Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blue Dragonflies

Hi folks!  I was looking through some papers and I found some gorgeous handmade Thai papers from Art Neko in my stash.  These papers are absolutely stunning, and I couldn't bear to cover them up, so I found an Art Neko stamp with lots of open space.  This one is called Dragonflies Framed within a Frame and I stamped it onto a transparency and attached it to the paper with gold brads.

The beauty of the paper really shines through and I kept it simple by adhering it to a black card base.  I wish I knew how to make these papers because the colors are stunning and I love that pop of gold here and there.  You can see all the different colors that Art Neko has here.  You might want to hurry and buy some before I nab them all.  Hee hee hee!!!!!!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Gelato Drip Feathers

I've been seeing a lot of artwork using the Gelato Drips technique from the last Technique Junkies newsletter (December 2014), so I had to give this technique a try.  It's so fun and easy and you never know what your background will end up like.  Those are the best techniques, aren't they?  :-)

I used the same gelatos to ink up the feather stamp (Peacock Feather, #SD038) several times before I cut them out.  The sentiment is perfect with this peacock feather stamp, and it is called "Hope is the Thing" (#SD371) from Technique Junkies Stamps.  Pat is working on a brand new website for the Technique Junkies Stamps, but for now, you can find all her stamps at 

Don't forget that the Design Team Call is still going on!  If you love techniques and the wide assortment of stamps at Technique Junkies Stamps, get your application in.  You can check out the details HERE.  We would love to play with you!!  :-)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Distressed Daisies

I decided to play with one of my favorite techniques called Watercolor Distress from the February 2007 issue of Technique Junkies.  This technique is so much fun as you never know what you will end up with.  I used four ink colors - Plum, Wisteria, Wasabi (green), and Marina Mist (blue) - and I love this aged, almost vintage look of these colors together.  When you do this particular technique, every single piece will be totally different.

I stamped the gorgeous Vintage Daisy Collage stamp (Palettini Collection from Technique Junkies Stamps) right over the colored background and I colored in the butterfly and bee wings with a shimmery glaze pen.  The sentiment is from the Einstein Quotes set (Technique Junkies Stamps).  I stamped it on white cardstock and then cut the lines apart and glued them down separately for added interest.

Here's hoping you have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sew Nice (Cardabilities #114)

Hi folks!  Happy New Year's Eve!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Can you believe another year has come to an end already?  I think the older I get, the faster time flies.  Wow.  

I'm playing with a Cardabilities sketch (#114) today, and this is what I came up with.  I just pulled out some paper pads and found some coordinating chipboard pieces and put this together.   It's a fun sketch and I can see myself using this one again.  

Here's to a fabulous 2015!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Color Throwdown #323 - Pink Christmas Ornament

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I know I'm a couple days late, but I have a very good excuse.  My computer died a couple weeks ago!!!  Ack!!!!  We had JUST done a backup and then went to reboot my system and it was dead.  Hubby tried several tricks and nothing worked.  So we bought a new hard drive, thinking we could just restore my backup to the new drive and pop it in and it would boot up.  Well, nope.  So after several days of working on it, we went out and bought a new computer.  I've been taking my time with it and looking for my old files and pictures in my backup files, reinstalling several software programs, and trying to make sense of this newfangled stuff.  :-)

Tonight I took a break and did some virtual stamping with my friend, Chrissy.  We decided to challenge each other to do a color challenge and a sketch, so we are using the colors from this week's Color Throwdown #323 and a sketch that I found on Pinterest.  I went with a Christmas themed card because I didn't share anything with you in the days leading up to Christmas.  Hopefully this will make up for my lack of posting!  :-)

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.  Here's to a fabulous new year in 2015!!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Big Sale at Verses Rubber Stamps!

Hi stampy friends!  I just wanted to pop in and let y'all know about a fantastic sale over at Verses Rubber Stamps.  From now until 12-12-14, you will get 25% off all wood and cling Christmas stamps!!  That is an awesome deal!  There are lots of wonderful Christmas stamps to choose from - check them out here.  The discount is automatically applied at checkout, so all you have to do is shop!  :-)

Below are a few of my cards that I've created using some Christmas stamps from Verses Rubber Stamps.  Have fun shopping!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Christmas Poinsettia with Luminance pencils

Hi friends!  Today is Thanksgiving for us here in the US, and it is a beautiful sunshine-y day.  I hope you are having a wonderful day!  I have been working on this card for a few days and I wanted to get this posted so I could enter this into the Peep of the Week challenge over on the Power Poppy blog.

The colored poinsettia is actually an experiment for me.  I just bought some Luminance pencils and I wanted to see how they worked.  So I stamped this gorgeous poinsettia image from Power Poppy's Poinsettia Stamp Set and then just picked up some Luminance pencils and started coloring.  After three nights of coloring, I decided to cover it with Microglaze to protect my work.  As I started buffing the glaze, I noticed some of the red color was moving onto the white space.  

I freaked out!  Did I just ruin all that work????  Well.... I can always color another one... right?  So I continued buffing just to see what would happen.  As it turns out, I rather like the soft red "glow" around my image.  It's kind of what you might see if this was in candlelight or moonlight, right?  Then I was inspired to add glitter to the image, so I cut it out with an oval die and then covered the piece with adhesive and Rock Candy Dry Glitter.  

You know what?  I think I like this better with the reddish "glow" and the glitter.  It feels much more festive and Christmassy!  :-)  So, I learned something really neat by doing something new.  Sometimes your mistakes turn out better than your original piece.  

If you have some Power Poppy stamps, why don't you come play along with us?  It's so much fun to be recognized as a Peep of the Week, and you have a chance to win a free stamp set.  We all love free stamps, don't we?  :-)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!