Monday, June 17, 2019

Celebrate You!

Hi there!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Chris is hosting this week and has chosen the beautiful combination of Pineapple Punch, Coastal Cabana and Basic Gray, with a dessert option to add anything round.

A new SU stamp set provided the perfect floral spray for the challenge colors.  I used a stamp positioner to stamp the spray on each end of the card panel, then centered the sentiment in the middle.  I used Copic markers to color, then the panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle die and mounted to a slightly larger panel of Coastal Cabana.

The layered panel was popped up on fun foam and added to a Basic Gray card base.  Since I used yellow to color the flower petals, I decided to use a silver metallic gel pen to color in the flower centers.  A light blue-green marker added a glow around the panel, with sparkle added to the flower petals with an aqua shimmer pen and a few clear sequins.

That's the card for this week!  Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a greet week ahead!


Stamps:  Bloom & Grow (SU)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana
Ink:  Gina K Jet Black Amalgam
Other:  Stitched Rectangle die (Simon Says Stamp), Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Sakura Silver Metallic Gelly Roll pen, Copic Multiliner
Copics:  V01, Y08, 04, 00; C5, 3, 1; BG49, 13, 11, 0000

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sketchy Rose

Hi there and welcome back!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Barbara is hosting this week and has chosen Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Mint Macaron, with a dessert option to use designer paper.  I opted not to go for dessert this week.

I decided to use another of Suzy's Watercolor Prints from Simon Says Stamp, this time with these lovely roses.  I used Copic markers to color and was going to use mint for the background on the print but didn't want to have a sentiment on my card, which the print does, so I ended up fussy cutting the image.  I'd forgotten how "fun" it is to fussy cut watercolor paper, and then I had to use my craft knife to cut out a few of the interior areas, which is REALLY outside my comfort zone.  But hey, we do what we must for our art, right?

For the background I die cut a piece of white card stock with an A2 sized scallop rectangle die, taped off the outside edges, then inked up a background stamp inked with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink.  I stamped it off once to get a lighter impression, then stamped the background.  Once done I decided to splatter a bit of the same ink along with some Black Gesso.  Once dry, it was adhered to a white card base then the fussy cut rose was added with foam tape and added a few of my favorite clear sequins.  I opted not to add a sentiment so it could be used for any number of occasions.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always appreciated!


Stamps:  Sketchy Lines background stamp (SSS)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Suzy's Watercolor Prints (SSS)
Ink:  Gina K Black Amalgam, Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide
Other:  Scallop A2 Honey Cuts die (Honeybee Stamps), Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Wendy Vecchi Black Gesso
Copics:  R27, 22, 20; YG97, 95, 93, 03

Monday, June 3, 2019

Mermaid Thoughts

It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers and I am hosting this week!  I chose Balmy Blue, Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist, with a dessert option to create an ocean scene or make a masculine card. 

I chose these colors with the intention of making an ocean scene after recently acquiring one of the awesome From the Vault stamp sets by Hero Arts.  I was totally smitten with the mermaid in the set, using her in coordination with another HA ocean scene stamp set.

The background panel was lightly ink blended with Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire inks, using a white gel pen to create the look of ripples in the water.  The sailboat and sentiment were stamped in black ink, then the panel die cut to a size to fit inside a navy frame. 

The clouds were die cut and adhered to the panel, the overhanging bits trimmed off.  Separately the mermaid was stamped and colored with Copic markers, plus I used a light gray marker to add shading to the clouds.  The frame was layered four times to add some dimension, adhered to the card base, then the main panel inserted inside the frame.  I intended to add some sparkle to the mermaid tail but forgot as I was in a rush to photo the card.

Thanks for visiting! 


Stamps:  Color Layering Sea and Sky, From the Vault Beach and Sea (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, Night of Navy
Ink:  Gina K. Black Amalgam, Versafine Claire Nocturne, Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire Distress inks
Other:  Color Layering Sea and Sky frame cuts (clouds), MFT Stitched Rectangle Frame die, SSS Stitched Rectangle die, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen
Copics:  Hair-E79, 57, 35; Skin-E13, 11, 00, R20; Tail-YG17, 23, 01, 00; Rocks & shells-C3, 1, 0, E53, 50

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Go For It!

Hi there!  My card today is one made for a couple of challenges at Splitcoaststampers plus the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Anything Goes.

The theme of this week's SCS Teapot Tuesday is What is Your Animal? where our card should reflect non-domestic animals that we love.  The SCS CAS Challenge theme is Go Outside.

Like so many young girls, I was crazy about horses.  Black Beauty and The Black Stallion were my favorite books.  While I was never able to own a horse personally, as a girl and periodically into adulthood I had opportunities to ride horses (LOVE!).  A remarkable thing occurred in Oregon in 1977 when Kiger mustangs were identified in Southeastern Oregon as a separate type of Mustang directly descended from Spanish horses brought to North America in the 17th century.  These are wild mustangs that have a specific "dun" (ranges from light gray to tan to reddish) color and can have a dorsal strip along the back as well as dark manes, tails, and sometimes noses and stockings with other primitive markings on the legs.  I found several photos of these beautiful creatures on line and used them as a basis to create my card.

I used a multitude of Copic markers to get the color of the horse just right and create the sketchy background.  Once complete it was die cut and mounted on a base that was embossed with a woodgrain embossed folder.  A bit of twine was the final touch.

Thanks for taking time to visit!


Stamps:  Let It Ride (SU)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Desert Storm
Ink:  Gina K Amalgam Black
Other:  Wonky Stitched Rectangle die (SSS), Jute Twine, Copics

Monday, May 27, 2019

Magnolia Thanks

It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Karen is hosting this week and has chosen Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam and Crumb Cake, with a dessert option to add polka dots. 

I used the Magnolia stamp around the edge of the panel, leaving room for the sentiment.  Colored the flowers with Copic markers that I felt closely matched with the Petal Pink color.  Once the coloring was complete the panel was added to some black card stock and adhered to the embossed Petal Pink panel, which was mounted on the card base with foam tape.  A few sequins and I was finished!  Super easy!

Thanks so much for taking time to visit!  I hope you have a wonderful week and are able to check out this week's Color Challenge!


Stamps:  Magnificent Magnolia
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Petal Pink, Black
Ink:  MFT Extreme Black
Other:  Polka Dot ef, Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP)
Copics:  R02, 01, 00; G43, 40; E44, 43, 97

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

CAS Birthday

Hello friends!  The card I'm sharing with you was made for the current challenge at The Paper Players.  The theme is to make a CAS card with plants.  Fun!


After stamping the row of cactus filled pots, I took my T-Square ruler and drew a line with a light brown Copic marker in order to create a "wood" counter for the pots to sit on.  I colored in the counter with the lightest marker, used long, sideways flicks with the medium and dark markers, and created shadows with the darkest marker, then blended it all out with the medium and light markers.

After coloring the pots and plants, I used a light blue-green marker to create the background.  While covering the plants with my hand I used a mini mister to lightly spray the background with Copic Colorless Blender which gave it a soft textured look (a little hard to see in the photo).  Once dry, the panel was die cut with a rectangle die and stamped with the sentiment.

To create the card base, I die cut a frame from white card stock three times to create a bit of dimension, layering on top of one another, then adhered to the light blue card base.  I then added the main panel in the center of the frame and called it finished!

Thanks so much for visiting!  For those of you in the US, I hope you have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!


Stamps:  Happy Together (Penny Black), Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Surf Blue (SSS)
Ink:  MFT Extreme Black, Versafine Clair Nocturne (sentiment)
Other:  Hero Arts Nexted Infinity Rectangle die, MFT Stitched Rectangle frame, Copic markers

Monday, May 20, 2019

Happy Thoughts

Hello again!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Mary is hosting this week and she has chosen the lovely combination of Poppy Parade, Mango Melody and Call Me Clover with a dessert option of a thanks or birthday card.  My card does contain the word "happy" and I think I might get away using this for a birthday card or an encouragement card.

I'm also joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where this week's theme is "Stitches", which I included with a couple of stitched die cuts.

I was trying to decide how I wanted to use this week's colors and remembered I had this print with those fabulous mushrooms and thought it would work perfectly.  I colored it with Copic markers, using neutrals of browns and a mossy green (a SU neutral used by the color team).  When the coloring was complete I used a Copic friendly pen to outline all the images and the sentiment in order to give it a bolder black outline.  After die cutting with a stitched rectangle die, it was mounted first on a slightly larger die cut panel of Poppy Parade, then added to a Desert Storm card base using foam tape.  I thought there was plenty going on in the print that I didn't need to add any embellishments.

That's it for my card.  Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have a great week!


Stamps:  None
Ink:  None
Paper:  Suzy's Watercolor Prints (SSS), Poppy Parade, Neenah Desert Storm
Other:  Stitched Rectangle dies (SSS and MFT), Copic markers