Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thanks



Spectrum Noir markers and my skills colliding together on this card...needs work but thought I would post my progress! It's actually fun to color and that's something I never thought I would say because I'm so impatient and coloring takes a while to achieve the look I want. Okay, enough boring stuff.

I stamped two images from Hero Arts Layered Flowers stamp set in Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored them with colors from the Pinks and Turquoise Spectrum Noir marker sets. Then used my Platinum Stickles for the centers of the pink flowers and Patina Stickles for the centers of the small turquoise flowers. The little accent flower is from Hero Arts Sending Smiles.

My focal panel was stamped on Spectrum Noir's Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock measuring 3 7/8"x 5 1/8", which I layered onto a slightly larger piece of Papertrey's Aqua Mist and then place on a Hero Arts Carnation card base.

Not bad for an amateur colorist!

Off to church, have an excellent Lord's day!
Kathy

Friday, July 25, 2014

Birthday Wishes


Hey there,
I haven't ignored my blog...well okay...I have ignored it but not on purpose. I had a mini scrap retreat here at my house with my good friend, Anita, and it took me a while to get back into cards again. Not because I don't love making them, but this room was a disaster!! Had to clean up just to find things!...anyone know what I mean?!

So I used SU's Happy Watercolor flower image stamped in Antique Linen Distress ink onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper that I cut down to 1 3/4" by 4". I colored the flower with Distress markers in Fired Brick, Barn Door, Worn Lipstick, and Crushed Olive. I tried the technique Tasnim did for Ellen Hutson's Hello Monday:


Now certainly I'm not a pro at this technique, her's looks way better but it was a fun, fun technique to try. I will be using this again!!

So back to my card...I mounted the watercolored image on a piece of PTI's Summer Sunrise and then again on Hisbiscus Burst and finally on a white top folding card base measuring 4/14" x 5 1/2".
The sentiment is from PTI Meadow Greens stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I splattered random ink spots, using all the distress colors and a small round paint brush dipped in water.

That's it and that's all for now! Thanks for stopping by :)
Kathy

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hero Arts One Layer Challenge

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I got an email from Hero Arts about their one layer challenge and decided I would give it a go...since I had Antique Engravings out already I chose to use it again only I switched butterflies. 

I combined the butterfly with one of my favorite Hero Arts stamps, Paint Spots. 
The sentiment is from a very old Hero Arts set that I don't know the name of...they made a set of alphabets, one large alpha per package and included other sentiments and images in each set; the "hello" sentiment is from the letter H set.

All were stamped on an A2 size card base of Georgia Pacific cardstock, inked in Hero Arts Mid-tone inks of Tide Pool, Orange Soda and Butter Bar. The butterflies and sentiment were stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. MME enamel dots and a rounded corner finish off the card.

So my first entry in the challenge is finished!

Thanks for stopping by,
Kathy

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sending birthday hugs...


Hello at last!
     My goodness it's been a month since I last posted, but for a good reason...vacation! Spent 3 weeks in Phoenix with my mom...she is so fun!
     A good friend gave me a gift card for my birthday so I decided to try alchohol markers...again! I had Bic Mark Its but returned them...bought a sizeable amount of Promarkers but sold them thinking this medium was not for me. A year later I'm thinking "why not try them again?" So I ordered Spectrum Noir's...(the newest generation) with my gift card and now I think they're not so bad. I can't see spending the $$$ on Copics since I am just not that into it (I'd rather watercolor!) so the SN markers suit me well. 
     The butterfly is from the Hero Arts Antique Engravings stamp set, stamped 3 times with Memento Tuxedo black ink onto a 5 1/4" by 4" wide panel of Papertrey Ink white cardstock. I colored the butterflies using Spectrum Noir markers from the Turquoise, Green and Pink sets. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Stylish Sentiments-Birthday, stamped in Memento Tuxedo black ink. The butterfly bodies have been brushed with clear Wink of Stella, which doesn't show up in the photo. I popped the panel up on a top folding 5 1/2" by 4 1/4" card base of Papertrey ink white cardstock.
     I rather like the way it turned out!

     Thanks for stopping by-hope everyone had a safe and happy fourth!
     Kathy

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Happy Birthday...



My very good friend, Holly, who lives in the Netherlands, gave me the sweetest present...a gift certificate to Papertreyink..so I ordered several things, among them, Botanical Blocks. Love this set and wish there were more flowers! It has a sunflower and a rose and I felt they were just made for watercoloring. This one was incredibly easy and fun...

I only used 3 distress markers, Worn Lipstick, Crush Olive and Tumbled Glass...have I told you how much I love these markers? Easy to use, easy to watercolor with, easy, easy and did I mention easy? hahaha...I stamped the image on Strathmore 140lb cold press watercolor paper in Ranger Archival black ink, colored a petal with Worn Lipstick then took my waterbrush and brought the color out on each petal. It's pretty random because those petals are rather tiny! Did the same thing with the leaves using Crushed Olive and finally did some coloring with Tumbled Glass around the flower image. Awesome (said in my best sing song voice...)

The sentiment is from the same set, stamped in Archival black ink. I popped the image up with 3m foam tape (I need to buy that stuff in bulk...)

And that's it, all there is to it. Have I told you my story about trying to order the whole set of markers from Amazon? Truly wasn't Amazon's fault, but I ordered through an approved vendor, though it wasn't eligible for Prime shipping. Well, it never shipped by the stated date so I emailed them. They said sorry and for my trouble would expedite the shipping...uhmmm, nope that never happened either. Emailed them again, they said they would look into it and get back to me "asap" ...nope they didn't. Finally after 15 days I told them I was going to file a claim. I called Amazon, they helped me file the claim (for some reason I couldn't do on the website) and the next day I got an email from the approved vendor saying my order was lost and they would refund my money. Yay! :) but Boo no markers :( These were part of my bd present from my dear husband.

Anyway, I decided to reorder them directly from Amazon and so far so good-I got a notice saying they would be here tomorrow!!!!! Yay again! :)

On that happy note, I will say G'day Mates! (or however they say it in Australia)
blessings,
Kathy

Monday, June 2, 2014

My birthday cards!




Can you believe all these cards?! Today is my birthday and I have been receiving a steady stream of birthday cards since last week...all from a group of ladies in the Splitcoaststampers birthday committee. Just love all the creativity and love in each card! Now I know what others feel when they get my card...they aren't just getting one from me but from lots of gals!! Just had to share that picture.

My husband took me to dinner at my fav restaurant Saturday night. We had pan fried red fish topped crawfish, crab, mussels and shrimp. We shared sauteed crab claws (little ones) and a crab cake but were far too stuffed to order any dessert. Oh what a tasty and caloried laden meal...only do that once or twice a year...loved every bite. He also bought some beautiful tri-color gold earrings for me, as well as flowers delivered at lunch today. What a sweetheart.

A lovely day...I'm not a big cake and ice cream gal but I sure would love something yummy tonight. Oh like the dessert I had on Memorial Day. One of the gals brought a sugar free angel food cake (love angel food cake) that she covered with a mixture of lite cool whip, one package of vanilla pudding mix and a whole bunch of sliced strawberries and then popped into the refrigerator for a bit. Oh that was delicious!! 

Okay, it's getting to be that time of day when I am so hungry! Better stop talking about food:)

Nothing crafty to post at the moment but I'm sure I'll have something tomorrow:)
Happy Monday,
Kathy

Friday, May 30, 2014

Sympathy



Ha! It's not a watercolored card and it isn't a birthday card either!! I haven't made many sympathy cards but my daughter asked me if I would make some for her for a couple of work friends...sorry about the picture quality...I snapped this quickly with my phone's camera so I could sent it to her to see if it met her expectations. She loved it.

I was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest...where else?!...that was similar though the center circle was a script...I didn't care for it once I tried to replicate it so I chucked that idea and sponged in Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade distress inks. The flower silhouette is from a Unity set I purchased several years ago called Insightful Meadow. The sentiment is from Papertreyink's Everyday Blessings. The card base is Papertreyink's Summer Sunrise card stock cut to the standard A2 size ( 4 1/4" by 11" and scored at 5 1/2")The focal panel is Papertreyink's white card stock cut slightly smaller than the card base. I took another piece of cardstock cut the same size as the focal panel and centered a Spellbinders circle die on it and cut it out with my Cuttlebug.

I taped the cut circle panel ontop of the focal piece and sponged in the two ink colors blending in the middle slightly. I stamped the floral silhouette in Ranger Archival black ink off to one side and then stamped the sentiment using the same black ink. Finally I used my Wink of Stella (though it doesn't show up in the photo) on the all the flower images. Really a very super easy card to make. Could easily mass produce this card...if I had to! :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend...maybe take some time to be crafty!

Blessings,
Kathy