Friday, August 31, 2018

Chickadee by the Moon Light

This is one of my most favorite stamps and I pull it out every Winter.  The artist Carolyn Shores Wright created the prettiest birds, and I have three from her collection. I think she was exclusive to Stamps Happen.

I started by stamping the image with Tim Holtz Weathered Wood in on Strathmore Bristol vellum surface.  I like this paper because the texture works well with watercolors, but isn't as heavy as the real watercolor paper.

I am entering my Chickadee in the Double D's Challenge - The Moon and Stars.

Stamps:  Chickadee, Stamps Happen & Stampabilities - Joy and Piece
Paper: Graphic 45  & Strathmore Bristol vellum
Medium: Zig Watercolor Brushes & Tim Holtz Distressed Ink
Dies: Frantic Stamper Stitched Scroll Frames & Gheery Lynn Holly Corner
Accessories: Red Gems & Silhouette Cameo (bow)

Happy Friday!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Enjoy Life

Everyone needs a little pick-me-up now and them. This card certainly did the trick for me. I just love the sentiments. And this simple dragonfly image turned out so pretty.

I stamped the dragonfly with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Dstressed Ink then I used Zig water color brushes on Strathmore Bristol vellum surface paper.  

I just love the sentiment.  Both sentiments are from the Silhouette Design Store. I printed them on a laser printer and then used my laminate machine to add the beautiful blue foil. The photo does not really show off the technique, but trust me it is beautiful.  There are several ways to use the foil and you can watch this video if you think it is something you would like to try.

I am entering my dragon fly in Double D Challenge - Don't Bug Me.  This is my "go to" for inspiration.

Stamp - Paper Inspirations
Sentiments - Silhouette Design
Paper - DCWV Coastal, Bristol Vellum Surface

Die - Spellbinder
Medium - Water Color - Zig Markers - Tim Holtz Peeled Paint

Accessories - Heidi Swap Foil, Stickles 

Be beautiful my friends!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Puppy Smiles

One of my favorite designers made a card a couple of years ago that I just adored. When I saw this black and white pup, I knew I wanted to case Leslie's card.  I asked her and she said yes! You can see her card here.

And this is mine 

Okay so it isn't cow, but the black and white pup is cute too.  I tried to use her layout and colors, without using any of the same products.

I used Stamp On It # 3007 Dog with Garland digital stamp.  As you can see I swapped the garland for a bow, which I had in my Silhouette library.  I also cut the image with the Silhouette Cameo. I'm not so sure about the lady bug embellishment. It may be a little too big.

The sentiment is a Silhouette design.  This may be an New Years sentiment, but I just liked it for this cheerful little puppy.

I would like to enter my puppy with a bow in the QKR Stampede Challenge #306 Anything Goes

Stamps: QKR Stampede Stamp On It #3007 and Verve Stamp"Smile"
Paper: Simple Stories Summer Fresh
Dies: Memory Box Floral Vine & The flower on the inside was cut off of MB Bloomington Border
Embellishments: Paper Studio little yellow flowers & unknown lady bug
Silhouette Cameo cut the image and bow.  Also the printed the inside sentiment.

Thanks Leslie Miller for the inspiration.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Good Mouse

Hello my friends.  Let me just say "It's good to be back" and I hope I don't wonder off again.

I wanted something to get my mojo going and I decided to look at my favorite challenge blog and see what they had to inspire me.  Sure enough  the Double "D" Tea Time Challenge was just the ticket.

Add in a bit of Christmas and I was all in grabbing, paper, makers, dies, the silhouette and this sweet image. Soon I was in that familiar happy zone. My craft room, not so much. A little mouse can really create havoc! 

I think I might call her Nelly the Mouse. 

And a new thing for me.... Completing my cards on the outside and inside at the same time. 

Dies - Sue Wilson (outside), Spellbinder (inside)
Image - Mo's Digital Pencil 
Stamp - Miracles by Stampabilities
Medium - Copic Markers
Accessories - Silhouette Cameo (striped bow and card shape)

Double "D" Tea and/or Coffee Time
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - non-traditional Christmas.

A big shout out to the design teams for their inspiration.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Rosie the Reindeer

I would have posted this in December, but I made another version for my good friend and fellow blogger.  The only design changes are that there is "Thank You" on the front of her card and the fold is at the side.  She should have received Rosie by now.

This is a Silhouette design.  I cut the antlers from gold glitter cardstock and the nose from red cardstock.  All the other features were cut with white and colored with Copic markers.  That saved me from having to find the perfect colors and loading the cutting mat 6 times.  And by using white I could draw in the veins on the holly leaves and do some shading on the leaves and berries. 

Silhouette Design # 231722

The Silhouette Design Store description is Holiday Rudolph Reindeer. She is so not a "Rudolph".  I looked it up and female reindeer do have antlers.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

With a Capital "T"

This post is do to a nudge from my friend.  So thank you friend!  I am like that lazy teenager you try to get out of bed in the morning. But we all know it's been a LONG time since I was a teenager.

I colored Frosty's scarf first and then I thought it looked rather cool to have only his scarf and nose with color.  So I just did a little shading with gray Copic markers and added little dabs of Copic Opaque White.

This Frosty is a QKR Stampede image (digi238901).  He came with a Christmas tree, but I edited it out.  I have no idea where the snowflake stamps came from other than they were a second hand purchase.  The "Thanks" is a modified Silhouette design.  I added 3 red gems to the snowflakes and used some foam dimensionals behind his head and mittens.

I am sending Frosty out to a couple of challenges and hope he comes back with a prize.

QKR Stampede Challenge 276 Snowmen or Snowflakes

Double "D"' Challenge Baby its cold outside

As for me ....

Image may contain: snow, tree, outdoor and nature

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Old Frosty

Does anyone else do this?  I have a images that I've colored up and put aside just because I love to color. That's what happened with Frosty.  I must have colored him a year ago.  You know, I can't remember how he was colored, but I suspect it was with Zip water color markers. 

I think he aged pretty well.  I also think it's appropriate that I used a technique that I've haven't done for at least a year and heat emboss the edges with gold. 

The Spellbinder Sprig Corners die is very old, but a die that I have never used.  The paper and the gems are old, so you could say everything that is old is new again.  If you look closely you can see a few of the Stikles snowflakes that I added.

When I decided to start over with this new blog, I made myself a promise to finish the inside of my cards.  Along with my colored images, I also have many cards with a blank inside.  I have been accused of having a short attention span. 

Carrying on with that theme of using up the old, I found this snowflake die that a friend cut for me long ago.  It was white, so I just heat embossed it with the gold and it just made sense that I should emboss the sentiment too. 

  • Stamps - Power Poppy Snowman Digi & Stampabilities Sentiment
  • Dies - Our Daily Bread Stitched Rectangles, Spellbinder Sprig Corner & Unknown Snowflake
  • Paper - Paper Studio Holiday
  • Accessories - Gem Stones

I've got my glitter on. Have you got yours?