Saturday, June 30, 2018

Coloring with Foam Daubers and my MISTI

Hi everyone.  I went to a craft store last Saturday with a couple of good friends.  I saw this gorgeous Penny Black Dancing Daisies stamp and had it in my hand to purchase, and one told me I could only buy it if I used it within one week.  Apparently she thinks I have enough stamps.  So after a fun day of antique shopping with my husband, I had to squeeze this card in just under the wire.  Just to prove to her I DID use it within a week! LOL

This is one large stamp, so I wanted to add color using inks and my original MISTI.  I started by using a small foam dauber to add ink to areas of the stamp.  I'm using my Versafine Clair inks,  and started with Cheerful.

I then added a bit of Golden Meadow ink to create a bit of shadow. 

Next I added Verdant in on the stems and leaves.

I added Acorn to the flower centers.

And added Shady Lane ink to create a bit of shadow areas on the leaves.

I added a bit of Summertime ink to the left side of the flowers.

I felt I needed a bit more detail, so I also brushed it a bit more ink using a very small makeup brush, adding more shadow in areas of the stems and leaves.

And used a bit more Cheerful ink to blend into the shadowed areas and into the Summertime orange tone as well.

I added a little highlight to the flower centers with Gina K. Designs White Pigment ink.

And decided to brush in a bit more of the orangey Summertime ink to give a bit more definition to some of the flower petals.

I heat embossed the Thank You greeting from Brutus Monroe's Super Sentimental stamp set using Wow!'s Chocolate Caramel Pearl embossing powder.

I then used the pinked edge die from Concord and 9th's Confetti Card die set to trim out my panel and adhered it to an orange top fold A2 card base.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Misti, Watercolor and Inkon3

Happy Summer!

Man is it hot here today...  hot, humid and sauna-like.  Hopefully tonight's rain will cool things down again and put our temperatures a bit back to normal!  So I'm staying inside today doing a little laundry, and a little painting, enjoying a fabulous air-conditioned 72 degrees!

Today I finished up a no-line watercolor card that I started almost 2 weeks ago.

I started out by stamping this rose image from Inkon3's Roses in Bloom stamp set.  I used my Original MISTI to stamp the image with the Fade Out ink from their Essential Ink Bundle, onto my Fabriano Artistico 140# cold press watercolor paper.

I used Therm O Web's Purple Tape to tape the watercolor panel to the Mouse Pad of my MISTI to help keep my panel a bit flatter.

I then began applying Sennelier watercolors layer by layer, beginning with a pale blue wash for the background.  letting each layer dry completely before applying the next.

I began with a light yellow wash layer on my flowers, then slowly added more orange tones and finally some rust colors to create the contrast and shadow needed to give the illusion of shape and dimension.

Once I was satisfied with the level of contrast, I let it fully dry, then removed the Purple Tape and decided how I wanted to size the panel.  I tested a variety of the Hero Arts rectangle Infinity Dies to see how I wanted my card panel to look.  
I used tiny bits of Purple Tape to hold the die in place, then ran it through my Big Shot Express to cut the panel.

I used a larger Infinity Die to cut a piece of coordinating cardstock to cut a mat, and also used the small banner die from Concord & 9th's Just Because die set to cut  a small banner for my sentiment strip.

Because my banner was so thin, I used my MISTI to help me line up the sentiment perfectly.
First I stamped the sentiment from Just Because in the center of my paper pad inside my MISTI using black ink, and while the stamp was still in place carefully cleaned the stamp.

 I then used the negative from my die cutting to line up over that stamped sentiment.
 I them popped the die cut back in the hole of the negative, and stamped with Inkon3's Embossing Ink (also part of the Essential Ink Bundle).
I carefully lifted the die cut and used tweezers to hold the edge of the die cut, covered with gold embossing powder and heat embossed.

I then assembled my panels and mat to a white top-fold card base with liquid glue.  

Hope you are enjoying your day and getting crafty too!  Stay cool!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

My Sweet Petunia and Alexandra Renke Collaboration Blog Hop

Hello everyone!  Welcome to the Alexandra Renke and My Sweet Petunia Collaboration Blog Hop!

If you have arrived from Judith's blog, you are in the right place!  If not, and you would prefer to start today's hop at the very beginning please click HERE.

Today the teams from Alexandra Renke and My Sweet Petunia are celebrating the amazing and innovative products of their respective companies with a collaboration blog hop and with some special giveaways.  As you hop along each stop on the hop today, leave a comment at each stop to be entered in to win one of two amazing prizes: a $50 shopping spree at and a $50 shopping spree at  Comments must be left no later than Sunday, June  17th, at 11:59 PM Central time and the two lucky winners will be announced on Tuesday June 19th, on the Alexandra Renke and My Sweet Petunia blogs.

I was fortunate enough to meet the lovely and talented Alexandra Renke in Phoenix, Arizona this past January at  Creativation.  I fell in love with her wonderful quality products and beautiful watercolors while visiting her booth.  Alexandra and her daughter were wonderful hostesses and gave us a tour of the booth as well as talked about their sturdy papers, dies that beautifully stunning yet delicate die cuts, stamps and gorgeous washi tapes.

The booth was so gorgeous and images so beautifully done it was hard to leave without studying each and every product.

Conversations with other members of the My Sweet Petunia team revealed a common thought...  These 12x12" papers were so beautiful, it was hard to cut into them to make smaller projects for today's hop!   But the good news is, is that more can be purchased!

Today I have created three cards using just a few pieces of this beautiful paper.  

I cut a 5.5" x 8.5" panel from the Pens in Glass sheet, and scored it at 4.25" to create a side-fold A2 card.  This paper is very thick and sturdy so one layer cards are easy to simple to make.

I also chose the small pencil image from the Travel for You sheet that I wanted to create a small sentiment strip from.  First I used my Rototrim to carefully cut a whole row of the miniatures from the sheet.  I trimmed the small pencil image away so it would fit within the smallest rectangle die cut from the  Deckle Edge Card die set.  I cut the deckled rectangle from Dark Brown Designer Paper.

 I'd also decided to use the Brown paper to make a small matching deckled edge strip for the right edge of the card front.  I used the deckled edge die from the Cross Stitch and Deckle-Edge die set to cut the Dark Brown paper.  I wasn't quite sure how thick a border I wanted to make, so I trimmed a 1" strip from the 12"x12" Brown paper (I had to do that so it would fit into my Big Shot as well anyway), then cut that 1" strip using the deckled edge die.  The die is a wonderful length, (8 1/2 inches!), so using it for 5x7 cards is possible with a single cut.

 Now I had to yet determine how thick of a border I wanted to use, but I wanted to stamp my greeting from Best Wishes first.

 I used my Creative Corners to create a channel to hold my small rectangle in place and used Charcoal brown ink to stamp the BEST WISHES just below the small pencil image.  I adhered the stamped image to the small Deckled rectangle mat and then could determine how wide of a border I wanted.  I decided that my border should be 1/4".  But trimming a small strip even smaller is tricky.  So I decided to adhere it to my card and trim afterward.

I used the grid lines on my Mouse Pad to line up the deckled edge at 4", and used my MISTI Bar Magnet and round MISTI magnet to secure the strip in place.  

I added a small line of liquid glue to the edge of the strip, then laid my folded card directly on top of the strip with the folded edge against the frame of the MISTI.  I know that the strip will be perfectly lined up!  I was then able to trim off any excess once it was dry.

I used another of the smaller images from the Travel for You sheet to make a second card.  I chose the soft watercolor camera image.  The Travel for You sheet has many images, so you can make tons of cards, bookmarks and tags with the images from this single sheet.  

It's such a stunning watercolor, that I chose to add the simple Do what you love greeting from the Satisfaction clear stamp set in charcoal gray ink, then mat it simply with a black mat.  I cut a top folding card base from a piece of script paper, which reaffirms the encouraging sentiment with the repeated words "Yes Oui" throughout the page.  I added a few of the distressed circle images from the Satisfaction stamp set to the cardbase with charcoal ink to echo the shape of the lens and lens cap.

I used another of the single sheets, Glasses with Pattern to make a second card, this time trimming just the image into a front panel.  

 I stamped the scattered heart pattern from Hearts-Love, with a pale pink ink, then stamped the wrapped heart image from the same set with Versamark ink then heat embossed with gold.  I thin used a small makeup smudge brush to color in the interior of that embossed heart using pink and rose colored dye inks.  I also stamped the greeting, from the For You stamp set, with charcoal ink.  I assembled the top folding A2 card using a geometrically patterned piece of designer paper, some rose colored designer paper and some of the narrow Little Hearts washi tape.

One final card today, is a small 4.25" square notecard.

I cut just a 4" square from the very center portion from a sheet of Avec Love Designer paper, as well as the printed WITH LOVE from the bottom corner of this sheet (and yes, I save all the remaining pieces for later projects!  It's too beautiful to not!!).  Using Versafine ink, I stamped one of the silhouette images from the Many Angels stamp set, masking off the heart image that is part of the angel image.  I used just a very light watercolor wash to add a hint of shadow to ground the figure.  In place of the heart, I stamped the blowing wispy spray of stars from the Unicorn stamp set using Schoolhouse red ink, then after cleaning my stamp while it was still in place on my MISTI lid, restamped right over the top of the red ink with Versamark and clear embossed the stars.  I added the With Love sentiment strip, matted with Burgundy Designer Paper to my card panel using foam mounting tape, and adhered to a Burgundy card base.

Thanks for joining me today!  Your next stop on the hop will be Brigitte's blog.
The whole list of hop participants is listed below. 

Enjoy the hop!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Pretty Peonies

It's been a few years since we planted a few peony bushes at our house.  Each year they get bigger and prettier, and this year was no exception.  Was.  I can say was.  These deep fuchsia peonies were gorgeous on Saturday and there were lots of blooms in progress.

By last night, they had grown enough to pick some of the huge amazing blooms!

I'm sure glad I did, because overnight a thunderstorm with high winds came through and really beat up the remaining flowers.

Today I decided to attempt to paint them for Day 6 of Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

I began with my original MISTI, a panel of Arches 300# watercolor paper, and one of the peonies from Loose Peonies from The Ton Stamps.

I stamped it with The Ton's Grand Fuschia ink, then leaving the stamp in place in my MISTI, cleaned the stamp, and then stamped it again right over the top with Wow Embossing ink and heat embossed the flower with clear embossing powder.  

I then masked a portion of the flower and stamped a second flower in the same manner, this time using Peony 

I removed the mask before adding the embossing powder and heating.

I added the third flower, Large Peony 1, in the same manner, this time masking parts of both of the stamped and embossed Large Peony 3.

Rather than stamp the leaves that I wanted to be not the focus anyway, I just penciled in a rough sketch of the vase and leaves.

I then brought out a palette and some Color Burst powders to do some quick painting.

 I wet the area on my watercolor panel, then add the color by picking up powder with my wet brush.

As it is drying, I dropped a variety of additional colors in.

I let the first bloom dry while I added a light color to the vase.

I then worked on the second bloom, then was able to go back to the vase for a darker coat, even adding a bit of shine by adding a drop of Liquid Metals into my paint layers as well.

I continued to the third bloom, allowing it to dry, then I worked on the leaves and eventually added the background. 

I now need to let the panel dry completely before I can erase any visible pencil marks and add my greeting.

Once it was dry and I had removed any pencil marks, I used my MISTI to stamp the greeting from The New Pretty with embossing ink and heat embossed in pewter.

 Thanks for stopping by today! 
Enjoy the spring flowers while you can!