Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Salty Marigold or is it a Dahlia

Hello dear friends.

Here's another sample of salt play and a reminder that there's still time to enter at
CAS Watercolour.


I covered a piece of watercolor paper with a wash of yellows using my
Gansai Tambi watercolors.

While it was still quite wet, I sprinkled some Himalayan Fine Pink salt in a couple of areas.

I just used a pinch and tried to keep it in a small section.

To my surprise, it looked like a couple of flowers when it dried!

I probably couldn't do this again but that's what's fun about using salt on watercolor.

You never know how it's going to look!

I used a water soluble marker to outline the lighter "petals".

The background piece used as a mat was done using the same colors of paint and table salt.

I've covered most of it up so you can't really see much of the pattern left from the salt.

Sorry I didn't get a photo of the piece before I cut it up.

I'll try to do better next time.

this month is

The challenge is open until the 24th.

The Design Team and our awesome Guest Designer, Ros, have lots
of gorgeous samples to share with you there.

And if you need some video help, there's links at the 
challenge site.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Soft Suede (SU), SU Marker (Old Olive)
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore CP for background, Arches CP for watercolor)
Other:  Gansai Tambi Watercolors (#43 Mid Yellow, #42 Bright Yellow, #33 Orange), Himalayan Fine Pink Salt, Table Salt


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Alcohol Swirls for CAS Mix Up

Hi there.

It's the middle of the month and time for a reminder for
CAS Mix Up


While playing with the alcohol inks, I tried just twisting the felt applicator.

I love the swirls so I filled the piece of glossy paper with them.


I should have written down the colors.

Sometimes I get so excited that I don't write things down and just can't remember what I used.

Do you do that?

I found this butterfly in my butterfly box.  I loved that you could still see the swirls
when I plopped him on.

I used vellum for the sentiment so it wouldn't cover up all the movement.
After stamping, I heat embossed it so it would show up really nice
and not smear.

There's still time to join in the challenge at
Using stamping, alcohol ink, die cuts, vellum and heat embossing.

also adding to  Concord & 9th
Happy Birthday C&9



Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sending you a hug (Verses
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:  Neena, Coastal Cabana (SU), Glossy, Basic Black, Vellum (SU)
Other:  Alcohol Ink, Black Crystals


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Salt Water Continued

Hi.

I've had so much fun using salt with my watercolors.

I've gotten so many different looks.


This time I  dripped salt water on my wet watercolor wash.

I used plain table salt to mix.

Kind of backwards of what I did on the cards in this post.

I used the right side of this piece this time.


Then I drew some lines on some of the places where the salt had removed the color.

I've learned that the trick is to not think about what the pen is doing.
Just relax and go with the flow.


I stamped in some of the spots too.

Here's what that looks like on a card.




If you like watercolor, try sprinkling some salt on it, or mixing salt in water
and using it as a wash or on wet watercolor.

So much fun!

Challenge is open until the 24th

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Choose Joy (PTI)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, Delightful Dijon & Soft Suede for center (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Watercolor (Canson CP)
Other:  Gansai Tambi Watercolor (#34 Dk. Pink, #40 yellow), Micron 005 pen, Table Salt, Stitched Squares Dies (LI)

Card Recicpe (cards 2 & 3)
Stamps: Dee's Blooming Buds (Stamplorations)
Ink: Basic Gray, Regal Rose, Pear Pizzaz, Delightful Dijon Marker (all SU)
Other:  X stitch Borders dies (GM), Black Crystals


Friday, August 11, 2017

Salt Water Flowers

Hi ya'll.

While I was having fun using salt with watercolors,
I wanted to try a technique I saw in this video.

I loved the results.

Let's see what you think.


Imagine this without the stems and outlines that I drew.

I used about 1/4 cup of water and a couple pinches of salt to add a wash to 
my watercolor paper.

Then I dropped some watercolor onto the wet paper.

I didn't get quite the "explosion" that Teela got, but enough so it looked like flowers to me.
(I did blot the edges of the color bursts with a paper towel.)

I added stems with a paint brush and some more watercolor and
some definition to the flowers with a Copic Multiliner Pen.

Since the piece was too large for a CAS card,
I cut it in half and made a twofer.



The black dots on the second card were done by dipping a toothpick 
in Black Nuvo drops.

Challenge is open until the 24th.
Lots more videos with salt techniques over there.

I hope you'll play along.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe (Card 1)
Stamps:  Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:  Neena, Basic Black (SU), Watercolor (Arches CP) 
Other:  Stitched Mats Rectangles (LI: card 1), Stately EF (ret. Crafts Concepts: c.2), Small Sticky Back Black Crystals

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I Lift up My Eyes

Hi there.

I have one more card for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge
at Splitcoaststampers for the Fan Club members.


I pulled out a background that I made using shaving cream and alcohol inks.

I know that's what I used because I actually wrote it down.

Imagine that!

I cut the piece down and added a die cut that my dear friend,
Nancy sent me  a while back.

I stamped one of my favorite scriptures on the piece and masked
the sentiment with a little sticky note.

I thinned out a little acrylic paint in my palette and
splattered it on.

Of course I got a big blob on the side.

Drat!

I cut the piece down a little bit further.

I'm so glad I waited to put the die cut on there!

I had snipped off a little flower from the bottom of the stem.

That's what you see peeking out from the inside.

Since I used alcohol ink in my shaving cream, I can link up to
CAS Mix Up
I used stamping, alcohol ink in shaving cream marbling, splattering with acrylic paint and die cuts.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Psalm 121:1-2 (Verve)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Neena, Basic Black
Other:  Alcohol Ink (Pool, Clover - Ranger), Shaving Cream, Licorice Acrylic Paint (Plaid), Wildflower Thinlits (TH)


Monday, August 7, 2017

Too Much Salt

Hi ya'll.

Want to see what NOT to do with salt and watercolor?


I wanted to try using two kinds of salt on one piece.

I stamped and heat embossed these beautiful flowers that my dear friend, Loll
gave me for my birthday.

After adding the watercolor with lots of water, I sprinkled
Fine Himalayan Pink salt on the green and
table salt on the pink.

But I was too heavy handed.

Salt is definitely better used in moderation!

It actually took almost all the color out of the flowers
so I had to add some more back in.

Well, I hated to throw this away.

So I fussy cut the flowers out.

The die is now on my "need to get" list!

Here's the finished product...


I hope you'll join in the fun at
CAS Watercolour

There are some amazing entries in the gallery!

Challenge is open until the 24th.

And I think I can take this to the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge 
 at Splitcoaststampers.  This challenge is for Fan Club Members.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bouquet of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:    Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media (Strath), Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Gansai Tambi Watercolors (#35 Carmine, #43 Mid Yellow, #51 May Green), Fine Himalayan Pink Salt, Table Salt, Sentimental Elle-ments Die (Avery Elle), Tiny Crystals


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Seas Today

Hello my friends.

These hot days of summer make me think of water.


I happened to have some alcohol ink backgrounds that looked like water to me
so I stamped some coral and added these little Memory Box seahorses 
to swim in the sea.



Also adding it to the DTGD17 Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.
It's a challenge for Fan Club Members there.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  By the Tide (ret. SU)
Ink:   Jet Black StazOn
Paper:   Neena, Photo (Kodak), Copper Foil (SU)
Other:  Swimming Seahorses (MB), Seaside EF (SU), Square Lattice EF (ret. SU), Rainstones (PTI)


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Alcohol Wrap

Hello there.

I've been playing with alcohol inks on Yupo paper.


This time I split a cellophane bag and dropped a few different colors on one side of the bag
and spritzed with some blending solution
.
I laid some photo paper on the ink, closed the bag and smooshed.

While the ink was still wet, I  added some scrunched plastic wrap on top and left it to dry.

What a fun look!

I cut the finished piece in half and made 2 cards.


The images were stamped with StazOn ink.

The CAS Mix Up August challenge is
Using stamping, alcohol inks, plastic wrap and die cutting.

I'm also going to enter at
ANYTHING GOES STAMPING


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Distress Crayon Watercolor Kit (TH)
Ink:   StazOn Jet Black
Paper:   Neena, Photo (Kodak)
Other:  Alcohol Ink & Blending Solution (Ranger), Plastic Wrap (store brand), Stitched Rectangles (SSS: card 1) - Stitched Mats Rectangles (LI: card 2), Smile Die (Peachy Cheap) 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Salty Snow Makes Snowman Joy

Hello.

It's time for another challenge at CAS Watercolour


When I first started card making, I saw an article about using salt on watercolor
and I was fascinated.  But I never got around to trying it.

So I chose it for this month's challenge at


The Design Team and Guest Designer, Ros have had a wonderful time 
playing with salt this past month so we would have lots to inspire you.

To do this card I first did a wash of Gansai Tambi Watercolor on a piece of watercolor paper.

With the paper still quite wet I sprinkled a mixture of Sea Salt and some 
Himalayan Fine Pink salt that DH thought looked interesting and had stashed.

Here's what the piece looked like after it had dried and I brushed the salt off.


I thought the piece looked like snow.

Here's another card I made with this background.


My dear friend and teammate, Susan, sent me this die cut a while back.

It's a perfect fit!

Oh, and I have a few more little pieces left.
You'll have to wait to see what I do with them.

We have lots of videos to help inspire you at the challenge site.

I hope you'll get out some water, color and salt and have a play with us.

It really is a lot of fun!

My good friend Karen is hosting the TLC Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers 
this week and the challenge is SALT.  So I can take these over there to share.

The Snowman Joy die is new.
It was a gift from my win from the Foiled Fox and Heather.

I hope you'll try this fun technique and share your creations with us at


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Midnight Muse (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Watercolor (Arches for the background, TH for the snowman)
Other:  Snowman Joy Die (PB), Stitched Snowdrifts Dies (MFT), Stitched Rectangles (LI), Gambi Tansai Watercolors (#61 Cornflower Blue, #64 Blue, #66 Menthol Violet), Sea Salt and Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

Card  Recipe (card 2)
Stamps: Mixed Christmas Messages (HLS)
Ink:  Midnight Muse (SU)
Paper:  Neena, Watercolor (Arches)
Other:  Snowflake Block Die (SSS), Gambi Tansai Watercolors (#61 Cornflower Blue, #64 Blue, #66 Menthol Violet), Sea Salt and Himalayan Fine Pink Salt, Glue, Coarse Glitter (MS)


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Alcohol Ink and Dragonfly Corner For CAS Mix Up

Hi Ya'll.

There's a new challenge at CAS Mix Up



I used alcohol ink, stamping, heat embossing and die cuts.

The alcohol ink background was made by smooshing some paper on the
ceramic tile we were using as a palette.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Thinking of You (Alt.)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Basic Black, Whisper White (SU), Glossy
Other:  Alcohol Ink, Dragonfly Stems Left Corner Die (MB), White EP


Monday, July 31, 2017

Lake Loon

Hello friends.

I hope the week is off to a good start for you.


It's Dare to Get Dirty Challenge time at Splitcoaststampers
and my good friend Nancy is hosting a challenge there.
This is a week long event each year where the past and present Dirty Dozen
members issue challenges to Fan Club members.

There are lots of prizes to be given out.

If you are a member of the SCS Fan Club you can join in
and find the challenge here.

Imagine my surprise when I saw this card by Marcia in the gallery.

I wondered when I had posted that card?  I looked closer and saw that it
wasn't my card at all but we had the same idea.

So I decided to wait and post it later.

The background is  tissue paper that I I spritzed with water and balled up.

I let it dry all balled up and when it was dry, I opened it and dabbed ink
on it with a sponge.

I did a piece with Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry and
another with blues.

Loll had sent me this awesome die cut a while back.
Thank you my friend.

Challenges:


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Thinking of You (Altenew)
Ink:   Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry (SU), Faded Jeans (DI)
Paper:   Neena, Basic Black (SU), Tissue
Other:  Lake Loon Die (Gina Marie), White EP (SU)


Friday, July 28, 2017

Snow Swirled in Gold


A super simple card.

I just stamped and heat embossed.

QACAS (Quick And Clean And Simple) as Darnell would say.

It's hard to believe it's the end of July already!
Where did this month go?

It's time for the  Rudolph Challenge at the
Scrappymo Blog.


Merry Monday 2nd Annual Summer Link-Up
I chose this past challenge.
Merry Monday #140 Snowflakes

I am quite behind on my Christmas cards.
Time to catch up a bit.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snow Swirled (retired SU), Mixed Christmas Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Encore Gold 
Paper:   Thick Whisper White, Gold Foil (SU)
Other:  Gold EP, Sequins (stash)


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dragonfly Neutrals

Hi there.

I've been playing with this Dragonfly Corner die again.


I found a snippet of woodgrain that I had made by scoring a piece of Naturals White
and dragging a gray ink pad over it.

The Memory Box Challenge this month is

and 


and

Pixies Snippets Playground


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  None
Ink:   Smoky Slate
Paper:   Basic Black (SU), Naturals White (retired SU)
Other:  Dragonfly Stems Left Corner Die (MB), Simply Scored (SU)