Friday, September 7, 2018

Gnome Fun

Hi there.  This week has flown by!

My friend Nance (Soul Stampin') came to spend a day crafting
and she brought me this stamp.

Isn't it adorable?

The swing reminds me of the swing at my grandparent's house
when I was growing up.

It was big enough for two people and often my
aunts would pair up to swing.

Sometimes my brother and I would climb aboard and we could
swing so high!

I put the stamp in my MISTI and inked it with markers, doing
small sections at a time then moving the colors with water.

I pretty much colored it like the package showed.

Since it's an outline stamp, I swiped some ink from the markers on my palette
and picked up color with my water brush to fill in.

I pulled some color from the design into the background for 
a light wash and picked up some color from the palette as needed.

I almost didn't catch that caterpillar on the branch.  Isn't he fun?

I love the sentiment but know that we can't always do what brings us joy.

Sometimes we have to do the other stuff and get our joy from doing a hard job well.

CAS Mix Up: Ink Stamps with Markers

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Gnome on a Swing (Stamping Bella)
Ink:   Distress Markers (Brushed Corduroy, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Ripe Persimmon, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet, Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone, Blueprint Sketch, Tumbled Glass, SU Brown Sugar
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press), Neenah
Other:  Foam Sheet


JosieD said...

What an adorable stamp, and as always, a terrific coloring job. Thanks for the deets once again on how you work your magic with this coloring technique -- very helpful. Appreciated your spot on words of wisdom re the sentiment.

Marcia Hill said...

This is so dang CUTE Bonnie! I love stamping bella stamps and just placed an order last night for a couple Christmas ones! But anyway, this image is just too sweet and you've colored it beautifully!! And thanks for pointing out the caterpillar...I almost missed him!! FABULOUS card my friend! :0)

Brenda in IN said...

This is the sweetest image and I would have missed the caterpillar too. Your soft coloring really did it justice and the sentiment is wonderful. I wish we could discard the things we don't like and just craft but life gets in the way of that. That was so nice of Nance to bring it to you.

JoAnn said...

Such a cute image and I love your stamp coloring with markers, I always forget to do that since I have acquired the Copics. TFS

Carole said...

Lovely card Bonnie...super cute image and I love your colouring. As for the sentiment...well I'm visiting Blogland instead of cleaning the loos!!!

Linda said...

What a sweet stamp set and your watercolored it perfectly.

Christine Alexander said...

Bonnie, he's adorable. I'm going to be putting in an order soon so might just have to add that one :)

MaryH said...

It's a delightful stamp, beautifully colored. It made me smile. I can remember swinging in those rope swings, high up to where your feet could touch the tree leaves. I love the look you've achieved, and what a lovely sentiment. Glad you & Nance had a fun, productive creating day! You're lucky to have pals with whom to share a day of stamping & coloring. TFS & Happy wkend. Hugs

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh Bonnie what an adorable stamp - you have really made the most of it not only with your water colouring but also the soft wash background - that is amazing!

Nstiz said...

That image is just adorable, Bonnie. Love the watercoloring and the soft wash you did so beautifully in the background. It does remind us of our childhood. Such a fun card.

Brenda said...

Such a cute card Bonnie!! I do love this image and noticed the Caterpillar right away. This turned out so cute, I really need to find a good image and have a go at this technique, well I need to have a go at a lot of techniques! lol Hugs, Brenda

Mac Mable said...

Such an adorable stamped image and what memories for you Bonnie x. One special card and so very beautiful x.

Trina P. said...

So adorable is right, Bonnie! Love your dreamy watercolouring and colours. Beautiful scene card. xx

nancy littrell said...

Such a fun softly marker colored swinging gnome scene, Bonnie. I am sure you and Nance had a great time playing together. Hugs..

Papercraft Boutique said...

What a sweet and lovely card, Bonnie! You always pull the colors so beautifully. Thanks for sharing your fun memories of the swing at your grandparent's house. I was wondering what kind of girl Little Bonnie was. :-)
Swing was my favorite playground equipment when I was a kid. Hideko xx

Susan said...

Love the idea that swinging on the swing is what brings joy to that adorable gnome! Beautifully watercoloured!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Super cute swinging gnome, Bonnie! Just love your delicate coloring!!

BożenA said...

:-)) I love this little gnome on the swing. Wonderful watercolor! Thank you for the exact description of how you created this card. You're right, we do not always have what we dream about, but we can always find positives in our lives.

Jo said...

Oh, he is such a cutie, definitely brings some JOY. A nostalgic card filled with good memories, so appropriate. We must look at the good side, always, warm hugs xx

Sandy said...

This is absolute joy Bonnie - beautifully done and gorgeous to look at!
Sandy xx

Bobby said...

So so cute, Bonnie.