Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Beautiful Blossoms Aug 2023

Hello friends and welcome to my blog for the August 2023 Beautiful Blossoms Challenge.  I loved the sunflowers and yellow-blue theme of the inspiration photos and pulled out a digital stamp I have from Mo's Digital Pencil called Flower Jar. If you have not visited Mo's Digital Pencil website you are really missing out! Such wonderful ageless designs.
If you follow me you know my routine with a digital image:
1) Using Microsoft Word Insert Picture onto a blank page and manipulate to the size, etc. I want.
2) Print this with a laser printer onto Ranger's Tim Holtz's Distress Watercolor Cardstock - this time on the rough side. 
3) Watercolor with my Silver Black Velvet #8 round brush. This time I used a new to me watercolor set by Mungyo -  48 colors and a great variety. I swatched them first before I used them to see how they work and their color. These work so well for my lunchtime coloring - very easy to travel with this set. Also not very expensive and seems to be a great quality. Shout out to Dawn from W Plus 9 for introducing her followers to this great set.
Nothing new about this design - it is one I often use. Cut the watercolor image with a circle die, preferably one with a bit of texture. The back ground was made with Impression Obsession's Houndstooth background stamp. I'm sorry I can't tell you which teal is the background. I tried about 10 different colors and liked this one the best - might be an old My Favorite Things ink pad.
I almost always use a die to cut the background - anything with some design to add to the edge. A sentiment die cut and some rhinestone bling from my stash finished off the card. 
Here is the second card I made. Similar but different edges. I thought I try yellow for the sky instead of a blue. The digital stamp is from Lili of the Valley Digi Stamp Sunflower. This is one of my most favorite shops. Her designs just appeal to me.
Hope you enjoyed my beautiful blossoms for this month! Thanks for stopping by let's see your gorgeous work!!!
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Sunday, August 6, 2023

HLS Stencil Aug 2023

Hi friends! It August 2023 and time for Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge where Anything Goes! I made a thank you card with Pink and Main Hummingbirds (retired). We have hummingbirds in our yard and they are just the sweetest little things!
I started with MFT Stamps Basket Weave Stencil and Twisted Citron Distress Ink. I cut the panel with Waffle Flowers A2 Lacy Layers Dies. I love those dies, they have a stitched die and then a really pretty lacy edge die in various sizes. I glued the edge border to an A2 white card base and then use the same stencil and ink to fill in the center - darker in the center and fade out to the sides.
The images from the stamp & die set I had in my stash and had colored them years ago. I love when I can use up bits and bobs.
The inside had one more bit I had left and a nice sentiment from the stamp set. Thanks so much for joining me to day and come check out our challenge!
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Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Paper Funday August 2023

How can it be August already? Where has the summer gone? For our August challenge at The Paper Funday Challenges I chose Baby Clothesline from Pattie's Creations. Why? My daughter is about to open a thrifted baby clothes shop and I will be selling baby cards there and this one is so cute! 
This cutie was printed on Taylored Expressions 118 lb. Watercolor Cardstock with my laser printer. This paper is a bit more heavy weight and works perfectly for watercoloring. I paint during lunch at work and keep my 238 dot Daniel Smith Watercolor cards, Altenew's 36 pan watercolor set and The Stamp Market's Color Crush Watercolor Pan Palette right in my desk drawer at work. Also, in my drawer is my Faber-Castell Collapsible Water Cup. Lastly, I carry with me a small rectangle box from my stash with uncolored images to watercolor and my favorite Silver Brush Black Velvet Round No. 8. Keeps everything nice and flat.
The sentiments on the outside and the "Super Cute" on the inside was one stamp from the Oh, Baby! Stamp set from My Favorite Things Stamps. I did stamp surgery and cut it apart.
My favorite blue for the sky is from The Stamp Market Watercolor Set - teal blue .
Thank you for joining me today and come check us out at The Paper Funday Challenges. Lots of inspiration there! And thank you always to our generous sponsors for the month, Pattie's Creations and StarStampz!
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