Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Art Specially

My dear friend, Holly, who lives in Lekkerkerk, Netherlands goes to a stamping event every year called Art Specially. They make a set of red rubber stamps that are exclusive to the event and they put on workshops using the exclusive stamps. There are very many awesome examples of things you can make with these stamps. I was especially enamored with the set this year because it was full of masculine stamps or gender neutral stamps as well as they had the sketchy look that I like (sorta Tim Holtz style) But you can't buy them here in the States...big sad face :(

Well my dear friend, bought the entire set for me and sent ideas on how to use them as well. This is my first attempt at one of the techniques they used. I really like it!!

First you use 3 distress ink colors and a rectangle template to make the inked rectangle, leaving a lighter area. Then you stamp the image or images of your choices, doodle some lines (mine were drawn with a ruler because it would have been a hot mess freehand!) Then you take some bleach to highlight certain areas of the image. That was so much fun. I actually went outside the lines to give a halo effect to the tips of some of the brushes in the jar. So cool! can't wait to make more.

So this is a great big THANK YOU, to Holly! What do you think? I'm thinking this will be a card to my son...he needs to hear Just Chill right now because work is hard at the moment.

So there you have it. My second inspiration of the week. Feels good to get crafty again-the Lord lifted a burden off my shoulders which eased my troubled, weary mind and allowed the craftiness to flow...or maybe just sprinkle :)

Happy Wednesday Evening

Monday, June 22, 2015

A month of Sundays...

Well hello there y'all,
Yes, it has been " a month of Sundays" since I posted last. Work takes a lot out of me and since my greatest creativity happens during the day...I guess work gets it all. Hmmm...I need some creativity juice to drink in the early evening to get me going again.

Anyway, I bought some of the Peerless Watercolors to try and at first I was not fond of them. I'm no expert, or even an artist, but it seemed harder to control the color application with the Peerless, so I set them aside for a while. Then the other day they caught my eye and I decided to try them again. Practiced on a few stamped images then made this card. It's a start in the right direction I think. I like a more loose look, not so formal and tight... I don't know what do you think. I like how the flowers turned out, I just need to get used to the colors. They're more muted and much darker than I thought they would be, although I usually go for muted over clear.

And speak of clear, I bought the 12 pack set of Zig Clean Color brush markers and hmmm...I can't see what all the hoopla is about. I don't find I can control those as well as I can my Tombow markers. So what I'm thinking is it comes down to preference. If you are a watercolor artist then you will probably prefer the Zigs since they are a true brush tip, not a marker tip. Which is just as well for my pocketbook...I have no desire to go out and buy the 60 marker set now.
The one thing I can say is the color seems to disburse just a tiny bit better with the Zigs when you use them straight to paper over the Tombows. 

Well this post is about Peerless Watercolors...I'm thinking they are novel and okay but again, they don't spin my beanie incredibly.

So there you have it, my two cents on a few popular products out there.

Hope y'all are having a crafty evening!

Hero Arts Script block stamp
Stampendous Flower Fields stamp
PTI Enchanted Evening cardstock - base cardstock
Canson 140 lb watercolor paper
Gold Paper strip - SSS May card kit paper
Peerless Watercolors
Pentel Aquash water brush
SU Gorgeous Grunge
Versamark ink
Stampendous clear embossing powder
SU gold embossing powder

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mother's Day card...

Hey Fans,
I know it's been a month since I posted has been extra busy! So busy, in fact, that I didn't get to make my mom's Mother's day card until last night. Love this card so much. I found a gorgeous watercolor print on Pinterest that I used as inspiration. Pinterest is my go-to for any and every thing. Not that I live my life by it...I use what I like and forget the rest but you have to admit that the photos posted are so gorgeous and inspiring.

So there you have it. I used Canson 140 lb watercolor paper and Unity Stamp's Insightful Meadow along with the sentiment from First Friend Best Friend. I colored this card with Distress Markers Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint. I smooshed a strip of watercolor paper in all the colors and added it to the side. The sentiment was stamped with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. Splattered ink drops with left over colors from the smooshing,sprayed Perfect Pearls shimmer over the whole thing and scattered some sequins on top. 

Really, that sentiment says it all, doesn't it? My mom is my best friend even though she's a million miles away in Arizona. We don't get to see each other often, just a couple of times a year, but we talk weekly sharing our ups and downs and in-betweens :) She is an amazing, godly woman, friend and mother!

Ok, that's all from me today. Hope y'all are having an Thoroughly Thoughtful Thursday.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Happy Birthday

Hey Fans,
Yep...up to my old standby again...birthday cards! Actually I made this one a few weeks ago but had others to post so this one took a back seat.

This is almost a complete CASE of a card made by Dawn McVey from Papertrey Ink's design team. I couldn't believe she could acheive such a pretty watercolor look with just a tray of cheap watercolor cakes, so I had to try's true! Easy peasy coloring this white embossed Botanical Blocks image. My only struggle was replicating the way she made the happy birthday tag...but I made it work.

All ingredients are Papertrey except SU's white embossing power and embossing folder...oh and the Versamark ink. Oops, also the birthday tag...that's an EK success border punch!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

He is Risen!!

Easter blessings,

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Be joyful..

Hey Fans,
So this is my second post Unity stamps arrived! I ordered two Itty Bitty stamps when they had their dot sale last week..just love this cute little stamp and sentiment! I don't know, but for some reason I am instantly inspired when my Unity order arrives. Maybe I just like their the sketched look.

The sentiment is so appropriate...tomorrow is joyful!

Thanks for stopping by!

Strathmore 140lb watercolor paper
Michael's 110lb cardstock
Unity Itty Bitty Be joyful stamp
Marvy Le Plume watercolor markers
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Papertreyink dotted paper
Foam tape
Pentel Aquash brushes

You've been on my mind

Hey Fans,

So here's a card I made a couple of weeks ago with the Simonsaysstamp March card kit. I made this for a friend of mine who lives in Arizona and who I don't get to see much at all...makes me sad. She is a sweet gal, who has leukemia but it doesn't stop her from serving. She volunteers at a nursing home, takes people who can't drive to the doctor and teaches little ones in church. And she is so funny! I love her sense of humor, always sees the humor in things and her glass is always half full. We are a complete contrast but then we definitely reflect the "opposites attract" theory.

Anyway, since her personality is so bright I wanted a card that reflected that. This card was soo easy to make...don't know if it was because I knew it was for her or what but all the elements came together super fast!

The inks and papers are from Papertreyink, the stamps are SSS and the stitched rectangle panel is MFT stitched rectangles.

I have another card that I will post tomorrow. Hope your Easter weekend is in full swing and you are enjoying the company of family and friends. 
As this weekend swings along, I hope you'll consider what this time is all about. Jesus went to the cross for you and me so we would never have to be separated for eternity from God. He did that out of love, for you, for me. His love is deep and abiding and perfect and sacrificial.

Thanks for stopping by,