Saturday, December 3, 2016

Masculine & Feminine Christmas Wreath with Digi Stamps

Hello! Today I have two cards to share, one is a more masculine version, and the second is feminine colors.  Both were made with the same Digi Stamp I got from Power Poppy.  I have only used Digi Stamps a handful of times, but these were so pretty, I couldn't pass them up.

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I used traditional christmas colors, plaid papers and some old wood veneer embellishments to add to the masculine feel.  I did use plain version of the digi stamp and added my own sentiment with a stamp.


For both cards I used my alcohol markers to color it in.  I colored the images one day and then put them together into cards the next.  The paper pad is one of my favorites and it is almost gone!  


The next card, I wanted to use pinker colors and a more teal color for the leaves. I really like the way it turned out.  For both cards, I did pop up the focal image with foam tape to give the cards more dimension.



I added some glitter gel pen to this one.  It is pretty!


Supplies: Power Poppy Felt Leaves and Fruits Digi stamp, Kaisercraft Christmas Sentiments stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, My Mind's Eye Christmas Wish 6x6 Paper pad, Sakura Stardust Gel pen, embellishments from my stash.

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
Merry Monday #224 Masculine (First card)
Double D Challenges - Traditional Christmas colors (First card)
ModSquad Challenge - Holiday Dimension
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes!

Thanks so much for your kind encouragement by visiting my blog!  I hope you will have time to drop a note here in the comments so I know you stopped by!  Have a great day!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Nutcracker Card - Just for Fun December Challenge Announcement

Just popping in to share a quick card to announce the December Just for Fun Rubber stamps challenge theme!  

Christmas and/or Winter!

I sure hope you will mosey on over to the JFF Blog to see the entire Design Team's inspiration cards for the month.  You will want to link up your creation too so that you will be in the running for the random draw for a gift certificate!

Here is my card for the month - I used the Stamptangle Nutcracker from JFF's latest release. He is such a classic Christmas image, but modernized with the zentangle look.  AND - fun to color with my alcohol markers and then add accents with my white gel pen.


Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Stamptangle Nutcracker, Sentiment from Sentiments 3 Unmounted Sheet, Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Signo white gel pen, Crate Paper Peppermint 6x6 paper pad, snowflake sequins and cardstock from my stash, EK Success snowflake border punch

Thanks for stopping in today!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Seriously Clean and Simple Stocking Card

I am glad that I am feeling "ready" with Christmas cards this month (thanks to so many Christmas challenges), because as Thanksgiving is over, I haven't even begun to take down fall decor, let alone get out the Christmas stuff!

But I am still having fun doing some Christmas cardmaking.  Here is a really really clean and simple card I made for some challenges.  


Sometimes it is fun to just use a really small image. I used colored pencils on this tiny dollar bin stocking.  I layered up some die cuts to create a fun little focal point.  


Supplies: Stamp is unknown but is a dollar bin acrylic stamp, Elle Studio Cheers sentiment stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Derwent Coloursoft colored pencils, Darice embossing folder, Cheery Lynn designs Inverted Scalloped circle die, Spellbinders circle dies, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches for the sentiment banner, Distress ink Twisted Citron, Queen and Co Goosebumps gems.

I would LOVE to participate in the following challenges:
Power Poppy Think Pink
November Rudolph Days
A Blog Named Hero Holiday Challenge


Thanks for stopping by! Are you feeling ready for the holidays?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Flowers stamped with paint

Hello!  Just poppin in to share a clean and simple card.  


These flowers are stamped with paint.  I just took my Koi pan watercolors and used a damp brush to pick up a lot of color. I painted it on the rubber stamp and blended between colors.  The trick is not to use too much water.  I even stamped directly on regular cardstock and I was surprised how well that worked!  (I have another card where I used the same technique here, just stamping on watercolor paper instead of regular.)

Supplies: Stamp is unknown, Koi Pan watercolors, Gina K Happy Birthday Circles sentiment, Gina K Wild Wisteria Ink, Darice basketweave embossing folder, Spellbinders circle die.

Thank you for being here!  Have a great day!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Prepping to travel with stamping/coloring supplies

Hello and thank you for coming by my blog. I have something different to share today.  

I am going to be in the car quite a bit this week for the holiday- going to and fro.  Plus, there may be some downtime between holiday gatherings, so I though I would stamp some images to color on the go.  In all the years I have been stamping, I have never done this before! 

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I got these paper pads for Christmas last year and have not used them much.  I have always liked Bristol paper for stamping and I know they are good for coloring that involves just a little water.  The sketch pad is light weight paper we wouldn't usually use for stamping, but I recently discovered how fun it is to use colored pencils on that paper (it is slightly textured.)

(This is the Bristol pad.)

(The sketch has a spiral and is easier to flip through.)

I stamped a variety of images with archival ink - I know it will work with pencils and watercolor.  Some pages I just stamped one image, but I try to stamp two per page.  I usually do that when coloring so I can use one image for practice and color choices.


My Global Art Materials pencil case holds up to 120 pencils (3 per slot, mine is not full, I will say that the thicker pencils are harder to fit 3 in a slot).  It holds all my pencils (all are by Derwent) - regular Coloursoft, watercolor, Inktense and a few Metallic watercolors. (I hope to get a gift card for Christmas so I can choose a few more colors of the Inktense and Coloursofts, since you can buy individual colors.)


I also am bringing along a few gel pens (white, black, glitter and gold), my waterbrushes (can't find the cap for one!) and my nifty pencil sharpener.  That is a small and neat pile that will fit in my purse or a small tote.

Do you ever travel with your stamping and coloring supplies? I would love to hear what you bring and how you do it!

Thanks again for stopping in!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Partridge in a Pear Tree

Hello!  Today, I am posting for Just for Fun Rubber stamps.  Again, this month, I am using a stamp that I purchased myself before I was on the design team.  This image of the Partridge with Pears is really a unique illustration and I have enjoyed coloring it so much!


I used alcohol markers to color him and used a typical detail of outlining in a light blue color to bring it all together.  The card layout is clean and simple, letting the focal image shine.  (I posted a card with this same image in July. I colored with much lighter colors and pencils.)


The little bit of foiling in the patterned paper and the gems I added help give this card a festive touch.


Supplies: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps Partridge with Pears, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Spellbinders Majestic Elements dies, patterned paper is an old Freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine, gems and cardstock from my stash.



I would love to participate in these challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown - #320 Add Gems or Pearls
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Christmas Critters

Are you in Florida? Just for Fun Rubber Stamps is holding a trunk shows on November 19th in Clearwater. You can see the details here.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my blog! I truly appreciate each visit and comment, as they are a real encouragement to me!  Hope to see you again real soon!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Happy Veteran's Day

I think it is neat that Veteran's day is in the month of November - the month of Thanksgiving in the United States.  There are no veterans in my immediate family, but I want all veterans to know that I am thankful for your service.


I was happy to use the snippet of leftover stamped banner on the inside of the card. I think it is cute.  


Supplies: Our Daily Bread Designs Patriotic Pennants stamp set and Matching Dies, Shine On stamp set, Pennant Row 2 die, My Favorite Things Stitched squares dies, Hero Arts Navy, Red Royal and Soft Sky Shadow inks, Distress Tumbled Glass, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Cuttlebug Embossing folder, cardstocks from my stash

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
ModSquad Challenge Blog - Give Thanks

Thank you for your visit today!