Sunday, February 7, 2016

Have a Heart with Simon Says Stamps and 30 Day Color Challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!
I've been a coloring fool the last three days! Yay! Love it!  Tonight I finished a Valentine card for my dear hubby.  A week ahead of time, I can't believe it!  I didn't get too fancy with it but it was a lot of fun designing.
Here is my card:

I've watercolored this with an inexpensive watercolor set (Simply Art watercolor cakes) and the paper is Canson 140lb cold press. The hearts were created by using a heart die from the Roses For You set (Simon Says Stamp). I traced them lightly with a pencil then added water to the inside of the heart before dropping in the paint. I used two different colors of deep pink.  After it dried I stamped the coordinating heart stamp and the dots from the same set (Simon Says Stamp) and add the stitched lines which were from the WPlus9 Doodlebuds set.  All were stamped with Archival black ink. On the vellum, I've added the sentiment and heart they are from the same Simon Says Stamp set.  I popped up the inside heart with dimensional adhesive. I added Wink of Stella in clear to the sentiment and black dot but the photo doesn't pick up the glimmer.



Thanks so much for visiting!

When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.  Proverbs 11:2




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Friday, February 5, 2016

Hello - Online card class

Hello again Delightful Friends and Family!
Here is another card from the Online Card Class, I'm loving these techniques!  I've had to practice a bit with this one but as soon as I get done posting this I think I'm going to make another background.  It's really fun and I love experimenting with the water to pigment ration.  This isn't my first attempt at this technique it's probably my fourth!  So it did take a bit of practice before I made it into a card.


I was taking pictures of 2 cards here and tried to crop the other one out of the picture, I don't have the card in my possession any more so I can't do a retake.  
I really liked how Dawn (WPlus9) and our instructor tore vellum and layered the sentiment and twine with it so I totally CASED her sample.  Although she stamped her sentiment and used different colors for her card...
I've used the Reeves phthalo blue and sap green (same as last post) just because I love these colors plus there was plenty left in my palette to use!  The Hello is a die from Avery Elle, the hemp cording is a product from Darice and the white vellum is from Paper Accents.  I've used the Ranger Water color paper and a 3/8 flat brush (Ranger).

Hope you like!  Thanks for visiting.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

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Simple Round Brush Flowers - Online Card class

Hey there Delightful Friends and Family,

Happy Friday to you all!  Here is another card from the Online Card Class - Watercolor Techniques - Intermediate.
This is called Simple Round Brush Flowers technique.


I've used a #3 and #2 Round watercolor brush, Ranger Water color paper, the Thanks Die is from Taylored Expressions.  I've mixed a Reeves watercolor phthalo blue and sap green to make the flower petal color and the sap green for the stems.  This card is a 4x4 card and I've mat it on a charcoal gray and used a blue card stock for the base.  I'm pretty sure I'll make some more of these, they are a great size for a card set of thanks!

Speaking of thanks, thanks for visiting!!

Therefore let us pursue the things that make for peace and the things by which one may edify one another.  Romans 14:19



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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Totally Cool - Online Card Class Watercolor Intermediate Techniques

Hello Delightful friends and family,
Can you believe it? Another post from me this week!  Had to share what I've learned at the Online Card Class Watercolor (Intermediate) that Dawn the owner of WPlus9 taught this week.  I joined a little late but the information is still fabulous even if I am behind!  Thanks to all the creative ladies that shared their talents.  I've learned a lot, still a bit intimidated but I'm practicing (and facing my fear!)
Here is a technique that Laura Bassen taught in a bonus session.  It's called Pattern on Pattern Emboss Resist.  Hope you like! I used Distress Inks on this one.  I was going for a green theme on this one.  So glad I could ink up a Crazy Bird, watercolor and accessorize him! Love the Derby hat!  I embossed a Paper Smooches sentiment and the background is from Darcie's Stamps



Thanks for visiting!! 

Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made the heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8




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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Jesus the Way, the Truth and the Life - WAW # 219 and 30 Day Color Challenge

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
My card this week was inspired by the Pattern on Pattern Resist Emboss technique using Distress Inks that I learned at the Online Card Class (Watercolor Intermediate). I will be sharing this at Word Art Wednesday this week for the Anything Goes - Family Friendly challenge #219.  I will also be linking this up at the 30 Day Color Challenge Blog with Kathy Racoosin.

Here is my card for this week:

Here are the ingredients for my card:
Background stamp - Darcie's Stamps
Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz Collection) Watercolor (butterflies)
Ranger White and Clear embossing powder
Distress inks: Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Lucky Clover.
I've gotten quite the variation by overlapping the colors of inks.  I've used a circle die (Spellbinders) as my stencil (so I'm stretching the use of my dies!)
The Scripture is our Word Art From WAW and I've printed it on Vellum and die cut the tag twice, once in card stock and then die cut the vellum.  The seam binding was colored with Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn & Twisted Citron).  I've used all greens and I love how these colors blend so nicely. I've used a paint brush and a water brush to work the Distress ink into the water color paper. I used my heat gun to dry it. The base was cut to 5 x 4.25 and the bright green was the perfect green to mat the top layer. The butterflies were embossed with white embossing powder, then with a water brush I add the Distress inks, dried them with a heat gun, then fussy cut them out and used dimensional adhesive to pop them up.
If you would like the Scripture Art be sure and visit us at the Word Art Wednesday Blog HERE and download the art, then link your project for a chance to win a prize!

This weeks verse is foundational for the Christian. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the only way to God the Father, it is a narrow road. Most don't like to hear that, but it is truth and it will give you life.  Abundant life here and everlasting life to come, what a blessing!  Jesus made the way for you and I through His death and resurrection, we must believe in order to receive this free gift of life.

Thanks so much for visiting and don't forget to link up at Word Art Wednesday this week (it's a two week challenge starting today!)



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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Word Art Wednesday #218 Roses Galore - #simonsaystamp

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
I think I've recovered from the holiday season, finally!!  Now I just have to get back into the routine of spending time in the craft room, blogging and visiting all the fun and creative blogs out in cyberland!  I have been playing in my craft room preparing for the February classes at Scrapper's Edge.  I have one more class to teach this week and hope the ladies will enjoy it!

Monday night was spent working  playing, coloring and designing this card.  It was fun to color with my Copics!! Yay! It had been a couple of weeks since I sat down to actually color.

Here is my card for this weeks Word Art Wednesday:


The background was created by stamping with a cute heart shaped by roses and leaves in Memento Grey Flannel ink.  The stamp set is called Roses for You from Simon Says Stamps.  You can find it here. I noticed that it's out of stock right now, but it is sure a cute set! So glad I got it!  I've used the single rose to accent around the white space and then used the matching die to cut one as well as a couple of the leaves that belong to the set.  I colored with my Copic Markers.  Here are the ones I've used: RV02, RV04, RV09, G24, G43, YG05, BV0000.  I've accented the roses with the Uni-Ball Signo white pen.  The Word art from Isaiah 45:2 is this weeks free Scripture Art that you can use from Word Art Wednesday, just save it to your computer.   Of course you don't have to use it to play in the challenge!  Just remember that the challenge is Anything Goes - Family Friendly! Hope you will consider playing with us, there are wonderful prizes from our fabulous sponsors!

In our verse from Isaiah 45:2  we see that this was a word for Cyrus, who was a Gentile pagan king used by God to deliver His own people.  It's amazing to see how God used this man to fulfill His purposes.  It reminds me of the verse in Romans 8 "All things work together for good, to them that love God and to them that are called according to His purpose." (vs 28).  We can trust the Lord to go before us and make those crooked places straight - of course keep in mind those crooked places (or trials) may be the very place God will teach us and help us to grow into that woman or man of God He has called us to be.  Don't lose heart!  Keep your eyes on Jesus and know that He will make your (spiritually speaking...) crooked place straight in His perfect time.

But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay and you are our Potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.  Isaiah 64:8

Well that's it for me today!  Thanks so much for visiting!


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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Word Art Wednesday #217 - Psalm 139

Hello Delightful friends and family!
Hope you are having a great week, can you believe it 2016...2016!
We are super excited at Word Art Wednesday because our new sponsor is Simon Says Stamp!  They have so many wonderful exclusive products.  Did you see their new release last week?? The You Have My Heart blog hop was fabulous, so much talent and inspiration. Soooo.... if you play along at WAW this week you have a chance of winning a $25 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp!  Remember it's Anything Goes - Family Friendly.

Here is my card for this week's challenge:


Our Scripture this week is from Psalm 139:14.  If you'd like to use it, be sure and grab it from the challenge blog.  It's free! 
The large heart I've used is a die and I've used the inlay technique with coordinating designer paper which is from a 6x6 pad from Crate Paper called Love Notes. I cut the die twice, once in pink card stock and once with the designer paper.  The heart die is from SSS and perfect for Valentines Day.  The tiny hearts are from the Lawn Fawn die set called Stitched Journal.

If you are having a rough week remember you are "fearfully and wonderfully made" in God's eyes.  Get that deep within your soul and rejoice in the fact that you are made in His image and His works are marvelous! We are close to His heart!  That should give you a kick in your step, right?!   Well, that's it for me today. 
 Thanks so much for visiting!


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