Sunday, January 22, 2017

trying zigs again with flower garden

Hi. Happy Saturday! I'm back again for more "slow-blogging" ;) Could almost make you think Spring had arrived in my front yard, eh?


If you saw yesterday's post, you saw my latest attempt at watercoloring florals with Zig clean color brush pens. I was way too heavy-handed and not happy with the result. I figured it was time to try, try again. So I googled. And came across this video gem from Kristina W. Oh to know where to put which colors to get such amazing results, which I admit may not be realistic, but oh so pleasing to my eye.

I happen to have NBUS Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamps too, so after I heat embossed some blooms onto watercolor paper I basically colored along with Kristina! So nice of her not to mind when I kept making her back up and color that middle flower just ONE MORE TIME ;)

Here's my finished card.


The center flower is exactly like Kristina's, colored with Yellow and Light Carmine. This is a great image to practice on cuz 1) the petals are large and 2) you can totally copy Kristina's method. On the left peony I used only Pink, using a second layer of it in some areas. On the right one I used Pink, Purple and a few touches of Wine Red. I actually used Light Blue and Pale Green on the stems.

To hint at a sky I inked up sentiments from STAMPlorations Vignette: Artful Flutters (top half with Tumbled Glass, bottom with Broken China) and stamped them over the flower which I masked. Added a hint of edgy Scrapbook Werkstatt So ist das Leben PP to tie in with the blue tone.

What I learned about watercoloring with Zigs? Don't start with a tiny image to practice this technique. Don't work on the entire flower at one time; only on smaller areas. Use a light hand - multiple light layers is the key. Let layers dry. Use a rag to dab up wet color if you feel you've been too heavy handed.

I did even more playing with my Zigs after this project, making a whole set of cards. You'll be seeing them soon. Just keep watching!

I'm going over to the playhouse to play with Darnell's NBUS #8. She's got lots to celebrate and is actually challenging us to give colored pencils on kraft a try, but I'm translating that to watercolors on watercolor paper ;)


Oh, and one more question for you. Don't worry, it's an easy one today ;) Anyone ever had a Pentel Aquash waterbrush that leaks where the tank screws into the barrel? I get a blob of water on the outside of the brush when I squeeze the tank. The blob eventually drips onto my project. Not good. (I had had to take mine apart to unclog it - which worked - but after putting it back together I ran into this problem.) I did my watercoloring of these flowers with a number 4 brush and water!

Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, January 20, 2017

slow-blogging or fast-blogging?

I've a card for you today, cuz that's what I do, but before I get to it I've got something on my mind.

If you're reading this post, chances are you're a blogger too. And chances are you've asked yourself this question. Are blog readers becoming extinct?

If you're a blogger AND a blog reader, you'll definitely want to read this post I stumbled across. It's why we read blogs. For the good stuff like this post "The Death of Blog Comments".

I'm pretty new at it but loving Instagram - all those pretty pics - but I'm not contemplating giving up the blog. Yet. Though I've seen some are doing that, going strictly IG. Fast-blogging. Cuz slow-blogging does take more time.

But I enjoy binging on your blog posts. And I assume you like reading mine.

Therein lies the potential problem. One should never "assume" anything, remember. Do you actually read my posts? We'll see ;) So a request for my readers today. All seven of you.

Why do you come here? What do you like about my blog? What don't you like/need?

Do you come here only for the photos? Would you like more? Do you actually read my paragraphs about what the steps were and supplies I used? Are step by steps necessary or just tips about the tricky stuff? Do you like the personal stuff? Since you're the ones reading my blog, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

So did anyone come here looking for a card?!? First some (more) words. See, this is why I slow-blog, so I can blab to you about my cardmaking process ;) The onslaught of beautifully colored flowers in cardmakingland lately finally moved me to get out some flower stamps and some markers. Zig clean color brush pens to be exact. And face my demons. Cuz I can't color like the pros. And the demons won. Meet my card.


 I was inspired by the sketch at Seven Hills Crafts and the colors at House of Cards.


Used Wplus9 Beautiful Bouquet Ranunculus and Hello die, which are wonderful. As is the sparkly embossing powder. My watercoloring, not.


But. I'm not giving up. Come back tomorrow for my next attempt with the Zigs. And have a great weekend. I really do appreciate your coming by here. Let's hope slow-blogging might go the way of slow-food...

And that President Trump will slow it down a little before hitting "Tweet"...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

STAMPlorations inspiration #115

It's time once again for Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team where all the team members feature stamps from one of our talented stamp designers. And there are sales ;)

Today we're using Deepti's Artsy Impression stamps. From now until Jan 23 you can get any of Dee's Artsy Impressions stamps at 10% off in the STAMPlorations store! Don't forget, with my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA you can earn 20% savings on top!

I saw this card in blogland, using a fun heat embossing technique and decided to use it with this set of Deepti's and its matching dies. Actually ended up with two versions. I'm calling them his and hers versions ;) Here you can see "his".
Tweet Love


Can you say easy peasy? Die cut the animal (Tweet Love) from a die cut (with Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting die) panel of CS. Stamp the sentiment from Tweet Love, curved to fit the line of the giraffe's neck. Trace through opening onto cardbase. Press Versamark ink over traced area. Apply various colors of embossing powder. Heat and then adhere the die cut panel.

Want more? Here and here are a couple older creations using Tweet Love.

So from now until next Tuesday, Deepti's Dee's Artsy Impressions stamp line is 10% off, Kathryn and Christmas is even 20% off. With the STAMPGIRLMARIA discount on top, now would be a good time to pick up any of Deepti's stamps on your wish list. Just sayin'.

And don't forget to leave comments on the DT's inspiration posts. One random commenter will be chosen each month to win a $10 GC to the store. Here's the lineup.

camo heat embossing

I saw this card in blogland, using a fun heat embossing technique and decided to use it with STAMPlorations Tweet Love and matching dies. You can see another more girly version of this design later today in my inspiration post.



Can you say easy peasy? Here's how. Die cut the animal (Tweet Love) from a die cut (with Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting die) panel of CS. Stamp the sentiment from Tweet Love, curved to fit the line of the giraffe's neck. Trace through opening onto cardbase. Press Versamark ink over traced area. Apply various colors of embossing powder. Heat and then adhere the die cut panel.

BTW: The yellow and orange Wow embossing powders worked fine, but turquoise and magenta did not "hold up" on the black CS! Gotta love that bit of shine and texture though.

I'm joining the fun at:
A Blog Named Hero - New to me is this cool heat embossing technique.
Stempelkueche - # 60 Anything Goes

Monday, January 16, 2017

marbled again


Maybe you saw my use of shaving cream marbled papers on these cards last week. As I was going through all my marbled specimens I came across two that reminded me of the Winnie and Walter logo colors, so I had to make a card with them for Taheerah's Gossip Column challenge.




The blue/greens were acrylic paints on glossy cardstock, the pink/yellow Distress Ink reinkers on normal cardstock. Both have a little touch of gold acrylic paint on them too - it adds a nice surprise to the marbling.

I used WW Hello to die cut the sentiment which I adhered atop a gray (also a nod to the WW colors) True Multifaceted Heart die cut. A little yellow star enamel sticker finished off my simple design.

I'm joining the Hello challenge at AAA Cards too. Hope your week is creative!


Sunday, January 15, 2017

CUTplorations january - reminder


Happy new week. It's time for a little reminder to play with us at CUTplorations this month where this is our inspiration.

image source: Smashing Magazine


Here's what I did with some new product which you'll see coming to STAMplorations soon.


Dies make it so easy to create a fun card quickly. Stamped a few triangles (Balloons and Banners) randomly on my cardbase. Then layered a fun coming-soon full-of-numbers die cut which I cut from a gold foil scrap and a full-of-triangles die cut, cut from Concord and 9th (Modern Edition Paper Route) tissue paper.

Topped it off with a die cut diamond on which I added a snarky coming-soon sentiment and candle which I gold embossed. Three sequins continued the gold/black/party feeling and voila! The perfect card for my BFF who will always be older than me ;)

Check out the additional inspiration from my teamies and throw your hat into the die cutting ring with us.  Deets are here.

I'm hooking up at these fun challenges:
Little Tangles - Anything Goes with NT product
Where Creativity Meetc C9 - Try Something New (brand spanking new dies)


Friday, January 13, 2017

inspired by kate's sequin strands

I had a productive crafting session yesterday. Ready? Have you seen the lovely sequin strands Kate L. has been creating lately - like this one here? Had to do that. So I took a cue from this card and made this card.


I did some shaving cream/acrylic paint marbling awhile back and used a piece of glossy cardstock from that session and Diemond Dies Snowflake 1 to cut three flakes which I clustered together atop a BG heat embossed in white with a snowflake from Artemio. Added a white heat embossed Klartext Gluckwunsch sentiment too. Then the sequin strand and voila!


I chose my marbled specimen based on the colors at Rubber Dance January challenge. Perfect for wintery cards, don't you think?

So with lots of marbled loveliness still left, I pulled out Kesi Art Snowflakes and die cut one marbled and one gold large specimen. And made this.


Created my cardbase by randomly stamping with Winnie and Walter Sentimental Winter, then applying embossing paste through Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil and sprinkling gold glitter on some of the snow while it was still wet. Then I splattered with blue watercolor. See that sparkly gold snow gently falling? Such fun.


And, since there was still a wee bit of the marbled CS left... I made a card for my friend's hubby's January birthday.


Used Studio Calico Wonky Hearts Wedding to die cut hearts from a white panel. Dry embossed it with a woodgrain embossing folder. Adhered a few of the white hearts to the panel, some marbled snippets to a blue cardbase and then adhered the panel with foam adhesive.

I used the last tidbits of the marbled CS and fun foam and Memory Box Parker Alphabet to cut "happy". Completed my sentiment with a heat embossed Winnie and Walter Winter Wonderland "birthday". Completed the card, balanced it out a bit, with two bits of washi on the front panel. Don't you love how the woodgrain and marbling make a nice pairing?


Lots of texture happening here - glossy CS, acrylic paint matt-ness, dry and heat embossing as well as the raised panel and the extra white heart die cuts.

I'm taking these cards to The Heart Desires #8 too, inspired by those snowflakes on the cake and the wintery branches.


Cuz I used acrylic paints for marbling I'm joining CAS Mix Up for January.


I used new products (Klartext Gluckwunsch, WW Sentimental Winter and Studio Calico hearts die) so I'm hooking up at Danipeuss #034 - Alles neu too.

And the last two cards are going to Winnie and Walter Gossip Column - Marble


Hope you enjoyed this lineup. Have a great weekend!



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