Saturday, August 29, 2015

another one for Susan

Planning this card for Susan, I had a dilemma.  I knew I wanted to use the Serendipity Stamps hollyhock, and I also wanted a fence image to go with it.  But...I wanted to keep this a clean, one-layered card. 

After much puzzling--and one ugly disaster!--I hit upon this solution. 
I die cut this fence from Spellbinders and used it as a mask, sponging around it with Sky Blue and Moss Green.  Then I stamped my hollyhock with watercolor pencils and added a bit of calligraphy.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Anything Goes

Can you tell I'm in love with bluebonnets this year?
A whole patch of them popped up by surprise this spring.  Then I couldn't resist a little container of Scottish bluebonnets at the grocery store greenhouse, and those are still blooming!
That's why I had to have this bluebonnet stamp, and I used it yet again to create a birthday card for my honorary fourth sister, my sister-in-law, Susan.

I stamped the bluebonnets with blue and green watercolor pencils.  I layered this on a card made from part of an old DCWV stack.  The birthday wish is from Flonz, the Sweetheart Birthday set.

I'm entering this in the Serendipity Stamps SSCB #46, "Anything Goes."

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Early Christmas: Part Two

Ever start on a design that went awry, but you just couldn't bear to waste it?
That's now this card began.  
I decided to just cover up my flaws, and it actually worked!

Again, I used Winter Homestead from Serendipity Stamps, and Vintage Pine Tree from Stampabilities; paper is Visions of Christmas stack from K & Company; brown dye ink from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko

I didn't want to add any words to the front of this card, so it can be used as a birthday card if needed.  (We have plenty of winter birthdays around here!) 

I'm entering this in
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Early Christmas

It's hot and muggy here in Lawrence, Kansas, hardly the right time to be thinking about my Christmas card design. I'll get to that when we have our first cool snap!  It is, however, the right time to start stocking up my mother's Christmas stash.  

I made this one to enter the 

I'm using the SS Winter Homestead stamp, which looks like it came straight out of The Homecoming! Trees in the foreground are Vintage Pine Tree from Stampabilities; the sentiment is from an old set from Hobby Lobby.  I sponged all around the edges to give it a vintage feel.   

I'd love to be in this scene right now!!

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