jar.  I just stamped the whole image over the background.  I then stamped the flowers twice. I water colored them, cut them out and popped up three of the flowers. I also cut out the ribbon as I didn't want my bow ending up green.

Card Size:   A2  5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Stamping Bella- Mason Jar of Flowers,  Flourishes Hollyhock set(inside/outside words),  Impression Obsession- Secret Code,  unknown- small netting background

Specialty Paper:   Ranger Distress Watercolor Paper,  MFT- Off The Grid

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks,  Hero Hues Pigment Ink- Unicorn Pastel Blue,  Archival- Aquamarine and Jet Black,  PaperArtsy Fresco Paint- Little Black Dress,  Silks Acrylic Glaze- Ice

Dies:   Lawn Fawn- Rectangle Stackables,  Waltzing Mouse- Stitched Scallops Rectangles


A Happy Hello

Daylight Savings Time and drizzle makes for a deadly combination.  I feel like Sylvester the cartoon cat using toothpicks to prop my eyelids open.  Nothing gets me going like color though.  This card would have been much quicker if I hadn't stamped all of my flower heads and water colored them before figuring out the stems.  I blame that on the weather and lack of sleep giving me the gray fuzzies.  So-o-o-o I had to hand draw them instead of using the lovely stems provided with the set.  I added some of the leaves from the stamp set with some modification. 

This card was created for this weeks Featured Stamper at Splitcoast Stampers.  I used an idea from a card in Julie's gallery that included multiple torn layers.  I think it added some fun interest and texture to the card. 

Card Size:   A6  6 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Stamps:   MFT- Sketched Blooms,  Paper Smooches- Fun & Flirty(A Happy Hello)

Specialty Paper:   Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper,  MFT- Plaid Patterns 6x6,  Bella Blvd.- Orange Strandz and Red Strandz(reverse side) 12 x 12

Ink/Color:   Distress Ink Pads,  Archival Jet Black,  Sharpie Fine Point White Paint Marker


Calla Lilies

I had the perfect background in mind when I recently received this Penny Black stamp (Elegance). I created this background with some left over Distress Ink using the smooshing technique.  I used the rough side of the Ranger watercolor paper.  I had also happily received the new smaller Misti so my impression of the calla lily on that rough paper was nice and even.  I used bleach and a paint brush to bleach the background color from the lilies, stems, ribbon and leaves.  Once they were dry I water-colored them with Distress inks.

I wanted more depth to the background so I stenciled using some PaperArtsy Fresco paint in a pale purple color (Moonlight).  I stamped on top of that with Archival Jet Black ink.  Then I used a sponge dauber to paint white on a tiny typed border collage stamp and randomly stamped that.  It was very hard to photograph and my colors got so washed out but in real life it has more saturation of color.

A6   6 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Stamps:   Penny Black- Elegance,  Hero Arts- Old Writing,  Limited Edition- Type/Text Background Border,  WPlus9- Strictly Sentiments(inside)

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks,  PaperArtsy Fresco Paint- Moonlight and Snowflake,  Wink of Stella,  Archival Jet Black

Dies:   Impression Obsession- Photo Corners

Misc:   The Crafter's Workshop Mini Carte Postale stencil 6x6


Happy Thoughts

Today was one of those days wrapped in sunshine, tears and smiles.  I am now a great-grandmother...as my lovely granddaughter Sierra gave birth to her sweet baby boy.

I think yellow poppies are just the happiest flowers on earth.  I was sort of lost in water coloring the flowers today trying to figure out what goes where...when the phone rang and the happy news was given..."hurry, hurry...she's almost ready!"  Now I will always remember coloring yellow poppies while waiting for my great-grandson.  I just know his life will be happy :)

Card Size:   A2   % 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Penny Black- Poppy Gems,  Hero Arts- Heartfelt Messages, DoCrafts- Wellington(inside message)

Ink/Color:   Distress Reinkers,

Dies:   Waltzing Mouse-Scalloped Stitched Borders,  3/4" Circle Punch



Little Miss Sunshine

This is a background I created to represent a rainy, dreary day.  I used the "smoosh" technique to create it.  When I saw the finished result I thought it would make a great back drop for this adorable little lady who just exudes joy.

She was so fun to create.  I stamped her directly onto the background.  Then I pieced her body and clothing together using patterned paper.  I used a touch of Copic marker here and there.  I added plenty of Swarovski Crystals for sparkle along with Sharpie White Paint Pen Extra Fine for decorative details.  Here's hoping that she brings you a smile :)

Card Size:   A6   6 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Stamps:   Paper Artsy- JOFY #41,  Paper Smooches-Fun & Flirty set

Specialty Paper:   Prima- Royal Menagerie Collection 6x6 

Ink/Color:   Copic Markers,  Distress Ink- Hickory Smoke, Black Soot

Dies:   MFT- Scallops and Wacky Stitched Rectangles,  Lawn Fawn-Grassy Border,  Walzting Mouse- Stitched Scalloped Layers,  Punch Bunch- Tiny Flowers asst.,  Poppy Stamps- Classic Ribbons

Embellishment:   Swarovski Crystals


Dear Friend of Mine

This background is made using three primary colors allowed to flow together to create new colors.  This was created for a challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  I started with a "pinky" red, a "greeny" blue and yellow.  I scribbled the colors onto hot press watercolor paper and spritzed with water until it started moving.  I then allowed the piece to air dry. 

I was a initially disappointed with the size of the Penny Black Half Circle die. I hadn't looked at the product details... just some samples which I assumed were standard card size.  I found a frame die which fit the Half Circle die fairly well and assembled a dimensional piece using the die, frame and foam tape to fit over the watercolor background.  The die does actually work fine as a focal piece.  I'm sure I will be using it a lot.

Card Size:   A2   5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Alte New- Thinking of You set (Dear Friend, Thinking of You)

Ink/Color:   Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Specialty Paper:   Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper

Dies:   MFT- Rectangle Frames,  Penny Black- Half Circle