Saturday, March 16, 2019

And a beary happy BD to you!

Today's card is for the latest My Favorite Things' sketch challenge, # 428:
I used MFT's Town Bear, and had them peeking through the peek-a-boo windows.  They are colored on mixed media paper with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.

Friday, March 8, 2019

It's here! My March card kit!

Well, 2 months in a row I ordered card kits with a big ole' sheet of stickers. Really, those cardmakers on YouTube made it look so easy!

The kit also came with 2 stamp sets and the usual bunch of pattered paper and cardstock. So, without further adieu, here are my first cards with the Simon Says Stamp March 2019 card kit called "Lucky Rainbow".  As you can guess, it is full of St. Patrick's day themed stuff. But one of the stamp sets is generic enough to use all year.

The first stamp set is Simon's "Wooly Lucky".  Here are a few of the ones I have done so far:






Then, I made a couple featuring the stickers from Doodlebug, "Lots O Luck".



Then, to slap all that green outta my eyes, I made this one with the stickers plus a sentiment from the big stamp set, "Amazing".


I'm not quite done yet, so there are more to come. I think.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Every sip of the way!

Somehow I missed posting this back in January when I made it, so here she is! That's another of the great frogs from My Favorite Things' Toad-ally Awesome, a wineglass cut from vellum from last year's "Wine Service", and a sentiment from MFT's "Good Time to Wine".

Bonus, the inside sentiment is also from "Good Time to Wine".


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Trying to channel my inner Amy

I'm still on my flower kick. Today I tried to channel Amy R. from Prairie Paper & Ink.  A few years ago she did a set of water colored note cards that were truly lovely!  But I dived in face first without referencing the original set.

The cards were sketchy flowers, stamped in black and loosely water colored, then splattered, then die cut and stamped sentiments were added with unifying strips of black and white paper.

Here are mine:




First of all, Amy's were portrait style, and she had more room for the die cut sentiments.  The flowers are My Favorite Things' Sketchy Blooms 2, and the sentiments are MFT's Arrow Words.

Mine are colored with Distress Oxide Inks, and I am pleased with the messy way they came out.  I also splattered them with the Distress Oxide Ink in Black Soot.

I finished each one with black and white baker's twine, of which I have a giant spool.

My big take-away from this is that just because the pen says it's waterproof doesn't mean you can watercolor over it.  Copic Multiliners, I'm looking at you.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

It's always flower time in Florida.

True story: I let my best friend go through my finished card box and take everything she wanted. She took a stack 6 or 7 inches high, and it barely made a dent. But here's where I can get philosophical about the cards I make. Almost every card she left me had critters on them. Except for a very few that had other images involving cartoon people or food. Coffee cups and coffee/tea/cocoa themed cards especially.

That means she took almost every generic flowered card (one sympathy card was left).  So my stash of finished cards is in need of flowery, non-critter type cards appropriate for people who just don't "get" them. You guys know who you are and we love you, anyway. Heck, now I'm pretty sure my friend is one of them!

So, in honor of simple, flowered thank you notes, here are a couple of quick cards I made yesterday using a tried and true and possibly overused layout.  I am particularly fond of peach, so I ran with it.



Please excuse the color cast on the photos, I swear they are on identical paper. The bottom one is closer to reality. The bases are My Favorite Things' Peach Belini cardstock, and the diagonal stripes are from an older MFT stripes and dots paper pack.

I water colored the flowers on Tim Holtz watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The top card features flowers from Simon Says Stamp's Even More Spring Flowers stamp set, and I colored them with my Clean Color Real Brush markers. The bottom card features a big bloom from MFT's Fancy Flowers set. I painted them with my Mission Gold water colors.

The white tops were cut with MFT edge dies, and finally they both got some orange and clear sequins.

Now I need to come up with some clean and simple cards appropriate to send to guys. Those all got taken too, apparently. (Did I have any to begin with?)

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Still screaming about those Valentines.



Yes, I'm still making Valentines from last years' Simon Says Stamp Limited Edition card kit.  I hope to heck I've learned my lesson now.  I see this years kit and I can see the appeal. But no. Just no. No more Valentines Kits. No more sticker-heavy kits, either. There, I've said it.




The cute little monster is propped up on an action wobble spring. In real life he shakes and wobbles when you touch him.


This one is like yesterday's card, with a monster from My Favorite Things' Monster Sized. I also created the inside greeting from the same set, substituting "Greetings" for "Love".  




All the rest are from the kit and its stickers. I am not doing any more, I quit.

Oh, and I picked up yesterday's card to add some touches and embellishments and promptly dropped it into the open Versamark Ink pad.  It is totally ruined. I am not too broken up about it, either.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Scream! It's Valentine's Day!

Can you tell I have a bad attitude about this? I still have a bunch of stuff in that Simon Says Stamp kit from a year ago, but I am sick of lovey cards. And it's not even February yet. I'm going to give them away, of course, but still, I'm tired of them.

So, I decided to make cards that just say "Happy Valentine's Day". Well, the only sentiments in my stash that say that are mixed sets that cover everything.  I decided to go snarky and pulled out more of these My Favorite Things' "Monster Sized" and I cut up the sentiment that said "Scream! It's your birthday" and cobbled this one together.

It's missing something. More hearts, maybe? I'm still working out if I'll decorate the inside or not.