Dirty Dozen April Christmas Card

 I can not believe how fast this year seems to be flying by already. It's looked like a snow globe outside the windows here all day so, a easy inspiration to do a Christmas card for the stash. This was the sample for the Dirty Dozen prompt seen here at Splitcoaststampers in the special forums set aside for Fan Club members. 

I had decided on this retired Stampington & Company button tree image, stamped it with some morning mist versafine on Arches cold press watercolor and proceeded to paint it. I added some greys for shadows and thought about it some more and decided that real buttons would be fun, even though the ones on the tree are round I decided to go with some dress it up buttons in yellow star shapes. wove some tan burlap string through the holes. 

Used some mini glue dots to hold them to the tree and decided the bits of round peeking out around/under them just adds to the depth. I did end up adding a little bit of brown to the crevices of the bow for shading also. I do not remember who makes the printed papers or that sentiment. ( I want to say its ODBD but, I am not seeing it in the evernote file.) the frayed ribbon was something I found at either micheals or joanns after Christmas ( years ago) the base on this is some textured Bazzill. and this one finished out at 6" square in real life. I am pretty tickled with how this one turned out. If you recognize that sentiment please let me know. Thanks for stopping by.


Watercoloring Tulips

 This looks deceptively simple. I found it to be fairly hard to make myself make the petals in that leafy shape. ( I have no idea why) but, my hand just curled them at the bottoms and rounded them off each time.

Linda has chosen this video from Sandy Allnock seen here on YouTube for this week's watercoloring challenge at Splitcoaststampers. 

I think that part of where I went wrong with this was I started out with a smaller sized scrap of paper cut into a square shape and assumed I would need a smaller brush to fit the size of the paper and the idea of the challenge was to use a huge brush and get transparent petals. ( oops ) :) it's OK I do like how this turned out even it is not exactly what was expected.

The sentiment here is from Annette Allen Watkins stamped with some Versafine shady lane ink. The base is Cordinations and finished out at 5" square in real life.


Inspired by {Meadow Blu}

 This week Amy has chosen Meadow Blu as the destination for Inspiration. I went in looking for something to use as a jump start to create 3 Thank you cards for a lady whose friends chipped in to replace her heater in her vehicle for her. I am not sure what she drives I want to say its a jeep wagoneer type thing and older one in red. but, Looking at my stamps I either have classic cars or Trucks. With that in mind I came across this rug and thought you could pair that with the truck filled with hearts easy enough and get a thank you from that and off I went. 

This truck is from the Unity Stamps set a guy and his truck. I stamped it with some morning mist versafine on Arches watercolor (cold press) paper and painted with Daniel Smith paints. 


The sentiment on these is from the Taylored Expressions set called keep on truckin' it was diecut with a Spellbinders charms die and has some red May Arts burlap string in the hole. both the sentiment tag and the truck panels were color dusted with some Distress Oxide vintage photo ink and the ribbon along the bottom is unknown. the red plaid print is from Bazzill Basics and that was what was left of the scrap piece I had so, these are A6 in real life. and when they were finished I thought, well you are really stretching it to pair these from that rug. 

and then she called and said, Oh, I really need 4 cards so, I said I can do another but, it won't be the same papers as the first three. and I went fishing again in the store and found this second rug here

knowing the stamps were still on the table I went looking though my grey and black papers and found this one that almost has a birch tree bark look to it in person and then decided to leave off the tag and do the sentiment on the painted panel like so. 

I wanted more texture and found a scrap of this Hobby Lobby Crepe paper and decided it was just the thing, found a skinny ribbon and called it good. I kind of like how this one turned out the best so, its fun to see that with them being made days apart. They all finished out at A6 in real life. If you'd like to play along with us, you can find this challenge here at Splitcoaststampers. Thanks for stopping by.


Watercoloring loose Flowers

 This week Angie has chosen this video from Julia Lis Art seen here on YouTube doing loose flowers. 

I know we have done something similar before and I don't remember if mine turned out or not that time but, they did this time :) 

I started by taping off a piece of Strathmore watercolor paper A6 to the glass mat on the table instead of a back of a pad. did a round of paint and some splatters. 

When I pulled the tape off it looked like this.

So I added a sentiment from the Picket Fence studios set called Crafty mail with some Versafine warm breeze ink and then I decided it really needed some sparkle so I added some Stickles clear glitter glue to the centers of the blooms.

I used the Tim Holtz deckle blade paper trimmer to cut this down just a smidge after the glitter glue was dry and used a piece of blue textured Bazzill for the base. If you'd like to play along with us you can find this challenge here at Splitcoaststampers. I hope you all are doing well, Thanks for stopping by.


Watercoloring Simple Bunnies

 This week we are taking a look at this video on YouTube from Harriet DeWinton on a trio of simple bunnies. 

So, I decided to give the first bunny a shot.

These are round one layer of Daniel Smith paints on Arches cold press cotton wc paper.

Added the eye, nose and whiskers here. 

So, I decided I would try a different batch of colors and ended up painting the same shape of a bunny but, this one went a little slim and I actually prefer the bunny from the first version best.

But, that did not stop me from using both of them for simple Easter cards. The one on the left is bunny number two. The sentiment under him is from Annette Allen Watkins line and the lace is vintage. The watercolor panel was diecut with a Memory box stitched rectangle die and that plaid is from the Memory box Madras plaid blue & violet pad ( as is the second card on the right) these are both 6" square in real life on textured Bazzill. The sentiment on the card on the right is from Penny Black, this version was diecut with a spellbinders hemstitched rectangle die and the lace is also vintage. I really enjoyed doing these and can see my self doing the other styles some time soon. If you'd like to play along with us you can find this challenge here at Splitcoaststampers. Thanks for stopping by.


Dirty Dozen March Sample

 The prompt for Fan Club members hides here at Splitcoaststampers and I totally goofed this month and did next months first. So, I never got around to blogging this sample.

 The Penny Black ginger joy was water colored and has some stickles glitter glue where the ric rac detailing is as that printed paper under it with the cookies has glitter on all the cookies. ( I made the red mat under him so big like a plate and it covered up a lot of the prettiness of that paper.) the sentiment here is from the Avery Elle naughty or nice set and the lace is vintage. This one is 6" square in real life and I shot it wet so, the inside has not been lined yet.