Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Red and Craft Challenge Facebook Unity(Show & Tell)

Unity Stamp Company has started doing weekly challenges on their Unity (Show & Tell) Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/434773279941105/

This week was to use two colors, Red & Craft.  Sometime ago I discovered that craft papers take to watercolor quite well, as long as the paper is not too wet.  For this card I used color pencils with a water brush.  To add a deeper red I used Distress markers as well.

Here is a close-up.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a blessed day,

All images by Unity Stamp Company

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fresco Technique - Butterflies

I came across this technique from the Understand Blue website by Lydia and thought it was beautiful. The technique swirled around in my head for sometime before I actually got around to giving it a try.  I ordered Stampin' Up's Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, which is a full embossing folder of different sized butterflies but it would work with other embossing folder as well.

The technique is a bit involved and took some time to complete.  While I love the finished product getting there, not so much.  It is however easy to do, it just takes some time.

Lydia used a watercolor pencil, but I did not have a brand that wouldn't reactivate the color once it was dry so I used Distress Paints by Tim Holtz.  I also did not have the acrylic white paint she used so I used Golden's Titanium White.

I won't go into how the technique is done because Lydia has a video and it would be handy to view if you wanted to give this technique a try.  If you refer over to her blog you will see her's is much more colorful.  I had a hard time sanding off the white paint to reveal the colored butterflies underneath.  I finally gave up and went with what I did mange to sand off.  Perhaps the Golden's paint is more resistant, it did seem to gum up a lot instead of turn to powder when sanding.  If I give this technique another try I will probably use the same paint Lydia used or just a simple craft paint.

The surface is gloss like because it has a layer of clear embossing powder over it.

Hope you enjoy giving this technique a try. Visit Understand Blue for the full directions and video.

The finished card is quite stunning though that does not show up well on a picture.

Thanks for stopping by and may your day be blessed with joy.


Butterflies - Stampin' Up  - Papillon Potourri
Embossing folder - Stampin' Up  - Fluttering Textured embossing folder
Sentiment - Unity Stamp Company

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Online Card Watercolor Class Day 2


Here we are on day two of the Watercolor Card Class.  While I am behind the exercises for the class at least I am giving what I can a try.  Day two had us making free hand flowers.  This is one of them.  I like the brightness and color of these flowers.  I am thinking of going back and extending the length of the stems and and maybe adding a tiny leaf.  I just don't think I like the short stems.

I mounted the watercolor behind embossed blue card stock and added a die cute butterfly in a shimmer vellum.  I also used the same vellum for the greeting.  I do like how the card turned out over all.

Close-up of the shimmer vellum

January 29 - update

I really thought the flowers would look more like a flower if they had a tiny leaf so I went back and added that.  I like it better now.

I have much to learn when it comes to water coloring, especially more 
so for a type A  person who is particular having things perfect.  
Perfect and water coloring cannot coexist.  I plan to keep trying/playing.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a blessed day

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Online Card Class Watercolor Techniques Day One


I am off to a pretty good start, just a bit behind in getting this card finished and posted.  The plan of course is to do at least one card of the class techniques each day but I am not going to beat myself up if I don't get that accomplished.  There is no fun in being stressed.

The card below is simply butterflies traced onto watercolor paper and painted in with wet on wet color.  Yeah, it was easy and fun, plus very relaxing.

After the card dried I decided to stamp a greeting on vellum and overlay the vellum onto the card stock which I just painted.  I liked how it softened the butterflies and frankly it also sit imperfections.

Stamp - The Angel Company

Thanks for looking,
Have a blessed day,

Monday, January 18, 2016

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Ombre

This is my first try with an Ombre technique using inks and it was actually easier then I thought it would be.

Simon Says: Ombr


I used a Hero Arts background stamp and 3 colors of Distress Inks.

Stamp Images:
background - Hero Arts
Robot - Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking and have a blessed day

Challenges for Card Makers

I am getting hooked on card challenges and there are many out there to choose from.  I just don't have the time to do all the ones I am finding.  This week I came across this site, The Male Room.

There are many stamps that can be used in making a card for the men in our lives.  I find making a card for men is really quite fun.

The challenge for this week over on The Male Room.

A friend of my parents comes to help mom with yard work.  My dad died last year and this special person has been so very helpful for the heavy work on the property.  I wanted to let him know how grateful I was for his help and thus the creation of the card below.

The card includes water coloring, die cuts, ink, stamps and the inner part of a box.  
I attached a stand to the back so the card actually becomes a picture.

Hope you like it.  Hope it will inspired you to do more cards for the men in our lives.

Have a blessed Day,

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Cupcake Inspiration challenge #341

This morning I ran across a card made by another blogger whose inspiration was off the blog  "Cupcake Inspirations" here: http://cupcakeinspirations.blogspot.nl/2016/01/challenge-341.html?m=1

The challenge is to make a card based and inspired by this picture.

This is the first time I'd seen this blog and when I saw the inspiration picture for this challenge I knew exactly the card I wanted to do.  It had been milling in my mind for sometime now.  I had even thought of doing it for my Christmas cards for this past Christmas but went a different direction instead.  So with this challenge it gave me the push I needed to make this card anyway.  

 The card is simple linen paper in a off white cream color.  I used a Tim Holtz die for the trees, cutting several of them.  Each one is then painted with picket Fence Distress Stain and Wink of Stella clear glitter added here and there. (see next picture for the highlighting effect it gives).

Over all a simple card which I think came out wonderfully.

Thank you for taking a look and have a blessed happy creative day.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Go For the Gold Class Challenge

Sometimes I find the time to enter a challenge and this card is for this.  I want to thank Sandy Allnock for the time she has put into bringing this class of using different gold mica products.  It was a fun class full of beautiful art projects to try.

You can find this class over on Sandy's blog here: 

Since it took me all week working off and on for this card I have only completed the challenge for only day one.  I did not have any of the products she used but was able to find similar products to use.  I used gold mica powders mixed with Golden's Soft Gel - semigloss mixed with the mica powder.  But in the end while I got the dimension I did not get the bright shine that I knew the mica powder really had.  After it dried I added a tiny bit of Lumiere paint for the green and over the top then added some Ranger Metallic Paints in Gold.  By doing this I was able to get the same look that Sandy was able to accomplish with one product.  Whew, well at least it all worked.  I could not get the gold brightness to show, no amount of tweaking the photo in Photoshop would bring out the yellow gold, it just continued to be an orange color.  Maybe I don't know what I am doing with the photo program The card is very shiny bright in real.  What do you think?

Thank you for taking the time to look.  Have a wonderful blessed day.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Simon Says Stamp's #Stamptember

Simon Says Stamp had a drawing give-a-way on their Facebook page for leaving a comment.  I won a set of the new release stamp sets.  Whoo Hoo!

Being behind as I always am I didn't get a card made at the reveal of #stamptember

I have however caught up a bit and made two different cards using the set of stamps I won.

Simon Says Clear Stamps PRESENTS AND ORNAMENTS sss101441

There are 21 stamps in this cute little Holiday stamp set.

For the first card I die cut snowflakes and used silver embossing powder on them.  I stamped the snowflake from the set and added it to the center, and the words merry, & bright which I also embossed with silver embossing powder.

It was a pretty quick card to make overall and has lots of shine in it.

This second card I used another die for the background.  Love this die, by Memory Box, called Landscape die.  You can find it here:  http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product.aspx?id=88379

I stamped the boxes onto craft paper with the country theme in mind.  The bows are embossed as are the little green trees.  

I plan on making some more cards using this fun little stamp Set
 Thank you Simon Says Stamp!

Enjoy your day!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Card in Watercolor

I took the Online Card Class, Watercolor and finally got around to actually playing with watercolor paints.
I leaned so much from the class and it all looked so easy though painting in watercolor paints still intimidates me some.  I cannot seem to let go and use more water and paint. I guess it will take practice.  I am use to coloring with Copic Markers which is so controlled plus I am one who likes things very tidy within the lines when coloring in a stamp but I have loved the look of watercolor paintings for a very long time and have several hanging on my walls.  Thus my inner voice must be telling me to let go of the control I tend to want to have and be more free and spontaneous with my arts work.  And I have to admit when I do something completely out of the box for me I love the process of doing it.

I am posting this card over at Unity Stamp Blog "Friends with Flair" which goes on every Friday.  You can view the blog here: http://theunitystampco.blogspot.com/2014/05/friends-with-flair_30.html

The painting is mounted on a dark blue card stock, which does look much better then it does in the scan as the blue is lost with the black card stock behind it.


Stamp Set: ...I will never leave you by Phyllis Harris Untiy Stamp Co.
Watercolor paints, hair was done using a Distress Marker.

Using watercolor paints with my stamps and card making is diffidently something I plan on doing more of.  

Walk hand in hand with the Lord Jesus and He will never leave you as is His promise.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Sweet little Love Bug and Friends With Flair

Ah I remember The Love Bug movie with the sweet lovable car character named Herbie. I just ordered the set of these movies for my grand kids.  Volkswagen Beetle, so small like a bug yet my parents manged three children in that back seat.  It was a time when not only did people travel with a lot less stuff but of coarse no seat belts were there either so we pretty much sat however we needed to be which included using the area buy the back window.  Yikes, it certainly wasn't safe.

While the Beetle is a cute car, maybe for one person, two at the most for driving in a small town where distance is not a factor I could not zip around in and out of traffic in one of those today.  Maybe it would be fun and easy to get around in, and through parking lots, still I need the metal around me today, the arm space on the sides and breathing room for all my stuff as well as me.  Then there is the car seats for the grand kids, four of them now sitting there in the car ready for use at a moments notice.  No time for sweet little love bug cars in my life today.  Nope, I want the big gas sucking room for all car to zip about in and travel long distance in.

May this card bring back some love bug memories of yours from a time when life really was more simple and innocent although a time of chance was taking place.

Peace Out

Close up shows the glitter on the bumper and lights of the car.  I added glossy accents over the back window area which really made the window appear more glass like.

Stamps by Unity Stamp Co

 This sweet little robin sat on a branch directly outside the window of my studio where the computer is.  It sat there for a long time, twisting it's head around listening for bugs to eat.  I thought for sure if I try and take a picture is will quickly fly away but it didn't.  I love watching the birds and hearing their sounds of music when I am outside.  How much I miss living where it is summer or nearly so all year round, if for no other reason 
then to hear the music of the birds everyday.

May your day be blessed with the sights and sounds of God's creation.


Friday, February 7, 2014

Friends with Flair at the Unity Stamp Co blog

I really should try and do more challenges, it always gives me shot of creative muse.  This card will be entered in the theunitystampco.blogspot.com/2014/02/friends-with-flair.html  Friday's challenge to make a card using their stamps.

Because I have been working on projects here in the house, you know painting, fixing and yes still doing some unpacking after six years I haven't had much time to make my cards or do other creative paper projects.   This is the longest time in one house where I have not finished things quickly and it is really starting to grind on my nerves.  One is always more creative when ones surroundings are finished, or at least it is for me.  So I have had to put aside my addiction to stamping and all things paper and get busy with house projects.  Soon it will be gardening time, well a few months yet away but one needs to be thinking ahead on these things as time just disappears in the blink of an eye or so it seems.

This past week while working on doing the decorations for a baby shower I ran across this beautiful aged paper.  It just struck me how perfect it would be for some Unity Stamps I had.  I usually only use the portion of the many beautiful papers I have for just an accent on the front of a card and had never covered the front of a card fully with printed papers.  But this one called to me.

I stamped directly on the papers with the bird house from the Unity Stamp Set "Free to Be" and then embossed it in gold.  I loved it.  Next I stamped with distress stains using the bird flying stamp from the same set and cut it out.  

Stamps - Free to Be by Unity Stamp Co
Flower by Unity - don't have the name.
Distress stains by Ranger

Thanks for stopping by, have a blessed day full of love....Deborah

Thursday, November 7, 2013

"Be Inspired" Card Sketch Challenge

I often don't have time to do as many sketch or color challenges as I would like, but the sketch for this month's Unity "Be Inspired" challenge just suddenly hit me when I saw it.  I have been considering getting started on some Christmas cards and the round focus point of this sketch was perfect for Unity's little round snowmen.

Here is the parameters for the challenge.  Basically make a card using the sketches or the color format.  I went with the sketch of a card.

And here is my take on this sketch. 

Isn't this little guy just begging to be featured in a perfect circle?
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co.

Have a wonderful day....Deborah

Friday, November 1, 2013

Your Wings Exist

I love these stamp designs by Unity Stamp company artisan Phyllis Harris.  These kids are the cutest and the stamp sets have wonderful meaningful greetings that come with them.

Each week Unity Stamp Co. BlogSpot does a "Friends With Flair" posting where everyone is invited to make a card using Unity Stamps and post to the blog.  This is my card for today.

This is the cutest saying, can't you just imagine this girl standing on a hillside arms outstretched with a dream of flying?  I must have done this hundreds of times as a child myself, the wind in my hair and the view over the landscape.  Beautiful memories and hope this card may bring someone special.

Unity Stamp Co Phyllis Harris - Your Wings Exist

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by


Saturday, August 3, 2013


I am on a Roll.

Yep two blog entries in one day.  I also thought I would do a card for Casology - http://casology.blogspot.com/ challenge "Camp".

I made one of these cards many years ago using Stampscape Stamps and wanted to recreate it for this challenge. the background is made using a brayer, stamped with Stazon inks on gloss paper and colored with Stampin' Up markers.  Because all images are stamped in black there was no need to mask anything off.  Over all creating something like this is pretty easy it just takes some planning on where to place the images.

Stamps - Stampscape, Stampin' Up
Ink - Stazon, Stampin' Up markers and ink pads
Give this a try using multiple scenery stamps.