Sunday, January 31, 2016

Watercolor Class Cornflowers

Here's another card using a technique from the Online Watercolor Class.

This technique was so much fun!

I didn't realize you could make flowers with a flick of a brush and some paint.

(You did know they were flowers.  Right?)

DH is amazed that I can get so many colors out of 3 tubes of color.

It is amazing.  But I'm still having problems getting the right amount of water.

I'm waiting for that aha moment when it all comes together.

This is how it looked when I finished painting.

I stamped a sentiment at the top.

Then I decided to do some scoring.


Should have let the ink dry first.

I'm glad you are enjoying my blunders and bloopers.

Rest assured that there are much worse that didn't get their picture taken!

I'll take this over to Simon Says Wednesday Challenge where it's
You've got to check out those designer cards if  you haven't already.

Thanks for the visit.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri (SU), Fun Birthday Sentiments (Happy Little Stampers)
Ink:  Whisper White, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press for base), (Arches 140 lb. cold press for design), Brilliant Blue (retired SU), Whisper White
Other:  Watercolors (French Ultramarine, Aureolin), White EP, Bitty Butterfly Punch (SU)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Watercolor Class Chevrons

This is a card I made from a technique from Day 1
My colors ended up being more vibrant than Dawn's
and much less even.

I still don't control the water and paint very well, but I'm learning a lot.

I doubt I'll ever get to the level of the fantastic instructors.


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Glad you could stop by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Picture Perfect (SU)
Ink:  Whisper White (SU)
Paper:  Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press), Vellum (SU)
Other:  Watercolor (Winsor and Newton Aureolin, French Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson), Corner Rounder Punch (SU), Twine (soaked in gesso to give it body)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Watercolor Class Washed Leaves

I'm taking an online watercolor class

This class is power packed with information.

I'm behind on homework, but not as behind as I usually am.

This wasn't my first try.

LOL, it wasn't even my second try.

But I did finally get something I felt I could put on a card!

Sometimes practice makes perfect good enough.

I'll be back with some more.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Tin of Cards (SU)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press), Chocolate Chip
Other:  Watercolor (Winsor and Newton Aureolin, French Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson), Leaflets Framelits, Hello You Thinlits (SU)


Here are the ones that didn't make the cut.

Thought I'd share them too.


I decided to skip the hearts.  I wasn't feeling very loving at this point!

Watercolor Class Washed Background

I'm taking an online watercolor class and learning so much.

This was an easy (for me) exercise.

A good starting point.

I'll be sharing lots more homework with you.

I'm even going to share my bloopers.

I promise.

I found out that you can emboss on embossing.

You probably already knew that.

My first embossing of the flower didn't show up well.

Fortunately I used my MISTI.

I inked and embossed again,

and again.

Love the way it turned out.

Thanks for popping in.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes (SU), Bloom with Hope (retired SU)
Ink:  Whisper White, Soft Suede, Night of Navy (SU)
Paper:  Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press), Night of Navy (SU)
Other:  Watercolors (Winsor and Newton French Ultramarine)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

La Rue Shaker

I am so excited!

I've made my first shaker card!

My DD #2 gave me a fuse tool and bags for Christmas.

I was amazed at how easy it was to use this tool!

I figured I'd fill the trash can before I could get it right.

This is the first try.

Hope it isn't beginner's luck and the last time it works for me.

DD will be getting this card.

Using the same heart die (I love this die) and embossing folder,
I did this card.


Challenge icons
Shake it up, Baby! (Shaker Cards)
Shaker card made with Memory Box LaRue Heart

Simon Says Monday Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog
Love is in the Air: Use Red

Addicted to CAS

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe 
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Cardstock Vellum & Red Foil (SU 2nd card only)
Other:  LaRue Heart Die (Memory Box), Trielage EF (Cuttlebug), Sequins, glass bits, micro beads (stash), Fuse Tool, Bags (We are Memory Keepers), 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Snow Day for Merry Monday

Debbie is our hostess this week.

Let's see what she chose...

I haven't made a one layer card in a long time!

My snowman looks like he's about to roll down the hill.

That could be fun!

My card is Crumb Cake and the snowman is from a 
Stampin' Up! retired set called Snow Day.
He's stamped in Whisper White craft ink.

I tore a piece of paper to use as a mask and sponged
Whisper White ink under him with a sponge dauber.

Snowflakes were stamped and blowing snow added with the dauber.

I thought it needed something else, so I stamped a tree off the side.
(I had to stamp the bottom under the bottom of the tree to get more height.)

Now it's your turn.

Get a head start on those Christmas cards so you don't have to panic later.

Check out the fantastic Design Team cards.

They are sure to inspire you!

See you at Merry Monday.

Rudolph Days start today
and the challenge is open until the end of the month.
I'm going to share this over there too.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snow Day (retired SU), Lovely as a Tree (SU)
Ink:  Whisper White, Garden Green, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede (SU), Jet Black StazOn
Paper:  Crumb Cake (SU)
Other:  Sponge Dauber

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Snowflake Ribbon with Faux Mother of Pearl

I used sparkly paper that wrapped a Christmas present 
for this beautiful Snowflake Ribbon.

Also used a background from my UFO box done with 


We got a little snow yesterday,
on top of the sleet and freezing rain we got on Friday.

We didn't lose power and are cozy inside with all we need.

Just enjoying the scenery.

And rooting for the Panthers!

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps: A Better World (Joy, Peace and Love) (PB)
Ink:  Encore Silver (Tsukineko), Blushing Bride (SU)
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Frost White Paint (Tsukineko), Plastic Wrap, Silver EP (SU)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Penny Black Birthday Critters

This fun kitty is ready to celebrate!

He's colored with Copic Markers.

The balloons are covered with Crystal Effects so they shine.


used Copic Markers

Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog
Create with Critters

I'm really glad you could stop by.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Awesomely Artistic Friend

Full Definition of friend

  1. 1a :  one attached to another by affection or esteemb :  acquaintance
  2. 2a :  one that is not hostileb :  one that is of the same nation, party, or group
  3. 3:  one that favors or promotes something (as a charity)
  4. 4:  a favored companion
I have a lot of awesomely artistic friends!

I'm very thankful for each and every one of them too.

That includes you.

For this card I used 2 great Stampin' Up! sets, 
Awesomely Artistic and Butterfly Basics.

The fern from the Butterfly Basics set was stamped off first 
to give some depth to the design.

The dragonfly was stamped on vellum and heat embossed
and also stamped on the design piece.

I ussy cut his wings out of the vellum and adhered them in the center
so they would lift up.

I confess that I pulled out some retired colors for this.

It was like playing with old friends.

I'm going to enter this at

Best Friends
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Awesomely Artistic, Butterfly Basics, Gorgeous Grunge (SU)
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Garden Green, So Saffron, Whisper White (SU), Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Cardstock Vellum, Handsome Hunter (SU)
Other:  White EP (SU)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Cup of Christmas for Merry Monday

It's Merry Monday time.

This week it's Deanne's turn to name the challenge.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team's cards.
They'll make you feel all warm and toasty.

I printed this digi image several times on cardstock 
and colored each with Copic markers.

I fussy cut the cup and gingerbread man and
added them on to create a bit of dimension.

The cup was clear embossed to give it some shine.

Now it's  your turn.

Hope to see you at Merry Monday!

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps: A cup of  Christmas (Dee Dee's Digis)
Ink: Garden Green, VersaMark
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Clear EP (SU), Stitched Square Dies (Lil' Inkers - to make frame)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Flowering Fields

It's Sale-a-bration time at Stampin' Up!

My favorite item in the catalog was the Flowering Fields stamp set.

I had fun playing with it the other day.

I've given this card so I can post it.

The Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper
is also a free Sale-a-bration item.

The ombre effect looked so pretty with this image.

I colored the stamp with markers and stamped on a snippet of
Mixed Media Paper then cut the larger label from another snippet.

The blender pen was all I needed to move some color.

There's a little sponging around the edges too.




{The definition of ombre is the French word for color that is shaded or graduated in tone.}


where we need to use our snippets.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Flowering Fields (SU)
Ink:  SU Markers (Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise), Antique Linen (Distress)
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Mixed Media (Stathmore), Perfectly Artistic DSP (SU)
Other:  Lots of Labels Framelits (SU)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Etched Branches

A little while back I won the Etched Branches stamp on my friend 
Loll's blog (Stamping with Loll).

We used the stamp in our last Papercrafting class.

Then I did this one.

And while I was at it, I did this one too.

I was extra proud of myself for using a piece of my hoarded DSP.

I hope you have a fun weekend planned.

We'll be spending some time with the grandkids.
Always a favorite pastime.

Thanks for stopping by.

Items Used:
Stamps:  Etched Branches (PB), Autumn Days (retired SU)
Ink:  Soft Suede, Real Red, Soft Sky (SU)
Paper:  Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, DSP, Snippets of Real Red and Cherry Cobbler (all SU)
Other:  Resting Birds Die (MB), Texture Plate (PTI)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

White on White

I love white on white cards! 

I think this would make a great Valentine!

Or it could be used as an anniversary or wedding card.

I've embossed the background and a white die cut heart.

A pearl and pretty bow added some elegance.

I'm going to take this to the CAS Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Square Lattice EF (retired SU), Heart Framelit Dies (retired SU), Anna Griffin EF (Cuttlebug), Ribbon (Ofray), Basic Pearls (SU)