Watercolor Practice

Inspired by Design Tip #6 from Sandy Allnock (Try repeating an animal image,) I decided to make a simple card with these little hedgehogs and the deer.  I need more practice but it was fun.  I should have stamped the hedgehogs first with just the board adhered with removable glue.  Then added the wall and painted the hedgehogs.  Then finished with the background and the wall.  The wall was done with a brick embossing folder on red paper.  Then white pigment ink pad wiped over the top.  Next time I try it I will look up the coloring on the deer for shading etc.  Also I think I like stamping in black ink first before coloring.  I used brown ink and they aren’t as sharp looking as I would like.  I am including some pictures of the process because my work table wasn’t as big a mess as it usually is or at least it didn’t show up in the picture.

Simon Says Monday Challenge

Did a very simple Sympathy card for the SS Monday Challenge “Love of Plants”.  Used Canvas paper and sponged distress ink  for a background.  Using an Anna Griffin die cut, I cut a small portion of the die cut and applied it to the background.  Finished with a frame and a die cut butterfly.

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Simon Says Monday Challenge Love of Plants

Simple Sympathy Card

The Post Script to this Post is that I don’t think this card got entered in SS Challenge.  Something went wrong when I was adding the Link and I can’t fix it 🙁

Thinking of You Lily Pond

I wanted to create a shaker card where the shaker looked like a Lily Pond.  I found this Stampin Up set “Remarkable You” that had a flower that looked like a water lily.  So I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and watercolored the lilies.  Watercolored a background for the pond with distress ink and made a shaker card using blue and green sequins and glitter.  I am very happy with the results.

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Simon Says Monday Challenge Love of Plants

Lily Pond Shaker Card
Lily Pond Shaker Card

June 6, 2015

Taking a break from creating.  I hate to do that since I really enjoy it everyday.  The problem is I don’t get anything else done.  Husband needs a new phone so have an appointment with ATT. (ugh)  Then our church’s annual pig feed tonight.  I just hope no lightening like last night.  That would be disastrous.

Maybe when I get home I can do some more coloring with the new Simply Gorjuss stamps I got yesterday.  I love them.  They were inexpensive and they are really nice.  Each set has wonderful little things in it.  I colored one last night called “The Runaway”  I am learning to use alcohol ink stamps.  Starting with Spectrum Noir.  I might invest in Copics one of these days if I can master this.


This is the time for graduation cards it seems.  Have made two so far.  I love this one.  I spent a lot of time on it, thinking at first it would be simple since I have used the Stampin Up owl so many times and he always looks so cute.  I stamped and embossed a number of strips for the second layer.  That took a lot of time.  Then deciding how to put them together was like a puzzle.  I am very happy with it even if it did take a day and a half.  I love the Dr Seuss graduation poem and used the first two paragraphs for the sentiment. CongratsCongrats Inside

Live Love Cards Vellum Challenge

For the Live Love Cards Vellum challenge I stamped a piece of Vellum with a Tiny Star background in Versamark ink.  Embossed with WOW Neutral Ultra Shimmer Embossing Glitter.  I then used Distress Inks Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire.  I added a lot of water to the ink and smooched the vellum in it.  I let it dry and flattened it out.  When the vellum dried it warped and looked like a cloudy starry sky.  So I watercolored a fairy stamped picture on watercolor paper and cut it out.  I cut a frame and sponged the same distress colors on the frame and the card backing.  I liked the effect of the starry sky on the warped vellum.  Wish I could figure out how to photograph and capture the details but I guess if you double click on the picture it is larger and more detailed.  I am getting the hang of this blog stuff slowly.

Reach for The Stars
Reach for The Stars

Craft Space in Need of Organization

I am in process.  Organization is needed.  I got as far as getting my clear stamps, dies and stencils in very nice order thanks to Jennifer McGuire.  I have a long ways to go.  I share my craft space with my husband who I have given a very small work area to.  He is a tax preparer so doesn’t need much.  I have organized and reorganized so many times.  The hardest part is keeping it looking neat like the ones I see pictures of.  Mine is always a mess.  I’m working on it.  I was going to wait to get mine neat also but needed to take a picture for a prize in Live, Love, Cards so this is it.Craft Space in Need of Organization

Just Saying Hello

Today I saw a tutorial on Lawn Fawn’s Blog by Lizzy C.  It was the stenciled background on Kraft cardstock that interested me, so I tried it and then was able to use my Impression Obsession Three Deer die cut.   I love the way it turned out and it reminds me of my family in Lake City, Colorado.  The deer often look in their window in the morning as if to say hello.Just Saying Hello