Friday, August 18, 2017

Foamarin Foam Flowers

My first attempt with Foamarin Foam resulted in this perfectly gorgeous card.  It is  a  very unusual medium, essentially thinner than cardstock foam that can be shaped and molded.  It is soft, takes color well, and so much fun to shape and mold..  The petals are cut with Sizzix Tattered Flowers Bigz die (which is NOT the right die for this process--Rosy Owl Heart Flower Die IS the right one but it's still  swimming the  Atlantic.)  The products are imported and I have gotten them from Poland via Scrap and Craft in the UK  Orders take a couple of weeks to come in.  

The leaf die is from Scrap and Craft also and I used watercolor washed paper spritz with gold spritzer by Heidi Swapp.  The ribbon is a glittery organza (Really Reasonable  Ribbon).  Flowers are touched with gold Stickles. The background is stippled Walnut Stain Distress ink with a Red  Brick brushed over the stunning Simon Says  Stamp Heart Mandala (SSS121393) The artpice is centered over a top fold cardbase with SU Tip Top Taupe
I have not decided whether this will be a wedding/anniversary or other card.  But now I am on the right track with this new technique.





Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wrapped in Love

I've knitted blankets for the two grandchildren who are off to College---Ryan's  a Jr.  in Vermont, and Georgia's a Freshman  in  California at the beach .  Here are the cards that go with them.



 It is good to seek perfection but it is better to seek excellence. It is good to work hard but it is better to work hard smarter. It is good to study but it is better to learn. It is good to have a dream but it is better to actually pursue it. Good luck  at UCSB and at SVC!





The pattern for the blanket can be found at:  Ravelry  So quick and easy and absolutely beautiful, warm and cozy!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ribbit! Eat what Bugs You

I had fun with this color blocked Froggie Beach Baby, from a gift from Whimsey Stamps   The beach babe is colored in prismacolor pencils, and touched with nuvo crystal drops.  The color blocks are created from three interlocking Spellbinder dies cut from paper in my stash. 
I am going to do this one again with a different background and a sentiment that will read "Frogs get wet even when it rains." for a get well card.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Say Cheese---Pleeeeze

This is a Stampendous (Penny Black)  Stamp  called "Say Cheese" (from SSS)  I just love her little furry critters.  This little mouse is done with copics and the rest of the camera with wink of stella silver and delicata inks. Artpiece is mounted on craft card stock.  "Smile" is printed from Karen Schuls "Rise and Shine" kit.



Something funny happened on the way to the project.  The stamp came in today and I couldn't wait to play with it. I had a TERRIBLE time getting the release acetate off it. And when I did the image and its glue left a sticky mess on the foam behind it.  So I figured well, I'll just put it back together and then use double stick removable tape in my Misti when I want to stamp it.  It was THEN THAT I SAW that I had pulled the soft plastic off its glued on base and realized that there was another thin piece of plastic I hadn't seen attached.  SO this stamp wasn't trimmed around the foam at all, rather on a rectangle that you CAN see in the picture below.  This really works SO much better in the Misti than the shaped foam mount stamps because it is easier to peel off when you are finished--although a whole lot bigger.  HEY PENNY BLACK and STAMPENDOUS.  Would you COLOR the film for me---any color, just not clear! 
 Now THAT'S a  FIRST!

Kind Soul Hello

This is another watercolor technique that I included in the BIPS SIG demonstrations.   I used Wplus9's beautiful Kind Soul floral stamp which is a very big stamp.  It has been trimmed for this card. It is black embossed on watercolor paper and then colored with watercolor pencils, painted water color, watercolor crayons and distress markers.  Finished with sequins and tiny rhinestones, the Hello is Memory Boxes  Little Halo Hello (1896) which coordinates with Memory Box   Clear Sentiments of Hello stamps.  The papers are black and Watermelon  Wonder by SU.


The BIPS SIG

In the summertime the PnP Club meets in small Special Interest Groups.  There was a class on creating backgrounds of all kinds, focusing on watercolors, distress oxide inks, and stenciling.  We were swimming with ideas through the three hour class, so little money angel fish adorned some blue ocean waves backgrounds that were  created through the nine background techniques Priss taught at the SIG


We used watercolors paints, watercolor pencils, crayons and markers, distress ink, distress oxide inks and most fun of all was using Color Burst (by Ken Oliver) dry watercolor powders that produce WOW's every time they are activated. Background paper is by Karen  Schulz in her kit Love Yourself.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Skly's the Limit

Birthday Greetings and the Sky's the Limit at what you can do and accomplish, R. C.  Have a magnificent and wonderful day and year.  Created with SU stampset, and SSS Cloud template, embossing powders, and textured paper 




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Aurora Wings Linnea Sprite

The Linnea flower is the "flower of Sweden."  The name is of Scandanivian origin meaning "lime or linden tree."  This tiny pinkish-lavender mountain flower was named after the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, who is the inventor of the universally recognized system of classifying plants and animals.

This sweet little sprite was created by Mitzi Sato Wiuff She's colored in prismacolor pencils and mounted on a watercolor background.  The Thinking of you sentiment is a sticker from Pop-ups-etc. The borders are also silver stickers.



Three little Candles

With SO MANY possibilities!  The principal dies I used were Wrapped Stich Rectangles 30094 by 5Craft Dies), Little  Candle Trio (99857 by Memory Box) and Stitched Holly Leaves (99263 by Memory Box.  The greetings are not complete on some of them, but I will use vellum, acetate or stickers to finish.




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fairy Kisses and Wishes

The Poppy stamps River Faerie and Thoughtful Faerie are used for this birthday card placed on windows over a piece of DP from my stash.  The "Elegant Lines" EF provides the nests for  Wink of Stella and rhinestone and moon glass accents.   The Fairy sentiment is designed by Tracy Wray.  The ribbon is from my stash and the black border is created with sticker lines.  There is a heavy coating of  Wink of Stella in the debossed areas of the EF pttern and in the 2" punched color block windows.