Monday, May 30, 2016

Summertime and Flowers!

Hi guys!

Can you believe May is just about history? Why is it that time seems to go faster and faster, the older I get? Lol! 

It's my favorite time of year too. I love it when it's the beginning of summer and you know all those wonderful, warm, sunny, flower-filled days are ahead of you.

Speaking of flowers, I've been playing with a few lately - in my craft room and in my garden. Up first are a few from my pots on the deck. Makes me so happy!



Those dahlias inspired me to play with the new Altenew set called, Dahlia Blossoms.

I colored the flowers and leaves with Copics after a bit of masking.

I wanted to make another card with the same set but this time using my Zig markers.
Don't ya wish there were blue flowers like this in real life?!  
I've also been playing with the Mama Elephant, Organic Blooms set. First with Copics. . . .

. . . . .and then with Zigs again. 
The "dream" die is from Simon Says Stamp.

I'll leave you with a few photos of my deck. If someone is looking for me, this is usually where I am during the summer months. (Unless I'm makin' a card)
 I'm planning on painting those two chairs in lime green. I have another large, Adirondack chair, which I'll be painting orange! Then everything will coordinate with my chair cushions around the table.

I painted the bench last year and absolutely love it! The little pillows are so fun too! Can ya tell I needed more color in my life?! Seriously, my house is all neutrals inside and I'm so sick of it! But now I can head outside and enjoy some color!

And since we're talking about summer, if you're interested, there's a "Summertime Fun" challenge going on right now in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group. Check out the details here. I hope you'll come and play along! As always, they're giving away two, $25 gift cards for the randomly selected winners!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥ I hope you are all enjoying the start of summer! And if anyone is wondering - I am still LOVING being retired! :)

Friday, April 29, 2016

It's Been Awhile!

Hi guys!

It's been awhile since my last post but I wanted to pop in to say hello and share some cards.

Hubby and I had a wonderful week in Florida recently. Siesta Key is a beautiful place! Just wish I could bring the view of the ocean back to Minnesota with me!

After being home for four days, I was off again - this time to Cincinnati for a crafty retreat. It was just what I needed. Spending time with amazing, kind, funny and talented friends fills your heart and soul like nothing else! And the laughter? Oh, yea, we laughed until our stomachs hurt!

I've got a few cards to share with you too. This first one is water colored using WPlus9's new, Beautiful Bouquets - Dahlias stamp set.

The next two are cutesy ones. Both from Simon Says Stamp's new release, My Favorite. The Cuddly Critters and Cuddly Critters Accessories sets are so much fun, not to mention adorable!

And this one uses their Beautiful Ride stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all have a fun and inky weekend! ♥


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Guest Designing

Hi guys!

I have the pleasure of guest designing for Paru and her challenge blog this month! Thank you, Paru, for inviting me!

The theme for April is "Anything Goes" so I'm sure many of you will guess that I used flowers for my card - I couldn't resist!

I love this floral set, created by Dawn from WPlus9! I had fun with the shadow technique, using white pigment ink to stamp the images, then stamping again, a bit offset this time, with bright colored inks. The effect is always so pretty! This technique works best on a Kraft or soft gray cardstock. I used Simon Says Stamp's Fog Cardstock and that fabulous sentiment is also from WPlus9 called, Hand Lettered Thanks.

Paru also asked me to create a tag. With tags, my thought always goes to birthday gift tags so that's what I made.

I thought a shaker tag would be fun! I used the, Lots of Dots stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. It's the perfect set for creating fun, festive backgrounds! For the shaker portion, I used the Stitched Circle die set, also from SSS. 

So, pop on by Paru's Card Making Challenge blog for more details and to check out all the fun! I hope you'll join me in her challenge this month!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Monday, March 21, 2016

Greenhouse Crocus

Hi guys!

I've got a couple of cards to share today. Just a quick post using a pretty stamp set from Technique Tuesday.

They have a Greenhouse Society series of stamps that are wonderful and so fun to color! I love coloring flowers so these are right up my ally!

For the two cards today, I used their Crocus set.

I colored the Crocus with Copics, then paired it with a fun, colorful background, using the Gingham Cling stamp from Simon Says Stamp.

For this card, I also used my Copics and added a fun, grassy background, inspired by my amazingly talented friend, Kelly Latevola. If you don't follow her blog, you should! She does awesome things with Copics! And of course I had to add some Wink of Stella to the flowers because everything should have shimmer! :) The sentiment is one of my faves from WPlus9.

We're still waiting for spring to show up here in Minnesota. Oh, we've had some really nice, warmer days but winter is fighting hard with spring and seems to be winning at the moment. Come on spring - I'm rooting for you!!!

Thanks for the visit. I hope you all have a wonderful week and find some time to get crafty! ♥

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Still Love Water Coloring!

Hi guys!

Once again, time got away from me and it's been awhile since I shared a blog post - oops! But I've been really enjoying having more time to create, now that I'm retired. It gives me a more relaxed attitude. I think that's what I love the most. Never finding myself rushed to get something done. It's a wonderful feeling!

Anyway, I've been having fun making lots and lots of cards. (I'll just share a few here today.) After Dawn's online card class, I'm continuing to enjoy water coloring, using it in different ways to create my cards.

First up are some watercolor panels, created by Suzy Plantamura. 

Aren't they just the cutest?!!! I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers on each panel. They come in a pack of 12, uncolored, printed on watercolor paper. I've used Copics on some other panels from Suzy, so that works too, if you're not into water coloring.

Next up is a card using a gorgeous stamp from WPlus9. It's from Dawn's new line called, Beautiful Bouquets and this one is, Ranunculus.

I white embossed the stamp before using my Koi Watercolors. I love how this turned out!

And here's one more. These, Spring Flowers are from Simon Says Stamp and they are beautiful!

After white embossing the flowers, I used Distress Inks and water to add the color.

Okay, that's it. I'm off to get some purging done in my craft room. I have way too much stuff and not enough room! I know many of you can totally relate! Wish me luck!

Thanks for poppin' in today - it is so appreciated! ♥

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Online Watercolor Card Class

Hi guys!

Are you taking the current online card class? It's Watercolor For Card Makers Intermediate Techniques and it has been fabulous! The instructor is Dawn Woleslagle - owner of WPlus9 and she is an amazing watercolor artist. I've admired her talent for a long time and couldn't wait to learn more from her through this class. 

If you're not taking the class, you can sign up anytime right here. Believe me when I say, all the online card classes are wonderful but this one has been my fave for sure! 

There have been 3 days of lessons from Dawn, chocked full of valuable information, tips on how to gain success with your water coloring, tons of videos and of course Dawn's gorgeous paintings! Then there were also 3 more days of guest artists, sharing their interpretations of Dawn's lessons, through videos and instruction. Well worth the price of class!

Okay, so I started out scared to death to even attempt any painting but with Dawn's encouragement, I gave it a try and I ended up really liking most of my creations.

Here's a few of my homework pieces.

This was from the first day of class. Just trying to paint little flowers. Actually pretty easy to do. 

This one is for day 3. We learned how adding negative painting can really help define an image. Such s cool technique!

This is from day 3 too, when we also learned about "lifting" color. The larger flower is a stamped image but I hand painted the two smaller ones. Buds are my favorite to do. Smaller is definitely easier! 

Here's one for day 5's homework. I went with the buds again and created a sweet, simple card. 

Then came day 6. Yikes, was I ever scared to try this! It's my take on one of the guest artists. Her name is Swarup Murthy (Sanketi) and she is so talented! I loved one of her paintings from class! There are so many areas on this one that, if you look closely, are not very good, but I went with it and kept playing. In the end, I don't think it's half bad! 

I've learned a ton from this class. Mostly that I need to be patient when I'm water coloring - ha! But I also learned how the shape of brushes can work to your advantage, how to know when you have too much water or pigment on your brush and what colors to mix so you get many different shades of the same color. I also learned that practice is the BIGGEST thing, not to compare yourself to others and so much more! If you love the look of watercolors and want to learn more, I highly recommend this class!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're all having a wonderful Weekend! ♥

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Copics, Hearts and Sparkles!

Hi guys!

I'm back today with a few more cards to share.

 Love this pretty stamp set from Winnie & Walter! So fun to color with Copics! And that awesome sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp. 

Such a cool die from Simon Says Stamp! It's called Heart Vent. I really like aqua and red together and thought it would make a fun combination using this die.

And here's some silver, sparkly goodness! I used one of my fave stencils with some glitter paste for the background. Then I created a stencil from the Heart Duet die set and again used the same glitter paste. I cut out the hearts and voila! Much prettier in real life.

I've been taking just an hour or so each day to clear out cupboards and drawers in the kitchen. Feels so good to get rid of all the junk we collect over the years! Can anyone tell me why we do that? Seriously. Hubby and I have had quite a few laughs, finding some of the things we've saved. We keep asking each other the same two questions. "What is THIS?" and "Why would we even KEEP this?" Lol! I'm hoping most of you can relate!

Thanks for stopping by today - I really appreciate it! Hope everyone has a wonderful week! ♥