Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Stamp Camp Week 4

I hope wherever you are you are staying cool, it is suppose to be 105 heat index today and tomorrow Yuck! I love this stamp from Penny Black, I colored it with copics, BG45, 49, and B0000, then the leaves are colored with YG03 & YG05. I was practicing my feathering and blending techniques and love how it turned out.  The Background is a Hero arts cling, that I stamped with broken china and then distressed with the same color. The sentiment and script are from PTI, and PP Is from Bo Bunny. I was going for the look of the Penny Black stamp Poppy Poem, that I "need" LOL! Stay cool and enjoy your day!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pears, poires...

I love pear images, I have collected quite a few, I just ordered a new one from Memory Boxes 2011 release then realized I had a similar one from Magenta. Oh well, I am sure it will get used, and I do have a undisclosed amount of butterfly stamps! This image was colored with copics, the edges were distressed with walnut stain, and the PP is from Cosmo Cricket. The die and sentiment are from PTI.

On the farm front, I have two crazy bantam hens that have been sitting on a pretend nest for months. They share the nesting box and at least once a day I have to chase them out to get food and water. One of them is my bella, who I raised from a chick. A few weeks ago I realized when they were out of the box a Rhode Island Red was laying an egg in there. I didn't think much of it, but the other day Wyatt came running inside to tell me a baby chick hatched. Well it was a Red baby chick and the two crazy hens kicked it out of the nesting box and just stared at it from above. Once I realized they had no intention of caring for it I brought it up to the house. It is the cutest little thing, he love attention practically jumps in your hand to be held. So I guess I am raising this one too! I am hoping another one or two hatch as its quite lonely and would love some company. Will post pictures of him or her soon.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Camp week 4

This is the last week for Summer Camp, and I have loved all the color combo's and techniques they have shown. I enjoy the challenge of  trying new colors that I would not normally use, but this week is definitely my colors! I stamped the butterfly image in versamark and embossed in white.  Then I colored the images with the Faber Castell big brush markers. The images were cut out and then attached to embossed white paper. The sentiment is from PTI, and the butterfly is Hero arts.

Today Lainey finally cut her first tooth, she has been teething hard. Trying to gum anything and everything she can get her mouth on. I know she feel some relief, so today is a happy baby day for her!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Blue butterflies

This weeks Outlines Challenge is polka dots, I had another idea planned but ran started coloring and ended up with this. The image is colored with copics, B28, 26, 24 & 21 and Y00. Then I ran it thru with the embossing folder and attached to dotted memory box PP. The ribbon was a last minute additon, not sure if I totally like it, but I colored the butterflies on it with Y00 to coordinate with the stamped image. We are off to have lunch with friends, we have been trying to catch up forever but seems we are both always doing something. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Distressed flowers

Yesterday was terribly hot, my DH texted me lets go swimming when he was on his way home. Perfect idea for temps. over 100 degrees. We changed into our swim clothes and were ready to go when DH arrived. On our way up to the pool, it started looking like rain. Not something we have seen her much, its so dry, nothing is thriving. We laughed and though what are the chances, well apparantly they were good, we got a much needed rain, with thunder, lightening, and steady rain. We did get to swim for 45 min. before it started and we definitley cooled off. So it was a win-win! The card is another distressed card for the Stamp Camp, and for Penny Black's distressed challenge. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Watercolor flower

This card is for this weeks challenge at Penny Black which is using distress ink. I love these inks, but right now my coloring medium of choice is my copics. They feel sad and neglected when I don't use them! LOL! Watercoloring with distressed ink is so easy and creates a very pretty effect. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Camp Week 3

This is my first card for the Summer Camp week 3 I used the technique on the video today to add color to the image. It was first embossed in clear on watercolor paper,  the image is from Outlines. I used pumice stone, antique linen, walnut stain and barn door on the image panel.

This week Wyatt and I are battling a little head cold I can't decide if it a cold or the result of all the smoke we have been dealing with due to the Holly Shelter fire. It's been about 3 weeks and although last I heard it was 80% contained finally it has burned 30,000 + acres. As a result depending on the winds we have experienced very heavy smoke on a number of days and ash. The dogs smell like smoke and the house does as well. Yuck! We have tried to keep the kids inside on the worst days, but it's been a challenge for Wyatt who loves to play outside.  We went yesterday to get Lainey weighed and were excited to see that she has gained 12 ounces in 2 weeks! She is now 14.14lbs, so we have the all clear from the doctor to keep doing what we are doing!  Check back tomorrow for another distressed card, my fingers are still inky!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Outlines Red

This is my entry for the Outlines Red Hot Challenge, I just got some new Outlines stamps in the mail and couldn't wait to use them! I stamped the butterfly 3 times on different Cosmo Cricket papers in various red patterns. The kraft background is from PTI and embossed. Thanks for stopping by have a great Sunday! If the weather is nice we are heading to the pool!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Watercolor pinstriped flower

One of my favorite designers Jill Foster has tutorials and videos over at She has been featuring the new Faber-Castell's new line of products. I couldn't wait to get these and I love them. Jill does such a wonderful job explaining and demonstrating different techniques to use with this product line. She is truly inspiring, and I couldn't wait to work with the watercolor pencils to create a piece like this one: here. I used the summer camp colors again, since I had most of the colors still out. I have one more card to share tomorrow from the same color combo, which did I tell you I love?
Today I am off to get Lainey weighed again, I am hoping she has gained a little weight since last Monday. She is still having issues nursing, I cannot figure out what is going on, after I get her weighed again I will try to figure out the best plan for both of us. It is hard for me since she is my last baby (according to DH! LOL!) so there are a lot of emotions wrapped up with it. I just have to remember that regardless of what I have to do I have tried to work through this phase and the ultimate goal is a happy healthy baby and mommy! Have a great Friday everyone!.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sweet blooms

This is another card I made with the Stamp Camp colors this week. I love these flower stamps from Hero Arts. I used chalk ink in the Hero Hues colors and a few different background stamps. This week has flown by, guess it has to do with the 4th being on Monday.  
We have been having problems with rat snakes during the last week here. They are suppose to be a "good" snake to have around, however we have chickens and purple martins that we try to keep safe. The dogs had one pinned under the porch over the weekend about 5 feet long. Chris caught it and relocated the snake. Then the other night I went to put the chickens up and couldn't close the door. I apparently had shut the door right on a rat snake going into the chicken  house. I screamed and ran and got my DH, I do not like snakes. We were unsure since it was getting dark what kind of snake it was so armed with a flashlight and a shovel he went in to investigate. It was another rat snake this one around 6 feet. We decided to get rid of this one since he was too close to all of our birds. Last year we had 2 snakes climb up our Martin house and eat all the babies it was horrible. They even found their way around the snake guard we bought. We try to check the house often, so hopefully with this snake gone, it will be one less snake to get our birds!  

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer camp Week 2 Poppy

The colors this week are so luscious! The cards I have seen for this color combo in the student gallery are beautiful! I stamped the poppy image, from Artful Legacy, and colored with copics. Then I ran it thru to emboss the image. The PP is from Bo Bunny, and the border punch is a favorite of mine from Martha Stewart.

We had a nice weekend, the boys washed all the vehicles, we got the grass mowed finally, and even had a great firework show! Thanks to our neighbors who put our little display to shame! DH was a little disappointed when Wyatt told him he liked the ones that went way up in the sky versus our $30 pack! LOL!  Owen was sure to tell DH that he loved the ones he did, which was sweet. Lainey had learned a new trick as of yesterday and is shaking her head up and down. The boys have had a blast asking her questions and her shaking her head yes, it really is cute!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Pink dogwood

This card is for the Lily Pads Inpirational Challenge #3, my inspiration is Lin, she has made so many versions of this dogwood stamp and it inspired me to get mine out and color. The image was stamped with memento and colored with copic.
Lainey and I finally got to visit with Debbie yesterday, it has been so long I know I talked her ear off! We didn't get much crafting done, but a lot of catching up and she did show me some hints for the silhouette that she is a master at! I had no idea the machine was capable of the things she does. I am excited to start practing with mine instead of letting it collect dust! Be sure to check her blog for her tutorials and beautiful creations. Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful 4th of July! Thanks for stopping by.