Monday, August 12, 2019

You're The Sweetest!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today with a card that
It has water color, one of my all-time favorite mediums, 
it is bright & festive,
& it's FOOD! LOL

There is just something about doing food in artwork!
I remember days of painting water melons & gourds in school....

Today, I have a cool treat for you & no calories! ;)
I altered the image just a bit to get what I wanted.
Easy to do!

Take a look at this sweet treat!
 A triple-decker ice-cream cone!
Cool & refreshing!
Mint Chocolate Chip on top, Strawberry in the center & finished off with Chocolate!
All done with Joi Art Water Colors.

You can see the original image off to the side- by:
The Colorado Craft Company-BB247- Sweetest Birthday Cone.
This is from their Big & Bold line!
I don't know about you, but I am LOVING these new Big & Bold images they're carrying!

I started by masking off the top portion in my Misti & then stamping.
Then masking off the lower portion & the top portion & stamping in my Misti,
& lastly, masking off the lower portion of the stamp & stamping it in my Misti,
 to get the triple-decker cone.

(Don't forget to take off that mask! I did that a few times! LOL)

I then created a mask for the whole triple-decker cone using Post It Tape, taping over the image & laying it on my Art O Graph Light Tracer Box, tracing around the image & fussy cutting it out--just the tape! ;)

Next, I used my Start Makers Make-Up Brushes & Oxide Inks:
Worn Lipstick
Dried Marigold
Squeezed Lemonade
Twisted Citron
Tumbled Glass
& Milled Lavender 
& made my rainbow across the card front.

Before pulling off the mask, I spritzed my card with my Distress Sprayer & splattered it with Kuretake- Pearl Water Colors, for a shimmery confetti look.
 Then, take off your mask!
After removing your mask, I went over the lines of my image with a Faber Castell Pitt Pen.

If by chance, the color that you sponged/ brushed on isn't right up against the image perfectly, or leaves a white halo: I took my Nuvo Aquarelle Brush & lightly carried the color over to the image from what was a little off the edge of the image.

I added Glossy Accents to the cheery, & a very few Cartwrights- Moonshine Sequins to mimic the shimmer of the ice in the ice cream! ;)

For the inside, I took a strip of the rainbow & added it to the inside along with the inside sentiment- from the Colorado Craft Company-BB246-Sweet Friend Cupcake.

 This card fit nicely in a business sized envelope!
A little larger than I normally do, but so well worth it!

I HOPE you like!

*****This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Aug. 17th, 2019!" on SCS*****

PERFECT for the summer heat!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Canson 140 lb Water Color Paper
*Loew Cornell Brush Tub II & Palette
*Silver Black Velvet Brushes
*Silicone Mat
*SSS- Premium Dye Ink
*Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder
*Wagner Heat Tool
*Paper- Paper Studio & Recollections
*Crystal Katana
*Signo White Pen
*Bead Smith- Magical Tray

Sunday, August 4, 2019

You Were Made To Shine!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today with a fun card I made for our daughter while she is away at school, 
always to encourage!
I always admire those who can cluster elements on cards. 
I think it is one of my favorite techniques.
If you check SSS Blog for this challenge, 
you'll be sure to find some work like this by their DT Members! ;)

I am entering this in 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:
Simon Says- Bright & Cheerful!
Found here:

Here is my "Bright & Cheerful" card!
You Were Made To Shine!

I used Simon Says Stamps image- Beautiful Flower 2 Stamp & Die Set, 
& water colored it with Zig Clean Water Color Brushes.

For the background I used SB- Glimmer Plate Scattered Dot Pattern & SB-Aura Foil.

For the cluster of elements, 
I used SB- Small Die of the Month- March 2018;
SB- APG Die of the Month Dec. 2019- "Softly Spoke n Flip & Gate Fold", 
 & Paper Studio- Washi Tape.

For the sentiment I used,
 Simon Says Stamp- Tiny Words of Faith & SU Ink
& I made a banner with my Cut Align & Fiskars Blade.

Lastly, I added 28 Lilac Lane Sequins with Golden Heavy Gel Matte & my Crystal Katana.

The inside:
I used the same Washi Tape I used on the front for the inside & 
the sentiment inside is by I.O.-SS-1381-G Leave a Little Sparkle & SU Ink.

I HOPE you like!
Bright & Cheerful go a LOOONG WAY in being encouraging! ;)
And I LOVE this stamp set by SSS! 
I don't know WHO doesn't!

*****This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending August 10th, 2019" on SCS!!!*****

Bright, Cheerful AND Shiny!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Paper- Paper Studio, Recollections, Strathmore 140 lb. Water Color Paper, Platinum
*Nuvo Aquarelle Brush
*FC-Click N Go Pot
*Paint Puck
*Glimmer Machine
*Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
*Scotch ATG

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

One Day...

Hi Blog Friends!

So, I was doing this card for a challenge! LOL
I missed it by ONE DAY! ACK!!! 

Here is the challenge:
Found here:

I had this card in my head & whipped it up today!

I am entering this in
CCEE Stampers Challenge Blog
Found here:
The challenge:
CCEE1930- National Moth Week
Use a moth (or butterfly) on your card.
You get extra credit if you have a moth stamp/digital.
You can make your card for any occassion.
 "Let the insects fly!

One Day...  
I used Bristol Smooth Card Stock, the Water Media Mat (Good for messy projects!), Ranger Mini Mister, Dylusions Ink Spray, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, & Homemade Glimmer Mists.

*** I also used I.O.- One Day Sentiment- C13811, & I.O.- Fancy Butterfly- DIE059-N.

I matted the sentiment up & popped it up with Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape, 
 along with the butterfly.

And lastly, I added 28 Lilac Lane Sequins with Golden Heavy Gel Matte, & my Crystal Katana.

Of course, I couldn't stop with just one....
Made the same as above!


I LOVE how these came out & know of a few ladies who will LOVE THEM TOO! ;)

***** This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending July 27, 2019" on SCS! *****

HOPE you got the chance the play along with I.O. & were better about the date than I was! LOL

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Mini Misti
*Paper- Recollections, Paper Studio
*Scotch ATG
*Bead Smith- Magical Tray
*Magnuson Custom Stamp

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Lovely Water Color-2 Cont'd

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today for the 
30 Day Coloring Challenge
Found here:

Today, is the last day of the Coloring Challenge!
OH, I PLANNED to have SO MUCH MORE done! 
But, it wasn't to be this time.
Kathy asked us if we would continue to color?
Well, like I said, I had SO MUCH MORE PLANNED!
Things just didn't come together as I had planned, & there is that large project I was going to do...
Still working on that, & I will show you that when I get it off & running!
Maybe, step by step?
I still have some supplies to collect....
So, to finish up the Peony I did for you yesterday using, 
Picket Fence- Botan Peony-F117.
Here is my finished card:
As you can see, I didn't stay light handed, not as much as I would have liked! LOL
I think some images just scream to have a darker tone to them.
This image has some thick lines for shadows & I felt it was screaming for a deep tone. 

I even found a place for a small sentiment, so as not to overpower this BEAUTIFUL IMAGE!!!
The front sentiment is from SSS-Tiny Words of Faith- sss101964.

As you can see, I matted it up a bit too.

 This is the inside, matted up as well.

What do you think?

Here is the other card I made in blues & purple with my card for today:
Which do you like better?
Like I said, in my first Lovely Water Color post,
the image is LARGE & lends itself to showing off your water color skills.
I think with it being large it is great for beginners too! 
You can see what the water colors are doing & play with them as you want.

My cards came out to be:
6" x 6 1/4"

I will PROBABLY be showing you more of this image as I play/practice for that big project I have coming! 
Like I said, the image is a good tool to help you learn!

***I wanted to show you HOW TO hang wall art too***
Take a look at what I did for the Orchid Painting I did here:
(Remember, I made my own frame with Spellbinders- Adjustable Shadowbox Frame 1" Border)

You need fabric stabilizer/stiffener- I used iron on.
I then cut two pieces of the material with my pinking shears maybe 2" x 5".
Fold the fabric over about 1/3.
Use a Crop-O-Dile & puncher a hole where you want your grommet/s.
Then add your grommet/s.
I used a T-Ruler to make sure I had the holes aligned, using pencil markings.
They can easily be erased with an Eraser.
Glue down the hangers on the lower half  with strong glue & let dry.
(The hangers should be able to flap freely.)
I then added floral wire- for  hanging.

*You used to be able to find these kinds of hangers in the store years ago, but not anymore.
All I could find were nails & Command Hooks.
Using the Command Hooks with what I made, this will hang nicely.
*Another reason for doing it this way, would be to save the back of this piece---
It is cardboard covered with card stock & using a Command Hook of any kind on the back might tear it when it is removed.

*****This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending July 20th, 2019" on SCS!!!*****

30 Days of Coloring!!!!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Strathmore 140lb. Water Color Paper
*Ink On 3-Fade Out Ink
*Water Media Mat
*Painters Tape
*Loew Cornell Brush Pot II & Palette
*Joi Art Water Colors
*Silver Black Velvet Brushes- 2,4, 12
*Polychromos Pencils
*White Signo Pen
*Nuvo Glitter Drops
*SSS-Blk. Premium Dye Ink
*Sentiment- (Inside) PTI- Pen & Ink
*Multi-Med. Mat
*Crystal Katana
*28 Lilac Lane Sequins
*Paper- Recollections, Paper Studio, Neenah
*Zing- White Emb. Powder
*EK Success Powder Tool
*Versa Mark Ink
*Wagner Heat Tool
*Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
*Scotch ATG

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Lovely Water Color 2

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today for the 
30 Day Coloring Challenge
Found here:

I CAN'T BELIEVE where the time has gone!
The Coloring Challenge is NEAR OVER this time!

BUT,  I am here with another Lovely Water Color for you, 
this time I'm trying to go a little  lighter on the color.
When I was in school & learning all about water color, I started with a light hand.
BUT, I had another teacher later who told me PILE ON THE COLOR!

Going lighter is a hard thing to "unlearn!" LOL
AND sometimes, the images just call for color!
Here is the beginning of my trying to go lighter...

This time I went with a warmer color palette.

The image- Picket Fence- Botan Peony-F117.
Yes, if you follow Kathy, this is one image she used for a piece of Wall Art for her studio! ;)

So, come back tomorrow, & I'll have the finished card for you & you'll see if I stuck with my 
light handed  coloring! LOL

Thanks for looking!
HOPE you get to jump in on the last few days of the 
30 Day Coloring Challenge!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Strathmore 140lb. Water Color Paper
*Ink On 3- Fade Out Ink
*Water Media Mat
*Painters Tape
*Loew Cornell Water Brush Tub II
*Joi Art Water Colors
*Loew Cornell Palette
*Silver Blak Velvet Brushes- 2, 4 & 12

Friday, July 12, 2019

Foiled Hello There

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today for the
30 Day Coloring Challenge
Found here:

This is a card I've been wanting to do.
It took the Coloring Challenge to get me going! LOL

So, here it is!
(I did TWO of these!)

This is the first one I did.
I used Spellbinders- Floral Pattern Glimmer Plate.
(I've been drooling over this plate for sometime & finally gave in & got it!)

I used Zig Clean Brush Markers along with a Nuvo Aquarelle Brush.

I LOVE how this came out!
I also went over the flowers with Faber Castell Colored Pencils to add dimension & interest!
Along with a Signo White Pen, adding those little details, dots & lines....
I also colored in the background with a Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker.
I started on Cream Card Stock- Paper Studio & was trying to outline the images for a shadow, but didn't like it, so I just colored in the background & like that much better!

I should mention, I used SB- Black Foil for this one! I DO LOVE how the black looks!

I also decided to add my sentiment on vellum- Neenah & I glimmered my sentiment- SB- Glimmer Kit of the Month- Feb. 2019 (Everyday Sentiments) on in black also,
 attaching it with Vellum Tape.

The inside was left blank for a small sentiment to be added later.
And lastly, I added 28 Lilac Lane Sequins!
(I LOVE my sequins!) ;) 


I decided to do this one in SB-Gold Foil, & done the same as above, only done in light spring colors.
One thing I will mention, if you look close.... the little white flowers have touches of 
Gold FC- Colored Pencils.
 It gave just the touch I needed for the white flowers to pop!

 So, what do you think???
Leave me a comment & I will respond in kind! ;)
Happy Coloring!
Supplies not mentioned above:
*SB-Glimmer Machine
*Multi-Med. Matte
*Crystal Katana
*Fiskars Cutting Mat & Knife
*My Sweet Petunia- Cut Align
*WRMK- Envelope Board
*Scotch ATG 
*Paper-Paper Craft & Recollections

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Lovely Water Color Cont'd!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today for the 
30 Day Coloring Challenge

Found here:

I have the finished card for you from my last post!

Here she is:
This was SO FUN to water color & I also used Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils on this for depth, just like Kathy does! ;)

I LOVE the blues & purples.....<3

I added White Signo Pen touches to the stamen & Nuvo Glitter Drops.

For the inside, I used SSS-Premium Black Dye Ink with my Misti, 
& the sentiment is from PTI- Pen & Ink. 

I thought about adding a sentiment on the front,
but didn't want it to take away from this gorgeous flower!

Lastly, I added 28 Lilac Lane Sequins with Multi-Med. Matte & my Crystal Katana.
Seriously, this was probably the hardest part! LOL
Everything I pulled out over powered the image, so I settled on these clear small sequins. 

Next, I think I'll try to go a little lighter handed on the color.
But, if you're like me, you LIKE COLOR!!! LOL 
You'll see how the next one comes out soon!

DO tell me what you think????
I'd LOVE to know, & I will come over & comment on your blog too!

Remember, I told you this was a large image in my last post?
My card came out to be:
6" x 6 1/4"
I didn't mat it up a lot just because of the size of the image,
 & thought the dark blue was nice enough with the Water Colored Flower.

*****This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending July 13th, 2019" over on SCS!*****

(This is also "practice" for me, as I will be doing a large piece in the near future!) ;)

Supplies not mentioned above:
*The image- Picket Fence- Botan Peony-F117
*Paper Studio & Recollections Paper
***For the rest of the supplies, please see my last post***