Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My First Altenew

Good morning (or afternoon or evening)!  I hope all is well and good in your world today.  I have yet more stamping to share today.  Share 'em if you've got 'em, right?  I recently purchased my first Altenew stamps.  Golden Garden for the flowers, and Wishing You for the sentiment.  We danced around each other for a while and then I thought it was time to sit down and play.

There are a lot of different stamps in the Golden Garden set and it took some figuring on scrap paper to decide how best to put them together.  Ultimately I used just three of its stamps and made a very simple card.

I like the brush stroke look of this set and really just wanted something super easy to color.  A few strokes and dabs with limited Copics was all it required to look passable.  You could do more or less.  It's hard for me to leave well enough alone.

This is one leaf stamp and one seed cluster, each stamped twice with no masking.  The flower was cut out and glued on.  I drew intersecting lines with a black Copic Spica glitter pen and accented behind the image panel with a black Memory Box Riviera Corner.

More playing is in order with these stamps as there are about 15,000 different things you can do with them.  That number, by the way, is unverified, but you can do a lot.

I'm off and running again.  Have a good day!

Stamps:  Altenew Golden Garden (flowers) and Wishing You (sentiment  Paper:  Neenah Classic White for image panel, Neenah 110 lb white for card base, SU Marigold Morning, black  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Queen & Co sequins, Copic Spica Pitch Black glitter pen, Memory Box Riviera Corner

Monday, March 20, 2017

Graceful Still Life

Well, hello again, and welcome to Monday!  I'm happy to be moving right along with more never-been-used stuff.  Today it's this oh-so-beautiful Graceful Still Life digi stamp from Power Poppy.  Is that not the sweetest, most feminine image?

I also used a corner die that I picked up at Dies R Us for at least 70% off.  I'm not certain, but I think they're closing out these Die-namites dies as the prices are still hugely slashed.  You can almost always find something you like for 70% off.  It makes a simple, unimposing frame for the colored image.

Pictured below are the Copics I used.  I tried to limit the color palette, just switching around many of the same colors in different areas.

To create a soft, romantic look to the print I lightened somewhat and then put a softening filter on it.

This digi set includes the dogwood branch all by itself, so I went ahead and colored that one, too.  The occasional sunny day we've had has really gotten me in the mood for fresh, light spring colors.

Have a beautiful day!

Card #1:  Stamps:  Power Poppy Graceful Still Life digi  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, So Saffron, white card base, Prima Julie Nutting designer paper  Ink:  Printer, Copics for coloring as pictured above  Accessories:  Pearl, Die-namites Scrolly Corner

Card #2:  Stamps:  Power Poppy Graceful Still Life digi (dogwood branch), My English Rose clear stamp set (sentiment)  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Bazzill Springtime green  Ink:  Printer, SU Garden Green, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Die-namites Scrolly Corner

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Happy Hello

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Gee, maybe I should have made something green for today, but there's a little bit of green on my card, and more peeking from the inside.  See it there?

Today I've used something brand new as well as something not new, but never been used.  The stamp set is Flower Silhouettes (new), and the twirly clouds have been waiting their turn for quite a while.  I even had a little sun for the picture.  Oh, happy day!

I wondered why I was drawn to this particular stamp set out of all the new stamp sets I see every day.  It wasn't until I sat down to work with it that I realized it's a Bugaboo stamp.  There's just something about Bugaboo...

This set is very easy and quick for cute cards, which probably accounts for why I used it without delay.  In fact, I made two cards lickety split.  No complex coloring or techniques.  Just plain fun.  The little bit of coloring was done with Copic markers, and I used Nuvo drops in the flower centers.

I hope you all have a happy weekend!

Stamps:  Flower Silhouettes  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Neenah Classic White, SU! Real Red  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Apple Green Nuvo Crystal Drops, Fiskars scallop scissors, Poppystamps Twirly Clouds

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Things that Fly -- A Double D Challenge

Hello, and welcome to another Double D challenge!  We're doing "Things that Fly" this time around, and the inspiration board has lots of options.  The nice thing about creating for a specific challenge is that it gets you to looking around your stamp room, and that's how I happened to use all old stamps on my card today.

The Stampendous butterflies are my first ever clear stamp set, dated 2004.  I would have guessed they were older.  2004 doesn't sound like so long ago, but 13 years...  I guess it's relative, 'cause, you know, the 70s don't seem like so long ago to me, either.

The butterflies are embossed in black -- once on the card and again cut out with the wings lifted.

I also used an old script background, old sentiment, some leaves I've had quite a while.  I even used some of my oldest Spellbinders dies.  All details are in the recipe further down.  The velvet ribbon was pulled from a drawer full of velvet ribbon that I hardly use anymore.  All good stuff!

I took inspiration from the black and white butterflies and the flower color in the board below:

The team will vote on favorites, but additionally a random winner will receive this prize:

I remembered to photograph the inside of the card, too:

Come on over to our "Things that Fly" challenge and see more team samples.  They're pretty amazing!  Have a good day!

Stamps:  Stampendous Butterflies, Hero Arts So Sorry (leaves), JustRite Sympathy sentiments, SU! retired En Francais background  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, SU! retired Cameo Coral  Ink:  SU! retired Ruby Red and Cameo Coral, Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Archival Shadow Grey  Accessories:  Velvet ribbon, black embossing powder, white embossing powder, Spellbinders Curved Rectangles Nestabilities (sentiment tab) and Parisian Accents (border)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Warm and Cozy

My stamp room is finally usable again!  Can you feel my happy?  It still needs some finishing touches, so I'll wait to share pictures, but it looks so fresh and pretty and I want to be in there all the time.  I cannot, of course, sigh...

Power Poppy is currently previewing their spring stamp release -- eight new swoonworthy sets and you know I love them all!  For the time being, however, I'm trying to catch up on coloring some of Marcy's digis I've collected.  While I'm in the mood for spring, today's card speaks more to the dark, rainy days we've been having and it makes me feel like curling up by the fire.

Using the Get Wool Soon digi, I made it for an ailing friend who dabbles in knitting and likes a purple and blue color combo.  It's printed on 140 lb hot press watercolor paper and watercolored with Stampin' Up! inks.  I lightened the image before printing, but it was still easy enough to see the detail.  It gave the yarn a nice, soft look.

You may tee hee at what I've got going on there with my knitting project.  I honestly don't know anything about knitting.  Maybe my friend had a good giggle when she received this card, but you know they say laughter is the best medicine.

After painting I unleashed a splatter storm on it in an effort to disguise some inky streaks my printer left behind.  Darn printer, but I love that it lets me watercolor.

I'll be back Wednesday.  Keep stamping, my friends!

Stamps:  Power Poppy Get Wool Soon digi  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor, Brocade Blue, Bazzill dark brown  Ink:  Printer, various Stampin' Up! inks for watercoloring  Accessories:  Scotch brand foam mounting tape to pop up image panel

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Painting the Stamp Room

Hi, friends!  Since there's not much in the way of stamping going on here I thought I'd share a little peek at what's been keeping me busy.  I was in an energy lull after Christmas, which went on far too long, so I thought it was time to start painting my stamp room.  Seems like it's taking forever, but considering we only work on it a couple hours a day, what can I expect?  There are a lot of other things that need doing, as well.

Two walls and the ceiling are done, so I put half the room back together.  Check out the color.  I thought I had selected a pale aqua, but it appears more mint green to me.  Minty fresh.  I like it more all the time, but I still keep trying to see aqua in it.  The mint green is rather retro looking, but when you get down to it, aqua is a rather retro color, too.  Think old cars and every kitchen my mom ever had when I was growing up.  Okay, you wouldn't know about the kitchens, but trust me...  Mom said it was a cool color and she needed that in the kitchen.

The other half of the room still looks like this (below).  You can see the old color.  Hey, it looked good at one time.

Meanwhile, this is going on across the hall where LuLu has laid claim to a pile of warm laundry.  I know... dog hair, sheesh!  Just give it a good shake.  Love me, love my dog hair.

I finally hung up the seashell wreath I bought last summer.  It has nothing to do with stamping, but I like it and it looks good with the color.  Crafted by a local artist from local beach findings.  I have another one in my blue bathroom.

Mint green... or aqua...?  I'm so confused!  There is a fine line between the two colors.

Two walls to go and some finishing touches, but it already looks so much more bright and cheery.  I'm heading off to paint, now.  See you soon, I hope!  Have a good day!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Birds at Feeder

Hello, and welcome back to springtime!  Okay, it's not spring quite yet, but we can dream, can't we?  Most days here the rain has been pouring, and we even had some freezing rain and snow last Friday.  I'm feeling a little housebound...

Today's card is using a stamp from my week-after-Christmas online shopping trip.  It's an Inkadinkado stamp called "Bird Feeder".  Probably an older stamp as I found it a few pages back on this website.  I made three different cards with it, this being the one I like best, stamped in a light gray ink and then watercolored, soft with not too much contrast.

I used Stampin' Up! inks for watercoloring, and an old Hero Arts sentiment.  Dipped into my massive brads collection to secure the sentiment die cut, but otherwise no embellishment.

Stamping has been set aside for the time being as I've begun painting my stamp room, and it's as big a bother as I expected it to be.  More about that later.  I'll pop back in again soon.  Wishing you well!

Stamps:  Inkadinkado Bird Feeder, Hero Arts sentiment  Paper:  140 lb Arches hot press watercolor, Bazzill green, Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden designer paper  Ink:  Ranger Archival Shadow Grey, Versafine Onyx Black  Accessories:  Brads, Memory Box Oval Master Frame, Spellbinders Grommet Tags

Monday, February 27, 2017

February Christmas Cards

I'm having a hard time working up the enthusiasm for Christmas cards this time of year.  However, I got two done just under the wire for the month of February.  The thing is, I enjoy the process no matter what kind of cards I'm making... it's just the getting started that's hard.

These cards use Power Poppy's Holly Go Lightly set from their 2016 Christmas release.  I used darned near every stamp in the set and that makes me feel good.

Both cards use a background cut with Die-namics Stitched Cover Up Companion.  I cut it once from designer paper and once from kraft card stock, and switched around the inside panels.  Stickles Stardust glitter was added to make the holly more jolly.  There's Wink of Stella on the ribbon and baubles in the first card, but not visible in the photo.

Both cards can be mailed with one postage stamp.  This brings my Christmas card total up to four.  I'll have to do better, but at least it's progress.  More card details are written out in the recipe below.  Have a happy day!

Stamps:  Power Poppy Holly Go Lightly clear stamp set  Paper:  Kraft, X-Press It Blending Card for main image of card #1; Neenah 110 lb white for all other stamped pieces, plus embossed panel; Bazzill cream and red card stocks for card bases; American Crafts Kringle & Co designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black for colored images; SU! Chocolate Chip for main sentiments; Creamy Caramel for vertical sentiment on card #1; CTMH Vanilla Cream for solid holly image stamped faintly on image panel of card #1; Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Stickles Stardust glitter glue, Wink of Stella; Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder; Die-namics Stitched Cover Up Companion; Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers (#1); Spellbinders Nested Lacy Pennants (#1)