Monday, September 22, 2014

Yellowstone

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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back to School - Big Books!

I just got the latest Simon Says Stamp kit and this sentiment cracked me up.  So I thought it would be a good one to send to my niece who's back to college for her senior year.  She's far from home, so I like to send her little notes once in awhile.

I used my Kaliedacolor ink pad to ink all the books.  It's easy to ink up the little book images that way and I didn't have to get out a bunch of ink pads.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Graphic Stamps - SYS2

I'm back tracking a bit to day 8 and graphic stamps.  There are so many great lessons on the two days that I haven't got to them all yet.  I used Avery Elle's  All Squared Up stamp set, and it seems I've only used the greetings in this set so far so it was good to use more of the stamps.  The "hello" is die cut, I think it's Simon Says Stamp.

I used Simon Says stamp inks in Island Blue, Green Leaf, Sunshine and black.

Floral Stamps - SYS2


This card lesson came from Yana on day 9 of the Online Card Class, Stretch Your Stamps 2.  It's a really fun technique, and she calls it therapeutic, just stamping away!  This photo is a little dark, but it's getting late at night so it's the best I could come up with!

Stamps are from PaperTrey Ink's set Bigger Blooms.

thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Day 9 - Floral Builder Stamps

Lessons* today showed some fun ways to use floral stamp sets.  I tried to follow Jennifer McGuire's card, but found that I need more practice.  My gold embossing powder is very transparent, so I'll need to try it with gold ink (like I did on the sentiment) instead of just Versamark for embossing.  I wasn't thrilled with my flowers, so ended up die cutting and popping up two of them to make it look better.  Then I found some gold sparkle enamel dots that I thought helped.

So all in all, I'm not super thrilled with my first attempt at today's lesson.  Barely a C+ student today!  But I'll be brave an post anyway!

stamps:
Ruby Rose - Papertrey Ink
Sentiment - Paper Smooches

*Online Card Classes - Stretch Your Stamps 2

Monday, August 11, 2014

Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Graphic Stamps



Today in my Online Card Class we learned a few different ways to use our graphic stamps in new ways. Lots of great ideas flowing through my brain!

 The top card I used the PaperTrey Ink set Round Repeats. I've had this set for awhile and have never used it to it's full potential.  Fun doing the rainbow stamping, and I'd like to try it in pastels and masculine or fall colors too. Sentiment is also from PTI.

The second card uses some "kissing technique" on the bold purse from JudiKins and a sentiment from Avery Elle.  

And the third card is my attempt at a masculine card, using the Stampin' Up Mosiac Madness stamps and a saying from Papertrey Ink.

Really great lessons today - especially in making a clean and simple card.
thanks for dropping by!