2.12.2016

Simple diecut cards

 A while back there was a challenge about neekid stamping... to make a background and stamp a line image over the top of it, and this is what I did and then I thought about it some more and thought... there is no stamp lol... so, I never uploaded this one to the gallery at splitcoast. The base is Mello Moss and this one is A-7 in real life. that copper shimmer bloom is an Memory Box die and the background is a scrap from this card.  (yeah, don't look at the upload date of the other card that really surprised me)
funny side note we are in the middle of Hubs is making cabinets for the space (the L) part of a room that used to be a breezeway between the garage and the house before it was connected a couple of years ago. so, in the laundry room. the room this hallway connects to is a basket of fabric that I am "going to" iron on the papers that make fabric into iron on papers lol... and while hunting for this old card to link to I found the original ironed on die cut clean and simple cards I made that made me go out and buy this basket full of fabric and I guess its been enough years that the time has come.

 This one June gave me a few die cuts to play with this new rose from SU. ( I am really impressed with the size of it.) I did pat on some green ink to the leafy parts and this is glued to the vellum with liquid glue. The scrappers floss through the button was colored with a copic marker and the vellum was machine stitched to a scrap piece of cardstock so, there was a way to glue that down.
and this was done for a "anything plaid" challenge a while back. the sentiment ( top blue part) is from SU and the bottom thanks is Stampendous.

This monday the Clean and Simple challenge asked for a Valentine with a heart... so, this is the one Hubs will actually receive this weekend. The background was done with Kurtake watercolors. ( they look red in the pan and end up fading to shades of pink) the heart brad I have had for so many years I no longer remember who makes it. that sentiment is from Unity Stamps love is grand set and the heart & arrow die are new ones from Simon Says Stamp. This is only 4 1/2" square in real life.

2.11.2016

Quick gift tag

 When I first got this watering can I did stamp a handful of them on scraps of (unknown printed) paper and this was one of those versions That I ended up decorating the can instead of adding something to display in it.
The sentiment on this is from the Lucky Me! set and the can is from Bloom Wildly. The stamped (top) heart is from the Branching out set. and the larger stitched die cut heart is from lil' inkers.

The shipping tag was sprayed with various dylusions inks and dried ( a long time ago) when I make messy things I do them in batches and then when I need something fast there are bases started to work with. The gingham ribbon is from May Arts and the ric rac is vintage. the sentiment was diecut with a Spellbinders labels trio die and the Stamped Heart was colored with waterbased markers and a gold gel pen for the dots. and the diecut heart was done with Kuretake watercolors. ( it's one of the pieces cut out of background that leaked under the tape. )

2.10.2016

WOYWW #349 {watercoloring}

 Welcome to the mess :) ( its really not that messy this is a cropped view the better desk shot is upside down) If you'd like to play along with us you can find the link up for this blog hop here on our hostess Julia's Blog.


the what it looks like standing view... the hydrangea's in the foreground were what the poppies looked like before colors were added. ( just water over the stamped ink) I am kinda liking the sketchy vintage look to them and debating if I want to color them or not.


meanwhile the water coloring continues... someone asked on last weeks post about the blending and I grab what ever is handy, usually a clear block but lately I have been using this lid from some QoR watercolors (that I put all the tubes in an old flower pot) and so with the dents in this lid I was using it for a pallet for water based markers. I have a bunch. ( Distress, SU, Tombo, Spectrum Aqua, Zig clean brush etc.) ( I mix brands) and I have been experimenting with making the backgrounds of the stamped images with watercolor pencils...
These are all Sweet and Sassy stamps poppy background stamps on watercolor paper. what I am seeing is. the two on the right are on old watercolor paper that I no longer remember the brand it came in a pad at a big box store and I cut it into small pieces when I got it home ( years ago) the one in the top left is on some Tim Holtz ranger watercolor paper stamped on the smooth side and for doing this, it is retaining the definition of the stamped image better and it seems to want to "pill" easily compared to what ever the other is... and I think the fact that I like vintage things the off white appeals to me more for these particular colors and image that that top white one so, it may end up tossed later...none of these are "done" I just had a little bit of time to my self after work yesterday and this is how I spent it.

 Speaking of which (tossing things)... this was a very hard thing to do but, I have started tossing images that are just not what I wanted. ( are you shocked? I am shocked) I have always been OK with tossing some things here and there but, I have been doing so much water coloring lately that it seems like there is more error in the trial than there was for other coloring mediums with me...



2.09.2016

Watercoloring Results

 So, I have a stack of things I stamped on Water Color papers to "practice" on this last week and here are three that were colored on sunday.  This one the tulips are from Club Scrap ( its a wood mounted one from 2006 no other info on it) and the sentiment is from Hero Arts. this was done with distress inks and watercolor pencils ( the background) and I did add some white prisma pencil over the top at the end.
This one is A-7 in real life.

 Now this one, I mounted that flower to a block... so, my best guess looking at it is I want to say Magenta. ( but, no guarantees over that one) and it was in the time frame of I am going to remember that and I didn't write on the wood block. ( haha ) the sentiment is from Hero Arts and this one is 5 1/2" square.

This one the bloom is from Impress and the sentiment is from Stampin Up die cut with a spellbinders justrite tag die. this one is also A-7 in real life and I was very shocked to learn I have no coral cardstock ( who knew I used it up?) I must have gotten just a few sheets in a variety pack so, I will have to hunt down my catalog and see if they even make that color anymore. the flower was done in abandoned coral distress mostly with some greens and yellows in the center and a white prisma pencil over the top after. the background is watercolor pencils also.

2.08.2016

Two Paper Diva's Sketch Challenge

 For the very first time ever Two Paper Diva's has hosted a Sketch Challenge. You can find all the details, links to the DT samples and the link to play along on the blog here. This is open until February 21st. You do not need to use Two Paper Diva's stamps to play along if you do not have any yet. This is an angled view to see the depth of the scene for mine.

 This card is A-7 in real life. and I wanted to do something different, so this was the first egg scene I built when this new bunny border stamp came out this month and so, The bunny, house and flower basket (my neighborhood) were colored with waterbased markers & glitter pens. The sentiment (everyday sentiments) was stamped on with some majestic blue Versafine.  The scalloped lace is vintage and the egg shaped frames are up on pop dots over the scene. and I did actually remember to draw the bunnies whiskers back onto him after gluing it down. :) The bitty clouds are dies from the Memory Box circle forest scene and the egg shape is a nested Spellbinders set.

 A closer look I did alter the top element of the sketch to an egg shape from the round scalloped shape. all the printed papers on this are from
Teresa Collins everyday moments pad. The base is stardream shimmer and this was lined with some Neenah which is what all the stamps were stamped on also. The burlap string bow is from May Arts and the scalloped lace is vintage.

Here is a copy of the sketch so you can start thinking about it. The prizes are shopping spree gift cards to the store. Good Luck and I am looking forward to seeing what you do with this.