Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I've moved!

I started a new blog at oneartsycottage.wordpress.com. Come visit!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Holiday Home Bundle stamps & dies

Holiday Home stamps and dies are my  new favorites! I used them to stamp and color this house, the street lamps and the sentiment. There are so many possibilities for these: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, From our home to yours, and the list goes on.

Here is the stamp set - 24 stamps in all! I had fun coloring the house with my markers. I also used the Calypso Coral Add-on Celebration kit that was on special a few weeks ago. Here is a photo, but the colors are so much brighter and more intense in real life:

The stamp set and dies are available in a bundle so you save 15% - I just love a deal. Here is a picture of the coordinating dies for the houses:

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Watercolor cards inspired by a video

I watched a video from Catherine Pooler where she heat embossed a design and then used inks spritzed on a craft mat to color the paper. She used Distress Inks but I tried it with Stampin' Up! inks. 

I wanted at least one of the cards to be more masculine because I don't make many of them. Making several at a time would allow me to try several times to get a masculine look if I needed to.

I used watercolor paper and stamped the World Map stamp with Versamark ink. I heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then I dabbed the ink pads on my glass mat and spritzed the ink colors with a generous amount of water. Then I gently rubbed the paper to get good coverage. 

I colored the two on the right first and since I thought they looked masculine I used some pink in the final card. My favorite is the one on the lower left though, I just love the blue-green with the yellow.

Here they are all finished with a sentiment that can be used for almost any happy occasion. Which one is your favorite?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Christmas in July cards

At stamp club last week we had Christmas in July and made some festive cards. Cheryl was the hostess and wanted to try out the new Blendabilities markers from Stampin' Up!, so we colored the poinsettia and leaves. We also colored the pearls in the middle of the flower. These alcohol markers open up so many possibilities for coloring, along with stamped images, add pearls, rhinestones, patterned paper,and clear glue to the list!

You can't see it very well in the photo but the panel is brushed gold and has a shimmer to it, it's really pretty and a nice heavy weight. I have a feeling I am also going to find lots of uses for that new gold ribbon!

This scalloped tree wasn't one of the cards we made at club but I thought it was a fun way to use the Striped Scallop die. Maybe next time I will cut it so more of the scallops are closed so it looks more like a tree. I used the Blendabilities to color more pearls for the "ornaments" on the tree.

Which card would you rather get in the mail?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Watercolor and Typeset paper card

You may be seeing this Typeset paper a lot because I love it! It is thin like a page from an old book so it will work for lots of techniques, not just as a background for a tree. :)

The flowers were made by coloring on watercolor paper and using the new little flower punch. I enjoy watercoloring so much that when I have a bit of paper left over I'll color it and use it for the little punches - it comes in handy and I use up every bit of the paper that way.

Thanks for looking and happy Firday!