Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Ink It Up with Leigh Penner: I Can't Even


The last two weeks are a blur.  My son Ben left for his mission yesterday and I miss him terribly.  Between his preparations and the house basement repair, not to mention plenty of other things, I feel completely depleted.  Drained.  Because Life.  Can I quit being an adult now?  HA!  Life keeps moving on.  In all the crazy, I forgot my Ink It Up post again.  So this stamp set by Stamping Bella immediately came to mind.  It's called the chicks who "couldn't even".  Seriously appropriate, because this is exactly how I feel right now.


Humor is the best medicine, right?  I'm also listening to Christmas music this morning.  Don't judge.  I bought the brand new Straight No Chaser and Gentri Christmas albums.  Music always makes me feel better.  My house feels very empty right now.  I'm counting down the days until my two oldest kids come home for their college break at the holidays.  Usually I wait until after Thanksgiving to listen to my vast Christmas music collection, but not this year.  I need a shot of happy.

I love the adorable chicks in this stamp set.  Who hasn't had days or weeks like this?  I bought it earlier this year and it's been sitting in my unused stash patiently waiting its turn.  Today is it!  It was very therapeutic to color this simple image with my Copic markers.  I mounted the panel on a white scalloped card base.

Simple and to the point.  This card makes me smile.  Inside, I stamped the chick lying flat on its back.  lol  But yes, I can do this.  Just give me a few days!   :)  Hop over to Leigh Penner's blog, To the Full, to see her Ink It Up card.

Stamps:  the chicks who "couldn't even" (Stamping Bella)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink)
Copic:  0, C1, C3, E08, E19, E42, E55, E99, Y11, Y15, Y17, Y26, Y35, YR15, W5
Misc:  Noted: Scalloped A1 die (Papertrey Ink)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ink It Up with Leigh Penner: Wishing You Unicorns


Oh my goodness, I am sorry this post is late!  I have been so scatterbrained lately and completely forgot to get it ready.  Leigh Penner and I post twice a month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays, to share a card using uninked stamps.  I chose to use this adorable Magical Unicorns set by My Favorite Things.


I cut white and black cardstock with the Sunshine Layers dies by Wplus9 Design Studio.  On the white piece, I stamped a random pattern of sunbursts and colored the centers with a Y13 Copic marker.  I then embellished the suns using Lemon Drop and Sugar Cube iridescent glitters by Martha Stewart.  You know I love all that sparkle!

I stamped and colored the unicorn image using various Copic markers.  I added silver Wink of Stella to the horn and hooves.  The wing is a separate piece of cardstock that I glittered with Sugar Cube.  I cut a white cloud with the Clouds 1 & 2 dies by Papertrey Ink, did some shading with a C1 Copic marker, and covered the whole thing with clear Wink of Stella.


I stamped a sentiment from Magical Unicorns onto a Double-Ended Banner die cut.  I layered a second banner underneath cut from Spring Rain cardstock.  Once I finished all the bits and pieces, I adhered it all to a Spring Rain card base.  It turned out super cute!

Make sure you hop over to Leigh's blog, To the Full, to see her Ink It Up post!

Stamps:  Magical Unicorns (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, Spring Rain, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Copic:  0, C1, Y13, B000, B00, B02, R20, R30, RV13, RV14, RV17
Misc:  Double-Ended Banner die, Clouds 1 & 2 die (Papertrey Ink); Sunshine Layers dies (Wplus9 Design Studio); Sugar Cube and Lemon Drop glitter (Martha Stewart); clear and silver Wink of Stella pens; glue pen

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Colorful Fall Leaves


I managed to get a card done for this month's Papertrey Ink blog hop!  I loved the pretty autumn leaves and distressed wood background in the inspiration picture, so that is the direction I took for my card.  Even though I started it yesterday evening, I didn't finish it till just a bit ago.  You should have seen me laying on the sidewalk outside trying to catch the last of the evening light for a photo.  It looked pretty funny!


I colored a leftover piece of watercolor paper with three different shades of orange using a waterbrush.  (Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile, and Canyon Clay)  Aren't those colors gorgeous?  I cut out my leaves using a die from Leaf Prints and then stamped them with the matching vein image. 


For my background, I cut a piece of Stormy Sky cardstock into strips.  I swiped a white pigment ink pad over the strips for a weathered woodgrain look.   It made me giddy to see how well it worked!  I lightly inked the edges with Stormy Sky to give them some definition before gluing them onto a Vintage Cream card base.  The strips look just like wood planks.  Love it!


I stamped another piece of Vintage Cream cardstock with Background Basics: Sheet Music and Background Basics: Text Style, stamping off first to get a muted tone and deliberately not pressing down evenly so the image would be distressed.  I then sponged the edges with Classic Kraft ink.  The sentiment is from Graceful Greetings and I heat-embossed it using Not So Tarnished Copper by Powder Keg.  The whole piece is popped up with foam tape for dimension, mimicking the sheet music book in the inspiration photo.


Finally, I added a few Espresso sequins by Pretty Pink Posh.  Each one is filled with Cinnamon Stickles.  The card needed just a touch of sparkle to balance with the shine of the sentiment.  I was inspired by the acorns, naturally!  I love the finished card and am so happy I got into my studio to play this month.

Stamps:  Graceful Greetings, Leaf Prints (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  VersaMark; Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile, Canyon Clay, Stormy Sea, Classic Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Stormy Sea (Papertrey Ink); watercolor paper
Misc:  Leaf Prints die (Papertrey Ink); Not So Tarnished Copper embossing powder (Powder Keg); Espresso sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Cinnamon Stickles

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Watercolor Truck

Here's the final card I created at the Stampin' Up workshop I attended earlier this week.  I spent a lot of time watercoloring this outdoor scene.  It was very therapeutic! 


I stamped the truck from Country Livin' onto a piece of watercolor paper, and using the masking technique, added pumpkins from Loads of Love and trees from Peaceful Pines.  I went over the pines with a waterbrush to soften the color.  I also used a Garden Green inkpad with the waterbrush to fill in the fluffier trees.

I had the most fun painting my truck with various inkpads and markers, all using a waterbrush.  I stole the idea to shade my truck with Pumpkin Pie from another workshop attendee.  The main truck color is Daffodil Delight, I think.  I used Pumpkin Pie on the pumpkins and Soft Suede on the pumpkin stems and wooden truck sides.  I used Smoky Slate and Basic Black on the tires.

I got my own idea to make the windows and headlights shiny using a VersaMarker and clear embossing powder.  (thanks to the haunted jars card)  I love how it looks!  You can see it better in this close-up photo.  There is just a bit of Smoky Slate shading underneath.


I mounted the watercolor panel on Tangerine Tango cardstock and wrapped Garden Green baker's twine around it, with a bow to secure it off-center.  I adhered that to a Crushed Curry card base.  I just now realized that I forgot to watercolor the sky.  lol  Oh well.  It was fun to do!

Stamps:  Country Livin', Peaceful Pines (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black Archival, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry (Stampin' Up); watercolor paper
Misc:  Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate markers (Stampin' Up); 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Thankful Leaves

I'm back to post another workshop card!  This one uses the lovely Vintage Leaves stamp set and Woodland embossing folder.


I inked the embossing folder with Crumb Cake ink before running it through the machine using Crumb Cake cardstock.  I got a bit heavy-handed with the ink so there is some "shading" on my tree trunks.  Hey, that's realistic anyway!  lol  I added gold Wink of Stella into the tiny grooves for some sparkle.

I embossed the leaf with gold powder on Crushed Curry cardstock and sponged ink on it randomly using Old Olive, Cajun Craze, and Pumpkin Pie inkpads.  Then I cut it out using the matching die.  I embossed my sentiment from Sheltering Tree with gold powder on Cajun Craze cardstock and layered it on some gold foil paper.

I layered all the various ribbons and trim underneath my two leaves.  The second leaf is a plain one cut from Cajun Craze cardstock.  Everything is adhered to a Crumb Cake card base.  All those pretty autumn colors are quite appropriate for this time of year!  I love fall.

Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Sheltering Tree (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie (Stampin' Up); VersaMark
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Woodland embossing folder, Leaflets dies (Stampin' Up); gold Wink of Stella pen; gold embossing powder; 5/8" burlap ribbon, 5/8" gold satin ribbon, gold sequin trim, gold baker's twine (Stampin' Up)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Vintage Leaf Gatefold

Here's the third card from the Stampin' Up workshop I attended at my demo's house.  This is a gate-fold style card where it opens in the center.


The base is Sweet Sugarplum cardstock and the patterned paper panels are from the Blooms & Bliss dsp pack.  I stamped the Vintage Leaves images on a piece of watercolor paper using Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, and Rich Razzleberry inks.  Then I used a waterbrush to spread around the ink for a watercolor look.


I mounted the watercolor panel on a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock and wrapped some ribbon and lace around one side.  I adhered that to one side of the gatefold card.  I stamped a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes on a Very Vanilla oval and matted it with Mint Macaron. (both cut using punches)  The sentiment is popped up for dimension.


On the inside of the card, I adhered a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock that I stamped with two of the leaves.


Quite simple!  It would be easy to do this design in different color combos.

Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla, Blooms & Bliss dsp (Stampin' Up); watercolor paper
Misc:  Oval punch, Large Oval punch (Stampin' Up); 1/2" Very Vanilla lace ribbon, 3/8" Mint Macaron sheer linen ribbon (Stampin' Up); waterbrush

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Haunted Jars and 400 Blog Posts

Can you believe it?  I'm celebrating 400 posts here on my blog today!  It may be a drop in the bucket to some, but for me it feels like a huge accomplishment.  It represents a determination to keep creating through self-doubt, fear, and the big old comparison monster.  I enjoy creating my little works of art.  They make me smile!  Scrolling through my blog is like taking a trip through time.  Today, I'm sharing my favorite card from the Stampin' Up workshop I attended two days ago.


It uses the super cute Jar of Haunts stamp set.  This has been on my wish list since I first laid eyes on it.  I want it even more now.  lol   I stamped the jars on watercolor paper and used markers with a waterbrush to add color.  I also used markers for the eyeballs.  Just a bit creepy!  I cut the jars out with the matching dies.

I stamped the drippy goo image repeatedly across the top of text print paper and colored it in with a Pear Pizzazz marker.  To get the shiny effect, I colored it again with a VersaMark marker and embossed with clear powder.  It looks really cool in person. 



I stamped two spiders directly on the text paper and drew the web lines using a ruler.  I did the same thing inside the card.


I stamped the sentiment and punched it out using the old Word Window punch by Stampin' Up.  After matting the text print, I adhered the jars and sentiment using foam dots for dimension. 

Like I said, this card was my favorite to make at the workshop.  I will be back tomorrow to post another one from the same day.  Here's to many more creative projects and posts!

Stamps:  Jar of Haunts, Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Basic Black (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla, Newsprint dsp (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Everyday Jars dies, Word Window punch (Stampin' Up); Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate markers (Stampin' Up); VersaMark marker; waterbrush; clear embossing powder