Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy Fall

Hello.

Did you hear that the first day of Fall (or Autumn) is this week?

I love Fall with the beautiful colors and smells.

It will be a while before we see much color here
so I had to create some of my own.



I die cut this Arboscello Tree from Memory Box from watercolor paper

I scribbled with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers on
a pallete, spritzed with water and smooshed the leafy part of the tree into it.

I die cut some of the top of the tree from the leftover watercolor paper
and smooshed that too.

The tree is a double thickness for extra body and I snipped some of the
extra leaves to "fall" on the ground.

BTW: According to Mr. Google, arboscello is Italian for sapling.

Some challenges:

AAA Cards Challenge Autumn Colors

Just Us Girls Color Week: Burgundy, Yellow & Orange






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Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Happy Fall (Verve)
Ink: Soft Suede (SU)  
Paper:   Neena, Woodgrain (TH), Watercolor (Arches CP)
Other:  Arboscello Tree (MB),  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, 


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Budding Branches for CAS Watercolour Reminder

The month is half over already.

Seems like the months whoosh by!

For my watercolor I used Brusho crystals sprinkled on a Gelli plate 
and spritzed with water.  I smooshed a piece of mixed media paper on the plate.

I think the Gelli plate gives softer look to the Brusho background.

I'm always amazed how using the same products in a different way
can yield such varied results!

  The leaves on this stamp are open
but since this is a silhouette challenge, I colored them in with a black marker.

We're going strong at 

Our talented Design Team has some more to inspire you and our 
Guest Designer, Birgit, always inspires.

And there's even more inspiration in the gallery.

The challenge is open until the 24th.

Hope you'll join us.


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Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Budding Branches (TJ), Thinking of You (Alt.)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, VersaMark, Basic Black Marker (SU)
Paper:   Naturals White, Basic Black (SU), Mixed Media (S)
Other:  Brushos (green & yellow ?), Gelli Plate (Gel Press), White EP (SU)


Friday, September 15, 2017

Lake View for CAS Mix Up

Hello friends.

We're halfway through the month already!


There's a little over a week left to play at
Using stamping, watercolor wash and dry embossing.

The Design Team and our Guest Designer, Cathy R.
have some fantastic inspiration to share with you.

I've used a NBUS stamp, Wildflowers, from Technique Tuesday to
stamp on a piece of watercolor wash.

The bloom made me think of mist rising off the lake.

It wasn't intentional, just a happy happening!

I've matted the piece on a bit of black then over some Naturals White
that was dry embossed. 

The picture doesn't show the embossing very well.

Another masculine card to add to my stash.

I have quite a few birthdays for the guys coming up.

This also works for CAS Watercolour



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Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Wildflowers (TT), Fun Birthday Messages (HLS)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Watercolor (Arches cold press), Naturals White, Basic Black (SU)  
Other:  Gansai Tambi Watercolors, Pinewood Planks EF (SU)


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Birthday Blossoms

Hello dear friends.

I had some fun with my Zigs.


I found this piece already stamped, embossed and ready to color.

I pulled out my Zigs and went to work.

It's really not work.  I find watercolor very relaxing.

After coloring the flowers and foliage,
I added a light wash around it all using a wet on wet technique.

I've used stamping, watercolor wash, heart embossing and die cutting.

The Design team along with our Guest Designer, Cathy R.
have lots of inspiration for  you at the challenge site.
The gallery is full of beautiful entries too.

Not sure what a watercolor wash is?
We have links to videos here.

I'll take this over to 
This week they're asking for CLEAN AND SIMPLE.

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Enjoy!


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Birthday Blossoms (SU), Beautiful Butterflies (PTI)
Ink:   Whisper White, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media (S), Daffodil Delight (SU)
Other:  Zig CCRBM (#50 Yellow, #52 Bright Yellow, #65 Mid Brown, #64 Oatmeal, #43 Olive Green, #46 Mid Green, #36 Light Blue), Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS), Sttitched Shapes Framelits (SU), Stitched Squares (LI)  


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lake Loon Washed

Hello.  Thanks for joining me today.

It's time for a new challenge at CAS Mix Up


This month I'm hosting the challenge and I chose
I've used stamping, watercolour wash, watercolor painting, salt and heat embossing

I die cut this beautiful loon die from mixed media paper.

I colored details for the cattails and loon with Distress Markers
and an Aqua Painter.

The rest of the piece was washed, wet on wet

I added more color when the piece was just damp and got some blooms.

I think it made it looks more like water.

The background piece was washed and salted.

There are some awesome inspiration pieces at the challenge blog.
Our Design Team have done beautiful work and so has our
Guest Designer, Cathy R.

We've also got lots of videos if you need some technique ideas.

Hope to see you at 


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Fun Birthday Messages (HLS)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media (S), Basic Black
Other:  Lake Loon Die (GM), White EP (SU), Gansai Tambi Watercolors


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Snowflake Joy

Hi there.

Did this week go by fast for you too?


Merry Monday is back after a summer break.

My friend Marcia is hosting this week.
Here's her challenge.
There's lots of wonderful inspiration over there and it's always good to
have those Christmas cards done before it's time to send them out!

I'm also going to enter this at City Crafters Week #378
PICK ONE
I have a combination of the top and bottom right samples.

ANYTHING GOES


My UFO box had a Brusho background that had been stamped and
embossed with the wonderful, BIG, Hero Arts snowflake.

I had just bought a new die set of Penny Black Christmas words so
I die cut the joy from a snippet of glimmer paper.  The snowflake too.

Another card for the Christmas box!


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Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Dazzling Snowflake (HA)
Ink:   Whisper White
Paper:   Mixed Media (S), Neena, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (SU)
Other:  White EP, Brusho Crystals (?), Stitche Rectangles Dies (SSS), Snowflake Die (IO), Greetings Die (PB)


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Choose Joy Tiny Flowers

Hello, dear friends.

I'm playing with a couple of challenges today that I haven't played in a long time.

It seems like the days are just too short to do all that I'd like to do!


I used the tiny flower stamps that were included with a lovely sentiment set that I recently bought.

In the Make it Monday Challenge #296, at Papertrey Ink, Lexi showed us how
to use some of these tiny stamps in a repetitive pattern for a card.
Here's Lexi's card....

I put mine in a die cut window.  It helped to get the images in a straight line
(I don't do straight lines very well!)

and at Less is More this week
I love this color combination!


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Choose Joy, Beautiful Butterflies (PTI)
Ink:   Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Gumball Green (SU)
Paper:   Whisper White Thick Pacific Point (SU)
Other:  Take Three Die (PTI)