Pink Poppies

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Still playing with some techniques from the Online Card Classes Watercolor class...

I've used a combination of Intense Pencils, Gelatos, and Distress Inks to color this card.  It was misted with water  and I also tapped a paint brush loaded with a light beige ink against my hand to create some of the splatter.  There's also a wee bit of sparkle from a Wink of Stella clear marker too.

A simple stamped sentiment, and yes, my favorite smattering of sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Distress Watercolor Paper, Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Walnut Distress Ink, Ranger Jet Black Archival
Stamps:  Penny Black Poppy Time, Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold & The Happy
All the other stuff:  Inktense Pencils, Gelatos, Wink of Stella pen, paint brush, water mister, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins, Tombow adhesive

Challenges entered:
Color Throw Down 294:  Strawberry Slush, Sahara Sand and Coastal Cabana

CASE Study 193:
The Mixed Media Card Challenge

Inkspirational Challenge:  Bloom




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Bee Strong

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


A very clean and simple design for a few challenges today.

I've embossed the card three times with a hexagon die.  Then die cut three little bits of paper to fit within the hexagons.  They've been popped up with foam tape.

A simple stamped sentiment, and a fussy cut bee complete this very simple card.  The little bee has Wink of Stella wings but sadly it just doesn't show up in the picture.  I've added the black stripes to the bee with a black marker and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and MME Lost & Found Two Sunshine
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Circle Friends
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT hexagon Die-namics, SU! Basic Black marker, foam tape, Wink of Stella pen

Challenges entered:
ATSM97:  make your mark
Card Concept 11:
CASology 97:

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Watercolor Tulips

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Catching up on some more challenges...

I'm still loving doing watercoloring techniques after taking the Online Card Classes Watercoloring class...this time I'm using my Distress Markers.  They are the perfect tool for this technique.

My tulip stamp was inked with Distress Markers and misted with water before stamping on watercolor paper.  Then it and the Shape 'n Tape behind it were die cut.  A simple die cut sentiment, a smattering of sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Distress Watercolor Paper, SU! Pretty in Pink
Ink:  none
Stamps:  Penny Black Promise Me
All the other stuff: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Crushed Olive and Forest Moss Distress Markers; water mister; Big Shot Pro; MFT Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX; MFT Happy Hellos; Lifestyle Crafts Shape 'n Tape; foam adhesive; Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins; adhesive

Challenges entered:
Just Us Girls:





Inkspirational:


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Blue Skies


Got some new goodies today and wanted to play!

First off, I stenciled the clouds with some white pigment ink.  Next, I die cut the sweet little rays of sunshine (I added some yellow cardstock behind them to really play them up).   Then the sun was die cut and heat embossed with some sparkly embossing powder. A simple stamped sentiment and done...easy peasy right?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Bashful Blue, So Saffron and Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Hero Arts Unicorn White, Hero Arts Navy and Versamark
Stamps:  MFT Blue Skies Ahead
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro; MFT Die-namics Sun, Moon & Stars; MFT Cloudy Day Stencil; mini ink blending tool; heat gun, Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder, foam adhesive tape

Challenges entered:
Less is More:  die cut

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Beautiful Poppies

Monday, May 26, 2014


And, one more card with a debossed sentiment.  I think I might be hooked on these *big smile*.

The flowers have been inked with Distress Markers and spritzed with a water mister.  Once that was dry I used my Tim Holtz debossing folder to create the sentiment, added a smattering of sequins and done!  Easy peasy, quick as a wink!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  none
Stamps:  Rubbernecker multi color poppies
All the other stuff:  Distress Markers, water mister, Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz ShadowPress Hello debossing folders, Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins, Tombow adhesive

Challenges entered:
ATSM #96:  anything goes
ATCAS #39:  texture
Splitcoast Stampers CAS:  May flowers

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Fun Texture


Playing along with a few challenges today by making a very simple card.  The paper does most of the work on this piece.

I stenciled all the stars with three different colors of Distress Inks and then added some sparkle to them with a Wink of Stella pen.  Then I used my new Tim Holtz ShadowPress debossing folder to make the sentiment...cool look hmmm?

And finally...for a little more texture - a few distressed edges and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  7 Dots Studio Cold Country and Bazzill Marshmallow card stock
Ink:  Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers and Weathered Wood Distress Inks
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Memory Box Solo Stars stencil, Wink of Stella pen, distressing tool, Tim Holtz ShadowPress Hello debossing folders, mini ink blending tool

Challenges entered:
Addicted to Stamps & More #96:  anything goes
Addicted to CAS #39:  texture
CAS(E) this sketch #77:

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Crazy Stitched Butterfly

Friday, May 16, 2014


Yes, I've been MIA lately...life has been getting in the way of my favorite thing...stamping *grin*.  But, I'm back today with a card featuring a wonderful technique from none other than Mr. Fabulous...Tim Holtz.  This is Day 11 of the Online Card Classes Watercoloring class...I am way behind, but wanted to do something with one of the techniques today.

Once I completed the background with his technique and it was completely dry, I gold embossed the floral image.  Then using my Distress re-inkers I colored the flowers.  The little butterfly is dry embossed, water colored and then crazy stitched.  And when I say crazy, oh I mean crazy...I didn't want neat...I wanted just plain crazy.

The sentiment has been stamped on vellum and stitched onto the card.  No sequins were harmed in the making of today's card *big smile*.  Yes, I know...you haven't seen many of my cards without them lately have you?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Canson watercolor paper, SU! Rose Red, vellum
Ink:  Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean Distress Inks; Versafine
Stamps:  Hero Arts (flowers), Avery Elle (sentiment)
All the other stuff:  TCW mini sketch grid stencil, water mister, gold embossing powder, heat gun, Lil' Inker Stitched Butterflies dies, sewing machine, adhesive

Challenges entered:
Virginia's View:  stitching

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Gelatos Dogwood

Thursday, May 8, 2014


Today, I'm sharing the softer side of watercoloring.  To this point I've used lots of bold colors and today, went for a much softer look.

The dogwoods have been stamped using Gelatos, then I added some Distress Glitter to the centers for a wee bit of sparkle.   I've done a soft pink wash across the background and added more texture with a background stamp.  Another Winnie & Walter sentiment...can you tell I love these stamps???  And finally...a smattering of clear sequins.

If you're looking for some on line classes that are fun, packed full of techniques and tips, the Online Card Classes are simply amazing.  I'm thoroughly enjoying this Watercolor Class!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Distress Watercolor paper and SU! Basic Gray (looks much darker in my picture!)
Ink:  Archival Watering Can
Stamps:  Hero Arts, Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and The Happy, Club Scrap (texture stamp)
All the other stuff:  Gelatos, water spritzer, paint brush, adhesive, Distress Glitter, sequins

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Spring Flowers
Addicted to Stamps & More - CAS
STAMPlorations:  Stamps & Flowers

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Faux Watercolor Butterfly

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Another card for the Online Card Class Watercolor Class.  This is a fabulous class, but let me tell you...it is challenging!!!  What's really great about it is all the different mediums you can work with.  For instance, my background is true watercolor paint, but my butterfly is done with Distress Markers.  There is so much to learn about...how different mediums react with water...what works...what doesn't...

As, I've previously said, I will  not be sharing the details of the classes.  Although I am a true believer in sharing what I know...this is a paid class with fabulous instructors...they deserve the credit and the payment for the class.

What I will share with you about this card is a bit about the blue background...see the dots on the lower left and the harlequin pattern up the right side?  I pressed a stencil onto my finished card and lifted some of the watercolor off with a baby wipe to create that effect...cool right???

Wish you could see the beautiful shimmer from the Wink of Stella marker on the butterfly...guess you'll just have to use your imagination *grin*.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Distress Watercolor Paper, Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Penny Black, Winnie & Walter - The Big, The Bold & You
All the other stuff:  Grumbacher Academy paints, Distress Markers, sequins, adhesive, baby wipes, TCW Mini Harlequin Circles stencil, Wink of Stella marker

Challenges entered:
Addicted to Stamps & More - CAS

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Graffiti Wall


Audrie has shared a wonderful tutorial over at Splitcoast today that actually fits right in with the Water Color Online Card Class I'm taking right now.  It's called Embossing Folder Stamping.

My interpretation is what I'd call fairly loose...didn't quite end up with the desired result, so I sprayed a wee bit more water on the water color paper after I'd lifted it off of the embossing folder.  Fun effect isn't it?

Once that was dry, just stamped a bunch of Mama Elephant sentiment on my "wall" in a graffiti-like manner, and of course added a smattering of sequins.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  water color paper and SU! Basic Black
Ink:  Hero Hues Black
Stamps:  Mama Elephant Smitten and Mama Elephant Say What
All the other stuff:  Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry Distress Paints, water mister, Tim Holtz bricked embossing folder, sequins, adhesive

Challenges entered:
Addicted to Stamps & More - CAS

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Smile... It's All Good

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Yes, this is a departure from my Online Card Class today...I'm in the process of re-organizing my little studio and just decided to do a quick card for the color challenge over at Splitcoast.  I love this color combination...black, white and pool party (or a reasonable facsimile).  And, for dessert...stenciling. I loves me a good stencil *grin*.

Decided to use the rough side of the water color paper...cool texture don't you think?  Just a simple stencil with a bit of ink to mimic the pool party color, then I flicked some water on it so there are little dribbles here and there.

The rest of the card is pretty self-explanatory...and of course, it's finished with the obligatory smattering of sequins.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Distress Water Color paper and SU! Basic Black
Ink:  Hero Hues Black and Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Stamps:  Mama Elephant Everyday Greetings
All the other stuff:  Memory Box Leaf and Berry stencil, baker's twine, sequins, button, adhesive

Challenges entered:
Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes

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Day One OCC Watercolor Class - card two

Monday, May 5, 2014


My second card for the OCC Watercolor class today.  This one's been inspired by a technique shared by Laura Bassen, but I put my own little spin on it.

I don't feel that it's right to provide details on the class techniques, as these instructors have worked very hard to provide the information to paid students, so you will not see full details of my cards while I'm taking the class.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  watercolor paper and SU! Black Black
Stamps:  Winnie & Walter - The Big, The Bold and the Happy, Penny Black
Inks:  Ranger Archival Jet Black and Distress Inks in Dried Marigold, Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass and Picked Raspberry
All the other stuff:  MFT buttons, embroidery thread, glass stamping blocks, water mister

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Day One OCC Watercolor Class - card one




Posting two cards today.   Oh, I've been waiting, and not so patiently *grin*, for this day...the OCC Watercolor class.  And, if today is any indication of what's to come...wow!

I don't feel that it's right to provide details on the class techniques, as these instructors have worked very hard to provide the information to paid students, so you will not see full details of my cards while I'm taking the class.

My first card has been made with a technique from Jennifer Rzasa, using stencils.

As I've said after taking previous classes...these are so worth the money.  The techniques, the tips and the amazing instructors make it a fun and very interesting time!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  watercolor paper, SU! Pacific Point
Stamps:  Winnie & Walter - The Big, The Bold and the Happy and Scenery Big Bang Confetti
Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black
All the other stuff:  Grumbacher Academy watercolor paints, brushes, Tim Holtz stencil, water mister, sequins, adhesives

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Sparkle, Sparkle Everywhere

Thursday, May 1, 2014



This card is all about sparkle...from the gold misted background, to the large gold droplets, to the blingy flowers and black sparklets. And it was all good until I tried to photograph it, either you couldn't see the misting or you couldn't see the sparklets...opted to get the misting as best I could.

The flowers have been colored with Copics and two of them were also misted with gold.  A bit of distressing across the bottom, a simple stamped sentiment, some fancy black sparklets and done!

I'm thinking there's enough bling to light a small city, hence my entry in the CASology - electric challenge.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Mama Elephant Everyday Greetings
All the other stuff:  Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine, Prima Flowers, Copics, Kaisercraft Sparklets, adhesive

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Stamp:  anything goes
CASology 93 - cue card - electric
Curtain Call:


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Bargain Paper


Stopped into Winners/Homesense today and scored a 6 x 6 pad of paper for $3.99.  It's older paper, but new to me and I'm a happy camper.

Love this new set from Avery Elle...the little brushstrokes and the wonderful fonts for the sentiments are simply awesome!

Just cut some of my new paper...stamped the little brushstrokes in three different Avery Elle inks.  Then the heart was punched out of a coordinating paper and popped up on foam tape.  A little baker's twine bow, a smattering of gold sequins and done!  Simple, easy peasy as one, two three.  My kind of card!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Pool Party and MME Sunny
Ink:  Avery Elle Aquamarine, Mimosa, Cherry; and Ranger Archival Black
Stamps:  Avery Elle Brushed
All the other stuff:  heart punch, baker's twine, gold sequins, foam tape, adhesive, corner rounder

Challenges entered:
CASE Study 189:  Wida Miller
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes

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