Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Goldfinch for CAS Mix Up

We're nearing the deadline to enter this month at CAS Mix Up.
The challenge ends on the 24th.

Here's my last card (for now) using corrugated cardboard.

This is the last watercolor piece I did on our recent trip.

I thought he would do well as a goldfinch.

The goldfinches in our yard are more olive and brown in the winter.
In the spring they start getting their yellow feathers and they
look quite patchwork as they are turning.
I noticed one recently that had 3 "patches" on his back.
(No photo though.)

I mounted the die cut watercolor piece on a piece of 
corrugated cardboard cut from a box of NBUS.

Susan's challenge has been lots of fun!

My mixed media are stamping, corrugated cardboard, watercoloring, and die cutting.

Here's a photo of the real thing in his summer feathers.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Every Moment (retired SU), Dandelion (TT)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso (SU)
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Corrugated Cardboard, Watercolors (Koi), Aqua Painter, Stitched Mats Rectangles (LI)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Snow Couple for Merry Monday

Are you having a good weekend?

We're having beautiful springlike weather.

But Merry Monday has a snowy challenge!
a Christmas card done this week,
but thanks to my UFO box and a very CAS card, I was able to get one together.

My friend, Linda is the hostess this week.

I had this snow couple image partially colored with Copics and found it when
I pulled out something to color.

I finished coloring it and die cut with the new Stitched Shapes Thinlits from Stampin' Up!

I got some of the Infinity Circle Dies for Christmas and one was perfect for a narrow mat.

Some Flower Soft and Dazzling Details added some texture.

We had a visitor to our back yard yesterday afternoon.

DH says it's a Cooper's Hawk.

He stayed quite a while and the yard was very quiet. Not a peep from the other birds.
The squirrels kept a low profile too.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Season's Greetings (There She Goes OOB), Think Big #20 Christmas (PTI)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Real Red, Whisper White
Other:  Copic Markers, Stitched Shapes Thinlits (SU), Infinity Circles (HA), Flower Soft, Dazzling Details

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Gardenia Love

Hello friends.  I hope the weekend has started off well for you.

I've been busy in the studio this week.

I used both the Gorgeous Gardenia dies, painting both  pieces with some
Frost White Paint that my dear friend Loll sent me.

I went over the leaves with some watercolor paint.

The background was watercolored with some Vintage Photo Distress ink
smooshed on my palette and picked up with a waterbrush.
I used the wet on wet technique on Mixed Media Paper.

When dry, I randomly stamped the script and postmark with some
Vintage Photo ink that had been stamped off. (2nd generation stamping.)

I painted some more Vintage photo on a scrap of mixed media paper and
die cut with the love die.

The piece is mounted on foam and the card base is Acrylic Paper.
I love the texture and color of acrylic paper.

 The Flower Challenge#5 is to CASE (Copy and Share Everything)
a card by the Guest Designer Therese. Here is her card...
I used the same die and watercolor as my CASE elements.
A big thank you to The Flower Challenge for choosing this card
as a Top Pick last month!

              Memory Box Challenge #21                                          Simon Says Wednesday Challenge
                                                                                                               FANTASTIC FLORALS 

The CAS Watercolour Card Challenge is open until the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  French Foliage (retired SU)
Ink:   Vintage Photo (Distress)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Acrylic (Strathmore)
Other:  Heartfelt Die (PB), Gorgeous Gardenia dies (MB )(I'm sorry but it looks like only the background die is still available.), Frost White paint (Tsukineko)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wishing You Love Reminder for CAS Watercolour Card Challenge

 There's just over a week left at the
  CAS Watercolour Card  Challenge.

There's lots of loving entries in the gallery.

The Design Team and our talented Guest Designer, Michelle have
some more inspiration cards for you to enjoy.

Hope to see your's there too.

DH and I recently went to Virginia for a few days.
While he was in meetings, I played with my Koi travel set
and some previously stamped pieces.

This piece hadn't stamped clearly but I decided to try to salvage it.

After I colored the butterfly and did a very light wash on the background,
I took my Extra Fine Point Black Sharpie and dotted the fine tip around the
outline of the butterfly where it hadn't stamped well.
This technique is called Pointillism.

I finished it off with one of my favorite Penny Black sentiments.

I'm thinking about adding some sequins.
I'm not sure that I want them.
What do you think?

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Wonderful Wings (retired SU)
Ink:   Basic Black Archival (SU)
Paper:   Strathmore (140 lb. cold press), Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Koi Watercolors, Black Extra Fine Point Sharpie

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Sweetest Sound for CAS Mix Up Reminder

We're halfway through the month of February already!

CAS Mix Up 
is still going strong.

We've had some wonderful entries in the gallery and once again our
Design Team has wonderful inspiration for you.

I'm enjoying using corrugated cardboard for die cuts.

The ripples do flatten a bit but a paper piercing tool works well for fluffing them up again.

Speaking of fluffing, these lovely birds are fluffing their wings
and tweeting that Spring is coming.

I die cut with a Penny Black die that my sweet friend Loll sent me.

I had seen this awesome card by Donna (Room In A Cupboard) a while back and bookmarked it.

And Maura's card in the CAS Mix Up gallery last month insprired the layout.

After die cutting and fluffing feathers, I wiped some Gesso on the birds and let it dry.

Then I smooshed some Embossing paste on their tummies with my finger and let it dry.

I found the stamped piece in my UFO box and over-stamped it with a
leaf stamp that had been inked in green and used my Aqua Painter to move the paint around.
(Some of the leaves were solid and some outlined.)

The frame was in my UFO box too and it seemed to fit quite well.

Go ahead and cut up one of those boxes your NBUS goodies came in and join us at
CAS Mix Up.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Etched Branches (PB), Dream a Little (retired SU)
Ink:   Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Paper:  Crumb Cake (SU), Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press), Mixed Media (Strathmore)  
Other:  The Sweetest Sound Die (PB), Cardboard from box, Gesso (Faber Castell), Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi)