Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Stampin' Up! Blessed Easter for Sympathy

I mentioned the other day I would leave my coral colors out for a few days of paper crafting and  I'm back today with another water color!

Stampin' Up! retired Blessed Easter

You've probably noticed, I love to water color floral images. I rarely ink up a critter and even though I think they're cute and make great cards my favorites are floral and anything from the garden!

Using Canson water color paper I've inked my tulips with Jet Black Stazon ink to prep for coloring. I die cut the image first, to limit the coloring needed but that's rarely the case actually! Typically the inked image is colored before cutting. 

Because I own more Stampin' Up! ink pads than Copic Markers or Distress Inks, I've used them for painting. I don't think they react with water as well as Distress Inks but they've gotten the job done! These pretty tulips are water colored with Calypso Coral and Cajun Craze and the greenery Pear Pizzaz and Mossy Meadow. Pretty pretty yes?

The card base and background stamping  are tone on tone to keep the Sympathy Card a little more reserved. Something Lacy background stamp is one I picked up from the Occasions Catalog. I think I'm ready to see it inked up in a darker shade like Blackberry Bliss soon! 

Thanks again for dropping by and sharing my love of water colored plants! 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Power Poppy Geraniums Take Two

Who will be the next Peep of the Week?
I spent some time this weekend dreaming of Springtime water coloring, and selected one of my favorites, Power Poppy's Geraniums Take Two!

Power Poppy Geraniums Take Two

After a long darn three weeks with this head cold, I'm well enough to sit in the Studio to get a few cards made for The Artful Eye delivery in February. I mentioned I would have Calypso Coral out for a few days and decided to make myself this pretty Geranium in hues of Coral!

What sweet little gingham paper I found in my retired stash to match my geranium! It's retired Domestic Goddess but some of you SU! girls already knew that! 

So I hear the word on the street is Power Poppy will release Five new stamp sets tomorrow! Yikes! I must sit on my fingers because I have major dental work next week and need everything I have to pay for this root canal. Ugh. But that won't mean I won't be stopping by to see what Marcella's been up to this Winter! I'm so excited! 

Stop by the Power Poppy Blog  and play along with me won't you? Check out the artwork your friends have linked up and enjoy some lovely inspiration! Until next time, happy water coloring! 


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Stampin' Up! Apothecary Art

Well Hello!
It's been too long since I've last shared with you! Not to mention, since I have sat in my own Studio to make anything. January has not been my Friend!

Stampin' Up! Apothecary Art 

I know I'm not the only one who's suffered with a head cold this month, it's traveled around the Country I see as other Bloggers are sporting the same grief!

Next month I have need of a Birthday card, two actually so I'm happy to get one out of the way. Something old, and something new here. Apothecary Art stamp set and matching Labels Collection Framelits will always come through in a pinch! 

A layout I've used many times is repeated here today with a Chocolate Chip card base, and a Calypso Coral layer embossed in my new Spring Flowers textured embossing folder. It's a cutie! 

Spring Flowers Textured Embossing Folder

I have a terrible lack of Mojo this month, and thought if I sat down to water color it would all come back to me. This stamped image wasn't too large or needing detail so I started another, in the same colors of Calypso Coral and Mossy Meadow. I hope it will come together well. If only the weather reflected seasonal flowers from the garden! We're in for a Nor'Easter next week. Spring flowers are a long ways away! 

I hope you're all in good health. I apologize to my regular Pen Pals for the lack of happy mail! I hope to snap out of this funk soon or else! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Shopping Spree!

Happy Monday Blog Followers! 

Like many of you, I've been sick this early January and trying to recover completely from this head cold! Not the way I wanted to start the New Year!

I don't sit down to craft when I'm not feeling well, but I did look for Spring inspiration online and did a little shopping! Come and see what's coming soon to Patti's Stamping Studio! 

Sequins are all the rage right now! You'll find them in any color you'll ever need! I chose this bottle for a Happy Birthday Shaker Card I want to make, (sadly the stamp I want is still out of stock) and will enjoy this color pallet throughout Spring and Summer! 

This little multi tool is just what we need for picking up small little items like sequins or die cuts and place them just where they need to be! It will also poke out small holes of card stock left over from your die cutting, here is a short video on the Quickstik! 

Blue Raspberry

I guess it's time to try a hybrid ink pad. I recently picked up the Altenew Vintage Roses Stamp Set and inked the roses in dye ink and was not happy with the results. So if these hybrid inks are the answer I'll share that Vintage Rose stamp set and a review on hybrid ink pads soon! 

Sour Apple, Razzleberry and Grape Jelly

Gumdrop Green, Berrylicious and Grapecsicle 

Hybrid inks are Pigment Inks that dry like Dye. They can be used with Copic Markers and we can water color with them! Hip Hip Hooray! Sounds just what I'm looking for! A more rich, pigment ink when stamping, Copic Friendly and I can water color with them! Heck they sound as sweet as they look! 

Now I didn't order this Lawn Fawn but it's very tempting! It's a Reserve item that you can buy now and it will ship February 28th. We should act fast, these Reserve items Sell Out quickly! I'm thinking with my growing Copic Collection this will be a whimsical stamp and matching die set that will make perfect projects for my Pen Pals this coming Easter. 

I hope this week will treat you well! I'll share a project as soon as I can. Have a great day Stampers!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Taylored Expressions Sunflower Bouquet

Water coloring with Ranger Distress Inks!

I recently indulged in a End of Year Sale at Simon Says Stamps for all things Ranger! I delved into the Distress Ink craze and instead of ordering the Marker stash that's been on my list I decided to start with their Mini Distressed Ink Collection. First my image by Taylored Expressions and I'll explain more! 

Taylored Expressions Sunflower Bouquet 

I just can't seem to pass up a pretty floral stamp set. And what a bonus when they make a die to match that will cut your artwork out nicely! I've been sitting at the desk water coloring lately and finally got around to inking this bouquet today, I just love sunflowers and decided to ink these up in hues of orange-red for a rich color pallet. 

Check ou that designer paper in the background. It reminds you of brick doesn't it? It's Prima Flowers Cigar Box Secrets designer paper and this particular sheet is rows of Cigar bands. I love it! 

Ranger Distress Inks #7, #8, #9

So, I thought the Ranger Mini Distress Ink Pads would be a smart investment for a few reasons! (I'm justifying spending my wod ..stay with me)
  1. Easily enough you can blend with the ink pads and a blending tool to make nice backgrounds
  2. Ink directly to the stamp however a marker would be more convenient
  3. Ink directly to an acrylic block for a color pallet ready to pick up with your water brush as I did today
  4. Ink directly to an acrylic block, spritz with water and stamp  for a water colored background! 
  5. Just refill with ink!
  6. They store fabulously in this little tin that holds 12  ink pads and a blending pad tucked underneath.
There, I think I did a good job justifying that purchase don't you? I must say I'm nervous about the blending tool but will share my results. Hopefully together we can work out the bugs of this new trend. I say that because here in New England things come to us slowly! And we're more reserved to try new things. It's really still 1984 for real! (just kidding)

So there you have it, another water colored wonder by yours truly. What an enjoyable time it is sitting to color, whether it's with markers, paints or ink and a water brush. You can see this and more added to my card rack at The Artful Eye in downtown St. Johnsbury and Thank You to those who stopped by during the Holiday to pick up handmade cards from Patti's Stamping Studio! 

Have the best day Stampers!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Power Poppy Geraniums Take Two

Happiest New Year my friends!

I hope you find yourself well and excited at what 2015 will bring in your life! With a little downtime these past holidays I've enjoyed some water coloring and card making. Nothing is more relaxing than sitting down to color some pretty stamps and lately I've been playing with pretty images from Power Poppy!

Power Poppy Geraniums Take Two

Here's a start, a stamped image in Stazon on watercolor paper. I own many Stampin' Up! Ink Pads, and selected a few hues to use as a dye ink. Just press and acrylic block into your ink pad, add water to your brushes and paint away. I've shared this image a while ago on Instagram letting my Peeps know my next project and that I would set it aside until the rest of the card came together. 

Power Poppy Geraniums Take Two

I flipped through my designer paper stash and pulled this MME Pretty Things out for a 5x5 card design. Beautiful red and gold roses are on a blue green background with a distressed chipped woodgrain. Totally shabby just like my antique table it sits on! 

To repeat the colors in the water coloring I've reached for a Stampin' Up! Lost Lagoon card base and matted with Hello Honey. My Hardwood background stamp mats the image in Hello Honey and the Delicate Designs embossing folder in Cherry Cobbler is trimmed just right with the Large Scallop Embosslit. 

Here is a look at the inside panel and more of that gorgeous paper from My Minds Eye. You'll always have plenty of lovely scripted sentiments with Marcella's stamps. 

I look forward to coloring the other geranium in this set and using more of these pretty sentiments. I'll share this over to the Power Poppy Blog where you too can link up your creations using Power Poppy Stamps! For the moment, I can't part with it, I'll hang it up in the Studio to enjoy but soon will mail it off to a friend. 

I hope to share with you again real soon! Have a great day Stampers!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Power Poppy Gerberas

He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me...

Who hasn't sat in a field of Daises and plucked at their petals singing that old poem, He Loves Me?

I've enjoyed a long few days off this past week including the Christmas Holiday! I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and are making plans to resolute the New Year! I've had some time to start a pile of fresh cards for The Artful Eye where my cards are for sale downtown St. Johnsbury. And, took the time to mail some out to friends! 

Power Poppy Dynamic Duos: Glads and Gerberas

Todays card in the Daisies titled "sending love" is for All Occasion. Making Valentine Cards for the Artful Eye don't always sell out, but filling the rack with Birthday and Sympathy will guarantee a sale..eventually. This one's colored in Copic Markers and highlighted with a little Crystal Effects. 

My Minds Eye Pretty Things 6x6 paper pack keeps the color pallet masculine, this romantic script panel is on a Chocolate Chip card base. In Color Tangerine Tango is embossed with Delicate Designs embossing folder. I see I mounted it upside down and am showcasing the debossed side. Too late now that's adhered with Sticky Strip! 

Since I'm scared silly to attempt to color a background I lightly sponged this oval in Crumb Cake, and stamped the french script from retired French Foliage throughout this oval as well in Crumb Cake. Problem solved! The little greeting is black embossed to repeat the black outline in the stamp. 

I plan to link this sweetheart up over at Power Poppy Blog, stop over why don't you and link up your own creation, they love to see you create with these beautiful stamps! 

I hope you've enjoyed some time in your own craft room! Back to work for me, we'll see how soon I can get my fingers inky. Enjoy the day Stampers!