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I love crafting, especially rubber stamping. Most weekends I can be found surrounded by paper, rubber stamps and ink.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Happy Birthday To You

Hello,

Monday is done, so I only have two more days to work until I fly to Portland to see my sister's family and attend my nephew's graduation. I'm really, really looking forward to spending some time with them.

Yesterday after dinner, I made this card. The theme, masculine card, is for the Paper Players and the layout is from Sweet Sunday Sketch. I kept it simple and brown, LOL.

The main panel is water color paper that I streaked with Tim Holtz markers and water in various shades of brown ink. After it dried, I stamped the greeting with SU Early Expresso.





Supplies
Stamps: Another Great Year set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Tip Top Taupe and Early Expresso card stock, Tim Holtz water color paper, and Giddy Up by Carta Bella pattern paper
Ink: SU Early Expresso and Tim Holtz Distress Markers
Other: SU aqua painter pen, SU expresso candy dots, Die-namics die, the Big Shot and dimensionals

Have a great Tuesday and thanks for looking in,
Colleen 






Sunday, June 7, 2015

Graduation Season and Three Sketch Challenges

Hello,

I hope you all have had a great weekend.

I usually don't include multiple cards in a single post, but since these are all the same theme, graduation, I'm making an exception.

The first card uses the current Mojo Monday sketch. (Wow, no. 400! Congrats to Julee).




Card two uses the CAS(E) Sketch #126.



Card three uses the MFTWSC #231.



The first card is for my nephew, Ian. He graduates next Sunday from the Northwest Academy in Portland, OR and is off to Macalester College in St. Paul, MN in the fall. The second card is for our friend Kyle. He graduated yesterday from Franklin High in Franklin, MA and is off to UCON in the fall, and the third card is for Kyle's twin sister Kaylee. She is off to the University of Rhode Island in the fall. I'm so very, very proud of these three young adults and know they will do very well at their respective universities.

Supplies for card 1
Stamps: Bravo set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU black, Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder card stocks and SU Cherry On Top DSP
Ink: VersaMark and SU White craft ink
Other: SU white EP, heat tool, TE Grad Cap die, Die-namics pinking circle dies, TE sequins, Ranger multi medium, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Supplies for card 2
Stamps: Dream Big set by Taylored Expressions
Paper: SU Night of Navy, Bordering Blue and cream card stock
Ink: SU Night of Navy, Bordering Blue, memento tuxedo black, Copics
Other: SU stars sequins, SU label die, the Big Shot, dimensionals, Ranger multi medium

Supplies for card 3
Stamps: Pure Innocence Graduation Girl by My Favorite Things
Paper: SU Bordering Blue, Night of Navy, Lovely Lilac card stock, XPress-It Blending card stock, Tim Holtz water color paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, Tim Holtz Distress ink
Other: SU Arrows EF, Die-namics pierced fishtail flags dies, Fiskers corner punch, sequins, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Have a great work week and thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Monday, June 1, 2015

Happy Birthday

Hello,

It's been a few weeks since my last post because that "work thing" has gotten in the way of my stamping time again! I finally had some time on Sunday afternoon to sit down and stamp. I have several friends with birthdays this summer so I decided to use The Paper Player's Tic-Tac-Toe challenge to make a card for my stash.

I stretched my style a little with this "scrappy" card. This isn't my usual style, but I kind of like the way it turned out.




I chose the bottom horizontal combination for my card. Like everyone, I love this new flower from SU. We've seen it all over blog-land lately. I stamped it on SU water color paper with SU Craft black ink and embossed with clear EP. I used my new Zig CLEAN COLOR Real Brush water color markers to color the image. Jennifer McGuire has 3 good YouTube videos on these new markers. They are fun! A friend gave me a set of 12 because she didn't think she would use them. Lucky me! (Now I want more colors, LOL.) Also keeping up with trends, I used the "label" style greeting stamping "birthday" with VersaMark ink on black card stock and embossing with SU white EP.

Supplies
Stamps: You've Got This and Crazy About You sets by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU water color, Daffodil Delight, Basic black card stocks and SU Watercolor Wonder DSP
Ink: SU Craft Black, VersaMark and Zig CLEAN COLOR Real Brush water color markers
Other: Die-namics curved stitched rectangle and banner dies, SU Honeycomb EF, SU paper doily, SU aqua painter pen,  SU Hello You Thinlits die, tiny clothes pin, Ranger Multi Matte Medium, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Thanks for looking in and have a great week,
Colleen

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

You're Fantastic

Hello again,

Here is the fourth card that I made last Sunday, and it's for one of my fav weekly challenges, The Paper Players. This week, LeAnne has a color challenge for us. It's a pretty combination of soft colors and like LeAnne, I used them for a masculine card. (Actually, my card would probably work for masculine or feminine, but it's for my buddy Denis.) The colors are Pistachio Pudding, Lost Lagoon and Sahara Sand.




I got this cute Lawn Fawn set called "Best Pun Ever" a couple weeks ago. I stamped the fan with SU Craft black ink on SU water color paper and heat embossed it with clear EP. The image is water colored using SU markers in the appropriate colors and an aqua painter. I colored the ink onto an acrylic block then picked it up with the aqua painter. The greeting is heat embossed as well. I finished the card by covering the fan blades with SU Crystal Effects.

Supplies
Stamps: Best Pun Ever set by Lawn Fawn
Paper: SU Lost Lagoon, Sahara Sand and water color card stocks, SU Pistachio Pudding DSP and Echo Park Summer Bliss patterned paper (the color matches Lost Lagoon perfectly)
Ink: SU craft black, SU Pistachio Pudding, Lost Lagoon markers
Other: Die-namics pinking circle and stitched circle dies, SU clear EP, heat tool, SU Crystal Effects, SU aqua painter, enamel shapes, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Thanks, and Happy Hump Day,
Colleen

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sending Smiles

Hi and Happy Tuesday,

Cruising around "blog-land" on Saturday, I came across a newly started challenge called tgif challenges. I always like a good sketch to work with and their TGIFC02 challenge is a sketch challenge, so I decided to play along.

I've been watching some Kristina Werner YouTube videos on "no line" watercoloring and decided to give it a try using these Mama Elephant stamps. This is my first attempt and it was pretty fun. I will be trying it again. I like the painted look for a change from routine water coloring or Copic coloring where the lines are usually visable.




Following Kristina's instructions, I inked the images in a light color, in this case SU Crumb Cake. I "stamped" off on scratch paper then stamped onto SU water color paper. (for the balloon strings, I re-inked them before stamping onto the water color paper so they would be darker) Using Distress markers, I "colored" them onto an acrylic block, then used a paint brush to pickup water and the color to paint the images. I used my heat tool to dry areas before changing colors to avoid colors blending together.

The greeting is stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with SU white EP. The images were cut with various dies and used per the sketch layout.

Supplies
Stamps: Up and Away set by Mama Elephant
Paper: SU Mambo Melon card stock, SU water color paper, Carta Bella "Soak Up the Sun" patterned papers
Ink: SU Crumb Cake, Tim Holtz Distress markers, VersaMark
Other: SU label dies, Die-namics stitched circle die, SU white EP, sequins, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Thanks all for looking in,
Colleen

Monday, May 11, 2015

Friends. . .

Hello stamping friends,

I made four cards yesterday afternoon. I was in heaven, aka my craft room, all afternoon having loads of fun. Sunday's are when two of my favorite weekly challenges start. One of my favorites is Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge. Today's post is a birthday card that I made using this weeks #268 layout.



As you can see, I flipped the sketch to accomodate my image. Isn't this little elephant the cutest? I stamped him and his mouse friend in Memento tuxedo black and colored them with Copics.

Supplies
Stamps: Ella and Friends set by Mama Elephant
Paper: SU Calypso Coral and Smokey Slate card stock, XPress-It Blending card stock and SU Watercolor Wonder DSP
Ink: SU Island Indigo, Memento tuxedo black and Copious
Other: Die-namics stitched curved rectangle die, SU embossing folder, enamel shapes, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Sunday, May 10, 2015

You Brighten My Day

Hello,

I hope all the moms out there had a fun and relaxing day today. My mom lives far away, but thanks to the modern technology called FaceBook, I got to spend some time with her.

After our visit, I spent the rest of the day in my craft room working on some of my favorite challenges. Today's card is a thank you card made using the The Freshy Made sketch 185.



The mason jar and strawberries are stamped with Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics. The jar is cut out with the corresponding die. The strawberries are stamped inside the jar using masking technique.

Supplies
Stamps: Summertime Charm set by Lawn Fawn
Paper: SU real red and crumb cake card stock, XPress-It blending card stock, Doodlebug Fruitstand patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU real red, Copics
Other: Taylored Expressions Burlap embossing folder, Lawn Fawn dies, twine, sequins, the Big Shot, dimensionals

I hope you have a great week ahead and thanks for coming by,
Colleen