Friday, May 26, 2017

Seagulls in a row!

I love these seagulls from My Favorite Things.

I used a deep teal card base and stamped the waves in Versamark behind the windows. The windows are cut with My Favorite Things' Stitched Triple Peek-A-Boo Window die.

The green panel has been hanging around in my scrap pile for over a year. I think i used watered down acrylic paint, but it has been so long I don't remember. It is on the really cheap watercolor paper from the children's craft section.

I'm using old stuff, remember? The Seaside Seagulls set from MFT are new, however, and just the cutest ever. We will be seeing lots more of them soon.

2 observations: I love the 100 lb. card stock from Michael's, and, I really don't love the children's watercolor paper.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fairy kisses-Archaeology project, part 1

So, in my project of using stamps (and other supplies) that I purchased and never used, I started with this fairy from The Alley Way Stamps. She's Tootharina, the tooth fairy, but I thought she looked more like a garden fairy.

She's painted with Distress Oxides and coated with sparkle. The background is a pre-printed card from Concord and 9th. The flowers and sentiment are from The Alley Way Stamps' Twinkle Toes, which features their version of a garden fairy.

The stamps and pre-printed cards are no longer available, so that probably fits my criteria for "really old stuff."

Now I can't get that song, "Diggin Up Bones" out of my head.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Call anytime. Really.

So, this week I played with my new Distress Oxide Inks. The first thing I did was this tri-colored panel. I used a Gina Marie die for the panel. I played around with a lot of different white die-cut sentiments, but ended up liking these simple palm trees the best. The palm trees are one of the no-name dies from China that I recently got. More on that story later.

I used a sentiment from an older set from The AlleyWay Stamps.

I have decided that I will go and use most of the stamp sets that I HAD to have, but have never used. And to make the challenge even greater, at least one stamp should come from a set that is no longer for sale. Then it will truly be archaeological.

Of course, I haven't stopped buying new stamps, what do you think I'm capable of here?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Die cut sentiments rule!

I was going to call this post, "Look Ma, no stamping!", until I remembered stamping the Wavy Coloring Book Swirls for the water colored backgrounds. Well, there's no stamping on the first one, anyway!

The theme today is, obviously, die cut sentiments. In this first card, the sentiment is from Concord and 9th's You've Got This. It's glued to a rectangle of pink velum, and then glued to a panel cut from some My Favorite Things' Roses All Over patterned paper, and all mounted on a pale pink card base.  I then added some Clear Sparkling sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and called it done! 

In my second card, I used the MFT Wavy Coloring Book Background stamp, white embossed on water color paper. I colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and cut it with a Sizzix dotted rectangle framelit. The sentiment was also from the Sizzix dotted rectangle set. You wouldn't believe the tiny confetti pieces left over after cutting these.

I mounted the 2 sentiment pieces together, then put them on the background with foam tape. Once again, sequins finished them off!

For my third card, I also used the Wavy Coloring Book background, white embossed onto water color paper, and I put watercolor paint very loosely over the design. The sentiment is from MFT's "Hi Hello There" set,.

Both the "You've Got This" and "hello" are triple cut and stacked from plain white card stock. It is very hard to see, but the "hello" is mounted on a strip of green vellum. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

My favorite story

Today's card was completely built around the "Roses All Over" patterned paper on the bottom of the card. The colors in the images and the trim paper are built around the almost navy blue of the print.

The little girl, reading a book, and the sleeping dog are from My Favorite Things' "Our Story" stamp set. The little dragon is from MFT's "Magical Dragons". The sentiment is from an old Jilllibean set called "Typewriter".  By the time I got to the sentiment, I didn't have room for the one I really wanted.

I also used a bunch of different dies on this card. The white, navy and print layers were all first cut from the largest stitched rectangle from Lawn Fawn, The 2 circles were cut from an inside/outside stitched circle set from Simon Says Stamp, and the stitched point and scalloped stitched point are from MFT.

The images were all colored with Spectrum Noir pens and fussy cut. I guess I could have done them with the Brother Scan N Cut, but the scissors were there, and so was I, and the Scan and Cut is in another room.

Last week I bought 72 new Spectrum Noir markers that were on sale, now I had to go back and buy new layers for my marker tower. I wonder how high I can go and still have it stable? My craft room is seriously overcrowded and I just keep getting more stuff. Can I help it if I want ALL the colors? Of everything???

It is time to challenge myself to use stuff from the archaeology pile.  You know, stuff that I bought over a year ago and never used. So that's my next goal. Only this time I won't go through the depressing count of how much fits into that category. The sentiment from the Typewriter set fits that category.  Only, I suspect it doesn't count if I only did it by necessity.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Just bepaws.

Today's entry is my take on a sketch challenge that ended weeks ago.

Here's the sketch:

Sketch challenges should be the easiest, since all the shapes are already chosen for you. But I always seem to have problems with them, hence the delay.

The papers are all from My Favorite Things, as is the little dog and his sentiment. The dog was water colored with Zig Clean Color real brush markers.

Monday, April 17, 2017

No prob-llama!

Today's birthday card features this super cute llama from My Favorite Things' Llama Love set. I've had it for months, even had the llama water colored, but not cut out.

I water colored the llama with a combination of Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and Mission Gold watercolors. My big advice is don't use the cheap children's watercolor paper from W*lm*rt. The color soaked into that paper so fast and spread out so quickly that it was hard to get this little image contained. I had to work a lot drier than I wanted. The only reason I used it was because I thought it would cut easier on the Brother Scan and Cut. I never even got that far since these were the only images on the whole sheet that didn't bleed badly. So, back to fussy cutting, again.

The background "glow" was created with sponge daubers and no-name ink from the dollar bin at Michaels.

The rectangles were cut with a Gina Marie Designs set with an interesting detail that totally can't be seen in the photograph, but is southwestern feeling in real life. It can almost be seen in this photo:

So my next project is to work with this die set to emboss that detail more deeply into the cut pieces. The dies put that detail on both sides of the cut line, but oh-so-faintly.

To complicate matters, I may have messed up my Big Shot last week. I was experimenting with an old Spellbinders frame that never cut well, and shims. I MAY have overdone it. Yikes.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hey, fishy fish!

So, for my next white on white adventure I used these rainbow trout dies from Gina Marie Designs. I die cut a bunch of them and glued them all down. The center fish is colored with Copic markers and covered in sparkly Wink of Stella.

The sentiment is from an old Alleyway Stamps set called "Gill Friend". I mounted this panel onto some brown card stock, then put that on a top-fold Kraft card base.

As I'm gazing at it, I'm thinking it could have been a pretty good masculine card except for that sentiment. Oh well.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

White wine, anyone?

Yes, a little white on white action today, with a black sentiment. The dies and sentiments are from My Favorite Things' Wine Service and Uncorked. The sentiment strip above is on vellum, but even in real life you can't see the wine glasses behind it. Oh well.

I stamped right on the card base for this sentiment and it's crooked, of course. I'm not going to change it, however.

Next time I try this technique, I'll spotlight one of the repeated elements.

I have a trout die I've never used.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Oh happy day! (Pigs round 4)

Ok, not my favorite coloring, but I'm putting it out there anyway. I colored the pigs (My Favorite Things' Sow Much Cuteness) with Prismacolor pencils on kraft card stock. I may stick to flowers for this in the future.

I stamped an inside panel, since I used a deep brown card base, and for good measure I put a little butterfly from the same set on the inside, too. I went a little crazy and put a pig on the envelope as well. 

I had a watercolor panel in shades of lilac, and I used a crazy rays stencil that I've had for a very long time to back the pigs.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I'm your pigest fan! (Pigs round 2)

More water colored pigs from My Favorite Things' Sow Much Cuteness set. I had a great time with the stitched triple peek-a-boo windows, too.

The brick panel was done with a stencil months ago.

Ham it up! (Pigs round 3)

So, this is the last of the water colored pigs from My Favorite Things' Sow Much Cuteness set.

I ink blended the background panel and then splotched it with water to disguise the mistakes. I loved doing that!  I may go back in and add more flowers.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Hello, pigs!

I promised you pigs, and you shall get pigs!  These are pigs from My Favorite Things' Sow Much Cuteness, and they are adorable! The "hello" on an arrow is also MFT.

These 2 were water colored with my Mission Gold water colors, as the background panel was splotched up with, as well. That purple/green piece has been in my to-be-used pile for several months. The messiness of it looked just right for these guys!

Speaking of messy, don't you hate it when you do this?

Yup, I cut that panel with a hole so close to the edge that I couldn't cover it up. Well, jaunty angles to the rescue. Straight and even elements are over-rated, anyway.

It's Sunday evening, and I should be finishing up my weekend chores, but I'd much rather play with paper and then write about it.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Little birdie

Today's card is another from My Favorite Things' Purrfect Friends set. I was delighted when I was in the MFT store last week to see a new paper set with all black and white prints. If they had an entire set of b&w stripes I'd grab that very quickly.  One of the best parts of shopping in the store was that the new products were on the racks even though they weren't on the web site yet. Woo hoo! Of course, I didn't get to play with them until I got home and by that time they were up on the site. The pigs are so cute. I'm just sayin'.

The yellow panel was ink blended with a Tim Holtz stencil, and the sentiment is from an old set from The Alley Way Stamp called Flap Happy. The inside of the card is blank so I can choose the occasion when I need it.

Friday, March 10, 2017


This fun card was made from a cute new stamp set from My Favorite Things called Purrfect Friends. It features 2 artsy styled cats, a bunch of birds, and 2 bird cages.

As part of the 30-day coloring challenge I stamped all the images and colored them with my Copic markers.

Funny story: I ordered the dies instead of the stamps. So I went back to order the stamps and they were out of stock. I ended up buying them from Simon Says Stamps because I couldn't wait.

Last weekend I got to shop in the MFT store in Eustis, Florida. The store is very close to my brother's house, but since I usually visit on holiday weekends, the store is often closed. That's good for my wallet, anyway.

One thing that strikes me, in the store, is how clean and perfect all the samples are.  Now, I know that sample cards need to be perfect, but since I had never seen hand-made cards in person (only on the Internet) I figured it was just really good photography. Nope, it's really good cards. But, how do they keep them so darn clean and flat in the the store? I know people are touching them, so how do they do it?

By the way, look for some new pig cards real soon.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

We have great stories!

Yes, we do! You know, as a librarian, that I'm going to go ga-ga over book or reading related stamp sets. This one is so cute it hurts.

I colored the little My Favorite Things' Pure Innocence Bookworm girl with Zig Real Brush Clean Color markers, put her on an ombre background and embellished her with some Nuvo Jewel Drops. In hindsight, Crystal Drops or enamel dots would have shown up better.

By the way, here is my messy desk and photo setup. I still don't have the right lighting setup, but the lamps are kind of in the way when I work. Oh well.

Monday, February 20, 2017

So sorry!

Ever look at a scrap in your pile and say, I'm going to toss that. Well, maybe if I don't use it soon. Well, maybe, just maybe I'm so stubborn I force things.

So, I had a piece of white card stock with a practice blend of Distress Inks that had gone south. It was OK, just not what I ever needed. So, stubborn old me put even more color on it, splashed on some water and dabbed it off, and slapped a white die cut flower over the two colors.

I used My Favorite Thing's "Roses in Bloom" die, and another sentiment from MFT's "Deepest Sympathy" set.

I have on order some Nuvo Jewel Drops which I will add when I get them. I just didn't want to wait to post this, since it has been a while.

Amazon tells me I'll be getting it today, but the package tracker says USPS plain as day. Doesn't their software recognize national postal holidays? That will be tomorrow, at the earliest, for sure.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

I dig you!

I wanted to try the background technique of stamping all over, embossing in white, and watercoloring the images. It always looks so good when the pros do it. They are pros because they make it look so easy! When Amy R does this technique, she often puts a layer of velum behind the main image, but I've lost my velum. I know it is in there somewhere, but do you think I could find it? Not today.

Well, since that wasn't working for me, I broke out an oval of white and essentially obliterated the area behind it.

Oh, and when you do this technique, the white eye dots just don't cut it. I went back in with a gel pen to blacken the eye dots. I suspect this background technique is better with non-human (or human-like) images.

I used the My Favorite Things' You Gnome Me stamp set for these cute guys and the sentiment. I colored both the background and the main image with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, and added sparkle to the main image's clothes with a Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen.  I'm still working on how to watercolor a big fluffy beard.

I had this card all done and was making the photograph when I realized I hadn't painted his belt yet. I'm still considering this card an experiment. I may or may not try this again, as it seems a little busy to me.

I used the stitched scalloped die and sentiment strip from MFT's Blueprints 27, and a cross stitched oval from Gina Marie designs.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Random thank you notes.

Today's entries are random thank-you notes I made with leftover flowers I colored last week. These are all on Kraft colored bases. The flower above is My Favorite Things' Fancy Flowers, colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, and the two cards below feature flowers cut with MFT's Stitched Flower dies and water colored with my Mission Gold set. The background on the bottom part was tone on tone stamping with Versamark.

The script thanks is from The Alley Way Stamp's Jibber Jabber set. It's an oldie but goodie.

And here, completely off-topic, is a picture of me and my badly colored sign at the West Palm Beach Women's Rally yesterday.  I was trying to use my Sharpies up, and at least 2 of them DID seem to dry up on me.  When it comes time to making more protest signs, I'll use my Brother Scan N Cut to make the letters bigger and tidier. I'm not afraid of glue!

Hey, how about the felt ears on my bucket hat? It was WAY too hot for knit hats here in south Florida.

Monday, January 16, 2017

More sympathy

Once again, I'm doing a sympathy card. This time I'm using my My Favorite Things Fancy Flower Card Kit. I stamped the flowers and leaves on Bristol Smooth card stock and colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. The kit included the dies, but try as I might I couldn't line the stamps up on the back of the connected dies like Amy R can. To save time I cut out all the flowers and leaves with my Brother Scan N Cut. Maybe next time I'll use the dies, LOL.

I used my new (to me) rectangle dies from Gina Marie designs, and hand cut a banner for the sentiment from a scrap of the lavender paper.

I'm loving these flowers, but doing sympathy cards is getting me down, and I don't even need one at this time. I guess it's better to do them in advance.

On a happier note, I finally got a stamp for the back of my cards with my name on it. When I was primarily making cards for Operation Write Home, I only stamped the name of this blog on the back. I actually got 2 stamps, one whimsical with a hand
print, and one a little more sophisticated with a dragonfly.  Which do you like better?

Friday, January 6, 2017

With sympathy, and flowers

So today I decided to break out the stitched flower dies I got back in, I think, November. I had to have them, yet Christmas cards took priority, you know?

Anyway, I cut these cute stitched flower dies from My Favorite Things from some Bristol smooth card stock, and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in shades of blue, pink and purple, with yellow centers. I layered them up using glue dots, and decided to do the sketch challenge at MFT. After I piled on all the flowers you really couldn't see the bottom of either rectangle, but it's there, really. The yellow leaves had been in my images cup for over a year. They were cut with a Spellbinders die from a watercolor experiment gone very wrong. Save!

 Anyway, flowers seem to always seem appropriate for sympathy cards, and I need them more often than I wish I did. The sentiments are both from the MFT set called Deepest Sympathy. I used a linen background stamp on the front of the pink card, using a light pink ink for a tone on tone look.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Beary good greetings!

In keeping with the theme of using up images I've already created, here are 2 friendly bears waving you a beary good birthday!

The bears are from My Favorite Things' Polar Bear Pals set, and are colored with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers. The card base was stamped with the fish bucket in Versamark, and the sentiment was heat embossed for a little texture. Everything is flat to send through the mail.

I have a bunch of these bears pre-colored, except for their scarves. I decided to do the scarves after I chose the other card colors. I'm glad I did, because I never would have thought to do a brown scarf on a polar bear, LOL.

Even the snow was pre-cut and hanging out in my desktop bowl of miscellaneous stuff. I wonder what will get my (short) attention next?

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy new year, and clean off that desk!!

I have a lot of colored images waiting to be used on cards. These dinosaurs have been patiently waiting since some time in 2014. No kidding.

The are from The Alley Way Stamps' Livin' Fossils and Stomper. I remember coloring them and fussy cutting them, but then I put them in the plastic box. You know, the one with divided sections so 

I can categorize all the cut out images I have to use. That's how bad it is.
Here's a few of the images I haven't even gotten into the box yet:

I envy those paper crafters who keep their colored images in a bowl on their desks and actually use up the images in a timely manner. Maybe that should be my New Year's resolution, to use up or FILE away images in the same month I make them. That chef has been hanging around since at least August.