Saturday, June 24, 2017

Watercolor Botanicals -- for Pickled Potpourri

I seem to be reaching for different watercolor mediums these days. I have a short tutorial to share, using Spectrum Noir watercolor pencils and a fairly dry paintbrush. 

I have two cards, both featuring Pickled Potpourri Grand Botanicals digi stamp

Here's the first one, using the Grand Botanical digi stampRose Sentiments and free Robyn digital papers, all from Pickled Potpourri.

Here's how a did this:

Step one.  I started with the lightest color, 
then, I added a second, similar shade
last, the third color, which I blended slightly with a damp paintbrush
I made the leaves with 3 shades of green and some purple for contrast.

Then, I did the same thing again, using shades of violet on the flower.  I fussy cut both flowers and all the leaves.  Then, I started creating cards.

Another card, using the same Grand Botanical digital stampRose Sentiments, and free Robyn digital papers





Two cards, same products, but the look very different.  I love how that happens!  I hope you enjoyed your visit to the blog today and will come back often!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Paper Piecing Thanks -- for QKR Stampede

It's Friday!  That means it's time for a new challenge at the QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  This week, our optional theme is 'Paper Piecing'.  

Do you ever have an idea that turns out totally different in real life than it did in your head?  Such is the case with this paper pieced card.  I had it planned as a summertime-looking green leaf, but just couldn't find the paper to make it look right with the accompanying acorn:


This paper pieced leaf is a digi stamp from Eureka Stamps, the sister company to QKR Stampede. It's ES-digi10402 Open Oak Leaf.  The 'thanks!' sentiment is also from Eureka Stamps.  It is ES-digi4402 lg thanks.

I printed the Open Oak Leaf stamp twice -- once onto yellow card stock, once onto the red old wallpaper digital paper.  The second one I fussy cut, then pieced onto the yellow card stock. 

I used Spellbinders dies on this card, digital papers by MHKDesigns, and a bit of ribbon from 3 Girl JAM.

I hope you can join our Paper Pieced challenge this week at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  We've got great prizes, it's anything goes with an optional twist, and I'd love to see what you make!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I Prayed for This Child -- for Imagine That! Digistamp

It's Thursday, and time for some Thursday inspiration on the Imagine That! Digistamp blog.

I'm invited to a baby shower on Saturday for a very good friend.  She just had her first baby.  This is the card I'm taking with me to the shower.  It's uses Imagine That! Digistamp's Sweet Sleep Boy digi stamp set.


I colored the Sweet Sleep Boy with Copic markers, matching the colors to the background paper (it also came with the set.)  What drew me to this set in the first place is the awesome sentiment.  I LOVE that verse from 1Samuel1:27!  It is absolutely perfect for this card and for the occasion.  I have been praying for baby, mom and dad for months now and I want them to know that. 

Imagine That! Digistamp products used:


Stop by the Imagine That! Digistamp blog to see the other creations from the talented DT!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Enjoy Life! for The Cutting Cafe

Summer!  It starts today, although we've already had a few hot, humid days here in Wisconsin, and a few storms to go with that hot, humid weather.  Summer -- lazy days, flip flops, ice cream, popsicles.  You gotta love summer!

We're featuring bingo cards this week at The Cutting Cafe.  You will find many different bingo card sets at The Cutting Cafe, and many different ideas of what can be done with them today on The Cutting Cafe blog.  I have one simple idea to share with you featuring the summer bingo cards:


The bingo cards in the Summer Bingo Cards Set come in various sizes.  These are the small ones.  I used 3 of them and some papers and embellishments from Echo Park.

Take time to check out all the bingo card set at The Cutting Cafe, and make sure to see all the wonderful inspiration on The Cutting Cafe Blog.  Leave a comment for a chance to win 3 sets of your choice!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Season's Greetings -- an MHKDesigns New Release

June 20, and the MHKDesigners are showcasing another of this month's New Releases.  Today, you'll see Season's Greetings

I used the Santa image from the Season's Greeting digital set, printed it on Kraft paper, and colored it with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. I used a die from Craftin' Desert Divas to cut out the Season's Greetings image.  Papers on this card are also from MHKDesigns.  They're Simply Seasonal Digital Papers.  More dies from Crafting Desert Divas were used to construct the card. 

MHKDesigns products used on this card:



Have you joined in on the MHKDesigns monthly challenge yet?  It's ATG if you use an MHKDesigns image.  It goes until June 30, so there's still time!
Start at the MHKDesigns blog to see what the rest of the designers have made with today's new release. Leave a comment on each designer's blog for a chance to win this set!

Hello -- for Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog

It's Tuesday, and it's time for a new challenge at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog. The theme this week is an easy one, 'Add a Sentiment'.  

I used the Crafty Sentiments Designs rubber stamp, A Phone Call to create this for the challenge: 

I colored A Phone Call with Copic markers, then used a Spellbinders die to cut it out.  The 'Hello' sentiment is a die from Desert Craftin Divas. 

I hope you can join us this week for the 'Sentiment' challenge at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog.  We have a month-long challenge in our Facebook group, too.  Join us there also. 

Grand Botanicals Sneak Peek -- for Pickled Potpourri

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I'm on the Pickled Potpourri blog with two cards, a watercolor tutorial and some gorgeous products to showcase!

Hop on over to the Pickled Potpourri blog to see the whole card and the tutorial.  I'd love a comment to know you've been there!