I had the tiny little wrap from Lisa sitting front and center on my desk and couldn't rest until I found a bouquet of flowers to wrap it around! I think I found the perfect fit...
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Monday, March 28, 2022
I am a very lucky girl to have many generous crafty friends - today I have to share what I received last week...
I have a bit of sunshine today - yay!! Sure makes laundry day a little more fun! Your visits make Monday darned right enjoyable - thanks!
Friday, March 25, 2022
It's been the gloomiest, grayest of all weeks. As much as I love the color gray, I draw the line there. I was so happy to receive two darling little die sets from Spellbinders* - they quickly made my days sunnier!
That's it for my week! Tom and I are having our first-since-Covid movie night - AT OUR THEATER!! I'm not gonna lie - I'm hoping it's empty! lol
Thanks for dropping by - happy weekend-eve!
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
The Garden Roses from Pinkfresh Studios is a gorgeous set. I have the stamps, dies, and layering stencils for coloring. I love the look of layered stenciling - you can see that here on my first playtime with the set.
But today, I used those layering stencils a bit differently... I'm not sure if this is something new - I've not seen it done before! You'll let me know if you have, won't you?
Here's a closeup of my card -
- Start by heat-embossing the outlines onto watercolor card - I used Ranger Princess gold.
- I chose three Distress inks to 'paint' with
- Grab two blending sponges, and a small dish of water
- Smoosh the ink onto an acrylic block, or a palette
- Dip the sponge into the water and blot off onto paper towels - you'll quickly know how much water is needed - practice is a good thing - then into one of the inks
- Sponge/dab color through the stencils in the proper order - I did NOT use the base stencil 1 today - love that bit of white for a proper watercolor look
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Just one of the Folk Art Print stencils was used for my background, too - Stencil #2 to be exact... can you tell it was dry embossed first?
Friday, March 18, 2022
Oh yes, these are definitely my favorite Easter egg colors!
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Any day is a good day for visiting my friend Marcia - we took our weatherman at his word and planned the only sunny day of last week to get together! Man am I glad we did - [pardon my French] it all went to hell in a hand basket the day after!
Enough about the weather - I have SO much to share today and I know Marcia will, too - so let's get into it!
First up - I'm giving you all the bird[s]! The darling PTI Feathered Friends mini 19 to be exact...
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
I hope you've been finding lots of wonderful 'scraps' or 'snippets' in and around your studio! Here is a reminder from me - and don't forget to check out all the wonderful reminder cards from The Flower Challenge team, and our special guest Juhi have made here.
Today I am happy to have a few scraps of this wonderful Honey Bee patterned paper left from my love note to the brave Ukrainian people. I think it makes a delightful backdrop for these darling Waffle Flower Crocuses ... of course they had be yellow!
Monday, March 7, 2022
Each year I make a St Paddy's Day card and then wonder who will give it to?? This year I have no question... it's for Color Hues #36 Green and Gold challenge!!
Friday, March 4, 2022
Hello again, friends! Yes, it's March and I'm ready to march into Spring - how about you?? With Spring comes Spring Cleaning, right?? The Flower Challenge #66 is giving you a leg-up with that this month by encouraging you to USE SCRAPS! I've been encouraging the use of scraps/snippets for weeks now! Here are two cards made with little 'scraps' I found in my studio.
You all must know Kathy Racoosin who encourages us to color several times a year. I don't always get involved, but recently came across two pieces that I never finished or made into cards! Remedied that today!
This first was a beautiful, stamped image - for the life of me, I cannot remember whose it is, but it reminds me of a Penny Black design - I water colored it with distress inks and tucked it away. Today, I fussy cut it out, mounted it onto a creamy card base, and added a sentiment that had already been stamped.
SO! Now it's your turn to find something you found in your 'scrap' or 'snippets' bins and use it on a card or two! I'm so excited to see what our guest Juhi and my team has made - let's go see, shall we?
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
- I've randomly stamped only the line-drawn roses from the set and white heat-embossed them onto watercolor card.
- Then, using distress inks, went about a very loose coloring - adding more inks after drying each layer.
- Even my sentiment is old - from Paper Smooches who are now out of business sadly - popped onto a little slip of vellum.
- A little more femininity can't hurt so I've added a little snippet of Pinkfresh Studio who established in 2014!
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
I love how supportive our card-making community is!