WOYWW #564 {watercoloring continues}

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 Sometime over the weekend I decided to stop messing with the pine cones and started adding some color to the between space and I grabbed a couple of oxide pads to do that with. and I figured shooting a mug shot would help me remember which colors I used days down the road when I actually finish this piece.

 So, this is what it looked like tuesday when I got home from work, I had intended to take those partially colored images to work and add some pencil shadows to the watercolors and it didn't happen. the pens are out from something I started coloring monday night, I have gotten so far one sample made for the upcoming VSN that starts on friday and nope its not even for my own challenge ha ha. Somethings under that tried stamping on some canvas paper with a fairly silhouette-ish image and didn't really like it until I sprayed it with water and blotted a lot of the ink around. might just stamp it again over the top of it. have had that house mouse image stamped for a while now and I liked the colors of the in between the pine cones combo so, since I have this little pile of things stamped on wc paper I decided to add some of those colors to that piece, and then you know I didnt take the time to haul up water and bowls and use real brushes so, my aqua pen needed refilled and some of my original ones I think I need to just replace them, they have water in the barrel but, it does not want to come out on the bristles anymore so, having the shot of what ink pads will help when I get around to adding more color to that one.

And Izzy wanted to say hey, can you believe she will be one year old in a couple of weeks? me neither I have no clue where the time goes. That's about it from me, thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {Ellen Hutson}

This week we are headed to the Ellen Hutson stores blog because, there is so much to be inspired by and they gave us permission to link up to them. I live on the west coast and so, for me they are one of the fastest friendliest places I shop on line from. There are also designer samples that can be seen using the products in the store too.

 There was an article about creating different kinds of shaker cards ( seen here ) and seeing the dinosaur Polaroid I knew I had these instant photo frame dies and loved the depth of this with it being a shaker. (seen below top center) I never in a million years would have thought to do this.
 so, knowing that I decided to do three stacks of die cut frames for the center trio of party cows and just one for the cow peeking in from the right. the sentiment was stamped on one of the center pieces from the large frame. These fun cows are from the whimsy stamps set called cow part and I colored them with some tombo and zig clean brush markers with a bit of stardream gelly roll pen on some hats and candles. I did end up using a piece of Christmas stripe printed paper ( probably My Minds Eye) because, I wanted something for the texture behind the pile of mug shots but, I didn't want to totally copy Carly's card completely. I think doing this again some time down the road that it would be pretty easy to do a slide of three of the larger frames across an A7 cardfront. This one finished out at A6.

You can find this blog post here to read the details and you can find this challenge here at SplitcoastStampers to play along with us. That's about it from me, Thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW #563 {watercoloring}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
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So, as it happens I started water coloring sometime last week and did one with flowers on black wc paper for the IC sample, and then I really liked that so, I ended up doing a couple more and used one of those for the FS challenge on Sunday which lead me to running my fingers through a stack of stamped images I did on wc paper when the stamps were new and never played with them yet, so I started on this one. ( it's 6" square) and I am thinking I need to look up pine cones on line some time but, I am guessing the highlights hit on those folded over top pieces but, they will not be "white" so, I will probably be adding ore layers of brown to what you see now so the shadowed parts get darker. ( I think) it's hard to say. we are not shut down at my work although it seems like from the piles of emails I am getting that a lot of places are shutting down left and right here. We do not have the capabilities to work remotely and since all the lathes and welders and other machines are 10' apart most of the employees are feeling good with getting to stay working. It actually started snowing here last weekend, we had a dry February with very warm temperatures so this is kind of an interesting and good thing as we need the snow pack in the mountains but, the snow on the roads really makes me want to stay home and shelter in my corner of the hobby room. Hopefully you are all doing well, thanks for stopping by.


A simple Easter bunny

This week the Clean and Simple challenge is to do bunnies or Chicks... and I have had this Impression Obsession cuddle bunny stamp for awhile now, I was trying to give it a stuffed animal fur type look and the colors came from one that I received in the 70's as a gift from my Grandma, we all got one and these were tall taller than my sister and probably my cousin they were long tall skinny bunnies with shinny acetate ribbons on them. The sentiment here is from the retired Two Paper Diva's line. So, its just a simple one but, I think it turned out cute. Thanks for stopping by.


A catch up post

 A closer look at the embossed watercoloring for this week's featured stamper case. This week it's Pauline and I really loved this watercolored floral on the dark background card seen here and this it looks letter pressed to me gold holly card seen here and it all kind of morphed in my head while I was thinking about it.

 The sentiment was heat embossed on a scrap of the black watercolor paper and is up on foam pop dots. The floral frame is from the Hero Arts + Pink Fresh you make a difference set and the sentiment is from the My Favorite Things sassy pants birthday greetings 2 set.

 A while back there was a free for all challenge to do something from a child hood memory and I have quite a few of my friends coming over with their horses. ( our breyer horses had barbies when I was a kid) the sentiment is from the SSS reverse sentiments line ( they are printed sheets you cut up) and the pony's are from the stamptember the greeting farm mini pony party set. (from a few years back)
 When Maura was featured stamper I spent a lot of time looking at her Gift tags she shared and I had received this winnie the pooh stamp from an ebay auction in the mail about that same time so these were done jump started by this of her's.

 When Shelly was featured stamper I came across this in her gallery and I had just gotten this shark of mine cut out from the mounting foam the day before this so, it was laying on the table and it just kind of fell together really quickly from there. The sentiment is from Rubbernecker, the shark is from CI stamping and the school of fish are from Picket fence studios 1 year older set. I used a Simon Says Stamp waves stencil to give the water some movement with oxide inks on printed paper.

Something I tossed together one day after both these stamps arrived in the mail (from different orders) and they happened to be on the table at the same time so I laughed, hopefully you smiled too. thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {The grey muse}

This week Angie has us peeking inside the grey muse, I have one of their enamel pins seen here and I did think about doing something off that but, I kept coming back to this card over and over. I love the drama of the gold and colors on the black.

So, I grabbed a piece of this black watercolor paper and heat embossed this old PSX oval floral frame on it with some WOW gold superfine detail powder. I used some Kuretake watercolors on this. I added in the cats Pajamas just let it happen sentiment with the same powder. I had originally thought to do a rectangle card and then after I had cut the panel to be a rectangle I decided this would look better as a square card and since none of my printed papers in the right colors looked good to me I ended up using another piece of the watercolor paper for the mat. I cut this with the large stitched square in the waffle flower lacy layers die set and then wrapped some vintage gold lace along the bottom because, it just needed "something" else to me. This one finished out at 6" square in real life. you can find this challenge here to play along with us, thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW #562 {the usual suspects}

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 this is kind of a remarkable thing, in the last few years that the unmounting has commenced and the sorting and discarding continues, this is probably the least amount of stamps that were unmounted that still need dealt with. I would have gotten to them but, see below. we "think" there may possibly still be one more ewe to go but, this newest mama has been moved to a barn stall with the lambs for a little bit ( we spoil them in there and give them a chance to bond out of the herd for a few days ) and that system seems to work a little better than just letting everyone do their thing. this mama is a brand new one and not so sure about the whole they really belong to her position.
 Some more things that came in the mail. I know its a overwhelming pile now of new stuff so, since the sorting the old stuff has gotten old at the moment, I am also not looking at stores for the next little while, or rather the sale ad emails. ha, we shall see how long I can hold out on that. ( I am mentally rolling my eyes)
said sheep from story above. the good news is having them in a stall together does mean both lambs are nursing ( YAY) it is challenging to have to come home from work in the middle of the day and do bottles. oh, and the chickens got to get out of their little yard off their coop pen this weekend so, the older lambs think they are totally fun to hop after and chase. That's about it from me, thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {Quiltspirations pinterest board}

This week Julie has a Guest host for the Inspiration Challenge we are headed to Colleen's quilt board and there are some really gorgeous pieces of art shared there. I loved all the beach ones especially the one with the baby turtles heading from the sand to the surf. But, as much as I loved that one the colors of this one jump started what you see below.

I started with a sheet of Strathmore watercolor paper and did swipes of Distress Oxide inkpads across the glass mat on my table. misted that with some water and let it dry. I took a second piece of Watercolor card and stamped the Technique Junkies Mermaid love stamp with some grey versafine on it and started coloring it with more distress oxide inks watered down, I was trying for a vintage barely tinted look for the couple and I did get that but, it really blended into the background so, I dug out my polychromo's pencils and some white and stardust gel pens to add some shadows and such.
I then cut the background piece in half to make the split between the two quilts and ran both pieces through the bigshot with an SU embossing folder that looks like waves. ( mind went blank on its real name sorry) the Sentiment was added last after the top was dry so that I could do multiple passes in the Misti. This one finished out at 5X7 in real life.

a peek at the quilts that started this, I think I can do something else closer to the beach-y scene you see here but, I just got this Mermaid in the mail recently and so, it was laying on the table begging to be inked. That's about it from me, thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW # 561 {clothing tags}

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 So, there is evidence of paper hoarding all over the place and here is some proof. ha, I bought a new laptop last week and have spent the last few days you know installing software and all its assorted updates and such things that go along with that. and in between this I used to have a little note book with passwords, so I went on a hunt into various places looking for it and came across 3 different piles of tags and buttons and threads that came off of clothing for the last who knows how long and I told my self that if I was saving this "treasures" for possible re-use craft wise I should haul it upstairs and sort it out. The little vintage camera tag came off a zipper pouch kind of a thing and I just may find a use for that. The stamp sorting is "kinda" going on still but, everything has taken a backseat to doing computer stuff. ( hubs too, I am his IT dept. lol) so, I am hoping there will be more time to just play soon. That's about it from me, thanks for stopping by.


Florapalooza VSN Mini

 Kim has a challenge to use the watercolor tissue paper tutorial with flowers on your project. So, I ended up using some water based markers and no acetate for a backing on mine.

 The basket is from the Marriane designs pansy basket set and the tulips are from the Penny Black first blooms die set. These were both cut from watercolor paper and the flowers have some kuretake  gansai watercolors on them. the sentiment is from Mama Elephant.

 This one for Misti's big bloom challenge the flower is from Impression Obsession and the eucalyptus leaves and hello are Simon Says Stamp dies.  The flower was stamped on watercolor paper and cut out with scissors. I did use some Mission gold watercolors on that and then when it was dry I did over stamp the bloom one more time in the Misti to make the lines more bold.

Lee has a challenge to have a flower with white petals so I used this Black watercolor paper to heat emboss the calla lily stamp with SU white powder on and then used some white mission gold watercolor on the petals and green on the stems. ( who knew it would dry blue?) not me this is the first time I played with this paper since I bought it last year so, I am considering going over the petals with something different white, maybe a gel pen, maybe a pencil. maybe some gouache white watercolor paint. ( have not done anything with it as of yet) the idea behind VSN is that the cards have a 45 minute time limit. so, the endless tinkering is not really an encouraged thing. the sentiment here is from the Simon Says Stamp moments of grace set. That's about it from me, thanks for stopping by.