Monday, February 20, 2017

Fantasy Magnollias

Using the # Altenew stamp and die set "Magnolias", I made this card. The flower I stamped using a light color distress ink. I used the distress ink so that it would react with water when I painted the stamped image with watercolors. I used reds, oranges and browns for the flower. That way, there is no line of the flower stamp. 

Magnolias don't really appear in this color, but isn't that part of the fun- paint a magical fantasy color flower? The paper- I LOVE the background paper! It's from Stampin' Up, one of their designer papers. First I stamped the flower on 140# watercolor paper. Then I painted it and die cut it out. I also stamped and die cut the leaves. The stem I just drew, painted and fussy cut. The flower needed a little pop so I added a strip of washi tape and that did the trick. I picked up the orange in the designer paper with the orange cardstock. The "Thank You" is embossed white on vellum paper.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Altenew flower cards

So, after making a bunch of roses and cherry blossoms, I made some cards. I love the shabby feel of them. The roses and cherry blossoms have glitter but you cant see that on the photos. I added a little bling here and there. The top card is a watercolor background I painted. The bottom two are using the Prima Ledger card stock pack. I used vellum for the greeting and used white embossing powder. The stamps are from Altenew, my new favorite stamp company!      #Altenew

Monday, February 13, 2017

making lots of flowers for springtime

 Winter is a quiet time for me, especially now that I live in lower, slower Delaware. Solitude is a wonderful thing I am finding. This is the first time in my life with extended alone time. I find I am loving this time.  Little things to focus on- like making paper flowers.

I recently discovered a new (to me) stamp company called Altenew I am LOVING their stamps! They are layered flowers mostly. I have one set currently, Vintage Flowers and am making lots of roses and cherry blossoms.  I posted a few here. They have glitter (but of course!), but you cant really see it in the photo.  

I have ordered several of the layering flower stamp and die sets. Can't wait to get them!  I'll post some cards when I have enough flowers.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Ocean called me...

The ocean called her and she went...

This is what happened to me. When I was 10 or so, I used to walk around Bethany Beach, DE while on vacation and tell myself that someday I would live here. It took me 50 years, but here I am.
It's winter here now, Empty and quiet...and I love it.  As much as I love summer at the beach, I think I love winter here more. It's magical in it's quiet secluded farm land that lies just inland. Once you get off of the actual coast, Delaware is corn and chickens. It's rural. I live Sussex County, and it's called Lower Slower Delaware for a reason.  It's just south enough to have the southern influence.  I think I have found heaven here. New York seems far away now. It's so different here that I can scarcely take it in. 

I lived in Monroe, NY for 38 years and I find I don't miss it one bit. What I was worried about before moving here was the convenience of NY- the shopping, doctors, restaurants.  But I've found it all with in 2 miles of my home. While there is only 1 fast food place in the surrounding 3 towns, that is fine by me! If I want to go 'real' shopping or to a Michael's- it's all 13 miles away along Route 1, one of the prettiest drives along the east coast. Driving from Bethany Beach up to Rehoboth is a drive everyone should see. The Indian River Bay on one side and the ocean on the other side. Sand dunes and long views, like the Carolina Low Country. It's magnificent! i pinch myself when I take that drive to remind me that I LIVE HERE. Life is good. I am grateful. I am happy.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Valentine's Day Card

To make this card I used several different products that I've listed below. I had fun putting different products together to make a cohesive design. Recently I've been organizing my studio and am seeing my old stash and wanting to use it!! The rose is new, from Altenew. The rest are oldies but goodies.

Hearts dies: Heartfelt Creations, Timeless Amour
Rose: Altenew, Vintage Flowers
Lace die: Heartfelt Creations Lace Border (I cut a piece of it) 
Words and Border: Stampers Anonymous, Simple Sayings
I added glitter to the rose but the camera didn't pick it up.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Magical Dreams greeting card

Magical Dreams
This is an A2 sized card. I used my new Stampin' Up embossing folder "Softly Falling". It's the little dots in the background. It's snow falling. Typically one would turn the background 90 degrees to get the effect of falling snow. But it also looks like tiny stars. I used a cardstock that has a white interior so the dots appear white against the background. They popped out when I embossed the cardstock. Love that! I did go over the dots very gently with sand paper to really bring them out. But gentle is the word here.  The words which are hard to see on the bottom left: Magical Dreams. I used an old Tim Holtz product, not sure it's even available anymore: idea-ology chitchat stickers.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

oldie but goodie

This is an old stamp, I mean like 10-15 years old. Its one of the first Stampin Up! stamps I purchased. I love it today as much as I did then. I double stamped it to give a shadow effect. It was a set of three different ferns.  Here is Delware we have an unusual snowfall that is sticking around for a few days, the perfect time to craft! So, after a little bit of shoveling, I'll be creating something.