Monday, December 15, 2014

Stampin' Up! Because I Care Water Color

Well I decided to get my feet wet! And jump into the Watercolor Craze with some professional instruction over at Online Card Classes with the talented Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire and various guest artists!

This is my first practice run with one of the popular techniques, simply inking directly to your rubber stamp and misting with water, stamp on water color paper and Wala! Easy Peasy!

Hmm, a different look for sure, this is my First Generation stamped image. And let me add that I'm using a Stamp N Write Marker collection in Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Lucky Limeade and Old Olive. Class is suggesting the Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Markers or pads and let me tell ya! Don't you think they're on my Wish List! 

Now I absolutely had to sit on my hands not to add more to this one layer card like I normally would. A little linen thread wouldn't hurt anybody would it!! Looking closely you can see water color splats in my blue and green ink. That was lots of fun, I do enjoy a distressed look and to create this I took a few ink pads and rubbed them on an acrylic block, spritz with water and picked up that color with a paint brush. Tapping the brush against my finger allowed them to drop in spatter throughout the card. Way cool.

So there you have it, a single layer card attached to a Baja Breeze card base. These markers certainly reacted with water but I wonder if other colors would be more intense or if it's very necessary to own the Distress Markers. We'll see. It's just practice, and a great time in the Studio! Have a great day Stampers!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Power Poppy Poinsettia

Going for another Peep of the Week over at Power Poppy! 

Play along won't you and upload your inked creation using Power Poppy Stamps by Thursday and see if your creation will earn Peep of the Week when they announce it on Friday's blogpost! 

Power Poppy Poinsettia 

I enjoyed some Black Friday Specials and shopped at one of my favorite online stores, Power Poppy.
It's hard to select just a few stamps when you check out, they're all so gorgeous! Perfect for coloring and by the way, I'm still quite the novice with my Copic Markers but enjoying the peaceful pass time! 

This rich velvety colored poinsettia is mounted on Stampin' Up! Real Red & Always Artichoke card stock for a vintage color pallet. I love the pretty greeting heat embossed in gold cropped with my Apothecary Accents Framelit Die. Two layers of Crystal Effects are added to mistletoe berries and the poinsettia center for dimension and shine. And don't I wish I owned a Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to dress up this gorgeous poinsettia! There's always something on my wish list, its never-ending I tell you! 

Here's the rest of the set, two sentiments and two lovely greetings along with that vintage stocking! I'll have to study the Copic Marker Chart and look for shades of Olive and dark dark burgundy to tackle that stocking. Oh maybe one in a dirty vanilla, something real vintage is already brewing in my head! 

So wish me Good Luck as I link up todays creation over to the Power Poppy Blog and join me in the race for next weeks "Peep of the Week"!

Have a great day Stampers!

Friday, December 5, 2014

More Savvy Dear Head Holiday Cards

I am Loving my new Savvy Stamps Deer Head Die!
Deer Heads were in trend last year and they're back this year and I've turned them into both Masculine Christmas Cards and something for the Girls. Check out my Heidi Swapp Look below!

Savvy Stamps Deer Head Die

Cute! Girly! Heidi Swapp is all about Color, Shine and Glitter! Of course she's also all about organizing and making memories if you're new to the Heidi Swapp craze find her in the link above. 

I've cropped this deer head out of Stampin' Up! Silver Glitter Paper. Mounted it on a Coastal Cabana Polka Dot paper and card base and added the Christmas Greeting. Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine in a tiny bow my only embellishment, clean and simple? I think so! I love it!

Another Masculine Christmas Card. My die is cropped from My Minds Eye Pretty Things wood grain paper, which is just about all gone, I'll look for more it's been real handy! 

Decorative Design Embossing Folder is paper sniped right out in Gumball Green. A Cherry Cobbler Joy die is glued on with Tombo Mono Adhesive. I love this simple color pallet and making these few CAS cards has been a nice change! 

I've gotten a few cards in the mail including those handmade from you! Thank You so much for the Christmas Greetings and please know I can't get to all of you this year. I wasn't organized to get this chore done and traveling next week to see Levi Graduate. But you folks mean the world to the Willeys we thank you for your support throughout my Demonstrator-ship. Please continue to stop in when you can!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Savvy Dies

Oh Deer! A Masculine Christmas Card share with my new Savvy Dies!

Bringing a handmade card to my employer today, Allen Lumber Company of 26 years.

 In 1988 I was the first "Counter Girl" for the St. Johnsbury store, not the first woman employee, but the first sales girl. Two memories I have in those early days were watching the contractors come in first thing in the morning for a cup of coffee on us, and rest their arms on the counter smoking one cigarette after another before starting their day. As a non smoker that "gagged me" terribly!

The other memory is how long it took the Contractors to let me wait on them! "No thank You they would say, I'll wait for Howard". I'm thankful I'm no longer loading bags of cement and heavy bundles of shingles. That job was tough! It's been 10 years this month since I've been in the Kitchen & Bath Showroom just across the road from the lumber yard. No cement bags for this girl! 

Savvy Dies Deer Head 

I shared on Tuesday a Black Friday Shopping Spree haul. These two dies from Savvy came from Impress Cards and Crafts and I'm excited to start making masculine cards with them! 

My Minds Eye 6x6 paper pack Pretty Things includes this craft colored kind of journal page looking paper. I loved it for it's ledger image background and layers of distressed dots in white and what I call, Early Espresso. 

So to keep the card masculine I continued with the neutral color pallet with the Early Espresso Card base, a white mat and matching white deer head die. I love the Joy Cursive Die I decided to add in Cherry Cobbler. My only "hint" of Christmas cheer! I'll definitely be back with more shares using both dies I'm very happy with that purchase! 

I will wrap up this Holiday Card making by weekend as I'm traveling next week! This all should have been done Cyber Monday but I'm just lazy like that! I guess it wouldn't hurt to start a pile for next year. Na, that's not likely going to happen! 

Have a great day my friends!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Christmas Gift from Maria

You all need a friend like Maria Rodriguez..

This girl is Amazing! She hand made these sweet little Calendars for 44 of her closest friends! First of all, I bet I can't count 44 friends so this girls truly blessed! And so am I to receive one of these handmade colored creations of hers!

A Gift from Maria

I've known she's been working on these Calendars since August. I also knew she was making 44 of them, who does that? What an undertaking. Now I've cropped the images to zero in on the stamp for each Month to keep this post a manageable length but please leave Maria a note in the commets of her good job I know I'm excited to display this January 1st! 

Each Calendar is mounted to card stock measuring 4 3/5 x 5 1/2. It will rest in this clear DVD Case she sent along with the twelve month calendar.She's matted each calendar and colored the stamps on water color paper and we know she had a wonderful time doing it! 

Phew! Didn't she do a great job! Imagine the work! And doing it 44 times! Maria you're amazing! I love your layers and colors and I know you enjoyed looking for stamps that would fit onto this desktop calendar that would be appropriate for each month of the year! I'm just in awe with the quality and can't wait to share with my Classmates when we stamp again in January 2015. Thank you ever so much for including me as one of your special recipients of this handmade gift~ made with lots of love! Hugs!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Black Friday Shopping Spree Share!

I did a little shopping on Black Friday how about you?

I didn't spend too too much, and some of my Wish List was Out of Stock which is very sad for the biggest shopping day of the year! My first stop, Power Poppy. Have a look. 

Power Poppy Poinsettia 

Power Poppy Geraniums Take Two

My girlfriend Maria introduced me to Marcella Hawley images last year through Flourishes Stamp Company. They've since closed their doors and luckily Marcella opened her own shop and shared her illustrations with us over at Power Poppy! I look forward to coloring this gorgeous Poinsettia with its evergreen spray and mistletoe berries with my Copic Markers. And the vintage Christmas stocking will look rich in Cranberry and Olive hues don't you think? 

I've had my eye on the Geraniums Take Two set all Summer. It's tough to limit yourself to just a few sets, all of Marcella's artwork is one I would be happy to own! She is the Sweetest and I'm happy to give her my business.

Deer Head Die 

Next stop, Impress Cards and Crafts. A new company I discovered through Instagram! They have a small shop, not so full that you get overwhelmed, I'm enjoying the fresh content in this shop if you're one for Clean and Simple ( I know did I say that?) stop in because you'll enjoy this look. 

Here's the metal die and my sample in Crumb Cake. Love! I wish I had some handsome red plaid papers, but will enjoy playing with this die for more than just Christmas Cards. 

I also picked up the "joy" die at Impress Cards and Crafts. Here's the negative and positive die cut in gold card stock. What a pretty script I'm very happy with this die! 

Mama Elephant Happy Everything Clear Set

Ok we're still at Impress Cards and Crafts! How cute is this Happy Everything stamp set? I love the happy script and ...yes it comes with a matching die! I also love the typewriter font for every occasion you could imagine. I plan to maybe ink these up with white pigment ink on black card stock strips and snip them out as if they were the old Dymo Label Writers or white emboss them. 

happy die

See I told you there was a matching die. Oh I can't wait to craft! 

I think that's it! And remember my Wish List at Simon Says Stamp was out of stock so if you want to get me something for Christmas keep your eyes peeled for this!!

Simon Says Die and Stamp Set Don we Now our Ugly Sweaters

Out of Stock! Grr! This set cracks me up! I just love the humor in this holiday stamp set! I have a Huge Wish List at Simon Says Stamp, if only I had a money tree in the back yard! I guess I must keep working my day job!

So tomorrow I have a special share, Maria mailed me a project she's been working on since August. It's incredible the work she's put in to this I hope you come back and have a look! Enjoy your day Stampers! 


Monday, December 1, 2014

Stampin' Up! Ornament Keepsakes

I'm back again with another Ornament Keepsakes card!
I've put away are the Retro Aqua and Pink hues I used previously for todays traditional Reds & Greens..and a little Blue!

Ornament Keepsakes Clear Mount Stamp Set

I've spent some evenings picking away at my own Christmas Card list now that the Stamp a Stack is over with, and getting quite a few off into the mail! I've got my radio set to 94.9 WHOM for all Christmas Music. It's gotten a little repetitive already and it's only December 1st! 

What really makes me giggle is this song which seems to be vintage by Gayla Peevy, maybe you've heard it..I want a hippopotamus for Christmas! 

Gayla Peevy I want a hippopotamus for Christmas

Radio fans are calling in requesting this song, I haven't heard it before this year so I question it being vintage! It's adorable though, check it out! 

Back to my card~ it's 5x5 and uses scads of Designer Paper! Woot Woot! We're stylin' in Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz and old Marina Mist! I kinda went all Ann Schach with the Basic Pearls but they helped embellish the rather large card. (inside Stampin' Up! joke)

Goodness hopefully I'll see the end of this Christmas Card list soon, we fly out of town for Levi's Graduation in Ft. Leonard Wood next week. Where does the time go? Didn't I just share his Senior Graduation photos last week? Apparently not! 

Thank you for stopping by! Patti