Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Miss You -- for Crafty Sentiments Designs

Hello, and happy Tuesday, fellow crafters!  I am the hostess this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog.  Challenges are weekly, and this week's theme is always a favorite -- Anything Goes!  Join in on the fun!

I used the adorable rubber stamp, "Patsy and Gizmo Hiding" to create this:



I colored Patsy & Gizmo Hiding with Copic markers, then used dies by Lawn Fawn (scalloped rectangle) and Top Dog dies to create the card base.  The flowers were from my stash. 

I hope you join us this week for our 'Anything Goes' challenge at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog.  There's also a challenge each month in our Crafty Sentiments Facebook group

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Thinking of You with Roses -- for Imagine That! Digistamps

Woohoo!  It's the weekend!  I made it through my first week back to work with flying colors.  I've been off for 5 months fighting cancer and undergoing chemo treatments.  I knew my heart was ready to return to my job at the nursing home, but I wasn't sure about my body.  It seems my body is ready, too.  I'm feeling great!

It's also time for some mid-month inspiration at the Imagine That! Digistamp's Creative Playground.  This month's freebie is the "Pretty Petunias" set, and it lives up to it's name!  You'll want to play along, just for a chance to win it!

I used another gorgeous flower digital stamp set from the Imagine That! Digistamp store,  the Rose Blessings set, and the Sentimental Thoughts digital set, to create this: 


I printed the Rose Blessings image onto watercolor paper, then used Lyra Rembrandt watercolor pencils to color the rose.  The designer papers backing the Rose Blessings image are digital.  They are also by Imagine That! Digistamps -- the Romance set 1 digital papers.  I used a couple die sets from Spellbinders Paper Arts to create the shaped card.  The crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM.

Imagine That! Digistamp products used on this card:




I hope you join us this month the Imagine That! Digistamp Creative Playground challenge.  You have until June 2 to link up.  Use an Imagine That! Digistamp image to win the great Pretty Petunias set for free! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Watercolor Thank You -- for Pickled Potpourri

Happy Friday, everyone!  I'm posting today for Pickled Potpourri.  I discovered their digital stamps when using them for a challenge blog and loved them (and their reasonable price!) so begged to be on the team!  Here I am today with my first official card and a tutorial.
First, a view of the finished card:


I used Pickled Potpourri's Dahlia digital stamp for this card.  The 'thank you' sentiment is part of the Rose Sentiments set.

Here's how I colored the Dahlia digital stamp:

I started by adding the colors I wanted to use on a palette.  I used watercolor crayons. These are the colors I used on the flower petals.  I used a fairly dry brush. I tend to dip my brush, then pinch it with my fingers before using it. 

Here's those 3 colors blended on one flower...

all three flowers completed:
I worked on shading each of them a bit differently.

Last, I needed to finish the stems and leaves.  I used the same technique:

Here's one more view of the finished card:

There you have it!  This Dahlia digital stamp was perfect to practice my watercoloring technique with.  It's pretty no fail, and very fun!  Check it out for yourself!

The card was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo, with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store.  The flowers are from my stash.  They started out white and I inked them with a couple colors of Tim Holtz distress inks. 

I'll be back later in the month with another Pickled Potpourri post.  Yeehaw! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Pop Up Flowers for You -- and The Cutting Cafe

Hello, and happy spring!  The daffodils are blooming here where I live, the trilliums are beginning to open up, and it won't be long until we have lilacs.  This is my favorite time of year!

This week, at The Cutting Cafe, we're featuring pop up cards.  Since I've been so moved by all the daffodils I've been seeing, I decided to feature them on a pop up card:


I used 2 different sets from The Cutting Cafe.  The pop up card was created with the Assorted Pop Up Cards Templates and Cutting Files.  Then, I printed the daffodil from the Beautiful Flowers Printable Stamp Set multiple times in various sizes and fussy cut them.  The designer paper background is part of the Beautiful Flowers Printable Stamp Set

Pop up cards are so fun when the recipient open them up, and voila!  The vase and flowers literally pop out at them!  So fun!

I hope you check out the other pop up cards that The Cutting Cafe design team makes this week.  You can see them in the Cutting Cafe Be inspired Facebook group, and on The Cutting Cafe blog.  Leave a comment and you could win 3 sets of your choice. They'll be on the blog May 21. 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Watercolor Sneak Peek -- for Pickled Potpourri

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  Are we more than half-way through this month already?  

I am on the Pickled Potpourri blog today.  This is a new design team for me.  I discovered their digital stamps and papers when working with them for a challenge blog.  I liked them so much, and the prices are so reasonable, I begged to be on the design team! 

I'm going to give you a sneak of what's on the Pickled Potpourri blog today so you'll head over there to see the tutorial and full card.  I've been playing with watercolor crayons and having fun!  Please leave a comment there so I know you visited.  Thanks!

Monday, May 15, 2017

You Touch My Heart -- for Path of Positivity

Greetings, and happy Monday!  It is a very happy Monday for me as I return to work.  I've been off for 5 months, battling cancer and recovering from chemotherapy.  I'm so happy I'm feeling good enough to return to the job I love and to the people I love at the nursing home!

It's time for a little mid-month inspiration at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. The theme this month is "Present, not Perfect".  We want you to step out of your comfort zone a bit and try something you wouldn't normally try.  For me this month, I've been experimenting with different types of watercolors.  

One of our sponsors this month is Pickled Potpourri Designs.  I used one of the 4 images in the Botanical Minis set and watercolor crayons to create this:


I only had 12 watercolor crayons.  They were Neocolor II, from Caran D'ache.  I really liked how easily they blended and dissolved with water.  I put them on a palette, then used a fairly dry paint brush to paint the image.   The sentiment is also from Pickled Potpourri

I'm really enjoying the theme, 'Present, not Perfect' this month.  It has given me license to try new things and not worry if they don't turn out as great as I'd like them to.  How else to we grow, if we don't challenge ourselves to new adventures?  I hope you'll join us at Path of Positivity Challenge Blog, and try something new, too.  You have until June 4. 




Hold Fast to Dreams! for MHKDesigns

Hello, my friends.  Today is a very big day for me!  Not only am I on the MHKDesigns blog, which is always a treat, but I'm also heading back to work after being away for 5 months.  I had 4 months of chemo and a month to recover.  Now, it's time to return to the people and the job that I love.  My heart is ready, and I hope my body is, too.

Langston Hughes said, "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly."  It has taken much courage to keep my dreams alive some days this winter, and it has taken support from many incredible friends and family.  I thought of those people when I made this card, using MHKDesigns Birdcage Silhouettes.


Both the printed birdcage and the Langston Hughes quote are part of the Birdcage Silhouettes digital stamp set.  I found the birdcage charm in my stash, and just had to use it!  Designer papers on this card are also from MHKDesigns.  They are the Get Well Flowers digital papers

MHKDesigns products used:




Have you entered this month's MHKDesigns challenge yet?  There's still plenty of time.  It's Anything Goes, if you use an MHKDesigns image, or there's an inspiration picture board if you choose to use something else (or need a little inspiration).  Please join in!  I'd love to see what you make, and you have a chance to win some great MHKDesigns digis!  Yea!  Please join in on the MHKDesigners & Friends Facebook Group, too, for more inspiration,  fun, and news.