Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 14 Stampfest at Lynette's

card front by Lynette Stewart 2017
Lynette and I had a wonderful time visiting, stamping, drawing and painting yesterday.  We experimented with my new distress oxide ink pads: broken china, faded jeans, fossilized amber and worn lipstick. We were inspired by Jennifer McGuire's blog post and video demonstrating distress oxide ink on kraft and other dark papers. It was fun to see the "oxide" effect, a whitening of the stamped image after it is sprayed with water. We added accent marks with a white gelly roll pen after the stamping was dry. We also used a green ink pad. I think it was a Tsukineko Opalite Interference. 
Update Aug. 17, 2017: Versa Magic Tea Leaves, a chalk ink pad.
Most of the images are just card fronts, 4 x 5.25 inches in size.

card front by Lynette Stewart 2017
Card front created by Lynette

Card front created by Lynette

card front by Lynette Stewart 2017
Card front created by Lynette

card front by Lynette Stewart 2017
Card front created by Lynette

Card created by Laura

Card created by Laura

Card front created by Laura

Card front created by Laura

Stamps:
Hero Arts CG303 Luscious Bold flowers
 Stampin' Up! Tropical Blossoms
Punch Box Designer labels Stamp Set and matching punch
Rubber Stampede

Lynette and I both drew a lady face and then added watercolors to it.
Here are the unfinished pieces.
Lynette used a piece of  Canson 140 lb watercolor paper.

I worked on the watercolor paper inside my Jane Davenport Butterfly Book. It's also known as a travelers notebook. I have not had the nerve to paint it this till now. 
We ran out of time. Hope to do more work on these lady paintings.

Materials:
Jane Davenport watercolors, neutrals and brights
Aqua brushes


For  our dinner, Doc grilled Coho salmon that his friend caught in Lake Michigan. Yum!
Lynette made fresh green beans and a yummy seafood pasta salad!
My husband, Don and I had always have a wonderful time with Lynette and Doc. 

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 11 Watercolor Fest with Grace

Grace and I had our second Watercolor Fest yesterday.
She treated me to lunch at Portillo's. Later we had a blast playing with watercolors.
She created this gift tag for a watercolor gift set she's giving to a friend.

Grace gave me this 18 pan set of Superior brand watercolors.
We had fun trying them out.

Grace made this lovely landscape with the Superior watercolors. I love the fence in it!

Grace also painted this scene. Aren't the colors dreamy!
I think Grace added some accent lines with a Sakura black marker in both paintings.

I made this lady sketching it first with pencil, then used watercolors. 
When dry, added accent lines with a Faber-Castel PITT black fine marker pen.

Was inspired to make these flowers after seeing this PIN
which goes to this  YouTube
After painting, I splattered paint with the paintbrust
and added accent lines with the Pitt marker.
Also added white accents with the Jane Davenport white paint pen.

I'm not good at adding the accent lines. 
Added white with the Jane Davenport white paint pen here also.

Grace and I were inspired by images found online via google searches and Pinterest.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Michael Strong Black & White Blog Hop

Hello friends and welcome to the Michael Strong Black & White Blog Hop.
I hope you came hear after visiting Jill's beautiful artwork on her blog, Jill P's Place.

Today's card features Michael Strong's sweet Penguin Pals stamp set.
I think these 2 penguins are perfect for a Black & White themed card.
You can see Mike's penguin set and all of his wonderful stamps in his online catalog HERE

Be sure to visit Michael Strong's blog and leave a comment for a chance to win some Blog Candy!

Back to my torn paper pocket card...
I stamped Mike's penguins on white cardstock using Versafine black onyx ink,
 heat embossed with clear embossing powder and fussy cut.
I cut 2 pieces of white cardstock 5-1/4 inches wide. 
Then I cut them long enough to fit in the dry embossing folder 
that came with Tim Holtz's Bird Talk 2 stamp set,
dry embossed them and tore them into 3 pieces as shown.
With a tiny amount of white glue, I attached the torn pieces on the sides and bottom,
to keep them together. 
Then I placed this on the card base and punched 6 small holes 
and added black mini brads to secure the pockets to the card as shown. 

The penguin on the left is slipped into the pocket and can be removed.
The penguin on the right is attached with dimensional foam adhesive.
I wrote my own sentiment with a Jane Davenport "Inkredible" cartridge fountain pen
that has wonderful dark black ink and writes like a charm.
Added a few clear plastic sequins with white glue for some bling.

I have 2 other torn paper cards posted here and here 
which show variations of this torn paper card idea. 
My friend, Lynette, introduced me to this technique.
She saw Beth Cote demo it on the Carol Duvall Show some years ago! 

Now for more fun and creative ideas,
please hop on over to Shelly's Creative Rumblings blog.
Enjoy her beautiful artwork and be sure to leave some blog love/comments!

If you landed here in the middle of the blog hop and don't want to miss any of the fun,
you can visit Hetty's Craft Chaos blog to see the entire list of the participants. 

Remember, be sure to leave a comment on Michael Strong's blog
for the chance of winning some blog candy!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

July 22 Stamp and Watercolor FEST with Lynette

Lynette and I had a great time stamping, drawing and watercolor painting on Saturday.
Lynette brought drawing pencils and Yasutomo pearlescent watercolors-21 pans, that she found at a garage sale tucked inside a zippered case with elastic loops to keep everything in place. I made a sample background using them-bottom left in photo above.
For our faces, first we sketched with a drawing pencil, then we used Jane Davenport's watercolors Petite Palette Brights and Neutrals. After it was dry, we used Jane Davenport's Inkredible pen for accent.

By Lynette

By Lynette

By Laura

I was inspired to attempt to draw and paint this steam engine after seeing Mary Hambrick's wonderful steam engine on the Jane Davenport Mixed Media Facebook group. 
My dad is a train lover and so I had to give this a go! I have a set of train stamps that I used for most of Dad's cards that I make. For his next card, I may have to try and make one like this.

I'm glad Lynette was interested in trying to make a Corner Flip Card. My friend, Lola, at the Enjoy Michael Strong Yahoo Group shared one of these along with the video tutorial by Dawn Griffith. Lynette and I referred to Lola's blog, Raevon59's Blog that instructions and the video which is also on Dawn's Stamping Thoughts blog. We had to view the video a few times. Once we made the cuts in the correct place, it was easy and fairly quick. We did not add the 2nd layer of color cardstock that was 2-3/4 x 2-3/4".

Inside of Lynette's Corner Flip card

Inside of Laura's Corner Flip card

Stamps used:
Michael Strong, Stampin' Up, Hero arts, Stamps by Judith, PrintWorks

Inks used:
Distress abandoned coral, twisted citron, squeezed lemonade, worn lipstick
Versafine black onyx

Lynette and I always have so much when we get together! Looking forward to next time!

Thank you for taking the time to visit!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 16 Watercolor Fest with Grace

My sister, Grace, and I had so much fun playing with watercolors last Sunday. I had been showing her some of my watercolor painted faces lately. We christened Grace's new set of 18 Sakura Koi watercolor pans, using aqua brushes and 140 pound cold press watercolor paper.
Grace said she wanted to try and draw a stormy sky. The scene above is Grace's artwork.

I'm still trying to draw lady faces.  I added the pink background at home, using the color called "Best Friend" from Jane Davenport's Petite Palette Brights. I used Jane's Inkredible pen to add detail to the eyes and the neckline trim. It writes beautifully-rich, opaque, dark black ink.

I was inspired to draw and paint these cat faces after seeing Cindi Banach's wonderful cat faces. She made 8 of them sharing on the Jane Davenport Mixed Media Facebook Group. Again, used JD's Inkredible pen for the black accents.

Grace and I had  so much fun watercoloring! Looking forward to our next watercolor fest!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 12 Stampfest at Lynette's

Lynette and I had a great time at her house on Monday. 
We spent time visiting, making cards and working with watercolors.
She found a new toy at a garage sale: a Cricut cutting machine!
After a little trial and error, we figured out how it works
and found that the highest setting for the cutter worked best.
Her machine takes paper that's 6 inches wide by 12 inches long.
We cut tiny "ladies" and made cards using doilies, printed paper, dry embossing and ink sponging.

Here is Lynette working on our cards.

Using 140 lb. watercolor paper that we cut into card sized layers,
we sketched faces with a drawing pencil then used watercolors.
Our inspiration came from Jane Davenport's book,
Drawing and painting beautiful faces.

It was fun and relaxing to draw and then paint the faces
in the Jane Davenport style with her watercolors.
You can see we used her neutrals and brights pallets.

By Lynette

By Laura

By Lynette

By Laura

By Lynette

By Laura

I'm always amazed at how relaxing it is playing with papercrafts and paints!
It was a lot of fun using Lynette's "new" Cricut machine too.

Materials list:
distress peacock feathers ink,
will have to find name of Cricut cartridge with lady cutout
dry embossing folders
Faber Castell Pitt pen-black
Sakura microperm pen-black
Canson 140 lb watercolor paper
Jane Davenport watercolors, neutrals and brights
aqua brush pen

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Flower Sketched on Watercolor Backgrounds

I find so much inspiration online.
Fell in love with Tracee Murphy's Poppies Watercolor and Ink.
Saw it first on Pinterest, but the pin was bad. 
So I searched for the correct image and pinned it here.

On the watercolor base I tested Portfolio Binny Smith watercolors that Lynette gave me.
She found them at a garage sale!

After the watercolors dried, I used sequin waste as a stencil and sponged with broken china ink.
Added white acrylic paint to the top portion using a paint brush.
Wasn't happy with the look, so I placed sequin waste over the wet paint, 
then rubbed with a cloth to remove some white paint. 

I drew the flowers with a Sakura fine tip marker. 
Used Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers to outline them.
Stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment with Versafine black onyx ink.

Here is another background layer. I like to make multiples when I have the watercolors out. Notice the warping of the paper.

In the card above, I tried Jennifer McGuire's method to attach the watercolor layer to the card base. I cut a piece of craft foam slightly smaller than the  watercolor layer. The craft foam is about 2 mm thick. I was happy with the way the craft foam layer helped to flatten the warped watercolor layer.

Click here to see Jennifer's YouTube tutorial showing how she uses craft foam instead of foam tape to attach large layers to cards. She demonstrates how the mail processing machines added wrinkles to the large layer that had been adhered with strips of foam tape.

I used Scrapbook Adhesives super high-tack tape on both sides of the foam to attach it between the watercolor layer and the card base. Jennifer advises that any strong double sided adhesive will work. She shows a couple of methods to attach the craft foam in her video.

Materials used:
Portfolio watercolors: 620 cadmium yellow, 136 phthalo blue, 375 sap green
Distress inks: broken china, Versafine black onyx
White acrylic paint
Sequin waste
Jane Davenport mermaid markers: pirate's gold and seaweed
Sakura microperm ultra fine 05 pen
Hero Arts stamp
Craft foam, 2 mm thick
Scrapbook Adhesives super high-tack adhesive tape

Thanks for visiting! 
Wishing you love and peace!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter 2017

Happy Easter!
Here is my lamb cake for this year. 
I will bring it to my cousin Claudia's who invited us for Easter dinner later today.
I also made some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to bring.
Wishing you Easter blessings!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

File Folder Card and Hand Cream Box

My daughter gave me a tube of L'Occitane hand cream a long time ago.
I have been saving the cool looking box.
The design reminded me of a stamp!
So, I cut out parts of the box
and added them as embellishments to this file folder card.
And added an old library pocket card.

For the inside "file" I sponged some distress scattered straw through a mesh bag
that contained lemons from the grocery store.
The Michael Strong mini flower is stamped in distress broken china.
I drew the stem and leaves with a peeled paint distress marker.
I'm not sure how I will use this card, so I left room for the sentiment.

Here is what is left of the hand cream box.
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Card of the Day-File Folder Card

Happy Friday dear friends! As you can see I'm still on the File Folder kick!
Today's card features Michael Strong's large cloisonne flower.

The design is simple, quick and easy.
I have not decided if it will be a birthday or a "hello" card.
There is blank space to write on the library card
and also in the inside layer to personalize it.

I made this file folder card without the envelope punch board.
In case anyone is interested I wrote up a tutorial for that method HERE.

Here is the inside "file", simple with room to add a sentiment.

Stamps: Michael Strong
Ink: distress ripe persimmon

It's been fun being card captain at the Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps Yahoo Group.
Thanks for visiting!