Friday, October 30, 2015

New and Old

   I was inspired this morning after watching Shari Carroll's video here to get out and play with some Distress Inks--and a new stamp set from WPlus9. Great post on Simon Says Stamp blog with several ideas for color combinations. I created a single card panel, cut it in two and had a great pair of cards to send out autumn greetings. Thanks to Shari for 'shari'ng this stunning color combo of Peeled Paint, Broken China, and Walnut Stain. 
   I had so much fun that I even made something out of my practice sheet--this little poster for my daughter. The passage is quoted from one of my favorite sites, Goodreads. Love this stamp set which has both solid and outline images. Lots of possibilities, and I love the scale of the images. 
   I keep forgetting how much I enjoy working with Distress Inks! How about you?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Explore Nature--Fall Style

   Exploring a new stamp set during my favorite season of the year. Doesn't get much better, unless it's actually getting outside--which we did a lot of this past weekend. Nothing like nature to get your creative ideas flowing.
   The card I made today used the Simon Says Stamp "One with Nature" set. The colors were inspired by our recent travels out west seeing the powdery, dry yellow of some of the aspens. We could tell the weather must have been a factor in subduing the usually bright golden color in some of the places we saw. 
   You might want to join the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group challenge Falling for Fall along with me. Check out the rules and put your own stamp on it!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Inside and Outside the Lines

   I just got some new stamps from Simon Says Stamp...loved this set the second I saw it! This is the first of many cards I'll enjoy creating with it. Thought it fit right in with Virginia's View Challenge:
    It's all about coloring! One of my absolute favorite things to do of all time ever since I can remember. I was always a neat nick--staying inside the lines--but now that I'm a grown-up I like to break the 'rules' so I colored inside the lines with marker and outside with watercolor. I didn't pay any attention to making anything look even and I like the way it turned out. It was so relaxing and when I was done I had a fun card to send my daughter to washi tape up on her dorm room wall. Can't wait to do some more coloring--and you can join Virginia's challenge too! How will you put your own stamp on it?

Thursday, October 8, 2015


   I'm enjoying some sunshine and having something I envisioned creating materializing the way I thought it would. I had fun creating a background pattern with some older texture shadow stamps from Hero Arts that simulate various paper surfaces. I discovered how the overlapping textures created their own interest.
   I used one of my favorite word sets--also by Hero Arts--to stamp the sentiment. Fall is my favorite time of year and I was feeling nostalgic in using the colors here...they remind me of picture books I read as a child. The trees are from Stampin' Up!
   What are you enjoying today?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Therapeutic Coloring

   Thinking about a lot of things lately. It was some good therapy to just think about tracing these embossed letters with a paintbrush and interesting training for my hand to produce the different lines and thicknesses. I've tried this idea of coloring embossed areas before and it produced one of my favorite cards. Be well friends and laugh at least once before you go to bed tonight!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Little Color...

   Usually when we reference 'a little color' at our house we mean fall leaf color--like this scene I snapped on the hike around Jenny Lake in the Grand Tetons a couple of weeks ago. The gloomy weather--and not being able to actually see the Tetons--actually served to accentuate the golden hues of the aspens, and contrast with the evergreens. It also was a beautiful landscape for the nose...fir, spruce, and moist leaves mixing with the rain and damp earth. I kept telling my son, "The mountains are right there--across the lake--we just can't see them!" Oh well. We saw what we saw when we could see it.
   As for the second reference to a little color for this post: Kathy over at The Daily Marker blog is hosting a 30-day coloring challenge to color something every day of October! What a fun idea, so that's what I am going to try to do! Here's today's project:
   It's a small [2" x 3"] woodblock image that I wanted to try a coloring technique on. Out west, I saw a lot of beautiful prints with very thick black lines filled with bright colors. I prefer bright and deep hues, so the style really spoke to me. I'll be experimenting with it a bit more--this one's actually just a dummy sheet; I plan to black emboss the image to give it even more contrast. This was fun practice :) 
   Maybe you'll enjoy putting your own stamp on this idea too. And what better way to keep busy while the weather might be howling outside?!
   Hopefully the impending hurricane won't give us too much trouble; but it's been pouring for a few days now and more rain will only bring more problems. Good luck to everyone in the path of Joaquin!

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