Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hero Arts One Layer Challenge


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,

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!

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)

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,

Friday, May 30, 2014


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!


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Happy birthday

Here with yet another birthday card! and yes, it's watercolored!! I think I could watercolor my whole house...okay well maybe not but watercoloring cards is a blast. This card is my attempt at last Monday's Papertrey ink Make It Monday technique. Betsy Veldman...gosh that girl just knows how to make pretty things! I loved how easy this one was...but you know easy is very deceiving. In real life, doing easy can mean several attempts before I'm happy. Something about those water dots landing just right.

Anyway, had fun and now sitting here thanking the Lord for the rain! We need it so much and with Houston getting pounded it would seem like it was headed this way and then right before it got here, the dang system would just move on up to the north of us. Gee whiz! But this system headed right for us...I mean we are only 150 miles away...not that far. 

Okay enough of my weather report...gotta go pick up my dog from the groomer's...oh he's going to smell so good and look so good...for about a minute. I don't know how he manages it when he's an inside dog, but I tell ya, the minute he hits the living room carpet, he's rolling and wiggling til his coat is a fur ball mess again! And then he goes and drags out all his toys and throws them at my feet. I swear he's a boy in dog's clothing!!:)

Happy Tuesday,

Papertrey White card stock cut at 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 top folding
Papertrey Aqua Mist cardstock 
Strathmore mixed media paper
Papertrey Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist and Summer Sunrise ink
Ranger Archival black ink
Papertrey Meadow Greens stamp set-leaves
Hero Arts Sending Smiles-sentiment
Wink of Stella clear
Scor tape

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Hello There

Continuing to work with watercoloring, I was so inspired by Kristina Werner's watercolor card from the other day and oh how I wished I had those cute scribble stamps... but then I remembered I had something similar. A stamp set from SSS last year's Mother's day card kit called Best Mom Ever...okay so they're flowers but I think they substitute nicely!

Since my set didn't have a solid and a scribbled stamp for each size I just turned the stamp over and inked the back side. I followed (well mostly) Kristina's idea of rolling the stamp just on the outer edges on the ink pad, stamped it and then used my waterbrush to bring the color into the circle, making sure to keep the ink lighter towards the middle. Then after stamping and drying all my images, I turned the stamps over, inked them in the same color ink as the solid image and stamped them again. Once all my images were inked and I stamped my sentiment in Ranger Archival black ink...then I watercolored the background with Weather Wood distress ink.
Finally I took my waterbrush into the ink and splashed it onto my card. My focal image size is  3 1/2 wide by 4" long, the Berry Sorbet card stock behind the focal image is 3 3/4" wide by 4 1/4" tall and all that is mounted on a regular A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2)  size card.

Well it's no Kristina Werner card but I like it!

Thanks for stopping by...Happy Memorial day!

Strathmore mixed media paper
Papertrey white and Berry Sorbet card stock
Papertrey Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Hisbiscus Burst and Simply Chartreuse ink
Tim Holtz Weathered Wood distress ink
Ranger Archival Black ink
Simonsaysstamp Best Mom Ever stamp set
Papertreyink Mini Blooms stamp set