Thursday, August 20, 2009

Watercolor Butterfly

I love butterflies! They are so graceful and come in so many sizes, and what colors! We are fortunate to have a great many butterflies visit our gardens. When we planned our main garden, we were sure to include plants for them to feed from. Some examples are Butterfly Bushes, Butterfly Weed, and Pincushion plants.

When I saw the Wonderful Wings stamp set from Stampin Up I knew I had to have it! I decided to use this set for my next watercolor card.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Watercoloring - the joy of it!

As a little girl I loved to watercolor and with stamping I was able to rediscover how much fun it is! There is something very satisfying about it. Playing with the colors and shadows and knowing that no matter how hard you try you will never get two images to come out the same. The amount of water, color and touch vary each time and the effect is wonderful.

This card is one that I made last night and I am pretty happy with the way it came out. I used watercolor markers on dry Canson watercolor paper and with a wet brush moved the colors around until I was happy with the results. I stamped the image and watercolored it, finishing with some accents using a glitter pen and ribbon, which I colored with my Copic markers to get just the right shade of purple. Lastly I dry embossed the notecard using a Cuttlebug folder. I just love them!

I have a stack of stamps that I want to work with while I am on vacation. I can't wait!

Image: Penny Black
Ink: Memories Black
Marvy LePlume markers, Copic markers, Sakura Glitter Pen
Notecard: Memory Box
Paper: Canson Watercolor paper

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

More Digi-Scrapping

I have been able to do a few more pages as part of the Feeling Scrappy Sketchapalooza 4 class that I am taking. Being able to put a page together here and there has worked well with my schedule and in the end I have amassed a nice collection of pages in a short time! I usually do the bulk of my scrapbooking when I am able to sneak away to retreats so when I am able to get some done outside of those events it is a bonus!

Here is a two page spread:

And another page from one of the sketches that I found the most difficult to do so far but think it is my favorite one of the first few that I have done. There are 20 sketches in all but I have only gotten six done.

I loved the colors in this one. I was able to put together a page I was really happy with and am sure I will use it again.

Happy 80th Birthday to my MIL

My mother-in-law turned 80 this past Saturday. We celebrated by surrounding her with family and friends. The weather was perfect, the food was yummy and a good time was had by all.

As part of her gift I made some claybord tiles stamped with the Serendipity Floral Alphabet stamps. I love these stamps. I had a little bit of hard time deciding how to best finish them but decided to use Twinkling H2O's. I put magnets on the back so that she could use them on her frig.

Marilyn, I wish you many, many more happy years with us.