I'd Pick You Twice

Can you OVER-use a stamp set? Sometimes, I make one card with a set and i'm ready to purge it--as if I've gotten the idea that I had for it out of my system and I'm done. But this set by Sheena Douglass (Wild Rose & Hibiscus from her Floral Fantasy collection) just keeps calling my name.

I stamped the hibiscus images in a pale, water-based ink and colored them in with the new Spectrum Aqua Markers from Crafter's Companion. I put lots of juicy color onto the paper and then touched the centers with a wet paintbrush. I loved the look, and in hindsight, wish I'd left them as is.

But I went on and stamped over the painted flowers and leaves with the outline images again, inking the stamps with the deepest color I'd used to color in the original image. I stamped the blooms over the original image, but I went a little nuts with the leaves.

I added an appropriate sentiment and added my panel to a simple kraft card base.

Sheena's Floral Fantasy Wild Rose & Hibiscus
Sentimentals Memories Are Made
Spectrum Aquas Spice, Marigold, Peach, Gold, Moss
Kraft Cardstock

Spectrum Aqua Butterflies

I am so happy with how these butterflies turned out. I used Flying Colors from Sheena Douglass' A Little Bit Scenic line of stamps and sentiments from Bebunni Celebration

I stamped the butterflies with Ranger Antique Linen Distress and painted the images in a "no-line" style with Spectrum Aquas

top butterfly: SA spice, marigold, chestnut
bottom butterfly: SA peacock blue, aquamarine, amber, sepia

With Love

My lovely friend, Kathy Racoosin of The Daily Marker, is hosting a challenge this month, if you post ANYTHING that you've colored on social media, add the hashtag #thedailymarker30day. I've had a great time participating, and my kids have gotten involved too. You can see some of our daily coloring on my Instagram profile. I'd love for you to follow me there, too. 

This was, literally, the 2nd time I'd used my eBrush with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers. If you don't get your marker seated correctly, you get that splatter...I just went with it. The stamp is from the Crafter's Companion Art-Kure US Landmark Collection


a card using some new faves: Create A Smile Botanical Love stamp set and Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers (OF WIN!)

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The butterfly panel here is the first time I played with the Spectrum Aquas. These markers are a dream, they are juicy and blendy and the colors are just wonderful! 

Spectrum Aqua: Sea Green, Rose PInk, Orchid, Topaz, Turquoise

Sweet As A Rose

Bebunni is the sweetest bunny.

Colored on Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock with Spectrum Noir Markers. 

Spectrum Noir colors: PP3, PP5, CR9, FS1, FS6, FS9, JG1, JG3, BLENDER