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!

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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 and 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

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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

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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.
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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!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

File Folder Card Tutorial

Here is my file folder card tutorial
for my friends at the Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps Yahoo Group.
I shared a file folder card for today's Technique Thursday HERE
Just wanted to share this method in case you don't have the envelope punch board.
Either way, it's very easy and fun to make these cards.


Start with a piece of cardstock measuring 4.25 x 5.5 inches.
Fold as usual for making a card.
For the tab, cut away a 1/2 wide strip (12-13 mm) on the narrow end
using your paper trimmer, making the tab any size you wish.

This shows the cut line.

 Here you see where to trim off that 1/2 inch wide piece by cutting with a scissors.

Now you see the tab before the corner punch is used...

...and after using the corner punch.

 To make the insert, cut a piece of cardstock 4.25 x 5.25 inches.
The tab is made in the same way as the folder.
After checking the fit I trim a little off the bottom.

Here's the finished look.

Hope you have fun making these File Folder Cards.
I would love to hear from you and see your creation!
You can check google for other variations!
Enjoy!!
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Thursday Card of the Day-File Folder Style

Happy Thursday dear friends!
It's been a busy week so I am revisiting the "file folder" technique.
I'm showcasing Michael Strong's mini butterfly and mini dragonfly stamps
Here's my method of making the file folder card:
I cut kraft paper in half
to measure 4.25 x 5.5 inch
 then fold that like a card.
I make tabs with my Envelope Punch Board
then cut away the approximately 1/2 inch wide strip with my paper trimmer.
Before I had the Punch board, I just made the tab with my paper trimmer,
scissors and a corner punch.

Here's a LINK with info on how I used acrylic paints for my background.
I sponged the edges of the painted panels with distress walnut stain ink. 
I attached the layers with dimensional foam.

For the inside of my file folder card, I made a "file" from cardstock. Then sponged dried marigold distress ink over a pieces of the mesh bag (that lemons are packed in from the grocery store). 

Materials
Dina Wakley heavy body acrylic paint

Stamps: Michael Strong, Hero Arts, PrintWorks

Inks: distress ripe persimmon, twisted citron, dried marigold, walnut stain

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday Card of the Day-Birdhouse and Painted Background

Happy Wednesday dear friends!
Today's card features the small birdhouse from Michael Strong's Little Houses stamp set.
I used colored pencils on the birdhouse and fussy cut it--very easy!

Using a scrap of watercolor paper, I added gesso first and let it dry.
Then I experimented by applying my new Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paints
with brush, stencils, stamps and sometimes I just spread the paint with my finger, ala Dina!

I was pleased to find that Matte medium does a wonderful job of attaching/gluing paper.
Before I tried this, I didn't realize what a nice finish the matte provides.
I used a torn images from an old book.

I stapled my muslin fabric scrap to secure it
and added Mike's bird house over it with dimensional foam.
Stamped the Thank You on paper, sponged the edges with ink and attached with dimensional foam.

Additional details:
Liquitex Basics acrylic gesso
Golden soft gel medium matte
Inks: Versafine black onyx, Stampin' Up! pink passion

Thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day and Tuesday Card of the Day

Happy Valentine's Day! I just love Valentine's Day.
It's such a special day to celebrate love and friendship!
My parent's were married on Valentine's Day way back in 1953!

Today I'm sharing some file folder Valentine cards I made by cutting kraft paper in half
to measure 4.25 x 5.5 inch
 then folding that like a card.
I made tabs with my Envelope Punch Board
then cut away the approximately 1/2 inch wide strip with my paper trimmer.
Before I had the Punch board, I just made the tab with my paper trimmer,
scissors and a corner punch. Easy and fun!








For the inside I added this "file" stamped with 
Dina Wakley's big Handwritten Heart Collage stamp. 

Stamps:  Michael Strong, Hero Arts, Ranger-Dina Wakley, PSX
Ink: Versafine black onyx, 
Distress-worn lipstick, festive berries, barn door, mowed lawn.
Thanks for visiting
and
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Card of the Day

This week I'm card captain at the Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps Yahoo Group.
I used Mike's cloisonne hearts to make flowers, adding the stems from a Stampin' Up! set.
Used a strip of printed paper on the left. Drew squiggly lines and dots with a PITT India ink pen,
my latest favorite black marker.

I dug out my old crimper for texture on the white layer here.
Then sponged the edges and added the "fussy cut" typewriter
along with the stamped sentiments and printed paper.

Stamps: Michael Strong, Hero Arts
Inks: Versafine black onyx,
distress festive berries and worn lipstick

Thank you for visiting!