Monday, October 20, 2014

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Winter

Join me for a little two-step stamping today with Watercolor Winter Gold embossed for Christmas!

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Winter

Again the Studio stamp drawers are open to my Holiday Stamp collection and I've reached for this pretty poinsettia from Stampin' Up! called Watercolor Winter. I think poinsettias are so pretty and thought I would try to make a pink version in todays card. Have a closer look! 

I love plant life. And with two cats and a dog in the house I don't have live plants anymore! Poinsettias for the Holidays are just gorgeous and look so pretty on my piano in the living room. (however poisonous to cats I hear!) 

But I can enjoy whipping up some pretty Christmas Cards with this set fairly quickly. In a Whisper White Apothecary Label I've inked two Pink Pirouette poinsettias and one Pear Pizzaz pine needle. I like to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig for best placement with my texture stamp, my second layer of the poinsettia you see here inked in Versa Mark and heat embossed in gold. Pretty! 

I've stamped and paper snipped the pine cone and added it with a dimensional. Nothing terribly difficult here, just pretty layers of card stock and this pink plaid designer paper found in  my retired Letters To Santa. Happy Christmas is a sentiment from More Merry Messages. I think they say "Happy Christmas" in Europe more frequently than in the States. Maybe some of our Blogger friends can confirm!

I hope I've encouraged you to get out your stamps. Ink them up and start those lists! I don't want to have to remind you how many days til' Christmas but you should have your cards in the mail for December 1st. Let me know how I can be of help!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stampin' Up! Festival of Trees

OK as October is winding down to an end it's time to get down to brass tacks! Stampers we need to get our Holiday On! 

Stampin' Up! Festival of Trees

As my time with Stampin' Up! is winding down, (I'm getting done this quarter) I'm pulling out something old and something new to create this years Holiday Cards. Here's a cutie pie in reds & greens decked out for Holiday fun!

Three things I love! OK surely there are more but ONE- Designer Paper! Retired Be of Good Cheer was picked up in the Clearance Rack at some point because I did not purchase it in season. Doesn't it look fabulous with my Cherry Cobbler & retired Garden Green color pallet! 

TWO- Texture. I think it's been a while, a few hours at least since I've had an embossing folder out! I reach for retired Petals a Plenty embossing folder during the Holidays as it reminds me of tiny poinsettias. Especially when embossed on this rich Cherry Cobbler card stock! 

THREE- Ribbon & Bows! duh! You know me, wink wink. I just love to add ribbon and bows when I can. And even thought this card will be more difficult to mail in this Gumball Green Sweater Trim just leave this darling card atop your gift package! Or turn the entire layout into a Tag and we're good to go! This Sweater Trim also was picked up in the Clearance Rack at some point because I never purchased it in season. I think it's a good idea to pull it out and use it!

Festival of Trees Photopolymer Bundle 137640

These cute little trees have been a lot of fun! They're just right to whip up the cutest tags, Holiday Cards and Thank You's. It's nice to have a matching stamp and punch with bundled savings! 

Hope you get a chance soon to get your craft on and start those Holiday Cards! If you're local, stop by one of my Creative Classes and give paper crafting a try! Contact me for more details.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Stampin' Up! Feel Goods

Stampin' Up! Feel Goods for a Friend

I borrowed a few stamp sets from a great friend this Fall and it's time I got them back to her!
Included in her package a pretty card made with her Feel Goods stamp set just in time to wish her well after surgery.

Stampin' Up! Feel Goods

A little change of scenery today. I've set up photography on Michael's antique table in my Studio, one that was in the family, all chippy and old. It's quite interesting I've seen nothing like it with it's scalloped table top and turned legs. Maybe someday I'll show you the entire piece but let's have a look at Feel Goods!

A refreshing color pallet inspired by the warmest of temperatures this Fall! Really it doesn't need to be 80 degrees in October for my sake! I knew I wanted to make a girly card with Pam's stamp set and enjoyed a new Designer Paper Pad from MME My Minds Eye called Pretty Things. Look at these beautiful roses on a distress barn board so pretty against retired Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride & Garden Green. 

A few rolled roses for Pam, and crochet double bow and Sizzlet Leaf are all it takes to complete this feminine greeting card. Pam you're missed in Creative Class and we hope to see you before the Holidays! Best wishes recovering from surgery and many thanks for sharing your stamps with me! Hope to see you soon!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Penny Black Pumpkins Scallop Square for Thanksgiving

More Penny Black Pumpkins 

As promised I shared yesterday after inking my first Penny Black Pumpkins before storing them with other Autumn stamp sets in my Stamping Studio I inked them up once again for a Scalloped Square Thanksgiving Card for Levi. Nice to get some upcoming paper crafting needs finished early!

Penny Black Pumpkins

Inked just like in yesterdays post, I enjoyed coloring with Stampin' Up! Blendabilities Pumpkin Pie Collection. The image on Very Vanilla card stock in Memento Tuxedo Black ink is attached to a scalloped square card base in Mossy Meadow.  The largest framelit in my Squares Framelit Collection is scalloped. I simply laid the scalloped framelit on top of the folded card, overhanging the top fold so it didn't get trimmed! 
Now don't be modest with your card base and let the Framelit do all the work, I started with a wee bit too small of Mossy Meadow and don't have three sides of the round scallop. Levi won't even know! 

Paper crafting is all about the chemistry of making something from nothing. This minor mistake reminds me it's handmade and doesn't bother me in the least that it's imperfect. I made it with love and he'll know that soon. 

Thanks for dropping by to see more of my Penny Black Pumpkins!
Have a great day Stampers!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Penny Black Pumpkins

Penny Black Pumpkins!

As you can see my Online Card Classes Copic Coloring lessons are paying off! These  Penny Black Pumpkins have turned out pretty darn nice using my Stampin' Up! Blendabilities Markers in Pumpkin Pie Collection.

Penny Black  Pumpkins

My Blendabilities Pumpkin Pie Collection provides three shades of Pumpkin Pie ink, a Light, Medium and Dark. I colored one pumpkin at a time, with my light marker using a flicking motion from both the bottom and top of the pumpkin. 

With my darkest marker I added small shorter "flicks" to areas I wanted the richest color saturation. I blended with longer medium flicks and returned to the light marker to flick from both top and bottom, a pendulum motion if you will to connect them all and fill in the body of the pumpkin. 

The rest of the card is inked in a few Stampin' Up! (retired) Day of Gratitude leaves and a sentiment from Truly Grateful a current set you can find in the Annual Catalog. Cute little dots throughout the card are my little Mary Engelbreit touch! 

I love these pumpkins and decided to continue inking them up while they were out! My next project is a 4x4 scalloped square card for my son's Thanksgiving Card. We can take a look at that tomorrow!

Enjoy the colors of Fall and for my Aussie friends, Enjoy the sounds a colors of Spring! 
See you tomorrow!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Power Poppy Farmers Market

Power  Poppy's Farmers Market, the final results

I've picked up my first set of Power Poppy stamps by Marcella Hawley and inked this crate of apples from Farmers Market the other day with my new collection of Copic Sketch Markers!

Power Poppy Farmers Market 

Practicing with reds led to some bleeding outside the stamped image. I thought it would never make its way to a finished card but I decided to make something for my son who hasn't received a card from me lately! He's through with his Basic Training and onto AIT for the next 10 weeks and this will brighten his day at Mail Call. 

Not owning any Copic Earth Tones, I had to ink my crate gray. That's OK, who hasn't left a piece of wood outdoors all summer and not see it oxidize to this patina as well! It turned out pretty nice and is handsome on the Garden Green embossed card stock by Stampin' Up! 

The Baker's Twine bow is up-cycled from the very packaging that Marcella shipped it in! Here's another look at the personalized wrap on my order! What a Sweetheart!

Here's the rest of the images loaded with healthy Farmers Market goodness! I just love vegetables and will enjoy using the rest of this set for the remainder of Fall. Head on over to Power Poppy The Blog and check out their Peep of the Week and be sure to link up your next Power Poppy creations!

I want to thank those out there who are helping send handmade cards to Levi and his two friends in the Army, I'm hearing they are being received and appreciated so much! Thank you for your kindness and your help in getting mail out to the boys!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Copic Coloring Practice

Copic Coloring

I've enrolled in an online Copic Coloring Class at and learning from the best including Sandy Allnock, Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner

Power Poppy Farmers Market

Coloring with alcohol markers are new to me, professional instruction has been so helpful and will allow me to offer a better colored image on my projects! 

A big Thank You! to Maria Rodriguez and her daughter Adriana for their trips to the local Crown Point Hobby Lobby where they have been tirelessly collecting my first stash of Copic Sketch Markers! I just love them! 

Here is my very first Power Poppy stamp set by the talented illustrator Marcella Hawley. It's called Farmers Market. Just look how sweet Marcella packaged my order! 

I wrote a note in my online order thanking Marcella for continuing to provide gorgeous stamp images to color, and how hard it was to pick my very first stamp set, they're all just awesome! What a Sweetheart!

Now if you jump back up to the top, and take another look at my colored image, Id'e like to say that I would have preferred a brown crate but didn't have the Earth Tone markers! {Maria I'm starting a new list!}
The Crate is colored with N2, N4 and N6. 

I colored the leaves with the colorless blender to saturate the paper, and then my lightest green..G21. Then my darkest, G28, G24 and then G21 again. Blending as I go. 

Apples are Red. Red markers are known to bleed easily. Again I saturated the card stock with the colorless blender before adding my lightest red shade, R32. Then added the darkest R39, R37 and R35. Blending all the way and finishing off with an R32 blend. Did I need to use four red shades for such a tiny image? Absolutely not! I had them out and was having a great time coloring!

Oops! As you can see my green and my red bled beyond the stamped image. Hmm, now we know reds can bleed easily, maybe this first saturation of the colorless blender (which saves on your lightest ink color) proved my card stock was too saturated. Anyway, that's what practice is for! 

I shaded the entire image with the W1 and blended outwards with the colorless blender. This image isn't mounted to anything, just a practice sheet of 30 minutes of total joy! Woo Hoo! I can't wait to keep it up and perfect my coloring! 

Thanks for dropping in, I hope you will stop by Marcella's store and check out her Power Poppy images perfect for coloring. You'll be seeing more of them here for sure! Have the best day Stampers!