Saturday, May 26, 2012

Morning Choice

No.1 was my choice!

When looking at the three choices this morning
the softness and delicate coloring of the leaves
made my choice very easy.

I am very glad that I waited as No. 3 was my first choice.


Distress Marker colors:
Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive,
Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo and Antique Linen.

Accented the Forest Green Cardstock with shades of
Moss Green and Gold.

 Embossed Holly & Swirl Cardstock I 
used as a "ribbon" trim.

I will craft the other two choices and will use the
Embossed Holly & Swirl Cardstock as a background.


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Green's - Bazzill, Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper
Embossed Cardstock: Michael's
Stamps: Snowflake and Holly - Penny Black, Sentiment - Savvy Stamps
Coloring: Distress Marker(s)
Embossing: Martha Stewart Embossing Stamp Pad and Antique Gold Powder
Embellishment: Hero Hues Pearls & Gems
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive, We R Memory Crop-a-Dile

Friday, May 25, 2012

Christmas in May

Turned on the Christmas music and had a fun day coloring!
Quite relaxing...coloring!

The stamp I choose is a Penny Black - Snowflake and Holly.
I thought it would be perfect with the patterned paper I had.
Deep Green Embossed Holly with Swirls.

I decided to try three different techniques to color using my Distress Markers.
With the three different techniques I used the same exact colors.
They all took on different shades of the colors.

No. 1 -  I colored directly onto the stamp with the Distress Markers.
Then I stamped the image on the cardstock.
The colors are very soft with a watercolor influence.

Colored on Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper.
No. 2 - After stamping the image I colored using
 Distress Markers directly on the Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper.
Blended so slightly with the water brush.
The colors are very deep and rich.

No. 3  - After stamping the image I picked up the
Distres Marker color off the craft sheet using the
Tim Holtz Water Color Brush.
The colors elegant and beautiful when watercolored.

Colored on SSS watercolor paper.

Now, the question is which one do I complete for my Christmas in May card?
I can't I am going to choose in the morning.
Check back!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Print and Solid Cardstock

 Happy Birthday! 
In Print and Solid Cardstock!

We celebrated two BIrthdays recently and I thought
it would be interesting to craft the cards using the same layout.

The difference one is using printed cardstock and 
the other one is using solid cardstock.

Happy Birthday to Per!
A wonderful man who my niece choose to become her husband!
We could not be happier!

 Distress Marker colors used:
Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint. Tattered Rose, Dried Marigold,
Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick,
Old Paper and Pumice Stone.

Printed Paper version is very fun and 
the colors blend beautifully!

The Solid Paper version is quite elegant.
Perfect for my husband, Ed.

Copic Sketch Markers colors used:
R32, R35, R37, R24, R27, R29, C1

Do you have a favorite? 
Please comment as I would love to know!


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Solid Paper - Bazzill, SSS Watercolor paper, Flourishes Basic White paper
Printed Cardstock: BasicGrey - Out of Print Batik and Odds and Ends
Ink: Printed - Archival Jet Black, Distress Ink Broken China
        Solid - Adirondack Espesso, Color Box Warm Red
Stamps: Stickable Stamps - Birthday Cake #F512S, Sentiment - A Muse
Coloring: Distress Markers and Copic Sketch Markers
Embellishment: Atyou Spica Clear Marker, Pebbles Jewel Candy Dots, Kaiser Rhinestones,
Ribbons: Tri-Mar, Uni-Ball Signa White ink Pen
Tools: Rubber Stamp Concepts Super Adhesive Tape, Tomboy Adhesive Tape, Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tim Holtz Water Brush

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Flower Cart

In April's Third Thursday Tools
mentioned that Patterned Papers were 
my inspiration for Spring!

The next two weeks I will be 
crafting cards with patterned paper!

As you can see I love flowers!

I challenged you to visit and shop with one of your favorite retailers.
That is exactly what I did!
I purchased the Flower Cart stamp at
Peddler's Pack shop located in Beaverton, Oregon.

My color chart showing the colors that I chose to
coordinate with the patterned paper.
For the first time I colored with Distress Markers.
They are a joy and fun to color with!

First, I colored the cart part of the stamped image.
Using the Tim Holtz Water Brush (fine detail nib).
I picked up the color after applying it to the craft sheet.
Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain and Mustard Seed.

Second, I colored the flower pots in
Rusty Hinge and Chipped Saphire.

Then I began coloring the flowers!
I colored them directly on the watercolor paper.
Aged Mahogany and Spun Sugar for the flowers.
Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters for the leaves.
I did use the water brush to "blend" the colors slightly.

The middle flowers I choose blue shades.
Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky for the flowers.
Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters and Crushed Olive for the leaves.
A hint of Pumice Stone for the tags.

My final flowers were Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade.
Leaves were colored in Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive.

Added a few Jewel Candy Dots on the spokes and pink ribbon!

Now, it is time to start choosing the next color palate!


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Shades of yellow - Bazzill
Printed Paper: Floral - BasicGrey Picadilly Home Sweet Home, Dot - Fancy Pants Marbles
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink - Coffee
Stamps: Peddler's Pack Flower Cart
Coloring: Distress Markers
Embelllishments: Pebbles Jewel Candy Dots, Pink Ribbon - Flower Market
Tools: Tim Holtz Distress Tool and Water Brush, Tomboy Adhesive, Glue Dots, We R Memoires Corner  Chomper, Rubber Stamp Concepts Super Adhesive Tape, Fiskars Paper Cutter

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Third Thursday Tools!

You are probably wondering how retail could be a tool?

It is so simple...without our brick-n-morter, internet and conventions
where would we purchase the tools we use daily!

I have overheard many women at conventions speak about retail stores closing.
Why is that? Can the customer base change this?
I think we can!

I challenge you to visit and shop in a brick-n-morter store in your area!

Retail Stores to visit in the Portland Oregon Area
Amazing stores filled with everything anyone could need.
From stamps,markers, inks, paper and tools!

Peddler's Pack - Beaverton, Oregon

Life's a Scrapbook - Sherwood, Oregon

Whimzee's Scrapbook Studio - Beaverton, Oregon

Paper Parachute - Hillsboro, Oregon

Where did all the stamps come from? A retailer!
What if you don't have a retail store in your area?
Internet shopping!

A few of my favorite on-line shopping retailers.

i (heart) papers

Papertrey Ink

Where did the inks and tools come from? Retailers!
Also, there are the papercrafting conventions.
CK Scrapbook Conventions and Scrapbook Expo.

There are many other retailers I stop in when traveling.
Scrappy Craft - Phoenix, Oregon
Stampin' Cat Studio - Salem, Oregon
Archiver's - Boise, Idaho

On my to go visit and shop list:
Impress Rubber Stamps - Seattle, Washington
Rubber Stamp Expo - Spokane, Washington

Share with me your favorite places to shop...
either bricks-n-morter, internet or papercraft convention!


Friday, May 11, 2012

Christmas in April...May!

How do I the explain the meaning of each Christmas Ornament?

With each ornament that I place on our tree my eyes start to tear.
Tears of joy and some sadness.
Each ornament represents a time in my life.
From going to school, career, family, parents and especially my husband.

It was fun to color this Hero Arts stamp in
traditional Christmas colors and non-traditional colors.
Shade of Baby Blue with shades of green and red tones.

Also, matching the patterned papers.
Ornaments with a stripe background.

 Every Christmas the tree has a special place in my heart!
Check back on May 25th for my Christmas in May card!


Cardstock: Kraft- Speckletone, Moss Green - Bazzill, Patterned - Ornaments - SEI Brillant Bulbs,
Stripe - Scenic Route Paper
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Stamps: Hero Arts Hanging Christmas Ornaments
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - YG93, YG95, YG97, B0000, B91, B93, R11, RV32, R56, R24, Y21, Y26, E31,  E43, Y28
Embellishments: Ribbon - American Crafts, Pearls- Kaisercraft, Atyou Spica (highlights)
Tools: Fiskars Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive, Therm O Web Foam Squares, Tim Holtz Edger, Crop-A-Dile Chomper

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spring Floral Bouquet

The colors of  Spring Flowers are very beautiful.
I thought I would share with you the bouquets 
from my Mother-in-law's Birthday luncheon.

Tulips, Sweet Peas, Ranunculus, Grape Hyacinth and Limonium.

Shades of pink, orange, purple, yellow accented with soft gray.

Taeko enjoyed her floral bouquets as much as I did creating them!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day

April Showers bring May Flowers!
April Showers provide the needed water for the May Flowers that bloom!

On the first day of May tradition shares with us that you are to leave a small bouquet of flowers on the doorsteps of friends and neighbors. The giver of the flowers rings the doorbell and runs away. If you catch the person leaving you flowers, a kiss is exchanged.

This beautiful bouquet of flowers was left on my doorstep. 
Two sweet young girls who live on our block was out delivering
 May Day bouquets to everyone.
My first May Day floral bouquet delivery I have received!

Now, when I walk past their home and look at their garden of flowers
 I will have a very fond memory of May Day!

Did you receive a May Day bouquet?