Friday, November 15, 2019

Dress the Turkey

Hello again friends!  I have a fun card to share with you that admittedly makes me chuckle.  I grew up with a dad who told silly jokes and loved puns, and I have to admit, as much as I didn't want to when I was young, that I became a lover of the same.  I can't tell a joke to save my life but I do find humor in silly jokes and puns!

The colors used for my card were inspired by the color challenge at Sunday Stamps, with rich colors of Autumn that are some of my personal favorites.  I primarily used the oranges, teal and brown from the inspiration piece.

I'm also joining the current SSS Wednesday Challenge where the them is Thank You/Thanksgiving plus including this as part to the 30 Day Coloring Challenge at the Daily Marker blog.

The image and sentiment are part of a really cute Thanksgiving stamp set from Art Impressions.  I stamped the turkey with Gina K Chocolate Truffle Amalgam ink, a Copic friendly variety, and set about coloring it with the challenge colors.

I love the silly sentiment and the fun image of the turkey.  Once the coloring was done I realized I needed to better differentiate the pants from his tail and wing so, inspired by the stamp set packaging, I added pin stripes to his fancy trousers.  After the gel pen ink dried I did go over it with a Copic marker to tone down the white but it still came out a little bright in the photos.  Still, the concept worked and the pinstripes just add to the whole comedic aspect of our "dressed" turkey!

The panel was trimmed down and added to layers of colored card stock.  The card base to which it and the stamped sentiment were adhered had been stenciled with Antique Linen Distress Ink using the Pretty Pink Posh Autumn Leaves stencil, then wrapped with a hemp twine bow.

Thanks so much for the visit, I always appreciate it!  I hope you have a great weekend!


Stamps:  Full of Thanks (Art Impressions)
Stamps:  Neenah Solar White and Desert Storm, Peacock (Simon Says Stamp), Pumpkin Pie (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Gina K Chocolate Truffle Amalagam, VersaFine Clair Acorn (sentiment), Antique Linen Distress Ink
Other:  Autumn Leaves stencil (Pretty Pink Posh), Hemp twine
Copics:  BG49, 15, 32, YR18, 07. 04, 68,12,21, E19,29, 37, 35, 33, 47, 44, 43, 41, W3, 1, 0

Monday, November 11, 2019

Leaves and Berries

Hi friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  I'm hosting this week and have chosen the colors Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzaz and Garden Green with a dessert option to add a metallic.  Time to get those Christmas cards rolling, if you haven't already, and these traditional colors should work well for that.  I know I still have a ton to make!!

I used two newer stamps from Simon Says Stamp's Cheer and Joy release.  The background stamp is meant to coordinate with the sentiment that comes in a separate stamp set.  I made two versions with different background card colors and layers under the large sentiment.

For both cards, the background panels were heat embossed with gold embossing powder, one on Cherry Cobbler and the other Garden Green.  I used a Misti to stamp the sentiment panels in Copic friendly ink, leaving the stamp in the positioner until I completed coloring it, then put it back in the Misti to stamp with Versamark, then set with the gold embossing.  I blended light and dark greens on the leaves to work in colors similar to both Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green.

Other than card stock differences, I did add a strip of gold mirror card stock on the red base and chose to layer the sentiment with a gold panel on the green version.  I think the red background is my favorite version.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always appreciated!  I hope you'll use the link above and join in the Color Challenge this week!


Stamps:  Leaves and Berries background, Holiday Sentiment Mix 1 (SSS)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Tonic Studios Polished Gold Mirror Card
Ink:  Gina K Chocolate Truffle Amalgam, Versamark
Other:  Antique Gold embossing powder (Altenew), Hero Arts Infinity Rectangle dies
Copics:  YG67, 17, 03; R39

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Pop's Birthday

Hi there and thanks for visiting!  My father-in-law celebrated his 95th birthday (!) last Monday and I made him a card using the current Mojo Monday sketch.

I haven't been able to participate for a while as I moved from Oregon to Idaho in the last two months, so I was happy to finally be able to join in.

Masculine cards are somewhat tricky to me depending on the recipient but I thought a sunrise vignette with the Evergreen Circle die would work great with patterned papers from Moda Scraps contained in the most recent Simon Says Stamp card kit.  I made a variety of backgrounds for this circle die with various ink blending colors but in the end settled for a very simple sunrise look with lots of yellows at the horizon and just a touch of blue at the top, using Distress Inks to do the job.  I sandwiched the ink blended circle between the die cut trees and a similar size base and mounted on the card base with foam tape.  The sentiment, from an old Stampin' Up stamp set, was heat embossed on the base in gold embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting, it's always appreciated!  I hope you'll use the link and check out this fun challenge!


Stamps:  Sky Is the Limit (SU ret.)
Paper:  Garden Green, Strathmore Bristol, Forever Green (Moda Scraps)
Ink:  Versamark; Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass Distress Inks
Other:  Hero Arts Gold embossing powder, Hero Arts Infinity Circle dies, Evergreen Circle die (SSS)

Woodland Whimsy

Hello again, friends!  I'm back to share a card I made for the current challenge at The Paper Players where Anne Marie has given us a wonderful theme for either fall or holiday cards.

I began with the intent of making a birthday card but when the scene was done, I thought it worked better for a Christmas winter card.

After stamping and masking the deer and birch trees, I also masked off the snowy hills in the background for some ink blending.  For the sky I used lighter blue distress inks and then lost my mind a little and added a purple which just did not blend in sufficiently.  It was then I knew it had to be a night sky and added both dark blue and some black around the edges.  When dry, Copic markers were used to color the trees and deer, plus create some shading on the snowy hills and then I used a white gel pen to create snow over the entire scene.

The sentiment was heat embossed in platinum embossing powder on a vellum strip and wrapped around the trimmed down panel then adhered to the scallop border panel.  I had some sparkly snow flakes left over from die cutting a glitter paper panel, so they were added for a final touch.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a great weekend!


Stamps: Woodland Whimsy, Holiday Greeting Mix 1 (both Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Grafix Platinum Vellum
Ink:  Gina K Chocolate Truffle Amalgam; Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Seedless Preserves and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks
Other: Ranger Platinum ep, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen, A2 Scallop Rectangle die (Honey Bee), Copic markers

Monday, November 4, 2019

Merry Little Christmas

Hi again!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Karen is hosting this week and has chosen the lovely combination of Poppy Parade, Pool Party and Old Olive, with a "dessert" option to add a touch of silver.  Although we use Stampin' Up colors for reference, participants may use any products you have on hand.

I'm also joining Kathy Rac's 30 Day Coloring Challenge that is going on all during the month of November and the current Anything Goes Challenge at the SSS Wednesday Challenge.

Since this week's colors lend themselves so well to a Christmas card, that is what I made!  I used a cute set from Avery Elle to make a fun little card.

I started with the background panel, blending Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks on Bristol paper, then spraying it with shimmer spray.  When dry, the sentiment, stars and snowflakes were heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  Next, I used Copic markers to color the cute little deer and packages, adding dots to the package and stripes to the ribbon with a silver pen, then die cut the images with companion dies.

The hills were die cut from some Hero Arts specialty paper resembling snow and the scene was assembled on the Bristol panel and adhered to the white card base.  This was a card that will be easy to replicate for the holidays.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a great week! And be sure to check out the challenges linked above!


Stamps:  A Merry Little Christmas (AE)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, HA specialty
Ink:  Versamark, Gina K Black Amalgam, Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress
Other:  A Merry Little Christmas companion dies, Stitched Hillside Border dies (Lawn Fawn), Silver embossing powder (HA), Sakura Silver Metallic Gelly Roll pen
Copic markers:  YG97, 95, 93, R46, 24, 20, 05, BG01, 000, 0000, E37, 35, 33, 31, 30, C2, 0

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fall Friends

Hello all!  I have a card to share that I made for the current challenge at The Paper Players.  The lovely Ann Schach has given us a wonderful sketch to work with, so I thought I would make a Thanksgiving card.

I decided to use a Birdie Brown set from MFT that I totally adore, plus it's fun to color the darling images!!

I stamped both the girl on the pumpkin and her chipmunk friend with his acorn in Gina K Chocolate Truffle Amalgam ink on Neenah Solar White card stock, then colored them both with Copic markers. I used Copics to color in the ground around the pumpkin, adding some shading and then used a Micron pen to sketch in the fence in the background to try to give some perspective to the scene.  The background was colored with very light blue green markers to create the sky.. I totally adore the little chipmunk and had to add him in the small circle because, well, why not?  So sweet!

So glad you took a moment to drop by my blog!  I hope the rest of your week is wonderful!


Stamps:  BB Fall Friends (MFT)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Burnt Orange, Peacock (SSS), Early Espresso (SU)
Ink:  Gina K Chocolate Truffle Amalgam
Other:  Copic markers, Sepia Micron pen, Tim Holtz Wood (?) embossing folder

Monday, October 28, 2019

Surprise Gift

Hello, friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Jeanne is hosting this week and has chosen the lovely combination of Blueberry Bushel, Lipstick Red and Coastal Cabana with a dessert option of a nautical theme.  I just could not get my mojo going for anything nautical so I opted to skip dessert and make a Christmas card, since I am soooo far behind in my production due to our move.  I found one of Suzy's Watercolor prints that I thought was super cute and worked great with these colors.

Wouldn't you love to be a kid and find this wonderful surprise gift of a puppy in your Christmas stocking?  I used Copic markers in colors similar to those for the challenge to color this print, adding  neutrals including one like Mossy Meadow, which is a SU defined neutral.  When the coloring was complete, I used some gold watercolor paint on the stocking buckle and also the ornaments. When the paint was dry, the panel was trimmed down then I used my paintbrush along the edges to add more gold for a nice finishing touch.

Thanks so much for taking time to visit and I hope you'll use the link above to check out this week's SCS Color Challenge!


Paper:  Blueberry Bushel (SU), Suzy's Watercolor Prints Happy Holidays Collection (Simon Says Stamp)
Other:  Copic markers, Gansai Tambi Starry Colors watercolor paints, Sukura White Gelly Roll pen

Bear Care

Hi friends, just dropping in with a quick post as I am running up against the challenge deadline for Freshly Made Sketches.  Jen created such a versatile sketch this week I had to play along, but a number of factors kept me from getting this posted until now.

Last week I received the latest Simon Says Stamp card kit and had to use some of the whimsical images for this card.  I decided to use Neenah Desert Storm card stock with my Copic markers, which causes a more muted effect on the colors.

I created kind of a wreath around that sweet bear and then added a few "wind blown" leaves for added color.  The sentiment was stamped on watercolor paper, lightly sponged with Crumb Cake ink and popped up beneath the bear.  I added a piece of the lovely patterned paper from the kit to the desert storm card base, then layered on the main image with foam tape.

Thanks for taking a peek, your visit is always appreciated!  I hope you have a great week!


Stamps:  Woodland Whimsy (SSS)
Paper:  Neenah Desert Storm, Forever Green patterned paper (Moda Scrap)
Ink:  Gina K Chocolate Truffle Amalgam ink
Other:  Clear embossing powder (for sentiment), Copic markers

Monday, October 21, 2019

Sending Hugs

Hi there!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers and Mary is hosting this week.  She's chosen the wonderful fall colors of Merry Merlot, Daffodil Delight and Cajun Craze, with a dessert option to make a fall or Thanksgiving card.

I'm also playing along with the current challenge at The Paper Players, where LeAnne's challenge is to make a CAS card with a large sentiment as the focal point.

While I did ink blend my background, I think I left plenty of "white space" around the card to be considered CAS.  However, the purists among you may differ with that opinion LOL!  And that's okay, we all have our opinion of what constitutes CAS.

I used the CC colors to ink blend the background on Bristol paper, then splattered with water and set aside to dry.  Next I smooshed the ink pads onto craft mat, sprayed it with water and pulled a couple of panels of watercolor paper through the ink.  After it dried overnight, I cut it with several leaf dies.

To assemble the card, I started by die cutting the word "hugs" three times from Merry Merlot card stock and stacked them, plus stamped and trimmed down "sending".  The ink blended panel was trimmed down then the die cut leaves and sentiment added before finally adhering to the cream card base.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always appreciated!  Have a great week!


Stamps:  That is All (WPlus9)
Paper:  Cream (Simon Says Stamp), Merry Merlot, Canson XL, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Merry Merlot, Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze
Other:  Fab Foliage (MFT), Elegant Leaves (Sunny Studio), and Script Words dies