Monday, August 3, 2015

Warm Wishes in Pastels

We have a new challenge at 

Deanne (Three Trees (paper) Creations) is our hostess this week.

isn't this fun.

This was a good excuse to pull out my NBUS  
Warm Wishes poinsettia stamp from Penny Black.

I stamped it with VersaMark on hot press watercolor paper 
and clear embossed it.

Then I used some Distress Markers and my Aqua Painter to color it up.

To do the wash on the background, I swiped the markers on 
an acrylic block, picked up the ink with the Aqua Painter and
dropped the color on wet paper. (Wet on wet.)

I die cut the word joy twice from a snippet of
Neena 110 lb. cardstock and once from
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
Stacking them up gave the word more dimension.

I cut the Glimmer frame with my paper cutter.

Now it's  your turn.

I hope you'll create a Christmas card using pastel colors
and join us at

I'd also like to enter this at



Thanks for visiting.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Warm Wishes (PB)
Ink:  Versa Mark, Distress Markers (Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint)
Paper:  Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. hot press), Solar White (Neena), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (SU)
Other:  Clear EP, Aqua Painter, Stitched Square dies (Lil' Inker), Kars Snowflake EF (retired Cuttlebug), Holiday Words Script Die (TH)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Flora and Fauna2 Butterfly for Happy Little Stampers

There's a new challenge at 

I inked up the large butterfly from the Flora and Fauna 2 set with Archival Black ink
and stamped it on a snippet of  watercolor paper.

Then I pulled out my new (squeel) Zig Clean Brush Markers
and colored it up!

I found that these markers blend so easily.

I have the 12 pack set so my colors are limited.

I love the vibrant colors!

I cut a mask for the butterfly, placed it on the dry watercolor, 
and stamped with the French Script background stamp.

I used the MISTI for stamping on the watercolor paper.

I rarely get a good stamping on the first pass.

Check out the other DT cards.  They are AMAZING!

Then use a mask and join us at 
You have the whole month.

I'm also joining in again at

This is still my oldest (and only) Wplus9 set.
Hoping to rectify that ASAP!

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Flora and Fauna 2 (Wplus9), Sprinkles and Smiles (PB)
Ink:  Archival Black (Ranger), Sahara Sand (SU)
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Tangelo Twist (SU), Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Zig Clear Brush Markers (#s 50, 70, 22, 60, 10)

According to my Eyewitness Butterflies and Moths book, this is an Orange Albatross butterfly. This information just in case you wonder.

Blooming Buds for my Good Buddy

This went as a thank you to my good friend Loll (Stamping with Loll).

Recently I was a lucky winner of some of her blog candy.

I used the Blooming Buds set again. 

I'm loving this set!

I stamped the images with Whisper White and heat embossed them.

The flowers and leaves were colored with Distress Markers.

I colored up the base of the petals with Picked Raspberry and 
the edges of the petals with Mustard Seed.

Using my Aqua Painter I blended the colors together
adding more ink as needed.

The leaves and stems were colored the same way with
Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint.

Then after wetting the area around the flowers, I scribbled some ink on a piece of acetate and picked up color to add to the wet paper giving it a bit of a wash.

I'm taking this over to 
Just Us Girls Challenge

this looks Autumnal to me.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Blooming Buds (Dee's Artsy Impressions/Stamplorations), Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:  Whisper White (SU)
Paper:  Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press (card base)), (Arches 140 lb. hot press for design),  Early Espresso (SU)
Other:  White EP (SU), Aqua Painter (SU), Distress Markers (Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint) 

Friday, July 31, 2015

More Home Decor

I bought some little canvases at one of the craft stores.

They were on sale.

Very cheap.

Unfortunately  they were coated with something that water wouldn't penetrate.


I cut watercolor paper to fit,
did a watercolor wash on the background,
stamped and painted the images.

I hope the paper sticks for a long time.

Since little things on the table end up getting knocked off,
I hung them in the dining room
opposite this art.

What do you think?

They actually hang straight.

I'm going to take them over to 



I used watercolor paper on the canvas.

I'm so glad you could stop by.

I appreciate all your comments.

I'll catch up to you very soon.
I hope....

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Butterflies (?no name on these stamps), Awesomely Artistic, Butterfly Basics (SU)
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn
Paper:  140 lb. cold press watercolor (Arches)
Other:  Canvas (ACMoore), Koi Watercolor, Aqua Painter, Burlap Ribbon (SU), Vintage Brad (?)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Palm Branches and Brushos

Here's another card using the die my sweet friend sent me for my birthday. 

I've had such fun playing with it!

I also had a great time playing with the Brushos for backgrounds!

After die cutting these lovely palm leaves, I ran them through the Big Shot
with a PPI Impression Plate to give them a bit of texture.

And I used my all time favorite embossing folder to put behind the Brusho colored oval.

Thanks for stopping by.
Card Recipe
Stamps:  Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:  Whisper White (SU)
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press), Whisper White (SU), Teal (snippet ?)
Other:  Brusho Crystals, Hero Arts Palm Branch Die, Linen Impression Plate (PTI), White EP (SU), Ovals Collection Dies (SU)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Brushos, Snippets and a Butterfly

This is a result of some Brusho play.

I had 3 splotches that looked like flowers.

I tried stamping outlines and totally messed up the piece.
(Should have used the MISTI.)

I was able to salvage a snippet by placing it behind the circle frame.

Then I added a butterfly die cut from another snippet.

All these snippets so I'm taking this over to

And it so happens that Di is the Guest Designer over at

Where it's RECIPE WEEK.
and the recipe is
and they're celebrating a special day.
A very happy birthday, Chrissie!

I'm so glad you could stop by today.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Peaceful Petals (retired SU), Enjoy (PB)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Watercolor 140 lb. cold press (Arches), Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Brusho Crystals, Pippi Butterfly (MB), Double Stitched Circle Die (Lil' Inker)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Winged Beauty Make Your Heart Sing

Today is DD3's birthday and this is the card I made for her.

First I did a soft watercolor wash on a snippet and let it dry.

Then I inked this sweet bird with Stampin' Up! Markers, spritzed (just a little),
and stamped over the wash.

A little blending with a damp Aqua Painter finished the design.

It's mounted on a piece embossed with a Lil' Inker die and mounted
with dimensional tape.

I hope she likes it.

I'm playing in these challenges
Oops! I forgot to add


I used 2 snippets of watercolor paper

I used watercolor paper

There's still a couple of days before the close of

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Winged Beauty, Eloquence (both Penny Black)
Ink: Soft Suede, SU Markers (Soft Suede Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Blushing Bride, So Saffron)
Paper:  Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Other: Re-inkers (Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue both retired SU), Aqua Painter

Monday, July 27, 2015

Rudolph Days in July

We're on the 2nd week of the heart challenge

You have a whole 'nother week to participate.

Can you find the little, bitty heart on this card?

The Rudolph Days Challenge 
is going on too.
It lasts until Friday.

I know it's the middle of summer
but Christmas is coming at us with
breakneck speed!

I can tell you that I love having my Christmas cards done early.

How about you?

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Frosty Friends (retired SU), Handy Christmas Greetings (Amy R.)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red (SU)
Paper:  Naturals White (SU)
Other:  Copic Markers, Simply Scored (SU)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Palm Branches and Chevrons

A sweet friend sent me this die for my birthday.

I've had a great time playing with it!

The current Addicted to CAS challenge is

I didn't think I had any chevrons.

But I found the stamp I used on this card.

Then I remembered a NBUS stencil of broken chevrons.

So I pulled out the neglected embossing paste and got busy.

The palm leaves were die cut from a piece of saturated watercolor.

The hello comes from a retired SU set.

It took longer to find the perfect sentiment than to do everything else!

Sometimes I just leave off a sentiment because I can't decide which to put on the card!

Over at the Addicted to Stamps Challenge this week
they're looking for 

I want to make a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT here.
Kylie, of Addicted to and Happy Little Stampers, 
is launching her first release of 
Happy Little Stampers stamps.

I know you'll love these stamps.
You can see them here and even enter for a chance to win the whole release!
She will ship them internationally (mine are on their way).
Ooh, I cant wait to get mine!

The Australian currency is a bit different than other countries, 
so keep that in mind when shopping.
I was pleasantly surprised when the total amount went down when converted.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Elementary Elegance (retired SU)
Ink:  Garden Green
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press), Whisper White
Other:  Re-inkers (SU), Chevron Stencil (SSS), Embossing Paste (Wendy Vechi), Fancy Palm Die (HA), Large Oval Punch (SU)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Painting with the Zigs

I got some Ziggies for my birthday!

Zig Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Pens that is.

I got the 12 pack to give them a try.

Yesterday I had a play with them.

Don't you love that rich, vibrant color?

I used them on cold press watercolor paper and blended with my Aqua Painter.

I need lots more practice, but I was really happy with my first try.

One thing I found did not work was stamping and embossing on this paper.

I tried to mask the hummingbird and stamp the flowers behind.

So the hummer has dimension now.

I think I like it better this way!

The flowers (I'm calling them Crepe Myrtle since they are in full bloom around here),
were inked up with the Zigs (#25 pink) and the stems with #60 brown. 

I stamped off a couple times to give dimension.

Then I moved the color with my damp Aqua Painter.

For the wash I scribbled on a plastic lid, diluted with a little water 
and added to a wet background.

Since this is my very first (and at the moment only) Wplus9 set
and I really want to share this card over there,
I'm going to see if it will fly in their

maybe they won't throw it back.

That's all for this post. 

I'm anxious to play some more.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Flora and Fauna 2 (Wplus9), Sprinkles and Smiles (PB) 
Ink:  Archival Black (Ranger)
Paper:  Strathmore 140 lb. cold press (card base), Arches 140 lb. cold press
Other:  Zig Brush pens (#25, 22, 40, 41, 60, 91)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Work of Art?

Addicted to CAS has a new challenge.
Deepti chose



"i scream for....."
Lots of ink on this one.

I used snippets for the tag and starfish.

and don't forget

I used my MISTI to stamp the chevrons.  
By moving the card I managed to get straight lines.

Yay! I didn't think that was possible for me!

I'm so glad you could stop by today.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Work of Art, Endless Birthday Wishes, By the Seashore (retired)
Ink: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar (retired)
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Other: Tag Punch (retired), Twine (stash), White EP

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted