Monday, August 31, 2015

Technique Tuesday Rhododendron

Hello!
Bet you thought I went off the grid!

Well I did, you haven't heard from me in weeks! I hope you've all enjoyed your Summer! As we approach the first week of September surprisingly here in Vermont we're expecting very warm weather however we've seen signs that Fall is quickly approaching! We're all grateful we're not running the furnace just yet!


Technique Tuesday Rhododendron

While I was away from Blogging I haven't been away from Creativity. In fact I've been purchasing a few new stamps from Companies I've never heard of! That's one way for me to grow, stamping with something new, discovering different embellishments and giving the CAS clean and simple style a try!

I stamped this beautiful flower onto Neenah Solar White card stock with Memento Ink. Armed with only a few Copic markers it colored up fairly quickly. Since I don't own the Neenah 110 lb. card stock which would have made my top folding CAS card even more simple, I layered  this 80 lb. onto Stampin' Up! Always Artichoke. 



Isn't that  just gorgeous? It belongs to the Green House Society Collection over to Technique Tuesday. 
On the First of each Month they release a new Nature inspired stamp! Pick them up Retail or become a Member of the Greenhouse Society by joining the Auto Ship Program and get yours at a discount! 

 Still on my Wish List is this embellishment I've come across..Tsukinineko irResistible Pico Embellisher


It's a texture writer! I want one in Black but they come in a gazillion colors and will take the place of your enamel dots for one, like the Candy Dots on my card, I've run out of black and really prefer using three on a project so a bottle of this little embellisher would have come in handy! A no clog fine-tip applicator makes it perfect for writing or embellishing your stamped images and more! 

Well I wish you a lovely week, and I hope you'll see me here again soon without such a hiatus! Patti

Copic markers: G24, G28, RV21, RV23

Monday, August 17, 2015

Still more Power Poppy So Grateful!

Me again coloring up my Power  Poppy's So Grateful stamp set. It's just too sweet to set down!


My previous stamped chair was colored in Copic Markers. Remember? I was worried  I wouldn't have the inventory to finish coloring the entire image..Luckily I had. So todays attempt is at loose water coloring. And why not? It's hotter than the hinges to hell, well not that bad but it's the freakin' humidity! A little water coloring soothes the soul so here I am.



And here we are, Copic coloring on the left, and water colors on the right. They're both gorgeous and they both were so fun to color! I mentioned in my last post here that I wanted to ink up this chair in vintage greens and reds. I'll do that someday and likely share with my Instagram friends so be sure to include that app on your smart phone and follow! 

Have yourself a super Monday and let me know what you're working on in your Studio!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

More Power Poppy So Grateful

Stopping by for a Cheery Hello!
More Power Poppy's So Greatful, two of the most stunning floral images for your All Occasion Autumn Card making!



Yesterday I shared the other half of this stamp set, the gorgeous Dahlia cluster colored in a loose water color with Sakura Koi paints, you'll want to see that here if you've missed it! I saved the chair image for last since I knew I wanted to color it in Copic markers, and didn't really know if I owned enough to get it done! 


So I went ahead and inked my new stamp in VersaFine Ink, what a nice rich black that is by the way! I heat set it because it's oil based and stays wet a while. Great for both water coloring and Copic coloring go figure! And then I just thought I would color all I could until I ran out of markers! 


It turns out I had what I needed to finish the image and start deciding on a layout! With the bright blue Dahlia and orange pumpkin the most prominent in the coloring I wanted to repeat these once more in the card.


Opting for Cajun Craze rather than Pumpkin Pie card stock, I paired an embossed layer in Soft Suede which was just sitting around in my stack of Soft Suede. Since those two colors were so muted I thought I would introduce a muted shade of blue to compliment the Dahlias. This is a pinking heart border in Night of Navy. 

A small punched heart with a mini clothes pin is adorned with a linen thread bow! I said bow! I love bows but you rarely see them on cards these days!  I borrowed the sentiment from Power Poppy's Primrose Petals. I just love this little font of Marcella's she's such an illustrator! I am over the moon with excitement for this set and so thankful  Marcella provides these gorgeous images to color! 

I encourage you to do a little creating this weekend! I bet you have a stamp set begging to be inked up and colored into something dear to send in the mail! This one I'm saving for a September Birthday but I'll be adding cards to the rack at The Artful Eye. A special thanks to the locals who are able to purchase my cards. Enjoy your weekend Stampers!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Shabby Chic with Power Poppy's So Grateful

Bonjour Mon Ami!
Sharing some stunning Shabby Chic today and playing along on the Power & Spark Challenge over at the Power Poppy Blog!


Power Poppy Happy Mail arrived this week with my new August Release So Grateful Stamp Set! {grin!}
Wait until you see these images! They're just what I needed! wanted! 


Just a peek

Instagram buddies get a little  peek during the WIP (work in progress) They're always so kind and sweet over on Instagram! 


What joy to ink up my stamps for the first time! I've stamped in VersaFine Ink onto Canson Water Color paper and traced an oval framelit around the image for a little custom fussy cutting. Spending some water coloring time with my Sakura Koi Water Color Kit is a relaxing process while listening to music! 


This Month's Challenge over to the Power Poppy Blog is Shabby Chic! Like always there's no need to use Power Poppy images in your uploads, just play along with what you've got! Shabby Chic brings to mind torn and tattered, doilies and lace, distressing and embellishments! Sounds divine so let's get started shall we?


Power Poppy So Grateful


The inside!




My project evolved with some retired designer papers, distressed with the edge of my scissors. I've included a paper doily, my favorite linen thread and a teeny tiny bow tied with a teeny tiny button! Those old time paper crafting embellishments just  make my little ole' heart sing! 

Wink of Stella behaved today and was added to the precious berries beside the cluster of Dahlia flowers. It was also added to the little pink wild roses, the sentiment and the candy dot! It's hard to put that down really, Wink of Stella goes everywhere with me!



I know right? This set is just made for Autumn! Just look at that chair! {squeal!} I can't get over it! I'm dying to tackle that chair in vintage aqua, in old country red, in chippy brown with the yellow underneath! Time and patience. And more Copics, I need more Copics! 

Well I hope you're just as excited about this new set as I am. I'm off to continue to color. I can't wait to see what you will upload on the Power Poppy Blog. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a little blog love when you can! Blessings!~Patti

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Neat and Tangled Hand Stitched

Hi there Peeps!
Happy Mail has arrived from Neat and Tangled with my new Hand Stitched stamp set and matching Hoop Die! They make the sweetest little cards for your friends who stitch or even for those that don't! I've colored them quickly with Copic Markers let's take a closer look!









I paired some retired Stampin' Up! Designer Paper in Wisteria Wonder with these cute little violet colored die cut  images. With just four Copic Markers this stamp was colored to cuteness! I've die cut the hoop from gold foil and adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. Die cuts are adhered with Dimensionals. They're just so cute! 

The stamp set is available with a matching die  to save you from fussy cutting! I did some masking on one side of my hoop for some peekaboo flowers because I need the practice.  I don't know why but masking baffles me! But I was able to accomplish my goal of flowers from behind the hoop. Score! 




Happy Birthday Neat & Tangled! 
Neat & Tangled turns 3 this week! Stop by their blog for inspirational posts
and a chance to win some giveaways! 





Sunday, August 2, 2015

Stampin' Up! Best Thoughts

Hello Friends! And Hello August!
It's exciting to turn the calendar. Who's Birthday is this Month, who's Anniversary? Are we ready with a handmade card?

Yesterday I took some time to get to know my Sakura Koi 24 Watercolor Pallet. No water brush markers here, just old fashion watercolor paints.


She's done it again. Maria has mailed me some stamped images I don't have. She's incredibly generous that way! Always some to water color and some to ink up with Copic Markers. She knows I love to color! This Rhododendron is the popular Hostess stamp set from the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog called Best Thoughts.


You'll recognize the image it's all over Pinterest and one of the more popular stamp sets in the new Catty! My goal, to get wet. To embrace a loose water color. To loose  all control of how my paint blends and whether I inked the entire image or left some white space. There's no right, there's no wrong. There's just water and paint. And love!


Stampin' Up! Best Thoughts 

It came out dreamy! I just might be hooked on this loose water color! Something your Copic's can't do is create a piece like this! I am thrilled with the results let's have a closer look at loose watercolor! 


Love! My paints were red and orange on the flowers, one shade of green on the leaves and stem. A little black was watered down to create a gray highlight around the image and then darker black was flicked with my brush. I love splatter! 

Papertrey Inc. Wet Paint provides my sentiment. Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Glitter Pen is colored on the stamens since I'm out of white gel pen. But I think that glitter pen worked fine!  I fussed a little in my craft room selecting the right color pallet of Designer Papers to build the rest of the card. Don't I want to whittle down those packages of paper! No wonder the Clean & Simple look is so popular, this image really stands on it's own resting against my embossed Melon Mambo on a handsome Basic Black card base. 

I feel so blessed to have been able to color this image since I don't own this Hostess Set! To Maria, thank you for your generosity and your friendship. Today you've helped me become better comfortable with my watercolors something that's important to me, to stretch as a Paper Crafter and try new things! Hugs~Patti

Saturday, August 1, 2015

More Altenew Persian Motifs

I'm back with more Persian Motifs from Altenew!
Pen Pal Maria Rodriguez is generous to share some stamped images of this set I don't own! But I think it's worth having don't you? Have a look at todays coloring!


Maria mailed me a stack of these images and this one she stamps in Versa Mark for me and embosses with Wow Silver Pearl embossing powder. I don't own that either but Wow! Is it pretty! (wish we lived closer)!

With a clean wet paint brush I wet one petal to a time and colored with just two shades of blue with my new Akashiya Sai water color brush markers. The embossed image is extra helpful in keeping the water within each petal so you can color one at a  time.


Yesterday I had an accident with my Wink of Stella, you can read about it here. We had a little chit chat me and Stella and I set out to use it again on this blue flower. 


I hope you don't tire of multiple images. This  blue and green just makes my heart sing! Well no it doesn't but it sure is pretty! I've paired Maria's water color panel with some Stampin' Up! Gumball Green and a A2 Card Base in Bermuda Bay.



A pretty sentiment from my stash is inked in Versafine Ink, what a pretty black that is! I'm extremely pleased with how well that ink pad stamps! 

That's it for me! I've got some Power Poppy to order today! New released sets are available and I'm not going to miss out on my favorite set perfect for Autumn card making! So excited! Thanks for dropping by to see another Persian Motif image, you're all so sweet! Have a great weekend Stampers! Patti