Thursday, February 20, 2020

Peaceful Blue Heron

Well, hello again!  Something a little different today... a super easy and quick watercolor.  I spent a LOT more time on the frame than I did on the image, sheesh.

The stamp is by Magenta -- Reflective Blue Heron - a gift from my blog friend, Christine.  I've waited a ridiculously long time to use it, but that's how it goes with me.  I dance around a stamp quite a bit before I decide what to do with it.  Christine made it look so amazing when she used it, and then I was intimidated, but, hey... I finally went for it.  The stamp pretty much does it's own thing as the reflection is already there, which is what I thought was so awesome about it.

As mentioned above, I watercolored, going for a sunrise look.  After that I was totally stumped as to what to do with the rest of the card.  Not sure I'm crazy about the black.  The colors look tropical to me -- unintended, but pretty.

As for the frame, I layered Memory Box Oval Master Frame over Poppystamps Thicket Frame and tucked some Impression Obsession Grass into the corner.  Layered a Power Poppy sentiment over that.  Love this sentiment set, Good Thinking: Renewal.  Hmmm... just noticed it's on sale.  More on the inside:

That's all this week.  We've been busy with different things at the Miller house, especially because the sun came out for most of the week.  Got lots done in the garden -- trimming and such.  Still too wet for digging.  It actually looks like spring out there, but the rain isn't done yet, sigh.

Till I see you again... have a lovely day!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Shimmering Flight

Hello on a Monday, friends!  Sharing a new Power Poppy digital set today -- Shimmering Flight.  Marcella has outdone herself once again, I think!  My version is cropped and enlarged, then watercolored with Tombow dual brush markers.

I'll give you a little peek at the whole set and some of its gorgeous options.

Two options on the turquoise image... I challenged myself to color it with the dragonfly, making up my own variety I'm sure, but you can do that in your own little coloring world.  I did my best to make the wings appear just a little bit transparent, even though they are not that way in the drawing.

I think I need another go at this one, but Marcella also released the beauteous digi -- Time to Fly -- on the same day and I'll want to color that one pretty soon, too.   If you haven't been there already I'll link you up with Marcella's post on the Power Poppy Blog where she tells all about her new digi releases and shows some gorgeous team samples.  Eye candy, for sure!

Thanks much for your time today!  Stay well and happy, and I'll see you again as soon as possible.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Swim at Your Own Pace

Hey, there!  More fun and frivolity today.  Can't help it, a stamp like this gives me grins and giggles as it's coming together and there's a good deal of value in that.  Whatever floats your boat, right?

It's a Stampendous stamp called Turtle Fun.  I bought it last summer (?) when I was on a mission to add to my practically nonexistent collection of nautical or beach-themed stamps.  I wasn't sure I'd use either of the two sentiments with it, but as it turns out I needed a retirement card and the sentiment expresses a favorite aspect of retirement.  Plus, she likes cute cards, so all the better.

I watercolored with Tombow markers on Fabriano Artistico Bright White 140 lb hot press WC paper.  Trimmed the top edge of the image panel with Memory Box Big Splash Border (2013), and adhered to a 4 3/4" square card which I'd covered with some sunshine yellow designer paper.

I'm off to see what kind of trouble I can get into.  You take care and have a very happy day!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Paws-itively Love These Cats

Hello, and welcome to a brand new week!  I have two cards today, one colorful, one soft, and both using my Gerda Steiner All Cats stamp set with miscellaneous dies in the card designs.  This was a fun play on a day I didn't feel too great, so smile cards were definitely in order.

Designer paper, dies, and a lightly stenciled cloudy sky background on the first card.  I'm happy to have used my new-ish Cottage Cutz Birdhouse with Vine again.  All dies and such are listed below the picture.

(Heffy Doodle Cloudy Skies stencil, Cottage Cutz Birdhouse with Vine, Paper Smooches Foliage 1, Hero Arts Wood Frame, Poppystamps Stitched Landscapes)

Inside, an encouraging kitty friend is holding the sentiment:

Next is for a birthday.  Could be for the littlest girl next door, or for a grown up girl who likes kitties.  Brand new to me is the Poppystamps Scribble Daisy Heart Frame.  I cut it once from soft yellow, then again from matching designer paper.  Trimmed out just the heart and layered over the plain yellow.  Added punched hearts.  Simple.

Closer, just because it's soft and cute and I love the Scribble Daisy Heart Frame.  More to come with that in the near future.  I do have a coordinating heart die for the center.

Inside... love how this stamp adds yet more happy to the inside.

Sharing at Gerda Steiner Designs Share Your Design February Challenge.  Always anything goes with Gerda Steiner stamps.

I have five more Gerda Steiner sets not-yet-used, so I'd better get a move on.  I did go nuts for these stamps!  Have yourself a very happy day!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Sunshine in a Cup

I've colored some sunshiny yellow Buttercups today.  Scrolling through my Power Poppy digi files, looking for something I haven't colored in a while... suddenly this just seemed like the right thing to do -- sunshine in a cup!  The digi stamp is Cuppa Buttercups.  I lightened the image before printing, then watercolored with Tombow dual brush markers.

I love that I could make the image large enough to color easily, yet I still had room to play with paper, which is one of my favorite card making things to do.  I mixed up four different patterns from an old DCWV Lemon Flower Stack -- a 12 x 12 pad and, yes, I have acres of it yet unused.

The sentiment on the front is one of three in the set.  There's another one on the inside:

Well, that was fun!  I hope I can stop back soon.  There hasn't been a lot of time in my stamp room lately and I'm having withdrawal symptoms.  I must get back in the groove or who knows what will happen!  A girl can only go so long...  Wishing you a lovely day!

Stamps:  Power Poppy digital Cuppa Buttercups  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White, DCWV Lemon Flower designer paper  Ink:  Printer  Coloring:  Watercolored with Tombow dual brush markers  Dies:  Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers, Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets

Monday, February 3, 2020

Pretty Bird and Winter De-Clutter

Monday greetings, friends!  It's been a few days since I did any actual card crafting.  I've been on a wintertime stamp room de-clutter binge.  The last significant clean out was in 2017, so it was time.  OMGee, did I ever clear out a lot of ribbon!

There was a time I could hardly make a card without ribbon, and now I can hardly make a card with it!  So why was I keeping so much of it around?  Well, after I cleared out a shocking amount of it I tried to make a card with ribbon... then another... and another...  I just couldn't get happy.  Today's card is the best I could do and, honestly, after all that struggle I cleared out a whole lot more ribbon.

It's pretty enough, and the ink and ribbon are a nice match, but I'm never going to use enough ribbon to justify the space it was taking up.  Remember, I have a cupboard full of designer paper, too, and that would have been so much easier.

In the end, I cleared out 2 medium-size bags of ribbons and trims.

It gave me a lot more free space in my stamp room, including three additional drawers for stamps, which is really where my heart is.

I still have a lot of ribbon, but it's pared down to a single drawer now.

I also have a shoe box-size container of trims.  Seriously, how does it come to this degree of excess?  Most of this will go eventually, but it's all I could bear at this time.  More photos of my whole stamp room after the 2017 clean out can be seen here.  There was a lot more ribbon then.

About the card:

Penny Black Peaceful Time bird stamped in Distress Tea Dye ink and colored with Copics, then cut with coordinating die.  Background is Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers, Poppystamps Leafy Sprigs Border (2014), and Offray ribbon which is now in one of those bags to be given away (sob).

I hope to get back to stamping and coloring, but I also have a lot more de-cluttering to do.  Glad to have the ribbon chore behind me.  It really knocked the "mo" out of my "jo"!  Have a happy day!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Birthday Chick

Hi, everyone!  I'm back for one last challenge this month, and this one is at my old stompin' grounds -- Double D.  Their challenge is "Balloons" and I just happened to have a -- you guessed it -- not-yet-used stamp that was perfect for it!

It's a Bugaboo digi called Chickz - Happy Birdday Chickie.  I was nearly caught up on my Bugaboo digis when along came one of their 50% off sales.  I weakened.  Anyway, this one is no longer not-yet-used (yay!).

Bright birthday Copic coloring here.  I drew the border rather than add a layer.  It's lightweight, easy mailing, nothing to snag up.  Put one postage stamp on it and it's ready to go.  I mail all my cards, so that's important to me.  The mail can be brutal, no kidding.

Double D Challenge:  "Balloons"   

Thanks ever so much for stopping by!  I hope to see you again soon.  Have a happy day!

Monday, January 27, 2020

'Something New' for Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Hello!  It's a new week, new cards, and more new or not-yet-used supplies.  Today I'm sliding in with not much time to spare for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge with the theme "Something New".  I double checked and it's okay if your "something new" is several months old like mine, as long as it's the first time out of the package.

I'm using a Penny Black set called Be Happy.  Personally, I love the set.  It's not as mainstream as some of their stamps and I'm not sure it was real popular, but what do I know?  I just know I like it.

I wanted a clean look to this card, because that's how I felt at the time.  No inky backgrounds or designer paper.  I cut a frame and added some jungle foliage, not that giraffes generally live in the jungle, but they do live in the desert sometimes, so maybe...  Giraffes also do not have plants growing out of them, but that's what I love about it.  Is it a planter, or is it a whimsical fantasy piece?

By the way, do you know about Okapi?  They're the only living relative of the giraffe and their natural habitat is the rain forest, except they're endangered and now are mostly found in zoos.  They look more like a zebra.  Very cool!

Supplies for this card are listed below my signature.  Wishing you a happy day!

Stamps:  Penny Black Be Happy set, SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White, grocer's kraft, Bazzill spring green  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black  Coloring:  Copics  Accessories:  Scotch brand foam mounting tape  Dies:  Hero Arts Wood Frame, MFT Die-namics Wild Greenery

Friday, January 24, 2020

Bowl of Beauty

Happy Friday!  A little more watercoloring today.  Sigh... this is the ever so lovely digital Power Poppy Bowl of Beauty with a sentiment from the clear stamp version, Strong and Beautiful.  Not shy about the colors today!  I used my Tombow markers on Arches 140 lb hot press paper.

One thing about the Tombows is that I can get some very rich, vibrant color with them.  Sometimes that's exactly what I want, and the middle of winter is the best time for it!

It didn't even take too long, considering I spent very little time on the card design.  Honestly, that can take longer than the coloring, but when the image fills the card front, well...  my job is done!

Wishing you a happy weekend!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Ice Cream Bouquet

Greetings, friends!  How lucky was I when I won a GC for Graciellie Designs digital shop?  Very lucky, I tell you!  So I went shopping, of course, and took my time browsing, looking for something different from other stamps in my collection.  I loved this ice cream bouquet!  The set is called Sweetness.

I watercolored with Gansai Tambi paints; really just splashed on the colors and didn't leave much in the way of highlights, but I don't miss them.  It feels okay to me.  Ordinarily I'm excruciatingly detailed with watercolors.  I used sherbet colors and added a strip of designer paper that had all the same colors, stitched it up and good to go.  The sentiment is from the set, too.  Printed separately and popped up.  I lightened the image just a bit before printing.  It's not 'no-line', but 'light-line'.

It was nice to sit down and throw some paints around.  Watercolor is my favorite, for sure.  What's next?  I'll have to peek in my project bags.  See you soon!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Twofer Hearts

Hello!  I have a fun post today as I'm playing along in the Twofer Hearts challenge.  This could not possibly be a difficult theme for me, seeing as how I use hearts on my cards so frequently, but it took me a while to get around to it.  Nevertheless, here they are:

My hearts in common are the smaller of the die cut stitched hearts.  One card is a Valentine, the other a St. Patrick's Day card.

The Valentine is a new-to-me Gerda Steiner stamp set called All Cats.  Along with the lovable cat and all the hearts is another new-to-me item:  Precious Marieke Ribbon Border die.  I'm hoping it will help with some of my vast hoard of ribbon which I need to either use or lose.  It's taking up way too much space where I'd rather store stamps!

Next, the St. Patrick's Day card is using some golden oldie wood block stamps.  The Leprechaun from DOTS (now called CTMH) is one of my first ever stamps.  Too cute to give up!  The sentiment is from Art Impressions, dated 2001.  A perfect pair!

The hearts are Tutti Designs Stitched Nesting Hearts.  Designer papers are years old from my stash.

Thanks for your time today!  I hope this week is going to be a good one for you!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Birdhouse In Frame

Well, I didn't get much done in my stamp room this week.  Last week I was on a roll in there, this week I was on a roll in other areas.  However, I did make a card just so I could use this darling little Cottage Cutz Birdhouse with Vine which I found last month at Scrapping Cottage in their 'retired' category.  I thought this sweet set would make a nice accent on a flower or critter card, but then I was gifted the Sue Wilson Leafy Frame just this month, so I wondered how the two of them would work together.

Hmmm... so I think it's a lot of frame for that little bitty birdhouse, but I do adore the look of it, the colors, the whole works.  The background is Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide inks directly on the card base, and the birdhouse and punched heart were colored with Copics.

The Leafy Frame does not cut an outer edge, so you can decide if you want to make a frame or an inset pattern.  For this card I cut a panel of white 4 1/2" x 5 1/4" and centered the frame die over it, and that's my card size.

Whether I'm playing with dies or coloring a 'picture' I'm reminded of how much I loved this stuff as a child.  I'm still that same kid, but with better toys.  Are you with me?

Have a happy day!

Stamps:  Hero Arts Small Greetings set  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80 & 100 lb  Ink:  Distress Oxide Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron, Memento Tuxedo Black  Coloring:  Copics  Accessories:  Heart punch, 1" circle punch  Dies:  Cottage Cutz Birdhouse with Vine, Sue Wilson Leafy Frame

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Benton Loves His Bubbles

Good grief, I haven't colored Benton since 2013!  I looked it up.  He was new to me then and it was the first and last time I colored him.  That's just wrong!  However, in the midst of chipping away at my collection of new-to-me acquisitions, I came across a bubble bath challenge.  Did you know January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day?

I did break out one not-yet-used item for this card, and that's the bubble stencil.  Actually, it's a bokeh stencil, but it's perfect for bubbles, too.  Benton and his bubbles were stamped in Memento London Fog ink and colored with Copics.  I cut out the words of the sentiment and used a flower punch on the ampersand.  The sketch is current at Freshly Made Sketches.  I followed it to the letter because, really, there was no reason to deviate.  It was ideal for Benton.

The Bubble Bath Day challenge is at Day of the Month Card Club.  They're somewhat new, this being their 11th challenge.  Each runs from the 7th till the end of the month, which gives us slow stampers plenty of time to play:


Freshly Made Sketch #417 and Double D Challenges "Use a Punch" (a punch was used on the ampersand in the sentiment):

Supplies for this card are listed below my signature.  That's all, folks!  Enjoy your day!

Stamps:  Inky Antics Pampered Benton  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White, soft blue Bazzill  Ink:  Memento London Fog, Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Soft Sky for bubbles  Coloring:  Copic markers  Accessories:  Newton's Nook Bokeh Stencil Set, sequins, flower punch  Dies:  Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Stackables, Spellbinders Nested Lacy Pennants
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