Happy Friday!! A quick share today of my card I created for the Picket Fence Studios blog today. I tried something a bit new for me and did a whole big image using no line watercolor. I find it intimidating but thought this gorgeous image was worth the risk.
I stamped in an ink specially made for no line coloring called Fadeout Ink by Ink on 3. It is super cool to use for this! And then I just kept layering on color until I was happy. It isn’t perfect. I’d totally change things. But I’m happy over all and so glad I tried it. And I’ll keep on trying to perfect the technique over time.
I have a few more details over there and I hope you’ll visit the company blog for lots of inspiration! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!
So you may have noticed (especially if you follow me in Instagram) that I have been trying hard to participate in the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge as much as possible this month. I really am trying to eek out more coloring, even if only for a few minutes. So this card is a reflection of that as I found the perfect way to use the sketch by Karren Johnson for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge. Karren is an amazing Copic colorist and this sketch lends itself to colored images, bold panels and word dies, among other things.
I chose to use this new Mondo Gerbera Daisy by Ellen Hutson as my focal image. I stamped in black ink and then colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I chose a number of corals/reds/pinks to play with the shading on the flower. It didn’t take long and I love it. The flower reminds me of the Gerbera Daisies my dad would grow when I was little. There is something velvety and special about these flowers and I was thrilled that Ellen came out with this one.
A super quick post today. I’m back at work this week and it seems harder that usual after spending time at my mom’s last week. Off to bed to be ready for winter weather fun tomorrow! I hope you have a great day and will play along this week. See you soon.
Happy Friday!! It is my week to share on the Picket Fence Studios blog and I’m so excited to share my card with you. And then there is tomorrow….the start of Creativation (a huge industry event). The January release has been timed to correspond with the start of all the fun there so make sure you come back tomorrow to see projects with the new products.
So for today, I used one of the first sets I got from Picket Fence called Rose Bouquet. It is gorgeous!! And it is meant for coloring of ALL kinds. I chose Zig Clean Color Markers. I love these pens for the precision tips and nice blending. I find that they work best on a Bristol paper so that is what I stamped the image on using the Black Hybrid Ink which I love for watercoloring. It doesn’t budge!
I layered on pinks and reds for the roses and then moved to olive greens for the leaves. To make the image pop more, I used a gray marker around the edges and blended it out. Once I had most of the coloring done, I went back and added the deepest of each color to get more depth and shadowing. While this takes a bit of time, I love coloring and I enjoy watching the project develop as I add shading. Since I didn’t want to cover up any of the image, I chose vellum for my sentiment. And you know what?? I found that I had this sentiment already stamped and heat embossed sitting right on my desk. It was left over from a design where I changed my mind but it was PERFECT for this card. So nice when that happens! I finished the card with some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and found this pretty pink envelope from Simon Says Stamp to match.
Thanks so much for stopping in today! I hope you have a great weekend and I’ll see you again tomorrow!
Another week has flown by and it is time for the newest challenge from Freshly Made Sketches. The amazing Jen Mitchell is our sketch designer this week and her sketch is fantastic.
I thoughts I’d pull out my Daniel Smith watercolors for this one and create a bit of a wash for the rounded corner square. But what image to use as a focal point? After scanning through, I came upon the Little Lilies set from Newton’s Nook Designs and I thought it would be perfect for the job. I painted it and cut it out using the coordinating dies and then decided it would be nice to add a wash of color to the crossing panel too. So a little more painting (and waiting to dry). Finally, I found this sweet sentiment from Simon Says Stamp’s Beautiful Ride that seemed just right for the little flowers. A quick little card for a sweet sketch!
Short and sweet today. Out on a trip and then back to finish up some details for the big January/Creativation Release from Picket Fence Studios. Hop over and check out all the great cards from the DT this week at FMS and I hope you’ll join us. Have a great rest of your week and see you soon!
And I’m back for my regular Wednesday post! Thanks for your patience as I caught up to life a bit. I started with creating a swatch paper for some new watercolors that I got for my birthday (THANKS MOM!!). The paints are from Daniel Smith and my friend Lydia puts together splits to share the cost and allow people to have more colors. Here is my first split….aren’t they pretty?!!
Swatching out the colors was a good way to get back in the groove a bit. And did I mention they are so pretty!!! Notice that the palette has room for another split….hmmm….. So after putting these paints down on paper, I decided to get real and actually color an image. I had ordered this Mondo Holly the second I saw it and thought it would be pretty for today’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. Cécile created this one and I love all the options for it. I thought this would go another way (with a spotlight vibe) but it didn’t work out quite like I had in my head. I stamped the holly onto watercolor paper using Gina K’s Amalgam ink. This is a new ink to me and I just had to give it a go. It stamped well onto the watercolor paper (always a challenge, don’t you think?). I did overstamp a few times with my Misti but the result was clear and crisp. It dried quickly and I was able to get right to watercoloring. I used colors from my split above (with the addition of one brown from a DS Dot Palette I have from Simon Says Stamp). I need to work on the shading of the leaves more but I love these colors! I added a sentiment from the same set and some black to make the image pop. Finally some sequins in a pretty Rose Gold.I hope you have fun with this sketch and will join in with us. The inspiration is always amazing from our design team and in the gallery too! Thanks for stopping in today. I’ll be back on Friday with a card featuring a new product and a new to me technique. Until then, have a wonderful week!
I’m happy to be back with you today to share a fabulous sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch hostess is the talented and oh so witty Linda Callahan. I love her whimsical takes on sketches and stamp sets!
Her sketch this week reminded me of this little stamp set from Pinkfresh Studios called Dream On. I love the little images and the sentiments in it and it had not gotten nearly enough use. I hope that I didn’t stray too far from the sketch but I’m sure Linda will forgive me if I did.
I stamped the image onto a Strathmore Watercolor Notecard (these are the fabulous watercolor paper all pre-cut and ready to go with envelopes). I used Versafine Onyx Black and then watercolored with a new product from Clearsnap called the Dyestress Blendable Dye Inks. These are beautiful distress style ink in gorgeous colors. I just got them so I used this card as a bit of a palette test. Pretty, aren’t they?! I thought this sentiment kind of fit my mood as I was creating it. I know I didn’t make my usual Sept. 11th post yesterday but, truthfully, there is a lot going on with our family and I just didn’t have it in me. So in a way, this is my tribute card. It is hard in the face of tragedy to be happy. But it is ok to try to own it and allow yourself to heal and find joy. So I have this card for just the right day and just the right person.
I hope that you have a wonderful and peaceful week. Take a moment to allow yourself to be happy! And for those of you who are facing hurricanes, fires and other tragedies, please know that I am thinking of you and your safety! Thanks for stopping in today. See you on Friday with lots of fun things!
Welcome to day 3 of the June Release from Newton’s Nook Designs. Busy, busy bees we are today because the team has two sets to feature!! And there is wine. Because…Wednesday! I have some Freshly Made Sketches too…also because Wednesday.
As with yesterday, the stencil was the start of my design. Today, I chose the Serene Stripes Stencil and sponged on some Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink over it. I just made it fade a bit as it went down the card. I love stencils!!! So much wow! I stamped the sentiment from the Coffee and Wine over the stenciling and then stamped some of the images (all of this was onto Bristol Vellum card stock). I colored the cup and bottle with some more Distress Ink and then popped them up on foam dots (Dimensionals). I found some sequins that matched (YAY!) so I added those and then put the whole layer on a black base.
For my second card, I used the fun sketch designed by Amy O’Neill for Freshly Made Sketches to show off the Wine a Little stamp set and dies. This sentiment (and the others in the set) are such fun and perfect for any wino oenophile. Like me. I created pretty glasses that I’d love to have and filled them with yummy red wine. But feel free to color your own fave!
Because you made it to Wednesday, you deserve a glass of wine. And a chance to win! So you know what time it is…hop around to the whole DT and make sure leave comments. They make me and the other designers smile really big and they really mean a ton!
Would you like to win either the “Coffee and Wine” or the “Wine a Little” Stamp Set?
Each set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!
Here’s how to win:
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! Thewinner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, June 21st at 9pm CST to comment — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, June 22nd.
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I’m so excited to be able to share with you one more card I made for the collaboration this month between My Sweet Petunia and Joy Clair. This is a month long partnership and it gives you lots of opportunities to win! With two full designs teams (I’m guesting in with My Sweet Petunia), all you have to do is comment on posts where you see this blog hop banner. You are then entered to win these prizes: two $25 gift certificates to Joy Clair or one MISTI (your choice of original or mini). Winners will be announced in April on both blogs.
This card is brought to you by the fun of repeat stamping with the MISTI. Yes, I did say the fun of repeat stamping. Those are not the words I would have used without a MISTI!! *smile* I started by stamping the top center flower and then moved the paper left and right the same distance to stamp the rest of the row. Then I moved the paper up and back to center and started the process again. Perfect alignment, no stress, almost no actual math. I added this sweet sentiment that comes from the same set as the flower (Thank You for Everything). I colored in the flowers using my watercolors and then cut the image with a stitched square die.
I thought that the dimension from the Wood Textures paper on the base was perfect to complement the flowers so I just layered it onto the square base and popped the image layer up with Dimensionals (SU).
I thought this was the perfect card for today. I am grateful for many things! For friends and family, on that I’m very blessed! For this stamping community, the encouragement from you brings me such joy. And despite the fact that today is Good Friday, I’m grateful that I know Easter will come. I hope that you have a beautiful Easter weekend!
Make sure you go over to the Joy Clair and My Sweet Petunia blogs to see what other inspiration they have for you. And don’t forget to leave your comments for a chance to win!
I’m so excited to be able to share with you a card I made for the collaboration this month between My Sweet Petunia and Joy Clair. This is a month long partnership and it gives you lots of opportunities to win! With two full designs teams (I’m guesting in with My Sweet Petunia), all you have to do is comment on posts where you see this blog hop banner. You are then entered to win these prizes: two $25 gift certificates to Joy Clair or one MISTI (your choice of original or mini). Winners will be announced in April on both blogs.
So today, I pulled out this amazing Hugs and Smiles stamp set. These flowers are so pretty and I love the sentiments. I lined up the stamp on one side of the watercolor paper and stamped using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed with Wow White Embossing Powder. I did stamp twice with my Versamark because it is kind of hard to see if you missed a spot. Of course, the MISTI makes that super easy! Then, and here is where the MISTI really earns her keep, I flipped the card stock and stamped again. The stamp positions exactly where it was on the opposite side with no stress. Perfectly symmetrical!!
Using some watercolor paints, I painted the flowers and then chose the green for the center section. Something about a nice spring green makes me happy! Also, it was snowing when I made this…in spring…when there had not been snow all winter…. So yes, spring green! I splattered on a little extra paint and then decided which sentiment to use. Now, without a MISTI, this card would have gone without a sentiment because it would certainly have been ruined. I know we all did that before this tool came around!! But into the breach I went (not really…there was no stress, lol), and I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed it too. The whole panel is so pretty on this green base, don’t you think?!
Ok, now I made you look so you need to go find all the blogs participating this month. Start with Joy Clair and My Sweet Petunia and you will find their teams! I’ll be back in a few days with more from this collaboration. Until then, have a great weekend!
I think this little set is simply precious and I fell in love with the giraffe. With a baby them in mind, I chose soft Distress Ink Colors and colored this little fellow on Fabriano Watercolor paper. Just a little masking to allow him to sit on the block.
I masked the sentiment as well to mix the script with the print….love the flexibility to do that! Once everything was stamped and colored, I cut the image layer and the gingham paper using cross stitched dies. Finally a little black twine for an added detail.
I talked a bit about the Stamping Away retreat that I attended last week in my post from Wednesday and this is another of the sets so generously given to us by Shay of Winnie and Walter. She really is incredible!! And the Rerun has cards created by some of my retreat friends too so make sure to go see them all!
I’m also linking this with the Simon Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Girl Power and the focus is on Winnie and Walter stamps. Hope you enjoy my card and that you will be inspired to join in this month! Make sure to go check out the Winnie and Walter blog for all the details! Thanks so much for stopping in. See you soon!
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