Friday, February 12, 2016

Violet Bouquet - Day 12 Color Challenge

TGIF!!  It's day 12 of The Daily Marker Color Challenge .  This is my card for the challenge....
This pretty stamp is from Endless Designs.  I stamped it on kraft colored card stock, then used acrylic paint to paint it.  I love the way the color really shows up on the kraft background.  

The problem was that when I was finished painting the design, the lines were really dull and not very clear.  So I took my # 2 Micron pen and re-outlined the image with it.  Then it popped!  A little layering and some ribbon and pearls, and there you have it.

I don't know about you, but I could use a little bright and cheery right about now.  Winter has finally hit, and hard.  Looks like more time in the craft room for me!

Thanks for stopping by.  


Thursday, February 11, 2016

More Hearts - Day 10 Color Challenge

I put the wrong title on the previous post.  That's what happens when you do two blog posts at the same time!  Anyways, here is another card where I drew hearts hanging from colorful strings for the The Daily Marker Color Challenge Day 10...... 
No stamps were used on this card.  I drew the hearts, and hand wrote the sentiment.  I'm not very good at lettering, but I am trying to just go with it and not be so hard on myself.  
I painted the hearts with distress inks.  I used the paintbrush to paint the designs on the individual hearts.

The previous card uses the same technique, but I added some stamped verses.  That one is for hubby!



Love Is In The Air Card

Today's post is about hearts, as I needed to get going on my Valentine's Day card-making.  Here is my card for the The Daily Marker color challenge day 11...... 
I had lots of fun with my micron 01 pen, drawing the hearts and ribbon strings.  The verse stamps are Impression Obsession from their Valentine's set.  Watercolored with distress inks.

Thanks for stopping by today!  


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Happy Inky Accident

This is my color challenge Day 9 card for the challenge at The Daily Marker.  Not the card I had started to make for the challenge.....

I was happily wet brushing ochre and  mustard colors randomly on a watercolor panel, and they were blending just the way I had wanted them to.  I put it aside to air dry, and proceeded to pull out my chipped sapphire distress ink to stamp a phrase on some vellum.  Somehow between the stamping of the verse and the replacing of the ink top, IT happened.   I gasped audibly as the ink pad flipped ink-side-down on top of my perfect masterpiece background!  

Yep, right  through the center of all that yellow-ey loveliness was a huge dark blue gash!  Not to be unraveled by a piece of paper, I just flipped it over and started over.  This time, I brushed on chipped sapphire and faded jeans using lots of water and blending.  I did it in layers, adding deeper shades here and there.  Then I added some gold from my Fine Tec paints here and there.  I continued adding 
blue and gold until I was satisfied.

When the background dried, I stamped my favorite Magenta stamps, the dragonflies, in the blue inks, and one of their little swirl stamps with gold ColorBox ink.  The dots are one of those wood dowel stamps that I've had for years.  Added the verse stamped on vellum, and some gold cording to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you tomorrow, when I will try to have two posts to catch up to day 11!


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Color Challenge Day 8 - Watercolor

My card for day 8 of The Daily Marker Color Challenge. 
The stamps are Penny Black.  Flowers are 2147K chrysanthemums, and various other PB accent stamps in the background.  I watercolored the flowers with distress markers.  I love painting on colored card stock, and find that the markers give me the depth I need for that purpose.

It's been a busy day today, and I wanted to get this posted before I go off to dream land. Have a fabulous night!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Day 7 Color Challenge

Today's card is for the The Daily Marker color challenge, Day 7; the Allsorts Challenge  (clean and simple), and Penny Black at Allsorts Challenge (anything goes with a stamp and a die/s).
It seems I'm really into the ColorBox direct to paper backgrounds lately.  I keep going back to them!  I created this inked background, and when I was looking through my Penny Black images, I knew this (2392K) would be the one I would use as soon as I saw it.  I stamped it three times across the inked panel to create a background.

The die is PB creative die 51-008 Bashful, and the verse from PB clear set 30-014 Salutations.

We have been in Buffalo with the grands for three days, so now I need to get going to catch up with one day I missed.  

Hope you are all finding joy in creating.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Daisies for Day 6 Color Challenge

We are enjoying time with our granddaughters this weekend, so I will keep this short and sweet.  Just wanted to get my card posted for day 6 of The Daily Marker Color Challenge.
The stamps and die are Penny Black.  I used stamped images (stamping off on scrap paper first for a lighter image) in the background for interest.  I cut the daisies and layered them so they are dimensional on the card.  Colored with distress markers.

The girls are calling....time to play another game!  See you tomorrow.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Bird Crazy Get Well - Day 5 Color Challenge

I'm crazy over these crazy birds by Tim Holtz!  They're so cute, and there is so much you can do with them.  I colored this little gal with chalk, and added some eye lashes and an iris around the pupil.  I also added some white markings with my Signo white gel pen.  The background is one I created with the smoosh technique, and I added some swirl thingy from Printworks....
That's card for The Daily Marker Color Challenge Day 5.

Enjoy your weekend!


Coloring Calendar - Day 4 Color Challenge

Occasionally, my mojo just likes to take a rest, and that's when I like to color in my adult coloring books.  They provide lots of stress relief, with none of the demands of having to create something on a blank sheet of card stock.  I find them very relaxing.  This year, Santa put a desk 'page a day' calendar in my stocking.  This was no ordinary desk calendar.  It has a picture to color for every day of the year.  This is the first page of the calendar (I know, it's January 1st, but I just colored it this week).  I like to skip around.  This is my project for Day 4 of The Daily Marker color challenge....
I used Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils.  I find the laying down of color and blending very soothing, and love to see the image coming alive with color as I work.

Hope you will give adult coloring books (or calendars) a try.  I happen to know that Santa got mine at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (with a $5 off coupon, of course). 

Happy coloring....and have a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Get Well Flowers - Day 3 Color Challenge

Day 3 of The Daily Marker 30 day Color Challenge...  

Today's card uses a background technique I really enjoy using.  Anything that stretches my stamping tools is a winner in my book.  This technique involves taking an embossing folder, inking it up, and pressing a piece of card stock (or in this case watercolor paper) inside and running a brayer over to transfer the ink from the folder to the paper.  
The flowers stamp is Penny Black, and the Get Well Soon verse is Wordsworth.  I watercolored loosely, sponged,and spattered.  The verse is embossed in black on vellum.  Stamped panel is dimensionalized with thin craft foam.

That's it.....I'm keeping it easy tonight.  Had a wonderful day enjoying the warm weather.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Watercolor Blessings....Color Challenge Day Two

Greetings fellow artists!  It's a lovely day today in upstate New York.  Tomorrow is supposed to be...Gasp!...60...yes 60 degrees!!!!  Unheard of.  Usually by this time of year we have been snowed in, noreasterned ad nauseum, and just plain buried in snow and ice.  Not this year....nope.  What little snow we had is all melted.  We are holding our breath, waiting for mother nature to figure out it's winter.

I made this card for The Daily Marker Color Challenge, Day Two.....
Here's a close-up that shows some of the sparkle from the embossing powder on the die cut Blessings....
First I created the background using the smoosh technique.  When dry, I used the Tim Holtz wildflowers stencil and distress inks, sponging ink through in the different colors.  I removed the stencil, and added some more ink to some of the flowers to give them shading and highlights, then a 01 Micron black pen to outline the shapes so they would stand out against the background.  
The Blessings die is from Simon Says Stamp and is part of their Christmas Blessings die.  I inked it with Versa Mark ink, then black sparkle embossing powder.  
I have had the border die for quite a while, and had never used it.  I thought there was no time like the present.  I think I will be using it more often now that I see how easy it was and how pretty it looks.
I used my ink pads to 'dye' some string before tying it around the card.

I am also submitting this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge....Anything Goes .


Monday, February 1, 2016

Sending Hugs

Here we are in February already!  Time for the 30 Day Color Challenge on The Daily Marker blog .  Here's my first card for day one....
I used frog tape to mask the section in the middle and applied two shades of distress ink with the ink applicator tool.  I used tape on the die cut word sending and inked the bottom portion.  Stamps are Impression Obsession and Hero Arts.  
I kept it clean and simple...difficult for me to do.  

Be sure to hop on over to The Daily Marker blog (link above) to check out the challenge.

I've been doing some zentangling and line weaving the past few days.   I am accumulating quite a gallery of zentangle designs.  In the next few days I plan to make a board for them in Pinterest.  Also need to add them to my Flickr gallery.  I do have some of them posted on my other blog, .  You can click on this link to check it out if you like.  

See you tomorrow with Day 2 of the Color Challenge!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Direct-To-Paper Re-Visited

I am reaching way, way back to a technique that I loved using on cards and projects years ago.  Direct-to-paper is exactly what it's name conveys.  The technique involves taking an ink pad and applying it directly to the card stock by rubbing it on directly from the pad.  Here are a couple of my cards, followed by directions on how I did them.
Both of these cards were made with the same technique.  Here are the steps....
  • Start with a piece of card stock slightly larger than your finished project  On the first card, my card stock was Kraft color, and the second was green.
  • I used ColorBox pigment ink pads (Icat's eye shaped pads).  Choose three or four colors.  On the first card I uses two greens, two Browns, and a rust color. I used greens and Browns on second card.
  • Rub your first color directly onto the cardstock (hence the name direct to paper).  Add the color intermittently on the card stock, not filling it all in.  Leave some open areas.
  • Rub your second color in some of the open areas, then your third/fourth colors in any open areas.
  • To soften and blend the colors, rub with a tissue after your colors are applied.  
  • If it is still too rigid, I rub one of the lighter colors lightly over the entire panel, then rub it out with tissue.  This will soften the piece.
  • On these cards, I stamped images with black die ink right onto the background.  Then I highlighted areas of the images with white colored pencil.  I use Berol Prismacolor pencils, as they have a nice soft lead.  Just add white along some edges and areas you want to highlight.  Finally, I stamped some elements with gold ColorBox ink.
I am submitting the first card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes .

Thanks for stopping by.  

Monday, January 25, 2016

There Is A Season

One of my favorite scripture verses is Ecclesiastes 3:1.  I made this card for the Our Daily Bread Designs card jchallenge .  We had to use something old and something new.  I have had the ODBD butterfly and verse stamps for quite a while, but still use them often.  The new, to me, is the technique of ink smooshing and my new colors of Tim Holtz distress mini pads and markers.
Thanks for stopping by today.  

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Friends Make The World Warmer

Greetings.  I'm on a mission to get my greeting card file filled for the next two months.  I have searched for ideas for sorting and storing my cards so that they are ready to send when it is actually the person's birthday.  As opposed to a week later.  Novel idea, I know.  I start out with all good intentions to get my card made and mailed on time, but somehow I often miss it.  Hence, the aforementioned mission.

This card is for a special friend.  The Penny Black verse is fitting.....friends make the world a little softer, kinder, warmer (I stamped the first word, friends on the front and the remainder of the verse inside the card).  I am so glad she is in my life.  She definitely brings warmth and kindness.  I can't image my world without her.
The stamps are all Penny Black.  Flowers are the 40-331 Gentle Whisper.  Background stamps are some of my favorites by PB.  I used my Misti stamping tool and inked the stamp with the lightest color in each of the two color palates.  I used Tim Holtz distress inks.  Then I kept inking and stamping different areas of the flowers with different colors, until I achieved the look I was going for.
Here is a link to the YouTube video by Virginia Lu, where I saw this technique.  I pretty much did what she did, except I used inks and markers on the stamp...and I added colored pencil.

I used color pencils to soften the look and add depth and highlights.  The shading around the main images I did with pastels and a cotton swab.  Background images were stamped lightly to add some contrast, interest, and balance.  

I felt the background images were a little too dark, so I painted a little gesso over parts of the card to lighten.  

Finally, sequins bring a touch of sparkle.  I rubbed the inks in some of the colors used on his flowers along the edges of my main card before mounting the panel.
I entered this card in the Penny Black  Saturday Challenge, Anything Goes

Stop by and check out.  The design team samples are gorgeous!  You have another week to enter.

I'm off to the shower, then church.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

For My Buddy

So, I had this blog post all finished, and lost it when I went to check something else out on my iPad.  Ugggggggh!  So here goes again.
I made this card for my buddy, Stephen.  He loves to get cards (his mom is an avid stamper), and since it is, er, was his birthday last weekend ( I know, I'm late...but at least he gets to spread out his birthday celebrating), I made this birthday card for him.....

The stamps are Penny Black, from the 30-012 Bubbly clear stamp set.  I stamped the dog, masked him, inked up the balloons the kitty was holding, and stamped them so they are in the dog's paw.  Colored all with colored pencil.  I created the yellow aura around the image by shaving some chalk from my pastel stick with my craft knife, onto the card around the image.  Then I folded a square makeup pad into fourths, and rubbed the chalk into the card. The colored pencil resists the chalk, so this was a breeze.  I love the soft glow this technique gives.  You can't tell from the picture, but the balloons are shiny and raised from Diamond Glaze.
I noticed that Simon Says Stamp has a challenge to create with critters, and this fits the bill, so here goes.
While I'm at it, I will also submit it to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, Anything Goes.
Now I'm off to try a technique I saw on utube last night.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Beauty Surrounds Us

A quick post before I start dinner prep.  I felt like playing with blues and greens today for some reason. I always love the way they look together.  A touch of violet finished off my color palette.
The flower stamp is Pennny Black 3865K Gossamer.  Background stamps Penny Black 2643F Deco Border, 1969B Swirl Border, 1989E Harlequin Border, Hero Arts H2385 script.
I used the smoosh technique with distress inks. Stamped the flowers very lightly over, then watercolored them.  I stamped the background stamps intermittently, then added some colored pencils to define the petals and leaves and stems, and some white dots with the white signo pen.  Finally, I went over the outline with distress markers.
I am submitting this to the Anything Goes challenge on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge to feed papa bear.  Hope you're staying safe and warm on this blustery, snowy day.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Another card today for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge at  .
I love the PB brush stroke flowers.  This one is  Allegro 2945k.  
put some distress ink on an acetate sheet, spritzed it with water, and smooshed it onto the watercolor panel to make the background.   Then I colored the flower stamp with distress inks, misted it with water, and stamped it over the background.  Then stamped some smaller stamps faintly on the background (1999L Letter Background, 1989E Harlequin, 2636K Scroll Pattern, 2653F Deco Border).
I went back in with colored pencil and added detaile to the petals, and added the blue mist shading.

The verse is from their clear set 30-105 Gratitude.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, January 11, 2016

You're Too Kind

I'm still getting caught up with my thank you cards for all our after Christmas get togethers. I had so much fun with this one....
The verse is StampinUp.  I drew the lollipop flowers.  I love when I can combine some of my favorite things to do together on one project.  I used my Sakura Micron #3 pen to draw the doodles, and colored them in with colored pencils.  I use the Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.  They blend and layer beautifully.
Thanks for stopping by.  I'm working on a card for a challenge this afternoon, and should have it posted by tomorrow.  
Are you keeping warm on these blustery cold days?  I don't even like to leave the house...just want to spend my long, cold winter days making cards, working on my Zentangles, and knitting and reading.
Hope you can carve time out to do what you love! 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday Stamping Time

Just popping in with a couple of cards I made while playing in my favorite room on this cold Sunday afternoon.  First up is this card I made for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge here .
The mushroom stamp is from a set by Dyan Reavely, and the thinking of you from a Penny Black set.   I used an embossing folder along the side of the white card.  The strip behind the panel was sponged with distress inks, as was the thinking of you panel.
I colored the mushrooms with colored pencils.  I used Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.  The script stamp is an old Hero Arts one I have.  I inked it intermittently and stamped it over the panel.  The panel is dimensional with foam behind it.
I'll be back in the morning with the second card.  Gotta go now and snuggle in my comfy recliner with my to my hubby.