Thursday, July 30, 2015

Altenew Persian Motifs

Oh my goodness, Warning! It's hot, I'm sweaty and I'm keepin' it  real!
Join me for some water coloring with Altenew's Persain Motifs!

The final card. Now let me share the sweat and tears that went into it! It's all fun and games until your Wink of Stella burps out a glob of glitter! Arr! 

So, I'm upstairs in my Dining Room nearest the Air Conditioner because it's the Hottest  Day of the Year!
Ear buds in and watching Grey's Anatomy and relaxing with some mindless water coloring! Iced Coffee by my side, life is good right! 

Pen Pal Maria Rodriguez  orders a new stamp last month and tells me it's Altenew's Persain Motifs! Whaat! I say! A stamp that's on my long Wish List because it's so lovely! A dream to color I was sure! Just like Maria she offered to stamp some in Memento for Copic coloring and on Canson Water Color Paper to water color. Isn't she the Bee's Knees! What a Doll!

So here we are with one finished flower. I wet one petal at a time with a clean paint brush of water and added my darkest shade of pink from my Akashiya Sai Water Color Brush to the base of the petal and let the water do it's work! Then I took the  lighter pink brush to the bottom of the petal and blend the two colors. Many times adding clean water to the entire petal for a full blend. Pretty! 

I couldn't wait for the image to dry so I could add some Wink of Stella. Not too far into that  task and the darn Wink of Stella decided to burp out a big blob of glitter. Ugh! I stared at it! I was so discouraged! Knowing it's just fluid and glitter I decided to wick it up with a tissue the best I could. Then I took a clean water brush and tried my best to continue spreading the damn stuff around! 

By now it's getting late and I'm tired and ugly! I attach a lovely Neat & Tangled Hello Die with Tombo Mono Adhesive and sadly get it all over the place! I had to add Glossy Accents to the die to conceal the mess. That's ok, that was a very pretty accent! Phew! I think I need some sleep! 

Instagram Buddies go the 411 as it was all happening. They're a great bunch of friends there to encourage! Like I said, Maria sent me a stack of these stamped images so me and my Wink of Stella will have to give this another go! You'll see us back here soon and the entertainment is all on me! Have a great day Stampers! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Power Poppy Farmer's Market

Hello! I have quite a harvest to share using Power Poppy's Farmer's Market!
Yummy colorful veggies, ripe for the picking or selecting at your local Farmer's Market!

I had some time to play with a couple of Newbies in the Studio this weekend starting with my new Black Ink by Tuskineko VersaFine Onyx Black 

Have you ever had to wash a brand  new stamp, and scrub it with a gum eraser just to get it to ink up? You stamp it with ink over and over before your brand new stamp inks a  full image. Well this  photopolymer stamp right out of the package inked up beautifully with oil based Versafine Ink! It's a gorgeous black ink, it's waterproof when dry and I've used it today for Copic coloring on Neenah Solar White paper. Versafine, seems very versatile! 

After coloring with Copic Markers I couldn't help but use my Wink of Stella and my Glossy Accents to enhance the veggies! You know I love a bow so I've tie a linen bow to a tagged sentiment.

I thought Echo Park's Homegrown Designer Paper looked perfect  for Summer stamping! Bright and colorful and full of homegrown goodness! 

Make it a great week my Sweets!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Penny Black Sitting Pretty for Birthday

Hello how are you?
I have a real quick share today from Penny Black that I colored with my Sai watecolor brush markers  have a look!

Eek! Isn't she so cute! I'm still practicing with my Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush  Pens. I'm not crazy about the look when I add water so this image was just colored with the markers. I'll keep at it, since they're meant to watercolor with they've got to get wet sometime! 

I  don't have a closer shot that came out, you'll have to click on the image and hope to  see how adorable she is! Wink of Stella is painted over the flower centers on that tea cup. I just love this image!! 

In other News... Guess What?

New Power Poppy Clear Stamp Sets Coming in August! Woo! with sneak peeks starting July 29th from the Power Poppy Design Team! Look at that adorable chair with the Pumpkin flower arrangement! You know I need it! Just sayin'!

Have yourself a super day! Patti

Monday, July 20, 2015

Power Poppy Heaven & Nature Sing

Power Poppy's Heaven & Nature Sing!

I've wanted this Holiday Set from Power Poppy since it went live last Winter! Come and see this beautiful image!

Power Poppy Heaven & Nature Sing 

I'll share a closer image in a moment. But wanted to let you know I'm the proud owner of my own 20 piece watercolor brush markers by Akashiya Sai. We call them Sai for short! 

I picked them up at my favorite vendor for all things pens at {squeal}! So happy to have this handy watercolor medium in brush pen form! Fast, colorful, convenient! 

With a stamped image on Canson Watercolor Paper I selected a pallet of markers and enjoyed the pastime of coloring! A little Wink of Stella on the holly berries and Glossy Accents on those pretty blossoms are about the only adornment I seemed to fit on this card. 

Trust me I rummaged through all of my ribbons, my buttons I tied linen thread bows but couldn't find the placement that added to this pretty card and those elements just put it out of balance. So a Teeny Tiny Wish gold embossed sentiment is punched with the Stampin' Up! Modern Label punch on Bermuda Bay repeating the card base. Now that's balance!

Marcella draws the most beautiful images for us to color! Why am I making Christmas Cards in July? Because this one took two hours to complete and I need the head start! Lol! Now that I have a layout I'm confident I'll be able to make some in bulk. Won't a stack of Power Poppy Holiday cards be so pretty! Tic Toc! 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Power Poppy Bough Wow Wow

It's beginning to  look a lot like Christmas!
I am super stoked with my purchase of a few new Holiday stamp sets recently from my favorite Illustrator Marcella Hawley over to Power Poppy!

Marcy herself always hand packages your treats with a special little note including your Name in Lights! I love collecting these adorable trinkets of typography from her! Getting to know her this past year has been a joy this woman Rocks! Just look closely at her vintage wallpaper she's wrapped my package in paired with this super fun ribbon it seems to be tied up with hand dyed pieces of dryer sheet which I doubt is true but it says Party to me! 

Power Poppy Blog

Most Months I try to play along with Power Poppy's Power & Spark Challenge for a chance to win some Free Power Poppy Goodness! This month Hostess with the Mostest Leslie Miller directs us to "Hang Some Paper"! You know those piles of Designer Paper in the corner that don't seem to get smaller with use! Use them up she says, just three different patterns or colors is all you need to qualify so here we are...and that third was tough for me, let's see if you can spot it! 

I honestly haven't purchased new Holiday papers in years! So I treated myself to two new packs of paper by Authentique. This one called Cozy. Designers papers are layered on a SU! Sky card base, and trimmed with an old Real Red ribbon. 

I colored in Copics and so pleased my reds didn't bleed! That's because my maker ink level is getting more low. I'll be careful the day I need to refill those! Now just look at this Mistletoe Spray for your front door! Eep! so cute! You'll see this again in future posts inked up in Fair Isle colors of blues and pinks, blacks and greens! I can't wait to get my craft on! 

The stitched heart is elevated with a dimensional and I've taken my Tombo Two-Way Glue Pen to the snowballs to add some Prisma Glitter. I just love a triple bow don't you? This red is a nice contrast against  the crumb colored designer paper. 

Oh just one more thing before you go! Remember the Challenge? To hang some paper in threes? I told you that was tough, My main stamped image was so large on the front I preferred just two so I introduce the third on the inside  panel and happy I did! An adorable sentiment in Real Red and some extra snowballs for fun and I'm ready to go! 

Power Poppy Bough Wow Wow 

See the coloring fun I'll have in the upcoming weeks of crafting? I hope you enjoyed todays share and are inspired to Hang Some Paper soon and upload your creative masterpiece over to Power Poppy! Ta!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Wplus9 Watercolored Anemones Day 3

More practice with Wplus9's Watercolored Anemones! 

This one's so pretty! I sat down last Saturday to master this little buttercup layering stamp. I've purchased those build a flower stamps before and they can be tricky! Some of them  have four layers of detail that require a pile of ink pads that will cooperate! Not this one, here have another look..

Ah so soft and pretty! And yes you can expect to  have the sun setting in my West facing Studio. This picture could be more clear. What helps this card share today be so darling I think it the color pallet for one. SU! Crisp Cantaloupe with Lost Lagoon. I love a textured background, and this pretty little flower seemed appropriate! 

I've only used 2 of the flower petal layers on each flower! And, they're in the same ink color Crisp Cantaloupe. When you first full flower layer has dried, stamp the second layer over the top and you'll created this darker shade. This results in the most feminine and fluffy I think flower as opposed to yesterday's share with two contrasting ink shades. 

I don't recall that I had to use my flower masks that I made on this image. I store them right in the stamp pocket for future stamping! The leaves are Mossy Meadow and Lost Lagoon. Striking aren't they with this Crisp Cantaloupe! The center of the flower is stamped in Early Espresso but covered in pretty Sakura Glitter because that pen is just so fun to color with! 

So that's it for  Watercolored Anemones! Tomorrow it's Christmas in July here in The Studio as I'm uploading a Challenge at the Power Poppy Blog! I've never started Christmas Cards this early but I don't think that's a bad idea! See you back here tomorrow! 

Monday, July 13, 2015

More WPlus9 Watercolored Anemones

Hey There!
I'm back with another look at WPlus9's Watercolored Anemones today and my favorite out of my three shares this week  have a look!

WPlus9 Watercolored Anemones 

What do you think? I wanted to insert some of my retired designer paper. Trust me I really haven't made a dent in it! This one reminds me of vintage wallpaper in fact we had a dining room with just such wallpaper it when I was growing up and it matched my Mother's set of Tupperware so clever! 

So in keeping with vintage colors, I've paired the rich SU! Hello Honey with Pear Pizzazz. Remember the green hues of Tupperware? Just kidding! Todays a-nem-o-ne is stamped in SU! Hello Honey, and a detail layer of Blackberry Bliss. That's it! I built a mask of each flower to make sure my leaf stamping didn't interfere with petals and this card came together in a snap! Much less aggravating than my first go-around with this build-a-flower! Practice is everything.

A little Sakura Glitter Pen, (my friend!) a Blackberry Bliss Happy die cut and a Mama Elephant Happy Everything sentiment finish the card. I almost forgot! If you would like to see how easily and versatile Dawn's made this stamp set check out her video below and give these A-nem-o-nes a try! 

Ta! See you tomorrow! Patti