Just a note to let you know in advance I’m moving my stamping to a brand new Blogger blog. It’s prettier, and I think it will eliminate the occasional difficulty some folks have trying to leave comments.
My first stamping post there will be Monday, July 25. However, it’s live now if you’d like to take a peek and subscribe by email or a reader. It’s still called Running With Scissors… <------- That’s the link to the new blog. I hope to finish up a few more details between now and Monday, but I have a feeling I’ll be working on it behind the scenes for quite a while yet.
This blog will still be here until circumstances beyond my control make it disappear. None of its content will move to the new location, but I plan to make a page of favorites or a photo album or something. We’ll see.
Here we go with another Double D Challenge, friends. Darlene’s favorite color is purple, so it stands to reason she was going to present us with a purple challenge at some point. Well, today’s the day – Shades of Purple. And when Darlene says “purple”, I do purple.
I’ve used my brand new Dynamic Duos: Foxglove and Ranunculus clear stamp set from Power Poppy and colored with Prismacolor pencils on 140 lb hot press watercolor paper. It came out looking watercolored. Interesting. I’m experimenting with different papers for Prismacolor pencils. This may not be “the one”, but it worked pretty well. The image was stamped in Memento London Fog which minimizes the outline, but it doesn’t completely disappear. Makes coloring so much easier when you can still see the lines.
This old BasicGrey Wisteria designer paper is one of the few pads I have with purples, so out it came, and the Pale Plum card base was texturized with a Darice Basket Weave embossing folder. There are more details in the card recipe at the end.
Hello, again! I’m back to coloring today and this time it’s all done with dies. I buy these large dies and then I hardly get around to using them because I’m always wanting to color something, so today I watercolored the die cut. This Rose Bouquet die is new to me, from a 75% off all Die-namites sale at Dies R Us recently. How could I not take advantage of that? Amazing how many dies you can pick up for a very small cost at such a discount.
I put a soft watercolor blend on the background and added glitter to the rosebuds. The sentiment is from the Power Poppy Short Stacks clear stamp set. It’s a perfect fit in the ribbon banner!
I’ll keep this short today and put the details in the recipe below. I’ll return on Wednesday with a new Double D challenge. Hope to see you then!
Stamps: Power Poppy Short Stacks sentiment Paper: 140 lb hot press watercolor, tan Hero Arts pre-cut card base, Neenah 110 lb white layered under die cut to add dimension Ink: Palette Noir (sentiment), Tombow markers for watercoloring die cut, SU! Pool Party and So Saffron for soft watercolor background Accessories: Stickles Stardust glitter, pearl, Die-namites Rose Bouquet, Spellbinders A2 Devine Eleoquence, Labels Twenty Eight, Ribbon Banners, Scotch brand foam mounting tape
Well, we made it to Friday! I still look forward to the weekends even though I’m retired now (pinch me, I’m dreaming). It’s a mindset 30 years in the making. I’ll be staying home, most likely, and I hope you’ll be doing something that makes you feel happy and relaxed. Somehow watercoloring has always been relaxing for me. I’d hoped to make today’s card more painterly, but I’d stamped the image in such a light ink that it required me to work some of the details back into it. A little more time invested than I’d planned, but there was no need to hurry, anyway. I’ve used Power Poppy’s Geraniums Take Two with a verse from the Olive & Oak Expanded set. This card fulfills a special request for this particular verse.
My geraniums were stamped with Ranger Distress Tea Dye ink and colored with Ranger Distress Persimmon. Details were added in with SU! Poppy Parade. Leaves are Adirondack Pesto. I used Pesto for the leaf details, as well. A little shadowing and color was added around the image with SU! Perfect Plum and So Saffron.
The verse was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, nice and crisp on the watercolor paper. I always use my old faithful Stamp-a-Ma-Jig stamp positioner for placement of sentiments. After the first stamping I keep the positioner in place, and if a second stamping is necessary I can simply ink up and stamp again directly over the first.
Now, about those orange geraniums… I’d never seen orange geraniums before, honestly. Have you? Maybe they’re nothing new, but they stopped me in my tracks when I was out flower shopping this year. I brought home two of them and put them together in a large pot, hoping they’ll come back bigger and even more beautiful next year.
I’m still coloring a little everyday per the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I started some orange tulips at the same time, but then got a wild notion to clean and tidy my stamp room. About four hours worth of cleaning and tidying, but it’s so pleasant in there now. I might even finish those orange tulips. Have a good day!
Stamps:Geraniums Take Two, Olive & Oak Expanded (sentiment), retired SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds (speckles) Paper: Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor paper, Mellow Moss, Bazzill ivory Ink: Ranger Distress Tea Dye and Persimmon, Adirondack Pesto, SU Poppy Parade, Perfect Plum, and So Saffron, Versafine Onyx Black Accessories: None
Hello, there! I’m back with something fun today, again in the spirit of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I colored this on Day 2. It’s a birthday card for a girlfriend who doesn’t go so much for flowers and girly things, but I’m pretty sure she’ll get a kick out of this.
My Bugaboo Hey Chickie has moved her nest out in front of the coop as it’s just too hot inside. She has a lovely home, doesn’t she? I cut the chicken wire from light gray cardstock and sponged with rust ink. The leafy border was cut from white and sponged with green ink. The flower was sponged with yellow. Other coloring was done with Copics. I added Cinnamon Stickles to the flower center and Holiday Red Stickles to the heart on the sentiment. I’ve stocked up on wood grain designer paper which I love for just about everything, so I’ll probably be using a lot more of it. It sure worked great for the chicken coop! Look below my signature for a full list of supplies used. Moving right along to the next bit of coloring… Have a good day!
Stamps: Bugaboo Hey Chickie digi Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Kraft card base, Sahara Sand (chicken wire), Elizabeth Craft Through the Lens Wood Series designer paper Ink: Printer, Wild Wasabi, Really Rust, Summer Sun, Copics for coloring Accessories: Cinnamon Stickles, Holiday Red Stickles, Memory Box Oval Master Frame, Poppystamps Sylvan Frame, Cheery Lynn Chicken Wire Frame, Scotch brand foam mounting tape
I’m taking Kathy Racoosin up on her 30 Day Coloring Challenge this month. It started on the 5th, which is when I colored this, but I had other posts scheduled so had to wait to share. The idea is to do at least a little coloring every day, even if only for five minutes. I don’t imagine I’ll be able to finish a card every day, as it takes me almost as long to decide what to color as it does to actually color it.
From among the many stamps I had out on my desk I chose to use Heartfelt Creations Home Sweet Home and colored with Copics. The image worked with the card parts I’d pulled out of the basket. Call them card parts, spare parts, leftovers, set asides, temporary rejects… you know what I mean. I’m trying to use them up. Today it’s the card base, which is very old cardstock weight double-sided designer paper by My Mind’s Eye. Additionally, I used a Cheery Lynn Dutch Daisy A2 Stacker Frame, also from the basket. By the way, there’s not a daisy in sight on this die. I do see tulips. At any rate, it’s a pretty die. I cut the largest die, then placed the next size in the middle of that die cut and ran it through again, which is how I got the double border. Pearls and ribbon finish it off.
I may be doing so much coloring you’ll get fed up with me. I’ll be back soon! Till then, have a happy day!
Stamps: Heartfelt Creations Home Sweet HomePaper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, My Mind’s Eye Kaleidoscope designer paper Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pool Party, Copics for coloring Accessories: Pearls, ribbon, Spellbinders Labels Twenty Eight, Cheery Lynn Dutch Daisy A2 Stacker Frame, Scotch brand foam mounting tape
Happy Friday, all! The other day when the wind was blowing raucously through the tree tops I hunkered down in my stamp room long enough to make a card. I used my Peony Love digital stamp from Power Poppy. What a beauty! I’ve been meaning to get this one colored up for a long time. Since I needed a thank you card I chose a sentiment from the Potted Primroses clear set.
After coloring with Copics I cut out the center with a craft knife. Layered that onto the green which I’d cut a hole in with a circle die. The pretty butterfly fluttering in the center is a Little B sticker. I used ribbon, too! It’s adhered flat with 1/2” Scor Tape and the ends frayed slightly. I sanded the green cardstock and added a die cut fence, also sanded just a bit. I didn’t photograph the Copics, but I’ll list them:
Light pink flowers: RV00, RV02, RV04
Dark pink flowers: RV10, RV63, RV55, RV66
Flower centers: Y11, Y15, Y17
Leaves: G43, G46, G28
Smudgy outer shading: E55, E53, E51
Gosh, that was fun, and now I can’t wait to do more. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Have a happy day!
Stamps: Peony Love (wreath), Potted Primroses (sentiment) Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, CTMH New England Ivy and Desert Sand, white card base, Snap Wood & Notebook Basics designer paper Ink: Printer, Memento Tuxedo Black (sentiment), Copics as listed above Accessories: Offray ribbon, Little B butterfly sticker, Impression Obsession Beach Fence, Spellbinders Standard Circles Large (to cut hole in green panel under wreath), Scotch brand foam mounting tape
Hello, there! Back to business as usual after the 4th of July weekend. I actually did a little crafting so I’ll have something to share this week. I couldn’t resist Diane’s Double D Simply Gingham Challenge so I sat down and made a quick card. There’s not one iota of stamping or coloring here, but sometimes it just happens that way. I did crack the seal on a couple of new-to-me dies, so I’m happy about that.
My little flower pail and border is made from some ancient gingham paper. Some of the first designer paper I ever bought, in fact, back in the pre-stamping days. I used it for scrapbooking, but I had quite a bit left over. I’ve no idea why I haven’t used it for cards prior to this. Have a look at the ultra-inspiring inspiration board:
Is that not just as cute as can be? Love all that gingham!
I think my simple card is pretty self-explanatory, so I’ll save the rest of the info for the recipe which you can find below my signature. Be sure to hop over to Double D and see more team samples, then pull out that gingham paper and start crafting. You might win a prize! See you again soon!
Stamps: None! Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue and Wild Wasabi, PTI Lemon Sorbet Ink: Barely Banana (for sponging flowers) Accessories: Taffeta ribbon, Cinnamon Stickles, flower punch, Scotch brand foam mounting tape (a tiny piece behind some of the flowers to bring them forward) Dies: Cheery Lynn French Pasty Doily, Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers, Tattered Lace Washing Line Just for You, Impression Obsession Pail DIE164-A, Impression Obsession Grass DIE038-J
Yikes, it’s July already! Really? Heck, I’m just starting to get the hang of summer. I have quite a few birthdays to celebrate this month and some cards are already made, but I need more. There goes my stash. Luckily I’m happy to replenish, especially the birthday cards. They’re always fun. This one was made with a new-to-me set which I think is so cute. It’s Penny Black Touch of Whimsy. Lots of darling stamps in this set and I’m looking forward to using the rest of them, but I’ll start with the bicycle.
While I’m trying to focus on my new stamps before they become retro, I’m also making an effort to use up some of the spare parts I’ve set aside. You probably have those, too – bits and pieces you prepared for a card and then decided not to use at the time. Mine have spilled over from their box and are now starting to fill a basket, so I’d say it’s time to either use them or lose them. I pulled out a few pieces and earmarked those for use. Starting small, you know. In this case it’s the card base. It was sitting there already covered with the blue designer paper, so I built on that, adding the green gingham and the die cut ric rac.
I colored with Copics on X-Press It Blending Card. Sparkled with Stickles Stardust glitter. Added some white dots on the flags and two flowers. All supplies will be listed below my signature. Enjoy your first July day and I’ll see you again soon!
Stamps: Penny Black Touch of Whimsy Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, CTMH Key Lime, Pretty in Pink, white card base covered with Bo Bunny Prairie Chic designer paper Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics for coloring Accessories: Stickles Stardust glitter, Signo white gel pen, MFT Die-namics Wonky Stitched Squares, Taylored Expressions Ric Rac Borders, Scotch brand foam mounting tape