Friday, March 15, 2019

Sketchy Saturday Christmas card

I am just sneaking in a post using last Saturday's Sketchy Saturday sketch from Laurel's blog... and I try to use her sketches for Christmas cards whenever I can, so I managed to get two made this week:
I used Echo Park's A Perfect Winter papers, my new Echo Park Holiday Season Word Die set, and my Alpine Stitched Snowflakes from Poppy Stamps.  I added a little zigzag stitching on each of the stripes.  Two more Christmas cards in my stash!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Summer scene

I have a sweet summery watercolour card to share with you today, using stamps from the latest Art Impressions Watercolor release!
I started creating my image cluster by stamping the puppy from the WC Mini Critters Set, the sitting little girl from WC Beach Girls Set, the beach ball from WC Beach Boys Set - masking each as I went along - and finally stamping the umbrella from WC Beach Girls Set.  I coloured each of the stamps with my 992 Sand Tombow marker, except for the girl, where I used my LP38 Oyster Grey Marvy marker.  I wanted a paler shade for her skin tone, as she's sitting partially in bright sunlight.  I also used the fine tip of my LP38 marker to draw in the blanket.
With a damp WC Brush4 paintbrush, I softened all of the lines, and then began filling in the colour by scribbling my markers onto my palette: Tombow 991 Straw for the hat/ball; Tombow 885 Warm Red for the umbrella, and added more water to make it more of a pink shade for her swimsuit & the ball.  I used my LP86 African Violet Marvy marker to create the shadow under the umbrella, and in and around all of the images on the blanket.  Her skin tone is made with several layers of Tombow 850 Flesh, and then I used the same colour to sketch in the suggestion of a sandy beach.  I picked up the LP86 with my brush and painted in the water, and after watering it down a little more, used it to paint in the suggestion of a sky as well.
*Design tip!  You'll notice that I placed everything on the left side of my painting, leaving the upper right corner mostly white.  The white space provides a sense of balance for the cluster of images.  I could've added a sentiment up there, but felt like it would've been too busy.
To assemble my card, I popped up the image and the stripey pink frame that I created with adhesive dots with my periwinkle cardstock peeking out from behind.  Happy painting!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

A Retirement Card

One of the loveliest ladies I know is retiring today (sniff).  Years ago, Trish led book clubs when I brought my kids to the library, and even now when they are adults, she remembers everything about them.  Little did I know that I'd wind up working with her for 6+ years down the road...
 We're sending her off with a bang, so I needed a fun card to add to her gift.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Serving up some Love

My tennis-playing friend at work loves giving these out to her friends on their birthdays, so I made another card for her with 4529 Birthday Love Set from Art Impressions:
 I used the bright & fun Under the Sea papers from Doodlebug Designs to pick up the colours of her snazzy tennis outfit.  I coloured her with Copic markers and cut her out with a stitched rectangle die.
 Love her!
Happy stamping!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Back on the Ai Team!

Just doing a quick repost of the Elf cards that I posted a few days ago... you'll see them over on the Art Impressions blog this morning, as part of their "Watercolour Weekend" post.  Ai asked if I would join their team as a Watercolor Guest Designer - and I said yes!  So wonderful to be back working with Ai... and if you scroll down through my Feb posts you'll see how much I love their watercolor line!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Inspired By #60

I pulled out an old pack of Teresa Collins patterned paper (Summer Stories) to use for this week's Inspired By challenge, as it seemed to fit the theme:
I made a patterned frame and stitched it down with my sewing machine, then lined up the bits & pieces as though they were hanging on a string, and sewed them down as well.  I tied tiny bows with my thread and glued them to the edges.  I love the little bit of subtle shimmer that these matte silver sequins add:

 I used the sketch from the Inspired By facebook group:

Monday, February 25, 2019

Whimsical Ai Watercolours

I really love the direction that Bonnie Krebs is going with her Watercolour Stamp line for Art Impressions.  When she first introduced the Fairy Doors and Hobbit Door sets, it really sparked something in me creative-wise, and her newest WC Elves Set is no exception:
 I was going to try doing these just using Sepia, for a monochromatic effect, but a few weeks ago I tried a scene using mostly Sepia & African Violet... and really loved the look.  In addition to Sepia, there is a brown tone here, but you get the idea.  The limited palette was wonderful to work with.
 On this card, I drew in my own version of the Fairy Doors (mainly so that I didn't have to mask!), and added in the stepping stones from the Cobblestone Set.  I worked really hard on my shadows in this one, and trying to achieve more of a depth of colour.  Stay tuned, as I hope to do a few more scenes around this theme.
If you are in Canada, you can order the Art Impressions Watercolour stamp line from The Crafter's Workshop... AND if you're in the Greater Toronto Area, you can join us this Saturday, March 2nd at The Crafter's Workshop for an "Open Studio" day - come and bring your own projects and supplies, whether it's watercolours or Copics to colour, I will be there working on my own creations, but will be happy to demo or help anyone who wants it.  Sheri & Alexis will be on hand for colouring tips and inspiration as well - sign up is here to reserve your table space.  Hope to see you there!


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