Saturday, August 1, 2015

I'm Still Alive!

Hi there!

I know it's been forever again since my last post and I want to thank those of you who left comments, sent messages, and emails to ask where I've been. I've been here - well, not right here at my blog, but I'm around on the web all the time. Mostly over on Instagram, but on Flickr too, running the Simon Says Stamp group over there. I love doing that but it takes up a lot of my time. 

I have also been visiting many of your blogs, looking at everyone's amazing creativity but I just don't always have time to comment and I feel so bad about that! It's something that I really love doing and I miss it!

I've been very busy with work, family life and gearing up toward retirement too. There is so much to think about and do when planning to retire. It's scary and exciting all at the same time. My hubby and I will both be officially retired at the end of this year, and I know I'll have more time then, to get back to commenting more on all of your wonderful blogs. Can't WAIT!

Anyway, I've also been creating. . . . .A LOT! No, really I have! Here's the proof:

Love this stamp by Clearly Besotted! Lots of water coloring on this one.

Another Clearly Besotted image - this time colored with Copics.

Here's a beautiful image from Penny Black - water coloring again.

And another Penny Black image, colored with Copics.

LOVE the Crazy Birds set by Tim Holtz! I used a Simon Says Stamp die-cut as a stencil to create a fun background for this funny guy!

These are all little stamps by Art Impressions and they are soooo fun to watercolor!

More pots with flowers but this time from WPlus9. I stamped and die-cut the flowers and colored the pots with Copics. 

Last one. Love the "shadow technique!" Stamped these adorable flowers, by Simon Says Stamp, first in white pigment ink, then over top of that with Audrey Blue ink from SSS. Love the look on kraft cardstock!

Sorry no links to products but if you have any questions, just let me know!

Thanks for stopping by! I always appreciate your visits and comments! ♥

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

More WPlus9 Cards

Hi there!

Time sure does get away from me lately! Can't believe it's been so long again since my last blog post. And how in the heck can the month of June be over already?! Why is it that the summer months always go by so darn fast?! 

I've got three more cards to share with you, using some more WPlus9 goodies. I really love Dawn's newest release!

The first two cards were created using her gorgeous, Watercolored Anemones stamp set. It's a beauty!

As you can see, it's a layering stamp set, which is so popular right now. Loved playing with this one!

My third card is a cutsie one. Anyone who knows me, knows I don't "love" to create with cutsie stamps - only because I don't feel comfortable in that style of cardmaking, but Dawn's designs are always soooo adorable! I mean, just look at that darling giraffe image!

Isn't he the cutest?! I used the Party Animal set. The "moon" was created using the balloon image which comes with the set.

Both of these stamp sets come with matching dies too! 

That's it - short and sweet today. Hope you are all having a great week with lots of crafty time!

Thanks for the visit!

Monday, June 15, 2015

WPlus9 Doodle Buds

Hi there!

Have you seen the newest release from WPlus9? Oh, my goodness, I love so many of the stamp sets and just had to pick up a few to play with.

I've been having lots of fun with the Doodle Buds set, using watercolors on my first card.

Aren't those flowers fun?! The sentiment is included in the set too!

When I was looking at one of the flowers, it reminded me of a butterfly's wing, so I double stamped it a few times for my next card.

So simple, colored with Copics and done in about 10 minutes. Gotta love a quick card!

My last one uses watercolors too and is very CAS but I love it.

I happened to join the band wagon and picked up a set of the Zig, Clean Color Real Brush markers and I am loving them!

If you haven't seen WPlus9's new release, I highly recommend checking it out.

I'm hoping to be back soon with more cards from this release.

Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥

Thursday, June 11, 2015

SSS New Release, The Color of Fun!

Hi there!

I'm excited to share a few cards tonight, using some fun products from Simon Says Stamp's newest release, The Color of Fun!

You can check out all the products in this release right here. There are some really fun, adorable stamps and dies for all your summery cards, plus some fabulous new ink colors!

I was sent a few to play with and wish I had some extra time to create more cards but I did mange to make three.

First up is a card using a stamp set called, Many Thanks. It was created by Wplus9, exclusively for SSS. What an awesome collaboration!

Yup, it's one of those fun sets which includes layering stamps and I love it! The sentiment is included in the set.

My second card uses the Cone Building stamp and die set. Such cute images!

Okay, now ya gotta hear me out on this one. I know it's bright and happy but to be honest, I also think I used too many patterns and colors. I went a bit overboard but I still think it's a fun card. I was going for scoops of sherbert in a bowl and it ended up looking more like fruit, so let's just pretend that was my first idea, okay? Ha! I added my own, hand drawn stand to the bowl and probably shouldn't have done that either.   

Oh, well! Sometimes when we play with stamps, we don't always create something we like but it's a hobby, it's just a card and we live and learn, as they say, right? Even though my son said I shouldn't post this card, I'm doing it anyway, so there! :)

Okay, my last card is fun too! The Game Tile Letters stamp set brought back fun memories of playing Scrabble, so of course I had to create a Scrabble board card! 

Just think of the sentiment possibilities with this set! I stamped each blank square, not perfectly but that makes it more playful. Then I colored in the squares to look like a scrabble board, leaving some spaces white, where my sentiment could be stamped out.

That's it for now! Head on over to Simon Says Stamp and check out all the fabulous products in this new release! Wait until ya see the 12 new ink colors - they are sooooo yummy!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Friday, June 5, 2015

Watercolor Blog Hop

Hi there!

I'm joining in and sharing a card for the Pretty Pink Posh, Watercolor blog hop.

Who doesn't love water coloring? It is so on trend right now but I have to be honest. I still struggle with it but love practicing! I have to continue to remind myself to NOT be perfect and just LET GO!

For my card, I pulled out an older Hero Arts flower, which is in the set called, Making the World a Better Place. I used the, Kuretake Zig, Clean Color Real Brush Makers to add my water coloring. They are so fun to play with! My sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp's set called, Friendship Messages.

Hey, look at that! I actually "let go" a little more on this one! Lol! You can probably tell though, that I started with the flower on the right because it's not as imperfect as the others. That's okay - every flower is different, right?

Are you hopping along too? It's open to everyone who wants to play and you even have until Monday, June 8th to link up your projects. There are lots of sponsors and prizes too! Just head over to the Pretty Pink Posh blog for all the details!  

I've been REALLY enjoying my week off from work! Lots of gardening, crafting and cleaning. Well, not THAT much cleaning - ha! If you'd like to see some pics of the peonies from my garden, head over to my Instagram feed, scroll down and you'll see them there. I am amazed at how huge they are this year!

Thanks for the visit! ♥


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Day 4 Mask-erade

Happy Saturday!

Not only is it the weekend, it's also my first day of nine days off from work and I am one, happy camper!

I've got a card to share with you today, from day 4 of the Mask-erade class, using freezer paper as a mask. 

This stuff works really well if you want to use a watercolor technique because it seals onto your project better than regular masking paper.

Here's my card.

It is so fun to peal off the mask to reveal all that white! I used the Kite Shaker die from Simon Says Stamp, as well as their You're Amazing die. I just inked up the sentiment die with the same colors I used for my water coloring. These bright colors make me happy!

I've had such a fun week, getting inky and creative with this class! And I want to thank those of you who have stopped by and left such sweet comments! It makes me realize how much I miss blogging when I don't have the time!

Hope you all have a great weekend!
Barb ♥

Friday, May 29, 2015

Day 3 Mask-erade


I'm back with another card from online card classes, Mask-erade.

Day three was all about masking fluids. I have never tried using any of them before and didn't have any on hand. So, while I was at work today, I picked up some Rubber Cement to use instead. It worked great and is cheaper too - yay!

Shari Carroll shared a technique that I wanted to try. Her card was amazing, as always! Here's my take:

After stamping the Butterflies from Tim Holtz onto watercolor paper, I masked them off using the rubber cement. Then I stamped the Hero Arts background cling, Dotted Grid and added Distress Inks mixed with water through a Tim Hotz stencil. The layer of rubber cement protects the butterflies from all that ink. I just rubbed it right off after the ink was dry. The sentiment is from this set by Simon Says Stamp.

Thank you so much for stopping by!