Saturday, February 6, 2016

Watercolor for Cardmakers - Intermediate Techniques

I rarely win anything but this was my lucky week, I won a spot in the latest Watercolor for Cardmakers class.  It goes into depth on intermediate techniques!  

Special thanks to Debby Hughes for offering a chance to win!!  She is the owner of Lime Doodle Design blog and does gorgeous work.  If you have a few minutes, you should go and visit...her posts will definitely inspire you and make you want to stamp!

The class is given by Dawn Woleslagle (of WPlus9).  She is a fabulous teacher and gives a lot of explanation about how the water and paint react to each other when you do watercolor.  She even explains what a bloom is and how how to avoid it.  I've made lots of those and I don't like them, so I'm really happy to know how to avoid them.  

It was a busy week for me so I only got to try one of the lessons.  It was on brush techniques and using your brush to help you make shapes.  I tried the coneflower lesson given by Yona Smakula.  It was amazingly easy and much fun that I tried it with 2 different colors!  I  used Strathmore cold press watercolor paper and Koi watercolors.  Here are my two practice sheets.  Using shades of purple...

And shades of red.  I added some leaves to this one and I like it better with more green...

Here are the cards I made using them.  I cut the Hello from black paper and black fun foam and glued them together.  Love the dimension it adds!!  I wish I'd added the strip at the bottom of this card before I die cut.  I think it would have looked better with the scalloped edge but I used my good glue so there was no way I could get it off! 

I used MFT Blueprints Tagbuilder 2 to make the tag for this card.  It was the perfect size and I really like the little scalloped edge on the bottom!  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

If you want to learn more about watercoloring, this class is great!
Thanks so much for visiting.  


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Twist Fold Card

This is a new card shape for me.  It is called a Twist Fold Card.  You start out with a piece of card stock cut to 4 1/4 x 11.  Thinner card stock works better for the base card.  Score the card diagonally from corner to corner and fold on the score line.  Then fold the piece in half and decorate.  If you google "twist fold card" there are lots of samples and tutorials!  I used a stamp and die set from Taylored Expressions called Paw-some!

Here is what the inside of the card looks like.  I sent this card to my niece and I knew it was going to arrive a little late so I changed the "is" to "was"!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


If you follow my blog, you know how much trouble I have making masculine cards, but I needed one.  I thought the sneaker die from MFT would make a cute card.  I searched Google for different style Chuck Taylor sneakers and when I found a pair with mustaches, I knew I had to use that idea for my sneaker card!  

The sneaker die is very detailed.  My favorite part is the tiny die that cuts out all of the eyelets.  They look fabulous cut out of gold or silver mirror card stock.  They aren't as difficult as you'd expect to glue on and they are well worth the effort because that little detail gives them the look of real cute!  I added a craft colored twine for shoe laces.
Guys like sports so I decided to put baseballs, footballs, basketballs and soccer balls inside since it went with my sentiment.  I used strips of acetate to attach them to a center spine so when the card is opened they bobble all around!

You can see the acetate strips a little better in this pic!

Thanks so much for visiting :)

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Black, assorted DSP, gold mirror card stock
Stamps: none - sentiments were done on the computer
Dies: My Favorite Things LL All Star High Tops, Spellbinders Labels 17 
Miscellaneous: Acetate, twine, Stampin' Up Scalloped Oval & Large Oval 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Bouquet Greetings

I belong to a group called Random Acts of Mail.  The focus of this group is to send 2 cards a week to people in need.  It is nice to be a part of something that helps people to feel better when they need it most.  I like to make sets of cards so that I have them ready to mail out.  These cards were made for that purpose.  My inspiration was a card from Susan Kirk's Stamp Camp.  It's so simple yet pretty and is perfect to send when someone needs cheering up!  I like to do sets using different colors.  Here are how they came out...

I used Copics to color the flowers.  A light, medium and dark in each shade.  I colored the tulips in the lightest color, then added the medium and dark and blended the colors by going over it with the lightest color again.

Here are the Copics I used...

Thanks so much for taking time to look :)


Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow & Old Olive, Papertrey  white, assorted complementary colors
Stamp: Stampin' Up: Love is Kindness & Endless Birthday Wishes
Copics: See above
Miscellaneous: Stampin' Up Scallop Oval & Large Oval Punch, Silver sequins

Saturday, September 26, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - September

Tim's tag this month is beautiful.  I couldn't wait to make this one until I realized that the only things I had for making the tag were glossy paper and a handful of alcohol inks.  I decided to go with what I had and see if I could make it work.  Here is what I came up with...

Making the backgrounds was a blast! I didn't want to stop.  The technique is just like the one TH does with his Distress Stains, but the Alcohol Inks are much more vibrant and the addition of gold is really pretty.  You have to be careful not to smoosh too much because the colors blend to make mud quickly.  After making the background I stamped some butterflies.  I used an old Hero Arts butterfly stamp and then added clear embossing paste through a swirly Tim Holtz stencil.  I'm hoping you can see it in this photo.

I also didn't have the the frosted sheet that he used to make the 3D butterflies.  I used a piece of acetate and I really like the effect that I got when I heated it.  When it was hot it was very pliable and you could position it any way you wanted.  Once it was cool it would stay in that exact position.  Wow...very cool.  I'm going to have to think about ways to use this for other things.  It's hard to photograph.  I hope you can get an idea of how it looks here.

I used some strips from a green alcohol ink background to bring some more color to the bottom of my tag and added a TH number embellishment and a quote.  I died some seam binding ribbon with Peeled Paint Stain and Twisted Citron reinker to use at the top of my tag.  

This was a fun one and I learned a few new things! 

Thanks for visiting,

Friday, September 25, 2015

Butterfly Parade

This is the other card that I made for our Project Day.  I seem to be using these My Favorite Things dies more than any other.  They make beautiful, easy cards :)  I wanted a subtle pattern on the front so I used a stamp by MFT called Simply Circles to make a tone on tone background.

An acetate window added some interest but also caused a problem because you could see the backs of the butterflies on the inside of the card.  Cutting an additional black lacy butterfly for the reverse sides fixed the problem easily.  

I tried some other color combinations, and I like them but I wish I'd used a bigger sentiment stamp on these. 

Thanks so much for stopping by :)  Have a great weekend!


Supplies Used:
Card stock:  Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette, Black and White
Stamps: MFT Simply Circles & Assorted Sentiment Stamps
Ink: Versafine: Black and Versamark
Dies: MFT Flutter of Butterflies-Solid & Flutter of Butterflies-Lace
Miscellaneous: Copic markers, Acetate

Thursday, September 24, 2015

You Gnome Me - Hello Card

My group of stamping friends got together recently for a Project Day.  I am so lucky to know these girls. There is nothing better than a day of stamping and a lunch with people that you like!  I made 2 projects this time because I couldn't decide on just one.  For the first card I used the My Favorite Things set called You Gnome Me.  The card was inspired by one I found on Pinterest by Torico.  You can see her adorable card here.  All of the die cutting on this card is done with MFT's Blueprints 3, except for the fence and grass.  I don't have the dies to cut the gnomes so I cut him by hand.

I didn't have a soft yellow DSP, so I used a brighter one.  I had to use brighter colors for the background and the embellishments to make it look right.  I used Pan Pastels to make the sunset sky in the background. They are SOOO easy...I love using them to make backgrounds!  I also tried a new coloring technique for adding texture when coloring with Prismacolor Pencils.  You use a fine point stylus to press a pattern into the card stock and then when you color over it the pattern lines (dots) stay white!!  I found out that you can't use Gamsol for this technique because it makes the color bleed onto the white lines.  Here's a close up of the plaid pattern...

And here is how it looks with a dotted pattern!  Ohhh...ahhhh...imagine the possibilities!!

Thanks so much for visiting, hope I made you want to get out your stamps and play :)


Supplies Used:
Card stock:  Yellow Designer Patterned Paper, White Cougar Opaque 80 lb, Assorted solids
Stamps:  My Favorite Things: You Gnome Me
Dies: My Favorite Things: Die-namics  Blueprints 3, Fresh Cut Grass, Garden Fence
Miscellaneous: Prismacolor Pencils, Pan Pastels: Diarylide Yellow, Violet Tint, Ultramarine Blue