Sunday, February 18, 2018

House Mouse for Merry Monday

Hello.

I'm coming in at the last minute for Merry Monday again.
I didn't think I'd make it at all.


The Merry Monday Challenge this week is hosted by Deanne

This stencil was a NBUS.  So glad to use those NBUS!

I used a Clarity Brush to stencil with Crumb Cake ink.

The House Mouse was stamped on watercolor paper waiting to be colored.


This little mouse stamp was in my NBUS box also.  I colored him up
with Copics and added some Flower Soft to his cap.

I stenciled a row of chevrons and popped him on top.

Whew!  Didn't think I was going to get them done this week.

Is it me or are the weeks going by faster?


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Amanda Writes (HS MS), Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Real Red, Markers: Real Red (SU), Spun Sugar, Crushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo (D), Black Ultra Fine Sharpie
Paper:   Solar White 110 lb. (Neena), Real Red, Watercolour (?)
Other:  Manuscript Text Stencil (Carabelle Studio), Clarity Brush, Stitched Square Die (SSS), Glossy Accents

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Santa Mouse (HS MS), Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Mem), Gumball Green (SU)
Paper:  Solar White 110 lb. (Neena), Real Red (SU)
Other:  Copic Markers (R29, R37, E12, E25, RV10, E00, Boarders Stencil (HA), Clarity Brush,
Stitched Square Die (SSS), 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Happy Hearts Day

Hi!  I'm still in heart mode.

I have a Twofer

They are similar but different.
(Hopefully not too similar)

Twofer Challenge #2

I used a NBUS heart die from Concord and 9th


This first card uses Loll's Splash Watercolour Background 
with a white die cut heart to make an encouragement card that I think
would be especially good for someone fighting cancer.


This one is cut from a piece of watercolor background on popped on a textured card base.

I inlaid all those little pieces in.  It was like doing a jigsaw puzzle.

Perfect to send to someone I love.

It's also perfect for our 



Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Heartprints (PTI), Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Whisper White (ret.), Onyx Black (VF)
Paper:   Mixed Media (ST), Solar White (Neena), Textured Ivory (Core'dinations )
Other:  Gansai Tambi Watercolor (#43 Mid yellow, #34 Dk. pink), Heartstrings Die (C9)


Friday, February 16, 2018

Watercolor Hearts

Hello and welcome.

There's still time to join in at
CAS Watercolour



This was our Emmy's birthday card.

She was more interested in what was inside though :>)

I used some Gansai Tambi Watercolors on wet mixed media paper
for the hearts and put some around the edge of a piece for a mat.

I inset one heart and popped up another for added dimension.


For this card, I had stenciled with pearlescent stencil paste and let it dry.

I cut the heart out of it and a piece of fun foam and adhered them together.

A little snippet of Brusho spritzed with water was adhered to the card base
and spruced up with a tiny heart punched from the leftovers of the stenciled piece.
I was able to punch it with a stenciled heart centered.

The die cut sentiment is 3 layers, smooshed into a VersaMark pad
and clear embossed.  The shine mimics the pearlescent hearts.


The CAS Challenges have an exciting announcement!

Check it out here!


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe 
Stamps:  Special Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Seedless Preserves (DI)
Paper:   Solar White (Neena), Mixed Media (Strath)
Other:   Sweet and Sassy Framelits (SU), Gansai Tambi WC (#37 Deep Pink, #139 Purple)




Thursday, February 15, 2018

Smiling Carnations on Canvas

Hi there.  I hope you are having a creative day!

At the end of this post you'll see why I'm smiling!


Just a quick reminder that there's still time to join in at
Where Joanna is our hostess this month.

I've chosen to use canvas for this card and my other choices of mixed media are
Stamping, Watercolor and Die Cuts

I stamped using Archival ink on a NBUS stamp that I found on a clearance shelf.

I stamped the circles that were in the set to fill in the flowers
but thought they weren't bright enough.

Some Real Red re-inker in my palette and a water brush took care of that.
The canvas took the watercolor beautifully.

This canvas was meant to use with an inkjet printer and has 
a light backing on it.  That may help to control the watercolor.

The domed die worked well for cutting the image.
Since the piece was shorter than the die, I cut the top than
lined up the bottom of the die with the bottom of the canvas and cut again.

I die cut the sentiment 3 times and stacked them for dimension
and added some tiny gems and a linen thread bow.

There are lots of videos for using canvas, cork and felt at
the CAS Mix Up Challenge site.  And the Design Team, as well as
our fabulous Guest Designer, Marianne (Marianne's Cards 'n Stuff),
have done some wonderful inspiration pieces over there!

I hope you'll join us with your fantastic creations.

The CAS Challenges have an exciting announcement!

Check it out here!


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Carnations (Rubbernecker)
Ink:   Jet Black Archival (Ranger)
Paper:   Crumb Cake, Crumb Cake Texture, Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Canvas, Real Red Re-inker, Anytime Tags Die (LI), Heartfelt Die (PB), Linen Thread (SU)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day

Hello and a Happy Valentine's Day to you.


For this card, I had stenciled with pearlescent stencil paste and let it dry.

I cut the heart out of it and a piece of fun foam and adhered them together.

A little snippet of Brusho spritzed with water was adhered to the card base
and spruced up with a tiny heart punched from the leftovers of the stenciled piece.
I was able to punch it with a stenciled heart centered :-)

The die cut fun foam makes the heart retreat to the background.

The die cut sentiment is 3 layers, smooshed into a VersaMark pad
and clear embossed.  The shine mimics the pearlescent hearts.

Adding the second card to AAA Cards Game #108

and


and my little Brusho heart fits our challenge at


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe 
Ink:  VersaMark
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Cold Press WC (Arches)
Other: Falling Hearts Stencil (SSS), Pearlescent EP (Dreamweaver), Sweet and Sassy Framelits (SU), Heartfelt Die (PB), Clear EP (SU), Brushos


Monday, February 12, 2018

Sweet Valentine

Hello.  I'm glad you could stop by.

Today I'm back to sharing a Valentine.

 

Little Monica is on her way to wish my aunt a happy Valentine's Day.

I remember a visit to this aunt when I was a little girl.  She had a shoebox
with a nest of baby mice in it.  My mother was not impressed, but I was.
I wonder if Aunt Marian remembers that nest of baby mice?

I found the design in my Valentine box and decided it was
high time to put it on a card.

I believe it was colored with Copics. I really can't remember.

I popped her in a peek-a-boo frame, stamped and sentiment
and winked the heart!

I'm going to take her over to 
where the challenge is
***ANYTHING GOES***
with the option of Sweets or Hearts.
I can't find this stamp online so I'm thinking it might be discontinued.
I hope it's OK to enter it anyway.

A quick question???
Do you hate it when I use stuff that's not available to buy anymore?

I'm going to enter too at
Inkspirational


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Monica Romances (ret. House Mouse), Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Ink:   Real Red, Whisper White
Paper:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Other:  Copic Markers, Peek-a-boo Window Die (MFT)


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Candle Glow for Merry Monday

Hi.

I'm coming in just under the wire with my Christmas cards for this week.

Actually they're for last week since today is Sunday.


Here's the first.

Colleen gave us a beautiful inspiration picture this week at
I zeroed in on the candles (I've had this NBUS candle stamp for ages), domed shape (which I turned upside down or right side up ATCMB), the dark background and snowfall.

I would have played with the birds if I'd had time.

I used a card base of Midnight Muse, sponged some Whisper White pigment ink 
around the edges and splattered with White Distress Paint.

I'd stamped the candles on a piece of mixed media paper and watercolored
using Distress Markers swiped on a palette and picked up with a waterbrush.

When I tried to paint the dark background with the glow around the candles,
it was a DISASTER! Ugh!

So I fussy cut the candles, found a background piece of watercolor that
would work, die cut it and a "window frame", and added it to the dark card base.

Not what I intended but kind of what I was hoping for.

The second card was simpler.

I stamped on an already cut out stitched rectangle of mixed media paper,
watercolored it using the same technique and didn't try for the dark background.

Both pieces are backed with foam for dimension.

I'd better hurry and get this in before they shut down.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Holiday Candles (Deep Red), Christmas Sentiments (Kaisercraft), Mixed Christmas Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Shabby Shutters, Pine Needles, Festive Berries, Barn Door, Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo (DM), Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Midnight Muse (SU), Neena
Other:  Anytime Tags (Little Inker), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), White EP (SU)