Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Alcohol Inks--The Sequel

Still playing around with alcohol inks but today used them on white glossy card stock instead of acetate.

The color combination today is watermelon and citrus.
This was so easy.  After achieving the look I wanted with the inks I simply stamped and embossed the Poppy stamp using white pigment ink and white detail powder.
Layered it onto apricot colored card stock. Added a little color around the edges with a copic marker.
Added the ribbon to the corner.
Layered onto a square textured white card....a few gemstones for embellishment....all done.
How simple was that!
I love this kind of stamp with alcohol ink backgrounds. Sometimes you aren't particularly crazy about the background you make. But then you stamp over it, trim it up, and it looks so much better than you thought it would. I call that a "Happy Surprise!"

Hope a happy surprise comes your way today.
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Alcohol Inks day 2

This card is made with the same technique I used yesterday. The colors, stamp and nestability used are different.
This is a combination of Watermelon and Citrus alcohol inks and I used two Glimmer Mists behind them, Marshmallow and Yellow Daisy.
I tried to use a punch to make the butterfly but my punches weren't quite up to the acetate. So I die cut the butterfly twice, once on white card stock and once with the acetate. Glued them together at the body. Wound green embroidery thread around the body and used a stiffer green cord for the antennae.
The citrus looks much greener in the bottle but shows up more yellow green on the acetate.
Wanted to tell you to that I use the acetate that clear stamps are mounted on when you buy them. Just a little recycling hint.

On a sadder note my heart is heavy for the two young police officers, and their families, who were killed in the line of duty today in Tampa, Florida. One of these young men has 4 sons, all less than 10 years old and the other leaves a wife who is due with their first baby next week. Please join me in remembering their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Thanks for your visit!

Monday, June 28, 2010


Blue, green, and white always look clean, fresh, and cool to me. If your weather is like ours, anything that looks cool, feels cool, makes me feel a little less hot and droopy. Looking forward to a "cold" front that is coming through on Tuesday that will get our temps out of the 90s.  But it's 98 here today, so I made a cool card while waiting for some relief.

Stamped and embossed the Garden Bouquet stamp on acetate using white pigment ink and white detail powder.
Turned the acetate over and added sailboat blue and citrus alcohol inks and sponged with foam dabber to achieve the pattern. This will dry pretty quickly.
Sprayed a heavy coat of glimmer mist over the alcohol inks which added shimmer. That doesn't show up very well in the photo but the card has a nice shimmer to it.
Folded an A2 size card and cut out the oval on the front using a spellbinders nestability and my cuttlebug.
Placed the acetate piece behind the window. This could be left which would give you a lighter look with the alcohol inks but I wanted the embossing to show up better so I cut a piece of white card stock slightly smaller than the front of the card and adhered behind the acetate.
Used a left over strip of the acetate for the border on the bottom of the card.
Stamped and embossed the sentiment and die cut with oval nestability.
Last step was to add a ribbon to the top.

That's all for the card. Now I'm thinking I might just sneak over to the neighbors and get in their kiddie pool :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Warning! Proud Family Post

Performance Edge 2010 in Raleigh was wonderful! What a talented group of young people, there was so much talent on this stage, wonderful solo and group performances.
Can I just tell you that the worse part of the whole night was not being able to take photos during the performances. I would have been good and not used the flash, but I was making my family nervous because I almost got kicked out at another event :(. So finally when they took their final bows I got a few shots.
The lovely young lady kneeling in the front is our granddaughter, Ariana. She is super talented and has awesome stage presence........She just lights it up! Not that I am biased or anything LOL!

                              Larry, Ariana, Gina                                

Mary, Ariana, Gina

                                                                  Ariana and Gina

                 Yes, there was a picture of me but I don't like my pictures. Don't know if it's because I am the least photogenic person in the world, or it it's because they look just like me...anyway not going to post it :)

I just got a new lens for my camera and really don't know how to use it yet but I did take the opportunity to shoot a few photos outside, since it was night I wanted to see how they would turn out. I can tell you that even though I don't know what I am doing my older lens would have never produced these shots.

Thought these turned out pretty good!

A question...does anyone else have trouble with labels on photos? When I am creating the post they look like they are in the right place but when the post is published they appear somewhere else and paragraphs are sometimes different than they look on the preview........guess I better head over to blogger help and see how I can do it right.

Thanks for sharing some time with me this weekend, your visits are always appreciated!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Friendship Flowers

Hope everyone has started their weekend with beautiful weather and plans for something fun.

We are going to see Ariana, our granddaughter in a  performance tonight so that is what we are looking forward to.
Took a little time this morning to do something creative and came up with this card. The stamp sets are from the June release by PTI, and I did use the large canvas stripe stamp from Hero Arts. If you have dropped by at all lately, you have seen that stamp on a lot of my cards.
Their is also a jar and lid die that goes with those sets from PTI and that is how I started this card. I stamped and embossed the jar image on acetate, then die cut the shape. That was mounted on a piece of blue card stock that was also die cut.
Then I stamped, embossed, colored and cut out the flower image. The stems were placed over the blue jar die and the stamped acetate jar were layered over them. I used a xyron to adhere the acetate.
Stamped the label and sentiment, cut out and layered onto a piece of pink ribbon that was wrapped around the jar.
I wanted to make it look like it was sitting on a table...In the Friendship jar set there are stamps that you can use to make decorations to go around the top of the jar. I straightened one of these and put it on an acrylic block and stamped across pink card stock, embossed in white. Added a little extra color in the polka dots with a marker. Hoped this would look like a border on a table cloth.
Stamped the canvas stripe on top of the white border and cut to fit the bottom of the card.
A dot of foam tape was placed in the center of the flowers and the edges were adhered flat on the card.

If you have shared a little of your weekend with me by stopping by to visit, I really appreciate it!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thinking of Charleston

Historic Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful place. Colorful houses, luscious gardens, shopping, dining, a fun place to go. When I saw these new Hero stamps I thought immediately of Charleston. They have one street in particular called Rainbow Row, where all the houses are painted in beautiful colors and that is what I had in mind when I made this card.
Took a little liberty with the fence because most of the fences there are black wrought iron but I wanted a white picket fence for my homes.
The houses were created by stamping and embossing them on watercolor paper and coloring with copic markers, and then cut them out.
The card base is also watercolor paper and the background was created by spritzing the card with water and inking the cloud stamp with distress ink, spritzing the inked stamp and stamping. Dry using heat tool.
The bottom was created in the same way using the Earth flowers stamp. Also used the top edges of the Garden Bouquet stamp to add to the background.
Punched the fence using a Martha Stewart punch and cut and stamped another strip of the watercolor paper to add to the bottom of the fence.
The flower pots are watercolor paper colored with copics and cut in the shape of a pot. Colored strips of paper green for the stems. Punched the flowers and colored with copics.
Two of the houses are mounted flat to the page but the center one has foam tape behind it for dimension.
I wanted the fence to appear curved so I mounted it flat at the sides of the card and then used one layer of foam tape next to that and then a double layer in the middle. The photo doesn't show as much curve as you can see on the actual card.
Charleston is about 4 hours to the south of us and like the rest of the south, I bet is very hot there today. So my little row of houses is as close as I will get for a while.
Hope you are staying cool!!
And Thanks so much for coming by, I appreciate your visits.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Wonderful Giveaway

Quick post to let you know there is a Silhouette Giveaway! Wouldn't that be great to win?
You can find all the details Here.
You have 4 chances to win. Go check it out, my fingers are crossed. :)

Watercolors for Dummies

Watercolors appeal to me. Unfortunately I can't draw a straight line and my painting leaves a lot to be desired. But thanks to stamps I can give the technique a try. This way is sooo easy it is almost fool proof. Almost fool proof because I have managed to muddy my colors occasionally.

Stamped and embossed the stencil flower on watercolor paper. Using a mist sprayer, wet the paper.
I used dye ink pads and dabbed the colors onto an acrylic block.
Using a water brush pen I picked up some of the color and applied to the flower. Use less water for more intense color and more water for lighter areas. Just keep playing with it until you get the look you want.
For the center of the flower I applied color directly from the marker.
The  background was created by by spraying the watercolor paper with water.
Inked the large canvas stripe stamp with dye ink and sprayed the stamp with more water. Because I knew I wanted a very soft effect I gently wiped the stamp with a cloth to remove some of the ink and water.
Then stamped on the wet paper. A couple of the edges were a little darker and crisper than I wanted so I used the watercolor brush to apply water and soften them.
Cut a strip of white card stock and punched both sides using the Martha Stewart double loop punch.
Cut a smaller strip of the watercolor paper and punched both sides using an EK success punch.
Punched and colored the butterflies and positioned on layered stripes.

It is going to be very hot here this week, mid 90s, and the humidity is terrible. So to combat the heat, the plan is to stay in and create............except for work, except for errands.....
Hope you are staying cool and have lots of creative time!

Friday, June 18, 2010

More Resist Fun!

Jennifer McGuire showed another great technique today on the Hero Blog and you can check it out Here.

My card isn't exactly the technique she showed but I think a combination of some of the ideas she has shared with us this week.
Stamped the Flowers with versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder. Colored the flowers using SU markers.
Stamped the flowers again on light weight card stock and cut out the flowers to use as a mask.
Masked the flowers and stamped the canvas stripes around the edge.
Left the mask in place and colored with the twinkle blue ink. Then rubbed the ink off the embossed areas.
Sprayed it with marshmallow Glimmer Mist and dried.
Cut out with Spellbinders nestability and cuttlebug and added some ink around the edge with my finger.
Stamped and embossed the sentiment. The used the canvas stripe to emboss around the sentiment.
Inked the piece with the blue ink, rubbed off embossed area and sprayed with Glimmer Mist.

Made an A6 sized white card and inked the canvas stripe with the blue ink and stamped on the bottom of the card.
Then stamped the dots and flowers at the top of the card.

We saw our first fawn in the back yard today! I love to see the babies but his mom wasn't too happy about Larry being in the yard. She was making a lot of noise and we couldn't decide if she was trying to scare Larry away or warn her baby about him.
Off to work with the babies tomorrow. Hope you are not working this weekend but if you are I hope you enjoy your work as much as I do mine!
Thanks again for visiting!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thoughts of Mom

More resist technique today. This technique has the potential to be used in so many different ways and I'm having fun playing around with it.

Stamped the butterfly image with versamark clear ink on glossy card stock and heat set.
Used two shades of distress ink to color the card, tumbled glass and broken china. Wiped excess ink off the butterfly images.
Inked the star flower stamp with versarmark and then one of the distress inks and stamped and embossed with clear detail powder.
I have been thinking about my mom a lot lately. Today is her 6th anniversary in Heaven! When I picked up this clear set and saw this sentiment it just seemed to fit this card.
Added a small bow, a few pearls and did some corner rounding to finish the card.

Anniversaries are always hard, but they do get easier as time goes by. I know she wouldn't want us to be moping around today so I am going to honor her by doing something fun. We are going to Raleigh to see our granddaughter, Ariana, who is home from NYC.

Hope you have many happy memories of your loved ones!
Thanks for your visit!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Resisting and Masking

It is a fun week on the Hero Blog. Jennifer Mcguire is hosting this week and it is all about the technique of Resisting. You can check out all her great ideas Here .
This was my first card......I mean the first completed card LOL! It took about 5 tries to get it like I wanted it.
I was pleased with how well the resist area showed up on this card.

Started by inking the Garden Bouquet stamp with versamark ink, stamping on glossy card stock, and embossing with clear detail powder.
To create the mask used I cut a piece of light weight card stock the same size of the glossy card stock and cut an oval out of the center using a spellbinders oval nestability. Both pieces were used to achieve the two colors.
Placed the rectangle (the piece with the oval cut out) over the glossy cardstock. Used a sponge to ink the tangerine chalk ink into the center oval area. Waited a little and then wiped the excess ink off the embossed area with a soft dry cloth.
Then placed the oval cut out over the tangerine area and sponged the sistine sky ink around the rest of the glossy card stock. Wiped this area the same way as the first.
To take away some of the shine over the embossed image I placed a piece of paper over the area and carefully used my heat tool to melt the embossing onto the paper and lift it off of the glossy card stock.
Be Very Careful if you try this...when you are getting the embossed image hot enought to melt it would be very easy to burn. It is better to work in one small area and once you see the melted powder on the paper, lift that area. If you don't lift while it is still warm the paper will stick. Just kept repeating until I was happy with the amount of embossing that was removed.
Mounted this piece on a slightly larger piece of yellow card stock and placed on a white card.
Added a few pearls, some punched butterflies and ribbon.

Haven't had a chance to watch the video she posted today but I am going to watch it now. Planning on trying some more of her ideas.
Can't believe it's Wednesday already. Hope your week is going well. Thanks for taking a little time to come and visit :)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Let's Catch Up!

Summertime is here! It was very hot and humid here today. Once the humidity gets here it is usually around until fall, not a happy thought, but there it is. Inside in the air conditioning or the beach are the best places to be.
Thought a happy summery card was just the ticket for today.
Started with the large canvas stripe stamp, again. Inked with individual markers, misted and stamped on white card stock.
To add a little variation it was run through the cuttlebug in a Sizzix embossing folder.
Added color to some of the circle with copic markers.
Then added some dots of clear accents with glossy accents. Next was the hardest part of making the card, which was waiting for it to dry.........I am so impatient, but at this point in my life I don't think that will change so I am just going to learn to live with it.
Stamped the two cute little fish and colored with copic and brush markers, cut out and again used glossy accents for dimension.
Cut the sentiment "let's catch up" into each word, stamped and cut out using spellbinder's nestability.

Makes me feel a little cooler just looking at the colors and those happy fish!

Stay cool! Have Fun! and thanks for your visit!

PS thought I had this set up to post this morning guess it didn't work.....

Monday, June 14, 2010

Bright Canvas Stripes

I was checking out some of my favorite blogs yesterday and saw a couple of cards that inspired me to use some cheerful bright colors. My inspiration came from Tiffany's blog and this amazing card and also Lin's blog and her cheerful quilted card. Aren't both of them great? If this is your first visit to their blogs I am sure you will visit them again.
Inked the large canvas stripe stamp with SU markers, certainly celery, summer sun, tempting turqouise, and rose royal. Misted stamp with water and stamped on letterpress card stock.
Used 3 different sizes of spellbinders nestability circles to punch out a design.
Layered the stripes over a white cardstock.
Punched out butterflies with Martha Stewart punches and placed in circles.
The sentiment was stamped on white, die cut and added to white circle.
The card front was then placed on a kraft card.
Thanks Lin and Tiffany for some great inspiration!!

Thanks for starting your week with me!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Thoughts of You

I am so happy  to have some time to create and blog. Last week was tiring and emotional, not a wonderful combination, but it is done and that's good!
This card was designed and made over several days........took a few different turns, had to walk away a few times, but I am finally satisfied enough to share it with you.
Stamped the large canvas stripe  with distress ink on Letterpress card stock. Then stamped the tall flower image with memento black ink.
Die cut a piece of letterpress card stock with spellbinders deckled oval nestability. Colored the inner edge with a copic marker. Placed over the canvas striped layer.
Stamped the tall flower again on a piece of aqua card stock and cut out the flowers and layered over the first stamped image.
Colored the flowers and leaves with copic markers.
Die cut a piece of the aqua card stock with spellbinders curved rectangle die and placed over the first two layers.
Stamped the bird and colored with copics. Used foam tape for adhesive to add dimension.
Stamped the sentiment.
Placed the card front on a A6 size white card.

Looking forward to the start of a new week, with a better frame of mind and a commitment to myself to think about the words of a song by Carrie Underwood........
"Jesus take the wheel, take it from my hands
'Cause I can't do this on my own, I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I'm on
Jesus, take the wheel"
I tend to worry too much about things over which I have absolutely no control and am just trying to keep in mind that if I do what I can and quit worrying about those other things I am going to be a lot happier! Give it up to a higher power.
Hope this is the start of a great week for you! Sending smiles your way!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Stamp Layering

Last week on the Hero blog color layering was featured and this week I decided to do some stamp layering.
The background stamp is the dandelion frame cling stamp and I gave it a new look by stamping over the dandelions with stamps from the new clear set "bold blossoms."
Stamped the frame stamp with certainly celery ink from SU. Then chose several of the flowers from the new stamp set and stamped using Hawaiian Shores ink from PTI. The tiny dots of blue were added with a copic marker.
Stamped the Artists Butterfly with black memento ink and colored with copic markers. Used a white gel pen for accent to help the colors pop. Cut out and adhered to dandelion frame with glue dots and foam tape for some added dimension.
The sentiment is from the Hero essential messages set.
The crystal mosaic tiles at the bottom of the sentiment were white and I colored them with the same copic marker used to add the dots.
Framed the white panel with a tiny edge of black card stock then layered onto a blue-green card.

Going to meet with my stamp club this morning. Will share a picture of our project later today.
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Tall Summer Flowers

Okay, so I am having trouble letting go of that Large Canvas Stripe stamp! I am thinking they probably don't have 12 step programs for specific stamps LOL!
I was very fortunate to get yesterday off because our census is low in the NICU. Good news for me and good news for families that are having healthy full-term babies. So I had some unexpected creativity time and made a few cards.
This is the first card. The stamp is from the new Hero Arts catalog and it is called Tall Flower. I did a combination of paper piecing and coloring with copics and colored pencils.
First stamp the image on Letterpress card stock using memento black ink. Stamped again on a light blue-green card stock. Colored parts of the petals with a slightly darker copic marker. Lightened up the edges of the petals using a white colored pencil and blending with an odorless mineral spirits.
Cut the flowers out and placed over the stamped flower. Colored the leaves with a copic marker.
Colored white twill ribbon with tumbled glass distress ink and tied around floral panel.
Stamped the large canvas stripe with the distress ink and cut out with a spellbinder's nestability.
Layered the card front onto a blue-green card.
All done!
Hope you are having a great start to your week. It's going to be a busy one for me but I am planning on today being a fun one.
Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your  visits!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Oceans of Joyful Memories

On the Hero Club Blog on Monday Shari Carroll provided us with some great sketches that can be seen here. Used the sketch and the new clear set Sea Life to make this card. The sentiment is the only stamp that is from a different set and it is from Oceans of Joy from the 2010 catalog.
The center image was created by using the scalloped circle, inked with versamark frost and then tumbled glass distress ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. Inked the seahorse stamp with versamark frost, memento desert sand dye ink, stamped and embossed with clear powder.
The images above and below were created by inking the stamp with versamark ink, tumbled glass, and desert sand ink, stamping and then embossing.
Stamped and cut out the starfish and added to center image.
Stamped the sentiment with white pigment ink and embossed with white powder.

I grew up around the sound and the ocean on the coast of North Carolina. My grandparents lived on the sound, a very simple life. They were not wealthy and my grandfather made his living in the sound. He had small boats that he rented out but made his living fishing, shrimping, and oystering. Some of the happiest moments of my childhood were spent there with them in their small home.
Seems like there were always plenty of us cousins around and we spent lots of time in the sound swimming and playing in the boats. It was always fun to see what our granddaddy brought up in the nets when he was shrimping, starfish, sea horses, shells, puffing fish, plenty of treasures.
My grandmother didn't have running water in the house, there was a pump in the kitchen sink that had to be primed before using, but she made wonderful meals, three times a day. The table was always full of vegetables from the garden and wonderful seafood that my grandfather caught. After each meal a tablecloth was thrown over the food left on the table and at the next meal a couple of new dishes were added. They didn't have air conditioning but the food didn't spoil.
When I spent the night at their house I slept with my grandmother. They had two wonderful feather beds that you could just sink into and they were warm and comfortable even though the room didn't have heat.
I think I was about 12 when he was diagnosed with lung cancer and they left the sound to move nearer to our family.
 I guess as I was making this card I was thinking about why the ocean makes me feel so peaceful and I guess that is where all this came from. The ocean and the sound evoke wonderful memories of them and what life was like in a different time.
 Thanks for visiting and sharing a memory.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Just One More

Had to make one more variation of the flowers and stripes.......Promise that tomorrow will bring something new and different. Chose a neutral color pallette this time. Kraft and white reminds me of beach sand, sea shells and sea foam drifting in from the ocean.
Stamped the large canvas stripe stamp with white pigment ink and embossed with clear powder.
Inked the stamp again with creamy caramel dye ink, turned it half way and stamped again to make a subtle plaid pattern.
The flower was stamped   three times on Letterpress card stock and embossed. Cut out and layered sections of the flower for dimension. The texture was added by using the linen texture embossing plate from PTI.
Cut the canvas stripe image for the flower background. Chose a small section and punched it with a border punch to make the top edge of the card.
The sentiment is from the Essential Messages clear set. I cut the stamp apart to place the sentiment where I wanted it.
Hope you are having a fun day, I am going to see my dad and get some fresh squash and cucumbers from the garden. I could live off of cucumbers during the summer, they are so much better from the garden than from the grocery store.
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Lovely Layers

I have been so excited since I saw a sneak peek of this new stamp from Hero Arts! Kept thinking of all the different ways you could use it and wanted to try stamping it several times and layering it to see how that would look. So many possibilities you could stamp it on white and color it in....stamp it once and add color with brush markers and a watercolor pen, copics, chalks, colored pencils and many thoughts.
But when the stamp came yesterday there were these scraps of pink card stock on my table and another idea came to mind and this is the result.
The image was stamped 4 times on 2 different colors of card stock using white pigment ink and detail embossing powder.
Cut out all 4 images. The first layer was the entire stamp and with each layer decreased the size of the image that was left. I have to admit that it was a little confusing while I was trying to cut the other layers out. To help I marked the areas I didn't want with a pen so I would know exactly where to cut.
A white colored pencil and gamsol were used to soften the darker areas and a little brush marker and a watercolor pen were used to add a touch of color to the lighter pink.
The large canvas stripe was stamped  and embossed with white. Then inked with the dark pink and stamped over the first image.
Stamped the butterfly on vellum and embossed.
Layered strips of kraft and white card stock and stamped the sentiment on the white layer.
Mounted the card front on kraft card stock.
I was happy with the way this turned out and can't wait to try some of the other ideas for this stamp.

So glad you stopped by, Happy Stamping!

Exotic Blooms

Shari Carroll is hosting the Hero Blog this week and she is using sketches that can be seen Here. This card is made from one of her sketches. The two new stamps used on this card are the Large Canvas Stripes and the Exotic Bloom. That canvas stripe stamp is going to be so versatile. My first thought when I saw it was beach umbrellas and outdoor furniture, hammocks, doesn't it just look like summer?
The canvas stripe was stamped on Letterpress card stock using certainly celery ink by SU.
I colored the exotic bloom stamp using brush markers then stamped and added more color after stamping by adding touches of color with copic markers. It was cut using a spellbinders deckled rectangle die.
The sentiment is in a clear stamp set from Hero. It was all on one line and that didn't work for the size of the die so I cut the hello off the end and added it to the bottom.
The butterfly was stamped with ballet blue ink from SU and colored with copic markers. It was mounted on a circle die and color was added to the edge with copics.

Hope your Wednesday holds time for some creative fun!
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Layers of Color

We're having a rainy day, so I decided to create a sunny day on a card. Over on the Hero Blog Shari Carroll has a beautiful card and a video showing how to do color layering. This technique looks like fun and I just had to give it a try.
Started with Letterpress card stock and die cut the center out using a Spellbinders deckled oval nestability.
Used CL 428 Earth Flowers from HA and stamped the grass using 2 colors of green ink.
Stamped the flowers from the same set and inked with distress and HA inks. The tiny flowers are from Rubber Stamp Tapestry.
The butterflies are from a HA-Archivers exclusive clear set.
Cut a smaller deckled oval and stamped the sentiment from CL417 Huge Hugs.
Used foam tape to mount the outer layer and placed the smaller oval flat on the page.
Added a few pearls for accents and a touch of yellow Perfect Pearls to the center of the small flowers.

Just got a nice surprise :) my mailman just brought me some new Hero stamps!

Hope your day is sunny and thanks for stopping by to visit.