Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Double D Challenge: The Moon and the Stars

It's the third Wednesday of the month and that means it's time to pop in with another Double D challenge.  This time we're doing The Moon and the Stars.  Well, that worked out just fine for me because I had a not-yet-used stamp that fit the mood board perfectly.




Check out the mood board -- lower left with the moon hanging over the water.  Reminds me of camping, sigh... wish I was there.




Creative winners are voted on by the team, plus there's a random prize.  This Filigree Moon die set will make some mighty pretty cards:




The sentiments/quotes in this set are what caused it to jump into my basket.  I've used them on other cards, but first time for the raccoon in the moonlight scene.  Now that I've colored it, I think it's pretty cute.  My card is rather masculine in appearance, yet if the look of it appeals to me, would it not appeal to another female, as well?  I hope so because it will probably go to a girlfriend.




The stamp set is Inky Antic's Moonlight Raccoon, and the designer paper is Bo Bunny Camp-a-Lot.  I pieced and stitched some scraps and added Bo Bunny Matte Sprinkles to the finished card.  Coloring was done with Copics.

I just know you have a card idea that would be great for our Moon and Stars challenge.  Play along with us!

I'm glad you could stop by.  I'll be back on Friday with flowers.  See you soon!


Monday, August 13, 2018

Oh, What Fun!

Welcome to Monday, friends!  I've been waiting since last Christmas to use this stamp set and the stitched mountains.  Well, it was time to get a couple more Christmas cards made, so here it is.




Whimsy Stamps "Oh What Fun" clear set, Poppystamps Stitched Majestic Mountains and Stitched Landscapes.  Very quick, loose, cartoonish watercoloring with Tombow markers.  It didn't occur to me till I started to stamp that Santa has no reindeer, so I guess we'll just figure he's testing the load and will hitch up later.

The second card has some masking to create the scene.  Lil' Inker Silly Stitched Die Set and Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes.




I have a long way to go yet with the Christmas cards, sigh... little by little.  Challenges have been helping, and today I'm playing along with the new Merry Little Christmas Challenge -- always anything goes as long as it's Christmas.  Thanks, girls!  May your day be filled with happy!





Friday, August 10, 2018

Hope Blooms

Finally, some flowers!  You know how I love them and these are very special flowers, indeed.  These digital Peonies were illustrated specifically for stampers by my friend, Maria's, 20 year old granddaughter.  Vanessa is an accomplished artist, but this is her first offering for stampers, and I'm hoping to see more.




You know me... I'm a digi fan because I love to color.  They're economical, instantly available, take up no space in your stamp room.  They can be resized, flipped, cropped, played with in a nearly infinite number of ways.  Sometimes I think I'd be happy going all digi, but I'm hooked on this stamping thing and all forms catch my eye and end up in my collection.  It's endless!

I watercolored these flowers with Tombow markers on Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor paper.  Red and a reddish-purple on the blooms, amethyst and that same reddish-purple in the background.  The stamped sentiment is from a years old Whipper Snapper set.




I watercolored the die cut bow, too.   The frame was die cut and then embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  It was a perfect fit and, gee, the lighting was just right for the embossed pattern to show in the photo.

Check out the Peonies digital stamp here.  I'm keeping an eye on that girl!  All supplies are listed below.

Thanks for visiting with me this week.  I'm still stamping and coloring, so I'll be back next week.  Have a happy day!


Stamps:  Peonies digital stamp, Whipper Snapper Blooming Expressions  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor, Stampin' Up! heavy weight Very Vanilla, Bazzill green card stock base  Ink:  Printer, Memento Tuxedo black for sentiment, Tombow markers for watercoloring  Accessories:  Memory Box Oval Master Frame, Poppystamps Lovely Gift Bow, Cuttlebug Heritage Collection embossing folder

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Teapot Border

Hello again!  Just one card today.  I started this one before vacation and finished it when we returned home.  Its whole reason for being was so I could use the pretty new die I received as a gift from a very sweet friend.  Not sure what it's called.  I think it's one of the unbranded dies.  Whatever, I have a weakness for all things swirly.

I cut it in such a way that it makes an intact flap on the card front, but it could be cut as a separate border, too.  Embossed using the tan mat after cutting, I touched up the embossed parts with a Copic BG0000 marker, which helped bring out the white on white pattern.




The cute Stampendous Teapot Border has survived many purges because I still adore it after all these years.  The swirls in both the stamp and the die cut look like they were made for each other, and the Power Poppy sentiment fit perfectly.  Polka dot hearts in matching colors add a little love to the design.

Vacations are wonderful, but I sure get to missing my stamp room.  I'm having fun now!  I'll be back Friday with flowers.  Hugs to all!


Monday, August 6, 2018

Quick and Cute to Warm Up the Mojo

My computer is back and all is well.  Let the happy dancing begin!

Today I have two less not-yet-colored digis in the box -- my first stamp room visit since returning from vacation.  I needed something quick and easy to get back into the swing of things and Bugaboo always helps with that.  Fun images, cheerful, colorful... a little something for Monday Fun Day.

The first is called "Birdhouses".  Designer paper from my vast hoard, a touch of glitter on the bugs, Copic coloring.  Lil' Inker Silly Stitched Die Set and Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers.  A twine bow and a heart, both from my scrap drawer.  Actually, the heart was just laying on my stamp desk.  Now the stamp desk is tidy and the heart found a home.




The next one is called "Beauty Butterfly".  The sentiment is a nice thought, isn't it?  I arranged the images for a CAS card, added punched flowers with die cut leaves and pearl centers.  Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets and Cheery Lynn Dutch Daisy frame.




Wink of Stella on the butterfly wings.




I always have big plans for spending time in my happy place, coloring and designing lots, loving all my wonderful supplies... but the hoard continues to grow.  I just ordered five new designer paper pads -- I know!  But they're Mintay and I love them so much.  Waiting for their arrival, but in the meantime I'll pop in Wednesday with a new die I received as a gift, and Friday I'll be here with a brand new flower digi.

All it took was a couple of little Bugaboos to get me going again.  Have a happy day!


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Stamping Next Week, Goldens and Garden Today

Stamping has happened at last and I'll be sharing plenty of that next week, but today I'm on Goldens and Garden.  Trying, once again, for Saturday posts there.  Come visit!


Monday, July 30, 2018

Cars: Henry Becomes Henrietta

Well, friends, my desktop computer died and I'm not feeling too happy about that.  We went away for a week and I guess it thought it was still on vacation.  All my photos and photo editing programs are on the desktop so my hands are tied for a while.  Believe it or not, I use three different programs for photo editing.  I know, but there's something I prefer in each program.

Anyway... this card was already photographed and on the blog as a draft post, so I can share it today via my bare bones laptop.  It looks like I could have made it for my computer, but, in fact, I sent it to a girlfriend who had foot surgery.  My hubby, Rich, astutely pointed out that the flat tires made it a perfect choice for my foot surgery friend.  Ha!  I didn't even think about that.  I was just looking for a chance to use this cute stamp set again, and along came the opportunity.




The stamp set is called "Cars - Henry".  I turned Henry into Henrietta by using lots of pink and drawing long lashes on the "eyes".  Fun!  It sure makes for a happy card.  Added a flag banner and used a gear die set for the first time.  Naturally, I thought of the gears for guy cards, but with pink polka dots they're much prettier.




I hope I'll be reunited with my big, fancy computer soon.  The folks at the shop felt it was fixable.  As always, a week away means I've got a million things to do, but perhaps I'll fit in some stamping time, too.  Take care, and have a happy day!

ps:  Hope these photos look better on your screen than on mine.  There's a big difference from one computer to the next.  This laptop leaves a lot to be desired.  Hugs!


Stamps:  Cars - Henry  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, SU Pixie Pink, other white for card base, Simple Stories Snap Color Vibe designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, black SU marker, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Spellbinders Scored and Pierced Rectangles, Memory Box Banner Parade and Deluxe Gear Set
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