Just For You

Kinda not loving this, though--wish I'd done less to the background...or less to the typewriter. I will revisit this and get back to you. ;)


With Sympathy

One of my husband's co-workers lost his father and this is LITERALLY the 2nd time the man has asked me to make a card. No. Joke. He must sorta like the guy?

I used some images from a Crafter's Companion Stamp-It Australia set and sentiments from a Hero Arts set (my GOTO for sympathy cards because of the beautiful script and variety).

I colored the image and background with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers. But when it was "finished" I though it needed some more interest. So I added some distressing with a very pale tan marker, which caused some mottling because the lighter the marker color, the more alcohol--the more alcohol, the more the marker behaves like the blender. I decided that I really dug the mottling, so I used rubbing alcohol on a wash cloth the blot the image to create more texture. My friend Kathy Racoosin will be so proud.

A Special Wish

Crafter's Companion recently introduced a new papercrafting line called Kimono. The line includes dies, stamps, embossing folders, patterned paper and a papercrafting CD. The images in the stamp sets are so elegant, I fell in love immediately. I chose the figure in the Butterfly Silk set, along with a greeting and the tiny bird and stamped them onto a panel of Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock. I colored the images with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.

I masked off the trim and background of the figure and stamped the delicate sakura image onto the main part of the kimono to create a patterned robe. (This was actually my brilliant husband's idea, I love that he supports and encourages my addiction hobby.) I matted the image off-kilter onto a black panel and added to a coordinating card base that I stamped with the sakura image.

I am delighted with this stamp set, so be prepared to get bored to def with it!

Butterfly Silk
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers: FS1, FS3, PP1, PP2, PP4, PP5, IG1, IG4, IG6, IG9, BT1, BT2, BT4, DG1, Blender
Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock

Happy Mother's Day

to all the Moms, Mommys, Mums, Memas, Mammaw, Grandmas, Grannies, Nannies and Ghees out there, have a beautiful day and know that you are loved and appreciated each day


Watercolor Rainbow

I can't put down the Spectrum Aquas from Crafter's Companion. And I won't!

I used one of the new Individual EZMount Stamps from Sheena Douglas, this one is Silhouette Grass. I colored directly onto the stamp with various colors and added water with a paint brush after I'd stamped onto watercolor cardstock. I added the rainbow freehand, also with a paint brush. 

Finally, I added a Die'sire Beautiful Butterfly that I also colored with Spectrum Aquas and the sentiment. Boom, super easy...lots of drying time in between, though. 

Simon Says Stamp "Falling For You" Mega Hop!

I am THRILLED to be hopping with Simon Says Stamp to celebrate their newest release: Falling For You! If you didn't arrive by way of the amazing Teri Anderson, then you're doing it wrong! Go to the Simon Says Stamp Blog at once!

My card uses the new Baby Party Animals, a set that makes me very happy. I stamped a conga line of baby animals and added party remnants all around. This card will go to my sweet neighbors who just brought home their gorgeous baby girl after 20 long weeks in NICU (she was born at 23 weeks, but she's a little fighter). 

Your next stop is the gorgeous blog of Amy Gray. Remember, leaving a comment on each hop post, and there are alot of them, will enter you in a random drawing for a Simon Says Prize Pack. You have until April 28th to comment. Thanks so much for stopping and enjoy the rest of this incredible hop. 

Hop Order:
Anna-Karin Evaldson http://layersofink.blogspot.com/
Pauline Nakamura  http://prettypinkposh.com/blog
Sandy Allnock http://sandyallnock.com/

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