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

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Beware the Cat!

Hello again!  It's been over 6 weeks since I last posted and in that time my husband and I moved from Oregon to Idaho.  All I can say is that I'm grateful it's done and hope I never have to move again any time soon!

So this is my first challenge post since moving and my first Halloween card for this year, which I am entering into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where conveniently the current theme is Halloween. 😄

For my card I used a cute new-to-me stamp from Picket Fence.  I love the sentiment!

I began by using various Distress Inks to blend the background on Bristol paper, then splattered it with water, white gouache and black gesso.  When completely dry, I stamped the cat on the broom stick and bats with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The sentiment was also heat embossed on the panel but it didn't show up adequately, so it was embossed with purple ep on black and popped up on foam tape below our broom-flying cat. The panel was trimmed down and mounted on a slightly larger panel of black, then added to the gray card base with foam tape.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I'll be back tomorrow night with a card for the new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, so I hope you'll come by and check it out!


Stamps:  Wicked Together (Picket Fence)
Paper:  Smoke, Black (SSS), Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Milled Lavender, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Blueprint Sketch and Black Soot Distress Inks; Versafine Claire Black Pigment ink
Other:  Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear and Wendy Vecchi Cactus Flower embossing powders, White Gouache, Black Gesso