Friday, April 12, 2024

Bright Blossoms

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I am loving the colors that Cindy chose for Color Hues #84, Peach and Green.


I was going through some of my dies a while back and found this die that I'd forgotten about.
So I put it in my "need to use" pile.  These colors worked perfectly for it.

I had the outline already cut from white cardstock in the envelope and cut another
from a scrap of mixed media paper, keeping the inside pieces intact.

I love coloring die cuts and one of my favorite ways to do it is sitting on a piece of
mixed media paper so my over-wash gives me a perfectly colored background.

I used the left over watered ink for splatters and let it all dry.

I snipped off the flowers from the white die cut and glued over the base piece.

The sentiment is from my favorite Betterpress sentiment set.



Challenges:
Color Hues #84 - Peach and Green
The Flower Challenge #90 - Add Layers (2 layers for the flowers, frame and sentiment)
Seize the Birthday #281 - Any Color and Green

  







Card Recipe
Stamps:  Fancy Sentiment Strips Pressplate (Spl)
Ink:   BP Black, Peach Parfait, Certainly Celery re-inkers (SU)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), BP Porcelain, Neenah Solar White
Other:  Bright Blossoms Die, Essential Arches Dies, Betterpress System (Spl)


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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Soft Stems

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It's color week at Just Us Girls and the colors make me think of Halloween,
but I went in a different direction.  The colors? Purple, Orange and Mustard!


I pressed some Wilted Violet on my craft mat and spritzed with water to smoosh the 
bottom portion of a mixed media panel, dried it and smooshed some more.  Then I 
pressed Villainous Potion on my mat and repeated for a little contrast.

I used the same technique on the the top portion with Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade.

Then to figure out what to put on the piece?

I've had this Soft Stems stamp set in my NBUS box for some time.  I picked a stem and
stamped on top of the dried smooshed piece with SSS Iris ink.  I had to stamp again to 
get good coverage and used a damp waterbrush on each flower head to blend the color.

The butterfly is from an experiment using a hot foil plate with ink, putting on
my Betterpress and just pressing the top plate with my hands.  It doesn't stamp as
crisply as pressing it with the machine, but that could be due to the fact that I
foiled the plate instead of the paper one time. Oops!

Challenges:
NBUS #61 - Never Before Used Schtuff

 



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Soft Stems (PB)
Ink:   Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Villainous Potion, Rusty Hinge (DI), Iris (SSS), Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Small Butterflies Foil Plate (& Die PFS), Clear EP
Other:  


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Monday, April 8, 2024

Blossom Vine

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While I had these flowers out for this card, I colored a few in pink.


I love the detail on these etched dies and they're fun to blend ink on the pieces.

I die cut twice and cut the second piece apart so I could get a group of three
on the arch.  The last flower is on the inside for a little extra surprise.

I have been enjoying some azaleas in our yard that are this color.

Challenges:
The Flower Challenge #90 - Add Layers (sentiment, 2 layers in each flower, arch and embossed background - 5 layers)
Darnell's I.D.E.A.S - This week is die week

 







Card Recipe
Stamps:  
Ink:   Guava (SSS), Gumball Green (SU)
Paper:   Neenah Solar White
Other:  Blossom Vine Die (SSS), Anytime Tag Die (LI - OOB), Criss Cross Motif EF (Spl), Whte Gel Pen


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Saturday, April 6, 2024

Hello Friend

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

I have a stack of Betterpress designs waiting to be colored.  It seems like there's
always something else that needs to be done and coloring gets put aside.

With a color choice of peach and green, I had to push life out of the way and
get my brush wet!


It was so much fun coloring this with Arteza Twi-markers.

After coloring the image, I usually  do a wash with blue re-inker.  Since Color Hues 
wants us to use just the two colors and any neutrals the blue was out.

The drop of Brushed Corduroy Distress re-inker in my dish came in handy.  I added a drop
of water to that and using the wet on wet technique, I dropped a bit around the bouquet.

I'd seen that stenciling was a part of a couple of challenges and thought a little random
stenciling with what was left of Brushed Corduroy in a thumb dauber would add some to
the design without making it too busy.

I'm happy with it and I hope you like it too.

Challenges:
Color Hues #84 - Peace and Green
Stencil Fun Challenge - Use a stencil optional theme Spring Flowers
Tic Tac Toe #244 - Middle Row (Spring Colors, Free, Stencil)

  



Card Recipe
Stamps:  A Friend Like You Pressplate (Spl)
Ink:   Betterpress Black, Brushed Corduroy (DOX, RI)
Paper:   Betterpress Porcelain, Kraft
Other:  Arteza Twi-markers (Peach, Sage Green, Lime Green, Caramel Brown), Caran d'ache Supracolor Pencils, Texture Mesh Stencil (MB)


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Friday, April 5, 2024

Flutter into Spring

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I was able to get two for one with this pressing of Spellbinders' 
Flutter Into Spring.


When I pressed it I placed the sentiment in what turned out to be an awkward place.

I went ahead and colored the images using my Arteza Twi-markers.  I was so pleased with 
the way these markers worked on the Betterpress paper.

I die cut the panel bypassing the hummingbird and sentiment.

The dots are Nuvo Crystal drops and the design is placed on an embossed background.

Since the hummingbird was all colored, he needed to be put on a card too.


After I carefully fussy cut him, I remembered that there is a die for the 
hummingbird included in this set.

I knew that Can You Handle the Pressure was looking for birds so I looked in my 
box of embossed backgrounds and found this weathered embossing that was a
perfect size.  And when looking for something to mat the design on, I found
a piece all embossed in the drawer.  (I have these things stashed everywhere!)

The flowers were die cut from Hotpress paper and I found that the Arteza
markers didn't blend as well on this paper.  The flowers were really bright.
So I watered down a bit of Gesso and painted it over the flowers.

Challenges:
Can You Handle the Pressure - Embossing Folder with twist of  BIRDS

 



Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Flutter into Spring Pressplate (Spl)
Ink:   BP Black
Paper:  Betterpress Porcelain, Black, Neenah Solar White
Other:  Arteza Twi-markers (Fuchsia, Periwinkle, Lemon Yellow, Moss Green, Olive Green), Essential Arches Dies (Spl), Dimensional Diamonds 3D EF (Spl), Nuvo Drops (Black), Black Twine (FSJ)

Card Recipe  (Card 2)
Stamps:  Flutter Into Spring Pressplate (Spl), It's Your Day Pressplate (Spl)
Ink:   BP Black
Paper:   BP Procelain, Natural (MFT), Watercolor (Arches Hot Press) 
Other:  Sealed Wildflowers Die (Spl), Arteza Twi-markers (Fuchsia, Moss Green), Gesso, Stripes 3D EF (SU)


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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Spring Flowers

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Spring has definitely arrived here.  Every day there is more green in the trees
and more yellow pollen on everything else!


This card was made from a design for this year's calendar.  You may remember it from
last month's Turning the Page.

I die cut it with a scallop and used a piece of patterned paper to peek out from  behind.

I thought that little ladybug would be eye catching.

The splatters are stamped.

Challenges:
Seize the Birthday #280 - Spring Flowers
Four Seasons - Spring
Time Out #260 - Striped
 
 




Card Recipe
Stamps: Splendiferous (PB), Handwritten Notes (PTI), Gorgeous Grunge (ret SU) 
Ink:   Distress Markers, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Pistachio Pudding
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, DSP (?)
Other:  Copics, Caran d'ache Supracolor Pencils, Circle Punches(for ladybug)


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Monday, April 1, 2024

Butterfly Garden

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I had so much fun coloring this card!


A sweet friend sent me some pressings from her Betterpress collection and I have been
squeezing in a few minutes every day to color.  This time I colored with Zigs. 
 I hadn't used them for a long time.

The color really soaks into this paper which is a good thing for rich color,
not so good for lighter colors.  So I swiped some on my palette and picked up
the color with my waterbrush for the lighter shades.

I wondered if my mini slimline dies would fit in the sentiment space and was
happy to see that this one fit well.

I've had this sentiment for many years and rarely find an opportunity to use it.

It was so much fun that I colored another Betterpress image also shared from another friend.
Crafting Friends are the BEST!


This time I colored with Distress re-inkers, markers and inkpads smooshed on a palette.

I'm joining in with Darnell's I.D.E.A.S. - First Monday (Ink-Color Mediums), where she has
challenged herself.  It's a good way to get inspired!  I used Zigs and Distress inks.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Treasure the Moments (HA)
Ink:   Betterpress Black
Paper:   BP Porcelain
Other:  Butterfly Garden Press Plate (Spl), Zigs (29, 26, 47, 46, 50, 52, 303, 37, 82), Mini Slimline Double Stitched Dies (Kat Scrap)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:
Ink: BP Black, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Rustic Wilderness, Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass (Distress)
Paper: BP
Porcelain, Black, Neenah Solar White
Other:  Rose Bouquet Press Plate (Spl), Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS)



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Turning the Page April 2024

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Time to turn the page on our calendars to a new month.

 

I make calendars each year for my desk and my family.

 

I thought I'd set up a regular post on the first day of each month to share them.

 

I hope you enjoy my “Turning the Page” posts.

 

Here's our April page using Impression Obsession Three Little birds

 colored with Copics.


By the way, the calendars 4 ½ x 7 inches and and can be displayed on an easel

or hung on a push pin or magnetic hook.  We all have a different way to display them.

 

If you would like a word document with the calendar, email me

and I will be glad to send it to you so you can design your own.

Email link is on the sidebar.




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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Easter

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Wishing you a blessed Easter


  1. Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
    Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
    Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
    Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!
  2. Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
    Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
    Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
    Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!
  3. Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
    Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
    Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
    Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!
  4.                                  Charles Wesley


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Friday, March 29, 2024

Sweet Blue Poppy

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

It's been a busy month with a class and I'm finally free to do some coloring.


I used the Color Hues colors that Carol chose - Cream and Blue and a NBUS stamp.

I've stamped with Archival ink onto hot press watercolor paper as it has a creamy color 
and colored with my Altenew watercolors.

When it was dry, I masked the flowers and leaves and lightly stamped script
in the background with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  It's the creamiest color I could find.

Then I splattered.  I was able to Breathe when I didn't ruin it!

The tearing was because I thought it would look good and not because there was
a splotch in that upper corner...this time.

Challenges:
Color Hues #83 - Cream and Blue
NBUS #60 - Never Before Used Schtuff

 



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Poppy DL (small) - Sweet Poppy, Scripted Backgrounds, Just Breathe (both Wplus9)
Ink:   Shadow Gray Archival, Versafine Onyx Black, Antique Linen (DI)
Paper:   Watercolor (Arches Hot Press), Black, Neenah Natural
Other:  Altenew 36 pan Watercolors (Persian Blue, Industrial Diamond), Black Ultrafine Sharpie, White Gel Pen, Black Acrylic Paint, Caran d'ache Supracolor Pencil (Ultramarine)


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Thursday, March 28, 2024

Cover Die Eclipse Technique for Group of Seven

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We used a different (to me) technique at the Group of Seven Cardmakers 
this month.  I will admit that I did some shopping to get some cover plates
that I though would work for this technique.


After seeing Julia's gorgeous blue and white card I wondered how patterned paper
would work for this technique.  This pack of paper has two pieces of some designs, one
of paper and one of vellum.  I used the vellum piece as the base and die cut the paper.
In hindsight, I think I would like it better if I used the darker piece as the base.

I used a plaid die to cut the top piece and glued it to a piece of cardstock.
Then I lined the die cut piece over the base, lining up the designs.

Then...


I had two past calendar pages with this sunflower in my UFO box.  I like this better
with more white around the design.  I think it makes the design stand out better.

And my favorite...


More past calendar pages and the other plaid die.

I hope you'll go to the Group of Seven Cardmakers blog to see what the
the fantastic designs the rest of the group has done.  You'll find a link to a video
tutorial by Gina K Designs to help with the technique.

Challenges:
Group of Seven Cardmakers - Coverplate Eclipse
NBUS #60 - (Never Before Used Schtuff - Both Coverplates)
Penny Black Saturday - ATG using Penny Black

  


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  
Ink:   
Paper:   Patterned Paper (?), Neenah Natural, Red, Black
Other:  Layered Plaid Die (TH), Yana's Wonderful Scripted Sentiments (Spl)

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Painted Harvest (ret SU), Fancy Greetings (Alt)
Ink:   So Saffron Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, Crushed Curry
Other:  Jack Frost Cover Plate (CP), Clear EP

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Butterfly Trio (PB)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed (DM)
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, Black
Other:  Blender Pen, Layered Plaid Die (TH), A2 Thin Frames (SSS)


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