Archive for Watercolor

Autumn in Pink?

Well, sure you can have pink greetings in the fall season and maybe nobody will think you’re crazy.

I just love the way this little water color card came out.

a glamour close up…

A side view shows the “art” is lifted with Strip Adhesive.

Water color is a medium that takes patience and you’re always surprised by how it turns out when dried.  It can also be difficult if you don’t plan ahead for layering…

These two colors were left over on my palette after a water color online painting class and I just wet a piece of water color paper cut to card size and splashed it on when cleaning up one night.

The next day when I came into the studio I started working with the new Painted Harvest stamp set and this was my second card.  I hope you like it and if you’d like to try this technique, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White cardstock and water color paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large round water color brush, Black and Early Espresso markers and Strip Adhesive


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The water color paper is 3-5/8″ x 4-3/4″.  The water color was put on the water color paper really wet first one color and then the second.  I let them work on the paper lying flat and encouraged movement with a brush with just water.  Then I left it to dry overnight.  I know lots of people dry their paper, but you might be interrupting some great patterns that might not happen if you do.
  • Once your piece is dry, start with the base flower and Daffodil Delight, over stamp with Crushed Curry off setting the image.  Then with the detailed flower stamp add Pumpkin Pie.  Try inking with Cajun Craze just on the tips of the petals and around the center.  If you like it, do it one more time.
  • Stamp the center with Soft Suede and using Black marker add small dots around the perimeter of the centers.
  • Stamp greeting in Early Espresso.
  • Add to card front with Adhesive Strips.

How fun was that?  Wonder what blues would look like?  Oh! and that Lemon Lime Twist…I gotta go now.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!



Kitty Portrait…

Just an hour’s ride on the ferry from the port in Sorrento is the Isle of Capri.  It is the most magical place I have visited so far.  This new stamp set, Mediterranean Moments reminds me of places there and brings back such wonderful memories.  May be why I love it so much.

Today’s post is a note card with a kitty portrait…I also love cats.


It would not be uncommon to see this scene traveling to small towns in Italy.  And in Pompei it is the stray dogs…

There’s not much Stuff ‘N Digits to give, but here it is …

Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Crumb Cake Notecard, Gold Foil and Watercolor Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Happy Happenings (sentiment) and Mediterranean Moments
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, small round brush


  • The Gold Foil layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ attached to Crumb Cake Notecard with multipurpose glue
  • The Water Color layer is 3″ x 4-1/2″.  Stamp sentiment and image with Archival Basic Black Ink.
  • Using SU! watercolor pencils add color to image.  With water and small round brush, blend colored pencil.  Once dry (colors dry lighter than when wet) you can always add more color or darker shading.  You can also delete color while wet with a tissue or even re-wet an area and remove color with a tissue.  Play around with it…
  • Add the dried water color paper to the Gold Foil with Multipurpose Glue.

This is my last day working on Market products.  Tomorrow I can set up for early Monday morning.  Then this studio is getting a major clean up and organizing!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend…and I’ll see you back here on Monday.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Totally Trees Thanks…

It is no secret I like trees…Lovely As A Tree, Thoughtful Branches, Totally Trees…I love them all.  I mean there’s so much you can do with them in a background or foreground.  Heck they can be the focus of your work.

You can decorate them, take leaves off or add them in colors or leave the simple leafless tree.

Today’s post is made with Totally Trees.  Love this set…


Perfect for fall but you could just as easily make them summer or spring trees…or leave them naked!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake Notecard, Rich Razzleberry Cardstock and Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Dapper Denim, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Totally Trees and Grateful Bunch
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold Wink of Stella and Aqua Painter


  • The Rich Razzleberry layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-7/8″ attached to Crumb Cake notecard with SNAIL
  • The water color paper layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″.  Stamp several of the ground stamp at bottom.  Use an Aqua Painter to blend color.  Stamp Tree tops in colors then add tree limbs in Basic Black.  Splatter entire layer with Gold Wink of Stella.  Add to Rich Razzleberry layer with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a 3″ x 4-1/2″ layer of Rich Razzleberry with a Whisper White layer 2-7/8″ x 4-3/8″.  The matching inside sentiment is stamped in Basic Black and one Rich Razzleberry tree in the lower right corner.

A simple sweet thank you with a fall pop of color.

It’s Friday!…again!  Seems to me it’s Friday and before I can turn around it’s Friday again.  Maybe I’m running in circles.  Lots going on in the Studio these days.  Got a Kit Class coming up this week, swaps to make for OnStage-Atlanta, team goodies to complete, swaps and shoebox for Brian King’s WCMD2016-Atlanta, a daily blog to fill…not to mention the three holidays looming.

Sweetums and I are going to dinner and a movie tonight.  We did our civil duty today and voted…the lines were looooonnnnggg!  I’ve decided not to listen to any more of the political rhetoric…I’ve done all I can do.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


oh good grief…this made me laugh out loud.

Hope you are inky and HaPpY!


Hello Sunshine…

And sunshine is just what we have had plenty of here in Tennessee for the last ten weeks…

Today’s post is a nod to my oldest g’daughter.  Sunshine is what I’ve always called her and so this card will be winging its way to her soon…


Here’s a close up of the word framelit cutout…


Isn’t that awesome?  And so easy to create.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Watercolor Wishes (sentiment) and Wherever You Go (sunshine)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Aqua Painter, Sunshine Wishes Framelits


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
  • The Watercolor layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″.  Using reinker and an Aqua Painter work from darkest color to lightest, making sure the clean the brush of the Aqua Painter when changing colors.  Let the watercolor do its work by tilting the paper if you want that effect.  Let dry.
  • Stamp sunshine in Watermelon Wonder just below center of water colored layer.  Cut the word “sunshine” from the watercolor layer with framelit.  Stamp “hello” in Basic Black  over the cut out. Then attach this layer to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut four more “sunshine’s” from Thick Whisper White.  Glue layers together with fine tipped glue or multipurpose glue with the water colored layer on top.  Attach to card front in the space it was cut from with multipurpose glue.

This is an awesome technique that gives you the “wow” effect with less work than you would think.

I didn’t show the envelope but it has a couple of layers of color with the sunshine stamped in Watermelon Wonder on top to coordinate with the card front.

I’m pretty sure my g’daughter will be impressed and maybe a little touched with the sentiment.  She’s pretty amazing…(she will never see this!)Kendall

We were getting a Starbuck’s “fix”…

Got lots of new projects for you coming up this week…so be sure to stop back by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



I’m HaPpY cause I’m inky!


Thoughts For You…

Can you stand another bird card?  I mean this stamp set is another favorite from all the new products for me.  We feed, water and love watching all the birds in our little backyard and garden…


and a little close up..


I just love how clean and simple this card is.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Pool Party Cardstock, plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo and Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  Best Birds and Gorgeous Grunge (splatter)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Sequins, Birds and Blooms Thinlits and Linen Thread


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″
  • The Pool Party layer is 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The top Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Add background from Best Birds with Daffodil Delight.  Add splatters with Gorgeous Grunge stamp in Pool Party.  Color small flower with Flirty Flamingo and Soft Suede markers and stamp.  Add sentiment with Basic Black.  Add sequins with multipurpose glue.  Tip:  It is more pleasing to the eye to use uneven numbers when placing sequins.  Stamp the bird on watercolor paper in Basic Black.  Using an Aqua Painter with water and the lid of stamping pad, add Pool Party to top of bird and Flirty Flamingo to bottom.  Add Daffodil delight for beak and a little wash of Daffodil over the wing.  Cut out with Thinlit.
  • Place a deminsional on the card front where bird will be.  Add loops of Linen Thread looping back over the dimensional to hold in place.  Add dimensionals to back of bird and add to card front.
  • Inside there is a layer of Pool Party 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ with a Whisper White layer on top 4-3/8″ x 3-3/8″.

This is a great all occasion card to have in your stash…birthday, thanks, sympathy, get well…

So yesterday my son-in-love arranged for Sweetums to play golf with a general.  He said the course was so lush, in the mountains and beautiful.  He enjoyed a great day of golf and lunch with Gen. Puster from Fort Knox, Kentucky.


I think Gen. Puster is pointing out a hidden green.  You know…he never told me who won.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


To honor my two grandpups…Dutch and Stitch

Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!


Enjoy Your Day…

Sometimes questions come in asking where my inspiration for card design comes from…everywhere!

But, today’s card came from a piece of water color paper that had been on the top of my desk for maybe three weeks.  It had been painted for a project that just never developed.  But look at it today…


It was meant for this card.  Here’s a peek at the inside…


There was a piece I could use inside to coordinate.  I’m not saying some days ideas are like squeezing toothpaste from an empty tube, but most of the time they come faster than they can be made.  Those are the “happy dance” days.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Water Color, Elegant Eggplant, Thick Whisper White and Blushing Bride Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black.  Watercolors Aqua, Purple, Pink, Orange (they sound ugly together don’t they?)
  • Stamps:  You’re So Lovely and Number of Years
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  5/8″ Blushing Bride Seam Binding, White Craft Ink, White Embossing Powder, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Large Numbers Framelits Dies (banner), Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, Fun Foam, Basic Pearls and Linen Thread


  • The Elegant Eggplant base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Blushing Bride layer is 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • The Elegant Eggplant layer is 3 1/8″ x 4 5/8″
  • The Water Color layer is 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • Emboss the card front.
  • Run a piece of the Blushing Bride Seam Binding around the card front and attach with adhesive.
  • Add Blushing Bride layer to card front with adhesive
  • Add Elegant Eggplant layer over Blushing Bride layer with adhesive.
  • Stamp wreath in Craft White ink, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Attach Water Color paper to a piece of fun foam cut 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ with Tombow Glue.  Attach to card front with Tombow Glue.
  • Stamp frame and sentiment on scrap of Whisper White and cut with matching framelit.  Add to card front with dimensionals
  • Punch three Itty Bitty flowers in Whisper White.  Add pearls to centers that have been colored with permanent marker.
  • Make loops with seam binding and wrap with Linen Thread tying in a knot.  Add to card front with glue dots.
  • Inside there is a layer of 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ Blushing Bride attached with adhesive
  • On top a layer of Whisper White 3″ x 4″ attached with adhesive
  • Add a small piece of water colored paper to coordinate with card front with Tombow Glue

I am very impatiently waiting for Mr. Brown to deliver my new catalog preorder…why is he late today?

Hope you are having a wonderful day.  Thanks for stopping by…hope you feel inspired!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Soon…very soon!

Until then…I’ll be inky and…HaPpY


Periscope Technique…

Did you miss me yesterday?  There’s a story to tell…

But first let me say that today’s post (which SHOULD have been posted yesterday) is inspired by Frances Martin who I adore.  My card doesn’t resemble hers in looks, but the technique is the same.

So where was I yesterday?  Here early in the morning having coffee and answering emails which is my normal schedule… when the cable screen froze and internet went poof!

Good grief I was running around resetting my modum, unplugging my cable box while Sweetums was calling and talking to Comcast from India or somewhere about to blow a gasket.  We were told to do all we had already done and wait a bit to see if it would reset.  Another call to maybe outer space…I don’t know and still no help they said maybe tomorrow!

By this time it is afternoon and I was due to post my blog…no luck…no cable.  Finally Sweetums called locally and evidently was very persuasive getting a tech here.  The tech questioned me before arriving about the electrical box and the wiring box for our house.  I’m thinking, Dude, just get here and fix it.

Did I mention we are having house guest today? And that when the cable went out Sweetums was getting the central vac hose out of the closet?

Yep, he must have pulled the cable/internet plug from the wiring box when removing the hose…the guy plugged it in and was really nice even though I’m sure we had not been all day long.

Oh the joys…

Here’s a card for you to enjoy today now that I have cable again….


Oh Watermelon Wonder!  Here’s a side view so you can tell why it is call periscope technique…


And here’s the inside…


Thank you Frances Martin for sharing this technique!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Whisper White and Watermelon Wonder Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand and Watermelon Wonder
  • Stamps:  Butterfly Basics and Awesomely Artistic
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Blender Pen, Linen Thread, Watermelon Wonder 1 1/4″ Satin Ribbon, Circle Card Thinlets (sentiment label), fun foam, sponge, and square framelits


  • The Watermelon Wonder base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The first Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  • The first Watermelon Wonder layer is 3 3/4″ x 5″ attached to Whisper White layer with adhesive.
  • The second Whisper White layer is 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ attached to Watermelon Wonder layer with adhesive.
  • The square Watermelon Wonder layer is 3″ x 3″ attached at top center of Whisper White layer.
  • Cut a square of Whisper White 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″.  Stamp Flower image and color with Watermelon Wonder and Mossy Meadow with Blender Pen.  Stamp ferns in Mossy Meadow.  Stamp border in Early Espresso.  Sponge background and stamp splatters in Sahara Sand.
  • Using the square framelits and skipping a size in between each one, cut the 2 7/8″ square into three pieces.  Using the same framelits and fun foam cut one of the largest, two of the middle and three of the small square.  Attach to images with tombow glue.  Now attach each section to card front over the 3″ square Watermelon Wonder with glue.  Isn’t that slick?  I love how that looks…
  • Attach a piece of 1 1/4″ Watermelon Wonder Satin Ribbon around bottom of all layers.  Make loops of ribbon and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Tie to card front around base ribbon with Linen Thread.  Attach all layers to base card with glue or tear tape.
  • Stamp sentiment on Whisper White scrap.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black.  Add splats with Sahara Sand and a small fern in Mossy Meadow.  Cut with label from Circle Flip Card Thinlets.  Punch a hole and attach with Linen Thread.
  • Inside there is a 3 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ Whisper White layer with a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Watermelon Wonder layer attached.  Then a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ Whisper White with the image stamped in Basic Black, colored with Blender Pen, sponged in Daffodil Delight and splats added with Sahara Sand.

You could repeat the art inside the card to the outside of the envelope if you REALLY like the person you are sending this card to…

Love this technique and will be posting some other samples in the days ahead to inspire you to give this a try.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


That was yesterday…

Today I’m inky and sooooo HaPpY!


Sahara Sand Color Wash…

Last week there was a post similar to today’s card but done in Smoky Slate and with a different stamp.  This technique was inspired by a card Sandi MacIver posted which I loved.

Here’s a different look at the technique…


The Smoky Slate card was striking, but this one seems much warmer to me.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Watercolor paper, Basic Black and Sahara Sand Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black, StazOn Black and VersaMark Ink
  • Stamps:  Timeless Textures, First Sight and Best Thoughts
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Embossing Powder, White Craft Ink or White Gel Pen, Journaling Pen, Bleach and small round brush


  • The Sahara Sand base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Basic Black layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to card with glue
  • The watercolor paper is 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Start by wetting your watercolor paper thoroughly.  Drop Sahara Sand reinker with a wet brush all over the paper.  There should be no white spaces just a variation of Sahara Sand.  Dry with heat gun front and back to straighten paper.  Stamp Flower in StazOn Black Ink.
  • With a clean wet brush go over petals.  Then use reinker to darken each petal at centers and where indicated by stamp.  Dry.  With a couple of drops of bleach and your small round brush, touch the edges of each petal until you like the way it looks.  Now use your black journaling pen to go over any stamp lines that may need to be darkened.  Add white dots to stamens.
  • Stamp dots in Basic Black and the sentiment too.  Add the flourish stamp in VersaMark and sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Add words “kindred spirits” after stamping off here and there.  Add some white “three-dot clusters” here and there on card front.  Let dry.
  • Add watercolor layer to card front with glue or tear tape to be sure it will stay together.
  • Inside I have a Basic Black layer with a Whisper White layer over it for message writing.

I hope this post will inspire you to give this technique a go…it is interesting to watch the watercolor paper work with the water, reinker and bleach.

Yesterday was a “blow your mind” day on my blog with so many readers from so many different countries writing to me about the sampler featured yesterday.  My peeps are going to be so proud when I share that with them.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Who needs clothes?

Are you HaPpY?  …get inky!


Sepia Sympathy…

After watching one of Sandi MacIver’s video’s on sepia watercoloring, I just had to give it a try.  She used a warm brown and it was gorgeous, but I wanted to try this technique with Smoky Slate…


This technique incorporates several different techniques and was really fun to watch it evolve into this unusual collage-like card.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, and Basic Black Cardstock plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Smoky Slate, Basic Black, VersaMark and StazOn Black
  • Stamps:  Helping Me Grow and Timeless Textures
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Embossing Powder, sponge, White Gel Pen, small paint brush, bleach and Aqua Painter


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Basic Black layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to card front with adhesive.
  • The Water color paper is 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Using the Aqua Painter filled with water, wet the entire surface of water color paper.  Use ink smushed into ink pad lid and Aqua Painter to add color all over the wet water color paper.  Don’t leave any bright white spaces.  Dry with heat gun front and back to straighten paper.
  • Using StazOn Black ink stamp flower image to dried water color paper.  Color image lightly with ink in lid and Aqua Painter.  Go back and deepen some of the colors in flower centers and wherever you feel appropriate.  Using a tiny bit of bleach and small paint brush, tip the flower petal edges and any place you would like to highlight.  I used a journaling pen to re-establish some black lines in center and highlighted areas.  Using a white gel pen add dots to flower centers and here and there on background.
  • Stamp dotted background in Basic Black.  Stamp flourish in VersaMark and sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Stamp words on background after stamping off first.
  • Stamp sentiment in VersaMark, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  I outlined one side of each letter with my journaling pen to strengthen the sentiment.

Can you see this done in other colors?  Me too!  And I can’t wait to give them all a try.  You can watch Sandi’s video on youtube if that will help you.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


And be convincing for heavens sake!

Come get inky with me and Be HaPpY!



Sweet New Baby Art…

Becoming a new grandmother is one of life’s experiences where words simply can’t describe the love that fills your heart.  A very special friend of mine is looking forward to this experience in a few short weeks!

Learning from her that the new parents are planning a grey nursery with an animal theme gave me the idea for this framed piece…


It’s hard to tell from the photo…the size of the frame is 8 1/2″ x 12″.  Sweetums asked is the frame going to be painted?  Geez…no, it came that way from Hobby Lobby.

Do you zentangle?  This is an amazing art form that is new to me, but because doodling comes naturally to many, you’ll find it fun and relaxing.  The name was freehand in pencil, water colored and then outlined and zentangled with a  Micron pen on watercolor paper.  Next water was added under each letter and color was added to run off the page.

Now for the SU! part…All the animals are SU! stamps (Zoo Babies and Oh, Whale!).  Each animal was stamped in Daffodil Delight lightly for an outline.  Water coloring and outlining with a Micron pen finished off most of them.  Because of the type of frame, there was room for some dimension to the animals.

The giraffe is actually “fussy cut” and added over the painting.


The elephant has a jeweled blanket up on dimensionals as is the bird.  The head of the lion was also “fussy cut”.


This was fun to do and a challenge at the same time.  Here’s hoping the new mom and dad will like it enough to hang in the lil’ guy’s room.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…


Let’s get inky and…Be HaPpY!