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Seaside Art…

It is amazing to me this stamp set is seeing ink for the first time…I mean, I loved this set from the “git go” and couldn’t wait to create with it.

What happened?  A lot of life and other creations!

But today I have a little Seaside Art to share…

Whoa!  Isn’t that fun?  I’ll give you all the Stuff ‘N Digits today and if there is enough interest I may make a video tutorial…

Here’s a different view and close up…

and from the top…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Baked Brown Sugar and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  High Tide and Wherever You Go (sunrays)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Sponge for each color, Artist Tape, Adhesive Strips
  • Here’s the tape I use for crisp edges every time…

  • Before starting this piece, a little practice on my grid paper gave me the confidence to go for it on my cardstock…

  • This is how I set up the cardstock with the Artist Tape…

  • Here I’m reusing the artist tape.  Taping down on the grid paper makes it easy to get perfect straight margins.

Digits

  • Cut the Thick Whisper White card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score, fold and burnish at 4-1/4″
  • Cut the top layer of Thick Whisper White CS 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.  Tape to grid paper.  I taped in two squares of the grid paper on all sides (makes a nice border).
  • First stamp the lighthouse in Archival Basic Black positioned to the right side and almost to the bottom.  Let this dry!  Or heat to dry.  Stamp again on post it note and mask the lighthouse.  Leave this mask on until all sponging and stamping is done.  You are going to love taking this off…I bet you do a little HaPpY dance!
  • Start at the top with Marina Mist and a sponge.  Leave some areas white to indicate clouds.
  • Sponge Daffodil Delight next in a swirling motion and blend into the sky area.
  • The using Calypso Coral and masking a horizon line sponge blending into the Daffodil Delight a bit.
  • Turn the mask to cover the top and sponge Pool Party for the water.
  • At the bottom sponge Baked Brown Sugar blending into the Pool Party a bit.  I know this is a retired color.  Feel free to substitute.
  • Add mask at bottom of horizon line again and stamp a portion of the sun with Calypso Coral.  Stamp sunrays over sun.  Remove the horizon mask.
  • Stamp water waves on the Pool Party.
  • Stamp sand around lighthouse with full strength Baked Brown Sugar.
  • Stamp seaweed in lower left corner.
  • Stamp birds in sky.
  • With your Calypso Coral sponge add reflection in water.
  • Now for the fun.  Remove lighthouse mask and carefully remove border tape.
  • I know you’re dancing!
  • This piece was mounted on the card front with Adhesive Strips.  You can see I added my artist signature to the lower right corner.  You should do the same!

If you try this you will love it.  And I’d love to hear from you too!

Yesterday Sweetums and I traveled to Nashville to attend our g’daughter, Kendall’s, baby shower.  My daughter, who is currently living in Seoul, South Korea, attend via FaceTime.  Here’s a pic of both of them…

Kelly, my daughter, stayed and chatted with everyone there and was able to watch Kendall and Morgan open all their gifts….making lemonade from lemons!

We are going to have 70s temps all week.  I do believe Spring is here!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

yep.

Try this new technique…you’ll be HaPpY!

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Dragonfly Art…

Home again from visiting “the littles” and miss them already!  And the flight home was uneventful but late, of course!

Flying is just such an uncomfortable experience anymore.  Never have I seen seats that had straighter backs and absolutely no cushioning at all.  I’m 4’11” and it was a challenge for me to fold myself into that contraption they sell as a “seat”!  But arriving in one hour and nine minutes on a trip that takes 9 hours (if you’re lucky) to drive sends me to the airport every time…

My first day home and I couldn’t wait to get to my studio.  I had spent my down time drawing sketches of ideas in my planner.   Here’s one of them…

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and another angle…

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So you can see the dimension of the frame and dragonfly.  The water color piece was a leftover from another project.  Generally I paint a whole piece of water color paper and save the scraps.  They do come in handy.

You might be able to see the “sparkle” on the dragonfly a little better in this shot…

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You knew I had to get a little sparkly in there.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black Cardstock, Vellum and water color paper
  • Ink:  Real Red and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams and Gorgeous Grunge (splat)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Scalloped Square Framelits Dies, Stitched Framelits Dies, Dragonfly Thinlits, Gently Falling Embossing Folder

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Real Red layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment at lower left in Archival Basic Black.  Stamp Real Red splats so that they will show after frame is put in place.  Run through Big Shot with Gently Falling EF.  Attach to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut the Basic Black Scalloped frame that measures 3″ x 3″.  The Whisper White frame is a little over 2-1/2″.  Use a smaller square framelit to cut out the center of the Whisper White piece.  You could use anything for the background of the frame…even DSP or stamp a small collage would be nice too.  I just happened to have this piece of water color paper painted.  Glue these three pieces together and place at top right corner of card front with multipurpose glue.
  • The detailed dragonfly was cut from the Valentine Paper Stack and the top layer of dragonfly was stamped with Archival Basic Black on cardstock Vellum and cut with framelit.  Run a bead of multipurpose glue down the center of the DSP dragonfly and place the vellum dragonfly on top.   The wings were painted with Clear Wink of Stella and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds. (I had to do it!)  Add a strip of adhesive on the bottom and place on card front.  You can bend the wings a little to give more dimension.
  • Inside there is a piece of Real Red 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a piece of Whisper White 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″.  I stamped the corresponding sentiment in Basic Black, add a splat of Real Red at the bottom and ran just the bottom inch or so through the Gently Falling EF.
  • You can see the envelope was treated to the Gently Falling EF too to correspond to the card front.

So I’m looking forward to getting back into my grove this week.  Hope you’ll stop back by…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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be HaPpY in it and get yourself inky!

 

 

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All Occasion Dragonflies…

This will be my third post with the new Dragonfly Dreams Bundle.  Honestly, there are so many more ideas for this bundle in my head I think I could do a couple of weeks without repeating myself.

But you want to see more new products from the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration, right?

Alrighty then, this will be the last of the dragonfly series for now…but be prepared for more!

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and inside looks like…

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This card is a good example of how squirrely my mind gets while working on a card idea.  The truth is this piece of really pretty water color paper was lying on one of the table tops and it just kept calling to me.  When the idea came to do a flock (is it a flock?) of dragonflies in these gorgeous colors, my mind immediately jumped to building a background for them to fly on.  And then what sentiment and what about some glamour?

So here are the Stuff ‘N Digits to explain the process…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Emerald Envy Cardstock, plus water color paper.
  • Ink:  Emerald Envy, Archival Basic Black, Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams, Gorgeous Grunge (splats) and By The Tide (script)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Baker’s Twine Trio Pack Gold Cording, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Seasonal Decorative Masks, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst or SU! Reinker

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Emerald Envy layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8
  • Spritz a piece of water color paper with water and spray Color Burst color pigment in your color choice and let the paper do the work for you.  If you don’t have the dry pigment, add drops of reinker in your color choice on the spritzed water color paper.  Let dry.  You can use Heat Gun.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp Gorgeous Grunge splats in Emerald Envy diagonally from bottom right corner twice.  Add a light layer of Soft Sky using Seasonal Decorative Mask and sponge to the background center right.  Add script from By The Tide in Archival Basic Black about 2/3 way up from bottom right side.  Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black to lower left side.  Attach this layer to the Emerald Envy layer with SNAIL.
  • Attach the gold cording around the top of these two layers with SNAIL.  Make a bow with several loops from gold cording and tie in center.  Attach to top center with glue dots.  Add to card front.
  • Cut the dragonflies from your water color paper and attach with small dots of multipurpose glue.
  • Inside the Emerald Envy layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ and the Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ attached with SNAIL.  A little bit of masking and sponging with Soft Sky and some Gorgeous Grunge splats in Emerald Envy at the bottom right will coordinate with the card front.  You could also add this to the envelope!

Building a multi-layered background for your stamping is a great way to create interest.  If you’ve never tried it, give it a go and see what you think.

Realizing there were daily complaints about the drought in our area, I am inclined not to mention we have gotten multiple inches of rain in the last week and things are floating away.  Just sayin’…

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope to see you here again tomorrow…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

100

does that mean you eventually grow up?

In the meantime…stay inky and HaPpY!

 

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Dragonfly Dreams…

Believe it or not there are several birthdays on my calendar for this month and next…yikes!  You would think there would be stacks of cards around here wouldn’t you?  Nope…

So clear the table tops, lay aside all the Christmas stamps and DSP and make room for one of the new stamps sets for a January release…

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And a peek inside…

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There is a suggestion of movement in each layer…that will wake you up.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Emerald Envy and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper and Vellum Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Emerald Envy and Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Dragon Dreams
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Gold Cording (Holiday Catalog), Clear Wink of Stella, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Masking Tape (low tack) and Ken Oliver’s Color Burst (Amazon)

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Emerald Envy layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Mask the shape with low tack tape (or remove some of the stickiness by bouncing the tape on your yoga pants…you know you have them on)  Spritz the card front with water and spray the colors you want to use. Here I used green, purple and yellow.  It just takes a small amount.  If the colors are not combining or you want a different effect, spray lightly with water again.
  • Now if you didn’t press your tape down securely all the way around or paint moves when you remove the tape, you may get the effect on my card.  I love the look, but if you want clean lines, just be sure to secure your tape edges.  Either way…it will be awesome!
  • Stamp your sentiment in Archival Basic Black at bottom left.
  • The Gold Cord was attached with a blob of multipurpose glue on the card front and laying down the cording in loops until I liked the way it looked.
  • To make the dragon fly layer on water color paper underneath the vellum layer, I had a piece of water color paper I colored when doing the masked shape.  Once dry, stamp the image in Archival Basic Black and cut with matching thinlit.  Attach to card front with dots of multipurpose glue.  Add Clear Wink of Stella to wings and dust with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.
  • Cut details dragon fly from Cardstock Vellum.  Paint wings with Clear Wink of Stella and dust with Dazzling Diamonds.  Attach over water colored dragon fly by adding a thin line of multipurpose glue to center of body.
  • Inside the Emerald Envy layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 3-1/8″.  The wings color is Soft Sky with Emerald Envy around the edges (Rock ‘n Roll method) then the detail stamps over the wings in Archival Basic Black.

Are you multi-tasking all over the place getting ready for the holidays and still trying to keep up with your regular schedule and commitments?  The result seems to be light sleep and frayed nerves…I see it everywhere!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

99

hmmmm.

I’m going to stay inky…and be HaPpY!

 

B

Amazingly Artistic…CYCI #79

Sunday means the CYCI Challenge and this week it is Designer’s Choice. Most of us are at the SU! convention in Salt Lake City this week having the time of our life after working so hard to get all our swaps, shoebox swaps and gifts made!

This set I’m using today practically jumped off the catalog page at me when I first saw it.  This one is right up my alley and a favorite.

Last Saturday for class we created this card and everybody seemed to like this set as much as I did at first glance.

Here’s the card we created…

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and because this is a “tunnel card” here’s the inside…

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Just in case you’d like to give this card a try, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Mint Macaron and Whisper White cardstock, plus In Color Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow and Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Timeless Love (sentiment) and Amazingly Artistic
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Lots of Labels Framelits

Digits ‘N Directons

  • The outside Mint Macaron base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The inside Whisper White layer is 5 1/4″ x 8 1/4″, scored at 4 1/8″ (center)
  • The inside/inside layer of Mint Macaron is 5 1/4″ x 8 1/4″, scored at 2 1/8″, 4 1/4″ and 6 3/8″
  • The vertical layer is 2″ x 4″, the DSP is 1 7/8″ x 3 7/8″
  • The smaller layer is 2″ x 1 3/4″, the DSP is 1 7/8″ x 1 5/8″
  • Stamp a collage on the card front using Mint Macaron for everything except the ferns use Mossy Meadow.
  • Add Linen Thread to bottom of larger vertical layer before attaching to card front.
  • Attach vertical layers together with adhesive and add to card front.
  • Stamp sentiment with frame on scrap of Whisper White and “fussy cut”, add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Stamp the center of the Whisper White layer with Mint Macaron and the sentiment in Memento Black.  Attach with adhesive to inside of card front.
  • Using the Lots of Frames Framelit, cut out center of inside Mint Macaron layer.  Stamp ferns in Mossy Meadow and add small Linen Bow with glue dot.
  • Using heavy weight adhesive, attach inside layer at the two side panels to the card.  Fold center score toward you as you close the card and side panel scores away from you. Burnish all score lines with bone folder.

Everyone seemed to enjoy this card fold for something a little different.  Hope you will give it a try.  Let me know if you have questions.

Remember you have until Friday at noon to get your entry into CYCI at canyoucaseit.com  Come on over and play along…it’s fun!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

strength

Well I’m sniggering at that one…if it’s dark chocolate, forget about it!

Hope you are inky…and HaPpY!

B

Smiling Hedgehogs…

Yep, if the Koala Bear wasn’t cute enough for you, how about these adorable little hedgehogs?  Can you look at this card and not smile?

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Now today I used the Grey Blendability Pens to color everything and like the look I achieved.  Like most of us I’m still practicing with them and learning what works best with which stamp set.

This is another single stamp set found on page 113 of the annual catalog and I just couldn’t resist.  This is the perfect sentiment for so many situations that many of us find ourselves in these days.  Maybe you could use a card like this one…here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff:

  • Paper:  Whisper White, Hello Honey, Smokey Slate cardstock.  Flower Pot DSP
  • Ink:  Blendability Pens Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Smokey Slate and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  A Little Smile
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Daffodil Delight Seam Binding

Digits:

  • Base card of Daffodil Delight is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Flower Pot DSP is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Smoky Slate layer is cut 1/8″ larger than the Whisper White layer
  • The Whisper White layer is cut after coloring.
  • Place a band of the Daffodil Delight Seam Binding around the DSP layer before attaching to card front.
  • After coloring the stamped image with Blendability Pens, attach to Smoky Slate layer and add at an angle on card front with dimensionals.
  • Add Daffodil Delight bow.

I’m in love with this little stamp and feel it will come in handy so many time and maybe bring a smile to someone’s life who is facing a difficult situation.

Glad you stopped by today…hope you come back often and always leave with a little inspiration.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”I’m fairly certain given a cape and a nice tiara I could save the world.”

Like always, I’m inky…and I’m HaPpY!

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