Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mermaid Dreams on Oil Pastels

Hi folks!  We are in our hot days of summer here in Texas, and the temperatures are hovering around 100 every day now. I want to dive into the sea like this mermaid from Art Neko and cool off!

For this card, I was playing with some water soluble oil pastels. I scribbled some blue and green pastels onto watercolor paper, and then I dipped my fingers into water and blended the colors together. After the piece dried, I stamped this beautiful mermaid image from Art Neko's Mermaids and Ocean Life stamp set (A198) directly onto the oil pastels. I had never tried stamping on oil pastels before, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it worked! :-)

For the blue card base, I used Versamark to stamp the collection of seashells and starfish (also from the Mermaids and Ocean Life stamp set A198) in each of the four corners. This stamp is a perfect fit for stamping onto the corners of your cards. I cut out the mermaid piece with an oval die and matted it with a matching scallop oval. This oval fits beautifully inside the stamped corner frame.

The sentiment is also from the same Mermaids and Ocean Life stamp set A198. I stamped the sentiment onto white cardstock and cut it out with scissors. It is adhered with some foam tape to give the sentiment some dimension.

There are 36 stamps on this Mermaids and Ocean Life sheet A198 from Art Neko. That's a lot of stamps! This set has so many wonderful coordinating stamps all on one sheet for a great price. I love all the fish and the seashells as well as the variety of mermaids on this sheet. The "crab shack" stamp is awesome! I can't wait to use that one! Go check out the stamps at Art Neko by clicking on this link - Mermaids and Ocean Life A198.

Have a great week!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

CAS438 Four Botanical Poinsettias

Hello everyone!  This week's CAS challenge is Christmas in July, and I had a great time playing around with different ideas.  I did a series of Four Botanical Poinsettias, all with different degrees of simplicity.  All of these cards use the same poinsettias stamp as well as the sentiment from Botanical Blocks IV (Papertrey Ink).  I've arranged them from the easiest to the most time consuming here:

This one above is the easiest card of the four.  It's just a matter of embossing the poinsettias and the sentiment with white embossing powder and then adhering the pieces to a white card base.

This one was my little experiment to see what this would look like in a monochromatic gray.  I wanted to try something that was not in Christmas colors, and I love how this turned out.  I embossed the poinsettias with silver embossing powder and then I colored in the flowers with a Versamark reinker.  The Versamark darkens the cardstock and it results in a very subtle but powerful coloring.

This card above is the third in my series.  I wanted to try coloring the poinsettias with Copic markers, but I wanted to save a little time by not coloring in the background around the flowers.  So I stamped the poinsettias on Smoky Slate (soft gray) cardstock and colored just the poinsettias and leaves with Copic markers.  I used Liquid Mercury Nuvo drops to fill in all the little dots inside and around the flowers.  The sentiment was embossed with silver embossing powder.  I love the unusual color combo of red, green, white, black, and silver.  It's a fresh new perspective on Christmas.

This last card is the most time consuming of the four.  I stamped the poinsettias onto white cardstock and colored the entire piece with Copic markers.  The background around the flowers is colored with a soft gray (C1) Copic marker.  The little dots inside the flowers and around the outside were covered with Liquid Mercury Nuvo Drops.  I embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder.  If I had to pick a favorite card today, this card is tied with the monochromatic gray card for first place.  :-)

I hope you've enjoyed my cards today.  Have you started on your Christmas cards for this year??  

Sunday, July 9, 2017

CAS437 Sweet Berries

This week's CAS437 challenge is all about summer fruit.  I had fun playing with different color combos for my sweet berries on this card.  I started by sponging some white cardstock with Soft Sky ink, and then I stamped the leaves, berries, and sentiment.  I glued this piece down to a bright Berry Burst card base and then tied some black and white twine around the top of the berries.  

Pull out your fruit stamps and play along with us in the CAS challenge this week!  :-)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Iris Mini Altar

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful and safe day celebrating the 4th of July yesterday.  I ordered these really cool mini gatefold chipboard pieces from Art Neko's B-Muse website, and I'm sharing my Iris Mini Altar with you today. These gatefold chipboard blanks are called Mini Altars, and I paired it with an ATC iris stamp from Art Neko. The Mini Altars look like this when you order them from B-Muse:

The fun begins when you start to decorate these! I stamped some soft green paper with the branch from the A151 Japanese Floral 4 sheet from Art Neko. You can see the branch on the left and right sides of the green paper. I sponged some Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint distress inks along the edges before I adhered it to the inside of the Mini Altar.

The iris ATC stamp from the A292 Flowered ATC's sheet (Art Neko) was stamped with black ink onto some white Bristol cardstock. I colored it with Prismacolor pencils, taking the time to add the special details like the yellow areas and the pinkish hues on each flower. The ATC was cut out and adhered to the center of the Mini Altar.

On the outside of the mini altar, I stamped some soft green paper with the same iris ATC stamp from the A292 Flowered ATC's sheet and adhered them to the two front flaps. I found some purple ribbon that matched my colored flowers and I tied the mini altar closed with the ribbon.

These mini altars are a lot of fun to decorate. Grab some from the B-Muse store and select some stamps or papers from the Art Neko store and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cherry Blossom Woman in Oil Pastels

Hi everyone! I'm back to share this card I made using this sweet Asian woman under a cherry blossom tree from Art Neko. This image is watercolored with water soluble oil pastels. That sounds like a strange contradiction, doesn't it?

This woman under the cherry blossom tree collage is from the A411 Asian Influence Sumi-e Paintings stamp sheet at Art Neko. I stamped this with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto white cardstock and let it dry completely. Then I scribbled a little bit of color from the oil pastels onto some of the larger areas and used a wet paintbrush to move the color around. For the smaller areas like the little ball, I touched the wet paintbrush to the end of the oil pastel stick and picked up some color from there. This was a fun experiment to see what it was like to watercolor with oil pastels.

The background is something I made while I was at a retreat last month. I was introduced to oil pastels while making this, and I fell in love. We dabbed some white gesso through a stencil onto some watercolor paper and let it dry. Then we scribbled the oil pastels all over the piece and used baby wipes to blend the colors together. Isn't that a fabulous background? Now you see why I fell in love!

I hope you've enjoyed my oil pastels experiment today. Have a wonderful week!

Monday, June 19, 2017

CAS434 Gold Birthday Balloons

Howdy!  Did you enjoy your weekend!  I ended up making more chocolate zucchini bread and our first batch of salsa with the first tomatoes from the garden.  Mmmmm..........

There is a new CAS434 challenge up over on SCS today.  Kia wants us to use balloons and have some sparkle on our clean and simple cards.  I cut some balloons out of gold glitter paper and adhered them to a Dapper Denim card base.  I drew the strings with a white gel pen and then added the die cut sentiment.

All these dies are from Frantic Stamper.  I used the Big Balloons and the Brush Script Happy Birthday sets.  I love how they are the perfect size for using on A2 cards.  :-)

I hope you have a wonderful week!  I will have an Art Neko card to share with you in a couple of days, so come on back and visit with me again.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Chocolate Flower Squares

Hi everyone!  I'm back after a bit of a hiatus from stamping.  My puppy tore her ACL and had to have surgery, so I spent a couple weeks helping her get around during her recovery.  Then I was packing up stuff and I went to a stamping retreat which was a lot of fun.  Here is the aftermath......  LOL

Yes, my studio looks like this right now as I'm typing up this post.  I have a lot of unpacking to do, but I was able to whip up a sweet little chocolate flower card to share with you today.  This card is a cute little 3x3 notecard, and you can put together a set of these in less than 30 minutes.

I stamped the Peonies Squared from Art Neko's A281 sheet (Bold Nature Scenes) with some chocolate ink onto some vanilla cardstock.  I trimmed the stamped image out and glued it down onto a chocolate card.

It really helps to have a well-inked inkpad when inking up a solid stamp like this.  If you find that your images are coming out blotchy, try reinking your inkpad first.  You can also make sure you clean your stamp really well - sometimes there is a little residue left on the stamps from the manufacturing process.  Using a stamp positioning tool such as a MISTI is a big help when you need to re-stamp your image.

I'm going to get back to unpacking, so hopefully everything will be put away before my next Art Neko post.  Hee hee hee!  Have a great week!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Shabby Blue Flower

Good morning, everyone!  I have some exciting news today!  I have joined the design team for Victorine Originals.  I've been playing with this beautiful flower stamp called Bush Morning Glory, and I loved how this looked in blue.  I decided to go for a monochromatic card for my first VO post today.  

I stamped this gorgeous flower with Stormy Sky distress ink onto some white cardstock.  Then I used a wet paint brush and "colored in" in the flower.  I added a little extra ink to the star-like center so it would pop out.  I love the shabby chic feel of this soft blue flower.  To enhance the shabby theme, I sponged some brown ink on the edges and then distressed them with a distress tool.  I did the same thing with the other white layer in the background before tying some blue seam binding around the flower.

Check out the VO blog every day to see gorgeous artwork from my fellow design team members.  Don't forget, we also have a fun challenge for you to play along and share your own artwork with us.  The current challenge (#3) is Fathers, so show us your masculine cards and projects.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Shimmery Watercolor Peacock card

I've saved the best for last, as this will be my last posting as a Guest Designer for Frantic Stamper. I have truly enjoyed my time as a guest designer, and I have loved playing with all the dies and stamps from Frantic Stamper. Fran is an AWESOME person to work for, and I thank her and Kathy for this wonderful opportunity.

The card I am posting today is my favorite from the four months of my term. It's shimmery (SO me!!), it has peacock feathers, and it has watercoloring on it!

I stamped the gorgeous new Peacock Feathers background with Versamark ink onto some hot press watercolor paper. I then covered it with gold embossing powder and melted the powder with a heat tool. I had a blast watercoloring the feathers with some Daniel Smith watercolors in shades of blue, green, and brown.

After the watercolor paint dried, I went over the whole thing with some shimmery Lemongrass Twinkling H2O. Just look at that gorgeous shimmer! Is it any wonder that this is my favorite card?

After the Twinkling H2O layer was completely dry, I adhered this to a brown card. I cut the Brush Script Thank You from the same brown cardstock and glued the sentiment down onto the peacock background.

B004 Peacock Feathers background stamp

Monday, May 22, 2017

Peacock Get Well card

Did you know that Fran (the owner of Frantic Stamper) has her own line of background stamps??? I am in LOVE!!! These stamps are 6" x 6" which makes these perfect for both horizontal and vertical cards. I have to admit, I am a background stamp collector. :-) I love using background stamps, and this card is one of the easiest ways you can use these stamps.
I inked up the gorgeous new Peacock Feathers background stamp with Versamark and stamped it onto some dark blue cardstock. Then I covered the blue cardstock with clear embossing powder and melted the powder with a heat tool. You can see the gorgeous peacock feathers on my card.
I cut this embossed background with the largest Deckled Square die and adhered it to a pale gray card. I cut the sentiment using the brand new Get Well Soon dies and staggered the placement of the words for a fun effect. This card will be perfect for a guy who doesn't want a bunch of teddy bears or flowers. :-)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Big Birthday Balloons

Hi again!  I have another fun birthday balloon card using some Frantic Stamper dies to share with you. This time, I sponged some Peacock Feathers distress ink onto white cardstock for a soft background. Then I cut out the Big Balloons in shades of yellow, pink, and orange. The strings were cut from white cardstock and threaded through the little notches at the bottom of the balloons.
For the sentiment, I sponged the same Peacock Feathers distress ink very heavily onto some white cardstock and then I cut it out with the new Brush Script Happy Birthday dies. I love this sentiment! The brush script is gorgeous and the words are the perfect size for putting on your cards.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Balloon Birthday

Hi folks! I created this fun birthday card using some of the new dies that were just released at Frantic Stamper. Don't you love those fun balloons? I cut them out from patterned paper and glued them down to a black card. The strings were drawn with a white gel pen.

The "Birthday" die cut is from the new Brush Script Happy Birthday die set. I used the Mattie Thin Upper Alphabet to spell out the "Happy" and glued them onto the balloons for a fun effect.

10171 Big Balloons
10194 Brush Script Happy Birthday
09261 Mattie Thin Upper Alphabet

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Grampa Bi-plane card

Hi again! I'm posting another Frantic Stamper DT card, and this card is for my Grampa for Father's Day. Ever since I was little, I've spelled his name as Grampa, and when I would write letters, I would call him Pa for short. :-)
Grampa flew in airplanes for the Navy in WWII, so I thought it would be fun to give him a card with an old-timey kind of airplane on it. I used the Bi-plane die (09489) and cut it from kraft cardstock. I used Copic markers to color it in masculine hues of blue, gray, and black. I added some clouds in the background from the Soaring Paper Airplane set (10165) and I added "GRAMPA" across the bottom with letters cut from the Mattie Thin Upper Alphabet set (09261).

Have you got your Father's Day cards ready?  Go check out the Dads and Grads release (April 2017) over at Frantic Stamper for some great ideas!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge card

Hi everyone!  The Frantic Stamper design team is playing along with the folks over at Cupcake Inspirations for this week's challenge.  The inspiration picture is gorgeous, and the colors are orchid, pink, and spring green.  I decided to do a little watercoloring for my card today.

I found some spring green ink, and I smooshed it onto my craft mat.  I added a little water with a paint brush and loosely brushed it onto some watercolor paper.  Then I cut out the 09166 Solid Spring Sprig from Frantic Stamper from some white cardstock.  One I left white, and the other two were watercolored with some pink ink and some purple/orchid ink.  I also cut out the 09197 Small Thanks with Matting and watercolored that with the purple/orchid ink.

After my green watercolor background was dry, I cut it out with the stitched rectangle die from the Blueprints 20 set (MFT).  I glued the three leafy sprigs down onto this piece and then I adhered the small "thanks."  This watercolored creation was glued to a purple/orchid card base.

This is a fun and CAS (Clean And Simple) card - just my style!  :-)  Come check out what the other folks have created for this challenge over on the Cupcake Inspirations blog.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Koi and Kanji Wall Hangings

Hello everyone!  Remember the gorgeous collage paper that Art Neko created based on one of my cards?  I’ve used that sakura collage paper on this trio of wall hangings to share with you.  I stamped an assortment of koi and kanji on each of the three pieces.
I started by cutting out the Spring Summer Collage Sheet with scissors.  I trimmed each one to fit onto the ATC Masonite Blanks from B-Muse.  Next, I stamped the 3 Bold Koi and the kanji on each piece with a dark blue ink.  Then I glued the stamped collage sheets down onto the ATC Masonite Blanks, being careful not to get any wrinkles or bubbles in the paper as I pressed it down.
For the hangers, I glued them on with some liquid glue to the back of each piece.  I set some heavy blocks on them and let them dry overnight.  These are ready to hang up in my studio as soon as I finish hammering some nails into the wall.  I still have 6 ATC collage pieces left from the sheet, so I’ll be making more projects with those soon.  You can stamp anything you want on these collage sheets, and I’m looking forward to seeing all the different possibilities.

Items used on my project today:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spitfire Dad card

Are you ready for Father's Day? With the fabulous new Dads and Grads release from Frantic Stamper, I've got my card ready to go. :-)
I started by sprinkling some Navy and Royal blue Infusions powders onto some white cardstock and then I misted that with some water. After it dried, I glued a strip of blue cardstock across the piece. Then I cut it out with the Deckled Squares die (10105). LOVE these deckled squares!! They are great for masculine cards.
For the airplane, I used the awesome Spitfire die (09490) and cut it out from scrap cardstock. I went over the whole thing with Autumn Bronze gilding wax and buffed it to a nice shine. This gilding wax makes these planes look like real vintage metal - so cool! I cut out this Spitfire again from blue cardstock and glued it behind my "metal" plane so that the blue would show up in the holes.
I used the same gilding wax on the die cut letters. These letters were cut from Frantic Stamper's Mattie Thin Upper Alphabet set (09261). After I buffed the wax on these letters, I glued them down onto the small blue strip.

Products I used from Frantic Stamper:

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Peony in Pencil

Hi everyone!  Have you been enjoying your Saturday?  We got up early and planted a bunch of tomatoes and bell peppers and banana peppers today.  That wind is just killer today - it kept trying to knock us over!  After we ate some lunch, I spent the afternoon playing in my studio.

I just got some new stamps from Power Poppy and I wanted to try my pencil coloring on one of these gorgeous peony stamps.  I stamped the smaller peony from the Peony Muse set along with some of the leaves using London Fog Memento ink (a soft gray color).  Because I knew I wanted to color these with pencils, I stamped them onto some Canson drawing paper.  It actually took me several days to color this flower and the leaves.  I worked in short intervals of 10 to 15 minutes at a time so my hand and fingers wouldn't cramp up.  I used Prismacolor Premier pencils and I applied the lessons learned from Kit and Clowder to shade and highlight everything.

Power Poppy just came out with dies to go with their newest release of stamps, so of course, I just HAD to get the matching dies when I ordered the stamps.  I cut these out with the dies and I am THRILLED!  Fussy cutting is not my forte, so I am ecstatic that Marcella will have matching dies for her stamps!  Yay!!

I just happened to notice that they have a fun new challenge up on the Power Poppy blog for April.  They have three sketches, so I picked Sketch #2 and found some papers to go with my colored flower.  I stamped the sentiment from the new Loving Tulips set (which is on backorder right now - proof of how popular this is!!) on the notepaper layer.  This turned out rather cute!  :-)

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Vintage Flower Box

Hi everyone!  Today I'm sharing a handmade box that I created for Art Neko.  Art Neko actually sells several different kinds of boxes in their store, and I used this Hinged Pine Box with Magnetic Closure today.  I stained it with a vintage oak stain and let it dry, and then I stained it again for a deeper coverage.  Once it was completely dry, I rubbed some Antique Bronze gilding wax over the box and buffed it with a soft cloth.

To decorate the top of the box, I used this gorgeous floral scene from the Antique Seed Catalogs collage sheet at B-Muse.  There are TONS of gorgeous collage sheets over there - go check them out!  Seriously, they are stunning!  The best part is they are already colored, so all you have to do is cut em out and glue em down on your project.  :-)  

That's what I did with this one.  I cut out this sweet floral scene and glued it to a dark brown mat.  I then glued this piece down on my box, leaving some room on the side for a handmade flower bouquet.  I simply tied the bouquet with some linen thread and glued it down onto the box.

This will be perfect to give to my mom for her earrings and bracelets.  She loves antiques, and this will fit right in with all her vintage items.  :-)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

CAS422 Spritzed Butterflies

This week's CAS422 challenge is "Things with Wings."  I saw this gorgeous Northwoods stamp in my stash, so I pulled it out and dusted it off for this challenge.  :-)  I stamped it with plum ink and then sprayed it with water before the ink was completely dry.  I love the mottled and ink-stained look of the weeds and butterflies.

I added the Hello cut from plum cardstock and glued this piece to a plum mat.  This was adhered to a white card that was sponged with plum ink all around the edges.  This is the perfect clean and simple card to pop in the mail.  You could even change the sentiment to fit whatever kind of card you need - sympathy, thank you, birthday, or just because.  :-)

Check out the CAS challenges over on Splitcoaststampers and play along with us this week!  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Friends and Wild Roses

Howdy!  Today I'm sharing a card I made for Frantic Stamper. Did you fall in love with Fran's feminine dies that she released last month? I know I did. This is one of the cards I made using some of those dies.

I cut out the gorgeous new Wild Rose Corner from white cardstock and colored in all the leaves with Copic markers (listed below). I cut the flowers from patterned paper and glued them onto the corner pieces that I colored, and then I added pearls to the centers.

The sentiment was stamped and then I cut it out with the new Nested Double Ended Tags. I cut out a larger tag from green cardstock to go behind my sentiment. More pearls were added to the tags as well as to the corners of my card.

Here are the supplies from Frantic Stamper that I've used on this card:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ATC Butterfly Fairy

Hi everyone!  I am here bright and early this morning to share this fun mixed media Butterfly Fairy ATC with you today.  An ATC is an acronymn for Artist Trading Card, and they typically measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.  They are miniature works of art and many people like to trade them with other ATC artists.
Did you know that Art Neko recently bought the B-Muse store?  There are lots of fabulous items in the B-Muse store, such as collage sheets, ATC supplies, dominoes, and other ephemera?  I’ve used several of those B-Muse items on this ATC today.
I began working on this ATC by painting a sheet of ATC watercolor paper with some Raw Sienna Daniel Smith watercolor paint.  I love that warm brownish/orange-y/yellowish quality of this color.  While that was drying, I cut out these fabulous wings from the Fantasy Wings collage sheet from B-Muse.  The colors on these particular wings coordinate beautifully with my painted background.
This collage sheet was printed on Premium Laser Paper, but you have so many options with the collage sheets from B-Muse.  You can order them printed on canvas, vellum, fabric paper, transparencies, and laser paper.  The canvas collage sheets are gorgeous – they look and feel just like a real painting!

Once my watercolored piece was dry, I adhered it to an ATC Chipboard blank (pictured above).  This provides a wonderful sturdy backing for my painted watercolor background.  I sponged the edges with some Brushed Corduroy distress ink for that aged look.
My next step was to get my fairy ready.  I stamped the Dreaming Fairy from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet with Rich Cocoa Memento ink onto some white cardstock.  After I colored her with Copic markers, I cut her out, making sure I cut the stamped wings off.  Once I determined the placement of the collage wings and the fairy, I glued them down onto the prepared ATC.  I added the stamped sentiment on the side – it says “Be yourself.”  This sentiment is also from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet.
I loved creating my own custom fairy by pairing a stamped figurine with the wings from the collage sheet.  I have plenty of other wings left on the collage sheet, so I can make all kinds of fairies and other winged creatures.
Check out all the great items in the B-Muse shop and jump-start your creativity.  The collage sheets are gorgeous, and I love the ATC supplies (both the watercolor sheets and the chipboard blanks).  I have a few other supplies from B-Muse that I’m playing with, and I’ll share those with you soon.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

CAS419 Irish Hello

This week's CAS419 challenge is to "Think Irish."  When I saw that, my mind immediately went to green.  So I pulled out this leafy stamp set called Floral Shadow from Altenew and stamped the leaves and sentiment in all different shades of green.  I sponged a little more green at the bottom for some depth.  Do you see the tiny green dots here and there?  I pulled out a Copic marker and an air tool and sprayed some of the ink onto the card.  Some sequins provided that Irish finish with shades of green and gold.  :-)  Check out the CAS challenges over on SCS and play along with us.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Sending you a Smile

Hi everyone!  Today's card is something I colored up over the weekend for Dina's latest tutorial on SCS.  She asked if I would help by making a sample for her Pencil Monochrome Tutorial.  This technique is fun and easy and it doesn't require a lot of supplies.

Look at the "smile" sentiment.  That is what I colored for the tutorial.  I went over the whole thing with the green pencil (Polychromos) very lightly.  Then I went back over starting at the bottom and made my strokes a little harder and laid down more color.  I finished off by adding a little touch of black at the very bottom of the letters and then blending it all out with the Derwent blender pencil.

Check out Dina's tutorial over on SCS and give this a try.  This easy technique will make you "smile!"

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Springtime Flowers and EXCITING NEWS!!!

Hi friends!  I'm back with another watercolored Art Neko card today.  It got up to 85 degrees on Saturday, so it definitely feels like springtime around here.  

I pulled out the Spring in Paris (A407) stamp sheet and stamped the beautiful flowers randomly around the edges of my hot press watercolor paper with Versamark ink.  I covered that with white embossing powder and melted the powder with my heat tool.  I had just enough space in the middle for that beautiful sentiment (also from the Spring in Paris set), so I stamped that with Versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.

Next, I pulled out a couple of blue colors of Daniel Smith watercolor paint.  I watered the paint down to make a nice watercolor wash and I painted that over my paper, carefully avoiding the flowers.  I let this dry for about an hour, and then I went back over with another wash of blue paint.  I set this aside to dry completely.  Then I pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers and watercolored the flowers and the stems.  Those bright pink flowers just pop against that blue background.

Once the paper was completely dry, I burnished the white embossing with a tissue to remove any leftover paint.  I also sponged the edges with a blue dye ink before adhering this piece to a white card base.

I had so much fun painting this card, I sent a sneak peek of this to Annette at Art Neko.  She liked this so much, she turned my card into an ATC Collage Sheet!!!!!!!!  How exciting is that????  You can see the Spring Summer Collage Sheet HERE in the Art Neko store.  I love how she edited my card to remove the sentiment and put those watercolor blue blocks all over.  It has such a modern, artsy vibe to it!

I have some of these collage sheets on their way to me in the mail, and I can't wait to play with these!  All you have to do is cut these apart and use them on your projects just like regular patterned paper.  If you are an ATC trader, you can use these as backgrounds on your ATCs.  You can stamp the centers with a sentiment, add more flowers, add birds or butterflies, add a die cut, whatever you want to do.  There are so many possibilities!!  Go order your Spring Summer Collage Sheet today along with the beautiful Spring in Paris stamp sheet and have fun making some gorgeous art.  :-)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Chocolate Tulip - two ways

Hi everyone!  This week's CAS417 challenge is "chocolate."  We can use the colors of chocolate, images of chocolate, or even make things like chocolate treat holders for this challenge.  I decided to try my hand at pencil coloring.

I stamped this gorgeous tulip from Art Neko with some kraft ink onto kraft paper and then colored it with Polychromos pencils.  I only used three colors of pencils: a dark brown, a medium brown, and then a pale gray/brown color.  These represent dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate.  :-)  I then glued the tulip piece onto a dark chocolate card base.  Three chocolate pearls were added to the lower left corner and I also added some thin strips of kraft cardstock to ground my image.

I added some ribbon to the top of the card as you can see in the picture below.  Then I couldn't decide if I liked it better with the ribbon or without, so I am posting both pictures for you to see.  Which one do you like better?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine Hearts in Watercolor

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!!!!!  I'm sharing this Valentine card with all of you today.  This sweet double heart stamp and the sentiment are from Art Neko's A405 Valentine and Love Stamps sheet.  I watercolored them with Daniel Smith's Pyrrol Red paint.  Yup, I just used the one color of paint.  The variation in color is achieved by adding more or less water to the paint.  Once the piece was dry, I filled in the alternating stripes in the corners with a black Sharpie marker.  I also added some white buttons tied with baker's twine before I affixed the sentiment.

I cut out a piece of white cardstock and put it through an embossing folder that had some vertical stripes.  Since I angled my paper for the diagonal stripes, I had to run the paper through twice to emboss more stripes on the other half of the paper.  After I matted this with a piece of black cardstock, I glued this down to a red card base.  I cut out my watercolored hearts and adhered them to my white embossed panel.

I had fun experimenting with just one color of watercolor paint on this card.  Come on back next week for another fun experiment with watercoloring!  Have a wonderful Valentine's Day today!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Roses on Stone

I'm back with another Frantic Stamper card today.  Have you seen their February 2017 release of stamps and dies?  They are gorgeous, and I used their Wild Rose Corner dies (10113) on my card today.  

I started by sponging some soft gray ink through a Stone Wall stencil (MFT) directly onto my white card.  I kept the gray ink very light so that my roses and my sentiment would show up.  After determining where I wanted my roses, I moved them out of the way and stamped the sentiment (Concord and 9th's Hello Lovely stamp set) with black ink.

The Wild Rose Corner dies were cut from white cardstock, and then I painted them with Mission Gold watercolor paint.  I let the first layer dry completely and then I went back over it with more paint.  The glitter in the centers of the pink flowers is from some White Blizzard Glitter Drops (Nuvo).  I shaped the flowers with my fingers and then adhered them over the base flowers with some foam tape.  This gives a wonderful dimension and texture to the card.  The finishing touch on this CAS card was to wrap some Pink Sorbet baker's twine around the top.  I tied it off with a bow and trimmed the ends off.

Go check out the latest release at Frantic Stamper.  There are more flowers and a pleated dress and even a sewing machine die there!  Have fun!