Apr 28, 2017

Vintage Owl Masculine Birthday Card

Some new rubber on the table from my SSS win.  :)  It's Friday night and I feel alright!  So quickly playing to enter the latest Simon Says Stamp challenge, we've got your number.  I used the new IndigoBlu numbers background stamp - swoon - and a PaperArtsy tiny numbers stamp for my background.

The background was made with a mix of Distress Oxides on kraft.  A little faux stitching around the edge.  The foreground panel was regular DI.

I thought this Carabelle Studios own was THE coolest.  I am a big owl lover, but don't like to tell people because they think I love all owls.  I don't.  Just way cool ones like this or very retro/vintage owls.  Anyway, I framed him by cutting out a Seth Apter die around his face, and then inking it with DOX.  I added a few cogs to fill the empty space.  I thought this sentiment would be fun for a birthday and stamped it with $1 tiny alphas from Michaels.  It feels so good to get messy after some CAS work.  LOL!  I'm so all over the place - I know...  Anyway, I hope you like this and are inspired to play along.  Happy weekend!

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Apr 26, 2017

Birthday Bash Monster Popup Card Tutorial

For all the littles in your life, hop on over to the Tutti Designs blog and learn how to make this fun and whimsical card!  My niece absolutely loved it!  The new Balloon Corner die is so much fun and I know it will be on your wish list.  <3  Thanks for stopping by today.  Your support means so much to me!

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Apr 25, 2017

Coloring Flowers with Prismacolor Colored Pencils

Hello sweet friends and thank you so much for your lovely comments on my "house" story.  <3  You all have encouraged me more than you'll ever know.  Ironically, we are going to be selling our house very soon and the thoughts are amplified.  I covet your prayers during this transition.

Today I am officially announcing that I have joined the Power Poppy bandwagon and am thrilled to be joining my first challenge with Power Poppy.  The new releases are absolutely AMAZING and I aim to enter the challenges with the few digital stamps I've won or found on the internet for free in hopes of winning some real life flower power stamps!  This card was made with Authentique Christmas plaid, which I thought went well with my poppies.  I colored both cards with Prismacolor pencils.

My second card features the reverse of the plaid paper with some Prima stripes and Basic Grey grunged pink stock.

Forgive me but I can't remember if this card is from Creative Market's weekly freebies or from a digital image I won.  Some of my free images have been saved to my Pinterest board.  For this card I used this amazing double stitched oval die that I won in the Winter Coffee Lovers hop.  YAY!  I splashed green watercolor on the card - because I can't help myself you know.  The sentiment stamp is by Verve Stamps.  I'm so thankful that Marcella is allowing any stamps in this challenge so that we can get to know Power Poppy better and try to win some rubber.  Thanks Marcella!

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Apr 24, 2017

Distress Oxide Texture Paste Tehnique

When I was a baby girl, we lived in what my family referred to for all these years as "the shack".  My Grandmother would recall giving me baths in the kitchen sink with boiled water.  When my Grandfather came back from WW2, he was never the same.  He became an alcoholic and drank away everything they owned, drowning those dark memories.  He died just before I was born. Seems that we all just wanted to have something and be somebody thereafter.  The problem with having stuff and feeling like somebody, is that you often don't see that enough is simply enough and you forget who you once were.  I guess that's why this precious stamp set is so dear to me.  A reminder to build a life, not just a mass.  To focus on the heart of the home more than its size or color.  But now that I've shared more than you wanted to know, on with the art...

I am really loving the effect of stamping with misted DOX.  Using Walnut stain and the Cog Collection is a great match.  The stencil is by Carabelle Studios, mixed with Walnut Stain DOX.

Just in case you missed my tutorial on tinting texture paste at Stamps and Stencils, do check it out.  

I was so thrilled to find this lone set of Seth Apter dies at convention recently.  I cut a couple of circles from my inky paper.  Where have these rugged circles been all my life!?!?

Layers of holey paper.

I decided not to cut these two stamps apart and used them as a unit onto this little tag.  I layered with a handmade flower from my Small Tattered Florals set by Tim/Sizzix and punched inky leaves from one of his new punches.  I love that thing!  I really like it with these particular flowers.  A bright touch to this rather grungy card.  Thanks for bearing with me today!  To better days and precious memories...

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Apr 21, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Abstract Triangles Watercolor Cards

Can I get a "Woot woot!  It's the weekend!"?  Ahhh, sometimes it feels like Friday will never come.  This week has been filled with stress and pain.  My little has been poked and prodded all week with allergy testing and blood work for his recurring fevers.  Pray pray pray that the upper sinus infection they found in the CT scan is the source of this problem and the antibiotics and allergy immunotherapy treatment will resolve it!

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."  Philippians 4:6 NASB

Meanwhile I found out through my lovely friend Greta's recent blog post that there is a Simon Says Stamp challenge on Flickr.  YAY!  This challenge is to highlight the SSS brand products.  I am so blessed to have won a few, including the Abstract Triangles background stamp - LOVE!  I made a couple of CAS cards for the challenge.

Both cards were made with my favorite medium, watercolor.  I used the Verve Stamps Kindness stamps and dies for my focal elements, along with some sequins and beads.

There is something so calming I find in making watercolor backgrounds.  Do you agree?

I colored a scrap with the same blues and cut out my sentiment, then clear embossed for an enamel effect.  I layered over glitterstock and was quite happy with the result.  What a great stamp set, here's the inside of my card.

Here is my Flick page.  And the SSS Challenge Group Page.  Read the details on the sticky post at the top of the group when you join for details.  Two $25 SSS shopping sprees are given every two weeks - yip yip!  Have a great weekend.  <3

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