Monday, July 6, 2020

The Art of Blending- WCW005

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today with a card for you for
SCS- Water Color Wednesday Challenge!

The challenge is:

So, we were given 3 pictures to choose from, or we could choose our own image.
I chose to use one of the images given.
But, here are all the images that were given:
Image #1
(This is the image I chose)

Image #2

Image #3

What I did was hand sketch the image on Strathmore 140 lb. WC Paper.
Couldn't get the image to copy without chopping off the sides. (Eyes rolling here!)

So, here is what I came up with:

I didn't make it all dark green as the video showed. I like my leaves with some of that yellow green in them & I took some freedom to add some lines where there weren't any too.

 I used:
Joi Art Water Colors- This is a cheaper set of water colors, found on Amazon.
I like to use it when practicing or experimenting.

This is the inside- I.O.- D17208 "Kneel" by Yvonne Blair.

I chose to break up the sentiment & did some masking with my Mini Misti. 
I added the front sentiment on a banner & popped it up on Uline Foam Tape.
Placing the banner in the upper right hand corner. 
I didn't want to cover the leaf & felt that corner needed something. 
In regards to the sentiment that I chose for this card:
The only one that can heal the problems of our land is,
Kneel before Him & ask Him to heal our land.
He is ABLE! 

The Scripture this sentiment is referring to says this:
(The Scripture Reference is: 2 Chronicles 7:14.)

"IF my people, which are called by my name," 
Which means those that call themselves "Christians."
Because the title "Christian" means, Christ-like.

***"Shall humble themselves, & pray, & seek my face, & turn from their wicked ways,"
Meaning that God is going to deal with the Christians sins FIRST!
He sees every secret sin His people do & everyone else too!
Are we actually spending time praying? 
Are we turning away from, or correcting our ways when God isn't pleased with what we're doing?
These are questions that EACH Christian MUST deal with every day,
  to maintain a walk that is pleasing to the Heavenly Father.
Once we're saved or have asked Christ into our hearts, we aren't perfect!
That won't happen until we reach heaven.
The walk with Christ or being a Christian is a daily walk
a walk where we are daily surrendering our will to Christ's Will.
When Jesus returns for His church, He wants a bride that is spotless!

"then will I hear from heaven, & will forgive their sin, & will heal their land."
So, AFTER we humble ourselves, pray & seek God's face & turn from our wicked ways, 
THEN God will hear our prayers & will forgive & heal our land.
Not before!
***WE have an ACTIVE ROLE in healing our land, by doing what God says to do!
Being OBEDIENT to His Word!
Are you?

I hope you enjoyed my card today & the short devotional.
I've been feeling the need to say something here lately & hopefully, 
something sparks deep within your heart for what God will call you to do for Him!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*FC- 2H Graphite Pencil
*Gum Eraser
*Clip Board
*Epicurean Board
*Blue Painters Tape
*Arteza Inkonic 0.4 A 104 Pen
*Silver Black Velvet Brush # 6
*FC- Click-n-Go Pot
*Paint Puck
*Wagner Heat Tool
*Loew Cornell Pallette
*Signo White Pen
*Telfon Bone Folder
*Scotch ATG
*Versa Fine Ink
*Scotch DBL. Sided Tape-Removable
*Craft Medley Creative Essentials- Green Go Green Sequins
*Golden Matte Med.
*Crystal Katana
*Cartwright's- Moonshine Sequins

Thursday, July 2, 2020

No Line Water Coloring- WCW004

Hi Blog Friends!

I finally finished my "No Line Water Coloring" lesson for SCS from last week. LOL
I played & played with it....
Finally getting it done.
I used Kristina Werner's Tutorial here:

I know my image looks like I painted lines, but I think it's the way I painted it that gives this look,
 & the way the image is itself.
I added my paint to the under edges of the roses, or where the petals come out from the rose & blended them out from there since that is where you would want the darkest color. And yes, I concentrated on the knocks & crannies, going back over it later. But, I think this is what gave the look of lines, which you aren't supposed to get when doing "No Line Water Coloring." LOL
 I did "case" Kristina's card.
DO tell me what you think???
I LOVE how it came out!

I will be entering my card in
SSS Wednesday Challenge!
The challenge:
Bright & Cheerful!
Found here: 

Here is my card:
Always Here For You
I first did a light wash on my Strathmore 140 lb. WC Paper, just like Kristina.
(This wash also gave my roses-- in the lighter areas of the petal a special glow!) ;)
I then stamped my image-WPlus9- Modern Roses, doing a little masking.

I used my Mission Gold WC's, Silver Blk, Velvet Brushes- #2, 4, & 6,
& a Princeton #1 Brush.

 It is hard to see in my photo's, but I did add a vellum strip on the top right hand corner of my card with the sentiment.
The sentiment is by: PTI- Brushed Booms.

I added some 28 Lilac Lane Sequins- LL504 Rose Garden as my final touch.

So, what do you think?

I am LOVING these lessons!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Original & Mini Misti
*Epicurean Board
*Blue Painters Tape
*Distress Ink-Antique Linen
*FC- Click-n-Go Pot
*Paint Puck
*Wagner Heat Tool
*Grafix Vellum
*Versa Mark
*EK Success- Powder Tool
*Ultra Detail EP
*Vellum Tape
*Golden Matte Med.
*Crystal Katana
* Windsor & Newton- Payne's Gray

Monday, June 22, 2020

CUTE Sending Sunshine!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today with a CUTE card for you!
I saw these sets last year.... I know, I'm SLOW to get here! LOL
But, if you haven't seen these sets, you will want to check them out if you like cute!
Funny how our tastes change over the years!
I actually made two of these, one with elephants & one with chicks, & you know what I did?
I sealed up the envelopes before I got them photographed, so I did another one 
 just for you.
It actually came out differently than the others, as I didn't expand the scene. Expanding the scenes made them so large I had to make my own large envelopes to mail them. 
(The reason it wasn't an easy fix, to just open the envelopes & take pictures! LOL) 
But, I do know you will enjoy this card just as much!

Take a look:
Isn't this the cutest little scene???
When I made my other two cards, I did double everything;
which gave me plenty to make this third card!

The base of the card is done with Ma Ma Elephants- New Slim Card Basics.
And it fits perfectly in a business envelope--My card is 8 5/8" x 3 1/2".
The speech bubble is also in this set of dies.

Ink blending for the sand & water with Oxide Inks, using my Water Media Mat. 
 A little heat embossing  for the waves- Versa Mark Ink & Zing White EP & my Wagner Heat Tool.

A bit of Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape behind just a few of these cuties to make them pop.

These cuties are from two sets by Ma Ma Elephant- Beach Chickies & Summer Splash.  
They just make me SMILE! :)

The images were colored with Zig Clean Color Brush & a touch of Gansai Tambi- Starry Colors,
using my Nuvo Aquarrelle Brush.
I added a bit of sparkle & shine with the Gansai Tambi- Starry Colors to the elephant with Sunglasses-gold frames & a little gold on her fan. I also made the little mermaid chick sparkly & her star! Gotta have a bit of glam right? LOL
And I added Glossy Accents to a few spots for interest.

Lastly, I did the inside:
I left enough space for a short note & of course a few cuties inside! ;)

This was such a fun & cute card to make!
Are you headed to the beach or out in the sunshine soon?

Sending you lots of Sunshine!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Strathmore Bristol Smooth
*Start Makers Make-Up Brushes
*Lazy Susan
*SU-Acrylic Blocks
*Versa Fine Black Ink
*EK Success Powder Tool
*Teflon Bone Folder
*Cardstock-Recollections/ Paper Studio
*Scotch Tacky Glue
*Scotch ATG
*White Signo Pen
*SB- Tool-n-One

Friday, June 19, 2020

Happiest of Birthdays!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today for the challenge over on
Impression Obsession
Found here:

I pulled out an old set I got on Clearance awhile back for this challenge.
I liked the CAKE!!!! ;)
Sweet Celebrations- WP758

 I am also playing along with SCS for their Water Color Wednesday Challenge-
 to use an unexpected color or unrealistic color.
Are you thinking what I thought???

Take a look:
 Happiest of Birthdays!

Here you can see the set I used for my card.

I used my Original Misti & masked off the cake just a bit the first few times & tilted the cake to get the topsy-turvy look.

I stamped the image on Strathmore 140 lb. Water Color Paper with Versa Fine Blk. Ink.

The card base is by Ma Ma Elephant- Slim Cards Basics.

I used Oxide Inks on the card base to get  gradient look of blues & spritzed it.

I water colored the cake with Oxides too & my unlikely color used is Peacock Feather, just dabbing it here & there. I think it looks like one of those confetti cakes!
I also used Polychromos Pencils to give the cake a browned look, like it was freshly baked!
 I LOVE how it came out!

After stamping & water coloring the image, I fussy cut the image &
backed it with Uline Foam Tape.

The banners are stamped with Oxide Inks  & fussy cut also, & popped up with Elmer's Glue Dots.

I also stamped a lone candle on top.
I lined it up in my Original Misti to make sure it was centered.
A little EP & I also touched it with Fine Point Sharpies for the details on the flame &
 added stripes on the candle.
(Sorry you can't really see that so well.)

Nuvo Drops on the centers of the roses & on the icing,
 along with a sprinkle of glitter for that sugary look.

Here is the inside:

The sentiment is from the same set, but altered just a bit.

 Doesn't this make you WANT CAKE???? LOL

Hope you like!
Now, to defeat this craving! LOL

Supplies not listed above:
*Water Media Mat
*Lazy Susan
*Start Makers Make-Up Brushes
*Tapes- Painters & Drafting
*Distress Sprayer
*Tonic Glass Mat
*FC-Click-n-Go Pot
*Paint Puck
*Silver Blk. Velvet Brush- #4
*FC-Pencil Shapener
*Couture Creations Detailer
*Epicurean Board
*EK Success- Scissors & Powder Tool
*Zig Millenium- 03 Pen
*Zig Emboss Pens
*Zing White EP
*Stampendous- EP
*Versa Mark Ink
*My own mix of EP & Glitter
*Teflon Bone Folder
*Scotch ATG
*SU-Acrylic Blocks

Monday, June 15, 2020

On The Farm!

Hi Blog Friends!

Popping in here for another card for you today!
I have a deadline to meet! LOL
I was waiting for my order to come in from I.O. & it came, 

So, what kind of things do you find on a farm????
How about an OUT-HOUSE???

The image I chose fit SO WELL for us, as we JUST put in an out-house!
Here is our out-house:
I stenciled a rooster on the door just today.

Here's a side view.
I have yet to make curtains for it, so I'm saving the inside for another day, & you will probably see more I.O. stamps being used inside, if all goes as planned! ;)

Now to my card:
On The Farm
I thought this Outhouse image was PERFECT for what was going on here....
I.O.-Outhouse- K1024.
(I.O. actually has several fun Outhouse images to choose from!)
I tried to mimic what our outhouse looked like on my card.

I am also using my card for the SCS- WCW002- where we are to use Dye Ink, 
& trying wet on wet & glazing techniques.
 Each were used on my card.

I used I.O.- Cover-a-Card- Wooden Plank for the wood card base--
SU-Ink on Kraft Card Stock.
So easy!

I also added:
I.O.- Roosters & Chickens DIE273-2 for one of my embellishments, & 
I.O.- Instant Photo Frame Die-DIE175-W in the upper left corner for the other embellishment.
You can find BOTH outhouses & chickens on a farm.
We have BOTH! LOL
Here is the inside of my card:
I thought this sentiment SO FIT the image on my card! 
"Just sittin' here thinkin' about you."
I.O.- Sittin' Here- B1233
HOPE you like!
Down on the farm!
Supplies not mentioned above:
*Fluid 100 4" x 6" 140 lb. Hot Press WC Paper
*X-Acto Knife
*Original Misti
*Versa Fine Blk. Ink
*Epicurean Board
*Blue Painters Tape
*Paper Towels
*Tonic Studios Glass Mat
*SU- Ink Pads
*Brushes- #4-Silver Blk. Velvet
*Tonic Studio Paper Trimmer & Guillotine
*Teflon Bone Folder
*Card Stock- Paper Studio
*Scotch ATG
*Uline Foam Tape
*EK Success- Scissors
*Scotch Tacky Glue

Water Color Wednesday 001 (SCS)- Jewel Toned Roses!

Hi Blog Friends!

Today, I thought I'd show you what I did with my 
overthinking the last WCW001! LOL

Well, I created 3 panels, wanting to see what using the acetate to add color would do, on different WC Paper..... Just maybe, I went in a different direction too? LOL
Here's what I did:
I started with the piece on the left & didn't like it. 
I used Arteza WC Paper-140 lb. The WC just wouldn't move! 
So, I switched to Strathmore WC Paper-90 lb Student Grade.
This paper doesn't take a lot of water, but it did alright even with my spritzing.
The third sheet, all the way to the right is on Strathmore 140 lb WC Paper.
I tried to keep the darker green to the edges, thinking of die cutting pieces from this.
But, you can see, the acetate seemed to leave lines & not be splotchy like I had seen in the video shown for this technique. 
I wasn't happy, but determined to finish this & not let anything go to waste!

You saw what I did with my last Water Color Wednesday 001 Post, here:

Here's what I did with these pieces or two of these pieces! LOL

Jewel Toned Roses
I went to town die cutting lots of The Greetery's- Botani Cuts-Roses.
 So, I had lots of Roses to play with!
 I used The Greetery- Crimped Frames on my card base- 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
Along with The Greetery- Inside & Out Berry Branch, covered in MS-Crystal Fine & SU-Dazzling Diamonds Glitter- I mix those glitters as they are the same.

Made my arrangement & picked it up with Glad Press-N-Seal.

I popped one panel up on Uline Foam Tape & one of the roses & a few other pieces in the arrangement.

I also added some Prima Gold WC to the edges of the Roses & leaves for a more dramatic look.

No sentiment yet, but one can add one later or one to the inside.

I LOVE how this came out!
 I HOPE you do too!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*SU- Inks
*Scotch Tacky Glue
*Scrap Card Stock/ Paper Studio Card Stock
*Prisma Color Pencils- for those knooks & crannies
*FC-Pencil Sharpener
* Prima WC
*Dugat #4 Brush
*FC- Click-n-Go Pot
*Paint Puck
*Scotch ATG
*Golden Matte Med.
*Crystal Katana
*Lucy's Jewels-Clear Irredecent Mix

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Water Color Wednesday001 (SCS)- Hello Beautiful!

Hello Blog Friends!

I'm back again for this week because.....
If you are on Splitcoast Stampers,
you have probably found out that they have a new weekly challenge!
Water Color Wednesday
This week hosted by: Kia
If you haven't noticed, I LOOOVE Water Colors!
So, I jumped in on the challenge.
It's taken me a bit to show you what I've done, as I worked & worked at this..... 
PROBABLY over thinking it! LOL
But, what I'm going to show you is my 4th try at it! 
I worked & worked at this technique, not liking how my tries were coming out!
But, I refused to give up!

I ended up laying aside the other 3 tries for another project, that I will show you soon.
I WAS overthinking it! ;)

Anyway, here is what I came up with:
Hello Beautiful
I stamped my image- The Greetery- Sketchbook Roses, 
with Versa Fine Ink-Blk., on Strathmore 140 lb. Water Color Paper.

This technique is a form of "smooshing," but you have a bit more control.
It's called: Water Colored Look Ink Smooshed.
To apply the color, SU- Inks in my case, you use a piece of acetate!

*Having an image to work with is the key!
Using the image to help you decide as to where to put the color with the acetate.

Using my Tonic Glass Mat- I turned my ink pads upside down & smeared the ink on the mat, spritzed it with water- Distress Sprayer, & picked the ink up with a piece of acetate & then applied it to where I wanted it on my image.

I did the same thing with the edges of the piece too. I also used Prima- Water Colors,
 & dabbed it on my mat & picked it up with acetate to apply it also.
LOVE the gold!
The edges almost make me think of marbling.
I layered on  different layers of color for this.
I thought the image was fading into the background, so I added a halo around the image using 
Zig Clean Color Brushes & a Nuvo Aquarelle Brush to help blend it out some. 
I added the sentiment from the same set from The Greetery.
Added Versa Mark, as I left the sentiment in my Orig. Misti & then added
 Stampendous- Clear EP & heat set it with my Wagner Heat Tool.
Lastly, I added Sequins-28 Lilac Lane-Neutrals & Sea Grass, & Cartwrights- Moonshine.
I attached my panel to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base, made a matching envelope & done! 

HOPE you like!
I'm hoping to keep up with the ladies on this challenge!
I'm sure I'll be learning more fun techniques with this challenge! 
Maybe, I'll see you there?

*****This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending June13th, 2020" on SCS!*****

My heart is singing!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Crystal Katana
*Golden Matte Med.
*Paper Towels
*White Signo Pen
*Scotch ATG
*WRMK-Envelope Board