Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sunflower Reminder for CAS Watercolour

Hello friends.  I'm so glad you could stop by!

I have another sunflower to share today.

I used another of the sunflower stamps in the Jane's Doodles set
 and this time used watercolor pencils to color.

I got a large set of Faber Castell watercolour pencils for my birthday.
Now I have lots and lots of colors to choose from.

And I need a lot more practice with them!

I have used the smooth side of the paper for stamping and coloring the images
and fussy cut them when they were dry.

The piece behind the flower has a very light wash on the textured side
of the watercolor paper.

I mounted the framed design piece on foam for added dimension.

Marcia has chosen sunflowers for our theme at CAS Watercolour this month.

The Design team and out Guest Designer Izzy have a lot of beautiful
sunflowers cards to inspire you.

I hope you'll join us.

CAS Watercolour: Sunflower

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sunflowers (Jane's Doodles), Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Antique Linen (DI), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Watercolor (Tim Holtz)
Other:  Aquarelle Watercolour Pencils (Faber Castell), Double Pierced Rectangle Die (Avery Elle),

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Birthday Bird for CAS Mix Up Reminder

Hello friends.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

I'm here to remind you that there's still a little over a week to  join in at
CAS Mix Up

Nancy is our host this month and she chose....

You can find video tutorials at the challenge site if you're not familiar with this technique.

Our Guest Designer, Cathy, and the rest of the team have some
fantastic cards to inspire you.

I hope you'll check them out and join us.
The challenge is open until the 24th.

The vine background was done by sprinkling Brusho crystals over
the stencil and spritzing with water.  Then I pressed the inked up stencil
on a piece of mixed media paper to get this print.

I've die cut this Memory Box bird from a corrugated coffee cup wrapper
and sponged a little whisper white and coral ink on him.

He's all framed up in Linen Texture Embossing. 

My mixed media are Stencil Monoprint, Brushos, Die Cuts, Dry Embossing, 
Corrugated Cardboard and Stamping.

CAS Mix Up: Stencil Monoprint

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Soft Suede, Whisper White, Calypso Coral (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Crumb Cake (SU)
Other:  Mini Climbing Vine Sttencil (TCW), Linen Texture Plate (PTI), Elodee Bird Background (MB), Stitched Frames Die (MFT)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Happy Sunflower and a Visit from a Friend

Hello friends.  It's the start of another week.  I hope you had a good weekend!

I had a very special weekend.  More about that later.

First, a card....

I seldom do a one layer card anymore but 
The Flower Challenge this month is

My friends at Unity Stamps had a special stamp offered to their 
customers and subscribers.  I jumped on it and love this stamp!

I put it in my MISTI and stamped onto a card cut from 
Strathmore 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

I inked the stamp with a  yellow Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker
and then tapped a damp water brush to the stamped image.

Stamping again added back the lines of the petals.

I did the stems the same way with an Olive Green Zig.

I pulled some of the color around for a light wash around the flower,
then stamped the sentiment.

The first time I did that, I smeared the sentiment.

I hate when I do that!

I was able to salvage some of the design and you'll see that in a later post.

Our CAS Watercolour Challenge this month is Sunflowers,
so I'll add this over there too.

As for the special weekend, my friend Mary H. from Carolina Cards by Mary H.
came for a visit with her DH.

She joined in with my stamping class and we had a wonderful time visiting 
except our time was too short.

I hope she and her DH will come back soon! My DH does too.

The Flower Challenge:  One Layer Card
CAS Watercolour: Sunflower 

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sunflowers (Unity), Handwritten Borders (SSS)
Ink:   Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper:  Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Zig CCRBM (#50 yellow, #52 Bright Yellow, #43 Olive Green, #72 Beige, #220 Tearose, #65 Mid Brown), Baker's Twine (SU)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Merry Christmas Tree

Hi there.  I hope you're having a good weekend.

I was pulling all my Christmas tree stamps off the shelf to decide which to use
across this little and almost forgotten set.

Inside the box was a tree already stamped and cut and waiting for some action.

So, I put it together and mounted it on a die cut piece of
corrugated cardboard.  Then  I used a larger die to emboss the card front.

Some of my hoarded Naturals White made the base and some
baker's twine finished it off.

Oh, I did stamp the sentiment on a snippet and punched it out 
to ground the tree.

It looks like a simple card and I won't tell you how many days
it took me to decide how to mount it!

Oh, and I added some WOS on the tree so it has a nice shimmer.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Polka Dot Parade #9 Stamp Set (PTI), Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Wild Wasabi, Real Red (SU)
Paper:   Naturals White, Whisper White (SU)
Other: Polka Dot Parade #9 Die (PTI), Corrugated Cardboard, Lots of Labels Framelits (SU), WOS, Baker's Twine

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sunflower Friend

Hello friends.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

We're doing sunflowers at 

This is a popular die for this challenge!

I die cut the sunflower from Mixed Media paper keeping it all intact and
painted it with Gansai Tambi watercolors.

For the top layer, I cut again and removed all the petal pieces, sponged color
with Distress ink in the center, then spritzed with water and blotted.

After everything dried, I glued the piece with the colored center
atop the yellow petals.

I went into the base of each petal with a watercolor pencil
and pulled the color with a damp water brush to shade the petals.

I mounted it all on a treasured piece of specialty paper that my friend gave me
and added a narrow mat of Crumb Cake cardstock.

I'm also joining in at AAA Cards.

CAS Watercolour: Sunflower
AAA Cards: Friendship

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:   Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo (DI)
Paper:   Neenah, Crumb Cake (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 Series)
Other:  Sunflower Background Die (IO), Gansai Tambi Watercolors (#40 Lemon Yellow, #43 Mid Yellow), Watercolor Pencils (Faber Castell), Water Brush

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Happy Monoprint

Hello Friends.  I'm glad you could stop by.

I found this monoprint in my stuffed to the gills box of backgrounds.  
It's a piece left over from these cards.

To make the piece, I dragged Mini Distress Ink cubes along the stencil,
spritzed with water and pressed onto mixed media paper.

The happy die was a birthday gift from a special friend. I used vellum
for the background and a snippet of cardstock for the happy.

Birthday was stamped and heat embossed.

There's a little dry embossing too.

My mixed media are Stencil Monoprint, Stamping, Heat Embossing, 
Dry Embossing and Die Cuts.

If you're not familiar with this technique, check out the
CAS Mix Up Challenge site for video tutorials.

Hope you have a happy day!


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Distress Ink Mini Cubes (Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Seedless Preserves)WOW Embossing Pad
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Rich Razzleberry, Vellum (SU)
Other:  Boarders Stencil (ret. HA), Happy Layered Die (Paper Rose), White EP (WOW), Dotted Strip EF (Cuttlebug)

Monday, August 6, 2018

Happy Dragonfly

Hello friends.  Thanks for popping in!

Today's card was a birthday card for our daughter.

I fell in love with this stamp when browsing through the Unity Stamps site.

I pretty much CASEd a sample card there.

I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the stamp
and it stamped beautifully!

I added some splatters, and clear stones that Starlit Studio added
as a bonus in an order.

This is a large stamp so the card is bigger than my usual.

I was so excited to get it done and clipped on the bag with her
birthday present that I forgot to sign it!

It's not the first time I've forgotten to sign a card. Oops.

DD said not to sign it so she could pass it on.


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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Happy (Unity)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Smokey Slate, Basic Gray (SU)
Other:  Zig CCRBM (#31 Cobalt, #36 Lt. Blue, #41 Lt. Green, #94 Gray Brown, #10 Black), Water Brush, Beautiful You Die (Concord & 9th), Gems (Starlit Studio)