Friday, July 15, 2011

On the Grow #2

     Sorry it took all week to post, but besides the day job, I've been helping with VBS at church in the evenings.  It's always fun and refreshing to be around young children especially when your own are grown.  So I've been having fun, but that hasn't left much free time to create or write posts.
     My Monday Mailer for this week used the other stamp in the "On the Grow" set.  I like to make myself use all of what is available in a set.  You never know what gem you might go undiscovered because it never saw ink.  I was using Green Galore, Perfect Plum and Very Vanilla for this card with More Mustard thrown into the mix.  I was NOT sure how the colors would work since I'd looked for a unusual combination in my Color Coach and then changed it up a bit.  Actually turned out pretty well I think.  Before I added the brads, the basic jewel headlight and spritzed on some green galore with the Color Spritzer Tool, it was a different story.  I'm always amazed at the difference a tiny touch like a brad or jewel can make it the over all look.  Again I used the blender pen to color in the scooter.  I think the blender pen makes a wonderful tool for watercoloring.
    So here's my card...What do you think?

Stampin' Supplies: Very Vanilla, Green Galore and Perfect Plum cardstock.  Stazon black ink, silver brads, piercing tool, basic jewel (headlight) blender pen and ink pads, Spritzer tool and Green Galore Stampin' Write Marker.

Friday, July 8, 2011

New In Colors

I promised a card with the new (2011-2013) In-colors about a week ago now.  As usual everything else got in front of my good intentions until I decided to sign up for Monday Mailers with my NC SU Demo group.  I pulled out pieces of the new cardstock colors and made a sort of awning to shade the "Sunny Fun" kids in the pool.  This is another stamp set from the SU Summer Mini catalog.  There are two more with an interesting line-up of flip-flops and one with delicious, icy treats on sticks.  I'll try to get some other cards made so you can see how "summer appropriate" these stamps really are.  Anyway, the awning colors from top to bottom are: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade.  The kids are on a background of Bashful Blue, and the card is more of the Island Indigo.  Coloring was done with various Stampin' Write Markers.  If you'd like a copy of the Summer Mini, please email me by clicking the link in the right column and I'll get one to you ASAP.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Finally, I got another card done.  You know how it is when you have a holiday and you’ve planned to get something done, and everything but that one thing happens?  Well, welcome to my Independence Day weekend.  Since Friday I’ve been trying to get all the “new stamping year” stuff done without success.  No matter how I plan, something always interferes with getting that card done – until today.
I think I started this particular card about two months ago.  I missed my monthly “stamping date” with Janie and her down-line so we found a “make-up date” and didn’t get lots done at first.  She finally pulled out the “On the Grow” set from the 2011 Summer Mini.  I like this stamp set because it lends itself so well to watercolor, and I like watercolor!  Yes, I use to be scared of it, but turns out it isn’t so difficult and great results are relatively easy to achieve.  Take a look and let me know what you think.
Stamping Supplies: Shimmery White cardstock, pink pirouette, old olive; Stazon black ink pad; Aqua painter; Watercolor Wonder Crayons: bashful blue, pink pirouette, certainly celery, garden green; jewels-basic pearls.  Stamp Sets: On the Grow; Happy Greetings.