Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Watercolor Birthday

    So here we are, the first day of Spring in Rochester, NY. It's sunny with a few clouds, you know the white fluffy ones, and 30 degrees. Not very warm, but you can't have everything, I guess.  I can't wait to be able to open my windows and let the fresh air in, it's been way to long.
     My card today is one I made using a technique I saw in one of Jennifer McGuire's
 video's, I love this technique and have used it many times, with beautiful results.
     First I stamped my image on Canson watercolor paper. I inked up my stamp and spritzed it, quite a lot. and then stamped it. It came out even better than I expected and I set it aside to dry. I don't like to use my heat tool for drying as it might spread the ink where I don't want it, and sometimes warps the paper. Once dry I used my blue painters tape, (I stuck it to my arm to remove some of the stickiness first) and framed my stamped image with it. Then I took one of my background text stamps and inked it up, stamped it off on another piece of paper, then on my background. I repeated this several times using only a small section of the stamp. I used my blending tool and distress ink to color the background. When I took off my tape I had a center background with parts of the flower and branch outside of the inked area.
      I stamped my sentiment, trimmed down my card to 4" x 51/4"added some fun foam and adhered
it to a card.    
Supplies used:
Penny Black  #40-450 The Unfolding
Penny Black #30-413 Birthday Love
Distress Ink (Dusty Concord, Forest Moss, Shaded Lilac, Gathered Twiggs, Vintage Photo)
Ranger Archival ink (Black)
Canson 140lb. watercolor paper
Recollections ivory 110lb. paper
Fun Foam
Blue Painters tape
I will be entering this card in these challenges:
CAS-Watercolor-March Challenge-Garden
Penny Black Saturday Challenge-Anything goes
Time Out Challenge- 4th Birthday
The Flower Challenge-#18 Anything goes

As always I hope you have a wonderfully, crafty day.
God Bless,

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Coneflowers and colored pencils

     I'm kind of a novice when it comes to colored pencils so, I asked my friend Lynda for a quick lesson. She was more than happy to oblige and I am so thankful to her, I learned so much. 
     My card today is the result of that lesson and I totally Love it! I hope you do too.
Supplies used:
Stampendous Cling Coneflower #CRS5104
Prismacolor colored pencils
Sizzix Thinlets dies #660220 (corner)
Altenew Blooming Bouquet (little dots)
Pretty Pink Posh clear dew drops
Sharpie fine black pen
Neenah bright white cardstock
Recollections burnt orange cardstock
Fiskars clear stamps #03-008261( Thinking of you)
Clarity brushes
Distress ink ( Squeezed Bundled Sage) 
     After receiving some great tips and tricks on coloring and blending I created these blossoms and just had to use them on a card. I also created several more for my stash. 
     I laid out my flowers and leaves on my paper and then used a piece of Glade Press-n-Seal to hold it together and added my adhesives to it. This made it so easy to get it back just how I wanted it, giving the flowers lots of dimension. I used the Clarity brushes to go around the edges with just a hint of yellow and stamped the dots in the two greens then added the dew drops. I adhered it flat to my Burnt Orange card and it was done. 
     This is the first card I've made with my colored pencils, but defiantly not my last.
I will be entering this card in:
Power Poppy-Inspired by Fabric

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful , crafty day!
God Bless,

Peonies in Blue

      Friday my wonderful friend , Linda, and I had a great time together making cards and just talking. we try to get together every week. She has been such an inspiration to me through the years and I don't know what I would do without her, she's not just a friend, she's family. This card is one I created while we were together and was really quite simple, you see, I have a stash of flowers that I've stamped and fussy cut and I store them till I need to make a card quickly. I didn't really need to  make a quick card, but I wanted to try out my new embossing folder and dies. 
Supplies used:
Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp set
Altenew Coral Charm Stamp set
Altenew Create-A-Wreath dies
Altenew inks
Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large #S4-110
Cuttlebug Mosaic Embossing Folder
Fun Foam
Reflection 110 lb. card stock (Ocean pack)
Neenah bright white 65lb. card stock
JustRite #CR-04835 Black-eyed Susan (sentiment) 
Tombo liquid glue
     First I cut the oval from my 4" x 5 1/4" cardstock, then I ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Mosaic folder. I cut an oval wreath with my Altenew die set from another piece of bright white. I glued the wreath over the cut mosaic background centering on the oval cutout, and set it aside to dry. While it dried I search through my stash to find the right flowers and leaves to work with. I've been working with a lot of blues these last few days so these peonies were perfect. I placed them how I wanted them along the curve of the oval and adhered them with Tombo glue.
      I wanted dimension so I added fun foam to the back to raise it. I stamped my sentiment on a separate piece of Neenah 65# paper and adhered the two together, trimming the excess from all sides.
then I adhered the whole thing to my Ocean blue 110# card.
      A fairly simple card with a beautiful result. I hope you like it as well.
I will be entering this card in:
The Flower Challenge-Anything Goes
Dies R US Challenge #93 Frame It
Power Poppy- Inspired by Fabric                      
I hope you have a very crafty day!
God Bless,

Watercolor Hello

     It's been a long cold winter, to much snow and temps. in the negatives. The only flowers I've seen in months are the ones on my cards. There have been signs of Spring, geese flying over head, honking their return, birds making lots of noise while they chase each other trying to find a nest mate; I just love listening to them. I haven't seen any Robins yet but I'm hopeful that I will soon. With Easter just a few weeks away I hope the weather gets warmer and the spring flowers in my gardens show themselves.
     My card today is one I made for my wonderful friend, Lynda Pleckan, for her birthday. Geraniums
are one of my favorite flowers, strong plants with beautiful blooms all spring and summer long. I took a little artistic license with the color, but  purple and green embossed in gold, just go so well together.                                                  
Bristol smooth surface paper
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens
Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder
Altenew Flower Arrangement (hello)
Altenew Glitter Gold Washi tape
Stampendous Cling Geraniums
Kat Scrappiness Stitched rectangles die
Clarity Brushes
Ranger Distress ink ( Peeled Paint, Wilted Violet, Broken China)
Hero Arts Stamps (background)
Reflections 110lb. card stock for card
gold mirror paper MFBGOLD-1212-1

     I stamped and embossed the Geraniums on a piece of Bristol smooth, cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
Using my Zig pens and a paint brush I colored the petals one at a time then went back with the same color to darken the centers. (Bristol smooth is my favorite paper to use with my Zigs because the color moves so well on it.) Next came the leaves and I did them the same.
     After the flower was completely dry I used my Clarity brushes and some Broken China Distress ink around the flower to accentuate it. I still thought it need something so I pulled out my stash of
hero arts background and edging stamps. These are my go to stamps whenever I'm creating a background. I chose colors that matched the ones I used for the flowers and stamped them off before bring them to my paper, for a lighter image.
     Using my Kat Scrappiness Die I cut the card. Then I cut out the word hello from my Gold mirror paper. I then decided to add the gold washi tape around the edges of the card, I didn't want to waste it so I placed it on my trimmer and cut my strips half. adhered it to my card and finished of the inside.
I will be entering this card in these challenges:
The Flower Challenge-Anything goes
Color Throwdown- Green, Purple, White

     Well, that's it. Have a wonderful, crafty day!
God Bless,



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Valentine I Love You

     My computer crashed today so I'm doing this on my tablet. I sure hope it works.
     My card today is a fairly simple one, but I love how it turned out.
Spellbinders die  S2-022 Vines of Passion (heart die)
Altenew   Creative edge-Lace die (double cut down center)
Altenew   Forever and Always stamp set (I love you)
Altenew  Patterned paper (Reflections 6x6 paper pad)
American Crafts   glitter cardstock (Rouge)
ColorMates  cardstock (red)
Neenah solar white cardstock
The gold cardstock is labeled MFBGLD-1212-1
     I will be entering this card in these challenges:
Have a very crafty day!
God Bless,


Thursday, January 25, 2018

My Valentine

   My card today has a little story behind it so here goes. My husband and I have been married for 40 years and always celebrate Valentines as if it is our first. Candy, flowers and a special dinner. He gets candy too. He always finds just the right card to give me and I do the same. However in the past I've had to buy his card because I didn't have the right stamps to make one. This year I did.
    While browsing the Penny Black sight I found 2 stamps that were perfect for what I had in mind. Tom and Lily (40-098) and Sweetheart (40-503). I bought them and waited. As soon as they arrived I got to work on my vision for the perfect Valentines card for my sweet hubby.
     I stamped them, separately, on Tim Holtz white watercolor paper with black archival ink and used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens to color. When I was done coloring the heart wreath, I fussy cut it out leaving just a hint of white around the flowers. I then worked on coloring Tom and Lily, and added some blue to the background to look like sky and clouds. I stamped the Happy Valentine's Day in red Archival ink using Clearly Posh Stamps (POSH-CST_024) then went over it with a red glitter pen. I used some dimensional tape and popped up the heart around their heads. Then I stamped several different sized hearts with red archival ink and colored them with the red glitter pen. Lastly I found the Eternally Yours stamp in My stash (from the $ bin at Michael's) and stamped it on the bench. The birds are from Altenew's Be A Lighthouse set.
 I'm very excited to give this card to my wonderful hubby Dale, as we celebrate Love and Happiness this Valentine's Day.
I will be entering this card in these challenges: Mod Squad Challenge Valentine Love
                                                                       Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Layer it Up
                                                                       Penny Black- January-Anything Goes
Have a very crafty day!
God Bless


New Years Hello

     I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to a healthy, happy and very Crafty New Year. My Christmas was fill with all the people I Love and my New Year started by welcoming a new little Niece to the family, Brynn Harper Linton, what a sweet girl. My Sister is over the Moon to have another grandchild to love, as are we all. My husband and I also found out over the holidays that we will be welcoming a new grandson in July, we're so excited, #6 is on the way.
     I didn't get into my craft room much in the last few months, but my New Years resolution is to work on my blog more and enter more challenges, so here I am. I've made several cards with stamps I received for Christmas and from my stash of previously stamped and colored flowers.
      Whenever I get a new stamp, I stamp them out several times and color them for future use. That way when I need a card fast, I can go to my stash and get it done fairly quickly.
     My Stash of Altenew flowers:
When making this card I decided to use several flowers from different sets and my Altenew Wood Pallet background.
     The flowers and leaves are from 3 sets, Peony Bouquet, Garden Treasure and Beautiful Day all from Altenew. I used distress inks, Recollections 110 lb. grey card stock, and Neenah solar white 110 lb. card stock. I adhered all the leaves and the Peony to the card then added a piece of 110lb. card behind the pink Garden Treasures flower and dimensional tape behind the Beautiful Day flower. This gave it many dimensions and I loved the effect.
     I will be entering this card in these challenges:Altenew-January 2018 Inspiration Challenge
                                                                         Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge-Layer it Up

Have a crafty day!