Monday, November 17, 2014

Autumn Leaves

oh my - so long since my last post!  I've been busy... and not all of it has been stamping!  Here's a quick fall card.  Background is stamped with SU woodgrain stamp in Versamark then I used some Perfect Pearls to highlight the grain.  Then I cut out a bunch of trees with a PaperTrey Ink Mighty Oak die and then pieced everything back together with an inlay effect.

HINT: Cut the whole Mighty Oak Die out and then place packing tape across the back so that the sticky part is facing front and it's easy to drop the little pieces in and have them stay!

Finished off with some hemp twine and a vintage button!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Esmarelda and Halloween

My friend Jennifer was down last week for a couple days to hang out in my garage, we called it Garage Camp.  We practiced some new things and tried some older techniques too.  Watercolor was a main focus.

This great stamp from Unity Stamp Company I stamped with Archival ink on the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper and then used Distress Markers to color her.  I love this paper when using the Distress Markers, but for watercolor pencils it doesn't seem to work as well for me.  So I'll stick with my Strathmore paper for pencils. 

The sequins are done using Jennifer's sequins die, and I'm not exactly sure where she got that. I used some shimmer paper which is a cool green color that doesn't show so well in the photo.

I'm putting this on the Unity blog for Friends with Flair.  I also used a sketch from the blog - but it was last months challenge! That's me, always a day late and a dollar short!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Copic Class - having fun

Playing with some stamped images and Copic pens.  This image and sentiment is from Mama Elephant.  I was testing out papers; Neenah Solar White vs. Copic X-Press.  I found that the X-Press really allows you to blend the colors better, for me anyway.  I had more bleeding using the Neenah, which wasn't so great doing those balloons!  So these balloons and the critter on on the X-Press paper.  

I think the Neenah does a fine job, and I won't necessarily go out of my way to get the special paper in the future.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Copic Markers, adding Colored Pencils

This was one of the lessons for day 8 of the Online Card Class Copic Markers for Card Makers.  So far I've mostly been practicing, practicing, practicing on our practice sheets, trying to perfect my use with the markers.  They are a struggle for me, that's for sure.  This lesson incorporated colored pencils, which helped a lot since I have a small collection of Copics.

I'm also sharing this over on the Unity blog for FWF this week since this is one of my new stamps, Eryn!  She's all set for Thanksgiving with her pie!

Monday, September 22, 2014


a little squirrel, preparing for winter!

Lamar Valley

On the 1936 White Touring Bus

bison... the theme of the week!

sunrise on our last day - taken from Tower Fall area
I've been up to Yellowstone National Park for the last week - so that's why I haven't been too creative!  It was an awesome trip, we had the best weather.  The park in September is not too crowded and it was so fun to travel in the historic bus!  I think we were photographed as much as the bison!

This week I start the Copic class over at Online Card Classes... between having to grocery shop and do laundry I hope to keep up with homework!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Simple Watercolor

I watched a video on Darlene's blog that showed a new and easy way to do watercolor.  I thought this new autumn set from Unity would work well with the technique she showed.  

I used Pumice stone Distress ink to stamp the images and then water colored it with Distress ink pens.  While I was doing it, and before it was fully dry it really looked like a hot mess.  Once it was dry I liked it better, but it still takes some practice!

I'm showing this over on the Unity blog for Friday's Friends with Flair too!

thanks for stopping by, and have a fantastic Friday!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Colored Pencils

I've been wanting to try out my new set from Unity, Gina and Me.  Lots of cute images and sayings.  Sometimes my mind is a blank, so I need to start with a sketch.  This one is from Mojo Monday and I'll be linking it up there.  A tall skinny card, like the gals in the selfie! 

I colored the image with Prisma colored pencils and then blended it with Gamsol.  The color inspiration was the fun citrus print background paper.  

thanks for stopping by!

I also will be using this for my Friends with Flair over on the Unity Blog.