Thursday, February 14, 2019

Never Regret Anything that Made You Smile

Words to live by on one of the anniversary cards I made for the 20 card order I've mentioned a time or two recently.  This one is all die cuts and designer paper with the focus on the sentiment.

The stamp is from Rubbernecker, called "Never Regret".  I like it for an anniversary, but it could also be used for wedding or birthday.   Have you looked at Rubbernecker Stamps?  Best place for sentiments, I think, but lots of other great stuff, too.  Just sayin', not sellin'.  You can never have too many sentiment stamps.

Pretty Mintay "Lovely Day" designer paper and Tutti Designs Butterfly Oval are the primary supporting elements.  I cut the Butterfly Oval in half and used it as a sweeping edge on the large circle.  The other half was used on a card I'll share later.  The die is layered for dimension and then just the butterfly area cut again from the Mintay paper, trimmed and glued on top.  Rhinestones added.

That's all for today, friends!   More coming soon.  Bad weather makes for good times stamping!  Wishing you a very happy Valentine's Day!

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Never Regret  Paper:  Neenah Classic white, Mintay Lovely Day designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black  Accessories:  Rhinestones  Dies:  Tutti Designs Butterfly Oval, Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers, Spellbinders Grand Squares and Classic Square Large (nested to make frame)

Monday, February 11, 2019

Watercolored Vital Rose

Why, yes, I was just here yesterday, but I do want to pop in to help introduce Marcella's latest digital stamp set at Power Poppy.  It's called Vital Rose, and a beautiful thing it is!

It's been a while since I sat down to any kind of serious coloring.  I've been hurrying to get ahead with certain things and making more cards than usual.  I always think I need to keep them simple in order to move things along, but I'm wrong about that.  As much as I love the look of it, CAS is a struggle for me.  Much quicker to color and forget about the white space.  However, a card with a large colored image can still be a simple design, so that's what I've done.  It's simply a painting on a card.

The stamp set is pictured below.  It can be printed in black, or no line, with or without the poetry.  There was no question that I'd use it with the poetry as I find it as beautiful as the rose.

Quick version of what I did before printing:

  • Opened no line image in Photoshop Elements 7 and used magic eraser to remove white space from around the image.  I believe it was just one click.
  • Opened black line image and then superimposed no line image over top.
  • Decided it looked kind of cool, so I printed it.

I know you probably won't want to goof around with it like that, and it's totally not necessary, but it's something I enjoy.  Sometimes it turns out, sometimes not.

The watercolor...  I used my old Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons.  Scribble on a palette, pick up with a wet brush, voila!  That's how I use them.  You could scribble on the paper for a large background, but for this type of image I use them like a pan watercolor.

Closer...  loose watercoloring means if you get some paint in approximately the right spot it will look good.  Ha!  Okay, not really, but almost.  I colored the larger words with Prismacolor pencils and smoothed with odorless mineral spirits.  Finally, splattered white Gansai Tambi paint and Rose Red watercolor crayon paint.

No embellishment, but I popped up the painted panel on a mat of Pale Plum and a natural-ish white card base.

Are you still with me?  Well, if so, I want to wish you a happy week, and if you love crafting I hope you'll find plenty of time for it.  Be well!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Twofer Challenge #13: Stars

It's Twofer time again!  This month we're doing Stars.  Make two cards for two different occasions, each with a different layout, but use the same stamp, stencil, or die.  Take at least one photo of the two cards together and use that photo in the link up.  That's the rules in a nutshell, but if you still have questions, Darnell explains thoroughly on the Rules page and on the Definitions/Examples page.

This one stumped me for a while as I don't have many star stamps.  Dies yes, stamps no, but I was determined to meet this challenge with a stamp.  Just got that stuck in my head and wouldn't let it go.  Finally, I reached far back into the distant past and pulled out a small Stampin' Up! stamp from a set called "Background Basics".  It's perhaps not the "star" of the show, but by stamping repeatedly it makes a pretty good back up player.

I have a Christmas card (yay!) and a thank you card:

If I'd known the Christmas card was going to be so easy I might have made more.  I do like it in its clean and simple way.  Maybe try different colors.  I sprinkled the stars across the foreground and background panels then stamped another oldie -- Uptown Rubber Stamps "Merry Little Christmas".  Copic colored and sparkled with Stickles.

The thank you card uses yet another oldie sentiment, this one by Stampendous -- "You've Got Style".  I've used it lots and today I'm loving it with the Sue Wilson Retro Cats 2 die.  She has white dots on her bottom and a square rhinestone collar accent 'cause she loves bling.  I added an embossed layer that looks a little art deco (maybe?).

Hop over to the Twofer Blog for all kinds of inspiring samples, including those of our two lovely guest designers.  Enjoy!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Birthday Birds

I'm back!  Remember I told you I made 20 cards for an order?  Well, this isn't one of them.  I took a break from sympathy and anniversary cards long enough to make a birthday card before I run out.  These are Magenta birds.  No name on the stamp, just a number (C95.193.J) which I searched, but couldn't come up with anything to link.  So very sweet, though, especially the two lovey birds on the end.

Edited to add:  Found it with the help of a friend -- Four Pretty Birds at Frantic Stamper for US shoppers.  UK shoppers can find it here.

I had a lot of help from the Mintay Bird Song designer paper for this one.  Ohhhh, those Mintay papers, sigh...  Covered the card base and made the flowers and banner with it.  Cut a frame from coral card stock and stamped the birds in a teal blue ink.  Just some light coloring with Copics, coordinating with the paper.

Memory Box Wrapped Stitched Frames
MB Banner Parade
Elizabeth Craft Bunch of Flowers 4

I'm happy for this first time use of a stamp I received for my birthday in October.  That's pretty quick for me!

Thanks so much for dropping by for a visit.  Enjoy the rest of your day!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Love & Light

Hello, and happy February, the month of love.  That should be every month, shouldn't it?  I've made a card that will send love, but it's not a Valentine.  It's part of the card order I've been working on almost exclusively.  Actually, I finished up the last of 20 cards over the weekend and then I did a happy dance.

This card started with the background.  You can smoosh, splash, splatter or swipe just about anything on a background and it will look good when die cut.  I made a mint green watercolor wash and then plopped Ken Oliver Liquid Metal - Yellow Gold - onto a few areas.  Swiped it around with an inexpensive synthetic paint brush, and it didn't look so great.  Not to worry.  The die cut makes it appear as though I'd planned it that way all along.

The stamps are Power Poppy's Peony Muse, embossed in light gold and watercolored with Twinkling H2Os.  I added gold die cut grassy elements and an abundance of sequins.  The sequins down there by the stem are a cover up.  The grass die cuts and the sequins near the sentiment were added as filler because I felt the placement of the sentiment was somewhat awkward.  Some cards are just full of cover ups and fix 'er ups, aren't they?

Have you tried any of the Ken Oliver Liquid Metals?  I've had this little bottle for ??? years and have never used it till now.  I was very impressed with how pretty this Yellow Gold is.

Well, that's it till next time.  I have enough cards photographed to keep me busy on the blog for a while... as soon as I write them up.  See you again soon!

Stamps:  Power Poppy Peony Muse  Paper:  Neenah Classic White, Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor, gold mirror card stock  Ink:  Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, mint green (remember SU Mint Melody?)  Coloring:  Watercolor background for die cut, Twinkling H2Os watercolor for flowers  Accessories:  Sequins, Ken Oliver Yellow Gold Liquid Metal, Stamp 'n Stuff Sahara Pearls embossing powder (old)  Dies:  Poppystamps Thicket Frame, Impression Obsession Grass Border

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Pretty Bird

Hi there!  I'm back with a bird today.  In fact, I made two cards with this not-yet-used stamp, purchased in December 2016.  That's a crazy lot of time for such a pretty thing to be left sitting, isn't it?  I was surprised at how much time had passed, but I looked it up to be certain.  Sure enough, just over two years.

It's an Impression Obsession stamp simply called "Bird".  I've often said I'm intimidated by the thought of coloring realistic birds, but once I decided to do this very simply with just a blush of color and nothing complex in the background it came together very quickly and easily.  I used Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits for the coloring, and stamped retired SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds splatter around it.

I nested some Spellbinders dies for a designer paper frame and then set the bird panel right into it with nothing popped up.  The sentiment is from my bag o' sentiments which were stamped, but not used for whatever project at the time.  I have no idea what the sentiment belongs to, but it's a pretty font.  Stamped more Itty Bitty on the sentiment circle.

Since the coloring was quick and the card very simple, I took the time to make some special flowers for it.  Die cut, colored with pencils.  Got them good and wet, wadded up tightly, then carefully smoothed out, but not too smooth.  Dried them with the heat tool, then added a glue dot and Prills to the centers.  They're very stiff so they hold their shape, but not too lumpy for easy mailing.  Makes me think I need more flower dies...  NOT.  I have plenty of everything to last me a while.

Ingredients are listed below.  Have a happy day!

Stamps:  Impression Obsession Bird, SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds, unknown sentiment  Paper:  Neenah Classic White, My Mind's Eye A Beautiful Life designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Old Olive  Coloring:  Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol odorless mineral spirits  Accessories:  Prills, Linen thread, circle punch  Dies:  Spellbinders Scored and Pierced Rectangles, Elizabeth Craft Bunch of Flowers 4

Monday, January 28, 2019

Simple Thinking of You

Hello on a Monday, friends!  I hope this day finds you well and happy, staying comfortably warm or cool, depending upon what part of the world you're in.  It's a little bit of everything here, and I'm a little bit all over the place getting things done.  I took time out today to photograph some of what I've been working on.  I need to get a card order filled, so progress must be made.

These cards are clean and simple, both in design and in the time it took to make them.  I always hope my friend won't mind a few quick cards in her order to go along with the more artsy, time consuming cards.  She never complains.  I actually like them a lot.

I looked back to a card I made years ago.  Saved the picture in my sketch book because it just works for me.  A little texture, a little color, an additional design element for interest.  Can you believe I used eyelets?  I know!  I always liked eyelets because they gave me hardware with virtually no lumps or bumps, and then they became old school.  But, really, do they look so awful?  I'm thinking I should use them more.  I have a drawer full and, believe me, a drawer full of eyelets is a lot of eyelets.

The ribbon is a plus, as well.  How many colors of this 1/4" gingham ribbon do I have?  I lost count, but these cards represent four of them, with matching eyelets.  Silver eyelets on the first card because I didn't have a matching blue.

Just look at all this old stuff!  Old SU colors, old eyelets, old stamps, old Swiss Dot embossing folder.  The flower stamp is a Great Impressions wood block stamp with no name or date on it, but it was one of my earliest stamps.  I've used it many times as it's so cute and easy to color.  It doesn't look old, does it?   The sentiment is an early JustRite, cut with a JustRite custom die.  It feels good to use some of the things I've been saving all these years.  My heart does love the oldies.

Tell me, what old school stuff is still in your stash?  Do we need to start a trend?  You know everything old is new again.  Have a happy day!

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