Friday, July 25, 2014

Adirondack Chairs and Watercolors

When I saw these chairs on one of the sets from Unity I knew I had to have them!  As you'll see from the photo below they remind me so much of the peaceful spot in my backyard in the photo below.  I've had these chairs for 20 some years, sometimes they sit out on my front porch but for summer they are in the back.  Nice spot to sit, relax and enjoy a beverage as in the stamp!

After being inspired by the work of Swarup Murthy in my Online Card Class on water-coloring I thought I'd give it a go with this stamp.  Her work is amazing, so please click on her name to go to her blog, outstanding work!

I think my try at the technique turned out better than I had expected!  I used Distress ink and made the background piece with Distress inks and a stencil also.  I'm sharing this on the Unity blog for Friends with Flair.

Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sweet Strawberries

Sweet summertime... and every week I get some delicious strawberries in my farm box!  So the stamps from The Stamps of Life this month are just perfect for warm summer days!  Pretty easy to make, especially with the matching dies!

stamps and dies - The Stamps of Life
paper - Kraft & stash papers
ink: Distress Worn Lipstick, SU Pear Pizazz, Ranger Archival black
other - ribbon and fiskars edge punch

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Patriotic Hero Cards

These are just a few of the Any Hero cards I made for Operation Write Home.  I love that little Paper Smooches eagle!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Stencils and Watercolor

 This bright card is made with Distress inks for the medium.  The star background is Distress inks in fun, bright colors and then the cake is water-colored with Distress markers.  Celebrate is embossed with white embossing powder.

To get the background you apply ink to a stencil then spritz liberally with water and then turn it upside down onto some watercolor paper.  The new mini Distress ink pads make this super easy to do.  Then the cake is stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with white powder.  Then I used an acrylic block as my palette and scribbled ink onto it and water-colored the image.

Paper - Strathmore 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper
stamps - Unity (cake) Paper Smooches
Ink - Distress inks and pens in Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn and Mustard Seed.
other - Tim Holtz stencil, Stampin' Up ribbon

Friday, May 23, 2014

Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop

click image to go to the beginning of the blog hop!

Welcome to the OWH blog hop for Memorial Day!  I am sending this little Any Hero card out, straight from my backyard where there might be some holiday barbecuing going on!

I used sketch #191 from Operation Write Home, which you can find here.  They have so many sketches that I find it's a great resource.  I do love  sketches!

The papers are all from my stash, but I can tell you the patriotic papers come from an Authentique 6x6 pad called Pride.  The image and sentiment are from My Favorite Things. This little set is quite new to me and I've had fun coloring with my Prisma colored pencils. there are a few different sayings that fit onto her blackboard. The little button is an embosslit from Stampin' Up, I love buttons on cards and these "faux buttons" help keep the card from getting too bulky!

Thanks for hopping over to my blog - and please visit as many blogs as you can an leave a comment!  Let's show our troops how much we appreciate them this weekend and everyday!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Faux Hand Painting

Day 8 in my Watercolor for Card makers taught us some easy ways to get a faux hand painted look. I used my Loew Cornell tray of cake watercolors for this painting.  For this card I used a PaperTrey Ink die as a stencil to start the painting and then added to it.  The greeting is from Avery Elle (Laurels).

thanks for stopping by to have a look!

Watercoloring Stamped Images

Another catch up card from Online Card Classes - Watercolor for Stampers.

This card is taken from Jean Manis's lesson on watercoloring stamped images with Distress Markers.  I stamped the images in Ranger Archival inks and watercolored with various distress markers.  Then I die cut a few clouds (PaperTrey Ink) for the sky.  The background mat is embossed with a Stampin' Up woodgrain embossing folder.

The stamps are a new set for me from Darcie's called  Busy Beaver.  There's a beaver, skunk and squirrel with accompanying sayings.  I stamped part of the sentiment on the front and inside stamped the rest which reads "I missed your big day".

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Watercoloring Heat Embossed Images

I had a busy week last week - lots going on at work and my daughter and husband coming to town to celebrate her 30th birthday!  So I am behind on my homework!  Day 6 is not new to me, but always good to be reminded of techniques and see the different ways the instructors go about doing it. This is Jennifer McGuire's shimmery watercolor.  Hard to take photos of the shimmer, but it's there! 

I "watercolored" with Distress Markers and used some homemade Pearl Spray for my water instead of plain H20.  I had to go buy more watercolor paper this past week also, and better quality paper does indeed equal better results.

I do not know where the stamp of the flowers is from - it's an unmounted and I sadly didn't make a notation.