Sunday, July 14, 2024

Stampfest at Lynette's July 10, 2024

Lynette, Don and I spent the day together on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. We walked to Pita, Pita, a new restaurant nearby and  had a delicious lunch. Then Lynette and I spent several hours stamping. We always have a great time together!

Here are the cards we made. Remember, you can click on any image and see a larger version. 

Our inspiration came from cards made by members of the Gina K Designs & StampTV Friends Facebook Group.

The sailboat and map card was inspired by one of Sheri West Harris' beautiful series of cards. The boat and birds are from Gina K's Time to Coast stamp set. The map background stamp is from Lynette's stash. Tag die from her stash too.

Versafine onyx black
Gina K's ocean mist, sea glass and powder blue blended on the map background; tranquil teal for the sailboat and birds.

This beach scene card was inspired by Tracy Renner's beautiful beach cards. We tore an oval in a 4 x 5-1/4 inch piece of printer paper to mask the scene. Then used a  cardstock to mask the sky, the sea and the sand, using blending brushes to add Gina K inks...
turquoise sea for the sea
sandy beach for the sand
ocean mist for the clouds, using Gina's method of torn paper for the clouds.

We used some stamps from Lynette's stash:
Waves using Gina's turquoise sea ink
Seagrasss from Stampscapes using black ink
Sand Hill stamp which we stamped in sandy beach, giving the sand some texture. Then we added texture with a dotted stamp with vintage photo or tea dye ink.

The rocks in the background were stamped with Lynette's Stampin' Up!'s Waterfront set in Versafine onyx black ink. We drew black lines at the horizon and black lines in the sand adding bits of "seagrass" here and there and some hills. We also drew the birds in freehand. Later we noticed that Gina's Time to Coast stamp set had a similar bird stamp!

This sea card was inspired by Debra Ringler-Couch's beautiful card. We punched a circle from cardstock (a scant 2" in diameter). Placed that down first, with a little washi tape on the back-press the washi tape on cloth a few times to make it less sticky. Then we added another mask to block out the sky so we could add color to the sea. We used Gina K's powder blue with a blending brush. Then we covered the sea and added wild dandelion yellow ink with a blending brush as shown. 

We stamped the boat after removing the masks. But we should have added a little bit of blue to the sea part of the circle, masking the sky before stamping the boat. 

We stamped the boat, the rocks , the birds and the sentiment (mine) with Versafine onyx black ink. Then we added the lines for waves and at the horizon with a fine point black marker. 

We had a great time making cards and visiting! We always do!

Thanks for visiting!
Peace and all good!

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Stampfest at Lynette's May 7, 2024

Lynette and I had a wonderful time stamping on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. We had lots of inspiration from cards we saw online. Thanks to those who share their artwork!  

Our "torn book and ledger" card was fun to make. Inspired by Natasha Foote's YouTube #991...and a card posted by a member of Natasha's Facebook group. It's called Come crafting with Natasha. Thank you to Natasha and the FB member for sharing their artistic talent!

I worked on the background pieces, stamping with a Hero Arts ledger stamp, using an old book page,  tearing and sponging distress gathered twigs ink on the edges of both.  I found a piece of darker brown cardstock that was already stamped with a tiny script. I trimmed it to fit the card and  added flourishes from Stampin' Up's Carte Postal, using Brilliance white ink. 

Lynette worked on the flowers and leaves, stamping Stampin' Up's Secret Garden flowers in versafine black onyx onto a soft buttercream linen cardstock. Then she did some ink blending with distress lemonade and honey to add more color. The leaves were stamped in Gina K's jelly bean green.

Inspired by a card Lynette found online created by Scrappin' and Stampin' in GJ. Scroll down-the card is toward the bottom of that webpage.

We cut book paper, 2-3/8 wide by 5-1/2 long. And added a piece of black card stock to back it. 
We used the silhouette stamp in Stampin' Up's Just Believe set. 
The green butterflies were die cut from a  Stampin Up's Embosslit called Beautiful Wings
We cut our own banner and stamped with sentiments.

We used Versafine Onyx Black ink.

We really like the big dragonfly blueprints image from Tim Holtz's old Stampers Anonymous Classic Favorites "Classics #1 SCF001" cling rubber stamp. We created a stenciled background with
Tim Holtz Collection Dot Fades THS006
Circles and X's aka Dotted and stitched-THMM114
Harlequin THS016
TH Mesh & Typo stencil from TH Mixed-Media Stamps & Stencil set THMM121.
Then stamped the dragonfly with Versafine onyx black ink.

Inks used to blend over the stencils: distress broken china, wild honey, peeled paint.

Had so much fun with the stenciled background and the large dragonfly that we made a second, portrait version, which was inspired by Rita Wright's Masked Butterfly card

Stencils: Tim Holtz circles THMM114 and sequin waste stencil

Inks: Gina K sea glass and jelly bean green 
Stamped the dragonfly with Versafine onyx black.

We were inspired to make these watercolor flowers after seeing Amy Williams' YouTube: Water coloring made EASY! We used Jane Davenport's set of 12 watercolors-brights pallette. I had already played with this technique using reinkers, which you can see here. We used water brushes. However, next time I would like to try using a paintbrush.
Below are close ups. Click on an image to see a larger version.

Here you see Gina K's 4 x 4 inch Happy Hydrangea stamped image from using Lynette's luxurious Caran D'Asche watercolor crayons. 

I have to tell you about the right layer. We spritzed the stamp first then added the watercolor crayons and spritzed it before stamping. That image was too watery. We then worked on the left panel, in which we did NOT give it the 2nd spritz of water after coloring the stamp with the watercolor crayons.  That came out better!

We decided to give the right panel another chance...spritzed the stamp and added watercolor crayon (2nd time)...but this time we DID NOT SPRITZ the stamp a second time. Lynette stamped the hydrangea right on top of the stamped image and I think it looks great now!

I hope that the descriptions make sense. It can be handy for us to look back and see what we did to create these cards and panels.

Thank you for visiting.
Peace and all good.

Watercolor Flowers

Thanks to Lynette for sharing Amy Williams' YouTube, Water coloring made EASY! from April 7, 2024. What a fun and easy technique! I really liked the way Amy added dots of color to place where the bottom of each flower would be placed.  Liked how Amy made one of the flowers is turn downward and how she added the dots of color by flicking her aqua brush. I used a paintbrush and water. I did not blot my work with a towel like Amy did.

Gina K reinker colors used: turquoise sea, tranquil teal, medium spruce and grass green

You can always click on images to see a larger version.

After dry, I added lines with a Faber Castell Pitt pen.

Thanks for visiting!
Peace and all good.

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Stampfest at Lynette's March 22, 2024

Lynette and I had a great time visiting and stamping on Friday, March 22, 2024. I finally remembered to have Don take a photo of us. 

We found plenty of inspiration online. This time we decided to try inkblending within a circle "mask" and a birdhouse card. 

This is Lynette's card. We were inspired by Gina K's YouTube tutorial,
...except I forgot to bring my masking magic to do the strips like Gina did. We decided to just blend the colors together. 

We cut out a circle mask with cardstock and taped it down carefully putting the tape on my sleeve first to make it less sticky for easy removal. 

The blue is on the bottom to kind of resemble the ocean/water as Gina did in the striped circle she created...see 52:30 on the video for the stripes.

Here is my card. I'm wondering if I used a different cardstock which made it easier to get darker colors. I used the same ink blending brushes and ink that Lynette used. We started with the orange and worked our way toward the blue like Gina did in the first part of that YouTube video.
We used the same Gina K ink colors shown in the first part of the video: 
Sweet Mango
Passionate Pink
Wild Lilac
Tranquil Teal
Then Blue Denim over the arc of the edge of the circle mask.

Images stamped with Versafine onyx black. The palm tree stamp is from Lynette's stash. The birds are from a Tim Holtz set.

Our birdhouse card was inspired by Leonie Schroeder's birdhouse card on her Stamp A Latte blog. I worked on figuring out the shape, based on Leonie's dimensions, which were in metric. I used a scrap of paper the size of our cards, which when folded is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches to make a template of sorts. I se that mine isn't perfectly symetrical though! 

We found some Stampin' Up! early espresso cardstock for the card base. And a piece of greyish blue cardstock  for the layer on top. At first we ran the cardstock throught the cuttlebug with a woodgrain embossing folder, but that made it difficult to cut the 1-1/2 inch circle in the center. Lynette used her Circle Custom Cutting System from Creative Memories. It didn't want to cut after the cardstock was dry embossed. The easy fix was to just cut the circle before dry embossing which worked well. 

I used Distress Brushed Corduroy ink to the edges of the birdhouse. 

Lynette colored the stamped birds with colored pencils. Then she fussy cut them. The bird inside is from Stampin' Up!'s set, Nature Walk.  The stamp on the outside is from a set that Lynette bought at Dollar Tree.  I stamped the sprig of leaves, from Altenew's Wildflower Garden.  But I see now that I should have added some brown ink to the branch part so that white did not show! Next time!

Lynette added the circle cut out to the back of the blue layer after positioning the bird inside. We had a lot of fun making this birdhouse card! I love using birds on my card now that it's spring! 

Thank you so much for visiting.
Peace and all good

Monday, March 18, 2024

Stampfest at Lynette's January 31, 2024

Time flies...can't believe it's been almost 7 weeks since our Stampfest on Jan. 31! Finally have these cards up on the blog. Sorry for the delay! 

Used Gina K's Powder Blue mini inkpad to swipe the paper directly with ink for the background. Then used Gina K's Water Droplet stencil and a blending brush with the same Powder Blue ink.

Flowers and leaves are from a Stampin Up! clear set called What I love. They are stamped in Gina K's Blue Denim ink.

Lynette also wanted to make a sprig card like my Christmas thank you cards. I found inspiration for those here: Jackie Bolhuis' cards which she posted on her blog and YouTube.

Used the 3 different sprigs and the sentiment from Gina K's Perfect Poinsettia set. The pinecone is from Stampin' Up!'s Fantastic Foliage set. I forget which stamp set had the cute little group of 3 berries...

Used Gina K's You Have My Heart set for the guitar. I think the musical notes and sentiment are from Lynette's stash. Not sure which brown and blue inks were used.

I used Stampin Up's Little Shapes set, from 2000 instead of creating my own blocks with fun foam, though it would be fun to try!
Gina K inks: powder blue, dusty rose and peach bellini 
The flowers are from Lynette's stash: Time Well Spent by Stampin Up!
Ink Colors: Gina K's Key Lime, Sweet Corn and kept the Powder Blue.

Thank you so much for visiting!
Peace and all good.