Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Salt in Pink

Here's the piece after watercolor and Sea Salt were added and it was left to dry.

I used the left side for this card.

You can read how I did the right side of this piece here.

Jack was helping me do "science experiments" with the salt.

He didn't like his pieces but he agreed to let me keep them and use them.

His mom's birthday was coming up and she asked for a card using some of Jack's work.

You can't see the shimmer on the flower, but Jack was fascinated with the 
silver and white paints and I die cut the flower from a piece of that.
I fit the cut out pieces back in for an inlaid flower.

Challenge is open until the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (Card 1)
Paper:  Watercolor (Canson Cold Press), Neena, Basic Black (SU), Vellum
Other:  Gansai Tambi Watercolor (#34 Dk. Pink), Chrysanthemum Corner (MB), Leavenworth & Cascadia Butterflies (MB)

Card Recipe (Card 2) 
Stamps: Bouquet of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:  Versa Fine Onyx Black
Paper:  Watercolor (Canson Cold Press), Neena
Other: Gansai Tambi (#34 Dk Pink, #95 Silver, #10 White), Bright Blossoms Die (SSS), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Sequins (PPP)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Moonlight Butterfly for CAS Mix Up

Hello my friends.

We've had so much fun at the CAS Mix Up challenge this month.

There are so many gorgeous ways to use alcohol ink
and our gallery is full of beautiful entries!

I die cut a piece of alcohol ink background using a Memory Box butterfly die.

It didn't cut the little pieces out of the photo paper, but left a wonderful embossed look.

I used a piece of the same background to add a narrow mat around the frame.

The stem and flowers were cut from snippets of leftover alcohol ink backgrounds.

There's still time to join in at CAS Mix Up
Using stamping, alcohol ink and die cuts.

The challenge ends on the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Thoughtful Messages (SSS)
Ink:   Pacific Point
Paper:   Neena, Textured Whisper White (ret. SU), Photo Paper (Kodak)
Other:  Moonlight Butterfly die (MB), Tomei Branch die (PS), Hydrangea Punch (MS)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunflower Hello


I hope you're having a happy day!

I've used just a pinch of salt today.

This happy sunflower was die cut from a salted piece.

It's hard to see the patterns from the salt because of the intricate cut.

The stem and leaves were cut from a snippet leftover from this card.

After I added the brown watercolor to the flower, I used a bit
on the leaves to give them some added depth.

And because, in my yard, all the leaves have brown on them.

I should have shaded the grass border brown as there's lots
of brown in our grass too.  I did sponge some green on it.

It looks like it needs mowing doesn't it?

The Poppystamps challenge this month is
I have a border of grass and a scored border.

and the  CAS Watercolour Salt Challenge is still going.

and my snippet of grass and stem will give me a visit to
Pixies Snippet Playground
Thanks for the shout out, Di.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:   Early Espresso, Gumball Green (SU)
Paper:   Rustic White (PTI), Mixed Media (ST), Snippet of Green
Other:  Bountiful Sunflower, Grassland Border (both PS), Gansai Tambi Watercolors, Pink Himalayan Salt, Table Salt, Simply Scored

Friday, August 18, 2017

Flicker and Flutter

Hi there.

I got some new dies for my birthday and had fun using them.

I used some alcohol ink pieces.

Sorry, this time I didn't write the colors down.

I used some embossed pieces from my UFO (UnFinished Objects) box for backgrounds.

Join us at
CAS Mix Up
There are some gorgeous alcohol ink cards in the gallery.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Keep it Simple Get Well (PTI) card 1
Ink:   Emerald Envy (SU) card 1
Paper:   Neena, Photo (Kodak), Tempting Turquoise (SU) card 2
Other:  Alcohol Inks, Blending Solution (Ranger), Flicker and Flutter Die (PB), Layered Leaves EF (SU), Dew Drops (old HA)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Everything Flowers Two Ways


Are you getting tired of salted and alcohol ink cards?

Here's something different.
I've stamped and heat embossed the Everything Flowers Background stamp
from Hero Arts, then colored the flowers with Gelatos.

I pressed the tip of the Gelatos metallic colors onto the flowers and spread the
color with my finger.

The color is very much like chapstick and spreads smoothly.

Kind of like making pretty mud pies!

I added some non metallic Gelato to the centers of the flowers.

I added some shading by putting the Gelato on my palette and picking up some color
with an Aqua Painter.

For the background, I used a Pitt Artist Big Brush pen in May Green to scribble on my palette,
picked up the color with an Aqua painter and did a wet on wet wash around the colored flowers.

(BTW, it's so easy to make a palette for markers and ink by
laminating a half sheet of white cardstock.)

I'm entering this in The Flower Challenge #11




I have shiny embossing and the metallic Gelatos also shine.

Here's a closer look of that shine.

 I stamped 2 small pieces at the same time since this is such a large stamp.

I watercolored this one with Zigs.

Quite a different look!

Both sentiments are from the Thoughtful Messages set at SSS.

This set was a birthday present from my dear friend Loll.
I can see that this set will get a lot of love.
Thanks again, dear friend!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Everything Flower (HA), Thoughtful Messages (SSS)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media (STt), Orchid Opulence (retired SU), Vellum
Other:  White EP (SU), Gelatos Metallics Grape, Melon, Blueberry, & Mint; Yellow (Faber Castell), Pitt Artist Pen May Green (FC), Aqua Painter, Finger

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps: Same
Ink: Same
Paper: Neena, Mixed Media (ST), Brilliant Blue (retired SU), Vellum
Other:  White EP (SU), Zig CCRB (#30 Blue, 82 Purple, 25 Pink, 50 yellow, 52 Bright Yellow, 46 Mid Green, 64 Oatmeal), Aqua Painter

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Salty Marigold or is it a Dahlia

Hello dear friends.

Here's another sample of salt play and a reminder that there's still time to enter at
CAS Watercolour.

I covered a piece of watercolor paper with a wash of yellows using my
Gansai Tambi watercolors.

While it was still quite wet, I sprinkled some Himalayan Fine Pink salt in a couple of areas.

I just used a pinch and tried to keep it in a small section.

To my surprise, it looked like a couple of flowers when it dried!

I probably couldn't do this again but that's what's fun about using salt on watercolor.

You never know how it's going to look!

I used a water soluble marker to outline the lighter "petals".

The background piece used as a mat was done using the same colors of paint and table salt.

I've covered most of it up so you can't really see much of the pattern left from the salt.

Sorry I didn't get a photo of the piece before I cut it up.

I'll try to do better next time.

this month is

The challenge is open until the 24th.

The Design Team and our awesome Guest Designer, Ros, have lots
of gorgeous samples to share with you there.

And if you need some video help, there's links at the 
challenge site.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Soft Suede (SU), SU Marker (Old Olive)
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore CP for background, Arches CP for watercolor)
Other:  Gansai Tambi Watercolors (#43 Mid Yellow, #42 Bright Yellow, #33 Orange), Himalayan Fine Pink Salt, Table Salt

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Alcohol Swirls for CAS Mix Up

Hi there.

It's the middle of the month and time for a reminder for
CAS Mix Up

While playing with the alcohol inks, I tried just twisting the felt applicator.

I love the swirls so I filled the piece of glossy paper with them.

I should have written down the colors.

Sometimes I get so excited that I don't write things down and just can't remember what I used.

Do you do that?

I found this butterfly in my butterfly box.  I loved that you could still see the swirls
when I plopped him on.

I used vellum for the sentiment so it wouldn't cover up all the movement.
After stamping, I heat embossed it so it would show up really nice
and not smear.

There's still time to join in the challenge at
Using stamping, alcohol ink, die cuts, vellum and heat embossing.

also adding to  Concord & 9th
Happy Birthday C&9

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sending you a hug (Verses
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:  Neena, Coastal Cabana (SU), Glossy, Basic Black, Vellum (SU)
Other:  Alcohol Ink, Black Crystals

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Salt Water Continued


I've had so much fun using salt with my watercolors.

I've gotten so many different looks.

This time I  dripped salt water on my wet watercolor wash.

I used plain table salt to mix.

Kind of backwards of what I did on the cards in this post.

I used the right side of this piece this time.

Then I drew some lines on some of the places where the salt had removed the color.

I've learned that the trick is to not think about what the pen is doing.
Just relax and go with the flow.

I stamped in some of the spots too.

Here's what that looks like on a card.

If you like watercolor, try sprinkling some salt on it, or mixing salt in water
and using it as a wash or on wet watercolor.

So much fun!

Challenge is open until the 24th

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Choose Joy (PTI)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, Delightful Dijon & Soft Suede for center (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Watercolor (Canson CP)
Other:  Gansai Tambi Watercolor (#34 Dk. Pink, #40 yellow), Micron 005 pen, Table Salt, Stitched Squares Dies (LI)

Card Recicpe (cards 2 & 3)
Stamps: Dee's Blooming Buds (Stamplorations)
Ink: Basic Gray, Regal Rose, Pear Pizzaz, Delightful Dijon Marker (all SU)
Other:  X stitch Borders dies (GM), Black Crystals

Friday, August 11, 2017

Salt Water Flowers

Hi ya'll.

While I was having fun using salt with watercolors,
I wanted to try a technique I saw in this video.

I loved the results.

Let's see what you think.

Imagine this without the stems and outlines that I drew.

I used about 1/4 cup of water and a couple pinches of salt to add a wash to 
my watercolor paper.

Then I dropped some watercolor onto the wet paper.

I didn't get quite the "explosion" that Teela got, but enough so it looked like flowers to me.
(I did blot the edges of the color bursts with a paper towel.)

I added stems with a paint brush and some more watercolor and
some definition to the flowers with a Copic Multiliner Pen.

Since the piece was too large for a CAS card,
I cut it in half and made a twofer.

The black dots on the second card were done by dipping a toothpick 
in Black Nuvo drops.

Challenge is open until the 24th.
Lots more videos with salt techniques over there.

I hope you'll play along.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (Card 1)
Stamps:  Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:  Neena, Basic Black (SU), Watercolor (Arches CP) 
Other:  Stitched Mats Rectangles (LI: card 1), Stately EF (ret. Crafts Concepts: c.2), Small Sticky Back Black Crystals

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I Lift up My Eyes

Hi there.

I have one more card for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge
at Splitcoaststampers for the Fan Club members.

I pulled out a background that I made using shaving cream and alcohol inks.

I know that's what I used because I actually wrote it down.

Imagine that!

I cut the piece down and added a die cut that my dear friend,
Nancy sent me  a while back.

I stamped one of my favorite scriptures on the piece and masked
the sentiment with a little sticky note.

I thinned out a little acrylic paint in my palette and
splattered it on.

Of course I got a big blob on the side.


I cut the piece down a little bit further.

I'm so glad I waited to put the die cut on there!

I had snipped off a little flower from the bottom of the stem.

That's what you see peeking out from the inside.

Since I used alcohol ink in my shaving cream, I can link up to
CAS Mix Up
I used stamping, alcohol ink in shaving cream marbling, splattering with acrylic paint and die cuts.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Psalm 121:1-2 (Verve)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Neena, Basic Black
Other:  Alcohol Ink (Pool, Clover - Ranger), Shaving Cream, Licorice Acrylic Paint (Plaid), Wildflower Thinlits (TH)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Too Much Salt

Hi ya'll.

Want to see what NOT to do with salt and watercolor?

I wanted to try using two kinds of salt on one piece.

I stamped and heat embossed these beautiful flowers that my dear friend, Loll
gave me for my birthday.

After adding the watercolor with lots of water, I sprinkled
Fine Himalayan Pink salt on the green and
table salt on the pink.

But I was too heavy handed.

Salt is definitely better used in moderation!

It actually took almost all the color out of the flowers
so I had to add some more back in.

Well, I hated to throw this away.

So I fussy cut the flowers out.

The die is now on my "need to get" list!

Here's the finished product...

I hope you'll join in the fun at
CAS Watercolour

There are some amazing entries in the gallery!

Challenge is open until the 24th.

And I think I can take this to the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge 
 at Splitcoaststampers.  This challenge is for Fan Club Members.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bouquet of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:    Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media (Strath), Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Gansai Tambi Watercolors (#35 Carmine, #43 Mid Yellow, #51 May Green), Fine Himalayan Pink Salt, Table Salt, Sentimental Elle-ments Die (Avery Elle), Tiny Crystals