Monday, March 17, 2014

Shades of Spring

Sending some thoughts of spring today!





I had fun most fun getting wet and inky when making this card! After wetting the watercolor paper I brush on TH ink stains with a wet brush and blended bundled sage, peacock feathers and peel paint stains for the background. I brushed a wash to over stamp this negative image from the Hero Arts stamp set called “Cherish” with archival ink.

In case you missed my post the other day-
Virginia Lu has started a special new Challenge Blog this month. The first challenge asked for watercoloring .  Even if you didn't have the time to play viewing the entries is a treat in themselves.  As well Virginia provides terrific inspiration, great tips and tutorial links.

Thanks for stopping in!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Virginia's Vew Challenge #1

Virginia has started a special new Challenge Blog this month.  The first challenge asks for watercoloring. With featuring such a hot trend and her involvement in many stamping circles she has hit the ground running and currently is just shy of 300 entries!  Even if you don't have the time to play viewing the entries is a treat in themselves.  As well she as great tips and tutorial links.
Not only excited for Virginia but I am also pleased for the stamping and creative communities to share in such a wonderful new opportunity!

With this card I am also playing  in a challenge at 2 Peas to make an easel card. I have been playing with distress inks, water and watercolor paper for some time.  I decided I was to use a Penny Black background stamp as my main image but wanted to add some water to the ink to add depth to the teal background instead of the traditional flat stamped ink look.  I also water colored the  Hero Arts butterfly image and combined lots of colors to created the card base.

 And here is the full easel look.

 Thanks so much for stopping in!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Winter Fest 2014

2Peas Stamping Challenge Event

Challenge: create a circle image and mask a stamp to use only part of the image.

Coloring is done with distress inks and water.

Challenge:use glitter and embellishments:

Add caption



  Challenge: textured mica pearl technique  (dark base, glue on wrinkled tissue paper and add mica powder.  Here I added some metallic colors for my backgrounds.  



And another card with the textured pearl background.

Challenge-Use 2 stencils (Hero Arts-tree w/embossing paste and Heidi Swapp star confetti)

A new challenge at 2 Peas

Stamp N Dash

Some of us create best in a short time frame. I thought it would be fun to create some quick challenges for 2 Peas stampers.  These are generally open for 5 days.  I am very pleased to be co-hosting with howdyheidi.

Create a diorama ornament:

ATC with ink splatters:

Thanks for stopping by!

January 2014 catch-up with tags

Here is some of my work I missed blogging in January...

My favorite pieces that began 2014 are swaps for a monthly tag challenge at 2 Peas.

Winter Wonderland inside a snow globe:


On of my personal favorites includes this beautiful Hero Arts tree stamp:

Ringing in a new year with a monochromatic tag:

Thanks so much for stopping in!...Jan