Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Shades of Brown

From my last blog I promised to post results from 
stamping images in shades of brown.
Then how they colored!

The 3 shades of brown I choose to stamp:
Memento - Toffee Crunch
Archival Ink - Coffee
Adirondack - Espresso 
(yes, I did go back to my favorite color)

First Shade of Brown - Archival Ink Coffee
Colored using Distress Markers

Second Shade of Brown - Memento Toffee Crunch
Colored with Copic Sketch Markers

Third Shade of Brown - Adirondack Espresso
Colored with Copic Sketch Markers

What did I discover?
1). How important the intensity the shade of brown must be
2). How different the effect of color is when the same shade of
 Copic Marker is used - E81 and E44 basket horn  
3). The impression and detail that the stamp gives after coloring

Cornucopia is a symbol of Abundance
Next images I will stamp using Memento in Rich Cocoa and Espresso Truffle.
 Please comment what your thoughts are on stamping with different colors?


Card #1
Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Eggplant and Butternut - Bazzill
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey -  Eerie
Stamps: Cornucopia - Stampendous on SSS Watercolor Paper
Coloring: DIstress Markers in Fall tones, Tim Holtz Water Brush
Embellishment: Mon Ami Gabby Burlap
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive, Sticky Thumb Dimensionals, We R Memory Corner Chomper

Card #2
Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Orange - Core' dinations, Purple and Taupe - Bazzill
Stamps: Cornucopia - Stampendous, Salutation = Papertrey Ink - Falling Leaves
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers -   E81,E44,YR04,YR07,YR09,YR23,YR24,E35,E41,E57,R22.R24,R29,V22,V25,V28,YG21,Y08,YG23,YG25,YG13,YG63,YG67
Embellishment: My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots
Tools: Tim Holtz Sander and Distresser, Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Third Thursday Tools

Simply...the Color Brown!

When stamping an image on to white paper 
99% of the time I use Adirondack - Espresso ink to stamp my image.
Dark Brown the color of soil - or as known "dirt".
And, we all know where flowers are planted... in dirt!

Why not black?
Just my opinion but the color black seemed harsh when coloring florals.
I want the color of the flowers to be the focus point.

Now, don't get me wrong I love the color of Black...
most of my clothing options are black
(from my Nordstrom days).
Or at least paired with Black!

I have noticed on many blogs that designers are trying
 new colors to stamp an image.
From shades of gray, brown and even black.

The photo above is an amazing idea shared in the
 Kick Start - On LIne Card Class by Kelly Rasmussen (guest artist).

Now, I am challenging myself to use different shades of the color brown.
I choose my colors from my Ink Swatch Tags!

I will be coloring Autumn images stamped with
Archival Ink and Memento Dye Ink in different shades of brown. 

Between now and Thanksgiving (just one week away) 
I will show you on the finished colored cards!

Please check back!


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Trick or Treat!

Happy Witch discovered on one of my morning walks.
Whether you are carving pumpkins into Jack o' Lanterns,
trick-or-treating in a special costume, 
answering the door and sharing candy to the children,
apple bobbing or visiting a haunted house
... simply enjoy!

Friday, October 26, 2012

4523 Miles and 10 States!

Traveled 10 States, 4523 miles all in the Abarth!

My Husband, Ed and I went on a very special road trip!

1).  Visiting with my best friends in Denver, Colorado -
Kim, Rosanna, Flo and Randy! Also, Gail and Cassie!

2). Seeing that my childhood home in Denver is still nice!

3). Dallas, Texas - City that started my Fashion career.
Having brunch with the Dallas Fashion Ladies -
Mary Sue, Cindy and Jolene!
(More on these woman in next blog)

4). Visiting the John F. Kennedy Memorial.
It gave me a greater perspective on the President's life and history.

5). The Dallas Arboretum - amazing garden!
Ed and I were so surprised at the pumpkins in the gardens!

6). Also, in the Dallas Arboretum the amazing glass artistry of Dale Chiluly.
Simply takes your breath away!
 Such inspiration using colored glass!
(Future blog)

7). Okay, I admit it I am a fan of the television show Dallas!

Yes, we went to Southfork!  
Missed the new season of filming by one day!

8). Santa Fe, New Mexico
Beautiful architecture and spirit!

"Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha"
Honored for  embracing Kindness,  Forgiveness, Love,
Compassion and Joyful of Peace.

9).  Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Words can not express her talents for painting and her love of New Mexico!

10). Las Vegas, Nevada
Visting our friends Jim and Renee! Also, Potter and Toby!

11). Food and Wine!
Great steak at Red Rock Canyon Grill in Wichita, KS
Tex-Mex at Gloria's and Southern Style Barbecue at Smoke in Dallas, TX
Fried Chicken at Babe's in Fort Worth. TX
Fabulous margaritas at Agave Lounge in Santa Fe, NM
Grilled Barbecue at Cruisers on Route 66 in Williams, AZ

12). One of the best Birthday's I have had!
Early BIrthday cake at Flo and Randy's!
Wonderful gift, dinner and a very special day from my husband Ed!
Also, a scavenger hunt from Kate and Per to Central Market!

One of the best days were in Ft. Worth!
A day at the Texas Motor Speedway for owners of the Abarth by Fiat!
(the reason for this 3-week road-trip)

Ready, Set, GO!
Ed racing!

Ed getting ready to go on the track!
Ed racing on the track in the Abarth!

It was such fun to watch Ed race around the track!
Also, meeting Lisa!

This "road trip" was one of our "pretty good" trips!

Hope that y'all get the chance to take a road trip -sightsee and explore!
Even if it is a day trip!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Christmas in September

Contemporary - Bold Colors for Christmas!

Black is always an elegant and refined color.
Yet, when used as color for a reverse stamping technique...
black simply showcases the other colors you have chosen.

The first time I saw black used on a reverse stamp was card that Kristina Werner
created for Stretch Your Stamps - On LIne Card Classes.
It jumped off the page for me!

Embellished using Twinkle Goosebumps - color gray-green!
Right now we are in week two of Kick Start - On Line Card Class.
Kristina and Jennifer McGuire challenged us to pull something
out of our stash that we have not used... for me the reverse stamp.

Heat Embossed the sentiment using Martha Stewart Ebony embossing powder.
New bright green silk cardstock and gunmetal metallic cardstock
giving the card a Holiday feeling!

Tip# 4
Always use a brayer when applying ink onto the
 cardstock from a reverse stamp.


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, LIme Green - Silk Cardstock, Gunmetal - Bazzill
Ink: Archival - Jet Black
Stamps: Reverse - (Not sure)  possibly Hero Arts?, Sentiment: Memory Box
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - YG01,YG21, YG23, YG03, R22, R24, R27, R29
Embossing: VersaMark, Martha Stewart Ebony Embossing Powder, Martha Stewart Heat Gun, EK Success Powder Tool
Embellishment: Queen Co. - Twinkle Goosebumps, Spica Marker, Ribbon - Peddler's Pack
Tools: Adhesive- Tomboy, Rubber Stamp Concepts Adhesive Tape, Fiskars Paper Trimmer, Recollections Brayer, We R Memory Corner Chomper

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Third Thursday Tools

Road Trip Supplies!

My husband, Ed and I are venturing out on a road trip.
I thought do I want to take any papercrafting supplies with me?
The answer of course is, Yes!

First item on the list - Copic Sketch Markers!
How do I travel with all of my markers?
With my Copic 72 piece Wallet.

This month's Third Thursday Tool!

When I received this Copic Wallet the question was - 
Will I really use it? How can I narrow down from using all of my markers?

So... I sat down with all my sketch markers and created color charts.
Color charts using my personal color palates.

Color Palate Charts I created are
Color Wheel Basic, Spring, Summer and Fall.
Each Color Palate Chart has 72 colors selected.
Same number of slots the Copic Wallet has to hold the markers.

Above is the photo from my Color Wheel Basic and Spring color palate.

Now, the Copic Wallet is empty.
I will fill it with Color Wheel Basic and Fall color palate.

Then I will be ready to go...Vroom!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Last few weeks of Summer

What have I been doing and where have I been?
Outside enjoying the sunshine!

First, I absolutely love the month of September.
It is a perfect time to spend outdoors visiting new areas and having fun!

We explored the Eastern part of Oregon -
Baker City, Joseph and Hell's Canyon.
Part was driving in a car and part on a Harley...yes a Harley!
(Photos will come in a future blog)

One day I went to the Swan Island Dahlia Farm in Canby, Oregon.
Simply... it takes your breath away when you see it.
It is my pleasure to share the gardens with you!

I hope you enjoyed the dahlia's!
Now, I need a great Dahlia stamp - any suggestions?


Monday, August 27, 2012

Block Party

In my neighborhood I saw parties happening on the blocks.
Then, I though why not have a party on the block that we live.

Now we are celebrating our 3rd Annual Block Party!

Reminder invitation for our Block Party.
It was fun to color the flowers using a array of colors.
Every Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
We block off the street, bring out the grills, tables and chairs.
Salads, Desserts and drinks!
Kids play games, color the sidewalks with chalk, play sling-ball and visit!

It is such a pleasure to make time to spend with your neighbors!


Cardstock: - Bright Green - Bazzill, White - Flourishes Summer Blossoms
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Stamps: Flourishes Summer Blossoms
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - Lots of colors
Tools: Dies - Spellbinders Labels Eight, Cuttlebug, We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-dile, Scotch Advance Tape

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Christmas in August


There are those times in life when your list of what you
 want (or need) to do is so long.

For me it is wanting to be outside enjoying the sun and blue skies,
before the weather turns gray and rainy!
My fellow Oregonians will understand!

So... I simply crafted this card for the Holiday Season.
Stamped using one of the new colors from Memento - Love Letter

Added a bit of glitter for sparkle!
Perhaps I will send this one to my Granddaughter, Daphne.
She loves glitter!


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone
Ink - Memento Love Letter
Stamps: PrintWorks - Poinsettia, Sentiment - Memory Box
Glitter: Martha Stewart Garnet
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Martha Stewart Fine- Tip Glue Pen

Thursday, August 23, 2012


When you think of a border I envision the outer edge.
The edge of a square, circle, triangle, objects even a flowerbed!

I placed my border stamps in the middle of this fun and bright card.
It was fun to flip the borders one up and one down.

Flowers are from the Hero Arts Stamp & Die-cut
Heat embossing the flowers and borders added a little shine in the light.

The small flower is placed on the larger flower
 using foam square for dimension.

Tip #3
Challenge yourself to think and
explore new options when stamping.
Now, I am thinking outside - at least outside the edges!

Next Stamp - Reverse


Cardstock - Kraft - Speckletone, Purple, Red, Orange and Green - Bazzill
Stamps: Borders - Making Memories, Flowers - Hero Arts Stamp and Die Set Floral
Embossing: Ink - Versamark, Embossing Powder - Stampendous Clear Transparent
Tools:  Martha Stewart Heat Gun, Therno O Web Foam Squares, Adhesive - Tomboy

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Third Thursday Tools

Early mornings I am in my garden cutting flowers for our home.
What do I use to cut my flowers with?
Felco F-6 Classic Pruner - Third Thursday Tool.

The Felco F-6 Pruner is made for smaller hands, 
have light weight handles and a wonderful blade of hardened steel.

Felco Pruners used for cutting Lantana flowers from my cutting garden.
 Also, I use these pruners when designing floral arrangements.
Tip - Always cut flowers on a angle prior to arranging in a vase.
Angled cuts allows the flowers to take in more water.

My favorite flower tool! Felco F-6 Pruners!

"Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; 
they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul."
- Luther Burbank

I do believe this quote!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Olympic Bouquets

The 2012 London Olympic Games have been a true pleasure to watch.
The competitions, stories of the athletes, strength of each team and each athlete.
I have felt the excitement of each sport.

When the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are given and the 
National Anthems are being played, I must admit tears have come to my eyes.

The Victory Bouquets are a symbol of the same pride that each athlete has.

The bouquets are created by Jane Packer floral shop in London.
Jane Packer passed away last year, her legend lives on.

The Victory Bouquet was designed by the
 creative director, Susan Lapworth of Jane Packer.

Every flower is grown in the United Kingdom.
Roses, Mint, Rosemary, Lavender and Wheat.

The bouquets were designed to mirror the image of the
 logo for the London 2012 games.

What I find touching is that each bouquet is created by
 students from three floral design schools in England.
These students will create 4800 floral bouquets to be given to the athletes.
They wanted the floral community to be part of the excitement.
That is where the Pride is shared!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012


What is Collage?
My definition is placing one "thing" on top of another "thing".

What is the "thing"?
Stamps, coloring and adding embellishments.

This Papillon stamp by Stampers Anonymous was on my shopping list
after taking the Creative Chemistry class taught
 by the expert on Collage  - Tim Holtz.
Then when it appeared on the supply list for Stretch your Stamps.
I had to have it!

First I colored in the shades of blue. 
Hero Arts Shadow Ink Soft Pool.
Distress Ink Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire.
I applied the ink color using Tsukineko Sponge Daubers
 after masking off the color blocks using Eclipse Tape.

Once the color blocking was dry I heat embossed
the butterflies on top of the color block.

Then I stamped the wording on top of the 
color block and the butterflies.

At this point I could of added a type of embellishment.
I choose a clean Collage!

Tip #2
Type of inks you use to color white cardstock with.
Distress Inks we all know are wonderful for this technique.
Hero Arts Shadow Inks blended very clear. 
I can't tell a difference between the colored cardstock background piece
 and the Hero Arts Ink that I sponged on white cardstock.

Please share what inks you like to sponge or blend on white cardstock?

Next Stamp - Border!


Cardstock: Kraft- Speckletone, Pool Blue from my stash, White - Flourishes Classic White
Inks: Hero Arts Shadow Ink Soft Pool, Distress Ink - Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire, Adirondack Mushroom
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Papillon- Tim Holtz Collection
Embossing: VersaMark, Stampendous Embossing Powder Pearl White, Martha Stewart Heat Gun
Tools: Tsukineko Sponge Daubers, Tim Holtz Distress Edger