Sunday, February 12, 2017

I purchased this lovely Watercolor Card Kit by Sandi Pirrelli because the art work was so beautiful.  The kit comes with 12 watercolor cards, 12 blank envelopes, 1 foam dot sheet and 1 occasion cardstock sheet (small perforated sentiments).  The cards are 5 x 7 so there is lots of space to color or paint.  I realized when I felt the card stock that it wasn't really a high quality watercolor paper so I decided to use my new set of Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils  that I just received from Amazon.  I was interested in these because unlike my beloved Inktense pencils they are watercolor pigment and not ink however, whether it was the paper, the pencils or my technique but the blending was not as I hoped.  I will try the next card with the Inktense pencils and maybe one with my Copics(which I am the most comfortable with).  It is possible that the paper that these cards are printed on might hold up with real watercolors but it seems too lightweight for that.

After I finished with the coloring I decided that I wanted to cut the card in two and only use the colored front to make a more substantial card. I cut down the size so I could mount it with foam tape on PTI Autumn Rose card stock.  I embossed the Sentiment from Mama Elephant with Versamark Ink and embossed with Filagree Gold embossing powder on Bazzill 40lb vellum and adhered Simon Says gold sequins.  Oh, and I couldn't resist a little Wink of Stella Clear on the flowers!

mama elephant, watercolor birthday card,

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wow, I can't believe I haven't posted anything since mid December.   Instagram is so easy it has made me lazy about blogging.  Here is a card I made with a Birch Press die, DAZZLE. These dies are amazing even though at first they seem really expensive but you get three full dies that can be used as stand alone or combined. I used a combination of silver glitter paper and silver mirror paper to create a special 18th birthday card.  The number is out of a PTI shimmer paper that looks flat in the photo but which really does shimmer.  The card is very simple but very elegant.  I think this would be great for a wedding card also.  Since making this card I broke down and ordered more of these dies and can't wait to play with them.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

First let me say that I have fallen way behind on my Christmas Cards and won't be sending out a lot this year and as for 12 tags, Bwahaha!  Here is one that I made for my great niece and it is sort of a tag/card but being used as a tag.  Love the Memory box snowflake tag and this adorable image from MFT which I watercolored. The tag was cut from shimmer card stock, layered over a pinky red paper.
The sweet sentiment is a Lawn Fawn die also cut from the same shimmer and then I cut it to fit the tag.
mftstamps, memory box,lawn fawn,christmas cards

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Friday, December 2, 2016

I so love this Power Poppy image but it took me quite a while to actually finish the coloring and because I sized it so large (4 1/2 inches) I wasn't sure what I was going to do to make the card.  I die cut it in a circle thinking I would make a frame but I didn't like that so instead I used a circle die to just overlay it.  I kept the sentiment simple, a Wplus9 Merry die (colored with Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen and also used clear on the red ornaments)and the Christmas word from their Festive Greetings. The white shimmer paper is from PTI which kept it simple but pretty.  I really wanted the image to be the primary focus.  Hope you all like it and I would love to hear from you!

Power Poppy, Christmas Wreath, Christmas Cards

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

I love these MFT Santa's elves and finally got a chance to color them and to do them in a mix of pastel colors. I don't know why I opted for a tri-fold as I could have gotten three cards instead but I just liked the idea.  The sentiments are Mama Elephant Merry Christmas Wishes and Simon Says Stamps Hand Lettered Winter Wishes.  Dies used: MFT Stitched Snow Drifts and Simon Snowflakes.  The shimmer paper is PTI, the sequins are Lucy's, embossing powder is Hero Arts Satin Pearl (love, love, love) and the whole card was spritzed with shimmer mist.  

christmas cards, simon says stamps, mft Santa's elves, copic markers



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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I had an amazing weekend at Jennifer Dove's Copic Boot Camp (check out her blog, amazeballs!).  And we got to color those amazing boots! Meeting all those creative women was an added pleasure and I hope to do it again.

However, when I got home my craft room was in a major state of disarray.  So while trying to clean up and reorganize my husband unearthed 4 card boxes from his old medical office and I thought hmmm I can use those!.  He cleaned and painted them and they turned out to be great storage.  Love upcycling!

 all my distress paints fit into one drawer

This drawer holds all my alcohol inks

These turned out to be a great garage find and the hubs was happy to have them used even though he had to paint them.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

September is my favorite and most feared time of the year and that is because Simon Says Stamps rolls out so many new and irresistible stamps, dies and other goodies that my wallet has a complete clean out.  I have already placed three orders and it is only September 5th.  (wring hands and big sigh).  And here is the thing, you know there are more goodies coming up.  Maybe it is a good thing I will be away from mid September on (wifi on plane!)
Don't want to miss anything.  Check out what is out so far, just click on the link.  I will share my haul when it arrives.   


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