Friday, April 20, 2018

Surgery Update and Coloring I've Done

Hi Everybody,

It's been a little while since I've posted.  I wanted to update you.... I had knee replacement surgery on 4/9 and feel like I've made a lot of progress since.  I can get up and down with no help and use a walker but I'm starting to actually walk with it taking normal steps, not limping, so soon I'll progress to a cane.  

I believe within a week I should be back to making cards again.  It's getting easier to be able to sit because my knee is now bending a little better.  I'm not going to lie, physical therapy HURTS.  I had to start going two days after surgery but without it I wouldn't be able to bend and straighten my leg and walk normally so it's just something I'll have to deal with.  

In the meantime, I've started coloring again and wanted to share my completed April Pencil Class at Kit and Clowder using Prismacolor Pencils.  How cute is this image??  

I finished the character from the March Pencil Class but didn't get a chance to draw in the sand, water and sky before surgery so I'll work on that too.  These classes are great because they teach you how to draw in detail to your stamps and to draw in scenes.  

I just got my first Daniel Smith Split of Watercolor Paints and have since ordered a second one so I'm excited about using this new medium to paint.  

I can't wait to start making cards again!  Thank you so much for your support!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Feel Better with Rose Builder Stencil

Hi Everybody,

I love stencils and now there are so many fun products that can be used with them.  I usually make backgrounds with my stencils and then add other items to it.  On today's card, the stencil I used is called Rose Builder by My Favorite Things and the background I made is essentially the card itself as well.  It doesn't need anything else except a sentiment.

I love this stencil!  I used Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Pink Flambe' and Citrus Green, both very beautiful colors.  I spread it over the stencil with a palette knife while the stencil was taped down and then let it dry.  You just have to be very careful if you are using multiple colors.  My colors 'touched' in a couple places but that's okay.  I'm trying to learn not to try so hard to make everything perfect.  I think I'm finally learning this because I don't have time to go back and re-do everything like I used to lol. 

I added a sentiment to a stitched fishtail banner from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps called Cocoa's Get Well Wishes.  This is an adorable get well/feel better stamp set.  It seems hard to find these. Gina K Designs Black Onyx card stock is my favorite black card stock and Brutus Monroe's Alabaster Embossing Powder gave me the perfect result.  I do love Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink and Powders.  I finished it off by adding dew drops from The Ton Stamps adhering with Stampin' Up Glue (with the needle tip). 

Did I inspire you to get out your stencils and use a medium with them such as the Nuvo Mousse, embossing paste, or transfer gel?  

I am also sharing a card I made a couple years ago using this stencil and sponging inks. What a beautiful, soft look.  It's exactly what I wanted for this sympathy card. Here's a link for this card.

I also made this card with blue colors.  Here's a link for this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Bunny With Daffodil

Hi Everybody,

I made a whopping two Easter cards this year!  Now I'll start on Mother's Day which is a great 'excuse' to watercolor beautiful floral stamps.

So... here's an update on my surgery... I received a call from the doctor's office a week before surgery saying that my insurance was not in network with the hospital that the surgeon works at.  Whaaaat? Needless to say I was a mad mess!  I had to start all over with a new surgeon!  It seems to be working out so maybe that was a blessing in disguise.  My knee surgery will be week of April 9th.  What's my point??  I need to make as many cards as I can this next week. :) 

I just love the Whimsy stamp I used on this card.  it is called Bunny with Daffodil.  I envisioned using it on Spring cards and all occasion such as birthday, hello, etc., but then it called out to me to be an Easter card for someone. 

Here I'm showing the dimension of the card layers.  I love using fun foam or foam tape as I did here.  I cut this top layer shorter than I normally do because I wanted to flower to hang off the side. 

I used Deco Foil Transfer Gel with a Tim Holtz stencil called Rays and then foiled with Gold Deco Foil from Thermoweb with the Mini Minc machine.   

I made a video on using Transfer Gel and HERE is the link and I made 
a video on adding Foil to the Transfer Gel and HERE is the link.  I am a newbie video maker and these are for beginners. 

Next I colored this stamp with Copic Markers and fussy cut it out using Cutter B Scissors (and readers of course).  I used a grass die from Lawn Fawn since when I fussy cut, the bunny had grass on his feet so I needed to hide that a little. I used Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen over the flower petals and insides of bunny ears and nose.  I also cut down the sides of some of the petals so that I could bend them to look a little more realistic.  

I used Nuvo White Drops on the tail of the bunny and Clear Nuvo Drops over the lady bug and over the gold foiled word die, Believe. I wanted to give some dimension. I think when you use clear drops over foil, it gives it somewhat of an acrylic look.  I added Black Nuvo Drops to the dots on the ladybug as well.  

I hope you have a Happy Easter!  Let's get a head start on our next cards shall we?  :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Coloring Easter Eggs

Hi Everybody,

I wanted to share an Easter card I made for my Mother in Law.  I saw the cutest picture of my husband's nephew watching his Dad working on something.  The nephew had his tongue out of his mouth, on his lips watching his Grandpa work and his Grandpa also had his tongue like that, out of his mouth on his lips.  You know how some people do that when concentrating?  Well, now my husband and his nephew both do that as adults because they saw Dad/Grandpa doing it whe they were growing up lol.  

I saw this stamp from C.C. Designs called Roberto's Rascals Coloring Eggs and knew I had to get it.  I think my Mother in Law will love it because she will know the meaning behind it. :) 

This stamp is called Roberto's Rascals Coloring Eggs and here is a link, it is half price right now. (as of 3/31/18)

I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers.  This is an easy stamp to color, no room to do much fancy work but I did draw in lines on the wood of the table to give it some detail and texture.  I used Memento Ink in Summer Sky and a scalloped metal die and sponged around the die to make clouds.  I just turned it slightly after sponging along the scallops and get doing that all the way down.  Now he looks like he is painting outside. I almost used a grass die but it seemed to take away slightly from the background and stamp I had there already so I just used Gina K Designs Ink in Grass Green and sponged ink at the bottom. I cut this panel out with a Lawn Fawn Large Rectangle Stitched Die. 

I cut out a word die, blessed, three times and glued them together with a Zig Glue Pen to give some dimension.  I used Gina K Designs cardstock in Wild Lilac for bottom layer and this word die.  This is one of my favorite purple colors in cardstock.  I reach for it all the time when wanting to use purple.  

To finish off, I used Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen on the bunny's noses and inside of ears.  I used Nuvo Drops in Simply White for the bunny tails and Nuvo Drops in Violet Galaxy for the egg and paint he is using.  I used the Nuvo a little 'messily' on the egg to make it look like he is in the middle of painting it.  I dabbed on some Nuvo Drops in Sweet Lilac for the other color paint dripping down side of container.  Finally, I used the Nuvo Drops in Morning Dew over the word blessed.  These drops are clear so now the word die has a shine to it, kind of looks like enamel.

When you use a cute stamp like this, it pretty much does the work for you.  It's so much fun when you use a stamp that has a special meaning to the recipient like this one will.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a Happy Easter!


Friday, March 30, 2018

Nighttime Rainy Scene Marker Class

Hi Everybody,

I just wanted to post a completed scene that I colored in a marker class at Kit and Clowder.  I take pencil and marker classes there and people ask why I do not share my work on my blog (I usually just post cards here)... so this stamp is from the March Marker Class by The Paper Shelter.  

I want you to see the difference between the finished colored stamp and the stamp with the background that I drew in myself.  The monthly classes at Kit and Clowder teach you how to draw in detail to your stamp as well as scenes.  This particular scene was so easy to draw in!  I just used a ruler because I can't draw straight lines. 

What do you think???  What a difference just drawing in a sidewalk, grass, sky and rain can make.  I'll start sharing my coloring from these classes because I really am learning a lot of techniques, new color combos that I normally wouldn't think to use, etc.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stenciled Oxide Ink on Smooth Black Cardstock

Hi Everybody,

I don't know about you, but I have a 'list' of techniques in addition to papers, paints, inks, etc., that I want to use and I'm just now getting to using Oxide Inks on black cardstock.  The look is so interesting, like velvet.  When I was growing up, I loved the paint by numbers paint sets and some were velvet.  Am I dating myself? lol 

I used a smooth black cardstock from Paper Temptress called Neenah Super Smooth Black.  The ink blended on this cardstock perfectly. I used Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans.  I used the jumbo sponge daubers with a Tim Holtz stencil called, Splashes and sponged it on, doing two layers.  Next I spritzed with water but I accidentally used the bottle of water I have with the Pearl Perfect Pearls mixed in.  I do love the result, so shimmery!  Sometimes my accidents turn into beauties, other times, not so much. :)

I used Gina K Designs Wilted Violet cardstock on bottom layer of card. I cut out a Hello word die from Honeybee Stamps, Gather Together set and inked it up with Wilted Violet to match background.  I cut out 3 or 4 to give it some dimension using Gina K Designs Heavy Base Weight White cardstock. This is the shadow part of the die. 

 Next I cut out the letters in Hello and decided to use the new WOW Embossing Glitter Powder called Persian Indigo since I had purple blue colors in the card. I used tweezers and carefully pressed into an embossing ink pad and then dipped into the glitter embossing powder and heat set, repeating 3-4 times to get really good coverage. 

I thought vellum would be the best way to adhere the Hello word die so I used a stitched rectangle die to cut out and I wrapped it around card layer and adhered it tightly.  I used a Zig Glue Pen to glue the word die shadow and letters. 

I think this card turned out so pretty!  I hope you'll try oxide inks on black cardstock if you haven't already.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Love You To The Moon

Hi Everybody,

So, lately I have had some medical issues one being, I have to get a double knee replacement, one in April and one in May. I hope it doesn't affect my crafting too much but I can always color stamps and make cards later.  My husband has been wonderful and I wanted to make a card to tell him how much I appreciate him.  

I made an Oxide Ink background, trying to use colors that I think of when I think of what the Earth looks like, as well as masculine. Next I used Toner Paper from Thermoweb to cut out the Tim Holtz Mini Globe Die and then foiled with the beautiful Amber Watercolor Deco Foil.  I just love how awesome this foiled globe looks against this matte background.  

I picked up this Love You To The Moon and Back Stamp on clearance at Hobby Lobby, made by Stampendous.  So many people in the Stamp Junkies group on Facebook showed their clearance haul so I had to go check out my local store.  I was a little disappointed that I didn't see many clearance items but I did buy several and I also had a give a way in the Junkies group, whoever guessed closest to what I spent would win a prize. So fun! 

I was so afraid I would mess up my background using this wood block rubber stamp on the front.  I am so used to the Misti now which ensures I'll stamp straight.  I bet I messed up alot of cards using these wood block stamps back in the day. :)

I used Gina K Designs Kraft cardstock for bottom layer and the Oxide Ink top layer is Bristol Smooth paper.  

I used Simon Says Stamp stamp set called You Matter on the inside.  I foiled the matching You die to this set with Lapis Watercolor Foil from Thermoweb.  I used Versafine Onyx Black to stamp the sentiments on front and inside and then embossed with clear embossing powder to make it stand it more.  I used Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink and Icicle Embossing Powder.  If you haven't tried this brand, please do, I think you'll be pleased.

There are two perfect sentiments in this Simon Says Stamp set to go with this globe die... You Rock My World and You Make The World a Better Place. 

I hope I inspired you to make your spouse, boyfriend, partner, etc., a card to show how you appreciate them.  I don't do this enough, sad to say.  He's about to have to help me through two surgeries back to back so I better start doing better lol.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!