Himalayan Poppies

The way's to use it challenge was all about Water yesterday, and from the line up of technique choices to try I decided to do the Vintage Watercolor and I picked a blue and green pencils to go with that. I decided to go with this Himalayan Poppies image as the ones I seen of those on pinterest a long time ago were a really pretty shade of blue.

 These Poppies are from C.C. Designs and the Sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Cathy Z line (simple sentiments) the flowers were stamped with some Distress Vintage photo on cream watercolor paper and the "black/blue" spots were done with a Elegant writer pen. It is a really neat thing to watch the colors flow when the water hit them. and it really does not take a ton of water to get the reaction so, that is nice too. the sentiment was cut with a Lawn Fawn banner die and the wonky stitches rectangle is a SSS die.

A closer look at how the colors did flow, I did take the water brush to the stamped lines first and then added the writer pen, bled that out, added the pencil again a little more water. I didn't really dry this between stages there was not that much water on it. I don't know what kind of wc paper this was it was in one of those card kits I have those pieces tucked into that wooden tray on the table so, its just something I grabbed. Every time I try something like this it makes me wonder why I do not do it more often as it is fast and fun and I like the results.


A seashell thanks

Just another Thank You card. This one came about when all the other stamps in that set were heat embossed I colored one of everything. This one was colored with water based markers and has some pencil shading over the top of that. I did use up some of the scraps laying on the table from the other cards and ended up adding that vintage button at the last minute because, the top word ( what ever was up there did not heat emboss all the way. my finger rubbed it off when I was gluing the card together. The sentiment is from papertrey ink. The corrugate is from DCWV and the text print is from SU. this one is 6" square in real life.


WOYWW # 459 {nearly tidy}

Happy Desk Peeking day, if you'd like to play along and or see more spaces
 the link up starts here at our hostess Miss Julia's Blog.

I did spend some time cleaning on Sunday and did a featured stamper card and picked up the bulk of the mess that had been piled up these last few weeks. I haven't made anything since. our dog Grace had a golf ball sized lump under her eye and I took her into the vets monday for antibiotic's thinking sinus infection and the Vet was pretty sure it was an abscessed tooth root and so tuesday she had Xrays and two teeth pulled. ( she is pretty perky this morning) so, hopefully things will start to slide back into what is our regular new normal. that empty nest thing. I have not really played with any of the new stuff I flashed at you a while back and am hoping to start doing that soon.

While our son was home he picked up a new (used) truck here and its sitting by the barn waiting on the auto transport company to be making the trip across the country with it. ( this saved thousands of dollars over buying the same truck near where he is stationed) and that is about it for me. Thanks for stopping by. :)


Vitamin Sea Dreams

This weeks featured stamper is Carlene and I found this card that I just love in her gallery and so, my first thought was to start with a die that would do the honeycombs or something and I found this Tim Holtz Mixed media set and thought oh that is cool, you could do a garden theme around that, and then once it was cut I seen that purple sand dollar just sitting there daring me to use it so, in the beginning this card had the sand dollar closer to the bottom and the round shape mimicked the but, knowing I had this sentiment and forgetting how large it is, I had to wiggle things around which is OK I like how this turned out. I did not paper piece inside the holes of the diecut and just doodled some color into them. there is some wink of stella on the sand dollars body and I switched out the pearls for goosebumps, moved the band of texture down towards the bottom. The sand dollar Tim Holtz blueprint is heat embossed with white and so was that Club Scrap Lagoon Greetings sentiment.  This one is 5" square in real life.
and finds me wishing I was on vacation :) thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {the Aquarium of the Pacific}

This week I have chosen the Aquarium of the Pacific for your Inspiration destination.
I had spent a bunch of time just oogling the photographs and was really taken with the purple (live) sand dollars. Which I did color one of those that way and it really looks like an artistic license thing to me. so that made me think you may as well just color what you want and some of the sea dragons (sea horses) are so fantastic looking also. I ended up choosing this image because, 
it is the biggest sea horse stamp I own. which means there was room to color it. :)
 It was heat embossed on some tan confetti very old cs. ( it was the last sheet of this) with some ranger Verdigris powder and then I added some watered down markers to that.
The panel was die cut with a Simon Says Stamp wonky stitched rectangle die.

 The darker green piece was a scrap that I had wiped a brush off on a while back , and I liked the color contrast so, I kept it. the sentiment ( Stampabilities) was die cut with a Mama Elephant slim tags trio die and is tied onto the tulle with some burlap string.

The shot that inspired this one, I think the thing I love about seeing these critters is watching them just hang onto the kelps and seaweeds. so, I tried to give this card some layers of textures and such.
If you'd like to play along the challenge can be found here. thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW #458 {a small mess}

Happy Desk Peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or 
play along this hop starts here at our hostess Miss Julia's blog.

Last Wednesday was our son's 22nd birthday and by the time I remembered it was Wednesday it was already Thursday and there was nothing to share. 
 So, last Sunday our son ( who is home on leave) went to his oldest friends house to spend the night and I snuck upstairs and made 3 simple cards the first was the first one in the post before this with the dear spring sentiment. behind that I did a couple of quick coffee winter/Christmas/friendship type cards from some Unity to-go coffee cups done in red ( the upright mug shot is below) The markers and stamps all on the table went into doing the spring card. ( and it still looks like this)

 A closer look at the center that thing in the middle I ordered on Valentines day from that Antique farmhouse site. it arrived on tuesday here. It is metal and fairly heavy for its size ( 14" tall) the spring is tight and I just might paint it. maybe adding some greens over the fake industrial grey/ grunge thing. I intend to use this to maybe hold up tags during shoots and or at the booth next November.

The unity stamps set these came from is called comfort to go. I did stamp the cover with Versafine satin red. I had picked up a tulip red (new versafine I forgot its other name coffee is still loading here) and it is nearly the same color of red ( the satin red and tulip red look the same to me anyways)
So, that's about it for me, we still have just a few days left of having him home and tomorrow I will be driving all day for work, so I am going to try to get a lot of stops in today. ( I hope) Thanks for stopping by! :)