Sunday, January 31, 2016


                                 Day 4 Watercolor for card makers Intermediate Techniques
I am addicted to coffee!  Shari Carroll's watercolor on Day 4 really spoke to me.  I ordered the Tim Holtz stamps immediately!  True to form, Ellen Hutson had them at my doorstep in time for week-end play.
I needed a sign to put by my coffee pot at an upcoming party.  Voila!
The coffee cup was first stamped on watercolor paper in a soft gray shade from Simon Says Stamp.
I painted with Kuretake watercolors.
I need lots more practice.   But it's a start!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Valentine Candy Bar Cover

                                                   My granddaughter LOVES Chocolate!
                                                                  This is her Valentine.

Diane Roberts has the best tutorial on Youtube for making this candy bar cover using the envelope maker punch board.  I made mine with K&Co double sided paper.  The Love Die Cut from Paper Smooches is cut from SU cardstock.  The Clown from Paper Smooches is stamped with Memento on XPress paper and colored with Copic Markers.  Stickles and Glossy Accents give the clown some dimension.  The ticket is from K and Co.  I put velcro on the envelope closure so she doesn't have to tear the envelope when she dives for the chocolate.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

I Love You More Than Bacon

My daughter-in-law and I share a love of bacon.  This valentine is going to their house.
The bear and chef's hat are from Simon Says Stamp.  The bacon and sentiment is from Alley Way Stamps.  Pattern paper is from SU.  Cardstock is from Xpress.  Stamping is in Memento and colored with Copics.  The bacon is brushed with Wink of Stella.  Gell pen is used on the paws, eyes and nose.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Heart on Heart Watercolor

Day 2 OCC Watercolor for Carmakers Intermediate
Laura Bassen always chatters through her demo and makes me feel like I can do it!
I clear heat embossed this heart background stamp from i.o.  Then I used the same MFT heart die and same Koi watercolors as I did in the first card to make these overlapping hearts over the heat embossed hearts!
This is way cool!!!


I wanted to try putting water on a solid stamp and watercoloring it with the same technique as I did the hearts.  The pear stamp is by Rubber Stampede.  Watercolors are by Koi.  Since I just cannot draw, this was a great option for me.  I like the results.

Day One Watercolor for Card Makers Intermediate

I have looked very forward to this class but also feared it.  I LOVED the first OCC on Watercolor.
This one said INTERMEDIATE!!  I wanted to learn more but not at all sure I was ready.
Kristina Werner said to just get brave.  So I did and I'm loving it!
I used a MFT Heart die for my shape.  It's outlined in pencil.  I then dropped clear water inside the heart.  Then I dropped three different shades of Koi watercolor and graduated them down the heart.
I'm pretty critical of my work but I was not unhappy with this first try!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Football Valentine


                      Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Love and using the color RED.
This doesn't look much like a valentine but my son will love it!  I typed Ready!  Set!  Hap ...
Hap.... on the front and die cut it (SU) into a caption.  Inside it says Happy Valentines Day!
I stamped the Whipper Snapper stamp with Memento and colored the images with Copic markers.
Red has always been challenging for me.  This was good practice.

Sunday, January 24, 2016


 My nephew's first book is about to be released.  His name is Jeff Garvin.  His book is The Symptoms of Being Human.  It's a book for young adults.
 This is a congratulations card I made for him.  The stamp is from Penny Black.  The papers are from Rusty Pickle and CTMH.  Cardstock is from SU.  Copic were used on XPress Paper to color the images.
  I will post this on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge which calls for cards made with Critters.

January Cleanout

My last post was December 25th.  Since then we have taken two trips and I have spent any spare time in my studio cleaning out and reorganizing.  It's my "January Thing".  Maybe it's my midwest roots . .
there I used snow days in January to clean out closets and drawers.  It's a habit that's been internalized and migrated with me to the southwest.

One of my goals was to channel Jennifer McGuire and get my clear stamps in order so I could more easily find them.  This is her method using report covers bought on sale and cut into dividers for my boxes of acrylic stamps.  Of course my label maker has been very busy!
I also tackled getting my dies organized.  This fixture came from my favorite AZ scrapbook store when it closed.  The bookcase rotates and has two sides of shelves.   I am slowly getting my dies repackaged into Ellen Hutson clear envelopes with magnetic inserts.   As I continue to do that there will be lots of room on these shelves to accommodate my growing collection of dies.

Thanks to Jennifer McGuire I found these storage containers that hold my background stamps.
I love having them out where I can see them and will use them more.

I've rediscovered some old favorite stamps and found some which have never had ink on them.
It's time to get to work on some Valentines and hopefully some scrapbooking as well.