Thursday, February 19, 2015

Stampin' Up! Winter Memories watercolor Thank You

Warning! The content of this blog post shows yet another Watercolor!
I can't help myself, I just had to celebrate returning from a successful Endodontist appointment Monday and painted up this Winter sled and Cardinals to show my appreciation to all at Upper Valley Endodontics


Retired Stampin' Up! Winter Memories 

I'm ever so thankful to have this appointment behind me now! I do have to return as my tooth was so infected they couldn't finish, but the anxiety and fear of the unknown is all behind me! You too can survive a root canal I'm hear to tell ya!



I was diagnosed with need of a root canal last June, visited one physician who wasn't a good fit for me and have put this off until just now. Upper Valley Endodontics was an hour drive for Mike and I, but so worth it. The facility was a beautiful new building, designed just the way we like in Vermont, clapboards, shutters, handsome standing seam roofing. And inside, Oh! Old barn board flooring, wainscoting, gorgeous Benjamin Moore painted walls to make the designer in me squeal with joy! 

I had to compliment them on a well done (designed facility) as one who knows what's in, this place was a pleasure to visit, even for a root canal! Dr. Rebekah Lucier and the girls couldn't have taken better care of me hence the card of appreciation. 

Retired Winter Memories.. OK don't think Christmas here, like we typically do with this set, just think perpetual Winter which we're suffering from here in Vermont. Oh my ever loving God! Cold cold cold, and snow. Luckily not the 7 feet that Maine and Boston have seen, but enough already! 



So I've stamped the sled on Canson watercolor paper with my Jet Black Stazon, and painted away with my Sakura Koi Watercolors.Easy peasy really, added some crystal effects to the bow, embossed a Soft Suede panel with my woodgrain embossing folder, added a hardwood stamped panel in gray underneath attached this water color piece with dimensionals, tied on some linen thread and heat embossed a silver greeting on a vellum flag. I love it!

Today I suffer yet again from another head cold. We're all sick again at the Willey house and I blame this Winter! Let's hear it for Spring weather and open windows shall we! Have a great day, I hope you're well, warm and safe from this Winters elements. Take care!
Patti

Monday, February 16, 2015

Flourishes He is Risen

Hello! I wanted to share how I spent my Sunday, inside out of the cold and snow doing something I love, coloring a beautiful stamped image from Flourishes.


Retired Flourishes He is Risen

He is Risen indeed! I received this stamp set from my friend Maria Rodriguez as a gift. She shared her love of Flourishes with me over a year ago, and when Maria herself sent me an Easter card made with this stamp I told her I would love it! Flourishes having closed their doors she and I searched the internet to find a set. 


Let me apologize for the poor photography on todays card image. It was so sunny today when I was making the card I knew I would have to return when the sun went down some more. But then I arrived back in the Studio too late for enough lighting to take anything but these two pictures. 

Sometimes cards don't come together as quickly as you think they do! I colored this image four times to decide on the green highlighted centers of the lilies rather than a blue, or a yellow that was too bright. I colored some of the flowers with a little gray and just had fits getting this to come together! Not how I wanted to spend my afternoon! 

However, I absolutely love this image and will continue to tweak areas I think I can improve. I look forward to giving it another go. 

I hope this will be a beautiful start to your week. Have a great day!
Patti

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Artful Eye Visit

Hello!
Yesterday I shared a small pile of cards headed to The Artful Eye in downtown St. Johnsbury where I'm a vendor. I stop in once a Month to check on my card rack and have a little visit with the shop owner. She's so sweet!


I got there pretty early today, and Lisa was just opening up, some of the lights were not all on but she gave me a tour and approved every image that I took with my I Phone. I just love this antique bureau! I gravitate to any antique furniture in Quartersawn Oak. Mission furniture is a favorite of mine. 


Someone locally is supplying these nice knitted cowl neck warmers and felt hats. What talent! I've tried my hand at crochet and am all thumbs, I can't imagine having two knitting needles to fumble with, I'm in awe!


Now click on this picture above and look for the silkscreen scarves hanging on this spiral rack behind these two tables. Some are blackout velvet, very lovely! 


Here are some wooden bowls, cups and goblets made by Toby Fulwiler retired teacher University of Vermont using local woods like sugar and red maple, white ash, black cherry and apple. He manages his 92 acres of land in Fairfield Vermont for hiking and cross country skiing, fuel for wood burning, and turning these woods into beautiful tableware.



A few water colors I loved, there are paintings all over the place, check out this next one over the fireplace mantle by 80 year old Vermonter Roderick Wells 


This looks to me a painting of the Moose River, but I could be wrong. We have three rivers that come together in town. Now my next two photos are of my own wrought iron card rack, and of some cards Lisa likes to scatter on a dresser in another location in the store But! those two pictures are missing from my picture file!! No clue where the two went I can't believe my eyes. 


More nice photos are on their own website as the store it really large, you're seeing a teeny tiny tour of The Artful Eye here. 

So as a vendor, it's time to create for next Month's visit. There are up to 50 cards in stock of mine alone so I obviously could take a break but surprise me for my visit next month and show me that I'm all sold out! 

Thanks for stopping by today I hope you enjoyed the little tour of The Artful Eye, much better in person but then, most of you are so far away! Thank you to those who enjoy exchanging happy mail. Another way for me to unload all of these greeting cards I keep making! If you would like to be added to my Pen Pal list leave me a note and I would be more than happy to exchange cards with you too! 

Patti








Monday, February 9, 2015

A Trip to The Artful Eye with Stampin' Up! Papaya CollageThe

It's time again to drop into The Artful  Eye with a few handmade cards made just for you!

In case you hadn't heard, Vermont has SNOW! That means retailers enjoy visitors form Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island as they come up for Winter sports like snowmobiling, skiing and shopping! {yeah, that's a sport don't you know!}


The Artful Eye in Downtown St. Johnsbury Vermont is our largest Antique Store which includes local artists material be it jewelry, pottery, knitted items, handmade furniture, artwork and greeting cards! If you're not familiar with how to locate my wrought iron card rack, just ask for Patti's Stamping Studio greeting cards and Lisa will be happy to help with directions! 


Stampin' Up! retired Papaya Collage

I have always loved Papaya Collage as a favorite, this little finch is so sweet and the greenery included in the stamp set inks up gorgeous in all colors! But today it's paired with My Minds Eye 6x6 paper pack called Pretty Things. (also a favorite of mine!)


I've stamped a collage of items inside a Very Vanilla oval in Pear Pizzaz, Island Indigo and Hello Honey which are colors I see in the designer paper. I love collage stamping, grouping items and adding embellishments it right up my alley! 

So whether you're a local, or visitor to town, thank you for supporting this vendor in particular at The Artful Eye! Have a great week my friends, thanks for dropping in!

Patti

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Stampin' Up! People Like You in Sakura Watercolors

Taking the time this weekend to get to know my new Sakura Koi Watercolor Set!
I picked it up for a bargain when an Instagram Girlfriend of mine, Holly Beary offered it up For Sale!


What a fun little set of 24 water colors! They come in this little travel kit, including it's own aqua brush, sponge,  and adjustable mixing pallet with inserts into the box for left or right handed painters! You can pick one up here at Simon Says Stamp!

Since I'm water coloring, my rubber stamp must be inked in a water resistant ink such as StazOn onto water color paper. I've added clean water to one petal at a time and then red paint to the base of each of those petals, moving on to petals that were not touching each other until finished and dry. 

Next, I mixed some orange in my pallet to add to the tips of the flowers, moistened the tips of the petal to add this color here and used clear water to blend. I've repeated this red and orange coloring about three times to build up color and depth, using a heat tool before changing colors. 


When the flowers were finished, I washed the background with plain water and added yellow paint on the entire 4 x 5 1/4 panel surrounding this flower. That yellow looked pretty bold and I decided to add a similar shading as the color of the flower by blending Distress Ink in Ripe Persimmon with my Mini Blending Tool. 


The results? A bright intense colorful project ~almost Andy Warhol looking it's so bright in person. We can call it Clean & Simple, it's almost one layer, I chose to ink the sentiment in Versa Mark to black heat emboss it, so that's adhered to this water color layer and the card base is Gumball Green by Stampin' Up! 

Id'e like to continue practicing this technique with New Released Product from Penny Black! Check out these nice free form florals they'll be so fun to color! 


From left to right: Pop Pop Poppy, Amongst Blooms & Pure Iris

When I'm not painting, I'm watching it continue to snow, I can barely see out my Studio Windows which are in the ground floor of our split level home. Mike's shoveled, snow raked, and shoveled some more it's crazy this year with 18 below zero weather every morning and snow storms. So so ready for some Spring! 

I hope you like the fresh look! I won't be adding my watermark or Pinning to Pinterest, just chalking it all up to practice. I hope to see you soon!

Patti

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Power Poppy Geraniums Take Two a set of Eight

Hi there!
I don't know if you remember a similar geranium card I made recently posted Here it was shared with my Instagram Friends and prompted a request for a set of Eight!


Power Poppy Geraniums Take Two

A set of Eight? Yikes! I never receive request for cards ever! So this was a surprise! What a pleasure to sit down and color all of those gorgeous geraniums! Of course I suggested one more style to include in the set I'll show you an accompanying card that I though would look just as nice..


more Power Poppy Geraniums Take Two

Megan thought the original geranium with the coral plaid reminded her of her Mom. "she has a thing for gingham, and always had baskets of geraniums hanging at our house growing up". 

So off I went to discover this second plaid sheet of designer paper still including the original Calypso Coral. We decided to make four of each with different greetings and sentiments for all occasions. 


Crystal Clear Boxes 

Now this is a find! Crystal Clear Boxes from Simon Says Stamp. They come in a set of 3 for just 2.99 I used two for this order they fit my card sets of 4 including envelopes nicely! And  let me tell you as the photo reflects the sunshine, they are crystal clear! and so sturdy! I love them and will include them in the store downtown The Artful Eye! 

So there you have it, two lovely sets of cards for Megan's Mother's March Birthday. I hope she'll love them as much as I enjoyed making them for her! 

Patti's Stamping Studio cards can be found at The Artful Eye downtown St. Johnsbury Vermont and a few are in my Ebay Store. If ever you have a request and I feel I can fulfill it with my supplies give me a shout! 

A special thanks to Megan for her order! I hope you have a great day,
Patti


Stampin' Up! Countryside

Hello Stampers and welcome to February!
I sure hope it treats me better than January, I have been sick, and have not felt terribly creative. But, as we turn the Calendar I see a few Birthday Cards are in order!

I'm not one to keep a stash of pre made cards in the house for upcoming birthdays, I make them for the recipient as needed. Today I've made a Masculine Birthday Card with retired Countryside from Stampin' Up! have a look...


Stampin' Up! Retired Countryside

I just finished up an Online Card Class called Clean & Simple 4. I've taken a few of these Online Card Classes with Kristina Werner & Jennifer McGuire and really love them. 

While this technique above was not covered in this particular class, it certainly qualifies for the ever popular Clean & Simple look! 


I thought I would give my Distress Inks a workout and water colored the truck in Weathered Wood & Stormy Sky. The apples are both Worn Lipstick & Crushed Olive. The grass & tires are water color pencils since I didn't own a Distress Ink suitable. Works for me! 

Notice the Landscape card layout! Ooh! That's like extremely rare in my Studio! Here are a few good reasons why if you have a minute! :)

  1. Oh my goodness too much white space! Well there you have it! I'm not known to whip up the CAS cards and this landscape fold always makes my brain wrestle with What to do with all that Card Stock! 
  2. Landscape cards don't photo for beans! The darn things don't fit on my I Phone. I have to maneuver the phone by standing on my head to get the shot. It's not pretty. 
So February is awfully quite in the Birthday department here, if February is your Birthday Month "Happy Birthday!" 

Hope to visit with your soon!
Patti



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Stampin' Up! Blessed Easter for Sympathy

Hello!
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! 
Patti