Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Give thanks.

I decided to go with the messy water coloring for this Thanksgiving card. Really messy. The stamp is an older set from Lawn Fawn called Harvest Season. The "Thanks" border is from Simon Says Stamp, and I cut the letters for "Give" with Bottle Cap Letters from My Favorite Things.

I stamped a row of leaves inside with various Simon Says Stamps dye inks.

Here's a picture of the old Lawn Fawn stamp set:

I believe it is the first Lawn Fawn stamp I ever bought. Now my stamp tray is bursting with them. Yay.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

My deer friend, and my new toy.

I did it and I'm happy that I did. I gave away my semi-crippled* Silhouette Cameo and bought a Brother Scan N Cut 2. For cutting out stamped images, wow. Just wow. I can't tell you how much easier this is. But I can show you the first images I cut with it!

The tree, the stump and both critters were stamped with Versafine onto Bristol card stock, cut with the ScanNCut2, and then colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. The background is from a 6x6 pad of impressionist type images that I got several years ago at Tuesday Morning.

The tree, stump, and critters are from The Alley Way Stamps. Gosh I miss them.

* For the curious, my Silhouette Cameo got it's USB port fried, so all designs to be cut had to be saved to a memory card. Plus, to cut stamped images I had jump through several hoops first, and even then only one side of the page would cut correctly. I had to guess if it was going to be the right or left side today.

This little piggy hogs my heart!

These little piggies really have captured my heart! 

True story: I visited the My Favorite Things store in Eustis, FL, back in June when I was staying at my brother's house next door in Leesburg. When I showed my stamps to my sister-in-law, she insisted that I should use them "right now". She pulled out her paper crafting supplies and all her coloring tools and offered me the entire dining room table, to use for the rest of the week.

That's when I discovered you could use the back of a clear plastic plate for an acrylic block, and a table knife makes a pretty good scoring tool. Yeah, all of her stamps are wood mounted rubber.

I colored up a whole page of pigs with assorted colored pencils, mostly Crayola. I later discovered that my favorite gray colored pencil was actually a watercolor pencil. Who knew?

I used the MFT Hog Heaven and wood plank background stamps and a fishtail banner die. The oval and rounded rectangle dies are from Gina Designs, and I don't remember where I got the heart die from. Oops.

Now for my question. Do you prefer the picture with the plain white background, or the one with the music background? The sheet music wasn't quite tall enough for my little Foldio, but I did it anyway.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Coffee before talkie!

I'm still keeping things very simple. The coffee cup and pot images are from Pretty Cute Stamps, as is the tiny "before talkie" tag. The word "COFFEE" is die cut with an alphabet set from My Favorite Things.

I'm not sure who I would send this card to, however. Anyone I'd say this to already knows it.

Pumpkin Spice Latte time!

Yay, I am loving this coffee lover's blog hop, and wish I had a touch more mojo this go around.  

Today's card is a simple cup with simple sentiments. The PSL on the cup die cut cup stands for "Pumpkin Spice Latte", of course. 

The cup die, banner die, and stamped sentiment are all from My Favorite Things, and the paper is from an old stack in my stash that's lost it's cover.

Enjoy your fall coffee everyone!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Get well tea party

Yep, it's get well time, for me! I brought back a stupid chest cold from my Alaskan cruise, and it is malingering.

Anyway, this card is created from The Alley Way Stamp's "Tea Par Tea" set (from 2014). I embossed the teapot and teacup with copper embossing power onto water color paper. I then colored the m with my Gansai Tambi watercolors. The tiny teabag was stamped and embossed with the same copper embossing powder and mounted using a tiny piece of hemp twine.

I also use My Favorite Things plaid paper and MFT's scalloped frame die. The card base is cut from some Simon Says Stamp paper.

Way to start the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, right? More tea, please!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

More dragons!

These Magical Dragons from My Favorite Things Stamps are just so expressive and cute! This dragon looks kind of befuddled. Was that dragon slaying supposed to be today?  It kind of reminds me of that movie where the dragon slayer and the dragon were in cahoots, doing fake slayings for profit. Dragonheart, it was, from the late 90s.

I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color the dragon and little people, on Bristol cardstock. The sentiment is on a thought bubble from Lawn Fawn (A Birdie Told Me), and the sentiment itself is from The Alley Way Stamps’ Rock Solid set.

More dragons from MFT’s Magical Dragons. I wanted to use the Gift Box Cover Up die, to look a little like a window. The background is a printed paper from a very old stack, featuring a hay bale and blue sky, all on a fabric texture.  If I ever do this one again, the dragon won’t be bright green.
I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color the children and the dragon. The puff of smoke from the dragon’s mouth was a last minute addition. It almost makes him look breathless, don’t you think?