Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sketched Birthday Bash

Today's fun birthday card is bright and cheerful thanks to the Specialty DSP Birthday Bash.  I like the colors and most of the patterns of this colleciton.  Unfortunately I did not purchase any of the birthday stamp sets in the Occasions mini.  But that's ok as I chose to use the balloons from the Sketched Birthday (Annual) set and the sentiment from Big Day (Sale-a-bration).  The coordinating Candy Dots fill in the little white space that was beneath the Calypso Coral balloon.  Tomorrow I will use the same DSP together with the Calypso Coral pompom trim (so cute) in the Occasions mini. Have a great day!  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Proud Grandma!

Today's post is a proud Grandma post!  Last night John and I had the pleasure of going to an awards
program for the National PTA Reflections Program.  The PTA Reflections Program is an arts program that encourages children to explore their talents and express themselves.  There are a variety of categories including Dance Choreography.  Sydney's submission was a tap dance she choreographed and her dance has moved on to the State level.  We are always so proud of Sydney and last night was another moment when we stopped to thank God for such a beautiful granddaughter and her parents who encourage Sydney to use her  talents and try her best.  Congratulations, Sydney!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Colored Pencils and Gamsol

I was playing with my Copics over the weekend and decided to switch over to colored pencils.  I decided that the flowers in Bloom With Hope (hostess set) would be good to color.  I stamped the flowers using Memento ink and gave it a few seconds to dry.  I chose light and dark violet pencils for the flowers. When using Gamsol, you don't need to fill in the entire flower.  The Gamsol and a blending stump move the waxy color of the pencils around.  Anyway, the flowers look pretty and what I like about colored pencils~~you can erase little mistakes!  I stamped the sentiment (Butterfly Basics) before I chose the layer color.  Next time, I would stamp the sentiment in Elegant Eggplant.  I then colored in the same image using the light violet pencil and a darker blue violet pencil. I think we will make this card at the next class and you can try your hand at using colored pencils and Gamsol.  Have a great day!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Butterflies & Bling

Over the weekend I received a package from my dear friend, Regina.  It was filled with all kinds of little goodies.  But I have to share with you the best item in the package~~ this beautiful card she made for me.  This card spoke to me.   As a matter of fact, it spoke so loudly that we will be making it at the March classes.   It might not have quite as many layers of butterflies and I do not have the sentiment she used, but it will be pretty~~a Mother's Day card or you can choose the sentiment for the front.  I like the rounded corners on the layer and the pretty rainbow of gems with the little dashes in between.  A pretty card from a pretty lady.  Thank you, Regina.  I hope everyone has a great day!

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Sweet Birthday

I am ending the week with a cute birthday card created using Lawn Fawn's Baked With Love stamp set and dies.  I never have enough birthday cards and it was fun to make this one.  Again I used my Copic markers and practiced coloring and shading and still have a lot of practicing to do!   I will be watching a video or two online to get some coloring hints.  Aside from being cute, today's card is nice and crisp  due to the white background and bright cupcakes, candles and stars.  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!`

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Little FYI

Stampin' Up! announced the addition of four new items to the Sale-a-bration  choices available for free with each $50 purchase beginning on March 1st.  These products will be available for the final month of Sale-a-bration.  The choices include stamp sets, accessory pack and vellum stack.  Here is a link to the flyer: 

Bokeh Technique

I have been noticing cards created using this Bokeh technique and finally decided to try it.  I have heard it pronounced "boka" and "bouquet".  Not sure which is the correct pronunciation, but here is my card using the "watercolor" Bokeh technique.  In photography it is the appearance of being out of focus.  Anyway, after wetting down a piece of watercolor paper, you add color using re-inker and a few drops of water on the end of an aqua painter.  As the color hits the wet paper it spreads.  I used Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo and the background is the result I got.  To make it look out of focus you need white craft ink and a circle stencil.  I now know I need a white craft ink refill!  That being said, you can still kind of see the random white circles over the water colored design.  I also did the same technique using sponge daubers and ink instead of water and it looked really good until I decided to stamp directly on it.  The white craft ink did not take the Staz-on ink well, so that card is at the curb as I type~~~lol!!  I will perfect this technique by the next class!  Have a great day!