Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Double D Challenge: Friendship

Are you ready for another Double D Challenge?  This one has all kinds of possibilities as the theme is "Friendship", one of life's most valued treasures.

I have many stamps and sentiments that would work for this challenge and would have fit the mood board perfectly, but I chose to use one of my new Stampendous Laurel Burch stamps called "Leopard Jungle", which includes these three parrot friends.

Our mood board:

The team votes on favorites, but there is also a prize for a random winner:

You may wonder where the leopards are in this Leopard Jungle stamp.  Well, it's a large stamp and I used only the top half of it.  Alternatively, I could color only the bottom half where the leopards are, or I could color the whole thing.  It's like three stamps in one.  A bargain!

Colorful, isn't it?  I used Copics on X-Press It Blending Card, and some DCWV Animal Crackers designer paper.  A frame made with Die-namics Wonky Stitched squares, and accented with Die-namics Wild Greenery dies.   Nothing subtle here at all.  It took some time to apply all these different colors, but sometimes you just have to let it go.

I hope you can join us with your version of a friendship card.  There is a nice variety of inspiration by the team on the Double D blog.  Have fun, and enjoy your day!

Stamps:  Stampendous Leopard Jungle, Penny Black Friends Matter  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, white card base, CTMH Citrus Leaf, Neenah 110 lb white for leaf die cuts, DCWV Animal Crackers designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Die-namics Wonky Stitched Squares, Die-namics Wild Greenery, Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday Fun Day: Drink Rainbows, Eat Glitter

Happy Monday!  Well, here I am having fun again.  I hope it's a good day for you, as well.  Would you like to see more rainbows and blue skies long about now?  Across the northern hemisphere the weather is still pretending it's winter, but throwing in a nice day for a teaser now and then.  I wish it would make up its mind!  Guess I'll just have to pretend, too... pretend it's not pouring down rain outside right now.

I played with a new stamp set today.  No, it's not that cute little mouse girl.  It's the sentiment -- one of several in Your Next Stamp's Whatnot Sentiment Set Eleven.  Lots of good, useful sentiments in the set, but, honestly, this is the one that sold me.

I didn't have a Your Next Stamp character to go with the sentiment (although I have some cute ones bookmarked for later, ahem) so I pulled out this very old, yet still joyful, mouse girl by Great Impressions.  Mixing old with new is a real treat for me and justifies that hoard of stamps sitting in the drawers.  I know you have them, too.

Okay, the particulars:

  • The background is rubbed with SU! Tempting Turquoise, then splattered with water.
  • I made the rainbow with oval dies, which wasn't quite as easy as I expected it to be, so now I'm thinking along the lines of a rainbow die set -- another "later" for my wish list.  Smeared the rainbow with glue and sprinkled with SU! Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  It's all sugary and I love it!
  • Poppystamps Stitched Landscapes and Twirly Clouds.  Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets.
  • Punched flowers and sparkly Nuvo drops sprinkled across the landscape.
  • Copic coloring.
  • The little mouse girl is popped up because she's jumping for joy, so happy about her friend's birthday and the prospect of drinking rainbows and eating glitter.

If you've read to the end, thank you for that.  I enjoy our little visits.  We're all in this stamping thing together, aren't we?  Have a happy day!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Flowerful Friday: Camellias with Verse

Today's stamping is another card for my friend's order.  She loves flowers and scripture, and has specifically requested this verse.  The flowers and the verse are both digital stamps from Power Poppy -- Camellias and Garden Fireworks.

I printed the Camellias a while back, having goofed around with filters in Photoshop.  Gave them a somewhat sketchy look, but I can't remember exactly how.  I do like it, though.  I did some selective coloring and cutting in order to make everything fit on the card.

The Camellias are printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and colored with Copic markers.  The card front is covered with some delicately patterned designer paper and a pale chartreuse frame.  I left it embellishment-free for ultimate mailability.

That wraps up the week, friends!   Lots of busy stamping fit in around the rest of life's agenda.  Today is our son's birthday and it's Friday the 13th.  The first time his birthday fell on Friday the 13th it gave me a real creepy feeling, but this year we're celebrating with him and simply enjoying ourselves.

Thank you so much for dropping in.  Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Whatever Wednesday: CAS Christmas Card Challenge

Hi there!  I'm playing along in the CAS Christmas Card Challenge today.  The prompt this time is "Ornament".  I really needed a nudge this month, being busy fulfilling my friend's card request, so I appreciate this challenge immensely.  Must make progress on those Christmas cards!

Happily, I've used another printed-but-not-yet-used digital stamp from my box.  This is Power Poppy's Acorn Ornaments, sentiment included.

Lots of white space, easy to mail.  I do love a splash of color on an all-white card.

Colored with Copic markers on X-Press It Blending Card.  The frame was made by nesting two Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets.  I added a Poppystamps Wispy Pine Needle Corner, cut in green and coated with Crystal Stickles glitter glue.

I have to say this was a very quick card to make.  CAS sure saves a lot of time.

Sending a thank you to the CAS Christmas Card Challenge team for all their inspiration, and a big thank you to all of you for stopping by.  Have a good day!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Monday Fun Day: Cute as a Bug

Happy Monday Fun Day, friends!  I sure am glad there are three little girls next door who are all cute as bugs because it gave me a good reason to color this Bugaboo "Cute as a Bug Sign" digi.  It's one I've had for a while, but not yet colored, tsk tsk.  I'm making every effort to catch up with all these stamps, digis, dies, embossing folders... but then I went shopping and have received a few gifts, as well...  I believe I'm still gaining, though.  I have plenty to keep me busy!

Oh, my goodness, this was a fun card to make!  Printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and colored with Copic markers.  Bright colors, polka dot paper.  Lots of grins and giggles!

The Ladybug Border is a Joy Crafts die.   I cut it in red, then left the die in place to use as a stencil for coloring all the black with a fine-tipped Sharpie.  I also brushed over the die with Wink of Stella, but it doesn't show in the photo.

Happiness!  I hope it gives you a smile.  Enjoy your day!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Flowerful Friday: Red Roses for Sympathy

Welcome back!  Today's Flowerful Friday is another sympathy card.  Still working on that order and making prettier cards when I have the chance.  This is an 1893 illustration from The New Guide to Rose Culture.  I promised myself I'd color more of the digis I saved from Digital Two For Tuesday, so they'll be sprinkled in here and there.  Remember, everything at DTFT is a freebie.  You can find these roses here.

This image does have a vintage look, but I lightened it up with white and pretty aqua.  You can see it's printed in sort of a teal-green.  I like that.  However, it was absolutely not my idea.  It was my printer's idea.  It does the strangest things when it needs a nozzle cleaning, and it needs a nozzle cleaning every time I use it.  Well, I forgot... and imagine my surprise when it printed this color.

I printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and used Copics for coloring.  Retired Just Rite sympathy sentiment in die cut rectangle.  Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Frames.

I'll pop in with something cheerful on Monday.  Staying focused...  Have a happy day!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Whatever Wednesday: A Suitably Masculine Sympathy Card

Midweek greetings!  I've been working on a card order -- mostly sympathy, get well, and thinking of you.  Although my friend says she doesn't mind extra postage, I try to keep her cards mailable with one postage stamp.  However, they do have to look crafty, which is why she comes to me in the first place.  In an effort to make some quick progress I started out simple, creating four cards with this design:

As stated in my title, it's suitably masculine.  She cards everyone so I can't forget the guys.  Ordinarily I shy away from black for sympathy cards, but in this case it was the best effect for the silhouette die.

Spellbinders Bird Call die, layered and matted on some old Prima designer paper.  A very old Just Rite sympathy sentiment set which remains an all-time favorite.  The leaf sprig is Die-namics Wild Greenery.

The next photo is the same design, different card.  Maybe you'll notice the slight color variation.  A little more pink in this one.  The first card has a textured white base while this card uses Neenah 110 lb white.  The black silhouette is layered on white with a little showing at the top edges for highlight.

Inside they all look like this:

Really and truly simple but there's something about it I like.  If it helps anyone with a quick idea for a masculine sympathy card, then it was worth the effort to post it.

I'll see you again on Flowerful Friday.  Till then... have a happy day!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A New Month

We've turned the page on our Golden Retriever calendar, which means we have a new picture to enjoy before we turn the page again.  Just thought I'd share...  This is Wally, our Field and Stream boy.  He always looks like he's posing for a magazine shot.

Honestly, I'd intended to share each month's photo when we turned the page, but most of these I've shared before, either here or on Goldens and Garden (which I haven't posted to in forever, sorry).  So, for all dog lovers and friends of Wally and LuLu... here's a little catch up.

January -- Wally

February -- LuLu and Wally

March -- LuLu

The last three pictures will enlarge when you click on them.

We do enjoy a good deal of outdoor life with lots of exercise and fresh air.  Winter doesn't stop us, but, ohhhh, how I'm looking forward to a break from all this dampage!  See you tomorrow!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Monday Fun Day: Birthday Girl

More fun and frivolity today.  Getting a birthday card done and using up spare parts in the process... the spare parts are the frame and the big present.  The big present is a Die-namites die I picked up on a super sale, discontinued.  It's large enough to make it the focal point, and that's how I thought I'd be using it, but I changed my mind along the way.  Here comes Art Impression's "29 Again" birthday girl.

The big present, really, was the start of this card.  Just a not-yet-used die I was trying to find a use for.  I'd cut it in black glitter paper, but set it aside thinking, "okay, now what?"  And there it sat until I made myself do something with it.

Long story short, I decided it would be a fun accent for Grandma's birthday.  Settled on pink because Grandma looks sweet and the black needed some cheering up.  The frame had been cut in white, so I colored it with an RV02 Copic marker.  Grandma is colored with Copics, also, and her balloon is glittered with Stickles.  I smeared the Stickles around with my finger for better coverage.

The sentiment on the front is an older one from Stampin' Up!  The star and flower sprinkles came out of the die I cut for the inside:

The frame, by the way, is a combination of Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Stackables and Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets.  I love working with frames!  Have a happy day!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Flowerful Friday: Happy Bloom Three Ways

Welcome to another Flowerful Friday.  Maybe you remember I mentioned in an earlier post I was having trouble with my coloring and had made several "duds".  Well, one of the stamps I was having a problem with is Altenew's Happy Bloom.  It's a beautiful set with one large stamp, plus several smaller stamps and a few sentiments.  You can make lots and lots of cards with it and no two alike.  A smart purchase, I thought.  The problem was my own haste or expectations... I'm not sure... but I finally colored one I'm somewhat satisfied with.

For this card I stamped in Memento London Fog on X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copics.  I masked the two flowers that overlap the sentiment banner and used a stamp positioner to stamp the sentiment.  Popped up the image panel and finished with iridescent sequins.

Inside I stamped a partial image in amethyst ink and a sentiment from another Altenew set -- Wishing You.

Okay... want to see the cards I wasn't happy with?

The card below was stamped in Ranger Antique Linen on Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor paper and watercolored with Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons.  Splatters, sequins, stitching, distressing.  It has grown on me and now I think maybe it's not so bad.  In some ways I like it better than the Copic colored card.  The sentiment is minutely off.  I know... picky, picky!

Card #3 is mixed coloring media:  Stamped in SU's River Rock ink -- a water based muted green -- on Neenah 110 lb white.  The coloring is Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol odorless mineral spirits.  The faint blue shading around the image is Copic B21.  Finally, I added blue watercolor splatters.  Some of it I like a lot.  Some of it not so much.  The sentiment is way off.  I know it shouldn't bug me so much, but it does.

Holy cow, that's a lot of coloring!  I wish I could take the things I like best about each card and put them together.  Maybe next time.  I see lots more Happy Bloom coloring in my future.

You all have a nice weekend now and I'll see you again on Monday!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Whatever Wednesday: Wild Horses

I did not know until recently that Stampendous had a line of Laurel Burch stamps.  I went there looking for something else and found Laurel Burch.  Stopped me in my tracks.  I love anything Laurel Burch.  Bookmarked!  Finally, when I was ready to shop, I indulged.

I realize these stamps are not very mainstream, but I guess that's what I love about them.  It was too hard to narrow down my choices, so I ended up with three single stamps, and two full sets.  I'd still like to have more.  I chose to color these Wild Horses first.

I didn't use the vivid colors associated with Laurel Burch.  Instead, I was inspired by a notebook I saw in a shop... similar, but different.  Stamped with Versamark and embossed in copper, watercolored with Twinkling H2Os.  Rich and earthy.

Poor horses... their sparkle and shimmer is tethered by the limitations of my photography.

I used a copper brushed metallic card base, a strip of gold trim.  Inside is a sentiment and sun motif from a different Laurel Burch set.

A small motif from that other set for embellishment on the front.

I'm going to categorize this as a masculine card, but I'm sure I'll send it to a girlfriend.

I'll be back with flowers on Friday.  Enjoy the rest of your week, and I'll hope to see you then!

Stamps:  Wild Horses by Laurel Burch for Stampendous, Fish Wishes (Laurel Burch/Stampendous) for sentiment  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor, dark brown card stock, copper brushed metallic card stock  Ink:  Versamark  Coloring:  Watercolor with Twinkling H2Os  Accessories:  Gold self-adhesive trim, copper embossing powder, light gold embossing powder, Spellbinders circle die, 1" circle punch

Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday Fun Day: EGG-citing Easter

Hello there!  Ready for another week to whiz by in a heartbeat?  Let's slow it down for a minute and enjoy our Monday.  It seems like a good day for something cute, fun, whimsical, lighthearted... so I'm going to designate Mondays as a fun day.  Flowerful Friday, Monday Fun Day.  Guess I'll do Whatever Wednesday for the in betweens.  I may miss a day or two when the stamping runs out, but for now it will give me some focus and keep me moving along.

I didn't think I was going to get any Easter cards made, but then I remembered it's one of the reasons I bought this So EGG-citing stamp set.  Birthday, Easter, baby... there's a sentiment for each and more, so I'm good for a while as long as I don't send egg cartons to the same person over and over again.  In fact, I slipped a Post-It Note in with the stamp set so I can list the names of who I send egg cards to.

I think the card is pretty self-explanatory:  A stitched circle frame with a stitched circle patterned paper inset, grass die, Copic coloring.  Very simple and not much time spent on coloring.  Did I mention it was fun?  Yep, it was fun!  See you again on Wednesday!

Stamps:  Your Next Stamp "So EGG-Citing"  Paper:  Neenah 110 lb white, PTI Lemon Tart, Memory Box Granny Smith, Echo Park Happy Summer designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Memory Box Stitched Scalloped Circles and Stitched Circle Layers, Impression Obsession Grass Border

Friday, March 23, 2018

Flowerful Friday: Another Free Digital Stamp

Happy Friday!  I don't know about you, but Friday sure sneaked up on me fast.  It was a busy week and I was not home enough for quality stamping time.  That's when I get in a hurry and nothing turns out worth a darn.  I've taken a notion that I want to reserve Fridays for flower cards.  Well, sheesh, it would be nice if I could actually color some flowers.  So after casting off several duds I thought maybe it was time to share something I colored last month.

This is an extra super simple card.  Well, somewhat simple.  It didn't take much time, but I like it.  As stated in my title, it's a free digi.  You can find it here at the Digital Two for Tuesday blog.  There are two pretty flower images in that post, both embroidery designs.  This one had a vertical orientation, but by flipping it horizontally and dropping it off the side it made the smaller image appear to be in the background.  You'd never know this was a 1953 image.  It looks very current to me.

I added a double row of stitching and some silver cord.  A Stampin' Up sentiment.  Lots of white space.  I printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and colored with Copic markers.  That's all, folks!  Hoping for better stamping times coming up.  I'd like to get ahead on my card needs before summer calls me away.  Have a happy weekend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Double D Challenge: Just Wing It

Time for another Double D challenge, friends!  We're doing "Just Wing It" for a theme and we'd love to see where your wings take you.  I have golden dragonflies today.

Here's our inspiration board with a variety of winged things:

And a prize for a random winner:

This Elizabeth Craft "Dragonfly" die set has been sitting in my not-yet-used basket far too long.  I thought I'd be using them with flowers, but it somehow never happened, so when this challenge came along I decided to make them my main focus.

I have to show you this photo of the die set so I can 'fess up to what inspired me.  Just keeping it simple with an ink-sponged background, water splatters, circle stamps, and some tiny dragonflies.

I used some favorite older Stampin' Up! inks -- Cool Caribbean and Gable Green.  Old Hero Arts Box of Dots stamps -- inked mostly on the edges by rolling in the stamp pad and then rolling on the paper.  Gold mirrored card stock with Gable Green for the card base.  The inked panel is Strathmore Mixed Media Vellum Surface card stock.  A seriously quick and easy card to make and lots more fun than I expected it to be.

I'll be looking forward to all the things with wings this challenge inspires.  Do check out the wonderful DT cards on the Double D blog, leave some love, and then play along with us.  Have a happy day!

Stamps:  Poppystamps Believe in Magic sentiment, Hero Arts Box of Dots, Hero Arts tiny dragonfly from Printer's Lowercase alphabet set  Paper:  Strathmore Mixed Media Vellum Surface, gold mirrored card stock, SU Gable Green  Ink:  SU Cool Caribbean and Gable Green, Tempting Turquoise for tiny dragonflies, Memento Tuxedo Black for sentiment  Accessories:  Elizabeth Craft Dragonfly die set, Spellbinders Nested Lacy Pennants, Scotch brand foam mounting tape
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