Wednesday, September 15, 2021

CAS Mix Up Reminder -- Autumn Colors

Hello!  Back again with a reminder for our CAS Mix Up Watercolor Challenge.  It's my turn to host and I've chosen autumn colors for the theme.  Use them any which way as long as it's watercolor and clean and simple.


Once again I question the CASness of my card.  It started out with the simple acorn dress, then needed a frame, then the frame needed a background, then the dress was swallowed up in the background, so it needed the moon to highlight it, sigh...  I was afraid to add a sentiment for fear it would get even less CAS, ha!  It is what it is.  An old stamp and a beloved die came together to make a very fall card.

See the challenge blog for links to watercolor techniques.  I used SU reinkers for the background, but watercolored the stamp and Acorn Frame die with Tombow markers.  Supplies listed below signature.

The CAS Mix Up team has some really beautiful samples to share with you on the challenge blog, so be sure and hop over there.  You can't help but be inspired.

Thank you so much for your visit.  Wishing you a beautiful day!

Stamps:  Lockhart Acorn Dress (out of business)  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor, Cougar Natural, Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 110 lb for layering acorn die  Ink:  Palette Dark Brown for stamp, SU So Saffron, Really Rust, Old Olive for background  Coloring:  Watercolor with Tombow markers  Other:  Tutti Acorn Frame, Spellbinders Standard Circles Small and Grand Ovals, Sizzix Leaf Veins 3D embossing folder

Thursday, September 9, 2021

This and That Catch Up: Dogs, Garden, Stamp Room

Hi, everyone!  Some of you, my dear stamping friends, have been kindly asking about Wally and LuLu, and wondering how things have come together in my stamp room since all the home renovations, so I'm here today with a little catch up on that.

First, and most important in my heart is Wally and LuLu.  They're both as healthy and fit as you can imagine 10 and 12 year old dogs could be.  In the picture below they'd just returned from a neighborhood walk and are enjoying a little cool down on the lawn.

LuLu has had a remarkable recovery from her fibrocartilaginous embolism.  She has a slight limp and has to wear a bootie when walking on asphalt because she drags her foot a little bit when she's not thinking about it.  It takes some effort, so she tires more easily than in the past, but seems to be getting stronger every day.  On Labor Day we took the dogs for an off-leash walk on a woodland trail and they both ran like juveniles.  You'd never suspect a thing.  I could have cried with happiness.

With all the home renovations and then LuLu's embolism, the garden was neglected to a certain extent.  I watered and deadheaded, but not much else.  Our deck was torn out for the foundation work, so the flower pots were displaced and construction debris was everywhere.  It wasn't until late summer that we started working more earnestly outside.

There's my handsome Wally in the picture below.  He loves his blankie!

As for my stamp room, the only renovation in there was the flooring.  The whole house got new flooring, and what a huge deal it was to move out all the furniture!  My big desk (stamping command center) was broken in the process and there was no solution but to find a new desk.  We don't have a lot of resources in our town, so the new desk came from Wayfair.  I like it, but it's smaller with less surface area and storage than my other desk.

To make up for some of that lost space I added an additional piece on either end of it.  The white unit below is actually a kitchen cart from Wayfair.  I lost the drawer that I kept my large punches in, so I had to purge a few and hang the rest on a towel rack.  You can see "before" pictures here.  The rest of the room hasn't changed much except the floor.

I did a lot more purging and reorganizing, too much to mention.  I felt some despair at first, but it all worked out nicely.  In the end I have more room for stamps (my #1 passion), and I eliminated the overcrowding in my designer paper collection.

It would all be so much easier with built in wall to wall cabinetry and work surfaces, but this needs to stay a bedroom if we are ever to sell it as a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house.  Not planning on that, but you never know.

Back to stamping now.  I hope we can meet here again real soon!

Monday, September 6, 2021

Mermaid Tail

Hello and happy Monday to you!  Now that we're six days into September are you feeling a change in the weather yet?  It might be all in my head, but to me it seems different already.  The air feels more crisp, the wind has died down.  That's what I love about fall here on the Oregon coast -- no wind!

However, today's card is not meant to convey any of those fall feels.  It's all about summer and sunshine and beachy days when you just might spot one of the magical creatures pictured below:

I've combined Mintay papers and Impression Obsession stamps.  Both have been with me for a while, but it's a first time use for the Mermaid Tail and Make Some Waves sentiment.  I can't stress enough how I love to play with paper, and it worked out pretty well on this mini-slimline (3 1/2 x 6 3/4).  I've been loving this size card for a lot of years.  Very handy sometimes!

I colored with Copics and sparkled with Wink of Stella and Stickles Diamond glitter glue.  The sequins are called Soft Mint -- just a touch of  color.  I hand cut the sentiment flag and added mint-colored ric rac trim which reminds me of an ocean ripple.

I was truly shopping my stash when I made this summery card so I've linked to the challenge here:
Shopping Our Stash #453 - Summer Lovin'

Right from the get go it was my plan to play here:

And, since the stamps are being used for the first time (finally) I'm linking to Darnell's challenge here:

Just having fun.  Wishing you a good week and a chance to have a little fun yourself.  Thank you for your time today!

Stamps:  Impression Obsession Mermaid Tail and Make Some Waves senti  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80 & 110 lb, Mintay Paradise designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black  Coloring:  Copics  Other:  Wink of Stella, soft mint sequins, ric rac, Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge -- September

Note:  At the first of the month my few challenge posts sort of pile up on each other, so you may want to scroll down or click to see CAS Mix Up and Four Seasons posts.  Thank you!

Hello!  It's time again for Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge where it's all about the fun.  You're given an inspiration board which you can use if you want, or you can go in entirely your own direction.  I like using the board as a self-challenge.  First, a look at my silly sample:

Pictured below is the inspiration board.  Hmmm... lots of scary stuff on there this month, but that doesn't mean my card has to be particularly scary.  I saw the big spider and went with that.

The idea for using circles for the body and head came from Pinterest.  So easy and so cute!  I drew the legs -- now you can see how I can't even draw a stick figure, so thank goodness for stamping.  The head is popped up.  The smile is part of a stamp from the same set that gave me the small smiling spiders.  The eyes are circle punches.  I slid paper into the punch, flipped it over and traced inside the circle, then punched.  Pupils are Black Diamond Stickles glitter.

The two Whipper Snapper stamp sets I used are my all-time favorite Halloween sets.  I've had them for many years and I figured they were retired, but just for kicks I looked them up.  I'm excited to say they're still on the site:

If you enjoy making Halloween cards I hope you'll join us at Two Old Bats.  Have a wonderful day!

Stamps:  Whipper Snapper Hocus Pocus (hat & big smile) and Spooky Expressions (small spider)  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80 & 110 lb, orange Bazzill, black, purple glitter cardstock, Reverse Confetti This & That designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black  Coloring:  Copics  Other:  Sequins, fine tip black marker, Black Diamond Stickles (eyes), Scotch brand foam mounting tape, 1/2" & 5/8" circle punches, Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers, Impression Obsession Trick or Treat, Impression Obsession Balloons (string die)

CAS Mix Up -- Autumn Colors

Welcome to our CAS Mix Up Challenge for the month of September!  It's my pleasure to be your host for a theme that's near and dear to my heart:  Watercolor Autumn Colors.  You can do any watercolor technique as long as it's autumn colors, but do remember to keep your card clean and simple.  See the CAS Mix Up Blog for more details, including a few links I've chosen for a variety of watercolor techniques.

I chose to watercolor a Penny Black Hugs & Cuddles stamp I purchased last autumn, but am just now using for the first time.  The sentiment is not part of the PB set.  I have several types of inks and paints for watercolor, but my Tombow markers are always on top of my desk and there are so many colors.  I like to scribble on a palette and pick up with a wet brush and apply to either wet or dry watercolor paper.

Did you notice the colors on the fox's face are reversed?  Should be red on top and white around the face.  Oops!  I didn't want to start over, so I let it be.  No embellishments, no designer paper.  I tell you, CAS does not come naturally to me, but I urge you to look at all the beautiful team cards on the CAS Mix Up Blog.  Inspiring!  We have the lovely Ros (Mikey's Mom) as our guest designer this month, too.

Come play with us.  The possibilities are wide open as long as your card features watercolor, autumn colors, and a clean and simple style.  Enjoy, and have a beautiful day!

Stamps:  Penny Black Hugs & Cuddles, Your Next Stamp Whatnot Sentiments Eleven  Paper:  Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140 lb hot press watercolor, Bazzill white  Ink:  Palette Dark Brown  Coloring:  Watercolor with Tombow markers

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Brand New! The Four Seasons Challenge -- September

There's a new challenge in town and I think you're going to like it!  It's The Four Seasons Challenge, and the idea is that every three months the challenge will change with the seasons.  September, October, and November are the fall months, and so that's our current challenge -- anything fall.  I love fall cards!  We have a different inspiration board each month, but you're not required to use it.  I think a lot of us really do enjoy having that board for sparking ideas.  I know I do!  Have a look at this month's board:

There's a lot of pretty fall inspiration on that board!  I chose apples for my card:

I hope to use this challenge as an excuse to really play with the things in my stamp room.  Today I chose one of the many sketches from my Pinterest board and layered up some die cuts and designer papers to support the colorful crate full of apples (Power Poppy digi).  I even added ribbon (oh, happy day!) and some linen thread.  It's important to note that I used 65 lb cardstock for the card base so I could avoid a too-heavy card with the layers.  I like to keep the overall mailing weight no more than an ounce.

I traced and hand cut the circle with the image going slightly out of the box.  Coloring was done with Tombow markers and my homemade blender pen on watercolor paper.

Come and play with us.  It's going to be fun!  See fabulous team samples on The Four Seasons Challenge Blog, and while you're there do say "hi" to Darlene and Diane -- the blog owners/dreamers/administrators.  Happy fall y'all!

Stamps:  Power Poppy All Things Apples digi and Feeling Fall clear stamp set (sentiment)  Paper:  Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140 lb hot press watercolor, Neenah 110 lb white for chicken wire, SU Whisper White for sentiment flag, Studio Light Wonderful Autumn DP for background, BasicGrey Scarlett's Letter DP for striped panels, Neenah 65 lb white for card base  Ink:  Printer, SU Close to Cocoa for sentiment  Coloring:  Tombow markers and homemade blender, Copic E08 for coloring chicken wire  Other:  Ribbon, linen thread, Cheery Lynn Chicken Wire Frame, Die-namics Stitched Cover Up Companion, Spellbinders Nested Pennants, circle die for tracing image panel

Monday, August 23, 2021

Dragonfly Delight

So, here we are, practically the end of summer and I've got summer stamps yet to be colored.  No matter.  I'll be making fall and winter cards with spring and summer sprinkled in between.  Sound good?

Today's card is using a Creative Expressions Designer Boutique stamp called Dragonfly Delight.  I bought my first Creative Expressions stamp earlier this year, colored it, loved it, and went back for more.

I used my MISTI for stamping the image and sentiment simultaneously.  Embossed with Princess Gold EP and colored with Tombow water-based markers and my homemade blender solution.  I left the background all clean and white, but drew a border with an ultra-fine tip Sharpie.  These flowers look like daffodils, but the leaves are definitely not daffodil leaves, so maybe they're something else.  Any guesses?  Nevertheless, they're beautiful and this was a quick and fun image to color.

I never plan on being late with a birthday card, but, in fact, I was late with one this month.  Now I'll be ready in case it happens again.

Sending my dragonfly over to Darnell's NBUS Challenge #29 (never before used schtuff).

Wishing you a wonderful week full of all the things you love.  See you soon!

Stamps:  Creative Expressions Dragonfly Delight  Paper:  Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140 lb hot press watercolor  Ink:  Versamark  Coloring:  Tombow markers and homemade blender  Other:  Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder, ultra-fine tip Sharpie for border

Friday, August 20, 2021

Final Twofer Challenge: Dog/Cat

I just had to put everything else aside and make time to play in Darnell's Final Twofer Challenge.  We all know how Life requires us to step back from extra responsibilities now and then, and Darnell has made the most wise decision for her.

The theme this month is Dog/Cat.  I recently searched Amazon for oldie Inkadinkado woodblock stamps and purchased a small variety.  I could not resist this Golden Retriever puppy because it looks exactly like both Wally and LuLu at that age.  I'm using it for the first time here.  I have a hugs/thinking of you card and a new puppy card.

I'm making an effort to use more of my patterned papers.  I just finished going through every bit of it, sheet by sheet, pulling out the sheets I don't care for, and keeping only what I love.  I could not believe all the fabulous papers I've been overlooking, tsk tsk.  The puppy hugs card below is a quite mix of patterns.  I used a sketch I saved on Pinterest... easy and fun and a favorite thing to do in my stamp room.

The new puppy card below is not my most favorite card ever.  I like the idea of a new puppy card, but this one is too much of a good thing.  Just saying... things happen and then no time to start over, you know?

I'm not listing supplies because the list for two cards would be forever long.  I do, however, have three things that are being used for the first time:  Inkadinkado Puppy, Amy Design Baby Carriage, and Cottage Cutz Picket Fence Mini.

Twofer Challenge #41, Final Challenge -- Dog/cat

NBUS Challenge #29

Thanks so much, Darnell, for 4 years of a unique and fun challenge, and thank you everyone else for dropping in.  It's been fun!