Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sunshine in the rain

I am so tired of the rain.  We have had more than our share this spring but I can't complain because if it didn't rain we wouldn't have such an abundance of flowers and spring green color.  I guess that is why when I saw this stamp from Penny Black I just "had" to have it.  I love these "slapstick" stamps.  They are made so well with deep cuts in the rubber and then since they are unmounted, easy to store.  If you need a place to purchase this stamp The Mercantile Store in Pendleton, SC carries Penny Black Stamps.  Tell them Mary sent you!  Remember the sun is ALWAYS shinning....just sometimes it is harder to see.



Penny Black, Sunshine in the Rain, 40-058
Stampendous, Everyday Messages, SWS027-F
American Art Stamp, Sunshine, KC6062.C
Momento Rich Cocoa
Glossy Accents
Martha Stewart "Drippy Goo" Edge Punch M284108W
Copic Markers:
Bear Fur:  E39, E19, E15, E11, E50
Rain Hat, Coat, Duck: Y11, Y21, E71
Umbrella, Boots, Water:  B21, B0000
Shadow: C1

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bunny Bouquet

After our workshop on Thursday  someone stamped this image of a bunny and asked me to color it when I had time.  Well tonight it was right there on my desk....the desk that is now cleaned off so I could see it.
I have worked on and off all day, day #3, labeling, organizing, cleaning, tossing, sending stuff to storage and mostly putting things where they belong.  So I figured I could take some time to play.. a little.  So are my results! What fun!!
I apologize for the shadow on the card.  I upload these on my printer scanner and if I add any embellishment the lid doesn't close so light gets in and interferes with the picture.  The flower has a yellow glass bead in the center.  The flowers were colored using the same Copic markers I colored the image.  I punched the tulips with white card stock and then colored them with Copics.
Stamp:  Penny Black “bunny bouquet” No.4067K
Punch:  Martha Stewart tulip border
Copic Markers:
B0000, B21, C1, G20, G21, G24, RV02, RV63
Y08, YR30, YR31, YR23, YR24

Monday, March 14, 2011

Bottle Row

I did a second card today in preparation for Thursday card workshop at Powdersville Community Church here in Powdersville, SC.  We meet every Thursday and I try, emphasis on "try" to have a few new samples each week.  Here is the last one for today:
Bottle Row from Inkadinkado

On this card and the previous one I used a new paper which I purchased at Michael's.  I will post more about this paper on Thursday.  It's translucent, doesn't bleed, and blends very smoothly.  It also doesn't soak thru.  Since it is translucent it is the perfect paper for these bottles. The background paper is from Prima's Fairy Floral paper pad.

Bottle Row
Stamp:  Inkadinkado 60-00513 Bottle Row
Ink:  Momento London Fog
Paper:  Fairy Flora Prima paper pad
Copics:  R21, R22, R24, R81, R83,R85, B91, B93
                G0000, G00, G21, G24
                BG000, BG01
                E31, E35
                BV01, BV04
                YR21, YR23

Fancy Scalloped Floral

Scalloped Floral
This is a Hero Arts stamp that I recently purchased.  I have worked with this stamp before and love the way Copic markers show off and how easy it is to color.  My scanner made the ribbon look like it's ribbed but it's not.  It is solid organza ribbon.  Also the papers didn't show up true colors.  The light mat is really a green.
The center flowers were stamped on a scrap colored with markers and then cut out and popped up.  After I cut out the flowers I edged them with R83 to eliminate the white edge.
Fancy Floral Scallop
Stamp:  Hero Arts  K-5358  Floral Scallop
Ink:   Momento Tuxedo Black
Copics:  R81, R83, R85, G21, G24
Distress Stickles Mustard Seed

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Magenta Pot of Flowers

Are you surprised?  Here is a card I made this morning. Woke up at 4am and what else is there to do but make a card.  I found this Magenta stamp at The Mercantile and it just spoke to me. Hope you like it. Have a great day!
Stamp: Magenta I-0406
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black
Punch:  EK Success
Glossy Accents (on flower buds)
Copics: YR21, YR23, YR24
             RV02,  RV06
Magenta I-0406

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Executive, Tool Man, Sports Fan, and Hunter from Art Impressions

Today I finished my samples that I send to Art Impressions as part of my commitment on the Design Team.  If you would like any information as how I did these don't hesitate to leave a comment and I will post the answer. I will tell you that the background for these 4 cards were made using Co'ordination cardstock and embossing folders.  I sanded the Co'ordination paper after embossing to bring out the lighter color underneath.  Three of the four images were posted earlier with the Copic Markers I used.  Got to rush to get these 20 samples into the mail. Any comments are much appreciated.
Exec - Art Impressions-K1200

Tool Man-Art Impressions-M1205
Sports Fan-Art Impressions-K1204

Hunter-Art Impressions-K1198

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Joy of Living!

joie de vivre

Have you ever felt down really down about an issue in your life?  I like to call it a pitty party and I have had my share of them.  I guess this is why when I saw this Penny Black stamp I just had to have it! Not just that it is cute....but the feeling of "The Joy of Living" is expressed so well.  I hope that what ever you are dealing with you can discover something that makes you feel this happy....and appreciate "The Joy of Living"! May Blessings abound in your life.

Stamp:  Penny Black 4052K joie de vivre
Ink:  Momento Rich Cocoa
E53, E57, E59
YR12, YR14, YR24
Y13, Y17
B21, B23, B24, B41, B45, B0000
R21, R24, R29, R39

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sneak Peak Cozy Cottage

I just finished making the step by step water color images for the Cozy Cottage part of A Stroll Down Main Street.  I am way too tired and still too much to do before bed but I did want to tease you with my final image of the steps for this project.  It is so southern coastal....could be Emerald Isle or Myrtle Beach.  It was fun and I hope you like it. I will post the steps and supplies for this project tomorrow.  G'nite.

Enchanting Manor from A Stroll Down Main Street

Good morning bloggers!
This morning I am posting the steps to create the Enchanting Manor, part of a newly released water color project from Art Impressions "A Stroll Down Main Street". I use Marvy Markers and 140# water color papers on all these projects.
Supplies:  #4 watercolor brush, palette, stamp positioner, masque pen, Marvy Uchida watercolor LePlume Markers: #8, 15, 17, 20, 29, 40, 43, 45, 72, 86, 96, 100, 101

Step 1a: Ink I-4030, Enchanting Manor and G-4032 Quaint Picket fence using #40.  Ink G-4028 Ornate Lamp Post using #45.  Using a damp brush, carefully pull the color out of the lines.
Step 1b:  Using the Masque Pen or masking fluid cover the entire fence are and make dots along the side of the Manor and in front of fence to protect areas from color. Set aside and allow to dry completely.  Color back of E-3381, Small Hanging Basket using colors #8, 15, 20 and 43. I didn't need a positioner as I was using unmounted stamps available from Art Impressions. Hang flower basket from lamp post. With a damp brush and light tapping motion blend colors gently.  Brush color to Manor from palette using #96 and water for the roof. Use a mix of #29 and #86 with water for the windows and door. (Note: frames for windows are created by adding color to windows and leaving white space.)Brush color to chimney using #45 from palette.
Step 2a:  Mix water and #15 on palette and brush on "green cloud" around Manor, lamp post and fence where greenery will be added later.
Step 2b:  Ink AA-1366 Leaves (single leaf stamp)using #8 and stamp as shown. Soften with damp brush.  Ink F-2055 Branches using #72 and stamp next to Manor over the Masque Pen dots.  (Be sure to allow time for ink to absorb to the paper when doing this) Blend and soften with damp brush.
Step 3a:  Ink A-893 Leaves using #72. Stamp as shown around Manor and fence.
Step 3b:  When ink is dry rub off all Masking fluid to reveal white areas
Step 4:  Mix #20 and a small amount of water on palette (the more water the lighter the color) Brush on color to white patches to create pink roses on bush and in front of fence line.  Begin with a light pink and then add a darker center to the roses.  Ink Jumbo Grass D-3010 using #15 and stamp around lamp post. Ink Teeny Tiny Grass AAA-1374 using #15 and stamp along front of fence. Soften with damp brush.  Mix #45 with water on palette and brush in street.  Mix #86 and water and lightly brush on color to sides of Picket fence panels.
Well this was a long post.  Took me almost 2 hours just to upload and add text.  I think I need a nap! I hope this helps in someway.  If you would like more instruction come see me at The Mercantile in Pendleton, SC
I will be teaching A Stroll Down Main Street during the month of March. Art Impressions products are available there. Happy Stamping!!