Thursday, April 21, 2016

No line watercolor Poppy

Hello! Sorry to have been absent. I've been creating, but not had time to post! I should have a number of posts ready to go now as I've been getting cards made!  Seems I've needed a lot lately and of all kinds!  Here's a technique I've been REALLY wanting to try-no line watercolor!
I used the Penny Black Poppy stamp.  It was a bit larger than I expected when I ordered it online, but not matter, I stamped it on a full-sized rectangle cut from watercolor paper with a My Favorite Things die. No doubt that it's the focal point of the card, is there?  The image is stamped in MFT hybrid ink in Natural.  Then I used small drops of SU reinker in my little palette to paint using a regular paint brush and water.  I painted with reinkers in Tangelo Twist and Cranberry Crisp. My greens are Certainly Celery and Old Olive with a little Artichoke added for the really dark areas.  I shaded around the flowers and stems with Sahara sand afterward. IF I every send this card I will stamp a sentiment in the lower right in a crsip black ink. I mounted my watercolor on Tangelo Twish and then on a card base of Sahara Sand.

I'm pretty happy with this first attempt at no line watercolor and am anxious to look through my stamps for others that will work with this technique and try it again!
Thanks for coming by!! I really do appreciate it! Have a great day!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spring Bunny Pot

Hello!  Easter break kept me busier than I'd expected!  It was sure nice to have some time off work. I spent some time with friends and family, too.  Even more time was spent coloring images to make into cards in the upcoming days.  But, then I seemed to lost my mojo! Now with just evenings to craft I'm trying to get it back. 
Here is a card I took to make with friends one day last week.  I think they liked it.  We colored our images with reinkers (SU!) after stamping this cute Spring Bunny Pot (Whipper Snapper Designs) onto watercolor paper and cutting it with the MFT cross stitch rectangle die. I parted with some of my beloved Apricot Appeal cardstock (sadly retired SU-what is WRONG with them!?!) which had been embossed with a circles and dots folder from Sizzix. The panel of (also beloved) Lawn Fawn plaid designer paper  was added to the side for additional color. The card base is Bashful Blue (another retired SU color).

Guess that's it for tonight-I've got some 7th grade essays to grade! Take care and I'll see you soon!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Whipper Snapper-Carry a Big Stick!

As I was typing the title of this NEW Whipper Snapper Design image I realized the reference! It must be to Teddy Roosevelt's foreign policy, "Speak softly and carry a big stick".  I'm not sure this adorable dog would speak softly!  Gotta love a dog with a big bark!
Was I rambling? Sorry!  Here's the LINK to the image at Whipper Snapper Designs.  So cute and fun to color. Mine is stamped on watercolor paper and watercolored with a paintbrush and reinkers from Stampin' Up. I loved the non-uniform shape of the image. When die-cut from a square it gave me that nice opening for a sentiment on the front of the card (on SU's oval punch). 
The decorative papers are miniprints from Papertrey Ink in burgundy (I forget what she calls the color) and kraft and the card base is kraft.  The dies are all from My Favorite Things-getting a lot of use lately!  Click on the images to get a close up or visit my Splitcoast gallery where images tend to be larger.
The dog's nose and eyes both have some glaze pen added to them for a little extra shine and there are stickles on his/her kerchief as well as the grass and leaves.  Such a pretty dog!
Thanks for visiting! Come back soon, won't you?

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Hello! A VERY quick morning post as I have to get to work, but wanted to play in the super sketch challenge My Favorite Things has this week and today is the deadline! Yikes! I almost missed it!

I watercolored (Peerless watercolors) some paper and cut a tag from it.  Images are from Pure Innocence sets Feline Better and Woof You. Sentiment is from Clowning Around.  Dies are all from various MFT sets-sort of mix and match from my collections!! Love them all! Even the paper is from an MFT pad.  Of course I added some sparkle (stardust stickles) to her outfit and to her pets collars. Aren't they all sooooo sweet!  We sure love our animals in this house!

Okay, gotta run and get to Mr. Linky on the MFT challenge blog!  Another NEW Whipper Snapper image coming soon!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

I Dig You!

Hi there! Back today with another card! This one is for the color challenge at MFT.  I had a lot of fun making this little seen using the set You Gnome Me.  

I hope the little gardener doesn't look too much like a leprechaun for this one! I cut the flowers from the top of the boot image so he could show off his green thumb!  The images are cut from watercolor paper and colored with reinkers, water and a paintbrush.

See those snails?  They are much cuter than the ones I find in my flower beds! And I added stickles to give them even more appeal.  If I have my gloves on the ones in my gardens (and on my plants) get squished!) The fencing is from the Sunflower Girl set (also MFT), but I don's see it in the store anymore.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Tweet Tweet means....

I guess it must mean "Somebirdy Loves Ya!  This is a card I made with my group of stampin' friends awhile ago and didn't get a chance to post.  Seems like a good day to do that! 

I used Paper Smooches adorable set Chummy Chums for my focal image. The bird is cut with the accompanying die, stamped in Archival Jet Black and colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Then blended with water and a paintbrush. The sentiment is a VERY old one in my wood stamp collection. I used MFT's dies to cut the window in the Pool Party AND the white card stock-a bit tricky, since I couldn't cut through both at once on my machine.

The cutie bird is on a 'wobble' on the INSIDE of the card and on a piece of a branch die (not sure of company) with some Martha Stewart punched leaves.  Then on the front I also added a nother branch and some additional leaves so it also looked like he was on that branch.  That branch is part of a Memory Box die.  Branches and leaves are sponged with a darker ink for dimension.  The inside dies are from MFT and thte plaid paper is also from MFT. The sweet sentiment inside is from a great general sentiment set from Paper Smooches called Sentiment Sampler. 

Thanks for coming by to see what I've been up to! Have a great weekend!!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Splitcoast Featured Stamper-Easter Bunny

Hi there!  Well, another weekend almost gone, but I made the time to color today! Now I need to get busy with some school work I brought home! Ugh!

 I decided to join in the featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers when I saw a cute laughing bunny card the FS had made. I recently got this more serious bunny (Valentine's Day-thanks, Dave!!) from Whipper Snapper Designs!  I decided on a square card with an aqua frame as she had an aqua layer on her card.  The plaid layer matches a plaid layer on her card.
I used my ink blending tools to make an inky background with coastal cabana and hawaiin shores as well as Lucky Limeade and Simply Chartreuse. Then I splattered it with water and my paintbrush.  The watercolor paper is what Kay Miller recommends (from Hobby Lobby).
Now the bunny is stamped on some creamy Canson watercolor paper and colored in SU reinkers and a paintbrush with SU reinkers. Then I fussy cut him out. (Sure love having dies for so many stamped images now, don't you?)  The clouds are from an MFT die. The sentiment is from a WS set that Anna Wight designed a number of years ago. :)
Trying to figure out where to put some stickles or glitter for sparkle, but for now it's good!
Thanks for coming by! See you soon!


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