Singing in the Rain

The MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge this week was a fun one. I decided to have fun on a spring theme. Granted, it doesn’t rain much in Phoenix, except generally at the end of July and early August, so not a spring thing. It did, however, rain a tiny bit this past weekend, which is spring-ish. Anyway, had fun making this one.

I colored the fun girl image with alcohol markers. It takes me forever, but I am trying and with practice, will improve. Had a lot of fun with the background, as well.

The image is from MFT and was designed by Birdie Brown: Rain or Shine. Used a raindrop stencil on a fun watercolor background. First I tried using clear gesso, hoping it would show up shiny. Nope, after it dried, you can feel where it is, but definitely can’t see it. So, then used a fun Nuvo spray through the stencil for those sparkly drops. Added some Nuvo Crystal drops to make a couple of raindrops in clear and a couple in blue. Embossed the blue panel with a wave embossing folder to give a bit more interest and texture. You can’t see much of it, but it’s there.

Also made sure there was green in this so I could enter it in the Simon Says Stamp Monday and Wednesday challenges, as well. It wasn’t difficult to make sure there was a bit of green.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today checking out what I made. Whatever you’re up to, enjoy it.


Spring Swing

I haven’t done one of the Hero Arts challenges in quite a while, so wanted to join in when I saw this one. The challenge is to do a spring card. I looked through the stamps I have of theirs and decided I wanted to use one of the Hero Arts Kits from way back: MH0417C. Here’s what I came up with:

I choose one of the shaving cream and acrylic paint backgrounds I did a while back that had a lot of green in it, so I can use this for the Simon Says Stamp challenges, as well. Used another background panel I did a while back that I thought would be fun for this spring looking dress. Added a bit of colored pencil and Sakura Stardust Pens to highlight a bit of color here and there in both the bouquet and her dress.

Had fun making this. Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Enjoy the rest of your day and do something fun.

Cactus Blossom Way 3

I only did 2 of the panels to be colored by pencils. Used Prisma Premier colored pencils for these. One was stamped in green and one in black, to see the difference. It’s not so stark on these, but I still like the black outline better.

It doesn’t take as long to color with pencils, but I do have 6 layers on the century plants in the center – both are colored exactly the same, so you can definitely see the difference between the no line and the lined coloring. Blending was easier for me on these than the alcohol markers, but that is because I’ve colored with colored pencils for years and am just starting to use alcohol markers more.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

Cactus Blossom

Blossoms come in all shapes, sizes, and meanings. I really like this stamp set, which is by a local artist and sold through Scraps of Love, a local scrapbooking store. As SimonSaysStamp Wednesday blog challenge is Beautiful Blossoms, I’m going with these fun cacti and the beautiful blossom. Granted, this type of blossom would be on a Saguaro and not a Prickly Pear, so I made it pink, rather than the white a Saguaro bloom is. I am intending to do this panel in both alcohol marker and pencil, as well. But, have only finished the water color ones, so far.

Had fun creating these and two others. Did extra of the blossom and a couple of the cacti and popped them up to add some depth.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Have a wonderful rest of your week.


The SimonSaysStampBlog Wednesday challenge this week is “Beautiful Blossoms”. Bird of Paradise aren’t what everyone thinks of with “blossoms”, but I think they are beautiful. I was able to get the Altenew Bird of Paradise set recently, so used it for this challenge.

Had a lot of fun creating this one. I was gifted some wonderful stencils from my friend Bonnie recently and used two of them on this. First I took some watercolor paper and used a few Ranger Distress Oxide inks (Kitsch Flamingo, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans, and Salty Ocean) a bit of water and had some fun making the background. Used Nuvo Embellisment mousse (Cornflower Blue and Spring Green) through the first stencil Bonnie made for me using her Silhouette. Then I used some Art Extravagance Phoenix Effect Paste through a different stencil she made. I only went through parts of the stencils, as I just wanted some texture and shine here and there. Besides, I liked the background. The sentiment was from the Altenew Perennial Beauty set. Used some adhesive tape to attach the panel to my card base and some Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue to adhere the flowers. As they were going on top of textured areas, wanted to make sure they were securely attached. Used a lot of different colors of inks on the flowers and the sentiment. I will tell you, there are NINE layers to the Bird of Paradise flowers that I stamped. That was a LOT of work. I do, however, like how they turned out.

Thank you for spending some of your time with me today!

Better Slimline and Resist

Simon Says Stamp Blog challenge for Monday is to use resist. Their Wednesday challenge is to do a slimline card.

The challenge this week is to use a pun. I had started this and came up with 4 images from My Favorite Things and their punny sentiments. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

Here are the other 2 that I did. All 4 cards are slimline style and have a pun, only 2 were resist.

Once again, the color isn’t quite right in the picture. It really is super cute. Used an MFT Die-Namic for stitched sentiments. I heat embossed the pawprints in clear, then inked over them. Some are hidden, but it was fun to do. Used Distress ink and some blending brushes for the background.

This is my favorite of all 4. I used a Gina K Designs background stripe stamp to do my banner. Used the same MFT Die-namic Stitched Sentiment. Also colored these with Prismacolor Pencils. Colored last night, then did backgrounds and put them together this afternoon.

Smaller cards are quicker to do, but not as economical as A2. These were lots of fun to make.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me!

Slimline and Resist

Simon Says Stamp Blog challenge for Monday is to use resist. Their Wednesday challenge is to do a slimline card.

The challenge this week is to use a pun. I had started this and came up with 4 images from My Favorite Things and their punny sentiments. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

Here are the first 2 that I did. All 4 cards are slimline style and have a pun, only 2 were resist.

This one is just using different patterned papers for the background. The papers look like their actual colors, but for some reason, the heart looks really dark. In real life it is a bright red color with some shading. The sheep is a lot more white, too. Pictures can be very weird.

For this one, I used a piece of card that had foiling on it and used that to resist the inking I did. There are actually 5 colors of Distress ink blended in that background. It was a bit difficult to get some shading to ground my llama, but used a dark gray alcohol marker for that. I also used a My Favorite Things Die-namic to cut the sentiment strip. Colored the images with Prismacolor Pencils.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me. I’m hoping you saved a bit more for part 2 with the other 2 cards.

Envelope Inspiration

Yesterday I got to see my amazing best friend. As I was leaving, she pulled out this small slimline envelope she had gotten from SimonSaysStamp and told me to figure out how to make a card for it. I made 3 last night, as it was fun. The envelope reminds me of ones they used to have that you could slide money into.

For this first card (for my best friend, of course), I used some Gina K Tranquil Teal card for the base (3-1/4 x 6-1/4″). Then used some paper and stickers from Simple Stories So Fancy (really old, but so fun). I really liked the “you & me” sticker, but wanted to pop it up and give it a bit more color, so cut a heart out of some of the paper in the kit and adhered it to that, then popped it up. So fun and quick.

A few more of the stickers to decorate the inside and it’s ready to go. I rarely use stickers to create cards, but this was so quick and easy and fun to make.

Next is one I made that would also fit in the envelope, but I used a Darice embossing folder called Vine Pattern on some black and then used some of my reconstituted Opal Blaze Polish to decorate.

So, if you didn’t see my earlier post, most of my Opal Blaze Polishes had dried to rock solid (yes they were covered, with their inside cover and lid). But, apparently, when they are mostly gone, just the air in the jar dries them out. I added a few drops of distilled water and left them overnight. They are not quite the same consistency as they were when new, but still useable. You can see I got a few smears here and there, as it was still a bit thick. But it adds a fun green and gold look to the vines. Popped up a few of the Altenew Mini Poppy flowers I had embossed with some black foam squares and added the panel to a white card base. I like the contrast of the white base with the black panel.

Another fairly quick and easy one, as it is so small. I have to say, making cards for this size envelope was lots of fun. There’s not much room, which makes it go very quickly. I don’t like the fact that out of my 8-1/2×11″ piece of card stock, I get one card with two smaller leftover pieces. My A2 size is so much better, where I get 2 complete card bases out of 1 sheet. That is me and my economical nature.

The top card is in the weekly challenge of a love sentiment. The bottom card is for the SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Anything Goes challenge. Hey, this was all based on their envelope!

Now, as I don’t have extra envelopes, I need to figure out how to make them. That’s going to be fun, too.

Thank you for seeing what I worked on this week. I have another card planned, that I will hopefully get done, as well as a couple of challenges I’d like to play along in this weekend. We shall see how it goes. I appreciate you spending some of your valuable time with me today. Have a wonderful weekend.

Comfort Zone

I have been working on trying new things and adding things in a way that is not in my comfort zone. This week, I checked the SimonSaysStamp challenges and had an idea for the Monday challenge of “Let’s be on Time.”

I needed a masculine birthday card, so went with a Tim Holtz stencil with clocks on it and added some clear gesso with Distress walnut ink mixed in. Added some of that to 2 backgrounds. It was a humid week in Phoenix, so it took quite a white for that to dry. Over the top, I used another Tim Holtz stencil and added some VersaMark ink through it and used some Crackling Campfire glaze. I really liked the look of that, so stamped a clock from a very old set (Stampendous?) onto some velum with VersaMark ink and added the glaze on that. Before embossing my sentiment onto the background, I added a couple of Diana Weekly Acrylic sprays in I think Night and Apricot (I didn’t have a dark orange or red one). Then embossed the sentiment, from that same stamp set using dark brown embossing powder. Added my vellum clock by putting Multi Medium Matte under the embossed areas and pressing down. Like I said, it was a very humid and rainy week in Phoenix, so it did not want to stick. The fact that my bottle of Multi Medium Matte is very old may have contributed, as well. Anyway, I think I wound up using some liquid glue under parts of it as well, to get it to adhere completely. When I had it all done, I trimmed off the overhang on the clock, then adhered the whole panel to some Gina K Coral card stock.

With the other background that I had started, I went a slightly different way. As the SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge was Anything Goes, I went a bit wild.

I knew I wanted to use some of the Altenew Mini Poppies I had embossed and cut out, so used a leaf stencil from Picket Fence and inked using some Distress mowed lawn and olive. I had an area that was light, so added a bit of tissue paper that I had used to clean up different water color inks and saved. Added a bit of that with some more of the clear gesso. Took quite a while for that to dry, too. Cut the sentiment, which is an MFT Die-namic out of black paper, then I smeared some Art Extravagance Phoenix Effect Paste over the top with my finger. This paste has fine glitter in it, as well as some big chunks of glitter and has a pink and orange color. You can’t see it well in the picture, but it’s fun in the light. The paste does come in different colors, this is the one I wanted and received for Christmas.

On a side note, I had planned to use some of my Opal Blaze Cosmic Shimmer polish, but was out of the right color. When I checked my others, most had dried solid. I added a few drops of distilled water to the jars and left them overnight and they were usable the next day. Not as good as when they were new, but usable.

Added my Altenew Mini Poppy flowers that I had done in red on both white card and kraft card. Added a few leaves and then went and got one of my K&Company Grand Adhesions Dimensional Stickers and added a butterfly. There wasn’t enough room left for the die cut butterfly I had planned to use.

Sometimes something will catch my eye, so I will purchase it, then don’t wind up using all of the pieces. Or, like these, they are thick, so require extra postage. As these cards are to be hand delivered, it works. I did use foam tape under the flowers to give them a bit of dimension, too.

So, neither of these cards is really in my comfort zone, but I rather like how they turned out.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

Masculine Birthday

I made this card for my cousin’s birthday. I had a lot of fun creating the background using an embossing folder and some paint splatters. Then, coloring the image was lots of fun. The first time I did the car in silver, but wasn’t thrilled with it, so went back and changed it to blue. Now, I really like it. The image is popped up a bit to give it a bit of dimension. The ribbon is just for fun and because it looked like it would work for “masculine bling.” 😉

Try making something just because it appeals to you, or in a way that you think might be fun. Not because anyone said “this is the way to do it”, but according to what you like. Have fun creating.

This is being entered in the SimonSaysStamp Monday challenge: On a Roll (gears and wheels). It is also being entered in the SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge: Make Your Own Background. Gears with dark paint to look like grease spots.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today.